St. Ambrose students will treat active military members and alumni who are veterans of the Armed Forces to a pancake breakfast in the morning and the Fighting Bees football team will try and treat them to a victory on the afternoon of Sept. 15.
Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD, president of St. Ambrose, will proclaim that day "Military Appreciation Day" at St. Ambrose in ceremonies prior to the 1 p.m. football game vs. Taylor University at Brady Street Stadium in Davenport.
Current and former members of the military from within the St. Ambrose community and elsewhere will be admitted free of charge to the Fighting Bees home opener. Following a proclamation by Sr. Joan, the pre-game coin flip will be led by the family of U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nathan Cox, a former St. Ambrose student and employee who was killed in action in Afghanistan in 2008.
Maj. Gen. Yves Fontaine and Command Sgt. Maj. Stephen Blake, both recently retired from leadership roles at the U.S. Army Sustainment Command at the Rock Island Arsenal, will receive Fighting Bees Awards at halftime.
The day of appreciation is being organized by the St. Ambrose Office of Veterans Recruitment and Services. Office coordinator Andrew Gates '11, himself a veteran, encourages SAU grads who are veterans to attend a pancake breakfast at 9:30 a.m. in the Cosgrove Cafeteria. Alumni planning to attend the breakfast are asked to RSVP at firstname.lastname@example.org by Sept. 10.
Active military and veterans with DOD or VA identification will be admitted to the football game free of charge.
St. Ambrose graduated 14 veterans among its spring Class of 2012 and intends to see those numbers grow, Gates said.