You can almost hear 14 years melt away when Jennifer (Boyle) Walker ’99 drifts back to the four special years she spent at St. Ambrose.
She and other members of the SAU Alumni Association Board hope other alums are equally nostalgic about their college years.
On July 26-28, the Alumni Association and the Alumni Office will give such alumni the chance to reconnect with their St. Ambrose roots by opening Bechtel Hall, one of the newer suite-style residence halls on campus, for the inaugural Alumni Invasion Weekend.
“It should be a really fun weekend,” said Walker, who will serve as the weekend’s unofficial resident advisor. “When the idea was posed at an Alumni Association meeting, my eyes quickly lit up. It just sounded like so much fun.”
Walker has invited several former SAU girlfriends to join her for the weekend, which conveniently will coincide with the Quad-City Times Bix 7 road race.
“Hopefully, people will be coming back to town already and will want to combine this experience with that one,” she said.
Alumni can reserve a place in Bechtel for $85 for the entire weekend by clicking here. Proceeds will benefit student scholarships.
Alumni Director Anne Gannaway said the July weekend could be the first of many new opportunities for alumni to return to campus and rekindle old memories.
“If it gets a lot of interest this summer, then we will want to increase the offerings,” she said. “Maybe we could have something like an Alumni University, where we would have various professors come in and host interactive lectures or workshops.”
This year’s “Invasion” won’t have a lot of structure, Walker said.
“We are keeping it relatively simple to see what the participation level is,” she said. “In future years, maybe we can open up more things on campus and make the experience bigger.”
Not that fun won’t be had in Bechtel this July.
“Who knows,” Walker said. “Maybe someone will bring a volleyball net and we can have a good old-fashioned volleyball game in the townhouse quad like in the good old days.”