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Helping Alumni Serve Their Alma Mater

February 2014


Participating on an advisory council is one of several new and exciting ways alumni can get involved in helping to build a better St. Ambrose.

Vice President for Advancement Jim Stangle '82 is developing several programs intended to enlist the talents and active support of the university's most enthusiastic spokespersons.

"The most important extensions of St. Ambrose are its alumni, and we have not done nearly a good enough job of taking advantage of their willingness to help us," Stangle said. "We want to present basically a shopping list of volunteer opportunities they can choose from."

Alumni volunteer opportunities already include: serving as class ambassadors for Homecoming reunion planning; membership on the national board of the Ambrose Fund; and participating in the recruitment of future St. Ambrose students.

Vice President for Enrollment Management John Cooper believes alumni can be especially valuable in talking with prospective SAU students. He is working to ensure that they have up-to-date information that will help them respond to questions most likely to be asked by recruits and their parents.

Alumni interested in helping with recruitment should contact Director of Alumni Engagement Anne Gannaway to learn more.

But Cooper also advised: "First and foremost, hone your personal St. Ambrose story because that is the best thing you can share."

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