Ambrose Hall. Those words are certain to ring a bell for any Homecoming-bound St. Ambrose alumni.
On Sept. 20 at 10:30 a.m., SAU will celebrate renovations to the Ambrose Hall exterior completed last spring. The ceremony will be held outside Ambrose Hall and will feature Sr. Joan Lescinski, CSJ, Fr. Charles Adam and Fr. George McDaniel, as well as alumni from the class of 1964. A highlight will be the ringing of the Ambrose Hall tower bell that has been silent for several years.
We invite alumni to share their most poignant, interesting or even amusing memories of the 129-year-old iconic campus building such as memorable moments in the BeeHive, favorite classes and professors who taught in that building, or graduation under the oaks. If interested in sharing a memory, please send submissions via email to Anne Gannaway.
"I remember going into the west entrance of Ambrose Hall with my father when I was little. He is an incessant teaser and had me convinced that a crack in the wall was a bat, so I'd take cover each and every time," said Gannaway, director of Alumni Engagement. "I look forward to reading and sharing many more memories."
The Ambrose Hall blessing ceremony will be part of a busy Homecoming weekend. New this year will be the Bees of the Last Decade (BOLD) Reunion party at the Alumni House on Brady Street, where graduates from 2004 through 2014 will come together to relive their St. Ambrose experiences. The event will feature special recognition for the classes of 2004 and 2009.
Also feted this year will be the classes of 1964, 1974 and 1984.
Homecoming 2014 also will include staples such as a Sept. 19 Friday night gathering at Circle Tap, the Sept. 20 Saturday Killer Bee 5K and Bumble Rumble, Taste of Ambrose and Homecoming football game, and the Sept. 21 Sunday morning Homecoming Mass.