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The Strength of Community

Sister Joan Lescinski

October 2016

The pages of the most recent Scene honor the contributions of a few of the many volunteers who are advancing and supporting the Building Our Future campaign.

A number of these supportive volunteers are alumni, like Beth and Brian Lemek. The Lemeks began their married lives together at St. Ambrose, graduated in 1986, and have gone on to have tremendous success in business and in life.

Married alums and legacy families are a common thread within the fabric of our St. Ambrose community. Their loyalty helps this university continue to grow and prosper and to build an even more extensive honor roll of successful graduates.

The Lemeks generously have stepped forward to lead this campaign, along with fellow co-chairs Barbara and Mike Johnson and honorary co-chairs Jim '56 and Mary Hagen.

In partnership with our Advancement Office, our campaign council and the invaluable volunteer chairs of 12 unique outreach committees, our campaign leadership has done remarkable work in helping us make significant progress toward achieving the $18.5 million target goal for the Building Our Future campaign.

Their dedication and generosity remind us that we need the help of an extended community that values what we do at St. Ambrose. This, of course, extends our Ambrosian community beyond alumni, students and the dedicated people who serve here to include a deeply committed group of friends.

The Johnsons are an example of this group. They and their family are philanthropic leaders in the Quad City community and, although they did not go to school here, Barbara and Mike are dedicated supporters of St. Ambrose simply because St. Ambrose so directly strengthens and improves the community in which they live.

Within a year, the new Wellness and Recreation Center will be introduced as another important resource for new generations of St. Ambrose students. It also will stand as a testament to the faith and commitment of a strong and far-reaching community built around our mission to enrich lives.

I thank every Ambrosian who has helped and who will help in this cause.

Sister Joan Lescinski, CSJ, PhD

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