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#135K2day — Yes (and a lot more)

Students go all in for Ambrose

April 2017

Alumni, students, faculty and staff flooded campus Tuesday to show they definitely are All In For Ambrose, donating $193,980 to the new Wellness and Recreation Center, which well surpassed the $135,000 goal.

During the 2017 SAU Day of Giving campaign, #135K2day, the university's office of Advancement and Alumni Engagement set tables outside the Rogalski Center, just steps away from the new Wellness and Recreation Center, and invited everyone to tour the soon-to-be-completed facility and learn about the impact it will have on student fitness, athletics and academics.

Those who came wore suits, skirts and shorts. They sported hard hats and while touring the center, envisioned and embraced a stronger future for students and the university.

Then, they gave.

The $135K goal was surpassed by 6 p.m. The goal then was raised to $185K to honor the total campaign goal of $18.5 million.

Tuesday's donations are more than double the amount donated during the 2016 Day of Giving. "We thought we were setting our sights high at $135K, which we did to commemorate the university's 135th anniversary," said Margaret Babbitt, director of the Ambrose Annual Fund.

It was a large number of small gifts, mixed with some larger gifts, that easily pushed the campaign past its goal, she said.

"The Day of Giving is not about going to major donors, it is about talking to everyone and having a conversation, expressing that your $10 gift does make a difference. It impacts a lot of things."

Babbitt said the student Senior Leadership Team did an excellent job Tuesday. They manned tables and talked to peers about giving back. "They were out there all day, creating a lot of energy and excitement," she said, adding other student groups and organizations -— from athletic teams to cheerleaders to the marching band — also contributed to the energy and excitement.

"Anyone who goes into the Wellness and Recreation Center comes out saying, ‘It is so big. I had no idea it would be like that.' Yesterday, they toured the exercise science classrooms, the field house and renovations to the weight room. They could see it has progressed from a cinderblock building to something state-of-the-art that will have an impact on the campus in many, many ways."

Thank you.

You can see and learn more about the Wellness and Recreations Center:

For SAU Men's and Women's Track Coach Dan Tomlin '05, '10 MBA, the wait is finally over. He shares how the new Wellness & Recreation Center will benefit the track and field program and why, without your support, the building would not be possible. See the video here.

Vision and enthusiasm are contagious! So join Men's and Women's Track Coach Dan Tomlin '05, '10 MBA, on a tour of the new Wellness & Recreation Center to see where our Bee athletes will train, practice and compete. See the video here.

The St. Ambrose University Wellness & Recreation Center will serve more than athletes or students seeking fitness. It will also be a center for learning. Sandra Cassady, PhD., Dean of the College of Heath and Human Services, explains how the center's modern classrooms will benefit exercise science and kinesiology students. See the video here.

"Unique" describes every building on the SAU campus, just ask Physical Plant Director Jim Hannon '84. But, the new Wellness & Recreation Center is a building that goes beyond "unique." Watch this video to find out why.

Physical Plant Director Jim Hannon has been hands-on in planning and construction of the new Wellness & Recreation Center, but he is not the only Hannon who has pride in what the university, and all of its supporters, have accomplished. His entire family is excited. See this video about the family's SAU ties and deep pride.


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