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Student Activities


Frequently Asked Questions

How many clubs and organizations are there on campus?
St. Ambrose has over 80 student-run clubs and organizations in which students can get involved. The clubs and organizations are broken down into special interest groups, service organizations, recreational groups, departmental clubs, and honor societies. Student Activities also offers students the opportunity to start a club if it is not currently offered. See the list of clubs and organizations.

Is it easy to get involved?
Absolutely! Twice a year. Student Activities, in collaboration with the Campus Activities Board, holds Club Fest each year that allows clubs and organizations to share information about their group of prospective members. It's a great opportunity to look at some of the clubs and organizations and pick one that's right for you!
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Can you be involved and still get good grades?
Yes, you can still get great grades. Some students say involvement in a club or organization helped them get better grades because it taught them organizational and time management skills. It's all about finding a balance that works for you whether it's as an executive member or an active member in a group.
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What is the difference between Campus Activities Board (CAB) and Student Government Association (SGA)?
Campus Activities Board (CAB) and Student Government Association (SGA) are the two largest student-run organizations on campus.

CAB is comprised of student chairpersons and committee members that handle a large portion of the campus weekend social events. CAB's events include hosting bands, comedians and other fun events to entertain our campus community. CAB hosts a free event almost every week. They also plan Homecoming (October), Family Weekend (November), and Siblings Weekend (February).

SGA is comprised of students from each academic college and class that govern the student body and their concerns. They meet weekly, serve on faculty committees, provide input on university policy, and offer financial assistance to clubs and organizations. SGA freshman elections are held every September, and there are four seats open for the freshman class.
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What is there to do on weekends?
There are a number of things to do on the weekends both on and off campus. On campus, entertainment varies from enjoying a late night event, attending a concert at Galvin Fine Arts Center to watching one of our Fighting Bees sports teams compete. There are also numerous events sponsored by the Campus Activities Board as well as other clubs and departments. The Quad Cities also offers students an abundance of activities. The Figge Art Museum, Putnam Museum and North Park Mall are great places to spend time whether rain or shine. The iWireless Center holds concerts as well as the Adler Theater. If you don't have a car, Davenport has a public bus transportation system that students can ride for free with their SAU student ID!
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What is Welcome Week?
Welcome Week is designed to greet new members of the SAU community. It starts on the Sunday of the week when residence halls open. All students have an opportunity to participate in activities throughout the week. All of these opportunities are a great way to mix with your new classmates, renew friendships and gain a greater sense of the SAU community.

Event Planning Frequently Asked Questions

How do I submit a Funding request?
Ask SGA for a Money Request Form. The guidelines for this form are: When more than $50 is requested by the administration, campus organizations, clubs, honor societies, or any community organization, they must submit an SGA Money Request Form. Any representative from an outside club or organization must submit a money request at least four days prior to the SGA meeting. These requests must be accompanied by an itemized budget.

For all matters over $50, a simple majority will constitute approval.
Only money requests $50 or less need not be voted on, if met with presidential approval.

The criteria used for considering money requests shall include, but is not limited to: fundraising activities, organizational efforts, timeliness, amount of the St. Ambrose University student body affected, and the quality or educational value of the request. SGA will not be responsible for costs that include personal expenses, with the exception of expenses included in registration or fees for events.
Clubs and organizations shall meet with the Finance Committee to discuss the above criteria prior to formal request at the SGA meeting.
Clubs shall have 10 school days after an event to submit receipts for reimbursement. Allowances will only be made for extraordinary circumstances as deemed by the Treasurer and the Chairperson of the Clubs and Orgs/Finance Committee.

How do I prepare for Club Fest?
The following steps are needed for a successful Clubfest appearance:

  • Reserve a table by emailing the Graduate Assistant of Student Activities/Intercultural Life at
  • Make handouts for students interested in your organization
  • Have a signup sheet for potential members.
  • Have current members sign up to be at your table during Clubfest to talk about your organization and answer questions students might have.
  • Decorate your table
  • Talk to potential members about your organization; remember to sell it!


How do I reserve space for an event or check to see that space is available?
 Room Reservation policies must be made at least 14 days prior to the event. A list of rooms that can be reserved is listed as well. Please follow the room reservation policies in order to reserve a room on campus.