"I visited the campus several times, and whenever I was there people would come up to me and say ‘Hi.’ It made me feel more comfortable and I felt like I was a part of the community already."
Damon became an Ambrosian in 2017 and his ties to SAU became stronger. As a leading Midwestern university committed to academic excellence, the liberal arts, social justice and service, we mirror Damon’s academic and personal values.
Hometown: Keokuk, Iowa
Damon graduated top of his class, excelled in school activities, sports, and at his church, All Saints Catholic, where he serves as a Lector. He embraced leadership roles, tutored at-risk students, was a coach and referee for YMCA youth basketball and soccer leagues, and ran his own lawn care business. In four years, he gave 540 hours of service to his school, peers, and community. His experience and desire to continue helping others earned Damon a full tuition scholarship from SAU.
"I have always been a devout Catholic. I never made a firm decision that I had to attend a Catholic university, but having that church on campus is a great resource. I can walk out of my dorm and go to Mass," Damon says. St. Ambrose University is independent, diocesan, and Catholic, and we enable all students to develop intellectually, spiritually, ethically, socially, artistically, and physically to enrich their own lives and the lives of others.
Why does SAU stand out?
During a campus visit, a business professor gave Damon his personal cell phone number and invited the then-prospective student to call anytime. Damon says it spoke volumes about the personalized education we provide, taught by professors dedicated to helping each student succeed. He didn’t want to miss this opportunity. "When you are able to develop relationships with the people who are teaching you, they are more likely to help you."
Why Choose to Major in Business Economics or Finance?
SAU’s College of Business is the first step in Damon’s plan. He aspires to become a lawyer, working specifically with mergers and acquisitions. Diving into a business education takes him deeper into the subject than ever before. "It will be a big change for me but also a lot of fun," he says. Our leading academic programs will provide the business foundation Damon desires, and our over-arching focus on social justice will prepare Damon to attend law school and impact the world.