Building Our Future

Largest, Single capital project in school history

We're in the home stretch of our campaign for the much needed and long awaited Wellness and Recreation Center!

This is the largest single capital project in the school's history and we need your help to reach our $18.5 million goal. Step up and make a gift today!

All In For Ambrose

$18.33 million

Dollars Raised

As of March 15

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News and Events

Blessing and Dedication

The blessing and dedication of the new Wellness and Recreation Center was Friday, September 29 (Homecoming weekend). Check out the latest WRC video timeline here!

Updates on campaign events and other items of interest:

  • Video report on the groundbreaking and building
  • Photos on Flickr of the groundbreaking

Take a Look Inside


Welcome to our 56,000 square-foot field house featuring a 200-meter, six lane competition track plus pole vaulting area, long- and triple- jump pits; and four basketball/volleyball courts,a 2-story cardio/weightlifting workout center plus a separate varsity exercise room and club room.

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Go All In For Ambrose!

The WRC is the largest single capital project undertaken, and we ask you to participate as fully as you are able to help us reach our $18.5 million goal.

Gifts of $1,250 and above (which can be paid over a period of five years) will be recognized on a donor wall in the main lobby of the new building.We hope you, too, will choose to be ALL IN FOR AMBROSE!

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Donor Testimonials

These are testimonials from donors who support the construction of the Wellness and Recreation Center, the priority project of the Building our Future campaign.

"When I was at St. Ambrose in the early 80s, I did everything that I could - the Student Union, SGA, Residence Hall advisor, club leader...I was Barney the Bee! The Ambrose experience then, and now, is much more than academics. All of those activities launched my life. I hope others will give because they've enjoyed the benefits of other who gave before them. That's what we need to do to keep St. Ambrose strong." Frank Mallerdino '84

"As a parent, I know that in a few years, when my children begin looking for colleges, we will be looking for an institution that has the world to offer not just in text and teachers, but also in health of body and spirit. As a proud alumna I feel like my donation to a new rec center will help keep St. Ambrose the leader in all areas, the leader it has always been – and with our help always will be." Andrea Haga ‘98

"Pope Francis has written that 'people who work must take the time to relax, to be with their families, to enjoy themselves, read, listen to music, play a sport.' Our students have many outlets for recreation but for many years the recreational sports facilities on campus have been inadequate. This new Wellness and Recreation Center will provide opportunities for the necessary change of pace that will round out their daily lives, strengthen their bodies and enliven their spirits."  Fr. George McDaniel '66

"Prospective students of today are looking for better facilities, particularly in regard to their personal wellness, as they make campus visits. I see this campaign as one piece of the larger puzzle in making an institution that is close to many of our hearts into an even greater place where young people can encounter the Lord and be formed in body, mind and spirit." Fr. Thom Hennen '00

"We are passionate about the wellness and recreation center for a number of reasons. SAU excels in many areas of academia, as well as others. Wellness is a huge topic on everyone's mind; we believe schools must be likewise and provide great wellness facilities for their students to start life-long wellness patterns."  Rev. Kevin '81 DO and Mary '81 Emge

"Throughout my years at St. Ambrose, I have given to many projects because I want to support the community that has so enriched my life and has given me a meaningful career. I particularly support this project because it provides to both employees and students accessibility to fitness, which is so important for having a holistically healthy lifestyle." Allison Ambrose, Associate Dean, School of Business; Professor of Accounting

"Cathy and I have had the opportunity to see first-hand how every new building or renovation has impacted the lives and education of our students, and more personally through the education and life on campus experienced by our sons. The strength of St. Ambrose University is that it continues to respond to the needs of current and future Ambrosians, and we are proud to support those efforts." Jim Hannon '84
Director, SAU Physical Plant 

"I support the Building our Future campaign because I feel strongly about the role St. Ambrose has played in my life, and I believe in giving back. There is no more important priority right now than the building of a new Wellness & Recreation Center. It will benefit the entire campus community and be a vital asset when recruiting future generations of students."
Joe O'Rourke, Sr., '72
Member, SAU Board of Trustees


Sally Crino, Associate Vice- President, Campaign Director

Alumni House: 1527 Brady St.
Mail: 518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803

So, what's next?

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