Bee Happy Hour

Cheers to SAU!

Make plans to celebrate our 16th annual Bee Happy Hour in 2024!  We can't wait to raise a glass with you! 

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2024, 4:30-6:30 PM* 
*Times may vary. See your desired location below for specific timing details.

We have secured 2024 Bee Happy Hour locations, if you are interested in hosting in 2025, please reach out to events@sau.edu to be added to the interest list. Thank you!

If there's a Bee Happy Hour near you, we hope you'll attend.  If not, make plans to gather with a group of Ambrosians near you or organize an online toast.  Send us your pictures taking part in this favorite alumni tradition!

CURRENT LOCATIONS FOR 2024:
*Locations may change. Keep checking this page for the most up-to-date information! 

Bettendorf, IA- 4:30pm-6:30pm at Crawford Brew Works (3659 Devils Glen Rd, Bettendorf, IA 52722)

Bloomington, IL- 4:30-6:30pm at Schooners (810 E Grove St., Bloomington, IL 61701)

Cary, IL-4:30-6:30pm at Galati's Hideaway (800 Feinberg Court, Cary, IL 60013)

Chicago, IL #1- 5:30pm-6:30pm at Open Outcry Brewing Company Rooftop (10934 S Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60643)

Chicago, IL #2- 4:30-6:30pm at River Roast (315 N LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60654)

Des Moines, IA- 4:30-6:30pm at Either/Or (6222 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312)

Edwards, IL- 4:30-6:30pm at Ludy's Tiny Home (8812 W Schmitt Ln, Edwards, IL 61528) - Hosted by Lynn '84 and Dan '85 Ludolph at their home

Indianapolis, IN- 4:30-6:30pm at The Garage Food Hall (906 Carrollton Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202)

Iowa City, IA- 4:30-6:30pm at Big Grove Brewery & Taproom (1225 S Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA 52240)

Madison, WI- 4:30-6:30pm at Wisconsin Brewing (109 American Way, Verona, WI 53593)

Minneapolis, MN- 4:30-6:30pm at Wooden Hill Brewing Company (7421 Bush Lake Rd, Edina, MN 55439)

Muscatine, IA-  4:30-6:30pm at Contrary Brewing Co. (411 W Mississippi Dr, Muscatine, IA 52761) 

St. Charles, IL-  4:30-6:30pm at St. Charles Rookies (1545 W Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174)

St. Louis, MO- 4:30-7:00pm at Top Golf St. Louis- Midtown (3201 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103) 

Sublette, IL- 4:30pm-6:30pm at La Fiesta (107 W Main St, Sublette, IL 61367)

Waukesha, WI- 4:30-6:30pm at Morningstar Golfers Club (S77W26285 Prairieside Dr., Waukesha, WI 53189)

 Email events@sau.edu for more information

A Toast to SAU

Calling all Ambrosians!

A chance for all Ambrosians to toast to their alma mater, no matter where they may be.

2024 CURRENT LOCATIONS

2024 CURRENT LOCATIONS

See below for details on 2024 Bee Happy Hour in your area! 

Hosts: Fill out the Host Participation Form here! 

Bettendorf, IA

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Crawford Brew Works (3659 Devils Glen Rd, Bettendorf, IA 52722)

Bloomington, IL

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Schooners (810 E Grove St, Bloomington, IL 61701)

Cary, IL

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Galati's Hideaway (800 Feinberg Court, Cary, IL 60013)

Chicago, IL #1

Time: 5:30-6:30pm

Location: Open Outcry Brewing Company Rooftop (10934 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643)

Chicago, IL #2

Time: 4:30-6:30pm 

Location: River Roast (315 LaSalle St, Chicago, IL 60654

Des Moines, IA

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Either/Or (6222 Grand Ave, Des Moines, IA 50312) 

Edwards, IL

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Ludy's Tiny Home (8812 W Schmitt Ln, Edwards, IL 61528) - Hosted by Lynn '84 and Dan '85 Ludolph at their home

Iowa City, IA

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Big Grove Brewery & Taproom (1225 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240)

Indianapolis, IN

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: The Garage Food Hall (906 N Carrollton Ave, Indianapolis, IN 46202) 

Madison, WI

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Wisconsin Brewing 109 American Way, Verona, WI 53593

Minneapolis, MN

Time: TBD

Location:  Wooden Hill Brewing Company (7421 Bush Lake Rd, Edina, MN 55439)

Muscatine, IA

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

 

Sublette, IL

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: La Fiesta (107 W Main St, Sublette, Il 61367)

 

St. Charles, IL

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: St. Charles Rookies (1545 W Main St, St. Charles, IL 60174)

St. Louis, MO

Time: 4:30-7:00pm 

Location: TopGolf St.Louis- Midtown (3201 Chouteau Ave, St. Louis, MO 63103)

Waukesha, WI

Time: 4:30-6:30pm

Location: Morningstar Golfers Club (S77W26285 Prairieside Dr., Waukesha, WI 53189)

Organizing a Bee Happy Hour

See above for those areas in need for an organizer.

St. Ambrose alumni who live in cities across the nation can volunteer to organize a Bee Happy Hour event for other Ambrosians in their area. Below is a summary of what's involved if you'd like to help with this event.  Have other questions?  Contact the Alumni Office at 563/333-6290 or alumni@sau.edu for more information.

Responsibilities of the Local Organizer
  1. Complete Bee Happy Hour Host Participation form to express your interest.
  2. Reserve a location in your area to host BEE Happy Hour.
  3. Recruit alumni volunteers to help support the event; serve as contact for volunteers
  4. Encourage attendance by calling /emailing/messaging alumni in your area. Lists can be provided by the Alumni Engagement Office. The information provided is confidential and may not be used for purposes other than contacting alumni regarding BEE Happy Hour.
  5. "Like", "Share" & "Comment" on BEE Happy Hour communications (Alumni Facebook Page, BEE Happy Hour FB event, and Alumni Instagram).
  6. Notify the Alumni Engagement Office staff of any alumni changes, such as change of address, incorrect/new phone number or email address, etc.
  7. Send a reminder to alumni the week of the event.
  8. Contact the restaurant/venue a week prior to the event to confirm the date, time and other important information for your BEE Happy Hour.
  9. Attend BEE Happy Hour for your location on Thursday, June 13, 2024 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Arrive by 4 p.m.). Don't forget to wear your shirt!
  10. Take photos during your BEE Happy Hour. Please promote and tag us on social media so we can see the fun taking place all over the country!
  11. Send the Check-in sheet, bee in touch forms, and photos to the Alumni Engagement Office at events@sau.edu within one week of the event. 

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How the Alumni Engagement Office Can Help

We want your party to be a success, so here are the ways we can help you:

  • Provide a list of area alumni (if requested)
  • Provide advice based on event experience
  • Recurring group emails with reminders
  • Promote the event through our alumni e-newsletter and all social media platforms
  • Send an email invitation (4-6 weeks before the event) and a follow-up reminder (1-2 weeks before the event) to area alumni
  • Provide SAU supplies and giveaways (name tags, check-in sheet, etc.)
Alma Mater Toast

No matter where you are on Thursday, June 13, you can celebrate Bee Happy Hour!  Here's the toast:

We gave you our time, you gave us a degree.
To celebrate, here's a beverage between you and me;
Here's to memories that have never been fonder,
To returning to campus,
If only to wander,
To friendships tested, tried and true,
Here's to your health,
and to St. Ambrose U!

It's Time to Connect

Are you ready to reconnect with your alma mater? The St. Ambrose University Alumni Office has so many ways to stay involved, no matter where you are in life. Become an engaged alumnus today!