Bee the Difference Month

30 Days of Prayer and Service: Nov 6-Dec 7

We are challenged to more intentionally live out our institutional calling to Prayer & Service.

President Amy Novak calls all Ambrosians to participate in Bee the Difference Month: 30 Days of Prayer and Service.

The initiative starts with Bee the Difference Day on Nov. 6, and continues through our annual Feast of Saint Ambrose Day on Dec. 7. 

Take a look at the 2023 Bee the Difference Month activities and plan to join the Alumni Board next year in bee-ing the difference in our world! 

If you are interested in hosting an event in November or early December of 2024, please email for more details. 

Bee The Difference Day

Ambrosian Community

Bee the Difference Days are organized by dedicated alumni volunteers in various community local communities. Help us make an Ambrosian impact!

Bee the Difference!
Nov. 6- Dec. 7

Bee the Difference Month invites all members of the St. Ambrose community - students, staff, faculty and alumni - to live out one of the institution's core values: service.

Ways to Be Involved

Join Together in Prayer

Download the prayer card
Click here to download
The St. Ambrose community is called to join together in a daily prayer written by Rev. Robert "Bud" Grant, Professor of Theology and Co-Director of the Academy for the Study of Saint Ambrose of Milan. The prayer is inspired by the writings of Saint Ambrose.

View the daily prayer reflections
The St. Ambrose community is called to join together in daily prayer throughout Bee the Difference Month. Reflections will be written by President Amy Novak, students, faculty and staff throughout the month to keep our focus and faith front of mind.

Submit the names of those you've lost
Beginning with All Souls Day (Wednesday, Nov. 2), the month of November is a special time in the Catholic Church to remember and pray for those we have loved and lost. Please complete the form to include the names of anyone you'd like us to remember in our November prayers and Masses. In addition, alumni who've passed away in the last year are recognized with a special display in Christ the King Chapel. May we join together as a St. Ambrose family to support those who are grieving.

Serve Your Community

Serve Your Community
SAU Alumni Board members
make it easy for alumni to serve their communities.  Check out these alumni organized service events.

Bee Counted
Don't forget to track your hours, which helps us promote the immense impact of our Ambrosian community.

Share the SAU Impact
And don't forget to share your experiences on social media, using #BeeTheDifferenceMonth!  Let's BEE Proud of what we accomplish as an Ambrosian community.

Quad Cities

Thank you to everyone who participated in the following event! If you are interested in hosting your own event, please email

Sunday, December 3, 2023

12:00pm to 2:30pm at the Eldridge Fire Department (120 N. 2nd Street, Eldridge)

Organized by Katie Schroeder '02, ‘05

Making baked goods for Café on Vine and/or King's Harvest to help the homeless in our area. 


Thank you to everyone who participated in the following event! If you are interested in hosting your own event, please email

Feed My Starving Children
Saturday, November 25, 2023 at 9:45am-10:45am
740 Wiley Farm Court, Schaumburg, IL 60173
Learn more and sign up


Thank you to everyone who participated in the following event! If you are interested in hosting your own event, please email

Milwaukee Bee the Difference Event!

Join us in supporting the St. Vincent dePaul Meal Program. For over 39 years, the St. Vincent dePaul Meal Program has provided hot nutritious meals to children and adults at two sites in out community.

The Meal Progam is currently looking for men's clothing and seasonal items, including blankets. Some suggestions for donations:

  • gently used men's coats, boots, and clothing
  • new packages of undershirts, underwear, socks
  • gloves, hats, scarves
  • blankets (new or gently used)
  • toiletries
  • cash

Contact Ann Murray Baker '88 with any questions

From Anywhere!

No matter where you live, it's likely that you can make a difference in the following ways:

  • Volunteer at a local animal shelter
  • Help out at a local food pantry
  • Spend part of Thanksgiving Day serving those less fortunate
  • Be a volunteer at an upcoming road race, 5K, etc.

Set up a donation drive wherever you please!

  • Flexible - whenever it works in your schedule
  • Volunteers needed to host donation drives - at your local business, gathering with your friends, hosting virtual, wherever!
  • Toy and coat drives are needed seasonally
Pay it Forward

Join a Community of Loyal Alumni Donors
Together, we shape the education and opportunities St. Ambrose has to offer students today, and for generations to come. Join us in their journey by making a gift to the Ambrose Annual Fund, and make their dreams a reality

Every Gift Matters
Mark your calendars and take part in our Giving Tuesday festivities by making a gift to your favorite area on campus on Tuesday, November 28. Check out our areas to give.

Bee-Come an SAU Ambassador
Join our St. Ambrose Ambassadors to get updates on upcoming campus events and ways to get involved. Complete this form to become as Ambassador today!

Ready to Host A Bee the Difference Day?

Hosting a Bee the Difference Day

Did you know Ambrosians around the nation celebrate our collective tradition through teaching, learning, scholarship, service, and the pursuit of justice and peace with their own annual day of service? Bee the Difference days are organized by dedicated alumni volunteers in various local communities.

Detailed online forms will guide you through the steps, and the Office of Alumni Engagement can work with you to help make your event a success.  The Office of Alumni Engagement suggests that you start planning about 8-10 weeks in advance and confirm details 6 weeks prior to the event. Email for more details. 

Responsibilities of the Local Planner/Host

• Decide what organization you wish to work with; consider the number of alumni in your geographic area
• Select the appropriate venue and timeframe
• Reserve a spot at a local restaurant for lunch or drinks after the project
• Provide details to the Office of Alumni Engagement
• Collect RSVP's as they come in
• Coordinate logistics locally (reserve the venue, enlist other volunteers)
• Manage the event onsite (check the setup, greet alumni, manage the flow of the service day, clean up at the end of event)
• Provide the Office of Alumni Engagement with a list of attendees after the event

How the Alumni Engagement Office and Alumni Board can help

• Provide a list of area alumni (after volunteer has completed a confidentiality agreement)
• Provide advice based on event experience from alumni board members
• Send a formal 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.)

Next Steps

Communicate your interest in hosting a local Bee the Difference Day by emailing  We'll note your interest in an event for next year.  Then, our staff and volunteers will guide you through the planning and event management process. 

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!