Homecoming 2024: Save the Date!

October 17-20

Homecoming Weekend is a busy weekend in the Quad Cities area. Hotels book quickly, so make plans and reserve your lodging early!

Specific information regarding reunions can be found on our Reunions page.


Homecoming Album

Alumni through the years

We asked and you answered! Thanks for submitting your college photos for our Homecoming photo album.

Facebook Album

Homecoming 2023 Event Schedule


We kick off Homecoming Weekend with Celebration of Generosity, an event that stewards and recognizes the university'sdonors. 

For more information, contact us events@sau.edu 800/SAU-ALUM or see below.

Celebration of Generosity 2023


Thursday, October 19
6:00pm, Rogalski Center Ballroom
St. Ambrose Campus

Semi-formal attire is encouraged 

A hosted event celebrating university donors and this year's Alumni Award winners from the three colleges.


Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony

In 1979, the St. Ambrose University Athletic Hall of Fame was developed to recognize the accomplishments of players and coaches who participated in intercollegiate athletics at St. Ambrose.

In 2023, the following individuals were inducted to the Hall of Fame on October 19:

Tom Broders, Stan Stolte, Matt Fitzpatrick, Dan Dowjotas, and Angie Schintock Fransk

A board comprised of alumni and former athletes select honorees from nominations.


Thursday, October 19, 2023
The Outing Club
2109 N Brady St. Davenport, IA



Friday is full of reunions and activities that showcase all of the great things happening on our campus.

For more information, contact us events@sau.edu 800/ SAU-ALUM. 

Hayes Courtyard Ribbon Cutting and Open House


Friday, October 20
3:30-5:00 pm 
Hayes Courtyard Space, Hayes Hall 

SAU Sustainability Committee ribbon cutting ceremony for the newly renovated Hayes Courtyard. Stop by to visit and see the new space!

Freeman Pollard Minority Scholarship Luncheon


Friday, October 20
12:00 pm, Rogalski Center Ballroom
$30/person or
$250/ Table Sponsorship (Reserved table of 8; company logo displayed on backdrop screen)

Join us Homecoming weekend for a fundraising event that helps grow a scholarship fund created in Pollard's honor to benefit minority students at St. Ambrose University. This year's keynote speaker for The Freeman Pollard Scholarship Luncheon will be Dr. Edward Rogalski.


Donate here and support this important scholarship fund. 

Be sure to select the Freeman Pollard Scholarship designation in the drop down menu when making your gift.

For more information, visit our Reunions page.

All Football Reunion- Friday


Attend Practice and Facilities Tour

All Football Reunion Social, 6-8 p.m.
Beehive, St. Ambrose Campus

Feel free to attend All Alumni Reunion at Circle Tap following the reunion.

50th Reunion Social- Class of 1973


Friday, October 20
6:00-8:00 pm, Gottlieb Conference Room, Rogalski Center, 3rd floor

A casual event that invited the Class of 1973 back to campus to celebrate their 50th reunion


For more information, visit our Reunions page.

40th Reunion Social- Class of 1983


Friday, Oct. 20
6:00 pm- Cocktails on rooftop bar at The Current Iowa
8:00 pm- All Alumni Reunion at Circle Tap (great time to pick up your reunion giveaway)


Event Organizers: 

Shelly Frieden 703-593-6413

Teri Kokjohn-Carroll 563-650-1331

Deb Lassen-Ealy 563-650-6849

Tina Tuerk-O'Keefe 847-347-4241

Nancy Mahoney-Timmreck 773-485-5513

Mike Mulgrew 416-936-3250

Jack Devine 630-408-6599

For more information, visit our Reunions page.

CANCELED- Black Alumni Gathering

The Black Alumni Reunion events were recently cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have questions, concerns or are interested in helping plan the future black alumni reunion, please contact Ryan Saddler or the Alumni Office at 563/333-6290 or Events@sau.edu.

All Alumni Reunion


Friday, October 20
7:00-10:00 p.m
Circle Tap
1345 W Locust St, Davenport, IA 52804

All alumni are invited to start Homecoming weekend at this local establishment. Stop by for some SAU swag, appetizers or a beverage (while supplies last). 


Those celebrating their 30th and 40th reunions can pick up their milestone SAU giveaway at the All Alumni Reunion. 


Saturday is action-packed with activities for everyone. We hope to see you at some of our events! 

For more information, contact us events@sau.edu 800/ SAU-ALUM.

Killer Bee 5K and Bumble Rumble Races


Saturday, October 21
8:00am Killer Bee Road Race - St. Vincent Athletic Complex (620 W Central Park Ave, Davenport, IA 52804)
Our Start/Finish will be located at the intersection of W Central Park Ave & Western Ave.  It will go straight to the bike path by Junge Park and a total distance to be 2.73.

9:00 Bumble Rumble Kids Race - Wellness and Recreation Center, St. Ambrose campus



Saturday, October 21
West Lawn in front of Rogalski Center

No cost to attend. Food/drinks available for purchase.

BeeUnion (previously Taste of Ambrose) is a family-friendly event filled with fun for all ages. 

  • Food and drinks
  • Bounce houses
  • Balloon artists
  • Face-painting
  • Caricature artists
  • DJ Dave Baker- KALA-FM (SAU Radio)

Be sure to stop by the Kids Table for fun activities and visit with author Maureen Valvassori '82, who will be signing copies of her children's book "A Is For Ambrose: The A to Z of an Amazing Saint."

Reunion classes may also pick up their milestone giveaway at BeeUnion!


Bayside Bistro - proud supporter of SAU Wine Festvial
Coffee Apothecary - SAU Alumni 
Pulse 84 Energy Station - SAU Alumni


Campus Tours


Saturday, October 21
9:00 am, starting on the east side of the Rogalski Center

Have you been inside the Wellness and Recreation Center or the McMullen Hall addition? If not, make time to see these campus additions and hear what else is new at SAU.

Walking tour takes about 1 hour.

Football Game


1:00 pm, St. Vincent Athletic Complex
620 W Central Park Ave, Davenport, IA 52804



  • Plan to arrive early for ease in parking and seating.  We are expecting a large crowd for this game.


  • Tailgating will occur in the most eastern lot (near the softball and soccer fields).
  • First come first serve for tailgating spots.
  • Lots open at 9 a.m.


  • Cash needed to purchase tickets.
  • Adults $7 / Children $5
  • Food/drinks available for purchase. Sodexo Campus Food Service will provide tailgate food from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. near the foot bridge outside the stadium (rain or shine).  Concessions are also available inside the stadium.  Cash and credit card accepted.  No outside food or drink allowed.


  • Abide by signage to ensure best experience for all guests.
  • If you are in need of assistance, please let a staff member know.
  • Golf carts are available for those with mobility issues.
  • Bring a lawn chair or blanket and enjoy the game from the berm! Bleacher seating is limited.
  • No outside food or drink allowed.
All Football Reunion- Saturday


Breakfast with the Football Team, 9:00 am
Cosgrove Cafeteria, St. Ambrose Campus
Still need to register? Contact Events@sau.edu or 563/333-6290.

Football Game, 1 p.m.
Some alumni will tailgate prior to the game in the eastern lot at SVAC. Lot opens at 9 a.m.
All football alumni receive complimentary admission to the game and are invited to gather in the south end zone during the game (seating for appx. 75 available). Please check in at the main gate. If you are registered for one of the events above, we will add your name to the free admission list. If you aren't able to attend the social and/or breakfast, but want to attend the game, please email Events@sau.edu to ensure you receive free admission to the game.
*Note: guests of football alumni will need to pay for their admission.

Coin toss by Coach Woodley and special recognition for the 1993 team. Please be at the stadium by 12:30 p.m. for a 12:45 p.m. line up. The 1993 team will line up along the end zone for the coin toss as Coach Woodley heads to center field.

Following the game, some alumni may visit Rookies.

50th Reunion Dinner- Class of 1973


Saturday, October 21
5:30-9:00 pm, Rogalski Center Ballroom

Join us for a casual buffet meal and social event for your 50th Reunion. Plenty of time to reminisce and share stories. Arrive by 6:30 pm for the class photo.

For more information on the Class of 1973 50th Reunion, visit our Reunions page.


40th Reunion Tailgate- Class of 1983


9 am - 11:30- Bee-Union activities on campus (learn more here) - note change, Bee-Union is replacing Taste of Ambrose event
10:00 am- 40th Reunion Campus Tour (45-60 minutes)
11:00 am- Bookstore stop
12:30 pm- Tailgate at stadium (food and drinks provided, look for the 40th reunion sign)
1:00 pm- Football game
4:00 pm-Gather at Rookies Sports Bar (2818 N. Brady Street, Davenport)


$179 - $379 per night, to access this special group rate use this link.
Marriott property, Autograph Collection


Event Organizers:

Shelly Frieden 703-593-6413

Teri Kokjohn-Carroll 563-650-1331

Deb Lassen-Ealy 563-650-6849

Tina Tuerk-O'Keefe 847-347-4241

Nancy Mahoney-Timmreck 773-485-5513

Mike Mulgrew 416-936-3250

Jack Devine 630-408-6599

For more details, visit our Reunions page.

Emeritus Reunion Dinner- Classes prior to 1973


Saturday, October 21
5:30-9:00 pm, Rogalski Center Ballroom

An event celebration those who graduated 50 or more years ago. A special recognition is given to the Class of 1973 as they celebrate their 50th reunion. Buffet meal and reserved seating for you and your classmates.


Black Alumni Reunion Dinner


The Black Alumni Reunion events were recently cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances.

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have questions, concerns or are interested in helping plan the future black alumni reunion, please contact Ryan Saddler or the Alumni Office at 563/333-6290 or Events@sau.edu.

Fall Music Concert with Alumni Performance

Choir and band alumni have the chance to take the stage once again in this unique event opportunity. Enjoy the fall choral and band concert where current SAU students will showcase their talents. Then alumni take the stage with separate performances by alumni choir members and alumni band members.


5:00 pm
Galvin Fine Arts Center, St. Ambrose Campus

The evening ends with a grand finale, the alma mater "Ambrosian Oaks."
Review the event schedule below and take a moment to register by Oct. 7, 2023 so we can provide the best experience possible.

In addition, we hope you enjoy the other Homecoming festivities throughout the weekend!

For questions, please review the FAQ section below.

5:00 - 5:45 pm- Choir alumni run-through

5:45 - 6:30 pm- Band alumni run-through - please bring instruments at this time. Stands will be provided.

6:30-7:15 pm- Pizza provided

7:30 pm- Concert: free of charge, open to all alumni & guests


Do I need to register to participate?
Registration is highly encouraged for this event for a few reasons. It is the only way we can get the music to you ahead of time. In addition, it takes great coordination to ensure we have a stage set up that will allow for all participants. Thank you in advance for helping us plan the best event possible.

How will I receive the music?
When you complete the registration form it will ask for your preference in terms of mail or email.

Is the music already selected?
At this time, the music selections are being reviewed. This is another important reason to register. It allows the faculty to see the participants and choose pieces that are best suited for the ensemble.

Is the event limited to alumni only?
No, we warmly welcome spouses, children and friends to attend the concert and watch all performers that evening.

Have a question not addressed here? Please contact Nathan Windt at 563-333-6146 or WindtNathanJ@sau.edu

BOLD Reunion- Classes of 2013-2023


Saturday, October 21
6:30-9:00pm, Beehive

Calling all Bees of the Last Decade (BOLD)! Join your fellow graduates from classes of 2013-2023 at this year's BOLD Homecoming Reunion.

Enjoy a hosted beer tasting featuring local beers and heavy appetizers, as well as wine, domestic beers and seltzers.

You can capture the night in the 360 Photo Booth as you reconnect with other BOLD alumni! There will be music, giveaways, and more! 



OCTOBER 22, 2023

We will wrap up Homecoming Weekend with Mass in Christ the King Chapel on campus. Come join us! 

For more information, contact us events@sau.edu 800/SAU-ALUM.



10:30 am, Chris the King Chapel on campus

Worship with us on campus! All are welcome. Reserved seating for the Class of 1973 as they celebrate their 50th Reunion.

Breakfast will be available in the Cosgrove Cafeteria after for those interested.

Homecoming FAQ


Below are some of the frequently asked questions regarding Homecoming weekend. 

Bookstore Hours

Bookstore hours for Homecoming Weekend 2023: 

Thursday 8:30am-6:30pm
Friday 8:30am- 6:00pm
Saturday 9:00am-3:00pm

Online store available 24/7.

General Q&A


What hotel do you recommend?
St. Ambrose University has partnered with the following nearby hotels to offer university guests a preferred hotel arrangement with discounted room rates. Please request the SAU Visitor Rate when booking.

Cambria Hotel
5061 Competition Dr., Bettendorf
Book the Cambria with this link

Home2Suites by Hilton
975 Utica Ridge Rd, Bettendorf
Book the Hilton with this link

Best Western Plus Steeplegate Inn
100 W. 76th St., Davenport
Book the Best Western with this link

Will I be able to see Fr. Catich's work while I am on campus?

  • Yes! The University is pleased to display much of Fr. Catich's work throughout campus. While you are visiting St. Ambrose, consider stopping by the following areas to appreciate his work:
    • Stations of the Cross and numerous pieces in the Chapel Gathering Space (near the North entrance).
    • Some slates are located on the 1st floor and additional work is on the 3rd floor of the Library. Library staff will be able to assist you.
    • In addition, you can view the Catich Collection Digital Archive anywhere, any time.

What buildings will be open during Homecoming weekend?

  • Typically, these buildings are open from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday.  This information will be verified closer to the Homecoming date.
    • Ambrose Hall
    • Cosgrove Hall (public spaces)
    • Hayes Hall
    • McCarthy Hall (public spaces)
    • McMullen Hall
    • Wellness and Recreation Center
    • Galvin Fine Arts Center
    • The Library
    • Christ the King Chapel
    • Rogalski Center
    • BeeHive Coffee Shop

All our residence halls require keycard access at all times for our students' safety. All off-campus buildings, including the Center for Health Sciences Education and the Dome will not be accessible during the weekend.

Event Q & A


What events are planned for the weekend?

  • Please see our Reunions and/or Homecoming pages for most up to date event listings and details.

Who are the Bees playing on Saturday?

  • St. Francis (Joliet, IL) Fighting Saints at 1 p.m. Arrive at St. Vincent Athletic Complex by 12:30 pm. to watch the pregame show performed by the SAU Fighting Bee Band!

Will campus tours be available?

  • Yes, a walking campus tour will be available at 9:00 am Saturday. If you're interested, gather on the east side of the Rogalski Center!

What is the suggested attire for the weekend's events?

  • Most events are casual unless otherwise stated

Where can I park on campus that weekend?

  • All parking areas will be open during the weekend, and guests are welcome to choose the lot most convenient for their plans. However, it's important to note that while parking spots will be available, those closest to the Rogalski Center might be at a premium. For those who are able to walk a short distance, we recommend parking in the lots across from the Galvin Fine Arts Center and McMullen Hall (west of Gaines Street). See all parking lots
Reunion Specific Q & A


What reunions are being celebrated this year?

Can I still come back if it isn't my reunion year?

  • Yes, we understand that your graduation year may not be the year (or only year) with which you identify. Visit the Reunions page for more information or to RSVP, or contact the Alumni Fffice at events@sau.edu or 800/SAU-ALUM

Are RSVPs required for the reunion?

  • We prefer to have an RSVP, but will accomodate some walk-ins. Please contact the Alumni Office at events@sau.edu or 800/SAU-ALUM to let us know if you are planning on attending! 

Can I pay the day of the reunion?

  • Yes, of course! We can take cash, check or credit card.

What type of accommodations can be made?

  • For all 2023 Reunions, contact the party in charge for more details.

Can I bring my children?

  • We love when you bring baby Bees to campus! Children are invited to many of our Homecoming festivities, but the reunions are typically limited to adult guests. Contact our office with any questions at 800/SAU-ALUM.

Will weather affect the reunions?

  • Rain plans will be communicated to all registered guests the day of the event. Watch our social media for updates!


It's Time to Connect

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