BEE-Coming Ambrosian

Get ready for a terrific new year at St. Ambrose!

Yes, you are now an Ambrosian! Welcome to our community!

Each year we create a great line-up of activities for your first week on campus, and we can't wait for you to realize the impact of a St. Ambrose education and the impact you will have on the world.

Click below to see the Welcome Week activities for our newest group of Ambrosians, the Class of 2021!

We will be posting the schedule for the Class of 2022 in early spring, so check back.

Making a Difference

students cleaning

Our students typically give more than 150,000 service hours each year to volunteer projects here and across the world.

Community Involvement

All the Comforts of Home

A residence hall is more than a place to live. Students living in our comfortable residence halls participate in recreational, educational, spiritual, and cultural programs that contribute to their overall growth and personal development.

ResLife at SAU

Welcome Week 2017
Move in, make some friends, and serve your community

Get a taste of what it will be like when you become a Fighting Bee!


Major events also are on the SAU Calendar!

*Events are subject to change, so check this list often or ask your RA!

Schedule - All Students

Sunday, August 20

9 a.m.–2 p.m. Residence Halls Open/Move-In

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Cindy's Tropical Ice Fundraiser for SAU Dance Marathon
Rogalski Drive and Ripley Street

Noon-3 p.m. Student Services open
Rogalski Center and Ambrose Hall

12:15-3 p.m. BEEcard ID pick-ups for Transfers
Rogalski Center, Residence Life Office

Noon-5 p.m. Library Activities
SAU Library
Come over to the library for fun and games! Sling some Angry Bees, try your luck at giant games (Connect Four, Dominoes, Jenga, etc.), mini-golf with librarians, and refreshments! Information Technology is open also: register your devices and if needed, reset passwords.

1:30-3 p.m. Accessibility Resource Center Orientation
Rogalski Center, Gottlieb Conference Room
The Accessibility Resource Center (formerly known as Student Disability Services) is hosting this session for students with disabilities. We will cover disclosure, confidentiality and how to access ARC resources and services. The session is repeated Tuesday at 9 a.m.

3-4 p.m. Welcome Mass
Christ the King Chapel
All students and families welcome

4-5:45 p.m. Kick-off Cookout and Saying Good-Bye
Rogalski Center 1st floor Patio
Share a last meal together and say goodbye before parents depart at 5:45 p.m. All students and families are invited.

5:30-7:15 p.m. Campus Tour for Commuter Students
Meet at Beehive

6-7:15 p.m. Residential Living 101: Mandatory Floor Meeting
Residence Halls

7:30-8:30 p.m. New Student Seminar and Non-NSS
Required for all First Year students
Find out your homeroom from your RA or Peer Assistant. Prepare for tomorrow's service adventure: Urban Plunge!

8:45-10:45 p.m. Playfair!
Rogalski Center Ballroom
Interactive icebreakers. Come meet your classmates - quickly!

Monday, August 21 – Urban Plunge

7:30-8:45 a.m. Breakfast in Cosgrove Dining Hall

8 a.m. Group 1: meet, organize, and depart
Rogalski Center Ballroom

9 a.m. Group 2: meet, organize and depart
Rogalski Center Ballroom

11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Lunch with your Urban Plunge group
Homeroom locations
Sodexo "catering" lunch (Lunch buffets - Nachos! on site)

1-3 p.m. Kinesiology Internship Poster Presentation
Rogalski Center, 2nd floor rotunda

3 p.m. Tech Tips for New Students
Library Media Room, Lower Level
Learn about using the Portal, Blackboard, Gmail, and Beeline, register your device on the SAU network, and learn smarter ways to print your papers!

4:30-6:30 p.m. Multicultural House Social
Multicultural House, 411 W. Locust St. (across from Cosgrove Parking Lot and adjacent to Kreiter Hall)
Join Ambrosians of increasingly varied ethnic and racial backgrounds who have found a home within our small but vibrant multicultural community. Create a fellowship among students, faculty, staff, and alumni as you engage in dialogue, games, and food at the BEE-Cultural Cookout! Sponsored by the Office of Intercultural Life and Office of Diversity

5-6:15 p.m. Dinner
Cosgrove Dining Hall

5:30-8 p.m. The Main Event
Presented by Residence Life

9-10:30 p.m. Late Night @ SAU: Six Appeal A Capella
Rogalski Center Patio
Six Appeal is a world class vocal ensemble infused with sharp comedic timing, and the energy and vitality of a rock band. Swearing off instruments, the award-winning vocal band Six Appeal takes you on a journey that spans decades of music - performing classic oldies, current chart toppers, and catchy original tunes - completely a cappella. Presented by CAB

Tuesday, August 22 – Campus Connections

7:15-9 a.m. Breakfast
Cosgrove Dining Hall

8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. BeeCentral
Did you miss the One-Stop Student Services? Offices are open all day to help you with what you need.

9 a.m.-6 p.m. DIY Depot Cart in the SAU Library
Make and take a paper globe or a postcard house ornament to kick-off this year's Arts and Sciences project theme Faces of Globalization. The DIY Depot cart for globes and ornaments runs through August!

9-10 a.m. Accessibility Resource Center Orientation
Rogalski Center, Gottlieb Conference Room
Session repeated from Aug. 20.

10 a.m. Tech Tips for New Students
Library Media Room, Lower Level
Learn about using the Portal, Blackboard, Gmail, and Beeline, register your device on the SAU network, and learn smarter ways to print your papers!

10-11 a.m. "Day in the Life of an Ambrosian" Campus Tour
Departs from Rogalski Center 2nd floor rotunda
Required for all First Year students. Bring your class schedule and learn where your classes are to get ready for the first day of college!

11 a.m.-Noon Academic Convocation & Blessing of the Academic Year 
Rogalski Center Ballroom

Convocation speaker: Larry Skillin, PhD, associate professor and chair of the History Department

Noon-1:30 p.m. Lunch with Faculty
Cosgrove Dining Hall
Meet and eat with SAU faculty in a casual setting before you see them in class tomorrow.

1-3 p.m. Information Literacy 101 Test-Out
Library Media Room, Lower Level
Students should call the Reference Desk (563-333-6245) to register and see if they qualify to complete the test out for IL101. If you successfully test out, you will have the IL101 requirement waived for graduation, but will not receive credit on your transcript.

1-4 p.m. Bookstore Opening Event
Rogalski Center, 1st and 2nd floors
Stop in and check out the great merchandise and sales at your University bookstore! Win cool prizes, apparel, and coupons.

1:30 p.m. Music Theory Placement Test
Galvin Room 120

2 p.m. College of Business Open House
Rogalski Center Ballroom

8-9 p.m. Take Two: Sexual Assault Awareness Program
Galvin Fine Arts Center, Allaert Auditorium

9-9:30 p.m. Let's Talk: Debrief with NSS/Honors/non-NSS groups
NSS Homeroom locations

10-11:30 p.m. Late Night @ SAU - Movie: Moana
Rogalski Center, Front Lawn. Sponsored by CAB

Wednesday, August 23 – Classes Begin

11 a.m.-3 p.m. Spin Magic
Rogalski Center Patio
Presented by CAB

6 p.m. Theatre Picnic
Allaert Auditorium, Galvin Fine Arts
Open to all students interested in taking the stage or working behind the scenes!

9:15 p.m. Mass in the Grotto
Join us for Mass; a social will follow. Sponsored by Campus Ministry

Thursday, August 24

4:30 p.m. Daily Mass

6 p.m. Theater Audition Workshop
Galvin Fine Arts Center

6 p.m. Music Ministry

8 p.m. Comedian/Magician Michael Kent
Rogalski Center Ballroom. Sponsored by CAB

10 p.m. Late Night @ SAU
Sponsored by Wellness and Recreation

Friday, August 25

Noon, Daily Mass

7 p.m. Quad City River Bandits
Modern Woodman Stadium, 209 S. Gaines St., Davenport
Watch the River Bandits take on Cedar Rapids in the "most beautiful minor league ballpark in the U.S." Only 200 tickets are available to students on a first-come, first-serve basis at the ballpark.

10 p.m. Late Night @ SAU: Trivia Night!!!
Rogalski Center Ballroom/Food Court
Free. Form a team and win some fun prizes! Presented by CAB

Saturday, August 26 - Explore the Quad Cities! 

Explore the Quad Cities!
Take the city bus--your SAU ID is a bus pass too! Go the Figge Art Museum (also free with SAU ID), catch a River Bandits game, or check out the local coffee shops. Just be sure to be back on campus for the evening's entertainment!

1-3 p.m. Information Literacy 101 Test-Out
Library Media Room, Lower Level

10 p.m. Late Night @ SAU: Grocery BINGO!!!
Rogalski Center Ballroom
Free. Win some groceries and other fun prizes to start off the semester right!

Sunday, August 27

10:30 a.m. Mass
This is the regular Sunday morning Mass time.

5-6 p.m. PRISM Cook-out
Rogalski Center Patio
Sponsored by SAU LGBT and Allies Organization

6:30 p.m. Mass
This is the regular Sunday evening Mass time.

8 p.m. Student Government Association (SGA) First Meeting
Rogalski Center, Gottlieb Conference Room
Come learn more about student government, meet your student Senate, and get involved!

Monday, August 28

6 p.m. Music Ministry

8-10 p.m. Athletic Orientation
Rogalski Center Ballroom
Mandatory for all fall and spring athletes

Tuesday, August 29

2-4 p.m. Club Fest and Vendor Fair!
Rogalski Center, 1st floor patio (Rain site: Rogalski Center Ballroom)
Get involved! Sign up and learn about clubs and organizations on campus. Vendors from the community will also be in attendance showing their goods and recruiting volunteers.

5-6 p.m. International Mixer
Come experience a world of food, music and fun. Sample a mixture of treats, mingle with international and returning Study Abroad students, and meet the Center for International Education staff. All students, staff, and faculty are welcome. Sponsored by Center for International Education

7 p.m. Spirit Traditions Night
Lee Lohman Arena
Come out for walking taco and a fun event following the Women's Volleyball Game as the SAU Marching Band, Cheer, and Dance Teams along with members of SGA, Alumni, and Faculty/Staff take us through popular traditions here at SAU – new and old. Learn the fight song and popular chants that will be played/used during Athletic Events along with hearing about exciting things to look forward to throughout the year. Go Bees!

9 p.m. Bridge Bible Fellowship

Wednesday, August 30

8 p.m. Ambrosians for Peace and Justice Meeting
Lower Chapel

9:15 p.m. Mass and More

So, what's next?

Are you ready to take the next step? St. Ambrose offers more than 60 programs and 27 athletic teams and sports to join on campus. Become an Ambrosian today!