2019 Homecoming - Sept. 20-22

Let's reconnect and reminisce!

event schedule subject to change

Alumni Get Together - Sept. 20, 7 p.m. - midnight
Circle Tap, 1345 W. Locust St.
Meet friends and enjoy complimentary appetizers and beer.  This event has become a favorite way alumni kick off Homecoming weekend at a familiar watering hole.

24th Annual Killer Bee - Sept. 21, 8 a.m. for 5K and 9 a.m. for Bumble Rumble
St. Ambrose campus
Hit the road with fellow bees in this fun race near campus.
Questions regarding the race should be directed to Dan Tomlin, 563-333-6236.

Campus Tours - Sept. 21, times TBD
Meet outside the Rogalski Center (east entrance)
Student-led campus walking tours lasting approximately one hour with stops at the Chapel and Wellness and Recreation Center.

Basement to Attic Tour - Ambrose Hall - Sept. 21 at 9:30 a.m.
Meet outside the Rogalski Center (east entrance)
Take part in an in-depth tour of Ambrose Hall with the St. Ambrose Director of Physical Plant Jim Hannon '82.  Learn about the building's history and renovations.  Revisit your time as a student by climbing all four flights of stairs to the top (and then back down)!

SAU Archives Open House - Sept. 21, 10 a.m. - noon
St. Ambrose Library, 1st floor
Explore photos, yearbooks, newspapers, and memorabilia from through St. Ambrose's history.  If you'd like to donate your SAU items, our Archivist will be on hand to assist.  Light refreshments served.

Taste of Ambrose - Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
St. Ambrose campus, in front of Rogalski Center
The party before the game!  Come see the Barney the Bee and members of our spirit squad.  Enjoy the face painter, caricature artist, bounce houses, photo booth, and giveaway game.  Grab some food (and even a drink) before heading to the first home football game of the season!  It's a family-friendly event that attracts alumni from all reunion years. 

Fighting Bee Football - Sept. 21 at 1 p.m. (pre-game show starts at 12:40 p.m.)
Brady Street Stadium
Be a part of history as SAU school spirit takes center stage.  The new marching band will take the field and debut their uniforms.  See the amazing pre-game and halftime shows created by our marching band, cheerleaders, and dance team.  And cheer the Bees on to victory!  Tickets available for purchase at the stadium.

Class and Affinity Reunion
Held at various times and in various locations. 
This year's reunions include the Class of 1969 (50th Reunion), the BOLD Reunion (classes 2009-2019), the Emeritus Reunion, and affinity reunions (to be announced later)
Visit the Reunions page for more details.

Homecoming Mass - Sept. 22 at 10:30 a.m.
Christ the King Chapel
Celebrate Mass on campus once again.  Students, alumni, and parents come together to end Homecoming weekend in our campus chapel.

McMullen Legacy Circle Brunch - Sept. 22, 11:45 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
The Outing Club
By special invitation only.  A brunch celebrating those whove made provisions for St. Ambrose in their estate plans.  Class of 1969 invited as this year's special guests.

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Not sure if you have a reunion this year?

50th reunion alumni gather

Not all of our events require registration, but many of our reunions do. Visit our Reunions page for more details or contact the Alumni Office.


Homecoming FAQ (updated Sept. 2018)

Bookstore Hours

During Homecoming, the bookstore will be open Friday and Saturday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Sunday from 9:30 a.m. to noon.  The bookstore is located in the Rogalski Center.

In addition, the bookstore will hold a raffle for five $50 gift cards.  Stop by for your chance to win!

General Q&A

What hotel do you recommend?  The preferred hotel of St. Ambrose University is the Best Western PLUS SteepleGate Inn, located just off I-80 on the north side of Davenport. Information about the hotel and rates can be found online.  There are a number of other hotels in town that may fit your needs. Some may offer a special rate if you mention you are returning for SAU's Homecoming.

Will the bookstore be open?  Yes! The hours are Friday and Saturday from 8am to 6pm and Sunday from 9:30am to noon. The bookstore is located on the bottom level of the Rogalski Center and is always available online.

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:  CStations of the Cross and numerous pieces in the gathering space.  Lsome slates are located on the 1st floor and additional work is on the 3rd floor. 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?  Galvin Fine Arts Center, the Library, Christ the King Chapel, and the Rogalski Center will be open through most of the weekend.  Ambrose, Cosgrove, Hayes, McCarthy, McMullen Halls and the Wellness and Recreation Center will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, allowing alumni the chance to reminisce.  All our residence halls require keycard access at all times for our students' safety.  All off-campus buildings, including the Center for Health Sciences and the Dome will not be accessible for general alumni tours, but may be hosting specific events.

Event Q&A

What events are planned for the weekend?  A full list of events can be found above.

Who are the Bees playing on Saturday?  Missouri Baptist at 1 pm. Make sure to be at the stadium by 12:40 pm to see the pregame show!

Will campus tours be available?  Yes, tours are offered on Saturday.  See the details above.

What is the suggested attire, parking, RSVP policy, etc. for the weekend's events?  Each event has different criteria. Please check your specific event for these details. Causal attire is acceptable unless otherwise noted.

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 that are able to walk a short distance, we recommend parking in the lots across from the Galvin Fine Arts Center and McMullen Hall (on the other side of Gaines Street).

Reunion Specific Q&A

What reunions are being celebrated this year?  1968 Men (50th)/Emeritus (including 55th reunion for Class of 1963), Bees of the Last Decade (2008-2018), Lacrosse Team, Dance Marathon, African American/Black Alumni & Friends, Physical Therapy

Are the nurses celebrating a reunion this year?  The Nurses of 1958 will be attending the Emeritus Reunion on September 22 to celebrate their 60th reunion.

Who's invited to the Emeritus reunion?  Anyone who has graduated prior to 1969.

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. All we ask is that you RSVP for the reunion you plan to attend. If you wish to change your reunion year, please let our office know so you can be alerted of activities related to your preferred years.

Are RSVPs required for the reunion?  In order to provide a quality experience, we ask that those attending their reunion RSVP online or by contacting the Alumni Office at 800-SAU-ALUM.

Can I pay the day of the reunion?  Many reunions have reduced pricing for paying early which may affect your decision. Please check out the Event Store for details on your specific reunion.  BOLD and Stingers will accept payment at the door, but it will be $20 instead of $15.  Emeritus will accept payment at the door, but attendees must pay before Aug. 31 to get the $30 price. The price at the door will be $40 per person.

What type of accommodations can be made?  1968/Emeritus - The Rogalski Center is handicap accessible and dietary accommodations can be made if Alumni staff are alerted one week prior to the event.  BOLD - The Alumni House is handicap accessible. Dietary accommodations not possible due to the hors d'oeuvres layout of this menu.  All other reunions - contact the party in charge for more details.

Can I bring my children?  Children are invited to many of our Homecoming festivities, but the Emeritus and BOLD reunions are limited to adult guests. For all other reunions, please contact the party in charge for this question.

Will weather affect the reunions?  All reunions will happen rain or shine and no alternate location is needed.

Who is in charge of reunion planning?  Wendy Pondell

Where can I find information about this year's reunions?  Visit our Reunion webpage.   

Special Offers

Food Court  Mention you are an alumnus on Friday, Sept. 21 and receive 10% off your order.  Check out the new look of the food court during their grand opening!

Bookstore  Stop by the bookstore (Rogalski Center) for your chance to win one of five $50 gift cards. 

Hilltop Campus Village District  Restaurants in the Hilltop Campus will be celebrating Main Street Iowa Restaurant Week.  Stop by to try some offerings from these local places.


Wendy Pondell

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

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