SAU Alumni Association

Great news - You're already a member

The minute you walk across that graduation stage receive your Ambrose diploma, you become a member of our Alumni Association – now more than 29,000 strong.

In partnership with the dedicated Alumni Office staff, the Alumni Association is here to help support and foster relationships amongst our alumni and strengthen the special bond you have with your alma mater. Their work includes welcoming new students to the university, speaking at university commencement events and distributing the coveted alumni pins, and volunteering at alumni events such as Bee Happy Hour, Bix 7 Bee Cool Tent, and the yearly Trivia Night.  In 2021, they piloted their newest effort - adding Bee Stencils to Quad City driveways.

The association is guided by a group of dedicated alumni from across the decades who volunteer their time and passions to help us in our efforts to connect you with your alma mater.

See why our Alumni Board members give back Interested in a driveway Bee stencil? Sign up here!

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Thomas Mason IV, President

Class of 1991

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration


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Mark Brauweiler, Vice President

Class of 2013, 2015

Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science
Bachelor of Science in Human Performance & Fitness
Doctorate in Physical Therapy

How has St. Ambrose impacted your life? 
St. Ambrose has impacted so much of my life. I got married to a fellow Ambrosian in the chapel, my daughter was baptized at SAU, and many of my best friends went to SAU. St. Ambrose not only readied me for my career as a physical therapist, but it helped me grow socially, spiritually, and emotionally as well.


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Kyle Wehr, Treasurer

Class of 2012

Bachelor of Arts in Management


Katie Schroeder

Katie Schroeder, Secretary

Class of 2002, 2005 MBA

Bachelor of Arts in Management
Master of Business Administration (MBA)

How has St. Ambrose impacted your life?
SAU was my first real introduction to a wide variety of diversity. Without the degrees I've obtained from SAU, I would not have the career opportunities I've had. Finally, I've found many friends/connections with similar interests and personalities from all over; we've developed lifelong friendships and I owe that to my time at St. Ambrose!


2021 Day of Giving
What's Your Corner?

Members of the Alumni Board share why they give to SAU. What's the corner of campus you support?

2021-2022 Alumni Association Board Members

Ann Baker, Class of 1988

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication

How has St. Ambrose impacted your life? St. Ambrose gave me my first dose of independence while providing me with the security of a loving faculty and administration. The friends I made there gave me a home for the first time I was away from my family's nest. I gained confidence there to try new clubs, make new friends, and eventually launch into the real world.

Why do you serve as an Alumni Board member? I'm so proud of being an SAU alum and I want to spread the good news of all the school continues to do.


Alana Carroll, Class of 2005

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting


Mark Bernhard, Class of 1977

Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice


Phil Cervantes, Class of 1990

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communications

Why do you serve as an Alumni Board Member? In order to give back to a University that has provide me with an outstanding educational experience.


Steve Conrad, Class of 1975

Bachelor of Arts in Accounting

Why do you serve as an Alumni Board Member? Up until 12 years ago, I didn't even know there was an Alumni Association or board. That year, the Alumni Engagement Office put together the first SAU RAGBRAI team. After riding with the team for a couple of years, I decided that by being on the board I could help spread the word about the Alumni Association and in a small way give back to the university.


Chad Driscoll, Class of 2008

Bachelor of Science of Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Management

How has St. Ambrose impacted your life? St. Ambrose impacted my life in ways that I continue to think about and discover each day. It brought long lasting friendships, amazing leadership opportunities, taught me how to be flexible, giving, compassionate about my community, and ways to support and give back. These are all reasons why I serve on the Alumni Association Board. I love to talk about St. Ambrose, my experience there, and I share it weekly, if not daily, with family, friends, co-workers and anyone who will listen. Go Bees!


Sean Eston, Class of 2012

Bachelor of Arts in Marketing
Bachelor of Arts in Business


Martha Garcia-Tappa, Class of 1991

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication


Katie Gimbel Class of 2005

Bachelor of Science in Biology


Madeline Grothus, Class of 2008, 2011

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Master of Science in Speech-Language Pathology


Roy Kempa, Class of 1967

Bachelor of Arts in Economics

How has St. Ambrose impacted your life? The liberal arts education provided me at SAU helped me to analyze and deduce problem issues throughout my work life.

Why do you serve as an Alumni Board member? To give back to the University that made me the man I am today.


John Klein, Class of 1989

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration

How has St. Ambrose impacted your life? I was able to begin to become an adult at SAU. I felt comfortable there. The relationships that I built for many of the friends that I still enjoy today were initially formed while I attended SAU as an undergrad.

Why do you serve as an Alumni Board member? It is now time for me to give back to the University that provided me with so much.


Megan Leon, Class of 2016, 2018

Bachelor of Science in Psychology
Bachelor of Arts in Women and Gender Studies
Master of Science in Occupational Therapy

How has St. Ambrose impacted your life? St. Ambrose has always been a part of my life, even before I was a student, I was dressed as a tiny bee attending homecoming with my parents and their alumni classmates. Words can't describe how grateful I am for my experiences and opportunities as a student at SAU and now as an alum. Beyond a career that I love, I have a group of life long friends I will always cherish, and continue to find connections to others who have the same values as I do in service, justice, and positive change. Go bees!


Jill McNamara, Class of 1992, 2003, 2004

Bachelor of Business Administration
Bachelor of Arts in Accounting
Master of Business Administration


Miranda Nelp, Class of 2005

Bachelor of Arts in Public Relations and Strategic Communication

How has St. Ambrose impacted your life? There were so many positive impacts, the impacts cover everything from personal to professional from spiritual to mental and physical. I think the overall impacts were life changing over all four years.


Abby Paulson, Class of 2017

Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Communication


Doug Platt, Class of 2016

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Network Administration and Investigation


Christi Reed, Class of 1991, 2010

Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education
Master of Education


Lori Rochholz, Class of 1993

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration


Tom Roederer, Class of 1974

Bachelor of Arts in Economics


Kemper Rusteberg, Class of 2014

Bachelor of Arts in International Business


Stacy L. Speidel-Holke, Class of 2003, 2018

Bachelor of Arts in Mass Communication
Master of Organizational Leadership

How has St. Ambrose impacted your life? SAU has provided me the opportunity to grow personally and professionally in many ways. I have gained forever friendships and a professional network, I've deepened my spiritual life and am passionate about lifelong learning and serving my community. The Alumni Board allows me the opportunity to continue to serve this amazing university and contribute to its long-term success. Go BEES!


John Stender-Custer, Class of 2000

Bachelor of Arts in History and Theology

How has St. Ambrose impacted your life? St. Ambrose has had a big impact on so many aspects of my life. My civic life, my professional life, and even my family life can all be traced back to SAU. I majored in History and Theology, spent two years as an undergrad seminarian, four years as a Campus Ministry work study student, and was actively involved with Ambrosians for Peace and Justice.

These days, I'm a stay-at-home dad. I am thankful that my St. Ambrose liberal arts education has given me the critical thinking skills that it takes to negotiate with strong-willed and intelligent toddler twins!


Jennifer Walker, Class of 1999

Bachelor of Science in Biology

How has St. Ambrose impacted your life? St. Ambrose was my family away from home for four years. Just like a traditional family, I care about the current and long-term success of the university. If I can offer assistance in shaping what that means, or executing our mission, I will step up and help! The Alumni Association is a perfect vehicle to keep dedicated family members (alumni) informed, engaged, and spreading family love!


Meghan Ward, DVM, Class of 2010

Bachelor of Science in Biology

How has St. Ambrose impacted your life? St. Ambrose has impacted my life in more ways than I imagined. St. Ambrose brought out my zest for life-long learning, taught me to observe yet think critically, to never be afraid to set goals and truly reach for them, and to always remain compassionate. St. Ambrose has given me some of the best friends I could have ever asked for and many of the greatest mentors I have had ever had. St. Ambrose has played a huge role in shaping who I am today as a person, and as a veterinarian and for that I will forever be grateful.

Why do you serve as an Alumni Board member? I am just as excited today about St. Ambrose as I was when I was a student. I want to share my passion for St. Ambrose with others, and give back to the university that has given me so much.

Contact


Wendy Pondell, Director

Alumni Engagement Office
Alumni House: 1527 Brady St.
Mail: 518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563/333-6290
alumni@sau.edu

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!