SAU Logs Nearly 2,400 Hours During Bee the Difference Month


Students faculty and staff at St. Ambrose University worked collectively and individually to contribute 2,400 hours of service to the community over a month-long period intended to celebrate the many ways Ambrosians make a difference in the community.

Bee the Difference Month at St. Ambrose began on Nov. 7 with the annual Bee the Difference Day project conducted annually since 2006 by the SAU Student Government Association. It concluded on Dec. 7, with a bread and soup bar to both celebrate Ambrosian service and mark the annual Feast of Saint Ambrose Day that honors the University's namesake saint.

In the course of the 30 days inbetween, Ambrosians served Davenport and the greater Quad Cities in various unique and impactful ways including:

  • Lego robotics coaching
  • Meal service at Café on Vine
  • Packing welcome bags for Afghan refugees • Cooking for elderly neighbors
  • Cub Scout mentoring and teaching
  • Elementary school mentoring
  • Volunteer hours at Vera French Mental Health Center, Impact Life, Festival of Trees, and other like organizations and events.

St. Ambrose students contributed 1900 hours of the documented volunteer service, while faculty and staff submitted 400 hours of service efforts.

Bee the Difference Month

The campus community was invited to eat soup and bread with honey on the Feast of Saint Ambrose.

"The hours of community service we counted over this past month do not represent the countless contributions and selfless acts of kindness St. Ambrose students, faculty, and staff members perform every day, every month, every year," noted University President Amy Novak, EdD. "We created Bee the Difference Month as a means of intentionally amplifying and celebrating the ways our campus community so effectively honors Ambrose of Milan.

"As an early leader of the Catholic Church, Saint Ambrose carried his ministry beyond the walls of his church and lived his faith among the people in ways that reflected God's love and compassion. He made a difference. As the only university in the United States named in honor of the Patron Saint of Bees, the St. Ambrose University community is committed to making that same kind of difference."

The Feast of St. Ambrose Day bread and soup bar celebrated Ambrosian service with dozens of loaves of homemade bread baked and contributed by more than 20 bakers across campus, including Amy and Ken Novak. More than 350 members of the campus community attended the event.


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