Volunteer

There are lots of ways to give back!

Want to stay involved with St. Ambrose and use your talents and expertise to help today's students? Check out the many different ways you can donate your time and talent to make a difference at St. Ambrose.

Some of our most popular volunteer offerings are done in partnership with our Admissions and Career Center. You can check out those details below. 

If you'd like to help with something else, like a reunion, event, RAGBRAI, or be considered for a volunteer board position (like the Alumni Association or Wine Festival committee), please contact the Alumni Office for details.

Although the pandemic has required us to change things, we still have a variety of virtual opportunities for you to participate in. 

Near or far, you can volunteer for St. Ambrose


It doesn't matter where life takes you, we have volunteer opportunity for everyone! You can write postcards, share Ambrose stories, assist at college fairs or give advice to a student.

Student Support

First-Generation Initiative

We've partnered with our Student Activities Office to support our First-Generations students.

If you were a First Generation College student yourself, we'd love for you to join this initiative! Volunteer opportunities may include interviews, speaking, attending events or giving advice about your own experience as a first-gen student at St. Ambrose.

If you are interested in learning more, reach out to Danielle at SpenglerDanielle@sau.edu

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Graduation Letters

Thank you for making our 2020 Graduation letters a success! Check back this fall for more opportunities.

The Alumni Engagement Office wants to shower our graduates with messages of congratulations. We're asking alumni volunteers to provide the materials needed (cards/paper, envelopes, stamps) and send handwritten notes to let our graduates know that Ambrosians from all over are celebrating with them, even if we can't be there in person!

If you have any questions, please contact Danielle Spengler at spenglerdanielle@sau.edu.

Student Housing

Throughout the year we collect names of alumni who would be interested in being a contact for students looking for housing. You can volunteer to help them find affordable, temporary housing (by making recommendations) or you can volunteer to house them yourself. Housing is typically needed for a semester or for 2-3 months in the summer while students are completing internships or clinical rotations. When a student need arises for your location, our office would contact you to see if you were interested in connecting with the student.

If you'd like to sign up, please email Danielle at SpenglerDanielle@sau.edu your city, state, phone number and if you'd like to be a contact and/or a host!

*Due to the COVID pandemic we are still evaluating this process to ensure the safety of all involved. The need is fluid and interest on the alumnus or student's part does not guarantee we will be able to find a suitable arrangement.

Career Prep

Ambrosian Advice

Our students could use your advice and wisdom! The Career Center and Alumni Office have partnered to start a new social media campaign called #AmbrosianAdvice. Your advice could be featured on any of our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Snapchat)!

Here's how it works:
1. Download this postcard.
2. Digitally fill out or print and write your Ambrosian Advice to our newest generation of Bees.
3. If you print the postcard, please take a picture of yourself holding it!
4. Email your response (or photo) with your name, grad year and major to Danielle at SpenglerDanielle@sau.edu. We'll post it on social media throughout the year!

Career Advisor

Looking for a meaningful, yet lightweight engagement opportunity?  Help our students bridge the gap between college and career by signing up as a career advisor through The BeeConnection.  This networking tool allows alumni to share advice and tips with students regarding career prep, such as internship and job shadowing possibilities.  Once you've signed up, students will be able to view your profile and reach out to you!

Career Boot Camp

As we re-imagine our annual Career Boot Camp event, we are going virtual and we'd love to have you help us with mock interviews.

Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020
9:30 AM - 4:30 PM (you can choose from 3 time slots)
Webex (Career Center will send you the link)
Each individual student interview will be 30 minutes

Click here to sign up!

For additional questions, please contact Danielle Spengler at SpenglerDanielle@sau.edu

Career Fairs

Career Fairs allow students the opportunities to meet employers face-to-face and tell them how hiring you can benefit their company or organization.  Alumni can get involved by recruiting for their own company or using the fairs to further their own personal network!

See more information about ProFair and the Health Sciences Fair!

Jobs & Internships

Have an internship or job available and want to hire an Ambrose student or graduate (because you know how awesome they are)?  Post a job now through our online portal, BeeCareers.

Mock Education Interviews

You can help provide practice interview experience for current education students during Group Mock Interviews. 

For more information and to sign up, please contact Tricia Zinger in the Education Department.

Networking & Etiquette Dinner

We do not have a date scheduled for the next Etiquette Dinner at this time. Please check back for updates.

The evening begins with a networking and etiquette speaker, followed by dinner where students can network with alumni. Alumni are invited to attend the speaker presentation, but can choose to attend the dinner portion only.

Salary Negotiation Workshop

Are you a manager or Human Resources professional? Each spring, we need your help and expertise to assist students in the negotiation practice portion of our Salary Negotiation workshop. Spend about 30 minutes working directly with one or two students to role play a salary negotiation conversation. Scripts are provided! Our next opportunity will take place during the 2020-2021 school year. Please check back for updates.

Recruit New Students

College Fairs

Alumni across the country can help recruit students by representing SAU at their local college fairs. Our next opportunity will be available spring 2021. Please check back for updates.

Letter Writing

From October through March, we need alumni volunteers to send postcards to prospective students to congratulate them on their acceptance to SAU.  It's a great way to make a  difference from the comfort of your own home, and we'll send you all the supplies! 

Click here to sign up!

SAU in CHI Student Event

This is an informational and fun event for Chicago-area high school students who want to learn more about SAU. During this fall event, a panel of SAU faculty, staff, students, and alumni (this is where you come in) answer questions from prospective students and their families.

Our next SAUinCHI has not been scheduled yet. Please check back for updates.

Other Opportunities

Alumni Advisory Councils

These councils are comprised of alumni from various backgrounds who provide their real-world expertise to enhance the programs at St. Ambrose.

Currently, the following Alumni Advisory Councils are in place: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Health and Human Services, Athletics, Campus Ministry, Communications, Computer Science, Engineering, Philanthropy, and Student Affairs.

Council members are personally selected based on a range of criteria.  For more information regarding these councils, please contact Dan Haverkamp.

Alumni Ambassadors/Team Captains

You can join the network of Ambrosians who share stories via social media.  

You'll receive one email per month with a story to share. Some stories might be news from campus while other months might have a photo essay. Periodically, you'll be asked to spread a specific message related to your graduation year or where you reside. Together, we keep alumni connected to St. Ambrose! 

For more information and to sign up, please contact Wendy Pondell in the Alumni Office.

Ambrosian Day of Service Host

Each year, Ambrosians give back to their communities on our annual Day of Service, which takes place in the fall.

If you are interested in hosting a location near you, please visit the Ambrosian Day of Service page for more details. 

Bee Happy Hour Host

With the help of alumni from all over the country, Ambrosians from across the nation gathered to toast their alma mater on Thursday, June 11, 2020.

Each year, alumni host a location in their area, resulting in nearly 30 locations.

Responsiblities of the host include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Reserve a venue in your area to host BEE Happy Hour.
  • Recruit alumni volunteers to help support the event; serve as contact for volunteers.
  • Encourage attendance by calling and/or emailing alumni in your area.
  • "Like", "Share" & "Comment" on BEE Happy Hour communications and share our e-blasts and website information to alumni in your area to help increase participation.
  • Arrange food and beverages with your selected venue.
  • Attend BEE Happy Hour for your location from 5:30-7:30 p.m. 
  • Take photos during your BEE Happy Hour. 
  • Send the check-in sheet, bee in touch forms, receipt, and photos to the Alumni Engagement Office within one week of the event.

If you are interested in hosting location near you, please complete the Bee Happy Hour Interest Form.

Bee Heard Survey

Bee Heard, SAU's digital volunteer program, allows alumni to give feedback and input to the Advancement and Alumni Engagement Office.

All members will complete four brief, quarterly surveys per year on topics such as communications, events and alumni programs. Surveys will take less than 10 minutes just once a quarter. We are looking for alumni from all generations and backgrounds to join the program!

Let your voice be heard and join our Bee Heard program by filling out this form!

Please email Danielle Spengler with any questions.

Buzz Talks Webinar Presenter

Interested in hosting a webinar?

If you are a member of the SAU alumni association and have an idea for a future webinar, learn more about becoming a presenter.

Or, you can start right now by completing our webinar proposal form or emailing Danielle Spengler, Coordinator of Volunteer Engagement.

Speak to a classroom, student club, or organization

Do you have expertise or experience that you think could benefit students? If so, we'd love to connect you with one of our student groups or faculty!

Please email Danielle with any questions or more details about what it is you'd like to present.

Contact


Danielle Spengler

Alumni Engagement Office
Alumni House: 1527 Brady St.
Mail: 518 W. Locust St.
Davenport, IA 52803
563/333-5837
SpenglerDanielle@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!