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 (such as 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.
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.
Thank you for making our 2020 Graduation letters a success!
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'd like to volunteer for this opportunity, please contact Danielle Spengler at SpenglerDanielle@sau.edu.
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.
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!
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!
Thanks to our amazing volunteers, all of our Spring Career Boot Camp opportunities are full!
If you are interested in learning more about volunteer opportunities with the Career Center, please contact Danielle Spengler at SpenglerDanielle@sau.edu.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
With the help of alumni volunteers from all over the country, Ambrosians from across the nation gathered to toast their alma mater during Bee Happy Hour. This year's event is scheduled for Thursday, June 10, 2021.
Currently, we are considering what this year's Bee Happy Hour might look like. Prior to COVID-19, alumni volunteered to host a location in their area, resulting in nearly 30 Bee Happy Hour locations. While 2021 might be different, we encourage you to look at the host responsibilities below (used in 2019) and fill out the form if you have an interest or would like to learn more.
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, 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.
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.