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  • In AppreciationIn Appreciation
    It was only three weeks after graduation when Jon Schroeder '17 visited the Alumni House on a very special mission.
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  • A Special Place for Many ReasonsA Special Place for Many Reasons
    St. Ambrose is part of Matt '06, '11 MBA and Alana '05 Carroll's love story. The two fell in love with each other at St. Ambrose...
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  • Students Express Thanks to DonorsStudents Express Thanks to Donors
    St. Ambrose appealed to me as a way to continue my faith in the midst of crazy schedules and homework that comes with being a student in the nursing program.
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  • Two Legacies, One CoupleTwo Legacies, One Couple
    Ed and Mary Littig believe in the power of education, higher education and Catholic higher education.
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  • A Positive Impact, Now and in the FutureA Positive Impact, Now and in the Future
    When Mike Mulligan talks about his parents, there's a theme that quickly develops — service to others.
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  • A Legacy to Support LearningA Legacy to Support Learning
    Gabe '65 and Kay Verstraete are retired educators who designed innovative, academic programs and endeavored to improve schools during their careers.
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  • A Lifetime Leads to a LegacyA Lifetime Leads to a Legacy
    Some people remember the moment when St. Ambrose became a part of their lives, like during a college visit. But Chuck and Ilo McBurney...
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  • Understanding the Folwell ChairUnderstanding the Folwell Chair
    The Frank and Dorothy "Jane" Folwell Chair was established in 2001. Jane, an energetic volunteer...
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  • Opening DoorsOpening Doors
    There's a quote from Lyndon B. Johnson stating, "We must open the doors of opportunity, but we must also equip our people to walk through those doors."
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  • Rooted in FaithRooted in Faith
    Those who knew Betty Whitted, Ph.D. and Mert Whitted were keenly aware that the Catholic religion was important to them.
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  • A Student of LifeA Student of Life
    Most people say education is important. However, only a handful of people can say they dedicated their lives to education. James Foley '62 is...
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  • Q & A — Preparing for a TripQ & A — Preparing for a Trip
    When you talk to Mike Jansen '75, it's easy to tell he has a passion for his alma mater. His enthusiasm is easily understood after you learn that his family...
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  • Q & A — Preparing for RetirementQ & A — Preparing for Retirement
    Attorney Scott VanVooren has been with Lane & Waterman, LLP for 31 years. He focuses primarily on transactional work, including mergers and...
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  • Q & A — Young Alumni + Life Insurance = Legacy GiftsQ & A — Young Alumni + Life Insurance = Legacy Gifts
    Pat Olsen '08 is a financial services professional with Olsen Financial, but his education about the financial services industry began long before he entered college.
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  • Q & A – Estate Planning Advice for MillennialsQ & A – Estate Planning Advice for Millennials
    Jennifer Kincaid understands what millennials are thinking. After all, she is one. But this 2003 SAU graduate is also a partner at Pepping, Balk, Kincaid & Olson...
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  • Q & A – Life InsuranceQ & A – Life Insurance
    Jarod Powell's credentials speak for themselves. He is the past president and current member of the Quad City National Association of...
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  • Q & A – Planned Giving TeamQ & A – Planned Giving Team
    Being a partner of Heninger and Heninger, PC is not just a career for Ralph H. Heninger. It's a family legacy.
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  • A Local ImpactA Local Impact
    Claire ’92 Flanagan’s heart belongs to the Quad Cities. This lifelong resident knows all this area has to offer.
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  • Q&A – Estate Planning TipsQ&A – Estate Planning Tips
    Even before Diane Puthoff joined the St. Ambrose Planned Giving Advisory Council, she had a number of connections to the university.
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  • Q&A – Planned Giving BasicsQ&A – Planned Giving Basics
    Jim Tiedje’s resume is quite impressive. He began assisting individuals with their estate plans in 1985.
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  • Living Simply…and leave the rest to GodLiving Simply…and leave the rest to God
    Ronald Reagan once said, “Live simply, love generously, care deeply, speak kindly, leave the rest of God.” It’s a quote that perfectly sums up Joe Borowski’s ’44 approach to life.
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  • Kreiters add to growing campusKreiters add to growing campus
    For over 30 years, Dr. Richard Kreiter’s orthopedic office was across Locust Street from St. Ambrose University.
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  • Continuing the Good WorkContinuing the Good Work
    Described as a hard worker with a tremendous work ethic, Rev. Gerald Hoenig ’48 dedicated his life to doing good work.
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  • Spring Break Means Service for SomeSpring Break Means Service for Some
    It’s a term synonymous with beaches, relaxation, and carefree days. But for some St. Ambrose students, Spring Break means packing a bag to help others in need.
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  • High ExpectationsHigh Expectations
    Sometimes being a professor is like being a parent; your students may not realize your wisdom until they’re a little older.
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  • Jennifer Rushton Letter to DonorsJennifer Rushton Letter to Donors
    My name is Jennifer Rushton, I am a senior here at St. Ambrose University. I am a biology major with a biomedical concentration. I am from a microscopic town called...
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  • The Innkeeper's GiftThe Innkeeper's Gift
    If walls could talk, the home at 1527 Brady Street in Davenport would tell stories of its many occupants...
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  • Henry Witka '51Henry Witka '51
    Henry Witka grew up in Chicago and majored in commerce at St. Ambrose. After graduation, Henry worked for Marshall Field's department store...
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  • Creating a Family LegacyCreating a Family Legacy
    Ben and Dorothy Spiegel raised their sons to be fulfilled, happy people making a difference in the world.
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  • Honoring A Beloved HusbandHonoring A Beloved Husband
    Gene Bleuer '60 never thought about attending college. It was only after returning from the Korean War did he think about furthering his education.
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  • Charlie McCarthy '63Charlie McCarthy '63
    Charlie has great memories of St. Ambrose. The most meaningful was meeting his wife, Joan, at Marycrest. At St. Ambrose he also realized his independence and ...
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  • Albert Naal '57Albert Naal '57
    Albert Naal '57 made life-long friendships and learned business principles that he used to run a successful plumbing and heating business with his brother after graduation.
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  • Quiet Philanthropist Leaves Endowment to SAUQuiet Philanthropist Leaves Endowment to SAU
    A retired chemist, Wil Spring'51 led a simple life, active in his parish and Boy Scouts, as well as his alma mater, St. Ambrose.
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  • Marilyn '78 and Henry (Don) BernsMarilyn '78 and Henry (Don) Berns
    Marilyn '78 and Henry (Don) Berns are thankful for the life they have led together, and credit the opportunity of a college education and their strong faith for impacting their quality of life.
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  • Ray Nolin '61Ray Nolin '61
    Fifty years ago, St. Ambrose University alumni helped to make the dream of a college education available to Ray Nolin '61.
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  • Giving Back - A Priest's LegacyGiving Back - A Priest's Legacy
    Rev. Thomas Coughlin '50 established a trust to care for his sister. Upon her death, 10 charities received a distribution from the trust Rev. Coughlin established.
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  • Successful CFO Give Back to the UniversitySuccessful CFO Give Back to the University
    Bob '59 and Betty Van De Voorde are thankful for the college experience Bob had at SAU. Bob credits the university with transforming him from a shy...
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  • Dedicated Teacher Leaves Generous IRA BequestDedicated Teacher Leaves Generous IRA Bequest
    A passion for teaching and a love of history led Jim Kluger '61 to dedicate his life to students. Jim spent his life as an educator, teaching at Pima College in Tucson, AZ.
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  • A Legacy to Honor St. AmbroseA Legacy to Honor St. Ambrose
    (Paul) David Bowers attended St. Ambrose College before completing his degree at University of Iowa. He moved to California, where he enjoyed his career as bank examiner.
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  • Gift Annuity Provides Generous Life Income StreamGift Annuity Provides Generous Life Income Stream
    Last year, as Reverend Ed Dunn'58 planned for retirement, he decided to establish a charitable gift annuity with one of his certificates of deposit (CD) that was maturing this fall.
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  • Gift Annuity Provides Peace of MindGift Annuity Provides Peace of Mind
    A life income agreement for Ann Hinkhouse '95 and her mother, Belle was appealing as Ann prepared for retirement from her nursing position at the local hospital.
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  • Gift Annuity Strengthens Future GenerationsGift Annuity Strengthens Future Generations
    Don'56 and Lanora Welzenbach are pleased with their decision to establish a gift annuity with St. Ambrose University.
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  • Scholarship Program Unveiled at Inaugural LuncheonScholarship Program Unveiled at Inaugural Luncheon
    St. Ambrose University announced a newly designed formal stewardship program for donors who have endowed scholarships and annual scholarships.
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  • 50th Reunion Classes Present Their Class Gifts50th Reunion Classes Present Their Class Gifts
    28 new members of the Heritage Roll of honor were inducted during St. Ambrose University's homecoming festivities on October 11, 2009.
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  • St. Ambrose Remembers A Generous BenefactorSt. Ambrose Remembers A Generous Benefactor
    My good friend, Bing Poon spent a lifetime helping others with a passion for life and the sport of skiing. Bing died while skiing at Killington, Vermont on December 14, 2009.
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  • Deferred Gift Annuity Provides Peace of MindDeferred Gift Annuity Provides Peace of Mind
    John Schulte '57 of Burlington, Iowa worried about outliving his resources. He found a solution through the establishment of a deferred gift annuity with St. Ambrose University.
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  • A Legacy Gift to St. Ambrose's Living EndowmentA Legacy Gift to St. Ambrose's Living Endowment
    William '49 and Jean Fleming left a legacy gift to St. Ambrose University by naming SAU's living endowment as the charitable beneficiary of their IRA.
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  • Generous Bequest Benefits Student AthletesGenerous Bequest Benefits Student Athletes
    Throughout his life, Paul W. Allaert '57 generously supported St. Ambrose. As a former Fighting Bee football player, one of the areas closest...
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  • A Commitment to EducationA Commitment to Education
    Tom '58 Nestor and his wife Suzanne '60 found a unique way to support St. Ambrose University through the establishment of a charitable gift annuity.
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  • Providing Support to Future Generations of NursesProviding Support to Future Generations of Nurses
    A life devoted to the vocation of nursing and a commitment to the nationally accredited nursing program here at St. Ambrose University led Ann Hinkhouse...
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  • Jane FolwellJane Folwell
    Jane Folwell was one of those people that inspired others. She was an example to women. She attended college and became a congressional staffer...
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  • Charitable IRA RolloverCharitable IRA Rollover
    Thomas Dwyer, '65 and his wife Jane were inspired to establish an endowed scholarship at St. Ambrose University in appreciation for the outstanding educational experience...
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  • A True AmbrosianA True Ambrosian
    It’s quite an honor to be an Ambrosian. Ambrosians use their talents to enrich the lives of others.
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  • Focused on the well-being of othersFocused on the well-being of others
    For Dr. Tom '62 and Mary '61, '62 Hughes, the medical profession was not just a career choice, it's been a lifelong passion they've shared.
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  • Q&A – Appreciated Assets and Charitable GiftsQ&A – Appreciated Assets and Charitable Gifts
    As a 1995 and 1997 MBA graduate of St. Ambrose, Dan Timmons has close ties to the university. But it wasn't until associate vice president for university...
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  • Q & A – Planned Giving TeamQ & A – Planned Giving Team
    Being a partner of Heninger and Heninger, PC is not just a career for Ralph H. Heninger. It's a family legacy.
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Gift Examples

  • Students Express Thanks to Donors
    St. Ambrose appealed to me as a way to continue my faith in the midst of crazy schedules and homework that comes with being a student in the nursing program.
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  • A Special Place for Many Reasons
    St. Ambrose is part of Matt '06, '11 MBA and Alana '05 Carroll's love story. The two fell in love with each other at St. Ambrose...
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  • In Appreciation
    It was only three weeks after graduation when Jon Schroeder '17 visited the Alumni House on a very special mission.
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  • Leading for the Future
    Luke and Candice spent many years volunteering and supporting their favorite charity. They wanted to give back in a way that would help fulfill its mission.
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  • Give it Twice Trust
    While visiting her favorite charity's website, June came across the idea of a give it twice trust. She contacted the charity for more information.
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