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  • Q & A – Planned Giving Team
    Q & 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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  • Q & A – Life Insurance
    Q & 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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  • Bequests Q & A - Estate Planning Advice for Millennials
    Bequests Q & 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 – Young Alumni + Life Insurance = Legacy Gifts
    Q & 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 – Preparing for Retirement
    Q & 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 – Preparing for a Trip
    Q & A – Preparing for a Trip
    Summer is here. Even though our students have dispersed for a much deserved break, that doesn't mean the learning has stopped. Our students are taking...
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  • A Student of Life
    A 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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  • Rooted in Faith
    Rooted 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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  • Opening Doors
    Opening 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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  • Understanding the Folwell Chair
    Understanding the Folwell Chair
    The Frank and Dorothy "Jane" Folwell Chair was established in 2001. Jane, an energetic volunteer and generous benefactor for educational, health, and
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  • A Lifetime Leads to a Legacy
    A Lifetime Leads to a Legacy
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization. They believe it is important to help further our mission.
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  • A Legacy to Support Learning
    A 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 Positive Impact, Now and in the Future
    A 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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  • Two Legacies, One Couple
    Two Legacies, One Couple
    Ed and Mary Littig believe in the power of education, higher education and Catholic higher education.
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  • Students Express Thanks to Donors
    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
    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
    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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  • Giving the Gift of Lifelong Learning
    Giving the Gift of Lifelong Learning
    Jackie Christopher married her best friend. In fact, she and Gene Bleuer '60 were friends long before they married.
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  • Another Door Opens
    Another Door Opens
    There's a saying, "When one door closes, another door opens." When Jack Kearney looks back on his career and life so far, it seems that many of those doors have a St. Ambrose connection.
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  • A Rebel in Social Justice
    A Rebel in Social Justice
    Msgr. Marvin Mottet '52, better known as Fr. Mottet, led by example. He was passionate about social justice and service to the poor, and he made it his life's mission to serve society's forgotten.
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  • A Legacy in Memory of a Parent
    A Legacy in Memory of a Parent
    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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  • Their Legacy Lives On
    Their Legacy Lives On
    Chances are if you were a student at St. Ambrose in the past 40 years, you probably knew someone who had a class with Dr. Serianz, either one of them...
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  • A Gift from the Past Carries Well into the Future
    A Gift from the Past Carries Well into the Future
    Ted Woodruff's career at St. Ambrose spans 23 years. His tenure seems quite remarkable considering the former New Yorker...
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  • Annual Fund provides continued support
    Annual Fund provides continued support
    Being the second youngest of thirteen children growing up during the Depression, Edward DeSmet '58 knew that meeting the basic...
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  • Tribute Scholarships Build Our Future
    Tribute Scholarships Build Our Future
    A key part of St. Ambrose University's present and future is affordability. During the course of the Building Our Future campaign, 41...
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  • Ronald Schmits
    Ronald Schmits
    Ronald Schmits spent a lot of time in Ambrose Hall. He grew up in Davenport and attended St. Ambrose Academy. Staying in Davenport...
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  • Bonnie McFarlin
    Bonnie McFarlin
    Lavonne Grace McFarlin, known to her friends as "Bonnie", was a friendly, outgoing, energetic and Christian woman who loved life and learning. Bonnie loved to make new friends...
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  • An Ambrosian Builds on his Family Legacy
    An Ambrosian Builds on his Family Legacy

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  • Recollections of Fr. Strub, from Teresa Brinati '82
    Recollections of Fr. Strub, from Teresa Brinati '82
    For decades through the mid-1980s, Father Herman Albert Strub was something of a legend at St. Ambrose College. Students clamored to take his theology...
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  • John Otto Wallin '68
    John Otto Wallin '68
    Tennis brought him to St. Ambrose, but it was not a given. John Otto Wallin grew up playing tennis in Dixon, Illinois where the area high schools...
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  • Sandra Blom '20
    Sandra Blom '20
    Sandra Blom is a junior from Oskaloosa, Iowa. A member of St. Mary's Parish, she found out that there was a scholarship for parish members...
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  • Let's Raise a Glass!
    Let's Raise a Glass!
    The St. Ambrose University Wine Festival is a community-driven volunteer event that raises dollars and awareness for the needs...
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  • Leaving a Legacy in Nursing - Dr. Dolores Hilden
    Leaving a Legacy in Nursing - Dr. Dolores Hilden
    After 50 years of teaching, Dr. Dolores Hilden's name is synonymous with the St. Ambrose Nursing Program she founded in 1999. "Dolores Hilden's tireless efforts"...
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  • Mitchelle Greenlee '94
    Mitchelle Greenlee '94
    As a senior at Hoover High School in Des Moines, Mitchelle Yadira Ballard had little expectation of attending college. No one in her family had, and it wasn't...
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  • Fr. John Hynes '51 - A Treasured Friend
    Fr. John Hynes '51 - A Treasured Friend
    On April 4, 2018, the eastern Iowa catholic community lost a treasure. Fr. John Hynes '51 served so many with caring and compassion, wit and humor, and a devotion and faith that...
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  • Physical Therapy Department Endowed Scholarship
    Physical Therapy Department Endowed Scholarship
    The Physical Therapy Department Endowed Scholarship was established in the fall of 2017 to benefit Doctor of Physical...
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  • Leo Kilfoy
    Leo Kilfoy
    Denny Geraghty '69 can't imagine what his life would have been like if he had not attended St. Ambrose and met...
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  • Donald Jones '76
    Donald Jones '76
    Of course I know you're the president, but I just couldn't resist. In my heart you will always be the man that held me in his arms and lead me back...
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  • Evan's Dream
    Evan's Dream
    Andrew Hosmanek met his best friend Evan Gettert '02 during their junior year at Davenport West High School. "Evan was the funniest, smartest...
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  • The Morrissey Legacy
    The Morrissey Legacy
    William Morrissey '81 is the proud son of Joseph Morrissey '51. Both shared a love of St. Ambrose. Bill knew that Joe had intended to include...
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  • At the right place at the right time — James Carroll '74
    At the right place at the right time — James Carroll '74
    James Carroll '74 made his decision to attend St. Ambrose College early on — when he was six years old. He looked up to his cousin Joe Brick who
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  • Lawrence (Larry) Smith '58
    Lawrence (Larry) Smith '58
    A passion for art is what led Lawrence (Larry) Smith '58 to St. Ambrose. Larry was an art major that studied under Fr. Edward Catich -where he met a friend and...
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  • Michael Hustedde
    Michael Hustedde
    In 1982, an open position at Marycrest College brought Michael and Hedy Hustedde to the Quad Cities.
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  • John Butler
    John Butler
    What does it mean to leave a legacy? It means putting a stamp on the future, and making a contribution to future generations. People want to leave a legacy because...
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  • Bob Russell
    Bob Russell
    In high school, we explore different career paths. We take inventory of our skills, our passions, and our expectations. We use these descriptors to help us determine...
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  • Honoring Bonnie
    Honoring Bonnie
    As one of four inaugural McFarlin Scholars, Tori Andrews '22, enrolled in the St. Ambrose Bachelor of Social Work program after graduating from Scott Community College...
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  • Jim Wilson
    Jim Wilson
    As a high school student in the late 1950's, Jim Wilson '65 knew he wanted to go to college. Like many students, however, he didn't have the best grades. Jim eventually...
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  • Dimitri Papageorgiou
    Dimitri Papageorgiou
    The St. Ambrose University Wine Festival is an event that raises funds to support student scholarships at St. Ambrose University and countless students have reaped its benefits...
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  • Patricia Van Bruwaene
    Patricia Van Bruwaene
    Joe and Anna have been faithful supporters of our organization. They believe it is important to help further our mission.
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  • Peter Krystofik
    Peter Krystofik
    Peter Krystofik '68, from Albany, New York recalls in high school trying to decide where he should attend college after graduation. There were a few stipulations that Peter...
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  • Frank '64 and Janice Kluts
    Frank '64 and Janice Kluts
    His love for St. Ambrose University began the moment he set foot on campus. Frank Kluts '64 was headed to the University of Illinois to begin his freshman year. On his way...
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  • John and Rhonda' 13 Barr
    John and Rhonda' 13 Barr
    John and Rhonda '13 Barr are very familiar faces to St. Ambrose University. John is the founding director of the St. Ambrose University Physical Therapy Department and served...
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  • PJ Shovlain '62
    PJ Shovlain '62
    PJ Shovlain has fond memories of St. Ambrose University.
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  • St. Ambrose Welcomes 14th President, Amy C. Novak, EdD
    St. Ambrose Welcomes 14th President, Amy C. Novak, EdD
    As the St. Ambrose campus prepares for the inauguration of our 14th President, Amy C. Novak, EdD, I would like to introduce her to you as well.
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  • Honoring Joseph (Joe) '53 & Joyce DeBruyn
    Honoring Joseph (Joe) '53 & Joyce DeBruyn
    Joseph (Joe) '53 and Joyce DeBruyn were very passionate about St. Ambrose University, as this was where they first met. Joe graduated from SAU in 1953 with a bachelor's...
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  • Herbert '84 Dewey
    Herbert '84 Dewey
    Herbert '84 Dewey appreciated the quality of education he received from St. Ambrose University and especially enjoyed his relationship and working with Dean James...
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  • A Local Impact
    A 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 Tips
    Q&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 Basics
    Q&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 God
    Living 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 campus
    Kreiters 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 Work
    Continuing 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 Some
    Spring 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 Expectations
    High 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 Donors
    Jennifer 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 Gift
    The 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 '51
    Henry 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 Legacy
    Creating 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 Husband
    Honoring 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 '63
    Charlie 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 '57
    Albert 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 SAU
    Quiet 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) Berns
    Marilyn '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 '61
    Ray 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 Legacy
    Giving 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 University
    Successful 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 Bequest
    Dedicated 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. Ambrose
    A 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 Stream
    Gift 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 Mind
    Gift 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 Generations
    Gift 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 Luncheon
    Scholarship 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 Gifts
    50th 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 Benefactor
    St. 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 Mind
    Deferred 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 Endowment
    A 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 Athletes
    Generous 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 Education
    A 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 Nurses
    Providing 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 Folwell
    Jane 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 Rollover
    Charitable 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 Ambrosian
    A 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 others
    Focused 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 Gifts
    Q&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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Gift Examples

  • Fixed Income for Retirement
    After working for decades as a pediatrician in a small town, Patricia is ready to retire.
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  • Flexible Deferred Gift Annuity
    Lewis is a 54-year-old executive at a large healthcare company. He purchased company stock during years when the stock price was low, and now the stock has grown substantially.
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  • Leading for the Future
    Luke and Cynthia 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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