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Once an Ambrosian, always an Ambrosian

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Apr 27, 2017

A supporter, a friend, a professor. Above all, a long-time chaplain who credits God, Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit as the source of his vocation. After 21 years of spreading the word of God at Saint Ambrose University, Father Charles Adam has a calling elsewhere worth answering.

On April 2, faculty, students and staff members received an email from the Office of the President, stating that Adam was given a new assignment with the Diocese of Davenport. On July 1, Adam will become the pastor of St. Thomas More Catholic Church in Coralville, Iowa. Adam said that Ambrose will always remain a part of him, so he doesn’t ever see himself completely leaving.

“I will miss the day to day interaction with students and with faculty and staff. Mostly, I will miss so many things that have made St. Ambrose home these past 21 years. I’ll miss the athletic events, Galvin Fine Arts events and Sodexo food, especially lunches and Nacho Wednesdays.”

Adam has always had strong ties with St. Ambrose. After graduating from the University in 1982, he came back ten years later to serve as rector and vocations director of the the Davenport Seminary until 2004. Now as chaplain of students and director of campus ministry at St. Ambrose since 2000, he also teaches Introduction to Catholic Studies and serves as parochial vicar at St. Anthony-Davenport.

Adam said that his faith has been strengthened through having the opportunity to be a chaplain at a university.

“I can walk with students in their personal journeys of faith. I have seen students overcome incredible obstacles and not only persevere, but witness to others by their courage and commitment to pursuing a St. Ambrose education.”

Sister Joan Lescinski said that Ambrose has been richly blessed by Adam’s presence in the lives of all those he encounters.

“He exemplifies the best of what it means to be a pastor in his care for others. Often simply by listening with a welcoming heart and getting to know so many people by name.”

Adam said the Diocesan Catholic Mission of Ambrose was really uplifted by President Edward Rogalski and Lescinski, who supported Campus Ministry and wanted to see it thrive. This, he says, has given him the opportunity to work with great people like PJ Foley and Sheila Deluhry, who was director of Campus Ministry prior to him. Adam was able to further Deluhry’s initiatives with religious retreats like Antioch and Busy Student.

Lescinski said that Bishop Martin Amos will assign Father Thom Hennen to become chaplain of St. Ambrose. He too graduated from St. Ambrose in 2000, has served on the University’s Board of Trustees from 2011-2015 and currently serves as the Director of Vocations for the Diocese of Davenport.

On Sunday, May 7, there will be a reception for Adam following the 10:30 a.m. Mass.

“We hope that you can join us and celebrate Father Chuck’s ministry to St. Ambrose,” Lescinski said. “We send Father Chuck with our blessings to his new assignment, knowing that he will bring his extraordinary pastoral gifts to the people of St. Thomas More. And, we know he will stay close to us in many ways: for Father Chuck is always one of us: an Ambrosian.”

Lessons learned go farther than the classroom

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Apr 06, 2017

For many students, spring break is a time for relaxation and catching up with friends and family. However, this wasn’t the case for 22 Ambrosians, who put the curriculum they were taught in the classroom to the test.

Nine students traveled to Italy while 13 students traveled to Belize. Although these SAU students were more than 5,000 miles apart, they share two things in common: unforgettable memories and lasting friendships.

Junior Gregory Wagner said he never imagined being able to travel to a country like Belize during his time in college. Going snorkeling, feeding a monkey, visiting a Mayan temple and tasting the country’s cuisine were all highlights of the trip for Wagner.

“There’s only so much you can learn about a country in a book,” Wagner said. “Getting to be immersed in the culture myself was so much different than what I thought it would be. I met so many hospitable people along the way who told me fascinating stories. It helped me learn more about the country and how the U.S. is so different.”

The students who went to Belize took this class to fulfill biology credits under the guidance of Dr. Matthew Halfhill. Wagner said they were tested on more than 125 different organisms including: fish, invertebrates, algae and coral to prepare for their dives in Belize. Those traveling to Italy took the class as a business elective with Dr. Jason Senjem. Junior Jillian Joyce said that they were taught about how different businesses operate overseas.

“One of the things that my professor stressed was that only 10 percent of students study abroad,” Joyce said. “I think that it was beneficial to me to be able to travel with a professor that has been to the area before, telling us where to go, telling us what to see. We got to visit the businesses we learned about in class, and it was very eye-opening to see the differences.”

The businesses the students were able to go to in Italy included the Ferrari Factory, the Lamborghini Factory, and the La Marzocco Factory. Joyce’s favorite part was riding her Vespa around the Castello del Trebbio in Pontassieve, Italy with her whole class.

“I will never forget looking out into the blue sky and seeing all the mountains and rolling green hills, it was so beautiful,” Joyce said. “To top it off, we got to see a huge castle that a family lived in, with a wine tasting right after.”

Students said that if given the opportunity, they would do it over again. Wagner advises any St. Ambrose student interested in biology to take ‘Marine Biology in Belize.’

“I loved being able to travel with some of my best friends too,” Wagner said. “It makes the experience that much more special when you’re with people who enjoy the topic of study as much as you do. When studying the fish, it really amazed us how different they truly were in person. Size, shape, the way the organisms and fish interacted in the water amazed me.”

 For more information on study abroad opportunities, contact Ryan Dye at 563-333-6389 or visit him in the lower level of Cosgrove Hall.

NAIA National Championships in view for dance and cheer

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Mar 23, 2017

The 2017 athletic season is a season of firsts. This is the first year the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics recognizes that Competitive Cheer and Dance are sports, not just a club pastime. The first year the conference will conduct a National Championship. The first teams to earn national championship status within the NAIA in a span of 22 years.

On March 10 and 11, the cheer and dance teams travelled to Oklahoma City, OK to showcase their routines. The Oklahoma Stars will be hosting the NAIA National Championships with 11 dance and 11 cheer teams joining the Fighting Bees at the competition.

Both teams have been practicing since the beginning of the 2016 fall semester. Perfecting their routines, they all have one ultimate goal in mind: bring hardware back to campus. The dance team’s coach, Danelle Langeneckert, said they have had a winning attitude since the first day they stepped into Lee Lohman for practice.

“I think a lot of teams don’t start their seasons this way, but we hit the ground running,” said Langeneckert. “I think that’s one thing our team does, and we do it well. We start day one with a goal to win the National Championship, we don’t just start after we qualify for Regionals. And so continuing our season with that intensity level carries us to where we want to be at Nationals.”

For the cheer squad, it wasn’t that easy. Their coach, Felicia Miles, said that the team really didn’t pull their routine together until three days before the Regional competition. But when they did, it was like nothing she’d ever seen before. The stunts the squad performed are at the level of a Division 1 school, and she wanted the crowd to see what they were capable of, Miles said.

“When they hit that first pyramid, the crowd erupted,” said Miles. “I’ve never seen a gymnasium full of other schools totally going crazy when they hit those pyramids. We had athletes from other schools coming up to us saying those pyramids gave them chills.”

Both teams are predominantly composed of underclassmen, with only two seniors combined. The coaches said these teams are among the best they’ve coached skill-wise, and they don’t see the inexperience as a weakness.

At Regionals, the dance team finished in second place, while the cheer squad finished in fourth place. With the dance team coming in first the last two years, walking away with that finish was a learning experience. Kaci Greenleaf, a Junior dancer, said it was a hard fact to swallow.

“We were actually third after going into prelims, so going into finals, it was just really hard for us not to get down on ourselves,” said Greenleaf. “We had to go into that final performance and really pull out everything that we had to do to get even second. It was a big let down for us, but it helped us to get ready for Nationals and work on what we needed to. I think we’re at that spot where we’re about to peak at Nationals and that’s what we want.”

The cheer squad is confident in their abilities moving forward into Nationals. Cheerleader and Junior Amber Lukas said they finished with an overall score of 90.12 at Regionals, the best the team has had in the past 10 years.

“If we hit a clean solid routine, we are going to win no matter what,” said Lukas. “At our last competition, we got 10 on our difficulty, we got 10s on our baskets. Since I have been here, this is the closest we’ve ever been, this is the highest score we’ve ever got.  If we keep going and hit this routine solid, it will be higher than that, and there’s no way any team could compete with our skills and scores.”

Members said they are excited, as well as stressed. The week leading up to the championship is all about perfecting their routines, and polishing weaknesses.

“It can get very stressful, especially the first couple weeks leading up to it,” said Greenleaf. “It’s honestly one of the best stressful things that I’ve gone through in my life. It’s a good stress. It’s good that you’re confident enough to go out there and hit it and that everything is going to be okay in the end.”

Going into the competition with targets on their backs will not intimidate the Fighting Bees. Looking down into her folded hands with a glimmer in her eye, Greenleaf will never forget all the time spent with her teammates and how it would feel if her team won Nationals for a third year in a row.

“It would be the best feeling in the world,” said Greenleaf. “Winning last year, I just couldn’t shake the feeling, and I still think about it everyday and get chills. I watch the videos from last year, and it gets me even more excited for this year because I know we can go out and do it. Our heads are in it, we have the talent, and I’m just so excited.”

“A Night to Shine” Prom Impacts SAU Students

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Mar 02, 2017

As the sun set on that Friday night, the real stars came out to shine. The Tim Tebow Foundation sponsored two proms on Feb. 8 for teens with special needs and adults in the Quad Cities. Among the 200 volunteers that attended were more than 10 St. Ambrose students, who served as “buddies” for the 300 guests that attended.

Monica Ryant, a junior, said being a part of this night has changed her perspective and outlook on life.

“I will never take for granted what we can do as volunteers,” she said. “We are fortunate enough to be able to do pretty much anything we want to do, and I was blessed to be able to help in any way possible to make it a great night for others.”

One prom was hosted at the Waterfront Convention Center in Bettendorf, IA, and sponsored by Our Lady of the River Catholic Church, LeClaire. The other was held at Trinity Lutheran. That prom was sponsored by Risen Christ Lutheran Church, but its facilities were not big enough to handle the crowd, said Sandy Sievert, of Risen Christ.

She is the one who pulled it all together. Despite it all, she said that Trinity was able to step up to the plate and deliver a great prom for everyone who attended.

Every prom-goer had the opportunity to ride in a limousine and walk the red carpet in front of the paparazzi. In addition, they could get their hair styled, shoes shined, sing karaoke, eat dinner and dance the night away.

Mackenzie Woods, a freshman and volunteer, said that she had more fun at this prom in comparison to the ones she attended in high school.

“Knowing that I had a solid reason to get dressed up gives my heart peace and joy,” she said. “I love that I can give them an experience that they definitely deserve. Everyone was having fun, being themselves, eating however much they wanted, just having a grand old time.”

One event on the agenda really made this prom stand out from traditional ideas. At the end of the night, every participant was crowned a king or queen. Through a sea of sparkling crowns and tiaras, the smiles on their faces truly outshined them. Ryant said that this was by far her favorite part.

“I will never forget the look on my prom buddy’s face when she was crowned by a pageant queen,” she said. “For high school proms, everyone going home with a crown or tiara is unthinkable. I thought it was special, because many times when teens with special needs get crowned king or queen, it makes national news.”

Allison Schwarz, a junior and volunteer, said that many times people with special needs feel excluded, but this event really brought the Quad Cities community together.

“Some of them never got to go to prom or maybe it wasn’t inclusive, maybe they felt left out,” she said, “Or maybe they feel like they didn’t have somebody to dance with. For them, they were with their friends, people that were there to make it about them.”

Another highlight of the night included a personalized video of Tim Tebow, which was shown on big screens at each prom. When his image came on, the crowd burst into loud cheers. Tebow told every participant that they are all gifts from God that the night was just for them.

“You have meaning, and you have a purpose,” he said.

Indoor Track & Field teams continue to conquer

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Feb 16, 2017

No matter the weather condition or time, you will find the indoor track and field teams crushing the clock and the competitors they face.

The Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference Championships for the Fighting Bees is quickly approaching on February 18 in Bourbonnais, IL. This is the first year the CCAC has ever hosted an indoor conference meet since transitioning from the Midwest Collegiate Conference.

Austin Williams, a junior hurdler and mid-distance runner, says that the team is projected to follow its accomplishments from prior years.

“Our goal every year is to win the conference meet,” Williams said. “We used to dominate the MCC, so it’s a new challenge since we moved to the CCAC.  As far as the conference meet goes it’s really a toss-up between three teams, but we have a good shot to take the title back to Davenport.  We look the best I have ever seen us this early in the year.”

Both teams are in good position to be successful at the meet.  This is the point in their season in which the start to peak performances. Michael Ohioze, a senior sprinter and hurdler, says that if the Bees can compete to their abilities come race day, they’re going to challenge teams for the conference title.

“We have a lot of talented athletes that have qualified and will qualify,” Ohioze said. “We thrive when it comes to competition so the conference meet will be exciting.”

This early in the season, the men and women are ahead of the game with members breaking school records and qualifying for the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics National Tournament.  Currently, the men’s team is ranked 15th in the NAIA and the women’s team is ranked 20th with over 10 members from both teams qualified for the tournament.

Among them is Ohioze, who said that he is a lot further ahead in his performances this season in comparison to his last by breaking two school records.

“It took me to the last track meet before indoor nationals to qualify in the 200m, but this year it’s taken me two weeks into the season and I’m now consistently running the qualifying time now,” Ohioze said. “So I’m ecstatic to be better than I am and that ties back into breaking those two records. My aim is to break school records because it puts my name out there and makes a name for myself. I want my name in history. Breaking records always feels good, because it reminds me that my hard work is paying off and that I can keep bettering myself. It also helps me determine where I am in the season, where I want to be and where I want to go.”

Ohioze said that the team is working together and using each other to better themselves.

“I’d say we’ve come together really well as a team and understand that everyone is an individual, but an individual who is part of the team,” Ohioze said. “It’s like every piece in a clock is different but you need every piece for the clock to work and run smoothly.”

Karyn Paisley, a junior and long distance runner, said that the track team will continue to work on achieving personal bests and performing well at meets.

“My distance group that I train in is full of hardworking and positive people, which allows me to fully enjoy and cherish each moment with them,” Paisley said. “We do a great job at cheering on each athlete, even if they are not in our trained event, so our overall team feels like one big supportive family.”

FCA: A game plan from God

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Feb 02, 2017

Whether you enjoy watching sports or not, some have witnessed athletes on the court, field, or course, crushing personal goals and raising their hands heavenward, giving glory to God. These athletes, seen professionally and those found on our campus are bound by the common grace.  Every Thursday in McCarthy Hall members strengthen their ties to God by participating in St. Ambrose Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

FCA, founded in 1954 by Eastern Oklahoma A&M basketball coach Don McClanen, has developed into a global Christian sports ministry since its creation. According to fca.org, the not-for-profit organization reaches more than two million people per year at the professional, college, high school, junior high and youth sports levels. The mission of FCA is “to present to coaches and athletes, and all whom they influence, the challenge and adventure of receiving Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, serving Him in their relationships and in the fellowship of the church.”

Emily Soy, a senior and FCA Group Leader, started making an official FCA club on the University’s campus last year. With the help of group members, Soy said it was a group effort that truly made this year’s FCA grow and turn into a family atmosphere for anyone who attended.

“This club is a family and a place for students to come and express their faith, struggles they have or joys they want to share,” said Soy. “This group has many different personalities and we have a lot of fun. It is also a place of no judgement.”

Under the guidance of Terry Stevens, an FCA Representative, and Suzanne Weise, a Campus Representative, close to 20 students gather every Thursday night in McCarthy Hall room 108. Soy said that the club is student-led, allowing anyone in FCA to lead a meeting when volunteered.

“A meeting consists of ideas being thrown around in the beginning for fun activities to do or trips to take,” said Soy. “And then we have a student pick their favorite “I Am Second” video to share and come up with an activity for the group. We allow anyone to lead if they want to and we split up into smaller groups to get more personal and meet new people.”

Although FCA is intended for student-athletes only, this club welcomes any student wanting to attend meetings and grow deeper in faith. Jessica Penrod, a sophomore, is no exception to the rule. Penrod said she got started with FCA when she was in seventh grade. Her older sister was a high school huddle leader and invited her to a meeting. She eventually participated in FCA camp one summer and it made her fall in love with the organization. Now, she finds herself sitting alongside fellow Ambrosians in a different setting.

“Personally, I get encouragement by going to FCA each week,” said Penrod. “It’s nice to be reminded that there are people out there in the same position as I am. Being tempted by the same things, having the same doubts, and most importantly sharing the same faith.”

The question is, why target athletes to have Christian values? Both Soy and Penrod agree that athletes get thrown into a leadership role and they are in the limelight a little more. Penrod said athletics is one of the areas where society tends to justify immoral behavior.

“Too often we make excuses for professional athletes’ bad actions: pride, selfishness, drug use, etc.,” said Penrod. “FCA’s core values are integrity, serving, teamwork, and excellence. By instilling these values through a strong bible-based faith, athletes and coaches are better equipped to show Christ through their actions on and off the court.”

Soy said that FCA allows for growth in one’s faith and helps to strengthen it to be able to talk to people about God.

“I believe God uses these opportunities to allow athletes to show the right way to play sports and the ability to give God the glory in everything they do,” said Soy.

Playing with purpose

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Feb 02, 2017

The lights in the gym shine a little brighter in mid-October when the women’s basketball practices begin, but the dedication of being a Queen Bee is a beacon that shines way before practices begin or the first game is played.

Despite the overall record of 7-15, the team has goals to improve those numbers lighting up the scoreboard at the end of the game. Krista Van Hauen, the women’s head basketball coach, knows what it will take to improve her players in the closing weeks ahead.

“Continue to improve on defense and on the offensive end,” Van Hauen said. “We have struggled with shooting so we need to continue to work on improving our shooting percentage. Continue to play hard and with effort and look to make improvements from game to game.”

The Bees have lost four games by less than five points, with two of those games by less than two points. Just those games alone could have been the determinate between a winning record and a losing record season. Reeann McCarty, a junior and current leading scorer for the team, said this is what has made the season a little frustrating at times.

“If we could just get it all figured out and put the pieces together, man I think we could really compete with anyone,” McCarty said. “Unfortunately, we are running out of time in the season to do this.  It may just take an entire season to figure it out.  However, my end goals I want to see this team achieve is to win over 10 games and grab a spot in the conference tournament. I want to end this season on a positive note.”

Last season, the women’s basketball team finished as runner-up in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference.  However, this season has brought along with it the challenge of filling five positions that the graduating seniors left behind.  Over half of the team is new to the program, with transfer and freshmen students alike.  From an upperclassmen viewpoint, McCarty doesn’t see the inexperience as a weakness.

“I see a lot of potential in some of these younger players and am excited to lead them as a part of the senior class next year,” McCarty said. “I know without a doubt I want to end my basketball career on a high note next year, so I will be driven to win from the get go.  I also know that some of my teammates are ready to turn things around as well.”

Van Hauen said that any playing time during games is good experience for the freshmen and transfer students. She is positive it will help with future seasons ahead.

“I enjoy getting to know our freshman or transfers and see them become a part of our St. Ambrose family,” Van Hauen said. “As they become more comfortable in our program, seeing them grow and figuring out their personalities is always interesting but very enjoyable as a coach.”

What is still in question is whether or not the Queen Bees will make it to the NAIA National Basketball Championships like last season. In order to do so, the team would have to make the conference tournament and then win the conference championship game to make it to the national tournament.

McCarty said that with the record the team currently holds, making it to the national tournament may be a longshot.

“Unfortunately our record isn’t what it was last year, so it makes it very difficult to get seeded well in the conference tournament, and it also puts an at large bid out of the question,” McCarty said. “And although I firmly believe our current record isn’t a reflection of the potential our team has, I will still keep a positive and optimistic attitude that hopes for the best.”

Even if the lights in Lee Lohman Arena aren’t shining above the women’s basketball team into March, the Queen Bees will still know they gave it all they had.

“After all, basketball is just a game,” McCarty said. “A game that is supposed to be fun.  That’s why we sacrifice all this time to practice it and play it.  Everyone knows going into it that there is going to be winners and losers.  But life is more than just winning and losing.”

Flat Stanley Stops in at Galvin

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Nov 27, 2016

A beloved children’s book, written by Jeff Brown in 1964, will come to life in The Musical Adventures of Flat Stanley Dec. 3-4 at 3:00 p.m. in the Galvin Fine Arts Center.  Under the guest direction of Kimberly Kurtenbach, 36 students and faculty members have been working hard in the effort to please it’s older and younger audiences alike.

The play is centered around Stanley Lambchop, an ordinary, run-of-the-mill ten-year-old: normal mom and dad, normal little brother, normal life. But that’s just the problem for Stanley.  Life is too boring. He wants to travel the world and do things that no one has ever done before. In this “careful what you wish for” tale, Stanley becomes a 2-dimensional character after the bulletin board on his wall falls on top of him one night.  In a whirlwind musical travelogue, Stanley scours the globe to close in on his goal of becoming a three-dimensional boy once more.

Kurtenbach said that the students involved with the production have been more than successful in creating their roles.

“The students are really doing a great job with the dances, the songs and the acting,” Kurtenbach said. “They are putting up a show in a limited amount of time and they are doing great.  As a guest director, I am here to try and give them a professional experience, and they are certainly rising to the occasion.”

Jordan Webster-Moore, senior actor, plays the lead role of Stanley Lambchop. He said that the most enjoyable part of the production rehearsals so far is the cast and script that he works with.

“The cast is tons of fun to work with, as they always are at St. Ambrose” Webster-Moore said. “The script for Flat Stanley is also just really fun and the music is great.”

Every holiday season, St. Ambrose has a children’s play that brings in a large audience with school children from the Davenport area.  The productions have become a tradition for the Theatre Department. Webster-Moore said that with the audience being mostly comprised of children, there is always so much more energy that he can feel while on the stage.

“The children feed your energy and you are able to give even a better performance back to them,” Webster-Moore said. “Our production team is making sure that the kids will stay interested with broad comic movement that doesn’t stop. Action is always the best way to keep a kid’s attention, and we are doing that well.”

Kurtenbach said that she hopes the children in attendance will leave with a desire to learn about the planet with its amazing people and places you can meet and learn about.

“On a deeper level, I suppose what I love most about Flat Stanley is that he takes something that is challenging or what might be considered an obstacle and he makes it an adventure,” Kurtenbach said. “I am a believer that it is the challenges in our life that truly make us stronger, better and wiser people.”

Like Stanley, one challenge that the theatre department had to overcome was its lack of space during rehearsals. Kurtenbach said that the cast is often in a classroom, because the theatre is being used a lot this time of year. The cast and crew has four hour practices to fine tune every scene, note, and prop each day.

“Having four hour rehearsals every day is very hard on my voice,” Webster-Moore said. “I have to speak in a different voice than I normally do. Plus, throw in non-stop singing and it gets pretty rough. I need to drink a ton of water to make sure my voice can handle it.”

For the students, long rehearsals and voice strains are worth it in the end when getting to see the children’s reaction after the play. With a meet-and-greet and an alumni party taking place, Kurtenbach said it’s always a lot of fun for the alums and their kids.

“This is a really cool experience for the kids and makes the show even more real for them,” Webster-Moore said. “They love meeting their favorite characters after the show!”

One thing the Theatre Department wants its audience members to know is that although Flat Stanley is a children’s musical, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be enjoyable for adults as well.

“There are many inside jokes within the show that adults will be sure to laugh at and enjoy themselves with,” Webster-Moore said. “We hope to see you there!”

Interprofessional Health Clinic Helping More than just Patients

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Nov 01, 2016

Interprofessional Health Clinic helping more than just patients. An update on how the clinic helps students as well-

Aligning with the University’s commitment to the core values of social justice and service, the student-run Interprofessional Health Clinic is working towards a brighter future for not only the patients, but for themselves as well.

Every Tuesday, graduate students volunteer their time at the almost year-old clinic on the Genesis Health System campus in Davenport.

Located at 1320 Lombard St., the students treat patients who need physical, occupational and/or speech therapy services, but don’t have access to health care or have exhausted their insurance benefits. Since the clinic opened its doors in 2015, it has served 15 clients through 50 sessions with 40 to 50 students under the supervision of Michael Puthoff, the director of the overall clinic.

What makes this health clinic unique are the students from different disciplines working and communicating with one another as a team to help treat the patients in the best way possible. Laura Moorman, a physical therapy graduate student, said she likes the collaboration aspect of the clinic because you gain an appreciation for what other health professionals do.

“Working so closely with occupational therapy students and speech and language pathology students has allowed me to better understand their professions and teach them about mine,” Moorman said. “Our patients also benefit from care that includes all three disciplines working together.”

Not only have the students gained an appreciation for other health care professions, but for being able to put the skills they have learned inside the classroom to the test. Joey McEachern, a physical therapy graduate student, said he learns a lot within his three-hour shift at the clinic.

“It’s beneficial for me to take what I’ve been taught because it gives me the opportunity to use all that I have learned throughout my curriculum and apply it to an actual patient population,” McEachern said.   “We spend so much time in the classroom, so it has been nice to put all these skills that we are taught into action.”

According to McEachern, the patients at the health clinic all vary tremendously in their diagnoses.  However, they all have one thing in common, and that is the desire to improve their general health.

“I think by simply showing the compassion and empathy that these patients deserve, along with helping to improve their function, these patients are extremely grateful towards us,” McEachern said.  “We enter this profession of physical therapy to help others, so by providing a free service to those within the Quad Cities that need it, we are giving back to the community in a truly rewarding experience.”

Students are actively engaged with every patient, reviewing their medical history, addressing what difficulties the patient has with daily activities, and providing goals towards rehabilitation. To help guide the students, faculty and licensed professionals from each program are also present. While the clinic will address the immediate needs of patients, the care will focus on empowering the patient to work on the long-term management of their health conditions.

Moorman said that she is thankful to be a part of a one of a kind opportunity like this at St. Ambrose.

“We have a great facility and the clinic is growing, and I feel honored to be a part of it,” Moorman said. “Most students at other schools don’t get an opportunity like this and it has left such an impact on me. To be able to make a difference in the lives of our patients as a student has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done here at Ambrose.”

Let Your Voice Bee Heard

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Oct 18, 2016

With just a few short weeks until the polls open for the 2016 Presidential Election, voter registration is a key issue on people’s mind.

Young adult voters have historically had the lowest turnout percentages, even though they could make up one of the largest voting demographics.  According to an analysis of U.S. census data from the Pew Research Center, millennials make up about 31 percent of the overall electoral.

For many Ambrosians, this is the first election in which they are eligible to vote in.  The issues currently facing the U.S. are as important as ever, ranging from health care to immigration Laws.  As a basic right as citizens of a democratic country, it’s important for college students to be a part of the conversation so they don’t inherit a country whose policies don’t reflect them.

Alexsandra Najda, President of the St. Ambrose University Democrats Club, said that it’s pertinent for college students to be aware of issues when choosing a candidate.

“College students must understand that every decision that is made in Washington will eventually affect them,” Najda said. “So I think that college students must learn about all the issues.  Most importantly, I think we must focus on employment, global warming and inner city violence.  Those are the three that I believe will affect our generation most domestically.”

In conjunction to being aware of the issues, Kody Kilburg, President of the St. Ambrose Republicans Club, said that college students should be aware of these issues in particular: federal loan interest rates, government taxes and regulations and the Affordable Care Act.

“Assuming other college students are like myself, and they are graduating with debt, I would hope other students besides myself would not be okay with the government taking even more money out of their paychecks,” Kilburg said. “As a senior this year, it is extremely important to me that I graduate with a job. Issues that can make the job search harder for a college student is whether or not the government wishes to raise taxes, regulations, or continue the small-business killing healthcare law. Small-business owners cannot afford to offer certain benefits and coverage to some of their full-time employees, so the business are forced to reduce their current and new employees to part-time positions.”

The U.S. Census Bureau’s voting data also shows that, on average, less than half of eligible young adult voters will actually make it to the polls for a national presidential election. Moreover, the millennial generation is not only the largest generation, but the most diverse in the U.S. population.  With growing diversity, there is a necessity to elect leaders who represent the desires of their constituency.  Both SAU political clubs agree that by choosing not to vote, college students are inexcusably silencing themselves.

Najda said that she thinks many students come to college with perspectives that are highly influenced by their homes and communities.

“College is an atmosphere that will often challenge, question and alter people’s opinions,” Najda said. “I think this is beneficial to society for two reasons: either your perspectives are challenged and they change for the better or they are challenged and are strengthened by the necessity to defend them.  In both cases, your values become your own.”

The deadline to register to vote in Iowa is October 29. To be a more informed voter by the time you enter that voting booth, Kilburg said to join the political clubs on campus.

“I know both clubs are open to everyone who is willing to learn and wants to get involved,” Kilburg said. Too many people just believe the last thing they hear or the last thing they read on social media without even thinking about researching the topic to figure out whether the statistic or fact is true or not. Parental political views also have an undoubtedly immense impact on a person’s own political beliefs. I am not saying that is necessarily a bad thing, but I will say that it is important to do your own research and not just rely on what other people tell you, even if it is your parents.”

Soon many students will be looking for jobs, renting and buying homes and making many more serious decisions that are all affected by policy.  Najda said that many politicians claim to be the voice of the millennials. However, when they make decisions in Washington, their policies often contradict this claim.

“It is crucial that millennials finally hold those who claim to be our advocates to their word and this election is our chance to do this,” Najda said.

“If you do not vote or get involved on some level or another, then I firmly believe you should not complain when things do not go your way in terms of the election,” Kilburg said. “Your vote is your voice, make it known.”

Getting Back into the Swing of Things

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Oct 18, 2016

With the fall season shaping up for the Queen Bees golf team, coach Nicholas Goblirsch said he hopes to improve on their previous season’s finish in the conference and improve their overall scoring average.

Before many students have classes, these dedicated golfers are up and already practicing their puts, chips, and swings at 7:00 a.m. under the guidance of their coach at Emeise Golf Course in Davenport, Iowa.

“I want our players to experience tournament golf at a level that challenges them to get to their best golf,” Goblirsch said.

Of the 12 players listed on the roster, nine are underclassmen.  Alison Seibel, a junior, said that with it being such a young team, the leadership role isn’t just one person, it is a team effort where everyone pitches in to make it work.

“With the fall season wrapping up here in the next few weeks, in order for us to grow and improve, I think we could learn more from each other,” Seibel said. “We are a team who has skill and talent.”

Goblirsch said that the underclassmen bring new expectations and a different level of determination that has been good in cultivating their competitiveness.  Recently finishing in 12th place at the William Penn Statesmen Fall Classic, a sophomore Bee finished on top. Kelsey Page shot a second round 86 to climb into 45th place.  She opened the tournament with a 93 to end with a 179.

Seibel says she hopes to see improvement in every member on the team to bring in higher place finishes.

“I think that if we just continue to keep working on our golf games, we will get there,” Seibel said. “It’s still really just the beginning. I know I’d like to lower my scores even more, but still keep a positive attitude throughout the game of golf.  Golf is a hard sport that always has room for improvement.”

Every golf course brings new challenges as well.  Depending on the weather, level of difficulty varying for each hole, or individual mentalities, there are many factors that influence how well the team can do overall.  For Seibel, this is what she thrives off of.

“What I find most rewarding about the game of golf, is no matter how well you play, or even how bad you play in tournaments, every shot is different and every course is too,” Seibel said. “You could shoot par on one hole and the next you could chip-in for a birdie, no shot is the same.  And I have always been told in golf, that if I am having a bad day of golf, to brush it off and enjoy the views on the golf courses.”

Goblirsch said that the team chemistry is one of the best he’s seen in his years of coaching.  When he has a recruit on campus, he has them spend time with the players on his team to find out how they might fit on the team.

“We don’t ever have any drama and we all get along,” Seibel said. “We help each other out as much as possible, whether that be on the golf course or back on campus.”

The team is also fortunate enough to get the opportunity to play on some nationally renowned golf courses. In March, the team is taking a Spring Break trip to Florida, where they will see some of their best competition all year. As well, they play at Eagle Ridge and TPC Deere Run, which hosts the PGA Tour event, and Whistling Straits, which will host the Ryder Cup in 2020.

“The opportunities to play courses like these are few and far between,” Goblirsch said. “I enjoy showing the players golf on the level I have been fortunate enough to be a part of.”

Moving forward, these Queen Bees are excited to find their area of improvement.

“With our skills and talents we can lean on each other and help one another towards achieving our goals for the spring 2017 season,” Seibel said.

 

 

Men’s golf teeing off

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Oct 06, 2016
The St. Ambrose men’s golf team is teeing off the new season with high hopes.

Ranked second in the Chicagoland Collegiate Athletic Conference out of 14 teams and finishing in second place at conference last year, the Fighting Bees will host the 2017 and 2018 NAIA National Championships at TPC Deere Run in Silvis, Illinois.

Cody Brandau, an assistant coach in his first season, said that the team’s focus is sharpening up play to achieve the same successes as last year.

“Last year we won many tournaments early on, and I think some of the guys were expecting to come out and have the same success this year,” Brandau said. “I think going forward this fall, it’s about making ourselves better in preparation for the spring. I know it’s hard to figure out golf in the fall, take four or five months off, and then try to play again. Unfortunately, that’s just the nature of being in the Midwest.”

Andrew Marcum, a senior from Stillman Valley, Ill., said that even though the team isn’t meeting their expectations just yet, they have a team that is deep with talent.

“We have a new group of guys in the top five that don’t have as much experience as last year, but I think our upside is really good,” Marcum said. “We have a pretty deep team with 20 guys, and the five that go to tournaments are upperclassmen who show potential.”

In August, the team found out that they received a contract extension to host the NAIA National championships to include the next two years. This brings opportunity to the team; the Bees get a chance to play with some of the top ranked players in the NAIA division, as well as be on the map for prospective students looking at playing on the team.

To prepare for tough opponents like that at the end of May, the varsity lineup takes a Spring Break trip to Florida every year. However, this year the top five players will be taking their trip in the fall October 30 through November 1.  Brandau says that this opens up the players’ eyes for what they will see at the championships.

“When we go down there we see more top level competition than we do throughout the year,” Brandau said.

Marcum says that the team’s over-all goal is to be able to contend at Nationals this year.

“We missed the over-all cut last year by just a couple of strokes,” Marcum says. “We are going to practice a lot as well as make each other better each time we go out on the course.”

Brandau said the relaxed environment that the team has formed makes them successful when entering competitions.

“When we enter qualifying competitions our mentality changes,” Brandau said.  “We’re able to go right into that and have fun. The team chemistry is also very strong, they get along well on and off the course.”

Marcum agreed that the team chemistry is very tight knit, but wishes to see that transpire more to the golf course.

“I think we just need to stay more consistent and stay more positive minded,” Marcum said. “One guy doesn’t really make a team.  You have to have three other scores that count in every tournament.  I think we can dial it in and know that if everyone practices hard and stays committed to golf, then we can really reach our potential this year.”

Brother duo leads Fishing Club to success

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Apr 28, 2016

For the Atkinson brothers, a family hobby has turned into a collegiate sport.  Since winning second place in their first ever Bass fishing tournament in 2014, the two have been hooked on fishing competitively ever since.

Cole Atkinson, a Junior Marketing and Accounting Major, and Tanner Atkinson, a Freshman Nursing Major, grew up along the Mississippi River in Camanche, Iowa, where they had access to some of the greatest fishing spots in the country.  With the help of family and friends, the Atkinson boys were taught everything they know now, and thrive off of teaching others what they are passionate about.

“To those who want to join the club, we are always excepting new members,” Cole said. “It helps a lot of you have your own boat.  It doesn’t have to be anything special, but it will get you and the rest of the club more access to getting on the water.  Even if you don’t have a boat but you like going fishing that is perfectly fine.  We have lakes around the area where we can go and fish off the bank if we need to.  Everybody in the club is nice and willing to help you out if you want to learn about fishing if you have never gone but have an interest for it.”

The St. Ambrose University Fishing Club was established in 2005 by another set of brothers, the DeVolders.  Cole, President of the Club, says that there are now ten members, and have two boats available to the team.  Not only does the club fish for leisure, but they compete all around the U.S. in FLW and B.A.S.S. Tournaments to represent the Fighting Bees.

“The first two years we fished tournaments we fished out of a little old flat bottom boat with a 60 horse power motor on it,” Cole said.  “We were always the slowest boat in the tournament, but we never let that slow us down.  We fish around 25 tournaments a summer and I am on the water practicing at least five days out of the week.”

The collegiate fishing season started last month, and will continue through until September with the majority of the tournaments being held during the summer months. This year, the Atkinson brothers will be competing in 36 tournaments.  A few weeks ago, SAU qualified for the F.L.W. National Championship at Kentucky Lake, which will take place next March.

“With me only fishing two F.L.W. tournaments in my life and the first one I had ever fished was in Kentucky this year, it was a whole new experience for considering the biggest tournament I had fished,” Tanner said. “Previous to that was a 97 boat tournament, and the Kentucky Lake tournament had 203 boats in it, so twice as big, and it was also on a lake I had never fished on. So it was sort of nerve-racking not knowing too much about the body of the water. But we ended up leading after day one with 21.8 lbs. and that is just a whole different feeling knowing everyone is trying to catch you on the second day.”

Cole said that being brothers and teammates gives them an advantage during tournament fishing. They know each other’s techniques, and have no problem telling one another when they do something wrong to correct the situation. Because of the trust they have in one-another to find the fish, they take two boats out to each tournament to cover twice as much water.

“It doesn’t matter if we are fishing a tournament that has five boats or 500,” Cole said.  “We enter each tournament with the same attitude.  I have never got into a tournament trying to get 2nd place, I am there to win.  It is very competitive and as we travel everyone else is just as competitive as we are.”

Every lake and river brings a new challenge for the brothers.  When the weather changes the fish change with the weather.  Being able to adapt to how the fish change when the weather changes is sometimes a big undertaking for the duo to conquer.

“Whenever we go out of town to fish a tournament we do research on the lake or river to try to see what we are going to be looking for,” Cole said.  “Typically the more time you put in the better you do in the tournaments; it is similar to a test in school.  If you study the night before you are not going to do as good as if you start studying a week in advance.”

Tanner said that whenever he fishes a new body of water, he tries to fish it as the kind of water he would back home: shallow points with specific rock and water color.

“Conditions are a huge part because the wind can ruin spots if the waves are rolling up on the bank really hard,” Tanner said. “Or like in Missouri on Table Rock Lake the water was dead calm and the fish suspended out into the deeper water and we just could not get any good bites in the boat.”

Another challenge that the club faces are the expenses that go into all the facets of fishing.  St. Ambrose gives the club enough money for one boat to go to one tournament each year.  After that, it is up to them to supply the funds by winning the tournaments they enter.  To do so, they must place either in the top 10 or five, depending on the tournament.

“Bass fishing in general is very expensive,” Cole said. “When you think about the price of a truck, boat, rods, baits, and licenses.  We have thousands and thousands of dollars in bass fishing.  But it is what we do, you can’t bass fish and have many other hobbies unless you are a millionaire which we are not.  With traveling around the country to tournaments and putting gas in your boat it is unreal how much money you can spend in just gas.”

Both Cole and Tanner dream of becoming professional bass fisherman.  They said that being a part of this club is about the best opportunity they have to making it as a pro, and the experiences that they’ve had so far have helped them get their names out there.

“I am able to travel the country fishing against other college anglers that all have the same goal as we do,” Cole said.  “At these tournaments we have met some great anglers, and many of the guys I bet will end up being lifelong friends.”

Protein powders: Yes whey or no whey?

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Apr 14, 2016

For college students who like to hit the gym frequently, workout supplements can deliver that extra boost to a grueling fitness routine. But how safe are the wide variety of performance enhancing powders?

People tend to associate the word “protein” with building strong muscles and gaining lean body mass. But according to Miriam E. Nelson, an associate professor of nutrition and fitness at Tufts University, says that eating extra protein actually doesn’t do much toward boosting your muscle mass and strength.

“Medical research shows that consuming too much protein, more than 30 percent of your total caloric intake, could actually harm your body,” Nelson said.

Marketing utilizes the packaging of protein powders in order to make statements such as, “for best results, take one to two scoops of protein powder daily to gain muscle and to build the body you’ve always dreamed of.” Nelson says that while these claims do hold some truth, they are usually taken out of context.

According to Nelson, protein is one of the three macronutrients that must be consumed in order to maintain a healthy and balanced diet. Protein plays a critical role in bodily functions and not only aids in muscle growth and repair, but also protects the immune system, maintains water balance in the body, helps with the production of hormones and aids in hair, skin and nail maintenance. Nelson said it is usually easy to get enough protein through diet because it can be found in several common animal and plant based foods such as: eggs, poultry, beef, fish, milk, Greek yogurt, soy, nuts, seeds, beans and legumes.

“Whether you are an avid strength trainer, a marathon runner, or just an average exerciser, a balanced diet that is rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean meats, fish, and complex carbohydrates is what nutritionists recommend,” Nelson said.

Mitchell Schumacher, a senior at St. Ambrose, majoring in Human Performance and Fitness, said when he first started to lift seriously and often at 18 years of age, he tried using EAS 100% Whey protein to gain muscle mass. However, he noticed a change when he stopped drinking it.

“My body felt a little deprived until I figured out how to get the protein I needed from my regular diet,” Schumacher said. “I now do not take protein supplements because I have learned how to get all of the protein I need from normal food: lean meats, nuts, cheeses, yogurts, etc. I also have learned that the body will always handle natural foods that are grown better than it will handle a powder or something artificial like protein shakes.”

Schumacher said that he has only met a handful of people who use protein “correctly,” which is post workout to enhance muscle recovery and growth.

“Protein does do what it is made for,” Schumacher said. “If you are simply looking to add mass, it will do that. Protein, if taken too much, will convert to fat once in the body if it not absorbed by our muscles.”

Kieran Fisher, managing director of Bodybuilding Warehouse, says that there are benefits to protein powders if you know what to look for.

“Whey, casein and milk-based protein powders are essentially the best parts of milk, with carbohydrates and fats removed,” Fisher said. “This allows you to increase your protein intake without vastly increasing your intake of other macronutrients, which can help to boost athletic performance, improve muscle tone and increase overall health.”

Fisher explained that choosing the correct time to take your protein can affect the benefits it has on  you and your body. She says that when training, the most important time to take protein is straight after your workout, because your muscles will then soak up the nutrition for muscle recovery and growth. Not only should you drink it immediately after, but she says 30 minutes before your first “rep” to create an “anabolic window” which helps to lower the damage of muscles as you train.

Schumacher emphasizes the need to do research before making a purchase on protein supplements, so you know what you are putting into your body. He said that if you are not fully educated on protein supplements, to ask a trainer, doctor, or nutritionist about the risks and rewards of using a protein supplement and become educated in sports nutrition outside of supplements.

“In my opinion, protein is also over-priced, not totally worth it in the long run, and the effects are temporary if you are not working out with the supplement use,” Schumacher said. “If used correctly, sparingly, and smartly, the positive effects of protein supplements, meaning muscle gain and decreased recovery time, may be the only thing that protein supplements have going for them.”

Student nursing program hits an all-time high

by Griffin Rasche
Posted on Mar 31, 2016

“The St. Ambrose Student Nurse Association is the most active student nursing program that Ambrose has ever seen,” Associate Professor of Nursing Kathleen Andresen said.

The credit for the success of the program goes to the co-presidents of the SSNA, Danielle Pratt and Katelyn McKinley, both senior nursing students.  The students decided to tag-team the program due to the workload of the presidency.  Mckinley said the transition from president to co-president became such a blessing for both Pratt and her.

“There is always someone to bounce our ideas off of or pick up the slack when life and nursing school gets busy,” Mckinley said. “Also, Danielle has so many qualities that I don’t possess, I feel that we balance each other out.”

Last year, Pratt saw an opportunity for change and improvement as an active SSNA member because it seemed like it wasn’t living up to its potential.  She wanted to be able to affect The Quad-City community in a positive way, and the SSNA was “a good jumping-off point.”  Now her vision has paid off.

This year alone, the student-run organization has grown to a core group of 15 members, including a board of six members, and two faculty advisors, Steve Kalber and Andrea Archer. Archer and Kalber offer guidance and support when needed.  Together, each individual participates to benefit the Quad Cities Community, the St. Ambrose Community, and all the student nurses at SAU.  Any nursing student is welcome and encouraged to come to meetings and contribute to any activities.

Lately, the SSNA has been busy meeting fundraising goals.  The students just finished up their work with Dance Marathon on March 5, donating $1000, and running an organ donation registration table that raised an additional $300 dollars for the kids.  Staying on top of their goals, the organization has also been collecting pop tabs for the Ronald McDonald House in Iowa City.  They plan on traveling to the independent nonprofit organization in April to help volunteer with a spring-cleaning project.

The latest fundraiser on March 12th received over $300 dollars to go towards building 20 “Sweet Cases,” which are duffel bags for foster children.  For Pratt, this project was near and dear to her heart.

“My husband and I are adopting a baby,” Pratt said.  “Unfortunately, a lot of time when foster kids are shifted from home to home, they are given trash bags to carry their belongings.  Sweet Cases is working to change that.  Each duffel bag costs $25, but it includes: the duffel, hygiene supplies, a pillow pet, some kind of activity, and then we get to decorate the bags.  The great thing about Sweet Cases is that they can stay local, so we are helping kids in the Quad Cities to feel valued and hopefully inspired.”

Many projects are still a work-in-progress for the student nurses.  SSNA is hoping to begin a partnership with the River Bend Food Bank to help them pack-up food for distribution. Another project the organization is looking at involves using MP3 players that have previously been used for a mental health simulation and filling them with music from the past.  In the first semester of the nursing program, Ambrose students spend their clinical hours in local nursing homes in the Quad Cities.  As they delve into their client’s health history, they also learn about their story, they learn about their experiences in love and loss, they uncover the highs and lows of their life, and they often get to hear stories of lifetime love.

“The idea to integrate the MP3 players was sparked from a presentation on the Music and Memory initiative by Mary Lou Kaney during an SSNA meeting,” McKinley said. “We wanted to provide something that could allow patients to relive those times in their lives through music and feel young again.”

Both Pratt and McKinley say that what makes them most proud of the St. Ambrose Student Nurses Association is the dedication they have from members.

“We have the best faculty hands down and they are so supportive of our dreams, our accomplishments, and our new ideas for involvement and community improvement,” McKinley said.  “I am proud to be a part of SSNA because I feel that we have really made a difference in our community and provided our members with a personal collaborative network of their peers regardless of their level in the program. The camaraderie that exists within the SSNA members is one that can’t be beat.”

With graduation ahead for the two seniors, they feel sad to be leaving, but know they are leaving SSNA in the hands of some very capable underclassmen who will take “the SSNA to infinity and beyond!”

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