Bee Happy Hour

Cheers to SAU!

Make plans to celebrate our 16th annual Bee Happy Hour in 2024!  We can't wait to raise a glass with you! 

THURSDAY, JUNE 13, 2024, 4:30-6:30 PM

Interested in Hosting a BHH in your area? Fill out this form to get started.

If there's a Bee Happy Hour near you, we hope you'll attend.  If not, make plans to gather with a group of Ambrosians near you or organize an online toast.  Send us your pictures taking part in this favorite alumni tradition!


Sublette, IL- La Fiesta (107 W Main St, Sublette, IL 61367)

Iowa City, IA- Big Grove Brewery & Taproom (1225 S Gilbert St., Iowa City, IA 52240)

Chicago, IL- Open Outcry Brewing Company Rooftop (10934 S Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60643)

Eldridge, IA- Double Barrel Drinkery (350 E LeClaire Rd Suite 1, Eldridge, IA 52748)

Bloomington, IL- Schooners (810 E Grove St., Bloomington, IL 61701)

Waukesha, WI- Morningstar Golfers Club (S77W26285 Prairieside Dr., Waukesha, WI 53189)

Cary, IL- Galati's Hideaway (800 Feinberg Court, Cary, IL 60013)

Rosemont, IL- TBD

Edwards, IL- TBD

San Diego, CA - TBD

 Email for more information

A Toast to SAU

Calling all Ambrosians!

A chance for all Ambrosians to toast to their alma mater, no matter where they may be.



See below for details on 2024 Bee Happy Hour in your area! 

Hosts: Fill out the Host Participation Form here! 

Sublette, IL

Location: La Fiesta (107 W Main St, Sublette, Il 61367)


Iowa City, IA

Location: Big Grove Brewery & Taproom (1225 S Gilbert St, Iowa City, IA 52240)

Chicago, IL

Location: Open Outcry Brewing Company Rooftop (10934 S Western Ave, Chicago, IL 60643)

Eldridge, IA

Location: Double Barrel Drinkery (350 E LeClaire Rd, Suite 1, Eldridge, IA 52748)

Bloomington, IL

Location: Schooners (810 E Grove St, Bloomington, IL 61701)

Cary, IL

Location: Galati's Hideaway (800 Feinberg Court, Cary, IL 60013)

Waukesha, WI

Location: Morningstar Golfers Club (S77W26285 Prairieside Dr., Waukesha, WI 53189)

Rosemont, IL

Location: TBD

Edwards, IL

Location: TBD

San Diego, CA

Location: TBD

Organizing a Bee Happy Hour

See above for those areas in need for an organizer.

St. Ambrose alumni who live in cities across the nation can volunteer to organize a Bee Happy Hour event for other Ambrosians in their area. Below is a summary of what's involved if you'd like to help with this event.  Have other questions?  Contact the Alumni Office at 563/333-6290 or for more information.

Responsibilities of the Local Organizer
  1. Complete Bee Happy Hour Host Participation form to express your interest.
  2. Reserve a location in your area to host BEE Happy Hour.
  3. Recruit alumni volunteers to help support the event; serve as contact for volunteers
  4. Encourage attendance by calling /emailing/messaging alumni in your area. Lists can be provided by the Alumni Engagement Office. The information provided is confidential and may not be used for purposes other than contacting alumni regarding BEE Happy Hour.
  5. "Like", "Share" & "Comment" on BEE Happy Hour communications (Alumni Facebook Page, BEE Happy Hour FB event, and Alumni Instagram).
  6. Notify the Alumni Engagement Office staff of any alumni changes, such as change of address, incorrect/new phone number or email address, etc.
  7. Send a reminder to alumni the week of the event.
  8. Contact the restaurant/venue a week prior to the event to confirm the date, time and other important information for your BEE Happy Hour.
  9. Attend BEE Happy Hour for your location on Thursday, June 13, 2024 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. (Arrive by 4 p.m.). Don't forget to wear your shirt!
  10. Take photos during your BEE Happy Hour. Please promote and tag us on social media so we can see the fun taking place all over the country!
  11. Send the Check-in sheet, bee in touch forms, and photos to the Alumni Engagement Office at within one week of the event. 

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How the Alumni Engagement Office Can Help

We want your party to be a success, so here are the ways we can help you:

  • Provide a list of area alumni (if requested)
  • Provide advice based on event experience
  • Recurring group emails with reminders
  • Promote the event through our alumni e-newsletter and all social media platforms
  • Send an email invitation (4-6 weeks before the event) and a follow-up reminder (1-2 weeks before the event) to area alumni
  • Provide SAU supplies and giveaways (name tags, check-in sheet, etc.)
Alma Mater Toast

No matter where you are on Thursday, June 8, you can celebrate Bee Happy Hour!  Here's the toast:

We gave you our time, you gave us a degree.
To celebrate, here's a beverage between you and me;
Here's to memories that have never been fonder,
To returning to campus,
If only to wander,
To friendships tested, tried and true,
Here's to your health,
and to St. Ambrose U!

It's Time to Connect

Are you ready to reconnect with your alma mater? The St. Ambrose University Alumni Office has so many ways to stay involved, no matter where you are in life. Become an engaged alumnus today!