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1913 Yearbook

1913 Yearbook


1913 Yearbook


An Alumni Association—?
WHY do the old students always come back to St. Ambrose? Why is it that the
"old grads" seem to enjoy themselves so thoroughly during their hurried
visits? The answer is that St. Ambrose possesses a lure which the student cannot escape in his after life. The fellowship, pleasures, cordial atmosphere, the clean, joyous existence are all memories which make hearts glow warm with good will for
St. Ambrose. Once an Ambrosian, always an Ambrosian. The old student realizes that
here was life, bright and beautiful. Through the mist of years the failures and mistakes
become faint, while the pleasures grow brighter in the retrospect. He feels pride, affection and loyalty for the school within whose walls he found comfort and inspiration.
This sentiment of loyalty can be cultivated and made even more beautiful and effective. Although the alumni of St. Ambrose are as loyal to their Alma Mater as any body of college men, yet could not this affection be better and more efficiently expressed
through a united effort? An alumni association would be the means of strengthening
and inspiring even more constant devotion to the college home. The sense of comradeship is fostered by such an association. Its influences would be far-reaching and must
not be under-estimated.
In regard to an alumni association, facts tend to show that St. Ambrose should be singularly fortunate. It is a fast-growing and influential educational center for Catholics in the Middle West; yet it is still lacking in that essential feature for linking the graduates to the college, namely an alumni association. Effective organizations of alumni are found in every college of standing in the country. St. Ambrose is proud of its alumni;
they are found in every walk of life. It has many successes and remarkably few failures. But it has no means of uniting its sons into a concentrated, effective unit. Its alumni are widely scattered, and, with the exception of the clergy of the diocese, no direct current of college influence reaches them. St. Ambrose as it is today, alive and thriving, is, nevertheless, almost unknown to them. Its progress in the Middle West, both in scholarly and athletic achievements, has failed to reach the ears of many of its former students. In this particular alone there is need for an alumni association at St. Ambrose, and the need is urgent. In time past, there has been no organized effort to assist and
advance the standing of the school. Individuals have encouraged the school in divers ways and at various times. Yet the confines and limits of individual action can be widely extended by an organized movement, and results obtained that were hardly dreamed. It is possible for the alumni acting as a body to promote the welfare of the school more in one year than any disorganized attempt could in two years. There
is need for an association in order that individual efforts may be unified and expended for a greater advantage to St. Ambrose.
Generally, alumni associations admit both graduates and former students to membership standing. Such questions as pertain to organization itself depend properly upon the members. But at present there should be an effort made to ascertain the opinion of




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