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Galvin Fine Arts Center Recoups Some Covid Losses With Grant

January 14th, 2021

St. Ambrose University’s Galvin Fine Arts Center has received $27,300 from the state of Iowa from the program offering economic relief to the state’s arts and culture industry. The grant (announced late last month) is provided through the Iowa Arts & Culture Recovery Program, and will reimburse Galvin for some losses incurred in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Lance Sadlek, director of the Galvin Fine Arts Center, said the grant will cover some of the lost revenue and extra expenses for personal protective equipment (PPE) and labor that were needed to keep Galvin operating and safe... Read More

St. Ambrose University Ends Theater Major, Despite Massive Opposition

October 27th, 2020

Despite an online petition protesting theater cuts, the private St. Ambrose University in Davenport has decided to eliminate its award-winning theater major, but maintain faculty and programs. It’s also cut two theater staff positions. “It’s a disappointing decision, and a short-sighted one,” River Music Experience executive director Tyson Danner (a 2007 SAU alum) said Monday by e-mail. “I don’t believe the university’s leadership has an understanding of the value of the arts, or the important role SAU has (had?) as an anchor of our arts and culture community.” Steph DeLacy, an... Read More

St. Ambrose University Radio Play Reveals Relevance to Today’s Tumult

October 1st, 2020

DAVENPORT — A 138-year-old play by the Norwegian master Henrik Ibsen holds painfully relevant lessons for our chaotic 2020 political climate. In a 2019 adaptation of “An Enemy of the People,” a battle between public health concerns and economic prosperity plays out in the public sphere between concerned citizens and leaders of the local government. The unique radio-play production, by the St. Ambrose University Theatre Department, will be presented this weekend and next on KALA 88.5 FM and online HERE. The new adaptation was written by Tom Isbell, a theater professor at University of... Read More

1971 Ambrose Alum Donates $2.5M to Honor History Professor

October 1st, 2020

Fifty years ago, a Muscatine native was inspired by a St. Ambrose University professor who could make geography really come alive first thing in the morning. That 1971 SAU alumnus, John L. Butler, announced Wednesday that he would give $2.5 million to the private university to permanently endow and name an academic chair in the SAU History Department in honor of that professor, Agnes C. Renner. Butler, who graduated summa cum laude with a degree in history, went on to receive a Master of Arts degree from the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. He was on the original... Read More

Casual Classics I: Alex Widstrand and Perry Mears

September 16th, 2020

Join the St. Ambrose University Music Department virtually for Casual Classics I: Alex Widstrand and Perry Mears this Friday Sep 18 from 5 – 6 p.m. SAU Teaching Artists Alex Widstrand and Perry Mears perform music for bassoon and piano, including selections by Mozart, Tansman, Mediņš, Garšnek, and Rivé-King. The concert will be live-streamed on the SAU Music Facebook page. Casual Classics concerts are like a musical happy-hour, and now you can enjoy it from the comfort of your own home or office, with your favorite snack and drink!   For more fun things to do in the Quad Cities this... Read More

10 Fun Things To Do Week of September 13th: Big Lebowski, Ballet, Tacos and MORE!

September 13th, 2020

QuadCities.com proudly presents FUN10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we’ll drop a new FUN10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out FUN10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week. As the current health situation in our country continues to force the cancellation of so many regularly scheduled events in the Quad Cities, we are once again... Read More

St. Ambrose Alum Wins Third Daytime Emmy for “Sesame Street”

August 8th, 2020

Saturday In The Arts is a comprehensive weekly feature looking at a trend, personality, or major subject involving the Quad-Cities arts and entertainment scene. Though he’s been unemployed for months, like millions of Americans, due to Covid-19, St. Ambrose University alum Brian Hemesath got good news late last month. For the third time out of eight nominations, the 48-year-old Iowa native won a Daytime Emmy Award for his costume design work on “Sesame Street.” Hemesath – who earned his bachelor’s in theater and art in 1994 from SAU – was among a team of 21 designers to tie for the... Read More

Virtual Star Party Shines On Quad-Cities This Saturday

July 17th, 2020

St. Ambrose University and the Quad Cities Astronomical Society will be hosting a Virtual Star Party from the Menke Observatory this Saturday Jul 18 from 7 – 11 p.m. This cosmic event will stream live on WebEx. You do not need any extra software on your computer to join, just simply follow the link: https://stambrose.webex.com/webappng/sites/stambrose/meeting/download/8d43d52e45474a7da90e3d21b1772c85?siteurl=stambrose&MTID=m3927636fc19a36cb78ce134a4a4457be. The Virtual Star Party will start with a little bit about the observatory itself, a quick primer in how to use the software, previews... Read More

Abbie Metz Named Coach Of Black Hawk College’s First Women’s Soccer Team

July 8th, 2020

MOLINE (BHC) — Black Hawk College will launch its new women’s soccer program with a familiar face. Abbie Metz, a Black Hawk College grad, has been tapped to lead the team that will begin competing in Fall 2021. On Aug. 1, she will become the Braves’ first-ever women’s soccer head coach. “I look forward to working with her on building the program from the ground up,” said Arnie Chavera, interim athletic director. Metz currently is the academy director and head coach for PLD Sports – Sporting Iowa East at the TBK Bank Sports Complex in Bettendorf. She has nearly two decades of experience... Read More

10 Fun Things To Do Week of April 26th: Escape Room, Dance Party, Plant Sale and MORE!

April 26th, 2020

QuadCities.com proudly presents FUN10, a list of the top 10 things to do in the Quad Cities this week, and every week! Every Sunday, we’ll drop a new FUN10, to give you a head start on your week and a heads up on what’s going on over the coming seven days. Check out FUN10 every Sunday for the details on ten awesome events happening around town. It’s a cool read, and a great way to get started planning your entertainment for the week. As the current health situation in our country continues to force the cancellation of so many regularly scheduled events in the Quad Cities, we are once again... Read More