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Graduate students at St. Ambrose University continue to help kids and adults who have speech and language problems.

Recently, the school and Davenport Valley of the Scottish Rite held a 10th anniversary fundraiser for the Rite Care Clinic.

It's located in the same building as the university's Master of Speech Language Pathology program (1310 W. Pleasant St.). 

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After running St. Ambrose University's diversity office and disability services, Ryan Saddler is now in charge of a new initiative. 

This week, the Davenport college announced Saddler is its new Associate Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion. 

This month, you may see blue, silver, shiny pinwheel gardens all over the Quad Cities to remind people about child abuse. April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, and the Child Abuse Council is partnering with 11 companies to help raise awareness.

All your favorite local artists will soon be on one streaming platform. This Friday, "QC Beats" will launch with a kickoff party at the River Music Experience in Davenport, featuring several of the musicians. 

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St. Ambrose University's College of Business has a new leader. This month, Dr. Maritza Espina began her new job as dean of the college in Davenport, where about 900 undergraduate and graduate students are enrolled.

Espina grew up in Puerto Rico and has 16 years experience in teaching, management research, publications, and service.

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St. Ambrose University is expanding services to its post-graduate business alumni. The new, "Forever Masters" program kicks off tonight and tomorrow with a keynote speaker.

Dr. Ron Wastyn, Director of the Master of Organizational Leadership program in the College of Business, says Forever Masters shows the school's commitment to those who earned MBA, Master of Organizational Leadership, Master of Accounting, and Doctor of Business Administration degrees at SAU.

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Saint Ambrose will continue a long tradition of standing up for civil rights. Tomorrow on the university campus in Davenport, students, teachers, and others will begin a two-week observance of Martin Luther King's birthday with a silent march.

Michelle O'Neill reports the tradition is called, the "March to Remember."

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Craig DeVrieze, SAU's Public Relations Director, says at the end of the march, officials will unveil the eighth marker on Davenport's Civil Rights Walking Tour. The plaque will highlight students, professors, and priests who fought for civil rights.

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On Saturdays, the student section in Brady Street Stadium is about to become more spirited. St. Ambrose University kicks off the college football season Saturday at 1 p.m. with a game against Concordia. And for the first time in decades, the school has formed a band that will play during games.

The musicians got to know each other and rehearsed for their big debut at the Bees' band camp in the week leading up to the fall semester.


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Saint Ambrose University will have three new varsity sports teams starting next year. This week, the athletic department announced it will add men's and women's swimming and diving, and women's lacrosse. 

Three nearby colleges will hold commencement ceremonies this weekend. St. Ambrose University alumnus Jim Collins will speak on Saturday at 1 pm at the iWireless Center in Moline. Collins is a Trustee Emeritus of the SAU Board of Trustees and will be given an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Western Illinois University in Macomb will hold its graduate commencement on Friday and its undergraduate ceremony Saturday in Western Hall. The Quad Cities campus will hold its combined graduate and undergraduate commencement on Sunday at 1 pm at the iWireless Center. President Jack Thomas will speak.

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