Active Learning Opportunities


Membership in the Quincy University Alumni Association (QUAA) is a great way to show your QU Hawk Pride and support the future of your alma mater. Graduates of Quincy University are lifetime members of the Quincy University Alumni Association. As an active member of the QUAA, you are a part of a diverse group of more than 10,000 alumni all over the world.

Privileges for Quincy University Alumni Association members

The QUAA strives to engage and connect alumni across the country and right here on campus. We invite you to stay connected via social channels as well, including LinkedIn and Facebook. We offer opportunities to celebrate your love of QU, ranging from homecoming and alumni events to happy hour gatherings and pre-game parties. In addition, we help you stay connected with QU people, places, events, and traditions through QUniverse magazine and E-News from the Tower newsletters as well as targeted notices about QU events and programs.

Benefits to Your Q-Perks Card

  • Brenner Library – Alumni receive discounted rates on Brenner Library memberships
  • Career Services – Free career counseling, interview coaching, and job search assistance
  • QU Athletics – Alumni periodically receive special discounts for QU sporting events
  • QU Bookstore – 10 percent off total purchase for QU alumni
  • QU Health and Fitness Center – Select discounts on day passes and memberships
  • QU Rented Space – 10 percent off campus venue or space rentals (not valid for QU Chapel rentals)
  • QU Theatre Department – Alumni receive special discounted rates for QU Theatre productions
  • Qyo Sweet Treats Café – 10 percent off purchases for QU alumni

How to Obtain a Q-Perks Card

Contact QU Alumni Services to obtain your Q-Perks card by filling out our ONLINE APPLICATION, or by calling 217-228-5209 or e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  Cards will be mailed to you along with information on benefits and services available to QU alumni.

Alumni Events


January 8, 2015

University of Illinois at Springfield vs. QU Hawks Doubleheader and Alumni Gathering

Springfield, IL

Join us for an alumni gathering between the QU Hawks vs. UIS Prairie Stars Women's and Men's Basketball doubleheader. This is a great opportunity to cheer on Hawk Athletics and socialize with fellow QU alumni.

5:30 pm - Women's game
5 - 8 pm - Alumni gathering
7:30 pm - Men's game

Game Location:
University of Illinois at Springfield
The Recreation and Athletic Center (TRAC)
Richard Wright Dr., Springfield, IL

Alumni Gathering Location:
TRAC - Second Floor Athletic Offices Conference Room (Look for Signage)
Tickets to the game can be purchased at the gymnasium.
There is no cost to attend the alumni gathering, appetizers and soft drinks will be provided

For more information, contact Rachel Peterson at 217-228-5209 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

March 13, 2015

9th Annual Chicago Alumni Gathering

Oak Brook, IL

Join us at Maggiano's Little Italy in Oak Brook, Illinois for our 9th Annual Chicago Area QU Alumni Gathering! Hors d'Ouvres and a cash bar will be provided. Cover charge is $25 per person. For more information, contact Rachel Peterson at 217-228-5209 or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  To register online, click HERE.


Contact Us

University Advancement


Julie Bell
Vice President for University Advancement

As Vice President for University Advancement, Julie Bell oversees all operations relating to University development, alumni services, and communications.  She is responsible for the identifying, cultivating, and soliciting of major gift donors and serves as the advancement liaison to the Board of Trustees.  Julie joined the Quincy University staff in 2005 after serving for ten years as alumni director of her alma mater, Grand View University.


Matt Bergman
Director of Development and Alumni Services

Matt directs all aspects of the Quincy University Fund and assists in the cultivation of annual and major gifts from prospective donors.  He oversees alumni and student events, productions, and fundraising efforts designed to financially strengthen the University.  Matt is a 1999 graduate of Quincy University and joined the staff in 2011.


Heidi Meyer
Director of University Communications

Heidi manages all marketing, advertising, and public relations aspects of Quincy University.  She serves as a media liaison to the University and crafts press releases and other public information items for print and online purposes.  She also serves as editor of the biannual “QUniverse” magazine.  Heidi is an alumna of Western Illinois University where she earned a B.A. in Public Communications & Human Relations.

Julie Boll
Grants Writer

As the University’s grants writer, Julie spearheads the efforts to discover and research new grant funding opportunities for Quincy University programs and projects.  Julie coordinates with faculty, staff, administration, and students to identify university needs and develop grant proposals on behalf of the university.  Julie is a 2002 graduate of Quincy University and joined the staff in 2011.  She is currently pursuing a master’s degree in educational leadership from QU.


Rachel Peterson
Alumni Services Specialist

Rachel assists in cultivating current and prospective donors from all across the country through a number of facets.  She coordinates alumni events of every sort and serves as staff liaison to the University’s National Alumni Board and various nationwide alumni chapters.  Rachel is a 1992 graduate of Quincy University and joined the advancement staff in 2013.


Ben Braun
Writer / Editor

Ben oversees and maintains web content for the University and coordinates official university and alumni-related social media channels.  He writes and designs monthly e-newsletters for alumni and is a contributing writer for the biannual “QUniverse” publication.  He earned a B.A. in 2007 and a master’s in educational leadership in 2012 (both from QU).  He joined the staff in 2009 as alumni coordinator and served as Communications Coordinator from 2013 to 2014 before being named writer and editor in late 2014.


Bill Beard
Visual Communications Specialist

Bill coordinates, designs, and oversees the creation and production of all visual communications initiatives for QU.  He monitors the usage of university photos/logos and constructs layouts and graphics for the “QUniverse” publication.  Bill holds an associate’s degree from John Wood Community College and is the creator of a weekly editorial cartoon in the “Pike Press” of Pittsfield, Illinois.  Bill joined the staff in 2010 with over 15 years in professional graphic design.


Chris Simmons
Database and Event Assistant

Chris manages and updates the 10,000+ member alumni and donor database to ensure accuracy for the purposes of fundraising letters, event postcards, publications, and other alumni-focused mailings.  She is a valued contributor to the “QUniverse” magazine and actively assists in the planning and execution of all alumni events.  Chris joined the staff in 2009.


Kendall Bowen
Gifts and Reports Assistant

Kendall assists in all facets of university fundraising.  She facilitates all gifts made to the university by way of issuing receipts, monitoring giving trends, tracking solicitation efforts, and preparing gift and special project reports.  In addition, she coordinates the annual Honor Roll of Donors for the “QUniverse” publication.  Kendall joined the staff in 2011.

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Communications Assistant

Miranda joined the communications staff in 2014 and is responsible for a number of tasks within the Office of Communications.  In addition, she manages the university switchboard.  Miranda is a graduate of Culver Stockton College where she recently earned a bachelor's degree in biological sciences.

Featured Alumni





2000's to current

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One of the primary goals of Quincy University’s Office of Alumni Services is to provide the tools necessary for alumni of every age and demographic to stay connected to their alma mater.  It is our mission to keep you engaged and informed about happenings in and around QU while improving the overall Quincy alumni experience.

Upcoming Events

With an alumni community represented in all 50 states and several countries outside the U.S., we are ALWAYS on the go!  Interested in connecting (or reconnecting) with fellow alumni?  Visit our Upcoming Events page to find the next alumni gathering opportunity near your area!

Alumni Mentor Program

Our alumni community is an invaluable resource for current QU students in the earliest stages of their own career development.  If you would like to offer your own experience and knowledge by way of our Alumni Mentor Program (AMP), click HERE to apply!

National Alumni Board

Comprised of 19 alumni spanning five decades, the Quincy University National Alumni Board actively assists in many QU initiatives throughout the year and provides a vital bridge between the QU community and diverse alumni population.  For more information, or to nominate a potential Board member, visit the NAB page.

Contact Us

Have a suggestion for event?  Want to offer feedback about our programs?  Looking to reconnect with a lost alumnus/alumna?  Contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and we’ll be happy to help!  For a full staff listing of those individuals who work hard to keep the alumni network connected, click HERE.

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