Wednesday, April 2, 2014
"Here comes the sun, do do do doo…"
There’s no place like Saint Louis University in the spring! Yesterday was “Fountain Day,” an unofficial full-out holiday among the student body. The  SLU grounds crew turned on all the fountains across campus—from the clock tower to the dolphin pond—and everyone was enthusiastically out-and-about enjoying the return of beautiful St. Louis weather. 
I actually took a little siesta in the clock tower auditorium as I let the warm, spring air breeze by. Today we have thunderstorms rolling through, meaning the trees and flowers will finally be in full bloom later this weekend! I can’t wait!
Visit SLU and watch life come alive.
Be here.
- Luke - 
AMDG

"Here comes the sun, do do do doo…"

There’s no place like Saint Louis University in the spring! Yesterday was “Fountain Day,” an unofficial full-out holiday among the student body. The  SLU grounds crew turned on all the fountains across campus—from the clock tower to the dolphin pond—and everyone was enthusiastically out-and-about enjoying the return of beautiful St. Louis weather

I actually took a little siesta in the clock tower auditorium as I let the warm, spring air breeze by. Today we have thunderstorms rolling through, meaning the trees and flowers will finally be in full bloom later this weekend! I can’t wait!

Visit SLU and watch life come alive.

Be here.

- Luke

AMDG

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

STL Pride

The city of St. Louis is 250 years old! As part of our year-long celebration, St. Louis is erecting monumental “cakes” at the 250 most important and notable STL locations and institutions. It is no surprise Saint Louis University was chosen to partake in this honor! (We’ve been around for nearly 200 years ourselves!)

The University hosted an unveiling yesterday. Men’s Basketball star Jake Barnett, the women’s basketball coach, the Billiken, a Jesuit priest, and four of the SLU students who designed and decorated the cake took part in its presentation to the Midtown community. 

Our #STL250 cake features our University motto “Higher Purpose. Greater Good” and depicts an evening silhouette of the SLU campus. The entire cake was designed by freshman SLU students!

Come check it out at the intersection of Grand and Lindell Blvd., right across from College Church!

"SLU’s from the Lou, and we’re proud!"

- Luke -

AMDG

Wednesday, March 26, 2014
"Don’t like the weather in St. Louis? Stick around a day… It’ll change!"
That’s our saying ‘round here. If you’re the kind of person who likes experiencing all four seasons, then St. Louis is the place for you! We seem to get all four seasons on almost a weekly basis sometimes. Just yesterday it was snowing with a high temperature in the 30s; tomorrow it’s going to be sunny and 70! 
You’ll never get bored of the weather in St. Louis…
"Just wait until tomorrow!"
Winter weather is finally coming to an end here at SLU, and this campus is ready to spring forth from hibernation! The tulips (or "SLU-lips" as we call them) are beginning to pop out of the ground, the facilities crew is hauling in new mulch, and the birds and squirrels (and freshmen) are running around the quad all twitterpated!
SLU’s campus will soon be alive and blooming with life once again. For many, this is the favorite time of year around here. The hammocks in the quad are hung, the fountains trickle back to life, the palm trees are back in place, and SLUruba opens back up for swimming, sunbathing and sand volleyball. 
There’s no place like Saint Louis University in the spring!
Be here.
- Luke - 
AMDG

"Don’t like the weather in St. Louis? Stick around a day… It’ll change!"

That’s our saying ‘round here. If you’re the kind of person who likes experiencing all four seasons, then St. Louis is the place for you! We seem to get all four seasons on almost a weekly basis sometimes. Just yesterday it was snowing with a high temperature in the 30s; tomorrow it’s going to be sunny and 70! 

You’ll never get bored of the weather in St. Louis…

"Just wait until tomorrow!"

Winter weather is finally coming to an end here at SLU, and this campus is ready to spring forth from hibernation! The tulips (or "SLU-lips" as we call them) are beginning to pop out of the ground, the facilities crew is hauling in new mulch, and the birds and squirrels (and freshmen) are running around the quad all twitterpated!

SLU’s campus will soon be alive and blooming with life once again. For many, this is the favorite time of year around here. The hammocks in the quad are hung, the fountains trickle back to life, the palm trees are back in place, and SLUruba opens back up for swimming, sunbathing and sand volleyball. 

There’s no place like Saint Louis University in the spring!

Be here.

- Luke

AMDG

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Here is St. Louis

I’m not kidding. I love St. Louis. We have a saying around here: "I’m from the Lou and I’m proud." Darn right! I don’t know what you’ve heard about this city, but chances are it was from some magazine, newpaper or online article. 

For example, you may have read that St. Louis is ranked by Forbes as the #1 Happiest City for Job-Seeking College Graduates! 

But let me talk to you first-hand, one-on-one, Billiken-to-Billiken: St. Louis is amazing. And it’s only going to get better in the next four years! (And not only because YOU’LL be at Saint Louis University, which, of course, would make any city better, right!?) 

Here are my Top 10 St. Louis Summer Hits:

1) Free admission to America’s #1 Zoo

2) Free admission to shows at America’s oldest and largest outdoor musical theatre

3) Free weekends concerts and fireworks downtown by the Arch in July for “Live on the Levee” and “Fair St. Louis” 2013, such as Trace Adkins, Counting Crows, K’nann, Josh Turner, and NEEDTOBREATHE

4) Free outdoor movies on Friday nights on Art Hill in Forest Park

5) Free admission to the Whitaker Music Festival every Wednesday night at the Missouri Botanical Gardens

6) Cardinals Baseball at Busch Stadium, also known as “Baseball Heaven”

7) Ted Drewe’s Frozen Custard, Imo’s Pizza, & Pappy’s BBQ!!!

8) The farmers market by the Schlafly Brewery in Tower Grove Park and the Soulard Market

9) The night life scene on Washington Avenue, as well as America’s best adult playground at the City Museum (a transformed old shoe factory!) also located on “Wash Ave”

10) Amazing headliner tours and sports exhibition games, such as Taylor Swift, Goo Goo Dolls & Matchbox 20, Rascal Flatts, Zac Brown Band, Nelly, Blake Shelton, Dave Matthews Band, Maroon 5, Justin Timberlake, and even REAL Madrid football, that choose St. Louis as a 2013 top destination at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Edward Jones Dome, Scottrade Center, Chaiftetz Arena, The Pageant, The Fox Theatre, Busch Stadium, The Peabody Opera House, and many more of St. Louis’ performance venues

And, like I said, St. Louis is only going to get better. This summer construction has started on two HUGE city projects: Ballpark Village and the renovated St. Louis Arch Grounds! Check out the hyperlinks and get pumped. Be proud. 

Fall in love with this city. It’s my home, and it can soon be yours.

Be a Billiken. Be here.

Here is St. Louis

Luke - 

AMDG

Monday, July 29, 2013

How’s Your Summer?

Summer at SLU has been a blast this year. The weather has been absolutely beautiful this past week (highs near 78!) and the St. Louis Cardinals still lead Major League Baseball with the best winning percentage of 2013.

Most college campuses are pretty quiet and empty during the summer months, but it’s the complete opposite here at Saint Louis University. From SLU101 orientation sessions, to summer classes, to dozens of various summer camps, midtown St. Louis has been a happenin’ and hoppin’ place!

As I mentioned in my previous blog post, my communication internship involves handling some marketing for "Summer At SLU." Each week I go out to the various camps, shoot some footage, and create a 60-second highlight video to post on YouTube for the University. Above is the video from week 8. It features clips from the Campus Recreation, Gardens to Tables, Grand Arts, Social Skills, and Sports Business camps, as well as a few clips from the special Anatomy 101 course taught to high school teens. Each week there’s a different variety of summer camps; you can view all other 7 weeks of video on SLU’s official YouTube channel, or by searching “Summer At SLU.”

So how’s your summer been? Check out these videos and definitely consider bringing your summer experience to a whole new level next year by spending some time at Saint Louis University!

This campus doesn’t take a summer vacation; SLU is alive every month and every day of the year!

- Luke -

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Summer At SLU


This summer I have an awesome internship. I am working with a “special force” marketing group at Saint Louis University in the office of Enrollment and Retention Management Communications. One of our major projects this summer is “Summer At SLU" —- the collection and central organization of everything happening on campus from classes, to summer camps, to conferences, to orientations.

Each week I go out and search campus for the latest happenings. I shoot some footage, bring it back to my office, and create a short highlight video that we then post to SLU’s official YouTube account. It is then also posted on the Summer At SLU Facebook page

The video above is the one I created for Week 4. Stay tuned as I post more over the coming weeks. And if you’ve been on campus at all this summer, keep your eyes peeled! You may have just become famous via the video!

Just as all these young kids, high school and college students, and even adults come to campus to learn and grow during Summer At SLU, I too have that opportunity through my sweet SLU internship. These weekly videos are enhancing my professional portfolio and will be perfect for showing future employers my experience with digital marketing.

"What kind of summer do YOU want to have?”

Luke - 

AMDG

Wednesday, April 3, 2013
REPRESENT
Wow. I owe all of you some major catch-up. Life abroad is indescribable; and even keeping up with social media can be difficult when visiting a new country every week! I want to drop you all a quick “Happy Easter” note, though, and briefly tell you about the best Easter Sunday I have ever had.
I spent my spring break abroad traveling across Italy: From Venice to Florence to Sorrento to Pompei to Capri to Praiano to Rome and finally to Vatican City for Easter. Yes, the Vatican for Easter Mass with the new pope, "Papa Francisco" as we call him here in Spain!
Oh, and did I mention that I had a seat in the fourth row!? The mass and experience was overwhelmingly beautiful. I cannot even begin to describe the peace, pride and joy I felt along with the other 250,000 faithful present that morning in St. Peter’s Square. 
Ah, and I almost forgot to mention that I got published by the Vatican News! I brought my American flag to the square and waved it with pride to represent my home country - a tradition of the crowd at the Vatican. One of the Vatican journalists snapped a quick photo of me and the news service posted it on Facebook and on “The Pope App.”
What an amazing, amazing Easter morning! I look forward to sharing more of my spring break with you soon.
Be Global. Be Proud. Be A Billiken.
Experience the world with Saint Louis University.
- Luke -
AMDG

REPRESENT

Wow. I owe all of you some major catch-up. Life abroad is indescribable; and even keeping up with social media can be difficult when visiting a new country every week! I want to drop you all a quick “Happy Easter” note, though, and briefly tell you about the best Easter Sunday I have ever had.

I spent my spring break abroad traveling across Italy: From Venice to Florence to Sorrento to Pompei to Capri to Praiano to Rome and finally to Vatican City for Easter. Yes, the Vatican for Easter Mass with the new pope, "Papa Francisco" as we call him here in Spain!

Oh, and did I mention that I had a seat in the fourth row!? The mass and experience was overwhelmingly beautiful. I cannot even begin to describe the peace, pride and joy I felt along with the other 250,000 faithful present that morning in St. Peter’s Square

Ah, and I almost forgot to mention that I got published by the Vatican News! I brought my American flag to the square and waved it with pride to represent my home country - a tradition of the crowd at the Vatican. One of the Vatican journalists snapped a quick photo of me and the news service posted it on Facebook and on “The Pope App.”

What an amazing, amazing Easter morning! I look forward to sharing more of my spring break with you soon.

Be Global. Be Proud. Be A Billiken.

Experience the world with Saint Louis University.

- Luke -

AMDG

Friday, February 15, 2013

Geneva, Switzerland

Geneva was the first weekend-away trip that I took this semester while studying abroad in Madrid. 

I traveled with Kyle and Eamon (two of my housemates in Madrid) and my best friend, Elizabeth. We stayed in a quaint motel in France since it was remarkably cheaper than staying in Geneva. Geneva is on the border of Switzerland and France, so the commute to/from the motel was an easy bus ride and then a quick taxi. Every day we walked freely around the streets of Geneva enjoying the beautiful architecture, gazing at the crystal clear lake, and consuming endless Swiss chocolate. I actually bought a Swiss watch (Swatch brand) since Switzerland has been known for centuries for being the best watch makers. Check out the picture above, it’s pretty sweet! 

We took a boat tour of Lake Geneva, which allowed us to stand in awe beneath the snowy Alps. A tour of CERN and the United Nations were also on the agenda. We stopped by a little French parish Sunday morning that was having a breakfast celebration, and I got to taste Nutella for the first time ever… inside a crepe!

Geneva has so much history and beauty, and I could talk of my travels there for much longer, but I’ll share with you just one more short story before concluding this blog post:

On Sunday afternoon we went to the church that John Calvin preached in, and climbed up to the bell towers to capture the best shot of Lake Geneva in the whole city. Once we came down, we sat outside on the church’s front steps. It started to rain very lightly. A young man in his twenties then started playing his guitar and singing across the little plaza, having just opened his case for passerbys to leave tips. For no reason, Elizabeth and I both stood up and went to the middle of the plaza, stretched out our hands and just looked up at the sky together. We stood there for a couple minutes, then danced in the rain just a little before running over to the guitar player to thank him with a couple Euros. I don’t know why, but that moment was so profoundly peaceful and perfect. Even though I’d done a dozen amazing, unique and fun things in Geneva that weekend, that one moment will stick out above all others for the rest of my life

To be able to stand in the rain, arms outstretched in the middle of Europe, and to feel that rush of peace and consolation… that is what adventure feels like!

BE Adventurous. BE Global. BE a Billiken!

AMDG

- Luke

Wednesday, February 6, 2013
BE Global. BE Here.
As much as I miss the beautiful St. Louis campus, life abroad in Europe is wonderful and a constant adventure! I’ve been here just over four weeks, and have already visited four countries… and have every weekend from now through April booked with travel plans. So far I’ve been to Segovia, Toledo and El Escorial in Spain; and I have taken two weekend trips to Geneva (Switzerland/France) and Brussels (Belgium). The photo I posted above is of my mini-Billiken beneath the Triumphal Arch (Arc De Triomphe) in Brussel’s most famous park, Cinquantenaire.
Expect more pictures of the traveling Billiken featured in many more countries that I’ll be visiting this semester, including, but not limited to: Scotland, Morocco, Portugal, The Canary Islands, Italy, Vatican City, Ireland and plenty more of Spain!
Being a Global Billiken couldn’t get any better than this!
AMDG
- Luke -  

BE Global. BE Here.

As much as I miss the beautiful St. Louis campus, life abroad in Europe is wonderful and a constant adventure! I’ve been here just over four weeks, and have already visited four countries… and have every weekend from now through April booked with travel plans. So far I’ve been to Segovia, Toledo and El Escorial in Spain; and I have taken two weekend trips to Geneva (Switzerland/France) and Brussels (Belgium). The photo I posted above is of my mini-Billiken beneath the Triumphal Arch (Arc De Triomphe) in Brussel’s most famous park, Cinquantenaire.

Expect more pictures of the traveling Billiken featured in many more countries that I’ll be visiting this semester, including, but not limited to: Scotland, Morocco, Portugal, The Canary Islands, Italy, Vatican City, Ireland and plenty more of Spain!

Being a Global Billiken couldn’t get any better than this!

AMDG

- Luke -  

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

REAL Madrid Football!

What better way to experience Madrid than attend a REAL football game? That’s exactly what was going through my mind my second day abroad when I learned Madrid would be playing the Celta team at home. My new housemate Kyle and I grabbed a metro to the stadium and scalped some tickets for the experience many only dream of or try to relive on Fifa Xbox games. Madrid — led by Messi, of course — dominated the “soccer” game with a 4-0 victory. I got to see my first professional red card and cheer on one of the best teams in the world. As a SLU-Madrid student, I can officially say that Real Madrid is “my team.” How cool is that!?

The Tweet you see above is from my friend and fellow SLU classmate Ari. She was watching the game on her TV back at SLU-St. Louis and was obviously quite envious I got to actually be there! Sometimes I don’t realize just how lucky and blessed I am to have such an experience like this through Saint Louis University, and it takes my friends back home to remind me!

Oh, and something interesting that I learned: fans don’t “boo,” they whistle really, really loudly when there is a “bad” call by the referee or poor sportsmanship. So every time the crowd didn’t like what was happening, people would start whistling and chanting. Very different than my beloved Cardinals baseball games back in St. Louis! Talk about an international culture experience, right? Hah! Don’t worry, I’ve had many, many more social and cultural experiences while abroad in Madrid over the past four weeks. Stay tuned to hear about some more of them!

AMDG

- Luke