Grady Ambuel is a 1981 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences. He chose SIUE for the convenience and reputation of the University. He was able to live, work and earn his degree in his hometown of Edwardsville. "Even better, SIUE already had the reputation of having a Mass Comm curriculum/facilities that was (and still is) second-to-none. . .that sealed the deal!" Between classes, he could be found shooting pool at the University Center.
After graduation, Grady took a part-time job at TheBANK of Edwardsville. He is now the Senior Vice President of Marketing at TheBANK. He and his wife, Patti, has worked together at TheBANK for 26 years and have been married for almost 25. Grady wanted to serve on the Alumni Homecoming committee as his way of saying thanks as one of the many proud SIUE graduates. His favorite SIUE memory is writing and producing a half-hour Christmas radio program and a half-hour parody at Easter time--both airing on WSIE--and starring Mass Comm professors, students and his family. "I’d also like to list MRF as a favorite SIUE memory but I don’t remember much from the concerts I went to!"