Alumni & Family Relations Events

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Reservations MUST be made at least 24 hours in advance of any event.
For more information, contact the Alumni & Family Relations Office
at 877-811-ALUM or

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MAY  2016

32nd Annual Student Honors and Awards Convocation
Sponsored by the Provost’s Office. The Honors and Awards Convocation celebrates academic excellence across the university by recognizing the achievements of our students. Please join us in honoring them.
Thursday, May 12 | 10 a.m.– 12 p.m. | Sullivan Recreation Center

2016 Bluestem Earth Festival

Sponsored by: The Sisters of St. Francis and their Associates. We are surrounded by critical and massive injustices: devastation of natural resources, human trafficking, racism, pollution. This event offers education and ideas for action. It will feature a variety of earth friendly activities such as workshops, over 70 eco-conscious exhibits and vendors, food, live entertainment and children’s activities. Visit for more information.
Saturday, May 21 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Sullivan Recreation Center & Quad

JUNE 2016

Summer BBQ & Concert on the Quad

This family friendly event is complete with all the barbeque fixings, bounce house, face painting, outdoor games and summer fun for all ages! Even if you don’t have children, come and enjoy our concert on the Quad while you eat your lunch.
Saturday, June 4 | 12 – 3 p.m. | USF Quad
$10 adult/$5 children (4-18). Kids 3 and under are free.
$5 of each ticket is a USF donation.

JULY 2016

Business Alumni Network (BAN) Bowling Party
Sponsored by the Business Alumni Network. Roll on down for the Business Alumni Network’s (BAN) night of bowling! Bring a dish to pass and join us for three games of bowling (shoes provided) and mingle with fellow alumni. All are invited to join in on the fun!
Friday, July 29 | 6 p.m. | Town & Country Lanes, Joliet
$10 per person, pay at the door.


Grub Crawl
Are you ready for the alumni event of the year? Join us for the 11th annual mystery progressive dinner as we tour three different historic mansions for a three-course meal. Games and prizes will be included on the bus! If you have a dietary restriction, please contact our office for accommodations.
Saturday, Aug. 13 | 5 p.m. USF shuttle bus departure
$60 per person, includes food and transportation.
$10 of each ticket is a USF donation. Limited tickets available.


Guardian Angel Hall at St. Clare Grand Opening
Join us for the official grand opening of Guardian Angel Hall at St. Clare Campus. We will celebrate this new building which will house the newly expanded Leach College of Nursing and other administrative departments.
Thursday, Aug. 18 | 4 p.m. | St. Clare Campus



3rd Annual Saints Twilight 5K Invitational
Are you a former track or cross country runner? Do you want to participate in a collegiate 5K meet and/or stay for the party? Runners must run under 25 minutes (males) or 30 minutes (females). Would you like to see your former teammates, coaches and current team members? Then this event is for you! RSVP by Aug. 19 to receive a free alumni singlet. Call for more details.
Friday, Sept. 2 | 6 p.m. Men/6:25 p.m. Women, followed by after-party
Channahon Community Park/Heroes West in Joliet


Blessing of the Hands Nursing Ceremony
Sponsored by: Leach College of Nursing

The Dedication to the Profession Ceremony is a nondenominational service which dedicates the work of the student nurses’ hands to healing and is a time to reflect upon why they have committed themselves to the profession of nursing. Touch is such an integral part of the work of nurses and so it is very appropriate for this solemn ceremony to take place during the first nursing clinical course before a student’s first contact, or touch, of a patient. Alumni are welcome to join us at this continued tradition.
Friday, Sept. 9 | 8 a.m. | Guardian Angel Hall, St. Clare Campus


Homecoming/Reunion Weekend 2016
Come back to USF for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend! Join fellow alumni, families, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the University for reunions, athletic events, tailgate, kids activities, live band, mass, brunch, and much more. Whether you graduated this year or fifty years ago, there is something for everyone. Visit for more details.
Saturday, Sept. 24 & Sunday, Sept. 25 | Joliet, IL


Alumni Network Meetings
Join us, whether you’ve never been to a meeting or are a current member, as our alumni networks gather to share ideas, plan events, and network with students and fellow alumni. These professional groups are open to all alumni and foster relationship building. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Business Alumni Network (BAN) 8:30 a.m.; Executive Conference Room, Motherhouse 3rd floor
  • Education Alumni Network (EAN) 9 a.m.; Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd floor
  • Mass Communications Alumni Network (MCAN) 10:30 a.m.; C222, Motherhouse 2nd floor
  • African American Alumni Association (4A) 11 a.m.; Cultural Center C164, Motherhouse 1st floor
  • Nursing Alumni Network (NAN) 11 a.m.; Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd floor

Saturday, Sept. 24 | See above for times and locations.



Chicagoland Brewery Crawl
Spend the day with fellow alumni sampling local brews! This crawl includes Miskatonic Brewing (food included), Revolution Brewing, Gino’s Brewing Company, and Noon Whistle Brewing as well as lunch at Gino’s East!
Saturday, Oct. 8 | 10 a.m. departure from USF/6 p.m. return | Chicago, IL
$50 per person by Aug. 31/ $60 after ($5 of each ticket is a donation; limited tickets available.)


Day of Giving
Join alumni, parents, friends, and students across the nation for USF’s 3rd Annual Day of Giving. Make your yearly donation during this 24-hour period and continue the academic tradition for fellow Saints. Your gift directly supports students and programs at USF.
Friday, Oct. 7 | All day
Give online at


Student Alumni Mentoring (SAM) Inaugural Dinner
This event commences the Student Alumni Mentoring (SAM) program for alumni and student participants this academic year. A dinner will be served as we participate in ice breakers getting to know our mentor/mentee. Interested in participating in this elite program that matches alumni with students based on career goals and interests for a mentorship? Apply at
Friday, Oct. 14 | 6 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor


Make & Take Education Alumni Professional Development Day
Sponsored by: Regional Educational Academy for Leadership (REAL)
This day includes a keynote address, workshops and lunch. Participants will leave with knowledge, projects and tips they can use immediately in their classrooms!
Saturday, Oct. 15 | 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Tower Hall
$30 per person



Disciplinary Literacy: “Creating Natural and Authentic Engagement in the Disciplines”
Sponsored by: Education Alumni Network
The first hour-long session will introduce teachers to the natural and authentic literacies inherent in each discipline (showcased in the NGSS, C3, and CCSS Standards) and move teachers toward activities to enhance the disciplinary literacies of their subject area. Following this session, educators may choose between two hour-long “hot topics in education” break-out sessions. Refreshments will be provided and two professional development hours will be earned.
Wednesday, Nov. 2 | 4:30–7 p.m. (presentation begins at 5 p.m.) San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
$10 per person


Alumni Network Meetings
Join us, whether you’ve never been to a meeting or are a current member, as our alumni networks gather to share ideas, plan events, and network with students and fellow alumni. These professional groups are open to all alumni and foster relationship building. Light refreshments will be served.

  • Business Alumni Network (BAN) 8:30 a.m.; Cultural Center C164, Motherhouse 1st floor
  • Education Alumni Network (EAN) 9 a.m.; Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd floor
  • Mass Communications Alumni Network (MCAN) 10:30 a.m.; C222, Motherhouse 2nd floor
  • African American Alumni Association (4A) 11 a.m.; Cultural Center C164, Motherhouse 1st floor

Saturday, Nov. 5 | See above for times and locations.


“Understanding Your Health Care Options” Panel Discussion
Sponsored by: Business Alumni Network
Part 2 in our series “Now That You Have Been Hired,” learn which health care option is best for you. Whether you are a student preparing to enter the workforce, are new to the workforce, or an experienced hire, you will benefit from this presentation.
Thursday, Nov. 10 | 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. | The Abbey, Marian Hall


Distinguished Alumni Brunch & Awards Ceremony
Join us for brunch as we honor this year’s distinguished alumni award winners presented by Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., USF President. Winners are selected by college based on their outstanding professional and personal successes and/or involvement in civic, cultural, and charitable activities. Want to nominate a worthy candidate? Visit
Saturday, Nov. 12 | 10 a.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor


25th Annual English Language and Literatures Conference
Sponsored by: English Department & First Community Bank
Join alumni, undergraduate, and AP English high school students as we present papers, field questions, and improve argumentative thinking skills in a challenging but supportive environment. Roger Reeves, the author of King Me (Copper Canyon, 2013) and the recipient of a NEA Fellowship, Ruth Lilly Fellowship, Bread Loaf Scholarship, and two Cave Canem Fellowships is the keynote speaker. To register, visit
Saturday, Nov. 12 | Tower Hall
Free attendance; participation $25; lunch $12.


National Philanthropy Day
On this special day, students and staff celebrate on campus our generous donors like you who have made a significant impact helping to support current students and programming at USF! Learn more at
Tuesday, Nov. 15



Breakfast with Santa
Our annual Christmas tradition continues with a delicious breakfast and visit with Santa Claus! Take photos with St. Nick and sip some hot cocoa while nibbling on holiday cookies. Activities include face painting, balloon artist, holiday coloring pages, and a visit with our “Bernie” Saint Bernard dogs from Illinois Saint Bernard Rescue.
Saturday, Dec. 3 | 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. | Sullivan Recreation Center
$10 adult/$8 children (4-18); kids 3 and under are free. ($5 of each ticket is a USF donation.)


Christmas Caroling Service Day
Sponsored by the Business Alumni Network
Looking to spread some holiday cheer this Christmas? Put on your best Christmas sweater and/or hat and join us for an afternoon of singing festive songs to the senior citizens at Sunny Hill Nursing Home. Lyrics will be provided. Meet in the main lobby.
Sunday, Dec. 4 | 12:30 p.m. | Sunny Hill Nursing Home, Joliet


Honors and Pinning Ceremony
Sponsored by the Leach College of Nursing

The pinning ceremony symbolizes that the student is now a full-fledged nurse and represents a rite of passage into the nursing profession. The tradition of the nursing pin and the ceremonial pinning we know today actually originated in the 1860s at the Nightingale School of Nursing at St. Thomas Hospital in London. Having been recently awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale chose to extend this honor to her most outstanding graduate nurses by presenting each of them a medal for excellence.
Friday, Dec. 16 | 4:30 p.m. | Pat Sullivan Rec Center
Complimentary – RSVP required



The Phantom of the Opera & Petterino’s Lunch
Join us on this day trip beginning with lunch at the famous Petterino’s in Chicago’s theater district. Then, we will make our way to Cadillac Palace Theatre for The Phantom of the Opera. Making its highly anticipated return to Chicago, critics are raving that this breathtaking production is “bigger and better than ever before.” This production boasts many exciting special effects including the show’s legendary chandelier. Take the USF transportation or meet us there!
Wednesday, Jan. 4 | 10:45 a.m. depart USF/6 p.m. return | Petterino’s & Cadillac Palace Theatre
$80 per person by Oct. 31/$90 after ($5 of each ticket is a USF donation; limited tickets available.)


60th Annual Caritas Scholarship Ball
Join us for a lively evening of cocktails, dinner, and auction at this year’s black-tie event to benefit scholarships at USF. For more information, visit
Saturday, Jan. 28 | 6 p.m. to midnight | Bolingbrook Golf Club