Alumni & Family Relations Events

Events marked with an asterisk (*) are complimentary.
All ticket sales are FINAL and no refunds will be given.
Reservations MUST be made at least one week in advance of any event.
or call the Alumni & Family Relations office at 877-811-ALUM.


Note: Homecoming and Breakfast with Santa have unique
registration pages included with their listings.

Alumni Recipe Book*

We are gathering YOUR family recipes for an alumni recipe e-book! Your instructions for making delectable soups, salads, appetizers, entrees, desserts, and more can be emailed to with subject line “recipe.” Please include your name and graduation year, which will be listed with your submitted recipe. You will receive a copy once the book is completed. Ongoing through Dec. 31



Breakfast with Santa

Our annual holiday tradition continues with a delicious breakfast and visit with Santa Claus!  Take photos with St. Nick and enjoy hot cocoa, holiday cheer and story time as he reads “The Night Before Christmas.”  Bring an unwrapped gift for Toys 4 Tots and receive $5 off your next alumni event!

Saturday, Dec. 5 | 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. Limited tickets available.


Christmas Caroling at Sunny Hill Nursing Home*

Looking to spread some holiday cheer this Christmas? Put on your best Christmas sweater and join us for an afternoon of singing festive songs to the senior citizens at Sunny Hill. Lyrics and Santa hats will be provided. A la carte supper at Jameson’s Pub in Joliet to follow. Sponsored by BAN.

Sunday, Dec. 6 | 12:45 p.m. | Sunny Hill Nursing Home, Joliet


African American Alumni Association (4A) Meeting*

Join 4A for their winter meeting, followed by a Christmas potluck!

Saturday, Dec. 12  |  5 p.m. Meeting & 6 p.m Potluck | Turk Theater, Tower Hall 1st floor


“Operation Christmas” Service Day*

We are looking for volunteers to help us help others. We will host the underprivileged from Daybreak Shelter, who will enjoy a hot Christmas dinner and will be able to pick out clothing and accessories, toys, toiletries and more– all donated generously to this cause. If you are able to volunteer or donate items, let us know. Different timeslots will be available throughout the day.

Sunday, Dec. 20 | 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. | Sullivan Rec Center




Note: The Easter Eggstravaganza and Alumni Blackhawks Game
have unique registration pages included with their listings.


Education Alumni Network (EAN) Meetings*
Join fellow education alumni in a group that provides networking, social events and interaction with current students and faculty. They provide assistance to alumni looking for jobs, changing careers or just looking to reconnect with other grads.
Saturday, Jan. 9 & April 23 | 9 a.m. | Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd Floor

Business Alumni Network (BAN) Meetings*

Join fellow business alumni in a group that provides networking, social events and interaction with current USF students. The group assists alumni looking for jobs, changing careers, hiring employees or just looking to reconnect with other grads. All alumni are welcome!
Saturday, Jan. 9, March 5, May 7 | 8:30 a.m. Meeting | Executive Conference Room, Motherhouse 3rd floor



Broadway in Chicago Presents: Lion King – THIS EVENT IS SOLD OUT!

The Lion King remains ascendant as one of the most popular stage musicals in the world. 22 global productions in seven languages have been seen by more than 75 million people since 1997. Produced by Disney Theatrical Productions, it is only the second show in history to generate five productions worldwide running 10 or more years. The Broadway score features Elton John and Tim Rice’s music from The Lion King animated film.

Saturday, Jan. 9 | 2 p.m. performance/12:30 p.m. departure from USF | Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago

Women’s Basketball Alumnae Game*

Calling all former women’s basketball players: bounce your way back to USF for an alumnae game with old friends! Bring your families and stay for dinner even if you don’t plan to play in the game, then stick around for the USF women’s game versus Trinity International at 5 p.m. (And the men’s game at 7 p.m.) Hosted by Coach Sam Quigley. RSVP by Jan. 15 to receive a free alumnae game shirt!
Saturday, Jan. 23 | 2:30 p.m. alumnae game/4 p.m. dinner | Pat Sullivan Recreation Center

Tennis Alumni Reunion

Calling all men’s and women’s tennis alumni! Current Coach Jake Quigley invites you to enjoy an afternoon of tennis, meet the current team and renew friendships with fellow tennis alumni. Lunch will be served.
Saturday, Jan. 23 | 3 – 5 p.m. | Challenge Fitness, Lockport

59th Caritas Scholarship Ball

Join us for a lively evening of cocktails, dinner and a silent auction at this year’s black-tie event to benefit scholarships and aid for USF students. For more information or to RSVP, please contact
Saturday, Jan. 23 | 6 p.m. | Bolingbrook Golf Club, Bolingbrook
$300 per person

4th Annual Recreation and Sport Management Alumni Gathering*

Sponsored by the Recreation and Sport Management Alumni Network. It will be a fun evening with fellow alumni and friends whether you are attending the IPRA conference or just want to network! Hosted by: Dr. Syd Sklar, USF Department Chair, Chuck Szoke ’78 and Eric Lawhead ’07.
Friday, Jan. 29 | 5 – 7 p.m. | Houlihan’s, Downtown Chicago


The Second City

Sponsored by the Family Association. Join us for a sidesplitting night of laughs! The Second City is always original, daring, and hilarious, and they are coming to USF for a special performance – one night only! Their alumni list is a veritable “Who’s Who” of comedy including Bill Murray, Steve Carell, Tina Fey, Tim Meadows, Joan Rivers, Stephen Colbert, Chris Farley, Jason Sudeikis and so many more. Each ticket includes a dessert intermission.
Thursday, Feb. 4 | 6 p.m. Dinner/7 p.m. Performance | Sexton Auditorium, Tower Hall
$30 per person/$50 includes dinner. Limited tickets available.

Valentine Bingo Party– Alumni Service Day*

The Education Alumni Network (EAN) is hosting a Valentine’s party at Sunny Hill Nursing Home in Joliet. Alumni will get to mingle and play Bingo with the residents. It’s a great day to make a new friend!
Thursday, Feb. 11 | 6 – 7:30 p.m. | Sunny Hill Nursing Home, Joliet

Career Networking Dinner*

We are partnering with the Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) student club on campus to host this excellent networking opportunity for both alumni and students. Each course during dinner will be spent with a different group of alumni and students so you will meet lots of new people. Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards to share! Complimentary, professional head shots will be available.
Thursday, Feb. 25 | 6 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Limited tickets available.

Cocktails for Caritas

Are you looking for the opportunity to be a part of something BIG at USF? Here’s your chance! Join us for our inaugural scholarship fundraiser benefiting USF students. This exclusive cocktail party includes high-end hors d’oeuvres, an open beer and wine bar, and amazing raffle prizes. This is your opportunity to help us, help others without the expensive ticket cost. So, alumni 40 and younger…come mix and mingle and give back to your alma mater!
Friday, Feb. 26 | 7:30 – 11:30 p.m. | Anthony’s Restaurant & Pub, Joliet
$50 per person
$20 of each ticket is a USF donation. Limited tickets available.

MARCH 2016

Will County Regional Office of Education Licensure Seminar*

Sponsored by the Education Alumni Network. The Will County Regional Office of Education staff will provide a seminar with the most current rules and regulations regarding licensure renewal with a special focus on endorsements. A light dinner will be served.
Thursday, March 3 | 5 – 7 p.m. | St. Albert’s Hall, A112

Sips & Splatters

Gather your friends and come prepared to paint and party. Sip on some wine while our art instructor gives you step-by-step directions on how to create your own painting masterpiece. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks are included!
Thursday, March 10 | 6 – 8 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
$45 per person 
$5 of each ticket is a USF donation. Limited tickets available.

READ for Educators

Sponsored by REAL. This professional development conference on reading will offer a keynote speaker, your choice of workshops, 6 professional development hours, and a meal. Call 815-740-2626 for more information.
Saturday, March 12 | 8 a.m to 2 p.m. | San Damiano Hall and Donovan Hall, Motherhouse
$30 per person


Easter Eggstravaganza
Hop your way to the front of the line for this 3rd annual Easter holiday event with fellow alumni families. Guests will enjoy breakfast and photos with the Easter Bunny followed by an egg hunt on the USF Quad rain or shine! Don’t forget to bring your Easter baskets!
Saturday, March 12 | 9 – 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. Limited tickets available.

C2E2 Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo

Sponsored by: Jusice League Alumni Network. Do you want to join thousands of other fans for one of the biggest pop culture shows to hit Chicago? Experience C2E2 with fellow alumni and student enthusiasts. Dress in costume and be prepared for a day of excitement and fun!
Saturday, March 19 | 9 a.m. departure/ 3 p.m. return | South Building at McCormick Place, Chicago
$25 alumni/$40 guest (includes transportation)
$5 of each ticket is a donation to USF. Limited tickets available.

APRIL 2016

Alumni Blackhawks Game
Let’s support our Stanley Cup Championship team by going to a game! Join us for a fun-filled night of hockey as they take on the Arizona Coyotes.
Tuesday, April 5 | 5:30 p.m. departure/7:30 p.m. game | Section 303, United Center, Chicago
Option A (row 5-6): $110 or $120 with transportation
Option B (row 12): $80 or $90 with transportation
$10 of each ticket is a donation to USF. Limited tickets available.

USF Career Fair*

Sponsored by the Career Success Center. We are proud to assist our students and alumni with resources and events for lifelong careers connections! You are invited to network with alumni employers for internship, job, and job shadowing opportunities. Professional attire and resume are required.
Friday, April 8 | 9 a.m. to Noon | Sullivan Recreation Center

USF Relay for Life*

Sponsored by: Student Government, Student Activities Board, and the Department of Student Engagement and Leadership
The American Cancer Society Relay For Life is a life-changing event that gives everyone in communities and campuses around the globe a chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember loved ones lost, and fight back against the disease.
Friday, April 15 | 6 p.m. to Midnight | Sullivan Recreation Center

Duns Scotus Cultural Experience: Blue Man Group

The Duns Scotus honors program would like to invite its alumni to join the current honors students for a joint cultural experience. We are going to the Briar Street Theater to see the “Blue Man Group,” one of our classic cultural experiences! Duns Scotus alumni only.
Sunday, April 24 | 2:30 p.m. departure/4 p.m. performance | Briar Street Theater, Chicago
$15 per person, optional transportation provided.

MAY  2016

Joliet Hope Center Service Day*

Sponsored by the Business Alumni Network
This community assistance program allows people obtain food and household items that have been greatly discounted. It offers a long-term self-sufficiency solution to familiies and individuals struggling to fulfill their basic needs. Help us, help others by packing and organizing at this local food pantry. All alumni and friends are welcome.
Saturday, May 7 | 10 a.m. to Noon | The Joliet Hope Center, Inc., 511 Oak Leaf Ct., Joliet

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 | 7 – 9 p.m. | Sullivan Recreation Center

Assisian Club Brunch with the President*

Classes of 1966 and before: USF’s president, Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., is hosting this event in honor of you! We welcome you and a guest for a lovely morning filled with new and old friends. You’ll dine together and reminisce about your years at St. Francis. Please join us!
Saturday, May 21 | 10 a.m. to noon | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor

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.