Alumni & Family Relations Events

All ticket sales are FINAL and no refunds will be given.
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 alumni@stfrancis.edu.

Click here to register for upcoming events!

Note: Registration for summer and fall events is coming soon.
Some events have unique registration pages
included with their listings, please check below.

 

December 2016

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. [SPECIAL REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT – CLICK HERE!]
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
Complimentary

 

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

 

January 2017

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
$90 per person, includes lunch ($5 of each ticket is a USF donation; limited tickets available.)

 

LuLaRoe Pop-Up
Sponsored by the Education Alumni Network (EAN)
Spend some time shopping with your friends and colleagues. Browse simply comfortable LuLaRoe collections including their famous leggings, tops, dresses, skirts, and more for women and girls. All alumni and friends are welcome to attend! Refreshments will be provided.
Thursday, Jan. 19  | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | Presidents Room (Tower Hall, 1st Floor)
Complimentary

 

5th Annual Recreation & Sport Management Alumni Gathering Sponsored by the Recreation & Sport Management Alumni Network
Whether you are attending the IPRA annual conference or just want to network, join us for this fun evening with fellow alumni and friends of the program! Hosted by: Dr. Syd Sklar, USF Department Chair, Chuck Szoke ’78 and Luke Wyss ‘16. Food and drinks will be provided.

Friday, Jan. 20 | 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. | First Draft, Chicago
Complimentary

 

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 stfrancis.edu/caritas.
Saturday, Jan. 28 | 6 p.m. to midnight | Bolingbrook Golf Club

 

Women’s Basketball Alumnae Game Hosted by: Coach Sam Quigley
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. Stay for the USF women’s game versus Robert Morris University at 5 p.m. and the men’s game at 7 p.m. RSVP by Jan. 20 to receive a free alumnae game shirt!

Saturday, Jan. 28 | 2:30 p.m. alumnae game/4 p.m. dinner | Pat Sullivan Recreation Center
Complimentary

 

February 2017

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.; Tower Hall 4th Floor
  • African American Alumni Association (4A) 11 a.m.; Cultural Center C164, Motherhouse 1st floor

Saturday, Feb. 4
Complimentary

 

Sunny Hill Nursing Home Volunteer Night & Valentine’s Party Sponsored by the Education Alumni Network
Join fellow education alumni in providing a night of visiting, valentines, and bingo to the residents of Sunny Hill Nursing Home. Alumni who can’t make the event can contribute homemade valentines (have your students make them) and/or bingo prizes. Valentines and prizes are due to the Alumni Office by Feb. 6.

Thursday, Feb. 9 | 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Sunny Hill Nursing Home, Joliet
Complimentary

 

Tennis Alumni & Student Match & Reunion
Calling all men’s and women’s tennis alumni! Current coaches Jim Trudeau (women’s) and Bob Farrington (men’s) invites you to join us as we enjoy an evening of tennis, meet the current team and renew friendships with fellow tennis alumni. Dinner will be served.

Saturday, Feb. 11 | 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Challenge Fitness, Lockport
Complimentary

 

ISCPA CareerFest
Join the Career Success Center and 19 other universities at the Illinois Small College Placement Association CareerFest. The purpose of this event is to connect quality student and alumni candidates from these schools with Illinois employers who want to hire for their job and internship positions. Contact the Career Success Center for details at 815-740-3384 or mhearn@stfrancis.edu. 

Wednesday, Feb. 15 | 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Tinley Park Convention Center
$20 per person

 

Career Networking & Etiquette 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. 23 | 6 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Complimentary (Limited Tickets Available)

 

March 2017 

The Secret to Managing Your Stress Sponsored by: Education Alumni Network
Stress tops the list of impediments to professional and personal productivity in educators. In this seminar, Mr. Craig Schmidt, an expert in the affective domain of teaching, examines the danger stress poses to one’s physical and psychological well-being and goes on to share many time-tested means for managing stress in order to experience the peace and joy available to everyone.

Thursday, March 2 | 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor
$10 per person ($5 is a donation to USF)

 

USF Career Fair Sponsored by: 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.

Thursday, March 16 | 9 a.m. to Noon | Sullivan Recreation Center
Complimentary

 

Mass Communication Degree…Now What? Sponsored by: Mass Communication Alumni Network
Join us for networking and alumni-guided discussion about career opportunities and pathways open to those with a degree in Mass Communication. Current students and alumni welcome. Refreshments provided.

Tuesday, March 21 | 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. | Mac Lab, Tower 4th Floor
Complimentary

 

USF Relay for Life Sponsored by: Student Government Association, Student Activities Board, and Student Life
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. Students, alumni & friends are welcome to form teams for this event and should contact alumni@stfrancis.edu for more information. All are welcome to attend.

 

Friday, March 24 | 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (5:30 p.m. Survivor Dinner/8:30 p.m. Luminary Ceremony)
Sullivan Recreation Center

Complimentary

 

Emerald Ball Sponsored by: Social Work Department
Social work alumni, we hope you can join fellow alumni, students, and faculty for our annual fundraiser that directly helps our students by supporting the McCabe/Ponquinette Scholarship. Food and raffle prizes are included.

Saturday, March 25 | 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor
$25 per person/$40 per couple/$15 students (Ticket price is a donation to USF)

 

April 2017

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.; Tower Hall 4th Floor
  • African American Alumni Association (4A) 11 a.m.; Cultural Center C164, Motherhouse 1st floor

Saturday, April 1
Complimentary

 

Duns Scotus Alumni & Student Brunch Hosted by: Dr. Lisa Hedrick (Associate Professor & Program Director)
Did you participate in the Duns Scotus Honors Program when you were a student? Do you want to network with fellow alumni and interact with current students in the program? Please consider joining us for our Duns Scotus Brunch! Food will be served.

Saturday, April 1 | 10:30 a.m. to Noon | Presidents & Moes Rooms, Tower Hall 1st Floor
Complimentary

 

Alumni Service Day at The Joliet Hope Center
Looking to give back to the community? Join fellow alumni as we volunteer at The Joliet Hope Center, Inc. packing and preparing food. They are a non-profit community assistance program that offers a long term self sufficiency solution to families and individuals struggling to fulfill their basic needs. Take the USF shuttle or meet us there.

Saturday, April 1 | Shuttle Departure 10:45 a.m., Motherhouse– 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. | Joliet Hope Center
Complimentary

 

Easter Eggstravaganza
Hop your way to the front of the line for this 4th 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 quad rain or shine! Don’t forget to bring your Easter baskets! [SPECIAL REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT – CLICK HERE!]

Saturday, April 8 | 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. | Sullivan Recreation Center
$10 adult/$8 children (4-18)/Kids 3 and under are free (Limited Tickets Available)

 

May 2017 

Bluestem Earth Festival Sponsored by: The Sisters of St. Francis and their Associates
Get ready for an exciting day featuring over 80 eco-conscious exhibits and vendors, earth-friendly activities, workshops, live demos, entertainment, local food, and children’s activities. Enjoy live music and families with children can stop by our “Kids Corner”. Visit bluestemearthfestival.com for more information about this free event!

Saturday, May 20 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Sullivan Recreation Center & Quad
Complimentary

 

June 2017 

Pat Sullivan Golf Outing Sponsored by USF Athletic Department
Grab your friends and join us on the course for our annual golf outing benefitting more than 440 student-athletes in the university’s athletics program. Your participation directly supports our current students. Games, prizes and giveaways, food, and guaranteed fun are all included. Contact the Athletics Office for tickets at 815-740-3464.

Friday, June 2 | 9 a.m. Shotgun Start | Inwood Golf Course, Joliet
$160 per person/$640 foursome

 

The Shrine of Christ’s Passion & Tiebel’s Lunch
Join us on this spiritual day trip to St. John, Indiana to visit The Shrine of the Christ’s Passion. It is a multi-media interactive, half-mile winding Prayer Trail that depicts the last days of Jesus Christ’s life. Forty life-size bronze sculptures in a tranquil setting, complete with beautiful music and amazingly sculptured gardens allow visitors to experience the story of the crucifixion and resurrection as never before. We will end the afternoon with lunch at Teibel’s Family Restaurant, a family-owned community restaurant serving homestyle fish and chicken plates since 1929.

Thursday, June 15 | 9 a.m. departure/4 p.m. return | St. John, Indiana
$25 per person, transportation/lunch included ($5 of each ticket is a USF donation; Limited Tickets Available)

 

July 2017

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 for the potluck and join us for three games of bowling (shoes provided) and mingle with fellow business alumni. Attendance is complimentary if you choose not to bowl. All are invited to join in on the fun!

Friday, July 21 | 6 p.m. | Town & Country Lanes, Joliet
$10 Pay at the Door

 

Crosstown Classic Rooftop Game
Are you a Northsider or a Southsider? Wear your baseball gear and show your allegiance to the White Sox or 2016 World Series Champion Chicago Cubs. Join us on the rooftop and mingle with fellow alumni while watching the game. Take the USF shuttle or meet us there. Food and drinks are included.

July TBA | Time TBA | Location TBA
Cost TBA ($5 of each ticket is a USF donation; Limited Tickets Available)

 

August 2017 

12th Annual Mystery Progressive Dinner
Are you looking for a culinary adventure? Then, look no further! Join us as we tour three different mystery restaurants as featured on television’s “Check, Please!” 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. This event sells out quickly so be sure to buy your tickets early and join in on the fun!

Saturday, Aug. 12 | 5 p.m. (USF shuttle bus departure)
$60 per person, includes food and transportation ($5 of each ticket is a USF donation; Limited Tickets Available)

 

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