Alumni & Family Relations Events

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October 2016


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
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Family Mass
Please join us for a family mass followed by a small reception with pizza and drinks.
Friday, Oct. 2 | 7 p.m. | St. Joseph Chapel (Motherhouse 3rd Floor)
Complimentary; RSVP encouraged.


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.)


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


November 2016

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


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


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
$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