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


African American Alumni Association (4A) Meetings*

Consider joining this welcoming group that seeks to provide resources, support, and networking opportunities for alumni. 4A strives to embrace current students, promote the university and its Franciscan values, while maintaining pride in their cultural heritage. Everyone is welcome!

Saturday, Aug. 15 (BBQ will follow), Oct. 17 & Dec. 12  |  11 a.m. | Turk Theater, Tower Hall 1st floor


Opening Convocation*

Join us as this event opens the “Year of Integrity” for the USF community with an academic presentation on the value of integrity by VP for Mission Integration, Sr. Mary Elizabeth, followed by an opening mass of blessing and commissioning. Sponsored by University Ministry.

Wednesday, Aug. 26 | 3 p.m.; picnic on USF Quad to follow | St. Raymond’s Cathedral, Joliet


Saints Twilight 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. 14 to receive a free alumni singlet. Call for more details.

Friday, Sept. 4 | 6 p.m. men/6:25 p.m. women; after-party to follow | Channahon Community Park/Heroes West in Joliet


Writing for the PARCC Assessment*  

Join the Education Alumni Network as Holly Bontkowski ’93, Principal Consultant at 21st Century Educational Consulting, provides professional development on implementing best practices in writing. With the goal of simply providing our students with the most current and effective practices in regards to writing, it will inevitably impact the PARCC in the “write” way. Sponsored by EAN.

Thursday, Sept. 10 | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd 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.

Saturday, Sept. 12 & Nov. 7 | 8:30 a.m. | Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse


Homecoming/Reunion Weekend 2015

We hope you return home to USF for a fun filled weekend of festivities with your fellow alumni and their families! Visit for more details.

Thursday, Sept. 17 – Sunday, Sept. 20 | Events will be hosted at various times in different locations.


Duns Scotus Alumni Reception & Music at Moser Concert
Duns Scotus alumni are invited to a special reception preceding “A Night of Persian Music” (Chicago Persian Music Ensemble) to mingle with fellow alumni, current students and faculty. Spend an evening with friends and stay to enjoy the concert! Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served. Hosted by Dr. Lisa Hedrick.

Friday, Sept. 25 | 6:30 p.m. reception (Tower Hall 2nd Floor; top of main staircase) and 7:30 p.m. concert (Sexton Auditorium, Moser Performing Arts Center)
Complimentary with pre-registration; alumni $7/guests $10 at the door.


Webinar: Trends in Talent Development in Industry and Academia*

Join other practitioners working within corporate training roles, healthcare training and development, human resources, non-profits and higher education as we explore the latest trends in talent development. To RSVP or for more information, contact Sponsored by the School of Professional Studies and COBHA.

On campus location: Turk Theater, Tower Hall 1st floor. Note: Donations will be accepted at this event for the R. Joy Thompson Memorial Scholarship.

Friday, Sept. 25 | 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (includes lunch) | Online webinar to take place 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.




Education Alumni Network (EAN) Mingle Nights*

Please join us for networking and stress relief while mingling with fellow education alumni. Bring a USF teacher alum with you for an evening with friends! Appetizers included; cash bar.

Friday, Oct. 2, Nov. 6, Dec. 4 | 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. | Jameson’s Pub, Joliet


Make & Take Professional Development Day for Educators

Sponsored by: Regional Education Academy for Leadership (REAL)

Make a decision to take something new to your classroom this fall.  This mini conference includes a meal, six professional development hours, a keynote speaker and your choice of five workshops. Call (815) 740-2626 for more information.

Saturday, Oct. 3 | 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. | Sexton Auditorium | $30 per person


Southwest Michigan Wineries Tour

Join us on the ultimate day trip to beautiful Southwest Michigan and enjoy the fall colors and crisp autumn air with fellow alumni.  We will visit four wineries/vineyards (Lemon Creek Winery, 12 Corners Vineyards and Winery, Vineyard 2121 and Contessa Wine Cellars) and enjoy tastings, winery and vineyard tours. A delicious lunch at Clem’s Too in downtown St. Joseph is included and we will end our day with a tasting at The Chocolate Garden before heading home.

Friday, Oct. 9 | depart USF at 7 a.m., return to USF at 6 p.m. | $50 per person; $10 of each ticket is a USF donation. Limited tickets available.


“Nuns on the Bus” Bishop Imesch Lecture*

Sister Simone Campbell, the Executive Director of NETWORK and founder of “Nuns on the Bus,” is one of America’s most articulate and effective advocates for compassionate public policy. Sister Simone is a religious leader, an attorney, and a poet who is a passionate spokesperson for immigration reform, economic justice and health care for all. Sponsored by University Ministry.

Tuesday, Oct. 20 | 7 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor


“Now That You’ve Been Hired” Panel*

BAN will host a panel team of experts that will explore current employer health insurance options, discuss trends in retirement/investments, Health Savings Accounts and management of them, and explore tips for maintaining a professional network and learn techniques on how to become promotable in your job.  Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Sponsored by BAN.

Thursday, Nov. 5 | 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor


“This is Ladies’ Night”

“Oh, what a night!” You’re invited for an evening of pampering and shopping!  Want a manicure/pedicure or a massage while shopping for a new purse, jewelry, personalized bag, cooking mixes, candles, chocolate and more? Join fellow alumnae for a night out with friends. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Thursday, Nov. 19 | 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. | Presidents & Moes Room, Tower Hall 1st floor | $5 per person by 11/17 or $8 at the door; fee is a donation to USF.


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


“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


Education Alumni Network (EAN) Meeting*

Join fellow education alumni in a group that provides networking, social events and interaction with current USF students and faculty. The group provides assistance to alumni looking for jobs, changing careers or just looking to reconnect with other grads.

Saturday, Jan. 9 | 9 a.m. | Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd 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