Did you “phone home” during Homecoming/Reunion week, Sept. 20-26. Hundreds of alumni contacted their alma mater through email, texting, telephone and stopping in.
USF’s “phone home” was a fun take on the Oscar-winning 1982 magical movie “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial,” in which E.T. is aided in returning to his home planet by children who help him “phone home” and take off into the sky on a bicycle.
Watch the YouTube video featuring President Michael Vinciguerra and 29 alumni who rode mascot Bernie the St. Bernard’s bike around campus to raise awareness about “USF Phone Home at www.youtube.com/usfsaints.
Congratulations to the Class of 2009 who had the most participants and to the Class of 1960, which had the highest participation rate. Each person in these classes who contacted USF will get a T-shirt. Class of ’99 alumna April Smith of Homer Glen, Ill. won an iPod Touch for “phoning home.”
“We’re tried to get as many alumni as possible to come to Homecoming or contact the university to celebrate USF’s 90th anniversary,” said Aubrey Durish, ’05, ‘07, director of Alumni Relations.
“USF’s 90th anniversary is the perfect time to renew relationships with members of our alumni family members,” said Durish. “USF has played a part in the education of so many,” added Durish. “We hope our alumni will keep in touch to let us know their many achievements.”
Alumni contacting USF did so by texting, e-mail, through Facebook, telephone, campus visits and notes. Alumni can also keep in touch with each other through a new portal system “Stay Connected,” which operates much like a USF Facebook page. See the story in this newsletter for more information.
So, it’s not too late to be part of the 90th anniversary celebration.