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.

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We appreciate your feedback! If you join us for an event, we ask that you please take a moment to fill out our survey and let us know how we did– in order to help improve USF alumni and family programming. Every time you complete the survey, your name will be entered into a raffle. Twice each year, in May and December, we will draw a name and give away five $20 Amazon gift cards! The more alumni events you attend, the more opportunities to fill out a survey and the greater your chances to win.

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Click here to register for the below events.

(Note: Some events have unique registrations with their listings.)

November 2017

26th Annual St. Francis Writers’ Conference
Join the English Department at the University of St. Francis as it holds its 26th annual St. Francis Writers’ Conference (formerly known as ELL) featuring author and award-winning reporter/columnist Maudlyne Ihejirika as keynote speaker and panels featuring student writers majoring in various disciplines.

Saturday, Nov. 18 | 9 a.m. | Tower Hall
Complimentary Conference, Optional Lunch
Register at stfrancis.edu/academics/english/ell
Contact ell@stfrancis.edu for more information.

 

December 2017

Breakfast with Santa | This event has a special registration page here.
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.

Saturday, Dec. 2 | 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 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. 3 | 12:30 p.m. | Sunny Hill Nursing Home, Joliet
Complimentary

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 Third Floor
  • Education Alumni Network (EAN) 9 a.m.; Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse Second Floor
  • Mass Communications Alumni Network (MCAN) 10:30 a.m.; C222, Motherhouse Second Floor
  • African American Alumni Association (4A) 11 a.m.; Cultural Center C164, Motherhouse First Floor

Saturday, December 9
Complimentary

 

January 2018

Alumni Blackhawks Game
Join your fellow USF alumni to watch your Chicago Blackhawks take on the Winnipeg Jets at the United Center! Take the USF shuttle or meet us at the game.

Friday, January 12
5:30 p.m. departure/7:30 p.m. game
300 Level, United Center, Chicago
$90 or $100 w/transportation
($5 of each ticket is a donation to USF)
Limited Tickets Available

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, Josh Barry ‘12 and Luke Wyss ‘16. Food and drinks will be provided.

Thursday, Jan. 18
7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Location TBD
Complimentary

61st 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. To purchase tickets, or for more information, visit stfrancis.edu/caritas.

Saturday, Jan. 20
6 p.m. to Midnight
Bolingbrook Golf Club
Limited Tickets Available

Women’s Basketball Alumnae Game
Hosted by: Coach Steve Brooks
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 the pizza party even if you don’t plan to play in the game. Stay for the USF women’s game versus Calumet College of St. Joseph at 1 p.m. and the men’s game at 3 p.m. RSVP by Jan. 16 to receive a free alumnae game shirt!

Saturday, Jan. 20
10:30 a.m. Alumnae Game/Noon Pizza Party
Sullivan Recreation Center
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, Jan. 27
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Challenge Fitness, Lockport
Complimentary

 

February 2018

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. 3
Complimentary

Alumni Board Dinner
Hosted by: President Arvid Johnson Ph.D.
This exclusive event, hosted by Dr. Arvid Johnson Ph.D., is in honor of our alumni board members in gratitude of their dedication to the university. Reservations are required by Feb. 9.

Thursday, Feb. 15
5:30 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Complimentary

Career Networking Dinner
Join us as we host this excellent networking opportunity for both alumni and students. Each course during dinner will be spent with different people providing opportunities to increase your professional network. Don’t forget to bring plenty of business cards to share! Complimentary, professional head shots will be available.

Thursday, Feb. 22
5 p.m. Headshots; 6 p.m. Dinner
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Complimentary
Limited Tickets Available

USF Career Fair
Sponsored by: Career Success Center
Join us for this annual event with companies looking to recruit USF alumni and students!  Whether you are looking for a summer job, an internship or full-time employment, this event is a must for any professional.

Wednesday, Feb. 28
10 a.m. to Noon
Sullivan Recreation Center
Complimentary

 

March 2018

R.E.A.D. for Educators
Sponsored by: Regional Education Academy for Leadership (REAL)
Alumni, you are invited! All teachers, school personnel, and librarians are invited to join us for a day where you will acquire new reading strategies and tips at this year’s Reading Engagement and Development (R.E.A.D.) Conference.

Saturday, March 3
8 a.m. – 1 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor
$30 per person – Register at www.stfrancis.edu/real/read

Administrator Academy #1323 – include generically
Sponsored by: Regional Education Academy for Leadership (REAL)
This Administrator Academy will cover the Administration of Professional Growth Programs for Interscholastic Personnel. We hope our alumni

Tuesday, March 6
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Location: Presidents Room
$250 – Register at stfrancis.edu/real/admin-acad

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. Students and alumni are welcome to join. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Thursday, March 15
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tower Hall 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 16
5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
5:30 p.m. Survivor Dinner
8:30 p.m. Luminary Ceremony
Sullivan Recreation Center
Complimentary

Breakfast with the Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt
Hop your way to the front of the line for our 5th 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!

Saturday, March 24
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Turk Theater
$10 adult/$8 children (4-18)/Kids 3 and under are free
Limited Tickets Available

 

April 2018

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 14
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 14
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 14
11:45 a.m. Shuttle Departure, Motherhouse
Noon to 2 p.m.
Joliet Hope Center, Joliet
Complimentary

 

May 2018

Cinderella & Italian Village Lunch
Join us on this day trip beginning with lunch at the famous Italian Village in Chicago’s theater district. Then, we’ll make our way to Cadillac Palace Theatre for Cinderella. This lush production features an incredible orchestra, jaw-dropping transformations and all the moments you love—the pumpkin, the glass slipper, the masked ball and more—plus some surprising new twists!

Wednesday, May 2
10:45 a.m. depart USF/6 p.m. return
Italian Village & Cadillac Palace Theatre
$75 per person by March 15/$85 after
($5 of each ticket is a USF donation)
Limited Tickets Available

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 19
10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Sullivan Recreation Center & Quad
Complimentary

Administrator Academy #1221 – include generically
Sponsored by: Regional Education Academy for Leadership (REAL)
This Administrator Academy will cover the Role of Athletic Directors in Managing Conflict in Interscholastic Athletic Programs.

Wednesday, May 23
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Presidents Room, Tower Hall 1st Floor
$250 per person – Register online at stfrancis.edu/real/admin-acad

 

June 2018

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 1
9 a.m. Shotgun Start
Inwood Golf Course, Joliet
$160 per person/$640 foursome

AFCU Symposium “With Living Stones: Building a Franciscan Future Together”
This biennial Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities conference consists of 25 academic institutions committed to the Catholic and Franciscan spiritual and intellectual traditions promotes scholarship and curricula that, in keeping with the vocations of Saints Francis and Clare, to address the needs of the poor, attend to the environment, and promote peace. We will explore three common characteristics, relationships, sacramentality and groundedness in the Gospel from three incredible speakers – Dr. Timothy Johnson, Sr./Dr. Mary Beth Ingham and Sr. Nancy Schreck.

June 5 – 7
All day event
Main Campus
$295 per person/$150 per alum

Italy Trip
Sponsored by: Dr. Donna Metlicka, Associate Professor of Education
Join us on this spectacular adventure as we visit Rome (Vatican City, Colosseum, Roman Forum), Amalfi Coast (Positano, Capri), & Sicily (Syracuse, Mt. Etna, Palermo) and enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, and certainly the tastes of this beautiful country. This small group cultural trip is open to alumni, students, family, and friends of USF. Contact Dr. Donna Metlicka for more information at (815) 740-3644 or dmetlicka@stfrancis.edu.

June 6 – 19
$4500 per person

Park Tavern & Zanies Comedy Club
Laugh the night away with us as we begin with hors d’oeuvres at Park Tavern Rosemont and walk to Zanies Comedy Club for a hilarious evening of fun. We guarantee you’ll have a great time with fellow alumni.

Saturday, June 9
6:30 p.m. Departure/Midnight Return
Rosemont, IL
$60 per person by April 30/$70 after
($5 of each ticket is a donation to USF)
Limited Tickets Available

 

July 2018

“Pay It Forward” Service Days
Sponsored by: University Ministry
Geared towards high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, we hope you’ll consider sending your school-aged children to earn 20 service hours to apply towards their high school requirement. The day begins with a morning activity with University Ministry, four different service experiences in the area, and end the day with a reflection. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

July 9-12
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor
$60 per person – Register online at stfrancis.edu/payitforward

 

August

13th Annual Mystery Progressive Dinner
Are you looking for a culinary adventure by land or by sea? Join us as we tour three different mystery surf ‘n turf restaurants 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. 11
5 p.m. (USF shuttle bus departure)
$65 per person (includes food and transportation)
($5 of each ticket is a USF donation)
Limited Tickets Available – two ticket limit per alum

 

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