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.

ALSO, if you have a suggestion to make our event programming better, please let us know here!

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Click here to register for the below events.

Note: Some events have unique registrations with their listings.

October 2018

Sip & Sign Ladies’ Night
Gather your friends and come prepared to create your own customized sign! Sip on some wine or beer while our instructor gives you step-by-step directions on how to create your own painting masterpiece. Door prizes and hors d’oeuvres are included; Cash bar. Reservations and sign selection is required by Oct. 5.

Thursday, Oct. 11
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
$40 per person | RSVP Required
($5 of each ticket is a USF donation)
Limited Tickets Available

2nd Annual Accounting Reunion
Hosted by: Current and Former Accounting Faculty
Accounting alumni and students, let’s show our numbers! Join fellow alumni, current students and faculty for an evening of networking and reminiscing. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Thursday, Oct. 11
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Presidents & Moes Room, Tower Hall 1st Floor
Complimentary | RSVP Required

Support Our Students Conference
Sponsored by the College of Education
A day of professional learning dedicated to essential topics for those who support students in schools. Teachers, counselors, administrators, and other school personnel will gain valuable knowledge and strategies designed to assist students with the social and emotional issues that often interfere with learning. Participants will also explore mindfulness as a self-care strategy to manage the personal stress associated with supporting others in need. Visit stfrancis.edu/real/sos for more information.

Monday, Oct. 15
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
$50 per person

Student Alumni Mentoring (SAM) Induction 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 your 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 stfrancis.edu/sam.

Wednesday, Oct. 24
6 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor
Complimentary | RSVP Required

Son Monarcas | Music at Moser
Latin Folk fusion ensemble, Son Monarcas, will use traditional music and dance to take us on an entertaining and informative journey through Mexican culture. Experts in the Afro-Mestizo folk music genres of Latin American, they will bring its rhythms and melodies to life while performing on a variety of traditional Mexican instruments.
October 26, 2018
7:30 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Tickets Required

 

November 2018

Fall Play: The Hound of the Baskervilles
Sponsored by the Department of Music and Performing Arts
Travel to England as this Sherlock Holmes classic comes to life on the USF stage. Holmes and his companion Dr. Watson investigate the case of an attempted murder inspired by the legend of a fearsome, diabolical, supernatural hound. For an additional fee, enjoy a classic English meal while you watch the performance.

Nov. 9 – 11
9th & 10th: 7:30 p.m.; 11th: 3 p.m.
Turk Theater, Tower Hall 1st floor
$10 Adults, $7 Alumni, seniors, non-USF students, Free for USF students and staff
Click Here to Register
*Dinner tickets must be reserved by Sunday, November 4th.

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
Mass Communications Alumni Network (MCAN) 10:30 a.m.; C222, Tower Hall, 4th floor

Saturday, Nov. 10
Complimentary

Scrap That Selfie
Do you need a professional head shot for work or to update your LinkedIn profile? A professional head shot has a “shelf life” of about two years. Wear business professional attire and stop by our event for a complimentary photo session. Let us help you represent your best self in a public way! All alumni, students, faculty, staff and administrators are welcome to attend.

Wednesday, Nov. 14
11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Presidents Room, Tower Hall 1st floor
Complimentary

The Swinging Saints Sing About People
The Swinging Saints, USF’s Vocal Jazz Ensemble, will present an exciting program about the people they would like to meet and others they would like to introduce to you! Meet the Girl from Ipanema, Mr. Sandman, and many other icons, immortalized in a jazzy cameo.

Friday, Nov. 16
7:30 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
$10 Adults, $7 Alumni, seniors, non-USF students, Free for USF students and staff
Click Here to Register

Business Alumni & Student Speed Networking Event
Sponsored by the Business Alumni Network & Student Business Association
Calling all business alumni! We hope you’ll consider participating in this event that fosters networking with both alumni and students. It gives students a chance to meet several business alumni in a “speed networking” format and quickly ask questions about the field and gain insider expertise. There will also be time for open networking so everyone can continue the conversations. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Thursday, Nov. 29
6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Complimentary | RSVP Required

Christmas at the Motherhouse: A World of Carols
Sponsored by the Department of Music and Performing Arts
Join vocal soloists and the choral ensembles of USF as they sing extraordinary carols, such as Benjamin Britten’s classic, “A Ceremony of Carols”,  Alfred Burt’s “Caroling, Caroling”, “Carol of the Bells” and lesser known gems from the Advent and Christmas seasons.

Nov. 30 & Dec. 1
7:30 p.m.
St. Joseph Chapel, Motherhouse 3rd floor
$10 Adults, $7 Alumni, seniors, non-USF students, Free for USF students and staff
Click Here to Register

 

December 2018

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.

Saturday, Dec. 1
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)
Click here for special registration for this event!

Joliet Symphony Orchestras: Christmas Classics – Take Flight!
Soar through the sky as the Joliet Symphony Orchestra performs a concert of music that truly takes flight, including selections from Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and Stravinsky’s Firebird as well as favorite holiday carols featuring the sounds of angels. Also featured will be a winner of the JSO’s 2018 Concerto Competition.
Dec. 8 – 9
8th: 3 p.m.; 9th: 5 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium, Tower Hall 1st floor
$10 Adults, $7 Alumni, seniors, non-USF students, Free for USF students and staff
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January 2019

JSO Family Concert: Rhythms of Nature
A special concert for children and families! This interactive concert will teach children all about rhythm through a variety of music compositions. Following the performance, children of all ages can take part in a variety of hands-on activities, including trying out the instruments themselves!
January 12, 2019 at 11 a.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Free Admission

Martin Luther King, Jr.: Remembering his Legacy through Jazz and Prayer
The USF jazz combo Velvet Symmetry and their director Jacob Slocum will be joined by special guest artists to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. through music and words.
January 20, 2019
3 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Tickets Required

7th 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. Food and drinks will be provided.

Friday, Jan. 25
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Emerald Loop Bar & Grill, Chicago
Complimentary

Tennis Alumni & Student Match & Reunion
Calling all men’s and women’s tennis alumni! Current coach Terry Wrona 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. 26
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Challenge Fitness, Lockport
Complimentary

62nd 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. 26
6 p.m. to Midnight
Renaissance Center, Joliet

 

February 2019

Faculty Recital: Jiafeng Yan, piano
Virtuoso piano faculty member Jiafeng Yan presents an evening of music by some of the most highly-regarded composers of the piano repertoire: Bach, Beethoven, Medtner, and Scriabin.
February 21, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Tickets Required

 

March 2019

KAIA String Quartet: Music of Latin America
The Chicago-based KAIA String Quartet has devoted itself to presenting the essence of Latin American culture as expressed through the string quartet. They will present an afternoon of exquisite music by Latin American composers including celebrated Mexican composer Silvestre Revueltas.
March 17, 2019
3 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Tickets Required

The USF Swinging Saints Explore the Heavens
“Fly Me to the Moon,” “Another Day in the Sun,” “Starlight,” and other works from the American jazz tradition will be brought to life by USF’s own Swinging Saints.  Snacks, drink, and toe tapping accompany this heavenly program.
March 29, 2019
7:30 p.m.
San Damiano Hall (Motherhouse)
Tickets Required

 

April 2019

Spring Musical: The Little Shop of Horrors
This sci-fi horror-comedy rock musical tells the story of a meek floral assistant who discovers a strange and sensational new breed of plant, but soon learns it has devious intentions. With book and lyrics by Howard Ashman and music by Alan Menken, this hit show has devoured audience’s hearts for decades with its catchy tunes and unexpected twists.
April 5-6, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
April 7, 2018 at 3 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Tickets Required

Schola Cantorum Spring Concert
Concert details TBD
April 12, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Tickets Required

Claritas Master Chorale Spring Concert
Concert details TBD
April 13, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Tickets Required

 Fall Student Recital I
USF music students perform solo repertoire for voice, piano, guitar, and orchestral instruments.
April 16, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Free Admission

Fall Student Recital II
USF music students perform solo repertoire for voice, piano, guitar, and orchestral instruments.
April 25, 2019
7:30 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Free Admission

 Joliet Symphony Orchestra: War and Peace
The JSO is joined by a plethora of special guests as it explores the dichotomy of music written about war and peace, including Holst’s “Mars: The Bringer of War” and Handel’s “Overture from Royal Fireworks Music.” The concert ends with Beethoven’s monumental “Choral Fantasy,” featuring faculty piano soloist Jiafeng Yan and USF’s Schola Cantorum and Claritas Master Chorale (Paul Laprade, director) joining forces with the JSO to present Beethoven’s vision for peace and joy through art and music.
April 27, 2019 at 7:30 p.m.
April 28, 2019 at 5 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Tickets Required

May 2019

Ireland & England Cultural Trip
Sponsored by: Music and Performing Arts Department
Journey to the land of Shakespeare, The Beatles, and the Titanic on a small-group trip with something for everyone: natural wonders, castles, cathedrals, and royal pageantry plus live performances of music and plays. For more information, contact Dr. Alex Dee at adee@stfrancis.edu or enter Trip ID #166425 at www.worldstrides.org/register to see the full itinerary.
Registration deadline: October 15, 2018.
May 10-19, 2019
Exact Departure and Return Times TBD
$3,899 per person

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