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 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.

 

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! More at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Free Admission

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. 19 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Challenge Fitness, Lockport
Complimentary

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 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Emerald Loop Bar & Grill, Chicago
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 from 6 p.m. to Midnight
Renaissance Center, Joliet
Tickets Required

 

February 2019

Murder Mystery Dinner – Sponsored by the Family Association
We are serving up a delicious dinner and a devious murder mystery on campus for alumni, friends, parents and students. Anything can happen in this comedic, clue-style performance and everyone is a suspect… even you! This interactive event will be an entertaining, memorable evening of laughs, food, fun and drinks while we solve the case. Get your tickets before they’re gone!

Thursday, Feb. 7 at 6 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
$40 per person, includes show & dinner
($5 of each ticket is a USF donation)
Limited Tickets Available

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.

Saturday, Feb. 16
Complimentary
Business Alumni Network (BAN)
8:30 a.m.; Executive Conference Room, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Mass Communications Alumni Network (MCAN)
10:30 a.m.; Tower Hall 4th Floor

Basketball Alumni Reunion – Hosted by: Coach Ryan Marks & Coach Steve Brooks 
Calling all former men’s and women’s basketball players, bring your families and bounce your way back to USF for a basketball alumni reunion! Come early for the women’s game or stay late for the men’s game vs. St. Ambrose University. Food will be served.

Saturday, Feb. 16
1 p.m. women’s game; 2 p.m. reunion; 3 p.m. men’s game
Sullivan Recreation Center
Complimentary

Career Networking & Etiquette Dinner
We are partnering with the Career Success Center, Student Business Association (SBA) and Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (STAT) to host this excellent networking opportunity for both alumni and students. An etiquette expert will guide us through a three-course meal. Business attire is encouraged.  Don’t forget to bring business cards to share! Free business cards available through the Alumni & Family Relations Office if requested prior to Feb. 15 at stfrancis.edu/alumni/business-card-request-form. Complimentary, professional headshots will be available and raffle prizes distributed.

Thursday, Feb. 21
Headshots at 5 p.m.; Dinner at 6 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Complimentary
Limited Tickets Available

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. More at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

Thursday, Feb. 21 at 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. More at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

Sunday, March 17 at 3 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Tickets Required

Mass Communication Degree… Now What?
Sponsored by: Mass Communication Alumni Network
Join us for networking and an alumni-guided discussion about career opportunities and pathways that are open to those with a degree in Mass Communication. Students and alumni are welcome to join. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Thursday, March 21 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Tower Hall 4th Floor
Complimentary

Career Week
With 12 quality programs being planned, including four separate recruiting career fair events, this week-long event is designed to help you manage your future career. Be sure to mark your calendar! In partnership with: Career Success Center, Alumni & Family Relations Office, Institutional Diversity and all four academic colleges. Learn more at stfrancis.edu/career-success

Monday, March 18 – Friday, March 22 – All Daytime Activities
Main Campus, Various Locations
Complimentary

Top Golf Night
Enjoy an evening at TopGolf in Naperville with delicious food and even better company. Alumni and students will have the opportunity to network and build relationships, all while enjoying the facility’s upscale amenities and three hours of competitive fun! All skill levels welcome, no experience necessary. Heavy hors d’oeuvres will be served. Golf clubs are provided by TopGolf.

Thursday, March 28 from 7 to 10 p.m.; departure from USF at 6 p.m.
TopGolf, Naperville
$60 per person/Student cost is $20 (discount generously provided by Jason Whiteside ’00, Alumni Board member)
($5 of each ticket is a USF donation)
Limited Tickets Available

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. More at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

Friday, March 29 at 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. More at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

Friday, April 5 and Saturday, April 6 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 7 at 3 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Tickets Required

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.

Saturday, April 6
Complimentary
Business Alumni Network (BAN)
8:30 a.m.; Executive Conference Room, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Mass Communications Alumni Network (MCAN)
10:30 a.m.; Tower Hall 4th Floor

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 6 from Noon to 2 p.m.; departure from the Motherhouse at 11:45 a.m.
Joliet Hope Center, Joliet
Complimentary

12th Annual Computer Science Department Alumni & Student Event 
Join us and reconnect with fellow alumni and mingle with current students and faculty from the Computer Science department. We’d like our alumni to share their professional experiences with our students and provide guidance on resumes and interviews. We value your knowledge and expertise! Dinner will be served.

Tuesday, April 9 from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
A102, St. Albert’s Hall
Complimentary

Jazz Ensembles Concert
The USF jazz combos perform a concert of jazz favorites as well as their own compositions. Concert details at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

Thursday, April 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Location TBA

Schola Cantorum Spring Concert
Concert details at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

Friday, April 12 at 7:30 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Tickets Required

Breakfast with the Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt
Hop your way to the front of the line for our 6th 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, April 13 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
Sullivan Recreation Center
$10 adult/$8 children (4-18)/kids 3 and under are free
Limited Tickets Available

Claritas Master Chorale Spring Concert
Concert details at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

Satuday, April 13 at 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. More at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

Tuesday, April 16 at 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. More at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

Thursday, April 25 at 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. More at stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

Saturday, April 27 at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday, April 28 at 5 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium
Tickets Required

May 2019

Broadway in Chicago Series: “Chicago” & Lunch at Italian Village
Join us on this day trip beginning with lunch at the iconic Chicago landmark restaurant, Italian Village, open since 1927. Then we’ll make our way to the Cadillac Palace Theatre for “Chicago,” set amidst the razzle-dazzle of the 1920s, where a housewife/nightclub dancer murders her lover. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes those around her by hiring Chicago’s slickest criminal lawyer. Take the USF transportation or meet us there!

Wednesday, May 8 – departure from USF at 10:45 a.m.; return to USF at 6 p.m.
Italian Village & Cadillac Palace Theatre, Chicago
$60 per person, includes lunch
($5 of each ticket is a USF donation)
Limited Tickets Available

Ireland & England Cultural Trip – Sponsored by the Department of Music and Performing Arts
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 worldstrides.org/register to see the full itinerary.
Registration deadline: October 15, 2018.

Friday, May 10 through Sunday, May 19
Departure and Return Times TBD
$3,899 per person

 

June 2019

White Sox Game & Patio Party 
Join alumni and friends as we host a Patio Party before the White Sox play the New York Yankees! The party includes an all-you-can-eat baseball buffet with wine and beer and provides an excellent field-view view from the right-center field warning track. It’s a great place to watch batting practice and the first-half hour of the game. Then, we’ll move to our seats to enjoy a night of baseball and friends.

Saturday, June 15
3:15 p.m. (USF Shuttle Bus Departure); Party 4:40 p.m.; Game 6:10 p.m.
Guaranteed Rate Field, Chicago
$75 per person, includes food and transportation
($5 of each ticket is a USF donation)
Limited Tickets Available

6th Annual Football Golf Outing
Calling all football alumni, coaches, fans, parents and anyone who wants to support St. Francis football! Join your friends and reserve your space today for the annual football golf outing that gets better each year. The outing includes 18 holes with a cart, lunch, dinner and giveaways. Contact Jason Fiske ’09, ’10 at 815-988-7822 or John Goolsby ’08, ’09 at 630-796-9202 with questions or to reserve your spot by June 15.

Saturday, June 29; 9:30 a.m. registration
Inwood Golf Course, Joliet
$115 per person

 

July 2019

Wisconsin Day Trip: Mars Cheese Castle, Brat Stop Lunch & Jelly Belly Factory
Join us as we travel by bus north to Wisconsin on a trip that begins at the legendary Mars Cheese Castle, where you can sample and shop for cheeses, meats, and wines from around the world. We’ll then head to lunch at the Brat Stop, also known as “The Bratfather,” world famous for all things brat and cheese related. Our trip will end at the Jelly Belly factory for a guided tour, free samples, interactive exhibits and games, a walk through the Jelly Bean Art Gallery, and a visit to the candy store and fudge counter.

Saturday, July 20
Departure from USF Motherhouse at 8 a.m.; return to USF at 5 p.m.
$25 per person, includes transportation and lunch
($5 of each ticket is a USF donation)
Limited Tickets Available

Football Kickoff Smoker
Join the USF football team alongside alumni, family, and friends as we host the 2019 season kickoff smoker. For questions or to RSVP, please contact Coach Joe Curry at 815-641-5961 or jcurry@stfrancis.edu.

Saturday, July 27
2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Jameson’s Pub, Joliet
$25 per person

 

August 2019

14th Annual Mystery Progressive Dinner – Breweries
Join us as we tour three different mystery breweries for a three-course meal. Beer samples will be included. 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. 10
Shuttle departure from USF at 5 p.m.
$60 per person, includes food and transportation
($5 of each ticket is a USF donation)
Limited Tickets Available