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.

Click here to register for upcoming events!

Some events have unique registration pages
included with their listings, please check below.

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how we did to help improve USF alumni and family programming by filling out our survey.
Every time you complete the survey, your name will be entered in to 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.

 

May 2017 

USF Planting Day Hosted by the Business Alumni Network (BAN)
Bring a little more sunshine to Sunny Hill with fellow USF alumni. Spend the morning outside as we help to plant vegetables with the residents. Coffee and donuts are included, and please remember to dress comfortably. Supplies requested include: cucumbers, kale (lacinato or red Russian for spring planting), zucchini (zephyr), carrots, spinach, lettuces (bib and romaine), tomatoes (yellow pear, homeslice and early girl), sweet peppers, radishes, oregano, sage, parsley, sweet basil

Saturday, May 13 | 8:30-10:30 a.m. | Sunny Hill Nursing Home | 421 Doris Ave, Joliet

 

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 20 | 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. | Sullivan Recreation Center & Quad
Complimentary

 

June 2017 

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 2 | 9 a.m. Shotgun Start | Inwood Golf Course, Joliet
$160 per person/$640 foursome

 

The Shrine of Christ’s Passion & Tiebel’s Lunch
Join us on this spiritual day trip to St. John, Indiana to visit The Shrine of the Christ’s Passion. It is a multi-media interactive, half-mile winding Prayer Trail that depicts the last days of Jesus Christ’s life. Forty life-size bronze sculptures in a tranquil setting, complete with beautiful music and amazingly sculptured gardens allow visitors to experience the story of the crucifixion and resurrection as never before. We will end the afternoon with lunch at Teibel’s Family Restaurant, a family-owned community restaurant serving homestyle fish and chicken plates since 1929.

Thursday, June 15 | 9 a.m. departure/4 p.m. return | St. John, Indiana
$25 per person, transportation/lunch included ($5 of each ticket is a USF donation; Limited Tickets Available)

 

July 2017

Business Alumni Network (BAN) Bowling Party Sponsored by the Business Alumni Network
Roll on down for the Business Alumni Network’s (BAN) night of bowling! Bring a dish to pass for the potluck and join us for three games of bowling (shoes provided) and mingle with fellow business alumni. Attendance is complimentary if you choose not to bowl. All are invited to join in on the fun!

Friday, July 21 | 6 p.m. | Town & Country Lanes, Joliet
$10 Pay at the Door

 

Crosstown Classic at Wrigley Field
Whether you’re a Cubs or White Sox fan, join us for the 2017 Crosstown Classic! Take a guided tour at historic Wrigley Field, enjoy a buffet-style lunch and open bar at The Cubby Bear, and then head over to your stadium seat to watch the World Series Champion Chicago Cubs play their longtime rivals on the South Side, the Chicago White Sox.

Tuesday, July 25 | 9:30 a.m. Tour, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m | Cubby Bear, 1:20 p.m. Game
8 a.m. shuttle departure from USF (optional)
Wrigley Field & The Cubby Bear, Chicago
Purchase your tickets by May 31:
$125 per person/$130 per person (with transportation)
Purchase your tickets after May 31:
$135 per person/$140 per person (with transportation)
($5 of each ticket is a USF donation; limited tickets available.)
Limit 2 tickets per alum

Limited transportation tickets available.

 

August 2017 

12th Annual Mystery Progressive Dinner SOLD OUT – Please contact the Alumni & Family Relations Office for more information.
Are you looking for a culinary adventure? Then, look no further! Join us as we tour three different mystery restaurants as featured on television’s “Check, Please!” 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. 12 | 5 p.m. (USF shuttle bus departure)
$60 per person, includes food and transportation ($5 of each ticket is a USF donation; Limited Tickets Available)

 

Welcome Back BBQ
Sponsored by Black Student Association (BSA)
Join us as we welcome all our new and returning students for the fall with a barbeque on the Quad!  Lots of food, fun, and music will be provided.

Sunday, Aug. 20 | 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. | USF Quad
$5 per person (donation to BSA)

 

September 2017

4th Annual Saints Twilight 5K 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? This event is for you!  RSVP by Aug. 18 to receive a free alumni singlet.

Friday, Sept. 1 | 6 p.m. Men/6:25 p.m. Women – Followed by After Party | Channahon Community Park/Heroes West in Joliet
Complimentary

 

Stephen Neal Concert

Party with us as we host our very own Stephen Neal (Cservenyak) ’13 for a private concert on the Quad. He’s an up and coming country music artist and former Fighting Saint baseball player! Stephen is taking Nashville by storm having performed with Chris Young, Joe Nichols, Granger Smith, Trace Adkins, and Michael Ray, just to name a few. Food trucks will be on site and open for service, so bring your family, friends, chairs/blankets for this end of summer concert. To learn more, visit stephennealmusic.com.

Friday, Sept. 8 | 7 p.m. | Quad
Complimentary

 

October 2017

Homecoming & Reunion Weekend 2017
Come back to USF for Homecoming & Reunion Weekend! Join fellow alumni, families, students, faculty, staff, and friends of the university for reunions, athletic events, a tailgate, kids activities, awards dinner, live band, mass, brunch, and much more. Whether you graduated this year or 50 years ago, there is something for everyone. Visit stfrancis.edu/alumni/hcrw for more details.

Saturday, Oct. 7 & Sunday, Oct. 8 | Joliet, IL

 

Annual Alumni Meeting
Want to learn about the Alumni Association or get more involved? Join our alumni networks and Board of Directors for the annual meeting open to all alumni to listen as programming is discussed and implemented, and bring your ideas. Networks meeting include: African American Alumni Network (4A), Business Alumni Network (BAN), Education Alumni Network (EAN), Mass Communication Alumni Network (MCAN), & Nursing Alumni Network (NAN).

Saturday, Oct. 7 | 7:30 a.m. breakfast; 8 a.m. meeting | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Complimentary

Distinguished Alumni Dinner & Awards Ceremony
All are invited to join us for dinner as we honor this year’s honored year alumni (classes of 2012, 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977, 1972, 1967 and before) and our alumni award winners presented by Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., USF President. Winners are selected by college based on their outstanding professional and personal successes and/or involvement in civic, cultural, and charitable activities. Want to nominate a worthy candidate? Visit stfrancis.edu/alumni/awards.

Saturday, Oct. 7 | 6 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor
Honored Year Alumni & Award Winners Complimentary/$15 per person

 

“The Fortunate Sons” – Creedance Clearwater Revival Tribute Band
The Fortunate Sons are a Creedence Clearwater Revival tribute band formed to bring the ultimate experience to the stage. Using original vintage gear and instruments, accurate costumes, and spot-on musical ability, The Fortunate Sons instantly conjure up the full experience of the best songs that’ll keep fans engaged and dancing all night. Light snacks are provided and drinks will be available at the bar.

Saturday, Oct. 7 | 8 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor
Honored Year Alumni & Award Winners Complimentary/$15 per person

 

Technology for Teachers: Teaching & Learning in 1:1 Environments
Sponsored by Regional Education Academy for Leadership (REAL)
This technology workshop is designed for teachers interested in exploring, uncovering, and implementing strategies in a device rich classroom. Register at stfrancis.edu/real/ed-tech.

Saturday, Oct. 14 | 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse, Third Floor |
$30 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 our 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. 18 | 6 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor
Complimentary

  

Day of Giving
Join alumni, parents, friends, and students across the nation for USF’s 4th Annual Day of Giving.  Make your yearly donation during this 24-hour period and continue the academic tradition for fellow Saints.  Your gift directly supports students and programs at USF.

Friday, Oct. 13 | All day
Online at stfrancis.edu/dayofgiving

 

November 2017

Alumnae Volleyball Reunion
Join Coach Currier and fellow alumnae and their families for the last game of the season!  Pizza will be served.

Thursday, Nov. 2 | 7 p.m. Game/8 p.m. Pizza Party | Sullivan Recreation Center, 2nd Floor Balcony
Complimentary

 

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. 9 | 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Complimentary

 

“Hamilton”
Have you been waiting to see the hottest show in town? Join fellow USF alumni for “Hamilton!” The story of America’s Founding Father, an immigrant from the West Indies who became Washington’s right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation’s first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, told by America now. You won’t want to miss this!

Thursday, Nov. 16 | 5:45 p.m. depart USF/7:30 p.m. performance | The PrivateBank Theatre, Chicago
$110/$120 with transportation
($5 of each ticket is a USF donation)
Limited Tickets Available

 

December 2017

 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. 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 3rd floor
Education Alumni Network (EAN) 9 a.m.; Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd floor
Mass Communications Alumni Network (MCAN) 10:30 a.m.; C222, Motherhouse 2nd floor
African American Alumni Association (4A) 11 a.m.; Cultural Center C164, Motherhouse 1st floor

December 9
Complimentary

 

January 2018

 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.  For more information, visit stfrancis.edu/caritas.

Saturday, Jan. 27 | 6 p.m. to Midnight | Location TBD

Interested in Graduate School? Contact the Graduate Admissions Office at 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu/admissions/graduate for more information.

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