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.)

 

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

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

Friday, July 20
6 p.m.
Town & Country Lanes, Joliet
$10 Pay at the Door

 

August 2018

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

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. 19
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
USF Quad
$5 per person (donation to BSA)

5th 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, Aug. 31
6 p.m. Men/6:25 p.m. Women – Followed by After Party
Channahon Community Park/Heroes West in Joliet
Complimentary | RSVP Required

 

September 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.; C222, Tower Hall, 4th floor
African American Alumni Association (4A) 11 a.m.; Cultural Center C164, Motherhouse 1st floor

Saturday, Sept. 8
Complimentary

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

Saturday, Sept. 22
Joliet, IL
Click here for a special registration for this event!

Annual Alumni Meeting
Want to learn about the Alumni Association or get more involved? Join our Board of Directors for the annual meeting open to all alumni to listen as programming is discussed and implemented and bring your ideas.

Saturday, Sept. 22
8:30 a.m.
Board Room, Motherhouse 2nd floor
Complimentary | RSVP Required

Athletic Alumni Games
Were you a student-athlete who participated in volleyball, softball, or baseball? Join us for an alumni reunion game with fellow alumni and current players. Stay for our family friendly homecoming tailgate and football game at Joliet Memorial Stadium. Learn more and register at stfrancis.edu/alumni/hcrw.

Saturday, Sept. 22
Various Times & Locations
Complimentary

Young Alumni Happy Hour
After the Homecoming tailgate and football game, join fellow young alumni for a happy hour and continue the homecoming fun. Open to alumni aged 22 to 35, gather a group of alumni friends or just drop by on your own. Food will be served; cash bar. RSVP by Sept. 19 and your first drink is on us!

Saturday, Sept. 22
4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
McBride’s on 52, Joliet
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 2013, 2008, 2003, 1998, 1993, 1988, 1983, 1978, 1973, 1968 and before) and our alumni award winners presented by Dr. Arvid C. Johnson, 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, Sept. 22
7 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor
Honored Year Alumni & Award Winners Complimentary/Guests $20 per person

Music Department Collage Concert
Sponsored by the Department of Music and Performing Arts
Join us as USF’s many musicians and musical ensembles join forces for a concert of non-stop musical excitement! Don’t miss the silent auction to help the music department grow.

Saturday, Sept. 29
7:30 p.m.
Sexton Auditorium, Tower Hall 1st floor
$10 Adults, $7 Alumni, seniors, non-USF students, Free for USF students and staff
Click Here to Register

 

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

 

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

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, Tower Hall, 4th floor
African American Alumni Association (4A) 11 a.m.; Cultural Center C164, Motherhouse 1st 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 of “Sun, Moon, and Stars”
Sponsored by the Department of Music and Performing Arts
“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.

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)

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
Click Here to Register

 

January 2019

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

 

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