Alumni Events

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.

Please Note

  • Some events have unique registrations with their listings.
  • 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.

Alumni Events 2019

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 www.stfrancis.edu/sam.

Thursday, Nov. 14 
6 p.m. 
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor 
Complimentary | RSVP Required

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. 20 
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
Presidents Room, Tower Hall 1st floor 
Complimentary

Alumni Board Christmas Dinner & Gift Exchange 
Board members are invited to join us for our Christmas dinner to show our appreciation during the holiday season for all your hard work throughout the year If you’d like to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a wrapped gift worth $20. We look forward to celebrating with you!

Thursday, Dec. 5 
5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. 
Al’s Steakhouse, Joliet 
Complimentary

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. 7 
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 transaction is a USF donation) 
Register here

Chicago Christmas Trolley Tour 
All the lights and all the sights on one magical tour. Experience the magic of the holidays with Chicago’s most spectacular light displays at the city’s most popular destinations! This 2.5-hour tour aboard an illuminated and garland-adorned trolley will stop and let guests off at the legendary Christkindlmarket and Lincoln Park ZooLights. We’ll also tour the festivity of State Street, Millenium Park, Magnificent Mile, Chicago Theatre, among much more. A pair of ZooLights 3D glasses AND a complimentary bag of Hot Cocoa CaramelCrisp® from Garrett Popcorn is included.

Friday, Dec. 20 
Depart USF at 4:30 p.m./Tour 6 to 9 p.m./Return 10 p.m. 
Chicago 
$40 per person; $45 with transportation from USF 
($5 of each ticket is a USF donation) 
Limited Tickets Available

Alumni Events 2020

Tennis Alumni & Student Match & Reunion
Calling all men’s and women’s tennis alumni! Current coach Mark Ortega 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. 25
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Challenge Fitness, Lockport
Complimentary

Caritas – Centennial Scholarship Gala
In 2020, the University of St. Francis celebrates 100 years! The Caritas Centennial Scholarship Gala will be held on Saturday, January 25, 2020 in the Pat Sullivan Recreation Center at University of St. Francis at 6 p.m. as part of a yearlong series of events in celebration of USF’s Centennial. Caritas is one of Joliet’s longest-running black-tie events, raising more than $5 million for scholarships from the generosity of USF’s alumni and friends. The Caritas Centennial Scholarship Gala will return to the Pat Sullivan Recreation Center for this one night only. Caritas Centennial chairs Gloria & Ed Dollinger and Diane & Bill Habiger, along with hosts Arvid & Anne Johnson, look forward to welcoming you to campus for a wonderful evening of gourmet dining, dancing and fun – all for a great cause. For more information, visit stfrancis.edu/caritas

Saturday, Jan. 25
6 p.m.
Sullivan Recreation Center
$350 per person
Limited Tickets Available

Alumni Board Committee Meetings
Alumni Board members are asked to join us for six spring committee meetings. Food will be served.

Nominating & Young Alumni – 8:30 a.m.
Engagement & Homecoming/Reunion – 9:45 a.m.
Scholarship & Constitution – 11 a.m.

Saturday, Feb. 1
Alumni Gathering Room & Board Room, Motherhouse 2nd floor
Complimentary

8th Recreation & Sport Management Networking Night
Sponsored by the Recreation & Sport Management Alumni Network
Whether you are just starting your career or are more established in the field, we hope you’ll join us for an evening of networking with fellow alumni and friends of the program. Hors d’oeuvres will be served. Hosted by: Dr. Syd Sklar, USF Department Chair.

Thursday, Feb. 6
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Turk Theater, Tower Hall 1st Floor
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) 9 a.m.; Executive Conference Room, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Mass Communications Alumni Network (MCAN) 10:30 a.m.; Tower Hall 4th Floor

Saturday, Feb. 15
Complimentary

Basketball Alumni Reunion
Hosted by: Coach Ryan Marks & Coach Steve Brooks
Special Guest: Coach Pat Sullivan
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. Trinity International University. Food will be served.

Saturday, Feb. 15
1 p.m. women’s game, 2 p.m. reunion, 3 p.m. men’s game
Sullivan Recreation Center
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. 20
5 p.m. Headshots; 6 p.m. Dinner
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Complimentary | RSVP Required

Scholarship Interview Day
The scholarship committee of the alumni board are invited to join us as we participate in all day interviews with students who apply for the Jane Engleton Snyder ’35 Scholarship. Breakfast and lunch will be served.

Saturday, Feb. 29
All Day; Hours TBD
Presidents Room, Tower Hall 1st Floor
Complimentary

Assisi Pilgrimage
Sponsored by: University Ministry
All are invited to connect to our Catholic Franciscan heritage like never before and journey with us to Assisi, Italy – the historic roots of our founding Sisters. During this nine-day pilgrimage, you will explore meaningful sites with prayerful contemplation. Experience the Assisi of Saints Francis and Clare, explore the beauty and bustle of Rome, and connect with your faith and USF friends. Register online at franciscanpilgrimages.com or contact Sr. Mary Elizabeth Imler, VP of Mission Integration, with questions at MImler@stfrancis.edu.

March 6-14
Assisi, Italy
$3200 (including airfare)

“Tommy Gun’s Garage”Dinner & Show
Tommy Gun’s Garage is an audience interactive “speakeasy” which offers a musical comedy review during dinner with gangsters and flappers! You will be transported back to the 1920s (the same decade the University of St. Francis was established) complete with the boss’ 1928 Model A Ford, roaring twenties music and memorabilia.

Saturday, March 21
6:30 p.m. performance/5 p.m. depart USF
Chicago, IL
$45 per person
($5 of each transaction is a USF donation)
Limited Tickets Available

Mass Communication Degree… Now What?
Sponsored by: Mass Communication Alumni Network
Join us for an alumni-guided discussion about career opportunities and pathways open to those with a degree in mass communication. Alumni are invited to network with their peers, while current and potential students can learn more about communication jobs across all industries and organizations. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Thursday, March 26
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Turk Theater, Tower Hall 1st floor
Complimentary

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 and friends are welcome to form teams for this event at relayforlife.org/usfil or contact Student Life at (815) 768-8378 for more information.

Friday, March 27
5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
6 p.m. Survivor Dinner
Sullivan Recreation Center
Complimentary

Breakfast with the Bunny & Easter Egg Hunt
Hop your way to the front of the line for our 7th 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 4
8:30 to 10 a.m.
Sullivan Recreation Center
$10 adult/$8 children (4-18)/Kids 3 and under are free
REGISTER HERE

Student Alumni Mentoring (SAM) Award Winner Dinner
Our student mentee and alumni mentor award winners are invited to join us for a delicious meal with your match and fellow award winners. Let us honor you as the end of the program approaches. We look forward to celebrating with you! Dinner will be served.

Thursday, April 16
6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Cemeno’s Pizza, Joliet
Complimentary

Senior Celebration
Spend the evening celebrating the Centennial class of 2020! All seniors will receive alumni swag and enjoy raffle prizes, a photo booth, pizza, appetizers, and fun! All students, alumni, faculty and staff are encouraged to attend.

Thursday, April 16
8 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Location TBD
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) 9 a.m.; Executive Conference Room, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Mass Communications Alumni Network (MCAN) 10:30 a.m.; Tower Hall 4th Floor

Saturday, April 18
Complimentary

Alumni Board Meeting
We invite our alumni board of directors to bring their ideas and committee notes to participate in the April meeting. Breakfast will be served.

Saturday, April 18
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Board Room, Motherhouse 2nd floor
Complimentary

Alumni Service Day
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 18
11:45 a.m. Shuttle Departure, Motherhouse
Noon to 2 p.m.
Joliet Hope Center, Joliet
Complimentary

Three Urgent Tasks for People of Faith in the Response to the Climate Crisis
Sponsored by: The Sustainability Committee
Rev. Dr. Terry Gallagher is an ordained minister in the UCC. Educated originally as an engineer, and following a 30-year career as an industrial manufacturing executive, he answered the Call to Ministry. In response to the escalating global crisis of unsustainable economics and ecological destruction, he has focused his ministry on providing faith based ecological-justice education, advocacy, and action. He also received training in the Climate Reality Leadership Corps led by Al Gore. This lecture is being presented on Earth Day, a great way to celebrate all we can do to protect the earth!

Wednesday, April 22
7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor
Complimentary

Education Update with the Will County Regional Office of Education
Sponsored by: College of Education
You are invited to join us as The Will County ROE shares information and answers educator questions regarding ISBE updates to license requirements, license renewal, endorsement requirements, and more. Register at www.stfrancis.edu/real/professional-learning.

Wednesday, April 29
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Library (LG-5)
Complimentary

Cultural Experience: Alumni & Friends Trip to London
Sponsored by: College of Education & Alumni Association
Prepare to explore “must sees” of London while discovering the gems of England via day trips. You will be visiting palaces, churches and museums, shops and restaurants. There is something for everyone on this trip! Highlights include: Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abby, Big Ben, London Eye, Tower of London, and Trafalgar Square, Warner Bros. The Making of Harry Potter Studio, Stonehenge, and Bath. Cost includes transportation (including airfare), hotels, breakfasts, and four dinners. All are invited to join us!

May 10-23
$4400 (including airfare)
London, England
Limited Tickets Available

Bluestem Earth Festival
Sponsored by: The Sisters of St. Francis and their Associates
Get ready for an exciting day featuring 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 16
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Sullivan Recreation Center & Quad
Complimentary

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 5
9 a.m. Shotgun Start
Inwood Golf Course, Joliet
$160 per person/$640 foursome

“Pay It Forward” Service Opportunity
Sponsored by: University Ministry
Geared towards high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors, we hope you will 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.

June 22-25
8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor
$60 per person – Register online at stfrancis.edu/payitforward

Friends of Francis & Alumni Reunion
Did you have a professor or coach who had a positive impact on you while a student? Join us for an evening with current and former faculty and athletic coaches and reminisce your years learning from some of the best. Hors d’oeuvres will be served.

Thursday, July 16
6:30 p.m.
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Complimentary

15th Annual Mystery Progressive Dinner – Italian
Bring a big appetite and adventurous spirit as we tour three different mystery Italian restaurants for a three-course meal in honor of our centennial celebration and St. Francis of Assisi. 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. 8
5 p.m. (USF shuttle bus departure)
$60 per person (includes food and transportation)
($5 of each transaction is a USF donation)
Limited Tickets Available​