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

Wisconsin Day Trip: Mars Cheese Castle, Brat Stop Lunch & Jelly Belly Factory

Join us as we travel up north by bus to Wisconsin on a trip that begins at the famous Mars Cheese Castle, a legendary food destination, 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 that includes a guided tour, free samples, interactive exhibits and games, browse the Jelly Bean Art Gallery, and shop at the candy store and fudge counter. 

Saturday, July 20
Departs USF Motherhouse 8 a.m./Returns 5 p.m.
$25 per person (includes transportation and lunch)
($5 is a tax deductible donation)
Limited Tickets Available

6th 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. 16 to receive a free alumni singlet.

Friday, Aug. 30 
6 p.m. Men/6:25 p.m. Women – Followed by After Party 
Channahon Community Park/Heroes West in Joliet 
Complimentary | RSVP Required

Southwest Michigan Wineries Tour 
Join us on the ultimate day trip to beautiful Southwest Michigan and enjoy the fall colors and crisp autumn air with fellow alumni. We will visit three wineries/vineyards (Vineyard 2121, 12 Corners Vineyards, Hickory Creek Winery,) and enjoy tastings and both winery and vineyard tours. A delicious lunch at Planks Tavern on the Water in downtown St. Joseph and a stop at the Chocolate Café for a sweet treat is included.

Friday, Sept. 13 
8 a.m. (USF departure) to 6 p.m. (USF arrival) 
Southwest Michigan 
$50 per person ($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.

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, Sept. 21 
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 www.stfrancis.edu/alumni/hcrw for more details.

October 5, 2019 
Joliet, IL

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, Oct. 5 
9:30 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 www.stfrancis.edu/alumni/hcrw.

Saturday, Oct. 5 
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 Oct. 2 and your first drink is on us!

Saturday, Oct. 5 
4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 
The Dock (inside the Joliet Park District) 
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 2014, 2009, 2004, 1999, 1994, 1989, 1984, 1979, 1974, 1969 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 www.stfrancis.edu/alumni/awards.

Saturday, Oct. 5 
6 p.m. 
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd Floor 
Honored Year Alumni & Award Winners Complimentary/Guests $20 per person

3rd 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. 10 
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. 
Presidents & Moes Room, Tower Hall 1st Floor 
Complimentary | RSVP Required

“Midnight Masquerade” Murder Mystery Dinner 
We are serving up a delicious dinner and a devious murder mystery this eerie October night on campus for alumni, friends, parents and students. Anything can happen in this comedic Clue-style performance at the “Billionaire’s Club gala” and everyone is a suspect… even you! This interactive performance will truly be a most entertaining and memorable evening of laughs, food, fun and drinks while we solve the case. You may choose to dress in costume, but it is not required. Get your tickets before they are gone!

Friday, Oct. 11 
6 p.m. to 8 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.

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, Nov. 9 
Complimentary

Alumni Board Committee Brainstorm Meeting 
Alumni board members are asked to join together as a group as we discuss topics from all six committees and look for input from each member regardless of committee affiliation. Breakfast will be served.

Saturday, Nov. 9 
10 a.m. 
Board Room, Motherhouse 2nd floor 
Complimentary

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 ticket is a USF donation) 
Register here

Winter Commencement Volunteer Opportunity 
Join fellow alumni and students as we pass out graduation shirts to our graduating class. Help us take photos at our customized alumni photo station and assist alumni in completing contact information cards. Food will be served.

Saturday, Dec. 14 
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 
Uno Lounge, Tower Hall 1st floor 
Complimentary

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

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 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 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 www.stfrancis.edu/caritas.

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