Homecoming & Reunion Weekend

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contact the Alumni & Family Relations Office
877-811-ALUM or alumni@stfrancis.edu.

General Information

Click here for a map or directions to campus or call 877-811-ALUM.

We recommend you make your hotel reservation early and take advantage of the USF discount rate where applicable.

  • Home 2 Home By Hilton, 4095 Hennepin Dr., Joliet, IL 60431
  • Comfort Inn North, 3235 Norman Ave., Joliet, IL 60435
  • Harrah’s Joliet Hotel & Casino, 151 N. Joliet St., Joliet, IL 60432

Parking space on campus is limited. Guests are welcome to park in campus lots and can disregard USF parking permit restriction signs. Click here for a campus map.

Dress is generally casual, though you may want to wear a jacket and tie or dress to Mass and dinner. Comfortable shoes and appropriate clothing for outdoor activities and tours are recommended. Wear your favorite USF gear!

Homecoming Events - October 5, 2019

Alumni Baseball Game – Friday, October 4 
Join Coach Brian Michalak and participate or watch from the dugout while the older alumni take on the younger alumni! Meet the current Fighting Saints team. The evening includes batting practice, home run derby, and game. Bring your families to watch from the stands!

6:00 p.m. | Check-In 
6:15 p.m. | Batting Practice 
6:30 p.m. | Home Run Derby 
7:00 p.m. | Alumni Game 
Silver Cross Field, Joliet 
Complimentary; Register by Sept. 20 for a free game shirt

Alumnae Softball Reunion & Game
Bring your family and friends and join us for the annual alumnae vs. Lady Saints slow-pitch softball game! Play in the game or attend and hang out with friends. Spend the afternoon with fellow alumnae before the Homecoming Tailgate & Game beginning at 11 a.m. at Joliet Memorial Stadium. Hosted by Coach Amanda Jensen.

9 a.m. | Inwood Softball Complex
Complimentary; Register by Sept. 20 for a free game shirt

Alumnae Volleyball Game
Gather with fellow volleyball alumnae and reminisce with friends and participate in an alumnae vs. alumnae volleyball game! Families are invited as spectators and may join us in the stands. Join Coach Cara Currier with friends and family for a morning of fun before the annual Homecoming Tailgate & Game beginning at 11 a.m. at Joliet Memorial Stadium.

9:30 a.m. | Sullivan Recreation Center
Complimentary; Register by Sept. 20 for a free game shirt

Hospitality Room
Are you looking for a place to meet your classmates or rest your feet? Stop by our Hospitality Room, grab a snack, relax, mingle with friends, and view our alumni photos and artifacts. Enjoy your time in a room designed in honor of our alumni.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. | Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd Floor

Annual Alumni Board Meeting
Interested in learning about the Alumni Association and getting more involved with your alma mater? Join our Board of Directors for the annual meeting open to all alumni and listen as we discuss and implement alumni programming. Bring your ideas and meet our board members!

9:30 a.m. meeting; 10:30 a.m. brunch | Board Room, Motherhouse 2nd floor

“Joliet Gems” City Tour & Merichka’s Lunch
Tour historic Joliet aboard the USF shuttle including well-known buildings and landmarks hosted by alumni board member and life-long Joliet resident, Jan Novotny ’67. We will end the tour with a mouth-watering, delicious lunch at a local favorite since 1933, Merichka’s!

10 a.m.-1 p.m. | Off Campus; shuttle departs from USF Motherhouse Lot
$25 per person ($5 of each ticket is a USF donation)
Limited Space Available

Homecoming Tailgate & Football Game
Join the USF family for our Homecoming tailgate and football game! Fun for all ages, enjoy free food, music, giveaways, children’s activities and other great fun before the big game. Stop by the Alumni table for your FREE t-shirt! Limited quantity available.

11 a.m. Tailgate, sponsored by the Alumni & Family Relations Office and Student Activities Board
1 p.m. Game – USF vs. Robert Morris University
Joliet Memorial Stadium

Nursing Alumni Lunch & Tour
Bring a guest and join fellow nursing alumni from SJSN, SJCN, CSF and USF! Bring your stories and mingle with your former classmates whether you are retired or still working in the field. A delicious lunch will be served among friends and nursing faculty, including the new Dean of the Leach College of Nursing. A tour of our new nursing building will immediately follow.

Noon | Clare’s Garden, Guardian Angel Hall 1st Floor (St. Clare Campus)

USF History in Photos
Many great memories will be on display! Reminisce with old pictures while the USF Archivist is on hand to assist you with questions and requests. Find pictures of you and your classmates on campus and obtain your own personal copies of any photos of interest.

1 p.m. to 3 p.m. | Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd Floor

Campus Tour
The University of St. Francis campus has changed dramatically in the last few years including many beautification efforts as well as our new St. Clare Campus, St. Bonaventure Campus (downtown), and our new Laverne & Dorothy Brown Science Building that opened this spring. It is a campus and university filled with both beauty and Franciscan spirit. Come and take a tour with us and see all the amazing changes happening at USF! Led by Student Ambassadors.

2:30 p.m. | Departs from Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd floor

Football Alumni Reunion
Join Coach Curry and other Saints football alumni and friends after the Homecoming football game for food, drinks and camaraderie! We’ll celebrate the past, present, and future of the Fighting Saints football team.

4 p.m. | The Dock at Inwood, Joliet Park District

Young Alumni Happy Hour
Bring your friends and join fellow young alumni for networking and food at The Dock. Register by Sept. 27th for a free drink ticket! Hosted by the Young Alumni Committee of the Alumni Association Board.

4 p.m.| The Dock at Inwood, Joliet Park District

Education Doctoral Alumni Reunion
Hosted by: Dr. Keith Pain ’15, Dr. Steve Midlock & Dr. Shawn Walsh ’00, ‘15
Did you receive your Doctor of Education from USF? Please join us as we gather and network with fellow doctoral alumni and faculty. Hors d’oeuvres will be available and cash bar available.

4 p.m.-5:30 p.m. | Fireside Lounge, Motherhouse 1st floor
Alumni & Faculty Complimentary/Guests $15
($5 of each ticket is a USF donation)

Alumni Memorial Mass
All alumni and friends are invited to worship as a community of faith as we celebrate our homecoming and offer thanks for our lives and remember those alumni and friends who have gone before us. Fr. Terry Deffenbaugh, the University’s chaplain, will be our celebrant.

4 p.m. | St. Joseph Chapel, Motherhouse 3rd Floor

Mass Communication Reunion
Calling all journalism, mass communication, and communication and media arts alumni, let’s party like it’s ’99! Please join fellow alumni from the program on the beloved fourth floor as we celebrate the university’s 99th year and the dedication of the on-air studio to Art Hellyer. Tour the state-of-the-art radio station and mingle with friends at this annual event. Hors d’oeuvres and drinks will be served.

4:30-6:30 p.m. | Tower Hall 4th Floor

Women’s & Men’s Soccer Games 
Calling all USF Soccer alumni, come cheer on the current women’s and men’s teams to victory! Bring your families to watch from the stands as the Fighting Saints take on Robert Morris University. Come early for the Homecoming Tailgate & Football Game beginning at 11 a.m. at Joliet Memorial Stadium.

5 p.m. Women’s Game | 7:30 p.m. Men’s Game 
ATI Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium 

Champagne Receptions
All are welcome to join President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D. with a glass of champagne to celebrate together before dinner. The classes of 1994 and 1969 and will gather separately for their 25th and 50th reunions from St. Francis as we honor them with a champagne toast.

5-5:45 p.m.
Class of 1994 – Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd Floor
Class of 1969 – Conference Room A&B, Motherhouse 3rd Floor
Other Alumni & Guests – Executive Conference Room, Motherhouse 3rd Floor

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 celebrate our 50th reunion alumnae as they are inducted into our Assisian Club. Alumni award winners will be 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 www.stfrancis.edu/alumni/awards.

6 p.m. | San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor
Honored Alumni Complimentary/$25 per person
($5 of each ticket is a USF donation)
Limited Seats Available

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