We hope to raise $25,000 to provide assistance to our current students! Every gift matters. Your gift will be matched, thanks to the generosity of a few Homecoming & Reunion alumni donors! Our matching gift challenge will be honored for all gifts received by December 31, 2022.

Help us reach our goal of $25,000

Money Raised: $11,190

Homecoming Events

Friday, September 23

Alumni Baseball Game
Friday, September 23, 2022 at 6 p.m.
Duly Health and Care Field

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, infield/outfield practice, game, and food. Bring your families and watch from the stands!

Saturday, September 24 

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. Board members will participate in a group photo prior to and breakfast is offered following the meeting. 

8:40 a.m. photo/9 a.m. meeting/ 10 a.m. breakfast 
Board Room, Motherhouse 2nd Floor or via Zoom
Complimentary; Registration Required 

Alumnae Volleyball Game 
Gather with fellow volleyball alumnae and reminisce with friends and participate in an 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; Registration Required 

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. 

11 a.m. Tailgate (Sponsored by the Alumni Association and Student Activities Board) 
1 p.m. USF vs. Siena Heights University 
Joliet Memorial Stadium 
Complimentary; Registration Required 

Hospitality Suite & USF History in Photos 
Relax, mingle with friends, and enjoy your time in a room designed in honor of our alumni. 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. 

1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m. Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd Floor 
Complimentary; Registration Required 

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

3 p.m. 
Departs Alumni Gathering Room, Motherhouse 2nd floor 
Complimentary; Registration Required 

Alumni Memorial Mass 
Alumni 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. 

4:30 p.m. 
St. Joseph Chapel, Motherhouse 3rd Floor 
Complimentary; Registration Required 
Limited Seats Available

Journalism, Mass Communication and CMMA Alumni Reunion
Please join the Department of Communication & Media Arts (CMMA) at a fun gathering featuring music by the Uncle Leo Band, led by Professor Syd Sklar from Recreation & Sport Management, with a guest appearance by Rick Lorenc on guitar! During the event, retired faculty Rick Lorenc and Terre Layng Rosner will be honored with plaques on the 4th Floor near the TV Studio and Mac Labs. “Fun, food and no homework!”

5-7 p.m.
USF Quad Pavilion (Turk Theater if Rain)
Complimentary; Registration Required

Distinguished Alumni Dinner 
All are invited to join us for dinner as we honor this year’s honored year alumni (classes of 2017, 2012, 2007, 2002, 1997, 1992, 1987, 1982, 1977, 1972 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. 

5:30 p.m. 
San Damiano Hall, Motherhouse 3rd floor 
Alumni Complimentary/$25 per guest; Registration Required 
($5 per transaction is a USF donation) 
Limited Seats Available

Sunday, September 25 

Nursing Alumni Brunch & Tour 
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. Brunch will be served among friends and nursing faculty, including the Dean of the Leach College of Nursing. A tour of our nursing building will be offered immediately following. 

10 a.m. to Noon 
Assembly Hall, St. Clare Campus 
Alumni Complimentary/$20 per guest; Registration Required 
($5 per transaction is a USF donation) 
Limited Seats Available

General Information

Directions to Campus: Need a map or directions to campus? Visit www.stfrancis.edu/visitors/directions or call (877) 811-ALUM.

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

Home2 Suites by Hilton 
4095 Hennepin Dr. 
Joliet, IL 60431 
(815) 727-3310 

Comfort Inn North 
3235 Norman Ave. 
Joliet, IL 60435 
(815) 676-5293 

Harrah’s Joliet Hotel & Casino 
151 N. Joliet St. 
Joliet, IL 60432 
(815) 740-7800

Parking space on campus is limited. Guests are welcome to park in campus lots and can disregard USF parking permit restriction signs. For a campus map, visit www.stfrancis.edu/main-campus.

Dress is generally casual, although 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. Be sure to wear your favorite USF gear to the Tailgate! 

Contact Us

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

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