From the BOD President
The more than 87,000 USF alumni alive today have many reasons to be proud of their alma mater.
Applications for student admission continue to increase, with both grade-point averages and test scores of admitted students improving. There has been a dramatic upgrade in our campus facilities in recent years. The university has been recognized by several publications and institutions for academic excellence, diversity, and contributions to society. And as it has for the past 153 years, USF continues its mission of offering students the knowledge and skills to succeed as persons and professionals as well as the values and sensitivity to be men and women for others.
Your Alumni Association and regional councils offer many opportunities throughout the year for you to reconnect with USF, other alumni, and current students. Events include class reunions, community service projects, luncheons sponsored by the MBA Alumni Society, receptions held in connection with athletic contests, events held by the various regional councils, and opportunities to mentor students. This year’s Homecoming will be celebrated in February, with a range of activities that include the Fr. Hubert “Hub” Flynn Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner and a men’s basketball game against Santa Clara University. The Annual Spring Gala will be held April 18, 2009. You can also see the most recent schedule of upcoming events at the alumni Web site at www.usfca.edu/alumni.
Exciting things are happening. Please take advantage of some of the many opportunities to renew your ties to USF and to your fellow alumni and to connect with today’s students.
Kevin Hanley ’71
Alumni Board of Directors President
Annual Spring Gala Honors Alumni, Community Members
The University of San Francisco returned to the Grand Ballroom of the Westin St. Francis in downtown San Francisco for the annual Spring Gala, held April 12. Master of ceremonies Richard Bechelli ’55 introduced this year’s honorees, who represented both USF and the broader San Francisco community.
Thomas Malloy ’61 received the top honor, Alumnus of the Year, in recognition of his insight and unwavering commitment to seeing USF grow and prosper as a premier Jesuit university. A member of the USF Board of Trustees, Malloy is a USFer to the core. Malloy Hall, the newest addition to the USF School of Business and Management, is just one example of his continued generosity to and support of USF.
Charles Range ’61 received the Professional Achievement Award. Range is executive director of the South of Market Health Center. The Alessandri Service Award, named in memory of one of USF’s great volunteers and a staff member for 28 years, Al Alessandri ’50, was given to Kevin Leong ’70, MHR ’93, and Teresa Win ’85. Leong is past president of the USF Alumni Board of Directors and a planned giving officer for the university. Win is a member of the Board of Trustees. The award is given to those who provide a distinctive service or make a contribution to the university or alumni association.
The Cable Car Award, given to non-alumni, recognizes that you don’t have to be a USF graduate to become a vital part of our beloved family, and this year’s recipients were no exception. All Lone Mountain alumnae, Shirley Connolly, Dolores McKeever Donahue, and Ellie Fusco were recognized for the significant role they played in making the recent partnership between the USF Alumni Association and the Lone Mountain Alumnae Association a reality.
Class of ’58 Golden Alumni Reunion
On Oct. 4, alumni who graduated 50 or more years ago were honored on campus at the USF Golden Alumni Reunion.
The reunion began with a viewing of an exhibit of year-books, Foghorns, and sports items that brought back memories. Mass in St. Ignatius Church followed, along with a reception, lunch, and the program of events.
The closing portion of the program focused on inducting the class of 1958 into the ranks of the Golden Alumni. Each person was in-dividually recognized and received a certificate and pin from USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. Other recognized guests included the classes of ’53, ’48, and ’43. This year’s “most senior status” went to two alums from the 1930s in attendance—Joseph Scattini ’36 and Mervin Porter ’39.
A unique aspect to this year’s celebration was the presence of several alumnae who were members of the pioneer class of USF’s School of Nursing.
Wine Tasting with Fellow Alumni
About 60 University of San Francisco alumni, family, and friends gathered at the Jesuit Retreat Center of Los Altos on Aug. 24 to sip wines and mingle with fellow alums during a wine tasting hosted by the Peninsula/Silicon Valley Regional Chapter.
The wines were donated by Napa County’s Whitehall Lane Winery, which is owned by Karen Leonardini ’65 and her husband, Tom. USF provided the hors d’oeuvres.
In addition to sampling a variety of wines under an arbor, alumni were treated to a talk by John Fitzgibbons, S.J., dean of the College of Professional Studies and vice president for admin-istration, on the connection between wine and the Jesuit way. Just as grapes must be patiently nurtured to become wine, he said, so too must people be spiritually nurtured to become who they are meant to be.
Staying Connected with USF
It’s now easier than ever to stay connected with the University of San Francisco. USF has set up several ways for alumni to remain a part of the university, all with the simple click of a mouse.
- USF Alumni Group on LinkedIn. This is the place to go for professional networking with hundreds of fellow alums.
- The Official USF Facebook Page. This is USF’s official alumni social networking site. Here you can learn about alumni events, stay up to date with campus news, and connect with fellow alumni.
- Alumni Directory Online. The directory allows you to search for former classmates, update your personal information, and view your personal giving history.
“Feedback from alumni has made it clear they want to stay connected with USF and with each other,” said Annette Anton, director of alumni relations. “These networks help them do so. Membership is growing daily, so be sure to check them out.”
To learn more about getting connected through these sites, visit www.usfca.edu/alumni/networks.
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