From the Alumni Director
LET ME BEGIN by extending my congratulations to the almost 2,000 graduates who, by virtue of their graduation, become members of the USF Alumni Association this year. Our association now counts more than 85,000 members.
One of the most prominent members of this group is former Peru President Alejandro Toledo ’70, who returned to campus earlier this year to give a lecture on Latin American politics and economics. He is, as far as we know, the only USF alumnus to become a head of state. During his talk, Toledo recalled those individuals who made a difference in his life while at USF, people whose actions continue to influence him to this day. A former soccer player at USF, Toledo mentioned coaches Steve Negoesco and Gus Donohoe by name, as well as many of his teammates.
At the opening session of alumni board retreats, we often invite members to answer this question: “Who at USF most affected your life?” No one is ever at a loss to name a name and tell a story of someone at USF who made a profound difference in his or her life.
So let me extend a similar invitation to you. Think about the people who made a difference in your life while you were at USF. Let’s remember all those who contributed to our Jesuit Catholic educational experience, whether inside or outside the classroom, and return the favor to those who follow by making a difference in someone else’s life.
ANNETTE ANTON ’69, MA ’83
DIRECTOR, ALUMNI RELATIONS
ON OCT. 14, USF’s class of 1956 joined the Golden Alumni as they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their graduation from The Hilltop. Other recognized guests included the classes of ’51, ’46, and ’41. The Class of 1941, celebrating its 65th reunion, had nine members in attendance.
The day began with Mass in St. Ignatius Church, concelebrated by USF Chancellor John Lo Schiavo, S.J., USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J., and Rev. Leonard Calegari, a member of the class of ’56. After a reception and lunch, emcee duties were shared by Terry Callan ’61, president of the Alumni Board of Directors, and Rouben Chakalian ’56 as members of the honored classes were called forward and recognized. The following day, the class of ’56 hosted a reunion brunch at the St. Francis Yacht Club.
WITH A hall of fame dinner, dean’s receptions, a student carnival, a men’s basketball game, and more, there was something for everyone during Homecoming 2007.
The weekend kicked off with the Fr. Hubert “Hub” Flynn Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner, held on campus Feb. 9 and attended by more than 325 alumni and friends. The same evening the Department of Student Activities sponsored a sell-out concert headlined by Common in The Market for students, faculty, staff, and alumni.
The following day, deans from the School of Nursing, the School of Education, and the College of Arts and Sciences sponsored receptions for their alumni in Fromm Hall. Complete with a short presentation by each dean and refreshments, these events gave alumni the opportunity to meet and speak with the deans, professors, and classmates.
While alumni were gathered at the receptions, students were setting up a carnival in McLaren, an event also attended by alumni who brought their children. That day many alumni also attended Mass at St. Ignatius Church, had dinner in The Market in University Center, and cheered on the Dons in their game against the Pepperdine Waves in Memorial Gym.