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Saint Xavier hosts numerous Homecoming and Reunion Week events

Kick off the fall semester with weeklong festivities

Chicago (August 28, 2006) – Saint Xavier University will host a rich array of events for students, faculty, alumni and friends as part of its Homecoming and Reunion Week celebration Sept. 18 to 24.

The events also coincide with the University’s yearlong 160th anniversary celebration.

“Homecoming is a time for the SXU community to celebrate the past, present and future of the University,” said Jill Roggeveen, assistant director of Saint Xavier alumni and parent relations. “It’s a time to reconnect with friends, classmates and professors and to honor remarkable alumni. Saint Xavier has touched many, many lives in the past 160 years.” 

All events for Homecoming and Reunion Week will take place at Saint Xavier’s Chicago campus, 3700 W. 103rd St. Events are as follows: 

• Sept. 19: The SXU Connection: Students & Alumni Working Together, 6:30 p.m. in the Student Lounge. Learn how to network for business success and navigate the tricky waters of a lunch interview as alumni professionals show how to act professionally in these situations.

• Sept. 19: Music & the Search for Meaning: “Interpreting the Signs and Symbols of Meaning” featuring the work of world-renowned composer Shulamit Ran, a Pulitzer prize winner, professor of composition at the University of Chicago, and former composer in residence for the Chicago Symphony and the Lyric Opera of Chicago. Ran will discuss her works and answer audience questions at 6 p.m. in McGuire Hall. A concert featuring the works of Ran and members of the Chicago Composers Forum will be performed by the International Contemporary Ensemble at 7 p.m. Admission is $10 and $5 for SXU students, faculty and staff, members of the Beverly Arts Center and Chicago Composers Forum, and senior citizens.

• Sept. 20: Bill Rancic, Donald Trump’s first apprentice. Rancic will address the ethical challenges he confronts as an entrepreneur. He will also talk about how he handles his newfound fame and how his family, faith and education influence his approach to life and work at 7 p.m. in the Shannon Center.

• Sept. 21: Peter Steinfels, author of “A People Adrift” and former New York Times religion editor, kicks off the “To Be in ‘Good Standing:’ Challenges to Catholic Universities since Vatican II” 160th Anniversary Catholic Colloquium lecture series at 7 p.m. in the Butler Reception Room. Free.

• Sept. 21: Thirsty Thursday, 5 to 8 p.m., Gilhooley’s Grande Saloon, 3901 W. 103rd St. Join the X-treme Alumni of Saint Xavier University at Gilhooley’s for a beverage of your choice.

• Sept. 22: Mercy Day. Celebrate the founding of the Sisters of Mercy by Catherine McAuley and the spirit of compassion, hospitality and service that characterizes their ministry. 

• Sept. 22: Golden Graduate Society Tea, 2 p.m., Heritage Room at Gilhooley’s Grande Saloon. Alumnae who attended the 49th & Cottage Grove campus are invited to a special afternoon tea to honor Saint Xavier’s rich history and exciting future.

• Sept. 22: All-Alumni Celebration, honoring the classes of ’66, ’76, ’81, ’86 and ’96,” 6:30 p.m., Butler Reception Room. Share memories and catch up with old friends, meet with faculty and see exciting changes at Saint Xavier.

• Sept. 23: 6th Annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk, 9 a.m., Shannon Center. Participate in the annual Cougar 5K Run/Walk around the community. For more information or to sign up, visit www.signmeup.com/53729 or call (773) 298-3592.  

• Sept. 23: A series of alumni games will be held throughout the morning:
   • Volleyball Alumni Match: 9:30 a.m., main arena, Shannon Center
   • Women's Basketball Alumni Game: 10 a.m., west gym, Shannon Center
   • Men’s Basketball: 10 a.m., west gym, Shannon Center
   • Baseball Alumni Game: 10 a.m., Ferrell Field
   • Softball Alumni Game: 10 a.m., Cougar Softball Field

• Sept. 23: Pre-Game Tailgate, 11 a.m., Cougar Stadium. The SXU community is invited to attend a cookout with hamburgers, hot dogs and all the trimmings before the football game. Kids can enjoy free pony rides, face painting and games.

• Sept. 23: Class of ’01 Reunion, 11 a.m., Cougar Stadium. The class of 2001 is invited to sit together at the Pre-Game Tailgate to catch up on the past five years since graduation.

• Sept. 23: Saint Xavier University vs. University of St. Francis football game, 1 p.m., Cougar Stadium. Cheer the Cougars onto victory over the rival Fighting Saints. In 2003, SXU beat USF 42-0 for a homecoming victory. Get free tickets to the football game by stopping at the Alumni Hospitality Tent.

• Sept. 23: 5th Quarter Party, 5 to 7 p.m., Gilhooley’s Grande Saloon. Celebrate a Cougar victory with live music by Last Call, featuring Kamil Chmielewski ’04, Dan Casasanto ’04, John Perryman ’05, Brian Mundee and Phil Serratore.

• Sept. 24: Alumni Mass, 10 a.m., McDonough Chapel. Departed alumni, friends and military servicemen and women around the globe will be honored and remembered. Alumni are encouraged to submit remembrance and prayer requests.

• Sept. 24: Keene Terrace Dedication, 11:45 a.m. outside main entrance of the Warde Academic Center. A short ceremony to rename the terrace in honor of the parents of Dr. Carol Keene ’61, Edwin J. and Mildred B. Keene.

• Sept. 24: Alumni Awards Ceremony & Brunch, 11:30 a.m., Butler Reception Room. Saint Xavier will honor remarkable graduates with the presentation of the annual alumni awards.            

• The SXU Bookstore is holding a special sale for all alumni. Show your SXU alumni card and save 10 percent on sportswear and gifts, plus an additional 1 percent for every year since your graduation, up to 50 percent. Sale runs Sept. 18 through 23.

For more information about any of the homecoming events, please contact the Saint Xavier University Office of Alumni and Parent Relations at (773) 298-3316 or alumni@sxu.edu. Also, please visit www.sxu.edu/alumni. 

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FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Contact Office of Alumni & Parent Relations
(773) 298-3316 or alumni@sxu.edu; or visit www.sxu.edu/alumni
 
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