From the Director
Each spring I usually begin my letter by extending my congratulations to more than 1,500 graduates who, by virtue of their graduation, join the ranks of the USF Alumni Association. This time I am pleased to extend this welcome to another group as well: the nearly 2,000 members of the Lone Mountain Alumnae Association.
USF purchased the Lone Mountain campus in the 1970s, during the presidency of John Lo Schiavo, S.J. However, it was not until this past January that the formal integration of the Alumnae of the Sacred Heart/San Francisco (as the group is officially known) and the University of San Francisco Alumni Association took place. This was the final, official step, following years of collaboration, conversation, and cooperation.
As Shirley Connolly, the immediate past president of the Alumnae of the Sacred Heart/San Francisco explained in her July 2007 letter, “It seems most timely and fitting to strengthen our bonds of mutual support. Now we will have the best of two worlds: Sacred Heart Alumnae integrated with the greater USF community!”
This integration provides USF’s alumni association with a broader base of dedicated members and volunteers who support our vision, mission, and values. At the same time, it gives Lone Mountain alumnae another opportunity for connection and involvement. They have already established a Lone Mountain Legacy Scholarship, awarded to a graduate student in USF’s School of Education.
One last note: Most of you are aware of the numerous online communities that exist (and likely many of you have listings on multiple sites, such as Facebook and MySpace). We now maintain a USF Alumni Association Group for LinkedIn, the leading online professional networking tool. This USF group is a free networking option that is available to all USF alumni and only USF alumni. To join, go to www.usfca.edu/alumni/.
Annnette M. Anton '69, MA '83
Director, Alumni Relations
Homecoming Weekend 2008
From a Wyclef Jean concert to an alumni Mass, Homecoming 2008 offered something for everyone.
Homecoming kicked off with the Tom Caruso 5K Run/Walk on Feb. 10 in Golden Gate Park. Several hundred alumni and friends participated in this annual event, honoring the memory of Caruso, a University of San Francisco alumnus and distance runner.
Next up was the Fr. Hubert “Hub” Flynn Athletic Hall of Fame Dinner, held on the USF campus Feb. 15. Attended by more than 250 alumni, family, and friends, this popular event was once again a hit (see story, p. 13). That evening the Campus Activities Board and the Department of Student Activities sponsored a concert in War Memorial Gymnasium featuring hip-hop artist Wyclef Jean. Nearly 2,000 students, faculty, staff, and alumni attended the event.
On Feb. 16, 12 past presidents of the USF Alumni Association came back to campus for Mass, breakfast, and a Hilltop update from USF President Stephen A. Privett, S.J. and USF Provost Jim Wiser. The morning session ended with a tour of Kalmanovitz Hall (formerly Campion), which is being renovated.
The day also included receptions with the deans from the School of Nursing, School of Education, School of Business and Management, and College of Arts and Sciences, and a carnival on the ground floor of University Center.
Homecoming 2008 came to an end in War Memorial Gymnasium with a basketball game against Gonzaga University.
Class of ’57 Joins Golden Alumni
Members of the Class of ’57 were the guests of honor at USF’s annual Golden Alumni Reunion Oct. 20. The Class of ’57 was welcomed into the Golden Alumni, as they celebrated the 50th anniversary of their graduation from The Hilltop. In addition to members of that class, other recognized guests included those celebrating their 55th reunion (Class of ’52), 60th reunion (Class of ’47), 65th reunion (Class of ’42), and 70th reunion (Class of ’37).
After a reception and lunch, emcee duties were shared by Kevin Hanley ’71, president of the Alumni Board of Directors, and George Fegan ’57.
The Class of ’57 extended the celebration with a dinner at Caesar’s Restaurant (an old favorite) on Saturday evening and a brunch at the St. Francis Yacht Club the following morning.
Hundreds Run in Honor of Tom Caruso, MBA ’95
Hundreds of USF alumni, students, staff, and friends gathered in Golden Gate Park Feb. 10 for the eighth annual Tom Caruso Memorial Run. Sponsored by the USF cross county and track and field teams and the MBA program, the event benefits USF athletic teams and an MBA scholarship set up in honor of Tom Caruso, MBA ’95.
An avid runner, Caruso was training for the Olympic Trials in Las Vegas when he was struck by a car and killed. This year 300 participants turned out for the memorial run.
“We had the largest turnout ever for the event,” said organizer Eric Flemming. “It’s always great to see so many people pledge their money and time to an event that helps honor a man who loved running so much.”
Luck o’ the Dons
The USF Alumni Association celebrated St. Patrick’s Day by joining the parade in San Francisco. USF was awarded first place for the parade’s best cable car.