Maguire Campus Ribbon Cutting, Reunion Celebrations Highlight Family and Alumni Weekend

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A record number of attendees are expected to visit campus when Saint Joseph's hosts Family and Alumni Weekend September 26-28.  This year marks the first time that annual reunion class celebrations will be included during the fall festivities. In addition, the University will commemorate the official opening of the new James J. Maguire '58 Campus with a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

The weekend's signature activities begin Friday evening and continue on Saturday, highlighted by the State of the University address at 10 a.m., and the Maguire Campus Ribbon Cutting at 11 a.m.  University President Timothy R. Lannon, S.J., will provide his insight and updates on the transformational events of the past year and numerous projects currently under way across campus, as well as relate the University's bold vision for the future.  He will then preside over the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which will serve as the public opening of the new James J. Maguire '58 Campus, former home of the Episcopal Academy. 

In the evening, members of the classes of 1963, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998 and 2003 will gather for their reunion celebrations.  Alumni will be able to reconnect with old friends and classmates and enjoy food, music and dancing.

The weekend opens on Friday evening with SJU Night at the Philadelphia Phillies and the opening reception for Passion and Pride: The Alumni Experience, a display of archival photos and other items highlighting the experiences and remembrances of alumni from the 1950s through the 1990s.

Saturday's events begin with registration starting at 8:30 a.m., along the Wolfington Path.  The day will also include campus tours, a student activity fair and a variety of panel discussions. The University Bookstore will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Other notable activities include the Affinity Groups Breakfast, Family and Alumni "Picnic," Alumni Athletics Barbeque, Family and Alumni Weekend Vigil Mass and Family Entertainment with comedienne Lynn Trefzger.

Sunday concludes with a Two-Mile Fun Run benefitting service immersion programs, Mass and the family and alumni weekend brunch featuring keynote speaker and men's head basketball coach Phil Martelli.

A complete schedule of events and activities is available at www.sju.edu/familyandalumniweekend.  Contact familyandalumniweekend@sju.edu for more information.

--Phil Denne '96



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