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Let us know if you plan to “Meet Me In Loretto” by filling out the “Hope to Attend” form. Until early May, we’ll post the names of all alumni who plan to attend on the Alumni Weekend website.
Click here to see a list of alumni who are Hoping to Attend Alumni Weekend 2014
Alumni Weekend is a great opportunity to meet old friends and new in Loretto, and we hope you will plan to join us. In addition to celebrating the anniversaries of classes ending in a 4 and 9, we also will be commemorating the 30th Anniversary of our Nursing Program with a special affinity reunion. Of course, everyone is welcome and encouraged to meet up in Loretto and share in this fun-filled weekend.
Want to get more involved? We are looking for alumni from anniversary years to serve as Class Representatives and nursing alumni to serve as Nursing Reunion Representatives. Representatives will help generate enthusiasm for the weekend, and classes will complete for bragging rights for the biggest turnout. Please indicate on the form if you would like to volunteer, and the Alumni Office will follow up with contact lists and more information.
Please note: registration for the weekend will open after the brochure is mailed in early May 2014.
An affinity group refers to alumni with similar interests/majors regardless of graduation years. In the past, we have hosted theatre, sport, club, Greek, and Honors Program affinity groups.
What do they do at Alumni Weekend?Typically, there is some time set aside for a separate reception or gathering of all those within a particular affinity group, most likely on Saturday of Alumni Weekend. Such a gathering would involve current and, if possible, past faculty members and/or moderators with ties to that affinity group. It is a time for alumni to hear more about the program today and to discover, if applicable, ways they can get involved in some of the department or group’s initiatives.How are affinity groups chosen? What do I need to do if I want to bring back a particular affinity group?An affinity group can be identified in a number of ways. Sometimes affinity groups are identified by the Office of Alumni Relations or by the Alumni Association Board of Directors, but most often they are driven by the alumni themselves. Sometimes a faculty member is retiring or marking some significant anniversary. In 2002, for example, more than 100 alumni who had participated in theatre at Saint Francis came to Alumni Weekend to celebrate Kenny Resinski’s 40th anniversary as a professor here. Sometimes alumni will come forward and ask if they can organize an affinity group reunion, such as the All-Greek reunion we had in 2005. Sometimes an academic program or club is celebrating a significant milestone or anniversary. 2008 marked the 20th anniversary of the first graduates from our Honors Program so all Honors graduates were invited back. Past affinity groups have included Greeks, Honors Program alumni, and various sports teams. Affinity groups are welcome to have reunions at whatever frequency they prefer, but most opt for every five years.Any alumnus/a who would like to organize an affinity reunion should contact Anita Baumann, director of alumni relations, at 814-472-3015. To organize a successful affinity reunion, the organizer needs to be willing to make calls and send emails inviting alumni to attend the affinity reunion and encouraging them to call their friends. If the affinity group is identified by March, information can be included in the Alumni Weekend brochure that is mailed to all alumni in late April or early May.What is needed for a successful Affinity Group Reunion?1) It helps to identify current and retired faculty as well as organizational moderators who would be willing to attend the affinity group reception.2) It helps to have alumni from different decades who might be willing to call/e-mail alumni about attending – this can be done via an email to all alumni from that major, or can be done more selectively if faculty already know of alumni willing to help.How many affinity groups do you want each year?Ideally, no more than three in some combination of academic, club, Greek, and sport Affinity Groups.
Christian Hall is always highly sought after by alumni attending Alumni Weekend. Christian Hall includes private baths and air-conditioning in each room. Single rooms have one twin bed; double rooms have two twin beds. Each room is outfitted with pillows, sheets, blankets, and small towels. Alumni should bring soap, cups, and an alarm clock, and may also wish to bring their own pillows and larger towels for bathing. Complimentary coffee and tea will be served in the dorm on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday mornings for overnight guests; there will be no continental breakfasts this year. You may bring sleeping bags for children so they can "camp out" in your room at no extra charge.
Pricing for Christian Hall has not yet been set.
Space is always very limited in this dorm, and that is likely to be even more the case this year. As always, our 50th anniversary graduates are guaranteed housing in Christian Hall; these alumni reserve their rooms in advance through a special registration form that is mailed to them.
After our 50th anniversary graduates, registration next opens for all alumni who have already celebrated their 50th anniversary (graduates from 1963 and earlier) the opportunity to reserve a room in Christian Hall before the dorm is opened to other alumni. The Alumni Association Board of Directors made this change in 2008 to accommodate the health and accessibility needs of our oldest attendees.
To ensure a smooth reservation process, there will be two reservation days for Christian Hall in June. These dates have not yet been set. The first day will be for those alumni who graduated in 1963 or earlier. If there are any rooms left in Christian Hall after these alumni have reserved their rooms, then a second reservation day will be available for all other alumni.
1) Christian Hall requires a two-night mandatory stay.
2) Your Christian Hall reservation is NON-REFUNDABLE and must be paid in full by credit card at the time of registration.
3) You must be a current member of the Alumni Association, or you must join when you reserve your room.
4) Only one room per alumni family can be reserved in Christian Hall.
5) You cannot make reservations for other families.
1) There will be two reservation days, that will be announced later. Phones will open at 9:00 am EST on each day.
2) If Christian Hall fills up on the first day, there will be an announcement on the Alumni Weekend webpage.
3) The only way alumni can register for Christian Hall will be by calling 814-472-3015.
4) If you receive a busy signal when you call, keep trying. If the phone keeps ringing, do not hang up. We will be manning the phones all day.
5) Reservations for Christian Hall will not be accepted before the reservation dates. People sending in reservations for Christian Hall before the date will be notified that their registrations have not been accepted.
6) As soon as Christian Hall fills up, we will put a notice online and on our voice mail stating this is the case.
7) Those who do not get into Christian will be placed on a waiting list but will be assigned to another dorm as well.
Here are some of the most commonly asked questions about alumni weekend. If you don't find the answer you were looking for please contact: Anita Fusco Baumann '90, Director of Alumni Relations at email@example.com or 814-472-3015.
Easily our most popular question: we have tried to answer all the questions about Christian Hall in one place. See the Christian Hall Reservation Policy.
The Alumni Relations Office can help you with that. For detailed information about affinity group reunions, see the Frequently Asked Questions: Affinity Groups document.
Absolutely! We know that many alumni like to hang out and reconnect with friends, and we encourage alumni to bring tents, lawn chairs, tables, and anything else they need to be comfortable during the weekend. Since furniture cannot be removed from the dorms, we recommend that alumni bring lawn chairs and beach towels if they want to hang out near the dorm.
All events held on campus are catered by Parkhurst Food Service, which also manages Torvian Dining Hall.
There never really has been a strict dress code for the dinner/dance. Historically, alumni have tended to dress up: suit or sport coat/slacks with tie for men; skirt, dress, or nice pantsuit for women. However, for those who prefer something less formal, business casual attire is certainly appropriate: slacks/sport coat with or without a tie for men; and casual dress/skirt or slacks for women.
The number of alumni attending the dinner determines where it is held, though we work hard to keep the dinner and dance in JFK, which is air-conditioned. When are numbers are high, we offer the option of patio seating, and many alumni opt to eat on the patio rather than inside the lounge. Whenever the dinner is held at Stokes, we receive numerous complaints from alumni about the heat, so we make all efforts to keep the dinner at JFK, and alumni seem to appreciate the decision.
We strive to keep the dinner and awards program at JFK because the lounge is an attractive, air-conditioned setting for the event. However, with the lounge set-up for dinner, there really is no place for dancing upstairs. Therefore, we opt to use the existing dance floor and light set up at Frankies in the lower level of JFK, along with a self-service bar in the tent adjacent to Frankies.
In keeping with its budget for the weekend, the Alumni Association is able to offer a complimentary open bar during the cocktail reception, wine service during dinner, and a self-serve beer and wine hospitality bar after dinner. Currently the Association does not have a license to sell liquor, so a cash bar would present a problem.
If we had them, we'd happily let you use them. However, neither the Alumni Association nor the Office of Alumni Relations can afford to purchase and store fans for 300 rooms. We always encourage attendees to bring fans for the dorm room, as it can get hot in July.
The Alumni Association does not schedule any official Alumni Weekend events at the same time as the Alumni Memorial Mass, Cocktail Reception, and Dinner/Dance on Saturday evening. However, there are times when various affinity groups may elect to host their own activities off-campus at the same time.
It is not logistically possible for our Food Service to cater more than two events during lunch on Saturday. Right now, they handle our Celebration Lunch for our 50th anniversary attendees and the golfers' lunch at Immergrun. The Office of Alumni Relations would be happy to provide classes that would like to go off-site for a special lunch with information about local restaurants with group facilities.
We recommend that you bring the following:
All dorm rooms are supplied with the following:
In addition to the above items, Christian Hall rooms also include the following:
You also may want to bring these items:
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