Alumni and Family Weekend draws more than 900 back to campus

Alumni and Family Weekend draws more than 900 back to campus

It was a gorgeous fall weekend for showing Stag Pride, as more than 900 parents, families, and alumni came to campus for a variety of activities and events showcasing Fairfield last fall.

Families sampled delicacies from local restaurants and vendors at the Taste of Connecticut and Stagfest, and enjoyed author meet-andgreets and story hours at the Fairfield University Bookstore downtown.

Alumni had plenty of opportunities to connect, from a young alumni reception at The Seagrape to a wellattended alumni career panel, “Successfully Managing Your Career.” Former student leaders also met with current students for a special networking reception.

More than 100 parents had breakfast with University President Jeffrey P. von Arx, S.J., who later led “Renewing the Tradition, Embracing Change,” a panel conversation with Dean of Students Karen Donoghue ’03 and Vice President of Student Affairs Tom Pellegrino ’90.

Members of the classes of 1953 and 1958 celebrated their 55th and 60th reunions and enjoyed a special luncheon with Fr. von Arx.

Athletics events were held throughout the weekend, including the Men’s Basketball Red-White Scrimmage, Women’s Basketball Alumnae Game, and volleyball and soccer match-ups. Friends of Fairfield Basketball sponsored the official dedication of the state-of-the-art basketball locker rooms to Mark Beckwith, who supported the project.

Later in the evening, just before Men’s Soccer faced off against Rider University, Lessing Field was officially rededicated with a new entryway. Steve Lessing ’76 and his family were in attendance.

On Sunday, University Chaplain Rev. Charles Allen, S.J., celebrated a Mass in memory of Carmen Donnarumma, a beloved founding faculty member and honorary alumnus who passed away last year. The Glee Club performed their traditional concert in the afternoon, followed by the Alpha Sigma Nu induction ceremony. A total of 51 students and four honorary members were received into the prestigious Jesuit Honor Society.