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2018-10-19 17:00:00 2018-10-21 14:00:00 America/New_York Fairfield University Alumni & Family Weekend Alumni & Family Weekend is a Fairfield tradition that offers a variety of fun activities and special events for students, alumni and families alike for one weekend every fall. Fairfield University Fairfield University Office of Student Engagement alumnifamweekend@fairfield.edu

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Each fall, students, families, and alumni gather at Fairfield University for Alumni & Family Weekend. The weekend is a Fairfield tradition that offers a variety of fun activities and special events for students, alumni and families alike for one weekend every fall. This year, from October 19-21, there will be variety of events for students, alumni and families to enjoy.

Fairfield has pulled together a unique schedule that offers alumni the chance to network and reconnect, current student's time to share their experiences with their parents, and for everyone to gather to celebrate Fairfield's proud past and our amazing future.

Come see for yourself. Reconnect. Enjoy. Network. Experience Fairfield traditions and the campus transformations. Don't miss this year's Alumni & Family Weekend!

Tickets

Tickets for the events below will be available starting in July 2018. Continue to check back for more information regarding availability and pricing!

Schedule at a Glance

2018 Alumni & Family Weekend Schedule
Schedule is subject to changes. Please check back for updates!

 

Friday, October 19, 2018

EVENT
TIME
LOCATION
EVENT:
Alumni & Family Weekend Check-In & Voucher Pick Up
Check in and pick up your StagFest tickets, Sunday meal tickets, and weekend schedules!
TIME:
6 – 8 p.m.
LOCATION:
John A. Barone Campus Center, Information Desk
EVENT:
Paint Night
Are you creative? Love to paint or want to try something new? We provide the blank canvases, paint, guiding instructions and all the beer and wine you’ll need to leave campus with your very own painting! It’s everything a great night should be—friends, family, drinks, and laughter!
*Tickets Required - $5*
TIME:
7:30 – 10 p.m.
LOCATION:
Faber Hall Dining Commons
EVENT:
Comedy Hypnotist Jim Spinnato
Come be thoroughly entertained by one of the funniest and most requested comedy stage hypnotists, regularly featured at Mohegan Sun Casino. His combination of comedy, hypnosis, and audience participation will keep your entire family laughing all night!
*Free Tickets Required*
TIME:
8 – 9:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
Gonzaga Auditorium
EVENT:
Movie Screening
Take part in the ultimate movie experience as you lounge in our on-campus movie theatre and munch on popcorn and candy!
TIME:
10 p.m.
LOCATION:
Gonzaga Auditorium

Saturday, October 20, 2018

EVENT
TIME
LOCATION
EVENT:
Alumni & Family Weekend Check-In & Voucher Pick Up
Check in and pick up your StagFest tickets, Sunday meal tickets, and weekend schedules!
TIME:
9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
LOCATION:
John A. Barone Campus Center, Information Desk
EVENT:
President’s Welcome Breakfast
*Invitation Only*
TIME:
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
LOCATION:
Bellarmine Hall
EVENT:
Person of Color Alumni Reception & Panel
The Office of Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs would like to invite all students and alumni of color to meet, network and gain insight on life after college through knowledge and personal anecdotes shared from our recent alumni. This event is sponsored in collaboration with Academic Career Development Center & Alumni Relations.>
TIME:
9 a.m. – 11 a.m.
LOCATION:
Kanarek Center for Palliative Care Nursing Education – Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies, Room 103
EVENT:
Catholic Studies Panel: Living Theology
TIME:
9:30 a.m. – 11 a.m.
LOCATION:
Kelley Center Presentation Room
EVENT:
Fairfield Legacy Association Mimosa Reception
The Office of Alumni Relations invites Fairfield University legacy families for a special reception. Over 15% of Fairfield alumni are legacy family members and nearly 600 current undergraduate students have parents, grandparents, or siblings who are fellow Stags. Come meet and mingle with Fairfield alumni and current students who have family ties to Fairfield University and celebrate being a part of this great Stag family!
*Invitation Only*
TIME:
10 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION:
Brennan Room, Alumni House
EVENT:
Coffee & Conversations with Deans & Faculty
Get to know the administrators within your students’ academic schools while you enjoy a fresh cup of coffee and autumn-inspired breakfast treats.
  • College of Arts & Sciences
  • Charles F. Dolan School of Business
  • Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies
  • School of Engineering
TIME:
10 – 11 a.m.
LOCATION:
Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreational Complex, Field House
EVENT:
White Coat Ceremony
Special congratulations to our sophomore nursing students who will be formally inducted into the start of their clinical experience.
TIME:
10 – 11 a.m.
LOCATION:
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
EVENT:
President’s Address
Help us officially kick of Alumni & Family Weekend with an official welcome from our 9th President of Fairfield University, Mark R. Nemec, PhD, in addition to Director of Athletics, Paul Schlickmann among other administrators.
TIME:
11 – 11:30 a.m.
LOCATION:
Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreational Complex, Field House
EVENT:
The Future of Fairfield + Campus Tour
What is Fairfield expected to look like in the next five years? The next ten years? What new buildings will be coming to campus? What changes are being made? In this session, you will learn the answers to these and other questions followed by a tour around campus to see these updates in person! Hosted by David Frassinelli, associate vice president of Facilities Management.
TIME:
11:45 a.m. – 1 p.m.
LOCATION:
Kelley Center Presentation Room
EVENT:
Fairfield University Art Museum Open House
The Fairfield University Art Museum galleries bring original works of art to the Fairfield University community, the residents of Fairfield County, and beyond. The small but choice permanent collection features European and American paintings, drawings, and prints, as well as a group of Asian, African and Pre-Columbian objects. The museum also enjoys a significant number of long-term loans from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology.
TIME:
Noon – 4 p.m.
LOCATION:
Bellarmine Hall & Walsh Gallery in the Quick Center for the Arts
EVENT:
StagFest
Food Trucks, Wine + Beer Garden, Lil' Stags Zone (petting zoo, inflatables, crafts), Stags Pep Rally, Live Band Entertainment by “The Adults” and the JTB Heart Walk!
*Tickets Required - Various Prices*
TIME:
Noon – 4 p.m.
LOCATION:
Rafferty Stadium Parking Lot
Rain Location: Barone Campus Center
EVENT:
Sigma Theta Tau Mu Chi Induction
The Fairfield University Chapter of Mu Chi will celebrate the induction of senior nursing students who have demonstrated excellence in scholarship and/or exceptional achievement in nursing. All nursing alumni, parents, families, and students are welcome to attend the ceremony.
TIME:
1:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
Kanarek Center for Palliative Care Nursing Education - Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing & Health Studies, Room 103
EVENT:
Stags Pep Rally
Join members of our varsity athletic teams, coaches, and administrators as we officially kick of the 2018-2019 athletic season! Special performances by our cheer and dance teams and University Pep Band with remarks by our 9th President, Dr. Mark R. Nemec.
TIME:
3 – 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
Rafferty Stadium, Parking Lot
Rain Location: Alumni Hall
EVENT:
JTB Heart Walk
Join members of the JTB Heart Club on a leisurely two-mile walk around campus and learn about sudden cardiac arrest information, prevention, and response.

The foundation is named in honor of John Taylor Babbitt, the son of Fairfield grad, David Babbit '79, who died at age 16 when his heart stopped while playing basketball at his church gym. The club's mission is focused on three sudden cardiac arrest awareness goals: Advocacy, Education and Defibrillator Deployment. All funds raised will be used to support the Fairfield University community and the JTB Heart Club's efforts to raise awareness and save lives, especially within our young adult community.
*Tickets Required - $5*
TIME:
3:30 - 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
Rafferty Stadium Parking Lot
Rain Location: John A. Barone Campus Center Lower Level
EVENT:
Parents on the Point
Class of 2019 is invited to bring their families together for free beer, cider, food and live music!
TIME:
5 p.m.
LOCATION:
Lantern Point
EVENT:
Friends of Fairfield Rugby 55th Anniversary Cocktail Hour
*Invitation Only*
TIME:
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
The Levee, On-Campus Pub
EVENT:
Alumni & Family Weekend Mass Celebration
Join the Fairfield University community as we celebrate an Alumni & Family Weekend liturgy presided by Rev. Charles H. Allen, S.J., University Chaplain and Special Assistant to the President.
TIME:
5 - 6 p.m.
LOCATION:
Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola
EVENT:
Dinner in Town
TIME:
5 – 7 p.m.
LOCATION:
EVENT:
Friends of Fairfield Rugby 55th Anniversary Dinner Party
Learn more about Friends of Fairfield Rugby here.

Friends of Fairfield Rugby members are invited to celebrate our 55th anniversary with a formal dinner including special guest speakers, inductees to the Fairfield Rugby Hall of Honor and updates on plans to build Fairfield’s very own clubhouse at Grauert Field.

*Invitation Only & Tickets Required*
TIME:
6:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
John A. Barone Campus Center, Oak Room & Dogwood Room
EVENT:
Family Night
Gather together with current students, families, and alumni for a fun night of music, food, and live band entertainment by the Sin Sister’s Band! This CT shoreline band, featuring three female vocalists has been together for 25+ years and is sure to have you dancing all night! Additionally, enjoy appetizers, desserts, cash bar and activities for the kids, such as a photo booth with Lucas, sand art and more!
*Free Tickets Required*
TIME:
7 – 10 p.m.
LOCATION:
Leslie C. Quick, Jr. Recreational Complex, Field House
EVENT:
Movie Screening
Take part in the ultimate movie experience as you lounge in our on-campus movie theatre and munch on popcorn and candy!
TIME:
10 p.m.
LOCATION:
Gonzaga Auditorium

Sunday, October 21, 2018

EVENT
TIME
LOCATION
EVENT:
Sunday Brunch
Family, friends, and alumni are invited to experience a luxurious breakfast in the newly renovated Tully Dining Commons. Take part in an authentic Fairfield University dining experience, as you get the opportunity eat where our students eat.
*Tickets Required*
TIME:
7:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.
LOCATION:
John A. Barone Campus Center, Tully Dining Commons
EVENT:
Java with the Jesuits
As a modern Catholic Jesuit University, we pride ourselves on our unique Jesuit presence around campus. Here's your chance to mix and mingle with our residential Jesuits and learn what they're all about. Coffee will be available.
TIME:
10 – 11 a.m.
LOCATION:
Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola, Patio
Rain Location: Pedro Arrupe S.J. Campus Ministry McGrath Commons
EVENT:
Alumni & Family Weekend Mass Celebration
Join us as we celebrate an Alumni & Family Weekend liturgy presided by Rev. Charles H. Allen, S.J., University Chaplain and Special Assistant to the President.
TIME:
11 a.m. - Noon
LOCATION:
Egan Chapel of St. Ignatius of Loyola
EVENT:
Student Led Library
Explore the nooks and crannies of the library while accompanied by one of our upperclassmen.
TIME:
11 a.m. - Noon
LOCATION:
DiMenna -Nyselius Library Lobby
EVENT:
Glee Club Concert
Carole Ann Maxwell, D.S.M., will direct the Glee Club as they kick off their 72nd Season of Music. This is an annual event that you definitely don't want to miss!
*Tickets Required*
TIME:
12:30 p.m. - 2 p.m.
LOCATION:
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts
EVENT:
Alpha Sigma Nu Induction Ceremony & Reception
The Fairfield University chapter of Alpha Sigma Nu will celebrate the induction of seniors and graduate students, who have been chosen for their excellent academic record, service to others, and commitment to Jesuit ideals. All alumni, parents, families, and students are welcome to attend this ceremony.
TIME:
3 - 4:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts

Athletic Schedule at a Glance

There will be a number of athletic events taking place throughout the weekend. These are still being scheduled and will be updated within the below schedule periodically.

 

Friday, October 19, 2018

EVENT
TIME
LOCATION
EVENT:
Field Hockey vs. Monmouth
TIME:
4 p.m.
LOCATION:
University Field

Saturday, October 20, 2018

EVENT
TIME
LOCATION
EVENT:
Women's Basketball Open Practice
TIME:
10 a.m.
LOCATION:
Walsh Athletic Center
EVENT:
Friends of Fairfield Rugby Homecoming Rugby Fest & 55th Anniversary Party
This year’s Rugby Fest kicks off with the Fairfield Red Rugger Alumni Game featuring President Dr. Mark Nemec.
TIME:
Noon - 1 p.m.
LOCATION:
Lt. Hans Grauert Field
EVENT:
Women’s Volleyball vs. Rider
TIME:
1 p.m.
LOCATION:
George Bisacca Court, Alumni Hall
EVENT:
Friends of Fairfield Rugby Homecoming Rugby Fest
Fairfield Red Ruggers Men’s 1st XV D1A Match
TIME:
1:30 - 3 p.m.
LOCATION:
Lt. Hans Grauert Field
EVENT:
Stags Pep Rally
Join members of our varsity athletic teams, coaches, and administrators as we officially kick of the 2018-2019 athletic season! Special performances by our cheer and dance teams and University Pep Band with remarks by our 9th President, Dr. Mark R. Nemec.
TIME:
3 - 3:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
Rafferty Stadium, Parking Lot
Rain Location: Alumni Hall
EVENT:
Friends of Fairfield Rugby Homecoming Rugby Fest
Fairfield Red Ruggers Men’s 2nd XV D1A Match
TIME:
3:15 - 4:45 p.m.
LOCATION:
Lt. Hans Grauert Field
EVENT:
Men's Basketball Red/White Scrimmage 
TIME:
4 - 5 p.m.
LOCATION:
George Bisacca Court, Alumni Hall
EVENT:
Friends of Fairfield Rugby 55th Anniversary Cocktail Hour
*Invitation Only*
TIME:
5:30 - 6:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
The Levee, On-Campus Pub
EVENT:
Friends of Fairfield Rugby 55th Anniversary Dinner Party Learn more about Friends of Fairfield Rugby here.
Friends of Fairfield Rugby members are invited to celebrate our 55th anniversary with a formal dinner including special guest speakers, inductees to the Fairfield Rugby Hall of Honor and updates on plans to build Fairfield’s very own clubhouse at Grauert Field.
*Invitation Only & Tickets Required*
TIME:
6:30 p.m.
LOCATION:
John A. Barone Campus Center, Oak Room & Dogwood Room
EVENT:
Men's Soccer vs. Quinnipiac
*Tickets Required*
TIME:
7 - 9 p.m.
LOCATION:
Lessing Field

Sunday, October 21, 2018

EVENT
TIME
LOCATION
EVENT:
Women's Volleyball vs. Saint Peter's
TIME:
1 p.m.
LOCATION:
George Bisacca Court, Alumni Hall

Plan Your Visit

Lodging in or around the Fairfield University area? Exclusive hotel blocks have been reserved at the following establishments for your convenience. When making your reservation, please mention the block name listed below to receive the Alumni & Family Weekend rate. Check out these local hotels.

Westport Inn (7 minutes from campus)

1595 Post Road East
Westport, CT 06880
(203) 557-8124

 

Holiday Inn (10 minutes from campus)

1070 Main Street
Bridgeport, CT 06604
(203) 334-1234
Group Code: CXA

 

Best Western Plus (5 minutes from campus)

100 Kings Hwy Cutoff
Fairfield, CT 06824
Reserve by: September 21, 2018
(203) 659-2200

Call for reservations!

 

The Circle Inn (5 minutes from campus)

417 Post Road
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 255-0491
Mention University Parent’s Weekend Two-Day Package
*Prices will increase as the weekend gets closer.

 

Hotel Hi-Ho (7 minutes from Campus)

4180 Black Rock Turnpike
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 259-5264
Mention University Parent’s Weekend Two-Day Package
*Prices will increase as the weekend gets closer.

  

The Inn at Fairfield Beach (8 minutes from campus)

1160 Reef Rd
Fairfield, CT 06824
(203) 255-6808

Call for reservations!

Residence Inn (13 minutes from campus)

1001 Bridgeport Avenue
Shelton, CT 06484
(203) 926-9000
129 USD  - 159 USD  per night
Reserve by: September 19, 2018

 

Hampton Inn (17 minutes from campus)

695 Bridgeport, Avenue
Shelton, CT 06484
(203) 225-9202
Group Code: AFW
Reserve by: September 19, 2018

 

Trumbull Marriott (20 minutes from campus)

180 Hawley Lane
Trumbull, CT 06611
(203) 378-1400
Standard Rooms - $125/night
Mention Fairfield University Alumni & Family Room Block
Reserve by: September 28, 2018

 

Homewood Suites (20 minutes from campus)

6905 Main Street
Stratford, CT 06614
2 Night Stay Required
(203) 377-3322
Reserve by: September 18, 2018

 
 

Contact Us

For any questions about the weekend, contact Colleen Wilson, assistant director of Student Engagement at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2081 or email alumnifamweekend@fairfield.edu

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