Alumni and Family Weekend commenced on Friday, Oct. 2 as a chance for those at the University of Dallas to celebrate, commemorate and connect with the university and each other.
It also proved an opportunity for guests to celebrate the end of Charity Week.
This overlap was particularly exciting for some of the university’s younger guests.
“My dad paid to have my youngest brother arrested and put in jail,” junior Emily Collins said in an email. “As soon as they put him in, he just squeezed through the bars on the other end.”
Other visiting children helped students put President Thomas Keefe in jail Friday afternoon.
Friday’s celebrations also featured inflatables and a pasta dinner, both on the mall.
“The music was great and it was a fun atmosphere with all the kids running around,” Collins said.
The evening also included a Golden Crusaders Induction and Dinner at Las Colinas Country Club. Alumni of UD classes 1960-1965 were encouraged to attend in celebration of having been alumni for over 50 years.
Saturday offered a variety of activities, including university archive tours, a students-versus-alumni rugby match, and viewing hours at the observatory in the Patrick E. Haggerty Science Center.
Some families even attended Male Auction, the final event of Charity Week, Saturday night.
The 3rd Annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner was held at the Omni Dallas Hotel on Saturday evening, according to the University of Dallas Alumni Community.
The award is one of the highest honors an alumnus may receive from the university.
This year’s awardees were Dr. John Alvis, Dr. Raymund King, Nancy Cain Marcus and Michael Marz.
Alvis has been a part of the UD community for nearly 50 years both as a student and as a professor of English. He was one of the university’s first graduates.
A well-respected scholar, he has written books on a variety of subjects, including Virgil and Nathaniel Hawthorne.
Alvis earned his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees at UD.
King was a practicing surgeon before beginning a career in law, and he now specializes in healthcare, corporate and entertainment law . He received his bachelor’s degree cum laude from UD.
Marcus was appointed as a U.S. Public Delegate to the 56th session of the United Nations General Assembly and is a current faculty member at Southern Methodist University.
She holds master’s and doctoral degrees from UD.
Marz is the vice chairman of First Southwest Company and has testified before a congressional committee on municipal marketing regulation. He holds both a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from UD.
The UD Alumni Community stated that all proceeds from the awards dinner went to students, faculty and programs at the university through the Cor Fund.
Sunday brought families, alumni and current students together once more with the first annual Heritage Brunch and Pinning Reception in Haggar Cafe.
Alumni Professor of English Dr. Eileen Gregory, ‘68, and Associate Provost Dr. John Norris, ‘84, spoke about the heritage, legacy and characteristics of the university. Keefe and Director of Student Life Dore Madere also addressed attendees.
A pinning ceremony, which encouraged families and alumni alike to acknowledge each other as part of the university’s heritage, followed their presentations.