Panel Discussions a Highlight of First-Ever Alumni Reunion Weekend
From June 3 to 5, St. Francis College (SFC) held its inaugural reunion weekend for alumni. More than 150 Terriers representing the classes of 1962 through 2022 attended one of the last events to be held at the College’s 180 Remsen Street campus, where it has been based since 1963.
The festivities kicked off on Friday evening with a family-friendly block party on Remsen Street that was very much in the spirit and tradition of Terrier Tuesday. Alumni, some with their children in tow, enjoyed reconnecting and reminiscing about their college years over light bites and refreshments.
Saturday morning featured three back-to-back panel discussions in which alumni from various fields shared their career experiences with audience members and offered advice. The sessions were as follows:
- Alumni in Public Service - Peter King ’65, former U.S. Representative; Justina Rivera ’07, General Counsel, New York City Comptroller’s Office; Wayne Williams ’02, Senior Policy Advisor to U.S. Representative Hakeem Jeffries; and Alfonso Lopez ’06, Chief of Staff, New York City Mayor’s Office of City Legislative Affairs
Moderator: Jennifer Gilroy-Ruiz ’89, Chief, Family Court Division, New York City Law Department
- Alumni Authors - Rebecca Levy ’84, author of Motherhood, Medicine, and Me and Womb With a View; John Infortunio ’95, author of Destroyed by the Events of the Day; Jaymee Veney ’15, author of Coming of Age…Whatever That Means and Do the Work: Let’s Heal; and Michael V. Pregot ’69, author of Sea Captains of Cape Cod and Successful School Staffing Strategies
Moderator: Theo Gangi, SFC Faculty Member
- Alumni in Entrepreneurship - Elizabeth Peralta ’15, Co-Founder and Vice-President of Impact, Feed Forward; and Carlos Barrera ’16, Co-Founder and Executive Director, OneCare Health
Moderator: Bora Dimitrov ’16, Director of Alumni Affairs and Annual Fund at SFC
Panelists discussed their career path and the sources of inspiration for the work they do. All credited St. Francis College for preparing them well for professional life and beyond, giving high marks to the faculty and staff for encouraging them to “dream big,” “think deeply” and “stay curious” while also instilling in them the “Franciscan spirit to do good always” and “be of service to your community and to others.” At the end of each panel discussion, audience members were invited to ask questions.
Saturday afternoon allowed time for tours of SFC’s future home. Located at 179 Livingston Street in Downtown Brooklyn, the custom-built, state-of-the-art facility is set to open this summer. In the evening, everyone gathered in the ballroom of the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott for a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing into the night. The weekend concluded on Sunday morning with a Mass, celebrated in the SFC Chapel, followed by a farewell brunch in the Gorman Dining Hall.