Founders' Day

2018 Events Recap

3rd Annual Founders’ Day a Nationwide Success
During the month of April, JCU Alumni Chapters hosted events celebrating the University’s founding in 1886. In total, 13 cities across the nation participated in the 3rd Annual Founders’ Day celebration, engaging over 275 alumni and guests. This marks the most number of cities, engaged alumni and total number of events (16) for a JCU Founders’ Day Celebration. A few highlights include:

  • William O’Rourke Jr. ’70, JCU Board of Directors members, and retired executive of ALCOA, served as our featured speaker at the Pittsburgh event.
  • We launched two new chapters (Erie, PA and Charlotte, NC) as a result of Founders’ Day.
  • 25 members of our Gold Streak affinity came back to campus for a luncheon featuring Dr. Edward Peck, VP for University Mission and Identity who discussed lay leadership at JCU.
  • Two chapters hosted service events New York City and Rochester, NY.
  • Social gatherings were held in Buffalo, Chicago, Cincinnati, Dayton, Detroit, Nashville and Youngstown.
  • Jeanne Colleran Ph.D. ’76, interim president, and Rev. Martin Connell, S.J., spoke at the Cleveland Alumni Chapter Founders’ Day at the new production facility for Market Garden Brewery in Ohio City.
  • A campus celebration featured a festive lunch for students, faculty and staff as well as raffles and decorations across campus.
  •  The Terminal Tower was once again ablaze with Blue and Gold, honoring the 132 anniversary of JCU’s founding.

To view photos from the 3rd Annual Founders’ Day, click here.