Legacy Lunch Celebrates Tradition of SLU Education
While the 2014 Homecoming and Family Weekend is not until September, Saint Louis University recently welcomed more than 200 alumni and family members to campus Aug. 21 for the Legacy Lunch.
The event, held each year as part of Fall Welcome, celebrates incoming students who are the children, grandchildren or siblings of alumni.
University President Fred Pestello, Ph.D., said that the large number of legacy students is a mark of their families' confidence in SLU's faith-based education.
"To encourage your sons and daughters, grandsons and granddaughters to continue the fine tradition of Jesuit education at Saint Louis University," Pestello said. "I look forward to getting to know this institution with all of you who are joining us for the first time and to sharing in its many joys with those of you returning to this campus."
Paul Stark, S.J., vice president for Mission and Ministry, delivered the invocation.
"As we begin this new academic year, with new things and with new people, in new places, let's remember Ignatius and his call to find God in all things we do, in all people we meet, and in each other," Stark said.
Meg Connolly, associate vice president for Alumni Relations and a SLU alumnae, spoke to luncheon attendees about the importance of legacies to the University.
"Growing up, my parents didn't push SLU on me and my brothers, or constantly talk about the good old days at Grand and Lindell," Connolly said. "The best advertisement for the power of a Saint Louis University education was simply the way they lived their lives. The choices they made and the changes they made — big and small — in the world around them."
The oldest alumni at the event was Dick Landgraf, a 1949 graduate who later went on to graduate from the University's dental school in 1953. He attended the event with his grandchildren and current students, Gretchen and Stephanie Landgraf, and John Nogalski.
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