Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement

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Plan now to join us for these upcoming Marian University events. See you there!

Family Weekend

  • Friday, September 29 through Sunday, October 1

Campus Trick-or-Treat

  • Thursday, October 26

Homecoming Weekend 

  • Friday, October 27 through Sunday, October 29
    Join us for all the festivities, including class reunions for 2s and 7s, an all-alumni reception, the Knights taking on Sienna Heights in football, and more!


  • Friday, November 10
    JW Marriott, downtown Indianapolis

Alumni Basketball Game

Join us Saturday, February 18 for the 11th annual Marian University Alumni Basketball Game. Registration begins at 9 a.m., the women's alumni game begins at 9:30 a.m., and the men's alumni game begins at 11 a.m. At noon, there will be an all-alumni players reception. There will also be free-throw and three-point competitions between games with separate awards for men and women!

We encourage you to make a day of it by staying on campus as both Marian University teams take on Goshen College—Coach Katie Gearlds' women's team at 1 p.m. and the men's team at 3:30 p.m—and basketball alumni will be introduced at half time.

Register to play in an alumni game and/or purchase tickets for the all alumni players reception by emailing alumni@marian.edu. The $25 fee includes participation in an alumni game (if desired), the luncheon, and one basketball ticket for the afternoon.

Collegiate Career Expo

NEW Collegiate_Career_Expo_Logo_FinalThe College Career Center Consortium of Indiana will host a Collegiate Career Expo on Thursday, February 23. The event will take place in Indianapolis at the Marriott Downtown, 350 West Maryland Street from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

—  If you're a student, alumni, or a recruiter, visit http://www.cccc-in.org/ for more information. 
—  If you have questions, contact Jenny Morris, director of career development, at jmorris@marian.edu.

Spring Play Antigone with Special Alumni Reception

Support the Department of Theatre and its talented students by attending Antigone, this spring's play. Join us for a special alumni reception prior to the show on Saturday, February 25 (curtain at 7:30 p.m.) by stopping by the Upper Lobby at 6 p.m. for light refreshments.

For more information about Antigone which runs from Friday, February 25, through Sunday, February 27, visit the Theatre Department website. You can buy tickets online or at the Box Office.        

All Call for Volunteers :: Networking Knights

On Wednesday, March 22, there will be a Networking Knights hosted at The Exchange.

— Contact Cathy Siler, director of alumni and parent engagement, at csiler@marian.edu if you are interested in participating as a volunteer.

Homecoming 2016 Photos

Thanks to all who participated in Homecoming/Reunion Weekend 2016!  Information regarding Homecoming/Reunion Weekend 2017 will be coming soon, so stay tuned.

View Homecoming 2016 pictures on Flickr

Upcoming Alumni Events

Alumni News

Successful Kick Off for Year of the Alumni

by Amber Ferrari | Jul 24, 2014

Last weekend officially kicked off the Year of the Alumni. Events happened Thursday through Saturday to officially begin this special year.

“Just about every time I come back to campus in recent years, I see or learn of some new amazing thing going on at Marian University that re-ignites my pride,” said Patti Cavanaugh ‘76, Marian University Alumni Association president.

Chanel Reeder, assistant director of alumni relations, annual giving, said, “The kick-off events for the Year of the Alumni were a huge success!  It was wonderful to see so many alumni from across the generations come together to celebrate friendships, memories, and Marian University. The energy of the alumni at the events was contagious!”

Thirty alumni gathered for Thirsty Thursday at Front Page Sports Bar and Grill. Prizes were given away, food was served, and conversation was quick as alumni exchanged stories about their alma mater. It was a great way to start the fun-filled weekend.

On Friday, Marian University alumni headed out to Conner Prairie for Symphony on the Prairie. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra hosted “College and Alumni Night” and Marian University had the largest collective group of alumni at the event with an outstanding total of 90 Knights attending. Staff, faculty, and alumni joined with their families to listen to radio tunes from the 60s, 70s, and 80s. Sister Norma’s birthday added some extra flare to the festivities as cupcakes were served, and a special announcement made from the stage wishing her a happy birthday.

Tea on the Terrace, previously known as the Women of Marian Luncheon, was held in the Michael A.  Evans Center for Health Sciences on Saturday, July 19. More than 60 alumnae joined together for a light lunch, tea, and mimosas on the Evans Center terrace. Tours of the building followed.

Cavanaugh said, “My favorite part of the tea was seeing and hearing the reactions of Marian women who participated in the after-lunch -tour of the Evans Center for the very first time. If I heard one woman say ‘I want to go back to school,’ I heard a dozen or more express that sentiment while touring the building and facility.” 

Karen McNulty ’12, assistant director of alumni relations said, “I enjoyed seeing all of the alumni come together in fun and unique ways with each of the events. The weekend was a great way to get the Year of the Alumni started.”

The Office of Alumni Relations has carried their excitement over from the weekend and are planning many more exciting events for Year of the Alumni.

“Our Kick-Off weekend was a huge success.  We saw faces and families at our events that have not been back to campus or a part of Marian University since graduation.  This is exactly what this year is about—celebrating and engaging!” said Nichole Ellis, director of alumni and donor relations.

Now that we have kicked-off Year of the Alumni, we remind our alumni that the fun does not stop here! There will be plenty more opportunities to gather, remember, and give.

Next up, we have the Grand Slam Summer Baseball Series, where Marian University alumni, faculty, and staff will gather in Chicago, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis for four baseball games. We will also continue to have Thirsty Thursdays each third Thursday of the month.

“I hope other alumni will venture back this year, particularly during football season and during Homecoming weekend October 17-19. I have already made a pledge to myself that I will find a way to attend more games this year, and encourage my classmates and college friends to do the same,” said Cavanaugh.

Make sure to check out the Flickr photos from Year of the Alumni kick-off weekend!

For more information and for a complete list of events, visit our website.

Marian University Alumni can also be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and our Mobile App, available on iTunes and Google Play

For More Information

Contact Cathy Siler in the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at alumni@marian.edu or 317.955.6241.

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