Familiar Faces!

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Recently I was flooded by a number of fond memories about my time here at USF.  They remind me of proverb of French origin that was used by the French novelist Alphonse Karr (1808-90).

"The more it changes, the more it's the same thing", is usually translated as "the more things change, the more they stay the same," (Les Guêpes, January 1849).

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of meeting with alumni from the Journalism/Communications, Mass Communication and Communication & Media Arts programs.

In the same week on different days former WCSF Radio manager Kevin O’Keefe (class of ‘81) and former USF-TV club president Joe Roberts (class of ‘91) both dropped by the office just to say hello.  They didn’t stay long but they both brightened my work week.  To think that they went out of their way to drop by my office to have a brief chat was considerate and they brought back a wealth of happy memories.

A week or two later, at the Grand Re-opening of the newly renovated WCSF Radio Station, many former students, their spouses and children came back to attend the event along with current students, friends and faculty.   Unfortunately, I couldn’t remember all of their names and in some cases recognize their faces, but once I learned who they were, I was overwhelmed again with many great remembrances. 

Oh how time flies! Yes, some things and even people never seem to change.  We reminisced about the pictures that were posted on the fourth floor hallway bulletin board and those that appeared in a slideshow.  We even took a look at some old photos that I found in a department folder that Rita Travis former Journalism/Communications department chair, advisor to The Encounter newspaper and faculty member, gave to me years ago. 

The few hours that were spent with alumni went quickly, but the feelings lasted for days.  Alums told stories about their careers, families and the “good old days” at CSF/USF.  I found these anecdotes delightful and revealing about how much their time at the University of St. Francis meant to them.  A lot of the conversations were devoted to laughter and sharing stories about fellow students, faculty, media club activities and various courses, especially Media Law and Regulation.  Sharing our thoughts about The Encounter, WCSF Radio and the USF-TV club was time well spent.  We relived the activities of the campus media including news stories, media award banquets, fundraisers, dances, concerts, conference trips, volleyball and kite flying contests. 

I won’t mention the names of all of the alums who came back to celebrate the Grand Re-opening of WCSF Radio, but I will acknowledge that some precious stories were told by Lisa O’Brien (class of ‘91), Pat Graziano (class of ‘91), Kathleen Fitzgerald (class of ‘83),  and Al Zemanski (class of ‘80), and Kevin Miller (class of ‘79).

USF has meant a lot to me over the last thirty eight years (ouch)!  And, I know that the College/University of St. Francis means a great deal to our alumni.  Please know that all of my former students are more than welcome to drop by my office to share memories and get a tour of our excellent facilities in the Communication and Media Arts department.  Please keep in touch and may God bless all of you and your families.

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