Sept. 9: Grandparents Mass was held at Xavier with hundreds in attendance as the gym was filled. There was a reception in the dining hall after Mass.
Sept. 14: The Xavier Alumni Golf Classic was held at Portland Golf Course; net proceeds that go to financial aid for students are about $57,000.
Sept. 26: The Ad Drive began. The “Students Helping Students” ad book is a special student project that provides financial support for young men who would not otherwise be able to attend Xavier. Students sell all of the ads in the directory. Last year the ad book was the biggest in history, 160 pages, including the cover.
Sept. 21: The Football Home Opener Reception was held from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the music suite. Xavier then went out and defeated Wilbur Cross at Larry McHugh Field.
Oct. 13: The Mercy-Xavier combined 40th reunion from the Class of 1978 was held in Middletown at Falcons Grove.
Oct. 20: The Homecoming football game vs. Fairfield Prep was held at Larry McHugh Field on campus. A pregame reception was held in the music suite.
Oct. 21: An open house was held from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Nov. 23: Alumni soccer and hockey games were held.
Nov. 24: A Thanksgiving Mass was held, during which Legacy families were honored. For the past three decades, Xavier has honored legacy families at each commencement. As part of a powerful presentation, alumni fathers receive a legacy medal from their graduating sons. The medal represents the shared values between generations of Xavier men and the passing of the torch to a new group of leaders. Four families that had not been honored because the tradition had not yet been established were recognized:
Matthew Natalie '67 and son Matthew Natale '88.
Jeffrey Mefferd '68 and son Christopher Mefferd '88.
Charles Rayner '68 and son Geoffrey Rayner '89.
Steven Perruccio '69 and son Todd Perruccio '89.
Two were present Saturday.
Matt Natale, above center, gave the medal to his uncle Martin Natale, above left. Martin was standing in for his brother, Matt's late father. Steve Perruccio's son Todd, living in California, could not be present so the medal was place on Steve, above right, by Xavier Headmaster Dave Eustis.
Dec. 6: The Saint Francis Xavier/Heritage Society reception was held at the Griswold Inn from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Many alumni and wives attended at the historic inn that was decorated beautifully for the season.
Dec. 27-28: Annual Arthur Kohs Basketball tournament. Kohs was Xavier’s first basketball coach and first athletic director. The gym is named after him.
Jan. 8: Eighth grade honors dinner, 6:30 p.m.
Jan. 23: Career night, 5:30 p.m., with alumni from various vocations. Junior parents college night, 6:30 p.m.
May 9: Mercy-Xavier college fair, 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Alumni will represent their colleges and answer questions about the college experience.
May 22: Senior breakfast.
Sept. 13: Alumni Golf Classic