SLU grand reunion in Vegas
Have you tried reminiscing your good old college days? It will definitely be more wonderful and exciting, however, if you have others to remember them with. That would be fun with classmates, batch mates, professors, friends, acquaintances and the barkada.
Louisians will experience this thrill again during the upcoming SLU Salaan Grand Reunion on Oct. 1 at the Arizona Room of the Gold Coast Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The reunion, originally set in 2020, has been postponed twice because of the Covid-19.
The event is expected to be attended by 400 participants from all over the world.
The steering committee, composed of previous organizers of the bi-annual reunion of Louisian graduates and in partnership with some members of the SLU Boys High School batch ‘68, is optimistic after a long hiatus, the reunion will be the grandest of all reunions of Louisian alumni residing overseas.
Attending Louisian alumni will be treated to a brief welcome and program, acknowledgements to sponsors, frontliners, former SLU faculty and admin staff, to the silver and golden jubilarians, buffet dinner, raffle draws, looped video shows of SLU’s history and past reunions in Las Vegas, and of course, dancing with music from a professional DJ. A golf competition for sports enthusiasts will also be held earlier in the day.
The following day will be a time for thanksgiving and praise. The Rock Mass popularized in SLU starting in 1973 will be celebrated.
SLU was founded by Belgian missionaries of the Congregation of the Immaculate Heart of Mary or CICM in 1911.Their dedication and sacrifices initiated and sustained the evangelization and educational development of the people in northern Philippines.
Fr. Seraphin Devesse built the first Catholic church in 1911 and beside it he also constructed a room which became the St. Louis Mission School where basic catechesis and the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic were taught initially to a small group of 10 boys. Fr. Devesse is known as the founder of Saint Louis University.
In 1952, Saint Louis College was founded by Msgr. William Brasseur and Fr. Rafael Desmedt. In May 1953, SLC received its university charter making it the first private university in northern Philippines to hold that distinction.
For the past 111 years, SLU metamorphosed into a world-renowned Catholic higher education institution, cradled in four campuses, namely, the Bonifacio main campus, Gonzaga campus, the Navy Base campus, and the Maryheights campus.
SLU produces thousands of skilled and capable graduates annually who possess high quality education and Christian values, and who now are carving prestigious careers and professions worldwide. – Nito Meneses