Arrupe Hosts Inaugural Alumni Reunion
On Monday, January 8, 2018 Arrupe College hosted its inaugural alumni reunion in Wintrust Commons at Arrupe. Over forty alumni returned to East Pearson Street to reconnect and share updates with classmates, faculty and staff over dinner.
Seventy-three graduates from Arrupe’s inaugural class have transferred to four-year colleges and universities in the Midwest and beyond, and several are working at local businesses, including Wintrust Bank and the City of Chicago. Some graduates who are currently working plan on continuing to work full time and starting part-time bachelor’s degree programs.
Arrupe’s Graduate Support Coordinator, Patrick Durgin, organized the event and remarked, “By having these kinds of events we hope to continue to keep the lines of communication with these alums open, share in their successes and support them in their struggles. From what I heard from alums and what faculty and staff members told me about their conversations with students, this class has been doing great in their first semester away. I'd hope that the success of this class and this event inspires more grads to come back to these events and continues to grow the Arrupe alumni network in the coming years.”
Arrupe graduate Jacky Cruz (A.A. ’17) is now enrolled at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and pursuing her bachelor’s degree in nursing. She remarked, “I really enjoyed coming back together as a family with my Arrupe graduating class. It was great to see old friends again. I most enjoyed being able to recap some of my experiences at UW-Madison. I think the video interviews were a great idea. The video interviews allowed me and my friends to express our feelings about moving away, especially out of state. I also think they served a good purpose to let other future students see that we struggled here and there, but that anything is possible if you really put your heart into it.”
Edquitta Alexander (A.A. ’17) also attended the reunion and is currently pursuing her bachelor’s degree at Silver Lake College in Manitowoc, WI. She greatly appreciated the opportunity to return to Arrupe, explaining, “I enjoyed that each professor was excited to see me and took the time out to listen to me about my experiences at Silver Lake. The environment felt the same from when I last walked through the doors of Arrupe the day before graduation. I truly miss everyone and I came back because I miss the feeling of being home.”
Mr. Durgin is already working on plans for a 2018 summer reunion for Arrupe alumni to continue to build on the success of this event.