Save These Dates! — Cougar Classic, USF Day at the Zoo, Homecoming

The University of Saint Francis has some wonderful events lined up for you this year. First is the Cougar Classic, followed by USF Day at the Zoo and of course, Homecoming Weekend. Here are all the details:

Cougar Classic 2013

The second annual Cougar Classic takes place Friday, August 2 at Bridgewater Golf Club in Auburn, Ind. Co-hosted by Keith Busse and NFL star Jason Fabini, the event provides the opportunity for supporters of USF Athletics to play 18 holes of golf, enjoy fun and fellowship, and help the university’s student athletes excel.

The Cougar Classic includes an 8:30 a.m. registration and 10:30 a.m. tee-off, with breakfast and lunch provided, as well as entry to the awards reception, which features heavy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails. The VIP reception will be held the evening before the golf outing — Thursday, August 1 — at Fabini’s home.

Co-founder and chairman of Steel Dynamics Inc., Busse is also a USF alumnus, trustee and namesake for the university’s Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership. Fabini, a Fort Wayne native, played for 11 years in the National Football League for the New York Jets, Dallas Cowboys and Washington Redskins. Today, he is employed with Merrill Lynch and engages in charity work. For more information about the Cougar Classic visit the athletic website.

USF Day at the Zoo

The 10th annual USF Day at the Zoo is happening Saturday, Sept. 14. It’s a fun-filled event the whole family will enjoy, so make plans now to attend.

Zoo hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the cost is $10.50 for adults, $8 for seniors (age 60 and over) and $6 for children ages 2 to 14. Children under 2 are admitted at no charge. The ticket price includes one complimentary ride on one of the following: train ride, sky safari ride, carousel or river ride.

The USF lunch and activities will be located on the lawn area of Foellinger Theater. A complimentary lunch will be served from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (sandwich, chips, fruit, drink and cookie), and activities will be held during the same time period.

Tickets must be obtained through the University of Saint Francis and cannot be purchased at the zoo.

Homecoming Weekend 2013

On Friday, Oct. 11, the Alumni Awards and Athletic Hall of Fame Celebration will take place at the North Campus gymnasium and auditorium. The program begins at 7 p.m.

Some of the Homecoming festivities on Saturday, Oct. 12 include: Classes without Quizzes, the Cougar Spirit Run/Walk, alumni athletic games, the History of Nursing display tour, Brookside tour, Simulation Lab demonstration, 50th Year Anniversary of Cougar Athletics dinner under the tent for alumni athletes, and the Alumni tent during the USF Cougars’ football game at 7 p.m.

As part of the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the university’s sponsor, the Sisters of St. Francis of Perpetual Adoration, the university will host a special Regional Mass on Sunday, Oct. 13, at 2 p.m., to which everyone is invited. Bishop Rhoades will be the celebrant for this Mass, which will be followed by a reception.