October 28, 2013
Nothing says autumn quite like kicking back with old friends and
enjoying some brews and brats. And at St. John’s first-ever
Oktoberfest, held on the Great Lawn, alumni and friends came back
to campus to do just that, as they celebrated the season in
Guests mingled underneath a massive heated tent, enjoying
bratwurst, knockwurst and other authentic German dishes. A local
Queens, NY brewery – SingleCut Beersmiths –
provided a fantastic beer-tasting selection, as Bavarian dancers
dazzled the audience with traditional folk music and dancing.
I walked out to the Great Lawn, the memories came flooding back,”
said Mike Birnbaum ’10C, ’11G. Birnbaum spent the majority of the
evening catching up with friends.
“It’s great to just kick back and relax on campus, without
having to worry about exams and studying like we used to,” he
explained. “And, of course, the German twist is pretty
The University’s new brand
identity was on full display throughout the event, with
banners, plates and even souvenir beer mugs and wine glasses all
prominently displaying the updated St. John’s logo. Alumni and
friends seemed enthusiastic about the new brand and were excited
for what the future has in store for St. John’s.
“I think, first and foremost, we’re all in agreement that moving
back to ‘SJU’ is a great move,” said Meredith Leverich ’11C, ’12G.
“And if this event is any indication, it’s going to be a fun and
fantastic year ahead for the University. I’m glad to be a part of
Prior to Oktoberfest, many of the guests attended Mass at St.
Thomas More Church, followed by a reception in which they met St.
John’s new President,
Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, C.M. Alumni enjoyed learning more
about him and hearing his vision for St. John’s.
was definitely impressed,” said Thomas Riddle ’08TCB, who came all
the way from Maryland for the Oktoberfest celebration. “This whole
event seemed like a great reason to come back to campus, since I
haven’t been back in a while. Now, after meeting Fr. Levesque, I’m
really happy with the direction our University is headed.”
As the Oktoberfest celebration came to a close, guests noted how
great it was to relive their student days.
“To be honest, I haven’t been back on campus even once since I
graduated,” said Stephen Pinto ’09C, ’10G. “I almost forgot how
much fun it was to be here. There’s nothing better than grabbing a
few beers and enjoying a true German celebration, and without a
doubt, I hope I’ll be back here soon for more events like