July 03, 2007
Some Enchanted Evening
The threat of rain didn’t stop some members of the Loughlin Society
from joining Rev. Donald J.
Harrington, C.M. for an “Evening Under The Stars With the
President” on the Queens campus June 28.
Held in Marillac Terrace due to the inclement weather, the event
was a relaxed night of good food and drink held to thank the loyal
members of the giving society. Live music and spirited conversation
were on tap as those in attendance caught up with old acquaintances
and made new ones. Matt Deckinger is a friend of the University and
said the Loughlin Society enables individuals such as himself who
wish to further the Vincentian mission. “Look at what happens when
you support a place like this,” he said. “We all win. The community
wins and the students win. The students go on to become responsible
members of society and they come back to support the school in the
future. What more could we ask for?”
Gloria Henn ’64Ed, ’65GEd said she appreciates being able to
come together with those who also share her esteem of alma
mater. “I believe in giving back to St. John’s and I like to
get together with people who have the same value system,” she said.
“St. John’s was a blessing for me. It’s nice to remain connected to
something that I was so connected to when I was an undergraduate
and graduate student.”
Tarik Turner ’98C said he credits St. John’s with being crucial
to helping him become the person he is today and for that reason he
is determined to remain close to the University through various
activities including his membership in the Loughlin Society’s
Associates program. “This is an important and special group because
it’s alumni from all different year,” he reflected. “It‘s a good
way to raise money and keep the traditions of St. John’s
University President Rev. Harrington, C.M. pointed out to those
gathered that the evening did not take the place of the Loughlin
Society reception held in Manhattan in the fall, but was an
additional opportunity to thank the members for their continued
support. He briefed the crowd on the many changes that have
occurred on the Queens campus and the changes yet to come including
planned construction of new student housing and student . “We
are really very excited about all of the things that are happening
” he said. “This is all possible because of the support of you, our
alumni and friends who have not forgotten St. John’s.”
Thomas Hughes ’74SVC echoed Rev. Harrington’s excitement and
encouraged other alumni to become a part of the Loughlin Society.
“I love to come back to St. John’s whenever I can,” he said.
“The Loughlin Society is great and does a lot for the University.
If you can you should contribute to [St. John’s] through the
Loughlin Society because it’s a great school.”
Members of the Loughlin Society celebrate the legacy of John
Loughlin, the first Bishop of Brooklyn who called upon the
Vincentians to establish a Catholic college to provide a quality
education for the children of immigrants, by contributing a
leadership gift of $1,000 or more toward any University fund.
Founded in 1990, the society also includes the Loughlin Associates
program which is open to alumni within one to four years of
graduation who contribute $150 or more, those within five to seven
years of graduation who contribute $300 or more and those within
eight to nine years of graduation who contribute $600 or more. The
Loughlin Society Patrons program recognizes outstanding donors who
are also St. John's University employees. The program has three
tiers: employees within one to four years of date of hire who
contribute $150 or more annually; those within five to seven years
who contribute $300 or more annually; and those within eight to
nine years who contribute $600-$999 annually.