February 24, 2010
On Thursday, February 18, 2010 recent graduates and friends of
St. John's University gathered at Tonic East for Mardi Gras
Madness, the most recent event in the popular Young Alumni Happy
Hour series. The trendy East Side setting was particularly
appropriate, since it was the site of the first such gathering in
Guests enjoyed a Mardi Gras themed celebration on a private
floor complete with decorations reminiscent of the traditional
festivities long associated with the Big Easy, including an
extensive variety of beads and other Mardi Gras style giveaways.
Many attendees who have enjoyed similar events in the past were
joined by a number of alumni participating for the first
"This was a great event and I really appreciate everyone coming
out," said Salvatore J. Sama '03TCB, '05MBA. "I owe St. John's a
lot. The University really helped me get to where I am in my
career; and the school and alumni have been very supportive.
Networking at events like this is very important and we're
expecting to bring out more of the people we graduated with next
"As an SRM graduate, St. John's has been a great asset," agreed
Justin Mark '04TCB. "Being able to get together with other alumni
at events like this has been a really wonderful experience."
Douglas '05C, Assistant Director, Student and Young Alumni
Engagement, Office of Alumni Relations was pleased with the way the
Young Alumni Happy Hours have become increasingly popular since
their inception less than a year ago. "These events are a fun
way to bring together recent graduates with their friends and alma
mater," she said. "Each month's gathering is a new experience in a
new atmosphere. I'm looking forward to next month's Spring Mixer at
Rosie O'Grady's, which marks the one-year anniversary of this
The Spring Mixer will be held on Thursday, March 25, 2010 at Rosie
O'Grady's Saloon in the Theatre District of Manhattan.