November 03, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008 sixteen brothers of the Gamma Gamma
Chapter of Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity and their wives reminisced and
shared memories at a fraternity reunion held on the Queens campus
of St. John’s University. Joining them were Alumni Chaplain
Rev. Kevin G. Creagh, C.M. '91SVC, '04PD and Director of Alumni
Relations William G. Schaeffer '73CBA and Jeanne M. Umland '79C,
'82G, '93PD, Associate Vice President of the Division of
After attending Sunday Mass in St. Thomas More Church, the
brothers and their wives enjoyed a campus tour during which many
expressed their amazement at the changes that had taken place since
their student days. For many, this was their first time
returning to campus in many years, and they marveled at the
enhancements such as the magnificent church, Taffner Field House,
Belson Stadium, Jack Kaiser Stadium and the extensive on-campus
residence facilities such as the Rev. John B. Murray House and the
Founders Village townhouses. They were also impressed by the
ongoing renovations in and around Carnesecca Arena as well as the
construction of the new University Center/Academic Center with its
breathtaking view of the Manhattan skyline.
"Without a doubt, the highlight of my 44 year hiatus was St.
Thomas More Church" remarked Matthew Casamassima '64C. "The
University now has a tangible symbol of its purpose. St.
John’s demonstration of its choice to create beauty and educated
souls tells a wonderful story to anyone who cares to see."
The day concluded with a cocktail reception and dinner in the
Faculty Dining Room.
“The members of the Gamma Gamma Chapter years '59 - '65 and
their wives thoroughly enjoyed the guided tour and presentations by
Father Creagh and Bill Schaeffer” noted Mr. Casamassima. “It
was an unforgettable experience.”
The brothers hope to return to campus for additional events
throughout the coming year, and encourage everyone in their
fraternity to make plans to come together for Reunion Celebration
Weekend 2009, to be held May 29-31, 2009 on the Queens campus.