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Encore! Alumni and Friends Enjoy Spring Concert

Friday, April 4, 2014

The performing arts are alive and well at St. John’s University, and nothing showcased that quite like the Annual Spring Concert. Featuring the Voices of Victory Gospel Choir, Mixed Chorus and Jazz Band, the event delighted all those in attendance – and members of the University’s premier giving societies enjoyed a special, private reception beforehand. 

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Members of The Founders Society, The Loughlin Society and The McCallen Society gathered on campus prior to the concert to mix and mingle, while listening to exclusive performances from some of St. John’s talented student musicians. 

“Events like these are great ways of keeping alumni involved in campus life,” said Wendell Cruz ’91SVC, a member of The McCallen Society. “I value and appreciate not only my education from St. John’s, but the entire experience – including student activities. Coming back and supporting the students is important to me, so I’m glad to be here.”

Frank Le Veness ’63Ed, ’64G, ’68Ph.D., a professor in St. John’s College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, enjoyed the opportunity to watch such talented students perform during the reception.

“One of the performers is actually a student from my class,” Le Veness said. “These performance groups are really a hidden gem here at St. John’s, and to see one of my own students performing makes it extra special for me.”

Additionally, Kathryn Hutchinson, Ph.D. ’92G, Vice President for Student Affairs, spoke to those in attendance about the Mixed Chorus’s trip to Rome this past New Year’s Day. Other administrators, meanwhile, provided an update on the University’s recent successes.

“None of this would be possible without you, our generous alumni and friends,” said Ed Kull ’05MBA, Acting Vice President of Institutional Advancement. “Our students’ success is your success, so we thank you for all that you do.”