The USJ Alumni Association is an active organization with the mission of helping alumni and their parents keep close ties with their alma mater. USJ Alumni are always welcome back to campus. For questions about alumni events, contact Cathy Garrett, Director of Alumni Relations, at or call 731-664-0812.

Keep us updated on the important events in your life, including a change in your mailing address or e-mail, by emailing Cathy Garrett at

September 29, 2017
Alumni and senior families tailgate starting at 5:30 p.m.
Walk of Champions at 6:30 p.m.
Football game at 7 p.m.

Holiday Mart
November 17-19, 2017
Carl Perkins Civic Center
Alumni and former parents: Please provide your email address to receive an invitation for tickets to the Preview Party and the Jingle Belle Mingle, as well as for general admission. Email to provide your information.

Young Alumni Brunch
Thursday, December 14, 2017
10:30 a.m. to noon
Mary Frances Campbell Upper School Library
Gather with faculty and classmates from 2013-2017. Email

Bid & Boogie
Saturday, January 20, 2018
Join your friends for this fundraising event with dinner and live music, plus live and silent auctions. For more information, contact Cathy Garrett at

Basketball Homecoming
Friday, February 2, 2018
Alumni and senior family hospitality room will be available in the cafeteria starting at 6:30 p.m.

Alumni Parent Luncheon
Friday, April 20, 2018 | 11:30 a.m.

USJ Weekend
April 20-21, 2018

Graduation 2018
Saturday, May 12, 2018

Upcoming Reunions
Check out the website for updates to our reunion page as details are finalized for this year:

Staffing Changes for 2017-18

We are pleased to announce Cathy Garrett’s acceptance of the Director of Alumni Relations position. Cathy already serves as the Assistant Director of Development for the school.

“The fusion of the two positions seemed like a natural progression as we continue to engage our alumni families in the development of USJ,” says Mr. Hirstein. Cathy is the parent of two USJ alums, Anna and Alex. Her husband Charlie is a past chairman of the board of trustees.

Melissa Zerfoss, who previously handled alumni relations, will continue her roles as Assistant to the Head of School and Director of Summer Programs. Dana Simmons, seventh grade English teacher, will add Assistant Director of Summer Programs to her duties. These changes will allow staff to best meet the growing needs of these departments.

We encourage all alumni to make sure we have your most recent mailing and email addresses. We also ask that you share your latest news. Contact Cathy Garrett at to update us.

Recent Alumni Events

Basketall Homecoming 2017

The Bruins and Lady Bruins basketball teams wrapped up another successful Homecoming Week at the end of January. The week’s festivities included basketball tournaments throughout the week, with each class selecting four boys and four girls to make up their teams. During lunch, the seniors played the sophomores and the juniors played the freshmen. The winner of each game played each other, with the winner of that game challenging the faculty team. Faculty won!

The Bid & Boogie

The music of Dr. Zarr’s Amazing Funk Monster brought everyone to their feet at The Bid & Boogie on Saturday, January 28 at The STAR Center. The evening featured live and silent auctions.

Guests enjoyed a cocktail buffet by Coyote Blues and Rock’n Dough and lighting decor from TB Lighting. Forty West Designs’ Whitney Overton provided the lounge seating.

“I would like to thank all of our auction donors, our corporate and table sponsors, and everyone who joined us for a fabulous night to benefit USJ,” said Cathy Garrett, assistant director of development.

The Bid & Boogie was sponsored in part by West Tennessee ENT Clinic P.A./Dr. and Mrs. Karl Studtmann. All proceeds benefited the University School of Jackson.