steer dinner and auction

History of Steer Dinner & Auction

In 1977, the Steer Dinner started with the gift of an American Royal Grand Champion Steer (named Jimmy C.), a Sister and a plan.

When Jimmy C. was donated by several area businessmen to S. Olive Louis Dallavis, then president of Avila, she needed to turn the gift into cash. The school cafeteria was moderately decorated, tables set and steaks served. Since the first dinner 42 years ago, alumni, family and friends have contributed more than $12 million in scholarship money – assuring that 98% of Avila undergraduate students receive financial assistance.

Steer Leadership

Since 1977, many alumni and community leaders have lent their time, talents and treasure to make sure the legacy of S. Olive Louise and the Steer Dinner continues to thrive. Special thanks to these past Steer chairpersons – leaders who continue to champion values-based education and other important initiatives in our community.

Past Steer Dinner Honorary Chairs

• Don and Christine Alexander
• Kathleen Andrews
• The Andrews McMeel Universal Foundation
• Carolyn Berbiglia†
• Robert and Phyliss ’80, ’81 Bernstein
• Henry and Marion† Bloch
• Bob and Olie Boyle†
• Clarkson Construction Company
• Roderick J. and Jo Anne Cyr Foundation
• Forster-Powers Charitable Trust
• S. Olive Louise Dallavis, CSJ
• Vince† and Marilee DiCarlo
• Bill Sr. and Jean ’44 Dunn
• Joe and Sue Fahey
• Forster-Powers Charitable Trust
• Dave ‘76 and Geri Frantze
• The Goppert Foundation
• Richard and Shirli Goppert
• Ken and Marilyn Hager
• Robert and Michelle Hunter
• John Latshaw†


• John and Nancy McCarthy
• Kevin and Susan McGreevy
• John and Susan McMeel
• Dorothy Meade Memorial/Dr. Benjamin Meade
• Mary Beth Meyers†
• Bob† and Carol Miller and Family
• Mike and Emmy† Morrissey
• Philomena Muntzel†
• DJ and Ann O’Hare
• Jeanne Hamilton Olofson ’92, ’94, ’11
• The Tom W. and Jeanne H. Olofson Foundation
• Paddi Browne OSullivan
• Will and Senia ’01 Shields
• Sisters of St. Joseph of Carondelet
• John J. Sullivan, Jr.†
• Rose Teicher†
• The Class of 1954 and Byron Thompson†
    in Memory of Jeanne Collins Thompson ‘54
• The Byron Thompson Family
• The Bill Waris Scholarship Fund
• Dorothy Whitfield ’55

Past Event Chairs

• Tom and Virginia ’58 Coppinger
• Becky Cotton
• Joe and Sue Fahey
• Bob and Terry ’79 Fisher
• Dave ‘76 and Geri Frantze 
• Ken and Marilyn Hager
• Linda Hanson
• Bob ’78 and Pat ’79 Hardin

• John and Nancy McCarthy
• Lauren McCarthy ’07
• Jack and Kathy ’70 Newman
• DJ and Ann O' Hare 
• Phil and Lee Ann Orscheln
• Joel and Brenda Pelofshy
• Rodd and Martha ’66 Staker
• Ana Valdez ’96
• Jim and Ruth† Willcox

† indicates deceased

The Avila Promise

  • Lower Tuition Rate
  • Tuition Protection
  • 4-Year Graduation Guarantee
  • Internship or Research Guarantee
  • up to $1,000 Travel Award


That’s the Avila Promise.

The Arts at Avila: These Shining Lives

these shining lives
February 22-25
Evening performances: 7:30 p.m. 
Sunday matinee: 2:00 p.m.
Goppert Theatre on the Bill and Jean Buchanan Stage

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University Closed Today

student scholar day

Due to weather and road conditions, Avila University will be closed on Tuesday, February 20th, 2018.

Classes and events are canceled and offices will not be open today.

Overdose: The Opioid Epidemic film screening has been rescheduled for March 6. 

AU News

Avila University is seeking comments from the public about the University in preparation for its periodic evaluation by its regional accrediting agency. The University will host a visit February 26-27, 2018 with a team representing the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). Avila University has been accredited by HLC since 1946. The team will review the institution’s ongoing ability to meet HLC’s Criteria for Accreditation.

The public is invited to submit comments regarding the University to the following address:

Public Comment on Avila University,
Higher Learning Commission,
230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411

The public may also submit comments on HLC’s website at www.hlcommission.org/comment.

Comments must address substantive matters related to the quality of the institution or its academic programs. Comments must be in writing.

All comments must be received by January 19, 2018.