University of St. Francis dedicates Sue Manner Turk Theater

The University of St. Francis recently honored a longtime friend of the university by naming a theater in her honor. The Sue Manner Turk Theater was dedicated at a private ceremony with family, friends and USF Society members.

USF named the studio theater in the Moser Performing Arts Center “after a great friend to the university and our community,” said USF President Michael J. Vinciguerra.

Mrs. Turk passed away in June. She was a longtime supporter of the university, a cherished member of the USF Society (a giving society) and a beloved guest at the university’s major fund-raiser Caritas, according to Vinciguerra. “Her love of music and the arts is well known and it is fitting that the theater, home to many of the university’s endeavors to inspire and create, is named in her honor,”
he added.

Her husband Frank Turk, Jr., and brother John Manner are also great supporters of the university
and both are long-time members of the university’s Board of Trustees. Both were present at the dedication, Mrs. Turk’s community involvement extended to many activities. She was honored posthumously with the Philanthropic Leadership Award from the South West Suburban Philanthropic Network (SWSPN).

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