Celebrate the Sounds of the Season with USF at Christmas at the Motherhouse

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis’ Music & Performing Arts Department presents Christmas at the Motherhouse: “One Child – A Centennial Concert of Premieres” at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7 in St. Joseph Chapel in the Motherhouse on the main USF campus in Joliet (520 Plainfield Road). Join USF at it begins the celebration of its centennial with a concert of premieres. USF’s own Claritas Master Chorale, Schola Cantorum, and Swinging Saints will join forces to sing about the birth of Jesus, one child, a moment that changed the world. The concert will include new versions of familiar pieces and will feature premieres of “One Child” and Dr. Robert Kase’s “Dance in the Light,” a work written especially for this concert celebration.

Tickets cost $10 per adult and $7 for seniors (65+), alumni and non-USF students. USF students & staff with ID are admitted free of charge. To reserve your tickets, please visit stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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Lifetime USF Friend and Supporter Dorothy “Dottie” Brown Passes Away

Joliet, Ill. – It is with great sadness that the University of St. Francis (USF) shares the news that Dorothy “Dottie” Brown, lifetime friend and supporter of USF, passed away peacefully in her home on Monday, Nov. 11, 2019. Dottie is now reunited with her husband, LaVerne “Bitz” Brown, in eternal life. Bitz passed away on Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013.

Dottie will be remembered for her perpetual smile, her humble heart, and her lifelong service to the community. She will be greatly missed.

Services for Dottie will be held on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019, at the site of her baptism, St. John’s Catholic Church, which is located at 404 N. Hickory Street in Joliet. Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. to 10:45 a.m., followed by a Burial Mass at 11 a.m.

Interment will follow at Resurrection Cemetery in Romeoville. 

In recognition of her longtime support of the USF, campus flags will be flown at half-staff on Friday, Nov. 15, 2019.

Over the course of many years, the Browns have created a lasting legacy at USF. Their ongoing, generous support for and love of the University can be seen across its main campus in Joliet. In 2011, the University’s library was renamed the LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Library, and in 2018, and the LaVerne & Dorothy Brown Science Hall opened. The Browns have and will continue to positively impact the lives of current and future generations of USF students.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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USF Featured in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) is one of the nation’s most environmentally responsible colleges, according to The Princeton Review®.

The education services company features USF in its just-published free resource, The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges: 2019 Edition. Released on October 22, the guide can be accessed at princetonreview.com/green-guide.

“The University of St. Francis is pleased to be included in the Princeton Review’s 2019 Guide to Green Colleges. This marks the first time that USF has been included in this listing, which serves as a nice reflection of our efforts to increase sustainability projects and awareness on our campuses,” said Janine Hicks, USF Sustainability Coordinator.

USF has organized formal sustainability efforts for close to 20 years. These efforts have resulted in the installation of water filling stations in campus buildings, the organization of recycling programs, the implementation of energy efficient lighting in various areas of campus, the creation of beehives and monarch butterfly sanctuaries, and elimination of general plastic straw usage. Last year, USF earned a grant from the Illinois American Water Environmental Grant Program to purchase rain barrels and soaker hoses for its community garden. This year, students are being given water timers as a reminder to limit water use when showering, which supports the City of Joliet as it continues to investigate options for its future water supply. To keep up with USF’s latest sustainability efforts, follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/StFrancisSustainability.

“We salute—and strongly recommend—the University of St. Francis to the many environmentally-minded students who want to study and live at a green college,” said Rob Franek, The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief.

Franek noted that college applicants and their parents are increasingly concerned about the environment and sustainability issues. Among the 11,900 teens and parents The Princeton Review surveyed earlier this year for its 2019 College Hopes & Worries Survey, 64% said that having information about a college’s commitment to the environment would influence their decision to apply to or attend the school.” The full survey report is downloadable at princetonreview.com/college-hopes-worries.

The Princeton Review chose the 413 schools it profiles in the guide based on a survey the company conducted in 2018–19 of administrators at hundreds of four-year colleges about their institutions’ commitments to the environment and sustainability. The school profiles in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges provide information about admission requirements, cost and financial aid, and student body demographics. They also include “Green Facts” about the schools, with details on such matters as the availability of transportation alternatives at the schools and the percentage of the school food budgets spent on local/organic food.

The Princeton Review first published its annual guide to green colleges in 2010. The company is also known for its dozens of categories of college rankings in its annual books, The Best 385 Colleges and Best Value Colleges.

How Schools Were Chosen for the Guide

The Princeton Review chose the schools based on Green Rating scores the company tallied (on a scale of 60 to 99) for 689 colleges in summer 2019 using data from its 2018–19 survey of administrators at the colleges. The survey asked administrators to report on their schools’ sustainability-related policies, practices, and programs. More than 25 data points were analyzed for the Green Rating score. Colleges with Green Rating scores of 80 or higher made it into this guide. The Green Rating scores appear in the profiles of the schools on princetonreview.com and in the 2020 editions of The Princeton Review books, The Complete Book of Colleges and The Best 385 Colleges (published in summer 2019). More information about The Princeton Review’s Green Rating methodology and its Green Honor Roll (a list of schools that received the highest possible rating score, 99) is at princetonreview.com/green-guide.

How the Guide’s Top 50 Green Colleges Ranking List Was Tallied

The Princeton Review tallied this ranking list based on data from its institutional survey of administrators at the colleges for its Green Rating and its surveys of students attending the colleges. Ten data points from the institutional survey were factored into the assessment. Data from the student survey included student ratings of three factors: the influence of sustainability issues on their education and life on campus; administration and student support for environmental awareness and conservation efforts; and the visibility and impact of student environmental groups.

About The Princeton Review

The Princeton Review is a leading tutoring, test prep, and college admission services company. Every year, it helps millions of college- and graduate school–bound students achieve their education and career goals through online and in-person courses delivered by a network of more than 4,000 teachers and tutors, online resources, and its more than 150 print and digital books published by Penguin Random House. Its Tutor.com brand is the largest online tutoring service in the U.S. It comprises a community of thousands of tutors who have delivered more than 17.5 million one-to-one tutoring sessions. The Princeton Review is headquartered in New York, NY. The Princeton Review is not affiliated with Princeton University. For more information, visit PrincetonReview.com. Follow the company on Twitter @ThePrincetonRev and Instagram @theprincetonreview.

About USF

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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Sue Krueger ’04, ’06, ’16

A special Saint Spotlight in honor of National Radiologic Tech Week

Sue Krueger '04, '06, '16 - National Radiologic Tech Week postAlumna Sue Krueger ’04, ’06, ’16 started her career in health care as a radiation therapist in 1991, which she enjoyed for 10 years before venturing into the management arena. As part of that journey, Sue went back to school to earn her bachelor’s degree in Business Health Arts and graduated from the University of St. Francis in 2004. 

With her love of learning she went on to become director of several diverse departments, including oncology, cardiology, and neurology. She also obtained her Master of Health Administration (2006) and Master of Business Administration (2016), both from the University of St. Francis.  

Today, Sue proudly works as the oncology service line director at Porter Regional Hospital in Valparaiso, Indiana, as well as an adjunct instructor for USF’s Radiation Therapy program. She loves the people she works with and the communities they serve.

Sue’s advice for students and prospects: “Doing what you love doesn’t mean it’ll be easy. The hard work put into something you enjoy makes you appreciate it even more.  Cherish the challenges as well as the successes, and learn from the journey.”

Spirit of Christmas Programming on WCSF-FM 88.7 Starts Thanksgiving Day

Joliet, Ill. – Starting at 12 noon on Thanksgiving Day (Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019) and running through January 2, 2020, University of St. Francis (USF) radio station WCSF-FM 88.7 switches over from its regular programming to the Spirit of Christmas, a 24-hour, commercial-free, season-long holiday format.

Spirit of Christmas features a variety-filled rotation of over 4,000 songs, including multiple versions of holiday classics, like “White Christmas”. One special program that airs nightly at 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. during Spirit of Christmas is the classic 1937 radio series, The Cinnamon Bear, which tells the story of Judy and Jimmy Barton and their adventure to an enchanted world alongside Cinnamon Bear, a stuffed bear with button eyes and a green ribbon around his neck, to recover the missing silver star from their Christmas tree.

Established in 1993 by Bob Zak, Spirit of Christmas was ahead of its time because season-long broadcasts of holiday music were not yet airing.

“At the end of the fall semester, the radio station would shut down for a few weeks because students were finished with their coursework for that semester,” said current Spirit of Christmas Director of Programming Don Burke. “Bob wanted to experiment with a holiday format that ran from December 1st through December 26th and that continuously played a variety of Christmas songs. Within two days of the original launch, the station’s phones were constantly receiving calls about how much people loved the station and to make song requests.”

You can tune in to FM 88.7 to listen to the Spirit of Christmas on your radio in the Joliet area, or you can livestream it at stfrancis.edu/spirit.

Area businesses are also invited to promoting themselves through special sponsorship opportunities that air during Spirit of Christmas programming. Sponsorships start at $250. For more information about sponsorships, please call 815-740-3610.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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Speaker and Sexual Assault Survivor Tim Mousseau to Share Story on Nov. 18

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) Criminal and Social Justice Department and Office of Institutional Diversity welcome guest speaker Tim Mousseau to campus for a special presentation of “Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation” at 6 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 18. in San Damiano Hall (located inside the USF Welcome Center/Motherhouse at 420 Plainfield Road in Joliet). This is a free event and is open to the public.

“Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation” tells the story of Mousseau’s experience as a victim of sexual assault. In this keynote, Tim leads a deep and vulnerable conversation on the delicate topic of sexual assault drawing from his experiences and countless interactions with others in support groups. Why is an underlying culture of shame implicit, and how can it be stopped? Tim will help your communities understand the background information needed to facilitate healthy conversations on sexual assault, resources to assist in the survivor recovery process, and how the power of our personal and community stories can be utilized in prevention. Students will leave feeling prepared to create a culture of compassion while realistically facing an issue prevalent on campuses across the country.

Visit campuspeak.com/speaker/tim-mousseau for more information on Mousseau and his “Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation” presentation.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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