Open House for Adult Students Set for October 23

Joliet, Ill. – Are you a college student who is thinking about transferring from a community college, coming from military service, completing your degree as an adult learner, or earning a master’s or doctoral degree? If so, the University of St. Francis (USF) invites you to attend its Transfer, Adult Degree Completion and Graduate Student Open House on Wednesday, Oct. 23, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in San Damiano Hall, which is on the third floor of the USF Motherhouse located at 520 Plainfield Road in Joliet.

“USF recently reduced its tuition for online undergraduate programs by 30% and has a number of new graduate certificates that can add to your current credentials and be applied toward a graduate degree,” said Sandra Sloka, USF Director of Graduate/Degree Completion Admissions. “Spring Semester begins in January, so there’s still plenty of time to apply and register for classes.”

Attendees are not required to bring anything with them to this event but are invited to bring a copy of their academic transcripts, if available.

Visit https://www.stfrancis.edu/openhouse to reserve a seat for the event or call 800-735-7500 for more information.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 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.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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USF Competing for Title of National Outdoor Champion

Joliet, Ill. – Hiking. Kayaking. Backpacking. Bicycling. Even bird-watching. These are just a few of the activities that the students and employees at the University of St. Francis (USF) have been participating in since September 16 as they compete to win the 5th annual AORE Campus Challenge.

Hosted by the Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE), a nonprofit committed to reconnecting individuals with the outdoors, the annual AORE Campus Challenge aims to get students from more than 90 universities off the couch and into the outdoors. To participate, students simply download the Campus Challenge app, join their university’s team, and then log their outdoor activities during the Challenge to score points. Prizes for winners include national titles, free outdoor gear, and most importantly, bragging rights.

With a team led by USF Assistant Professor in the Department of Recreation and Sport Management, Jerome Gabriel, Ed.D., students have their eyes on the top prize: the title of National Outdoor Champion. In 2017 USF finished the competition as the #1 school in the Midwest and #2 in the Nation. This year’s AORE Campus Challenge, which is sponsored by nationally by Osprey, and locally by DNA Active Lifestyle Outfitters, Paint Pursuit Games, Expedition USA Outfitters, and IPRA, concludes on October 13.

“This challenge gives USF an opportunity to engage with the outdoors across the spectrum.  Students, faculty, staff, and administrators are all involved in the success that we are seeing.  It is not a coincidence that we are currently ranked first nationally.  We have an amazing campus that in excited about seeing how we can compete against the bigger school,” said Gabriel.

In addition to the National Outdoor Champion award, there are more than 30 other individual and regional awards up for grabs. The top winners will receive outdoor gear compliments of AORE and Osprey. Each sponsor will also host a weekly challenge, giving students even more opportunities to score free outdoor gear.

“I love the challenge because it encourages myself and others to become more active in the outdoors.  The challenge enriches life here at USF because it allows students to meet and interact with people they might have never met before,” said USF senior Caeley Grady.

About AORE

The Association of Outdoor Recreation and Education (AORE) is the premier organization dedicated to serving the needs of recreation and education professionals in non-profit settings. Through AORE, members have a mechanism to interact with and affect decisions made by public land managers and the human powered outdoor recreation industry. AORE is committed to promoting ecologically sound stewardship of the natural environment and serves as a collective voice for its members regarding topics of regional and national concern.

To learn more about the AORE Campus Challenge, visit aorecampuschallenge.org and AORE.org.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 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.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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WCSF Mega Music Rummage Sale Set for Saturday, October 19

Joliet, Ill. – WCSF-FM 88.7, the radio station of the University of St. Francis, will host their fifth annual Mega Music Rummage Sale on Saturday, Oct. 19, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. The sale will take place at the University of St. Francis’ St. Clare Campus (Guardian Angel Home/Assembly Hall) – which is located at 1550 Plainfield Road in Joliet, Ill.

Donated LPs, compact discs, cassettes, sheet music, music books, musical instruments, stereo equipment and more music related items will be available for sale.

For months, students have been organizing and cataloging the treasures for the sale. Admission to the event during its scheduled time is free of charge. Early bird admission at 8 a.m. is a $10 donation. Prices for items begin at 25 cents. All proceeds will be used to upgrade the nonprofit radio station facilities and equipment. 

WCSF-FM 88.7 is well known in the greater Joliet area as the home of the popular “Spirit of Christmas” programming each year from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day. The rest of the year, WCSF-FM 88.7 plays a great mix of new, alternative, independent and local music, programmed and operated by University of St. Francis students. To contact WCSF-FM 88.7, call 815-740-3697.

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.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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High School Juniors and Seniors Invited to Discover USF Day

Joliet, Ill. – Are you a high school student who wants to know what sets the University of St. Francis (USF) apart from other colleges and universities? Visit open house st. francis

Plan a visit to USF as part of its Discover USF Day on Monday, Oct. 14 to find out!

High school students, and their families, are invited to learn firsthand what makes the USF college experience different—including welcoming students and teachers, distinguished academic programs that prepare students for passion-filled careers, a welcoming student body and an expanding campus.

During your visit, you can learn about admissions opportunities, ask questions during a student panel, take a student-led campus tour, and enjoy an interactive presentation entitled, “A Day in the Life of a USF Student”.

Two Discover USF Day sessions are scheduled for Monday, Oct. 14 (one at 10 a.m. and another at 2 p.m.). Visit stfrancis.edu/visit for more information and to RSVP.

USF will host a second Discover USF Day on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 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.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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Delta Mu Delta Chapter at USF Earns Star Chapter Award for Fourth Time

Joliet, Ill. – International business honor society Delta Mu Delta (DMD) has awarded its University of St. Francis chapter, Delta Kappa, its Star Chapter Award.  This is the fourth time the USF chapter has earned the award (previous years included 2009, 2011 and 2016). The award is given to a select few universities out of over 200 chapters from across the world who exceed DMD standards for managing the chapter and its activities.

“The Star Chapter Award is a nice acknowledgement for all of our hard work,” said Amanda Dore, USF Visiting Professor of Accounting. “We are also celebrating the individual successes of our students.  This year, Morayma Barron and Jordyn Day were awarded scholarships from Delta Mu Delta. That is really a wonderful accomplishment.”

The scholarship awards were for $1,000 and $500, respectively.

Delta Mu Delta is an international honor society that recognizes academic excellence in Baccalaureate, Master’s, and Doctorate degree business administration programs within the Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP)-accredited schools.  It is rare to be multiple winners of the award putting USF in the top 10% of DMD universities and 2% of ACBSP business programs worldwide.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 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.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

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First Group of Noyce STEM Education Scholars Chosen at USF

Joliet, Ill. – In June 2018, the University of St. Francis (USF) shared news that it had been awarded the Robert Noyce Educator Scholarship grant through the National Science Foundation. USF is now using the grant, worth close to $1 million, to help recruit, prepare, place, and mentor excellent STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) educators in high needs schools in Joliet and the surrounding communities. In celebration of Bobbi Cummings, Seth Diaz, Ashley Hatz, Lissett Leija, Lizbeth Perez – USF’s first group Noyce STEM Educator Scholarship recipients – the University recently held a special Noyce STEM Education Scholars signing event.

“We are so excited to be working with this talented group of scholars and putting them on the path to be excellent STEM educators in schools where they are needed most,” said Lisa White-McNulty, Ph.D., USF Professor of Education and Noyce STEM Educator Program Director.

The Noyce STEM Educator Program provides scholarships for qualifying students who major in Biology or Mathematics with Secondary Licensure at USF. Scholarships are awarded for recipients’ junior and senior years and the one-year Master of Education with Secondary Licensure program. Noyce Scholarship recipients are required to teach in a high needs school for four (4) years after graduation. Scholars are selected based on qualities that indicate their potential to become exemplary teachers.

The Three-Year Noyce STEM Educator Scholarship provides: tuition and fees up to $12,000 per year of unmet need, as determined by FAFSA; opportunities for STEM teaching and research experience, with a stipend of up to $2000 for at least one summer; funding for conference travel in the senior year; advising support for academic and professional success; and mentoring for new teachers for their first two years.

Visit stfrancis.edu/noyce/ for more information on USF’s Noyce STEM Educator Scholarship.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 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.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

(Photo caption – The University of St. Francis’ first group of Noyce STEM Educator Scholars include: (left to right) Bobbi Cummings, Ashley Hatz, Seth Diaz, Lissett Leija, and Lizbeth Perez.)

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