Call Out for “Women You Should Know”

Joliet, Ill. – The Women’s History Month Committee at USF seeks to highlight women in our community “you should know.”  From students to alumni, from community members to university community members, we want to hear about them!  Who are some women we should know?

Our committee will review submissions for inclusion in our short, virtual program of “Women You Should Know” to be held in March, with a date to be determined. Nominators will be contacted to confirm inclusion in the program.

Please complete the nomination form here, and submit a 1-3 minute video (.mp4, 100MB limit). Your video can be a voice-over recording of a picture of your honoree, an interview with your honoree, or some other creative way to present what we need to know about her.

If you have any questions about the submissions, the event, or have trouble with completing the form, please contact Joanna Kourtidis at jkourtidis@stfrancis.edu.

Submission Deadline: 2/14/2021

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Caritas Auction Offers Clinic with WNBA’s Quigley and Vandersloot

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) is celebrating its 64th Caritas Scholarship Ball virtually on Saturday, January 30, 2021. Each year, the Caritas Committee solicits unique, outstanding live and silent auction items from community members. This year is no different with many opportunities to support student scholarships!

One auction item for the event is extremely unique and has strong ties to the Joliet area and to USF. What is the item? More importantly, how much is “bigger thinking” and a “brighter purpose” worth to you?

WNBA Chicago Sky stars Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot, along with members of the University of St. Francis women’s basketball team, will host a clinic at USF’s Pat Sullivan Center in the summer of 2021. The clinic will be designed to meet the needs of the attendees. Because the number of participants for the clinic can be as many as 30, you are invited and encouraged to go in with a group of friends on any bid.

What if you love this auction item, but don’t have anyone that can use it?  Consider donating it to your favorite Joliet-area non-profit agency!

So how can you bid on this unique experience? Bidding, which is open to the public, will open Monday, January 25 and close on Saturday, January 30 at 3 p.m. Because this item is being auctioned through a closed bidding process, please email your bid to Regina Block at rblock@stfrancis.edu. She will confirm receipt of your bid. The winner will be announced during the Caritas program on the evening of January 30. All proceeds will directly support USF scholarships. With all the uncertainty that this year has brought, there is one thing that USF students know they can count on, and that is your support.

For more information on this program, email rblock@stfrancis.edu.

About Allie Quigley and Courtney Vandersloot

USF holds a special meaning for Allie and the Quigley family. Allie’s father, Pat, and her mother, Chris, are both inductees of the athletic department’s Hall of Fame.  The basketball floor at USF is also named Pat Quigley Court in memory of her father.  Allie’s stepfather, Don Strle, also played basketball for the Fighting Saints and was a teammate of Pat, while Allie’s sister, Sam, coached the USF women’s basketball team for five years.

Allie is a three-time WNBA All-Star, and both a two-time WNBA Sixth Woman of the Year and All-Star 3-Point Contest champion. Courtney, meanwhile, holds many WNBA assist records and has been named an All-WNBA selection three times and an All-Star twice in her career. Both women have had great basketball careers both in the United States and internationally.

Even more than their professional talents, both Allie and Courtney demonstrate the University of St. Francis’ core values of Respect, Integrity, Compassion and Service through their gift of this clinic.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 51,000 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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Spirit of Christmas Perseveres through a Unique Season

Joliet, Ill. – This past summer, the radio antenna tower for WCSF 88.7 FM, the University of St. Francis’ (USF) radio station, was blown off its mounts atop Tower Hall on the main USF campus in Joliet during a strong thunderstorm. This challenged the station to transition its broadcast to a temporary, but less effective, tower. While the normal range for the radio station reaches as far as Mokena, Morris, Wilmington and Bolingbrook, the temporary signal reached only one or two miles. What was thought to be a short-term challenge lasted much longer than initially anticipated and impacted the reach of the largely popular annual Spirit of Christmas programming, serving as yet another reminder that 2020 was a year in which anything can and will happen.

Despite the challenge, WCSF 88.7 FM persevered. Through the persistence of WCSF station manager Anthony Musiala and Spirit of Christmas producer Don Burke (with the support of USF Administration), a new tower and antenna were scheduled for fabrication and installation, but not before the start of Spirit of Christmas programming on Thanksgiving Day. Understandably, listeners were concerned when they realized that couldn’t hear Burke’s familiar voice, programs like “Hardrock, Coco and Joe” and “The Cinnamon Bear”, and the diverse variety of holiday songs for which the Spirit of Christmas is known.

On the Spirit of Christmas Facebook page (facebook.com/WCSF887), one listener posted, “I can’t wait. I am listening to a static radio music now. But I love it so much that I don’t care.”

This listener wasn’t alone, either. Dozens of other listeners also called, posted comments and emailed stating that they were missing their favorite Christmas programming.

In the week leading up to Christmas, the installation of the new tower and antenna finally began. The antenna mounts were bolted atop Tower Hall and, in the week after Christmas, the new antenna elements and cabling were hoisted up, secured and connected. While not quite a Christmas miracle, WCSF 88.7 FM was finally broadcasting at full power again before the end of the calendar year.

In an effort to provide even just a small portion of the Spirit of Christmas programming listeners had missed, Burke and Musiala extended Spirit of Christmas for an additional 48 hours, with programming scheduled to conclude on Monday, January 4.

The extension included a “Cinnamon Bear” marathon, which immediately received a warm reception. On the Spirit of Christmas Facebook page, one listener posted, “My children always loved The Cinnamon Bear! I was sad that we missed a lot of it this year, so this is a real treat. Thank you!”

One caller left a voice message that effectively summed up the feelings of many listeners. The caller stated, “I simply want to thank you for the beautiful Christmas music. It brought such joy into my life. I don’t have a home computer so I wasn’t able to listen to it without it being on the radio. So to go a whole month without it, I have to tell you, it was really tough. I’ve been listening to the program for the last 20 years. It was one of my most treasured traditions. It was actually kind of painful, I know it sounds silly but it was. I’ve listened to it almost nonstop for the last 4 days. Thank you, thank you, thank you. God bless you for all that you do. You and your program are a true blessing. I wish you an extraordinary New Year and blessings to all of you. Thank you.”

The moral of the story is that we should not take things for granted. Special thanks are extended to Don Burke for another outstanding season of Spirit of Christmas programming, even under the most trying of circumstances.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 51,000 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 Students Earn CVS Health Foundation Scholarships

Joliet, Ill. – Three students pursuing a family nurse practitioner (FNP) degree at the University of St. Francis (USF) have recently been named recipients of the CVS Health Foundation Scholarship. Each of the students – Chao Moua, Eva Cybulski, and Renalda Tomic – were awarded a $1,000 scholarship that has been credited toward their student accounts.

USF’s Leach College of Nursing administered the application and selection process at the university level. Applicants are required to be students in good standing in the FNP program. Additional consideration was given to students who are military veterans, as well as those who are bilingual or a member of a minority or underserved population.

“We are appreciative of the financial support offered to our students through the CVS Health Foundation FNP/PA Scholarship Program. The investment that this support makes locally continues to be paid forward as our graduates continue to serve our communities,” said USF Leach College of Nursing dean Ebere Ume, Ph.D., MSN, R.N., PHN.

About the CVS Health Foundation FNP/PA Scholarship Program

The CVS Health Foundation FNP/PA Scholarship Program is our contribution to supporting family nurse practitioners and physician assistants of tomorrow as they complete their education. Through this scholarship program, the CVS Health Foundation FNP/PA Scholarship Program is proud to support its affiliated academic partners through funding that allows them to offer scholarships to their eligible FNP/PA students.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 51,000 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 Awarded CIC NetVUE Grant to Support Two Publication Projects

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) was recently awarded a $40,000 grant through the Council of Independent Colleges’ (CIC) NetVUE Grant for Reframing the Institutional Saga that will allow Joliet’s university to create two publications, one comprised of faculty essays and another comprised of student essays that will focus on both its past and its future.

“This CIC NetVUE grant challenges the university to reexamine its historical narrative in order to craft and articulate an institutional vocation going forth that responds to the needs of the present and future,” said USF Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs Beth Roth, Ph.D. “To undertake this challenge, we proposed two publication projects. The first is a volume of 100 essays by faculty who share personal vignettes of how teaching and service align with the university’s core values of respect, service, integrity, and compassion in the past and in the future. The second book is a companion volume that collects student writing and artistic contributions on how our core values shape the way they engage with current situations, such as the pandemic, structural racism, the immigration crisis, and climate change.”

Funding through the grant will allow for a two-year production timeline that includes writing retreats and group meetings, and will culminate with a presentation event for the campus community in spring 2023. USF English and foreign languages professor Kathryn Duys, Ph.D., will oversee the projects and head the projects’ overall leadership group.

“Consistent with the Franciscan tradition of honoring each individual entity, this project to shape our vocation will arise from the broad community of teachers and learners to gather discrete experiences and collectively assert that USF is a privileged place of compassion and wisdom, a sanctuary university dedicated to sustainability, racial justice, and civil dialogue,” Duys noted.

The NetVUE grant award comes at a welcome time for USF as it prepares to close a centennial celebration that spanned all of 2020, but that was also heavily impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Last spring and as part of the centennial celebration, Roth invited USF faculty to contribute to a volume of essays modeled after NPR’s “This I Believe” series. The goal was to receive contributions from 100 faculty for our 100 years that would showcase the university’s commitment to teaching and learning. However, just as USF’s centennial celebrations were affected by the pandemic, so was this project.

“Like most universities, all USF classes went fully remote in late March. Faculty focused intensely on learning new technologies, sharing expertise with colleagues, maintaining quality standards, and helping students stay on track to meet their academic goals amidst all the changes that began in the spring and have continued well into the fall. Despite the increased workload and rapid pace of change, we did have 18 faculty who contributed essays to the centennial project by the June deadline, but our faculty’s focus was heavily pointed toward academics,” Roth said.

In light of this, Roth said that this new grant opportunity could not have come at a better time for USF.

“The CIC NetVUE grant for Reframing the Institutional Saga will allow USF to reboot this book project and raise the bar. We had just begun celebrating our centennial in 2020 when the pandemic suddenly compelled us to rethink what we do, reinvent how we do it, and reconsider why,” Roth said.

“The publication projects that we proposed will result in two tangible books, but it will also create a repository of digital content ideal for redistribution over a number of channels and platforms as podcasts, digital narrative projects, and social media posts, recrafted in student internships before being passed to USF Marketing,” Duys added. “This new discourse will support curriculum redesign with new pedagogies and strategies to engage our communities in projects that will prepare USF graduates to critically and creatively ‘contribute to the world through service and leadership’ (USF Mission Statement).”

The $40,000 grant supported by the Council of Independent Colleges and Lilly Endowment, Inc. is the second award USF has received from CIC NetVUE (Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education) this year. In June, USF received a $10,000 NetVUE Professional Development Award to fund a yearlong initiative (July 1, 2020–June 30, 2021) designed to foster the exploration of vocation and mentoring in our curricula and co-curricular activities.

“We are grateful for the opportunities provided by NetVUE that challenge us to examine our institutional identity and guide students to lead lives of purpose and meaning,” Roth offered. Duys added, “We look forward to sharing our book projects with the community.”

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Currently celebrating 100 years of higher education rooted in Franciscan values, the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 51,000 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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University of St. Francis Announces Fall 2020 Dean’s List

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) congratulates the following students who have been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2020 semester. Students who have attained a grade point average of 3.5 or higher at the end of a semester in which they have taken at least twelve credit hours are named to the Dean’s List. Students residing in USF’s home state of Illinois are listed first below, followed by students from other states and countries.

Illinois

Algonquin: Madelyn Barrett

Ashkum: Breanna Heimberger

Aurora: Saba Aamir, Yen Nguyen, Heather Reier and Lucy Stromsta

Bartlett: Diane Gumble

Beecher: Hannah Blankenberger, Kaylie Sippel and Emily Vlach

Berwyn: David Montalvo and Pedro Ocampo

Bismarck: Lindsey Andrews

Bloomington: Alexis Engst

Bolingbrook: Amanda Apanco, Aidan Bunge, Carolina Huerta, Cassandre Janvier, Lindsay Mohrmann, Josue Tinoco, Ryan Webb and Katarina Welsh

Braceville: Kathryn Gutzman

Braidwood: Kira Gleason, Bobbi Herrera, Vanessa McLean and Thomas Sforza

Brookfield: Tara Janney and Erica Kirkland

Burbank: Hannah Bricker and Fadia Nassan

Channahon: Dana Ackerson, Elizabeth Badalamenti, Zachary Earls, Jessica Hampton, Jarred Jeske, Hannah Knight, Caitlin McHale, MaKenzie Munson, Thomas Schieffer, Logan Stefanich, Makayla Sundine and Andrew Toke

Chatham: Carter St. Clair

Chicago: Cyril Aninyei, Aileen Duran, Russell Egan, Katherine Fierro, Brittany Izzo, Dana Jennings, Bryzhane Johnson, Carleen Jones, Stephany Lagunas, Jose Munoz, Rosemary Ponce, Daniela Robles, Emilia Torres and Jotiana Willis

Chicago Ridge: Natalie Fernandez and Raeda Saeed

Cicero: Giselle Lopez

Coal City: Mackenzie Christensen, Avery Hannig, Julie Sander, Abbey Spesia and Victoria Sztapka

Coal Valley: Eric Maffie

Country Club Hills: Candice May

Countryside: Christopher Kelley and Cassidy Schwartz

Crest Hill: Alejandro Almazan, Arely Gonzalez-Solsona, Jacob Hulbert, Christ Messino, Cassidy Munroe and Christopher Schager

Crestwood, IL: Jennifer Duax, Jasmine Escamilla and Skyler Safi

Crete: Alyssa Vann

Crystal Lake: Matthew Becker

Custer Park: Peyton Garrelts and Brittany Housman

Darien: Mary O’Malley

Decatur: Erma Porter

Diamond: Savannah Jacobs

Downers Grove: Sarah Linchester and Marina Mikic

Dwight: Daly Galloway and Kelly Olha

Elgin: Holly Helsper

Elmwood Park: Kaitlin Aylward

Elwood: Clarissa Del Rio, Rachel Hunter, David Paul and Tara Tindall

Frankfort, IL: Alexandria Bernal, Graham Garrett, Marwa Ghaddar, Jarret Gmazel, Peter Walsh, Claire Wills and Richard Zielinski

Gillespie: Ally Clay

Grant Park: Dohana Aguilar-Sanchez

Greenville: Caleb Campbell

Hampshire: Kevin Kardas

Hanover Park: Jennifer Vazquez Saraul

Hickory Hills: Keely Garbacz and Maha Mohamed

Hoffman Estates: Traci Morris

Homer Glen: James Grill, Allison Hernandez, Max Hernandez, Paige Kobylarczyk, Sylvia Kordaczka, Amanda Kouba, Sarah Sawchuk, Madeleine Smietanski, Alex Venezio and Jennah Zidan

Joliet: Madeline Adamic, Isabella Alberico, Judith Alcantar, Desiree Anderson, Jessica Arrollo, Jonathan Berry, Breanna Blackmon, Martine Boetto, Matthew Bolton, EJ Sean Brotarlo, Ellie Butusov, Daisy Campos, Kassandra Cazares, Cindy Chavez, Esmeralda Chavez, Christina Conne, Rachel Coop, Gianna Arielle Dalangin, Philomera De Guzman, Nicholas Diaz, Amber Domantay, Robert Elkins, Cynthia Esquivel, Seyla Evans, Alondra Flores, Suzanne Fonck, Hunter Fuss, Yailyn Garcia, De’Whon Gavin, Robert Gilbert, Ayla Gilmer, Brooke Green, Samantha Guzman, Sarah Hallow, Matthew Hamilton, Josel Hernandez, Ashley Huerta, Lauren Hug, Jeanette Ibarra, Stefan Jakovljevic, Janeese Juarez, Samantha Kohrt, Leon Laskowski, Lissett Leija, Vincent Lettiere, Zhaobo Liu, Denisse Lizano, Deyanira Magana, Lucy Erika Ann Magat, Alexus Maldonado, Danielle Maldonado, Lisette Maldonado, Mia Martinez, Hanah Mastandrea, William Mastin, Mary Mathieu, Melissa Meline, Litzy Mendez, Sebastian Mireles, Hannah Mitchell, Alyssa Moreno, Daniel Orozco, Diana Ortega, Nayely Ortiz, Matthew Oyer, Miryam Perez, Rodolfo Perez, Valeria Perez, Kimberly Phillips, Suzanna Rocha, Angelina Rodriguez, Franco Rota, Monica Saragossa, Carina Saucedo, Aron Servin, Magdalena Silva, Anna Simek, Anne Starasinich, Janelle Marie Suriaga, Oscar Tejeda, Erick Tenorio, Tyler Theobald, Elizabeth Tuck, Alyssa Ulreich, Erik Vega, Jazmine Vieyra, Timothy Wade, Danielle Williams, Haley Willner, Amanda Withall, Brooklyn Withey and Maoyun Xu

Justice: Talia Jones-Wright

Kankakee: Amanda Graf and Luke Whalen

Kinsman: Sara Cahill

Lake Zurich: Ann Benoy

Lisle: Evan Heise

Lockport: Sufia Atiq, Deanna Attieh, Makenna Bartecki, Rylee Carpenter, Thomas Cunnane, Viviana De Santiago, Eric Gasienica, John Hejl, Jacob Karli, Erica Long, Alexis Marroquin, Joshua Martinez, Joseph McGuire, Elizabeth Ponce, Michael Pruchnik, Samantha Raspopovich, Elizabeth Reczek, Ashley Sinio, Jacob Suchor, Stanislaw Walus, Rachel Webber, John Weis and Nolan Weis

Lombard: Madeline Brown

Machesney Park: Nicholas Howard

Manhattan: Gregory Briseno, Sydney Butterfield, Yvette Camargo, Michael Falejczyk, Emma Geatches, Rae Lucas, Taylor Munn, Miranda Roth, Mallory Stover and Tegan Young

Manteno: Josie Graffeo and Jenna Lanoue

Marengo: Jake LaSota

Marseilles: Eva Bruno and Hannah Schilling

Matteson: Lea Klucinski and Lois Omovie

Melrose Park: Jose Sanchez

Mendota: Tara Schneider

Midlothian: Olivia Burbatt, Allison Ramsey and Megan Ramsey

Minooka: Brandon Brodzinski, , Jason Countryman, Kenneth Guldenbecker, Breanna Hammer, Hailey Hoge, Seth Joder, Mariano Kotrba, Martina Kotrba, Brandi Mullins, Kylie Severson, Kyle Sheppard, Jacqueline VanDolson, Martin Wahlen and Vanessa Withall

Mokena: Katie Blogg, Edson Charles, Michael Crepps, Emma DiFiore, Bridget Jeffries, Bridget King, Dania Nakhleh, Riley O’Brien and John Raspante

Monee: Ramzi Ramadan and Jessica Scroppo

Montgomery: Haley Douglas, Alejandra Garcia and Hailey Janes

Morris: Sabrina Baftiri, Vincent Bazzarone, Hannah Berdahl, Daniel Black, Kristine Cumba, Cassidy Flatness, Mitchell Hayworth, Jessika Kodat, Matthew Lopez, Kaitlin Smith and Meagan Warzynski

Morton Grove: Pauline Josette Areno and Xuying Chen

Mount Prospect: Samreen Mushtaheed

Mundelein: Karen Madrigal

Naperville: Cosme Lozano, Dyanna Medina and Isabella Russo

New Lenox: Nathan Aftanas, Lindsay Czarnowski, Elizabeth Donovan, Jaclyn Duske, Madison Eckberg, Aidan Flores, Lucas Hancock, William Higgins, Danielle Koska, John McGuire, Aaron Michalak, Sean Michalak,Grace Monahan, Jacob Pott, Alan Radakovitz, Isabella Roesing, John Saffrahn, Jessica Schram, Dylan Schultz, Shea Soraghan, Makayla Turner and Reanna VanderVelde

Oak Forest: Haley Anson, Amanda Dutkiewicz, Yeonji Go, Stephanie Kessens, Shannon O’Brien and Carly Vidovic

Oak Lawn: Alshayma Awwad and Lucas Wessel

Olney: Sherrie Brock

Orland Park: Fatima Alharhashi, Sarah Alomari and Emily Schrader

Oswego: Haley Bakes, Megan Krisch, Afreen Mushtaheed, Conner Ruddy and Lauren Tims

Ottawa: Caitlin Bruemmer

Palos Heights: Nicole Neylon, Maria Ogrodny and John Peterson

Palos Hills: Jamie Stolfo

Palos Park: Jasmine Bandyk

Peoria: Vada Arndt

Peotone: Erik Cioffi and Sarah Lister

Plainfield: Megan Allensworth, Jenna Anderson, Selina Assan, Chelsea Bolanos, Jack Brick, Ryan Daly, Sarah Deffenbaugh, Samantha Fritts, Graziella Gialo, Ian Gordon, Melissa Gray, Brenna Harper, Riley Harper, Nicholas Heimann, Kasey Held, Mary Kate Hynek, Justin Jasper, Micole Johnson, Brandon Kaminski, Margaret Klebenow, Rebecca Kopkowski, Emma LaMonica, Megan Little, Joseph Lizzio, Anthony Marino, Laney May, Alyssa Meek, Megan Melzacki, Amanda Mettus, Abigail Nisen, Erica Passo, Joseph Passo, Jorge Perez, Brianna Quintero, Kelsey Rice, Sarah Romy, Arely Sanchez, Aaron Seidler, Shannon Smith, Samantha Sobota, Hanna Spodarek, Odessa Villarreal, Joshua Williams and Natalie Zielinski

Plano: Alyssa Dolan

Posen: Denise Lopez

Rochelle: Britney Baez and Katherine Bakken

Rock Falls: Rebecca Kinney

Rockdale: Adrian Guzman

Rockford: Victoria Bravo, Jessica Jimenez and Craig Kampmier

Romeoville: Thaddeus Ampadu, , Esther Angomas, Jennifer Cabrera, Damian Contreras, Marlin Flores, Chelsea Joy Hizon, Jacob Hubbs, Madison Massaro, Yazmine Medina, Stephany Mendoza, Magdalena Munoz, Eric Nelson, Nhu Nguyen, Omar Paramo, Martin Rayos Del Sol, Vetona Sarpong, Mikeya Stephen and Thomas Yamoah

Round Lake: Dariana Ortiz

Saint Anne: Taylor Valant

Schaumburg: Nicole Lakomski and Gabrielle Paelmo

Seneca: Evelyn Odum and Silas Odum

Shorewood: Aryka Adelmann, Daniel Bajt, Alexis Ceballos, Emily Contreras, Tyler Drag, Kathryn Drey, Mark Gezik, Monika Gomez, Audrey Herro, Nicole Kulon, Anna Nguyen, Emily Siegler, Rio Strama, Alyssa Walter and Taylor Zarzecki

Spring Grove: Lacey Gardner

Streator: Mariah Horton

Tinley Park: Grace Alles, Hannah Bolden, Tatiana Chavez, Emma Graff, Lena Ismail, Colin Kelly, Joshua Kirnbauer, Marcus Lapore, Brianna Leeper, Elyse Panzella and Danielle Stefanski

Wedron: Peyton Dummitt

Westchester: John Stevens

Wheeling: Kelli Pietrowski

Wilmington: Brad Abderhalden, Kassidy Andrews, Leah Hiles, Cameron Holman, Richard Mroz, Kendall Peatross and McKenna Quigley

Woodstock: Bailey Wilk

Yorkville: Evan Jaros and Michael Nape

Alaska

Anchorage: Alec Dudley

California

Compton: Guadalupe Arevalos

West Covina: Riley Acuna

Florida

Bradenton: Taylor Petz

Hollywood: Rayvaugn Choute

Iowa

Cedar Rapids: Bryan Ennis

Indiana

Crown Point: Zachary Hoover

Granger: Nicholas Conner

Lowell Alexia Bibakis

Munster: Michael Prendergast and Katherine Szakacs

Rochester: Alexander Kromkowski

Saint John: Madisen Tucker

Valparaiso: Carlos Martinez

Wanatah: Justene Charlesworth

Michigan

Charlotte: Michael Whitney

Kalamazoo: Jonathan Wolf

Missouri

Bridgeton: Eric Estrada Lopez

Canton: Jensen Crenshaw

Des Peres: Michael Nickel

Nebraska

Valparaiso: Carlie Benes

New Hampshire

Jaffrey: Kayla Struzik

New Jersey

Colts Neck: Robert Romanik

Nevada

Pahrump: Thomas Buechele

Oklahoma

Lawton: Matthew Whipp

Oregon

Terrebonne: Cameron Pyle

Pennsylvania

Du Bois: Autumn Barbey

South Carolina

Mount Pleasant: Lori Carithers

Utah

Hurricane: Conrad Ochotorena

Wisconsin

Burlington: Kya Kafar

Franklin: Hannah Monfre

Wisconsin Dells: Sarah Vandermolen

International

Australia

Sunbury, Victoria: Matthew Attard

Rozelle, New South Wales: Lewis Holey

Traralgon: Jordan Pyle

Brazil

Goiania: Sergio Peres

China

Shunde Foshan Guangdong: Yunlu Zhou

Sichuan: Yuru Jing

Suzhou: Xingwei Chen and Zhouyang Yu

Taoyuan city: Sheng-Ju Ting

England

Huddersfield: Joshua Holberry

France

Saint-Verand: Noellie Danielle Renee Inard

India

Bhilai: Yashleen Kheterpal

Israel

Ganei Tiqwa: Nadav Gerner Aharon

Russia

Saint Petersburg: Maria Kuzminskaya

Spain

La Fresneda: Carlos Ferrer Coto

Lasarte-Oria: Aitor Anabitarte Soroa

Madrid: Maria Cruz Uceda

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Currently celebrating 100 years of higher education rooted in Franciscan values, the University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 4,000 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 51,000 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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