University of St. Francis Announces Fall 2019 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 2019 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: Kristin Aagaard and Madelyn Barrett

Aurora: Alliah Clarenz Colocado, Theresa Edens, Yen Nguyen, Esmeralda Perez, Abigail Ragsdale and Beatriz Anne Sindac

Beach Park: Justin Bradley

Belvidere: Lindsey Cresson and Nicole Kilcullen

Bismarck: Lindsey Andrews

Bloomington: Natalie Schulz

Bolingbrook: Daasebre Appah-Dankyi, Allen Cotton, Jeanette Evangelista, Carolina Huerta, Molly Makowski, Rashida Mitchell, Lindsay Mohrmann, Cullen Rompa, Brianna Webb, Ryan Webb and Erika Zermeno

Bourbonnais: Anthony Armenise

Braceville: Mishel Daletski and Kathryn Gutzman

Braidwood: Kira Gleason, Bobbi Herrera and Alyssa Mitsdarffer

Burbank: Fadia Nassan

Channahon: Dana Ackerson, Elizabeth Badalamenti, Haley Berens, Seth Diaz, Jessica Hampton, Emily Hartke, Alyssa Hemza, Isabel Jimenez, Jeffrey Kirkolis, Michael Klover, Hannah Knight, Sebastian Rodriguez, Logan Stefanich, Andrew Toke, Courtney Ubert and Taylor Zarzecki

Chicago: Jessica Austin, Daniela Castellanos, Jillian Crema, Paige Egan, Russell Egan, Brittany Izzo, Bryzhane Johnson, Hannah McLaughlin, Jose Munoz, Abdulghani Omayrah, Rosemary Ponce, Daniela Robles and Emilia Torres

Chicago Heights: Abigail Liss and Amy Wegrzyn

Cicero: Giselle Lopez

Coal City: Gloria Cesak, Marissa Gillum, Avery Hannig, Kyle Harmon, Julie Sander and Eric Maffie

Country Club Hills: Tanya Washington

Countryside: Christopher Kelley and Cassidy Schwartz

Crest Hill: Megan Hanes

Crestwood: Skyler Safi

Crete: Alyssa Vann

Custer Park: Brittany Housman

Darien: Nikka Gonzales

Decatur: Erma Porter

Diamond: Cassidy Flatness, Shayna Griffith and Savannah Jacobs

Downers Grove: Daniella Hunt and Maria Weiland

Dwight: Daly Galloway and Kelly Olha

Elgin: Nichole Davidson and Holly Helsper

Elmhurst: Lauren Gould

Elmwood Park: Kaitlin Aylward

Elwood: Jonathan Dillon, Danielle Grigoletti, David Paul and Tara Tindall

Fairbury: Megan Ifft

Frankfort: Alexandria Bernal, Jordan Caffrey, Stephen Johnson, Shannon O’Brien, Britney Siaj and Richard Zielinski

Gardner: Madelyn Patten

Genoa: Kerri Fitzpatrick

Glendale Heights: Muhammad Khan and Diego Quevedo Carrasco

Greenville: Caleb Campbell

Gridley: Ronald Gilliam

Hanover Park: Nirali Vaidya

Hickory Hills: Jason Countryman and Keely Garbacz

Hillside: Christopher Johnson

Homer Glen: Christina Conne, James Grill, Allison Hernandez, Max Hernandez, Sylvia Kordaczka and Madeleine Smietanski

Hometown: Michael Crepps

Homewood: Kaitlyn Beverly

Joliet: Colin Airola, Rosa Alvarado, Estefania Angeles, Kaleab Anjajo, Adriana Aparicio Montalvo, Jessica Arrollo, Janet Avila, Morayma Barron, Jonathan Berry, Angelica Bibian, Martine Boetto, EJ Sean Brotarlo, Kenneth Brown, Alexandra Cazales-Larios, Cindy Chavez, Esmeralda Chavez, Xuying Chen, Brandyn Collins, Rachel Coop, Stephanie Cruz, Clarissa Del Rio, Nicholas Diaz, Kacper Dudzinski, Robert Elkins, Cynthia Esquivel, Seyla Evans, Grant Foote, Hunter Fuss, Ayla Gilmer, Yareley Gonzalez, Michael Gruben, Matthew Hamilton, Ashley Hare, Josel Hernandez, Juan Hernandez, Jocelyn Hernandez-Rodriguez, Nicholas Hjerpe, Kyle Hoffman, Lauren Hug, Benjamin Hughes, Jeanette Ibarra, Stefan Jakovljevic, Yuru Jing, Talia Jones-Wright, Janeese Juarez, Leon Laskowski, Zhaobo Liu, Denisse Lizano, Griselda Maldonado, Stephanie Markle, Annaisse Martinez, Kaetlyn McHugh, Sebastian Mireles, Avilash Mishra, Christopher Novak, Adamary Nunez, Matthew Oyer, Gabrielle Parsons, Lizbeth Perez, Lizette Perez, Miryam Perez, Valeria Perez, Matthew Pesavento, Jonathan Pullen, Rachel Rivette, Suzanna Rocha, Angelina Rodriguez, Breanne Rodriguez, Franco Rota, Alex Ruettiger, Brandon Ruffin, Carina Saucedo, Colin Schlegel, Daniel Simmons, Fernando Suarez, Janelle Marie Suriaga, Oscar Tellez, Erick Tenorio, Elizabeth Tuck, Yunlu Zhou and Jinjie Zhu

Justice: Nicole Biegun and Taylor Coughlin

Kankakee: Jenna Arseneau

Kinsman: Sara Cahill

La Grange Park: Lindsey Arnston

Lake Zurich: Ann Benoy

Leaf River: Kerry Lindquist

Lemont: Christine Martinez

Lisle: Evan Heise and Foster Heise

Lockport: Nyna Anspach, Makenna Bartecki, Rylee Carpenter, Sierra Dick, Daniel Duplessis, Jacob Karli, Erica Long, Joshua Martinez, Cameron Moore, Hannah Pacheco, Gianna Palumbo, Elizabeth Ponce, Michael Pruchnik, Samantha Raspopovich, Elizabeth Reczek, Ashley Sinio, Kristen Stepniak, Matthew Tague, Joshua Tesch, Rachel Webber, John Weis and Nolan Weis

Loves Park: Sarah Quinn

Machesney Park: Victoria Bolonkowski

Manhattan: Adam Been, Gabriella Briseno, Yvette Camargo, Maria Lawson, Rae Lucas, Hannah Schroeder, Kirsten Selof, Mallory Stover, Kailey Wager and Tegan Young

Manteno: Jenna Lanoue and Nicholas Murray

Marengo: Jake LaSota

Marseilles: Eva Bruno

Matteson: Mary Mathieu

Maywood: Mariaela Morales

Mazon: Madison Giordano

McHenry: Dorian Stewart

Midlothian: Ian Bond and Olivia Burbatt

Minooka: Timothy Brewer, Megan Gorga, Marcus Hayden, Hailey Hoge, Seth Joder, Trevor Kautz, Mariano Kotrba, Martina Kotrba, Brendan Miller, Lauren Todd, Martin Wahlen and Vanessa Withall

Mokena: Alexis Berezin, Edson Charles, Kristy Demas, Bryanna Gueness, Cameron Pyle and John Raspante

Monee: Ramzi Ramadan and Jessica Scroppo

Montgomery: Haley Douglas and Tiana Weddington

Morris: Sabrina Baftiri, Daniel Black, Jacob Hulbert, Jessika Kodat, Nicholas McPherson, Courtney Noble and Tara Shaw

Morton Grove: Pauline Josette Areno and Piyasanti Tuamsuk

Mount Prospect: Alejandra Osorio-Mendez

Naperville: Gabryella Herrera, Dyanna Medina and Sydney Van Poucke

New Lenox: Nathan Aftanas, Valerie Avalos, Riley Brandt, Dominic Cooper, Joshua Cosgrove, Shane Cummins, Lindsay Czarnowski, Madison Eckberg, Clayton Ferm, Brandon Jarosz, Ryan Korte, Aaron Michalak, Kaylynn Pinder, John Saffrahn, Dylan Schultz, Shea Soraghan, Makayla Turner, Marissa Valencia, Katherine Wozniak and Lauren Wozniak

Normal: Courtney Joyce

Norridge: Thi Dam

Oak Forest: Daniel Bahena-Murillo, Daniel Griskell, Shannon O’Brien and James Richmond

Oak Lawn: Ashley Witkowski

Oglesby: John Shields

Orland Park: David Charnot, Robyn Dziewior, Karina Liptak and Emily Schrader

Oswego: Haley Bakes, Noah Kararo, Megan Krisch, Afreen Mushtaheed, Samreen Mushtaheed and Lauren Tims

Ottawa: Caitlin Bruemmer and Shelbi Walsh

Pecatonica: Laurie Makosh

Pekin: Heidi Jones

Peotone: Erik Cioffi

Plainfield: Megan Allensworth, Selina Assan, Janine Bahhur, MaryBeth Bartley, Jack Brick, Jonquil Chason, Megan Clendening, Sarah Deffenbaugh, Rocco Del Real, Stephanie Eden, Kaitlyn Finnegan, Alyssa Gomez, Melissa Gray, Brenna Harper, Riley Harper, Austin Hines, Mary Kate Hynek, Justin Jasper, Micole Johnson, Tyler Keene, Emma LaMonica, Sara LaMonica, Brandon Leal, Carolyn Lekousis, Jake Maher, Sabrina Makhamreh, Anthony Marino, Sarena Matthaya, Megan Melzacki, Denise Milewski, Abigail Nisen, Jorge Perez, Ashley Prior, Avery Resendiz, Brett Risley, Conner Ruddy, Michael Santillo, Monica Sauseda, John Schwarz, Aaron Seidler, Kyle Simkins, Shannon Smith, Hanna Spodarek and Stephanie Stern

Posen: Denise Lopez

Reddick: Leah Hiles

Rochelle: Katherine Bakken

Rockdale: Lauren Tuider

Rockford: Laura Blumm and Craig Kampmier

Romeoville: Alissa Victoria Araneta, Jennifer Cabrera, Nathalia Chavez, Calvin Hartsfield, Gianna Journigan, Javier Mariano, Yazmine Medina, Eric Nelson and Natalie Rozwadowski

Saint Anne: Ryan Mercier and Taylor Valant

Sandwich: Kody Randa

Seneca: Mackenzie Cryder and Evelyn Odum

Shorewood: Aryka Adelmann, Daniel Bajt, Julie Czerniakowski, Kathryn Drey, Monika Gomez, Audrey Herro, Nicole Kulon, Taylor Long, Mason Messina, Anna Nguyen, Alexis Robbins, Bekah Robinson, Joseph Schomer, Antonio Smithberg, Taylor Stang-Rowley, Rio Strama, Alyssa Walter and Amanda Withall

Skokie: Edgar Oropeza

Spring Grove: Lacey Gardner

Sterling: Clayton Yde

Tinley Park: Thera Ayesh, Carly Cosentino, Nicholas Ippolito, Colin Kelly, Stephanie Kincaid, Gillian Kwan, Marcus Lapore, Brianna Leeper, Lana Mazoni, Elyse Panzella, Jaime Swihart and Chad Yanik

Villa Grove: Laura Bialeschki

Villa Park: Scott Tumilty

Village of Lakewood: Olivia Hollander

Wheeling: Kelli Pietrowski

Wilmington: Brad Abderhalden, Kassidy Andrews, Haillie Hall, Shelby Leonardo, Alyssa Marrs, Richard Mroz, Cassandra Nowak, McKenna Quigley, Madison Scheel, Steve Smock and Haley Zobel

Woodridge: Amber James and Maille O’Connor

Yorkville: Lily Emma Aktabowski

Alabama

Birmingham: Bret Byars

Arizona

Goodyear: Re’John Williams

California

South Pasadena: Sophia Leigh Gerodiaz

San Jose: Jessica Terrell

Sherman Oaks: Cole Micek

Colorado

Denver: Aubrey Kilduff

Delaware

Newark: Amir Garcia

Florida

Bradenton: Taylor Petz

Hollywood: Rayvaugn Choute

Miami: Tyler Carmona

Georgia

Ellenwood: Nikki Stafford

Indiana

Crown Point: Zachary Hoover

Dyer: Kaitlyn Yearsich

Hammond: Janell Daily

Lowell: Matthew Wilson

Merrillville: Paige Wood

Munster: Michael Prendergast and Katherine Szakacs

Rochester: Alexander Kromkowski

Valparaiso: Samantha Hatagan and Carlos Martinez

Wanatah: Justene Charlesworth

Warren: Madison Canady

Wheatfield: Trevor Conley

Louisiana

Covington: Eric Miller

Massachusetts

Weymouth: Joshua Chery

Michigan

Britton: Tyler Schrzan

Brooklyn: Kailynn Fielding

Coldwater: Laura Rodriguez-Lugo

Kalamazoo: Jonathan Wolf

Sheridan: Keagan James

Vicksburg: Brittany Cook

Missouri

Canton: Jensen Crenshaw

Des Peres: Michael Nickel

Nevada

Sparks: Scott Walsh

New York

Brooklyn: Arnold Agard

Texas

Spring: Rexesha Hollis

Washington

Seattle: Lauren Zelko

Wisconsin

Burlington: Kya Kafar

Grafton: Adam Cibulka

Herbster: Luke Davis

Random Lake: Kendra Bullard

Wisconsin Dells: Sarah Vandermolen

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

Australia

Rozelle: Lewis Holey

Brazil

Goiania: Sergio Peres

China

Chengdu: Maoyun Xu

Hangzhou: Shengtao Liu

Shanghai: Meiling Pan

Suzhou/Jiangsu: Zhouyang Yu

Taoyuan City: Sheng-Ju Ting

France

Saint-Verand: Noellie Danielle Renee Inard

Spain

Alcnices: Fernando Turiel

La Fresneda: Carlos Ferrer Coto

United Kingdom

Huddersfield: Joshua Holberry

Valencia: Kevin Rada

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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India, United States Literacy Partnership Eyed by USF and Florida State University

Joliet, Ill. –  According to the Indian Ministry of Human Resource Development’s 2018 Statistics At a Glance, as many as eight million students in India drop out of school by the time they reach eighth grade. One of the primary causes of the dropouts is the low quality of education at the primary grade level, including the absence of effective reading programs. In an effort to address improve these conditions and provide better educational opportunities for children, the University of St. Francis (USF) in Joliet, Ill., and the Florida Center for Reading Research Florida State University (FSU-FCRR) are entering a five-year partnership with the National Council of Education Research Training (NCERT) in India to establish a sustainable National Center for Reading Intervention and Research (NCRIR) in India.

“Currently, there is no nationwide resource center for reading and reading intervention in India. Existing resources are few in number and are mostly locally organized. There is a clear dearth in reading intervention and use of evidence-based practices in India. The access to materials and resources remain limited to the few private schools that can afford them. The proposed partnership seeks to empower the main government organization at the National level (NCERT) that monitors state and territorial initiatives in education,” said Srimani Chakravarthi, Ph. D., USF College of Education professor.

The goal of the project is to establish a sustainable National Center for Reading Intervention and Research (NCRIR) in India for developing, training and promoting reading research and dissemination of evidence-based practices in reading, by forming a partnership between the National Center for Educational Research and Training (NCERT) in India and University of St. Francis-  College of Education (USF) and Florida State University -Florida Center for Reading Research (FSU-FCRR).

“The primary output of this alliance is to develop a sustainable National Center for Reading Intervention and Research in India with a sustainable resources for reading intervention and research. The outcomes of this alliance, primarily through the National Center are to equip educational institutions and teacher training centers in India with resources and methods to teach reading to students using evidence-based practices and assess the impact of using reading interventions. The long term impact of the National Center will be on improving reading fluency and comprehension in elementary school students, with improved percent of students reading at grade level and reduce drop-outs in school,” Chakravarthi added.

The proposed partnership intends to train approximately five educators from India for ten semesters over the course of the five-year partnership. The educators will be identified and selected to represent varied sectors (state and district-based). The five educators will be instructed in a semester-long ‘train the trainer’ model focusing on evidence-based reading practices and assessments in the U.S. partner universities (USF and FSU), together with resources from Florida Center for Reading Research (FCRR) and National Center on Improving Literacy (NCIL).

“The science of teaching reading has changed significantly in the past few decades, with substantial research on practices that work,” Chakravarthi added. “In the West, there has been a shift in literacy practices to using research-based methods of teaching, and data-based decision making process to inform interventions for reading, with emphasis on student outcomes rather than just the processes.”

While USF and FSU-FCRR has offered to train the personnel from India, the hosting of personnel will require room and board expenses each year, for the projected five years of training, for ten members each year. The estimated cost is about $240,000 each year for a total of $1.2 million for five years. Work on the partnership will continue in early 2020, as Chakravarthi and four key personnel from FSU-FCRR – Dr. Hugh Catts, Dr. Yaacov Pletscher, Dr. John Mathias and Jesse Torres –  will visit New Delhi, India from between January 6th through January 10th, 2020, to meet with NCERT director, Dr. Hrushikesh Senapaty.

For more information about the partnership or to become a philanthropic supporter of the collaborative literacy effort, please contact Srimani Chakravarthi at schakravarthi@stfrancis.edu.

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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Help USF Reach 100,000-Hour Centennial Service Goal

Joliet, Ill. – Service is one of the University of St. Francis’ (USF) four Franciscan values that centers its mission and identity. As part of its year-long centennial celebration in 2020, the university has set a goal of accumulating 100,000 hours of service and is inviting alumni, employees, families, friends and the community to contribute to the effort.

“We commit ourselves to becoming people of service because of the traditions of our Franciscan roots that stretch all the way from St. Francis of Assisi, who was himself imitating the life of Christ, and brought the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate to Joliet. The congregation’s founder Mother Alfred Moes passionately modeled service through her many acts of leadership and charity in the Joliet area, leadership that lead to the creation of this college. Now 100 years later, as we begin our centennial celebration commemorating the founding of our institution, it is appropriate to reflect on the 100 years of ‘preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership’ and to look at the difference USF continues to make in our community and in the world,” said Jessica Peek, director of university ministry at USF.

From now through December 31, 2020, USF encourages individuals and groups to complete acts of service and then visit stfrancis.edu/centennial to record the hours. For each 1,000 hours of service recorded (which will represent one year of USF’s history of service), a timeline on display in Tower Hall and a counter on the USF centennial website will be updated to reflect progress toward the 100,000-hour service goal.

“We have started our ‘soft launch’ during the fall semester and it has been fantastic to see the different types of service in which the USF community engages. Many of our hours come from our long tradition of students serving breakfast at Daybreak (Shelter) on Fridays and now with employees serving on Thursdays. Our freshman students contribute hours through their Foundations classes, which promote service learning through their curriculum. Sometimes the contributions come in large numbers, from a group mission trip or from an athletic team or student club having participated in a large service project, and other times the service contributed was an individual who gave an hour or two of their time to a good cause,” Peek said.

She also stressed that all service, even just one hour, makes a difference in the community and toward the university’s overall goal.

“No matter how many hours given, every bit helps the goal—and even more importantly, every hour of our time spent in service for and with others transforms us all,” she said.

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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Sexual Assault Survivor’s Story Sheds Important Light on Gender-based Violence

Joliet, Ill. – Last month, the University of St. Francis (USF) Criminal and Social Justice Department and Office of Institutional Diversity welcomed guest speaker and sexual assault survivor Tim Mousseau to campus for a special presentation of “Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation.” The university’s San Damiano Hall was filled with students, faculty members, staff and administrators to hear Mousseau’s message of how communities can create a culture of compassion while realistically facing an issue prevalent on college campuses across the country.

“I was glad to have Tim here to bring such a powerful and important message to the USF community. Students were captivated and I think his message will carry lasting change,” said Stacy Dewald, Ph.D., USF professor of criminal and social justice.

Allison Heard, USF’s director of institutional diversity and Title IX coordinator, felt that Mousseau’s action-based approach was one that resonated with everyone in attendance at the event.

“The best part about having Tim speak on campus was that he did not simply quote statistics and leave them sitting with you.  He discussed applicable strategies and skills that we can all employ to keep others and ourselves safe.  He also personalized the topic so we remember that this is not a ‘men vs. women’ issue or an ‘us vs. them’ issue.  This is everyone’s issue to solve and remedy so we can thrive as a healthy community,” she said.

Heard added that, along with the presentation aligning well with the university’s Franciscan values of respect, integrity, service, and compassion, it also stressed the importance and impact of advocating for others affected by sexual assault.

“We hear about assaults on the evening news and we see information on social media, TV networks, and hear about things which occur in our own communities.  However, when you are educated about the fact that most cases of sexual assault and gender-based violence are perpetrated by people who are acquaintances rather than strangers, it can change one’s perspective,” Heard said.

“Statistically, we know that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 6 college-age men will be impacted by sexual assault in their lifetime.  To hear this statistic is one thing but to sit in a room where there are four women and six men and to look around and wonder who has or will be impacted by this horrible reality is quite scary. To know that all it takes is for one person to stand up and be an advocate for someone else is a powerful feeling,” Heard added.

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.

(image caption – The University of St. Francis Criminal and Social Justice Department and Office of Institutional Diversity welcomed guest speaker and sexual assault survivor Tim Mousseau to campus for a special presentation of “Retaking Our Story: Reframing the Sexual Assault Conversation” in November. Photo credit – Damon Sloan)

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USF Senior Morayma Barron Honored as a 2019 Student Laureate by Lincoln Academy

Joliet, Ill. – For University of St. Francis (USF) senior Morayma Barron of Joliet, her college experience has been what a she had hoped it would be and more. She has been challenged to grow as a student, to serve those in need, and to prepare herself for life after graduation. Her own efforts are helping her achieve those goals and beyond, while also garnering her accolades some along the way, as Barron has recently been named 2019 Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.

Each year, the Lincoln Academy of Illinois honors one outstanding senior from each of the State’s four year, not-for-profit degree granting institutions and one outstanding senior from among all of the community college students who demonstrate leadership, service and academic excellence. Honorees were celebrated at the 45th Annual Convocation and Investiture of Student Laureates on Saturday, Nov. 16, 2019 at the Hall of Representatives of the Old State Capitol Historic Site in Springfield.

“Being selected as the Lincoln Laureate means everything to me. It means that I have been able to connect with so many different people who have gotten to know me well. It is also such a huge honor not only to be nominated, but also to actually be selected as a recipient. I work hard and have my hand in several cookie jars, but I do it because I want to. I never thought I would receive an award such as this. I am just really grateful,” said Barron, who was nominated for the award by Orlando Griego, dean of USF’s College of Business and Health Administration, and Jeff Chiapello, USF’s director of academic advising, and who is also Barron’s cross country and track coach.

Barron certainly maintains a full schedule at USF, both in and out of the classroom. In addition to her studies as a double major in accounting and management with a minor in marketing, Barron is a member of the USF Fighting Saints women’s cross country and track teams. She is also serves as a student worker for Student Enrollment and the Career Success Center, and is an active member of several organizations and honor societies, including: Arthur Schmitt Scholars, F.R.E.E. (finance club), S.C.A.L.E.S. (accounting club), University Success Scholars, S.T.A.T. (Student Today Alumni Tomorrow), San Alberto Hurtado Latino Honor Society, Duns Scotus Honors Program, Delta Mu Delta and Delta Epsilon Sigma.

Barron also values the ability to volunteer and give back to the community. Last spring, USF’s accounting department and its students offered free tax preparation services for qualifying community members through the organization of a Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) site. The group’s efforts were impactful, as they filed close to 260 tax returns for Joliet area residents.

“Volunteering at the VITA site was a great experience and I plan on doing it again this year. I had the opportunity to help low-income individuals get their taxes prepared. The best part for me was when I was able to help an individual who did not speak English. Growing up, neither of my parents spoke English too well, so often I had to be their translator. I never liked seeing my parents, or any individual, struggle to communicate. I know that they feel uncertain and do not want to embarrass themselves, so being able to help those individuals feel comfortable and understood is extremely important to me,” she said.

Barron also understands the importance of service, especially when one has the capacity to answer that call. She hopes that her own actions inspire others to answer that call, as well.

“I volunteer because I can. If I am able to help someone, then I see no reason why I shouldn’t do just that. It makes me happy to know that I helped someone or made a difference. It’s important to me because maybe other people will do the same,” she added.

As she enters the final leg of her undergraduate career at USF, Barron can begin to reflect on her experience at Joliet’s only four-year university with pride, knowing that it prepared her well for life after graduation this spring.

“I’ve experienced so many good things at USF. I have had so many wonderful opportunities to grow as a servant leader. I have been able to learn and study something I truly enjoy. I am a part of a great and hardworking team, and I have been able to meet such kind, caring and genuine people who want to see me succeed. I think the best part of it is that I got to experience all this and I will be graduating with zero college debt,” Barron said.

In addition to her final semester of coursework, Barron will continue to study for the CPA exam that she anticipates taking this spring. In June, she will begin her professional career with Deloitte, one of the big four accounting firms, as a tax consultant.

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.

(image caption – University of St. Francis senior Morayma Barron of Joliet, Ill., pictured with her mother and father, was named a 2019 Student Laureate by the Lincoln Academy of Illinois.)

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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.

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

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