Graduate and Transfer Open House Set for March 18

This event has been canceled as a preventative measure in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Questions about this cancellation can be directed to ssloka@stfrancis.edu.

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Joliet, Ill. – Are you a current college student who is planning to transfer from a community college? Are you coming from military service and wanting to advance your education? Are you wanting to complete your degree as an adult learner? Are you interested in earning a master’s or doctoral degree? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, the University of St. Francis (USF) invites you to attend its Graduate & Transfer Open House on Wednesday, Mar. 18, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in San Damiano Hall, which is located in the Motherhouse/Welcome Center at 520 Plainfield Road in Joliet. Visit stfrancis.edu/openhouse to register for this free event.

USF offers a variety of on-campus and online degree options, including undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. This variety of options is something that Eric Wignall, USF vice president of admissions, enrollment services and marketing, hopes will draw the interest of students of all ages and backgrounds.

“This is an evening event for people who are looking for a way to earn their next promotion, step up to the next opportunity, or even ‘fire-proof’ themselves against the next economic downturn. It is designed to be convenient for working adults who may have learned about the university online, but have more detailed questions For some, it might be a matter of transferring credit and earning the bachelor’s degree that they began years ago. For others it might be taking the next step to a graduate degree. Regardless the starting point, USF can help you move forward in that journey,” he said.

“You can speak with faculty, admissions counselors, financial aid representatives, academic advising staff, and even take a tour of campus,” he said. “We want you to experience USF firsthand and learn about all the academic programs our university has to offer.”

USF is unique in Illinois for having as many graduate as undergraduate students. Many public and private universities tend to have two or three times the number of undergraduates as graduate students.

“We offer a variety of options, depending on where you might be in your life and career. We offer online degree completion programs for adults who may have military training or community college credits, but did not yet finish a bachelor’s degree. We offer post-bachelor’s degree certificate programs, as well. The professional certificate programs have been very popular because they are online and very convenient for working adults, and the credits can later transfer to master’s degree programs,” Wignall said.

Wignall added that, while USF and its programs continue to be recognized nationally by ranking agencies including U.S. News and World Report, College Consensus and the Princeton Review, events like the open house on March 18 provide attendees with a personalized experience that can demonstrate the impact of its academic programs on an individual level.

“It’s nice to see us listed as a ‘best college’ or ‘best value’ but at our local events, like the open house, we can showcase the programs that work best for people who want to take that next step and earn a degree that can change their lives. Any of our students can attest to this personalized approach to education, and I really believe it makes USF unique,” he said.

“As we have grown, particularly our graduate and doctoral degree programs in nursing and business, the different rankings groups reclassified us from a Midwestern university to a national university. It was very gratifying to see our place in those rankings actually increase, even in the face of more competition from much larger institutions,” Wignall added.

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 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 to Host Free Coding Workshop for Educators on April 2

This event has been postponed as a preventative measure in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. More information will follow when available.

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Joliet, Ill. – Area educators (grades 6-12) are invited to attend a free coding workshop designed around basic coding principles in the fun world of Karel the Dog from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Apr. 2, in the University of St. Francis’ (USF) LaVerne and Dorothy Brown Science Hall (Room B206) on the main USF campus at 500 Wilcox Street in Joliet. The event is sponsored by the USF Noyce STEM Educator Program.

No coding experience is required. In addition to basic coding principles, the session will focus on the importance of teaching computer science, as well as basics of the CodeHS platform and how it can help students to learn how to code. Attendees will make several Karel the Dog programs (in JavaScript) to share and will be able to take their knowledge and CodeHS materials back to the classroom to teach their own students to code, too! Educators can also earn two professional development (PD) clock hours for participating in the workshop.

Visit stfrancis.edu/real/professional-learning to register and for directions to campus. Please note that registration closes on Mar. 25 and that space is limited.

Instructor Lea Sloan has been part of computer science education since she was bitten by the teaching coding bug in 2004. She has taught computer science courses to high school students, college students, and corporate web developers. Lea is currently the Director of Professional Development for CodeHS, a comprehensive platform for teaching coding and computer science, and previously served as the organization’s Computer Science Curriculum Developer.

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 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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Coding workshop (small)

Department of Social Work to Host Licensure Exam Prep Workshop

This event has been canceled as a preventative measure in light of the COVID-19 outbreak. Please contact kmacek@stfrancis.edu if you have any questions.

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Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) Department of Social Work will host a social work licensure exam prep workshop on Saturday, March 21 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. This intensive, 8-hour, preparatory review workshop for LSW/ LCSW licensure will be taught by USF social work instructors Kyung-Mee Choi, Ph.D., MSW; Laura Honegger, Ph.D., LCSW and Joyce Kraus, MSW, LCSW. Relevant examination content will be covered, such as social work practice theories and terminology; therapeutic strategies; practice techniques; assessment and diagnosis; professional ethics; and diversity sensitive practice. This workshop includes 8 hours of CEUs and will also include test-taking strategies, sample test questions, and a course manual review.

Workshop registration costs are as follows:

  • Community Attendees with Study Package ($250)
  • Community Attendees without Study Package ($60)
  • USF Alumni with Study Package ($220)
  • USF Alumni without Study Package ($30)
  • Current USF Field Instructors/Supervisors with Study Package ($220)
  • Current USF Field Instructors/Supervisors without Study Package ($30)

Visit https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=YQxK2D to register (registration is necessary). The workshop will take place in Brown Science Hall (Room B114) on the main USF campus, which is located at 500 Wilcox Street in Joliet.

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 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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Social Work Licensure Exam Prep Workshop

Relay For Life Returns to USF on March 22

February 12, 2019 | Joliet, Ill.

The University of St. Francis’ Student Government Association will host its annual Relay For Life event to benefit the American Cancer Society on Friday, Mar. 22 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Pat Sullivan Recreation Center. The event is open to the public.

This year’s event, Carnival for a Cure, will feature a variety of carnival-themed games and booths that will include food, crafts, games and music. There will also be a survivor dinner and a survivor lap to start the event.

Participants can also donate their hair at the event. For additional details on this, please contact Victoria Daugherty by email at victoriadaugherty@stfrancis.edu.

To register a team for the event, to make a donation, dedicate a Luminaria or to learn more about the event, please visit stfrancis.edu or click here.

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 4,000 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 49,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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