USF to Host Free Coding Workshop for Educators on April 2

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)

USF Named One of the Nation’s Top Military Friendly Schools by VIQTORY

Joliet, Ill. –  The University of St. Francis (USF) announced today that it has earned the 2020-2021 Military Friendly® School distinction by VIQTORY. This is the tenth consecutive year the university has received this prestigious designation. Each year the list of Military Friendly® schools is provided to service members and their families, which helps them to select the best institution for the education needed to pursue a civilian career.

“USF maintains the highest standards in our programs and assists veterans in both the admission process and applying for their applicable benefits,” said Bruce Foote, Veterans Certifying Officer at USF.

Since 2000, 172 veterans, spouses or dependents have graduated from USF. Another 53 veterans, spouses and dependents are currently enrolled in one of USF’s undergraduate and graduate degree programs. The university also offers a 20% veterans/military discount program that is available to veterans and active military who have exhausted their Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits and includes spouses of active duty military personnel not eligible for VA benefits. This discount is extended to drilling members of the National Guard/Reserves and active duty military personnel and employees of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. This discount program only applies to master’s degree programs at University of St. Francis. This discount program only applies to master’s degree programs at University of St. Francis.

Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey completed by the school. More than 1,000 schools participated in the 2020-2021 survey, with 625 schools earning the designation from every state in the country.

The 2020-2021 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine. The list can also currently be found at militaryfriendly.com.

About Military Friendly® Schools
The Military Friendly® Schools list has come to set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses. This prestigious list provides a comprehensive guide for veterans and their families using data sources from federal agencies and proprietary survey information from participating organizations.

The Military Friendly® Schools list is created each year based on extensive research using public data sources for more than 8,800 schools nationwide and responses to the proprietary, data-driven Military Friendly® Schools survey from participating institutions. The survey questions, methodology, criteria and weighting were developed with the assistance of an independent research firm and an advisory council of educators and employers. Ernst & Young (EY), a global leader in assurance, tax, transaction and advisory services, independently evaluated the scoring methodology used for the Military Friendly® Schools list using the criteria set forth by VIQTORY.  The services performed by EY are were limited to advisory procedures and do not provide assurance over the scoring methodology. The survey is administered for free and is open to all post-secondary schools that wish to participate. Criteria for consideration can be found at militaryfriendly.com

 

About VIQTORY
Founded in 2001, VIQTORY is a service-disabled, veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that connects the military community to civilian employment, educational and entrepreneurial opportunities through its G.I. Jobs®, Military Spouse, Military Friendly® brands.  VIQTORY and its brands are not a part of or endorsed by the U.S. Department of Defense or any federal government entity. Learn more about VIQTORY at viqtory.com.

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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Department of Social Work to Host Licensure Exam Prep Workshop

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

Teresa Walters, International First Lady of Piano, Coming to USF on March 27

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) continues its yearlong centennial celebration as it welcomes “The International First Lady of Piano” Teresa Walters for a special concert event at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, Mar. 27, in Sexton Auditorium (Moser Performing Arts Center). Tickets for the event cost $10 per adult and $7 per senior citizen (65+) and non-USF student. Current USF students and staff are admitted free of charge with a university ID. For tickets, visit stfrancis.edu/music-at-moser or call 815-740-3395.

Dr. Teresa Walters has performed as recitalist and orchestral soloist on six continents and in most of the 50 states in the U.S. at venues including Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, Wigmore Hall in London, the Salle Cortot in Paris, Moscow’s Great Hall, Australia’s International Conservatorium and Jerusalem’s Concert Hall. Her Lincoln Center recital in New York earned a standing ovation from a capacity crowd. Walters will present her acclaimed program, “Celebrating Our World,” a concert of music for solo piano, which honors the world’s shared heritage and common humanity. Visit teresawalters.com for more information.

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.

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Midland States Bank Foundation Awards Grant to Leach College of Nursing

Joliet, Ill. – The Midland States Bank Foundation recently presented the University of St. Francis’ (USF) Leach College of Nursing with a $5,000 grant to support community nursing and primary care research for community health care. Dan Stevenson, Midland States Bank Senior Vice President of Banking and Cornell Lurry, Midland States Bank Regional Community Development Relationship Manager presented the grant check to the university.

“As Joliet’s only four-year university, USF is proud of the support it receives from community-based organizations such as Midland States Bank and the Midland States Bank Foundation. This grant will support community nursing and primary care research for community health care, and serves as a reminder of the power of partnership. We sincerely thank the Midland States Bank Foundation for its support of our university and our students,” said USF President Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D.

Stevenson echoed Johnson’s comments and reiterated the importance of partnership through education.

“USF works tirelessly to make our Joliet community stronger through the power of education,“ commented Stevenson. “As partners in the community, we are able to see Joliet and the surrounding areas positively affected. We are invested in the communities we serve and want them to thrive.”

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.

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(image caption – The Midland States Bank Foundation recently presented USF’s Leach College of Nursing with a $5,000 grant to purchase a variety of community health research resources. Pictured from left to right are Ebere Ume, Dean of USF’s Leach College of Nursing; Kristin Short, USF Vice President for University Advancement; Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., USF President; Dan Stevenson, Midland States Bank Senior Vice President of Banking; and Cornell Lurry, Midland States Bank Regional Community Development Relationship Manager.)

Relay For Life Returns to USF for Centennial-Themed Event

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. 27 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. in the Pat Sullivan Center. The event is open to the public.

This year’s event, Living 100, will feature a variety of centennial-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 Bravo by email at victoriabravo@stfrancis.edu.

Click here to register a team, make a donation, dedicate a Luminaria or learn more about the event.

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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