Feb. 13, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.
The University of St. Francis (USF) thanks Midland States Bank for their generous donation of $25,000 toward the Leach College of Nursing (LCON) expansion campaign.
In honor of the donation, a faculty office will be named after Midland States Bank at the St. Clare campus in Joliet. Dan Stevenson, bank president and USF trustee, presented the check to Arvid C. Johnson, USF president, and Carol Wilson, dean of the Leach College of Nursing, on Jan. 20. Several students and faculty members were present to show their appreciation.
“By providing this contribution, Midland is living up to its ‘Great Strength. More Heart.’ commitment,” remarked Stevenson. “Midland is committed to supporting organizations like the University of St. Francis and initiatives that help students pursue further education and achieve their individual career goals. We are proud to support the University of St. Francis in Joliet.”
The LCON expansion campaign began in 2014 with the purchase and renovation of the former Guardian Angel Home building in Joliet, Ill. The building has since been renamed Guardian Angel Hall and was officially opened in August of 2016 for classes. The $9 million renovation of Guardian Angel included the creation of two testing centers, two tutoring rooms, six primary care exam rooms, classrooms, faculty offices and lounge and study spaces. In addition to these renovations, nursing students utilize six state-of-the-art laboratories, four simulation and two skills labs as a means of enhancing the student’s professional competency. In these labs, students are able to practice skills in a safe learning environment, allowing them to grow confident in their abilities and learn from their mistakes via hands-on instruction.
LCON students and faculty occupy three of the four floors in the building. This expansion has allowed USF to increase admission of nursing students into their highly competitive program.
“We thank Midland States Bank for helping us to educate the next generation of nurses,” says Wilson. “Donations such as this help us to expand all of our nursing programs. Starting this May, we are launching a part-time BSN option, available on evenings, weekends and during the summer, so working parents and others can obtain a quality education while still working full-time to provide for their families.”
The Leach College of Nursing maintains the highest possible accreditations from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and LCON programming is consistently ranked by national resources such U.S. News & World Report. LCON offers a wide spectrum of programming including Bachelor of Science degree in nursing, an R.N. to BSN degree completion program, an MSN with concentrations in family nurse practitioner, psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner, nursing administration and nursing education, a Doctor of Nursing Practice degree and several post-master’s certificates. For a full listing of programming, please visit stfrancis.edu/LCON.
If you are interested in supporting the Leach College of Nursing expansion campaign, please visit stfrancis.edu/lcon-expansion-campaign.
The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,850 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are 47,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu. University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.