USF to honor BMO Harris Bank

The University of St. Francis (USF) will dedicate a room at its Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center to honor BMO Harris Bank for its contribution to the university and downtown Joliet, announced USF President Arvid C. Johnson.

BMO Harris Bank donated the former Mode theater building, now the Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center, to the University of St. Francis in fall 2012. The university has since invested more than $2.7 million to renovate the interior and exterior of the building to create an exceptional learning environment. The building opened to classes in August 2014.

The BMO Harris Bank Community Room will be dedicated at 11:30 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 6 at the Plaster Center, 16-18 W. Van Buren St., Joliet. The Robert W. Plaster Free Enterprise Center is part of the University’s downtown St. Bonaventure Campus. For information or reservations, call (815) 740-5045.

“We are pleased to honor BMO Harris Bank and its vision for our city, as well as the bank’s support of higher education,” said Johnson. “Studies have shown that higher education facilities are key components to the revitalization of downtown areas. BMO has supported the vision our city has for a vibrant downtown with its very generous donation of the building.”

“Our students are also enjoying an exciting learning environment in an urban campus. Since the building opened, we have had students asking that more and more classes be held there,” added Johnson.

“While BMO Harris Bank is one of the largest banks in the Midwest and Joliet/Will County area, it is committed to the communities it serves,” said Neil McManus, Market President. “We very much believe that the downtown can be the showcase for our vibrant community. The partnership with USF is an investment in education, the future workforce, our city and our county,” he added.

Along with the BMO Harris Bank Community Room, the 18,000-square-foot Plaster Center houses classrooms, a courtroom for mock trial activities, student study and leisure space, computer labs and offices. A business incubator is a major feature of the facility.

“It is important for us at BMO Harris to have the room named to welcome the community,” said McManus. “We wanted to be part of the important outreach that the BMO Harris Bank Community Room represents. This room will be open to community meetings and activities sponsored by the university as well as by other organizations.”

BMO Harris Bank provides a broad range of personal banking products and solutions through more than 600 branches and approximately 1,300 ATMs in Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kansas, Missouri, Minnesota, Nevada, Arizona and Florida. BMO Harris Bank’s commercial banking team provides a combination of sector expertise, local knowledge and mid-market focus throughout the U.S.

For more information about BMO Harris Bank, go to the company fact sheet. Banking products and services are provided by BMO Harris Bank N.A. and are subject to bank or credit approval. BMO Harris Bank® is a trade name used by BMO Harris Bank N.A. Member FDIC. BMO Harris Bank is part of BMO Financial Group, a North American financial organization with approximately 1,600 branches, and CDN $589 billion in assets (as of Oct. 31, 2014).

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., has 46,000 alumni throughout the country. USF serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and sciences, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit

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