Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF), under the patronage of Saint Francis and Sister Clare of Assisi, invites community members to submit nominations for the 2023 Sister Clare Award, which recognizes women of vision who have transformed the world of their time. The award is presented each year to a deserving recipient USF in the spirit of its sister, Clare. Who comes to mind when you think about a woman who has made a difference in the lives of others through service? Nominate her today through the following link: Nominations should be received by February 14, 2023. The award recipient will be notified by March 1st, and a reception will be held to celebrate the recognition. Decisions for the award will be made by members of the USF Women’s History Month committee. The first award was presented in 2013 during Women’s History Month to the university’s founding congregation, the Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate.  Other honorees have included Diane Nilan (2014), Cleopatra Pendelton (2015), Bernice Sandler (2016), Mona Purdy (2017), Petra Jamie (2018), Nancy Economu (2019), Roxiana Fuqua (2020), Dr. Ngozi Ezike (2021), and Patricia Alvarez (2022). Please contact Dr. Maribeth Hearn by phone at 815-740-3384 or by email at with any questions. : : 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 53,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose. # # #