Three Instructors Earn Title of Professor Emeritus at USF

Joliet, Ill. – With the spring 2021 semester at the University of St. Francis (USF) concluding on Friday, May 7, three of the university’s faculty members have now officially earned the title of Professor Emeritus and will begin their retirement. The title of Professor Emeritus is granted by the university president (Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D.) – with the consent of the Academic Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees – in recognition of a faculty member’s loyalty and unique contribution to USF and commonly marks the professional retirement of the title’s recipient.

Debra Bacharz, Ph.D., held the rank of Professor of Nursing in the USF Leach College of Nursing and maintained a full-time faculty appointment at USF for 30 years. She earned her BSN from Marycrest College, her M.S. from Northern Illinois University, and her Ph.D. from Capella University.

For Bacharz, teaching for the past three decades has been a true calling.

“My teaching at USF has been my passion for the last 30 years! Through all the ups and downs – pandemic and all – it has been my joy and privilege to serve our future nurses.  The expertise, dedication and collegiality of the USF faculty and staff has added to added to that joy and privilege,” she said.

As she begins her retirement, Bacharz is already set to enjoy her newfound free time.

“I will walk on the beach more, spend as much time as possible with my family, especially my grandchildren, and maybe write an article or two,” she said.

Patricia Pascoe, M.S., held the rank of Assistant Professor with Distinguished Teaching Faculty Status in the USF College of Arts and Sciences and maintained a full-time faculty appointment at USF for 41 years. Pascoe earned her B.S. from St. Norbert College and her M.S. from Bowling Green State University.

As she reflects on her teaching experience at USF, Pascoe uses two words to describe it.

“My teaching experience at USF can be summarized as one of passion and growth. The passion was for my discipline and our wonderful students. Growth in my discipline was being able to develop a comprehensive human anatomy program, which uses cadavers for teaching and provides students with the unique experience of cadaver dissection. I have fond memories of the two years I spent in Albuquerque with the PA program and I am proud to have been a part of its establishment. A large part of my success at USF stems from my loving and supportive family,” she said.

Pascoe added that her fondest memories center around the experiences she shared with her students.

“My fondest memories of teaching at USF involve working shoulder to shoulder with my students, both as lab assistants and in my dissection class. These students have touched my life. I am especially proud of the students who went on to do graduate work in anatomy and those who found successful niches in healthcare,” she said.

While she knows that many projects await her, Pascoe begins her retirement awaiting the guidance of her heart.

“I am intentionally planning to do nothing until my heart leads me in a new direction. I have many projects that need my attention, but I am going to take some time to “be comforted by the sweet territory of silence,” Pascoe said.

Anthony Zordan, CPA, DBA, held the rank of (full) Professor in the USF College of Business and Health Administration and maintained a full-time faculty appointment at USF for 38 years. Zordan earned his BSC and MBA at DePaul University, and earned his DBA from Nova Southeastern University.

As Zordan reflects on his teaching experience at USF, he places a high level of importance on connecting with his students.

“I tried to motivate students to do two things: to ‘get it’; to understand the material, and to see their work as a vocation and calling. I also tried to motivate them by letting them know I loved them by taking an interest, showing I cared, getting to class early and staying late, by going to some of their sporting events, wearing a tie. It sounds corny, but that’s why I wore a tie,” he said.

Now that his retirement has begun, Zordan already has a variety of plans for his new journey.

“My only commitment as of today is to start giving piano lessons to the 6 year old son of one of my nieces, although I’ve never given lessons. I also plan to learn Spanish and am starting with signing up for a class at USF this fall,” he said.

“Ultimately, I want to be open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and I think he is leading me in the direction of  continuing with the work of the Wheeler Grant to help students and maybe even businesses see their work as vocation, along with helping seniors navigate Social Security and Medicare, and helping the chronically unemployed,” Zordan added.

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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 51,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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USF Faculty Members Promoted to Professor

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) recently announced that two faculty members from the USF College of Arts and Sciences – Debra Workman, Ph.D., and Jacqueline Wittke-Thompson, Ph.D. – were promoted to the rank of full Professor. The rank, which is formally approved by the University President based on the recommendation of the Provost and the Rank, Promotion and Tenure Committee, officially begins with the start of the fall 2021 semester at USF.

“The rank of full Professor is earned with ten years or more of full-time teaching experience at a four-year college or university and a record of accomplishment that demonstrates sustained excellence in teaching, scholarship and service. At the University of St. Francis, Professors are outstanding teachers in their fields and leaders in the broad academic arena,” said Beth Roth, Ph.D., USF Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Debra Workman, Ph.D., teaches history in the USF College of Arts and Sciences. She earned both her B.A. and her M.A. in history from the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and earned her Ph.D. in modern European history from the University of Kansas. Workman has taught at USF since 2007.

“Receiving a promotion to full professor is the realization of a goal of many years.  It is gratifying to know that I have spent my career at the most exciting place I’ve ever found – the University – as I have been able to share my love and appreciation of history with my students.  Today they are teaching or working in all levels of education, and some are working in business, politics, and law. It is a pleasure to follow their careers and I am excited to continue mentoring students. I also look forward to adding new knowledge in my research field, with the recent acceptance of an article,” Workman said.

Jacqueline Wittke-Thompson, Ph.D., teaches biology in the USF College of Arts and Sciences. Wittke-Thompson earned her B.S. in biology from Loyola University in Chicago, and then earned her Ph.D. in human genetics from The University of Chicago. She has taught at USF since 2010.

“This promotion is recognition of the last 20 years of hard work and overcoming many challenges – from being only 21 years old when starting a PhD program at one of the best universities in the world and as a first-generation student, to having my children while in graduate school and as a post-doc, to being hired at USF first as a Visiting Assistant Professor and then a tenure-track Assistant Professor, and having to consistently learn new scientific methods to construct a successful research program. This is an acknowledgement of my continuing contributions to USF in the areas of teaching biology, research with undergraduates in genetics and genomics, service on numerous committees and within the scientific community, and my leadership as a department chair.  This promotion also helps to increase the number of Professors that are women at USF, as Professors who are women and especially in science disciplines continue to be in the minority across the country,” Wittke-Thompson said.

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Three USF Faculty Members Earn Tenure

Joliet, Ill. – Three faculty members from the University of St. Francis (USF) were approved for tenure status by the USF Board of Trustees in February. The status officially begins with the start of the fall 2021 semester at USF. The three faculty members were also promoted to Associate Professor, which also takes effect in the fall.

“Tenure is awarded to faculty based on a record of achievement at the university in the areas of teaching, scholarship and service. It is a mutual commitment to uphold academic excellence and the mission of the University of St. Francis,” said Beth Roth, Ph.D., USF Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs.

Carol Lindee, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Logistics, Supply Chain & Analytics in the USF College of Business & Health Administration. She earned both her B.S. and her MBA from the University of Pittsburgh, and earned her Ph.D. from the Illinois Institute of Technology-Stuart School of Business. Lindee has taught at USF since 2014.

“I am honored to have the opportunity to teach our amazing students about supply chain management and the world of business.  Serving the university and community in various aspects, along with my research and scholarship activities, have also been very rewarding aspects of my role at USF.  Being granted tenure is an exciting milestone, and I look forward to many more years of contribution to this great institution,” Lindee said.

Jessica Monu, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor of Recreation and Sport Management in the USF College of Arts & Sciences. Monu earned her B.A. from the University of Northern Iowa. She then earned her M.S. from the University of Southern Mississippi, and her Ph.D. from Middle Tennessee State University. Monu has taught at USF since 2015.

“I am honored that USF sees in me what I see in USF, the future is endless. I could not have received this honor without the community that surrounds me personally and professionally. Nothing is accomplished alone,” Monu said.

Eyal Sagi, Ph.D. is the Department Chair & Assistant Professor of Psychology in the USF College of Arts & Sciences. Sagi earned his B.A. from Tel-Aviv University in Israel, and then went on to earn both his M.A. and his Ph.D. from Northwestern University. Sagi has taught at USF since 2015.

“For me, tenure is not merely a recognition of my efforts to enrich and prepare our students for the future but also a promise for the future. I see the grant of tenure as a transition from my academic ‘childhood’ to ‘adulthood’ and feel that I, and especially my teaching style and ability, have substantially grown and developed over the past six years. I look forward to using this growth as a seed from which my post-tenure academic career will continue to develop and thrive in the wonderful community of learners that is the University of St. Francis,” Sagi offered.

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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 51,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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USF Invites the Community to Celebrate Women’s History Month

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) Women’s History Month Committee has planned a series of events in honor of Women’s History Month and is excited to celebrate (both virtually and in person) with the community throughout March.

The month kicks off on Wednesday, March 10 with The Clare Award presentation to Dr. Ngozi Ezike, Director of the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH). The virtual ceremony, which will begin at 12 p.m. on Zoom, will also honor last year’s recipient, Roxiana Fuqua of Generation Dance. The Clare Award seeks to highlight women of vision who have transformed the world in their time. Both honorees are exemplars for their fields and their communities.

On Thursday, March 11 at 3 p.m., Dr. Madonna Murphy (USF College of Education) will shine light on some significant women who have been important in the history of the University of St. Francis in her presentation, “101 Years of USF History Through the Decades: Important Women.” Murphy’s talk will begin with Mother Alfred Moes and then highlight one woman from each decade of 1920-2020.

On Friday, March 12 at 1 p.m., Dr. Deborah Glenn (USF College of Education) and Dr. Elizabeth McDermott (USF College of Arts & Sciences) will lead a discussion of Dr. Sally Roesch Wagner’s Women’s Suffrage. The book discussion continues in memory of Dr. Elva Dawson, a beloved USF professor who was scheduled to lead this discussion March 2020 when events were abruptly cancelled.

USF Women’s History Month Committee members Jessica Peek, USF Director of University Ministry and Dr. Mary Ann Andrade, Director of the USF Counseling & Wellness Center, will host a “Knit Happens: A Virtual Knitting Workshop for Beginners” on Tuesday, March 16 at 6 p.m.  Attendees can de-stress, learn about the importance of knitting in the women’s movement, and finish a project during the course of the meeting.

Continue to unwind and reflect by attending the screening and discussion of “On The Basis of Sex” on Thursday, March 25 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the Sexton Auditorium located in the Moser Performing Arts Center (space is limited). An optional Zoom link will be provided.

To cap the month, we celebrate Women Who Light Our Way and Our Lives with a virtual Tea and video on Friday, March 26 at 2 p.m. honoring local women nominated by faculty and staff.

All events are open to the public. Please contact Joanna Kourtidis at jkourtidis@stfrancis.edu with questions or for Zoom login information.

USF Women’s History Month Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and administrators who are passionate about engaging students and the community.

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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 51,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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USF’s Antonou Named a Keynote Speaker for Annual Mathematical Association Event

Joliet, Ill. – University of St. Francis (USF) College of Arts & Sciences mathematics instructor Angela Antonou, Ph.D., has been invited to be a keynote speaker at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Illinois Section of the Mathematical Association of America (MAA). The virtual event will take place on March 12-13.

Antonou’s presentation is titled, “Encouraging and Supporting Undergraduate Research”.

“There are many challenges in engaging students in undergraduate mathematics research.  These challenges can be exacerbated by limitations experienced by faculty at smaller private institutions.  In my own experience, I learned to be diligent in seeking out potential topics for undergraduate research and to be flexible with the field to which this research would relate,” she said.

“Since many of our own students at University of St. Francis might not have the opportunity to complete their upper division courses (such as abstract algebra or real analysis) until their senior year, it was also important to seek out research activities that did not assume this background.  In this talk, I’ll share my own efforts to encourage students to participate in research activities (whether in small-scale or large-scale research experiences), which includes a discussion about topic identification and potential research formats, as well as successes and lessons learned,” she added.

Following the presentation, event participants will be invited to enter into breakout rooms based on specific sub-topics (identified on the registration form for the conference) where they can contribute their own experience to the conversation.

“This will be a deviation from traditional talks. I hope to use this as a chance for the mathematics community to collaborate with each other,” Antonou said.

As she prepares for the event, Antonou looks forward to the opportunities that this opportunity carries with it.

“I am very honored to have been invited to share my acquired knowledge and my experiences. What this opportunity really means to me, though, is more opportunity! With the new virtual format for many of these meetings, people are missing the connection they are used to from in-person meetings.  I am hoping that the collaborative element to the talk will open conversations and create new connections across institutions.  I also hope that this conversation might persist beyond the conference,” Antonou said.

Last fall, Antonou earned the Early Career Teaching Award through the Illinois Section of the MAA. Antonou, who has been an assistant professor with USF since 2014, will formally accept the award at the 2021 Annual Meeting of the Illinois Section of the MAA.

Visit sections.maa.org/illinois/meetings/2021/2021AnnualMeeting.html for more information on the event.

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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 51,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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Social Work Department to Host Licensure Exam Prep Workshop

Social Work Licensure Prep Exam Workshop

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) Department of Social Work will host a virtual social work licensure exam prep workshop on Saturday, February 6 and Saturday, February 13. This two-session workshop runs for four hours, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., on both days.

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; Joyce Kraus, MSW, LCSW; and Audrey Davis, Ed.D., MSW, LCSW, PEL.

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 include test-taking strategies, sample test questions, and a course manual review. If you plan to get licensed, don’t miss this University of St. Francis event! Last year’s workshop attendees are eligible for a discounted registration.

Workshop registration costs are as follows:

  • Community Attendees without Study Package ($60)
  • USF Social Work Alumna/Alumni ($30)
  • Current USF Field Instructors/Supervisors ($30)
  • Clinical Exam Prep Package – Self Study ($190)
  • Masters Exam Prep Package – Self Study ($190)

Visit https://secure.acceptiva.com/?cst=YQxK2D to register (pre-registration is necessary). The workshop will be administered virtually through Zoom.

For questions regarding workshop registration or discounts for last year’s attendees, please contact Laura Honegger at lhonegger@stfrancis.edu.

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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 51,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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