Two USF Online Programs Recognized by The Princeton Review

Joliet, Ill. – The Princeton Review, a national ranking agency that provides admissions resources for college and graduate school-bound students, recently recognized two online programs offered at the University of St. Francis (USF). USF’s online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership and its online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) programs were included in The Princeton Review’s Best Online Doctor of Education Programs and Best Master of Science in Nursing Programs lists, respectively.

“It’s one thing when a school tells everyone how wonderful they are, but it’s something else when professional groups and publishers across the country speak out. USF faculty and instructors provide our students with nationally-recognized education and experiences every day, so this type of acknowledgement of their efforts and the university’s programs is both invaluable and validating,” said Eric Wignall, USF vice president of admissions.

Online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership Program

The online Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Educational Leadership program at USF brings together practitioner-scholars to support doctoral candidates in learning and scholarship. The program is a combination of research, experiential learning, and shared knowledge about the key skills needed to lead, inspire, and educate. The program degree is designed for master’s prepared professionals from every career path.

“Our online programs are designed to provide students from all over the country exemplary learning experiences that equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to advance their careers and contribute to the world in a meaningful way.  The courses challenge and support the students in the learning process and offer them an opportunity to interact with other professionals and exceptional faculty members. To have our online doctoral program recognized in this manner is an indication and a validation that we are realizing our mission to develop high quality leaders who can have a significant positive impact on their communities,” said John Gambro, Ed.D., dean of the USF College of Education.

Two program concentrations include Superintendent Endorsement and Leadership, Learning, and Stewardship. Visit stfrancis.edu/educational-leadership-edd for program information. Visit princetonreview.com and search the keywords “online Doctor of Education” to view The Princeton Review’s Best Online Doctor of Education Programs listing.

Online Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) Program

Advanced practice nurses are often called on to assume leadership roles in the profession and in health care delivery. Graduates of the USF MSN program will incorporate their education and research into a practice that is reflective of the dynamic needs of a diverse population.

“Our Master of Science in Nursing programs offer knowledge, skills, and resources to enhance careers available to members of our community across Illinois and the Midwest by using online learning platforms. The competencies developed in our programs are evident by the care that is given back to the community by our graduates. However, we do not prepare our students just for a career. Our MSN students enhance their passion to actualize the core values of serving others as advanced practice nurses. Besides being well-trained, skilled, and confident in their areas as advanced nurse practitioners, they are compassion-rooted providers at all times, most especially during the most vulnerable times,” said USF Leach College of Nursing dean Yeijin Yeom, Ph.D., RN, CNE.

Program options include Family Nurse Practitioner, Nursing Administration, Nursing Education, Psychiatric/Mental Health Nurse Practitioner and R.N.-B.S.-MSN. Visit stfrancis.edu/msn for more information. Visit princetonreview.com and search the keywords “online Master of Science in Nursing” to view The Princeton Review’s Best Master of Science in Nursing Programs listing.

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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 52,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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USF Once Again Offering Summer Program for Future Educators

Future Educator Summer Academy 2022 registration information

Joliet, Ill. – High School students considering a career in education and who are interested in a unique, on-campus leadership experience are encouraged to participate in the University of St. Francis (USF) College of Education’s Future Educator Summer Academy 2022 in June.  

USF’s Future Educator Summer Academy 2022 will take place on June 14-15, 2022, on the university’s main campus in Joliet. The experience will provide opportunities for participants to:

  • explore careers in education and learn what it takes to be a GREAT teacher;
  • network with educators and other high school students interested in teaching;
  • enjoy USF’s challenge course and discover team building as a tool for learning;
  • spend two days and one night in a USF dorm, supervised by adult program facilitators, and;
  • leave inspired and focused on a plan to become a successful educator.

“The Future Educator Summer Academy program is crucially important for two reasons. First, it allows high school students who are either dreaming of, or considering the possibility of, becoming a teacher have their dreams validated. Second, it inspires students to go into this profession with eyes wide open through inspiring and challenging activities,” said Future Educator Summer Academy program coordinator and USF reading program coordinator Amy Schroeder.

“In 2021 over 6,200 education positions in Illinois remained unfilled. It is the College of Education’s mission to provide the students of Illinois with the best teachers around, and recruiting the best and brightest from high schools is the first step,” Schroeder added.

The program is open to high school students who have completed at least their sophomore year. The cost per participant for the program is $80 and includes accommodations, meals and a t-shirt. A limited number of scholarships are available to qualifying students. To register, visit stfrancis.edu/education. Space for this program is limited. Contact program coordinator Amy Schroeder at aschroeder@stfrancis.edu with any questions.

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U.S. News Recognizes USF on Its 2023 Best Education Schools Listing

Joliet, Ill. – U.S. News & World Report released its 2023 Best Education Schools listing today, and the University of St. Francis (USF) is proud to announce its inclusion in the annual publication.

According to USF College of Education dean John Gambro, Ed.D., USF effectively prepares teachers to excel as they begin their respective careers.

“We focus on excellence and prepare teachers to excel on their first day in the classroom. Our graduates have confidence that allows them to be successful in helping students reach their fullest potential. USF has one of the best teacher education programs in Illinois with 100% pass rates on all required tests. This reputation for excellence sets our graduates apart and results in USF teacher candidates being highly sought-after for employment after graduation,” Gambro said.

Although the many challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic continue to have a lingering effect on the teaching profession, Gambro believes the preparation that USF teaching students receive positions them to succeed even as the needs of students, parents and schools change.

“Preparing the next generation of teachers is more important now than ever before. Due to the pandemic, the challenges that educators face require that they are highly skilled in differentiating to meet the academic and social emotional needs of students.  This level of skill requires a student-centered approach that affirms and values the diversity and individual differences that each student brings to a learning experience. To that end, our programs develop teachers who educate the whole person and design developmentally appropriate learning environments that allow all students to maximize their potential,” Gambro said.

“We place a high priority on real-world experience and getting students involved in actual teaching as soon as possible.  After their first semester freshman year, students are able to complete a field experience in a classroom every semester.  That’s a very unique feature not available in other schools,” Gambro added.

Visit stfrancis.edu/education for more information on USF’s undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs.

Click here for more information on U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 Best Education Schools listing.

About U.S News & World Report’s Ranking Methodology

According to U.S. News & World Report, the organization “evaluated education schools on research activity, academic excellence of entering students, faculty resources, and opinions on program quality from education school deans and school hiring professionals. In fall 2021 and early 2022, U.S. News collected statistical and reputation data directly from education schools for the overall Best Education Schools ranking. The data was also used for nine distinct rankings in education specialty areas and for populating each education school’s individual directory page. Altogether, 457 schools granting doctoral education degrees were surveyed. Among them, 274 responded, providing the data needed to be eligible for inclusion in the overall graduate education rankings.”

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USF Announces Fall 2021 Graduates

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) celebrated its Winter Commencement on Saturday, December 18, to recognize its graduates for the fall 2021 semester. Three in-person ceremonies (College of Education Ceremony at 9 a.m.; College of Business & Health Administration Ceremony at 11:30 a.m.; and the College of Arts & Sciences and Leach College of Nursing Ceremonies at 2 p.m.) were held in USF’s Pat Sullivan Center on the university’s main campus in Joliet. USF congratulates its graduates and wishes them peace, success, and the very best in all of their endeavors.

USF Fall 2021 graduates included:

College of Arts & Sciences
Master’s Degrees
Jenna Lanoue (Manteno, IL)
Master of Social Work – Social Work

Davisha Pulley (Joliet, IL)
Master of Social Work – Social Work

Bachelor’s Degrees
Matthew Attard (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology

Thiago Bandeira (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Biology

Jacob Bayuk (Plainfield, IL)
Bachelor of Arts – Communication & Media Arts

Sara Cahill (Kinsman, IL)
Bachelor of Arts – English

Morgan Cattle-McKenzie (Hull, United Kingdom)
Bachelor of Science – Biology

Laisha Corona (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology

Jennifer Duax (Crestwood, IL)
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology

Katherine Fierro (Chicago, IL)
Bachelor of Social Work – Social Work

Keely Garbacz (Hickory Hills, IL)
Bachelor of Arts – Recreation & Sport Management

Amanda Graf (Kankakee, IL)
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology

Matthew Hamilton (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Computer Science

Brandon Jarosz (New Lenox, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Digital Audio Recording Arts

Yashleen Kheterpal (Durg, Chhattisgarh, India)
Bachelor of Science – Computer Science

Martina Kotrba (Minooka, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Biology

Zhaobo Liu (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Mathematics & Computer Science

Alexander Lopez (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology

Joshua Martinez (Lockport, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Biology

Charleen Mascote (Streator, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Biology

Terra Metz (Chicago, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Mathematics-Secondary

Kelli Pietrowski (Wheeling, IL)
Bachelor of Arts – Psychology

Erica Powers (Romeoville, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Biology

Jose Sanchez (Wood Dale, IL)
Bachelor of Arts – Criminal & Social Justice

Hannah Schilling (Ottawa, IL)
Bachelor of Social Work – Social Work

Alexa Valencia-Corona (Decatur, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Biology

Alyssa Vann (Crete, IL)
Bachelor of Arts – Criminal & Social Justice

Ryan Webb (Bolingbrook, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Digital Audio Recording Arts

Brooklyn Withey (Lapeer, MI)
Bachelor of Arts – Criminal & Social Justice

Maoyun Xu (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Mathematics & Computer Science

College of Business & Health Administration
Master’s Degrees
Mohammed Alazman (Chicago, IL)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Abdullah Alshojaa (Chicago, IL)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Thaddeus Ampadu (Romeoville, IL)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Temitope Asein (Matteson, IL)
Master of Science – Management

Wendy Bell (Harker Heights, TX)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Amy Biggs (Manito, IL)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Justin Bradley (Beach Park, IL)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Sherrie Brock (Olney, IL)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Natalie Burks (East Peoria, IL)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Bret Byars (Irondale, AL)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Peter Couri (Plainfield, IL)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Luke Davis (Herbster, WI)
Master of Science – Health Administration

David DiLorenzo (Minooka, IL)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Daniel Duplessis (Lockport, IL)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Erhiga Ekhama (Rochester, MN)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Jaclyn Fisher (Arlington, VA)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Noah Fritz (Bourbonnais, IL)
Master of Science – Management

Stefanie Gall (Chicago, IL)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Theresa Gavilan (Gilberts, IL)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Kira Gleason (Braidwood, IL)
Master of Science – Management

Xochitl Guzman (San Fernando, CA)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Erin Hardin (Apollo Beach, FL)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Kyle Hoffman (Joliet, IL)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Dasha Humphries (Birmingham, AL)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Mara Johnson (Naperville, IL)
Master of Science – Management

Carissa Jones (Whiting, IN)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Anne Kindelin (Campton Hills, IL)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Stephanie Klavohn (Naperville, IL)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Christina Kuzava (Minooka, IL)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Christine Lawrence (Crete, IL)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Eriel Lockhart (Chicago, IL)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Jill Moss (Peoria, IL)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Susan Muscat (Grosse Ile, MI)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Ari Norfleet (Bartlett, IL)
Master of Science – Management

Christopher Novak (Cape Coral, FL)
Master of Science – Management

Paulette Richardson (Nassau, FC)
Master of Science – Training & Development

Joshua Schreckengost (Campbell, CA)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Laketa Simpson (Joliet, IL)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Karen Storer (Des Plaines, IL)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Callie Surber (Hanover Park, IL)
Master of Science – Training & Development

Russell Tillery (Portland, OR)
Master of Science – Management

Blaine Tisdale (Denver, CO)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Taylor Valant (Pompano Beach, FL)
Master of Science – Management

Elizabeth Wall (South Elgin, IL)
Master of Science – Health Administration

Amy Wegrzyn (Chicago Heights, IL)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Cayla Wojcik (Plainfield, IL)
Master of Science – Management

Christopher Zmudka (Joliet, IL)
Master of Business Administration – Business Administration

Bachelor’s Degrees
Megan Ackland (Rochelle, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Christian Aguayo (Bolingbrook, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing

Autumn Barbey (Du Bois, PA)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Barbara Berka (Romeoville, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Business Administration (BS)

Constance Bridges (Peoria, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Amanda Casey (Wauconda, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Clayton Cash (Morris, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Finance

Rien Covington (Plainfield, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Business Administration (BS)

Kimberly Currin (Merrillville, IN)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Goofran Dalwan (Bridgeview, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Christina Durbin (Taylorville, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Leadership

Russell Egan (Lockport, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting

Eric Estrada (Conyers, GA)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Mark Gezik (Shorewood, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Entrepreneurship

Dylan Gilbert (Plainfield, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting

Ronald Gilliam (Gridley, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Business Administration (BS)

Antonio Gutierrez (Plainfield, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Management

Molly Harej (Bloomington, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Lynda Jandek (New Lenox, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Leadership

Evan Jaros (Yorkville, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing

Christopher Johnson (Hillside, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting

Audrey Johnston (Amherst, NH)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Annmarie Kalemis (Wheaton, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Colin Kelly (Tinley Park, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing

Lea Klucinski (Matteson, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Nicole Lakomski (Schaumburg, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Health Care Management

Tashari Loggins (Wheaton, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Health Care Management

Eric Maffie (Coal Valley, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing

Madison Maloney (Seneca, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing

Candice May (Country Club Hills, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Cavell Miller (Atlanta, GA)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Leadership

Jennifer Nemeth (Loda, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Michael Nickel (Des Peres, MO)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Management

Kenny Park (Birmingham, AL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Sergio Peres (Goiania, Goias, Brazil )
Bachelor of Business Administration – International Business

Elizabeth Rohrer (Mokena, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Marketing

Heather Sampson (Ocean Shores, WA)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Hailey Santore (Plainfield, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Business Administration (BS)

Emily Schrader (Orland Park, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Accounting

Amanda Simale (Highland Park, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Jessica Smyk (Reading, PA)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Abbey Spesia (Coal City, IL)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Health Care Management

Sheng-Ju Ting (Taoyuan, Taiwan)
Bachelor of Business Administration – Management

Mary Turner (Pekin, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Crystal Ulrich (Pekin, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Briana Washington (Country Club Hills, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Business Administration (BS)

Michele Whitehurst (East Peoria, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

Alejandra Zavala (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Science – Health Care Management (BS)

College of Education
Doctoral Degrees
Benita Anderson (Lynwood, IL)
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

Misha Blackman (Flossmoor, IL)
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

Tamela Daniels (Oswego, IL)
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

Jessica Knobbe (Plainfield, IL)
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

Christine Moskalik (Shorewood, IL)
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

Nancy Oesterreich (Algonquin, IL)
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

Rudy Puente (Chicago, IL)
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

Anni Rasmussen (Orland Park, IL)
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

Yovan Reyes (Valrico, FL)
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

Catherine Rienzo (Macungie, PA)
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

Robert Schiffbauer (Minooka, IL)
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

Paula Sereleas (New Lenox, IL)
Doctor of Education – Educational Leadership

Master’s Degrees
Meghan Aguilar (Plainfield, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Abigail Allen (Batavia, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Amy Betts (Chicago, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Sean Brandt (Arlington Heights, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Todd Brown (Aurora, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Dana Browne (New Lenox, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Alicia Carlisle (Chicago, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Luz Carmona Colon (Morris, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Patrick Cunningham (Naperville, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Jamie Cuny (Wheaton, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Kristin Drake (Plainfield, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Amanda Esgar (Morris, IL)
Master of Science – Reading

Scott Fulton (Chicago, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Paul Gibbs (Northbrook, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Marissa Goodlet (Newark, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Patrick Goy (La Salle, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Shelly Gupta (Naperville, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Brittany Halliday (Coal City, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Brandon Harding (Chicago, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Melissa Hill (Joliet, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Gabrielle Horabik (Chicago, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Briana Ingram (Rockdale, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Laura James (Bourbonnais, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Eileen Kapcar (Park Ridge, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Scott Klepadlo (Niles, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Samydra Lakes (Chicago, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Christine Lawson (Bloomingdale, IL)
Master of Science – Reading

Karen Lee (Carol Stream, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Zoe Levin (Bellevue, WA)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Shannon Martin (Homer Glen, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Gina Miglieri (Chicago, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Linda Miller (Westchester, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Elizabeth Molla (Naperville, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Mary Murdie (Manhattan, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

J Ivan Ortiz (Joliet, IL)
Master of Science – Educational Leadership

Richard Ortiz (Lombard, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Erin Perkinson (Arlington Heights, IL)
Master of Science – Reading

Jessica Perry (Carpentersville, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Clara Prosiliakos (Norridge, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Alexandra Rambo (Plainfield, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Shannon Rolland (Minooka, IL)
Master of Science – Educational Leadership

Amanda Schmidt (South Elgin, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Lauren Siadak (Mokena, IL)
Master of Education – Elementary Educ Licensure

Kevin Smith (Plainfield, IL)
Master of Education – Middle Grades Education

Amy Smith (Orland Park, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Taylor Sobieski (Naperville, IL)
Master of Science – Educational Leadership

Jennifer Starkman (Yorkville, IL)
Master of Science – Educational Leadership

Josephine Tadros (Mokena, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Michelle Taylor (Yorkville, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Zachary Vienne (Newark, IL)
Master of Science – Educational Leadership

Allison Warner (Chicago, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Paul Welsh (Oak Park, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Elizabeth Witt (New Lenox, IL)
Master of Science – Educational Leadership

Jennifer Wood (Tinley Park, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Aaron Wurtzel (Wheaton, IL)
Master of Science – Teaching & Learning

Bachelor’s Degrees

Zachary Earls (Channahon, IL)
Bachelor of Arts – Middle Grades Education

Samantha Fritts (Plainfield, IL)
Bachelor of Arts – Elementary Education

Leach College of Nursing

Master’s Degrees

Lisa Borgealt (Westmont, IL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Tammy Dubose (Gurnee, IL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Magdalena Huisman (Winfield, IL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Administration

Zuzana Killam (Jacksonville, IL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Samantha Kulpa (Chicago, IL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Education

Marcey Millage (Moline, IL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing-RN BS MSN

Sherry Nelson (Santa Fe, NM)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Administration

Roseanne Niese (McHenry, IL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Administration

Abosede Ogundimu (Montgomery, IL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Administration

Nancy Robinson (North Judson, IN)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Administration

Susan Swager (Grand Island, FL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Administration

Rhonda Sykes (Plainfield, IL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Sally-Ann Tamizuddin (Springfield, IL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Nancy Tomasek (Bartlett, IL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing Administration

Renalda Tomic (Chicago, IL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Ikechukwu Uzoaru (Bloomington, IL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Brenda Weaver (South Jacksonville, IL)
Master of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Bachelor’s Degrees

Kristin Aagaard (Algonquin, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Sarah Abulaila (Palos Hills, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Islam Ali (Oak Lawn, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Adriana Aparicio Montalvo (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Stephanie Arellano (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Jehan Atieh (Orland Park, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Janine Bahhur (Plainfield, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Ahlam Bakerkhatib -Taha (Orland Park, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Riley Brandt (New Lenox, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Erin Bulow (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Daniel Capobianco (Geneva, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Nathalia Chavez (Romeoville, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Amy Chlebanowski (Wheaton, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing, BSN Completion

Megan Clendening (Plainfield, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Jaycie Cummins (Wilmington, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Olivia De La Rosa (Romeoville, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Farah Douleh (Oak Lawn, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Annahi Fierro (Braidwood, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Danielle Flowers (Wilmington, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Tatiana Foster (Chicago, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing, BSN Completion

Kelly Galiniak (Willowbrook, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Paige Gieseke (Algonquin, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Daniela Gonzalez (St Charles, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Bryanna Gueness (Mokena, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Madisyn Hannion (Lockport, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Gabryella Herrera (Bolingbrook, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Jalyn Hobbs (New Lenox, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Hailey Huml (Wilmington, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Daniella Hunt (Downers Grove, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Ayh Ismail (Tinley Park, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Tanell Jennings (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Stephanie Kincaid (Tinley Park, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Lillian Knapp (Shorewood, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Maria Lawson (Manhattan, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Samantha Lazzara (Chicago, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing, BSN Completion

Susan Lecuyer (Bourbonnais, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing, BSN Completion

Karina Madanowski (Homer Glen, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Rebecca Marinellie (Lockport, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing, BSN Completion

Lana Mazoni (Orland Park, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Amanda Meyers (Lockport, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Joanna Nowicki (Morris, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Shannon O’Brien (Frankfort, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Jessica Ochenkowski (Hickory Hills, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Juliet Ogbeni Destiny (Shorewood, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Alejandra Osorio-Mendez (Mt Prospect, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Esmeralda Perez (Aurora, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Nicole Quinones (Romeoville, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Cullen Rompa (Plainfield, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Tichina Tam (Oak Forest, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Jennifer Tedeschi (Joliet, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Lauren Todd (Minooka, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Breanna Vaira (Romeoville, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Marissa Valencia (New Lenox, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Colleen Waddell (Linden, PA)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing, BSN Completion

Tiana Weddington (Montgomery, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Maria Weiland (Downers Grove, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Ashley Witkowski (Homer Glen, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Lauren Wojcik (Oak Forest, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing

Cynthia Wood (Shorewood, IL)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing – Nursing, BSN Completion

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USF Offering Free Professional Development Opportunities for Educators

REAL Talk Spring 2022

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) College of Education is offering educators free professional development through the REAL Talk for Teachers webinar series. More information on REAL Talk and other upcoming education workshops and conferences at USF is available at stfrancis.edu/real/professional-learning.

Building Vocabulary for Reading (strategies that work for everyone)
Tuesday, March 8 | 6-7 p.m. via Zoom
Facilitators: Don Casper (K-12 Educator and English Language Teacher) and Lily Mertes, Ed.D. (K-12 Educator and Reading Interventionist)

Are you looking for fun and engaging ways to build academic vocabulary and reading comprehension? Join us to discover methods that work and useful strategies you can implement immediately!

The Skinny on Diverse Texts
Tuesday, March 22 | 6-7 p.m. via Zoom
Facilitators: Estefani Gonzalez (K-12 Educator and Bilingual Education Teacher) and Amy Schroeder (USF College of Education Reading Program Coordinator)

Now more than ever it is imperative that classrooms and classroom libraries reflect diversity and inclusion. Join us as we discuss the why, how and where of diverse text selection. We’ll share resources to help you feel more confident in choosing texts to enhance the classroom environment for students. 

Educator Update with the Will County Regional Office of Education
Tuesday, April 5 | 6-7 p.m. via Zoom
Facilitators: Pete Sullivan, Ed.D., (Assistant Regional Superintendent – Will County Regional Office of Education) and Ladia Zavala (Licensure Specialist – Will County Regional Office of Education)

Get the latest information on licensure requirements, license renewal, endorsement requirements, and news from ISBE.

Visit stfrancis.edu/real-rsvp to register online for any of the webinars.

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USF Joins State Planning Program to Help Recruit, Retain Teachers of Color

Joliet, Ill. – The Illinois State Board of Education (ISBE) recently announced that 24 Illinois colleges and universities, including the University of St. Francis (USF), have volunteered for a pilot program to develop plans to recruit and retain future teachers of color. The pilot will help establish best practices ahead of ISBE requiring all 54 Illinois educator preparation programs to develop plans next year.

“The diversity of Illinois is one of our state’s greatest strengths – including in our classrooms,” said Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker. “By recruiting faculty of color who share their students’ lived experiences or expand their perspectives, our schools can empower more students to achieve their goals and pursue their passions. This pilot program is just the beginning of ISBE’s recruitment efforts and I commend the leadership of the 24 colleges and universities who have volunteered to spearhead this initiative with us.”

“I applaud the 24 colleges and universities that have volunteered to lead the way in breaking down barriers for people of color to join the teaching profession,” said State Superintendent of Education Dr. Carmen I. Ayala. “All students, and especially students of color, benefit from having diverse educators throughout their school experiences. My own mentors in my career have been people of color like me. When the role models and people in positions of authority in our lives look like us, that shapes our perception of our place in the world in a positive and powerful way.”

USF College of Education dean John Gambro, Ed.D., said that the pilot program aligns closely with some of USF’s top priorities.

“The University of St. Francis places equity and social justice as a top priority.  The work of this pilot program is essential in ensuring that students in Illinois have access to teachers of color who can make a positive impact on the learning and development of all students.  We view this collaboration as an opportunity to share some of our successes and learn from other successful programs from across the state,” Gambro said.

A press release from the IBHE explained the recruitment and retention efforts are part of ISBE’s three-year strategic plan, which includes the goal of increasing teacher diversity in Illinois public schools. The 2021 Illinois Report Card released last week showed that 82 percent of practicing Illinois teachers identify as White, whereas only 47 percent of Illinois public school students identify as White.

The release also cited research from the Learning Policy Institute which shows that teachers of color boost the academic performance of students of color, including reading and math test scores, graduation rates, and aspirations to attend college. Studies also show that students taught by teachers of the same race are less likely to be chronically absent and less likely to experience exclusionary discipline.

The number of teachers of color in the profession has grown incrementally over the past three years. The pilot announced today will help speed that progress by supporting programs in addressing their specific barriers to increasing candidate diversity. Pilot participants will draft their plans, receive feedback from a peer review committee composed primarily of Diverse and Learner Ready Teacher Network members, and meet to exchange ideas and collaborate. Pilot participants will finalize their plans by May 31 and reconvene in the future to dialogue about what strategies worked.

The comprehensive listing of participating Illinois colleges and universities includes:

  • Augustana College
  • Benedictine University
  • Blackburn College
  • Chicago State University
  • DePaul University
  • Dominican University
  • Eastern Illinois University
  • Eureka College
  • Governors State University
  • Greenville University
  • Illinois College
  • Illinois State University
  • Lewis University
  • National Louis University
  • Northeastern Illinois University
  • Northern Illinois University
  • Rockford University
  • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
  • Trinity International University
  • University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • University of Illinois at Chicago
  • University of St. Francis
  • VanderCook College of Music
  • Western Illinois University

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