USF Announces 2022 Sister Clare Award Winner

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) Women’s History Month Committee annually solicits nominations for, selects and awards the Sister Clare award. The award, presented during Women’s History Month in March, recognizes women of vision who have transformed the world in their time, is presented each year to a deserving recipient by USF in the spirit of our sister, Clare. USF congratulates Patricia Alvarez on being selected as this year’s award recipient.

Alvarez, administrative assistant at Washington Junior High School (WJHS) in Joliet, was nominated for the award by WJHS parent (and USF library reference and instruction manager) Abigail Mastin, whose son recognized Alvarez’s continual acts of kindness to the school and community. Alvarez accepted the award during a special ceremony at USF on March 14, 2022.

USF’s inaugural Sister Clare 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), and Dr. Ngozi Ezike (2021).

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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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Submit a Nomination for the Annual Sister Clare Award at USF

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) under the patronage of Saint Francis and Sister Clare of Assisi invites community members to nominate someone for the annual Sister Clare Award, with the ceremony and presentation to be held in March 2022. Decisions for the award will be made in late December by Women’s History Month Committee members. 

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), and Dr. Ngozi Ezike (2021). Given in the spirit of our sister, Clare of Assisi, this award recognizes women of vision who have transformed the world in their time and whose vision allowed the light within them to make it easier for others to know or find the way.

This award is open to any woman/women who has/have: made a positive, transformative impact and shaped the community; served as inspiration and role models for women, and; made a commitment to nature, the planet, and/or society

Nominations are now open and being accepted through December 17th.  Complete a nomination here.

Please contact Joanna Kourtidis at USF by phone at 815-740-6444 or by email at jkourtidis@stfrancis.edu with any questions.

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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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