USF Announces 2021 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF), through the USF Alumni & Family Relations Office, recently honored five outstanding alumni through the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards program. Nominations for these prestigious awards were submitted by family members, coworkers, fellow alumni and others who could testify to the nominees’ achievements. The recipients were then selected by the USF Alumni Association’s Executive Board of Directors based on outstanding professional and personal successes, as well as involvement in civic, cultural or charitable activities. The Presidential Alumni Award, the most prestigious of the Distinguished Alumni Awards, was selected by the university. In addition, one alumnus/alumna from each of the university’s four colleges is honored, highlighting the diverse disciplines of a comprehensive university.

Distinguished Alumni Award winners were honored at the annual Homecoming & Reunion celebration on Friday, Oct. 1. Winners are also promoted on social media, via a press release, on the USF web page (stfrancis.edu/awards), and featured in the university’s Engaging Mind & Spirit magazine.

The 2021 USF Distinguished Alumni Award winners are:

Presidential Alumni Award – Charlotte Codo ‘74

Charlotte Codo began her studies at St. Francis when her children were in middle school and high school. A disciplined scholar, she was drawn into the study of French first by the exceptional and demanding Dr. Charles C. Maleczewski, followed by Dr. Vilem Stranecky, who were both exacting linguists who demanded perfect Parisian pronunciation. Maleczewski had served as a translator at the Nuremberg trials because of his precision and skill in several languages: French, German, Russian and English. This was profoundly important to Charlotte’s sense of international social justice. Charlotte shared these standards with her children, required French language to be spoken at dinner several nights each week, mercilessly but hilariously corrected their accents, and constantly played reel-to-reel tapes while she cooked and finished laundry. Many expressions from her classrooms gravitated into her family’s stories. “Your ear will love it,” promised Maleczewski regarding the French language stories playing in the background of her children’s daily lives. Stranecky described the fragrant smells of dinner in his aristocratic home, “It comes to me like so…,” accompanied by the quintessentially French expression of all fingers together, sniffing daintily in front of one’s nose. Charlotte’s children loved these professors for the attention that they gave their students—including Charlotte—and they saw their mother claim her intellect under their tutelage. 

Originally educated as a nurse at Wesley Memorial Hospital and Northwestern University, then as an artist and always a student of nature, Charlotte responded powerfully to the world of French literature and culture to which she was introduced at St. Francis. After graduation she chose to study watercolor painting and pastels in the south of France, outdoors, for many summers with friends who were also French and art students. 

Charlotte’s lifelong love of nature, stemming from her childhood in the Wisconsin woods adjoining her family’s farms, prompted the development of her husband, Norman’s, family farm in Frankfort, Illinois into a 30-acre native prairie and oak savannah. The farm has been the source of numerous lectures, preservation and education efforts and family gatherings over the many years it has been in Charlotte’s family. Donating the farm to St. Francis demonstrates the love Charlotte and Norman share, the love Charlotte feels for nature, and the love Charlotte feels for her years of intellectual engagement at St. Francis. Charlotte and her family are thrilled that the Charlotte Codo Prairie will be enjoyed, studied, and preserved and are so touched by this honor. 

image of jill scherer

College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Award – Dr. Jillian Scherer ‘05

Jillian Scherer, M.D., IBCLC is a family medicine physician at Whole Family Health in Olney, Illinois. She lives and thrives there with her husband, Mark, and their children, Daniel (8) and Mary (4). 

After graduating from USF in 2005, she went to Loyola’s Stritch School of Medicine in Maywood and obtained her medical degree. While in training, she realized she enjoyed a wide variety of medical conditions and treasured the human connection found in family medicine. She started residency at Waukesha Family Medicine Residency in Waukesha, Wisconsin, where she underwent a very rigorous training program not only to be trained in family medicine, but also to learn advanced skills in obstetrics in hopes of being a small-town physician providing full care from womb to tomb. After completing that training, she and her growing family moved to a town of 5,000: Richland Center, Wisconsin. While working as a family medicine physician, she was caring for patients in the hospital, the clinic, and in the birth center. As financial strains in health care forced the clinic to add more and more patients to each clinic day to make a profit, Jillian realized that her dream in medical school was to treasure the relationship between a doctor and patient, and moving to seven-minute visits with patients was not achieving that dream.

After much deliberation, she and her family packed up and moved to rural southern Illinois to start a direct primary care clinic. In this setting, Jillian is afforded the time to take five minutes or two hours with a patient as the situation requires. She now has time for lifestyle medicine, lactation medicine, and traditional family practice. Jillian joined this progressive movement of primary care physicians reclaiming the practice of medicine where respect, integrity, service, and compassion are just as she dreamed.   

When Jillian is not caring for patients in clinic, she is riding bicycles with her family, walking with friends, helping with homeschooling during the pandemic, and reading a good book.

image of sheila brune

College of Business & Health Administration Alumni Award – Sheila Brune ‘86, ‘09

As a child, Sheila Brune loved to take care of things. As a farm child, there were lots of things to take care of, and it never ended!

Her journey in health care began in Iowa at St. Joseph Hospital School of Nursing. As an R.N., she began her career working in Los Angeles caring for many of the rich and famous at Mt. Sinai Hospital. She ended years later by caring for some of the poorest of the poor on a mission trip to India. That trip fueled her passion to end gendercide and abuse of the Indian girl child. 

Along the way, she became acquainted with the University of St. Francis. She began the B.S. program, and through several moves and the birth of her first child, she completed the program. She got her first management job as director of case management, and later, quality director, all while taking one class at a time, now for a M.S. in health services administration. She was certified in quality, utilization management and case management.

Along with a busy career, births, deaths, and her husband’s cancer fight, she often wanted to quit. Then she would remember how much she loved the classes and the friends she made at St. Francis. In 2009, she graduated from her master’s program. At the same time, her son finished family practice residency and her daughter graduated high school with high honors. She found time to create an innovative program to write life stories of the people we care for every day. She fought tirelessly to correct processes after a medical error led to her father’s death, and then spoke at numerous conferences telling her story in hopes of saving others. She served on the board of a homeless shelter, the Red Cross and was active in Kiwanis, Beta Sigma Phi and PEO. She sometimes cleaned her own house and cooked a meal for the family.

After retiring from hospital work, she worked as a substitute school nurse.  She wrote life stories of hospice patients, and at the end of her 50-year career, she was proud to volunteer at COVID-19 vaccination clinics. 

Sheila and her husband, Sam, anxiously await the birth of their sixth grandchild, who they plan to spoil beyond belief, in 2022. She believes passionately in laughing, having fun every day and praising God for the blessings of a beautiful life.

image of karla guseman

College of Education Alumni Award – Dr. Karla Guseman ‘01

Born and raised in Joliet, Dr. Karla Guseman began her career in education at Joliet Township High School (JTHS) in 2000 as a science teacher at Joliet Central. She served in this capacity for six years, taking on various leadership roles associated with the science curriculum, school improvement planning, the Strategic Plan, and professional development. In 2006, she shifted to an administrative role as the curriculum director for science and applied life before being promoted in 2011 to assistant superintendent for educational services. Karla was promoted to superintendent of Joliet Township High School District 204 in February 2020.

Karla believes that all students must have an equal opportunity for a high-quality education. All students must have access to a relevant and rigorous curriculum that will allow them to acquire the knowledge and skills to be successful in the post-secondary experience of their choice.  

Community involvement is immensely important to Karla, which is demonstrated by her leadership within the Kiwanis Club of Joliet where she was awarded the Distinguished President Award for her leadership and involvement with high school Key Clubs and Builder’s Clubs in District 86 and Elwood Schools. Karla serves as the YMCA Metro Board secretary and is a member of the Board Governance Committee. Joliet Township High School, under her leadership, was a 2020 Gold Star Awardee from the National Hookup of Black Women Joliet Chapter in recognition of commitment to family and community for its extraordinary work during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the Superhero Award from the Will County Democrats during the summer of 2021 for working in partnership with the Joliet Fire Department to offer a vaccination clinic at Joliet West High School from February through May of 2021, where over 60,000 shots were provided to community members. 

image of jada sims

Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award – Jada Sims ‘20

Jada Sims grew up in Romeoville, Illinois. During the earlier parts of her education, she faced many obstacles but never gave up because of the support she had from teachers and her family. At the age of 12, Jada decided that she wanted to be a nurse and worked tirelessly each day to achieve that goal. By the time she got to high school, she began to see the hard work she had put into her studies pay off through awards for service to her community and academic achievement. During her last two years of high school, she began to take steps toward gaining nursing experience by attending Wilco Area Career Center, a technical school located in her hometown.

Jada’s journey continued at USF as a first-generation student. Throughout her time at USF, her service to her peers included various campus work, such as a Saints Ambassador, Foundations mentor, participating on the orientation board, and health assessment supplemental instructor. In 2020, she graduated with honors from the university and was inducted into Sigma Theta Tau, one of the highest honors a nurse can receive.

In July of 2020, Jada began working as a cardiac-neuro critical care nurse at Edward Hospital, where she continues to make a difference in the lives of the patients she encounters. Despite starting her nursing career at the height of the pandemic, Jada has decided to continue her education through an MSN in nursing administration this fall here at USF. The best part of her story is that it is still being written.

Distinguished Alumni Award winners were honored at the annual Homecoming & Reunion celebration on Friday, Oct. 1. Winners are also promoted through social and local media, on the USF web page (stfrancis.edu/awards), and featured in the university’s Engaging Mind & Spirit magazine.

: :

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.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

# # #

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn

USF Seeking Photos for Time Capsule Project

Joliet, Ill. –  Throughout the rich history of the University of St. Francis (USF), the university has embraced that it’s the people who helped establish its legacy. Whether it was the Sisters who founded the institution, the students who spent years pursuing a degree, the faculty and staff who spent decades teaching, coaching, and helping, or the alumni who remain engaged and continue to support USF, it has always been about the people.

The USF Alumni & Family Relations Office, on behalf of the USF Alumni Association and in coordination with Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow (student club), is creating a time capsule and is seeking photos to be included in the project. Students, alumni, employees of USF are invited to submit a photo that best represents their legacy at St. Francis – whether hanging out on campus, in class, at a student event, athletics game, study abroad program, with friends, or any other St. Francis activity. Photos will be preserved in the USF archives and printed as 3×5” photos for inclusion in the capsule, which will be buried during a ceremony that will happen on Saturday, Oct. 2 during Homecoming & Reunion (details about that event are forthcoming). The capsule will be retrieved and opened in 2045 as part of USF’s 125th anniversary celebration.

“We want to preserve our legacy and honor our present to help celebrate our future. After celebrating our Centennial year in 2020, we hope the time capsule will capture our story as we commence our second century,” said Aubrey Knight, ’04, ’07, USF Director of Alumni & Family Relations.

Photos may be submitted electronically at stfrancis.edu/timecapsule. Submissions are due by August 31, 2021.

: :

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.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

# # #

2020 Distinguished Alumni Award Winners Named

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF), through the USF Alumni & Family Relations Office, is honoring five outstanding alumni with the annual Distinguished Alumni Award. Nominations for these prestigious awards were submitted by family members, coworkers, fellow alumni and others who could testify to the nominees’ achievements. The recipients were then selected by the USF Alumni Association’s Executive Board of Directors based on outstanding professional and personal successes, as well as involvement in civic, cultural or charitable activities. The most prestigious award, the Presidential Alumni Award, was selected by the university. In addition, one alumnus/alumnae from each of the university’s four colleges is honored, highlighting the diverse disciplines of a comprehensive university.

Traditionally, award winners are honored as part of the annual Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, award winners will be honored on social media, in a compilation video, through a press release, and on USF’s website, stfrancis.edu/alumni/awards.

The 2020 University of St. Francis Distinguished Alumni Award winners are:

Cheryl (Schroeder) Stepney ‘70

Presidential Alumni Award
Cheryl (Schroeder) Stepney ‘70

(B.A. History)
Retired President & Chief Technology Officer at Empowerment Associates, LLC

Cheryl (Schroeder) Stepney ‘70 obtained bachelor’s degrees in History and English and a minor in Education. She went on to work at large firms in Chicago and then obtained a Computer Science degree from Roosevelt University and became one of the first female pioneers in the technology industry. Her employer, AT&T, sponsored her in the Executive MBA Program of the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

After filling multiple roles at AT&T, she came across a small, 25-person firm in California and accepted the position of chief trainer. Moving from one million employees at AT&T to a startup proved challenging but paid off in stock option investments. That small firm was Oracle Corporation, which grew to over 40,000 employees by the time she was recruited to move to Minnesota for another startup opportunity. She had implemented a sound methodology for delivering database applications to business. She was hiring manager to over 10,000 consultants. She had started Oracle University, a profit center certifying customers had the knowledge to build the same systems the consultants could build. She also performed product management for a suite of tools to automatically build systems, the earliest Machine Learning capabilities.

Upon moving to Minnesota to become the vice president of professional services for Macromedia, she leveraged her abilities to design database-enabled computer learning systems for large companies. She then established her own consulting company, Empowerment Associates, for the next 20 years before selling the company to Microsoft Corporation and then holding positions on the Database Team as a power business intelligence consultant. Rounding out her 50-year career, Cheryl continued to do consulting until her retirement in 2020.

She has been a dedicated volunteer throughout her career years for Loaves & Fishes, creating the Girl Scout Technology Badge, March of Dimes, and leading the 300 Minnesota volunteers teaching Safe Driving through AARP for nine years. She also served two terms on the Board of Trustees for the University of St. Francis.

College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Award
Julie McCabe-Sterr ’75

(B.A. Social Work)
Problem Solving Court Coordinator at the Office of the Will County State’s Attorney

Julie McCabe-Sterr ’75 began her career working with emotionally disturbed children in Virginia and California. Returning home to Illinois, she worked with the Franciscans at the Center for Correctional Concerns in the Will County Adult Detention Facility from 1989 to 2004.

In 2004 Julie joined the Office of James W. Glasgow, Will County State’s Attorney, as Drug Court Coordinator, which allowed her to bring together her passion for working with the criminal justice involved population and her compassion in helping those less fortunate. Using her aptitude for leadership, strategic thinking and program creativity, she worked with State’s Attorney Glasgow and the community to expand the Drug Court into the Will County Problem Solving Courts, a program that is relevant, sustainable and effective. In fact, Will County is the only Problem Solving Court in the nation to have both a women’s and men’s sober living residence and an apartment building for transitional housing.  During her career, Julie has relied upon her Franciscan values, recognizing the unique dignity and needs of each individual and their family. For instance, Julie worked collaboratively with the University of St. Francis to develop a reading project for the Problem Solving Courts inmates’ children, while also creating new day programming and internship opportunities.

A three-time cancer survivor, Julie has spent the last twenty years volunteering with the American Cancer Society by serving in leadership roles for the Relay For Life of Joliet, as well as performing community outreach for those suffering with cancer. In addition to spending time with her children and grandchildren, Julie loves to garden, swim, and hike the national parks with her husband.

Teresa Andrea '15

College of Business & Health Administration Alumni Award
Teresa Andrea ’15

(M.S. Health Administration)
Chief Information Officer at Silver Cross Hospital

Teresa Andrea ’15 is currently the Vice President and Chief Information Officer at Silver Cross Hospital in New Lenox, Ill.  She is a graduate of Bradley University where she received her BS in Nursing.  She also received her MS in Health Administration from University of St. Francis.

Having a strong technology background and diverse clinical roots, Teresa offers a futuristic and adaptive perspective as people, process and technology are connected.  Her experience in multiple roles has allowed her the ability to problem solve through various perspectives.

Known for her transformational and innovative approach, she has successfully implemented numerous organizational projects to support business strategy while incorporating data and analytics to identify opportunities to transform to value based care. Whether it is digital innovation, workflow optimization or technical infrastructure, Teresa successfully fosters conversation in the context of business transformation to secure commitment and engagement, which ultimately brings success in deliverables.

College of Education Alumni Award
Dr. Peter Sullivan ’15

(Ed.D. Educational Leadership)
Assistant Regional Superintendent at the Will County Regional Office of Education

Dr. Peter Sullivan ’15 has served as the assistant regional superintendent for the Will County Regional Office of Education since July of 2018. During his education career, spanning 30-plus years, Sullivan has served as a classroom teacher, principal, assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, and district superintendent in the Chicago Public School System, Lockport Township High School, Lisle Senior High School, and Will County School District 92. He has been an adjunct faculty member at USF since 2015, teaching courses in research methods and educational leadership as well as mentoring doctoral candidates through both the dissertation process and superintendent internship.

As Will County assistant regional superintendent, Sullivan works to support school districts throughout Will County. He focuses on establishing networks of Will County educators to share their experiences and learn from one another. This effort was guided by his belief that the greatest experts in meeting the needs of students are the outstanding teachers and educational leaders who commit to their success on a daily basis.

Sullivan serves as president of both the Will County School Administrators Organization and the Bradley University Parents Association Board of Directors. He is a past-president of the Rotary Club of Lockport and has been active in a range of youth athletic programs. Sullivan and his wife, Chris, reside in Lockport and are the proud parents of four wonderful young adults, the youngest of whom will be graduating from high school this spring. He cites his wife, Chris, a first grade teacher who has spent her entire career in the Chicago Public School System, as his greatest role model in education. He is truly humbled and honored to be the recipient of this recognition from USF—an institution which has meant so much to him.

Raquel Prendkowski '02

Raquel Prendkowski ’02
(BSN Nursing)
Assistant Chief Nursing Officer at Mount Sinai Hospital

Raquel Prendkowski ’02 says while some people knew they wanted to be a nurse even while playing make believe as children, she did not. Her parents told her she needed to choose a major and suggested nursing, so Prendkowski followed their lead. She found the content to be interesting, and admired the experience and passion the instructors brought to each rotation, but she did not think nursing would be her life’s path.

During school, some sage advice from an instructor regarding a heartwarming patient-nurse interaction Prendkowski had experienced drove her to want to be a lifelong nurse. The words were simple: “She told me that being a nurse is about making connections and helping people no matter how big or small the action might be. This resonated with me and I felt great purpose. Being a nurse meant having the opportunity to do God’s work every day. This was my calling, I just didn’t know it.”

Prendkowski graduated from Saint Joseph’s College of Nursing 18 years ago and says she sometimes feels like a new grad. Every day, she enjoys waking up and learning something new, which she says is one of the most exciting and humbling aspects of being a nurse.

She started her career at a large teaching university as a pediatric intensive care nurse. Over the next decade, she served in PICU, NICU, Hem/Onc, general pediatrics, cardiac ICU, and ED. The experience and educational opportunities provided to her were priceless. She then joined the pediatric ICU team at a safety net hospital with extremely limited resources. After being at the bedside for 14 years, she moved to the manager of pediatrics, then to emergency department director, system emergency department director, and now ACNO. In administration, she gets to help in different ways. She is able to drive policies and practice to ensure her patients are receiving the best care even with scarce resources. She is able to tell stories to donors, legislators, and media about how her institution has been helping the city’s most vulnerable populations for over 100 years and what this means to our community. She is able to help those without a voice due to violence and socio-economic barriers. “But what I love the best is being with my nurses,” she said. “I am able to take their frontline voices of what is best and drive myself to be better for them.”

: :

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.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

# # #

Submit a Distinguished Alumni Award Nomination

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF), through the USF Alumni & Family Relations Office, will honor five outstanding alumni with a 2020 Distinguished Alumni Award. One alumnus/alumna from each of the university’s four colleges will be honored based on outstanding professional and personal successes, as well as involvement in civic, cultural or charitable activities, highlighting the diverse disciplines of a comprehensive university. The Presidential Alumni Award, the most prestigious award, will be selected by the university.

Distinguished Alumni Award winners will be announced in September and will be promoted on social media and recognized in a press release. They will also be featured on USF’s website, stfrancis.edu/alumni/awards.

“Our awards program is an opportunity for us to highlight prestigious alumni as well as those who heavily serve their communities. It is inspiring to learn the ways our alumni are impacting the world,” said Aubrey Knight ’04, ’07, Director of Alumni & Family Relations.

Honoree nominations for each of the university’s four colleges may be submitted online at stfrancis.edu/alumni/awards. Nominations may be submitted by family members, coworkers, fellow alumni and others who could testify to the nominees’ achievements. Nominations may also be self-submitted. Please note the nomination process will close on July 31, 2020.

The USF Alumni Association’s Executive Board of Directors will review all nominations and will select award honorees (with the exception of the Presidential Alumni Award).

Winners of the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards included: Julius Patterson ‘13 – College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Award, Caroline Portlock ’02, ‘04 – College of Business and Health Administration Award, Patricia Arias ’08, ‘11 – College of Education Alumni Award, Lisa Pittman ’00, ’10, ‘13- Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award, and Margaret (Kennedy) Benoit ‘69 – Presidential Alumni Award.

For more information on the 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards, please contact the Alumni & Family Relations Office at 877-811-ALUM (2586) or alumni@stfrancis.edu.

: :

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 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

# # #

Update on Homecoming and Reunion Celebration

Joliet, Ill. – While the University of St. Francis (USF) is currently making plans for students and faculty to return to campus for classes this fall, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has challenged Joliet’s university to change, postpone and even cancel a variety of special events this year due to attendance restrictions outlined in Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker’s Restore Illinois plan. One major event that has been canceled is USF’s Homecoming and Reunion Celebration, which was originally scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 26.

“Due to the current situation, the inability to gather in large groups, and the priority of keeping our alumni safe, we have made the decision to cancel USF’s Homecoming and Reunion Celebration this year. While we are disappointed and know that our alumni are, as well, we want them to know that we are and will be working hard to make next year’s celebration the best yet and we look forward to everyone’s participation,” said Aubrey Knight, ’04, ’07, USF Director of Alumni & Family Relations.

The decision, while difficult to make, is understood due to the large number of attendees that many of the events that are part of USF’s Homecoming and Reunion Celebration draw annually, including the tailgate at Joliet Memorial Stadium (approximately 600-800 attendees) and the Distinguished Alumni Awards Dinner (approximately 150 attendees).

Knight added that planning is currently underway for festivities in 2021, but with an important change: splitting the Homecoming and Reunion Celebration into two separate events.

“Reunion Weekend is scheduled for June 5, 2021, and will focus on alumni by major as well as our honored year reunion classes (including those who we would’ve celebrated in 2020), while Homecoming will take place later that fall on a to-be-determined date and will focus more on alumni from USF’s athletic programs,” Knight added.

This separation allows the Alumni & Family Relations Office to better focus their efforts on the honored year reunion classes since there will be twice as many alumni to celebrate next year. “We want to make it an event to remember, and this split allows us to do just that,” said Knight.

As plans for 2021 are announced, they will also be made available at stfrancis.edu/alumni/hcrw. Alumni may also direct questions to USF Alumni & Family Relations Office at (877) 811-ALUM or alumni@stfrancis.edu.

: :

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 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

# #

Alumni and Friends Invited to Join in on Virtual 5K

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF) Alumni and Family Relations Office invites USF alumni and friends of the university to participate in the USF Alumni & Friends Virtual 5K on Saturday, Apr. 18. For this free event, participants are invited to either go outside (be sure to practice social distancing) or get on a treadmill and run/walk a 5K on their own time at their own pace. It’s that easy!

“We created this event to engage alumni, students and friends of the university in a unique way. It’s a great excuse to go outside and get some exercise, whether by yourself or with your family. In this time, we must come together as a community and lean on each other, because together, we are Saints Strong,” said Aubrey Knight ’04, ’07, USF Director of Alumni and Family Relations.

More event information can be found by visiting Facebook and searching “University of St. Francis Alumni & Family” (or by visiting the event link at facebook.com/events/1488493617986966/ or searching the hashtag #USFVirtual5K). Participants are also encouraged to print off a branded USF bib (available on the Facebook event page) and submit their photos to alumni@stfrancis.edu to be featured in a future social media post.

: :

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 50,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.

# # #