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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Women Who Light Our Lives

USF’s Women’s History Month Committee seeks to highlight women in our community who “light our way.” From students to alumni, from community members to university community members, we want to hear about them.  Who are some women lighting our way and bringing light to our lives? Who is out there doing great things?

Our committee will review submissions for inclusion in our short, virtual program of “Women Who Light Our Lives” to be held in March, with a date to be determined. Nominators will be contacted to confirm inclusion in the program.

Please complete the linked nomination form by clicking here, and submit a 1-3 minute video (.mp4). Your video can be a voice-over recording of a picture of your honoree, an interview with your honoree, or some other creative way to present what we need to know about her.

If you have any questions about the submissions, the event, or have trouble with completing the form, please contact Joanna Kourtidis at jkourtidis@stfrancis.edu.

Submission Deadline: 2/14/2021

Nomination Deadline Extended for Sister Clare Award 2021

NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 12/20/20

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis under the patronage of St. Francis and Sr. Clare of Assisi invites you to nominate someone for the Sister Clare Award 2021, with the ceremony and presentation to be held in March 2021. Decisions for the award will be made in 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), and Roxiana Fuqua (2020). 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:

  • have made a positive, transformative impact and shaped the community;
  • serve as inspiration and role models for women, and;
  • make a commitment to nature, the planet, and/or society.

Nominations are now open and being accepted through December 20th (extended from the original deadline of November 20th).  Complete a nomination here.

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Nominate Someone for the Sister Clare Award 2021

NOMINATION DEADLINE EXTENDED TO 12/20/20

Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis under the patronage of St. Francis and Sr. Clare of Assisi invites you to nominate someone for the Sister Clare Award 2021, with the ceremony and presentation to be held in March 2021. Decisions for the award will be made in 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), and Roxiana Fuqua (2020). 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:

  • have made a positive, transformative impact and shaped the community;
  • serve as inspiration and role models for women, and;
  • make a commitment to nature, the planet, and/or society.

Nominations are now open and being accepted through December 20th (extended from the original deadline of November 20th).  Complete a nomination here.

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