Joliet, Ill. – The University of St. Francis (USF), through the USF Alumni & Family Relations Office, will honor five outstanding alumni with a Distinguished Alumni Award as part of the university’s Homecoming & Reunion celebration in October. 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 evening’s most prestigious award, will be selected by the university.

Honoree nominations for each of the university’s four colleges may be submitted online at 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, 2021.

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 2020 Distinguished Alumni Awards included: Julie McCabe-Sterr ’75 – College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Award; Teresa Andrea ’15 – College of Business and Health Administration Award; Dr. Peter Sullivan ’15 – College of Education Alumni Award; Raquel Prendkowski ’02 – Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award, and; Cheryl (Schroeder) Stepney ’70 – Presidential Alumni Award.

For more information on the 2021 Distinguished Alumni Awards, please contact the Alumni & Family Relations Office at 877-811-ALUM (2586) or

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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

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