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 festivities on Saturday, October 5, 2019, in San Damiano Hall, which is located in the Motherhouse on USF’s main campus in Joliet (520 Plainfield Road). 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, 2019.

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 2018 Distinguished Alumni Awards included: Lillian (Doleshek) Buckley ’72 – College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Award, J. Brian Bain ’02 – College of Business and Health Administration Award, Holly Bontkowski ’93 – College of Education Alumni Award, Dayna (Bernstein) Jaynstein ’09 – Leach College of Nursing Alumni Award, and William “Bill” ‘82 & Patricia “Trish” (Banks) ‘83 Bellah – Presidential Alumni Award.

For more information on the 2019 Distinguished Alumni Awards, please contact the Alumni & Family Relations Office at 877-811-ALUM (2586) or

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves over 4,000 students nationwide, offering 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

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