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Encyclopedia > University of Saint Francis (Illinois)
Not to be confused with the separate University of Saint Francis in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

OVERVIEW The University of St. Francis is a private-sector Franciscan-led Catholic university located in Joliet, Illinois serving approximately 4,500 students. It is named for St. Francis of Assisi. The university was established in 1920 by the Congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate for the education of its own members. In 1925, under the title Assisi Junior College, its doors opened to women outside the congregation. With the beginning of the fall term of 1930, a senior college curriculum was established and a new name, the College of St. Francis was adopted. In 1971, during an aborted merger with nearby Lewis University, the college became co-educational, and the first off-campus degree programs were begun in the fall of 1972. Not to be confused with the separate University of Saint Francis in Joliet, Illinois. ... Nickname: The Summit City Official website: City of Fort Wayne Location Location in the state of Indiana, USA Government County Allen Mayor Graham Richard (D) Geographical characteristics Area Total 204. ... The Order of Friars Minor and other Franciscan movements are disciples of Saint Francis of Assisi. ... A university is an institution of higher education and of research, which grants academic degrees at all levels (bachelor, master, and doctor) in a variety of subjects. ... Joliet is a city located in both Will and Kendall County, Illinois and is a suburb southwest of Chicago. ... Francis of Assisi by El Greco Saint Francis of Assisi (1182 – 4 October 1226) founded the Franciscan Order or Friars Minor. He is the patron saint of animals, merchants, Italy, Catholic action and the environment. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ... 1925 (MCMXXV) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1930 (MCMXXX) is a common year starting on Wednesday. ... 1971 (MCMLXXI) was a common year starting on Friday (the link is to a full 1971 calendar). ... Lewis University is a private Catholic university located in Romeoville, Illinois. ... 1972 (MCMLXXII) was a leap year starting on Saturday (the link is to a full 1972 calendar). ...


The University of St. Francis is a leader in adult education. In 1972, the then college initiated a program for registered nurses to complete the bachelor's degree. Under the direction of Dr. Arnie Good, the program soon expanded to several midwestern states. By 1985, the program enrolled almost 2500 students at over 100 locations in 19 states. In 1997, the University launced its first online Internet course. Piloted by Dr. Michael LaRocco, this MBA course soon expanded to include all courses as the MBA program became completely available online.


In 1972, shortly after becoming coeducational, the college inaugarated collegiate sports. Coach Elmer Bell established a soon to be successful men's basketball program as well as a cross country team. In the fall of 1976, the college landed a nationally recognized coach in the person of Gordon Gillespie. Gordie brought with him an up and coming basketball coach named Patrick Sullivan. These two men expanded the number of collegiate sports and established the first women's programs in volleyball, basketball and softball, all under the auspices of the National Asociation of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA). St. Francis soon became a national powerhouse eventually winning a national baseball title in 1993 under one of America's winningest coaches, Gordon Gillespie.


In 1980, a master’s program in health services administration was offered and this was followed in the early 1990s by several more graduate offerings. In 1997, the College acquired the Saint Joseph College of Nursing. This school, also founded in 1920, had at first been a diploma nursing school. In 1987, it became a baccalaureate institution that awarded the Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. The Board of Trustees of the College of St. Francis voted in May of 1997 to move to university status; effective January 1, 1998, the institution became the University of St. Francis. 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday. ... The 1990s decade refers to the years from 1990 to 1999, inclusive. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1920 (MCMXX) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will take you to calendar) // Events January January 7 - Forces of Russian White admiral Kolchak surrender in Krasnoyarsk. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1997 (MCMXCVII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1998 (MCMXCVIII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated the International Year of the Ocean. ...



THE UNIVERSITY TODAY The University of St. Francis is currently undergoing a period of expansion. In 2004, the university purchased the recently vacated Motherhouse from the founding congregation, and has since renovated it into a conference and meeting center as well as a new home for the College of Nursing and Allied Health. The CONAH provides students with high tech classroom space, an all new SIM lab for hands on critical care practice, skills lab and extensive computer support. 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


In the summer of 2005, the University renovated Marian Residence Hall. The 1967 building was fitted with life-safety protection, new restrooms, upgraded windows, wireless Internet, community lounges, computer/study lounges and all new modular furniture in student rooms. The ground floor Abbey features a student commons area, juice bar, TV and game room.


Long-term plans call for further expansion of the University into the surrounding neighborhood, though great care is being taken to respect the Upper Bluff National Historic District and the Cathedral Area Preservation Association, both of which have interests in the area.


The University is well known for its academic quality. Nursing graduates consistently experience a pass rate well into the 90 percentile. Placements rates of graduates into jobs or graduate school is on average 93%. Teacher certification candidates are highly sought after and experience high placement rates. Many academic programs have specilized accreditation in addition to the institutions overall accreditation.


The current president of the University of St. Francis, Dr. Michael Vinciguerra, was appointed to office in 2002 and is the University's seventh president.


NOTABLE ALUMNI Dr. Therese Southgate, former editor, AMA Journal Joseph Shankland, President, Jay Foods


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