Mark Your Calendar for USF鈥檚 2024 Homecoming Festivities

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Joliet, Ill. 鈥 The University of St. Francis (USF) invites students, alumni, employees and friends of the university to mark their calendars for USF Homecoming 2024 festivities, which will take place during the weekend of September 27-29, 2024.

While the full agenda of events for the weekend is currently being finalized and will be announced later this summer, one event is already set 鈥 the homecoming football game. Join USF at 1 p.m. on Saturday, September 28, as the Fighting Saints take on the Indiana Wesleyan Wildcats at Busey Bank Field at Joliet Memorial Stadium (3000 Jefferson Street in Joliet). Watch stfrancis.edu/hcrw for additional events as they are finalized.

鈥淯SF is truly Joliet鈥檚 University and Homecoming is one of the most exciting times to be a Saint. Show your school pride, reconnect with alumni friends, create new memories, and cheer on our Fighting Saints! We look forward to you joining us for festivities all weekend long,鈥 said Aindrea Hogan, USF Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations.

For more information or if you are interested in hosting a reunion or event during USF Homecoming 2024, contact the Alumni & Family Relations Office at 877-811-ALUM or alumni@stfrancis.edu.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 3,300 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 53,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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Successful 67th Caritas Event Raises $235,000 for Student Scholarships at USF

2024 Caritas Scholarship Celebration

Joliet, Ill. 鈥 The University of St. Francis (USF) is proud to announce the outstanding success of its recent Caritas Scholarship Celebration held on Saturday, April 13, 2024, in the Pat Sullivan Center on the university鈥檚 main campus in Joliet. This year鈥檚 event, themed 鈥淟aunching Stars,鈥 brought together members of the USF community in a shining display of generosity that resulted in an impressive fundraising total of $235,000 in support of USF students and student scholarships.

鈥淎s we celebrate this remarkable achievement, we renew our commitment to being a 鈥榳elcoming community of learners鈥 for all of our students. Together, we will continue to shine brightly in our classrooms, in the workplace, and in the communities we serve.听 The University of St. Francis is deeply appreciative of this support, which will continue to help us launch our students鈥ur stars,鈥 said Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D., USF President.

“Once again, the University of St. Francis community came together to support the tradition of the Caritas Scholarship Celebration in its 67th year. One of the most remarkable outcomes was current USF students participating in the paddle raise on the evening of the event. The incredible generosity displayed by everyone involved supports USF students in pursuing their academic goals,鈥 said Lisa Sampalis, USF Vice President for Advancement.

The event, organized by USF and the Caritas Committee made up of alumni, staff, faculty, and university friends, has been a long-standing tradition at USF and in the Joliet community. Through a combination of games, auctions, and gifts from the heart, attendees demonstrated their unwavering commitment to making a positive impact on the lives of students.

D鈥橝rcy Buick GMC was the presenting sponsor of this year鈥檚 event, including Terry, Sue and Nick D鈥橝rcy, all of whom are Caritas Committee members. Many USF alumni, local businesses and families also sponsored the event. USF is incredibly grateful to D鈥橝rcy Buick GMC, Wintrust, and all of this year鈥檚 sponsors for their unwavering commitment to the tradition of the University of St. Francis in our second century. Visit stfrancis.edu/caritas for a complete list of this year鈥檚 sponsors and other event details.

For more information about the University of St. Francis and upcoming initiatives at the university, visit stfrancis.edu.

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The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves close to 3,300 students nationwide and offers undergraduate, graduate, doctoral and certificate programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 53,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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Support the USF Francis Fund through Giving Tuesday on November 28

Joliet, Ill. 鈥 If you have ever wanted to support the pursuit of a higher education for students at the University of St. Francis (USF), you have the opportunity to do so on Tuesday, November 28, a day known globally as Giving Tuesday. Join your fellow Saints worldwide as they come together to celebrate USF students and encourage giving to the university!

Lisa Sampalis, USF Vice President for University Advancement, said that the university鈥檚 Giving Tuesday focus for this year is the Francis Fund.

鈥淭he Francis Fund allows us the opportunity to respond to the emerging needs of our students, enabling them to bloom and pursue a brighter purpose. Take part in Giving Tuesday and support USF students in pursuing their academic goals,鈥 she said.

Visit stfrancis.edu/givingtuesday to learn more about and participate in Giving Tuesday. For more information on Giving Tuesday at USF, please contact Aindrea Hogan, USF Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations, at ahogan@stfrancis.edu.

About Giving Tuesday

Giving Tuesday is a global generosity movement that unleashes the power of radical generosity around the world. Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. Over the past nine years, this idea has grown into a global movement that inspires hundreds of millions of people to give, collaborate, and celebrate generosity. Visit for more information.

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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 53,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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USF Awards Joseph 鈥淭ony鈥 Delgado Scholarship at Inaugural Luncheon

Inaugural presentation of the new Joseph "Tony" Delgado Scholarship at USF

photo identification: (seated left to right) James R. Sefcik, Jr. (longtime USF donor and scholarship funder), Jo Ann Delgado (Tony Delgado鈥檚 wife), (standing left to right) Amanda Jensen (head USF softball coach), Isabella Landeros (USF softball recipient), Brian Michalak (head USF baseball coach), Matt Lopez (USF baseball recipient), and Michael Slovick (friend and former head football coach)

Joliet, Ill. 鈥 In late October, the University of St. Francis (USF) University Advancement office presented the new Joseph 鈥淭ony鈥 Delgado Scholarship to its inaugural recipients during a special luncheon event. USF baseball player Matthew Lopez of Morris, Ill., and USF softball player Isabella Landeros of Frankfort, Ill., were named as the first two recipients of the scholarship.

The luncheon event was a special occasion filled with stories of Delgado, his love for athletics, St. Francis, and his community. During the event, longtime USF donor James R. Sefcik, Jr., explained that he started the scholarship in memory of Delgado and the impact he created.

鈥淐oach Delgado was a lifelong friend who made an incredible impact on so many lives. I wanted to ensure that his legacy lives on,鈥 Sefcik said.

Amanda Jensen, head women鈥檚 softball coach at USF, echoed the importance this new scholarship has in sustaining Delgado鈥檚 legacy.

鈥淭hese scholarship recipients are carrying the light that Coach Delgado lit in the world,鈥 Jensen said.

Aindrea Hogan, USF Director of Advancement and Alumni Relations, added that scholarships create a tremendous amount of impact for the students who receive them.

鈥淭he gift of scholarship is an incredibly impactful gift of generosity for our students. Scholarship funds open doors, allowing goals to be accomplished and dreams to come true. I hope that one day, our scholarship recipients will continue this tradition of generosity by supporting other future Saints,鈥 Hogan said.

Individuals can support the Joseph 鈥淭ony鈥 Delgado Scholarship by visiting stfrancis.edu/give or by contacting the University Advancement Office at 815-740-2266.

About Joseph 鈥淭ony鈥 Delgado

Joseph 鈥淭ony鈥 Delgado, one of only five individuals to have their number retired in the 51-year history of the University of St. Francis athletics program, passed away unexpectedly this past June. Delgado, who celebrated his 80th birthday just one day prior to his passing, was the co-architect of seven NAIA World Series teams alongside head coach Gordie Gillespie for 15 years at St. Francis, including the 1993 national championship baseball team.听 Delgado and Gillespie worked together on the diamond for 20 years in all, including five seasons at nearby Lewis University, where they won another two NAIA championships together.

About Scholarships at USF

Approximately 96% of full-time undergraduate students at USF receive some form of financial assistance in the form of over $19.5 million in scholarships and grants annually. To learn more about scholarships and grants at USF, visit stfrancis.edu/scholarships. If you are interested in establishing a scholarship in honor or in memory of a loved one, visit stfrancis.edu/give or contact the University Advancement Office at 815-740-2266.

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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 53,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu.

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Students Learn the Impact of Random Acts of Kindness Courtesy of Jay It Forward

Joliet, Ill. 鈥 鈥淚t would seem wrong not to carry on with the passion that Jay had to make people smile.鈥 鈥 Jay It Forward

On Monday, September 25, over 200 students at the University of St. Francis (USF) personally experienced the positive impact that random acts of kindness can create. The students were recipients of gifts cards, goody bags and cash 鈥 all unannounced and unexpected 鈥 courtesy of Jay It Forward, an organization in honor of the late Jay Vana and his fun-loving demeanor and generous personality.

鈥淭he spirit of St. Francis is just something you need to experience first-hand on-campus at USF. That spirit was certainly robust when Jay It Forward celebrated with our students this week. The emotions on the faces of USF students, faculty and administrators was powerful as they opened envelopes and shared their plans of what they planned to do with the gifts they received,鈥 said Lisa Sampalis, Vice President for University Advancement at the University of St. Francis.

Longtime USF supporters Michele and Tom Vana established Jay It Forward to honor the life of their son, Jay, who passed away in a car accident eleven years ago. Along with Jay鈥檚 family and friends, Jay It Forward takes to the community on the anniversary of his passing each year to 鈥減ay it forward鈥 to with random acts of kindness. Before coming to USF, the organization also distributed similar random acts of kindness at a local fast-food restaurant and gas station.

鈥淎s much as it seems like others are benefiting from these random acts of kindness, I am the true recipient of the blessings. Helping others and seeing their smiles and joy is the healing that I need on this day. Making others happy is truly in the spirit of who Jay was. I really feel his presence when we do this in his memory,鈥 said Michele Vana.

The organization also encourages others to consider performing their own acts of kindness as a tribute to Jay Vana.

About Jay It Forward

Jay Vana was a resident of Homer Glen, Ill., and a student at Lockport Township High School who was known for his fun-loving demeanor and generous personality. He, along with his family and friends, often performed random acts of kindness when they heard of others in need. Unfortunately, Vana passed away unexpectedly as a result of a car accident at the age of sixteen on September 25, 2012. Vana鈥檚 family and friends founded Jay It Forward as a way to honor his kind-hearted spirit by continuing to perform random acts of kindness.

Please visit to learn more about Jay It Forward.

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Support USF Students through the Day of Giving on March 1

Joliet, Ill. 鈥 The University of St. Francis (USF) will celebrate the Day of Giving on Wednesday, March 1, 2023, and invites alumni, parents, students, friends, and the community to support one of the five campus projects the University hopes to fully fund. This year鈥檚 campaign focuses on projects from diverse areas of campus, including:
  • Future Educators Summer Academy Project
  • Mac Lab Updates
  • Fitness Center Updates
  • Creating a Labyrinth on Campus
  • New Choral Risers
鈥淥ur 2023 Day of Giving projects are initiatives that, no matter the major a student is pursuing or their background, will positively impact all USF students. There truly is a project for everyone and we are excited to see how funding these projects will positively impact the lives of all members of the Saint family,鈥 said USF Director of Advancement Aindrea Hogan. To support or learn more about these projects, please visit or call the USF University Advancement Office at 815-740-2266. : : 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 53,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit stfrancis.edu. University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose. # # #
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