College News: St. Francis to host women’s lecture
September 2, 2012 6:56PM
Updated: October 4, 2012 6:02AM
St. Francis to host women’s forum
JOLIET — The University of St. Francis will present its annual Bishop Joseph L. Imesch Women in the Church Lecture at 7 p.m. Sept. 18 in San Damiano Hall.
“At the Threshold: Women, Tradition, Modernity” will be presented by Dolores Leckey, senior research fellow at the Woodstock Theological Center.
Leckey will also guide the group in finding ways to bring the voices of women into the decision-making processes of the church, and how best to use the gifts of women in both church and secular leadership.
Reservations are required; call 815-740-2272.
St. Francis to offer Franciscan Studies
JOLIET — The University of St. Francis Solutions Resource Center will offer an online certificate program in Franciscan Studies beginning Sept. 24.
The program was initiated in 2007 courtesy of a grant from the Association of Franciscan Colleges and Universities. It was designed to provide a unified understanding of the Franciscan tradition, strengthen students’ knowledge of Franciscan history and prepare students to form Franciscan experiences in their personal and professional lives.
Over the past two years, 29 individuals have received Certificates of Completion through USF’s Franciscan Studies program.
Courses are four weeks long with start dates of Sept. 24, Oct. 22, Jan. 7 and Feb. 4. The cost is $800 for the full certificate program or $200 per course.
To register or get more information, visit www.stfrancis.edu/solutions or call 815-740-3600.
St. Francis-JJC collaborate for nursing
JOLIET — A collaboration between University of St. Francis and Joliet Junior College is helping to pave the way for students on the nursing track.
Both USF and JJC administer academic programs in the nursing field. JJC offers an associate of applied science degree for individuals hoping to become registered nurses. USF offers the bachelor of science degree in nursing, which accommodates RNs who want to further their studies.
A recent report called for an increase of nurses with a BSN to 80 percent by the year 2020.
The USF 3+1 Nursing Program with JJC will enable licensed RNs who have completed their associate degree at JJC to transfer all relevant credits to USF to more efficiently earn their BSN.
The arrangement also offers a cost savings by offering the initial upper division nursing course and any remaining general education courses needed for the BSN at the lower community college tuition rate.
The program is available to RNs transferring from JJC to USF, though USF administrators are talking with other regional community colleges about similar programs, said Chuck Beutel, USF’s vice president for admission and enrollment.
“We are thrilled to enter into this partnership with the University of St. Francis,” JJC President Debra Daniels said.
The program’s first beneficiary is Bolingbrook’s Lori Hemedinger, who took her first 3+1 program course this summer and is enrolled to take four online general education courses with USF this fall.
The program design was spearheaded by USF’s Cecily & John Leach College of Nursing Dean Carol Wilson.
Contact the JJC Nursing Department at 815-280-2435 to speak with a nursing adviser about evaluation for placement in the USF 3+1 Nursing Program.