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UNIVERSITY OF ST. FRANCIS VIRTUAL SPRING COMMENCEMENT

Saturday, May 8, 2021


OUR ST. FRANCIS ALMA MATER

We remember our St. Francis, standing strong with dignity,

by Robert Kase

full of glory, grace and honor in our hearts will always be. When we think of our St. Francis, and the stories long been told, We remember thee on bended knee the noble brown and gold.


COMMENCEMENT EXERCISES Master of Ceremonies Beth K. Roth, Ph.D. Provost Invocation Joseph T. Mallof Chair, Board of Trustees National Anthem Yareley Gonzalez ‘19 Undergraduate Admissions Counselor Welcoming Remarks Beth K. Roth, Ph.D. President’s Address Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D. President Investiture of Professors Emeriti Honorees: Debra A. Bacharz, Ph.D, Professor of Nursing Patricia A. Pascoe, Assistant Professor of Biology Anthony J. Zordan, DBA, Professor of Accounting First Address to the Graduates April Kubinski, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, FPA '08, '13 Amy Vertin, MSN, FPA, APRN, FNP-C '13 Emediate Cure, Shorewood & Joliet, Illinois Presentation of Graduate Degree Candidates John Gambro, Ed.D. Dean, College of Education Ebere Ume, Ph.D. Dean, Leach College of Nursing Elizabeth Davies, Ph.D. Dean, College of Arts & Sciences Orlando Griego, Ph.D. Dean, College of Business & Health Administration

Conferral of Degrees Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D. Pin Presentation Beth K. Roth, Ph.D. Second Address to the Graduates Ivka Markovic '08 Executive Vice President, Marketing & Client Relationships Madai, Inc., Florence, Italy Presentation of Bachelor's Degree Candidates Elizabeth Davies, Ph.D. Orlando Griego, Ph.D. John Gambro, Ed.D. Ebere Ume, Ph.D. Conferral of Degrees Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D. Tassel Ceremony Class of 2021 Alumni Welcome Caroline Portlock '02, '04 Alumni Association President Alma Mater Hymn Yareley Gonzalez ‘19 Benediction and Prayer of St. Francis Sr. Dolores Zemont, OSF President, Sisters of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate Closing Beth K. Roth, Ph.D.

CO N G R AT U L AT I O N S , CLASS OF 2021

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PROFESSOR EMERITA Dr. Debra Bacharz has been with the University of St. Francis for 25 years. She began her career in 1991 as an instructor in the then-St. Joseph College of Nursing teaching OB Theory, then went on to teach parent-child classroom and clinical content for baccalaureate nursing students. Bacharz designed lab modules and simulations specific to parent-child nursing skills and gained experience teaching nursing support courses including Physical Assessment, Ethical and Legal Issues in Health Care and Professional Concepts in Nursing. She was the first Leach College of Nursing faculty member to design and teach a web-based course, and the first faculty member to incorporate a web support component into traditional course delivery. Debra Bacharz, Ph.D

She completed her Ph.D. in 2008 and was promoted to associate professor, then professor. She most recently taught graduate nursing research while also leading faculty in the master's nurse educator track. She is director of the BSN Completion program. Throughout her career, Bacharz worked in many capacities in the medical field. She was a nurse at Rush Medical Center and Good Samaritan Hospital in Chicago, and was a pediatric theory instructor at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Bacharz has presented numerous scholarly papers and presentations over the years and has been a member of professional organizations such as Sigma Theta Tau, Beta Omega Chapter and the National League for Nursing. She was governing board member for the Will County Health Center, chair of the Will County Community Health Center Governing Council, and a member of the March of Dimes Continuing Education Committee. She has been recognized with many awards including being listed in Who's Who in American Colleges and Universities in 1975, receiving the Sarah Fuller Scholarship and a Sigma Theta Tau grant to fund research in 1987, and receiving the USF's Excellence in Service Award in 2010. She was awarded tenure in 2008. She served as a consultant for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing as the state coordinator for the Transition to Practice Research study, which was a multi-state, multi-site longitudinal study evaluating the efficacy of a transition program on new graduate retention and patient safety. Bacharz is proud of the role she has had in educating the “best prepared nurses on the planet!” She has had the opportunity to see many USF graduates in their professional roles while working in the community. Their performance has always exceeded her expectations for them as nurses. Though she traveled to both Sucre, Bolivia and Assisi, Italy in her capacity as nurse educator, Bacharz has often said she has a goal to “teach from the beach.” Her hobbies include camping, travel, walking on the beach and visiting Disney World.

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PROFESSOR EMERITA After receiving a B.S. in Biology from St. Norbert College in Wisconsin, and an M.S. in Biology from Bowling Green State University in Ohio, Patricia (“Patti”) Pascoe accepted a position as an assistant professor of Biology at then-College of St. Francis in 1980. In 2008, she was awarded Distinguished Teaching Professor status. While her graduate training focused on endocrinology, during her 41 years at St. Francis, Pascoe taught more than 24 different courses—including more than 13 that she developed—and her teaching evolved over time to specialize in human physiology and human anatomy. Her greatest contributions were developing human anatomy Patricia Pascoe

courses using human body donors. Her human anatomy work included teaching both undergraduate students in Joliet and graduate Physician Assistant students in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She was the first academic coordinator and associate program director of the PA program, and helped design the human anatomy labs for the PA program as well as the labs in Tower Hall, and most recently, the Brown Science Hall. Her teaching is not only recognized for excellent pedagogy but also for bringing Franciscan values to the study of the human body. Pascoe has been recognized by USF with many awards including Excellence in Teaching (2006), Best Instructor of the Year (Albuquerque, 2002), Special & Salutary Award (1988 and 1999), and Outstanding and Commendable Achievement Award (1990). Her service to USF has included chairing the Academic Assembly (2007-2008; 2017), the Department of Natural Sciences (1987-1995; 2015-2016) and chairing and serving for many years on a variety of college and university standing committees. She also chaired the committee that developed the first general education core program and served as the first coordinator of freshman advising. Pascoe's scholarship has included publishing on human anatomical variations, authoring multiple dissection guides for human anatomy and papers on thyroid endocrinology, and presenting on “The Sacramentality of the Human Body.”

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PROFESSOR EMERITUS Dr. Anthony Zordan earned his bachelor’s degree in accounting and MBA in finance from DePaul University in Chicago, then obtained a doctorate in Business Administration (in accounting) from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He began teaching accounting at the then-College of St. Francis in 1983, after brief stints in public accounting and private industry. Zordan was hired at St. Francis as an instructor, then was promoted to assistant professor, associate professor, and finally, professor during his tenure. Zordan served as department chair for the College of Business for three years from Anthony Zordan, DBA

1988-91. In the summer of 2002, he served as interim vice president for academic affairs. From July 1 until December 31, 2011, Tony was interim dean for the College of Business & Health Administration. Zordan’s focus has always been on his undergraduate students. He consistently seeks to treat all of his students and co-workers with love and respect. Zordan stated that, “The fact that this place is Catholic and Franciscan was not at all a factor in coming here. It was really a non-issue. But little by little, over time, I have come to appreciate and value the fact that it is both—Catholic and Franciscan. I think being here has helped me grow in my faith, learn more about the Catholic faith, about Jesus and about the little poor man from Assisi.” He and his wife, Nancy, who have been married 40 years, live in the Beverly Morgan Park neighborhood of Chicago and have five adult children and four grandchildren.

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ADDRESSES TO THE GRADUATES April Kubinski was born at the Great Lakes Naval base and was raised in Joliet, Illinois for most of her life. She is a board certified family nurse practitioner and entrepreneur. She completed her nursing BSN at University of St. Francis, then went on to work as a registered nurse in med surg, ICU, surgical/recovery, urgent care and emergency room care. After working several years as a trauma nurse, she returned to USF and obtained her MSN in 2013 with a family nurse practitioner focus. Kubinski obtained her certifications in CPR, PALS, ACLS, TNCC and TNS. She also obtained her SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner) certification to assist men, women April Kubinski, MSN, APRN, FNP-BC, FPA

and children following a sexual assault. She served as a SANE board member, assisting the State of Illinois with protocols to better the system and outcome of assault victims. In 2014, Kubinski developed a passion for urgent care. At that time, she was also involved with ISAPN and helped lead the fight in Springfield for HB313 for APRNS to obtain full practice. She is a member of ANA, INA and ANCC. In 2015, Kubinski and Amy Vertin, a friend she met while attending USF, recognized the need for a quick care practice in their community. Today, they own and operate two urgent care practices and an aesthetic practice with 32 employees. Kubinski and her husband, Josh, have two sons. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, traveling, hiking, swimming, biking, and pursuing continued education.

Amy Vertin was born and raised in a military family who traveled quite a bit. She eventually ended up “home” in Joliet, Illinois, at the age of 12. She attended Illinois State University and graduated with a bachelor's degree in nursing. She then went on to work in the emergency room as a trauma nurse specialist for nine years. As a registered nurse, Vertin was certified in ACLS, ECRN, PALS and TNS. She served on her union board representing the emergency room with INA and ANA, fighting for safe staffing and safe patient ratios. Vertin became a family nurse practitioner in 2013, graduating with honors from University of St. Francis with an MSN degree. She has since worked in the urgent Amy Vertin, MSN, FPA, APRN, FNP-C

care setting treating patients of all ages with a wide variety of illnesses and injuries. In 2015, she became a business owner and entrepreneur at Emediate Cure. She is a DOT certified medical examiner, X-ray certified limited license technician, and served as a board member of ISAPN. Vertin was actively involved in passing HB313, which gave full practice authority to nurse practitioners in the State of Illinois. For fun, Vertin loves to read and spend time with her husband and three active children. She loves boating, traveling, and cheering on her children in softball,

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soccer and baseball.


ADDRESSES TO THE GRADUATES

Ivka Markovic came to the United States from Bosnia to attend college at the University of St. Francis, where she obtained a B.A. in Visual Arts, with a concentration in Fine & Studio Arts, in 2008. Markovic was born in Bosnia and spent the first eight years of her life with her parents and two younger brothers. In June of 1993, her village came under a brutal attack. Her father joined the defense and was killed in the war that followed. Her family barely made it out alive and was miraculously saved on multiple occasions. In 2012, she was living in Florence, Italy where she began working as an adjunct Ivka Markovic

professor at the Florence University of the Arts, teaching visual communication design. She has remained in Florence and is currently employed by Madai, Inc. as an executive vice president for marketing and client relationships. Prior to this role, she worked at Madai as the director of communications and strategic partnerships. In her spare time, Markovic is a freelance art director, who works with a select team of collaborators on a variety of brand development projects in the luxury hospitality, wine and design markets. Among her many talents, Markovic speaks four languages: Croatian, English, Italian and Spanish. She serves as a member of the Women in Research executive organization and IMA Europe, the incentive, reward and recognition association.

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CO N G R AT U L AT I O N S , CLASS OF 2021

While every effort is made to ensure accuracy in this commencement program, printing deadlines may prevent inclusion of candidates’ names or may result in the use of names of persons not completing graduation requirements. Official degree honors for diplomas and transcripts will be determined after final grades are reported. This program should not be used to determine academic or degree status. The university’s official registry for conferral of degrees is the student’s academic record, kept by the Office of the Registrar, University of St. Francis, 500 Wilcox Street, Joliet, IL 60435.

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DOCTORAL DEGREE CANDIDATES COLLEGE OF EDUCATION John Gambro, Ed.D., Dean DOCTOR OF EDUCATION EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP Eric Taylor Bell

Mollie Galvin Rockafellow

The Impact of Stress, Compensation, and Work Hours on

Impact of Support Programs on Leadership for First Generation

Student Persistence from Matriculation into Culinary School

Women in Student Affairs: A Mixed Method Study

to Graduation and Employment in the Culinary Field

Sarah Ann Turner

Terri Celeste Dawson-Howard

An Evaluation of Perceptions Leading to the Success of

Measuring the Effects of Professional Development in Social

Neurodivergent Individuals

Emotional (SEL) Knowledge to Improve Teaching Strategies Karen Marie Maloney-Ward Examining Domestic Violence Cases Based on County Court Judges’ Trainings, Rulings, and Case Outcomes

LEACH COLLEGE OF NURSING Ebere Ume, Ph.D., Dean DOCTOR OF NURSING PRACTICE Krista R. Allen-Sanders

Marta Jovic

Evaluating the Onboarding Process for APRNs

The Perceptions on Quality and Effectiveness of a Midwestern

Linda Lee Blakley

Hospital’s Nurse Practitioner Mentorship Program

New Graduate Residency Programs as a Factor Affecting

Akaki Bapile Luhahi

Turnover Rates of Newly Licensed Registered Nurses in Acute

The Role of Antimicrobial Stewardship Program in the Reduction

Care Hospitals

of Hospital Acquired Clostridioides Difficile

Rhonda Denise Clifton

Sharon Reams-Henry

Evaluating the Onboarding Process for APRNs

Building a Stronger Workforce for Nurses in Post-Acute Care

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MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Elizabeth W. Davies, Ph.D., Dean MASTER OF SOCIAL WORK

Angelica Flores

Marjuen Faith Wannah

Abdulelah Mohammed Alghamdi

Marissa Anne Gillum

Brianna Edwina Yanni

Joseph Anthony Baltuska

Jasmine Celese Hawkins

Francesca Rose Zarate

Gloria Hope Cesak

Sean Michael Herbert

Jonquil Nicole Chason

Lydia Jade Hill

Diana Renee Czech

Allyson Nicole Pascarella

Kailynn Jade Fielding

Jessica Marie Terrell

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MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS & HEALTH ADMINISTRATION Orlando V. Griego, Ph.D., Dean MASTER OF BUSINESS A D M I N I S T R AT I O N

Madison Marie Scheel

MASTER OF SCIENCE

Rachel Vissman Schmahl

H E A LT H A D M I N I S T R AT I O N

Michelle Betke

Joseph Tatar Schomer

Ashley Nicole Adams

Matthew Patrick Brachmann

Alexis Gabrielle Steele

Rebecca Compton

Michael Cole Calandriello

Tanya Sharraun Washington

Courtney Suzanne Cox

Alejandro Campos

Timothy Charles White

Alison Marie Firth

Laura Jean Coughlin

Laura Nicole Keller

Timothy Jacob Cunningham

Francena Nicole Kennedy

Felix Frimpong

James Joseph McKeon

Rebecca Ruth Fry

James Douglas Melton

Marianna Grasso

Elisabeth Nielsen

Krista Gale Gulick

Merfat Houssen Qadah

Shawn Patrick Harper

Mimi Ntoto Samu

Foster Michael Heise Rexesha Ann Hollis

MANAGEMENT

Ian Christopher Jones

Quinn Ridder

Brandon Edward Leal Timothy John Lilja

TRAINING &

Angela Kay Marczali

DEVELOPMENT

William Parks

John Michael Condreay

Hongzhi Qiu

Michele Marie Cote

Jenna Ann Reding

Krysti Gail Reece W. Brandon Rinker Mabia Carrico Shadel

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MASTER’S DEGREE CANDIDATES

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION John Gambro, Ed.D., Dean M A S T E R O F E D U C AT I O N

TEACHING & LEARNING

Tyler John Hosman

SECONDARY TEACHER

Amber Rose Allison

EDUCATION WITH

Giselle Diane Alvarado-Romero

Erami James Izquierdo Emily Veronica Johnson

PROFESSIONAL

Mary Patricia Barilla

Christine Johnston

EDUCATOR LICENSE

Ryan Russell Battersby

Rachel Marie Karos

Kaitlin C. Midgley

Kelly Lynn Baumgartner

Laura Beth Kawczynski

Dawn Marie Belbis

Matthew E. King

MASTER OF SCIENCE

Kelly Blons

Kristin Laabs

EDUCATIONAL LEADERSHIP

Micaela Boness

Shannon Ann Lally

Thomas James Fracassi

Vesna Nicole Bosnjak

Selena Ann Landa

Timothy Charles Hanson

Cory Marie Bristol

Anita Jane Lapa

Nathan Scott Hill

Allison Marie Budds

Jennifer Lee Lawler

Noelle Christine St. Germain

Rachel Diane Campbell

Mary Frances Loversky

Albert Martin Zika

Kathleen Aimee Cervera

Lisa Marie Lukkari

Sarah Chang

Abigail Margaret Lyons

READING

Julia Evelyn Chenelle

Ryan Patrick McLaughlin

Mary Joanne Barber

Kelly Cisco

Ralph Moczydlowski

Alexandria Lynn Brown

Jacquelyn Rhea Cudebec

Gail Susan Molinaro

Kathryn Elizabeth Herbert

Lauren Czaja

Brianna Joy Paczkowski

Taylor Ashley Holmes

Megan Marie Czervionke

Stacy Colleen Reutter

Shelley Kay Wymer Homan

Michelle Rene DeSantis

Lauren Jillian Rios

Victoria Theresa Mercado

Stephanie Lynn Diesing

Isabella Rodriguez

Julie Anne Renzi

Kelly Marie Dimitri

Lori Ann Russ

Paul Slager

Danielle Lynnette Donaldson

Ashley Rose Sichak

Jacqueline Marie Smrekar

Cindy Espinosa

Elizabeth Marie Simonelli

Nicolette Marie Uresti

Caitlin Nicole Furgason

Kelly Lynn Sistos

Thomas James Gaw

Stephanie Marie Sneath

Kristen Anne Giemzik

Hilary Spector

Sarah Margaret Grabowski

Rachel E. Thiemann

Jocelyn M. Grauer

Hailed Perez Thiry

Bradley Allen Graziano

Jennifer Kay Wagner

Adrienne Michelle Harsy

William Victor Weaver

Kaitlyn Morgan Henaghan

Camille Merritt Whiteside

Monica Marie Hernandez

Patrick Earl Wright

Peter Anthony Hinch Mary Beth Hines

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LEACH COLLEGE OF NURSING Ebere Ume, Ph.D., Dean MASTER OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

NURSING ADMINISTRATION

David Jeremy Bachert

Zankhana Desai

Katelyn Marie Bannon

Nicole Renee Dissette

Melissa Lauren Binek

Tammy J. Noonan

George Adam Brummell

Michele Iannotta Radaszewski

Linsey Eusebio

Andrea Leigh Warren

Kristin Lynn Bragg

Charlene Haymond Amy Marie Heer

NURSING EDUCATION

Misty Renee Jones

Elizabeth Jennifer DeLucio

Armanda Keci

Constance Faith Ewers

Marlene Hayes Lampert

Randee Moné Fleming

Maureen Brigid Marshall

Kathleen Marie Kingman

Pamela Lorraine Phillips

Rachel Ann Kozlowski

Bethany Lynn Potempa

Melinda A. Kuzmicki

Delaina Michelle Swiney

Rebecca Sue Whalen

Michelle Lynn Verner Nadine Maria Villanueva Shannon Lynn Whitley Julia Mae Zdanowicz

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BACHELOR’S DEGREE CANDIDATES COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES Elizabeth W. Davies, Ph.D., Dean BACHELOR OF ARTS ART & DESIGN Amber Jade Daraska Jamie Noelle Stolfo Odessa Ann Maria Villarreal C O M M U N I C AT I O N & MEDIA ARTS Clarissa Del Rio Jordan Patrick Missig Richard Kevin Mroz Jr. Lauren Victoria Wozniak

HISTORY MAJOR WITH C O N C E N T R AT I O N I N H I S TO R Y / SOCIAL SCIENCE AND P R O F E S S I O N A L E D U C ATO R LICENSE - SECONDARY E D U C AT I O N Leah Rose Hiles Aaron Philip Seidler INDUSTRIAL & O R G A N I Z AT I O N A L PSYCHOLOGY Aaron Quigley Michalak

PSYCHOLOGY Dania Abdallah Jenna Rae Anderson Michelle Andrade Michael James Beaudoin Hope Angelica Blandin Carolyn Marie Dudeck Kendall Cecilia Kastler Robert Kicmal Erica Helen Long Maille Ann O'Connor Nelesa Marie Oseguera Rodolfo Abraham Perez

CRIMINAL & SOCIAL JUSTICE Bradley Edward Abderhalden James Wesley Bell Brian Eduardo Castillo Joseph Scott McGuire ENGLISH Jacob Gene Hulbert ENGLISH MAJOR WITH C O N C E N T R AT I O N I N E N G L I S H / LANGUAGE ARTS AND P R O F E S S I O N A L E D U C ATO R LICENSE - SECONDARY E D U C AT I O N

LIBERAL STUDIES

Fernanda Alejandra Sandoval

Priscilla Reece Brott

Monica Hope Saragossa

Morgan AbbyGale Peters

Jessica Layne Schaefer Oscar Anthony Tellez

MUSIC

Amanda M. Withall

Rachel Adell Coop POLITICAL SCIENCE

R E C R E AT I O N & S P O R T MANAGEMENT

Daniel Robert Bajt

Olivia Lorraine Burbatt

Robert Glenn Gilbert

Caleb Joseph Campbell

Marcus Theodore Lapore

Marc Anthony Gonzalez

Martin William Wahlen

Tyler Noah Keene Christine Lee Martinez Stephany Mendoza

Eva Lynn Bruno

Paulina Orihuela

HISTORY

S U B S TA N C E A B U S E COUNSELING

Jonathan David Berry Victoria Araceli Bravo Tyler Jordan Jendraszak Timothy Dolan Nicholson III Matthew Shonder

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Monika Samara Gomez THEOLOGY Alexander Stefan Kromkowski


BACHELOR’S DEGREE CANDIDATES

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE B I O C H E M I S T R Y

M AT H E M AT I C S & COMPUTER SCIENCE

BACHELOR OF SOCIAL WORK

Janelle Marie Encabo Suriaga

Anna Nguyen

Brandi Lynn Mullins

Jude Raphael Encabo Suriaga

Julie Ann Sander R A D I AT I O N T H E R A P Y

BIOLOGY

Mohammad Abuzir

Alejandro Almazan

Kelly Renee Alley

Malia Rose Gasteier

Joseph Anobia Amarteifio

Dalton Gregory Jenner

Darian Mae Baldwin

Anthony Michael Marino Jr.

Kristin Marie Karas

Hanah Marie Mastandrea

Alyssa Paige Larsen

Jorge Perez Jr.

Jade Randi Kalei Livesay-Groark

Miryam Del Sol Perez

Jezzail Mendiola

Jenna Renas

Theodore Joseph Trost

Franco Rota

Alexandra Marie Urbanski

Emily Anne Siegler Joshua Emmanuel Williams

RADIOGRAPHY Lindsey Rae Cresson

COMPUTER SCIENCE

Meghan Curry

Christopher Leonard Bennett

Jessica T. Jefferson

David Robert Paul

Jessica Diane Jimenez

August Christopher Ramos

Nicole Cheyenne Kilcullen

Richard J. Zielinski III

Ana Karina Lopez Marissa Kathleen Maltese

D I G I TA L A U D I O RECORDING ARTS

Taylor Corrine Lee McCauley

Calvin Thomas Hartsfield II

Kiersten Lexa Morse

Brianna Dale Morris

Bryzhane Johnson Micole Jada Johnson Timothy Michael Jones Logan Daniel Stefanich Donovan Micha Summers I N F O R M AT I O N T E C H N O LO G Y Erik James Cioffi M AT H E M AT I C S Ashley Elizabeth Hatz

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BACHELOR’S DEGREE CANDIDATES

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS & HEALTH ADMINISTRATION Orlando V. Griego, Ph.D., Dean BACHELOR OF BUSINESS A D M I N I S T R AT I O N

MANAGEMENT

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE

Madeline Marie Adamic

BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION

ACCOUNTING

Talia Azuray Jones-Wright

Ketra Nicole Hickman

Brandon Thomas Brodzinski

Celina Skye Mayforth

Mikeya Stephen

Justene Rayanne Charlesworth

Anthony William Piegari

Sr. Lien Chu, LHC

Rio David E.J. Strama

H E A LT H C A R E L E A D E R S H I P

Cynthia Karina Esquivel

Jacob Michael Suchor

Mervat F. Abdallah

Kevin Ryan Gorski Jr.

Elizabeth Irene Tuck

Rosa M. Alvarado Nermina Bijedic

Jessika Nicole Kodat Alejandro Meza

MARKETING

Jeanine Marie Borge

Hortensia Osorio

Dana Nicole Ackerson

Riley Mangan

Elizabeth Jean Badalamenti

Tina Dorothy Petersen

ECONOMICS

Makenna Grace Bartecki

Jenelle Marie Powers

Raul Rosendo

Lewis Anton Holey

John Cole Thomson

Mitchell James Kwasigroch

Nirali Vaidya

FINANCE

Jorge Adal Navas

Guadalupe Humberto Arevalos

Katherine Elizabeth Szakacs

H E A LT H C A R E M A N A G E M E N T

Cameron James Pyle

Amanda Ashley Bednarczyk

Dylan Kenneth Schultz

Sherrie Lee Brock

Mallory Rose Stover

Sharie Kay Clement

Peter James Walsh

Nicole Michelle Gagliano

Tegan McKenna Young

Jeanette Krystle Gonzalez Casey L. Nighswonger

H E A LT H C A R E M A N A G E M E N T

Maria Ogrodny

Selina Ansafoah Assan

Mary Frances O'Malley

Viviana Noemi De Santiago

Juan David Pulido

Fada Raed Nassan

Maribel Martinez Sagastume

Danielle Lynn Oldenburg

T'Shawn T'Andre Sanders

Olivia Pyzowski

Anna Nicole Simek

Heather Elizabeth Reier

Fotini Elena Triantafyllou Calin Wolcott

INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS Nicholas Andrew Diaz

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Juan C. Zermeno


BACHELOR’S DEGREE CANDIDATES

COLLEGE OF EDUCATION John Gambro, Ed.D., Dean BACHELOR OF ARTS

Brianna Jenae Leeper

MIDDLE GRADES EDUCATION

ELEMENTARY EDUCATION

Denise Lopez

Sabrina Baftiri

Kassidy Rose Andrews

Suzanna Angelina Rocha

Jessica Jean Hampton

Madelyn Joanne Barrett

Victoria Rose Sztapka

Yazmine Medina

Cindy Chavez

Jazmine Alexandra Vieyra

Haley Elizabeth Douglas

SPECIAL EDUCATION

Lacey Cathryn Gardner

Jarret Carl Gmazel

Kathryn Margaret Gutzman

Margaret Jean Klebenow

Brittany Ann Housman

McKenna Rae Quigley

Rachel Nicole Hunter

Ignacio Torres Jr.

Paige Kobylarczyk

LEACH COLLEGE OF NURSING Ebere Ume, Ph.D., Dean BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING

Madisyn Taylorann Hannion

Lily Ann O'Rahilly

Corissa Ann Hansen

Adriana Elizabeth Otis

Sonia Maria Aguilera

Sarah Clara Heimberg

Michalyn Nicole Parker

Nelly Berenice Ambriz

Annie Marie Huguelet

Jessica Lynn Peterson

Gloria Awinongya

Dineh Hisham Jaber

Hanna Marie Petkunas

Victor Enrique Bernal Vazquez Jr.

Madelyn Therese Janssen

Taylor Ann Potaczek

Katelyn Patricia Birnbaum

Kizito Kibyami

Merlin Raju

Christian William Bohne

Jessica Lynn Kirkland

Jose L. Renteria

Maikas Borisov

Alysa Ann Kline

Safa Shahbin

Jacqueline Lee Brink

Lillian Rose Knapp

Samantha Joan Sharkey

Dominique Noelle Cagampang

Evangelica Lina Zaide Laviste

Nicole Elizabeth Simmons

Breanne Katherine Calcaterra

Jessica Maxine Littlejohn

Taylor Lynne Stang

Jennifer Chira

Lanny Ann Maganda

Vanessa Stratton

Mikayla Lynn Cummings

Griselda Maldonado

Betty A. Tabler

Kyle T. Cummins

Alyssa Marrs

Winter Monique Tate

Susan Marie Davey

Liliana Medina

Skirmante Valiute

Elizabeth Grace Durkin

Tamara Mehsen

Sydney Nicole Van Poucke

Madison Ann Engler

Marissa Linda Melendez

Caroline Tyler Wilhelm

Kelly Anna Galiniak

Sr. Huong Nguyen

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HONORS & RECOGNITIONS HONOR SOCIETIES

Augustus Tolton Honor Society, honors the spirit of scholarship, leadership and identity for high achieving African American students; members recognized by purple and gold cords. Alpha Phi Sigma, national Criminal Justice honor society; promotes academic excellence, community service, educational leadership and unity; members recognized by blue and gold entwined cords with gold tassels or gold honor stole. Beta Beta Beta, national honor society in Biological Sciences; members recognized by green and red cords. Delta Epsilon Sigma, national scholastic honor society for colleges and universities with Catholic tradition; members recognized by red cords. Delta Mu Delta, international honor society in Business Administration; members recognized by purple and gold cords. Duns Scotus Honors Program, interdisciplinary curriculum that promotes Catholic, Franciscan ideals at University of St. Francis; Scholars (two-year program) recognized by double blue cords and Fellows (four-year program) recognized by blue and gold cords. Epsilon Delta Pi, the Computer Science honor society, encourages excellence in computer science scholarship and promotes the high ideals of the computer science profession while recognizing those who manifest worthy qualities of character, scholarship and professional attainment. Kappa Delta Pi, international honor society in Education; members recognized by purple and green cords. Kappa Mu Epsilon, national Mathematics honor society; members recognized by rosepink and silver cords.

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Kappa Rho, National Council of Phi Alpha Honor Society in Social Work; members recognized by gold cords. Lambda Nu, national honor society for the Radiologic and Imaging Sciences to recognize exemplary academic achievement among radiologic science majors; members recognized by cords of maroon (radiologic and imaging sciences), forest green (health professions) and gold (the ancient color of honor). Lambda Pi Eta, national honor society representing the Communication discipline in recognition of speech and oratory skills; members recognized by crimson and silver cords. Phi Alpha Theta, national History honor society; members recognized by red and blue cords. Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science honor society. Psi Chi, national honor society in Psychology; members recognized by gold cords with blue and gold tassels. Rho Phi Lambda, national honor society for the Parks, Recreation and Leisure profession; members recognized by sage green cords. San Alberto Hurtado Latino Honor Society, honors Latino scholars for academic excellence. Sigma Tau Delta, international honor society in English, recognizes and encourages excellence among undergraduate and graduate students, in all aspects of English language, literature, and the many closely related fields, including literacy initiatives; members recognized by black and red cords. Sigma Theta Tau, Upsilon Delta chapter, international honor society in Nursing; members recognized by orchid and white cords.


HONORS & RECOGNITIONS

BACHELOR'S DEGREE HONORS

To be considered for honors, a student must have attended USF full time for at least two years or have earned at least 60 semester hours at USF. Summa cum laude: GPA of 3.9 or higher; recognized by gold cords. Magna cum laude: GPA of 3.7 to 3.89; recognized by silver cords. Cum laude: GPA of 3.5 to 3.69; recognized by white cords.

CORDS AND PINS

The Americana Cord is given to veterans of the United States military; members recognized by red, white and blue cords. The Nursing Pin represents a rite of passage into the nursing profession itself. The tradition of the nursing pin began when Florence Nightingale chose to extend this honor to her graduate nurses. Each design is unique to the school from which they graduate

ACADEMIC COSTUME

The tassel on the mortarboard, or cap, is worn over the left front quarter of the cap after a degree has been conferred. Bachelor’s and Master’s caps have black tassels; the tassel for the Doctorate is gold. The Doctor’s and Master’s hood, worn around the neck over the shoulders and down the back, indicates the degree and the college or university which awarded it. The official colors of the institution which conferred the degree are used in the lining of the hood. The colors of the University of St. Francis are brown, symbolizing Franciscanism, and gold, signifying excellence. The velvet edging of the hood indicates the degree: white is for Arts; camel is for Business Administration; light blue is for Education; green is for Medicine; pink is for Music; apricot is for Nursing; gold is for Science; and citron is for Social Work. Compiled from “Academic Costume in America,” Intercollegiate Bureau of Academic Costume, Cotrell and Leonard, Inc., Albany, N.Y.

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FRANCISCAN HERITAGE The San Damiano Cross is known as the “Crucifix that spoke to St. Francis” in 1205 A.D. in Assisi, Italy. The Cross was hung in the little church of San Damiano that was outside the walls of Assisi. When Francis stopped by the church to pray, he found the church to be collapsing from old age. No one went down the worn staircase into the church; but Francis did, and with that act, the Franciscan Order was born. As Francis knelt in prayer before the painted Byzantine Cross, “Suddenly it seemed to him that Jesus’ gaze was fixed upon him…They were speaking and expressing a burning passion...Francis distinctly heard his name being called…‘Francis, go repair my house, which, as you see, is falling into ruin.’” Francis stood up, frightened but moved. Believing that the message of the San Damiano Cross was to be taken literally, Francis began to repair the church by begging in Assisi for stones. Other young men came out to help with the renovation of the little church with the painted Cross. In time, Francis and his followers came to believe the message of the painted image on the wooden San Damiano Cross—that of Jesus Christ—meant that Francis should rebuild the gospel church in the world. The making of the San Damiano Cross was inspired by the Gospel of St. John. It is believed to be a 12th century icon painted by a Syrian monk, created to reveal the essence of profound mystery. Mary, the mother of Jesus, is painted at the extreme right of Jesus, to the east, a place of honor. The several other painted figures on the crucifix are all found in St. John’s Gospel. The Poor Ladies took the cross from San Damiano in 1257 when they left the little church that also served as their convent. It was preserved for 700 years

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in the Church of San Giorgio in Assisi. The Icon of San Damiano was placed in public view for the first time during Holy Week 1957. In September 1958, the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis was permanently placed over a new altar in the San Giorgio chapel and is now always available for public viewing. At the University of St. Francis, a likeness of the San Damiano Cross has been placed in Tower Hall, the first of the university’s buildings. It is prominently placed in the front entrance of each campus and in every classroom for all to see and “listen” to. SOURCE: "Francis of Assisi" by Arnaldo Fortini

The Prayer of St. Francis Lord, make me an instrument of Your peace, where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; and where there is sadness, joy. O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen


PROFESSORS EMERITI John Bowers, Ph.D. - 2017

Margaret Lewandowski, DNP - 2013

JoAnn Sterling, Ed.D. - 2007

B.A., Washburn University M.A., Kansas State University Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

B.S., Governor State University

B.S.Ed., M.S.Ed., Ed.D., Northern Illinois University

Patrick Brannon, Ph.D. - 2017

Vin Katilius-Boydstun, Ph.D. - 2018

B.A., M.A., University of Iowa Ph.D., Washington University

B.A., Westminster College M.A., University of Chicago Ph.D., University of Nebraska—Lincoln

William Bromer, Ph.D. - 2020

M.S., Purdue University DNP, Valparaiso University

Sr. Rose Marie Surwilo, OSF - 2001 B.A., University of St. Francis M.A., St. Louis University Billie Terrell, Ph.D. - 2017

M.S., University of North Carolina

Marjorie A. Marion - 1997

B.A., College of St. Francis MSW, University of Illinois Ph.D., University of Chicago

Ph.D., Purdue University

B.A., Colorado College M.A., Purdue University

Rita L. Travis - 1997

Rev. Warren R. Carlin, O.Carm., Ph.D. - 2002

Marcia Smith Marzec, Ph.D. - 2011

B.A., University of St. Francis M.A., Ohio State University

B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

Frank Wyrostek, Ph.D. - 2015

Virginia A. Matthews - 2007

B.A., Milton College MBA, Ph.D., Loyola University

B.A., University of St. Francis M.S.Ed., Northern Illinois University

Ling-Yi Zhou, Ph.D. - 2017

M. David McClenahan, Ph.D. - 2014

M.A., M.Ed., Ph.D., Miami University of Ohio

B.S., Xavier University (OH)

B.A., St. Bonaventure University M.A., Laval University Certificat avance, Language et Litterature, Sorbonne, Paris Ph.D., Northwest University H. Randolph Chilton, Ph.D. - 2012 B.A., Stanford University M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin Florida Freeman, DNSc - 2009 B.S., Washington University M.A., Governors State University DNSc, Rush University Lyle Hicks, Ph.D. - 2015 B.A., M.A., Southern Illinois University Ph.D., Northern Illinois University Michael V. LaRocco, DBA - 2011 B.S., MBA, DePaul University DBA, Nova Southeastern University

B.S., M.S., Pittsburgh State University M.A., Ph.D., University of Kansas Dorothy Resh - 2009 B.S., University of St. Francis M.S., University of Michigan— Ann Arbor Arleen M. Stahl, Ph.D. - 2007 Diploma, Little Company of Mary Hospital School of Nursing B.S., University of St. Francis BSN, M.S., Ph.D., Northern Illinois University

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES Joseph T. Mallof, Chair of the Board Cheryl McCarthy, Ed.D., Vice Chair of the Board Anthony Arellano Michael Bily Michael Brennan Michael Bryant Sr. Sue Bruno, OSF Edward Dollinger Dr. Iman Ellis-Bowen Robert Erickson Diane F. Habiger Scott Holdman Sr. MaryAnn Jerkofsky, OSF, Ph.D. Arvid C. Johnson, Ph.D.

Rev. James B. Lewis, O.Carm. Jose Paramo Victor Patterson Caroline Portlock John Przybyla Steve Randich Candice Rosen Paramjit (PJ) Sidhu Dan Stevenson Daniel Streitz, DDS Sr. Faith Szambelanczyk, OSF Meg Tortorello Patricia S. Wheeler Sr. Mary Jo Young, OSF, Ph.D. Sr. Dolores Zemont, OSF

TRUSTEE EMERITUS Carolyn L. Murphy PRESIDENTS EMERITI James A. Doppke, Ph.D. John C. Orr, Ph.D. Michael J. Vinciguerra, Ph.D. PROVOST EMERITUS Frank H. Pascoe, D.A. VICE PRESIDENT EMERITUS Charles Beutel

UNIVERSITY OF ST. FRANCIS MISSION STATEMENT As a Catholic university rooted in the liberal arts, we are a welcoming community of learners challenged by Franciscan values and charism, engaged in a continuous pursuit of knowledge, faith, wisdom, and justice, and ever mindful of a tradition that emphasizes reverence for creation, compassion, and peacemaking. We strive for academic excellence in all programs, preparing women and men to contribute to the world through service and leadership.

The University of St. Francis was founded and is sponsored by the congregation of the third order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate 24

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University of St. Francis Spring 2021 Commencement Program  

Congratulations to the USF Class of 202!

University of St. Francis Spring 2021 Commencement Program  

Congratulations to the USF Class of 202!

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