USF Policy Encourages Employees to Serve Community

January 30, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — The University of Saint Francis recently announced a new employee benefit available to staff, administration and 12-month faculty. To connect more purposefully with the university’s mission to engage in a diverse community of learning, leadership and service, employees can now take time off through a new Mission Leave program.

A group of employees formed the concept for a Mission Leave policy and it was enthusiastically endorsed by USF administration. The overriding purpose of this new policy is to encourage all employees to more fully embrace and embody the USF Mission and Values through engagement and service to the university, society and the Church.

Because USF’s mission statement is true for employees and students alike, it implies that the university will provide opportunities for all to discover and experience our rich Catholic and Franciscan heritage, so as to integrate Faith and Reason into their professional and personal lives, to make personal contributions to the common good, and thus live our mission.

This policy allows employees to voluntarily participate, with pay, in university events and community service activities that occur during regularly scheduled work hours. Full-time USF employees are able to use up to one and one half work days per year for mission leave. The policy is designed to provide an opportunity for employees to make a positive impact on the community.

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 80 undergraduate and graduate programs through the School of Health Sciences, School of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Keith Busse School of Business and Entrepreneurial Leadership and School of Creative Arts. In addition to its traditional programs, USF designs focused curricula for working adults in Fort Wayne, Crown Point and online. In 2016, the University of Saint Francis expanded its presence to downtown Fort Wayne. USF Downtown houses the university’s business and music technology programs while offering enhanced internship and networking opportunities for students. The University of Saint Francis offers a robust campus experience including 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and three team NAIA national championships, and is recognized as an NAIA Five-Star Champion of Character institution. Approximately 2,200 students from a broad geographic region attend USF.