STAR Bank commits $120,000 to University of Saint Francis

June 5, 2019

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – The University of Saint Francis is pleased to announce a $120,000 donation from longtime supporter STAR Bank.

STAR Bank officially presented its donation to the USF Achatz Hall of Science and Research Center in a ceremony Wednesday, June 5 at the campus, 2701 Spring St. The donation will be used for the Achatz Hall observation terrace, and the terrace will be named the STAR Bank Observation Terrace.

“STAR Bank has been a generous, longtime supporter of USF,” said USF President Sister M. Elise Kriss. “We value our relationship and are very grateful it will continue. In addition to working together with USF on student-focused endeavors, STAR Bank has employed many talented USF alumni at its successful organization over the years.”

The University of Saint Francis and STAR Bank believe in the value of local organizations working together for the good of the community. Their common goals were previously demonstrated when STAR Bank donated the trading center room at the USF Business Center downtown. STAR Financial Bank Chairman and CEO Jim Marcuccilli and STAR Financial Group Chairman Tom Marcuccilli were subsequently honored for their generosity to the school with a Bonzel Society of Lifetime Giving medal, presented by USF President Sister M. Elise Kriss in 2017.

“Education, economic development, and the arts have long remained STAR’s philanthropic giving pillars. The University of Saint Francis aligns quite perfectly with all of these giving pillars, and we are proud to support the STAR Bank Observation Terrace, an asset that students, and the community, will all be able to enjoy for decades,” said STAR Financial Group Chairman Tom Marcuccilli.

For more information, contact Dr. Matt Smith, USF Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at 260-399-7700, ext. 8105 or

Founded in 1890 in the Catholic Franciscan tradition, the University of Saint Francis offers more than 70 undergraduate, graduate and doctoral 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. 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 campus experience includes 16 athletic programs boasting two individual and four 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.