Recent USF grads launch nursing careers during challenging times

June 17, 2020

As young nurses beginning their careers, recent University of Saint Francis graduates are grateful to learn so much during the COVID-19 pandemic. But their newfound knowledge is accompanied by stress, worry, fatigue and—in a positive reflection of their USF education—empathy. “Some days are harder than others, but I’ve been a part of things that I Read More »


USF students compile self-help manual to help VA during COVID-19

May 4, 2020

Dr. Carl Jylland-Halverson’s students seized a chance to help during a crisis with urgency and excellence. Jylland-Halverson, Clinical Mental Health Counseling program director at the University of Saint Francis, received a call from USF alumnus Dominic Letizia (BA ’05, MS ’07). Letizia, Assistant Chief of Mental Health at VA Northern Indiana Healthcare Systems, needed a Read More »


USF announces plan to return to on-campus instruction in fall

April 30, 2020

University of Saint Francis President Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF, sent an update to students, faculty and staff today about the university’s plan to return to on-campus instruction this fall. Her letter outlines the details: Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, As we conclude the 2019-2020 academic year, we all recognize that it was a challenging and unprecedented Read More »


USF alumna Kat Knutson volunteers to help COVID-19 patients in Kentucky

April 27, 2020

University of Saint Francis alumna Kat Knutson (BS ’17) didn’t hesitate when she received a request for volunteer healthcare workers to assist COVID-19 patients in Lake Cumberland, Kentucky. “The second I got the email I was ready to volunteer. Send me tomorrow!” Knutson said. “When they called the first round of volunteers and I wasn’t Read More »


USF alumna and nurse practitioner Kelsey Richard talks about dealing with COVID-19

April 17, 2020

University of Saint Francis alumna Kelsey Richard (BSN ’16, MSN ’19) tries to take some time to disconnect from thinking about COVID-19 when she’s at home, but that’s easier said than done. Richard is one of the essential workers trying to help on the front lines. As a nurse practitioner in cardiology at Lutheran Hospital, Read More »


USF professor Michael Bechill delivers insight with COVID-19 podcast

March 30, 2020

Text messages, Facebook conversations, and phone calls started rolling Dr. Michael Bechill’s way in early March. Family, friends, and colleagues wanted his view on the coronavirus, which was spreading to the United States. By last week, as COVID-19 expanded rapidly, Bechill received as many as 50 messages a day. So, he decided to find a Read More »


USF donates PPE supplies to Parkview and Lutheran

March 27, 2020

FORT WAYNE, Ind. – In order to help with needs caused by the spread of COVID-19, the University of Saint Francis School of Health Sciences has donated Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to local healthcare providers. USF donated more than 1,000 masks and face shields and 500 isolation gowns to Parkview Health and Lutheran Health Network Read More »


USF remains open as an essential business under Stay-At-Home Order

March 23, 2020

University of Saint Francis President Sister M. Elise Kriss sent a letter to students, faculty and staff to explain USF’s operation under Gov. Eric J. Holcomb’s Stay-At-Home Order, which he explained in an address Monday. Here is her letter: Dear Students, Faculty and Staff, I’m sure you are aware that Governor, Eric J. Holcomb issued Read More »


USF will continue online format for all classes through spring semester

March 17, 2020

University of Saint Francis President Sister M. Elise Kriss, OSF, sent an update to students, faculty and staff today about the latest plans to deal with COVID-19. Her letter outlines the details: Dear students, faculty and staff, As the COVID-19 situation continues to change, USF has made the following decisions in response to this continuing Read More »


NAIA cancels spring sports season

March 16, 2020

The NAIA issued a news release today detailing it decision to cancel the remainder of the 2020 spring sports season. Here is the release from the NAIA in Kansas City, Mo.: The National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) announced today that it is cancelling the spring 2020 sports season, effective immediately. “All possible scenarios that Read More »


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