Are Women’s Colleges Doomed? What Sweet Briar’s Demise Tells Us

University of St. Francis started as an all female institution of learning.

The University of St. Francis was established in 1920 by the Congregation of the Third Order of St. Francis of Mary Immaculate for the education of its own members.

  • In 1925, under the title Assisi Junior College, its doors opened to women outside the congregation.
  • In the fall term of 1930, a senior college curriculum was established and a new name, the College of St. Francis was adopted.
  • In 1971, the college became coeducational, and the first off-campus degree programs began in fall of 1972.

More Recent Grads Are Quitting Their Current Jobs to Take Another

The number of Americans who are quitting their jobs to take new ones is on the rise, and recent college graduates are among the most aggressive of the bunch, according to a recent article in USA Today. Early in the economic recovery, many recent grads accepted jobs that paid little or didn’t fully tap into their skills, notes Mark Zandi, chief economist at Moody’s Analytics. Now, he says, they’re seeking better matches for themselves. The number of 16- to 24-year-olds leaving one job for another in the third quarter was up 14 percent over the year ago period, compared with a 9.5 percent increase for people between the ages of 25 and 54, notes payroll processor ADP.

Source: USA Today, December 7, 2014.

Optimal Resume: New Resume Writing Software Available to all Students and Alumni!

Optimal Resume allows you to create an effective resume and provides samples, word banks and a variety of templates through a comprehensive, web-based application that helps job seekers create, present, and manage resumes. Each user can create and manage an unlimited number of resumes in their account, and the software includes spell checking, action words, and format assistance

  • Create a resume – View samples, use templates, view, save, and share your resumes
  • Create cover letters – Use samples, templates, store and save your letters
  • Build Your Portfolio – Upload documents, videos, and projects to share with potential employers
  • Practice Interviewing – Build your own interview, be coached, and record your practice all in the privacy of your own room
  • Create a Career Website – Post your resume, cover letter, portfolio, video resume and more to your very own website. Share your site with employers (All this in LESS than 10 clicks!)

How to Register:

Click create new account

Access Code: optimal1

Once you register, you will have to be approved by the Career Success Center, you will receive an email when this has been completed.

“I’m not sure this internship will be a good fit. Should I apply?”

Originally posted on The NACE Blog:

Jason Bauer-Clapp Jason Bauer-Clapp, associate director of Internships & Programs, Smith College, Lazarus Center for Career Development
Twitter: @jason_bc

Have you met with students reluctant to apply to promising internships because they are unsure that the internship will “look good” or that they’ll be the best candidate? Students who apply only to what they perceive as sure-thing experiences can miss out on a broader set of great opportunities, while those who accept an internship by default (with few or no other opportunities for comparison) may find themselves in unsatisfying roles that turn out to have limited educational value.

It is useful to remind students that while applying for any position requires time and energy, it isn’t a commitment. Rather, it’s an indication of interest, a snapshot of the applicant’s knowledge and skills, and a request for an interview. While I wouldn’t encourage haphazardly applying to any opportunity that comes…

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Meet the Career Success Team


Kelly Lapetino, Director

Hello fellow Saints! My name is Kelly Lapetino and I am honored to serve as the Director of the Career Success Center at USF. My role provides strategic direction to all facets of student/alumni career development, employer engagement, and career-related events. In this capacity, the Career Success Team collaborates with every academic college and student club/organization on campus to ensure students, alumni, and employers are receiving holistic service and future success. My background includes 10+ years in the corporate and education industries. In these industries I have had the opportunity to lead dynamic teams in recruiting, managing, and the training and development of both students and employees.

I am a first-generation college graduate, earning a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Northern Illinois University and Master of Science in Training and Development from the University of St. Francis (Go Saints!). I enjoy seeing our students and alumni achieve career success and earning a degree from USF is an important first step.

Spending quality time with my family and being active and involved in the community is important to me. I enjoy serving as a board member on several professional organizations such as the Joliet Chamber’s Council for Working Women and the Professional Women’s Network.

The thing I love most about USF is: that we are a small enough school to make a big difference and have a large impact on students.

If I weren’t in my current job, I would be: a party planner….. David Tutera better look out!

To me, the USF Family is: compassionate, caring, respectful and fun!
My favorite spot on the USC campus is: the Motherhouse balcony overlooking the quad. It’s great to see everyone gathering in a common area on nice days.

One of my favorite books is: The Little Engine That Could by Watty Piper because of the message on the importance to be determined, persevere, and never stop trying. This book adds to the list of favorites that I read to my children.

My First Job: I was a babysitter and delivered the Star newspaper.

Funniest Interview Question: If you were a McDonald’s cheeseburger, what part of the burger would you be? I said the hamburger buns because they hold everything together.


Danielle Benedict, Employment and Internship Coordinator

Welcome to the USF Career Success Center! I am a very proud alumni of the University of St. Francis, 2003. I was very active on campus, being RA in Marian Hall and Tower Hall, played on the Women’s Golf Team, was in Duns Scotus, designed the Encounter for two years, and worked on campus as an ambassador, admission student worker (when admissions was in the house across the St.) and worked in the graphic design lab on the 4th floor Tower! I am born and raised in Joliet, lived in downtown Chicago for 7 years and in Florida for 3.5 years.

I have my undergraduate from USF in Graphic Design, my M.Ed. from Illinois State University in Higher Education – College Student Personnel, and am currently writing my dissertation in Organizational Leadership at Argosy University. I have worked in Career Services for ten years in many different roles! My role here at USF is to be the liaison between employers and our services and students, as well as help students get connected with Internship opportunities and develop new employer relationships for future job leads and internship sites. Please visit me if you need information about an internship, it’s never too early to get started!

The thing I love most about USF is: the small private Catholic university environment, there is a unique family like feeling here and it changed my life as a student and I try to find students now that I can impact in the same way.

If I weren’t in my current job, I would be: a chef….or a DJ

To me, the USF Family is: cozy, inviting, familiar, passionate, intelligent, and comfortable.

My favorite spot on the USC campus is: the top of the main staircase in Tower Hall, it has so much history and was an amazing place to walk down before graduation in our gowns.

One of my favorite books is: All of the Roald Dahl books. I can still read them and enjoy them just as I did as a child!

My First Job: I had a paper route with the Herald News when I was 12 years old.

Funniest Interview Question: If you were a pizza, what toppings would you have on it? I think I said veggie, because that would make me diverse?


Betty Kohl, Administrative Assistant

The Career Success Center is a very welcoming office. As you come in, I will be your first contact. I will help to make your visit here a great experience. I can set up with an appointment for you to receive help with resumes, internships & possible career opportunities along with a few other services we provide. If you already have an appointment, I will point you in the right direction to the person you are meeting with.

A little bit about myself. I have been here at St. Francis for 16 years. Before that I was a stay at home mom and enjoyed being able to stay home and raise my kids. Having said that, it made St. Francis a perfect place for me to start back to work because of all the students I would be working with. Ironically all my children are boys and I now have 4 young granddaughters who I love to shop for. I am very family oriented and I think I show that here at work with the students. I also love to travel to tropical places. I think the warm weather and sunshine just makes everyone feel good. My one confession is that I am addicted to the game Bejeweled on my Ipad!

So come in and see me and I would be glad to help you out. Even if you don’t need help, just pop your head in to say hello when you walk by the office! See you soon!

The thing I love most about USF is: the feeling of belonging. People have a lot of respect for each other and treat each other as their family.

If I weren’t in my current job I would be: a hotel or resort reviewer.

To me, the USF Family is: warm, welcoming, caring and filled with vision about the future of the students.

My favorite spot on the USF campus is: the main entrance to Tower Hall. When you stand back at look at the building it is just an awesome sight. The tower where the bell is, the grandeur of the entrance, it is a monumental sight!

One of my favorite books is: the children’s book, Love You Forever. I read that to my children when they were small and now it is one of their favorite books to read to their children so it has a warm spot in my heart.

My First Job: I worked as a sales person in a bakery and made 90 cents an hour.

Funniest Interview Question: Did I really want the job? Really, how do they expect someone to answer anything but yes to that question!


Allison Moss, Student Worker

Internship Information Workshops

Interested in doing an Internship this Fall or next Spring semester? Need to know more about what constitutes an internship, how to go about finding one, and the process to register an internship with the appropriate office on campus?

Then visit one of the following Internship Workshops, RSVP to Betty Kohl, Administrative Assistant in the Career Success Center at reserve your seat in advance! Questions? Call 815.740.4295

Workshop Dates: All workshops will be held at 3:00 p.m. in Room N225

  • Thursday, September 4th
  • Thursday, September 18th
  • Thursday, October 2nd
  • Thursday, October 16th
  • Thursday, November 6th
  • Thursday, November 20th
  • Thursday, December 4th