Cosme’s Advice for the Day – March 28th, 2022

I know all of you have eagerly been waiting for “Cosme’s Advice for the Day” to return. I am a man that aims to please and that is exactly why I am here today!

With all the craziness that is going on in the world, whether it be the current Ukraine crisis or Will Smith slapping Chris Rock at this years Oscar’s, we could all use some advice.

Todays advice is centered around emotional maturity. Emotional maturity is something we all have, with each person having varying levels. In moments where you find yourself have a strong emotional reaction, whether good or bad, you should try taking three deep breaths. Taking three deep breaths is something that is so simple, that takes no time to do and its results are almost immediate. Deep breathing can help you manage anxiety, depression, stress, and focus. Deep breathing will also send more oxygen to your brain and this can help an individual process situations and make better decisions.

We can further develop our emotional maturity by recognizing our current emotions and truly reflecting on them. Label what they are and embrace any shame you have associated with them. Once you have done that, you can start the soothing process and begin owning those emotions. This whole process can be as long or as short as you want it. It truly depends on the person.

Emotional reactions are some of our most honest reactions, but they are almost always regretted after the fact. Next time you find yourself in a stressful environment or struggling to process something, just remember to take your three deep breaths. Focusing on your breathing will help you begin to calm down and it will equip you to better assess the situation.

03.30.22 Coffee & Careers – Triple Header: Menards, EcoShield and FedEx!

For the first time in Coffee and Careers history, we will be hosting a triple header! This Wednesday, March 30th, 2022, students can network with local business professionals representing major brands and companies. We will have guests from Menards, EcoShield and FedEx.

Menards is a family-owned company that started up in 1958. Menards is headquartered in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and has more than 300 home improvement stores located in Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. Today, Menards is known throughout the home improvement industry as the low price leader.

As a Menards Team Member, your dream job can be your reality. Their management team will work with you to design your career path and advise you each step of the way to help you succeed.

We will also be hosting EcoShield. EcoShield seeks to put their customers first. Customer communication and satisfaction are top priorities. Most Pest Control services use harmful chemicals that can harm your family. They utilize proven techniques, without harmful chemicals, to provide a eco-friendly, pest-free environment for you and your family!

EcoShield has years of experience, and they take it upon themselves to break the mold. Unlike other Pest Control Services, they combine the most innovative pest management methods with the cleanest and most eco-friendly products, so that your home is always protected.

Last, but certainly not least, FedEx will also be in attendance. FedEx is a company that needs no introduction. FedEx believes a diverse society is a stronger one. They strive to ensure their company reflects the many cultures of our workforce, customers and communities around the world. FedEx tries creating new opportunities that fuel innovation, creativity, and energizes businesses. The notion of a connected world is a better world is a core value for FedEx.

We hope to see as many of you there at our latest Coffee and Careers! For anyone who stops by there will be free coffee and drinks, as well as free pastries. This event provides students a great opportunity to network and look for internships or jobs. You never know who you’ll meet, and what doors they might open for you..

First Annual Student Employment Recognition Luncheon!

Come one come all as we celebrate USF’s best student employees, at our luncheon on Wednesday, April 13th, 2022! We are so excited to announce this event, as the university has so many young talented student employees that are in need of recognition for their hard work!

We will be celebrating all student employees, as well as announcing the student employee of the year and supervisor of the year.

Anyone is welcome to attend, but we ask that you RSVP by April 4th, 2022. Students can use the QR code above, to sign up for the event.

The event will be located in San Damiano hall, from 12-1 pm. The event will feature guest speaker, Dr. Beth Roth.

We hope to see as many of you out there, as we start to wrap up this school year and celebrate our faculty’s accomplishments!

03.23.22 Coffee & Careers – The Palatine Park District and Greater Joliet Area YMCA!

With this weeks Coffee and Careers, we are focusing on all you outdoors-y people. We are proud to host The Palatine Park District and Greater Joliet Area YMCA, for this weeks Coffee and Careers!

When: 03/23/22

The Y is a powerful association of men, women and children from all walks of life joined together by a shared passion: to strengthen the foundations of community. One of the area’s leading nonprofits, the Y is strengthening our community through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility.

The Greater Joliet Area YMCA has been serving families—regardless of age, income or background—from throughout Will County and its surrounding areas since 1926. A mainstay in the Joliet community for 95 years, the Y brings families closer together, encourages good health, and fosters connections through fitness, sports, fun and shared interests.

Working at the Y, you’ll discover more than a job—you’ll enjoy a career with a future and the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you.

Looking at The Palatine Park district, they are a separate municipal governing agency established for the purpose of providing parks, facilities, and recreation programs for the community. The Park District is responsible for the maintenance, operation, and administration of parks and facilities under its jurisdiction.

Their mission is to provide a variety of safe, enjoyable, and affordable parks, programs, and recreational facilities that will enhance the quality of life by promoting good health and well-being for all residents and visitors while being fiscally responsible stewards of community assets and tax dollars.

The Palatine Park District has events and programs for teens and the youth. You can find programs ranging from gymnastics, aquatics, horsemanship, fitness, golf and more!

As always, students who attend Coffee & Careers get the chance to network and build connections with real world business professionals. We encourage all students to attend, as these are great ways to land internships or jobs. Students who attend can enjoy complimentary drinks, coffee, and pastries. We hope to see you there!

USF Cribs – Bernie’s Closet Edition

written by: Cosme Lozano

University of St. Francis is a well established and reputable institution in this area. What a lot of people might not realize, or know, is how much the university tries to give back to their students. One of the best ways the school is accomplishing this is through Bernie’s Closet.

I had the chance to speak with Bernie’s Closet organizer, Donna Metlicka. Donna is an associate professor of education here at the College of Education. During our conversation, Donna was able to give me great insight as to how the closet got started, and how students can check it out or get involved!

In addition to the closet, College of Education students can also use Bernie’s Bookshelf as an additional resource. The closet seeks to help education majors, who are trying to build their classrooms up. You can find books and other classroom supplies that enhance student learning in the classroom.

I was able to continue my conversation with Donna, where she provided me more insight on the matter

(Students can catch a break or sleep on these couches. Side note: they are very comfortable!)

If you are student who in the College of Education, Bernie’s Closet and Bookshelf are rooms you need to visit. Even if you are not a student in the College of Education, it still may be worth your time to check out. Each room offers students the chance to look professional as they head into their new careers and job opportunities. I hope you use these great resources!

For students wanting more information, please contact Donna Metlicka, at, dmetlicka@stfrancis.edu

03.16.22 Coffee & Careers – Welcome Spring Creek + The Return of Dayton!

As the seasons change, and as the weather starts to get warmer, there is no better time than now to pursue new career opportunities!

It with great joy that we welcome back Coffee & Careers alum, Dayton Freight! Dayton Freight is recognized as a leader in providing high quality regional LTL transportation services. They accomplish their mission through trained and empowered employees who are dedicated to continuous improvements that focus on their customers and internal processes. If you are looking for a well paying job, flexible work hours, and great leadership, then Dayton Freight is for you!

Welcoming the new kid on the block, I want to now introduce you to Spring Creek! Spring Creek SNF is a provider of Rehabilitation, Skilled Nursing, and Long-Term Care that specializes in Post-Hospital Care. Also provided is Hospice Care, Respite Care, and a variety of therapies.

The facility provides therapy up to 7 days a week alongside 24-hour skilled nursing care. Spring Creek accepts Medicare, Medicaid, Private Insurance, Private Pay, and will also assist residents and families if they require application and assistance during the Medicaid process.

Spring Creek SNF is committed to providing exceptional and quality care in a professional and safe environment in order to best enhance the quality of life and daily practices for you or your loved one(s).

So how about that? We got an action packed Wednesday for you, and we hope you can attend! As always, free coffee, drinks, and pastries will be provided for students who stop by. The event starts at 10 AM and goes till 11:30 AM.