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    • Adult Degree and Continuing Studies - ADCS offers convenient evening, Saturday, and online courses tailored to fit the schedules of working adults. Courses in Loretto, State College, Altoona, or Johnstown.
    • Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas - CERMUSA maintains a global vision to design and implement healthcare solutions and education, develop cost-effective and sustainable solutions, publish and present research findings to the healthcare community, and develop partnerships with universities, military organizations, rural and medically under-served healthcare providers, and state, federal, and private agencies.
    • Center for Watershed Research and Service - The CWRS helps match nonprofit partners in need of assistance with faculty and students from various academic schools and degree Programs at Saint Francis University.
    • Graduate Studies/Management Development - Saint Francis University offers advanced degrees in business, education or the health sciences. Some of these programs offer flexible options including satellite locations and online courses.
    • Purchasing Department - If you are interesting in providing vendor services to the university, the purchasing department is the place to start. 
    • Renewable Energy Center - The REC  provides information about alternative energy solutions (biomass, geothermal, hydro, solar, and of course, wind). The center also leads businesses, schools, and communities in the development of cost-effective, environmentally sound energy alternatives.
    • Small Business Development Center - Whatever challenge faces your business, a consultant from the SBDC is ready to meet with you individually to help you launch your business, discuss your existing business plan, or help develop the strategies you need to meet your goals.
  • Charity & Service
    • Dorothy Day Center - Through kindness and generosity of campus administration, faculty, staff, and members of several local parishes the center is given the opportunity to serve local families in need with support, programs, food, clothing and fuel assistance.
    • Fundraising and Awareness Events - Saint Francis students, staff, and faculty participate in many charity drives, benefit walks/runs, and service events throughout the year. Our Events calendar has details on the latest campus activities.
    • Project Red - Annual Service day in where students perform service projects in Loretto and surrounding communities.
  • Culture & Recreation
    • Athletic Events - Come see any of the University's 22 men's and women's sports teams compete at the Division I level.
    • Bookstore - Pick up your Red Flash gear here! 
    • Immergrün - Immergrün is a short demanding course that serves as the on-campus home of the Red Flash golf and cross country teams. It is located on the campus of Saint Francis University in the mountains of Western Pennsylvania. Immergrün has never been altered since it was built by Donald Ross for Charles M. Schwab in 1917.
    • Schwab Gardens - The gardens of the magnificent former Charles M. Schwab Estate (now Mount Assisi Friary) are open for public viewing. The Italian Renaissance style garden was created by Charles Wellford Leavitt Jr., a pioneering landscape engineer who also designed Forbes Field.
    • Southern Alleghenies Museum of Art - SAMA exists to preserve, exhibit, and advance American art and is dedicated to making its programs and activities accessible to the people of the southwestern area of central Pennsylvania.
    • S.T.A.R. Productions - Theatre at Saint Francis University creates a unique avenue for students and area residents to come together as they learn and grow in their theatrical abilities. S.T.A.R. (standing for students, theatre and area residents) has 45 year history of delivering compelling drama at SFU.
    • Stokes Athletics Center Natatorium - The natatorium  features a 6 lane 25 yard pool that is used for competitive and recreational swimming.
  • Health & Wellness
    • Dining - Our dining facilities our open to the public. Check on the hours-of-operation and this week's menus!
    • DiSepio Center for Rehabilitation - The DiSepio Center for Rehabilitation provides occupational and physical therapy rehabilitation services to the members of the Saint Francis University community as well as to the members of our surrounding communities.
    • Free Health Screenings - Saint Francis University along with our community sponsors offers a free health screening each year to local residents. Contact healthscreenings@francis.edu for more information.
  • Spiritual
    • Chapel - The Immaculate Conception Chapel hosts a daily public mass schedule.
    • The Institute for Contemporary Franciscan Life - (ICFL) offers a distance learning program as part of its outreach ministry. You may register at any time and have a full year to complete a course. 
    • Spiritual Wellness Center - The Spiritual Wellness Center at the DiSepio Institute includes two spaces; one, the labyrinth, is outdoors in a sunken courtyard between the DiSepio Institute and the mall. The second component  is an indoor ecumenical meditation room on the Institute’s second floor that offers individuals and small groups an opportunity to meditate and pray, isolated from the building’s otherwise busy environment. The room contains a small library as well as various meditation focal points and ecumenical icons.
    • The Grotto - This beautiful outdoor spiritual space includes a replica of Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, the Pieta statue, a Nativity scene, in addition to the Stations of the Cross. It can be accessed from a paved path across from Cafe Gubbio. 
  • Youth

    K-12 Students

    • Alicia Richardson Sports 4 Kids Day - Each year, students in kindergarten - 6th grade from the surrounding area are invited to Saint Francis University for this FREE event with t-shirts, pizza and prizes distributed to all participants. The kids have an opportunity to play with members of a Red Flash team at each of the sport specific stations; each station lasting around 10 minutes a piece.
    • College in High School - The College in High School program is a partnership between the high school and Saint Francis University. High school students who participate in the College in High School program can obtain Saint Francis University credit for select upper-level high school courses.
    • FIRST® LEGO® League - Children, grades 4-8, are immersed in real-world science and technology challenges. Teams build LEGO-based robots and develop research projects.
    • Math Problem Solving Contest - The Math Problem Solving Contest provides high school students with the opportunity to utilize their skills in mathematics for an opportunity to be recognized for correct submissions and be entered into the drawing for a cash award.
    • NCW Poster Contest - The Saint Francis University Chemistry Club sponsors the local contest for the National Chemistry Week Poster Contest
    • PA Statistics Poster Competition - A statistics poster is a display containing two or more related graphics that summarize a set of data, look at the data from different points of view, and answer specific questions about the data. The competition is open to all K-12 students in Pennsylvania in the four grade level categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12.
    • Science Day - High school students have the opportunity to compete in teams in a single elimination science bowl or attend three different presentations across campus.
    • Upward Bound - A federal TRIO program funded through the U.S. Department of Education, the Upward Bound program at Saint Francis University has prepared over 1,500 disadvantaged high school students for the rigors of postsecondary education since 1966. Provided at no cost to participants, the program offers a wide variety of academic, career, cultural, and social development activities for 85 high school students from Blair and Cambria counties. Each participant must come from a low income family and/or be a potential first-generation college student. In addition, students must attend a high school in the target area, be enrolled in the academic curriculum, and have a minimum academic GPA of 77%. From September through May, the students participate in Saturday follow-ups held on campus and tutorials held after school in their communities. Additional academic year activities include college visits, SAT cram sessions, and college fairs. During a six-week residential summer program, students attend five academic classes each day and participate in a wide variety of cultural and recreation activities. Each summer Upward Bound Bridge students take Saint Francis University courses for credit. The program is housed in Schwab Hall. Contact the director Anne Heinzeroth at aheinzeroth@francis.edu for more information.

    Teachers

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    • MPS Seeds for Teachers - Saint Francis University and Appalachia Intermediate Unit 8 have partnered to conduct MSP SEEDS (Math and Science Partnership: STEM Engaging Educators in Design-based Science), which provides professional development for approximately 30 teachers in grades 5-9 from 16 school districts within IU8's region.
    • Stem Professional Development for Teachers - The Science Outreach Center develops opportunities for regional teachers to obtain STEM content, pedagogy, and technology experience through professional development workshops, offered throughout the year
    • Rural Outreach Chemistry for Kids - R.O.C.K. performs hands-on chemistry experiments and activities using mainly household products to show the importance of chemistry in day to day living. We focus on classroom visits (not stage presentations) in the 5 county area around SFU (Bedford, Blair, Cambira, Clearfield, and Somerset).
    • Rural Outreach Laboratory Learning - R.O.L.L. provides regional teachers with the opportunity to borrow portable laboratory equipment and associated sample experiments for use in their classrooms.

    Youth Camps

    • Youth Camps - Saint Francis has a wide variety of camps for youth. Take a look at programs held all throughout the year.
    • Kids College - Children completing K - 7 grades have the opportunity to attend a fun-filled week of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics camps instructed by SFU faculty and educators and youth leaders from our local region.
    • STEM Summer Academies - Saint Francis University's STEM Summer Academies are week-long programs designed to provide an opportunity for talented high school students between their sophomore/junior and junior/senior years to experience science, engineering, and computer science in action.  Students will have the opportunity to earn college credit while working in teams to complete a real world project and present their results.
    • Athletics Camps - The Red Flash host a variety of camps in various sports. Details are published on individual sport pages as they are announced.
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