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  • The Franciscan Academic Experience

    June 23-28, 2019

    All Roads Lead to Christ

    At Franciscan University of Steubenville, all courses lead to Jesus Christ whether you’re studying biology or fine arts or ethics. We unite reason with faith in our academic pursuits for an education that engages your mind, heart, and spirit.

    As a high school sophomore or junior, you will have the chance to immerse yourselves in our academically excellent and passionately Catholic academics—and discover the difference Christ can make in your studies.

    Held June 23-28, 2019, the Franciscan Academic Experience lets you sample the best of our theatre, science, theology, and other programs while you enjoy dynamic campus Masses and Holy Hours, events in nearby Pittsburgh, and on-campus socials.

    Taught by Franciscan University’s outstanding faculty, you’ll

    • look at the effect of stress and meditation on the cardiovascular system,
    • use stick figures to draw the plot-line of the Bible in an hour and learn covenant theology along the way,
    • look at how our minds, bodies, and freewill impact ethical choices,
    • learn acting skill basics, improv, and story-telling,
    • and explore topics in nursing, education, psychology, and engineering.

    The schedule allows you to attend a Main Campus Steubenville Youth Conference with your youth group either before or after the Franciscan Academic Experience—or attend only the Franciscan Academic Experience.


    The total cost for the program, including all meals and lodging, is $575

    Apply Today!

    To apply, go to our Events form here and look up events in June 2019. Application deadline: May 1, 2019


    Contact Dr. Daniel Kuebler, Dean of the School of Natural and Applied Sciences and Professor of Biology, at or Ms. Rosalie Granato, faculty secretary, Ss. Cosmas and Damian Hall,


    Tentative Daily Schedule


    • 2:00 p.m. Check-in
    • 3:00 p.m. Orientation/Program Overview
    • 4:30 p.m. Outdoor Social Activities
    • 5:30 p.m. Dinner
    • 7:00 p.m. Short Academic Session
    • 8:30 p.m. Holy Hour
    • 9:30 p.m. Social


    • 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
    • 9:00 a.m. Academic Session
    • 11:30 a.m. Break
    • 12:00 p.m. Mass
    • 12:45 p.m. Lunch
    • 2:00 p.m. Academic Session
    • 4:30 p.m. Free Time/Social Activities
    • 6:00 p.m. Dinner
    • 7:00 p.m. Evening Excursion to Pittsburgh


    Same as Monday but evening Praise and Worship instead of excursion


    Same as Monday


    Same as Tuesday


    • 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
    • 9:00 a.m. Final Academic Session
    • 11:00 a.m. Check out of Dorms
    • 12:00 p.m. Mass
    • 12:45 p.m. Lunch and Leave


    Your Faculty

    John Bergsma, PhD, ThM, MDiv
    Professor of Theology
    Author, Yes, There Is a God . . . and Other Answers to Life’s Big Questions
    Topic: How to Get Through the Bible in an Hour! Draw the Plot-Line of the Bible Using Stick Figures and Learn Covenant Theology Along the Way

    Matthew Breuninger, MA, Psyd
    Assistant Professor of Psychology
    Licensed Clinical Psychologist
    Topic: Get Psyched Up! An Introduction to Human Person and Our Minds Through the Lens of Attention, Attachment, Perception, Emotions, and Brain Development

    Kaybeth Calabria, PhD
    Associate Professor of Education
    Director for the Advancement of Teaching Excellence
    Topic: Our Thinking and Feeling Minds: Why We Like Tiny Things and Other Questions Investigated by Scientists in Cognitive and Neuro-Psychology

    Justin Greenly, PhD
    Assistant Professor of Engineering
    Topic: Introduction to the Engineering Design Process: With Laser Cutting and 3D Printing: Collaboratively Design and Rapidly Prototype Components Utilizing a Glowforge Laser Cutter and Mark Two 3D Printer

    Daniel Kuebler, PhD, MS
    Dean of the School of Natural and Applied Science
    Professor of Biology
    Topic: Prayer and Meditation: How the Brain and Body Respond to the Divine

    Catherine Recznik, PhD, RN, CEN, CPEN
    Assistant Professor of Nursing
    Topic: Breathing, Wheezing, and Easing: A Look at the Conditions and Treatments of Pediatric Asthma Utilizing Simulation Equipment

    Paul Symington, PhD, MA The, MA Phl
    Dean of School of Theology and Philosophy
    Director of Scholarly Excellence
    Topic: Guiding Our Behavior Through a Vision of Reality: How Our Minds, Bodies, and Free Will Impact Ethical Choices

    John Haynes Walker, MFA
    Assistant Professor of Theatre
    Stage, Television, Film Actor
    Topic: Creative Drama—Playing With a Purpose: Learn Basic Acting Skills, Improv, and Story-Telling Through Acting Games and Lessons in Playing Fictional Characters

    Apply Today!

    To apply, go to our Events form here and look up events in June 2019. Application deadline: May 1, 2019

Academically Excellent Passionately Catholic

1235 University Boulevard

Steubenville, Ohio 43952

(740) 283-3771


Franciscan University of Steubenville is no ordinary university, and a Franciscan education is no ordinary education. Rather, it's an education as rigorous and demanding as it is faithful--an education that challenges you intellectually, forms you professionally, and feeds you spiritually.


You can help Franciscan lead the way in providing a faithfully Catholic education!