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Joan Ramuta

Welcome to the Joan Ramuta Golf Outing collection. This online collection includes digitized photographs related to the informal University of St. Francis faculty golf outing held at the end of every academic year.

The USF Ramuta Open began in 1984 after faculty member Joan Ramuta wanted a casual event to celebrate the end of the academic year. Ramuta graduated from the College of St. Francis (CSF) in 1956, and majored in mathematics. The following year she worked as a mathematician at Argonne National Laboratory in Lemont, Illinois. Ramuta was on a project designing one of the first nuclear reactors and her work was published March 1957. Later, she was offered an opportunity by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to earn her Master’s Degree in Computer Science at Illinois Institute of Technology with the stipulation that she become a computer science teacher.

After graduating from IIT, she went on to teach at Joliet Catholic Academy and Joliet Junior College. Ramuta became the first computer science professor at CSF and shaped the program adding a data center and computer processors in St. Albert’s Hall. She was also a founding member of Decamicus Investment club in Joliet.

Joan was known for her big heart and keeping students on their toes. One former student equated her mind to racquet ball, saying, "It was like racquet ball in her head but she used all the walls, floor, and ceiling."  Joan Ramuta retired after fourteen years of teaching and was rewarded with a Professor Emeritus of the University award. She passed away August 19, 2004 after her battle with cancer. In 2005, the event was renamed to the Ramuta Open in honor of the woman who started it all.

Every year the USF Ramuta Open is located at Inwood Golf Course in Joliet, IL, and consists of nine holes. This informal faculty outing is held on the first Wednesday following graduation. Teams are typically groups of four, with new and experienced golfers mixed together. Prizes are given for men and women in three areas: longest drive, longest putt, and closest to pin. Also, teams in 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places receive prizes, which include sweatshirts, totes, books, gift certificates, and other USF related items. Lunch is served at Cemeno’s Pizza in Joliet, IL, where prizes are awarded by the Master of Ceremonies.

The images from this collection can be displayed and downloaded in high-resolution format. All rights held by the University of St. Francis. For permission to reproduce, distribute, or otherwise use this image, please contact libraryarchives@stfrancis.edu.

 
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