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St. Francis College, often referred to as St. Francis or SFC, is a private, coeducational college located in Brooklyn Heights, New York, in the United States. The campus comprises five interconnected buildings, occupying half of a city block in Downtown Brooklyn. It was founded in 1859 by friars of the Order of Servant Franciscans, a Franciscan order, as the St. Francis Academy and was the first private school in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. St. Francis College began as a parochial all-boys academy in the City of Brooklyn and has transformed into a small liberal arts college that has 19 academic departments which offer 72 majors and minors.St. Francis College is a predominantly undergraduate institution, yet does have graduate programs in accounting, project management and psychology. St. Francis has been ranked nationally and regionally by Forbes magazine, Washington Monthly, Money magazine and U.S. News and World Report as one of the top baccalaureate colleges. St. Francis is set in an urban environment and is considered a commuter college. As of 2014, there are 2,764 undergraduates and 55 graduates . The student to faculty ratio is 18:1 and 46.8% of classes have 20 or fewer students. The 2,900 students that attend St. Francis College come from over 80 countries. St. Francis College has been ranked by the New York Times and Forbes as one of the more diverse colleges in the United States.SFC has 19 athletic teams that compete in Division I of the NCAA and are known as the Terriers and Lady Terriers for the men's and women's teams, respectively. SFC's teams participate in the Northeast Conference, with the exception of the men's and women's water polo teams which compete in the CWPA and the MAAC, respectively. Wikipedia.


Background: Despite the declining trends of Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), unsafe sexual behaviours among adolescents still represent a public health challenge. It is important to understand factors acting at different levels to influence sexual behaviour among adolescents. This study examined the influence of perceived behaviour control, subjective norms, attitudes and empowerment on intention to use condoms and reported use of condoms among adolescents in rural Tanzania. Methods: We used a questionnaire to collect data from 403 adolescents aged 14 through 19 years from nine randomly selected secondary schools in the Newala district located in the Southern part of Tanzania. The self-administered questionnaire collected information on sexual practices and factors such as attitudes, subjective norms, perceived behaviour control and empowerment. Binary logistic regression was performed to identify factors associated with intention to use and reported use of condoms. Results: Sexually active adolescents constituted 40.6 % of the sample, among them 49.7 % did not use a condom at last sexual intercourse and 49.8 % had multiple sex partners. Many (85 %) of sexually active respondents had their sexual debut between the ages of 14 to 17 years. Girls became sexually active earlier than boys. Perceived behaviour control predicted intentions to use condoms (AOR = 3.059, 95 % CI 1.324-7.065), thus demonstrating its importance in the decision to use a condom. Empowerment (odds ratio = 3.694, 95 % CI 1.295-10.535) and a positive attitude (AOR = 3.484, 95 % CI 1.132-10.72) predicted reported condom use, thus turning the decision to actions. Subjective norms had only indirect effects on intention and reported use of condoms. Conclusion: The findings suggest that unsafe sex practices are prevalent among school adolescents in rural areas of Tanzania. Perceived behaviour control and positive attitudes predict intensions to use condoms whereas empowerment predicts reported condom use. The findings may imply that safe sex promotion interventions that simultaneously address socio-cognitive and ecological determinants of sexual behaviours may improve adolescents' safe sex behaviours. © 2015 Kalolo and Kibusi. Source


McNamara J.M.,St. Francis College | Stearne D.J.,West Chester University
Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research | Year: 2010

The purpose of this study was to determine the effect of a flexible nonlinear (FNL) periodized weight training program compared to a nonlinear (NL) periodized weight training program on strength and power. Sixteen beginner weight training students were randomly assigned to an FNL group (n = 8) or an NL group (n = 8). The exercise program included a combination of machines and free weights completed in 30 minutes, twice per week, for 12 consecutive weeks. Both groups were assigned the same total training volume of 3,680 repetitions and the same total training repetition maximum assignments of 10, 15, and 20. The FNL group, however, was allowed to choose which day they completed the 10, 15, or 20 repetition workout. This was the only difference between the groups. Pre-and post-test measures included chest press, leg press, and standing long jump. The FNL group significantly improved by an average increase of 62 kg (p < 0.05), whereas the NL group only increased by an average of 16 kg in the leg press. The FNL group did not significantly differ in chest press or standing long jump performance when compared to the NL group. The conclusion from this study is that an FNL periodization program may be a highly effective method of training for improving leg strength. Coaches can immediately implement an FNL program by evaluating the readiness of an athlete immediately before his or her training session, then adjusting the assigned exercise intensity accordingly. © 2010 National Strength and Conditioning Association. Source


Misra S.,St. Francis College | Misra S.,Georgia Regents University
Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology | Year: 2011

Background and Aim: The role of hepatobiliary scintiscan (HIDA) in children suspected to be having functional biliary tract disease has not been studied. We evaluated HIDA scan results as long-term prognostic indicators for biliary dyskinesia with or without intervention. Methods: Children who had HIDA scan for chronic abdominal pain, nausea, or vomiting were included. These children had inconclusive gastrointestinal diagnostic workup. HIDA scan was performed according to a standardized protocol. Clinical data were collected by retrospective chart review. A telephonic survey was done 5 years after the initial HIDA scan to document long-term outcome. Results: Forty-two of 61 children had abnormal HIDA scan. There was no difference between children with normal and abnormal HIDA results in clinical presentations, short-term (85.7% and 84.2%) and long-term (64.9% and 60%) outcomes. Twenty-seven of the 42 children with abnormal scan results underwent interventions (21 cholecystectomy only, 4 cholecystectomy followed by sphincter of Oddi sphincterotomy, and 2 sphincterotomy only). After intervention, children with abnormal HIDA scan had better short-term prognosis (88.9% and 54.5%), but their long-term prognosis (52.2% and 85.7%) was worse than those without intervention. No clinical prognostic factor could be identified. Conclusions: HIDA scan result is not a good prognostic indicator in children with suspected biliary dyskinesia. Caution should be exercised while using HIDA scan for selecting patients for surgical intervention. Focused prospective studies are needed to define biliary dyskinesia in children. Copyright © 2011 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins. Source


Lindemann-Biolsi K.L.,University of California at Santa Cruz | Lindemann-Biolsi K.L.,St. Francis College | Reichmuth C.,University of California at Santa Cruz
Animal Cognition | Year: 2014

The ability of an experimentally experienced female California sea lion to form transitive relations across sensory modalities was tested using a matching-to-sample procedure. The subject was trained by trial-and-error, using differential reinforcement, to relate an acoustic sample stimulus to one member from each of two previously established visual classes. Once the two auditory-visual relations were formed, she was tested to determine whether untrained transitive relations would emerge between each of the acoustic stimuli and the remaining stimuli of each 10-member visual class. During testing, the sea lion demonstrated immediate transfer by responding correctly on 89 % of the 18 novel transfer trials compared to 88 % on familiar baseline trials. We then repeated this training and transfer procedure twice more with new auditory-visual pairings with similar positive results. Finally, the six explicitly trained auditory-visual relations and the 56 derived auditory-visual relations were intermixed in a single session, and the subject's performance remained stable at high levels. This sea lion's transfer performance indicates that a nonhuman animal is capable of forming new associations through cross-modal transitivity. © 2013 Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg. Source


Paliogiannis F.C.,St. Francis College
Complex Analysis and Operator Theory | Year: 2014

In this paper we give a development of the spectral theory and commutativity properties of unbounded normal operators in the style of Kadison and Ringrose. © 2013 Springer Basel. Source

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