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Ursuline College President Sr. Diana Stano announces retirement

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Sister Diana Stano, President of Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, has announced that she will retire effective June 30, 2015.  As President of the region’s premier Catholic college focusing on women for the past 18 years, Sister Diana has led Ursuline through a remarkable period of growth and transformation.

During her tenure, the campus has experienced a constant upgrade with more than $41 million in capital improvements including a new student learning center, dining hall, residence hall, athletic fields, and two buildings currently under construction: a new athletic center and a center for the creative and healing arts and sciences to house nursing and art therapy & counseling, two of the College’s outstanding programs.   Almost the entire campus has undergone renovations and improvements to enhance the learning experience for students.

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Ursuline College’s Paige Rowan Named G-MAC Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week

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Ursuline College senior forward Paige Rowan (Concord Township, Ohio/Lake Catholic) has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Women’s Soccer Athlete of the Week after scoring three goals to help the Arrows go two-for-two in non-conference games last week. This is the fourth time in her career that she has earned the weekly award.

UC earned wins over West Liberty (Mountain East) and Walsh (GLIAC) to run its record to 3-1 on the young year.

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Where they are now: Inspirational Alumnae – Susan M. Peters ‘09

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Susan M. Peters ’09 travels the globe for fashion. A graduate of Ursuline College’s fashion design program, Peters works as a sourcing specialist at the Abercrombie and Fitch headquarters in Columbus, Ohio. Peters has also worked at Marcraft Apparel Group and Anthropologies’ bridal line, BHLDN, in Philadelphia. She has worked with vendors all over the world, traveling to places like India and Guatemala. In July, Peters will move to Seattle to work as a product developer for Nordstrom.

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Historic Preservation alumna Jessica R. Wobig ’13 to present at national conference

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As the premier educational and networking event for those who are committed to saving places, the 2014 National Preservation Conference, PastForward, pushes new frontiers in programming, outreach and engagement with robust opportunities for onsite, online and virtual experiences.

Held in Savannah, Ga., Nov 11-14, PastForward features in-depth Learning Labs, on the ground exploration through Field Studies, Intensive Workshops and live demonstrations, films and exhibits in the Preservation Studio. In addition, TrustLive, live streamed, marquee presentations that explore preservation through new lenses including sustainability, Generation Y, aging, climate change and technology, will engage new audiences and attract a virtual audience from around the country, and the globe.

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Where they are now: Inspirational Alumnae – Linda Lewicki, RN, SJC ‘74

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Linda Lewicki, RN, SJC ’74 has had a diverse nursing career. Lewicki, currently senior nurse researcher at the Cleveland Clinic, previously worked as clinician, educator, administrator and researcher. Because of her outstanding professional experience, she was recently awarded a 2013 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Cleveland Clinic Ziolony Nursing Institute. As Lewicki celebrates her 40th anniversary of graduation from St. John College this year, we asked her to reflect on her inspiring career.

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Where they are now: Inspirational Alumnae – Kerianne Senderak ’10

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Kerianne Senderak ’10 uses her marketing and communication skills in the community. After graduating from Ursuline with her English degree, Senderak went on to pursue her Master’s in Communications Management at John Carroll University. She started her career at the new Greater Cleveland Aquarium and most recently took a position as director of sales and marketing at Chagrin Falls’ Save Local Now.

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Ursuline Studies Common Book Initiative: Discuss ‘Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain’

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Now in its second year, the Ursuline Studies Program common book for the 2014-15 academic year is a memoir titled Unbearable Lightness: A Story of Loss and Gain by Portia de Rossi, charting her struggles with self- doubt, body image and acceptance – struggles that manifest themselves in a severe eating disorder that nearly costs de Rossi her life.

As with last year’s offering, all incoming students received a complimentary copy of the book, stamped with her or his name, as a gift of welcome to the college. The book also serves to provide a truly common experience to all new students in 2014, and is a symbol of their purpose at Ursuline: to earn a college education. Faculty and staff likewise had the opportunity to pick up a copy, and will again participate in Chew & Chat events to foster connections across the campus. This year, alumnae will also be invited to participate, whether by attending Chew & Chat events, or by posting comments on VOICES online.

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Where they are now: Inspirational Alumnae – Stacey Marcus Carino ’98

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Stacy Marcus Carino ’98 is one extreme alumna. Carino, a teacher turned stuntwoman, has appeared in blockbusters like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), Alice in Wonderland (2010) and Transformers (2007) and has served as a stunt double for actresses like Megan Fox and Keira Knightly.

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Where they are now: Inspirational Alumnae – Erica Merritt ’99

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Erica Merritt ‘99, Associate Director of Advocacy, Inclusion and Public Policy at Greater Cleveland YWCA

Recently, alumna Erica Merritt ‘99 came to campus to give a talk on her passion: Equity. Merritt recently took the position of associate director of advocacy, inclusion and public policy at the YWCA Greater Cleveland. She has the opportunity to take on developing relationships with the corporate community and building connections with public and grassroots leaders in Northeast Ohio.

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Update >> Ursuline College continues tradition during construction of two new buildings

DSC_0017 The Ursuline Sisters have a tradition of placing religious medals in the cement footers of their new buildings asking God’s blessings on all those involved in the construction and on all who will use the building. The College Community gathered at the construction site Tuesday morning to place religious medals in the new building footers for the Center for Creative and Healing Arts and Sciences.

Ursuline College is currently constructing two new buildings on campus, an academic building and an athletic center – the College’s largest project in over 40 years.
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