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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Every year, the incoming class of students at Ursuline College learns the names Mullen, Besse, Fritzche, Wasmer, Pilla, Smith, Grace and Murphy. These names not only represent the buildings that comprise campus, but are a lasting testament to Ursuline’s history. The story behind the College involves a small but passionate group of people dedicated to the vision of Ursuline’s foundress, St. Angela Merici: Women’s education.
‘Once in a Century’: A New View
“Nearing the completion of a century of service to the community and to its members, Ursuline College, Ohio’s first chartered institution of higher learning for women, has never before sought financial assistance for operating or capital expenses. Now on the threshold of a new dimension in its scholastic endeavor, Ursuline College for Women, through its president and advisory board, announces embarkation upon its first comprehensive Development Program for capital expansion and academic enrichment…”
– ‘A New Dimension’ Brochure for the ‘Once in a Century’ Campaign, 1961-62
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.
Experience India with International Partners in Mission (IPM) on this small group tour, designed for 10-20 participants for approximately 10-12 days. IPM’s Immersion Experiences are short-term travel opportunities where participants learn firsthand from IPM Project Partners in India, including alumna Karen Hanson ’08 organization Girls for the World. IPM offers Immersion Experiences to build cross-cultural relationships so that participants can gain a greater understanding of the global realities of poverty and injustice.