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
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.
Ursuline is pleased to announce that the College recently received a gift of $200,000 from the Saint Luke’s Foundation to endow a scholarship in honor of alumna Denise San Antonio Zeman.
“Denise Zeman is an outstanding leader in our community and we are extremely proud that she is a graduate of Ursuline College. This generous gift from the Saint Luke’s Foundation in honor of Denise will establish an endowed scholarship at the College that will allow future leaders of Cleveland to receive an Ursuline education. We are grateful to the Foundation for their investment in Ursuline and our future,” Kevin Gladstone, Ursuline College Vice President for Institutional Advancement, said.
How much do you know about Ursuline’s founders? Find out more about Ursuline’s history in the upcoming issue of VOICES Magazine, due out in July!
Ursuline College has taken the first steps to transforming the campus with a ceremonial demolition Tuesday (March 25) morning. The symbolic demonstration ushers in the beginning of the College’s largest construction project in over 40 years.
The College recently reached a $5.3 million settlement with the College’s insurance provider after the O’Brien Athletic Center was destroyed by a tornado that struck the campus last July. A new $10 million facility constructed to accommodate the needs of Ursuline’s 1,500 students and College community will replace the original athletic center, constructed as a recreational facility for a then student population of 400.
Ursuline College has reached a $5.3 million settlement with the College’s insurance provider after the O’Brien Athletic Center was destroyed by a tornado that struck the campus last July. A new $10 million facility constructed to accommodate the needs of Ursuline’s 1,500 students and College community will replace the original athletic center, constructed as a recreational facility for a then student population of 400.
The new facility will host Ursuline’s 11 athletic programs, which had been accepted to NCAA Division II two weeks before the tornado. To supplement the cost of the new athletic center, a campaign to raise an additional $5 million is underway.