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Counseling and Art Therapy students go to South Dakota on service learning trip

Written by Katherine Jackson, assistant professor, Counseling and Art Therapy department

photo 8From June 21 – 27, 2015, graduate students, alumnae, one undergraduate student, a few community members and three faculty members journeyed to Eagle Butte, South Dakota, to work with Lakota Sioux youth at the Cheyenne River Youth Project (CRYP) which is located on the Cheyenne River Native American Reservation.

Graduate students in the Counseling and Art Therapy program had suggested about a year ago that we do a service learning trip with impoverished and at risk populations in our own country, and we discovered a wonderful opportunity at Cheyenne River Youth Project. CRYP was founded in the 1980s to help give youth and teens a place to congregate where they could enjoy healthy snacks, activities and socialize. CRYP was a big success from the start, and soon after opening they were able to secure grants and funding to build a new center that could accommodate almost all of the youth in and around the Eagle Butte area. At present, CRYP serves hundreds of children, providing sports, art, tutoring, a youth run coffee shop, a sustainable organic garden, a graffiti art park and a healthy eating program which offers whole food meals every evening for any child in the community.

The Coordinator of Volunteer Service, Tammy Eagle Hunter, explained the philosophy at CRYP, which is “Don’t feel sorry for us and try to help, but rather join with us and together we will make things better.” This statement, although simple, sums up the attitude at CRYP. Everyone is encouraged to help side-by-side with the Lakota Sioux to maintain the community, work with the kids and pitch in wherever needed.

While we were there, we workphoto 4ed on cleaning, landscaping, gardening and organizing the center in the morning. In the afternoons, 30-40 youth arrived to participate in art therapy, nature activities, games, yoga and loving care from the Ursuline group. We provided support, care and lots of fun. Not only did the kids get to do art therapy and create many beautiful art creations, but they got their first taste of yoga. Yoga was a hit with many of the kids because it was so different than anything they had ever experienced.

While we were at the center, we learned first hand how alcoholism, drug abuse, child abuse, domestic violence, low socioeconomic status and poor dietary habits affect this vulnerable population. Many of the children got their only meal of the day at the CRYP center and endured parental neglect and abuse at home. Despite these hardships, the resiliency of these Lakota Sioux children is remarkable. The children embraced us with open arms and hearts, and we found a welcome home away from home at the center and in the reservation.

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We were fortunate enough to have a Lakota artisan, a bead worker, and a native storyteller and dancer work with us for an afternoon. We learned that the Lakota language is an oral language and thus is almost extinct. The Lakota people are attempting to put the language in written form to help preserve it and also to maintain important Lakota traditions. For example, in Lakota there is no word that means war, and this peaceful tradition is built right into rituals and community gatherings. Most quarrels are handled by compromise, with harmony being a prized value in the population.

One week did not seem like enough time to fully visit and get to know the people at the CRYP center and on the Cheyenne River Reservation. We are hopeful that we can return next year and make it an annual service learning trip to help the Lakota Sioux youth and continue to forge and build relationships with both the CRYP and the Cheyenne River Reservation.


Witnesses to Christ, Witnesses for Justice: Sister Joanne Gross, O.S.U., J.D.


Sr. Joanne Gross was awarded the Ursuline~St. John College Association’s Amadeus Rappe Award at the 2013 Reunion.

Written by Sr. Elaine Berkopec, O.S.U., Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Sister Joanne Gross, O.S.U., holds a J.D. from Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Certificate in Nonprofit Management from CWRU’s Mandel Center. She currently serves as President of Catholic Community Connection, which promotes collaboration among the Catholic health care, senior living, social service and higher education ministries in the diocese of Cleveland. She also worked with Cuyahoga County as coordinator of domestic violence programming and funding, and served as legal services coordinator for a children’s mental health initiative.

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Witnesses to Christ, Witnesses for Justice: Sister Diane Therese Pinchot, O.S.U., M.F.A.

131010133236Sister Diane Therese Pinchot, O.S.U., M.F.A. is the artist behind the Bishop Pilla Learning Center’s stained glass window, overlooking Ursuline’s campus.

Written by Sr. Elaine Berkopec, O.S.U., Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Sister Diane Therese Pinchot, O.S.U., M.F.A., has served as Professor in the Art Department at Ursuline College, where she has fostered and supported works of justice among students; she not only advocates for justice in Latin America by attending the annual commemoration of the martyrdom in El Salvador of the North American churchwomen, Dorothy Kazel, Maura Clarke, Ita Ford, and Jean Donovan.

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Witnesses to Christ, Witnesses for Justice: Sister Erin Zubal, O.S.U., M.A.


Sister Erin Zubal attending the School of the Americas Protest 

Written by Sr. Elaine Berkopec, O.S.U., Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Sister Erin Zubal, O.S.U., M.A., graduated from Ursuline with a B.A. in Social Work and M.A. in Education Administration. Her work has included serving as social worker to women in Cuyahoga County Jail, theology teacher and campus minister at Beaumont High School.

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Witnesses to Christ, Witnesses for Justice: Sister Mary Eileen Boyle, O.S.U.

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Sister Mary Eileen (right) teaches a new group every six weeks how to manufacture clothing and other items. All of the women pictured in the photo have been hired at area sewing companies.

Written by Sr. Elaine Berkopec, O.S.U., Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Sister Mary Eileen Boyle, O.S.U., served as missionary to the Native American Assinaboine Nation in Montana for several years before returning to Cleveland. Her desire to work as a missionary followed a new path in Cleveland when she established Esperanza Threads in 2000, a non-profit enterprise that employs and teaches low-income individuals, including under-employed and migrant workers, to manufacture quality clothing and other items.

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Witnesses to Christ, Witnesses for Justice: Sister Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U., M.A.


In 1979, Sister Martha Owen, Kazel’s companion missioner, took the above photo of Kazel on the motorcycle she used to travel to villages along the southeast coast of El Salvador.

Written by Sr. Elaine Berkopec, O.S.U., Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Ursuline Alumna, Sister Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U., M.A., served on the Cleveland Diocesan Mission Team in El Salvador, where she gave her life for the Salvadoran people. Before her work in El Salvador, she was a teacher, mentor, and counselor for high school girls for seven years.

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Ursuline juinor Vanessa Consiglio selected to Capital One Academic All-District Team

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Ursuline College junior forward Vanessa Consiglio was selected to the Capital One Academic All-District IV women’s soccer team, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced Thursday (Oct. 30) afternoon.

She is the only women’s soccer player from the Great Midwest Athletic Conference to receive the honor.

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Update. College holds beam signing ceremony for construction of the Center for Creative and Healing Arts

1r1eZvDqWdyRpHBhClZWJF_6AScBOM5rAHoz_gyS0qg,FYyg0VZOe7eodw0X3ifqtWU8B1QbYaWWeJ9jdd89uKcUrsuline College continues tradition by hosting a beam signing ceremony for the new Center for Creative and Healing Arts. Ursuline is also constructing an athletic center on campus. The construction of the two buildings is the College’s largest project in over 40 years.

The Center for the Creative and Healing Arts and Sciences will house the Art Therapy and Counseling department and The Breen School of Nursing’s undergraduate and graduate programs. The building is comprised of 22,000 square feet of classrooms, labs and conference and meeting space equipped with the latest technologies in education.

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#UCInstaLyfe: follow @UrsulineCollege on Instagram


Thanks for following Ursuline’s #UCInstaLyfe story and its’ heroine Angie this past month! Angie, the reoccurring character, is inspired by Ursuline’s foundress St. Angela Merici. Angie represents qualities that all Ursuline students possess: strength, courage, ingenuity and determination. She represents you! We’ve had so much fun with this campaign and hope you have too. All illustrations are by Ginette Montoya. Check out the full instagrid below!

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Ursuline College President Sr. Diana Stano announces retirement


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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