Category Archives: Student Life

Welcome Week & Fall Orientation 2013

Tips For My First College Class

These tips will always help whether it’s for the first class of your college career or the first class of the semester.

My most important tip is to always be on time, professors always look to see who comes in late and some even take away points if the same student keeps showing up late.I always try to show up earlier, at least ten minutes so I can prepare myself for the class. If I know I won’t be able to show up for a class, I email the professor just to let them know ahead of time.

Another tip I have is to check the syllabus the night before the class just to double check if anything is due or if I should have read something important that I missed. This always helps me especially when the class has a lot of assignments due in the semester.

Whenever I get the syllabus, I always write all the exams and assignments for each class in my planner so that I know exactly which class to focus on and when. I always try to stay organized with my notes by having a binder for the class, especially when I know the professor uses power point hand outs.

Zaneta, Nursing 2015

RA Advice: Preparing for Dorm Life

Move-in day is fast approaching. Faced with the daunting task of stuffing one’s life into a suitcase, many students — especially freshmen — may be nervous about packing for dorm life. Rest at ease with some advice from our own Resident Assistants.

“Communicate with your roommate ahead of time so you know what commodities the other is bringing.” -Rhianna McChesney, AYA Integrated Language Arts & English

“Bring what you think you will need, but definitely be prepared to send some things back home as you will have limited space.” – Natalie Huggins, Language Arts & Math Education 

“I would advise to freshmen to pack lightly and only bring what you need because you are going to end up sending some stuff back with your parents! Also you will get most of your items that you want while you are here.This happened to me my freshmen year! I would make an agreement with my roommate on who is bringing what to avoid from bringing two TVs since there is only one cable source. I would bring a mini fridge and surge protectors because you can not have extension cords in the dorms(fire hazard). Lastly! Less is more! Good luck and see you at move in day!” -Keith Reeves, Fashion 

“Bring a positive attitude! Our goal in the halls is to have fun!” -Kelsie Kirchartz, Nursing 

Gym Gone but Spirit Isn’t

Greetings from room 110 of the Dauby Science Center, the lab turned makeshift office to 11 members of the Ursuline College athletic department after a tornado hit the College’s campus on July 20th. The 110 mile per hour winds caused an external wall of the Matthew J. O’Brien Athletic Center to collapse and destroyed part of the roof. Offices were packed up and sent to storage while the building is assessed to see if – or when – it’s safe to return.

The tornado came just eight days after the school received a final stamp of approval from the NCAA and was welcomed as an active Division II institution.

Much is still unknown. How much will insurance cover? When will the athletic facility begin to be re-built and what will it look like? Where we will practice on a day-to-day basis?

These questions have been discussed by the administration as they have worked around the clock while demonstrating tremendous leadership and resiliency. Hathaway Brown has already agreed to host the volleyball matches that were scheduled to take place in the O’Brien Center and only basketball needs a permanent home for games. Vans have been purchased to safely transport student-athletes to and from practice destinations and modular units are on the way to replace the offices and training room that are no longer functioning.

The rest of the answers will come. Maybe not as quickly as we would like, but the answers will come.

What we do know for certain is that we were lucky the tornado hit in the wee hours of a Saturday morning. Just 10 hours earlier, our campus was home to the Blue Streak All-Sports Camp and dozens of children were running around. We thank God that no one was harmed.

We know that eventually we will restore our campus and it will be a reminder of what we can do when we all come together. As is the case in athletics, a little bit of effort goes a very long way. We will get this building up and running again, piece by piece.

We know that we are being looked after. Many schools and community centers in the area have reached out to inquire about how they may help us get back on our feet.

We know that we are loved. The outpouring of support we received post-tornado has been very much appreciated. Perhaps not every single e-mail, text message, Tweet or voicemail expressing well-wishes was responded to, but the message was received and we are grateful for the support.

We know that people have an eye on Ursuline. Media outlets across the country published stories about the tornado damage and as a result, website traffic and social media hits have skyrocketed. People want to know what Ursuline is about.

What we are about is adapting to the times, making something out of nothing. The conditions are not ideal, but we will make this work. We will meet the challenges head on. We will do the best with what we have and take that principle with us in all that we do. We will not make excuses.

We are a place of higher learning, but now this community is about teaching as we will be an example of how to respond to adversity.

#UCstylefiles Dorm DIY!


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One of my favorite classes in the fashion program was Visual Merchandising with professor Jennifer Knaus. We were given lots of projects designed to challenge ourselves to design store layouts and window displays, while finding and creating beautiful compositions from every day items such as paint swatches.

I’m most proud of my vignette composition:


After creating countless paint swatch lollipop “pinwheels,” garlands, and “candies” I fell madly in love with being able to design and create with paint swatches. I then realized that paint swatches are an easy commodity for college students to get their hands on, so why not devote this entry to fun, easy projects to bring color and excitement to your dorm!


I created my own version of this paint swatch “painting,” directions and a sneak peek are below:

This is what I used:
Paint Swatches
Recycled Cardboard (it was inside a package)
Glue–Adhesive Spray, glue sticks, and rubber cement were all used accordingly!


To create my wall art, I cut various paint swatches into triangles to create my “pinwheel” motif. To adhere to the cardboard, I sprayed the cardboard with adhesive spray, working in small areas. Rubber Cement was used to secure the triangles to the cardboard. (Glue sticks came into play when the swatches became stubborn and fell off). My composition is for now a work in progress, but I’m going to decide whether or not I like the organic look of the cardboard in between, or I may continue to fill in the entire sheet. To finish the project, I will matte and frame it and voila! (Photos to follow once completed).

Summer Reads

If you live in Northeast Ohio, this summer’s weather has been less than desirable to say the least. If you find yourself with free time, as many of us students do, fill your spare time with a great book. Reading during the summer keeps your mind sharp, especially if you are not enrolled in summer courses! Oprah’s reading list offers plenty of reads to keep you occupied this summer! The list contains books of all genres to be enjoyed by all!

Samantha Humphrey, Junior Nursing Major at Ursuline College

Future Arrows Cookout!

Is there anything that screams more summer than a cookout? As the summer weather breaks, we are eager to indulge in the sun with the addition of BBQ!  While some cookouts can be high-maintenance, we are looking for an opportunity to hang out and learn about our students and students who want to learn more about Ursuline.  The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is beyond excited to host our first annual Future Arrows cookout! We hope you all will join us July 9!

To learn more about the Future Arrows Cookout or to register for the event, click here.


As you try to contain your excitement, here is a fun summer cookout recipe for you to enjoy:




Photo Cred: @Pinterest

Summer Sweet Tea Punch


  • 3 family-size tea bags
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 (33.8-oz.) bottle peach nectar
  • 1/2 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 cup Simple Sugar Syrup
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled $
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
  • Garnish: fresh peach wedges


Viva Orlando—for a day: Ursuline College’s ARROWS mentoring program receives Student Leadership Award

Blog by Jamie Carter, Studentjenzabar_blog_1

It had been a trying week to say the least. Having completed my last final exam of the semester, I exited Mullen 213 nearly crawling, subconsciously wishing my bed could meet me half way. Still I forced myself to check my email. Not that I was looking for anything in particular, but as I passed the computer lab, I got a feeling that menacingly called me to stop in and check it. I logged in. A message from Coach McKnight: “[We have received a grant from Jenzabar for the mentoring program, they want two students to go to Orlando… I need to know asap…]”. Shaking myself more alert, I re-read the email. “To: Jamie Carter, From: Cindy McKnight, cc: …”—WOAH! I looked around unsure if the loud “WOAH” in my head had escaped my vocal chords. With more sophistication, I humbly accepted the invitation. Two things just happened that was about to change (as my mentees would say) “the game”:  Someone had believed, and therefore financially supported our “baby “(the Ursuline College A.R.O.W.S mentoring program)—and I was going to Orlando, Florida. Fatigue was nowhere in sight.

“Hi, my name is Jamie Carter—“

jenzabar_blog_2“Yes, Miss. Carter…” the agent politely interrupted me as though she were expecting my call. I had contacted the instructed company to book my flight. Everything was already taken care of, I needed only to choose aisle or window. As I was going through the motions of preparation, I still couldn’t believe that I was about to go on my very first business trip, if you will. Just days prior, I was second guessing God’s calling me back to Cleveland/ Ursuline College;  finals week (or any obstacle for that matter) can often cause one to second guess their purpose or goals, however “this” was confirmation that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be.

“This” is properly known as the Jenzabar foundation’s Student Leadership Award. The A.R.R.O.W.S mentoring program was being recognized for having made a “significant contribution to better the world outside of their [institution] of higher education” ( My job was to present our program at JAM 2013 (Jenzabar’s Annual Meeting), and to accept the award on behalf of Ursuline College, Sister Diana, and the A.R.R.O.W.S program—no pressure. Seriously though, besides my fierce stage fright, there was no pressure. I alongside Ursuline College’s grant writer Jimeka Holloway presented the A.R.R.O.W.S mentoring program from the heart. From 3-5 pm at the magnificent Gaylord jenzabar_blog_3hotel (which hosted hundreds of individuals attending JAM 2013) I exclaimed to passerby via poster presentation that we have a passionate group of freshman/ sophomore mentors at Ursuline College, who have on top of an already demanding schedule (being mostly student athletes), committed their four years to guiding their mentee through high school. Our mentees are freshman girls from Warrensville Heights High School. Aside from the shocking obstacles that these girls face solely because of the generation that they are growing up in; added to their hurdles, are educational, economic and racial hardships and statistics. They were chosen by their principals to join our program because of their strong desire to become successful despite the entities against them.

St. Martin de Porres

We did it!

Our first meeting at St. Martin’s is done, and I think it went well. We had a class of of 11 boys and girls who live in the Glenville area and we taught them about spreading germs. Of course we had the occasional hiccup because no kid wants to feel like the are in school, over the summer, but we kept them engaged and we all had fun. I wasn’t even nervous about doing my hand washing presentation. We will be going to St. Martin’s every other Thursday throughout the summer.  Our next topic will be vaccinations and communication. These kids are so amazing and open to learn, that just being in the room is a pleasure.  I can’t wait until our next session.

-Sharita Hill

Crazy Week

Usually my work week runs from Monday to Wednesday, but the last seven days have been anything but usual.  Since I’m the “new kid on the block”, my supervisor, Amanda, is making sure I get training and interaction with the team as much as possible so that I will feel comfortable working with the other ladies.  Monday night, after I put the kids to sleep, I started data entry for my relationship survey.  I must have really enjoyed it, because by the time I looked up it was 2:30am and I had entered my last question (question # 168).  The next morning I walked into work feeling very sure of myself, for having completed my first assignment, but was brought back down to reality after sitting through my first Lunch&Learn seminar.

Lunch&Learn is a program that is directed by Case faculty.  It brings all of the student interns together from each department and allows them to present the research that they are conducting over the summer.  We also have amazing catered lunches in the process.  The presentations are encouraged but are completely on a volunteer basis, so I wasn’t worried.  However we were informed that at the end of summer we MUST all present a poster about our research.  This scared me for two reasons; first because I recently participated in Ursuline’s research symposium so I know how much work it takes to make a scholarly poster.  Secondly, all of the other students in their summer program are current Case students who have been conducting their research since last year, and I just started mine last week.  I fear that I will misrepresent the greatness of my program because my actual research time is so limited.  Only time will tell how this story will end.

Wednesday I received training to do informed consents.  This is crucial for conducting my research because I am conducting research on human specimens, and they must be informed of their rights, or none of my research will be valid.  Also Wednesday through Friday I was in and out of the office taking meetings with Sabira and Brynn about the upcoming St. Martin de Porres program.  This is a summer outreach program for children ages 9-12 that teach them about the importance of making healthy life choices so that they can live a safer life.  The teenage peer educators lead the program under the advisory of Brynn, and since the program if funded through the church, the students cannot talk about contraceptives or much about sex.   The topics are surrounded around germs, hand washing, and vaccinations.  Brynn has asked me to speak with the students about what soap does to bacteria on a cellular level in order to drive the importance of hand washing home.  I’m nervous and excited about this. I’ll keep you posted on how next week goes, till then I will practice my presentation so that I don’t look like an idiot in a room full of preteens.

-Sharita Hill