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Campus Celebrity: Tiffany Wallace

Our Campus Celebrity for the month of December is Tiffany Wallace, the director of student activities!

Tiffany Wallace

What is your favorite thing about being part of the Ursuline College community?

The students!!!!!!! It is incredible to see them learn, develop and grow through learning experiences in the classroom, campus activities and leadership opportunities

What is your favorite place on campus?

I would probably have to say Pilla not only because of the students, but because I enjoy the food!

What is one thing people might not know about you?

Let’s see… I do not like being called Tiff amongst my colleagues, but I do love to change the name of others. For example, my student worker’s name is Anna and I call her Anna Canna. I love it! I secretly think she does too. If you change my name to something besides Tiffany or Tiff I will definitely answer.

How does it feel to be nominated as a Campus Celebrity?

Such an honor. I wonder who did this? Someone selected me? Who, me? Not me!

If you could give one piece of advice to Ursuline students, what would it be?

Get Involved! Have Fun! Leave Your Legacy!


Know someone on campus that needs to be recognized for all they do? Nominate them as a Campus Celebrity using this form!


By Gail, Graduate Student, Historic Preservation

Nottingham United Methodist Church is at the heart of this Cleveland-area neighborhood. It's many additionsrecall the expansion of the population in the 19th and early 20th centuries even as conditions in the surrounding neighborhood suggest population loss and significant cultural change in its recent history.

Nottingham United Methodist Church is at the heart of this Cleveland-area neighborhood. It’s many additionsrecall the expansion of the population in the 19th and early 20th centuries even as conditions in the surrounding neighborhood suggest population loss and significant cultural change in its recent history.

Often when we think of historic preservation what comes to mind are beautifully preserved house museums or quaint villages where every building around a central square is on the National Register [of Historic Places].  However, a field study trip to Cleveland’s Nottingham neighborhood, one of its oldest, opened a window to a very different way of thinking about the preservation of our built environment.

Nottingham, located between Lake Shore Boulevard and Euclid Avenue west from E. 200th Street, is recognized as a distinct historic place – there are signs posted that read “Welcome to Nottingham” – but much of it is not a place of preserved structures, historical markers or upscale businesses.  Rather, it is a mosaic of nineteenth and early twentieth-century houses and small buildings in various states of use or abandon, some well- maintained, some in disrepair.

There are old brick streets and asphalt. There are quiet corners with large trees and the noise of St Clair Avenue.  There are remnants of its railroad-connected history for those who are interested and know where to look.

An early community school, built in brick that suggests a level of socio-economic prosperity in the neighborhood, has been adapted into a commercial structure but has lost some of its architectural integrity in the transition.

An early community school, built in brick that suggests a level of socio-economic prosperity in the neighborhood, has been adapted into a commercial structure but has lost some of its architectural integrity in the transition.

For others, it is a place to just survive day-to-day – the neighborhood does not exhibit wealth. Nottingham is layers of history and interconnected, mostly untold stories.

Walking Nottingham I wonder about how to preserve and tell the stories anywhere of those who are usually not remembered because they do not control the wealth or the dominant narratives – how to preserve their stories without changing them into something to be co-opted by those in control.


Community Weaving Project makes art accessible to everyone

Is there a better way to show the powerful benefits of art than to create a giant project that anyone and everyone can participate in?

Ursuline College’s undergraduate art therapy department did just that at the Founders’ Week Open House and for several days after, by setting up their first community weaving project. On the third floor of the Parker Hannifin Center, there was a large loom set up, with myriad different color strips of fabric woven through the strings. Nearby, a table sat covered in baskets of fabric strips and markers, waiting for the next passerby. Everyone was invited to take a strip of fabric, write down a hope, a dream, a wish or a prayer on it, and weave it into the colorful tapestry.

The objective of the project is to create a beautiful piece of community art – something that is accessible to everyone, to which anyone can contribute. The accessibility to the community is what makes this art special – it is a living, breathing piece that you can touch, manipulate, and change.

When chatting with the students of Jennifer Schwartz’s, MAAT, ATR-BC, Art Therapy 101 course as they participated in adding to the project, they all agreed that it made them feel like part of something bigger. Several students went on to add that weaving in a piece of fabric made them feel relaxed and peaceful.

“The hope is to have the project displayed either here on campus in the art therapy department or somewhere in the community that people can see it and be reminded that they are part of a bigger web. We had so many participants from both the campus and greater community, and we want everyone to be reminded of that,” said Schwartz.



Faculty Project: Creative Deed 365

This is a guest blog written by Gretchen M. Miller, MA, ATR-BC, Adjunct Faculty, Counseling and Art Therapy program.


“Try to make at least one person happy every day. If you cannot do a kind deed, speak a kind word. If you cannot speak a kind word, think a kind thought. Count up, if you can, the treasure of happiness that you would dispense in a week, in a year, in a lifetime!” ~Lawrence G. Lovasik

Since 2013, I have been engaging in daily art-making as a challenge to my creative self, as an act of self-care, and to take time to pause from the activity of everyday life. In 2015, from January 1- December 31, I decided to make small pieces of art everyday– usually between the size of a playing card found365artjan11and half an index card, to randomly gift to others as acts of kindness and to spread creative goodness to others. This year’s creative daily practice is a departure from the 365 art I’ve worked on the last 2 years, in that I am not keeping what I create or cultivating a collection from each day. Instead, I wanted to share this process with others, give it all away & pay it forward with artful positive messages of hope, inspiration, and possibility.

marchcd365collageThe act of giving away this 365 project challenges me with fun curiosity about where, when, and how to leave the art behind, and I am even more curious about the receiving process and how it might be discovered.

Throughout this year, I have left my creative deeds outdoors & inside of stores, parking meters, at local coffee shops or eateries, colleges (including the Ursuline campus!), conferences, my favorite art stores, gas station pumps, elevators and more. On the back of each of piece of art, I include a label that briefly explains the intention of the project, as well as ways to share the find.
It is always an unexpected delight to discover that a creative deed has been found and see the response of the finder! I usually come across someone who found a piece of the project through Twitter or Instagram and has used the hashtag #creativedeed365 as part of their posting. I have also had some people e-mail the Creative Deed 365 address. It’s a nice reminder & expression of gratitude about the power of art and the role of kindness to make a positive impact in the lives of others.309365Find

Also, in the spirit of engaging in this process with others, I invited others through social media to become a part of this creative challenge with me. I created a group on Facebook where others could contribute their own art inspired by the concept of this project. I also started to create a mailing list for individuals who made a request to receive a creative deed so that they could have one delivered to them sometime during this year. So far I’ve mailed a batch of creative deeds to locations throughout the US, to Canada, Europe, Australia, the UK, and New Zealand.

The Creative Deed 365 Group and its 200+ members are from many different places around the country and beyond. This group of Creative Deeders has been a wonderful community to be a part of! It’s been inspiring, motivating, and moving to see others share their own affirming messages & created art, learn more about how they are engaging with the project’s intention, and create joy with this creative mission from and in their part of the world.  Creative Deeds Unite!

If you’re interested in learning more about the project and seeing monthly updates posted throughout this year, please visit Creativity in Motion.

Ursuline Student succeeds in Cleveland Clinic Mini-Case Competition

Renee Peoples Dennison pictured with her teammates and their coaches.

Renee Peoples Dennison, a senior in Ursuline College’s Breen School of Nursing, represented the College in the Clinic Solutions – Mini Case Competition, hosted by the Cleveland Clinic.

According to Peoples Dennison, the competition was comprised of five teams. Both undergraduate and graduate students served on each team. Peoples Dennison’s team included students from Cleveland State University, Ohio University and Kent State University.

The case for the competition was the integration of Akron General Hospital and its network into the Cleveland Clinic Healthcare System.

“As the only nursing student in my group, I was really able to bring some solid recommendations to the table,” said Peoples Dennison.

The competition consisted of two rounds of judging – one preliminary round and one final round in which the three final teams presented their plans to the President/CEO of Akron General Health System and other executive board members of the Cleveland Clinic via a live video stream.

Peoples Dennison said that her team was one of the three teams in the finals, and they won second place, which netted them $750 per undergraduate student or $900 per graduate student on the team.

“It was an amazing opportunity to network, innovate and collaborate with other students as well as influential members of the healthcare world. I felt confident as the only nursing student in my team. I encourage other Ursuline students to participate in this program,” Peoples Dennison said of the experience.

The Clinic Solutions program is hosted by the Cleveland Clinic’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion, with collaboration from the Cleveland Clinic’s Strategy Office, along with local minority professional organizations. Clinic Solutions is a think tank session for undergraduate and graduate/professional students, designed to foster innovation and the exchange of information on challenges and opportunities in healthcare. This competition is an opportunity for students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds to compete for scholarship dollars awarded at the end of two rounds of judged competition.


Campus Celebrity: Anna Schumm!

Welcome to our brand new feature: Campus Celebrity! Each month, we’ll be featuring a student or member of the faculty or staff as our Campus Celebrity on Voices and on our social media. Say hello to our very first Campus Celebrity: Anna Schumm!

Hometown: Findlay, Ohioanna schumm CC

Major: Fashion Design & Fashion Merchandising

Year: Second Year

What is your favorite place on campus?

I love spending time in the Student Affairs Center! It’s an uplifting environment and a great place to gain relationships with faculty members and students that pass through.

Which student organizations are you involved in?

I’m the treasurer for Programming Board, a Resident Assistant, a general member of Founder’s Week, and an assistant in the office of Student Activities.

What is one thing people might not know about you?

I am a connoisseur of bread. My personal favorite: butter flake rolls topped with poppy seeds. 

What is your favorite meal in the food court?

Mashed potato bowl. It makes me feel like I’m having a home-cooked meal!

How does it feel to be nominated as a Campus Celebrity?

Surprised! I am thankful that somebody took the time to recognize my efforts on campus. I’m appreciative of all of the people who help me on a daily basis whether it is a fellow classmate, professor, or faculty member.

If you could give one piece of advice to other Ursuline students, what would it be?

Get involved! This is the best way to meet new people, build your resume, and use your talents to become a part of the Ursuline community.

What do you love most about Ursuline?

Definitely the small class sizes! As a fashion major, it’s really valuable to have personal attention from professors as I work to tailor my craft. In a large classroom setting, I would not be able get the attention I’m able to get here at Ursuline.


To nominate someone as a future Campus Celebrity, fill out this form!

Sewing Her Way to the Top

Written by Hannah Barucky, junior fashion major

School is a big coDSC_5269mmitment. Suddenly, you’ve given up free time, brain space, and sleep to get assignments in on time. You’ve got to work harder, sacrifice money and energy, and be invested to do well. Is it worth it?

My decision to return to school after a two year hiatus was considered carefully and weighed against a lot of different factors. I had tested college for almost two years after high school and come out the other end with the only real difference showing in my bank account. When I discovered Ursuline and began to consider diving back into the undergraduate process, it was with a clear focus and shining goal at the other end.

As a fashion design major, I’m gaining completely invaluable knowledge that will carry me further into the world of entertainment: whether that means film, TV, or theater.

I plan to continue my work in an industry I’ve fallen in love with, but I can only do that through my training I gain every time I step on campus. I inadvertently fell for a future that is laden with uncertainties, each gig its own challenge, and every day choosing to jump off the next cliff. School is extremely important to prepare me to be ready to take those leaps.


Being prepared for a competitive field gives me drive, and inspires me in every project I tackle in school. I attempt to see every little seam as a test of how I work under pressure, and each project as valuable pieces for my portfolio that can—and will—get me a foot in the right doors down the road, or whenever those opportunities come.

The Synod – Conclusion

Written by Rick Squier, UCAP student

     Our visit to the Synod was a once in a lifetime opportunity to witness how the church is attempting to reunite culture and doctrine. Reading the interviews of Cardinals and Bishops online, and then actually meeting some of them, and talking to them about their words was surreal. In addition to the prelates of the synod, Father and I were also introduced to authors, reporters, and theologians who are significant leaders in Catholic circles. All of the people we met, whether their position is to report for the church, or elect the successor of Peter, they were very gracious with their time and words.


     As we heard varying points of view on how the church will recognize different relationships, it gives hope that there is an openness to those the various situations. Some bishops called for minimal change, while others were suggesting a significant shift from the way we recognize familial situations. Even though there isn’t consistency amongst all bishops, the fact that this Synod was formed to address issues of inclusion, shows that there is a genuine attempt to grow the church. This process gives hope for the future of the church and how it recognizes the message of Christ.

     Our Synod experience was only possible because of Bishop Murry’s invitation to spend time with him in the second week of the Synod. From unfettered access to areas of the St. Peter’s Basilica, and Vatican, to introductions to high-level decision makers of the church, this experience was only possible because of the bisjop of Youngstown . The entire experience was humbling as this Director of Faith Formation from a parish in Ohio, had the opportunity to meet leaders of the Catholic Church from around the world. Who knows what God has in store for us?

Synod on the Family, Part 2

By Rick Squier

Bishop Murry said that the Pope has been at all of the general sessions of the Synod, and was surprised in how approachable he is. He said the Pope attends the mid-session coffee breaks the same as everybody else. Bishop Murry said that several times he would be having coffee, look up, and there was the Pope wandering through the room. The image is one that the Bishop happily shared with us.

Bishop Murray and Pope Francis

Wednesday was certainly memorable. Father and I met Bishop Murry in the morning and got a private tour of St. Peter’s Basilica. It is an incredible place to wander through when it’s empty. We then celebrated Mass in the Clementine Chapel in the Necropolis, below the Basilica. The Clementine Chapel is the closest chapel to the burial chamber of St. Peter. The holiness of the space gave the prayers for our parish families a deeper emotional effect for me.

The Clementine Chapel

During a break at the Synod, Bishop Murry gave Father and I a tour of the North American Pontifical College. From the roof of the facility, we saw what must be the best view of Rome.
I can’t imagine having a better tour guide of any of the locations we visited.

Please pray for the Synod Fathers, and the direction they take the church

An Ursuline Student at the Synod of the Family

Rick Squier, a student in UCAP, is on a fabulous adventure to the Vatican this week as a guest of Father Ferraro, an attendee to the Synod of the Family. Follow along here as we get more information about his daily adventures. Here’s the first installment, from Monday, October 12:

After an uneventful, but very long flight to Rome, Father Ferraro and I found that our luggage ended up in Germany instead of Rome. Moments like this make you realize that the toothbrush and underwear in your luggage may have been a better choice for your carryon than the four bike magazines, and textbooks that you lugged through three airports. But, we are in Rome, and wearing the same clothes for more than two days means little in comparison to IMG_3658witnessing the potential that presents itself to the church with the Synod on the Family.

Monday was a spectacularly beautifully sunny day in Rome.  We saw Bishops from all over the world wandering around the Vatican area as we made our first pass through St. Peter Square. We met Bishop Murry, and in talking to him it is quite apparent why he was asked to be a Synod Father. He has such a wonderfully pastoral sense, and understanding about what it means to be a family, and the blessings and challenges that come with it. Bishop Murry addressed the synod on Saturday, in what they refer to as an intervention. The three minute intervention offers each of the 268 bishops of the Synod, an opportunity to present their view on the blessing and challenges for today’s families. Bishop Murry said that the text of his intervention will be posted on the diocesan website in the next couple days, when it is we will copy it onto our site (St. Joan of Arc Church, Streetsboro, OH) as well.


About the Synod on the Family: This meeting, formally called the Fourteenth Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, is taking place in the Vatican from October 4, 2015 through October 25, 2015. This year, the Synod is focused on the vocation and mission of the family in both the Church and the world.