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.
Art Therapy and Counseling Associate Professor Dr. Kim-Appel presents at Addiction Studies Institute
Dr. DoHee Kim-Appel, associate professor in the department of Art Therapy and Counseling, co-presented two intensive workshops at The Addiction Studies Institute’s Annual Conference in Columbus, Ohio on August 8th 2014. The Addiction Studies Institute is sponsored by Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center, and is the largest Midwest conference of its kind providing an array of dynamic educational choices for the chemical dependency counselor, social worker, prevention specialist, criminal justice professional, clergy, physician, marriage and family therapist, nurse, and other healthcare specialists.
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
Perhaps you’ve heard: beginning this school year, the State of Ohio will roll out great new initiatives to impact the postsecondary success of our high school graduates. When this year’s HS freshmen are juniors, for starters, they’ll be able to take the ACT or SAT for free.
While test waivers existed before for the neediest students, this effort, I think, sets expectations for all students to evaluate college as an option, and reduces barriers to college access. What’s more is that the OGT is also going away, and students who score at a college-readiness benchmark on the ACT or SAT (or) earn passing scores on new exams offered at the end of 7 major core courses (or) complete an approved licensure program and job assessment for career readiness will qualify for graduation in this state.
by Rosemarie Emanuele, Mathematics Professor
Economists are sometimes compared to meteorologists in that both sometimes try to predict upcoming events, and both manage to do an acceptable job at this, but occasionally make mistakes. Neither can predict future events with complete certainty, as unforseen events tend to have an effect on the outcomes they are trying to predict. For economists, it may be a change in consumer confidence in a far off country that injects “error” into a prediction, while for a meteorologist, small changes, sometimes described as a “butterfly moving its wings”, can cause their predications to be incorrect.
I found myself thinking of this as Ursuline College approaches the one year anniversary of a destructive meteorological event, the arrival of a tornado to campus. This was a tornado that destroyed our athletic center, damaged much of the campus and radically changed plans for the future of the college.
By Kevin Gladstone, Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Ursuline College
Just one year ago today, we were preparing for a long-awaited groundbreaking for the Center for the Creative and Healing Arts & Sciences. All seemed to be right with the Ursuline College world: funds had been raised, building designed, and our campus immersed in joyful anticipation of the coming school year.
Mother Nature had other plans. July 20, 2013 will live forever in the memory of those associated with Ursuline College. Early that morning, in the blink of an eye, a tornado swept through our beautiful, tranquil campus and tore a hole in our heart.