Plastic packaging and writing for sustainable change


By Alyssa Adamowski, senior Ursuline College nursing student

Lately I’ve been noticing the amount of plastic and other materials used for packaging. Everything we buy comes in a package: food, electronics, clothes, and the majority of other products. Most of this plastic isn’t recyclable. According to the World Watch Institute, humans produce 1.3 billion tons of garbage per year, most of which ends up in landfills. Most of this packaging is unnecessary. But more importantly, why can’t all packaging just be recyclable? Why does my new printer need three pounds worth of packaging? Why does my toothpaste bottle need to come in a shiny unrecyclable box?

Over the past few months I’ve been collecting a list of everything I buy and seeing whether or not the packaging is recyclable. If it’s not I try to abstain from buying it, but I’ve come across problems. Toothpaste, for example, comes in a bottle and a box; is the box really necessary? The box doesn’t contribute to the sterility and cleanliness of the paste! But, I can’t live without toothpaste.

So, I wrote to Colgate and other companies asking them why their packaging isn’t recyclable. Not only have I written to corporations, I’ve written my congressmen asking them to pass a law requiring all businesses to only use recyclable packaging. Well, Colgate was the first to write me back! I found out that the plastic toothpaste bottle is recyclable but the cardboard box is not. They are working on making more of their products and packaging more environmentally friendly. They also sent me a coupon for my interest in their products!

I encourage you to write to your congressmen and tell them to vote for environmental change. Write to corporations and tell them you want them to revamp their products. The more people they hear from the more change we can make! Encourage your friends and family too!

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2015: become a solutionary.



Resolutions are like bad boyfriends.

Everyone knows you have one. Your friends and family are just simply biding their time until you break the news. Then, they politely comfort you when it comes to a halt, even though you were daydreaming of reaching that one-year mark. Resolutions are like bad boyfriends.

Fortunately, there is more to a New Year then one-month gym memberships and fat-free salad dressing. After I woke on Jan. 1, completely missing the ball drop and also my opportunity to form solid resolutions for 2015, I recognized that the New Year is no more a chance for me to make a change than any of the other 364 days. More than that, I have an opportunity each day to put emphasis on the things I believe in – the things I also believe need the most change.

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Art Therapy and Counseling students and faculty launch 2015 with service


Follow along with Art Therapy and Counseling students and faculty on their journey through South Africa and at an orphanage in Zimbabwe via photos on the College’s Facebook >>


Dancing Around College with an iPod – Christmas Edition from Maggie Stark on Vimeo.

The Admission Team would like to dedicate this song to all of our prospective students! Watching this video is sure to make you fall in love with UC students & bring some holiday cheer to your day!

Spreading cheer: Ursuline serves women and children at Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center holiday event


The Marketing Department represented the College last night at the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center‘s annual Twinkle Shop, an event for families living at the agency’s shelter to shop for holiday gifts for one another, have a delicious meal and play like crazy. The Marketing gals took photos of each family with Santa and ran a craft table. Moms and their children decorated frames to display their new photos!

Thanks for having us, DVCAC! For more information about the Center, visit

Be a Part of #GivingTuesday!

giving tuesday2Today, Ursuline College is joining a national day of generosity, #GivingTuesday. It is a day when you can make a big impact on helping students to achieve their educational and career goals by emphasizing the whole person and providing personalized attention within a liberal arts higher educational environment.

Give small – please consider donating $10 to your college and alma mater, Ursuline College. Donate here.

Progress. Campus continues to transform


Ursuline College is excited to announce that the construction of two new campus buildings, the Center for the Creative and Healing Arts and Sciences and the athletic center, is on schedule to be completed and dedicated on June 10, 2015. This project is the College’s largest undertaking in more than 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 educational technology.

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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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