Celebrating inspirational women. #justbecause

 

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We don’t need a special occasion of month to celebrate women. Let’s celebrate amazing women #justbecause. Find advancing, dignifying and liberating quotes from various inspirational women from around the globe below. We know we’ve missed many, many  amazing women, as this is just a short list. So, tell us int he comments section about a woman who inspires you below, along with a quote by her.

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Study War No More: Our Right to Voice

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By Stephanie Pratt BA ’13, Graduate Admission Coordinator

For as long as I recall, the First Amendment of the United States Constitution included the right to speak freely and peacefully assemble. Today, however, I sit confused, staring at a plea made by Father Roy Bourgeois, leader of the SOA Watch. This plea is a result of a permit refusal and the silencing of a beautiful and necessary movement. This movement, which is very dear to my heart, as well as many others of the Ursuline community, is the progression to close the School of the Americas.

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Do something: a history of fundraising, ground breaking and the people who built Ursuline College

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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

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Where they are now: Inspirational Alumnae – Erica Merritt ’99

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Erica Merritt ‘99, Associate Director of Advocacy, Inclusion and Public Policy at Greater Cleveland YWCA

Recently, alumna Erica Merritt ‘99 came to campus to give a talk on her passion: Equity. Merritt recently took the position of associate director of advocacy, inclusion and public policy at the YWCA Greater Cleveland. She has the opportunity to take on developing relationships with the corporate community and building connections with public and grassroots leaders in Northeast Ohio.

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Update: Google Glass

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During my time working for the College’s marketing department, I have had the incredible opportunity to discover cutting-edge technology through the Google Glass Explorer Program. Like all newly released gadgets, there is an inevitable need for developers to work out bugs. However, it was exciting for me to witness first-hand the progress of Google Glass over the past year while capturing moments from my senior year of college.

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January 2015: alumnae India immersion experience

indiaExperience India with International Partners in Mission (IPM) on this small group tour, designed for 10-20 participants for approximately 10-12 days. IPM’s Immersion Experiences are short-term travel opportunities where participants learn firsthand from IPM Project Partners in India, including alumna Karen Hanson ’08 organization Girls for the World. IPM offers Immersion Experiences to build cross-cultural relationships so that participants can gain a greater understanding of the global realities of poverty and injustice.

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Get Moving! A note to young alumnae

gradsNo more semesters, no more finals, no more caffeinated, late-night studying for those finals. To quote our foundress St. Angela Merici, it is time to “get moving.”

As young alumnae, you are just starting out in the real world, establishing your career, finances, relationships, goals and your home. It is both a busy and exciting time in your life.

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Update >> Ursuline College continues tradition during construction of two new buildings

DSC_0017 The Ursuline Sisters have a tradition of placing religious medals in the cement footers of their new buildings asking God’s blessings on all those involved in the construction and on all who will use the building. The College Community gathered at the construction site Tuesday morning to place religious medals in the new building footers for the Center for Creative and Healing Arts and Sciences.

Ursuline College is currently constructing two new buildings on campus, an academic building and an athletic center – the College’s largest project in over 40 years.
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#BackToSchool Fall wardrobe edit

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Fall is quickly approaching, and, while you’re still in summer mode, weighing in the back of your mind is a mental checklist of what you need to pack to head back to campus. You most likely have not committed to putting this list on paper in fear it will confirm that you summer break is officially over. Fret no longer. I have compiled a quick list that will help you focus on wardrobe necessities so you can in turn focus on loading the car up with your laptop, mini fridge and every book and notebook you won’t be able to survive the semester without. Feel free to add and subtract items. Here we go…

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New college and career initiatives coming to Ohio high schools

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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.

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