London Mary and Chris

On Our Way to Oxford, England!

A joint research project was developed between Ursuline College and Tiffin University. This project started in the spring and was designed to examine the relationships between creativity and mental health/mental illness. Members of the project team who attended the Oxford Conference included UC professor, DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D., UC Art Therapy and Counseling graduate students, Claire Whiteman, Mary Cassidy, & Rebecca Stanic, Tiffin University professor Jonathan Appel, Ph.D., and undergraduate behavioral sciences student Erin Snapp. The goals for the project were to expose students to the research experience, and present the research project(s) at national and international conference(s) and ultimately produce a publication.

When our paper proposals were accepted by the inter-disciplinary and international 6th Global Conference: Making Sense of Madness, we decided to invite students from both institutions. It was exhilarating to see the students’ motivation and excitement.  The Conference was scheduled from September 17th-19th at the Mansfield College (University of Oxford) in Oxford, England (


On our way to participate and present at the 6th Global Conference – Making Sense of Madness in Oxford, most of us decided to independently visit London for the weekend. Students left the day before Jonathan and I left for the England. Arriving in London on a rainy Friday late evening, contributed some anxiety in a strange city – with fast driving cars, crowds, and narrowed streets. Crossing the street could be a challenge due to the opposite road direction!  Mornings in England appeared to start off sunny and beautiful with blue sky– but by afternoons it became unpredictable with gray, rainy weather being the norm.

We left our hotel when the weather was bright and decided to walk without a specific plan. We were misinformed on directions and ended up at the British museum! ( The central gathering area in the British museum was similar to the Cleveland Museum of Art atrium. There were numerous exhibitions and the one about “living and dying” was an interesting one. The goal for the exhibition was to “explores how people everywhere deal with the tough realities of life and death. “These challenges are shared by all, but strategies to deal with them very from place to place, people to people” (Trust Gallery).

It was also natural for us to visit the national gallery ( and experience sitting in front of the “Sunflowers” painting by the Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. We then continued to explore London and decided to take Thames River cruise ( We were expecting to see only old wall of castles and historical buildings along the riverside. However, the river was also decorated with modern various shapes of glassed buildings. After the cruise, we walked through the St. James Park ( to Buckingham palace and eventually to Piccadilly Circus, and on to Chinatown and Soho neighborhoods. One of the highlight of the day was to run into one of the UC students (a member of our visiting research team), Mary Cassidy, in the middle of a busy London Street.

Sunday, early in the morning, we decided re-enact the Beatles Abbey Road Album cover crossing near Abbey Road studios in St. John’s Wood. Jonathan stated, “It took me 50 years to be here, but I now can scratch that off my ‘bucket list!’.” The weather was beautiful for our Beatles pilgrimage. Another highlight of the day was listening to the classical group, Brodsky Quartet, ( at the King’s Place in London, while the rain picked up outside (now Ohio weather seems not so bad). Monday we left London for Oxford and ran into two other research team students (Rebecca Stanic and Erin Snapp) at the Victoria coach station. This reunited group then travelled together across into English countryside to historic Oxford.

More to Come!

The blog post was written by DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D. Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.


Amalfi Coast, Day 1 of UC Tour of Italy

As we touched down in Naples, everyone was exhausted from our long trip, but excited about the journey ahead. Everyone’s luggage made the long way and our next task was to find Enrica, our Odysseys Unlimited tour director. I can say we were all really happy to see her smiling face welcoming us. We boarded the bus and started on the next leg of the trip, an hour and half drive up the Amalfi Coast to our hotel. Well, to say the drive was not nerve wracking would be an undersatement, it was an on the edge of your seat kind of drive. The views were spectacular and our driver Domico was magnifico!

We all settled into the hotel and took in the sites, rooms overlooking the coast. We all met for dinner and took our first full group picture. Tomorrow off to Pompei, we can’t wait.

-Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer’03, Director of Alumnae Relations and Development Specialist



And we are off…

The Tour of Italy trip for alumnae, students and friends of the College has begun. All 23 of us left from Cleveland at 12:30 PM with a flight to NJ. Now onto the long flight to Munich, Germany and then Naples, Italy. This group is truly excited for the wonderful trip in front of us. I have even been asked when’s the next trip and where to.


- Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer ’03, Director of Alumnae Relations & Development Specialist


Proud to be from #CLE

Even with the outcome of last night’s wildcard game, I am still so proud to be from #CLE! (At least we have the Buckeyes!!!) In honor of the place I call home, I made some awesome wall art that would be the perfect gift for family, friends, guy friends, future boyfriends, etc. Scroll down to see how I made it!

This is what you’ll need:


Looking for the perfect under $20 handmade gift? Here’s what you need!


– Small nails, I used 3/4″ brass nails from Home Depot

– A hammer

– String

– An enlarged image of your favorite state to use a template (I found mine in the Plain Dealer!)

– A small wooden plaque ($2.99 at Jo-Ann Fabrics)

– Acrylic paints and brushes

– Scotch tape, or painter’s tape

Step #1: Paint your plaque with acrylic paint and allow a few hours to dry.


Two coats of acrylic paint, and you’re ready to go!


Step #2: Tape your template onto the plaque and begin hammering nails around the boarder of the your state.


Attach your template to the plaque and begin surrounding the boarder in nails.


HINT: the more nails, the better.

Step #3: Once you have the outside boarder completed, make a small “heart” to mark your favorite city! Then attach your string to a nail that you will use to begin stringing back and fourth around the heart and the boarder of the state.


Step #4: Continue stringing back and fourth from the outside of the state to the heart, going all the way around.


Step #5: Knot your string on the nail you started stringing on and voila! Optional: add a fun accent color to frame your plaque. Go Bucks!!




PS: My love for my favorite city didn’t stop there! Check out my homage to my favorite hashtag, #CLE


Stay tuned for more dorm do’s, holiday gift how to’s, and style tips from yours truly!



Ursuline College heads out on a Portrait of Italy

In 6 days, 23 of the Ursuline College Community (alumnae, students, staff & friends of the College) will set out on a 17-day excursion through Italy.  The planning of the trip started over a year ago and it’s hard to believe that we departure in less than a week.  The trip includes; Amalfi, Pompeii, Sorrento, Rome, Orvieto, Assisi, Siena, Florence, San Gimignano and Venice.  The journey will showcase ancient sites and ruins, priceless art, outstanding cuisine and unique lodging.

Throughout the trip, travelers will blog, showcasing their individual perspectives and photos.  As the Alumnae Director, I am extremely excited to begin the trip and experience this with fellow alumnae, students & friends of Ursuline & St. John College.

Andrews Osborne Academy students Read Out!

Thirteen Reasons Why the Beloved Captain Underpants is Looking for Alaska

“Beginning to think is beginning to be undermined”—this simple yet profound observation comes from French novelist and existentialist philosopher Albert Camus. I return to this quote often in my work as a scholar and as a teacher; it reminds us that true education is not merely the accumulation of facts, nor is it simply training to become “something.” Rather, the goal of education is to put ourselves face-to-face with ideas, experiences, and viewpoints that challenge us to examine our values and beliefs. And as Camus’ observation suggests, this process can be risky, frightening, and downright dangerous. However, to run away from or cover up ideas that appear to threaten our comfort and certainty diminishes us intellectually, morally, and spiritually. This past week we celebrated intellectual freedom with a Read Out of books that have been challenged, restricted, or outright banned in the interest of protecting social, political, and religious values. The fact that we have reason to celebrate Banned Books Week  actually cheers me—for all of the supposed irrelevance and uselessness of literature, art and the humanities in our culture, the fact that year after year challenges and objections arise to “dangerous” books  demonstrates clearly the tremendous power of literature, of words, and  of the creative mind. The event was a great success; we did field one complaint about inappropriate material, and,  interestingly, we also had one passerby become irate thinking we were advocating censorship through our display! (but once the purpose of the Read Out was made clear, all was well!). And best of all, Captain Underpants made a special guest appearance!        

Andrews Osborne Academy students Read Out!

Andrews Osborne Academy students Read Out!

So don’t be afraid to open yourself to ideas that run counter to your own beliefs —you may learn something unexpected, see the world in a new way, let of something you thought unshakeable. You may also come away with your values all the stronger for having engaged in the difficult, risky and always rewarding work that real thinking requires.


BTW: The title of this post is a mashup of several titles from the list of most challenged books for 2012-13. Check ‘em out!

Whatcha doin’ Friday night? Like to get all starry eyed?

Perhaps you would like to join us in Geauga for our Park District’s “Women in Space” program celebrating the 50th anniversary of Valentina Tereshkova becoming the first woman to travel into space and 30 years since Sally Ride became the first American woman in space. This program examines the important contributions woman have made in space science.

AND! The stars not only dance over Observatory Park, but the skies are so dark you can clearly see them, which is why we are an official international dark sky park, one of only 5 in the country and 8 in the world as of 2011.  The planetarium, telescopes, and staff naturalists give you a clear view of the world above us.

When:  Friday, September 27 from 7-8 pm (park is open to 11 pm)

How much? FREE with no registration required

For more information:

Where:  Robert McCullough Science Center, 10610 Clay Street, Observatory Park, Montville, Geauga County, Ohio

How in the world do I get there?  Easiest route from Ursuline is straight east on Rt. 322/Mayfield Road (after Route 608 and before Route 528)  then north (left) on Clay Street.  Observatory Park will be north of Chardon-Windsor Road on the left (west) side of the road.   Map is online at

WHAT??? You haven’t visited Observatory Park yet?  There’s an observatory and telescope, over 1100 beautiful acres to hike, a one mile Planetary Trail that takes you on an imaginary stroll across the solar system, human sundial, sculptures, meteorite display, seismograph station, green building features, and so much more.  Interested in viewing what they offer?  Check out

Enjoy every minute in gorgeous Geauga!

Celebrate National Public Lands Day!


Saturday, September 28, is National Public Lands Day and a fee-free day at most federally managed lands, including our National Parks and many National Historic Sites.


National Public Lands Day celebrates our nations’ 600 million acres plus of public lands, educates about our natural heritage, advocates for shared stewardship of these irreplaceable resources, and promotes partnerships to enhance, restore, and improve public lands.  For more information and volunteer opportunities, explore


In northeastern Ohio, this is a great opportunity to celebrate and visit our own James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio.


President Garfield, often referred to as one of our favorite sons, is near and dear to the hearts of many in northeastern Ohio.   The last of our “Log Cabin Presidents,” he was born in 1831 in Orange Township (now S.O.M. Center Road in Moreland Hills), drove canal boat teams on the Ohio Canal, attended school at the Geauga Seminary in Chesterland, taught classics at the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (now Hiram College), served in the Ohio Senate, led Ohio troops and rose to prominence as a Major General in the Civil War, represented Ohio in Congress, and was a frequent visitor, with his wife Lucretia, at the Lake Erie Female Seminary (now Lake Erie College in Painesville).


And all this before he launched his famous Front Porch Campaign for the U.S. Presidency from his home at the old Dickey Farm in Mentor!  (Little wonder that the newspaper reporters of the time dubbed the property “Lawnfield” by which it is known today).


Garfield’s tenure as President was cut short when he was shot in 1881.  Today he is interred in the Garfield Monument in Cleveland’s Lakeview Cemetery.


But his legacy lives on at his home in Mentor where our James A. Garfield National Historic Site features the beautifully and accurately restored Garfield home, a state of the art visitor center and museum in the restored 1894 Carriage House, a brief introductory film, a campaign headquarters, windmill, various outbuildings, and lovely park grounds.


Several free special events will be held on National Public Lands Day, including a presentation on the President’s last days and subsequent death as well as the public unveiling of a new portrait of Garfield during the Civil War Battle of Chickamauga by Ohio artist Amy Lindenberger.  For more information, explore

So join us on September 28 in celebrating the incredible legacy of preservation of public lands that we enjoy in the United States.




#UCStyleFiles Setting the Mood with Color


There’s no better way to illicit drama, mood, and emotion than to express them with color. Whether you’re thinking about fashion, marketing, branding, interior design, or graphic design color plays a momentous role in the overall composition.

What does your favorite color say about you?

Image via Pinterest: What does your favorite color say about you?

People tend to want to immerse themselves in an atmosphere that brings them comfort: If you think of something cool and calming, you’re probably thinking about the ocean. Thus, going with a cool, peaceful, beachy color scheme can provide a relaxing environment for a bedroom, or an office.


(Image via Pinterest) A light and airy color scheme brings peace and relaxation to your office space.


(Image Via Pinterest) Soft neutral colors can also illicit a calming effect where you need it the most!

It is no coincident that both of these offices utilize a cool color scheme, because the office isn’t always the most relaxing place. But what about your outfit? Have you ever asked yourself why you chose THAT top? There’s a room in my house, decorated with a blue-gray color palette which is were I find my serenity—and find it almost impossible to leave this room to get to class! One day I chose to wear a Free People top of a similar hue so as to mimic the peaceful surroundings of my favorite room–and this is something I did subconsciously.


Want to have that upper edge on a first date or job interview? Consider the message your color choice sends. (Via Google Images).

In terms of fashion, our style trends follow a seasonal color palette which helps set the mood for the season. With the seasonal color forecast in mind, you can still observe the initial mood or emotion each color presents. If you choose to stick with a neutral or monochromatic color scheme, you can accessorize add playful pops of color according to a mood you want to create.


BOLD and dynamic, this outfit can suggest that the woman wearing it is a powerful, ambitious person.


Adding a soft yellow blazer to a black dress creates a cheerful, yet sophisticated look.


Add the right amount of drama to your monochromatic look with a pop of color!



2013 Banned Books ‘READ-OUT’

Reading – it’s good for you!

Celebrate YOUR freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 22-28, 2013.  Support members from the Ursuline family along with students from Andrew Osborne Academy as they share a passage from their favorite banned or challenged book at the annual Ursuline College BBW ‘READ-OUT’, Tuesday, September 24, 11am-2pm at the Pilla Atrium and on the Besse Library Patio.  Rumor has it that you just might see a character from some of the top banned or challenges books.

See you there!

BannedBooksTableDisplay2 UrsulineStudentsviewingbannedbooks

Jackie Amos, Administrative Assistant – Ursuline Studies