Nicole, Emma, Ashely at the airport

Art Therapy and Counseling faculty and students attend and present at National Conference

Faculty and Students from the Department of Art Therapy and Counseling attended The Association for Counselor Education and Supervision (ACES) conference, entitled “Promoting Unity While Affirming ACES signDiversity” held October 16 – 20 in Denver, Colorado.

Early in the morning on October 16th at the Cleveland airport, my husband Jonathan Appel and I saw many familiar faces including counseling program faculty and students from other Ohio universities and colleges. The plane appeared full of Ohio counselor educators and counseling students, also on their way to the ACES conference in Denver (including one of our own PhD professors!)

Upon arrival, after three hours of headache, we were able to adjust to the Denver altitude. We reunited with the ATC program director, Gail Rule-Hoffman, completed registration, and reconnected with Korean doctoral students and faculty, whom we knew from prior counseling conferences. Opening reception was filled with familiar faces from all over the US and we could not wait to attend countless presentations including education sessions, roundtables discussions, and poster sessions.

On October 17th, Jonathan Appel, Ph.D. from Tiffin University, myself, and Gail Rule-Hoffman, Teaching Diversity presentation - DoHee Kim-Appel, Gail Rule-Hoffman, Jonathan AppelATC presented an education session, entitled “Teaching Diversity: Utilization of Experiential Learning Approaches.” The session was very successful, and we exchanged effective teaching tools with participants and received positive feedback. Dr. Appel and I presented a roundtable in the late afternoon entitled, “Walls and Bridges: Barriers and Opportunities for Effective Learning in Between Non-native Speaking and Native Speaking Educators and Students.” The session attracted many international doctoral students and faculty members and we were able to exchange research ideas and perspectives on being educated in United States.

On October 18th, we woke up with snow on the ground in Denver! The snow did melt quickly under the bright sun and blue skies– which lasted for the rest of the day. After completing the third presentation entitled “Similarities and Differences Between the United States and the South Korean GeriatricSimilarities and Differences - DoHee Kim-Appel Healthcare Systems: Implications for Counseling,” we decided to spend the evening with our friend and his family who live in Denver. Before the dinner, we toured the famous Red Rock Amphitheater which was built in 1910. Since then various famous musicians have performed there. It was overwhelming with such a rich musical history and wish we were able to hear some of them in live concert (The Beatles play there in 1965). Later that evening we were reunited with the ATC faculty Katherine Jackson, Ph.D. and three ATC graduate students; Emma Pitchford, Nicole Topp, and Ashley Tilberg— as they all were also presenting at the conference.

Dr. Jackson and her students also had the honor of an accepted presentation. Dr. Jackson wrote “on October 19th, we spoke on the benefits of having student service learning in graduate school curriculums, Dr. Jackson, Emma, Nicole, Ashleyusing our El Salvador trip as a template. We also gave a brief overview of “lessons learned” in El Salvador, and the students were able to illuminate the audience with their in-depth learning and growth as a counselor/art therapist in training. Not only did we present our experience in El Salvador, but we heard amazing lectures and met some famous people in the field of counseling, we also had a lot of fun walking around Denver exploring interesting boutiques and sampling some Denver cuisine.”

According to Ashley Tilberg, “I feel like I got a sense for the diversity within counseling fields. Emma Pitchford added, “I also learned what the trends are in the counseling field.” Nicole Topp stated “attending the conference helped with my professional development.” All of them mutually stated “it was a great way to spend our fall break and it motivated us to attend additional conferences. “We do love learning!!! Poster presentation was also the way to go for us because we were able to have meaningful conversations with participants.”

By the Sunday morning– we were all tired and ready to return home. Dr. Jackson and Gail Rule-Hoffman left in the morning and the rest of us headed to the airport after the morning sessions. After deplaning twice with four hour delay due to the mechanical problems, we arrived in Cleveland well after midnight. We all managed our frustration very well, “mindfulness exercise work!!!” I am glad we all returned safely.

DoHee Kim-Appel,  Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.

Walls and Bridges presentationEmily Dennis, Gail Rule-Hoffman, Emma Pitchford, Ashley Tilberg, Nicole Topp at the presidential openingDoHee Kim-Appel, Gail Rule-Hoffman, Katherine JacksonThe Red Rock Amphitheater


No More: Discussing Domestic Violence Awareness Month

Sitting at my desk, the sun is shining through the window blinds. It’s mid-morning.

Ursuline’s once green trees have turned shades of autumn. I think of the film I watched over the weekend. Life is beautiful.

My co-worker and I share an office. She is in a meeting at her desk making the number of women in the room three. Anotherwoman sits the office next door and 14 additional women work in offices lining our hallway. Eighteen total.

Based on recent stats, four of us will experience domestic violence at some point in our lives. Some of us may have already been physically assaulted, battered, sexually assaulted, or experienced intimidation or other abusive behavior by an intimate partner.

We’ve never talked about domestic violence, yet. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, so let’s start talking.

“One in every four women will experience domestic violence in her lifetime,” reports the National Coalition of Against Domestic Violence.

“Approximately 1.3 million women are victims of physical assault byan intimate partner each year; eighty-five per cent of domestic violence victims are women; women are most often victimized by someone they know; those with the greatest risk of nonfatal intimate partner violence are women ages 20 to 24; and most cases of domestic violence are never reported to the police.”

Activism at Ursuline

CUB - WW - 07Ursuline is a women’s focused college and students ages 20 to 24 make up the majority of the our undergraduate population. The College has also been directly affected by violence against women and gathers annually for Women Watch, an annual tribute to Sr. Joanne Marie Mascha. Sr. Joanne was murdered in a wooded area on campus by a mentally ill neighbor in 1995. The community also marches to remember the women and children in Cuyahoga County who have died violently during the past year. This year’s homage was held March 25.

Women Watch takes shape on the College’s campus through a silent procession. The Ursuline community – students, faculty, staff and friends – walk together with hand-made silhouettes illustrated with the names and the ages of those slain.

CUB - WW2 - 07“Women Watch makes us take a closer look at what is happening in our own society. We always hear about violence against women and children, but sometimes we forget how close we actually are to it and become almost passive about the culture. By gathering in remembrance each year, we give the victims a voice and the remembrance that they deserve,” Stephanie Pratt, Ursuline College senior and Women Walk organizer, said.

“This year, we are focusing on the areas of violence against women that are most prominent, yet unheard of in our society such as domestic violence, human trafficking, rape, and violence in the foster care system.”

Here are some common misconceptions about domestic violence, adapted from the article “International Women’s Day: 10 misconceptions about domestic violence”:

1. She keeps going back, so she’s asking for it.

Abusive partners often attack for no apparent reason. Domestic violence is about power, so abusers use many tactics to keep victims under their control. They often convince a victim that they are truly sorry for their actions and that they will change. Children and pets are pawns used by an abuser to control a victim. They dehumanize, isolate and make a victim dependent on them.

2. If the abuse was that bad she would leave.

In 2012, “about half of the intimate partner-related homicide incidents (13 of 27) occurred after the relationship ended or when one person in the relationship was taking steps to leave the relationship,” according to End Domestic Abuse Wisconsin. One of the toughest things a person in an abusive relationship will do is leave. There are many variables involved in the decision: money, family shame and hope that the abuser may change.

3. It was the alcohol.

Drugs and alcohol may trigger violence, but they are not the root cause of violence. The person abusing is the one responsible for the violence.

4. But they had a tough childhood.

Some children who grow in in abusive home go on to be abusive themselves, but many will not choose to perpetrate violence.


Ursuline student Rihanna McChesney supports the effort to end violence against women.

Domestic Violence is a social problem and an issue for the whole society. It affects entire families and generations. A victim of abuse may also feel completely isolated because the abuser has cut off all ties to family and friends, as well as made them feel that they are the one with the problem and that they are why the abuser is violent. Sometimes a smart helping hand is needed. 

6. Domestic Violence doesn’t happen in my community.

Domestic violence affects individuals in every community, regardless of economic status, age, religion, race nationality or educational background. Abusers are often selective about when and where they hit their partner. Many abuse emotionally, without ever leaving bruises or scars.

7. I could never be a victim on domestic violence. I am not weak or submissive.

Women have to be strong, resourceful and able to adopt coping strategies in order to survive living with an abusive partner.

Domestic Violence Resources in Cleveland:

The Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center 24-Hour Helpline: Call 216-391-HELP. DVCAC can assist you with crisis intervention, intake for services, general information on domestic violence and referrals for resources in the community.

DVCAC Non-Emergency Help: If you have non-emergency questions, please click here to submit your information online. If you are outside of the Greater Cleveland area, please call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE.


*This post was written by Brittney Teasdale Edelman, Urusline’s Marketing Specialist and Social Media Coordinator. After graduating from university in 2011, she interned full-time at The Domestic Violence Center & Child Advocacy Center in Cleveland, as well as volunteered in the organization’s shelter. 

Stella is a four-six month old pit-bull mix. She was adopted by Brittney Teasdale Edelman and her husband, Dan, October 24, 2013 from Secondhand Mutts. Stella was surrendered to the Richland pound by police after her previous owner was arrested. 

Photo © Brittney Teasdale Edelman

‘Judge the deed, not the breed!’: National Pit Bull Awareness Day

It’s National Pit Bull Awareness Day so let’s give one of most misunderstood dog breed’s the spotlight. Today, let’s create awareness about pit bulls, appreciate them and educate those who are misinformed. They are particularly discriminated against and abused.

What if the horrible cruelties many pit bulls are facing every day at the hands of humans were happening on the same scale to Labrador retrievers? What happened to the perception North American society had of these dogs when The Little Rascals was released in 1994. Remember Petey? The friendly neighborhood American Pit Bull Terrier?

“From the turn of the century until the early 1980s, there is exactly one dog attack story to make the national papers and mention pit bulls, but that’s probably because it involved a man intentionally siccing a pack of 26 dogs on a young woman,” Jon Bastian writes on Cesar’s Way.

“There’s no mention of pit bulls as vicious and no call for a ban of the breed, just a human who is held responsible for inducing the dogs to attack. Ironically, though, it is in Florida forty years after this incident that the first breed-specific ban is enacted. In the intervening decades, “pit bull” continues to be a popular description for athletes and when the breed does turn up in newspapers, it’s more often than not in a classified ad for puppies.”

The media has played a part in demonizing the breed, as well as the criminals who fight pit bulls against one another for sport – not because they are innately vicious towards other canines, but because their first priority is to please their owners.

But, what is a pit bull? 

The term “pit bull” describes a few different breeds with similar characteristics. Pit bulls are not a distinct breed.

“The most narrow and perhaps most accurate definition of the term “pit bull” refers to just two breeds: the American Pit Bull Terrier (APBT) and the American Staffordshire Terrier (AmStaff),” according to states the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA).

“There’s a great deal of confusion associated with the label “pit bull.” This isn’t surprising because the term doesn’t describe a single breed of dog. Depending on whom you ask, it can refer to just a couple of breeds or to as many as five—and all mixes of these breeds,” states ASPCA.

Photo Credit: The Huffington Post

Photo Credit: The Huffington Post

The reality 

Pit bulls, pit-mixes and pit-looking dogs fill the majority of kennels throughout the United States. On any given day, they make up the majority of dogs in the 150 cages at Cleveland City Kennel, 2690 W. 7th Street – just look at the kennel’s Facebook page.

The kennel had 30 dogs on their urgent list yesterday, Oct. 25, 2013. Urgent meaning, those 30 dogs need a rescue to pull them out of the kennel and then into foster homes or forever families. If these dogs do not find rescue within a certain amount of time, depending on volume of dogs int he kennel, they are euthanized.

The Cleveland Kennel is a division of the Department of Public Safety. When stray dogs are picked up in the city by a humane officer, they are held for at least three days giving their owner, if they have one, a chance to reclaim them. If they are not claimed, adoptable dogs are then transferred to either the Cleveland Animal Protective League or the Cuyahoga County Kennel. There are many kind, even tempered dogs that cannot be transferred because of breed, age, injury, sickness or other reasons. Those are the dogs you see on the kennel’s Facebook page.

Even if you’re not interested in adopting a pit bull type dog, definitely consider adopting your next pet from an area kennel, protective league or rescue. There are rescues for almost any breed that interests you. Read the “Top Five Reasons to Adopt” by the Humane Society of the United States. Right now at Secondhand Mutts, a multiple-breed rescue in Cleveland, eleven dogs are up for adoption: Ethel, a 5+ year old Miniature Poodle; Stewart, a 5+ year old Papillion; Pixie, an adult Hound Mix; Evelyn a German Shepard; Cranberry a Red Doberman, Nancy Drew, a 4-5 year-old Black and Tan Coonhound; Fizzle, a young terrier mix; Sadie, a 2.5 year old Siberian Husky, India, a 2-3 year old pit bull-mix; Sam, a mutt; and Ollie, a young potbellied pig.

On adopting, my personal experience 

I adopted my first dog, Stout, Oct. 2011. At the time, Stout, a black lab-pit bull mix, was about one-year old. He was abandoned on the side of a highway in Medina.

Stout is a 2-3 year old pit bull-labrador retriever mix. He was found running stray in Medina county, but ever since October 2011 has been calling the Edelman's house home. Photo © Brittney Teasdale Edelman

Stout is a 2-3 year old pit bull-labrador retriever mix. He was found running stray in Medina county, but ever since October 2011 has been calling the Edelman’s house home.
Photo © Brittney Teasdale Edelman

He was initially taken to a Medina kennel by his rescuer, a former colleague of mine, in hopes of reuniting him with his owner. The kennel gave him one week to live prior to euthanasia, because that is its policy on pit bull “looking” dogs. Luckily, his rescuer asked the kennel not to euthanize him if no one claimed him and that she would take him back.

My husband and I adopted Stout soon after my colleague reclaimed him. Shy at first and a little scared, Stout soon came out of his shell. And like a broken record, everyone who meets him says, “How could anyone dump this dog on the side of the road?”

Whether Stout is a pit bull or not, breed specifics don not matter. Every dog with a responsible owner has the chance to be great.

Stella is a four-six month old pit-bull mix. She was adopted by Brittney Teasdale Edelman and her husband, Dan, October 24, 2013 from Secondhand Mutts. Stella was surrendered to the Richland pound by police after her previous owner was arrested.  Photo © Brittney Teasdale Edelman

Stella is a four-six month old pit-bull mix. She was adopted by Brittney Teasdale Edelman and her husband, Dan, October 24, 2013 from Secondhand Mutts. Stella was surrendered to the Richland pound by police after her previous owner was arrested.
Photo © Brittney Teasdale Edelman

Ohio state law

With House Bill 14, pit bulls are no longer deemed vicious by the state of Ohio. This law took effect May 22, 2012. However, various cities throughout the state still enforce breed-specific legislation (BSL). Read the Plain Dealer story about House Bill 14. However, there are still cities in Cuyahoga County still enforcing BSL, including Lakewood.

“Nearly thirty years after the beginning of this anti-pit bull hysteria, the tide seems to be turning a little bit, but every step forward is followed by a step back. Even as Florida is attempting to overturn all breed-specific legislation, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin is considering imposing a new ban. Yet it only takes a brief look at the history of pit bulls to realize that the dogs are not the problem; the humans who misuse them are,” Jon Bastian writes on Cesar’s Way.

“For over a hundred years, holding the owners personally responsible was enough to prevent attacks, and the breed was perceived as very child-friendly. With outreach and education, it may be possible to restore that image and rehabilitate the pit bull’s reputation, restoring an iconic American dog to its rightful place among mankind’s best friends.”

So, things are looking up. I do believe public perception is starting to change with an increase in positive articles in the news and more public activism. But, if you still have doubts, that’s the pits, so check out this awesome article “37 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith in Pit Bulls.”

Pit bull advocacy and education

To learn more about pit bulls or adopting a rescue dog, check out the following local and national advocacy and rescue organizations:

Secondhand Mutts

For The Love Of Pits

Live Love Rescue Ohio

Cleveland APL

Geauga Humane Society’s Rescue Village

Pit Bull Rescue Central

Villalobos Rescue Center 

Join the discussion on our Facebook Page: What are your thoughts on BSL? Are you a dog owner? Are you celebrating National Pit Bull Awareness Day?

The original version of this article was published October 27, 2012 on

*This article is written by Brittney Teasdale Edelman, Ursuline’s Marketing Specialist and Social Media Coordinator and the proud owner of two pit bull-mix rescues pooches.


College in CLE: Ohio City

Have you ever asked yourself, what is college in Cleveland like? The Marketing Department recently went on a road trip to find out. Our goal is to showcase Cleveland and the Northeast Ohio area – on a  student’s budget. After spending most of the day on the Eastside in Chagrin Falls and Little Italy, we headed west for Cleveland’s Artisan Neighborhood, Ohio City.

Ohio City strives to develop, preserve and promote the diverse, historic, urban community. One of Cleveland’s older neighborhoods, redevelopment and rediscovery has attracted projects focusing on commercial development, including expanded storefront renovation and a multi-million dollar renovation of the West Side Market. Newly constructed condominiums and townhouses throughout the neighborhood, as well as a thriving retail and restaurant scene, have added vitality to the popular Cleveland neighborhood.

Check out our notes and photos from our evening in Ohio City!

5:30PM – Arrived in Ohio City.

6:15PM – Dinner at Town Hall

Spilt burrito and chips with guacamole. For drinks, go healthy and have a glass of water. The restaurant is indoor/outdoor. Very affordable, great location, fun atmosphere, cutting-edge and friendly staff. 

10 Places to See in Ohio City 

1. The West Side Market 

2. SOHO Kitchen & Bar

3. Bonbon Pastry & Cafe

4. Deering Vintage

5. Vision Yoga & Wellness

6. Orange Blossom Press

7. Joy Machines Bike Shop

8. R/S Boutique 

9. Salty Not Sweet

10. Steve’s Lunch 



After RAW: A Q&A with the Artists

On Friday, October 11, 2013 forty local artists, including Ursuline College alumna Robin Smith ’05 and art students Stephanie Pratt and Alyx Cyr participated in “RAW: Natural Born Artists,” a one-night show at the Cleveland Agora. We caught up with the artists after RAW to get their impression of the exhibit and to see what they have in store for the future. 


Alyx Cyr, Student

What was your impression of the RAW exhibit? It was the perfect blend of urban artists, fashion and culture. Everyone had a great time with all the performers and runway shows.

What was your favorite moment from the RAW exhibit? I thought it was pretty cool to network with other local artists. I’m hopefully going to be doing collaborative work with a few of them next year.

What have you learned from this experience? I learned that it’s important to put yourself out there. It’s important to be vulnerable because showcasing a full collection is very personal.

What or who inspires you? Nature. And, people.

What are your plans for the future? I’m working on large-scale electroluminescent wire light and plexiglass animals. These will be showcased in the Florence O’ Donnell Wasmer Gallery’s student show this spring. I’m going to be doing some collaborative work with other artists and fulfilling custom orders from new clients I’ve met at RAW.


Robin Smith ’05, Alumna10332908826_891cfdbfd2_c

What was your impression of the RAW exhibit?  The exhibit was great and better than I expected it to be. It was well attended and the theater had great energy – it was buzzing with all kinds of creative types.

What was your favorite moment from the RAW exhibit? I would have to say my favorite moments of the RAW exhibit were when people would go to my area and the expression on their faces changed immediately. It created a dialogue, some were smiling and would immediately ask if I was the artist. One guy actually gave me a huge hug. It was pretty funny.

What have you learned from this experience? The learning experience was definitely valuable. Being overtly prepared was helpful but also a bit stressful. It was the first time showcasing my work on such a large scale so some doubts came into play. By the final week, I decided to just put the stress in God’s hands and when I did that the flow of setting up and promoting my works was a breeze.

What or who inspires you? Being an illustrator people tend to inspire me. Sometimes textures, prints, designs, fashion, color and music. Whatever comes to mind.

What are your plans for the future? I would like to see my illustrations featured in magazine publications, promoting products for different companies, working with card companies or even in the publishing world of book covers. One of my goals for 2014 is to release a children’s e-book written and illustrated by me.


Stephanie Pratt, Student 10332972606_c1f665bc5f_c

What was your impression of the RAW exhibit? As I had attended the August RAW showcase, I had known what to expect in terms of the finished set-up but it was amazing to see the transformation from a bare-boned stage to the finished product.

What was your favorite moment from the RAW exhibit? My favorite moment from the RAW exhibit was seeing everyone’s set-up before the doors opened. The whole process was absolutely beautiful. 

What have you learned from this experience? This experience has taught me a lot from learning how to appropriately promote myself and my work as well as how to manage time with set-up and tear down.

What or who inspires you? I am inspired by nature and the world around me. I feel that it keeps me grounded and is the most organic look into who I am as an artist and as a person.

What are your plans for the future? As of current, I have some options. I would love to go into marketing or advertising as a graphic designer but I plan to continue to pursue fine arts and participate in various exhibits. Eventually, I would also like to pursue an MFA with a mixed media concentration and teach at a college level.

The photos were provided by Raw Artists Media. Click here to see more photos from the exhibit.

Nema Saleem & Ashley Tilberg

Art Therapy and Counseling faculty and students attend 2013 BATA Symposium

It was a beautiful Friday morning, feeling tired from the trip to England and on the road again to Columbus, Ohio to attend 32nd Annual Buckeye Art Therapy Association (BATA)                        ( symposium, titled “Art Therapy: Self-Expression and Healing”  held September 26, 27 and 28 in Columbus, Ohio. Sister Kathleen Burke, Gail Rule-Hoffman and Diane Meros attended entire symposium.

I was greeted by my classmates, Barbra Greenwood and Laura Malbasa, dkimappel 1from early 1990s when I was an art therapy student at Ursuline College. Reminiscing our time at Ursuline, all of sudden I forgot how tired I was. It was such a pleasant surprise to reunite with them and it was one of the meaningful highlights of the day. Proud to see our recent graduates presenting at the symposium with their colleagues and seeing our motivated current students participating in the symposium overwhelmed me with excitement. Most of the current BATA board members are Ursuline College ATC alumnie.

Sister Kathleen’s presentation “Grace, Creativity and Breakthrough: Saint Hildergard of Bingen” taught  me how her journey to establish art therapy department at Ursuline College was deeply inspired by Saint Hildergard (  Listening to “A feather on the Breath of God” ( during her presentation, I could not help feeling empowered and it was such an educational presentation.

The Art Therapy profession has many pioneers, and meeting Dr. Wadeson was such a joy. Harriet Wadeson Ph.D., ACSW, LCSW, ATR-BC, HLM who was a keynote speaker for the symposium and she has been called “a mother of the art therapy profession.” She has ways to use words to tell incredible stories with art and it is a gift. One of our ATC current students, Heidi Semijalac, was the winner of the BATA 2013 student scholarship award to attend the symposium. Seeing her smile and excitement to meet Dr. Wadeson was another highlight of the day.

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The BATA conference contained my past and present path at the same place. I am glad I made it for the day!

DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D. is  Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.


#UCStyleFiles Fall Comfort

I know first hand that looking good is the key to feeling good, inside and out. As I dealt with the reality of a cancer diagnosis at 16, I realized that I want to make it my mission to share my love of fashion with others and help people to feel good about themselves more than just on the surface.

With cold season, midterms, and finals approaching, sometimes it’s impossible to look your best when you’re not feeling the greatest–But I have a solution! Below are some COMFY, stylish outfits that will help you look good AND feel good.

Aztec is on trend right now! Whether it’s a simple black and white contrast, or pop of bright colors, Aztec sweaters and cardigans are a perfect way to stay warm and beat your winter blues!




Via Charlotte Russe


Pair this with a slouchy dolman tee, or solid colored crewneck, leggings, and cowboy boots or moccasins and you’ve got a feel-good outfit for a gloomy fall day!

Do you love leggings? I have quite the collection of under armor-like compression leggings, they keep me active and standing upright with a fainting condition, but they aren’t the most fashionable. I finally found a solution give them a simple makeover:

Jazz up your boring leggings with printed legwarmers. Available at Charlotte Russe for $8.99

Jazz up your boring leggings with printed legwarmers. Available at Charlotte Russe for $8.99

Stay warm and dress up your leggings (and jeggings!) with fun boot socks or legwarmers.

And on the same topic of leggings: Printed leggings. Leggings SHOULD NOT be considered pants in almost every situation, but printed leggings are an awesome statement piece for your wardrobe that can be dressed up to perfection. Pair with a neutral, over-sized slouchy sweater or cardigan, and fringed boots.


The perfect statement piece for your wardrobe! Printed Navajo Leggings, $35 at

Keeping with the trend of layered comfort, here are some chic, real life outfits spotted on instagram:

J. Crew Inspired by Lauren Sharnsky


Lauren says of her outfit,”I think someone could wear this outfit literally anywhere. It’s versatile enough for grocery shopping, school, church, etc. but I think the best would be worn on a date”


“Bold statement necklaces make a simple outfit complete,” Lauren says.


J. Crew is a center of inspiration from the extravagant window displays to its signature layered outfits with just the right amount of sparkle. In fact, J. Crew offers a wide selection from prints, to plaids, and versatile solids that mesh well to create the perfect outfit. “I love how the colors (and prints) are coordinated together,” Lauren says of J. Crew.

Lauren put this outfit together with J. Crew’s style philosophy in mind: Lauren balances the right amount of flair and style, with comfort. Of her look, Lauren reveals “I make sure I get the correct sizes of clothes so that they look flattering. This outfit has the right amount of tightness and space to move around in.” Lauren brings up a very good point about layering: with the correct fit, layering can be done so comfortably. Tightly-fitting garments can be restrictive and don’t leave very many options for layering. Lauren thinks this is the perfect fall outfit because “It’s warm but not too warm. And the colors are rich which so perfect for fall.” And just like J. Crew’s signature last touch: Lauren completes the outfit by adding a touch of sparkle with a statement necklace. “(J. Crew’s) bold statement necklaces are adorable and make a simple outfit complete,” she says.

Styled by Meganne Eddie:


Color, texture, and pattern are three key elements Meganne utilizes when styling the perfect fall outfit.


If you know Meganne, you might describe her as the “Cardigan Queen.” The cardigan is the foundation piece of the outfit while also allowing for fun and functionality.

“A lot of the pieces I wear function for me all year around, but in fall I’m able to really play with layering. Color, texture and pattern play a big role in how I pare piece together. Both outfits definitely showcase that. There are lots of elements like wools, knits and denim all blending together to give me that perfect look. And the best thing about layer!?!? If you get a little warm you could remove pieces without interrupting the look.”

Pretty Little Liars Inspired by Amanda Antenucci


Blazer-target, blouse-tre sorelle boutique in little Italy, jeans-Levi’s, flats-Sam Edelman, watch-Michael Kors, glasses-vintage and ring from Tiffany and Co.

Amanda says of her outfit, “I’m obsessed with Pretty Little Liars and one of the main characters wore a punk plaid blazer with a striped tee, this was my cool weather version that chic enough for work and shopping/dinner. It’s the perfect fall outfit bc it’s comfy, it’s layered for ease and warmth and these pieces never go out of style. I’m all about mixing prints in the same color scheme and fit.”

Phillip Lim for Target Styled by Natalie Koch


“To have the ability to mix and match between conventional ready for work and fashion forward for everyday chic, was brilliant on their part,” Natalie Says of Phillip Lim’s collection for Target


“If you were timely and persistent in getting your hands on some of the Phillip Lim for Target consider yourself fortunate.  The Collection in its entirety was close to being sold out companywide within the first day of its launch.  What I love so much about the Collection is the consistency between pieces.  To have the ability to mix and match between conventional ready for work and fashion forward for everyday chic, was brilliant on their part.  Not to mention, Phillip Lim quality at an unbeatable value. Three pieces I personally adored were one, his comic book boom sweatshirt because nothing is trending more in current fashion than comfort!  Also, orange & blue leopard scarf, which Lim used the oversized pattern liberally within the collection to give you plenty of options to choose from. Both can be worn in accordance with pieces from the rest of Philip Lim for Target or pieces you already have in your wardrobe for fall weather layering.  Of course, the look had to be topped off with one of his trapeze bags.  The covetable totes came in an array of colors but I chose taupe to take me from daytime occupation to evening street style.”

Stay tuned for more style tips and trends! -xoxo


UC Tour of Italy: Final Day in Venice

We reached Venice early afternoon yesterday and quickly headed out to see the city of water. We visited Venice’s Saint Mark’s Square and the inside of the cathedral. We all had the afternoon and evening to ourselves, many of the group headed to 6 PM mass.

Our early morning start had us heading out to meet our local guide, Katarina, who took us all over to show us much of Venice. Many of us took this time to also see where the good shopping stops would be when we had some free time after the tour. Venice is a special place to end our tour together, there is no where like it in the world.

Tonight we have our farewell dinner and thank our wonderful guide, Enrica, for her tremendous help, guidance, humor and drive to get us all through the 17-day tour. It has been an amazing journey with alumnae, friends of the College and some new friends to the College. We can’t wait to tell you all about our experiences.





Advocacy and Empowerment through Art

Art Therapy and Counseling Students Send Sock Monkey Delegation to South Africa

A section of the Art Therapy and Counseling elective course Advocacy & Empowerment through Art: Social Action and Trauma Informed Care recently introduced students to the role of craftivism and its possibilities to empower vulnerable populations, as well as promote important social causes and issues through making things by hand.


Betsy Greer, Crafitvist Pioneer states,  “Craftivism is the practice of engaged creativity, especially regarding political or social causes. By using their creative energy to help make the world a better place, craftivists help bring about positive change via personalized activism. Craftivism allows practitioners to customize their particular skills to address particular causes.”  (“Craftivism.” Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice, 2007). Craftivism can take on many handmade forms, including radical needlepointing, crosstiching, knitting, fiber arts, yarnbombing, and more.
A craftivism initiative explored further in this course included the volunteer-run organization Operation Sock Monkey (OSM).  OSM collaborates with humanitarian organizations that provide laughter, hope, and healing to communities around the world affected by disease, disaster and social/political turmoil through providing handmade sock monkeys to


communities in need of a smile.  Students in Advocacy & Empowerment through Art became operatives and craftivists for an OSM mission by learning how to sew handmade sock monkeys and then donated these “delegates” to OSM as one of their course requirements.
OSM Headquarters in Vancouver Canada assigned our group of delegates to travel to Cape Town, South Africa as part of the Sinovuyo Caring Families Project with Clowns Without Borders South Africa (CWBSW).  “Sinovuyo is focused on the highest‐risk families with children ages 3 to 8 years:caregivers affected by HIV/AIDS or domestic violence. The program aims to help parents and caregivers develop nurturing relationships with their children, prevent and reduce abusive parenting, while coping with stress from HIV/AIDS, poverty, and violence” (OSM website).  Sock monkeys areused in storytelling and activities that promote parent/child communication and bonding.


This group of eager sock monkeys look forward to helping families served by the Sinovuyo Project.  A job well done by all the art therapy and counseling students with their first successful Operative Mission!  I hope this experience inspires lots more sock monkey making & craftivism in the future!
Save the date! Ursuline’s Art Therapy and Counseling Program Holiday Happening for students and alumni December 14 will include the opportunity to make another group of sock monkey delegates to be donated towards a future OSM mission effort.
Encyclopedia of Activism and Social Justice:
Operation Sock Monkey:
Sinovuyo Caring Familes Project- Clowns Without Borders:
How to Make a Sock Monkey [VIDEO]:
The blog post was written by Gretchen Miller, MA, ATR-BC, CTC-S,  Adjunct Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.

UC Tour of Italy: Florence

We had a day jam-packed in Florence with a visit to see the statue of David, Florence Cathedral, political center, Uffizi Gallery (for some) and plenty of time for shopping. As soon as we stepped foot in Florence you could smell the leather.

Our first stop was to see the statue of David, it was spectacular. When I walked into the room my eyes were quickly drawn to the enormous statue of David and its complete perfection. It was incredible to think that it was completely sculpted out of one, 6 ton piece of marble.

We soon headed over to the Florence Cathedral, where we turned the corner and it appeared in all it’s beauty. The marble was white, gray and pink hues, each color accenting the other. Due to the incredible detail on the outside of the cathedral, the inside was very modest, but still beautiful.

Almost 1/2 the group met after a quick lunch break to see the Uffizi Gallery. The building itself was a masterpiece, but numerous masterpieces here hung on the walls and placed on pedestals. Even the views for the windows to see the Ponte Vecchio were special. It took most of us a while to get through the museum but when we headed out, we shopped and enjoyed a special gelato called the ‘cream coffee’, basically it is vanilla gelato with espresso put over top of it. It was worth ever bite…one alum said it was worth the trip to taste it.

Tonight is our last night in Tuscany and we head to Venice for two nights.