Getting a Return on Your College Investment

Yesterday I visited with students in the “Journey to College” class at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. We chatted about college planning and the endless opportunities here at Ursuline. At Stow, this class is an elective, taught first thing in the morning. The goal of the class is to position students to make the best possible choices when it comes to the complex decision in front of them: what comes after high school?

The college decision, of course, is complicated by the rising cost of attendance at all types of institutions. Along with purchases of homes and cars, it is one of the most significant investments most people make in their lives. On my drive back to campus from Stow, I caught a great discussion on Cleveland’s NPR station, WCPN, about paying for college. You can listen to the broadcast here:

Paying for College

The contributors to this piece are on-point. There’s discussion about a cost-benefit analysis of choosing a college and choosing a major. They contemplate how much debt is too much. They weigh, from a parent’s perspective, the investment in college for dependent children vs. retirement savings. If you are in the midst of planning for college, either for yourself or a family member, this segment is absolutely worth a listen.

What it comes down to, always, is ensuring that you have a return on your investment in college. At Ursuline, our average indebtedness among graduates is just below the national average across graduates of all types of institutions. The financial planners in the WCPN story suggest accruing no more debt than the amount a student expects to earn their first year working after college. With a job placement rate 3X higher than the national average and an average reported starting salary much higher than their average debt, Ursuline grads are more likely than average to successfully manage this debt. The amount the average Ursuline graduate pays towards student loans each month is similar to a modest car payment. Given the choice between the new car and the college education, which increases earning potential over the course of a working lifetime by about 65% (see Education Pays), most college grads would pick their degree. There are always exceptions to these rules, and each family should evaluate their situation individually, but overwhelmingly, the data tells us that a private education can be affordable and an excellent value.

We also know that graduates of an institution like Ursuline are earning much more than just a credential. College can be a transformative experience, and it certainly is here at Ursuline with an emphasis on values, liberal arts learning, leadership, and more. This makes students more likely to succeed in the workplace, and in life.

Here are a few tips on making sure that you (or your student) make the most of the college investment, and see the best possible returns:

1) Graduate. Nationally only 57% of students who start college actually finish in six years (cited in the WCPN broadcast, and many other places). Nothing wastes your money more than not completing your degree.

2) Find mentors. At a school like Ursuline with a 9:1 student to faculty ratio, you’ll find mentoring and coaching constantly.

3) Get out there and build a strong co-curricular resume. In a marketplace increasingly saturated with Bachelors degrees, in most fields, what you do in addition to earning your college degree is just as important as earning the degree itself. So take on a leadership role, an internship, a research project, a part-time job alongside class. It will help you with your time management skills, too!

4) Become part of the community. My college experience continues to add value to my life years after graduating. Friends and mentors continue to be sounding boards, professional references, confidants… Being part of a campus community extends far beyond the four years it takes you to earn your degree. Invest your time here, soaking up the culture and building relationships during those four years, and it will pay dividends over time.

What else would you add to this list?

Carolyn Noll Sorg is the Director of Undergraduate Admission at Ursuline College. 


College in CLE: Halloween Hotspots

Want a little fright in your life? Check out these Halloween hotspots in the Cleveland area. Everything from cornfield mazes, haunted schoolhouses and zombie paintball – just a short drive from Ursuline’s campus.


7 Floors of Hell – 31 minutes from Ursuline

7 haunted houses & the Monster Midway

[Body snatchers, House of Nightmares, Zombie Apocalypse, Clown House, Blood Barn, Killer Theater & the Mental Ward]

General Admission $25.00


Carnival of Horrors – 36 minutes from Ursuline

Insane asylum (cage maze), the Fun House, Freak-show in 3D Terror vision, the Wicked Woods

Full admission to all four events $19.00, $23 for speed pass to jump lines (free parking)



Bloodview – produced by Legion of Terror – 31 minutes from Ursuline

3 attractions

Admission $15, all night pass $20



Haunted Schoolhouse & Haunted Laboratory – 40 minutes from Ursuline

7 floors of combined terror between in former Thomastown Elementary School and previous owned University of Akron’s aeronautical experiment laboratory

$14.00 for single haunt or $26.00 for combo ticket. Free parking


Hauntville - 44 minutes from Ursuline

$16.00 general admission for 3 haunts, $4 discounts on their website

Cellblock D, Psycho manor, Wicked Clowns in 4D

$20 for 3 haunts and Zombie Hunt in 3D (zombie PAINTBALL)


Cedar Point Hallo Weekends – 1 hr 20 minutes

Mazes – Eden Musee, Eternity Infirmary, Zombie High School, Boeckling’s Eerie Estate

Scare Zones – Blood on the Bayou, Carnevil, Cut Throat Cove, Fear Faire, Cornstalkers, Manical Mechanical Screamworks

Shows – Gypsy Fortune Tellers, Halloween Hullabaloo, Sideshow Carnival Magic, the Edgie of Madness: Infernal Nightmare, Skeleton Crew

And Rides!

Starlight tickets online – $38.99


#UCStyleFiles Honors Designer Edith Head


A very special “doodle” in honor of the designer behind clothing of many iconic stars such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly.
Image via Google.com

Today, Google.com’s “doodle” honors fashion designer, Edith Head (1897-1981) on what would have been her 116th birthday. Edith Head was born Edith Claire Posener in 1897 in California to Jewish immigrant parents and began her career in 1923 at the Players-Lasky Studio (Time Magazine). With dedication she worked her way up from an apprentice job, later being hired by Paramount Pictures as the first female head designer in 1938. Edith lacked experience in art and costume design, but learned diligently and was able to wow everyone with her skills she acquired on the job.


Edith Head, shown with her most notable costume sketches. Image via Google


This original sketch, autographed by Head, features a costume to be worn by actress Jeanmaire in Anything Goes (1956). Image via Wisconsin Center for Film & Theater Reasearch.

Eventually Edith earned her first Academy award for designing Olivia de Havilland’s “spinster” outfit in the film, The Heiress in 1949 (Time Magazine). Edith celebrated an incredible amount of success throughout her career, as she was nominated for 35 Academy Awards–As noted by biographer Sarah Fisko: this included every year from 1948 through 1966, and Edith won eight times (“Edith Head”). Edith Head won more Oscars than any woman in the industry.  Edith Head’s designs were worn by celebrities in the 1940’s and 50’s which included the likes of Ginger Rogers, Bette Davis, Sophia Loren, Grace Kelly, Audrey Hepburn, Elizabeth Taylor, and Natalie Wood (Time Magazine).


Grace Kelly wore this stunning satin gown designed by Edith Head to the 27th Annual Academy Awards as she accepted her Best Actress aaward for her role in the 1955 film, “The Country Girl.” (Image via Time Magazine)

Edith Head stood out from her male counterparts in the industry because her of “low-key” working style, often meeting exclusively with her clients. It is also noted that other studios would “loan” Edith Head’s services out to other production companies per the request of celebrities.  “Hollywood fashion designer Edith Head was the consummate movie designer. Edith was the go to designer and her designs are a legendary in the motion picture business. Edith understood color and fit.  Each of her movie creations often made the actual actress more famous.  Movie directors would ask for her to be on the movie production team. Her designs are one of the most photographed in the world. Edith Head won countless awards but her most cherished was the Oscar!”–Dr. Constance Korosec (Professor and Chair Fashion Ursuline College)


(As quoted in Time Magazine’s article) Head once said, “There isn’t anyone I can’t make over.”

I happened to know quite a few dedicated Audrey Hepburn fans, here is what they had to say about Edith Head’s most notable “It Girl”:

Dr. Rachel Meyer, “Audrey Hepburn is one of many celebrities that served as the personality or inspiration behind Edith’s designs. It was in part Audrey’s popularity that gave life to the famous outfits.”

Becca Wrenn: “Audrey Hepburn’s style, often made possible by legendary designer Edith Head, continues to inspire me. She always presented her style as classic, minimal and elegant. My favorite Edith Head and Audrey Hepburn collaboration was in Billy Wilder’s film Sabrina. The costumes represented the character’s transformation and told the Cinderella story so well.”

Becca's favorite Edith Head design was featured in the movie "Sabrina" starring the iconic star, Audrey Hepburn.

Becca’s favorite Edith Head design was featured in the movie “Sabrina” starring the iconic star, Audrey Hepburn.

Brittney Edelman: “What inspires me about Audrey Hepburn’s style is how her clothes were seamless additions to her persona. Her garments didn’t own her or ever overwhelm. They accompanied and enhanced her personality and star power. Blacks, creams, chic hats and perfect dresses. Her style wasn’t all about clothes, either. Audrey’s impeccable style oozed from the tips of her polished brown hair to her groomed eyebrows, flawless skin and gazelle-like neck. She is the embodiment of classic.”
A montage of Brittney's favorite looks as worn by Audrey Hepburn.

A montage of Brittney’s favorite looks as worn by Audrey Hepburn.


Halloween Memories: Share with us!

Halloween is approaching. It’s time again for trick-or-treating, pumpkin carving and visiting haunted house. We decided to share some of our favorite Halloween memories. Share yours with us on Facebook and your post will be added to the blog! 


Anne-Marie, Alumnae Specialist
Halloween has always been one of my favorite holidays since I was a child, I always loved to decorate our whole house inside and out and my parents were always wonderful enough to let me. My mom would always help me make the coolest most realistic costumes, I was never much into store bought costumes I always insisted on making my own, I think I just loved the idea of the transformation. Considering I graduated from Ursuline in ’09 with a degree in Fashion Design its needless to say I still continue to make my own costumes. This year was a great Halloween because I was invited to display my artwork in the Skull and Skeletons in art exhibit at Lakeland College where the artists reception was also a costume party, this year I made my boyfriend and I Beetlejuice and Lydia costumes.

Angela, Marketing Director
My favorite halloween memory was dressing my kids as characters from Toy Story. They were 5, 3 and 1-year’s old. My daughter went as Jessie, my oldest son dressed as Woody and my youngest son went as Bullseye. They had fun trick-or-treating that year and attending preschool and kindergarten in their costumes.

Becca, Marketing Specialist
I have such a strange relationship with Halloween. When I was little, I never wanted to dress up as anything too scary but I loved (and still do) being scared. My parents would take my sister and I to local haunted houses on the weekends. Being able to stay up so late was a rarity. It was dark and the haunted houses were usually in some wooded area. My Dad would carry me around. He was never afraid, so I pretended I wasn’t either. I was terrified.

Brittney, Marketing Specialist
I have many amazing Halloween memories but one Halloween that sticks out was during my third year of university. My boyfriend at the time threw me a birthday party at his house, along with his housemates. (My birthday is October 31!) All of our friends came, dressed in costume to the nines, and we ate cake, danced and laughed all night. I was Count Dracula; decked out in a cape, pointy teeth and blood-smeared lips. It was definitely an awesome all hallow’s eve.

Maggie, Marketing Intern
Halloween isn’t really an embraced day in our family. My mom absolutely, positivity despises anything with skulls/skeletons/ or anything creepy. Our house may have a pumpkin or two out front but they always have happy faces or Disney characters carved into them… Well, one year I decided to stay home and pass out candy to all the little kids in Chardon. I had never before spent a Halloween not collecting candy, but I decided this year I was too old and too cold. As my mom & I handed out candy to chipper little children, grown adults and high school kids came bounding up the drive too. I didn’t realize how my mom had handled these non-costume wearing beggars before… She took a piece of candy in her hand, told them to go long and chucked it in the air! Then the rest of the kids followed suit and played pop-fly candy like the first. It was hilarious watching my mom hurl candy in the air and yell for the teenagers to work for their chocolate.





Reflections on France: Jewish-Christian Tour

Recently, twenty-three students, faculty, staff and friends of Ursuline College embarked on a Jewish-Christian tour of France. During their travels, the group experienced both the captivating atmosphere of France and the history of World War II. The experience in France left a lasting impression on everyone involved with the trip. Read their reflections below. To see more photos from their journey, click here


April Braden
The trip to France, namely Paris, was a dream come true for me.  I am named after the song “April in Paris”  and ironically, I was previously married to a man named Paris.  There were a number of enjoyable things that France offered from the Eiffel Tower, to Le Musee du Louvre, to the Seine Riverboat ride.  I would have to say that the opportunity to attend Claude Monet’s home and garden was my favorite.  The beauty of the variety of flowers and the aromatic scent that engulfed my sense of smell reminded me of the days spent with my grandmother looking at, selecting and planting multitudes of flowers every spring.  Although Claude Monet experienced problems with his sight in his latter years, the paintings that he created during the latter years were fabulous.  His ability to display an astounding creation on canvas, even with impaired eyesight, was not diminished, yet instead showed a God given talent that gave the world beauty and exquisite detail in many breathe taking works of art.

The trip to France this past Fall Break was one of the most amazing experiences I have ever had! The tour was truly unbelievable and I am so thankful for all of the different things we were able to experience.  It is hard to pin-point one thing on the trip that I liked the most, but Mont St. Michel and visiting the D-Day Beaches were on the top of my list. I am very thankful for Anne Lukas and everyone else that helped plan this trip!

Thank you for the absolute amazing trip to France. It was a remarkable experience that I will never forget. I enjoyed each day of the journey. I have gained so much knowledge and saw unforgettable landmarks that many do not have the opportunity to experience. Although I loved every day’s planned events, my favorites were Mont St. Michel and Normandy.  I enjoyed staying at the hotel in the “village-like” town at Mont St. Michell. The food was exquisite and the view from my room was absolutely beautiful.  The beaches are astonishing. To be able to see the beaches, explore the bunkers, and stand on the battlefield is an honor. In addition, the museum in Normandy grabbed my attention and helped me gain insight of the war. This trip was by far the best experience I have ever had; and I am looking forward to the trip in 2015.

Thank you so much for the wonderful trip to France. It was an amazing experience to visit the many places. Walking on the beaches of Normandy, and roaming through the bunkers that real soldiers used for shelter was an intriguing and fun-filled experience. I really hope to join you for your next trip to Italy and part of France.

Carol & Howard
This trip to France was a joy from beginning to end. We had a real welcome in Rouen from the kind and gracious University Hospital people. Mont St. Michel was storybook beautiful and a real treat. I think the best part was the day we spent in Normandy reliving D-Day. Our guide led us through the day with details about persons, places and events with great skill. I think I learned more about this piece of history in that one day than I did in my entire life. The cemetery visit was meaningful because of all we had learned before. Paris was Paris – busy, beautiful, full of history, wonderful food, music, shopping and memories!

Michael & Susie
Susan and I pooled all of our infrequent flier miles and joined the Ursuline trip to France. Random thoughts about our journey:

1) The French Government has made and I suspect will continue to make every effort to memorialize its positive track record during World War II. Not only did 75% of French Jewry survive the war, but there are more Jews living in France now than before the war. Most European Countries can’t make that claim.
2) Rouen was nearly left in ruin, but is thriving today.
3) If you want to pack in experiences throughout each day, Anne Lukas is the ticket.
4) No one on the trip knows the Ursuline fight song.
5) Because we walked at least five miles each day, I gained only two pounds in spite of eating more croissants than any other time in my life.

Je m’appelle Beurre Saltzman.

Holly and Riles 
What a fantastic journey! The program design was flawless and rich with history. Our tour guides were extremly knowledgeable, engaging and attended to every detail and accommodation needed. Every day’s activities were both educational and enlightening! We have gained such an appreciation for what happened in the past and brought us into the future. From the beautiful streets of Paris, to the breathtaking countryside of Normandy to the welcoming people of Rouen- we enjoyed it all. We also embraced the pain and suffering that people endured through such moving visits to the Internment camps and Shoah memorials- there are no words.

In particular, the best part of the entire trip were the members of our group! It was sincerely a privilege to have met such wonderful people who were all very caring and respectful to one another. Thanks to Anne’s vision and expertise, the trip far exceeded our expectations!

Pat Maskow Firem, Ph.D.
Our trip was an amazing combination of history, culture, spirituality, and health technology. Imagine climbing the stairs to a 1400 year old castle surrounded by water; climbing down into a 1200 Jewish yeshiva now underneath a courthouse, and walking on the very beaches on which our soldiers fought for a foothold during the WW II Normandy landings…all within a few days of each other. We participated in the liturgy in Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, as well as in a bar mitzvah during a Sabbath service. The staff at the Rouen Hospital gave us a royal reception with hors d’ouvres that never seemed to end! All in all, we had the French experience of a lifetime. Thanks to Anne Lukas and all others who made this possible.

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, Ph.D.is  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. 


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)                        (http://www.buckeyearttherapy.org/) 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 (http://hildegard.org/).  Listening to “A feather on the Breath of God” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdVcKfAZJMU) 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.

dkimappel 5dkimappel 6Ashley Rogolsdkimappel 4Sr. Kathleen, Gail with Dr. WadesonHeidi Semijalac & Jody Pittner

dkimappel 3Nema Saleem & Ashley TilbergLisa Wood

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.