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Historical Non-Fiction: Veteran’s Day Documentaries

Veteran’s Day, celebrated every year on November 11, is an official US holiday honoring veterans of all wars, from the Civil War to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. To look further into the history of our country’s veterans, we are spotlighting some of the most popular and acclaimed war documentaries created, depicting a variety of eras and experiences.

The Civil War (1990 Mini-Series) A comprehensive survey of the American Civil War.

No Place on Earth (2012 Documentary) A cave exploration in Ukraine leads to the unearthing of a story of World War II survivors who once found shelter in the same cave.

Gettysburg (2011 Documentary) An examination of the Battle of Gettysberg on both the personal and strategic level.

Triumph of the Will (1935 Documentary) The infamous propaganda film of the 1934 Nazi Party rally in Nuremberg, Germany.

The Network (2013 Documentary) The Network is a documentary set behind the scenes at the largest television network in one of the most unstable and dangerous places on earth, Afghanistan.

2013 AOCC group pix

Art Therapy and Counseling (ATC) Faculty and Students Co-present at the All Ohio Counselors Conference

It was a histo2013 AOCC blog pptrical day for the art therapy and counseling faculty and students! It was the first time for us to present together at the All Ohio Counselors Conference in Columbus, Ohio. This took place on November 7, 2013. Presenters included two current ATC graduate students, Claire Whiteman, Mary Cassidy, and ATC alumni Steve Macek, M.A., an art therapist and professional counselor at University Hospital of Cleveland. Also presenting were ATC faculty Katherine Jackson, Ph.D. and myself (DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D)–along with Jonathan Appel, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Tiffin University (TU) and TU student Erin Snapp.

Our joint research team presented empirical results of a year-long research project that 2013 AOCC group pixhas been investigating links between creativity and mental health. The title of the presentation was “The Relationship Between Measures of Creativity and Mental Health Measures.”

The aim of the study presented was to determine the extent to which multidimensional mental health measures predict measures of creativity as assessed by a measure of creative personality and an inventory of creative behaviors. The study also examined the interrelationships between mental health, personality measures, demographic variables, and measures of creativity. The research found that overall better mental health (emotional stability and low psychoticism, low autistic tendencies) appears associated with creative personality, but increased levels of anxiety, obsessive compulsive and somatization were associated with actual creative activity. Another major finding of the study was that there was a strong association between the mental health symptom measure of somatization and creativity across measures of creativity. Implications of this research for counseling and psychotherapy were also discussed at the presentation. The research strongly suggested that expressive therapies can and should be integrated within a clinical counseling practice. The research team is currently preparing the research for publication.

I appreciated Gail Rule-Hoffman’s (ATC program director) supportive attendance and her leadership throughout the conference.

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

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Affordable Care Act Breakdown Part II: The Disadvantages

Much controversy surrounds the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). There is no doubt that this legislation will have will have wide-ranging implications for all Americans. The Act, which was designed to reduce healthcare costs and improve access to healthcare, offers some advantages (which we looked at yesterday) and disadvantages.

Disadvantages of the PPACA include:

Recent research predicts that the implementation of the PPACA, coupled with the nation’s aging population, could lead to a shortage of 52,000 primary care physicians by 2025. However, the role of the Advanced Practice Nurse could effectively be expanded to address this shortage.

• Pharmaceutical companies will pay an extra $84.8 billion in fees over the next ten years to pay for closing the “donut hole” in Medicare. This could raise drug costs if they pass these fees on to consumers.

• Americans who don’t pay for insurance and don’t qualify for Medicaid will be assessed a tax of $95 (or 1 percent of income, whichever is higher) in 2014. The tax will increase to $325 (or 2 percent of income) in 2015, and $695 (or 2.5 percent of income) in 2016. Individuals with annual incomes above $200,000 and couples with incomes above $250,000 will be required to pay higher taxes to help cover costs of the program. Starting in 2014, income tax deduction of medical expenses must exceed 10 percent of income, rather than today’s 7.5 percent of income. Additionally, Medicare tax will be used to fund implementation of the PPACA legislation.

• The cost of the PPACA on small business is predicted to be significant; some analysts forecast that in order to financially survive, 80 percent of small business will be forced to drop current health insurance plans within three years following PPACA’s 2014 implementation (NFIB, 2011). The National Federation of Independent Businesses (NFIB) also asserts that the PPACA promotes incentives for businesses to reduce their workforce. Associated costs to adequately monitor and comply with new regulations of the PPACA are substantial, and may result in greater overhead to those companies with small profit margins. Tax deductions equal to a 28% subsidy for employer contributions to Medicare-eligible retiree prescription drug plans has been eliminated.

• Certain provisions of the PPACA limit the ability of employees to use flexible spending and health savings accounts to purchase over-the-counter medications without a prescription. Employee contributions to Flexible Spending Accounts will be limited to $2,500. It is believed that by capping these tax-free dollars to $2,500, approximately 24 billion dollars in tax revenue will be generated to pay for the PPACA legislation.

The controversy associated with the implementation of the PPACA is significant; however, this country must address overwhelming healthcare costs and quality issues. Health insurance premiums have grown four times faster than wages over the past eight years. Quality and safety issues are paramount. Whether the PPACA is the answer to the healthcare crisis in America is yet to be seen.

Patricia A. Sharpnack DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Nursing Programs and Associate Professor and Faculty Advisor for Student Nurses of Ursuline College (SNUC) at the Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing. 


#UCStyleFiles Getting Crafty!

The holiday season is quickly approaching and what would your besties love more than a handmade gift?!

Secret Stitch Club’s version

After my bestie surprised me with the picture frame I had been coveting from the Missoni for Target collection, I wanted to make her something special to show my gratitude! After tirelessly searching the far depths of the internet (and Pinterest) for the “Keep Calm and Sew On” poster, I came across a  fabulous tutorial via Secret Stitch Club’s blog that also included a PDF file of the poster!

Keep Calm and Sew On: Visit the Secret Stitch Club's blog for the PDF version of this image

Keep Calm and Sew On: Visit the Secret Stitch Club’s blog for the PDF version of this image

Image via The Secret Stitch Club, another cute version of this project!

Image via The Secret Stitch Club, another cute version of this project!

This is what you Need:
*A print out of the image (from Secret Stitch Club’s tutorial) printed to the appropriate size for your frame ex: 3×5, 4×6 (cardstock optional)
* A plain, wooden frame from the craftstore, the one i found was $2

* Acrylic paint(s)

* Glue (Hot glue and/or Tacky Glue work the best!)

* Fabric scraps, flowers, buttons, feathers, beads, etc to embellish

1.) After printing the image, cut it to size and set it aside for later.

2.) remove the plastic (or glass) part of the frame and save for later.

3.) Paint the frame using the acrylic paint and allow the 2-3 coats to dry for a few hours until it’s dry to the touch.

4.) Embellish your frame using the fabric scraps, rolled to emulate flowers, or other found items.


My own rendition! Ta da!


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Affordable Care Act Breakdown Part 1: The Benefits

Much controversy surrounds the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (PPACA). There is no doubt that this legislation will have will have wide-ranging implications for all Americans. The Act, which was designed to reduce healthcare costs and improve access to healthcare, offers some advantages and disadvantages.

Benefits of the PPACA include:

• Thirty-two million Americans who would not have been covered by health insurance either now have coverage or will be able to acquire coverage in 2014. This includes:
o 3.1 million Americans ages 19 through 25 who may be added to their parents’ plans.
o Patients with pre-existing conditions who will no longer be able to be denied coverage by insurance companies. An added benefit to the consumer is that insurance companies will no longer be able to drop insurance plan members once they get sick.
o Individuals who are unable to afford the cost of health insurance. Will be added to state Medicaid program.

• The passage of the PPACA will help facilitate the ability to secure health insurance in the state insurance exchange programs that will ensure coverage for ambulatory patient services, emergency services, hospitalization, maternity and newborn care, mental health, vision and dental care.

• While there is debate on this issue, according to the Congressional Budget Office (CBO), the cost of healthcare could be reduced. Since the PPACA ensures that 95 percent of the public are insured, preventative healthcare will be more accessible and may reduce costs of waiting until an illness has progressed.

• The PPACA is supposed to eliminate the Medicare “donut-hole” gap in coverage by 2020. Presently, basic Medicare Part D coverage does the following:
o An individual covered by Medicare pays out-of-pocket for monthly Part D premiums all year. The Medicare recipient is responsible for 100% of your drug costs until the $310 deductible is attained. After reaching the deductible, the individual pays 25% of the cost of the medications, while Part D plan pays the rest, until the total spent reaches $2,800.
o Once this limit is attained, the Medicare recipient has hit the coverage gap referred to as the “donut hole,” and is responsible for the full cost of medications until the total spent reaches the yearly out-of-pocket spending limit of $4,550, at which point the cost is reduced to approximately 5 percent.

• Improved incentives for primary care providers and hospitals that provide for high quality care will be offered. Comparative effectiveness research might also assist in reducing healthcare costs by only approving effective approaches to treating conditions.

Check back tomorrow for a breakdown of the disadvantages of the Affordable Care Act.

Patricia A. Sharpnack DNP, RN, CNE, NEA-BC is the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Nursing Programs and Associate Professor and Faculty Advisor for Student Nurses of Ursuline College (SNUC) at the Ursuline College Breen School of Nursing. 

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Musings on Online Teaching and Learning

I taught my first “online” class 17 years ago—yes, 17! This is what my teaching world was like:
Computers were largely desktops, with relatively small screens. Someone I knew had a new-fangled piece of hardware: a laptop—I wondered what it was and how one used it, to say nothing of wondering whether my lap was large enough to accommodate it.

  • I was still getting used to using a mouse.
  • I had a wired connection to the Internet in my office, which mostly worked—slowly.
  • At home I prayed—hard—every time I tried to use a dial-up connection to access the Internet, and when I was using that, no one else in the house could use the phone and we obviously couldn’t receive any calls (and had no voicemail!).
  • I had no Learning Management System, so I conducted my course mainly using email; a major accomplishment was learning how to attach a document (in God-knows-what format, since there were tons of them around and good luck if someone sent you a document in a format different from what you were using).
  • As you may have surmised from the above, there was really no multimedia to speak of (my course featured documents, not images or videos), and no social media, either.
  • By the way: although I didn’t have a mobile computer, I had a “mobile” phone. It was permanently installed in my car, I considered it a security feature since I drove alone at night fairly often, and all it could do was make/receive phone calls!
  • My students’ learning world mirrored my own. They too struggled with dicey, dial-up connections at home, if they even had them. Most students had computers and decent Internet access only at their workplaces, which meant they relied on benevolent employers to let them use their companies’ resources to complete their assignments.

Gradually online environments began to improve. I remember how excited I was when instant messaging was created. I also remember very clearly using it for the first time when I noticed one of my students was online and I messaged her. She didn’t answer, and later she told me that she practically fell off her chair at work when the message came through—the long arm of her professor, reaching out to tap her on the shoulder when she least expected it! She was too flustered to respond. For the record I think what I said was “hi.”

Once Learning Management Systems were created, then the pace of improvements picked up dramatically. Being able to have a method of storing all course materials in one place for students’ easy access, coupled with the array of online learning resources (Images! Films! Music!) readily available, translated into an environment so dramatically changed that it’s stunning, really, to think that only 17 years have passed.

Here at Ursuline College, where we value collaboration so highly, advances in technology that support social interaction online are particularly important. When I taught years ago, interaction was exclusively a dialogue between the individual student and me. There were no tools at all to enable my students to work with each other online. If they wanted to submit a research paper on which they had all worked, they could either get together face to face to write the paper (which somewhat defeated the purpose of taking an online class), or, if they all had the same word-processing program, they could send around the file and then get together to discuss the changes.

Currently, the various types of social media, coupled with ubiquitous mobile devices, make online collaboration easy and fun, too. Students can readily work in teams, either in real time or not, just as many of them are already accustomed to doing on the job.

For professors, the major problem these days is selecting which technology will enhance learning the most—which one, out of so many choices, will enable their online courses to be truly excellent. For students, knowing which resources to use in doing their research or completing their assignments is enormously difficult because of the vast arsenal of information they are able to access—not all of which is high quality, to say the least.

In reflecting back on nearly two decades of online teaching, I feel much as I imagine people who grew up with horse and buggies must have felt on switching to automobiles—the environment is that much altered and that much better!

JoAnne Podis, Ph.D. is the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ursuline College.


College in CLE: Coventry

Coventry – 6.8 miles away, 15 minutes on a good day.

We’ve been in school for a little over 8 weeks nows.. but have you hit up this eclectic hot spot during the day? It’s true, our campus partakes in a mass exodus every Thursday night to Coventry. We all whip out our bandeaus and crop tops and off to City & East we go! But, did you know that there’s more to Coventry!? LOTS MORE!

This half mile strip consists of loads of healthy / vegetarian / & ethnic eats, coffee shops, bookstores, lounges and pubs, vintage record stores, a toy store, bohemian / hippie-esque boutiques and a variety of hipster / American-made / and vintage clothing shops!

A not so comprehensive list of Coventry:

Tasty Eats: 

Tommy’s – Wonderful for the vegan or vegetarian.. My personal favorite is their falafel, milkshakes, or smoothies. (Meat options are available to those carnivores.)

Dave’s Cosmic Subs – Rock N Roll + Graffiti from floor to ceiling. I always, always get Dave’s Famous Italian Sausage. Bring a Sharpie to leave your mark (it’s A-Okay with Dave).

Bodega – Want to finally wear that little black dress? Perfect for this chic restaurant and lounge! Definitely check out their website for daily specials – I had a 3 course meal with a beverage for $30 once!

BD’s Mongolian BBQ – Definitely an exciting and Interactive Stir Fry. If you like egg, add that to your bowl & watch the cooks do some pretty creative ways to crack it on their giant frying table – without using their hands! Also, if you bring your Ursuline ID it’s $10.99 for all you can eat!

Other restaurants include: High Thai’d, The Doghouse, Jimmy Johns, Tree Country Bistro, Chipotle, Hunan Coventry, Grums Sub Shop, The Inn on Coventry, Phoenix Cafe, and Pacific East.


Passport to Peru – Step inside another world almost! You’ll be mind blown by all the awesome and totally out-of-the-norm threads, jewelry, shoes, cable-knit alpaca scarves, bags and more. I bought my mama a pair of brightly colored, wool muk-luk slippers for $12!

Avalon Exchange – Buy, Sell, or Trade your clothes and accessories to always update your style. You’ll never know what you will find in this gem of a store. I fancy their awesome array of sunglasses and top hats!

Big Fun Toy Store – A whirlwind of colors when you first walk in. You can spend hours checking out their vintage toys and collector’s items… along with odds & ends clothing, humor items, bumper stickers, stick on mustaches, crazy hats and lots more. I always end up grabbing a few fun props from around the store and hopping in the photo booth! It’s the best part, in my opinion.

Record Revolution – Mix of vinyls, vintage clothing, jewelry (body jewelry too), posters, incense, band t-shirts, CDs, and much more. Their outside display case is definitely something to look out for!

Other places to shop include: City Buddha, American Apparel, Attenson’s Antique & Books, Next, Utrecht, Sunshine Too, The Exchange, Mac’s Backs and Coventry Cats.

So there you go, this is Coventry in a very short wrap up. Go explore! Also, please feel free to leave a comment about any cool places you stumble across!







Egypt Goes To The Polls For Parliamentary Elections

You Gotta Fight for Your Right!

American citizens have the right to vote; it says so in the Constitution, doesn’t it?

Not so fast …

You may be surprised to know that there is no explicit statement of a right to vote in the Constitution (In fact, in May of this year, Democratic Representative Mark Pocan of Wisconsin proposed a constitutional amendment, in a bill co-sponsored by fellow Democrat Keith Ellison of Minnesota, making the right the right to vote explicit)—we have only statements prohibiting certain practices or restrictions that interfere with one’s ability to cast a vote (i.e. poll taxes, which were designed to disenfranchise the poor, or disenfranchisement based on sex or race). Thus, the history of voting rights in the United States has been a process of expansion through negation—usually through federal action, such as the Voting Rights Act of 1965, that supersedes voting laws otherwise left to state discretion, and dictates to the states conditions under which they may not interfere with access to the vote.

Who knew? (many people, it turns out, but not as many you’d think—or as many as should know). Voting is one important way in which adult citizens can officially register their positions and opinions on various matters, from choosing government officials, to funding of school s, to support of local social services. Elections such as the one today, focused largely on issues of local interest and impact (school levies, etc.), tend to have anemic voter turnout, because not much seems to be at stake as with a national election. I urge everyone to exercise your voting voice—especially in light of our Ursuline mission—to make an official declaration of your values and your vision for your community, your state, and ultimately, your country. It’s cliché to say so (OK, thank you Captain Obvious!), but when so many have risked their lives to gain and to defend access to the vote, when there are so many places in the world in which free, fair and open elections, access to the vote, and self-determination are merely dreams, it seems irresponsible and even immoral to waste the opportunity.

It’s easy to get discouraged about, even fearful of speaking out, in the face of social or familial pressure, financial concerns, government stalemate, (and myriad other factors) and to feel that your voice/vote doesn’t matter, that it will have no impact, or that it might “make trouble” for you. But the fact that “right” to vote doesn’t technically exist in our Constitution makes it all the more precious and necessary to use. I am inspired by the images here of people waiting in long lines to vote, to brave all kinds of threats and dire conditions, and by the joyful face of a young Iraqi woman triumphantly holding up her purple-inked finger after casting her vote. So vote and make your voice heard!

Egypt Goes To The Polls For Parliamentary Elections

Cairo, Egypt, parliamentary election. November
28, 2011.

Voters in Grand Rapids 11-6-12

Voters wait in line at Harrison Park Elementary School in Grand Rapids, Mich. Tuesday, November 6, 2012


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Well Done Sister Suffragette!

We all remember the movie Mary Poppins, but do you remember why Mary Poppins had a job as a nanny for the Banks family?  Mrs. Banks needed help with her children because she was a member of Emmeline Pankhurst‘s suffragette movement and was dedicated to working for women’s equality and the right to vote.

In celebration of election day, here are the lyrics and a clip of Mrs. Banks singing “Sister Suffragette.”

We’re clearly soldiers in petticoats
And dauntless crusaders for woman’s votes
Though we adore men individually
We agree that as a group they’re rather stupid!

Cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters’ daughters will adore us
And they’ll sign in grateful chorus
“Well done, Sister Suffragette!”

From Kensington to Billingsgate
One hears the restless cries!
From ev’ry corner of the land:
“Womankind, arise!”
Political equality and equal rights with men!
Take heart! For Missus Pankhurst has been clapped in irons again!

No more the meek and mild subservients we!
We’re fighting for our rights, militantly!
Never you fear!

So, cast off the shackles of yesterday!
Shoulder to shoulder into the fray!
Our daughters’ daughters will adore us
And they’ll sign in grateful chorus
“Well done! Well done!
Well done Sister Suffragette!”


An Ohio Historic Marker celebrating Victoria Claflin Woodhull stands in front of the Homer Public Library.

Did you know? First woman candidate for the U.S. Presidency was from Ohio

An Ohio Historic Marker celebrating Victoria Claflin Woodhull stands in front of the Homer Public Library.

An Ohio Historic Marker celebrating Victoria Claflin Woodhull stands in front of the Homer Public Library.

Who would have guessed that the first woman to run for the U.S. Presidency (1872), a nationally known campaigner for women’s suffrage and social justice, was born in the tiny community of Homer, Ohio?

Probably very few until the people of Homer had the foresight to erect an official Ohio Historic Marker in front of their library, reminding us of Victoria Claflin Woodhull and her commitment to women’s rights.




The main intersection in Homer, Licking County, Ohio

The main intersection in Homer, Licking County, Ohio

Homer, Ohio:  It’s a sleepy little place at the crossroads of two secondary rural highways and the Otter Run Fork of the Licking River, not far from where I was born and raised.  In just a few minutes, you can drive through this unincorporated community in Licking County, past the post office and the handful of clapboard commercial buildings at the intersection.  You might glance at the old brick school building that sits back a bit from the highway and, as you near the edge of town, you can see the United Methodist Church, an ancient cemetery, and the modern library where the historical society meets regularly.  This is, and was, quintessential Ohio farm country.


Victoria and her sister Tennessee were born in Homer, respectively in 1838 and 1845, to Roxanna and Reuben Buckman Claflin. Local legends abound about the Claflin family – that they were poverty-stricken, that the children only sporadically attended school, that Roxanna was a clairvoyant, that Buck burned down his own gristmill to collect insurance money, and that the family was semi-nomadic, using the children to sell homemade patent medicines, practice faith healing, and tell fortunes as part of their travelling medicine show.


Also according to local legend, community members “encouraged” the Claflins to leave Homer by raising funds at a benefit so that the family could join Buck who had been run out of town for alleged insurance fraud.  Can’t you just picture those scenes?  Do you think the fundraiser was held in the old town hall?  Or the church?


VictoriaInPrintWhatever the circumstances of her childhood in this minuscule town and what sounds to be an unusual family, Victoria rose above hardship to follow the courage of her convictions, some of which were considered exceptionally radical in the 19th century.  Many of her achievements were, and are, truly inspirational.





Victoria’s achievements (SOME of them):

  • First woman to run for the U.S. Presidency (1872) representing the Equal Rights Party (She lost to Ohioan and Civil War General Ulysses S. Grant.  After all, the amendment granting women the right to vote would not be ratified for another 48 years!)
  • First American woman to address Congress (1871)
  • As two of the first women stockbrokers in history, she and her sister Tennessee Claflin opened Woodhull, Claflin and Company on Wall Street in 1870 with the backing of railroad tycoon Cornelius Vanderbilt
  • Published the very successful Woodhull and Claflin’s Weekly newspaper promoting a plethora of social justice issues
  • Leading membership in the National American Woman Suffrage Association and International Workingman’s Association


Victoria’s advocacy:

  • Woman suffrage
  • Equal educational opportunity for women (how keenly must she have felt her lack of it?)
  • Women’s right to control their own health decisions, including birth control
  • Labor reform including an 8-hour workday
  • Divorce law reform
  • Free love (can’t you just hear the consternation of the people of post-Civil War Ohio over that?)


Homer, Licking County, Ohio

Homer, Licking County, Ohio

So, the next time you drive through a tiny little burg, or across a lonely countryside, and see an Ohio Historical Marker, take a moment to stop and read it.  Who knows what rich, complex heritage it will reveal about a place that may seem quiet and unassuming?  I always appreciate the inspiration these marker stories provide, as well as the commitment of the community members who did the research, writing, and fundraising to bring you an important message about their/our heritage.



Like to know more about Homer, Ohio?  Visit the Homer Public Library at


Like to know more about Victoria Claflin Woodhull?  Visit the:

National Women’s History Museum at

National Women’s Hall of Fame at

New York Times obituary at

Ohioana Library Association at

Ohio Center for the Book at

Ohio History Central at

Ohio Memory at

Remarkable Ohio at

Women Working, 1800-1930, Harvard University Library Open Collections Program, at


Our own Ursuline College Besse Library for access to published biographies.