Fannie Lou Hamer. Photo Credit: Google Images.

Voting can be a pain.

Many of you are eligible to vote in this upcoming election. Voting can be a pain. You might have to wake up early, drive to the polling place, find a place to park, go into the booth and see unknown names running for equally unknown offices. Furthermore what difference can one vote possibly make?

Maybe a broader context will help think about this voting idea. Fannie Lou Hamer, a civil right worker from Mississippi, participated in the so-called Mississippi Freedom Summer in 1964. She was arrested and beaten several times for trying to register black voters in Mississippi, many too scared to register because of feared reprisals by klan members.

Fannie Lou Hamer. Photo Credit: Google Images.

Fannie Lou Hamer. Photo Credit: Google Images.

Three young men (James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner), also involved in registering black voters in Mississippi, went missing and later found murdered–by klan members. One of the state’s senators, James Eastland, told President Lyndon Johnson that these men purposely went missing as part of a large publicity stunt to gain attention for their voter registration efforts.

Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. Photo Credit: Google Images.

Michael Schwerner, James Chaney and Andrew Goodman. Photo Credit: Google Images.

Voting can be a pain – even the voter registration process.

Timothy K. Kinsella, Ph.D. is head of the History Department and Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program at Ursuline College

women's suffrage

Women and the Right to Vote

women's suffrageAlice Paul is one of my personal heroes. She dedicated her life to establishing equal rights and led some of the most crucial political achievements in history for women.  If you haven’t seen Iron Jawed Angels, the HBO movie starring Hilary Swank as Paul, you should drop everything and do so immediately.  It is a brilliant film that reminds us of the incredible struggle for women’s right to vote and the sacrifices of the Suffragettes.

The film details Paul’s strategy, personal sacrifice, and willingness to put her life on the line for women’s suffrage.   I often stop and wonder, “what would I put my life on the line for?”  What would you?

Today, we take for granted that we have the right to vote and have forgotten the torture – and I mean that literally – that women experienced simply because they demanded that right.  Many of us find our selves too busy to show up for the vote or unconcerned about issues we think do not affect us (believe me, every issue does affect us!).  I can only imagine Paul’s response to such complacency.

As we prepare to head to the polls on November 5th, while some women wont show up; others will be refused the right to vote.  New controversial photo ID laws in Texas and Pennsylvania discriminate against minorities and low-income voters.  Women are surely one of the affected groups – if married or divorced a different last name on identification could keep them from casting their ballots.

Wendy Weiser, director of the Democracy Program at the Brennan Center told TIME that “A full 34% of women don’t have documents proving citizenship with their current name on it.  Why do we have such strict limitations on what kinds of documents people can have when they need to vote?”  These are important questions, and although we may think the fight for voting rights is over, there is much work to be done.

When you are considering whether or not you should vote on November 5th, take time to remember that the women before you fought – nearly to the death – so you would have this right.  Recognize that there are women in our country who will be denied their right to vote based on discriminatory laws.  And, of course, acknowledge that women around the world continue to struggle for their human rights of which voting is surely one.  Cast your ballot in their honor and consider how you might act against continued injustice against women and other oppressed groups.    While we may not put our lives on the line, we can certainly continue to work for justice.

Gina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D. is Dean of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College.

Michlle Klim

Athletics Update: Arrows Persevere in Fall Season

These are exciting times in the athletic department as the fall seasons are wrapping up and the winter teams like basketball, bowling and swimming are just beginning their journeys.

This Saturday (Nov. 2), the soccer team will host Trevecca Nazarene University at 1:00 p.m. in the opening round of the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Championships. The Arrows earned the right to host the game after beating TNU 3-0 on Saturday (Oct. 26) at Nordonia High School in what capped a crazy week for the program.

Because of the late October snow storm that pelted Northeast Ohio, the Arrows were forced to play their final two “home” games on back-to-back days at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva before the regular season finale at Nordonia High School in Macedonia.

After finishing the regular season with a record of 10-7-1 and 5-5 in conference play, UC earned the fourth-seed in the eight-team postseason tournament. A win on Saturday would propel the Arrows into the semifinal round which would be held on Thursday (Nov. 7) at the campus of the highest remaining seed.

Fans that can’t make Saturday’s quarterfinal game can listen live on the Ursuline College Sports Network.


The volleyball team is still about three weeks out from the G-MAC Championships but the Arrows already have 15 wins to their name, eight more than they had all of last season. It’s pretty amazing to think about when you remember the team is yet to play a true home game.

Head coach Donna Day brought in a tremendous recruiting class that was extremely talented and has really lifted the program. She’ll need to bring in another good group next year as the program will lose five seniors to graduation. On Saturday (Nov. 2), seniors Molly Sabolsky, Lauren Sharnsky, Alex Leister, Maureen Kelly and Ashley Reinhart will play in their final “home” matches and will be honored in a pre-game ‘Senior Day’ ceremony.

The ‘Senior Day’ match will begin at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday at Laurel School’s Lyman Circle Campus in Shaker Heights. Fans that can’t make that contest (or Friday’s 6:00 p.m. match against Kentucky Wesleyan College) can listen live on the Ursuline College Sports Network or check out the Pizzazz on the Circle Live Stats.

Alex Leister

Alex Leister


The Ursuline College cross country team had a terrific showing and took third place in the nine-team field at the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships, held last Saturday (Oct. 26) at Cedarville University’s Elvin R. King Cross Country Course. Ursuline was led by the conference’s ‘Freshman of the Year’ Michelle Klim and fellow all-conference performers Nicole Burlinson and Melissa Klim.

Michelle Klim was named the ‘Freshman of the Year’ by virtue of being the first rookie across the finish line. She took third in the field of 68 student-athletes with a time of 23:03.10, an improvement from the 23:18.38 she ran on the same course three weeks ago at the All-Ohio Championships.

Burlinson was one spot behind Michelle Klim as she finished in 23:47.20 – more than 38 seconds quicker than her All-Ohio showing. By placing in the top-10, Burlinson was named to the All-Great Midwest Athletic Conference first team. Last year, she earned second team all-conference honors after taking 13th overall.

Melissa Klim narrowly missed a spot on the all-conference first team but still picked up second team honors by finishing 11th. Her time of 24:09.10 was just behind Cedarville’s Kristin Lamaan (24:08.60) but was still an improvement from the 25:08.57 she turned in at the beginning of the month.

For comparison’s sake, last year Cedarville had 10 finishers complete the race before Ursuline’s first student-athlete crossed the finish line. This year, Cedarville’s Alex Archambault repeated as the individual champion (22:32.30) but UC had two more runners finish before CU’s next placer who took eighth overall.


Michlle Klim

Michlle Klim


The golf team’s championship season is in the spring but this fall, Ursuline finished in the top-five in three of its four tournaments. Sophomore Eadaoin Cronin was named the first ‘Women’s Golf Athlete of the Month’ for her efforts in September.

A good litmus test for the program came at the Ohio Valley University Invitational (Sep. 28-29) when four of the five G-MAC programs competed and UC shot the lowest of all the conference programs.

Like golf, lacrosse crowns a champion in the spring but head coach Ed Karasek saw his program end fall ball on a high note with a perfect four-for-four showing at the Baldwin Wallace University Fall Tournament. UC won all four of its half-hour contests against the host Yellow Jackets, Lourdes University, Walsh University and Georgetown (Ky.) College.

We’ll have more updates on the winter and spring sports when the time comes, but if the fall is any indication, we’re in for a great year in athletics!


College in CLE: The Algebra Tea House

After exploring Europe for two summers in a row, I’ve become kind of finicky about finding new and exciting places to visit in dear old Cleveland. I can appreciate going out to eat at Applebee’s but sometimes I just crave a little culture and some spice in my life.

That being said, the first time I stepped foot in The Algebra Tea House all of my cravings for art, culture and a healthy but hearty ethnic meal were abundantly filled.

Now don’t be dismayed by your feelings for math just yet. Although I come from a family where my mother not only drinks tea on the regular but also knows math facts like a wizard, I have neither a taste for Tea nor Algebra. It’s true, the Algebra Tea House offers 22 different flavors of tea BUT I was particularly drawn to their Middle Eastern dishes and the Bohemian atmosphere. They offer lunch and dinner throughout the week and brunch on the weekends (if you’re so inclined to wake up before 1 pm).

As a college student, I’m practically living day to day on a dime but I couldn’t even disagree with how inexpensive a platter of hummus, tomatoes, cucumbers or olives and a warm pita was. Not to mention, I had to grab a Java milkshake, which only added up to $10.98.

Cool things to know before you go:

– All of the wood (tables, chairs, window beams, doors, cutting boards, etc.) is handmade from local suppliers.

– Drinks come in quirky ceramic mugs, created in the art studio down stairs. (You are are able to purchase them as well!)

– There are very cool and somewhat abstract artworks hanging on the walls that Ayman, the owner, made himself!

– You MUST check out the bathroom. No joke! It is just as interesting as the rest of the cafe.

– There are various board games that will bring back your childhood; as well as sketchbooks when you are feeling artsy – all at your disposal!

– Sometimes there’s pistachios on the counter for customers to snack on. (There’s always old-school coca-cola in the vintage fridge for you to sip on and get a sugar rush from!)

I’ve been to the Algebra Tea house probably 6 or more times now, always staying between 2-3 hours, simply because of the great atmosphere, interesting people I meet and the fact that there is so much to look at. I never want to leave…

The Algebra Tea House is located at 2136 Murray Hill Rd, Cleveland, OH. You can also reach the tea house at (216) 421-9007.

Check back soon for spiffy places to see in Coventry!














































































































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.
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Today,’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,  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