#UCStyleFiles Setting the Mood with Color


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

What does your favorite color say about you?

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

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


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


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

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


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

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


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


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


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



2013 Banned Books ‘READ-OUT’

Reading – it’s good for you!

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

See you there!

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Jackie Amos, Administrative Assistant – Ursuline Studies


Fall is when we harvest Apples, right?

As consumers and citizens, we have witnessed the growth of American multinational behemoth Apple. From a tiny little computer company founded in 1976 in CA, their endeavors now include the Mac line of computers, iPod, iPad, iPhone, iTunes, iLife and iWork productivity suites, Safari web browser, and operating systems OS X and iOS. They are a major player in the IT industry, produce phones prodigiously, and are media store mavens online and off. Apple TV is a lukewarm hit and iWatch is coming. Each Autumn, we have come to expect the rollout of one new iPhone model. It was what people groaned over and wished for, saved for and relished. But this is 2013 and nothing is like it used to be.

As a student of Public Relations, though, I’m scratching my head. They must have the most proficient PR people in the business. What I’m seeing in their recent actions looks like a series of business moves, tactics, not a thought out market strategy. In the past week, Apple introduced a plastic cased iPhone 5c in many colors and the more expensive 5s which comes in three colors only but has a better camera, faster processor, and a fingerprint scanner. The 5c is under $100 if you buy the two year contract here in the U.S. but over $400 in the rest of the world. Apple is also planning a rollout of a new operating system at the end of the month.

So, we are harvesting lots of new ‘stuff’. But Apple’s main audience, loyal Apple product purchasers, have had to put up with a lot in the past few years. Apple has been a lifestyle brand, we want what they sell because it is the ‘cool’ stuff, the smart stuff. But increasingly, competitors like Samsung have other cool stuff! Apple consumers tend to lean left politically and are an educated lot. Apple is not the most environmentally friendly company, has been known to overlook labor indiscretions, has been in litigation over and again, and most recently one of its major suppliers was purchased by Koch Brothers, a huge donor to right wing political groups.

Has Apple stumbled this time? Their stock is down 5% today and market share is their mantra….time will tell. Is this the old wait and see strategy? Instead of jumping on the news programs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine and all the other social media out there….are the PR folks at Apple sitting back to react once the dust clears? Well, played Apple…well played. Nothing new here.

– Laurene Medaglia

Author Bio: I am a lifelong resident of Cleveland, Ohio. Having grown up in Geauga county, I favor the ease of country life but love my diverse city. I am 51 years old, the mother of a 19 year old college sophmore, and live nearby in Lyndhurst. I began classes at UCAP in January 2013 to complete the degree I began working on immediately after high school, at the University of Pennsylvania. I work for Progressive Insurance in Mayfield as an agent and volunteer in our diversity and inclusion programs regularly. I have a red belt in Tae Kwon Do and have recently begun training in yoga. I look forward to obtaining my degree to help meet career goals at Progressive and satisfy my neverending desire to learn something new. I am an avid reader, gardener, and music fan.

Volunteer Day 2013

#UCStyleFiles Fashion Week Wrap-up!

In this edition of #UCStyleFiles, I turn to some of the most fashionable people I know to articulate the best of New York Fashion Week.


Meganne’s #NYFW pick: Ladylike florals and prints


The Garden Variety: Meganne states,”My favorite trend is still florals florals florals”

Meganne Eddie, 25 ’10 UC Graduate: “My favorite trend is still florals florals florals.”

Meganne explains,”Well just prints in general. Also loving coordinating prints in sportswear! My absolute favorite designer Cynthia Rowley showed pretty much all of this in her show so of course I’m in love!!”

Natalie Koch, 23 ’12 UC Graduate:


“Luxury is in each detail,” Natalie says of the Marchesa runway show

Natalie writes,”After so many seasons of the minimalist look it’s nice to see that embellishment has made its return to the runway for SS’14. Designers including Rodebjer, Richard Chai Love and Jason Wu chose to adorn with sequins. Marchesa’s look for Spring 2014, Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig were inspired by Goth – Victorian era embroidery. The romanticism and the dedication to detail are very inspiring and well executed. It seems that many silhouettes for the upcoming season are now more fitted to the body and flowing as opposed to being overly structured and abstracted which also adds to the softness and elegance. It shows how history is reflected in the style & grace of modern designers.”

Kelley Plas, 20, Junior (Fashion Design and Fashion Merch)


Futuristic meets femme in Alon Livné’s SS ’14 collection

Concept Korea takes us on a journey to the future.

Concept Korea takes us on a journey to the future.

Kelley says, “I love the ‘futuristic feminine’ trend that was present in several Spring 2014 shows including Alon Livné, Concept Korea, and Carolina Herrera. The easiest way to incorporate this trend is through minimalist makeup. You can achieve this with a matte foundation completed with mascara.”


Kelley says of Zac Posen’s collection, “He has an aesthetic that is very similar to my own.”

But which designer was Kelley’s pick for the best of New York Fashion Week? Kelley reveals,”It was without a doubt Zac Posen!” What set Zac Posen apart from the other NYFW designers was his “light, elegant, and flowy dresses and gowns.” Kelley loves Zac Posen’s SS ’14 collection which was executed in such a way that is both refreshing and fashion forward. Kelley says of Zac Posen’s collection, “He has an aesthetic that is very similar to my own.”

Stay tuned for more coverage on trends, style tips, and more!



#AftertheLecture Creating Meaning from Personal Archival Stories

image001American Mental Health Counseling Association Conference, Washington D.C. July 2013: Ursuline Graduate students in Art Therapy & Counseling along with Professor Katherine Jackson, Ph.D. presented gathered research entitled…..

Narrative Reflections: Creating Meaning from Personal Archival Stories

Nema, Emma and I (Katherine) excitedly drove to Washington D.C. full of anticipation and nerves! We kept pinching ourselves at having been accepted into this prestigious national symposium.

On Saturday July 20th, we presented our research on women’s stories and narratives to a warm audience of mental health professionals. We were thrilled by the energy and enthusiasm in which we were embraced, and learned a lot about ourselves and others in this endeavor. The greatest lesson learned in presenting our data, was to always remember to take risks, and dare to dream big in professional endeavors like this one!

Our research studied twenty-five women of many ethnicities and geographical locations who were interviewed about remembered female


lineage stories from their childhood or lives in general. These stories were carefully gathered and later transcribed. The transcriptions yielded a collection of interesting themes, such as empowerment, victimization, having a voice/ speaking up and the ability to persevere through a myriad of obstacles. These themes were persistent and appeared to give meaning and richness to the women’s lives as a whole. In some ways, themes or teachings gleaned from remembered stories were used as mantras or archetypal images that could be mentally and emotionally referenced during times of challenge and transition.

This narrative study with adult women sought to understand the connection of remembered and treasured stories in relationship to purpose and self-meaning in participants lives. What began as an experiment in creating Judy Chicago style historical dinner plate art work with a group of graduate counseling and art therapy students, turned into a quest for learning and understanding of the relationship between remembered story and its effects on life purpose and meaning (Chicago, 2007).

Butta’s Blog: It has begun!

It has begun!

The Ursuline College swimming and diving team is in the water and working hard! After mapping out a running course on campus and sweating for two weeks, we started in the water last Monday at Gilmour Academy.

So far, spirits have been high as we are excited to start training and gain some strength and endurance in the pool. Unfortunately, this is all done at 6:00 a.m.! Until Hathaway Brown School finishes its renovations, the Arrows are at GA each morning at 6:00 before class and on campus doing dry-land training at 3:30 p.m.

Although the yardage is not topping the charts just yet, our practices have consisted of breath control, stroke technique drills and basically shaking off the dust from summer break. Looking at the weeks ahead, we plan on continuing to train as hard as we can to prepare ourselves for our first meet which is just four weeks away!

Coach Katz has been doing his best to give us every opportunity to work and believe me, we are being creative in our training! It is easy to get frustrated with the traveling, early mornings and schedule changes but we are not letting it consume us. We have high hopes this is going to make us a better, stronger and more competitive team. From what we hear, our new weight room in Daley will be available this week so that is yet another resource to add.

I can’t forget classes, though! Exams have also kicked in and time management skills have truly been put to the test. On our team, we have found the upperclassmen giving the newcomers some pointers in relation to professors, study habits and time management, as being a student-athlete can be difficult at times. The swim team has some extremely talented and smart girls and I am very proud of all of them.

So, we will continue to jump in that cold water at 6:00 a.m. and do what we love: work towards our goals both in the water and in the classroom. It’s going to be quite a year, everyone!

Can’t wait to keep you all updated and brag about the URSULINE COLLEGE SWIMMING AND DIVING TEAM!

Go Arrows!

Allie Butta, Ursuline ’14
Captain of the 2013-14 UC swimming and diving team

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Ursuline Under-construction: A History of Building the College

construction_timelineUrsuline College is celebrating 142-years of educating women and we, the Ursuline community, have much to be grateful for despite what mother nature delivered campus this past July. Let’s take a look back at our legacy from the beginning.

The College was founded in downtown Cleveland, Ohio near East 6th and Euclid Avenue in 1871. Now in at its fifth location, Lander Road in Pepper Pike, the College has grown in community and space as well as changed scenery from an urban to suburban landscape.

A portion of the property for the Pepper Pike campus was purchased in 1929 while additional land was bought in 1949.  The College has approxiamtely 78 acres and adjoins property owned by the Ursuline Sisters of Cleveland.

Many of the early buildings, including The Mullen Academic Building, the Fritzsche Center, the Dauby Science Center and Grace Hall, were designed by local architect, Peter Van Dyke. Several other buildings were built over time including Murphy Hall, Wasmer Gallery Besse Library, Pilla Student Learning Center and Smith Hall. The serenity of the campus is reflected in the architecture of the buildings and the beautiful lake that shines in the middle of the campus.

The O’Brien Athletic Center was completed in 1974 and it included a recreational gymnasium and swimming pool, classrooms, locker room and a lounge. When the College started an athletic program in 2000, a training room and another locker room were added along with the renovation of space for a fitness center and offices for coaches.

Ursuline entered a new athletic era as a member of NCAA Division II in July 2013 – a status the College held for six days until a tornado swept through campus July 20. Thankfully there was no human injury or loss of life. The gymnasium was the storm’s victim, as it collapsed the entire West wall of the building and tore off much of the roof.  There was also significant damage to the fitness center, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, and the swimming pool and the pool roof.

Undaunted, the College continues to move forward. Athletes arrived on campus in mid-August and the entire student body arrived shortly after to begin the Fall 2013 semester. Upon returning to campus, students were able to eat in the newly renovated Pilla Dining Center.

The months of August and September have been remarkably upbeat in the midst of very unusual conditions. Temporarily scattered in many gymnasiums and work out facilities in the area, coaches and athletes are excited for the future as their dreams of a brand new athletic facility begin to take shape. The future looks bright for Ursuline College and its athletic program.

There is much work to be done. Once the settlement is known from the insurance company, the College will decide what to build and how much money must be raised.

For more information, please keep up with the blog. To find out how to help or to donate to the Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund, visit ursuline.edu/rebuild.

Kevin Gladstone is the Vice President for Institutional Advancement at Ursuline College. 

Fall is a “Grape” Time of Year for Adaptive Reuse: South River Vineyard

Does anything smell better this time of year than the aroma of grapes ripening on twisty vines in the autumn sun?  If that appeals to you, I can highly recommend a country drive down Route 307, South River Road, and South Ridge Road along the borders of Geauga and Lake Counties into Ashtabula County.

Route 307 on the Lake Erie Vines and Wines Trail

Route 307 on the Lake Erie Vines and Wines Trai

The drive itself is a feast for the senses.  The crisp fall breezes carry the scent of the grapes as you follow the winding roads over gently rolling hills past vineyards and forests.  If your car is a quiet one, you’ll enjoy the serenading of the songbirds and peepers amid strains of live music (all kinds!) wafting on the wind on weekend evenings.

There are some truly delicious grape juices and several dozen vineyards on this, our own Lake Erie Vines and Wines Trail.  Did you know that “northeast Ohio boasts more wineries per square mile than in any other region,” including over half of Ohio’s winegrape acreage?  (“Ohio Wine Producers”)   And that the “largest number of wineries are located in Lake, Geauga and Ashtabula counties?”  (“Ohio Wines”).  Many of those wineries are open to the public with indoor and outdoor seating that allows visitors to enjoy pastoral settings as well as delicious meals, snacks, and beverages.

My favorite wineries just happen to be in older structures (surprise, surprise!  The greenest building is the one that is already built) that have been creatively and beautifully adapted to encourage visitors to sit a spell and enjoy the company of good friends, tasty food, and the tranquility of rural surroundings.

One winery in particular provokes many questions about how one feels about the original intended use of a structure versus adaptation to new uses.

South River Vineyard's winery in a Methodist Episcopal Church

South River Vineyard’s winery in a Methodist Episcopal Church

At South River Vineyard, a lovely, traditional white clapboard Methodist Episcopal Church perches quietly atop a hill overlooking acres of vines and woods.  This 1892 church, long since abandoned at its original site, was moved from Shalersville to its current home on South River Road then carefully converted so that much of the exterior and interior architectural integrity remains.





Interior of the winery at South River Vineyard

Interior of the winery at South River Vineyard


On your visit you can still enjoy the colorful stained glass windows and rich patina of the original wooden floors, pews and wainscoting.  Where the pulpit was once located, you will find double glass doors that open onto a veranda featuring Greek columns and a view of the vineyard beyond.  There’s also a beautiful stone fireplace for chilly fall evenings.

A view of the vineyards from the winery at South River Vineyards

A view of the vineyards from the winery at South River Vineyards

Many of the wines here are even aptly named for the setting – Creation, Exodus, Trinity and Temptation.  (“South River Vineyard”).

As much as I enjoy this setting, it does make me wonder what the members of that original congregation, the ones who contributed their time and treasure to build a church for their community, would think of this newest use?  Would they be happy that the structure they labored to construct had found a new life (and a valued one, judging by the number of people who visit regularly)?  Or would they be saddened?  After all, Methodist congregations historically supported temperance movements and abstinence from alcohol.

How do we define “appropriate” and how do our life experiences influence that definition?Are there “appropriate” ways to reuse sacred space once a congregation dwindles and the structure is abandoned?  The National Trust for Historic Preservation addresses some of these issues in its “”Ten on Tuesday” series with two segments on “How to Preserve Places of Worship.”

Or is it enough that the building be used sensitively and as a positive contribution to the community?

What benefits can wineries such as South River bring to a community?  Well, there’s the obvious – a gathering place for friends and families.  Ohio wineries also help limit urban/suburban sprawl and preserve rural green space by putting farmland back into agricultural production. And the economic impact is considerable, especially in rural areas.  In 2008, the impact of wine and grapes on the Ohio economy totaled $528.8 million.  (MKF Research LLC 2010, 2-3)


South River Vineyard is a very successful adaptive reuse of a structure that would likely have been demolished had the vineyard owner not inquired about it, then been given the structure with the proviso that it be dismantled and moved.



Adaptive reuse is a serious strategy for environmental responsibility.  “Every year, approximately 1 billion square feet of buildings are demolished and replaced with new construction in the United States…. The Brookings Institution projects that some 82 billion square feet of existing space will be demolished and replaced between 2005 and 2030 – roughly one-quarter of today’s existing building stock.”  (Preservation Green Lab/National Trust for Historic Preservation 2011, ix)  Savings as a result of reuse can be significant, ranging “between 4 and 46 percent over new construction when comparing buildings with the same energy performance level…. Moreover, it can take between 10 and 80 years for a new, energy-efficient building to overcome, through more efficient operations, the negative climate change impacts that were created during the construction process.”  (Preservation Green Lab/National Trust for Historic Preservation 2011, vi)

There are plenty of examples of adaptive reuse to enjoy on the Lake Erie Vines and Wines Trail – a barn, a mill, a firehouse, a fruit stand.  Just a little pondering as I wander these beautiful back roads and smell the grapes of autumn.


Bari Oyler Stith, Ph.D., is the Director of Historic Preservation at Ursuline College.


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Preservation Green Lab/National Trust for Historic Preservation, . The Greenest Building: Quantifying the Environmental Value of Building Reuse. National Trust for Historic Preservation, 2011. http://www.preservationnation.org/information-center/sustainable-communities/green-lab/lca/The_Greenest_Building_lowres.pdf (accessed September 9, 2013).

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“Ten on Tuesday: How to Preserve Places of Worship, part 1.” http://blog.preservationnation.org/tag/place-type/

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#UCStyleFiles FYFW Edition


NYFW attendees  Image via Pinterest

NYFW attendees
Image via Pinterest

Hello Lovelies! New York Fashion Week Spring 2014 kicked off last Thursday with the announcement of Pantone’s Spring 2014 Color Report:

Pantone's Spring 2014 Color Report

Pantone’s Spring 2014 Color Report

New York Fashion Week continues through this week and the list of my favorite runway looks continues. Spring trends (as seen on the runway) include stripes, abstract prints, knee-length skirts, sheer fabrics, an homagé to street style, elongated silhouettes, and feminine florals.  Below are some favorite looks as seen on the runway.

Bright colors and bold graphics for Nicole Miller's Spring 2014 collection Image via Pinterest

Bright colors and bold graphics for Nicole Miller’s Spring 2014 collection
Image via Pinterest

A simple sheath makes a chic statement by Nonoo

A simple sheath makes a chic statement by Nonoo

Tadashi Shoji

Color in motion: Pantone’s “Violet Tuplip” as seen on the runway in this Tadashi Shoji dress

Kate Spade's Spring 2014 Collection is a fan favorite

Kate Spade’s Spring 2014 Collection is a fan favorite

Not ready to give up the edgy look of fall 2013? Herve Ledger carries the look into spring!

Not ready to give up the edgy look of fall 2013? Herve Ledger carries the look into spring!


Prabal Gurung utilizes Pantone's Freesia yellow in this stunning piece

Prabal Gurung utilizes Pantone’s Freesia yellow in this cutting edge look.

As shown by Jason Wu: Your staple piece for spring is a long waist coat

As shown by Jason Wu: Your staple piece for spring is a long waist coat

Stay tuned for more #NYFW coverage as Fashion Week continues!