After the Lecture: Traveling Across Korea

After the IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics Conference in Seoul ended– it was now time to spend some time traveling across Korea. With my family in tow, we were off to visit Jeju Island—which is off the South Coast of the Korean peninsula. Jeju Island, while little known to Westerners, is a celebrated vacation spot for Asians.

Jeju is often referred to as “little Hawaii”. Jeju Island is a tropical volcanic island, towered over by Halla-san (Halla Mountain) — a volcano and the highest mountain in South Korea. Jeju Island is now known as one of the 7 new natural wonders of the world. The island has both stunning mountain views as well as beautiful seascapes.

The only thing that rivals its physical beauty is the freshness and the abundance of specialty food dishes. The Jeju cuisine includes porridges made with fish, seafood, seaweeds, or mushrooms. Jeonbokjuk is an abalone porridge that many enjoy. Gamgyul is harvested on the island, which is a type of orange similar to the Mandarin orange or tangerine. Black pig is a delicacy on the island as well.

In between very scenic sightseeing—we made sure we were well fed! Our activities included hiking Seongsan Ilchulbong or “Sunrise Peak”. On the hike towards the top there are many picturesque points to capture the city, and water with vistas of wonderful shades of green and blue. The top of the cliff forms a natural green “bowl”.

We also spent much time in lush green island forests—complete with stunning waterfalls. The trip was well-rounded with a Tea Museum visit and an educational Tour of a Traditional Folk-Village recreation. While Jeju is an island I visited as a young scuba driver—it was fantastic to see with renewed eyes.

The blog post was written by DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D. Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.

A Renewed Spirit of Possibilities

The conference is proving to be very successful. We met, Jung-Ae Ko, who is the Director of Korean Spirit and Culture Project. She gave an outstanding presentation on Korean History and Culture and was even kind enough to donate to Ursuline College a set of books on Korean History and Culture. Our presentations of research went very well (I co-presented with my husband Dr. Jonathan Appel as well).

It was very nice to meet and talk with researchers from all over the world. We attended many research presentations and we had much time for cultural and professional exchanges. We also went on a tour of community centers geared towards serving Korean olders (which is a term I learned here).

I met a Korean Art Therapist, who works with the elderly—and got to see an Art Therapy program in action. Possibilities for cross-cultural exchanges discussed! Sights of Seoul demonstrate juxtaposition of ancient culture and emerging technological future—which was also highlighted in the theme of the World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (Digital Ageing: A New Horizon for Health Care and Active Ageing).

Feeling a renewed spirit for the possibilities glimpsed here.

This blog post was written by DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D. Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.

DoHee also recently blogged for The Huffington Post’s “Ted Weekends.” To read her post, click here.

#UCstylefiles Dollar Store Design

I spent last week working at Ursuline ArtSpace’s Fashion Camp program which has become an annual event for me and Ursuline alum, Melissa Watson. To incorporate art, design, and fashion, the campers (ages 9-14) complete daily activities such as fashion illustration, arts and crafts, group dress design, and jewelry making–AND we present all completed designs in a fashion show produced by the fashion campers with help from Sr. Kathleen Burke, Zsuzsa Cespyani, and ArtSpace staff, including our special guest, Dr. Connie Korosec, chair of the Ursuline Fashion Department.

This year I taught a craft project that is fun for all ages–and is easily funded on a college student’s budget. I created a simplified version of the Petal Bib Necklace project based on Jenni Radosevitch’s fabulous necklace. For more of Jenni’s amazing DIY’s visit her I SPY DIY blog to learn more!

This is what you need:

• Foam visors–available at the dollar store

• Scrap Fabric

• Glue-tacky glue or hot glue work marvelously! NOTE: If short on time, $$, or supplies staples can be substituted for glue!

•Ribbon

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Foam Visors Photo Cred: Google Images

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Step #1: Remove coiled plastic bland from the visor so the visor lays flat on your table or work surface.

Step #2: Cut your scrap fabric into approximate “circles,” there is no need for perfection!

Step #3: Glue (or staple) your fabric circles to the visor by folding the sides of the circle in and securing them with glue.

Step #4: After covering the entire base with fabric “petals,” insert ribbon into the holes on the sides of the visor where the coiled band was removed.

Voila!

Want to add variation to your bib necklace? This is how Melissa folded her fabric “petals.”

Melissa folded each fabric circle in half 3 times and then stapled them in place onto the base, the foam visor.

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Future Arrows Cookout!

Is there anything that screams more summer than a cookout? As the summer weather breaks, we are eager to indulge in the sun with the addition of BBQ!  While some cookouts can be high-maintenance, we are looking for an opportunity to hang out and learn about our students and students who want to learn more about Ursuline.  The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is beyond excited to host our first annual Future Arrows cookout! We hope you all will join us July 9!

To learn more about the Future Arrows Cookout or to register for the event, click here.

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As you try to contain your excitement, here is a fun summer cookout recipe for you to enjoy:

 

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Photo Cred: @Pinterest

Summer Sweet Tea Punch

Ingredients:

  • 3 family-size tea bags
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 (33.8-oz.) bottle peach nectar
  • 1/2 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 cup Simple Sugar Syrup
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled $
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
  • Garnish: fresh peach wedges

 

Art Therapy & Counseling Faculty travels to South Korea

dohee_1 dohee_2My heart was pounding as soon as we landed in Korea. I knew we were in Korea because of the familiar smells of spices, sounds, as well as the kindness of people at the airport. We were greeted by my family and exchanged lots of hugs. My favorite black noodle dish was my first choice of meal and it was delicious.

The next day was my husband’s 50th birthday, so my family took us to a restaurant in the Korean countryside via a fun fast train ride. The next day attended the grand opening of the 20th IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics in Downtown Seoul. The conference has over 5,000 attendees from countries all over the world, including the prime minister of Korea, Jung Hong-won, who gave the opening speech.Airport in South Korea

The conference thus far has been an all-sense stimulating event. From the sights, sounds, and tastes of Korea culture to the stimulating presentations and discussions—it has been a deeply enriching experience—one that has made me very proud to be of Korean Heritage!

The blog post was written by DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D. Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.

Viva Orlando—for a day: Ursuline College’s ARROWS mentoring program receives Student Leadership Award

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It had been a trying week to say the least. Having completed my last final exam of the semester, I exited Mullen 213 nearly crawling, subconsciously wishing my bed could meet me half way. Still I forced myself to check my email. Not that I was looking for anything in particular, but as I passed the computer lab, I got a feeling that menacingly called me to stop in and check it. I logged in. A message from Coach McKnight: “[We have received a grant from Jenzabar for the mentoring program, they want two students to go to Orlando… I need to know asap…]”. Shaking myself more alert, I re-read the email. “To: Jamie Carter, From: Cindy McKnight, cc: …”—WOAH! I looked around unsure if the loud “WOAH” in my head had escaped my vocal chords. With more sophistication, I humbly accepted the invitation. Two things just happened that was about to change (as my mentees would say) “the game”:  Someone had believed, and therefore financially supported our “baby “(the Ursuline College A.R.O.W.S mentoring program)—and I was going to Orlando, Florida. Fatigue was nowhere in sight.

“Hi, my name is Jamie Carter—“

jenzabar_blog_2“Yes, Miss. Carter…” the agent politely interrupted me as though she were expecting my call. I had contacted the instructed company to book my flight. Everything was already taken care of, I needed only to choose aisle or window. As I was going through the motions of preparation, I still couldn’t believe that I was about to go on my very first business trip, if you will. Just days prior, I was second guessing God’s calling me back to Cleveland/ Ursuline College;  finals week (or any obstacle for that matter) can often cause one to second guess their purpose or goals, however “this” was confirmation that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be.

“This” is properly known as the Jenzabar foundation’s Student Leadership Award. The A.R.R.O.W.S mentoring program was being recognized for having made a “significant contribution to better the world outside of their [institution] of higher education” (jenzabarfoundation.org). My job was to present our program at JAM 2013 (Jenzabar’s Annual Meeting), and to accept the award on behalf of Ursuline College, Sister Diana, and the A.R.R.O.W.S program—no pressure. Seriously though, besides my fierce stage fright, there was no pressure. I alongside Ursuline College’s grant writer Jimeka Holloway presented the A.R.R.O.W.S mentoring program from the heart. From 3-5 pm at the magnificent Gaylord jenzabar_blog_3hotel (which hosted hundreds of individuals attending JAM 2013) I exclaimed to passerby via poster presentation that we have a passionate group of freshman/ sophomore mentors at Ursuline College, who have on top of an already demanding schedule (being mostly student athletes), committed their four years to guiding their mentee through high school. Our mentees are freshman girls from Warrensville Heights High School. Aside from the shocking obstacles that these girls face solely because of the generation that they are growing up in; added to their hurdles, are educational, economic and racial hardships and statistics. They were chosen by their principals to join our program because of their strong desire to become successful despite the entities against them.

After the Lecture: A Night in the Life of an NYC Urgent Activist

My first blog entry was supposed to focus on the large-scale protest of New York City Animal Control practices. This, however, seemed to make no sense out of the context of the nightly war that activists for New York City’s pets wage every day of the year. So, this entry will, instead, show you how I have spent my nights since I began to work for the pets of New York City. philosophy13

Animal activists engage in rescue work because each year in the United States about four million pets are killed in shelters, that is about 10,000 a day or one pet every ten seconds or so. In thirty-one states, including our own, gas chambers are still used . The vast majority of the dogs killed are either American Pit Bull terriers or Chihuahuas. Many places, including Cleveland, have implemented many No Kill policies but some cities, such as NYC, are far behind in their treatment of shelter pets.  philosophy12

Activists have created a network of posting and cross-posting pets on Facebook and other social media. This allows us to save thousands of pets everyday across the U.S. NYC activists use this network to reach out in order to find foster homes and adopters for the pets each night.

We know which pets to share each night because the demands of the Urgent volunteers have led the shelter administration to provide us with lists of the dogs and cats that are to be killed the next day; a barbaric practice, indeed. For NYC pets, however, it is progress. Many of the pets on the nightly list come from the hundreds of dogs and cats who are not available for the public to see when they come to the shelter to adopt. The Urgent Facebook page is the only place from which these pets can be seen. To date, NYC Urgent activists, including myself, have saved the lives of over 16,000 dogs and 11,000 cats. Here are tonight’s lists:
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Every evening the to be destroyed list is posted, sometimes as early as 6 PM, sometimes as late as 9 PM. and we spring into action, sharing each pet on our own networking pages and in the many cross-posting groups on Facebook. We only have until 6 AM to save all of the cats and dogs who are on the list. Some of these pets can be reserved for adoption online, prior to 6 AM, others have been rated for New Hope rescues only. These pets can only be pulled by approved rescue groups. Pets end up with a New Hope rating for being very young, very old, sick, frightened, or for not being happy with the SAFER evaluation. SAFER evaluations consist, in part, of pinching the pet’s paw, poking the pet with a large plastic hand, giving the pet food that is then taken away by the large plastic hand, and giving the pet a toy and a raw hide that are then taken away by the plastic hand.

Each night we have to find donations to cover pull fees and vet bills for the pets who are pulled by rescues as well as fosters and adopters for each pet. While other shelters allow long distance adoptions and links to transport services, the NYC ACC does not. Pets generally cannot travel more than three hours away from NYC. This makes our work more difficult and can be very frustrating for those who want to help the pets. Tonight there are eleven dogs and puppies ranging in age from six months old to ten years old and thirty cats and kittens whose ages range between four weeks old and fourteen years old. While some of these pets were brought to the shelter because they were lost or homeless, many were brought here because of the breed ban in public housing or because their people were evicted or arrested or because they became sick or died. Many pets are also brought here by their guardians. The most common reason stated in NYC is that the person had “no time” for their pet. Some pets are kept at the shelter for months while some are added to the to be destroyed list after only two or three days.

We start by figuring out what each pet needs. We see who is rescue only and who can be adopted. We add up any pledges that each pet already has in place and check to see whether anyone has shown any interest in the pet. We post each and every pet to our own pages and to many groups as well, in hopes of attracting fosters or adopters for them, as well as pledges to cover the rescue costs. Activists and rescue workers get little sleep since we only have until 6 AM to find a place for each pet to go later in the day. Many times, particularly in Brooklyn, workers begin to kill the pets as soon as the deadline has passed so time is of the essence for us.

If we find someone who will commit to fostering a pet we have to also have each foster fill out applications for at least three of the approved rescue groups. This means that we also spend much time assisting prospective foster parents in choosing which rescues will be most likely to help that particular pet and with filling out the applications. If we find adopters for pets who are available for public adoption we assist them with the process of reserving the pet, paying the deposit, and filling out shelter applications. We also have to communicate with the rescues and entice them to help with the pet by showing them that we have raised enough money for the pet and that we have a committed foster or adopter available.

We often become attached to a pet, even over the internet. All together we have succeeded in saving the lives of over 27,000 pets just in NYC. One of my very favorite rescues was a Pit Bull terrier named Thomas who was the last lost pet from Hurricane Sandy. Together activists shared Thomas’s picture and story over 16,000 times before we found him a home in Baltimore.

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The loss of our sweet Chopper was devastating for all of us and many people stopped their activism after he was killed. I’ll never understand how, in a city with over eight million people, not even one person would foster sweet Chopper, even for a few weeks.

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Jake was another devastating loss for us. Sweet Jake had been shot by a policeman in his own apartment while his human was being arrested. He progressed with the volunteers and, by the time, he was gone, had taken to crawling on their laps and giving them kisses. Because Jake had lunged at the policemen who broke down the door to his apartment and forcibly took his human away, he was labeled aggressive. No pictures of videos of him snuggling with volunteers would change the minds of the shelter workers and, after having kept Jake in a cage for 23 ½ hours of every day for months, they killed sweet Jake with no warning to us. Many rescues had let the workers know that they were willing to pull Jake. When Jake came to the shelter he looked like this:

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At the end he looked like this:

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It is harder to save a pet then one would like to think. Before I began to engage in this kind of activism I thought that you could just show up and adopt. It is rarely so easy! I do, though, know that, while I can’t save the world, I CAN save the world for at least ONE pet! For now, as our sweet Emmit says ADOPT, DON’T SHOP!

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Roxy’s Run

roxys_run_1I could bore you all with long and grueling details of my 26.2 mile run on Sunday, May 19th, as many long distance runners often do.  I could try to educate you on the discipline and training involved in accomplishing such a feat.  I’m choosing not to tell that story because that is not what was important about the day.  That day was about someone else.  It was about a nine year old little girl, and those 26.2 miles of running were about helping her and her family.

About two months ago I received a phone call from my friend Tammy.  She has a non-profit organization, Tammy’s Friends (www.tammysfriends.org), which assists families who have a loved one with cancer.  She wanted to organize a 5k race to help a local family who would be in need in the very near future.  Unfortunately we didn’t feel we could organize a race within the time she had envisioned.  Because of that call I began to think there may be something I could do to help.  I was registered to run the Cleveland Marathon, and I was in the middle of my training.  I had run two marathons for myself, and maybe it was time I turn my work into something that could benefit someone else.  I had a wonderful support system including family and friends who I knew would be willing to help out.

The next morning I returned a call to Tammy and discussed my idea with her.  She still had some other ideas she planned to carry out, but we agreed this could provide the family with immediate assistance.  With that I was on my next journey, and that was to not complete a marathon but instead to complete “Roxy’s Run.”

Roxy is a nine year old little girl who used to attend my son’s daycare until she became a big kid.  They now attend the same elementary school but in different grades.  Roxy has been diagnosed with an Ewing Tumor which is at the base of her spine and around her pelvis.  This has been causing her tremendous pain for nearly a year.  She is facing potentially 12 months of chemo and radiation treatments.  During this time her mother will be taking a leave of absence from work to care for her along with the assistance of Roxy’s two year old little sister.

Beginning in May, I started sending out emails and messages to all my contacts in my email account and social networking accounts.  I also asked my mother, a cancer survivor, to spread the word back at home.  Within minutes of my communications going out people were responding they had made a contribution online.  They would also share their own stories of how cancer had affected them or a loved one.  The stories were amazing, and I felt so blessed people were willing to share them with me.  I also had many people offer to provide other forms of assistance to the family if it was needed.  Having people offer support to a family they did not know reminded me there are so many kind, caring, and selfless people in this world.

To date friends and family have donated over $600 to help Roxy and her family.  This will easily provide the family with groceries for two months and one or two family nights with carry out pizza.  I feel my goal has been met, and the journey has been heartwarming to say the least.

I did complete the Cleveland Marathon in just over five hours.   I just missed my goal time of crossing the finish line in under five hours (5:01:49), but again, the run was not about me.  It was Roxy’s Run.

-Suzy Schroeder, Head of Library Electronic and Media

St. Martin de Porres

We did it!

Our first meeting at St. Martin’s is done, and I think it went well. We had a class of of 11 boys and girls who live in the Glenville area and we taught them about spreading germs. Of course we had the occasional hiccup because no kid wants to feel like the are in school, over the summer, but we kept them engaged and we all had fun. I wasn’t even nervous about doing my hand washing presentation. We will be going to St. Martin’s every other Thursday throughout the summer.  Our next topic will be vaccinations and communication. These kids are so amazing and open to learn, that just being in the room is a pleasure.  I can’t wait until our next session.

-Sharita Hill

Crazy Week

Usually my work week runs from Monday to Wednesday, but the last seven days have been anything but usual.  Since I’m the “new kid on the block”, my supervisor, Amanda, is making sure I get training and interaction with the team as much as possible so that I will feel comfortable working with the other ladies.  Monday night, after I put the kids to sleep, I started data entry for my relationship survey.  I must have really enjoyed it, because by the time I looked up it was 2:30am and I had entered my last question (question # 168).  The next morning I walked into work feeling very sure of myself, for having completed my first assignment, but was brought back down to reality after sitting through my first Lunch&Learn seminar.

Lunch&Learn is a program that is directed by Case faculty.  It brings all of the student interns together from each department and allows them to present the research that they are conducting over the summer.  We also have amazing catered lunches in the process.  The presentations are encouraged but are completely on a volunteer basis, so I wasn’t worried.  However we were informed that at the end of summer we MUST all present a poster about our research.  This scared me for two reasons; first because I recently participated in Ursuline’s research symposium so I know how much work it takes to make a scholarly poster.  Secondly, all of the other students in their summer program are current Case students who have been conducting their research since last year, and I just started mine last week.  I fear that I will misrepresent the greatness of my program because my actual research time is so limited.  Only time will tell how this story will end.

Wednesday I received training to do informed consents.  This is crucial for conducting my research because I am conducting research on human specimens, and they must be informed of their rights, or none of my research will be valid.  Also Wednesday through Friday I was in and out of the office taking meetings with Sabira and Brynn about the upcoming St. Martin de Porres program.  This is a summer outreach program for children ages 9-12 that teach them about the importance of making healthy life choices so that they can live a safer life.  The teenage peer educators lead the program under the advisory of Brynn, and since the program if funded through the church, the students cannot talk about contraceptives or much about sex.   The topics are surrounded around germs, hand washing, and vaccinations.  Brynn has asked me to speak with the students about what soap does to bacteria on a cellular level in order to drive the importance of hand washing home.  I’m nervous and excited about this. I’ll keep you posted on how next week goes, till then I will practice my presentation so that I don’t look like an idiot in a room full of preteens.

-Sharita Hill