After the Lecture: The City Life in Korea

Given that my family lives in Seoul, South Korea—we had much time to explore the city. Seoul is the capital and largest metropolis of South Korea. A megacity with a population of more than 10 million, it is one of the largest cities in the developed world.  The Seoul Capital Area, which includes the surrounding Incheon metropolis and Gyeonggi province, is the world’s second largest metropolitan area with over 25.6 million people, and is home to over half of South Koreans along with 632,000 international residents [1].  Situated on the Han River, Seoul’s history stretches back more than 2,000 years when it was founded in 18 BC by Baekje, one of the Three Kingdoms of Korea. It continued as the capital of South Korea under the Joseon Dynasty and the Korean Empire. The Seoul metropolitan area contains four UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Changdeok Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Jongmyo Shrine and the Royal Tombs of the Joseon Dynasty. Seoul is surrounded by mountains, the tallest being Mt. Bukhan, the world’s most visited national park [2].

We were able to venture many of my old haunts as well as some new corners of this extensive (and continually updated) immense city. One of the highlights was an evening boat tour along the Han River—which flows through the center of the city. The view offered from the river was a stunning and shimmering panorama of one of the world’s most vibrant cities. The experience was animated with the sights of colors, the sounds of laughter, and the smells of Korean barbecues. No city seems more alive than Seoul in the summer.

We also had a chance to spend a day in the Southern Port city of Busan.  Busan is South Korea’s second largest metropolis after Seoul, with a population of approximately 3.6 million [3]. The Metropolitan area (includes adjacent cities of Gimhae and Yangsan) has a population of over 4.5 million, and when including nearby Ulsan, and the South Gyeongsang region—the area has over 8 million population in the metropolitan area [4]. The area also has Korea’s largest beach and Korea’s longest river, the Nakdong River. Busan is the largest port city in South Korea and the world’s fifth busiest seaports.  Busan also offers one the world’s best seafood markets, and includes many Korean fish favorites of all types. We also got to experience the ocean shoreline vistas from atop an open air bus, and we sampled the Korean street sweet treats in the bustling shopping district. From Busan we able to rapidly travel back to Seoul via one of the world’s fastest “bullet trains.” City Life is Korea holds many charms.


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

#UCstylefiles Dorm DIY!


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One of my favorite classes in the fashion program was Visual Merchandising with professor Jennifer Knaus. We were given lots of projects designed to challenge ourselves to design store layouts and window displays, while finding and creating beautiful compositions from every day items such as paint swatches.

I’m most proud of my vignette composition:


After creating countless paint swatch lollipop “pinwheels,” garlands, and “candies” I fell madly in love with being able to design and create with paint swatches. I then realized that paint swatches are an easy commodity for college students to get their hands on, so why not devote this entry to fun, easy projects to bring color and excitement to your dorm!


I created my own version of this paint swatch “painting,” directions and a sneak peek are below:

This is what I used:
Paint Swatches
Recycled Cardboard (it was inside a package)
Glue–Adhesive Spray, glue sticks, and rubber cement were all used accordingly!


To create my wall art, I cut various paint swatches into triangles to create my “pinwheel” motif. To adhere to the cardboard, I sprayed the cardboard with adhesive spray, working in small areas. Rubber Cement was used to secure the triangles to the cardboard. (Glue sticks came into play when the swatches became stubborn and fell off). My composition is for now a work in progress, but I’m going to decide whether or not I like the organic look of the cardboard in between, or I may continue to fill in the entire sheet. To finish the project, I will matte and frame it and voila! (Photos to follow once completed).

Summer Reads

If you live in Northeast Ohio, this summer’s weather has been less than desirable to say the least. If you find yourself with free time, as many of us students do, fill your spare time with a great book. Reading during the summer keeps your mind sharp, especially if you are not enrolled in summer courses! Oprah’s reading list offers plenty of reads to keep you occupied this summer! The list contains books of all genres to be enjoyed by all!

Samantha Humphrey, Junior Nursing Major at Ursuline College

Plans For Summer!

Aside from working as a crazy person this summer in Ursuline Undergraduate Admissions (which is awesome might I add) I totally plan on soaking up the sun and going to Cedar Pont! I am a roller coaster fanatic and I plan on ride their new ride: The Gatekeeper. I plan on bringing soo much money when I go to Cedar Point so I can blow it all silly attraction games, funnel cakes and stuffed animals for my family:) In addition to going to Cedar Point this summer, I hope to take the driver’s test and get my driver’s license!

Ursuline College New Cafeteria!

I am so excited for the new cafeteria we will have this coming fall! They just took down the walls so that we can see what the cafeteria looks like, and it looks great! Which makes me look forward to eat there even more! What makes it even more convenient is that its closer to the dorms and in an area where students hang out. They also added a new portion of the building and I am looking forward to see what they will be doing with that as well. We are going to have so much variety of food next semester!

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!



Foam Visors Photo Cred: Google Images


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.


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.



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.


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




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Summer Sweet Tea Punch


  • 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.