#UCStyleFiles Share What You Wear

Buried Alive in Clothes...

Buried Alive in Clothes…Yes that’s Cher Horowitz
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While serving as the 2012-2013 president of Fashion Focus, I wanted to make sure that our club would have the opportunity to take part in a very special project that is very dear to my heart. My love of fashion plays such a huge part in my life, I’ve chosen to base my career around it so I can share my passion for style with others. And by default, I am an avid collector of beautiful things, and I wasn’t the only member of Fashion Focus who finds herself buried alive in clothes with an overflowing walk-in closet, or dorm for that matter. We could definitely work with that!

Fortunately, I knew of an organization that would be the perfect fit for Fashion Focus as well as a solution to my overflowing closet, “Share What You Wear.” “Share What You Wear,” is a non-profit charity program at Orange High School which began after Orange High School Students Zoe Baris and Samantha Zabell volunteered at the National Council of Jewish Women/Cleveland Designer Dress Days. Zoe and Samantha were inspired to do something meaningful and helpful for others. Zoe and Samantha decided that donating their new and gently worn clothing for children from newborn to age 18 would fill an important need for kinship families in the Cleveland community. Six years later, Zoe and Samantha have done just that, leaving an even bigger legacy which continues to grow each and every year. Samantha and Zoe are truly girls after my own heart. To Zoe, what is most rewarding about this experience has been “to see my vision turn into something that has surpassed my wildest expectations, from collecting tens of thousands of items to helping thousands of children and getting the entire community involved, it has truly been a dream,” she says.

Zoe states, "It truly has been a dream"

Zoe states, “It truly has been a dream”

After the collection of the clothing throughout the school year, the “Share What You Wear” event in August is hosted with the help of student volunteers. This event gives local families in need and (the children in their care) a chance to experience what can easily be described as a “dream” shopping trip. Back to school shopping was (secretly) a favorite part of my childhood and almost something to have easily taken for granted. Over the years “Share What You Wear” has continued to evolve. Zoe explains,  “It started out in a barn where each child was allowed a certain number of items that were “bought” with Share What You Wear bucks, to now allowing each child to leave with unlimited amounts of anything they want. The first 4 years the items were organized in my basement until the final August event, and now everything is housed in a warehouse provided by NCJW to accommodate all of the clothes, a result of the incredible involvement of the community.”

Children delight in the incredible selection of books

Children delight in the incredible selection of books

A Dream Come True: A large party hall is transformed into a trendy "back to school" boutique

A Dream Come True: A large party hall is transformed into a trendy “back to school” boutique


SWYW definitely covered all of the back to school essentials!


All Smiles: Zoe's dream touches the lives of many in the community

All Smiles: Zoe’s dream touches the lives of many in the community

Zoe and the legacy of “Share What You Wear” have a bright future ahead of them. So what does the future hold for “SWYW” and co-founder Zoe Baris? Zoe assures us that “the future is so bright and endless for SWYW.” According to Zoe, the success of SWYW will continue for years to come because “There is no limit to the amount of people it can help and the amount of good it brings to the community.” As far as Zoe, her future is just as bright. Zoe reveals, “I plan on using the same skills that I have built upon since SWYW; my creativity, entrepreneurial skills, my background in business, and my desire to give back to create an amazing future. I have one semester left in the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and I plan on learning as much as I can and meeting as many people I can to help me fulfill my dreams.”


This year, Orange High School Senior, Jordan Davis took charge and helped organize the 2013 “Share What You Wear” event. (Click here to read about Jordan’s successful clothing drive at Orange High School). As a 2009 graduate of Orange High School myself and a native of Pepper Pike, Ohio, there was no hesitation for me to ask how Fashion Focus and I could help!

Our very stylish SWYW flyer!

Our very stylish SWYW flyer!

The countless, endless boxes of clothes

The countless, endless boxes of clothes

Fashion Focus was able to organize a campus wide clothing driving starting on April 1st, ending the last week of classes. We also were able to lend a hand to help Jordan fold, sort, and box the clothing for pickup, and help set up for distribution event this week at the Tudor Arms Double Tree hotel. And the rewards of this experience are endless. It’s such an amazing feeling to have contributed to this amazing program and to see the end result of Zoe and Jordan’s hard work. I feel so lucky to gotten to know these incredible friends of mine. <3 SO PROUD!

An Amazing journey continues for Zoe, 6 years later!

An Amazing journey continues for Zoe, 6 years later!

Want to learn more about Zoe Baris and Share What You Wear? Click below to view a collection of articles




RA Advice: Preparing for Dorm Life

Move-in day is fast approaching. Faced with the daunting task of stuffing one’s life into a suitcase, many students — especially freshmen — may be nervous about packing for dorm life. Rest at ease with some advice from our own Resident Assistants.

“Communicate with your roommate ahead of time so you know what commodities the other is bringing.” -Rhianna McChesney, AYA Integrated Language Arts & English

“Bring what you think you will need, but definitely be prepared to send some things back home as you will have limited space.” – Natalie Huggins, Language Arts & Math Education 

“I would advise to freshmen to pack lightly and only bring what you need because you are going to end up sending some stuff back with your parents! Also you will get most of your items that you want while you are here.This happened to me my freshmen year! I would make an agreement with my roommate on who is bringing what to avoid from bringing two TVs since there is only one cable source. I would bring a mini fridge and surge protectors because you can not have extension cords in the dorms(fire hazard). Lastly! Less is more! Good luck and see you at move in day!” -Keith Reeves, Fashion 

“Bring a positive attitude! Our goal in the halls is to have fun!” -Kelsie Kirchartz, Nursing 

Gym Gone but Spirit Isn’t

Greetings from room 110 of the Dauby Science Center, the lab turned makeshift office to 11 members of the Ursuline College athletic department after a tornado hit the College’s campus on July 20th. The 110 mile per hour winds caused an external wall of the Matthew J. O’Brien Athletic Center to collapse and destroyed part of the roof. Offices were packed up and sent to storage while the building is assessed to see if – or when – it’s safe to return.

The tornado came just eight days after the school received a final stamp of approval from the NCAA and was welcomed as an active Division II institution.

Much is still unknown. How much will insurance cover? When will the athletic facility begin to be re-built and what will it look like? Where we will practice on a day-to-day basis?

These questions have been discussed by the administration as they have worked around the clock while demonstrating tremendous leadership and resiliency. Hathaway Brown has already agreed to host the volleyball matches that were scheduled to take place in the O’Brien Center and only basketball needs a permanent home for games. Vans have been purchased to safely transport student-athletes to and from practice destinations and modular units are on the way to replace the offices and training room that are no longer functioning.

The rest of the answers will come. Maybe not as quickly as we would like, but the answers will come.

What we do know for certain is that we were lucky the tornado hit in the wee hours of a Saturday morning. Just 10 hours earlier, our campus was home to the Blue Streak All-Sports Camp and dozens of children were running around. We thank God that no one was harmed.

We know that eventually we will restore our campus and it will be a reminder of what we can do when we all come together. As is the case in athletics, a little bit of effort goes a very long way. We will get this building up and running again, piece by piece.

We know that we are being looked after. Many schools and community centers in the area have reached out to inquire about how they may help us get back on our feet.

We know that we are loved. The outpouring of support we received post-tornado has been very much appreciated. Perhaps not every single e-mail, text message, Tweet or voicemail expressing well-wishes was responded to, but the message was received and we are grateful for the support.

We know that people have an eye on Ursuline. Media outlets across the country published stories about the tornado damage and as a result, website traffic and social media hits have skyrocketed. People want to know what Ursuline is about.

What we are about is adapting to the times, making something out of nothing. The conditions are not ideal, but we will make this work. We will meet the challenges head on. We will do the best with what we have and take that principle with us in all that we do. We will not make excuses.

We are a place of higher learning, but now this community is about teaching as we will be an example of how to respond to adversity.

Librarian Mingles with Romance Authors

Amanda Flower at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amanda Flower at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amanda Flower at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amanda Flower at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

I’m a UC librarian by day and a writer by night with four published novels to my name and three more coming in September of this year. In the summer, I spend a lot of my time off from the library writing my novels, traveling on book tours, and attending writing conferences. This summer was no exception, and I attended the Romance Writers of American Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the largest writing conferences in the country.

The conference ran Wednesday, July 17-Saturday, July 20. The official start of the conference was the “Readers for Life” literacy signing. Five hundred authors from all over the United States and the world signed their novels. I was privileged to be one of those authors, along with some of the biggest names in Romance fiction, like Nora Roberts. The publishers donated the novels for the signing and the money from the sales went to organizations that support literacy. This year the signing raised over $52,000.

The rest of the conference was broken into workshops where both published authors and aspiring authors could learn something new about the craft of writing, publicity, or managing their writing business. The workshops were informative and fun. However for me, the best part of the conference was hanging out with my writer friends and meeting other authors.

I took time out of the conference during the day to visit the attractions in Atlanta, including the Georgia Aquarium and The World of Coca-Cola.

You can see more photos on my author blog or my Facebook page.

-Amanda Flower, Head of Bibliographic Services.

After the Lecture: Damage From the Wind

When I teach Calculus, I teach a section in which the area between two functions is calculated. Later, the volume between two three dimensional shapes is calculated using similar techniques. For example, one might take a cube and imagine the volume left if the shape if an ice cream “scoop” of a spherical shape is removed from one side of that cube. I found myself thinking of this particular problem last weekend when I looked at photographs of what had been, until last weekend, the gym at Ursuline College.

After a week of oppressive heat, a storm blew through our part of Ohio last weekend, bringing strong wind and heavy rain that flooded many basements on our street. As I reminded myself of the benefits of not having an actual basement in my split-level home, I discovered an e-mail from my dean talking about wind damage that was found throughout campus, damage that had blown off a wall of our gym. With images of branches blown around our own back yard, I assumed that there were such branches strewn about the campus, and that the problem could be taken care of by a few workers who would pick up the branches quickly and repair a wall to the gym, which I assumed was simply an outer façade that had been torn off. It was not until I received another note from her later that day talking about classes being cancelled for the weekend that I began to suspect that things were worse than I had imagined. But even that did not prepare me for the images on the nightly news of the damage that had been done to the campus by a tornado that had touched down in the midst of the storm. The wall that was torn from the gym was not an outer façade, but an entire wall that had crumbled after part of the roof had been lifted by the wind. The hardwood floors were open to the sun and rain, and basketball hoops swung in the wind. Much of the roof was gone, and what was left of the walls on either side of the gym looked like they had been damaged by a bomb.

Immediately after showing pictures of our idyllic campus contrasted with the damage done by the tornado, the news showed an interview with our president, Sister Diana Stano, who said the only good thing that could be said; “no one was injured.” It was amazing to realize that all that damage had been done and no one was hurt. Indeed, many of the college’s neighbors who had been touched by the tornado had escaped with less damage than could have occurred. Huge trees had been uprooted, but none of them harmed anyone in the homes they had stood near, and property damage was much less than one would have expected. Referring to our Roman Catholic roots, one woman on the news even said that she felt that the tornado had “picked up a prayer at Ursuline.” that had protected the neighborhood.

This was the first tornado that my daughter has had any direct personal knowledge of, and she was scared to hear that a tornado had struck so close to her own home. I cringed when I remembered that we told her only a few weeks ago that the tornados in Oklahoma were far away, and that she was safe here. Alas, she is starting to really realize that such promises made by her parents are not promises that can be kept. Scary things happen everywhere, and as she grows, she will become more aware of this truth.

As I have found myself doing many times in her short life, I held her extra tight that night when I wished her good night, and once again wished that I could protect her from all that is bad and scary in the world. As I did, I thought of the other parents whose children had not been so lucky; the parents of the children in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, and those who sent their healthy children to school one day in Chardon, Ohio and in Newtown, Connecticut. And yes, I was reminded of the parents of Tryvon Martin in Florida, whose child would never come get to come home. I am once again reminded that, in parenting, there are many things beyond my control, and that there are limits to the degree that I can protect my daughter from all of the scary things that blow thorough this world.

This blog post was written by Rosemarie Emanuele, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics at Ursuline College.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/mama-phd/math-geek-mom-damage-wind#ixzz2bC3qktFo
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#UCStyleFiles DIY Chandelier!

Photo Via Pinterest

Photo Via Pinterest


I firmly believe that no room is complete without a chandelier, whether it’s an indoor or outdoor space. How perfect would a chandelier be in your garden, or YOUR dorm?! I recently found a great tutorial from the Dollar Store Craft blog on how to fashion a chandelier from affordable household items. (Click on the link above for this amazing tutorial and other awesome and affordable projects!)

This is what you’ll need:

* Mardi Gras style beaded necklaces (from the dollar store or party store)

* Jewelry wire

* Hot glue

* Scissors

* Metallic spray paint

* Plastic Crystals, glass beads, etc.


Photo via Dollar Store Crafts tutorial

Photo via Dollar Store Crafts tutorial

Step #1: Begin by attaching the beaded necklaces to the wire basket with the jewelry wire.

Step #2: Once the entire “bowl” is completely adorned with the beaded strands, continue on to attach the beads to hanging part of the chandelier.

Step #3: To secure the beads, Dollar Store Crafts hints to loop the chain link through the hook to support the weight of the beads.

Step #4: In a ventilated work space, spray paint your chandelier in your desired color. Be sure to wear a mask and protective eye wear!*

Tip from Dollar Store Crafts: loop the chain links through the hook to secure the beads

Tip from Dollar Store Crafts: loop the chain links through the hook to secure the beads

And this is how my chandelier turned out:


MY version!


A continuing process: I find myself adding to my chandelier every so often!


How gorgeous does my chandelier look in our apple tree?

How gorgeous does my chandelier look in our apple tree?




The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund

“Do not be discouraged and confused about the     future.  Even though troubles and anxieties will come, these sorrows     will pass into joy.  Hold this for certain, that you will never be     abandoned in your needs.”

-St. Angela Merici


Dear Alumnae & Friends of Ursuline College,

As many of you know, Ursuline’s campus was affected by a tornado in the early morning of July 20.  The College was incredibly blessed that there was neither loss of life or injury.  The O’Brien Athletic Center was hit the most severe damage, where the exterior wall of the gym collapsed.  Additional damage occurred to the Dauby Science Center and the Besse Library with minor damage to an entrance in Pilla and the Mullen roof.  A large number of mature trees were uprooted or destroyed and various other areas of campus were impacted.

I am grateful for the outpour of heartfelt messages, prayers and offers of  assistance.  Through your encouragement I feel the strength of the College community.  I believe that together we will rebuild our campus to an even more vibrant state.  Because of the confidence and support of each of you, Ursuline was able to get through this crisis with dignity and grace.  Ursuline is a small community, but the College has a mighty heart and spirit that not even a tornado can dampen.

The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund has been set up to help in our rebuilding efforts.  If you would like to contribute to the fund through the College’s website visit Rebuilding Fund or send a check made out to Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund.  If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Gladstone, Ursuline’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement at kgladstone@ursuline.edu or 440 646 8355.

May God Bless You,

Sister Diana Stano, O.S.U., Ph. D. ’68

#UCstylefiles: An Evening of Art and Fashion

Fox_25“From Botticelli to Pollack. The history of art is the mechanics of Fashion and Branding: it is the marketing, presentation, selling, and licensing of a product or idea that is relevant and desirable in its time period.”

What could be better than an evening of art and fashion? An evening of art, fashion, and the opportunity to make networking connections in Cleveland’s fashion industry! Last night I attended this incredible FGI (Fashion Group International) event at the Cleveland Museum of Art and met some amazing people and mingled with some good friends and my favorite fashion professors! The event featured an exclusive fall fashion trend presentation from Saks Fifth Avenue. (I LOVED everything I saw!), a presentation on fashion designer and FGI member Ali Rahimi of Ali Rahimi for Mon Atelier from John Barle, and a private guided tour of the museum from the Director of Art Studies at Virginia Marti College of Art and Design, Patrick Melnick. NOTE: We also shook hands with the likes of someone with connections to iconic model Twiggy!


SO what fall trends should you be on the look out for? Expect to see lots of leather, from laser-cut leather dresses to leather leggings, moto jackets, and your classic leather pant. Classic cashmere also took a sleek feminine edge with flattering draping, paired with destroyed denim. Below are some photos courtesy of local blogger Karen Yannacio Morse of GlamKaren. Be sure to check out her blog, she is so amazing!


Photo Cred: Karen Y. Morse


Photo Cred: Karen Y. Morse

Stay tuned for more! -xoxo


After the Lecture: In the View of the Korean Mountains

After experiencing the hustle and bustle of Korean cities—it was now time for country-side travels. My husband and I first decided to venture to the Southwest part of South Korea. We took a surprisingly comfortable five-hour bus ride through the mountain-cradled picturesque country-side towards Haenam County, Jeonnam Province. Beside the natural beauty of the destination—we had made arrangements for a week-end “temple stay” at Daeheungsa Temple – a Buddhist Temple nestled within a remote national park. Daeheungsa is located on Duryun Mountain, in the southernmost area of Korea, and is the head temple for the 22nd District of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. The exact date that the temple was founded is unknown, but historians are certain that the temple has stood since the Three-Kingdom period of ancient Korea (4th-9th centuries CE). The Temple Stay program is an educational and a cultural experience program designed to enhance the understanding of Korean spirituality and Korean culture. A typical temple stay program entails overnight stays at a Buddhist temple, and experiential participation in such Buddhist rituals as yebul (ceremonial service), chamseon (meditation), and barugongyang (monastic meal). We were given very comfortable living quarters (with traditional floor beddings) as well as traditional clothing. We had very welcoming and helpful guides, including much individual attention from the Head Education Monk. He provided many formal and informal discussions of Korean Buddhists’ life, culture, and spirituality. Possible future collaboration of Korean to English text translations even discussed.

After the temple stay, we also made arrangements to stay nearby at what has been described as one of the “first” Korean “Inns”. This “Inn” was nothing like what we think of in America as an Inn. In Korea, these overnight places are called a “Yeogwan”.  Yeogwans are a traditional Korean housing structure, with heated floors and in this case a stunning natural view. Traditional Korean meals are also served for a low fee. We enjoyed a delicious dinner of fresh fish and vegetables with a scenic view of the mountains. Nothing could have been a more perfect way to end this country side-trip.

Later, after returning to Seoul, we also did a day tour to the DMZ in the Northern-most part of South Korea.  The DMZ area is near the border of North Korea and is a place of great contradictions. It is a very peaceful and an exquisite natural area of a renewed nature preserve. Since no large structures–urban or military are allowed there—it has abundant natural and wild life. Many animal and plant species– once nearly extinct —have returned in this quiet undisturbed setting. But in this beautiful stillness there are also signs of great tensions. There are many Army checkpoints, restrictions, and watchful armed observations by military soldiers. As we ventured our glances into the vast distance mountains of North Korea—one can’t help but feel the pain of past losses and pray for a future peace.

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

After the Lecture: Is this blessed sip of life not enough?

Dave matthewsIf you are a Dave Matthews Band fan like me, you certainly noticed the news this week that fans stopped to help a man who had a bike with a flat tire on their way to a DMB concert and found that the person was Dave Matthews.  The fans placed his bike on their bike rack and gave Dave Matthews a ride to his own concert.  Being the gracious person that he is, Dave showed his gratitude with front row seats, back stages passes, a meeting with the band, dinner, and of course, a shout out during the concert.  Jealous?  I am!

The Dave Matthews Band has become iconic in the world of rock. Although there have been long breaks between album releases, the band tours year after year, and their fan base continues to grow. Beyond the unique beat and brilliant tones produced by this eclectic band, the lyrical focus and continued grappling with life’s mysteries is a significant draw for the listener.

A continuous theme found in the music is the idea that focusing on the afterlife, or what is beyond us, has left humanity failing to recognize the sacred that is in the here and now. We are so preoccupied with trying to attain what comes after this physical life that we fail to notice all that surrounds us in the present. In the song “Don’t Burn the Pig,” DMB poses the question, “Is this blessed sip of life not enough?” Without debating the existence of a life beyond the physical world, these lyrics have demanded that we take notice of the beauty in our daily lives and experience God as God is present.

I can’t help but think of Catholic Imagination when I hear this song which views creation as sacramental. Creation in all its forms reveals something about God and thus brings God among us. Consequently, this life is “blessed” and should be embraced as such. Too often we waste away our days in search of something that should remain a mystery and fail to recognize the divine that permeates our everyday lives. The music of DMB acknowledges this calling its listeners to realize and be conscious of the sacred in all its forms and to have gratitude for all that is experienced in this “blessed sip of life.”

Gina Messina-Dysert, Ph.D. is a theologian, ethicist, and Dean of the School of Graduate and Professional Studies at Ursuline College.