We have three days until the New Year! Let’s start it off right by really making the last days of 2013 count! Today: Go Technology Free!
In 2013, the Ursuline community faced one its most difficult challenges when a tornado hit campus in the early morning of July 20. The College was blessed that there was neither loss of life or injury. However, the O’Brien Athletic Center was hit with 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.
Despite this challenge however, 2013 has been a year of excitement, renewal and optimism. Students and faculty continue to excel academically, donor support reached new heights and the entire Ursuline community continues to give back. As the year comes to an end, we look back at some of our favorite moments from the past year. We also look forward to seeing what 2014 has in store for the Ursuline College community. Thank you and here’s to a Happy, Healthy New Year!
Ursuline receives $5 million gift, largest in its history
Ursuline received a $5 million gift from an anonymous donor – it is the largest single gift in the College’s history. The amount, given in its entirety, helps bring Ursuline closer to reaching its capital campaign $21 million fundraising goal. The gift will go towards building a new academic building, the Center for Creative and Healing Arts and Sciences.
Ursuline chosen as Glass Explorer to showcase only Women’s College in Ohio
Ursuline College was chosen by Google Glass to be part of the Glass Explorer Program. The College picked up its’ pair at the company’s office in New York City July 10. Google Glass is a wearable computer developed by Google that is equipped with an “optical head-mounted display.” The device displays information in front of the user’s eyes. The lens-free glasses are like a hands-free smart phone that individuals can use to surf the internet, make calls, text message, record video and more, via voice commands.
The Breen School of Nursing Lauded for Educational Excellence
The Hearst Foundations Excellence in Geriatric Education Award was presented to Ursuline College’s Breen School of Nursing during the annual National League for Nursing’s (NLN) Education Summit in Washington DC on September 19, 2013. Only twelve schools of nursing will be selected for this prestigious honor between 2012 and 2015. The Breen School of Nursing was among six schools of nursing in the nation chosen for this competitive award by the NLN. Programs receiving the award demonstrate excellence, exceptional instruction and innovation in geriatric nursing education.
Ursuline Kicks off Rebuilding Campaign with $1 Million Gift
Ursuline College recently received a gift of $1 million dollars from an anonymous donor for the College’s athletic center Rebuilding Campaign. The campaign was set up after an EF1 tornado struck the campus on July 20, which caused the collapse of the west wall of the athletic center, the uprooting of 167 trees, along with roof, window and water damage to other campus facilities.
Ursuline Becomes NCAA Division II Member
Ursuline College officially became an active member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II institution. The NCAA Division II membership process prepares institutions for membership as a successful Division II athletics program. The minimum three-year membership process consists of two periods, the candidacy period and the provisional period. The candidacy period consists of at least two years (candidacy period year one and two) and at least one year of a provisional period. The process includes opportunities for education, assessment and growth as institutions integrate the Division II philosophy, strategic positioning platform and best practices to be a model Division II institution.
Highlights from Innovations ’13 Student Fashion Show
On Sunday, April 28, 2013 Ursuline College hosted the annual fashion show Innovations ’13 in the College’s Matthew J. O’Brien Athletic Center. Open to the public, the event featured clothing designed by Ursuline fashion students and included more than 50 original creations for women, including 12 white paper dresses. Senior Susan Hayley Fox ’13 presented her collection, “Rose of Araby.” Her senior collection was inspired by the sleek lines of the 1920’s deco era and the feminine silhouettes worn by the flapper girls. This year’s commentator was fashion design alumnae, Melissa Gerhardt ’10.
While many (even most) people look at Pope Francis as an important world leader, my hunch is that he understands himself to be primarily a follower, not a leader. Like all Christians, Pope Francis is a disciple of Jesus Christ, and the meaning of the word “disciple” is one who follows. And as a disciple of Jesus, Pope Francis strives every day to become more like Jesus in what he says and does, and in how he speaks and acts.
Each day, Pope Francis prays and reads (and rereads) the stories of Jesus in the Gospels. Each day we witness this humble person speaking and acting very much like Jesus did. Facing such overwhelming responsibilities every day, Pope Francis is a model of Gospel simplicity. He shows us the meaning of the Beatitudes through his poverty of spirit, his meekness, his thirst for justice. He also clearly displays how one can perform the corporal works of mercy no matter who you are, no matter where you are. As we read in Matthew 25:35-36, every disciple is charged to feed the hungry and give drink to the thirsty; to clothe the naked and visit the lonely and imprisoned.
As Pope Francis performs these very simple and humble actions, they shine brightly before all who see them, or hear about them, or read about them. Like the sun’s rays warm our faces, these acts of mercy warm our hearts and souls. Like Jesus feeding the multitude with bread and fish, Pope Francis feeds us – and the world – with hope. In the midst of the darkness of evil that too often blankets our world, Pope Francis shines as a beacon of light, reminding us of Jesus, the Light of the World.
As we continue to pray for Pope Francis, we should also learn from his example. Each Christian is a disciple, a follower of Jesus. Each of us is called to be a person of the Beatitudes, a person of the corporal works of mercy. Each of us is asked to bring the light of Christ into the world in our own way. This is especially relevant during the Advent season, in which we recall the coming of Jesus, the Light, into the world. May our light join the brilliant light of Pope Francis in bringing mercy and hope into the world during this holy season and throughout the coming year. Amen.
George S. Matejka, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Philosophy Department at Ursuline College.
It was a historical day for the art therapy and counseling faculty and students! It was the first time for us to present together at the All Ohio Counselors Conference in Columbus, Ohio. This took place on November 7, 2013. Presenters included two current ATC graduate students, Claire Whiteman, Mary Cassidy, and ATC alumni Steve Macek, M.A., an art therapist and professional counselor at University Hospital of Cleveland. Also presenting were ATC faculty Katherine Jackson, Ph.D. and myself (DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D)–along with Jonathan Appel, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Tiffin University (TU) and TU student Erin Snapp.
Our joint research team presented empirical results of a year-long research project that has been investigating links between creativity and mental health. The title of the presentation was “The Relationship Between Measures of Creativity and Mental Health Measures.”
The aim of the study presented was to determine the extent to which multidimensional mental health measures predict measures of creativity as assessed by a measure of creative personality and an inventory of creative behaviors. The study also examined the interrelationships between mental health, personality measures, demographic variables, and measures of creativity. The research found that overall better mental health (emotional stability and low psychoticism, low autistic tendencies) appears associated with creative personality, but increased levels of anxiety, obsessive compulsive and somatization were associated with actual creative activity. Another major finding of the study was that there was a strong association between the mental health symptom measure of somatization and creativity across measures of creativity. Implications of this research for counseling and psychotherapy were also discussed at the presentation. The research strongly suggested that expressive therapies can and should be integrated within a clinical counseling practice. The research team is currently preparing the research for publication.
I appreciated Gail Rule-Hoffman’s (ATC program director) supportive attendance and her leadership throughout the conference.
DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D.is Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.
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 Diversity” 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, ATC 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 Geriatric 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, using 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, Ph.D.is Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.
It was a beautiful Friday morning, feeling tired from the trip to England and on the road again to Columbus, Ohio to attend 32nd Annual Buckeye Art Therapy Association (BATA) (http://www.buckeyearttherapy.org/) symposium, titled “Art Therapy: Self-Expression and Healing” held September 26, 27 and 28 in Columbus, Ohio. Sister Kathleen Burke, Gail Rule-Hoffman and Diane Meros attended entire symposium.
I was greeted by my classmates, Barbra Greenwood and Laura Malbasa, from early 1990s when I was an art therapy student at Ursuline College. Reminiscing our time at Ursuline, all of sudden I forgot how tired I was. It was such a pleasant surprise to reunite with them and it was one of the meaningful highlights of the day. Proud to see our recent graduates presenting at the symposium with their colleagues and seeing our motivated current students participating in the symposium overwhelmed me with excitement. Most of the current BATA board members are Ursuline College ATC alumnie.
Sister Kathleen’s presentation “Grace, Creativity and Breakthrough: Saint Hildergard of Bingen” taught me how her journey to establish art therapy department at Ursuline College was deeply inspired by Saint Hildergard (http://hildegard.org/). Listening to “A feather on the Breath of God” (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jdVcKfAZJMU) during her presentation, I could not help feeling empowered and it was such an educational presentation.
The Art Therapy profession has many pioneers, and meeting Dr. Wadeson was such a joy. Harriet Wadeson Ph.D., ACSW, LCSW, ATR-BC, HLM who was a keynote speaker for the symposium and she has been called “a mother of the art therapy profession.” She has ways to use words to tell incredible stories with art and it is a gift. One of our ATC current students, Heidi Semijalac, was the winner of the BATA 2013 student scholarship award to attend the symposium. Seeing her smile and excitement to meet Dr. Wadeson was another highlight of the day.
The BATA conference contained my past and present path at the same place. I am glad I made it for the day!
DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D. is Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.
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!
Jackie Amos, Administrative Assistant – Ursuline Studies