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Health Policy Intensive course focuses on homelessness

The Breen School of Nursing offered a new course for undergraduate students this year – titled the Health Policy Intensive (HPI). The course was available for Junior level nursing students. Unlike regular courses, this intensive began just after finals ended, and included adventures around Cleveland and in Washington, D.C.

Comprised of eight students and two faculty members, the group learned what homelessness is like here in Cleveland. The group specifically worked with Bellefaire JCB to discover what homeless youths experience. In addition, the pre-trip portion of the intensive also included learning about life at the Lakeside Men’s Shelter.

The class traveled to Washington, D.C. for a four-day whirlwind trip that covered a wide range of informational activities and meetings. On the first day, the group began the trip with a discussion on public policy and how it relates to homelessness. The group was also able to meet with two legislative aids to discuss some of the public policy issues relating to homelessness. One of the students on the trip, Rachel Jalowiec, said, “I was shocked at how people paid such little attention to homelessness. When we were talking to the congressmen, they were throwing out these ideas, and from what we’d learned, we knew that they would never work.”

The second day of the trip was a tour of Catholic Charities USA in Alexandria, VA, where the class met with a public policy analyst and a lobbyist from Catholic Charities over a lunch meeting. The third day of the trip got more hands-on, with the class taking a tour of the National Institute of Health. There, they met with representatives from the nursing department as well as toured various wards. This gave the students the opportunity to see the nursing end of healthcare for those in difficult situations. In addition, the group met with Brian Carome, one of the leaders of an organization called Street Sense, which puts out a bi-weekly newspaper written by and for homeless people. This organization also helps to give the homeless marketable skills and employment by helping them contract for graphic art and other similar projects.

The HPI group at Christ House in Washington, D.C.

The HPI group at Christ House in Washington, D.C.

The final day of the trip was the one that hit the hardest. The group of students went to Christ House, which according to Mary Lind Crowe, one of the faculty members on the trip, is “a men’s only facility that accepts and provides care for homeless people that have chronic and/or debilitating illness once they are discharged from the hospital.”

About the trip to Christ House, Jalowiec said, “That was my favorite part, because it was more emotional than I thought it was going to be. The people were so kind, and they’ve lived hard lives.”

When asked about why it is important for students that are looking to go into healthcare, and especially nursing, to learn about homelessness, Crowe said, “The concept of homelessness is very relevant for nursing – we could encounter these people every day in our job and not realize it unless we pay attention to details, like if the address they give is a homeless shelter. It’s also key to remember that medical bills are the leading cause of bankruptcy, and that being in our care means that they and/or their families see what their going through as a financial burden.”

Jalowiec said that the HPI experience really changed her perspective on homelessness and healthcare. She stated that she learned that “whether it be mental illness or drug addiction, it’s important for the homeless to get healthcare without being judged. One of the reasons that they end up waiting so long to get healthcare, besides not being able to afford it, is that they are afraid of being judged.” She added that, “there are so many stereotypes with the homeless, and hearing about their pasts really helped us learn not to judge them.”

The HPI trip definitely made a lasting impact on all of those involved. Jalowiec stated that although she’d always wanted to make a difference in the world, “this trip has gotten [me] to look into things more. On our way to Christ House, I was discussing everything with my professors, and we wondered if there were any similar programs in Cleveland. This trip made me want to get my degree and look into working for a program like Christ House after I graduate. This class made me want to make more of a difference.”

Spreading cheer: Ursuline serves women and children at Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center holiday event

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The Marketing Department represented the College last night at the Domestic Violence & Child Advocacy Center‘s annual Twinkle Shop, an event for families living at the agency’s shelter to shop for holiday gifts for one another, have a delicious meal and play like crazy. The Marketing gals took photos of each family with Santa and ran a craft table. Moms and their children decorated frames to display their new photos!

Thanks for having us, DVCAC! For more information about the Center, visit dvcac.org.

Be a Part of #GivingTuesday!

giving tuesday2Today, Ursuline College is joining a national day of generosity, #GivingTuesday. It is a day when you can make a big impact on helping students to achieve their educational and career goals by emphasizing the whole person and providing personalized attention within a liberal arts higher educational environment.

Give small – please consider donating $10 to your college and alma mater, Ursuline College. Donate here.

Witnesses to Christ, Witnesses for Justice: Sister Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U., M.A.

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In 1979, Sister Martha Owen, Kazel’s companion missioner, took the above photo of Kazel on the motorcycle she used to travel to villages along the southeast coast of El Salvador.

Written by Sr. Elaine Berkopec, O.S.U., Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Arts and Sciences

Ursuline Alumna, Sister Dorothy Kazel, O.S.U., M.A., served on the Cleveland Diocesan Mission Team in El Salvador, where she gave her life for the Salvadoran people. Before her work in El Salvador, she was a teacher, mentor, and counselor for high school girls for seven years.

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3 chances to win a $1,500.00 tuition scholarship >> Enter now!

do somethingEnter Ursuline’s ‘Do Something’ Video Scholarship Contest! There are 3 chances to win a $1,500.00 tuition scholarship! All Ursuline students are encouraged to enter and cameras are available to borrow from the Library Media Center. To qualify, upload a video (max 3 minutes) showing how you will use your Ursuline education to change the world. Don’t forget to be creative!

Deadline to submit a video and to collect VOTES is September 30, 2014.

For more info and to enter, visit http://bit.ly/1w9wUAFShare this contest with your friends and family using the hashtag #DoSomethingContest and don’t forget to encourage them to VOTE!

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#UC2018 Welcome class of 2018!

Fall Orientation, August 23 & 24, 2014, photos by alumna Maggie Stark ’14.

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Update: Google Glass

glassBy Maggie Stark ’14

During my time working for the College’s marketing department, I have had the incredible opportunity to discover cutting-edge technology through the Google Glass Explorer Program. Like all newly released gadgets, there is an inevitable need for developers to work out bugs. However, it was exciting for me to witness first-hand the progress of Google Glass over the past year while capturing moments from my senior year of college.

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#BackToSchool Fall wardrobe edit

fall fashion edit2 By Anne Marie Gurko ’09, Alumnae Specialist/Adjunct Fashion Faculty

Fall is quickly approaching, and, while you’re still in summer mode, weighing in the back of your mind is a mental checklist of what you need to pack to head back to campus. You most likely have not committed to putting this list on paper in fear it will confirm that you summer break is officially over. Fret no longer. I have compiled a quick list that will help you focus on wardrobe necessities so you can in turn focus on loading the car up with your laptop, mini fridge and every book and notebook you won’t be able to survive the semester without. Feel free to add and subtract items. Here we go…

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A Fond Farewell to Christine Wynd

wyndSt. John College graduate, Dr. Christine Wynd, Ph.D., RN ’74SJ, Dean of the Breen School of Nursing and Strawbridge Professor since 2007, recently left the College to accept the position of President and Dean of The Mount Carmel College of Nursing in Columbus, Ohio.

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Ursuline Receives $200,000 gift from the Saint Luke’s Foundation for Denise San Antonio Zeman Endowed Scholarship

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Ursuline is pleased to announce that the College recently received a gift of $200,000 from the Saint Luke’s Foundation to endow a scholarship in honor of alumna Denise San Antonio Zeman.

“Denise Zeman is an outstanding leader in our community and we are extremely proud that she is a graduate of Ursuline College. This generous gift from the Saint Luke’s Foundation in honor of Denise will establish an endowed scholarship at the College that will allow future leaders of Cleveland to receive an Ursuline education. We are grateful to the Foundation for their investment in Ursuline and our future,” Kevin Gladstone, Ursuline College Vice President for Institutional Advancement, said.

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