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Do something: a history of fundraising, ground breaking and the people who built Ursuline College


Every year, the incoming class of students at Ursuline College learns the names Mullen, Besse, Fritzche, Wasmer, Pilla, Smith, Grace and Murphy. These names not only represent the buildings that comprise campus, but are a lasting testament to Ursuline’s history. The story behind the College involves a small but passionate group of people dedicated to the vision of Ursuline’s foundress, St. Angela Merici: Women’s education.

‘Once in a Century’: A New View

“Nearing the completion of a century of service to the community and to its members, Ursuline College, Ohio’s first chartered institution of higher learning for women, has never before sought financial assistance for operating or capital expenses. Now on the threshold of a new dimension in its scholastic endeavor, Ursuline College for Women, through its president and advisory board, announces embarkation upon its first comprehensive Development Program for capital expansion and academic enrichment…”
– ‘A New Dimension’ Brochure for the ‘Once in a Century’ Campaign, 1961-62

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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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Ursuline College sophomore Nicole Burlinson named Division II All-American

Nicole Burlinson Indoor Track

By Tim Ertle, Sports Information Director for the Ursuline Arrows

Ursuline College sophomore Nicole Burlinson (Darlington, Great Britain) ran a school record time of 2:10.67 in the 800 meter finals at the NCAA Division II National Championships on Saturday (March 15) evening, good for a fifth place finish. By virtue of scoring four team points, she earned NCAA Division II All-American honors.

There are nearly 1,500 student-athletes who compete in the 800 meter run during the course of the year and only 17 qualified for this weekend’s National Championships. To see the results from the 800 meter final, click here.

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Experiencing Google Glass

Being one of the first in Ursuline’s Community to use Google Glass, I felt privileged to put them on and see campus through Glass. To be honest, I watched a few hundred promotional and Explorer Program Youtube Videos to prepare myself. I hoped that the first time I said, “Ok, Glass” I would do something spectacular.

I won’t lie; I fumbled with adjusting Glass around my hair and ended up taking a few photos of the ceiling. But after a few minutes I asked Glass to store notes and then connect to 131010110040-2Facebook, Fieldtrip, Tumblr and Twitter. Glass technology is certainly innovative. I wouldn’t be surprised if in a few years we see the general population wearing Glass to work, the grocery store or surfing the internet while waiting in line at Starbucks. It is very much like Siri, without her talking back.

The information I ask for is shown to me in a rectangular projection in my upper, right hand vision. While I was watching a YouTube video on how to make a paper crane over lunch, I could hear the instructions but my neighbors didn’t notice a thing. I’m impressed with the sleekness of the overall interface and how well Glass responds to common language commands.

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Freshman Erica Huber Wins Conference Award for Second Time This Season

Erica Huber

Ursuline College freshman point guard Erica Huber has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference ‘Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week’ for the second time this season, the conference office announced Monday (Jan. 20) afternoon.

Huber was the first recipient of the weekly conference award on Nov. 11, 2013. The award has been distributed 10 times this season and an Ursuline student-athlete has been elected five times. Junior forward Emma Ricketts has been named the ‘Women’s Basketball Athlete of the Week’ three times and Huber twice with no other player in the conference winning the award more than once.

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In 2014, keep in mind these words:

With Mayfield Adaptive (2)

Basketball Team Helping Mayfield Adaptive Group

As they have done in the past, the Ursuline College basketball team put on a hoops clinic for people with disabilities, an experience that was beneficial to all who were involved.

The Mayfield Community Adaptive Recreation Program brought a group with disabilities (ranging from teenagers to guys in their 40s) to Orange High School on Sunday (Dec. 8). The group did warm-up drills and played a half with the Arrows before concluding the day with shooting contests.

At the end of the day, the group also presented Ursuline with donations to help with the re-building of a new gymnasium after a July 20th tornado destroyed the Matthew J. O’Brien Athletic Center, the site of the clinics in previous years.

“In 2004, we had two programs for people with disabilities,” said Bill Thomas, Mayfield Village’s Recreation Director. “Now we have over 60 programs each year, and one of the most popular things we do is take our group to basketball clinics with teams from John Carroll University, Notre Dame College and Ursuline College.”

“I think it was good for our team to be reminded how much fun it is to play basketball,” head coach Shannon Sword said. “A lot of times we might get caught up in wins and losses, but our coaches and student-athletes are here because they truly love the game. To see the smiles that we were able to bring to those faces through a game we love made it a very rewarding day for our girls.”

Ursuline is the only women’s team to get involved with the organization as the men’s teams from John Carroll and Notre Dame conduct clinics each year.

“We have a wonderful relationship with all the schools,” Thomas said. “We couldn’t do it without the local colleges and universities. The guys in the program really look forward to these clinics and they have so much fun.”

Click here to see a photo gallery from the clinic.

Photo Credit: http://www.remarkableohio.org/HistoricalMarker.aspx?historicalMarkerId=865&fileId=10904

Visionaries, Leaders and Builders: Mother Mary of the Annunciation Beaumont, O.S.U.

Mother Mary of the Annunciation Beaumont is the “founder” we celebrate each year on Founder’s Day. Mary Beaumont was born in Wales in 1818 and later moved with her family to Lancashire in England. Lancashire was a center for Catholic recusants, those who remained Catholic in England after Catholicism was banned after the English Reformation. They lived their Catholicism in a rather secret fashion, celebrating Mass whenever a priest could sneak past the “priest hunters.”

Since Catholic schools were banned in England, many Catholics sent their sons and daughters to Catholic schools on the Continent. When Mary was 14, she was sent to the Ursuline school at Bologne-sur-Mer in France. The Ursulines already had an excellent reputation for the education of young women and central to their educational model was their “motherliness.”

Mary Beaumont very much enjoyed her years with the Ursulines, and while she returned home to England once her education was completed, a few years later at age 25 she decided to return to Boulonge-sur-Mer to enter the Ursuline Congregation.

Father Amadeus Rappe was chaplain to the Ursuline Sisters for the years that Mary Beaumont was a student and Mary had great respect and admiration for him. Responding to the call for missionary priests in Ohio, Father Rappe left the Ursulines in 1840 and ministered to the Catholics in the Toledo area for a number of years until in 1847 he was made bishop of Cleveland (which at the time included the whole north half of the state of Ohio—the western reserve). One of his major concerns was Catholic education and so he immediately begged the Ursulines to send him some sisters to start a school. A number of issues prevented the Ursulines from coming, but in 1850 four Ursuline Sisters volunteered to leave home and travel to Cleveland to open the first Catholic school in Bishop Rappe’s new diocese.

At the age of 32, Mother Mary of the Annunciation Beaumont was named superior of this new venture. Along with the four sisters, a lay woman named Arabella Seymour, who had conducted a school of her own, joined the group. Leaving Boulogne-sur-Mer on July 16, 1850, they, were accompanied by Bishop Rappe and a few priests and seminarians that the bishop had “collected” on his journey to France. The ship landed in New York harbor on August 6 and two days later the nuns were in Cleveland at the house that had been purchased for them on Euclid Ave, just east of Public Square.

Under the leadership of Mother Mary Beaumont, the sisters set to work preparing the convent and the school. They advertised that they would be opening a school for girls on September 6, less than a month after their arrival! On the opening day of school, with everything prepared, 300 girls of varying ages showed up. The school was an instant success and the Ursuline “motherliness” endeared the sisters to the girls and their parents.

In 1854, Mother Mary of the Annunciation, having seen governments confiscate church property in France, sought to incorporate her school. She did incorporate “The Ursuline Academy of Cleveland” with the state of Ohio. It was only the second corporation in Cleveland.

An example of the motherliness of the Ursulines was their concern for the students who were coming all the way from the west side in all kinds of weather to attend the Academy. The Ursulines’ rule made them contemplatives which meant that they could not leave their monastery. In France and in Cleveland, the sisters remained in the monastery and the students came to them. Reflecting on Saint Angela Merici’s counsel to adapt to the needs of the time, Mother Mary of the Annunciation and the other sisters decided in 1853 to respond to the call of Saint Patrick’s parish on the near west side for a school. Each morning three sisters would get into a coach with all the curtains drawn to go to the west side to teach young girls and return each evening to their convent. Other parishes continued to beg the Ursulines to open a school in their parishes and they did. In 1858 the sisters began schools at Saint Mary’s and Saint Bridget’s, and in 1860 they expanded again to Immaculate Conception and Saint Malachi’s parishes.

Mother Mary Beaumont was a woman of great energy and vision, but her life was not without sorrow and the pain of loss. In 1861 two young novices died and that same year Mother St. Charles, who was one of the four Ursuline to come from France, died at the age of 41. Two other founding sisters: Mother des Seraphines and Mother St. Benoit returned to France. That left Mother Mary Beaumont and Mother St. Austin, the former Arabella Seymour, as the only two surviving pioneers.

Recognizing the need for higher education for Catholic women, Mother made a rather bold request of the State of Ohio and sought a charter to open a women’s college in Cleveland. She fulfilled all the necessary requirements, and on November 17, 1871, Ursuline College became the first college for women in Ohio and among the very first Catholic colleges for women in the United States. It was located in the same building at Ursuline Academy and focused on a liberal arts education.

By 1878 the original Euclid Avenue building was too small to encompass Ursuline Academy, Ursuline College and the growing number of sisters. By 1875 the community had grown to 86 members. Mother Mary Beaumont and her advisors found a new property in Nottingham along Lake Erie. They bought the property and immediately went to work on a building that would serve as a high school, as a branch of Ursuline College (1879-1896), allow for boarding students and house some of the growing number of sisters. It was called the Ursuline Academy of Villa Angela. It opened its doors in September of 1878.
In 1880 Mother Mary Beaumont fell ill and suffered for a number of months. She went home to the Lord she had served so faithfully on March 9, 1881 at the age of 63. She left behind her a true testament to the value of the Catholic education of women. Having arrived in Cleveland with four companions and the dream to serve Bishop Rappe and the poor people of his diocese, she left this world with Ursuline sisters operating a college, a high school and a number of parish grade schools in Cleveland. Under her leadership the number of young women who became Ursuline was large enough to expand their reach to Toledo (1854), Tiffen (1863) and Youngstown (1874).

Her obituary in the March 17th issue of the Plain Dealer speaks to the esteem in which she was held:

The Ursulines of Cleveland have good cause to weep
for the loss of their dead and much loved superior,
and the many who have been educated under her
care have cause to remember her in kindness and
prayer for the lessons of virtue and example of
Christian devotion she gave them in her long
Career of usefulness and steady fidelity.

This is the woman we celebrate each year on Founder’s Day.

Patrick Riley, D.Min. is the Director of Development at Ursuline College. 


Getting a Return on Your College Investment

Yesterday I visited with students in the “Journey to College” class at Stow-Munroe Falls High School. We chatted about college planning and the endless opportunities here at Ursuline. At Stow, this class is an elective, taught first thing in the morning. The goal of the class is to position students to make the best possible choices when it comes to the complex decision in front of them: what comes after high school?

The college decision, of course, is complicated by the rising cost of attendance at all types of institutions. Along with purchases of homes and cars, it is one of the most significant investments most people make in their lives. On my drive back to campus from Stow, I caught a great discussion on Cleveland’s NPR station, WCPN, about paying for college. You can listen to the broadcast here:

Paying for College

The contributors to this piece are on-point. There’s discussion about a cost-benefit analysis of choosing a college and choosing a major. They contemplate how much debt is too much. They weigh, from a parent’s perspective, the investment in college for dependent children vs. retirement savings. If you are in the midst of planning for college, either for yourself or a family member, this segment is absolutely worth a listen.

What it comes down to, always, is ensuring that you have a return on your investment in college. At Ursuline, our average indebtedness among graduates is just below the national average across graduates of all types of institutions. The financial planners in the WCPN story suggest accruing no more debt than the amount a student expects to earn their first year working after college. With a job placement rate 3X higher than the national average and an average reported starting salary much higher than their average debt, Ursuline grads are more likely than average to successfully manage this debt. The amount the average Ursuline graduate pays towards student loans each month is similar to a modest car payment. Given the choice between the new car and the college education, which increases earning potential over the course of a working lifetime by about 65% (see Education Pays), most college grads would pick their degree. There are always exceptions to these rules, and each family should evaluate their situation individually, but overwhelmingly, the data tells us that a private education can be affordable and an excellent value.

We also know that graduates of an institution like Ursuline are earning much more than just a credential. College can be a transformative experience, and it certainly is here at Ursuline with an emphasis on values, liberal arts learning, leadership, and more. This makes students more likely to succeed in the workplace, and in life.

Here are a few tips on making sure that you (or your student) make the most of the college investment, and see the best possible returns:

1) Graduate. Nationally only 57% of students who start college actually finish in six years (cited in the WCPN broadcast, and many other places). Nothing wastes your money more than not completing your degree.

2) Find mentors. At a school like Ursuline with a 9:1 student to faculty ratio, you’ll find mentoring and coaching constantly.

3) Get out there and build a strong co-curricular resume. In a marketplace increasingly saturated with Bachelors degrees, in most fields, what you do in addition to earning your college degree is just as important as earning the degree itself. So take on a leadership role, an internship, a research project, a part-time job alongside class. It will help you with your time management skills, too!

4) Become part of the community. My college experience continues to add value to my life years after graduating. Friends and mentors continue to be sounding boards, professional references, confidants… Being part of a campus community extends far beyond the four years it takes you to earn your degree. Invest your time here, soaking up the culture and building relationships during those four years, and it will pay dividends over time.

What else would you add to this list?

Carolyn Noll Sorg is the Director of Undergraduate Admission at Ursuline College. 


College in CLE: Halloween Hotspots

Want a little fright in your life? Check out these Halloween hotspots in the Cleveland area. Everything from cornfield mazes, haunted schoolhouses and zombie paintball – just a short drive from Ursuline’s campus.


7 Floors of Hell – 31 minutes from Ursuline

7 haunted houses & the Monster Midway

[Body snatchers, House of Nightmares, Zombie Apocalypse, Clown House, Blood Barn, Killer Theater & the Mental Ward]

General Admission $25.00


Carnival of Horrors – 36 minutes from Ursuline

Insane asylum (cage maze), the Fun House, Freak-show in 3D Terror vision, the Wicked Woods

Full admission to all four events $19.00, $23 for speed pass to jump lines (free parking)



Bloodview – produced by Legion of Terror – 31 minutes from Ursuline

3 attractions

Admission $15, all night pass $20



Haunted Schoolhouse & Haunted Laboratory – 40 minutes from Ursuline

7 floors of combined terror between in former Thomastown Elementary School and previous owned University of Akron’s aeronautical experiment laboratory

$14.00 for single haunt or $26.00 for combo ticket. Free parking


Hauntville – 44 minutes from Ursuline

$16.00 general admission for 3 haunts, $4 discounts on their website

Cellblock D, Psycho manor, Wicked Clowns in 4D

$20 for 3 haunts and Zombie Hunt in 3D (zombie PAINTBALL)


Cedar Point Hallo Weekends – 1 hr 20 minutes

Mazes – Eden Musee, Eternity Infirmary, Zombie High School, Boeckling’s Eerie Estate

Scare Zones – Blood on the Bayou, Carnevil, Cut Throat Cove, Fear Faire, Cornstalkers, Manical Mechanical Screamworks

Shows – Gypsy Fortune Tellers, Halloween Hullabaloo, Sideshow Carnival Magic, the Edgie of Madness: Infernal Nightmare, Skeleton Crew

And Rides!

Starlight tickets online – $38.99