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.
Art Therapy and Counseling Faculty and Students take Service Trip to El Salvador
Students, faculty and alumnae from the Art Therapy and Counseling Department at Ursuline College traveled to El Salvador for a service trip. The team went with the goal to serve the children in El Salvador who feel disenfranchised and unempowered and those who have experienced loss, grief, trauma, stress, depression, hopelessness and despair.
Ursuline graduated its largest class in history, including first Doctorate in Nursing Practice students.
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.
Ursuline College Art Therapy and Counseling student, Diane Fleisch Hughes hosted a global art project involving painting and decorating umbrellas by children and adults. Umbrellas for Peace is a world-wide organization spreading the word of peace. We were the first in the state of Ohio to participate in the project. Diane is using this project as her thesis, which is based on the theme of building and strengthening communities using art. The umbrellas were then on exhibit at the Beachwood Community Center from July 13 to August 3.
Ursuline College alumnae, students, staff and faculty came together for Volunteer Day, giving back to various organizations in Northeast Ohio.