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Biology Department helps to restore stream banks on campus


On Saturday (April 26) Ursuline students and faculty helped restore campus stream banks impacted by the tornado that hit the College last summer. The team planted a total of 15 trees, 100 shrubs and 700 live stakes provided by Chagrin River Watershed Partners

The new vegetation will prevent erosion and nutrient pollution from traveling to area streams and rivers that connect to the campus. The project was funded by the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District. 

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Professor and Chair of Religious Studies selected as a National Endowment for the Humanities summer scholar


Natalie Kertes-Weaver, Professor and Chair of the Department of Religious Studies at Ursuline College, has been selected as an NEH Summer Scholar from a national applicant pool to attend one of 30 seminars and institutes supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. The Endowment is a federal agency that, each summer, supports these enrichment opportunities at colleges, universities, and cultural institutions, so that faculty can work in collaboration and study with experts in humanities disciplines.

Kertes-Weaver will participate in a seminar or institute entitled “Representations of the ‘Other’: Jews in Medieval England.” The five-week program will be held at the Oxford Centre for Hebrew and Jewish Studies (England) and directed by Professor Irven M. Resnick.

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Professor Acknowledged for Exceptional Mentorship

The key to a successful career is having a great mentor or mentors along the way, Sheryl Sandberg argues in her most recent book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. Associate Professor and Public Relations and Marketing Program Director Laura Hammel, APR, Ph.D., defines the word mentor, as she is a trusted counselor and guide on campus.

Hammel was recognized for her mentorship work this past spring. She received the Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Greater Cleveland Chapter’s Davis Young Award for Exceptional Mentors 2013 at The Hill Lighthouse Young Awards in Cleveland. The award is given to a professional who exceptionally mentors students and young professionals. Since receiving the award, Hammel was approached for additional mentoring opportunities – on campus and off. “As a faculty member I mentor students in every step of their university career,” Hammel said. “I never saw myself as a mentor in a official capacity before winning the award, though.”

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Nelson Mandela’s Historic Contribution

Nelson Mandela, former South African President, passed away at age 95. Part of his legacy includes the unwavering promotion, and often achievement, of free and democratic societies around the globe. These “radical” societies served to widen the circle of participation in governance. The many, not just the few, developed a voice. Just as significant, Mandela was able to act without hatred and with a spirit of forgiveness—after spending twenty seven years in prison for his anti-apartheid struggles.

Mandela helped unite an often strife-ridden South Africa as it dealt with apartheid, a system of white minority rule that prohibited the South African majority right to vote, in the early 1990s. He helped to prepare for democratic elections in 1994 and became South Africa’s first black president. Mandela continued his crusade for democracy and against oppressive rule.

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Mandela came out of prison not with anger but with a sense of forgiveness toward his captors. He promoted a message of peace. His efforts at building democratic and free societies through peaceful means led to the Nobel Prize.

Mandela showed that an individual mattered. The individual could shape history. The individual could unite opposing factions. I would enjoy listening to a conversation involving Mandela, Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael and Malcom X. President Obama, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice could join in as well.

Timothy K. Kinsella, Ph.D. is head of the History Department and Director of the Master of Liberal Arts Program at Ursuline College.