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Campus Celebrity: Tiffany Wallace

Our Campus Celebrity for the month of December is Tiffany Wallace, the director of student activities!

Tiffany Wallace

What is your favorite thing about being part of the Ursuline College community?

The students!!!!!!! It is incredible to see them learn, develop and grow through learning experiences in the classroom, campus activities and leadership opportunities

What is your favorite place on campus?

I would probably have to say Pilla not only because of the students, but because I enjoy the food!

What is one thing people might not know about you?

Let’s see… I do not like being called Tiff amongst my colleagues, but I do love to change the name of others. For example, my student worker’s name is Anna and I call her Anna Canna. I love it! I secretly think she does too. If you change my name to something besides Tiffany or Tiff I will definitely answer.

How does it feel to be nominated as a Campus Celebrity?

Such an honor. I wonder who did this? Someone selected me? Who, me? Not me!

If you could give one piece of advice to Ursuline students, what would it be?

Get Involved! Have Fun! Leave Your Legacy!

 

Know someone on campus that needs to be recognized for all they do? Nominate them as a Campus Celebrity using this form!

Ursuline College recognizes individuals for years of service

retirees

From left to right: Sr. Ann Kelly, Ginny Folisi, Marty Kane and Mary Alice Saunders 

The College community thanks Sr. Ann Kelly, Ginny Folisi, Marty Kane and Mary Alice Saunders for their dedication and congratulates them on their retirement in 2014.

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Volunteer Day 2013

Team “Nursulines” Participate in The Dirty Girl Mud Run

Early in the morning of July 20, 2013, before we even knew about the tornado that had ripped through our campus just a few hours earlier, six faculty and staff from Ursuline College started driving toward an off-roading course in Garrettsville, Ohio in the drizzling rain. We had been planning this outing for months.  Five of us in Nursing had formed a walking team on the Arrows Walking Club in the fall of 2012 and later, on a whim, signed up for a 5K called the Dirty Girl Mud Run. I will confess here and now that it was my idea, and that the only way I (Patti Stephens) was able to convince Betsy Beach Mosgo, Christine Wynd, Kathy Rogers, and Becky Mitchell to go along with me was to ensure them that 1) we did not have to run the course (we would walk it) and 2) there was a detour option around every obstacle.

The Dirty Girl Mud Run is similar to other obstacle course runs that have become popular in recent years, with one main difference:  the goal is not competition, but team-work. This event is also only open to women, and a portion of registration fees are donated to support the early detection of breast and ovarian cancer (see below or visitgodirtygirl.com for more information).  For these reasons, I thought it would be a perfect activity for a walking team from a women’s college! We also invited others in the Arrows Walking Club to register with us, and were thrilled when Sue Kramer from the Registrar’s Office decided to join our team, which we had dubbed “Nursulines.”

Dirty Girl Mud Run Finish Line

Dirty Girl Mud Run Finish Line

Several of us started driving that morning at approximately 6:45 a.m. and soon received the text message alerts about the tornado at the school. This is mainly what we discussed while driving and meeting in the parking area before our heat of the event began. There was a steady drizzle, which didn’t dampen our spirits nearly as much as it drenched our custom-made nurse caps and fuzzy pink mustaches, nearly all of which were gone by the time we reached the finish line!

Because of the record rainfall this summer, the course, which is normally for Jeeps and other off-road vehicles, was much wetter than usual. The water obstacles, aptly dubbed “H2OMG,”were much deeper than normal and we helped each other through them in various ways, such as sending a scout ahead to announce the location of particularly large, jagged, or slippery rocks. We also held on to each other for balance throughout many portions of the course. At this point, Christine Wynd could be heard asking, “Whose idea was this again?”

There were horizontal and vertical rope obstacles, mud pits, steep hills, inflatable tubes to crawl through, and giant slides. Amazingly, we all made it through the course with only minor scrapes and bruises, plus a few cases of whiplash from the last giant inflatable slide.  Not every team member attempted every obstacle, but no one had to do an obstacle alone. Kathy Rogers commented that the “feeling of bonding” due to the “common goal” was what made this event exciting for her.   I, too, was surprised by how much we had to depend on each other to get through the course. I had envisioned a fun event which would be a nice team-building activity; I had not realized how hard we would have to work not only individually but collectively to get through all of the various obstacles.  Becky Mitchell’s rope-climbing research paid off as she coached us on how to get up the vertical rope ladders, and watching the teams ahead of us helped us strategize how to cross the vertical rope obstacle as well.  The ropes weren’t the most challenging obstacles, however; the “Utopian Tubes” challenge, which consisted of crawling on hands and knees in the dark through knee-deep mud full of stones (and who knows what else) was painful both physically and mentally!

After our triumphant celebration at the finish line (see photo of us covered in mud), several of us stopped by the campus on our way home to view the damage from the tornado. Sue Kramer waxed philosophical about the parallel between the way the tornado spread nature all over the campus that day and the way our Dirty Girl Mud Run team ended up covered “in nature” (as neurotic TV detective Monk would say). To carry the analogy one step further, I saw how our walking team had to work together to overcome the physical obstacles which blocked our path on the course; similarly, our Ursuline Community will need to work together to overcome the obstacles that mother nature imposed on us during the tornado. Betsy Beach reminded us repeatedly that the Dirty Girl Mud Run  was “not a nature walk” and later commented that “facing challenges and overcoming obstacles is the Ursuline way,” which is also a great thing to remember at this difficult time of recovery from the tornado.

With the joint goal of empowering women to lead healthy lifestyles, Dirty Girl and Bright Pink will urge the hundreds of thousands of women who participate annually in Dirty Girl events to be proactive with their breast and ovarian health.

Dirty Girl is a for-profit company that believes strongly in the cause of finding a cure for breast cancer, in educating women about health and in supporting cancer victims and survivors. Dirty Girl will be contributing $250,000 to Bright Pink in 2013 to further this mission.

Dirty Girl Mud Run also provides free registrations to cancer survivors who want to muck it up in the mud at one of the 60 events across the county.

Dirty Girl is honored to have Bright Pink as an official charity partner and we look forward to sharing in their mission by encouraging this critical mass of women to understand the signs, symptoms, and risk factors of breast and ovarian cancer.

Roxy’s Run

roxys_run_1I could bore you all with long and grueling details of my 26.2 mile run on Sunday, May 19th, as many long distance runners often do.  I could try to educate you on the discipline and training involved in accomplishing such a feat.  I’m choosing not to tell that story because that is not what was important about the day.  That day was about someone else.  It was about a nine year old little girl, and those 26.2 miles of running were about helping her and her family.

About two months ago I received a phone call from my friend Tammy.  She has a non-profit organization, Tammy’s Friends (www.tammysfriends.org), which assists families who have a loved one with cancer.  She wanted to organize a 5k race to help a local family who would be in need in the very near future.  Unfortunately we didn’t feel we could organize a race within the time she had envisioned.  Because of that call I began to think there may be something I could do to help.  I was registered to run the Cleveland Marathon, and I was in the middle of my training.  I had run two marathons for myself, and maybe it was time I turn my work into something that could benefit someone else.  I had a wonderful support system including family and friends who I knew would be willing to help out.

The next morning I returned a call to Tammy and discussed my idea with her.  She still had some other ideas she planned to carry out, but we agreed this could provide the family with immediate assistance.  With that I was on my next journey, and that was to not complete a marathon but instead to complete “Roxy’s Run.”

Roxy is a nine year old little girl who used to attend my son’s daycare until she became a big kid.  They now attend the same elementary school but in different grades.  Roxy has been diagnosed with an Ewing Tumor which is at the base of her spine and around her pelvis.  This has been causing her tremendous pain for nearly a year.  She is facing potentially 12 months of chemo and radiation treatments.  During this time her mother will be taking a leave of absence from work to care for her along with the assistance of Roxy’s two year old little sister.

Beginning in May, I started sending out emails and messages to all my contacts in my email account and social networking accounts.  I also asked my mother, a cancer survivor, to spread the word back at home.  Within minutes of my communications going out people were responding they had made a contribution online.  They would also share their own stories of how cancer had affected them or a loved one.  The stories were amazing, and I felt so blessed people were willing to share them with me.  I also had many people offer to provide other forms of assistance to the family if it was needed.  Having people offer support to a family they did not know reminded me there are so many kind, caring, and selfless people in this world.

To date friends and family have donated over $600 to help Roxy and her family.  This will easily provide the family with groceries for two months and one or two family nights with carry out pizza.  I feel my goal has been met, and the journey has been heartwarming to say the least.

I did complete the Cleveland Marathon in just over five hours.   I just missed my goal time of crossing the finish line in under five hours (5:01:49), but again, the run was not about me.  It was Roxy’s Run.

-Suzy Schroeder, Head of Library Electronic and Media