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After RAW: A Q&A with the Artists

On Friday, October 11, 2013 forty local artists, including Ursuline College alumna Robin Smith ’05 and art students Stephanie Pratt and Alyx Cyr participated in “RAW: Natural Born Artists,” a one-night show at the Cleveland Agora. We caught up with the artists after RAW to get their impression of the exhibit and to see what they have in store for the future. 


Alyx Cyr, Student

What was your impression of the RAW exhibit? It was the perfect blend of urban artists, fashion and culture. Everyone had a great time with all the performers and runway shows.

What was your favorite moment from the RAW exhibit? I thought it was pretty cool to network with other local artists. I’m hopefully going to be doing collaborative work with a few of them next year.

What have you learned from this experience? I learned that it’s important to put yourself out there. It’s important to be vulnerable because showcasing a full collection is very personal.

What or who inspires you? Nature. And, people.

What are your plans for the future? I’m working on large-scale electroluminescent wire light and plexiglass animals. These will be showcased in the Florence O’ Donnell Wasmer Gallery’s student show this spring. I’m going to be doing some collaborative work with other artists and fulfilling custom orders from new clients I’ve met at RAW.


Robin Smith ’05, Alumna10332908826_891cfdbfd2_c

What was your impression of the RAW exhibit?  The exhibit was great and better than I expected it to be. It was well attended and the theater had great energy – it was buzzing with all kinds of creative types.

What was your favorite moment from the RAW exhibit? I would have to say my favorite moments of the RAW exhibit were when people would go to my area and the expression on their faces changed immediately. It created a dialogue, some were smiling and would immediately ask if I was the artist. One guy actually gave me a huge hug. It was pretty funny.

What have you learned from this experience? The learning experience was definitely valuable. Being overtly prepared was helpful but also a bit stressful. It was the first time showcasing my work on such a large scale so some doubts came into play. By the final week, I decided to just put the stress in God’s hands and when I did that the flow of setting up and promoting my works was a breeze.

What or who inspires you? Being an illustrator people tend to inspire me. Sometimes textures, prints, designs, fashion, color and music. Whatever comes to mind.

What are your plans for the future? I would like to see my illustrations featured in magazine publications, promoting products for different companies, working with card companies or even in the publishing world of book covers. One of my goals for 2014 is to release a children’s e-book written and illustrated by me.


Stephanie Pratt, Student 10332972606_c1f665bc5f_c

What was your impression of the RAW exhibit? As I had attended the August RAW showcase, I had known what to expect in terms of the finished set-up but it was amazing to see the transformation from a bare-boned stage to the finished product.

What was your favorite moment from the RAW exhibit? My favorite moment from the RAW exhibit was seeing everyone’s set-up before the doors opened. The whole process was absolutely beautiful. 

What have you learned from this experience? This experience has taught me a lot from learning how to appropriately promote myself and my work as well as how to manage time with set-up and tear down.

What or who inspires you? I am inspired by nature and the world around me. I feel that it keeps me grounded and is the most organic look into who I am as an artist and as a person.

What are your plans for the future? As of current, I have some options. I would love to go into marketing or advertising as a graphic designer but I plan to continue to pursue fine arts and participate in various exhibits. Eventually, I would also like to pursue an MFA with a mixed media concentration and teach at a college level.

The photos were provided by Raw Artists Media. Click here to see more photos from the exhibit.

Little Italy

College in CLE: Little Italy

Have you ever asked yourself, what is college in Cleveland like? The Marketing Department recently went on a road trip to find out. Our goal is to showcase Cleveland and the Northeast Ohio area – on a  student’s budget. During the trip, we planned to spend about $50 ($25 a piece for two people).

After Chagrin Falls, we headed to Little Italy, also known as Murray Hill or The Hill. Little Italy, Cleveland’s east side historic neighborhood has long been a hub for Italian American culture. Known for it’s food and art galleries, the area has maintained it’s heritage since 1895.

Check out our notes and photos from our afternoon in Little Italy!

3 PM – Fuel Coffee Bar

Fuel Coffee Bar was created with college students in mind. Stop in for the relaxing atmosphere to hang out with friends or set up on the study bar equipped with multiple power sources for all your electronic needs. 

3:30 PM – 5PM: Exploring Little Italy

10 Other Must Sees in Little Italy: 
1. Presti’s Bakery
2. Museum of Contemporary Art
3. Mama Santa’s
4. Tony Brush Park
5. Holy Rosary Church
6. The Little Italy Heritage Museum
7. Corbo’s Bakery
8. Juma Gallery
9.  La Trattoria
10. “Set in Stone” Walking Tour

Our next stop was dinner in Ohio City. Ciao!

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College in CLE: Chagrin Falls

Have you ever asked yourself, what is college in Cleveland like? The Marketing Department recently went on a road trip to find out. Our goal is to showcase Cleveland and the Northeast Ohio area – on a  student’s budget. During the trip, we planned to spend about $50 ($25 a piece for two people). Our first stop – Chagrin Falls.

The nostalgic and charming Chagrin Falls is about 10 minutes from the Ursuline College campus in Pepper Pike. You can walk around and view the waterfalls, shop and enjoy a variety of food while taking in a truly Americana atmosphere.

Check out our notes and photos from our morning in Chagrin Falls!

11 AM – Woke Up (we studied A LOT last night)

11:30 AM – Gas at Waterway on Lander Circle, a short drive from Ursuline College ($10)

11:45 AM – Breakfast at Washington Street Diner ($7.40 and $6.85, $1.50 tip each)

Home fries are exceptional, eight different kinds of toast, friendly and quick staff, breakfast is served all day, a lot for the price, options and great location, a mile or so outside of downtown Chagrin Falls

1 PM – 2:30 PM – exploring Downtown Chagrin Falls and the Polo Fields in Moreland Hills.

10 Other Must Sees in Chagrin Falls: 
1. The Popcorn Shop
2. Jeni’s Icecream
3. Rick’s Cafe
4. Fireside Bookshop
5. Flip Side
6. Lemon Falls
7. Greenville Inn
8. Chagrin Valley Little Theater
9. Chagrin Yoga Namaste!
10. Valley Art Center

Our next stop was lunch in Little Italy. Stay tuned!


Welcome Week & Fall Orientation 2013

Tips For My First College Class

These tips will always help whether it’s for the first class of your college career or the first class of the semester.

My most important tip is to always be on time, professors always look to see who comes in late and some even take away points if the same student keeps showing up late.I always try to show up earlier, at least ten minutes so I can prepare myself for the class. If I know I won’t be able to show up for a class, I email the professor just to let them know ahead of time.

Another tip I have is to check the syllabus the night before the class just to double check if anything is due or if I should have read something important that I missed. This always helps me especially when the class has a lot of assignments due in the semester.

Whenever I get the syllabus, I always write all the exams and assignments for each class in my planner so that I know exactly which class to focus on and when. I always try to stay organized with my notes by having a binder for the class, especially when I know the professor uses power point hand outs.

Zaneta, Nursing 2015

#UCstylefiles Dorm DIY!


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One of my favorite classes in the fashion program was Visual Merchandising with professor Jennifer Knaus. We were given lots of projects designed to challenge ourselves to design store layouts and window displays, while finding and creating beautiful compositions from every day items such as paint swatches.

I’m most proud of my vignette composition:


After creating countless paint swatch lollipop “pinwheels,” garlands, and “candies” I fell madly in love with being able to design and create with paint swatches. I then realized that paint swatches are an easy commodity for college students to get their hands on, so why not devote this entry to fun, easy projects to bring color and excitement to your dorm!


I created my own version of this paint swatch “painting,” directions and a sneak peek are below:

This is what I used:
Paint Swatches
Recycled Cardboard (it was inside a package)
Glue–Adhesive Spray, glue sticks, and rubber cement were all used accordingly!


To create my wall art, I cut various paint swatches into triangles to create my “pinwheel” motif. To adhere to the cardboard, I sprayed the cardboard with adhesive spray, working in small areas. Rubber Cement was used to secure the triangles to the cardboard. (Glue sticks came into play when the swatches became stubborn and fell off). My composition is for now a work in progress, but I’m going to decide whether or not I like the organic look of the cardboard in between, or I may continue to fill in the entire sheet. To finish the project, I will matte and frame it and voila! (Photos to follow once completed).

Summer Reads

If you live in Northeast Ohio, this summer’s weather has been less than desirable to say the least. If you find yourself with free time, as many of us students do, fill your spare time with a great book. Reading during the summer keeps your mind sharp, especially if you are not enrolled in summer courses! Oprah’s reading list offers plenty of reads to keep you occupied this summer! The list contains books of all genres to be enjoyed by all!


Samantha Humphrey, Junior Nursing Major at Ursuline College

Future Arrows Cookout!

Is there anything that screams more summer than a cookout? As the summer weather breaks, we are eager to indulge in the sun with the addition of BBQ!  While some cookouts can be high-maintenance, we are looking for an opportunity to hang out and learn about our students and students who want to learn more about Ursuline.  The Office of Undergraduate Admissions is beyond excited to host our first annual Future Arrows cookout! We hope you all will join us July 9!

To learn more about the Future Arrows Cookout or to register for the event, click here.


As you try to contain your excitement, here is a fun summer cookout recipe for you to enjoy:




Photo Cred: @Pinterest

Summer Sweet Tea Punch


  • 3 family-size tea bags
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh mint leaves
  • 1 (33.8-oz.) bottle peach nectar
  • 1/2 (12-oz.) can frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 cup Simple Sugar Syrup
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle ginger ale, chilled $
  • 1 (1-liter) bottle club soda, chilled
  • Garnish: fresh peach wedges


Viva Orlando—for a day: Ursuline College’s ARROWS mentoring program receives Student Leadership Award

Blog by Jamie Carter, Studentjenzabar_blog_1

It had been a trying week to say the least. Having completed my last final exam of the semester, I exited Mullen 213 nearly crawling, subconsciously wishing my bed could meet me half way. Still I forced myself to check my email. Not that I was looking for anything in particular, but as I passed the computer lab, I got a feeling that menacingly called me to stop in and check it. I logged in. A message from Coach McKnight: “[We have received a grant from Jenzabar for the mentoring program, they want two students to go to Orlando… I need to know asap…]”. Shaking myself more alert, I re-read the email. “To: Jamie Carter, From: Cindy McKnight, cc: …”—WOAH! I looked around unsure if the loud “WOAH” in my head had escaped my vocal chords. With more sophistication, I humbly accepted the invitation. Two things just happened that was about to change (as my mentees would say) “the game”:  Someone had believed, and therefore financially supported our “baby “(the Ursuline College A.R.O.W.S mentoring program)—and I was going to Orlando, Florida. Fatigue was nowhere in sight.

“Hi, my name is Jamie Carter—“

jenzabar_blog_2“Yes, Miss. Carter…” the agent politely interrupted me as though she were expecting my call. I had contacted the instructed company to book my flight. Everything was already taken care of, I needed only to choose aisle or window. As I was going through the motions of preparation, I still couldn’t believe that I was about to go on my very first business trip, if you will. Just days prior, I was second guessing God’s calling me back to Cleveland/ Ursuline College;  finals week (or any obstacle for that matter) can often cause one to second guess their purpose or goals, however “this” was confirmation that I am exactly where I’m supposed to be.

“This” is properly known as the Jenzabar foundation’s Student Leadership Award. The A.R.R.O.W.S mentoring program was being recognized for having made a “significant contribution to better the world outside of their [institution] of higher education” (jenzabarfoundation.org). My job was to present our program at JAM 2013 (Jenzabar’s Annual Meeting), and to accept the award on behalf of Ursuline College, Sister Diana, and the A.R.R.O.W.S program—no pressure. Seriously though, besides my fierce stage fright, there was no pressure. I alongside Ursuline College’s grant writer Jimeka Holloway presented the A.R.R.O.W.S mentoring program from the heart. From 3-5 pm at the magnificent Gaylord jenzabar_blog_3hotel (which hosted hundreds of individuals attending JAM 2013) I exclaimed to passerby via poster presentation that we have a passionate group of freshman/ sophomore mentors at Ursuline College, who have on top of an already demanding schedule (being mostly student athletes), committed their four years to guiding their mentee through high school. Our mentees are freshman girls from Warrensville Heights High School. Aside from the shocking obstacles that these girls face solely because of the generation that they are growing up in; added to their hurdles, are educational, economic and racial hardships and statistics. They were chosen by their principals to join our program because of their strong desire to become successful despite the entities against them.

Crazy Week

Usually my work week runs from Monday to Wednesday, but the last seven days have been anything but usual.  Since I’m the “new kid on the block”, my supervisor, Amanda, is making sure I get training and interaction with the team as much as possible so that I will feel comfortable working with the other ladies.  Monday night, after I put the kids to sleep, I started data entry for my relationship survey.  I must have really enjoyed it, because by the time I looked up it was 2:30am and I had entered my last question (question # 168).  The next morning I walked into work feeling very sure of myself, for having completed my first assignment, but was brought back down to reality after sitting through my first Lunch&Learn seminar.

Lunch&Learn is a program that is directed by Case faculty.  It brings all of the student interns together from each department and allows them to present the research that they are conducting over the summer.  We also have amazing catered lunches in the process.  The presentations are encouraged but are completely on a volunteer basis, so I wasn’t worried.  However we were informed that at the end of summer we MUST all present a poster about our research.  This scared me for two reasons; first because I recently participated in Ursuline’s research symposium so I know how much work it takes to make a scholarly poster.  Secondly, all of the other students in their summer program are current Case students who have been conducting their research since last year, and I just started mine last week.  I fear that I will misrepresent the greatness of my program because my actual research time is so limited.  Only time will tell how this story will end.

Wednesday I received training to do informed consents.  This is crucial for conducting my research because I am conducting research on human specimens, and they must be informed of their rights, or none of my research will be valid.  Also Wednesday through Friday I was in and out of the office taking meetings with Sabira and Brynn about the upcoming St. Martin de Porres program.  This is a summer outreach program for children ages 9-12 that teach them about the importance of making healthy life choices so that they can live a safer life.  The teenage peer educators lead the program under the advisory of Brynn, and since the program if funded through the church, the students cannot talk about contraceptives or much about sex.   The topics are surrounded around germs, hand washing, and vaccinations.  Brynn has asked me to speak with the students about what soap does to bacteria on a cellular level in order to drive the importance of hand washing home.  I’m nervous and excited about this. I’ll keep you posted on how next week goes, till then I will practice my presentation so that I don’t look like an idiot in a room full of preteens.

-Sharita Hill