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Four Ursuline Students prepare for H.E.L.P. service trip

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H.E.L.P. (Hope, Educate, Love and Protect) is an organization dedicated to sustainable primary education in impoverished African regions. The organization believes it is every child’s birthright to receive hope for a better future, education to grow, unconditional love and protection from disease and illness.

For two weeks in March 2014, Ursuline College is sending four students and a staff member to Nanthomba Primary School to continue an established sewing partnership with H.E.L.P. that began in 2010.

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Letter from the Editor

editing photoAs this time of year is often associated with making personal and professional renovations, I am excited to announce that Ursuline’s blog platform has developed into an online edition of the College’s magazine, VOICES. Having been published since 2008, VOICES is the main news source for everything Ursuline. The online edition will feature all the great things that Ursuline fans have grown accustomed to reading about in the printed version plus online stories added weekly, providing an interactive and relevant experience for our readers.

Below is my editor’s letter from the printed edition of VOICES (out February 1). The theme of this issue is community, how strong Ursuline values have carried the institution even through difficult times. We also showcase the great things that individuals in the Ursuline Community are doing and the lives they continue to touch. I hope you feel a sense of hope in how a small, Catholic, women-focused College in Ohio can work together to make a positive difference in the world.

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Campus Bookstore: Seen through Google Glass

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In 2014, keep in mind these words:

Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer

Q&A with the H.E.L.P. Malawi Team: Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer

Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer ’03 is the Director of Alumnae Relations and Development Specialist at Ursuline College.

What is your connection to the H.E.L.P. Malawi organization?
Back in 2009, I received a mailer from the H.E.L.P. organization and thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for Ursuline College to become a part of.  It took a good year to produce a full plan, but the H.E.L.P./Ursuline Sewing Project was created.  The UC fashion department graciously donated sewing machines and tons of notions to the cause.  In 2010, myself, Dr. Connie Korosec and Anne-Marie Gurko headed over to Malawi to begin the sewing project.  The first trip was a jam packed 10 days full of ideas, set-up, creating lesson plans, teaching children and adults and even hosting an all-day mending day to fix the children’s clothing who were students at Nanthomba.  The trip was an extremely successful and the team at H.E.L.P. Malawi said it was their most successful volunteer trip to date.

Why is the partnership with Ursuline and HELP important to you?
When I first heard about the H.E.L.P. organization I was very intrigued by their work and how not only did the organization and Wolstein family help this community, but the Malawian community itself was so very invested in the projects.  Once I began working with the group, I soon loved the work I was doing as well as what Ursuline was doing for the organization.  It is an organization that is truly near and dear to my heart now.  It is hard not to forget the faces of the children you come into contact with while you are there.  On my second visit, I thought there would be no way they would remember me, but when I arrived at Nanthomba School the many children I taught were yelling my name and running up to greet me.  It was extremely overwhelming to know how much what we did meant to them.

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What was your first impression of Africa and what are you looking forward to on this trip?
My sister had traveled to Mozambique, which is located right next to Malawi, so I tried to get an idea from her on her travels, but I knew that no matter how much information I had ahead of time, I would be completely in awe of the sights, sounds, tastes, feelings I would have in Malawi.  I was raised in Chagrin Falls, so being in a place link Malawi, was extremely eye-opening.  I learned so much about myself on the trips.  I am really looking forward to the upcoming trip to see the sewing project continue and grow.  My real excitement is going to be watching the 4 students who are going on the journey.  None of them have been to Africa before and one of them has never been on a plane.  This is experience changed my life and I know it will do the same for them.  I can’t wait to watch their journey.

What are your thoughts on Molly, Rhianna, Maggie and Taylor?
To be completely honest with you, I could not have hand-picked a better group of students to travel to Malawi with me.  Each student is studying a different degree; nursing, education, art and psychology so the trip will be different for each one of them.  I am very encouraged by their eagerness to know as much as they can before we travel and be open to the experiences we will have on the trip.  After my fist trip to Malawi, now I just tell people who are going for the first time to be completely open, so you can take in all of the wonderful opportunities Malawi, the “warm-heart of Africa” has to share with you!

Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer

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Consiglio, Feitl Named to NSCAA All-Midwest Region Teams

Ursuline College sophomore forward Vanessa Consiglio and junior midfielder Anna Feitl each picked up another honor as both were named to the National Soccer Coaches Association of America/Continental Tire NCAA Division II Women’s All-Midwest Region teams. Consiglio was a second team selection while Feitl was named to the region’s third team.

Players from the Great Lakes Valley Conference (GLVC), Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) and Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC) were eligible, an area that extends through nine states.

Consiglio, who was also named to the Daktronics Inc., Midwest Region Second Team, scored 12 goals and added nine assists to finish with a team-high 33 points. She was second on the club in goals, just one behind junior Paige Rowan, and her nine assists tied Feitl for the team lead.

After finishing the season second in the G-MAC in points, third in goals and tied for third in assists, Consiglio earned first team all-conference honors.

Nationally, she tied for 22nd in the country in assists which helped her rank 32nd in Division II with 1.57 points per game. The 12 goals also put Consiglio in the top-55 in the nation.

Feitl started all 21 matches and was credited with nine assists to tie Consiglio for the team lead and third in the conference along with that spot in the top-25 nationally. Much of what she did in terms of controlling the midfield line went unheralded in the box score but Ursuline often ran the attack through her as she was the team’s most technical player.

The Holy Name High School graduate will enter her final season with 17 career assists, just three shy of tying the school record.

To view the NSCAA/Continental Tire All-Midwest Region teams, please click here.

 

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 Vanessa Consiglio

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Art Therapy and Counseling (ATC) Faculty and Students Co-present at the All Ohio Counselors Conference

It was a histo2013 AOCC blog pptrical day for the art therapy and counseling faculty and students! It was the first time for us to present together at the All Ohio Counselors Conference in Columbus, Ohio. This took place on November 7, 2013. Presenters included two current ATC graduate students, Claire Whiteman, Mary Cassidy, and ATC alumni Steve Macek, M.A., an art therapist and professional counselor at University Hospital of Cleveland. Also presenting were ATC faculty Katherine Jackson, Ph.D. and myself (DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D)–along with Jonathan Appel, Ph.D., Associate Professor in the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences at Tiffin University (TU) and TU student Erin Snapp.

Our joint research team presented empirical results of a year-long research project that 2013 AOCC group pixhas been investigating links between creativity and mental health. The title of the presentation was “The Relationship Between Measures of Creativity and Mental Health Measures.”

The aim of the study presented was to determine the extent to which multidimensional mental health measures predict measures of creativity as assessed by a measure of creative personality and an inventory of creative behaviors. The study also examined the interrelationships between mental health, personality measures, demographic variables, and measures of creativity. The research found that overall better mental health (emotional stability and low psychoticism, low autistic tendencies) appears associated with creative personality, but increased levels of anxiety, obsessive compulsive and somatization were associated with actual creative activity. Another major finding of the study was that there was a strong association between the mental health symptom measure of somatization and creativity across measures of creativity. Implications of this research for counseling and psychotherapy were also discussed at the presentation. The research strongly suggested that expressive therapies can and should be integrated within a clinical counseling practice. The research team is currently preparing the research for publication.

I appreciated Gail Rule-Hoffman’s (ATC program director) supportive attendance and her leadership throughout the conference.

DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D.is Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.

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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. 

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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.

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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)

 

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

3 attractions

Admission $15, all night pass $20

 

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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

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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. 

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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.

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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.

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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.