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After the Lecture: Women in Labor

As we approach our annual Labor Day celebration, we prepare to honor the contributions workers have made to the social, political, cultural and economic strength of the United States.

For many women, of course, “labor” has a dual meaning . . . and these dual meanings are a source of endless debate, handwringing, scrutiny and guilt-inducing diatribes as we (“we” meaning women in general, and our society as a whole) collectively agonize over the role of women (especially women who are mothers) as workers in and out of the home. Often, it is no longer the issue of “choice” to work outside of the home (and the reality is that for many women of color, and women of marginal economic status, it NEVER was a choice), as recession and the increase in households headed by women, or in which women are the primary breadwinners, make such work a necessity. But the conversations with respect to the intersection of women’s work as mothers and household managers, and women’s work as doctors/lawyers/journalists/   teachers/nurses/engineers/servers/managers/and so on continue to rage (and enrage) many of us.

The fact is, women’s place in the workforce outside of their home-work is not going to change. The genie’s out of the bottle . . .the horse is out of the barn . . .you can’t unring that bell . . . pick your cliché. The real challenge is the ongoing work of recognizing the social and institutional barriers to balancing work and family (rather than making individuals feel  it’s simply their personal failure), undoing essentialist ideas of what constitutes “men’s” work and “women’s” work, of the artificial division of labor by gender, of ideas such as dads are “babysitting” their children when left alone with them, while moms are . . . doing what they are supposed to be doing—being moms.

There is a reason that across cultures, across space and time, that formal education has excluded or been withheld from the marginalized—the poor, the dark-skinned, the female: it is the recognition of the powerful and transformative qualities and the significant economic, social, and political opportunities that education offers. Ursuline College was founded on and dedicated to the proposition that the access to education is the best way to empower women and encourage their growth as leaders.

Sheryl Sandberg’s observations in Lean In about the need for women to develop skills of advocacy, voice, and negotiation— which includes ability to problem solve, to analyze and synthesize information, and to communicate effectively—aligns well with the learning outcomes of our curriculum. But our institution takes that one better—we inculcate a sense of social responsibility and examination of values as essential to producing truly well-educated graduates, ones prepared to take their place in the world not just as workers, but workers who make a difference. And while some may be reluctant to acknowledge it, the “f” word is applicable here . . .yes, feminist values have been, are, and always will be aligned with justice, equality, and advocacy—for self and for others, for all workers and for all those who seek work and cannot secure it. And commitment to and action informed by those values will ultimately make the question “Should women work outside the home?” as incomprehensible as “Are you sure the earth is round?”

This post was written by Mary Frances Pipino, Ph.D., Director of the Ursuline Studies Program. 

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

RA Advice: Preparing for Dorm Life

Move-in day is fast approaching. Faced with the daunting task of stuffing one’s life into a suitcase, many students — especially freshmen — may be nervous about packing for dorm life. Rest at ease with some advice from our own Resident Assistants.

“Communicate with your roommate ahead of time so you know what commodities the other is bringing.” -Rhianna McChesney, AYA Integrated Language Arts & English

“Bring what you think you will need, but definitely be prepared to send some things back home as you will have limited space.” – Natalie Huggins, Language Arts & Math Education 

“I would advise to freshmen to pack lightly and only bring what you need because you are going to end up sending some stuff back with your parents! Also you will get most of your items that you want while you are here.This happened to me my freshmen year! I would make an agreement with my roommate on who is bringing what to avoid from bringing two TVs since there is only one cable source. I would bring a mini fridge and surge protectors because you can not have extension cords in the dorms(fire hazard). Lastly! Less is more! Good luck and see you at move in day!” -Keith Reeves, Fashion 

“Bring a positive attitude! Our goal in the halls is to have fun!” -Kelsie Kirchartz, Nursing 

Librarian Mingles with Romance Authors

Amanda Flower at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amanda Flower at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amanda Flower at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

Amanda Flower at the conference in Atlanta, Georgia.

I’m a UC librarian by day and a writer by night with four published novels to my name and three more coming in September of this year. In the summer, I spend a lot of my time off from the library writing my novels, traveling on book tours, and attending writing conferences. This summer was no exception, and I attended the Romance Writers of American Conference in Atlanta, Georgia, one of the largest writing conferences in the country.

The conference ran Wednesday, July 17-Saturday, July 20. The official start of the conference was the “Readers for Life” literacy signing. Five hundred authors from all over the United States and the world signed their novels. I was privileged to be one of those authors, along with some of the biggest names in Romance fiction, like Nora Roberts. The publishers donated the novels for the signing and the money from the sales went to organizations that support literacy. This year the signing raised over $52,000.

The rest of the conference was broken into workshops where both published authors and aspiring authors could learn something new about the craft of writing, publicity, or managing their writing business. The workshops were informative and fun. However for me, the best part of the conference was hanging out with my writer friends and meeting other authors.

I took time out of the conference during the day to visit the attractions in Atlanta, including the Georgia Aquarium and The World of Coca-Cola.

You can see more photos on my author blog or my Facebook page.

-Amanda Flower, Head of Bibliographic Services.

After the Lecture: Damage From the Wind

When I teach Calculus, I teach a section in which the area between two functions is calculated. Later, the volume between two three dimensional shapes is calculated using similar techniques. For example, one might take a cube and imagine the volume left if the shape if an ice cream “scoop” of a spherical shape is removed from one side of that cube. I found myself thinking of this particular problem last weekend when I looked at photographs of what had been, until last weekend, the gym at Ursuline College.

After a week of oppressive heat, a storm blew through our part of Ohio last weekend, bringing strong wind and heavy rain that flooded many basements on our street. As I reminded myself of the benefits of not having an actual basement in my split-level home, I discovered an e-mail from my dean talking about wind damage that was found throughout campus, damage that had blown off a wall of our gym. With images of branches blown around our own back yard, I assumed that there were such branches strewn about the campus, and that the problem could be taken care of by a few workers who would pick up the branches quickly and repair a wall to the gym, which I assumed was simply an outer façade that had been torn off. It was not until I received another note from her later that day talking about classes being cancelled for the weekend that I began to suspect that things were worse than I had imagined. But even that did not prepare me for the images on the nightly news of the damage that had been done to the campus by a tornado that had touched down in the midst of the storm. The wall that was torn from the gym was not an outer façade, but an entire wall that had crumbled after part of the roof had been lifted by the wind. The hardwood floors were open to the sun and rain, and basketball hoops swung in the wind. Much of the roof was gone, and what was left of the walls on either side of the gym looked like they had been damaged by a bomb.

Immediately after showing pictures of our idyllic campus contrasted with the damage done by the tornado, the news showed an interview with our president, Sister Diana Stano, who said the only good thing that could be said; “no one was injured.” It was amazing to realize that all that damage had been done and no one was hurt. Indeed, many of the college’s neighbors who had been touched by the tornado had escaped with less damage than could have occurred. Huge trees had been uprooted, but none of them harmed anyone in the homes they had stood near, and property damage was much less than one would have expected. Referring to our Roman Catholic roots, one woman on the news even said that she felt that the tornado had “picked up a prayer at Ursuline.” that had protected the neighborhood.

This was the first tornado that my daughter has had any direct personal knowledge of, and she was scared to hear that a tornado had struck so close to her own home. I cringed when I remembered that we told her only a few weeks ago that the tornados in Oklahoma were far away, and that she was safe here. Alas, she is starting to really realize that such promises made by her parents are not promises that can be kept. Scary things happen everywhere, and as she grows, she will become more aware of this truth.

As I have found myself doing many times in her short life, I held her extra tight that night when I wished her good night, and once again wished that I could protect her from all that is bad and scary in the world. As I did, I thought of the other parents whose children had not been so lucky; the parents of the children in a movie theatre in Aurora, Colorado, and those who sent their healthy children to school one day in Chardon, Ohio and in Newtown, Connecticut. And yes, I was reminded of the parents of Tryvon Martin in Florida, whose child would never come get to come home. I am once again reminded that, in parenting, there are many things beyond my control, and that there are limits to the degree that I can protect my daughter from all of the scary things that blow thorough this world.

This blog post was written by Rosemarie Emanuele, Ph.D., Professor of Mathematics at Ursuline College.

Read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/blogs/mama-phd/math-geek-mom-damage-wind#ixzz2bC3qktFo
Inside Higher Ed

#UCStyleFiles DIY Chandelier!

Photo Via Pinterest

Photo Via Pinterest


I firmly believe that no room is complete without a chandelier, whether it’s an indoor or outdoor space. How perfect would a chandelier be in your garden, or YOUR dorm?! I recently found a great tutorial from the Dollar Store Craft blog on how to fashion a chandelier from affordable household items. (Click on the link above for this amazing tutorial and other awesome and affordable projects!)

This is what you’ll need:

* Mardi Gras style beaded necklaces (from the dollar store or party store)

* Jewelry wire

* Hot glue

* Scissors

* Metallic spray paint

* Plastic Crystals, glass beads, etc.


Photo via Dollar Store Crafts tutorial

Photo via Dollar Store Crafts tutorial

Step #1: Begin by attaching the beaded necklaces to the wire basket with the jewelry wire.

Step #2: Once the entire “bowl” is completely adorned with the beaded strands, continue on to attach the beads to hanging part of the chandelier.

Step #3: To secure the beads, Dollar Store Crafts hints to loop the chain link through the hook to support the weight of the beads.

Step #4: In a ventilated work space, spray paint your chandelier in your desired color. Be sure to wear a mask and protective eye wear!*

Tip from Dollar Store Crafts: loop the chain links through the hook to secure the beads

Tip from Dollar Store Crafts: loop the chain links through the hook to secure the beads

And this is how my chandelier turned out:


MY version!


A continuing process: I find myself adding to my chandelier every so often!


How gorgeous does my chandelier look in our apple tree?

How gorgeous does my chandelier look in our apple tree?




The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund

“Do not be discouraged and confused about the     future.  Even though troubles and anxieties will come, these sorrows     will pass into joy.  Hold this for certain, that you will never be     abandoned in your needs.”

-St. Angela Merici


Dear Alumnae & Friends of Ursuline College,

As many of you know, Ursuline’s campus was affected by a tornado in the early morning of July 20.  The College was incredibly blessed that there was neither loss of life or injury.  The O’Brien Athletic Center was hit the most 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.

I am grateful for the outpour of heartfelt messages, prayers and offers of  assistance.  Through your encouragement I feel the strength of the College community.  I believe that together we will rebuild our campus to an even more vibrant state.  Because of the confidence and support of each of you, Ursuline was able to get through this crisis with dignity and grace.  Ursuline is a small community, but the College has a mighty heart and spirit that not even a tornado can dampen.

The Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund has been set up to help in our rebuilding efforts.  If you would like to contribute to the fund through the College’s website visit Rebuilding Fund or send a check made out to Ursuline College Rebuilding Fund.  If you have any questions, please contact Kevin Gladstone, Ursuline’s Vice President for Institutional Advancement at kgladstone@ursuline.edu or 440 646 8355.

May God Bless You,

Sister Diana Stano, O.S.U., Ph. D. ’68

#UCstylefiles: An Evening of Art and Fashion

Fox_25“From Botticelli to Pollack. The history of art is the mechanics of Fashion and Branding: it is the marketing, presentation, selling, and licensing of a product or idea that is relevant and desirable in its time period.”

What could be better than an evening of art and fashion? An evening of art, fashion, and the opportunity to make networking connections in Cleveland’s fashion industry! Last night I attended this incredible FGI (Fashion Group International) event at the Cleveland Museum of Art and met some amazing people and mingled with some good friends and my favorite fashion professors! The event featured an exclusive fall fashion trend presentation from Saks Fifth Avenue. (I LOVED everything I saw!), a presentation on fashion designer and FGI member Ali Rahimi of Ali Rahimi for Mon Atelier from John Barle, and a private guided tour of the museum from the Director of Art Studies at Virginia Marti College of Art and Design, Patrick Melnick. NOTE: We also shook hands with the likes of someone with connections to iconic model Twiggy!


SO what fall trends should you be on the look out for? Expect to see lots of leather, from laser-cut leather dresses to leather leggings, moto jackets, and your classic leather pant. Classic cashmere also took a sleek feminine edge with flattering draping, paired with destroyed denim. Below are some photos courtesy of local blogger Karen Yannacio Morse of GlamKaren. Be sure to check out her blog, she is so amazing!


Photo Cred: Karen Y. Morse


Photo Cred: Karen Y. Morse

Stay tuned for more! -xoxo


After the Lecture: In the View of the Korean Mountains

After experiencing the hustle and bustle of Korean cities—it was now time for country-side travels. My husband and I first decided to venture to the Southwest part of South Korea. We took a surprisingly comfortable five-hour bus ride through the mountain-cradled picturesque country-side towards Haenam County, Jeonnam Province. Beside the natural beauty of the destination—we had made arrangements for a week-end “temple stay” at Daeheungsa Temple – a Buddhist Temple nestled within a remote national park. Daeheungsa is located on Duryun Mountain, in the southernmost area of Korea, and is the head temple for the 22nd District of the Jogye Order of Korean Buddhism. The exact date that the temple was founded is unknown, but historians are certain that the temple has stood since the Three-Kingdom period of ancient Korea (4th-9th centuries CE). The Temple Stay program is an educational and a cultural experience program designed to enhance the understanding of Korean spirituality and Korean culture. A typical temple stay program entails overnight stays at a Buddhist temple, and experiential participation in such Buddhist rituals as yebul (ceremonial service), chamseon (meditation), and barugongyang (monastic meal). We were given very comfortable living quarters (with traditional floor beddings) as well as traditional clothing. We had very welcoming and helpful guides, including much individual attention from the Head Education Monk. He provided many formal and informal discussions of Korean Buddhists’ life, culture, and spirituality. Possible future collaboration of Korean to English text translations even discussed.

After the temple stay, we also made arrangements to stay nearby at what has been described as one of the “first” Korean “Inns”. This “Inn” was nothing like what we think of in America as an Inn. In Korea, these overnight places are called a “Yeogwan”.  Yeogwans are a traditional Korean housing structure, with heated floors and in this case a stunning natural view. Traditional Korean meals are also served for a low fee. We enjoyed a delicious dinner of fresh fish and vegetables with a scenic view of the mountains. Nothing could have been a more perfect way to end this country side-trip.

Later, after returning to Seoul, we also did a day tour to the DMZ in the Northern-most part of South Korea.  The DMZ area is near the border of North Korea and is a place of great contradictions. It is a very peaceful and an exquisite natural area of a renewed nature preserve. Since no large structures–urban or military are allowed there—it has abundant natural and wild life. Many animal and plant species– once nearly extinct —have returned in this quiet undisturbed setting. But in this beautiful stillness there are also signs of great tensions. There are many Army checkpoints, restrictions, and watchful armed observations by military soldiers. As we ventured our glances into the vast distance mountains of North Korea—one can’t help but feel the pain of past losses and pray for a future peace.

The blog post was written by DoHee Kim-Appel, Ph.D. Associate Professor for Art Therapy and Counseling at Ursuline College.