New Faculty Information
This page is designed as a quick and easy guide to answering some of the most frequently asked questions from new faculty. If you don’t find a contact name or suggestion for your question here, you might try the Faculty Handbook or other parts of the Dean's Office website. Your department secretary is also a wonderful resource.
FINDING A PLACE TO LIVE
For information on buying or renting a place to live, please contact Linda Korenkiewicz, Office of the Vice President for Finance and Administration, Corson Hall, ext. 2447.
local resident and government services
The websites for local government are quite helpful in this regard.
- The Collegeville Borough website provides information on local events, borough government and police, and borough services like trash pick-up and recycling.
- The Montgomery County website also provides information on a wide variety of services offered by the county, including registering to vote and health information.
- The Pennsylvania state website provides a wealth of information on the commonwealth, including information about state representatives.
Post Office and shipping Services
The U.S. Post Office is located off of Third Avenue (down the street from the Wawa) at 52 W. 3rd Avenue (610) 409-0572. It is open weekdays from 8:00am-4:30pm and Saturdays from 9:00am-12:00pm. The latest collection at the Post Office weekdays is at 5:30pm and Saturdays at 3:00pm. For other shipping needs, there is a UPS Store in the Trappe Shopping Center and a FedEx Office on Route 29 as you enter Collegeville.
health coverage and area doctors
Full-time faculty eligible for health coverage will be given a packet listing choices for coverage, participating physicians and other pertinent information from Kelley Williams, Director of Personnel, whose office is in the Business Office on the Second Floor of Corson Hall. Very often, your colleagues are a good source for recommending local doctors and dentists as well. The following websites might also be helpful in researching local medical facilities:
Where can I do my errands?
There are several shopping centers near the College that have all the basics.
- The Collegeville Shopping Center at 2nd Avenue and Main Street features a cleaners, Supercuts and barbershop, along with a variety of restaurants.
- The Marketplace Shopping Center, located on Route 29 around the corner from the Collegeville Shopping Center, features a Redner's Warehouse Market, the state Wine and Spirits store, cleaners, Great Clips for Hair, and a variety of restaurants.
- The Trappe Shopping Center at 1st Avenue and Main Street in Trappe houses a SuperFresh supermarket, CVS pharmacy, Dollar Tree, cleaners, Hair Cuttery, as well as a variety of restaurants.
- The Providence Town Center at Route 422 and Route 29 features Wegmans grocery store, Best Buy, Staples, HomeGoods, and a variety of restaurants.
- Up the road on Ridge Pike you can find a Giant, Target, and host of other stores.
Where else can I go grocery shopping?
The closest Trader Joe's is about 20 minutes away in Valley Forge (Gateway Shopping Center, Swedesford Road and Route 252). The closest Whole Foods Market is about 25 minutes away on Lancaster Avenue (Route 30) in Devon, and a local health food store, Kimberton Whole Foods, is located off of Route 113, about 20 minutes away.
I can't cook: where can I find a good restaurant?
Collegeville features quite a few options for every price range. Each of the shopping centers listed above has a Chinese restaurant and pizza and sandwich restaurant that features takeout and dine-in service; opinions will vary on which of these is the best. Other more informal options include Dunkin' Donuts, McDonald's, and Subway in the Collegeville Shopping Center and Wendy's in the Marketplace. Also, do not ignore Wawa on Main Street—more than a convenience store, Wawa holds a special place in the hearts of many who would argue their sandwiches are the best around. Also along Main Street you'll find more dining options: DaVinci's Pub and the Collegeville Diner. Next door to the diner in the Collegeville Station is Bonjung, arguably Collegeville's best restaurant, offering Japanese and Korean fare. Other ethnic food options include Mexican at Tortuga's (Marketplace) and Thai at the Thai Place in Phoenixville (Routes 23 and 113). For those of you who consider coffee as food, the nearest places for good coffee are Steel City Coffee House in Phoenixville and Starbucks outposts in Royersford and on Egypt Road in Trooper. For fine dining to celebrate your move, consider any number of find BYOBs in the area.
Where can I go shopping?
For necessities, Target stores are about fifteen minutes away in either Royersford (Ridge Pike and Township Line Road) or Oaks (Egypt Road and 422). Fifteen minutes away, you will find King of Prussia mall, home to over 400 stores and restaurants. You can also head to Plymouth Meeting (straight down Germantown Pike) for "big box" stores and the nearest Ikea. For a calmer shopping experience, try the downtown areas of Phoenixville (south on Route 29) or Skippack (north on Route 113) for gifts, furnishings, antiques, specialty foods, and restaurants.
Who can I get to fix my car or house?
Once again, word of mouth and references from colleagues are often the best way to find out about reliable local service people. Schrader’s AmeriGreen Biofuels, located just a block away from the college on Main Street, offers reliable automobile maintenance and repairs (610-489-6844). Another quick place to get an oil change is Monro, along Route 29 near the Perkiomen Bridge Hotel. To locate a plumber or service contractor you can visit www.servicemagic.com. That website provides you with a variety of options and will even contact the service agent and set up an appointment. If you can do it yourself, there is a Carquest Auto Parts on Main Street, and a Lowe's located in Oaks.
What are some things to see and do?
Valley Forge National Historical Park offers a beautiful natural setting along with historical significance. Tours by trolley, foot, bike, and cell phone are offered, along with re-enactments and other events. Local sites include the oldest Lutheran church in America and the house of the first Speaker of the US House of Representatives in Trappe, along with more visitor-friendly sites like the colonial-era Peter Wentz Farmstead and Pennypacker Mills. Philadelphia, of course, offers myriad historical sites of interest, largely collected in the Independence National Historic Park.
Art and Museums
Phoenixville and Skippack house many galleries, and Phoenixville hosts a "First Friday" featuring artists and local businesses. Also, the college's own Berman Museum offers an impressive array of exhibitions that should not be missed.
The Philadelphia Museum of Art literally towers over the city's art scene, but do not ignore other museums like the Rodin Museum, Philadelphia Academy of Fine Arts, and the Barnes Foundation.
Other important and interesting museums include the American Civil War and Underground Railroad Museum, the African American Museum, Please Touch Museum, Franklin Institute, and, for fans of physical oddities, the Mutter Museum at Penn. For more information and even more options, visit http://gophila.com.
Performing Arts and Film
Try out the College's many student and visiting productions, featuring wonderful talent from around the world.
Various bars and restaurants in the area offer chances to listen to live music; among the more unique places are Chaplin's in Spring City, which has an eclectic range, including bluegrass and Steel City Coffee House, which features folk music.
Down the street from Steel City is the historic Colonial Theatre, once overrun by the Blob in the famous 1958 film, and now run by a non-profit community group which screens independent and foreign films, along with live music.
Other films can be seen in Oaks and King of Prussia, or Center City Philadelphia, home to the Landmark chain of theaters featuring independent and foreign films.
Philadelphia also, obviously, has a wealth of options for activities and entertainment. To find out what is going on, check out the Philly Fun Guide or Philly.com. The local public radio stations, WHYY and WXPN offer arts calendars as well.
Philadelphia is home to world-renowned performance groups including the Philadelphia Orchestra, housed in the Kimmel Center, and the Philadelphia Ballet and Opera Company of Philadelphia who perform in the historic Academy of Music. Other wonderful groups include dance troupes like Philadanco and Koresh Dance Company, choral groups like the Mendelssohn Club, Philadelphia Singers, and Choral Arts Society, and the Philly Pops.
Theater is also alive and well in Philadelphia, from touring Broadway shows at the Merriam Theater and Walnut Street Theater, to companies with their own houses like the Wilma and the Arden Theater Companies, to independent groups who perform at the Philly Fringe Festival. For more on theater in Philadelphia, see the Theater Alliance website.
For rock, alternative, hip-hop and folk performances, check out live venues like the Theater for Living Arts, the Electric Factory, Tower Theater, and World Café Live.
The Outdoors, Sports, and Thrills
Collegeville is on the Perkiomen Trail, a 19-mile multi-use trail that connects with three county parks and the Schuylkill River trail, which extends to Philadelphia.The trail also connects to the John James Audubon Center at Mill Grove. The site is both a museum for the life of this famed naturalist but also a nature and wildlife preserve.
For more organized outdoor activities, there are several options. Check out pick-up games of basketball in the gym, and ask around for people who might like to play tennis or racquetball. Golfers can find courses suited for any price range and ability: from pitch-and-putt and shorter courses like Waltz's in Limerick, Rolling Turf in Schwenksville, and Wood's in Norristown, to challenging courses like Skippack Golf Course, Turtle Creek in Limerick, and Jeffersonville Golf Club, designed by Donald J. Ross.
If you would rather watch sports, Philadelphia doesn't lack options, offering pro basketball, pro and amateur hockey, pro and arena football, pro baseball, pro lacrosse, and pro indoor soccer. Reading also offers an alternative, featuring the Reading Phillies AA baseball team, as well as minor league hockey and indoor football at the Sovereign Center.
For another kind of fun, amusement parks offer thrills and spills, all within an hour, including Dorney Park in Allentown, Dutch Wonderland in Lancaster, and Sesame Place in Langhorne.
Settling into Ursinus
Most of your questions will be answered during New Faculty Orientation or the Dean's Colloquium; there is also a wealth of information regarding faculty benefits and support is located in the Faculty Handbook. However, here are a few quick answers to common questions.
How do I obtain a College ID, parking permit, telephone extension, Copy Center code, Blackboard and email account?
When initial paperwork is completed and returned to Personnel Director Kelley Williams, she will issue parking permits and request an email account and computer. Tech Support (basement of Myrin Library) can provide you with a College ID card that can be used in the Library, Dining Services, and the Fitness Center. Your department chairperson or department secretary should place a request for a telephone extension and can supply you with a code for making copies. Please make use of the Copy Center for large numbers of copies.
How do I learn about campus and faculty activities?
UCLink is a weekly e-publication mailed to your email account and also published on the college website that outlines activities for that week. The Dean's Office also sends email reminders of faculty events sponsored by the Dean's Office. You will also receive a summary of Arts and Culture events for each semester by mail.