B & E award

Three Ursinus students placed in the prestigious Early Leaders Case competition at University of Rochester’s Simon School of Business. This annual event requires intensive teamwork over a 24-hour period to analyze a real business challenge, develop a strategic solution, and formally present recommendations to a panel of judges.  Read more.

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International Relations


Ambassador-in-Residence, Prof. Joe Melrose & Model U.N.
Ursinus students at the Model United Nations in 2011 had a distinct advantage over their counterparts from other colleges. Ursinus students, who represented the countries of Sierra Leone and Pakistan, could call on the expertise of their faculty advisor, a former U.S. Ambassador to Sierra Leone, and also a former diplomat in Pakistan.

Their professor, The Hon. Joseph Melrose, who until recently served as the Acting U.S. Representative for Management and Reform at the United States Mission to the U.N., served as a Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State for more than three decades. During this time he was Ambassador to Sierra Leone, commuting by helicopter to the war-torn embassy there and eventually brokering a peace treaty. He also served in Vietnam, Syria and Nigeria, and as Consul General in Karachi, Pakistan.

Professor Melrose, an Ursinus graduate himself, teaches in the Politics and International Relations Department, including the course, “International Organizations and Diplomacy,” which emphasizes functions of the UN.

He is former President of Board of Directors of the National Collegiate Conference Association, sponsors of the Model UN, and helped to initiate the first international Model UN, which was held in China in 2008.

Melrose also served as coordinator for the State Department’s post-September 11th Task Force .and  headed the Emergency Support Team deployed to Nairobi, Kenya, following U.S. Embassy bombings in the late 1990s. His many international contacts visit his Ursinus classes frequently during the academic year. A dedicated teacher, he is the recipient of the H. Lloyd Jones Award for distinguished advising and mentoring at Ursinus.

Alex Branham, a 2011 graduate, called the National Model U.N. "fantastic." "Ambassador Melrose obviously has extensive experience in Sierra Leone, and his insights into the situation there were invaluable in preparing for the simulation. Once in New York, students spent the majority of their time in committee, where they wrote and negotiated over resolutions. This was a time when students got to put into practice skills gained in another class taught by Ambassador Melrose, 'The Art of Negotiation.'" Additionally, he said, students enjoyed spending time in New York City, exploring there, and make contacts with students from other colleges and countries, making lifelong friends. Branham soon will begin a graduate fellowship at Temple University, pursuing a Ph.D. in political science.

Business & Economics


SIFE - Students For Free Enterprise
For the second consecutive year members of UC Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE) are Philadelphia Regional Champions, and will advance to the National Exposition. SIFE is an organization empowering diverse populations through the principles of free enterprise.

SIFE has been on the Ursinus campus for a relatively short four years, but during that time the students have impacted the lives of others. Senior Ty Wetzel of Coopersburg, Pa., the group’s president, explains that SIFE is not specifically a business or management group. It is an organization empowering diverse populations through the principles of free enterprise. For example, “Students Today Leaders Tomorrow,” a project at a middle school, targeted students who are from low income families whose members rarely continue on to higher education.

The team hopes to advance to the World Championship in Kuala Lumpur.

“Through being a part of SIFE, members learn the organizational, communication and networking skills needed to make each project possible,” Wetzel says. “It is not only for business majors, but for all students who will need these basic skills one learns by executing each project.” More>


Spotlight: Dr. Cathy Chambliss

Catherine A. Chambliss, Ph.D. is a Professor of psychology. Her research centers on the investigation of the impact of maternal employment on children, mothers, fathers, and families. Chambliss has shared her work through televised appearances, including Fox News, The Sally Raphael Show and Take Note! She has taught at Ursinus College since 1979 and chaired the Psychology Department since 1989.
Dr. Chambliss’s book, “Maternal Employment: Marvel or Menace—the Views of Children, Young Adults, and Parents” (Nova Science Publishers, November 2009) is one example of her commitment to collaboration with her students. The book compiles 25 years of research, including 35 studies and research from over 150 Ursinus students. It describes numerous empirical research investigations exploring attitudes toward maternal employment. Large samples of young adults were asked a wide variety of questions about their experiences and plans for the future. The impact of maternal employment on relationships with parents was a particular focus of several of these studies. Read Full Story in the Winter 2011 Ursinus Magazine>