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“Working,” Staged by Ursinus Theater, Has Local Flavor

Working—a musical about the significance of work in our lives and the different attitudes Americans have regarding work—is coming to Collegeville. Performances are March 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and March 26 at 2 p.m. in the Lenfest Theater.

“Working” performances are March 23, 24, and 25 at 7:30 p.m., and March 26 at 2 p.m. in the L...
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Berman Museum Selected for AAM Assessment Cohort

The American Alliance of Museums (AAM), the only organization representing the entire scope of the museum community, recently selected a new cohort of museums to participate in its 2023 Museum Assessment Program, including the Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College.
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Paige Bristow ’23 Selected as Watson Fellow

Every year, Ursinus is one of approximately 40 schools to nominate four students for the Thomas J. Watson Fellowship, a postgraduate grant that allows recipients to follow their dreams around the globe. In 2023, Paige Bristow is one of 41 college seniors to win one.
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Jennifer Frymiare at Disability Day of Mourning Vigil 2023

Ursinus College Honors Disability Day of Mourning

Ursinus is one of nearly 40 organizations to host an annual Disability Day of Mourning Vigil to grieve for over 650 disabled people who have lost their lives to filicide in the past five years, and to call for action. 

Casey Schwarz (left) and Maureen Cumpstone will lead “Start-Ups and the Scientific Method,” a...

Turning Science Innovators into Entrepreneurs

“Start-Ups and the Scientific Method,” a new series of courses funded by a VentureWell grant, will stimulate scientific innovation by encouraging students to utilize entrepreneurial problem-solving skills.
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UCARE Creates Free, Anonymous Ursinus Community Closet

“It’s been an absolute dream come true,” said Assistant Director of UCARE Angela Upright ’17. The idea, which Upright said had been percolating among faculty and staff for some years, was suggested to her by Nicole Ivaska, an assistant professor of health and exercise physiology.

They applied for and received a $2,500 Inclusive Community Grant from Ursinus DICE. The team used the grant to buy clothing racks, hangers, laundry bins, and other equipment to keep up with the many donations coming their way from Ursinus community members. The clothes were sorted by volunteer faculty, staff, and students on the eventful day this filming took place.
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Top 10 Ways to Spark Creativity and Inspiration

Lexi Macht | Graphic Designer
Lexi came to Ursinus November 7. She uses her talents to conceptualize, design, and implement print and digital marketing materials that creatively and accurately reflect the college’s brand. Here are her tips to get the creative juices flowing!
  1. Take a walk
    I like to go for walks as much as I can, no matter how long or short the distance is. It’s great for not only your body, but your mind as well. Whenever I’m walking, I try to be inspired by nature and what is happening around me at that very moment. It’s a great way to break away from your typical canvas to get some energy built up for when you return to it.
  2. Listen to music
    I listen to music for hours every single day. It’s a great way to boost your mood and put you into positive thoughts that can be transferred into your work. Listening to music can also enhance divergent thinking which can lead you to innovative ideas.
  3. Sketch for fun
    If I’m stuck on something, I will take out my sketchbook and start doodling away. It’s a great way to get your creative juices flowing and can help spark some inspiration for a current or future project. The ultimate freedom to create whatever you want might just be what you need to expand your mind and then reassess the actual project when you come back to it.

  4. Brainstorm with others
    Sometimes all you need is a different perspective. Whenever possible, I try to bounce ideas off other people. Everyone’s mind thinks differently, and it can be very beneficial to hear someone else’s point of view. Just a simple conversation with someone can open a door to endless creative ideas
  5. Make a mood/vision board
    Before I dive into any creative project, I love looking at inspiration on Pinterest. I create a board for each project that I can reference back to at any given point. You don’t want to copy someone else’s work, but it is a great exercise to help get your mind thinking of potential ideas.

  6. Journaling
    This can be a hit or miss with people. If you are dedicated to the process, then it can be very beneficial. Writing any thoughts within your mind onto paper can deliver some surprising insights. This will also allow you to come into a project with a clear, open mind.

  7. Change up your routine
    If you’re constantly stuck in the same routine then it can be challenging to think of new ideas. It can be as simple as changing up what you eat, what time you wake up, taking a new route to work, etc. By breaking away from the traditional habits, it can give your mind a chance to experience something new that could lead to a wonderful idea for a project.

  8. Check out other artists’ work
    If you have a favorite artist, you can check out their work to see if you can spark some creativity based on what they’ve made. Or you can try to find new artists that might appeal to your style or medium that can help make you think in new ways. It also doesn’t hurt to reach out and connect with local artists and talk with them about their creative process.

  9. Change your location or environment
    Some roadblocks of creativity can be caused due to being in a static environment for too long. Whenever possible, I try to go to new locations whether it’s a coffee shop, another room in the house, a park etc. If your job is a bit more restricting when it comes to where you can work, try changing up the decor on your desk or rearranging your office to make it a “new” space. Even the slightest change can help spark some creativity to get you back on track.

  10. Read something
    Not only is reading a fun activity (for me at least), but it’s a great exercise for the mind. When reading a book, it can help you think, fantasize, and use your imagination to which can ultimately lead to a boost in creativity. It’s also a great way to help relieve some stress you have over a project.

Sycamore Stories

Self-taught Academic Coach Helps 123K Followers Learn to Study

As a student in high school, Dora Zeibekis ’24 struggled with biology. At Ursinus, she excels as a biology (and Spanish) major. If you think she likely has good advice to share on improving one’s study habits, you’re in good company: She has 123,000 followers on Instagram who agree. Known as @coffeestudi, Zeibekis offers study tips and academic coaching.
Dora Zeibekis ’24

Twin Spirits

Surrealist artist and Donald E. Camp Award winner Kelsey Gavin ’22 spun her collection of paintings into a significant scholarship at her dream graduate school. This fall, she is pursuing her master’s degree at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts (PAFA), the alma mater of her lifelong inspiration, David Lynch.

Kelsey Gavin and her mom.

The Artist’s Sport

Before Eduardo Ramos ’06 was accepting a Tony alongside the cast and crew of Take Me Out (2022), he was captain of the Ursinus College lacrosse team, ahead on credits and needing one more course to be eligible to play his last season.

Hey. Acting sounds fun.
Eduardo Ramos holding up a baseball with inscription, “Take Me Out.”

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From the Magazine

Protecting Our Planet: A Commitment to Global Well-Being

Ursinus College is the first liberal arts institution in the world to sign the international Okanagan Charter, signifying a holistic commitment to the well-being of people, places, and planet. Two stories in this issue examine how a liberal arts education contributes to a sustainable future.
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From One Field to Another

As a student-athlete, Ursinus Hall-of-Famer Jess Lamina Gray ’08 was an All-American, All-Conference field hockey stalwart. Now, she’s excelling in a different field: farming.

alumna Jess Lamina Gray with sheep

Taking Root

Global sustainability issues aren’t just a problem for environmental scientists to solve. Students from Ursinus are learning that—just like anything else—they are best viewed through a multidisciplinary perfectly suited for a liberal arts education.
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Ursinus Events

What’s Happening Now

Events on the Ursinus campus and beyond.

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Ursinus in the news

It’s 30 years of Jonathan Demme’s ‘Philadelphia.’ Watch it at Bryn Mawr.

Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies and Film Studies Coordinator Jennifer Fleeger was quoted in a story about the 30th anniversary of the movie Philadelphia. She is hosting a cinema classics seminar on the film at the Bryn Mawr Film Institute. Read the story.

The 2023 Higher Education Power 100

President Robyn Hannigan was ranked as a member of the 2023 Higher Education Power 100, a list of Pennsylvania’s strongest leaders in higher education. City & State PA profiled leaders who continue to advance their institutions to a place of flourishing through tenacity, inspiration, and focused vision. Read it here

Berman Museum of Art’s new show puts in the work

The Philadelphia Inquirer previewed The Berman’s spring gallery of exhibitions, including Essential Work, which features a diverse group of international artists who examine questions of labor and value. Read the story.

Athletic News

  • March 27, 2023 at 3:40pm

    Men’s Golf Finishes Seventh in Spring Opener

  • March 27, 2023 at 1:35pm

    Ursinus Mourns the Loss of Damiano Rotolo

  • March 26, 2023 at 5:47pm

    Women’s Tennis Defeated by Gettysburg

  • March 26, 2023 at 5:19pm

    Men’s Tennis Downed by Gettysburg

  • March 25, 2023 at 7:42pm

    No. 17 Men’s Lacrosse Bested by No. 8 Gettysburg, 14-10

  • March 25, 2023 at 6:45pm

    Women’s Track & Field Opens Outdoor Season at Home Invitational

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Life After Ursinus

Episode 5: Taking a Leap of Faith

For the first time ever, Ursinus goes global - all the way to Doha, Qatar where 2009 alumnus Andrew Clark shares his experience in digital marketing in the Middle East. Now based in Baltimore, Andrew discusses how taking a leap of faith paid off.

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