The National Institutes of Health is again supporting the significant work of Ursinus Professor and Chair of Biology Dale Cameron and students in his lab with a $418,000 competitive grant renewal.
Six members from the faculty, staff, and community embarked on an initiative to explore the long-lasting impact of slavery in the region as part of a Council of Independent Colleges public history institute.
The museum also presents three other exhibitions through December 17 and a public opening reception for all the Berman’s current exhibitions will take place on Thursday, September 14, at 6 p.m.
Welcome back, students! Ursinus College is proud to welcome a new class of Bears to campus. Traditional “Welcome Week” activities featured special events, a convocation ceremony with guest performers, and of course, the first-year student’s first official CIE class.
Top 10 Things I Learned at Mascot Camp
- Do NOT Dry Clean
Dry cleaning or placing the costume in a dryer can melt the fur. The costume (turned inside out) can be washed on the delicate cycle and hung to dry.
Hydrate Days in Advance
I sweat 5 to 7 pounds as the mascot over the course of a football game. I have to start hydrating days before wearing the costume because drinking a high volume of water quickly would just flush my system.
Show Situational Awareness
Being a mascot is a great test of emotional intelligence. It requires you to know body language and respond to unprecedented events on the fly.
Get a Comb to Keep Fur Looking Fine
If you leave the costume alone while hanging it to dry, the fur will clump together. I use a brush to make sure the fur is even and a box fan to speed the drying process.
“Yes, it’s hot in here.” – A.J. Moss
This one is pretty self-explanatory.
Mascots Are Athletes
Humans are not designed to be in fur-lined costumes for extended periods of time. Just like the athletes on the field, I need to take care of my body to optimize performance.
Set Aside Rivalries
By befriending other mascots, you can set up joint events for more publicity. During mascot camp, I performed at a minor league baseball game as part of a birthday party for Downtown, mascot of the York Revolution.
Drink Pickle Juice
It’s important to replenish electrolytes lost when profusely sweating. Gatorade does the trick too, but pickle juice is a straight shot of electrolytes without all of the added sugar.
Watch Videos of Wild Bears
As ridiculous as it may sound, it helps to watch videos of the animal you are portraying to pick up their mannerisms.
When in Need, Fake a Sneeze
Much like an apple a day keeps the doctor away, a fake sneeze does the same for small cubs who become a little too paws-on with the costume.
Sophie Louis ’24 has always had a passion for helping others. Now, she’s putting that passion to work as the first Ursinus student to join the Collegiate Recovery Leadership Academy.
Whether it’s skating or biking, Tech Support Technician and part-time Campus Safety Officer Ray Stitt has had a lifelong passion for wheels—a hobby he’s been combining with his social media know-how to gain fame on TikTok as @BgDaddyRay.
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.
Faculty Research & Inquiry
Professor of English Jon Volkmer’s new book, Brave in Season, is a fictionalized version of a rumored baseball game in his hometown of Julian, Neb. It is a story that weaves railroads, race relations, and America’s pastime.
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What’s Happening Now
Events on the Ursinus campus and beyond.See full calendar
Fall Open House
Jewish Life Lecture: Rabbi David Wolpe
Ursinus in the news
The Top 50 Women Leaders in Education of 2023
President Robyn Hannigan was included in Women We Admire’s list of “The Top 50 Women Leaders in Education of 2023.” Read it here.
Is embracing freudenfreude the key to better friendships?
The research of Professor of Psychology Cathy Chambliss on freudenfreude (finding pleasure in another’s good fortune) was featured in a Reader’s Digest article. Read it here.
It’s time to take the fast track to #DiscoverBMB!
Professor of Biology Rebecca Roberts was quoted in an article for ASBSB Today, the member magazine for the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Read it here.