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The Arts at Ursinus

Ursinus blends a vibrant arts culture with cross-disciplinary academic research, presenting creative works that are grounded in scholarship and transcend imaginative boundaries. Read about it in the new edition of our arts magazine.
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Communications Class Plants Native Garden on Campus

Louise Woodstock, a professor, gardener, and liberal arts devotee, has a mission to teach “the whole student.” Her field is Media and Communications; her focus is embodied learning.

For her Climate and Communications class this spring, that meant gathering native species from southeastern Pennsylvania and planting the insect and bird supporting verdure into an existing mulch bed outside of the Myrin Library. They students worked side by side with the faciltiies department, who helped install the new garden.

“I really wanted to respond to what I think students need,” said Woodstock. “Belonging and making a difference.”

Before she held a doctorate in communications, Woodstock was a kid who loved exploring in the woods outside her hometown of Silver Springs, Maryland. “There was a low mountain ridge that still had original native plants—mountain laurels, native azaleas, oak trees…” Now, she teaches the value of planting native species to support local ecosystems and foster wild environments for tomorrow’s generation of backyard explorers.

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Kelly Sorensen

11 Student Researchers to Watch

Kelly Sorensen | Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Just in time for the annual Celebration of Student Achievement (CoSA), Kelly Sorensen consulted with faculty to pull together a list of exciting research projects happening across campus that you may not know about. Learn more about CoSA and use the schedule to plan your must-see list for April 21!
  1. Michael Adelson ’23
    “Language and Activism: Foundations of Sovereignty”
  2. Victoria Bearden ’22
    “Urban Forests and Their Potential to Combat Food Insecurity: Analyzing Street Trees in Baltimore, MD, for Their Edibility”
  3. Quaran Davis ’22
    “Life of a Unit of Secretary”
  4. Connor Donovan ’23
    “Towards the Homotopy Type of the Morse Complex”
  5. Enrique Garcia ’24
    “Synthesizing Oligonucleotide-Lipid Sequences to Generate Micelles for Further Drug Delivery Applications”
  6. Mya Knappenberger ’23
    “Differences in Female Mouse Strains When Fed a Western Diet”
  7. Michael Landis ’24 and Carly Rodriguez ’23
    “Time-course Analysis of HIV-1 Tat Protein Exposure on Microglial Phagocytic Activity”
  8. Justin Masiello ’23
    “Analytics of the Ursinus Men’s Basketball Team”
  9. Austin Mickles ’23
    “Carbon Cycling in Forage Crop Soils”
  10. Katie Sanfield ’23
    “Sexual Violence in the Medieval Era: Utilizing Both Recreational and Judicial Literature to Understand Our Past and Present”

Sycamore Stories

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.”

A New Cloak

Leslie New’s early fascination with Star Wars has accompanied her her whole life, from struggling in early math classes to completing her Ph.D. on birds of prey in Scotland. Today, she serves in the 501st Legion, a Star Wars cosplay charity group that hosts events like children’s hospital events and charity fundraisers. She has assembled two fantastic costumes so far. While teaching math and statistics at Ursinus College, New is working on her most ambitious uniform yet.
Leslie New

Political Science Major Turns Disappointment Into Dream Internship

Last summer, Emelyn Rodriguez ’22 and her Bronx-based family made a five-hour trip to Washington, D.C., to move her things to the nation’s capital, where she planned to complete an internship during the fall semester. When plans for what the political science major intended to be a dream internship on Capitol Hill didn’t work out, she made the difficult decision to move—again—back to Ursinus.
Emelyn Rodriguez ’22

Faculty Research & Inquiry

Oscar Useche

New Book Details Spain’s Strategic Road to Modernization

Óscar Iván Useche, Associate Professor of Modern Languages
With the release of his new book, Founders of the Future: The Science and Industry of Spanish Modernization (Bucknell UP, 2022), Associate Professor of Modern Languages Óscar Iván Useche details how life experiences such as his upbringing in Columbia and a chance encounter with a book about Chile’s political history influenced his study of Spain’s process of modernization. 
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From the Magazine

Wicked Excited: A First-Gen Student’s Journey to a College Presidency

Robyn E. Hannigan takes the helm as Ursinus College’s 19th president during a time when the success of every student—backed by a brand-new strategic plan—is front and center. It’s something that personally resonates with Hannigan, whose career path can be defined by one word: opportunity.

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Welcome Home: A Historic Partnership

Ursinus began a partnership with the Delaware Tribe of Indians and the Perkiomen Valley School District this year on the Welcome Home Project, which honored the history, culture, and legacy of the Lenape people, who for thousands of years inhabited parts of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania—including the Collegeville area.
Welcome Home Project

Here to Help: Combatting a Mental Health Crisis

An endowed fund established in the name of Bill Norcross ’70 is providing financial support for Ursinus students seeking internships and externships in mental health advocacy, addiction and recovery, and suicide prevention.

Here to Help: Combatting a Mental Health Crisis
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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

What Is a ‘Nepotism Baby’?

Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies Alice Leppert was quoted in a New York Times article about young entertainers born into famous families. Read it here.

Conservatives feel blamed, shamed and ostracized by the media

Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies Tony Nadler and Assistant Professor in Journalism Doron Taussig published a piece in The Conversation that was also picked up in several national outlets. Read it here.

Sanctions: why they work (or don’t) and how they’re affecting Russia

Business and Economics Professor Scott Deacle appeared on a KYW-AM podcast to discuss economic sanctions for Russia. Listen here.

Athletic News

  • June 30, 2022 at 12:00am

    Carkhuff, Lear Named CSCAA Scholar All-Americans

  • June 29, 2022 at 12:00am

    Swimming Teams Earn Scholar All-America Honors from CSCAA

  • June 28, 2022 at 12:00am

    Ursinus Athletics Announces Staff Updates

  • June 23, 2022 at 12:00am

    Conway Hired as Assistant Men’s Soccer Coach

  • June 23, 2022 at 12:00am

    Women’s Track & Field Earns Eight All-Region Selections from USTFCCCA

  • June 23, 2022 at 12:00am

    Men’s Track & Field Amasses 14 All-Region Honors from USTFCCCA

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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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