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U-Imagine Center Sends Four Scholars to America250PA Finals

For the first time ever, the U-Imagine Center has entered a team in the America250PA Competition, an annual contest to inspire future generations of leaders from Pennsylvania. This October, the team was selected as one of five finalists to take their submission to the Harrisburg finals on November 18.
Manning Smith ’23, Carlie Shiller ’25, Donald Lattanze ’26, and Tyler Griffith ’26
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Revitalizing Main Street

Ursinus College is partnering with the Borough of Collegeville on efforts to revitalize Main Street near campus, and the project recently received $2.5 million in state funding to bring the vision closer to fruition.
Ursinus and Collegeville will partner on a Main Street revitalization project.

Ursinus News

Detail from the 1961 Collegeville Costumes catalog.

A Creepy Chronicle of Collegeville Costumes

Did you know that for decades millions of the Halloween costumes sold in the United States were designed and manufactured just a few blocks away from Ursinus College? Read on for the devilish details!

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The War on Covid Sinks into the Campus Sewers

As the Covid Task Force disbanded this summer, they needed to forge a path from campuswide mandatory testing to a process that tested symptomatic community members while keeping a handle on the overall health of the college.

This fall, Dean of the College Mark Schneider and Director of Facilities Steve Gehringer implemented a long-discussed project: testing wastewater from the residence halls for concentration of Covid spike proteins.

“We chose to do the PCR route and the antigen test first,” said Gehringer. “But this is one of the items that we originally discussed.” While the vast majority of campus was tested for Covid on a weekly basis, this process involving wastewater would not have yielded meaningful results, but now the testing provides a useful measurement of Covid on campus.

“We’re the only small college that I’ve actually heard of, anywhere, doing this,” said Schneider. There are no plans to cease the testing, which will continue while Covid is still a threat, or “as long as Steve continues to put up with me,” says Schneider.

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Top Reasons to Vote in the Midterm Election

Miles Noecker | President of UC Democrats and Ursinus Votes Volunteer
Mark Hladkou | President of College Republicans

We asked the presidents of the UC Democrats and College Republicans to share the top reasons why everyone—regardless of party—should vote on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Those on campus who are voting in person can do so at the Schellhase Commons.
  1. Get Your Voice Heard
    We live in a representative democracy. It’s important to choose the best people to represent us based on our identities, beliefs, and needs.

  2. Be Part of the Process
    Voting is the most basic way to be politically engaged in our government.

  3. Encourage Accountability
    Voting holds incumbents accountable for their decisions made in office.

  4. Voting Is Key in the Keystone State
    Pennsylvania is a highly competitive state up and down the ballot, so every vote matters.
  5. Influence the Future
    Voting is the best way to get candidates who show huge promise for the future of the nation into office.
  6. Protect Human Rights
    Elected officials are the first line of defense for protecting human rights in government.

Sycamore Stories

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

A Look Toward the Future, as One Ursinus

Robyn E. Hannigan, Ph.D., was officially installed as the 19th president of Ursinus College on Friday, October 14, in the Floy Lewis Bakes Center Field House during a ceremony that reaffirmed the college’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, and established initiatives designed to build on the college’s 153-year history and move it forward as “One Ursinus.”
Presidential Inauguration October 14, 2022

Rising Son

Your time at Ursinus can transform you. That was the case for Alex Peay ’09, who originally thought he’d go to law school, but early into his education, he found an alternative path focused on underserved communities. As the founder of Ones Up in Philadelphia, Peay has provided more than 160 young adults with job training and career exposure through projects serving over 3,500 community members.
Alex Peay ’09

Grappling with History

Ursinus is once again blazing a trail in women’s athletics, becoming the first Centennial Conference college to field a women’s wrestling team. Sydney Bowman ’22 and Laura Bradley ’25 helped lay the foundation for the program, which begins competition this year.

Women’s Wrestling
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Events on the Ursinus campus and beyond.

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Ursinus in the news

The Opposite of Schadenfreude Is Freudenfreude. Here’s How to Cultivate It.

Professor of Psychology Cathy Chambliss was featured in this New York Times article about the joy we derive from the success of others. Read it here.

The Eyes Are the Windows to the Soul

Talia Argondezzi, director of the writing and speaking program, penned this humor column in The New Yorker. Read it here

How Doug Mastriano Deployed Facebook Live

Professors Tony Nadler and Doron Taussig participated in a multimedia piece in The Philadelphia Inquirer discussing the appeal of Doug Mastriano that analyzed Mastriano’s Facebook live videos. Watch it here.

Athletic News

  • August 23, 2022 at 12:00am

    Women’s Cross Country Selected Fifth in Preseason Poll

  • August 22, 2022 at 12:00am

    Football Picked Fourth in Preseason Poll

  • August 18, 2022 at 12:00am

    Abdalla Added to Men’s Soccer Coaching Staff

  • August 12, 2022 at 12:00am

    Goldstein ’15 Coaches in 2022 World Maccabiah Games

  • August 12, 2022 at 12:00am

    Men’s Lacrosse Announces Leadership Changes

  • August 11, 2022 at 12:00am

    Baseball Announces Fall Prospect Camp

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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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