The Blueprint - October 2019

The Blueprint is a monthly newsletter from the President that aims to keep the community informed about College-wide initiatives. Read the most recent edition below.

President Brock BlombergDear Campus Community,

As we reach the halfway point in the fall semester, I want to extend a big thank you for helping to kick off our 150th anniversary year with such excitement. This truly is a special year for us and the Ursinus pride resonating throughout campus is palpable. From 150 Fest to Homecoming and Family Weekend to Domenick Scudera’s entertaining play, The Complete History of Ursinus College [Abridged], our sesquicentennial year is off to an amazing start. Earlier this month, the Board of Trustees held its annual fall meeting. In short, they are just as enthusiastic as you and me about what’s in store for this year, as well as what lies ahead in our future. A summary of that meeting will soon be sent to the entire campus community. Until then, here are a few other important updates to share with you.


Brock

 

October Blueprint

  • Candid Students Walking on Campus 

    Fall Open House 

    This is a big week for Ursinus recruitment. Transfer Tuesday was followed by the inclusion focused Prologue to Ursinus, which begins today. On Saturday, we are anticipating approximately 250 students and 700 total visitors for our Fall Open House, the largest event of the semester. As Shannon Zottola shared with you in her email, throughout the fall, she and our Enrollment Management Team have significantly increased recruitment travel to college fairs and high schools, with an 82% bump. They are working hard to elevate our brand and position through a high touch recruitment strategy and are putting the updated admissions publications to great use. My thanks to them and to all the faculty and staff who are working with Shannon and her team to promote Ursinus College. Your continued hard work has brought early indications of a strong funnel for the class of 2024.

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    Community Values 

    Finally, beginning in the spring of 2018, Vice Presidents Mark Schneider and Heather Lobban-Viravong led a team of faculty, staff and student volunteers to identify and enumerate the values of our Ursinus community. The process included nearly a year of comprehensive discussions, and numerous revisions with community input and open discussion. We are proud to support a diverse college community of students, faculty, staff and alumni. I encourage you to take time to read and consider these points with an eye to guiding our actions and striving for ongoing growth.

  • Autumn at the Egar Gate 

    Human Resources Newsletter 

    To encourage greater communication among all employees, I am excited to announce that the first in a series of quarterly newsletters from our human resources team will be coming your way this December. These newsletters are will provide timely announcements and employee event updates, while also providing some features of newer employees and other faculty and staff accomplishments!

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    Mobile U 

    Over the past few weeks, our campus safety, communications and LIT teams have rolled out a new emergency notification system. The next phase of that system, “Mobile U,” is in development and will soon be available to you. Mobile U is a free mobile device app with an emphasis on our students’ well-being and safety. It also features information our students frequently request, ranging from the latest Wismer menu options to student-specific course and grade information. More information will be coming soon.

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    #Giving2UCday 

    In the spirit of giving and our campaign, it’s important to remember that participation is key. This year, #Giving2UCday is on Tuesday, December 3, and in honor of the year of our founding, we’re aiming for 1,869 donors in 24 hours. Let’s make history again. Stay tuned for more information about how to make your gift.

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    Keep the Promise Campaign Update 

    We have made tremendous progress over the last couple of months with our Keep the Promise comprehensive campaign. To date, we have raised nearly $89 million of our $100 million goal and those dollars are certainly having an impact! There are many physical improvements to our campus—most recently the replacement of the turf at Eleanor Frost Snell Alumnae Field—in addition to increases in financial aid and scholarships for students, academic and student life funding and support for faculty development. 

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    Music for 150 Carpenters 

    Another signature event of our sesquicentennial year will take place on Saturday, October 26, at 7 p.m. with a special campus preview performance at 4 p.m. I encourage our entire campus community to be part of Ursinus history. Register here to participate!

  • President Brock Blomberg 

    From President Blomberg 

    Dear Campus Community,


    As we reach the halfway point in the fall semester, I want to extend a big thank you for helping to kick off our 150th anniversary year with such excitement. This truly is a special year for us and the Ursinus pride resonating throughout campus is palpable. From 150 Fest to Homecoming and Family Weekend to Domenick Scudera’s entertaining play, The Complete History of Ursinus College [Abridged], our sesquicentennial year is off to an amazing start. Earlier this month, the Board of Trustees held its annual fall meeting. In short, they are just as enthusiastic as you and me about what’s in store for this year, as well as what lies ahead in our future. A summary of that meeting will soon be sent to the entire campus community. Until then, here are a few other important updates to share with you.

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    Bomberger Bear Crawl 

    Our next anniversary-themed “Bear Crawl” event on Thursday, October 24, from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Bomberger Hall. This series of open houses across campus will be held throughout the year. Come get to know the faculty and staff who work in Bomberger and watch as we unveil new decorative signage that commemorates one of the campus’s oldest buildings.

  • Small, But Mighty 

    Celebrating Ursinus Research 

    The offices of college communications and academic affairs are collaborating on an exciting new magazine publication that will for the first time present a comprehensive review of faculty research and academic pursuits in a way that boldly reflects college’s vibrant intellectual culture. Vice President Mark Schneider and I are looking forward to sharing this research journal with you next month.