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President Blomberg's monthly email newsletter to faculty and staff.

President's Office

October 2018

Dear Colleagues,

As we work to inspire and engage our students, I want to take this opportunity to remind our community that it is becoming increasingly important to find ways to come together, model civility and engage in collaboration. Please continue to support the many opportunities for academic exploration and intellectual dialogue here on campus, including the excellent Conversations About and Across Difference; our Parlee Center speaker series; and the many programs supported by our arts and lectures committee, which are exploring themes of civility, community and controversy. Given our busy schedules, I know it’s often challenging to find time to attend the many events on campus, but I encourage everyone to take advantage of at least one of these opportunities this semester.


President Blomberg

IDC Dedication and Passport to Student Affairs Headline An Eventful Fall Weekend


We have an exciting month ahead, which will include several very important and celebratory events. The fall Board of Trustees meeting will take place on campus on Thursday, Oct. 25. On Friday, Oct. 26, at 12:30 p.m., we will formally launch the newly renovated space in Lower Wismer during a “Passport to Student Affairs” open house, where you can meet staff and learn more about the services and resources available there. On Saturday, Oct. 27, at 12:30 p.m., we celebrate the dedication of the Innovation and Discovery Center. Finally, the college will officially commission our new chaplain, Reverend Terri Ofori, on Sunday, Oct. 28, at 3 p.m. in Bomberger. I encourage you all to join us at these events.

Campus Master Plan


The campus master planning process, which will be conducted over the course of this academic year, continued last week with stakeholder interviews and the first faculty and staff open forum. This process is designed to help us better plan our facility needs—buildings, grounds and infrastructure—to support our mission over the next several decades. Thank you to those who participated in this work. This is an important process and your input is vital to a successful plan. More information can be found on the campus master planning website.

Interfaith Youth Core


Ursinus has entered into a year-long partnership with the Interfaith Youth Core, a nonprofit organization assisting in the development of a strategic plan for our interfaith initiatives. The organization was founded by Eboo Patel, who visited campus last year and will be joining us next spring as one of two Davis Visiting Professors of Judeo-Christian Values. Please keep an eye out for a survey this month that seeks to help us better understand the faith values of our campus community.

New Faculty Staff Page


This week, we launched a new faculty and staff landing page on our website, designed especially for you. It will contain important announcements, news and information about the college. Please set this page as your startup page or bookmark it and visit it daily.

Successful Homecoming/Family Weekend


Congratulations to the whole campus community—and the advancement and facilities teams in particular—for a very successful Homecoming and Family Weekend. A lot of hard work went into planning and hosting over 100 events and activities. It was the first time Ursinus combined the two events and the great sense of pride for Ursinus really shined through.

Ursinus College, Office of the President