July 6, 2020
After announcing in June that Ursinus College would return to a residential experience for the 2020-21 academic year, President Brock Blomberg announces guidelines for living and learning on campus to mitigate COVID-19 and its impact on the residential community.
July 27, 2020
The Office of Career and Post-Graduate Development teams up with the alumni relations team to provide mentorship to recent Ursinus graduates facing an uncertain job market in light of the pandemic.
August 20, 2020
The semester begins—much earlier than is customary—during a phased re-opening that allows first-year students to get acclimated to campus and participate in a unique “block” Common Intellectual Experience. All other students returned to campus on September 7.
August 24, 2020
The college launches its online COVID-19 dashboard to provide a weekly snapshot of the health of the campus and to inform the community of weekly testing results.
September 20, 2020
Brooklyn artist Katie Merz transforms the Ursinus smokestack located outside of the facilities building into a dynamic mural that tells our students’ stories through unique iconography.
September 24, 2020
Ursinus marks the end of the Keep the Promise comprehensive campaign—which closed on June 30, 2020 after raising $107 million—with a virtual celebration.
November 30, 2020
Ursinus students return home for virtual instruction and online exams to close out the fall semester.
December 1, 2020
A record number of Ursinus Bears—2,045 to be exact—donated more than $500,000 on #Giving2UCday, the largest day of giving in Ursinus history.
January 18, 2021
The Ursinus community celebrates the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a week of special in-persona and virtual programming, including the dedication of a free speech wall in Lower Wismer.
January 20, 2021
Students return to campus and the spring semester begins, again with a hybrid in-person and virtual learning experience. Instead of a traditional weeklong spring break, five separate “break days” are scheduled from February 18 through April 13.
March 27, 2021
Centennial Conference play resumes as the baseball, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and women’s golf teams are in action for the first time in more than a year.
April 15, 2021
During a fully virtual Bear2Bear Benefit & Bash, the Ursinus community raises $190,000 for the Bear2Bear Student Emergency Fund, which supports students facing financial hardship.
April 15, 2021
Ursinus—which was approved by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania as a vaccine provider—hosts the first of two on-campus vaccination clinics in the Floy Lewis Bakes Field House.
May 15-16, 2021
The Classes of 2020 and 2021 graduate from Ursinus during two separate, in-person commencement ceremonies on Patterson Field. For the Class of 2020, it marked their first return to campus since COVID-19 interrupted their senor year in March 2020.
May 27, 2021
Ursinus joins hundreds of other colleges and universities nationwide in requiring vaccinations for all students.
June 23, 2021
President Brock Blomberg announces that he is stepping down as president after six years leading Ursinus. Jill Leauber Marsteller ’78, P’18 is appointed interim president on July 30, 2021.
Our Bears stand out. In a year where nothing was ordinary, they managed to be extraordinary. They’ve demonstrated resolve and an innate ability to find creative solutions to problems. And while 2020-21 may always be overshadowed by a global pandemic, social unrest, and political divide, the Ursinus community proved that when it works together, it can rise above adversity and give us reason to be filled with optimism and hope. Every Bear played a role. This past year has reaffirmed what we always knew about them: they bleed red, old gold, and black, and they always go above and beyond for the college they love. For those reasons— and despite the most unpredictable circumstances—Ursinus has endured. These are just some of our game changers—our scholars, innovators, and leaders; Bears who represent the very best of the Ursinus community.
DEFENDING THE DEN
Ursinus faculty, staff, and student volunteers were instrumental in ensuring the testing and
contact-tracing process was a success. Many Bears took on additional roles to coordinate on-site
testing in the field house and case management when someone tested positive—a real boots-onthe-ground approach to mitigating the virus.
The pandemic became a unique opportunity to have these education-based discussions, but then also show students what they could do to bridge what they’re learning in the classroom with professional experience.”
– NICOLE IVASKA,
LECTURER IN HEALTH AND EXERCISE PHYSIOLOGY,
on leading a student contact-tracing team
WE VALUE AN INCLUSIVE COMMUNITY
While words certainly matter, our actions have meaning. Ursinus College is committed to inclusion, and equity, and promoting a more just world.–Heather Lobban-Viravong, Vice President For College And Community Engagement
- The Institute for Inclusion and Equity (IIE) expanded and welcomed two full-time staff members in addition to Director Ashley Henderson. Diana Deoki serves as assistant director, student leadership and transition, and Jasmine Soriano ’20 is assistant director, intercultural and community engagement.
- Radiance trains and employs six students as staff and volunteers to connect other students to resources within the Ursinus LGBTQ+ community.
- The IIE created virtual and in-person leadership opportunities for 74 students to serve as IIE ambassadors, Recharge Community Study coordinators, Radiance ambassadors, and peer mentors.
- Monthly healing and equity circles served as a community of care, truth, and reconciliation around understanding oppression (such as racism, sexism, class, ableism, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia) and combating hate.