Top Stories of 2015-16

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    Renowned academics considered what is antisemitism during the event “70 Years After Auschwitz: Antisemitism Today.” Panelists offered an overview on promoting tolerance on campuses.

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    Seven faculty members received awards totaling over $1 million in funding during the 2015-2016 academic year. Congratulations to faculty members Dale Cameron, Mark Ellison, Nicholas Scoville, Tom Carroll, Lew Riley, Jennifer Round and Rebecca Roberts.

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    Introducing the college’s new core curriculum questions: What should matter to me? How should we live together? How can we understand the world? What will I do?

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    It took 50 years, but Professor of Chemistry Ronald Hess taught his last organic chemistry class. Faculty and staff joined students for his last lesson, awarding him with a standing ovation. Hess has spoken about carbon containing molecules for a full third of Ursinus’s history.

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    STAT (Students Today, Alumni Tomorrow) roared with pride during the college’s celebration of Philanthropy Day in April. Activities and performances by Seismic Step, the B’Naturals and the Bearitones hit all the right notes.

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    Successful restauranteur and ideation guru Maureen Cumpstone ’79 returned to Ursinus as the college’s first entrepreneur-in-residence with the U-Imagine Center.

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    The fully staged musical The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee was a Dinner and a Show offering with the Collegeville Economic Development Corp. Director was Meghan Brodie ’00; musical direction by Holly Hubbs; choreography by Jeanine McCain.

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    President Blomberg’s message at a December press conference was simple: “We are creating a wider bandwidth of opportunities.” A new articulation agreement with Montgomery County Community College is allowing qualified MCCC graduates a seamless transfer to Ursinus.

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    Students in the Religion and Civil Rights class took an annual journey through history, traveling through the American south and learning how African American churches and social and political organizations cultivated change.

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    President Barack Obama awarded Joseph DeSimone ’86 the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, one of the nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. Only 17 individuals were honored at the White House celebration.

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“Ursinus is embarking on one of the most ambitious periods in its proud history.”

-President Brock Blomberg