Top Stories of 2015-16
We welcomed the first three recipients of new major performing arts scholarships in music, theater and dance: Angela Bey in theater, Donnay Burden in dance, and Lauren Feldman in music, all Class of 2019.
Minding your business: Fourteen aspiring entrepreneurs roll out marketing plans with companies from across Montgomery County (Pa.) through the U-Imagine Center’s new Business Assist program.
We laid the groundwork for The Philadelphia Experience, known as PhillyX. The 15 students in the pilot program can take a Philly 101 course, three special Ursinus courses, and do internships arranged by alumni and the Career and Professional Development center.
The Ursinus field hockey team won its 11th Centennial Conference championship by defeating Franklin & Marshall in the conference title game. In NCAA tournament play, the Bears beat Stevens and Rochester, but lost to No. 1 Bowdoin in the national semifinal game. Great season, Bears!
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.
Forty-two students pursued externships during winter break, arranged by the Career and Professional Development office. These opportunities ranged from the Philadelphia Attorney General’s Office, to the Greater Media’s Philadelphia Radio Group, to the Heinz National Wildlife Refuge Center.
Out of this world research at Los Alamos National Laboratory allowed Ethan Haldeman ’18 and Veronica Sanford ’17 to examine Martian rocks under the guidance of Patrick Gasda ’07, exploring data from the Mars rover.
Professor of English Meredith Goldsmith spent the academic year on a Visiting Faculty Fellowship in the Humanities Writ Large program at Duke University.
Jamaica Kincaid, an award-winning Caribbean-American writer, and Abhi Nemani, the first Chief Data Officer for the City of Los Angeles, discussed “Inquiry and Innovation” at President Blomberg’s academic symposium.
Two rising sophomores are among 16 Kemper Scholars chosen from across the United States. Serena Schaefer ’19 and Jason Bennett ’19 were selected for commitment to their studies, service in their communities, leadership and ethical character.
“Ursinus is embarking on one of the most ambitious periods in its proud history.”
-President Brock Blomberg
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