President’s Message 2017
It’s been an extraordinary year.
We welcomed our sesquicentennial class, the Class of 2020. We launched Keep the Promise, the most ambitious comprehensive campaign in our history. We broke ground on the Innovation and Discovery Center, launched the Philadelphia Experience, and began putting into place our plan for Ursinus 150, all while our students, faculty and staff continued to raise the bar higher than ever before with the impact they’ve made on our community.
We also put the finishing touches on a new core curriculum that infuses each student’s experience at Ursinus with a focus on inquiry. It asks students to thoughtfully consider answers to four fundamental questions:
- What should matter to me?
- How should we live together?
- How can we understand the world?
- What will I do?
These questions are presented early in our students’ academic journey, allowing us to build a bridge between the general education curriculum and each student’s major. But these questions aren’t just limited to our students. Ursinus is asking each member of the community to embrace these questions, too. The result is that, regardless of whether you are a student, alumnus, faculty or staff member, you can always consider them whenever you experience personal or professional opportunity.
In this year in review, you’ll meet just some of the people who help us find answers to these questions every day. The people who step up to the challenge, who aren’t afraid to take risks, and who define what it means to be a Bear. These are the faces of Ursinus College.
Year in Review
The Berman Foundation commits $1.25 million to Ursinus to create a permanent endowment and provide current-use funding for the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art.That commitment is part of a landmark month of April, when Ursinus receives more than $5 million in new gifts and pledges for Keep the Promise.
The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation awards Ursinus $500,000 to implement a new core curriculum designed to cultivate an inquiry-driven academic experience for students.