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 college’s first theater scholarship winner, Angela Bey ’18, writes the original play, The Playground, with Philadelphia Young Playwrights. It is performed at Ursinus’s Blackbox Studio Theater by members of the student acting troupe, Breakaway.
The campus community together creates Ursinus 150. The ambitious strategic plan is supported by three guiding pillars: Learning, Living Together and Building Lifelong Connections.