The Year in Review

June 2014
Sixty-seven students embark on eight weeks of working with faculty mentors as Summer Fellows.

May 2014
Commencement speaker Zainab Hawa Bangura inspires a standing ovation as 360 students graduate in the 141st commencement ceremony. Her story leads coverage in The Chronicle of Higher Education.

May 2014
Zachary Birch ’17, is named Kemper Scholar. Ursinus is one of 16 colleges and universities nationally where students are eligible for this program.

April 2014
Brian Thomas ’17, wins the prestigious Iris N. Spencer Undergraduate Poetry Award from West Chester University.

April 2014
The Richard T. Schellhase Essay Prize in Ethics, launched by The U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies, considers student essays on a topic of ethical or moral importance.

April 2014
Students and faculty participate in the first fully undergraduate conference with the Institute for
Science and Global Policy: “Emerging and Persistent Infectious Diseases: Focus on Pandemic Preparedness.”

April 2014
Ursinus is one of 322 colleges profiled in The Princeton Review’s Guide to Green Colleges 2014.

April 2014
Fifteen potential business plans vie for recognition in the U- Innovate! Competition, demonstrating that Ursinus students are independent and creative thinkers.

April 2014
Google Senior VP Laszlo Bock tells campus audience how his company hires based on skills needed for a lifetime of career success.

March 2014
Danielle Miller ’14, says she will combine passion for science and Spanish as a Fulbright research grant recipient in Spain conducting biomedical research.

March 2014
Codey Young ’14, was named a Thomas J. Watson Fellow. Ursinus is one of 40 U.S. colleges whose students are eligible to compete for this creative study year abroad.

March 2014
Two students and a faculty member show Chinese students how to collaborate in the classroom teaching process at Lingnan University in Hong Kong.

February 2014
Ursinus was selected as one of 14 schools nationally to offer the Peace Corps Preparation program.

February 2014
The Philadelphia Inquirer publishes President Bobby Fong’s op-ed, “Liberal Arts Are as Vital as Ever.”

February 2014
The Theater, Dance and Music departments collaborate on the first large-scale musical, Wonderful Town, a 1953 Tony Award winner with music by Leonard Bernstein.

February 2014
The newly named Office of Career and Professional Development has a new home with the Office of Academic Affairs, and hosts a record-breaking Job, Internship & Networking Fair.

January 2014
Ursinus Campus Active Minds, which promotes mental health awareness, advocacy and education, is named the January 2014 Chapter of the Month by the National Organization.

January 2014
Alumni and current students meet in the inaugural Externship Program which gave students a career shadowing experience.

December 2013
The interdisciplinary center, The U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies, builds on the Ursinus culture of creativity, collaboration, and integrative thinking. The Philadelphia Inquirer and KYW-News radio feature the center.

December 2013
Ursinus College is among 26 schools that have been recognized by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for joining the Food Recovery Challenge.

December 2013
Ursinus Music Professor John H. French conducts Handel’s The Messiah for the 35th straight year, with the College Choir and Meistersingers.

October 2013
Students and campus volunteers plant 480 trees in Hunsburger Woods to help reforest the tract.

October 2013
The Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art mounts A to Z: Highlighting the Berman Collection in celebration of a major gift of art from the Berman Foundation.

October 2013
A $5 million gift to Ursinus College from a 1955 alumnus results in the best fundraising year in College history.

September 2013
More than 750 media outlets feature an Associated Press article and video highlighting writer J.D. Salinger’s short semester in 1938 at Ursinus, and the Creative Writing Scholarship winners who have lived in his dorm room.

July 2013
Ursinus leads representatives of four liberal arts colleges which meet under a Teagle Foundation grant to discuss first-year courses.