Year in Review 2017

  • MONEY and Sports Illustrated ranks Ursinus in the top 100 colleges in the country for student-athletes, fans and academics.

  • A new museum studies minor allows for the first student-curated exhibition at the Berman Museum of Art.

  • The Environmental Protection Agency lauds Ursinus as a national leader in reducing food waste thanks in part to Wismer on Wheels, a student organization.

  • The spring semester culminates with the college’s 12th annual Celebration of Student Achievement, a day-long event featuring more than 250 presentations, exhibitions and performances.

  • Plans for the Commons—the new “welcome gateway” to campus—are unveiled. The Commons will become a hub for our admission efforts, social activity and student life.

  • $136,400 is raised during #GivingtoUCday, making Nov. 29, 2016, the largest day of giving in Ursinus history.

  • Bailey Ludwig ’19 is named a St. Andrews Scholar, and she is spending this academic year studying medieval literature, classics and Scottish texts at the world-renowned University of Aberdeen.

  • Lydia Konstanzer ’20 is named Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year and Mid-Atlantic Region Rookie of the Year in women’s basketball.

  • The Ursinus mock trial team laid down the law…advancing to the Opening Round Championship Series, the second round of the American Mock Trial Association’s annual national tournament.

  • The campus community together creates Ursinus 150. The ambitious strategic plan is supported by three guiding pillars: Learning, Living Together and Building Lifelong Connections.

  • A new scholarship program at Ursinus, Supporting Inclusive Excellence (SIE), provides additional opportunities to high-achieving students who plan to major in biology, biochemistry and molecular biology, or neuroscience.

  • Four students join Meghan Brodie ’00, an assistant professor of theater, in performances at the Center for Jewish History during Holocust Remembrance Day.

  • Ursinus students plan and perform in the college’s inaugural JazzFest Music and Dance Festival.

  • 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.

  • Now in its second year, Ursinus College’s Summer Business Assist program pairs Ursinus students with eight local businesses looking to boost their digital marketing efforts.

  • Robert C. Wonderling P’16, president and CEO of the Chamber of Commerce for Greater Philadelphia, is appointed chair of the Ursinus College Board of Trustees.

  • An Ursinus team of faculty and staff participate in a new and timely conference of the Pennsylvania Consortium for the Liberal Arts, exchanging ideas on campus free speech and dialogues on diversity.

  • Mark Schneider is appointed vice president of academic affairs and dean of the college.

  • Essays in Economic and Business History awards its 2017 James Soltow Award for the best paper to Scott Clayman ’15 and professors Scott Deacle and Andrew Economopoulos for a co-authored publication on Civil War-era banks in Illinois.

  • Students tell and shape the history of Ursinus College through a new digital humanities project, Bears Make History.

  • The Gateway Scholarship is unveiled to make Ursinus a more affordable option for high-achieving students and their families. The program guarantees eligible students $30,000 per year for four years.

  • 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.

  • Ursinus breaks ground on the 42,500-square-foot Innovation and Discovery Center, bringing together policy, entrepreneurial learning and scientific study under one roof.

  • In the fall, 15 students launch the inaugural semester of PhillyX—the Philadelphia Experience. Students take courses taught by Ursinus faculty and work and research throughout the city.

  • The Melrose Center for Global Civic Engagement is established in honor of the late U.S. Ambassador Joseph H. Melrose Jr. ’66. This is the college’s third interdisciplinary center.

  • Making the News Popular: Mobilizing U.S. News Audiences, a book penned by Assistant Professor Tony Nadler, is recognized as one of four finalists for the Frank Luther Mott Kappa Tau Alpha Journalism and Mass Communication Research Award.

  • The Pan American Association of Philadelphia and the Greater Philadelphia Latin American Studies Consortium each recognize Ursinus College students for their scholarship and achievements in Latin American Studies.

  • Featured in a front-page Philadelphia Inquirer story, the Institute for Student Success collects and analyzes retention data and evaluates, improves and develops programming to better support our students.

  • 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 SummerBurst initiative launches on campus, inviting families and students throughout the region to join new athletic camps, academic programs, performances and events.

  • Ursinus welcomes the historic sesquicentennial Class of 2020.

  • Jenna Pellegrino ’17 is the third consecutive Ursinus student to earn a prestigious National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

  • Ursinus goes live with Keep the Promise, the historic, $100 million comprehensive campaign set to conclude during the college’s sesquicentennial anniversary in 2019-20.