Ursinus Magazine

The New View

How an Ursinus lab is threading machine learning and the human element.

eye Machine Learning

Lean on Me

To conclude our three-part series on the college’s commitment, under the international Okanagan Charter, to the well-being of people, places, and planet, we are doing a deeper dive into how students serve as supporters, educators, and role models.

Pitch Perfect

In this exclusive interview, the Olympic coach and trailblazer reflects on a legendary career as a true pioneer in women’s athletics. Vonnie Gros ’57 built a hall of fame legacy—and did it her own way.
Bear Bites

Aidan Nadell ’25

Bear Mascot

Aidan Nadell ’25 concludes each email he writes with a simple reminder: “Stay smiling.” Chances are you’ve seen him around campus without even knowing it. He’s often spreading Ursinus pride everywhere he goes as the Bear mascot. Get to know Aidan.

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The Burning Question

How can we live together…with AI?

Imagine checking out at a local produce stand and watching as the clerk totals your order on a desk calculator. Neither you nor the clerk seems concerned about the possibility of an error; that calculator is even more reliable than we are at performing these tasks.
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Giving 2 Ursinus College Day 2024

Honor the Past.
Celebrate the Present.
Inspire the Future.

The 10th annual #Giving2UCDay will be on Founders Day this year, February 5, 2024. Join us at the start of a new tradition!

The Ursinus Big List

5 Highlights from Fall Sports

Bears in Action! 
Ursinus teams always rise to the occasion. Here are some of the fall’s top highlights:
  1. The field hockey team won four games this season against nationally ranked opponents: No. 20 William Smith, No. 23 Lynchburg, No. 18 The College of New Jersey, and No. 25 Swarthmore. They sit in the top 25 of the NFHCA national poll.

  2. Men’s Soccer enjoyed the best start to a season in over 30 years at 4-0.

  3. The volleyball team, competing for a potential first-ever Centennial Conference Tournament berth, beat Muhlenberg for the first time since 2003.

  4. Men’s Cross Country finished second at the LVC Dutchmen Invitational, the highest among Division III schools in a field that also featured Division I and Division II competition.

  5. Ryan Bodolus ’24 set a career sacks record for the Ursinus football team.
Bears' Den

Class Notes & Weddings

Stories, weddings and updates from our Ursinus classmates

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  • Cheryl Wager

    Cheryl L. Wager died September 5, 2023.

  • Ritter Wedding

    Cynthia K. Ritter ’06 and Scott M. Lussier were married June 19, 2022. They welcomed a daughter, Isabelle Anne Lussier, on August 4, 2023.

  • Donald E. Parlee '55

    Donald E. Parlee ’55 died March 21, 2024.

  • Football Reunion

    Gary McAneney ’87 hosted a reunion of 50 football and Alpha Phi Epsilon alumni at the Trappe Tavern in February.

  • Gayle K. Byerly

    Gayle K. Byerly, professor emeritus of English, died January 12, 2024.

  • Holiday Alumni

    Ursinus alumni from the 60s through the 90s attended a holiday reception in conjunction with the Voices of Ursinus holiday concert. Pictured: Chuck Fryer ’68, Jeff Jowett ’77, Rosa Abrahams, Andy Davis, Rickie Lee Sands ’68, Jenn Kitner ’91, Lesley Katz ’87, Holly Hubbs, J. Lawrence Geist ’73, Susan Zeager ’68, Rebecca Stackhouse ’72, and Louis Angelo ’73.

I feel like we’re all artists. You just try to find a medium to express your creativity. We’re expressing our creativity through wood.
Jim Worrilow ’16
Office Space

Emily Schleicher Worrilow ’16 & Jim Worrilow ’16

Scientists by day. Woodworkers by night (and weekends). Emily Schleicher Worrilow ’16 and Jim Worrilow ’16 are the skilled craftspeople behind Worrilow Woodworking, an in-home business built on entrepreneurship, art, and science. Oh, and a whole lot of sanding.

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News Ticker
  • U-Imagine Center Has Much to Celebrate for Its 10th Anniversary

    Students who participated in the Digital Spark program held a poster session at the U-Imagine Center's 10-year anniversary celebration.
  • Teachers Wanted: Ursinus, PVSD Lead Conference for Area School Leaders

    Keynote presenter Julia Skolnik, CEO and founder of Professional Learning Partnerships, speaks during the Strengthening the Teacher Pipel...
  • New Creative Writing Major Added to Curriculum

    Creative writing, lit society event
  • A Path Toward Recovery: Rep. Madeleine Dean Leads Panel Discussion at Ursinus

    U.S. Rep. Madeleine Dean is joined by Ursinus President Robyn Hannigan, members of the Ursinus and Collegeville communities, and represen...
  • Bears on the Hill: Environmental Policy Class Heads to the State Capitol

    Environmental studies students visited the PA State Capitol on Wednesday, October 4, to meet with our district's elected officials.
  • Ursinus Hosts Forum on Preventing Human Trafficking in Southeastern Pennsylvania

    Ursinus hosted more than 50 members of the community to discuss ways to combat human trafficking, an emerging threat, and support impacte...
  • Federal Funding Opens to Pathway to Research in Favero Lab

    Prof. Carlita Favero has been awarded a $349,738 grant from the NIH to study alcohol's impact on dopaminergic axons, which in the brain a...
  • Gundolf Graml Named Ursinus Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

    Gundolf Graml
UC Athletics

On the Fast Track

Patterson Field is sporting a brand-new look. Home to seven of Ursinus’s varsity athletic teams, Patterson, which was first converted to a turf field in 2011, was resurfaced over the summer and is also surrounded by a new track, which was replaced for the first time in nearly 40 years.
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