Ursinus Magazine

Cover Story

The (Mis)information Age

Digital technology and social media are powerful tools that influence and shape human behavior and opinion. We’ve seen it first-hand when it comes to politics and elections, social justice issues and activism, and even a global pandemic. Three Ursinus experts in media and technology discuss and debate how digital media has influenced—and even helped or harmed—our society. (cover illustration by: Mikala Campbell)
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Feature Story

A Foundation for STEM Success

Funded by a National Science Foundation grant, Ursinus’s Supporting Inclusive Excellence program has provided students with a strong sense of community—backed by six faculty members with their own unique expertise—as they become better scientists, researchers, and leaders.
Feature Story

No Ordinary Pie-in-the-Sky Idea

It’s been quite some time since the observatory that sits atop Pfahler Hall has been used to gaze up at the skies above. Now, aspiring physicist Brian Barker ’22 has made it his mission to restore it to its former glory.

Getting to Know

Alice Leppert

The associate professor of media and communication studies has a new outlet for her lifelong love of pop culture as the co-editor of Celebrity Studies, a peer-reviewed, international scholarly journal dedicated to the interdisciplinary study of celebrity.
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The Burning Question

Did COVID-19 Force Us to Cede Control?

Pandemic and Beliefs About the Locus of Control
Professor of Psychology Cathy Chambliss discusses how a global pandemic stripped away control and forces us to hit the reset button on many aspects of our lives.
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Engage With Us

Homecoming Returns: Saturday, October 30

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The tradition returns this fall!  At this time, you can find the preliminary event schedule and hotel accommodations online at the link below. Please look for a communication in September with an update on Homecoming including health and safety measures for this event. We hope you find this information helpful as you prepare to formally register for designated events and make plans to attend. We look forward to re-connecting with you. Go Bears!

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The Ursinus Big List

10 Recommended Reads

Rebecca Jaroff, Associate Professor and Chair of English
These contemporary American works of literature offer readers diverse and meaningful points of entry into narratives that engage us, challenge us, and ultimately enrich our understanding of what should matter to us and how we can live together.
  1. Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  2. Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
  3. Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver
  4. Fire Shut Up in My Bones by Charles M. Blow
  5. Sweat by Lynn Nottage
  6. Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  7. The Roundhouse by Louise Erdrich
  8. Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer
  9. On Such a Full Sea by Chang-Rae Lee
  10. Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
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.

Turning information into a story that you can present and speak to—and have it make sense and be relevant—is something that I really took away from Ursinus.
Office Space

Rising NFL Analytics Star Finds Purpose with the Dolphins

Following a 2017 internship with the Somerset Patriots, a minor league baseball team in her home state of New Jersey, Jill Falduto ’19 knew two things she wanted for the next summer: She wanted to again work in sports—and she wanted to go bigger. So during her junior year, she submitted more than 30 applications in hopes of landing an internship with a larger team. Her efforts paid off when the Miami Dolphins offered her a ticketing operations internship at Hard Rock Stadium for the summer of 2018.
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News Ticker
  • Ursinus Named a Top College by Princeton Review

    Ursinus sign with Commons
  • Transformation and Tradition Are Key Themes of Class of 2025 Convocation

    Interim President-Elect Jill Leauber Marsteller '78, P '18 addressed the Class of 2025 at convocation.
  • Students Lend Digital Marketing Expertise to Local Businesses

    Digital Spark participants Bradley Duncan-Taylor '22, Marcos Maciel '22, and Michael Magargee '23
  • A Quest of Their Own

    High school students got a taste of CIE and Quest during the Freedom, Citizenship, and Equality program funded by the Teagle Foundation.
  • A Scholarly Look at Love and Solitude

    Céline Brossillon
  • Becoming an Inspirational Leader

    Jadidsa Perez
  • A Home Away from Home

    Simba Kanjanda '22
  • Funding Paves Way for Sustainable Initiatives for First-Year Students

    First-year students participate in sustainable initiatives during Welcome Week.
Alumni Story

Two Peas in a Pod(cast)

Science, CIE, and a Shared Love of National Treasure
Could one of the keys to an award-winning podcast about the National Treasurefilm series be the Common Intellectual Experience (CIE)? Although one pair of podcasters did not intentionally set out to draw inspiration from Ursinus’s signature class, they can’t deny the influence the course has had on the creation of National Treasure Hunt, a passion project devoted to their favorite films.

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