Ursinus Magazine

Feature Story

Wicked Excited: A First-Gen Student’s Journey to a College Presidency

Robyn E. Hannigan takes the helm as Ursinus College’s 19th president during a time when the success of every student—backed by a brand-new strategic plan—is front and center. It’s something that personally resonates with Hannigan, whose career path can be defined by one word: opportunity.

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Welcome Home Project
Feature Story

Welcome Home: A Historic Partnership

Ursinus began a partnership with the Delaware Tribe of Indians and the Perkiomen Valley School District this year on the Welcome Home Project, which honored the history, culture, and legacy of the Lenape people, who for thousands of years inhabited parts of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania—including the Collegeville area.
Here to Help: Combatting a Mental Health Crisis
Feature Story

Here to Help: Combatting a Mental Health Crisis

An endowed fund established in the name of Bill Norcross ’70 is providing financial support for Ursinus students seeking internships and externships in mental health advocacy, addiction and recovery, and suicide prevention.

Getting to Know

Lauren McCardel

Executive Director of the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art

Lauren McCardel is a student of architecture and design and finds inspiration in the art that surrounds us every day. Ursinus Magazine caught up with Lauren as she looks to build on the museum’s three-decade history.

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Lauren McCardel
I get inspired by making the cleanest lagers and using my background and experience with knowing the nuances of temperatures—and how different materials work together— to make the best beer.
Office Space

Brew Master

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to brew beer, Drew Perry ’05 has an apt description. “I’m a cross between a plumber and a cook,” he quips. Perry is the cofounder and head brewer at Double Nickel Brewing Company in Pennsauken, N.J., an establishment that opened in 2015 and is, according to its website, “the culmination of a shared vision and dream of building a brewery centered around the values of community, creativity, innovation, and fun.”

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Bears' Den

Class Notes & Weddings

Stories, weddings and updates from our Ursinus classmates

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  • Professor Scott Deacle

    Professor Scott Deacle passed away on May 5, 2023
    Scott—the ever-organized, ice-cream loving business and economics professor—is remembered as an exceptional teacher who always created a special rapport with his students, especially those involved with the investment club, UCIMCO. His service to the college was exemplary—a confident and caring voice of clarity who saw so much potential in the college and in his colleagues and students.

  • Damiano Rotolo

    Damiano Rotolo ’26 passed away on March 26, 2023
    Dam was from Aberdeen, N.J., and a graduate of Matawan Regional High School. He was a member of the men’s wrestling team and planned to major in the social sciences. Dam was known by his coaches, teammates, and friends for his loving personality and quick sense of humor.

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    Alumni Gathering in Philly
    Ursinus alumni gathered at the Blue Cross River Rink in Philadelphia on February 18 of this year at our annual These Bears Don’t Hibernate event. View other upcoming alumni events online at ursinus.edu/alumni/alumni-events.

  • max moliken

    Max Moliken passed away on December 14, 2022
    A former Ursinus student and the son of Ursinus staff members Gabe and Laura Moliken, Max loved vacationing on Chincoteague Island, Va., and Mister Whippy’s ice cream. He enjoyed nature, hanging out with friends, and listening to a wide variety of music. He was described as a big kid at heart with a magnetic personality.

  • adam walton

    Adam Walton ’25 passed away on September 25, 2022
    Adam was a North Penn High School graduate, psychology major, and Gateway Scholar at Ursinus from Lansdale, Pa. He was described by his Ursinus professors as a remarkably bright and kind person who hoped to become a psychiatrist to help others.

  • pomante and endy

    Danielle Pomante ’17 and Jeffrey Endy ’15 were married on December 17, 2022.

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The Burning Question

Do conservatives feel shamed by the media?

Polling shows that trust in the media among conservatives is low and dropping, but until now, there hasn’t been much research to understand why. Professors Doron Taussig and Anthony Nadler performed extensive research to gauge conservatives’ perceptions of media coverage for the Tow Center for Digital Journalism. Here is what they found.

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New Staff Professional Development Fund Established to Honor Marsteller’s Legacy

An endowed fund was established to honor President Marsteller’s mentorship of staff. She also w...
Long before she became Ursinus College’s first female president, Jill Leauber Marsteller ’78, P’18 had been known to her beloved Bear community as a trusted friend, mentor, and colleague. And no matter where her career has taken her, she has always inspired greatness from her staff by supporting their own professional development and personal fulfillment.

To honor her longstanding legacy at Ursinus and her widespread contributions to higher education, Marsteller’s colleagues, students, collaborators, family, and friends have come together to establish a professional development fund in her name that will be instrumental in ensuring that Ursinus staff have more opportunities to grow and develop their careers.

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 The Ursinus Big List
Lauren McCardel

Top 8 Places to Find Art in the Everyday

Lauren McCardel, Executive Director of the Berman Museum of Art
As Lauren mentions in this issue’s “Getting to Know” feature, she is inspired by things that surround us every day that might not even be considered art. Here are eight things that are more than meets the eye.
  1. Lighting design

  2. Architecture and urban design

  3. Gardening and landscaping
  4. Theater sets

  5. Healthcare design (Check out the Designing Motherhood project)
  6. Interior design (Wallpaper! Tiles!)

  7. Fashion and costumes
  8. Floral design (My favorite of the moment: Texture Florals
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  • Alumni Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Working Group

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  • Get Involved with Alumni Council

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  • The Arts at Ursinus

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  • Crafter Helps Ukraine One Bracelet at a Time

    Christine Heren ’22 leads a bracelet-crafting workshop to support Ukraine.
  • Delegation to National Model UN brings home distinguished delegation award

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  • Alumnus Fosters Storytelling Community with Digital Literary Magazine

    Erich Keyser ’16 founded COALESCE Community, an online literary magazine focused on sharing sto...
  • Ursinus Adds Women’s Wrestling to Storied Legacy of DIII Athletics

    Ursinus will become the eighth college or university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania with an ...
  • McLean Pledge Puts Ursinus Students on Path to Ph.Ds.

    Arlene McLean ’62 has pledged $3 million to Ursinus—one of largest individual gift commitment...
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The Best Bears Among Us

Ursinus celebrates the accomplishments of outstanding alumni and graduating students. These are Ursinus Bears who have demonstrated exemplary leadership and have gone above and beyond to make a difference in our community.

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