Ursinus Magazine

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A Look Toward the Future, as One Ursinus

Robyn E. Hannigan, Ph.D., was officially installed as the 19th president of Ursinus College on Friday, October 14, in the Floy Lewis Bakes Center Field House during a ceremony that reaffirmed the college’s commitment to the liberal arts and sciences, and established initiatives designed to build on the college’s 153-year history and move it forward as “One Ursinus.”
Presidential Inauguration October 14, 2022
Alex Peay ’09
Feature Story

Rising Son

Your time at Ursinus can transform you. That was the case for Alex Peay ’09, who originally thought he’d go to law school, but early into his education, he found an alternative path focused on underserved communities. As the founder of Ones Up in Philadelphia, Peay has provided more than 160 young adults with job training and career exposure through projects serving over 3,500 community members.
Women’s Wrestling
Feature Story

Grappling with History

Ursinus is once again blazing a trail in women’s athletics, becoming the first Centennial Conference college to field a women’s wrestling team. Sydney Bowman ’22 and Laura Bradley ’25 helped lay the foundation for the program, which begins competition this year.

Getting to Know

Carolyn Weigel

Archives and Special Collections Librarian

Caretaker of the college archives—aka the Ursinusiana (pronounced er-SIGH-nus-ee-anna) Collection—for nearly 20 years, Weigel welcomes serious researchers and casual history buffs alike to her second-floor time capsule of sorts. Just please be sure to sign the guest book as you enter.  Get to know Carolyn.

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Carolyn Weigel
Dan Simon ’97 Diving photo
“I’ve now been with NOAA for more than 21 years, and it’s taken me literally to the ends of the earth, around the earth, and it almost took me to space.”
Dan Simon ’97
Office Space

A View from the Sea Suite

Dan Simon ’97 has spent more than two decades traveling the globe—and nearly space—for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). It’s been a whirlwind of different locations, different places, and different activities—all as part of “an amazing career path that so few people know about.”

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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.

  • These Bears Don’t Hibernate - young alumni candid

    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.

Does the attack on Ukraine show a failure of international cooperation?
The Burning Question

The Burning Question

Many have deplored the failure of international organizations like the United Nations to stop Russia’s attack on Ukraine—a war that violates, by all common interpretations, the core principle of international law. Other international institutions at the core of the international order such as the World Bank and the World Trade Organization face criticism from a wide range of voices, including non-Western governments, climate advocates, or far-right populists. Does this mean international cooperation has failed? Not entirely, but thinking through the events in Ukraine and beyond shows the limits of international organizations in the current era.

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#Giving2UCDay is Moving to Thursday March, 2023

giving day is moving bus graphic
We are packing our bags and making the big move! #Giving2UCday is now a part of our annual Philanthropy Week. Save the date and join us on Thursday, March 30, 2023 as we celebrate the impact of philanthropy on our entire Bear community.

Help us to reach new heights by making a gift in any amount on the day. Stay tuned for more details! Questions? Please contact us at 610-409-3585.

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10 Bear Resolutions That You Can Still Keep by December 31

  1. Get more culture with a visit to the Berman Museum of Art.
  2. Learn to say “Go Bears!” in another language “¡Vamos Osos!”
  3. Listen to more podcasts, like “Life After Ursinus.” (go.ursinus.edu/lifeafterursinuspodcast)
  4. Get more exercise with a cross-campus walk from the Kaleidoscope to the Commons.
  5. Keep up with Bears athletics and take in a game or match at the Floy Lewis Bakes Center.
  6. Follow us on social and reconnect with your Greek sisters and brothers.
  7. Update your alumni information! (ursinus.edu/updatecontact)
  8. Re-read your favorite book from your UC days.
  9. Bookmark the Ursinus news hub on your browser and stay informed on all the latest from UC. (ursinus.edu/news)
  10. PAY IT FORWARD. Make a donation to our Annual Fund today to support current Ursinus students. The #1 reason UC can provide a life changing liberal arts education is the generosity of people like you!
News Ticker
  • Revitalizing Main Street

    Ursinus and Collegeville will partner on a Main Street revitalization project.
  • CIE Inspires Podcast—and Now a Book Deal—for Two “National Treasure” Enthusiasts

    Emily Black ’15 and Aubrey Paris ’15
  • A Creepy Chronicle of Collegeville Costumes

    Detail from the 1961 Collegeville Costumes catalog.
  • Mixing the Study of Neuroscience with Compassion for the Community

    Mya Knappenberger ’23 works with campers at Orion Communities
  • Ursinus Testimony Urges Action in Stormwater Management

    President Robyn Hannigan delivers stormwater testimony.
  • Ursinus Team Earns Funding to Build on Nuclear Structure Research

    Ursinus students and Professor Lew Riley work with the Split-Pole Spectraph at the Fox Lab at Flo...
  • Michelle M. Yurko Named Vice President for Advancement

    Michelle Yurko
  • Ursinus Among Top 11 in Pa., Top 6% in ROI Nationally

    Fall leaves outside of Bomberger Hall.
Charter signing

A Bold New Commitment to Health and Wellness

In her first official act following her inauguration, President Robyn Hannigan did something that no other liberal arts college has ever done: sign the Okanagan Charter. The charter, first introduced in 2015 at the International Conference on Health Promoting Universities and Colleges, is an international pledge that provides institutions with common language and principles for holistic wellbeing in person, place, and planet.
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