Ursinus Magazine

Protecting Our Planet: A Commitment to Global Well-Being

Ursinus College is the first liberal arts institution in the world to sign the international Okanagan Charter, signifying a holistic commitment to the well-being of people, places, and planet. Two stories in this issue examine how a liberal arts education contributes to a sustainable future.
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Taking Root cover

Taking Root

Global sustainability issues aren’t just a problem for environmental scientists to solve. Students from Ursinus are learning that—just like anything else—they are best viewed through a multidisciplinary lens...one perfectly suited for a liberal arts education.
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Feature Story

From One Field to Another

As a student-athlete, Ursinus Hall-of-Famer Jess Lamina Gray ’08 was an All-American, All-Conference field hockey stalwart. Now, she’s excelling in a different field: farming.

Getting to Know

Michael Keaton

VP for Enrollment Management

He became Ursinus College’s new Vice President for Enrollment Management in January. He’s passionate about helping students find their path and passion through an undergraduate college experience, and he loves reading, music, and has been known to attend a concert or two. Get to know Mike.

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Michael Keaton
Banning books
The Burning Question

What are we really censoring when banning books?

The censorship of books in schools is again making waves across the country, but when you look at what gets challenged and what’s on these lists, you can see the trends and make some inferences as to what is really threatening for those who want to remove certain stories from libraries and schools.

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Fall in love with Ursinus again...at Alumni Weekend 2023!

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Join us on April 28-29, 2023, for Alumni Weekend! Come back to Collegeville to reminisce with old friends, meet current students, make new memories with your fellow Red, Old Gold, and Black Society alumni, and fall in love with Ursinus all over again.

Registration is LIVE and will be open until Monday, April 10.

Classes 1963, 1968, and 1973: We look forward to honoring you at your milestone reunions. Let’s celebrate all that there is to love about Ursinus at Alumni Weekend together. Questions? Please contact the alumni relations team at ucalumni@ursinus.edu or call 610-409-3585.

Registration is LIVE

 The Ursinus Big List
Erin Edwards, Digital Media Specialist

Top 10 Social Media Highlights of 2022

Erin Edwards | Digital Media Specialist

With so much to read–and view!–on our website and social media channels, it stands to reason that you may miss a few things. Erin Edwards continues the communications team’s roundup of can’t-miss content from 2022 with a look at some of our most popular posts of the year and why they engage our community.

  1. College Colors Day: Ready, Players?

    You’re the main character in this video game style promo that lets you choose the perfect ‘fit rocking your UC red, old gold, and black!
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  2. ‘Bear’ With Us, We’re in the Upside Down

    On Halloween we travelled to new realms with our Stranger Things inspired graphic.
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  3. There’s No Place Like Homecoming

    When it comes to courage, heart, and brains, our Bears don’t need a wizard—they have it all! Memory lane meets the old gold brick road in our homecoming photo gallery.
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  4. Mascot Mayhem

    With the locally beloved Philadelphia Phillies at bat in the World Series, our Grizz took some inspiration from their team’s mascot and repped its Philly sports pride.
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  5. Bears for Life

    Students shared triumphant tears and embraces as they celebrated commencement. The day was a reminder that wherever they roam, Ursinus will always be home.
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  6. A United Ursinus

    Our students continually choose to stand together in solidarity and love, proud to be One Ursinus.
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  7. Robyn’s Rockin’ Holiday Ride

    President Hannigan took to a decked-out golf cart to spread festive cheer (and cups of cocoa) around campus just before winter break.
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  8. Ursinus Through the Seasons

    “A walk across campus—regardless of season—is a thing of beauty.” -Abbie Cichowski Kim ’10

    A look at Ursinus at the peak of each season is stunning enough to take one’s breath away.
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  9. Day in the Life of a Student

    Get a glimpse of life on campus with Katie Barlow ’25’s comprehensive Instagram story takeover. #UrsinusBound Bears, this one’s for you!
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  10. Merry May Fair

    Carnival fun comes to campus with this sweet springtime tradition.
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Bears' Den

Class Notes & Weddings

Stories, weddings and updates from our Ursinus classmates

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  • Golf Outing

    Alumni representing the Pi Omega Delta fraternity participated in a second annual charity golf outing at Linfield National to support Motley’s Mission, named for Cliff Motley ’97 to support suicide awareness and prevention.

  • Ursinus College Alumni Trip to the Iron Pigs Game Allentown PA Group standing holding a banner

    Ursinus alumni gathered at Coca-Cola park in Allentown, Pa., to cheer on the Lehigh Valley IronPigs together on Sunday, August 6. View other alumni events online here!

  • Sabir M. Peele

    Sabir Peele ’08, who owns a men’s style and lifestyle business, has partnered with two-time Super Bowl champion Malcolm Jenkins and his Philadelphia-based custom fashion house on a new luxury track suit capsule collection.

  • Allison Puff ’91

    Allison Puff ’91 is executive vice president of academic affairs at Kansas City Art Institute in Kansas City, Mo.

  • Dull Wedding

    Walter Paul Dull III ’00 and Diane Elizabeth Deslatte celebrated their nuptials on May 13, 2023, in New Orleans, La.

  • Fessick Event

    John ’85 and Cindy Fessick hosted an event for Ursinus alumni, parents, and friends of the college in August at the Stone Harbor Golf Club.

Elisa and Reggie the Bald Eagle
“So many fans want to know all about the real mascots.”
Elisa Tyler ’14
Office Space

Soaring with the Birds

Mascots like Gritty, the Phillie Phanatic, and Swoop are ingrained in Philadelphia sports culture and are as recognizable as the teams and players. They are a symbol of fandom and team pride. But for the NFC Champion Philadelphia Eagles, that symbolism extends beyond a costumed caricature. Their two live Eagle mascots are a huge part of the gameday experience, and Ursinus alumna Elisa Tyler ’14 is partially responsible for their care and training.

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News Ticker
  • Art 4 Visibility Transforms First-Year Experiences

    Art for Visibility Co-Creators Brooke Yanaga ’22 and Abigail Coachi ’22
  • Turning Science Innovators into Entrepreneurs

    Casey Schwarz (left) and Maureen Cumpstone will lead “Start-Ups and the Scientific Method,” a...
  • Wellness Center (Re)introduces Initiative to Support Students’ Mental Health

    Interim Director of Counseling and Wellness Danielle Wagner, LCSW
  • Roosevelt Montás, Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland to Address Ursinus Class of 2023

    Roosevelt Montás will address the Class of 2023 during commencement.
  • Trustee Scheu Volunteers to Provide Healthcare Access

    Karen Scheu, a member of the Ursinus Board of Trustees, is a family nurse practitioner at Marylan...
  • International Relations Major Awarded Fellowship with Department of State

    Rachel Arthur ’23
  • Museum Studies Students Research, Play, and Make it Work

    Museum Studies ’23 Curation Capstone
  • A Deep Dive Into Philadelphia Enhances the Study of the Origins of Cities

    Visiting Instructor of Anthropology Katharine Davis standing at Graffiti Pier in Philadelphia.
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Philanthropy Week

Mark Your Calendars for 2023 Philanthropy Week and #Giving2UCday!

Ursinus College is bringing Philanthropy Week and #Giving2UCday together into one fun and memorable celebration! Philanthropy Week, which raises awareness about the impact of private philanthropy, will be held from March 27 through 31. It will culminate with #Giving2UCday on Thursday, March 30, when Bears near and far will join together as One Ursinus to support the college’s current students!

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