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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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.

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.
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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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!

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

Bears' Den

Class Notes & Weddings

Stories, weddings and updates from our Ursinus classmates

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  • Maria Carosella

    Former staff member Maria R. Carosella died August 11, 2023.

“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 forthcoming series of courses and programming...
     
  • Wellness Center (Re)introduces Initiative to Support Students’ Mental Health

    Interim Director of Counseling and Wellness Danielle Wagner, LCSW
     
  • Trustee Scheu Volunteers to Provide Healthcare Access

    Karen Scheu, a member of the Ursinus Board of Trustees, is a family nurse practitioner at Maryland's Esperanza Center.
     
  • Roosevelt Montás, Rev. Dr. Leslie Copeland to Address Ursinus Class of 2023

    Roosevelt Montás will address the Class of 2023 during commencement.
     
  • 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.
     
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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