Category Archives: Faculty

Ursuline College student Nancy Wilson receives top social work award


Ursuline College is proud to announce that the Cleveland Region (III) of the Ohio Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers named Ursuline College student, Nancy Wilson, the recipient of the 2014 Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) Student of the Year Award. Wilson, a Brantenahl resident, is currently a senior social work major. She received the award in March at the 4th Annual Cuyahoga County Conference on Social Welfare.

In addition to completing her social work degree this May, Wilson has earned certification as a chemical dependency counselor assistant and paralegal. She is currently employed at Murtis Taylor in the correctional advocacy and re-entry support program, facilitating dual diagnosis support groups, providing case management services, behavioral health and alcohol/drug screening and community support and advocacy for agency clients. She is also an active member of the College community, currently serving as president of Ursuline’s Social Work Organization.

Read More

“And there’s nowhere in the world I’d rather be”


Selena Quintanilla-Pérez would have turned 43 today; instead, the “Queen of Tejano Music” was killed by the president of her fan club at age 23.

Selena was born on April 16, 1971 in Lake Jackson, Texas, and made her recording debut in the ’80s, going on to become an award-winning recording artist in the Latin music scene. Her hit albums include “Amor Prohibido,” “Selena Live” and her last album “Dreaming of You,” which was released posthumously in 1995. Her life story was popularized int he movie Selena starring Jennifer Lopez.

Read More

Op-Ed: the gender wage gap

Gloria Steinem

By Avery Friedman, CNN Legal Analyst and Ursuline College Distinguished Visiting Professor in Constitutional Law, in response to Women in Ohio made only 76.9 cents for every $1 men made; wage gap much wider for minority women published by April 15, 2014.

Years ago, I was on a panel with the iconic Gloria Steinem. We found commonality in trying to convince people of the need for an Equal Rights Amendment (“ERA”) which sought to remove the institutional obstacles American women face in many aspects of life. She commented to me after the program that women were earning 60 cents for every dollar men earned doing the same job. This idea seemed outrageous to me at the time. It seems outrageous today. The effort to pass the ERA went up in smoke, but it would have avoided the need for President Obama to sign several executive order guaranteeing equal pay for women from federal contractors.

Read More

Start the discussion: perspectives on women’s rights


On Monday (March 31) the College hosted a panel discussion titled “Transnational Perspectives on Women’s Rights as Human Rights.” With over 100 in attendance,  working with the Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, the College gathered five women panelists from Puerto Rico, Serbia, Ukraine, India and Jamaica to discuss challenges and issues in the lives of women and girls all over the world.

The discussion was moderated by Gina Messina Dysert, Ph.D., Dean of Ursuline’s School of Graduate and Professional Studies and Mary Frances (Mimi) Pipino, Ph.D., Director of the Ursuline Studies Program. Topics covered included the impact of globalization on women, breaking gender stereotypes, finding a common ground across World cultures and the definition of feminism. See the entire panel discussion below.

Read More

Breen School of Nursing Professor Karen Link recognized by Ohio League for Nursing for work in mental health


Breen School of Nursing professor Karen Link, RN, MSN, CNS, CNE has been awarded the Excellence in Teaching Award by the Ohio League for Nursing at the Annual OLN Education Summit. The educator selected for this award is chosen from nominees throughout the State of Ohio.

Link has been an educator for more than seven years, a clinical nurse specialist and a nurse for more than 40 years. Her passion for excellence in teaching and her specialty of psychiatric and mental health nursing is unparalleled. Link obtained the Certified Nurse Educator designation in 2013, demonstrating her commitment to teaching excellence.

Read More

Art Therapy and Counseling graduate student finalist for the EXPYS ‘Best Intern Award’

Elizabeth Bailey-Grincrus & Natalie Jernigan

Elizabeth Bailey-Grincrus & Natalie Jernigan

On March 27, 2014, the Northeast Ohio Council on Higher Education (NOCH) and Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) presented The Expys, honoring students, employers and internship programs in Northeast Ohio.

Elizabeth Bailey-Grincius, Ursuline Art Therapy and Counseling graduate student, was nominated as a finalist in the category of the 2014 EXPYS Best Intern award. Bailey-Grincius is currently completing her internship at the Centers for Families and Children in Cleveland, Ohio. She was nominated by her site supervisor, Natalie Jernigan. Bailey-Grincius has been an outstanding student and the ATC department is extremely proud of her achievement.

Read More

Happy Birthday, Jane! World-renowned primatologist turns 80


Today (April 3), Dr. Jane Goodall, turns 80. Considered to be the world’s foremost expert on chimpanzees, Goodall is also an ethologist, anthropologist and UN Messenger of Peace. She is the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and the Roots & Shoots program, and has worked extensively on conservation and animal welfare issues.

Let’s acknowledge and celebrate Jane’s accomplishments in science, environmental awareness and animal rights. Thanks for inspiring us, Jane! 

Read More

April is National Poetry Month, who are your favorite poets?


poetry def3You don’t have to be an English major to enjoy some good poetry, and since April is National Poetry Month, let’s celebrate some of the greats – from Maya Angelou to Bob Dylan. Below are some of the Marketing Department’s favorites. After you read them, we wan to hear from you! Please share the poems that inspire and leave you speechless (or full of things to say) using the hashtag #PoetryMonth or reach out to us at

Read More

Ursuline College hosts Annual Senior Art Exhibit, opening April 25

senior show

Eight seniors in the Ursuline College Studio Art and Visual Communications Design programs will present their work in the exhibition titled 2014 Senior Show April 25 – May 16. The exhibition kicks off with an Opening Reception on Friday, April 25, from 5 to 9 PM in the Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery on the Ursuline College campus, 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike, Ohio.


Miranda Meisel (metalcraft), Elissa Burkhart (metalcraft and drawing), Alyx Cyr (painting and sculpture) Maureen Kelly (graphic design), Stephanie Pratt (ceramics and graphic design), Ashley Reinhart (graphic design), Keely Smith (painting) and Maggie Stark (installation, photography and metal work).

Read More

Advocate: Women Watch 2014

women watch VOICES headline image

Maggie Stark is the Founding President of the Sr. Dorothy Kazel Club for Systemic Change

Today a little over 25 students, faculty, staff and Ursuline Sisters gathered to recognize the 51 women and children murdered in Cuyahoga County since last year’s event.

As we walked the half-mile loop of red silhouettes, I noticed that the figure I was holding had the name of a 22 year old girl. Being only one year older than her, I couldn’t possibly imagine leaving this world so soon, so tragically.

Read More