Category Archives: Student Life

Springtime in Cleveland: top 25 to-do’s

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Today is the official start of spring! (We know it doesn’t feel like it, but, promise, spring has arrived!) To get you in a warm weather mood, we’ve drafted a “Cleveland spring checklist.” Please share your favorite spring to-do’s with us on social media #SpringtimeinCle.

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Student Nurses of Ursuline College raise over $3,500 for American Heart Association

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On Saturday, March 1 2014, SNUC (Student Nurses of Ursuline College) hosted the ninth annual Go Red for Women Campaign Fundraiser (launched by the American Heart Association) to benefit research efforts in the fight against women’s heart disease.

Heart disease is the #1 cause of death in women, claiming the lives of nearly 500,000 women each year. We raised over $3600 to help find the cure! On behalf of SNUC and the American Heart Association, we would like to say a special thank you to all who made this event possible.

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Ursuline College & H.E.L.P. Malawi: the journey begins

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By Tiffany Mushrush Mentzer, Director of Alumnae Relations and Development Specialist 

Today (March 9) we leave to begin our journey to Malawi. As I sit in the airport waiting for everyone to arrive for check-in, I think about my first time beginning this adventure. I had so many feelings & thoughts going through my head about the place I was headed to. I am sure Ursuline College students Maggie Stark, Molly Sabolsky, Taylor Bruno and Rhianna McChesney have a million thoughts racing through their heads. I know I was nervous, but extremely excited for everything I was about to encounter.

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Student Nurses of Ursuline College to host ninth annual ‘Go Red For Women’ fundraiser March 1

go redUrsuline College student organization to take the lead on supporting public health awareness by hosting a Go Red for Women Campaign Fundraiser. The Student Nurses of Ursuline College (SNUC) are proud to support the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign for the ninth consecutive year. The Fundraiser will benefit research efforts in the fight against women’s heart disease.

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Sr. Dorothy Kazel Club Attends School of America’s Watch Protest

Well here’s the short story: 16 students, two days of protesting, 32 hours of travel.

Now, let me back up and give you the play by play…

After our send-off prayer at Ursuline, the Sr. Dorothy Kazel Club hopped in the car for a short trek to Magnificat High School. Here we boarded the bus for Georgia. One car got a bit lost on the way but, no worries, it only delayed us a half hour.

The bus ride down was filled with movies about social activism and the School of Americas (SOA) to keep us up-to-date.

We finally arrived in Atlanta, Georgia around 9am to grab breakfast and freshen up pre-protest. Surprisingly, we we’re earlier than most to reach Fort Benning Road, where the School of America’s protest would take place. Roy Bourgeois, founder of the School of America’s Watch (the organization monitoring the School of America’s bad behavior) actually took time aside to meet with us. It was so inspiring to hear how Roy dressed in a military uniform, climbed a tree on the School of America’s base and played Oscar Romero’s last homily (urging “Salvadoran soldiers to disobey their military commanders, lay down their arms, and stop killing their sisters and brothers”). Roy Bourgeois performed this civil disobedience 30 years ago, igniting the start of this protest!

Throughout Saturday, there were speakers (victims of the SOA, leaders in social movements in Central America and grassroots organizers from the States) and musicians with powerful messages at the heart of their lyrics. Along the side of the street, organizations set up tables with information on a wide variety of social issues and fair-trade items available to purchase. There was also a Puppetista show that some Kazel Club members took part in as well. It’s was a wonderfully artistic way to make a statement through non-violent performance!

Around 4pm we made our way back to the bus, drove to the hotel and then walked to dinner. We actually hit up a restaurant I found on last year’s trip – there’s was a stuffed polar bear wearing a sombrero in the window, so it was hard to forget. The convention center was a short walk away and was already packed with protest-goers eager to sit in workshops on everything from killer drones to international solidarity to free trade and corporate colonialism to grassroots fundraising strategies! Around 8pm, we gathered to hear spoken-word and dance to jams from some incredibly diverse musicians. It was a personal highlight of my night to see everyone jam out to some high-powered ska music!

When Leah Song from Appalachia Rising performed the song Caminando, the entire crowd fell to hush tones. Madgie Dunn, Kazel Club member and Ursuline Education student, was personally touched by this performance. Madgie says, “Before singing Caminando, Leah explains that social justice is not something that we will wake up and just have… it’s something we will be continuously walking towards for the rest of our lives…There will always be problems in the world, so we must make this our journey… siempre vamos a estar caminando”.

Caminando from Ursuline College on Vimeo.

We woke up the next morning at the crack of dawn to eat breakfast and make our way to the protest for the second day. On Sunday, it is definitely a more solemn event – with all protest attendees in procession while each name of those murdered are read aloud. We converge at the fence, barring us from Fort Benning, to place our crosses and signs on it as we chant / pray / sing to ‘CLOSE THE SOA’. This is an incredibly emotional and spiritual part of the protest.

After helping tear down the stage and acting like the roadies for the School of America’s Watch, we boarded the bus back to return home. It was really nice to hear how first-time protest attendees and people that have attended for 17 + years felt about the weekend.

Please join us Monday, December 2nd for a Lunch Discussion on the Protest and Martyrs. It will be 12- 1 in Mullen 214. Also, at 4:30 there will be a short prayer service remember the women in the Mullen St. Angela Chapel!

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The Ursuline College community shares why we are thankful this holiday season. Watch Marketing work-study student Maggie Stark’s video and find out why.

Share your holiday memories on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram and hashtag #UCThanksgiving.

Happy Thanksgiving!

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To the protest we go!

thank you2The Sr. Dorothy Kazel Club was able to raise $3,395.35 through the support of the Ursuline community, family and friends. I would like to convey my deepest gratitude to each person who has cared about our efforts through donations, food packages, thoughts and prayers.

You might be wondering why 16 current students, two alumnae, one faculty member and a friend of the college are boarding a bus for a 14-hour ride to Georgia…

Well, to be honest, the first year I rode to Georgia I was jumping at a chance to feel warm weather on my face and cross ‘Attend Protest’ off my bucket list. Now, attending the protest for my third year in a row, I truly feel connected to the thousands of people who gather in solidarity at the base of the School of Americas. I stand with such an eclectic group of people, whom know Sr. Dorothy’s story and the story of tens of thousands of others who died like her.

I want to be more. To do more. And by riding to Georgia I’m able to use my voice to speak out against the injustices in this world, to educate myself through workshops and lectures, and to continue to work towards nonviolence in my life.

I will be writing and posting photos about our trip and all that we have learned from this experience. Please check back next week for a recap of the protest.

P.S. If you would like to donate to the Sr. Dorothy Kazel Club, we are sending the extra money we raised to the Cleveland Mission Team in El Salvador (the same team Sr. Dorothy Kazel served on) for clean water efforts and sustainable stoves.

2013 Banned Books ‘READ-OUT’

Reading – it’s good for you!

Celebrate YOUR freedom to read during Banned Books Week, September 22-28, 2013.  Support members from the Ursuline family along with students from Andrew Osborne Academy as they share a passage from their favorite banned or challenged book at the annual Ursuline College BBW ‘READ-OUT’, Tuesday, September 24, 11am-2pm at the Pilla Atrium and on the Besse Library Patio.  Rumor has it that you just might see a character from some of the top banned or challenges books.

See you there!

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Jackie Amos, Administrative Assistant – Ursuline Studies

 

Fall is when we harvest Apples, right?

As consumers and citizens, we have witnessed the growth of American multinational behemoth Apple. From a tiny little computer company founded in 1976 in CA, their endeavors now include the Mac line of computers, iPod, iPad, iPhone, iTunes, iLife and iWork productivity suites, Safari web browser, and operating systems OS X and iOS. They are a major player in the IT industry, produce phones prodigiously, and are media store mavens online and off. Apple TV is a lukewarm hit and iWatch is coming. Each Autumn, we have come to expect the rollout of one new iPhone model. It was what people groaned over and wished for, saved for and relished. But this is 2013 and nothing is like it used to be.

As a student of Public Relations, though, I’m scratching my head. They must have the most proficient PR people in the business. What I’m seeing in their recent actions looks like a series of business moves, tactics, not a thought out market strategy. In the past week, Apple introduced a plastic cased iPhone 5c in many colors and the more expensive 5s which comes in three colors only but has a better camera, faster processor, and a fingerprint scanner. The 5c is under $100 if you buy the two year contract here in the U.S. but over $400 in the rest of the world. Apple is also planning a rollout of a new operating system at the end of the month.

So, we are harvesting lots of new ‘stuff’. But Apple’s main audience, loyal Apple product purchasers, have had to put up with a lot in the past few years. Apple has been a lifestyle brand, we want what they sell because it is the ‘cool’ stuff, the smart stuff. But increasingly, competitors like Samsung have other cool stuff! Apple consumers tend to lean left politically and are an educated lot. Apple is not the most environmentally friendly company, has been known to overlook labor indiscretions, has been in litigation over and again, and most recently one of its major suppliers was purchased by Koch Brothers, a huge donor to right wing political groups.

Has Apple stumbled this time? Their stock is down 5% today and market share is their mantra….time will tell. Is this the old wait and see strategy? Instead of jumping on the news programs, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Vine and all the other social media out there….are the PR folks at Apple sitting back to react once the dust clears? Well, played Apple…well played. Nothing new here.

- Laurene Medaglia

Author Bio: I am a lifelong resident of Cleveland, Ohio. Having grown up in Geauga county, I favor the ease of country life but love my diverse city. I am 51 years old, the mother of a 19 year old college sophmore, and live nearby in Lyndhurst. I began classes at UCAP in January 2013 to complete the degree I began working on immediately after high school, at the University of Pennsylvania. I work for Progressive Insurance in Mayfield as an agent and volunteer in our diversity and inclusion programs regularly. I have a red belt in Tae Kwon Do and have recently begun training in yoga. I look forward to obtaining my degree to help meet career goals at Progressive and satisfy my neverending desire to learn something new. I am an avid reader, gardener, and music fan.

#AftertheLecture Creating Meaning from Personal Archival Stories

image001American Mental Health Counseling Association Conference, Washington D.C. July 2013: Ursuline Graduate students in Art Therapy & Counseling along with Professor Katherine Jackson, Ph.D. presented gathered research entitled…..

Narrative Reflections: Creating Meaning from Personal Archival Stories

Nema, Emma and I (Katherine) excitedly drove to Washington D.C. full of anticipation and nerves! We kept pinching ourselves at having been accepted into this prestigious national symposium.

On Saturday July 20th, we presented our research on women’s stories and narratives to a warm audience of mental health professionals. We were thrilled by the energy and enthusiasm in which we were embraced, and learned a lot about ourselves and others in this endeavor. The greatest lesson learned in presenting our data, was to always remember to take risks, and dare to dream big in professional endeavors like this one!

Our research studied twenty-five women of many ethnicities and geographical locations who were interviewed about remembered female

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lineage stories from their childhood or lives in general. These stories were carefully gathered and later transcribed. The transcriptions yielded a collection of interesting themes, such as empowerment, victimization, having a voice/ speaking up and the ability to persevere through a myriad of obstacles. These themes were persistent and appeared to give meaning and richness to the women’s lives as a whole. In some ways, themes or teachings gleaned from remembered stories were used as mantras or archetypal images that could be mentally and emotionally referenced during times of challenge and transition.

This narrative study with adult women sought to understand the connection of remembered and treasured stories in relationship to purpose and self-meaning in participants lives. What began as an experiment in creating Judy Chicago style historical dinner plate art work with a group of graduate counseling and art therapy students, turned into a quest for learning and understanding of the relationship between remembered story and its effects on life purpose and meaning (Chicago, 2007).