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.
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.
Ursuline 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.
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.
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!
Jackie Amos, Administrative Assistant – Ursuline Studies
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.
American 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
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).