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Ursinus College Theater & Dance Announces 2022-23 Season

The theme of “Community” will be explored on stage during the 2022-23 season for Ursinus College Theater and Dance, which begins Friday, September 16, with its 23rd annual Fringe Festival and continues all year with three plays staged on the Ursinus campus, as well as two original dance concerts.
Ursinus students during last semester’s Paula Vogel Concert Readings.
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Summer Research Roundup

Each year, our Summer Fellows program allows students to pursue unique and impactful research projects with one-on-one faculty mentorship. Check out what some of our fellows are up to in this new video series.
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The Arts at Ursinus

Ursinus blends a vibrant arts culture with cross-disciplinary academic research, presenting creative works that are grounded in scholarship and transcend imaginative boundaries. Read about it in the new edition of our arts magazine.
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Digital Spark 2022 Produces Explosive Results

Story by Jake Griste ’23:

This summer, 12 Ursinus students formed The U-Imagine Center’s most exciting Digital Spark cohort to date. With weekly workshops and after hour social events, the group’s chemistry and support for one another flourished inside and outside the classroom.

The group featured Alex Koenig ’23, the program’s first ever entrepreneur “interning” for his own business, Alko Exterior, a home improvement company he has managed since 2017. The Center’s entrepreneur-in-residence, Maureen Cumpstone, approached Koenig with a unique opportunity to grow his business, learn new skills, and make some money doing it.

Emily Nash ’23 interned with Excursion Ciders in Kimberton, while coordinating weekly events to bring the cohort together after long days in the office and during long summer weekends. As a result, the connection between Digital Sparkers has never been stronger.

All 12 students had remarkable experiences becoming the digital marketing specialist in their companies. Check out the video to learn more about their stories.
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Kelly Sorensen

11 Student Researchers to Watch

Kelly Sorensen | Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Philosophy and Religious Studies
Just in time for the annual Celebration of Student Achievement (CoSA), Kelly Sorensen consulted with faculty to pull together a list of exciting research projects happening across campus that you may not know about. Learn more about CoSA and use the schedule to plan your must-see list for April 21!
  1. Michael Adelson ’23
    “Language and Activism: Foundations of Sovereignty”
  2. Victoria Bearden ’22
    “Urban Forests and Their Potential to Combat Food Insecurity: Analyzing Street Trees in Baltimore, MD, for Their Edibility”
  3. Quaran Davis ’22
    “Life of a Unit of Secretary”
  4. Connor Donovan ’23
    “Towards the Homotopy Type of the Morse Complex”
  5. Enrique Garcia ’24
    “Synthesizing Oligonucleotide-Lipid Sequences to Generate Micelles for Further Drug Delivery Applications”
  6. Mya Knappenberger ’23
    “Differences in Female Mouse Strains When Fed a Western Diet”
  7. Michael Landis ’24 and Carly Rodriguez ’23
    “Time-course Analysis of HIV-1 Tat Protein Exposure on Microglial Phagocytic Activity”
  8. Justin Masiello ’23
    “Analytics of the Ursinus Men’s Basketball Team”
  9. Austin Mickles ’23
    “Carbon Cycling in Forage Crop Soils”
  10. Katie Sanfield ’23
    “Sexual Violence in the Medieval Era: Utilizing Both Recreational and Judicial Literature to Understand Our Past and Present”

Sycamore Stories

Twin Spirits

Surrealist artist and Donald E. Camp Award winner Kelsey Gavin ’22 spun her collection of paintings into a significant scholarship at her dream graduate school. This fall, she is pursuing her master’s degree at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Arts (PAFA), the alma mater of her lifelong inspiration, David Lynch.

Kelsey Gavin and her mom.

The Artist’s Sport

Before Eduardo Ramos ’06 was accepting a Tony alongside the cast and crew of Take Me Out (2022), he was captain of the Ursinus College lacrosse team, ahead on credits and needing one more course to be eligible to play his last season.

Hey. Acting sounds fun.
Eduardo Ramos holding up a baseball with inscription, “Take Me Out.”

A New Cloak

Leslie New’s early fascination with Star Wars has accompanied her her whole life, from struggling in early math classes to completing her Ph.D. on birds of prey in Scotland. Today, she serves in the 501st Legion, a Star Wars cosplay charity group that hosts events like children’s hospital events and charity fundraisers. She has assembled two fantastic costumes so far. While teaching math and statistics at Ursinus College, New is working on her most ambitious uniform yet.
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Faculty Research & Inquiry

Oscar Useche

New Book Details Spain’s Strategic Road to Modernization

Óscar Iván Useche, Associate Professor of Modern Languages
With the release of his new book, Founders of the Future: The Science and Industry of Spanish Modernization (Bucknell UP, 2022), Associate Professor of Modern Languages Óscar Iván Useche details how life experiences such as his upbringing in Columbia and a chance encounter with a book about Chile’s political history influenced his study of Spain’s process of modernization. 
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From the Magazine

Wicked Excited: A First-Gen Student’s Journey to a College Presidency

Robyn E. Hannigan takes the helm as Ursinus College’s 19th president during a time when the success of every student—backed by a brand-new strategic plan—is front and center. It’s something that personally resonates with Hannigan, whose career path can be defined by one word: opportunity.

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Welcome Home: A Historic Partnership

Ursinus began a partnership with the Delaware Tribe of Indians and the Perkiomen Valley School District this year on the Welcome Home Project, which honored the history, culture, and legacy of the Lenape people, who for thousands of years inhabited parts of Delaware, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania—including the Collegeville area.
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Here to Help: Combatting a Mental Health Crisis

An endowed fund established in the name of Bill Norcross ’70 is providing financial support for Ursinus students seeking internships and externships in mental health advocacy, addiction and recovery, and suicide prevention.

Here to Help: Combatting a Mental Health Crisis
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Ursinus Events

What’s Happening Now

Events on the Ursinus campus and beyond.

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Ursinus in the news

Mathematics for Human Flourishing at Ursinus College

Nicholas Scoville, the Joseph Beardwood III Chair of Mathematics, authored a blog post for the Mathematical Association of America.

Bennifer gets a happy ending

An article in The Washington Post included a quote from Alice Leppert, an associate professor of media and communication studies.

How conservative media weaponized a story about a 10-year-old and abortion

Tony Nadler, an associate professor of media and communication studies, was quoted in an article on

Athletic News

  • August 12, 2022 at 12:00am

    Goldstein ’15 Coaches in 2022 World Maccabiah Games

  • August 12, 2022 at 12:00am

    Men’s Lacrosse Announces Leadership Changes

  • August 11, 2022 at 12:00am

    Baseball Announces Fall Prospect Camp

  • August 10, 2022 at 12:00am

    14 Gymnastics Student-Athletes Named WCGA Academic All-Americans

  • August 2, 2022 at 12:00am

    11 Softball Student-Athletes Garner NFCA Scholar Athlete Status

  • July 28, 2022 at 12:00am

    Trio of Ursinus Field Hockey Coaches to Compete in Masters Hockey World Cup

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Life After Ursinus

Episode 5: Taking a Leap of Faith

For the first time ever, Ursinus goes global - all the way to Doha, Qatar where 2009 alumnus Andrew Clark shares his experience in digital marketing in the Middle East. Now based in Baltimore, Andrew discusses how taking a leap of faith paid off.

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