Ursinus Magazine

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A Bridge from Past to Present

The story and legacy of Ursinus College’s first Black male graduate is fairly well established—and it’s all thanks, in part, to one staff member’s exploration of a box of alumni correspondence nearly 25 years ago. Unpacking even more of Ursinus’s Black history is an endeavor that has been undertaken in recent years by students.
A Bridge from Past to Present
A Community of Care
Feature Story

A Community of Care

During the COVID-19 pandemic, many Ursinus students, faculty, and staff stepped into nontraditional roles—and became unsung heroes—to make the on-campus experience a true success. 
William the Conqueror
Feature Story

William the Conqueror

Born three months premature, wrestler Will Schwartz ’24 wasn’t given much of a chance of survival. His story is one of resiliency and hope.
Tracie Johnson ’13
“We really homed in on finding that match between what you’re skilled at and what’s in your heart.”
Tracie Johnson ’13
Office Space

A Purposeful Life

Philadelphia attorney Tracie Johnson ’13 works to create career pathways for women and girls of color who face barriers to employment and higher education
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Bears' Den

Class Notes & Weddings

Stories, weddings and updates from our Ursinus classmates

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  • Conrad Kruse

    Conrad E. Kruse, a professor emeritus of biology, died December 27, 2021.

  • darlene davis ’79

    Darlene Groves Davis ’79 serves as president of the school board in the Upper Dublin School District in Montgomery County, Pa.

  • Faye Shaw

    Faye (French) Shaw, a professor emeritus of chemistry, died January 3, 2022.

  • Helen Eash

    Helen (Fehr) Eash, a former assistant to the president, died December 24, 2021.

  • Jennifer Thompkins ’09

    Jennifer Thompkins ’09 was appointed president of the Metropolitan Wilmington Urban League (MWUL).

  •    Erin Saybolt ’20, shadows John Sears ’99 (PhD, MBA) the Health Care Quality Strategy Direc...

    John Sears ’99 has recently been promoted to lead, global market access immunology, for the biotech company CSL Behring.

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Scholarship Spotlight

Evelyn Giving Story

Evelyn Rubino ’23 from Oley Valley, Pa., is a neuroscience and psychology double major who is the recipient of the James P. & Irmgard H. Barrett Scholarship for Neuroscience. She participated in a surgical externship as a first-year student.

“This unique experience not only allowed me to gain more insight in the field, but it also provided me with invaluable connections to help guide me as I continue to explore the possibilities and prepare for my future career.” During the 2020-2021 academic year, your philanthropy enabled the college to provide $49 million in scholarships and grants. Support our students with a contribution to the Annual Fund Scholarship Fund.

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 The Ursinus Big List
Jennifer Fleeger, Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies

Top 10 Films that Inspire

Jennifer Fleeger, Associate Professor of Media and Communication Studies
  1. Jeanne Dielman, 23 Quai du Commerce, 1080 Bruxelles
    Chantal Akerman, 1975
  2. Wadjda
    Haifaa Al-Mansour, 2012
  3. Daughters of the Dust
    Julie Dash, 1991
  4. The Watermelon Woman
    Cheryl Dunye, 1996
  5. Stories we Tell
    Sarah Polley, 2012
  6. First Cow
    Kelly Reichardt, 2020
  7. Eleanor’s Catch
    Cleo Madison, 1916
  8. The Smiling Madame Beudet
    Germaine Dulac, 1923
  9. A League of Their Own
    Penny Marshall, 1992
  10. Beaches of Agnès
    Agnès Varda, 2008
News Ticker
  • Commencement Carries Special Meaning for Three Educational Studies Majors

    As first-year students, Matthew Schmitz ’21, Thea Pastras ’21, and Autumn Murphy ’21 began ...
  • Eleven Artists Showcased in Annual Student Exhibition’s 3D Virtual Gallery

    “Big Bang” by Sarah Marchione ’22 has been selected for Myrin Library’s collection of stu...
  • Class of 2021 Celebrates Commencement to Cap Uniquely Historic Academic Year

    The Ursinus Classes of 2021 and 2020 graduated during commencement weekend on May 15 and 16, 2021.
  • One Year Later, Class of 2020 Comes Home for In-Person Commencement

    The Class of 2020 celebrates its commencement ceremony on May 16, 2021, one year after COVID-19 f...
  • Activist Rev. James Lawson Brings Message of Nonviolence to Virtual Event

    The Reverend James Lawson
  • New “Kindness Rocks” Garden Aims to Plant Seeds of Joy

    The new Kindness Rocks Garden at the Schellhase Commons.

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