Ursinus Magazine

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Beyond the Berman’s Walls

The Ursinus campus is famously adorned with an outdoor sculpture collection comprised of more than 75 contemporary artworks, which forms “a unique perceptual and physical gateway to the campus at large,” according to the Berman Museum. This is its story.
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Lyczak summer fellows 2022
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Summer Fellows: A 30-Year Showcase of Exploration and Dedication

The Summer Fellows program as we know it today has roots dating back 30 years, when a Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) grant supported the work of 10 student-faculty research pairs in the sciences in the summer of 1992. Four years later, the college expanded the program to include students from every discipline, and then it was cemented as a permanent offering in 1999.

Getting to Know

Todd and Marion McKinney

Todd McKinney, Director of Community Engagement and Student Programs Marion McKinney, Director of Student Engagement

Get to know Todd and Marion.

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Todd and Marion McKinney
Eduardo Ramos ’05
I never thought I would be on Broadway at this point in my career.
Office Space

Regards to Broadway

Imagine going to work every day with the bright lights of Broadway shining on the stage as you perform in front of a sold-out audience. Now, imagine being back on stage again with your castmates, but this time, you’re accepting a Tony Award with them in front of millions of television viewers.’

Sounds like any actor’s dream, right?

For Eduardo Ramos ’06, it was a reality.

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Bears' Den

Class Notes & Weddings

Stories, weddings and updates from our Ursinus classmates

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  • 1970 Friends Celebrating Birthdays

    Seven members of the Class of 1970, Debbie Rosander, Cathy LeCleire Wright, Melanie Marshall Stohner, Mary Rhoads, Frieda Toews Allen, Pam Poole Parkinson, and Nancy McCoach Scarborough recently celebrated their 70th birthdays together in Arvada, Col.

  • Andy Malone ’69

    Andy ’69 and Debbie Malone celebrated their 52nd wedding anniversary on August 22nd. We recently moved to Gwynedd Estates, a retirement community, in Ambler, PA

  • 1994 fantasy football friends

    Twelve 1994 alumni gather each August for their fantasy football draft that started in Remiert Hall as juniors. Two of the 12 joined in via zoom this year, but even distance cannot break this annual tradition!

  • Colleen Fida ’15 marriage

    Colleen Fida ’15 and James McFadden were married on December 31, 2020, and celebrated with family and friends in a ceremony on July 31, 2022. They live in Phoenixville, Pa., with their French bulldog, Douglas Furr.

  • Ismar Schorsch

    Ismar Schorsch ’57 published his book, Better a Scholar than a Prophet, in June 2021.

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Arts on Campus

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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Homecoming 2022

There’s No Place Like Homecoming: October 22

Homecoming 2022 Ad
Click those heels together three times and transport yourself back to campus for Homecoming 2022 on Saturday, October 22!

Cheer on the Bears on Patterson Field, celebrate your reunion, and bring your little Bears, too. Follow the “old-gold brick road
 back to Collegeville by registering below!
 

The schedule of events, hotel accommodations, and additional event information is
 available online. After all, there’s no place like Homecoming…so join us!

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Top Ways to Get Ready for the Academic Year

By Ursinus Faculty and Staff

With the sun setting on summer and Bears returning to campus, we asked some faculty and staff: What do you do each year to prepare for a new semester?
  1. Besides panic?

    Matt Zrada, chemistry laboratory manager

  2. My family harvests the last of the tomatoes from our community plot at the Ursinus Organic Farm (thanks to the Farm Fellows and the office of sustainability).

    Lew Riley, Professor of Physics and Pre-engineering Program Coordinator

  3. After waking up and sipping my almond milk cappuccino, I spend a day exploring a new hiking spot. I love the adventure of exploring new terrain and discovering babbling brooks along the way. The peace and solitude I feel in the woods is spiritual for me. This end-of-summer ritual clears my head and reenergizes me to work with our amazing students.

    Amy Brink, associate director of career and post-graduate development



  4. I make sure all of the quills are freshly sharpened for class, pick out shoes for the first day, and book a camping trip for fall break.

    Kara McShane, associate professor and chair of English

  5. New this year, Steve Gehringer and I have started wastewater COVID testing for the campus to keep alert for potential outbreaks. It is sort of like fishing—we drop a wiffle-ball-like object on a long string into the main sewage line for the campus, pull it out 12 hours later, and ship a filter-paper sample off to a laboratory in Florida that tests it for us. (And yes, I was wearing a bow tie when we pulled our first sample out!)

    Mark Schneider, vice president for academic affairs and dean of the college

  6. I play a round of golf with other Ursinus alumni, draft my fantasy football team (it’s our 16th year of the same league called “Outside the Bun”), visit the barber for a fresh beard trim, go for a long run, and deep clean my house.

    Shawn Caven ’14, director of Abele Scholars and Bear2Bear Fund

  7. I always watch The Miracle Worker to remember that it’s all about the student.

    Lynne Edwards, professor of media and communication studies

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