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Life at Ursuline

Life at Ursuline

Want to do it all? Play a DII sport, perform in shows, travel abroad, serve on a national committee, publish or present research? “Ursuline was the only place that told me I could do everything I wanted to do”, reflected a recent graduate who just landed her dream job in nursing.

This small campus is going to offer you big opportunities.  Getting involved with everything Ursuline has to offer means you’ll find your voice and explore your passions, and make some lifelong friends along the way. You’ll lead student groups, and have the opportunity to start new ones. You’ll contribute to teams, play sports, or cheer for your friends from the sidelines. You’ll be mentored and become a mentor. You’ll develop leadership skills through jobs, memberships, and volunteering that will set you apart. You’ll get involved in the city around you and the professional network of the career you’ve chosen. You’ll use your voice to speak up for others who are not empowered to use their own. You’ll travel, explore, and improve to the world around you. Doing all these things is a vital part of being a student at Ursuline, and paves the way for you to define your own values, voice, and vision. Explore just some of the opportunities available in the categories below.

Want to do it all? Play a DII sport, perform in shows, travel abroad, serve on a national committee, publish or present research? “Ursuline was the only place that told me I could do everything I wanted to do”, reflected a recent graduate who just landed her dream job in nursing.

This small campus is going to offer you big opportunities.  Getting involved with everything Ursuline has to offer means you’ll find your voice and explore your passions, and make some lifelong friends along the way. You’ll lead student groups, and have the opportunity to start new ones. You’ll contribute to teams, play sports, or cheer for your friends from the sidelines. You’ll be mentored and become a mentor. You’ll develop leadership skills through jobs, memberships, and volunteering that will set you apart. You’ll get involved in the city around you and the professional network of the career you’ve chosen. You’ll use your voice to speak up for others who are not empowered to use their own. You’ll travel, explore, and improve to the world around you. Doing all these things is a vital part of being a student at Ursuline, and paves the way for you to define your own values, voice, and vision. Explore just some of the opportunities available in the categories below.

The Arts

Do you love to write? To perform? Are you a slam poet? A painter? Creative women are making, inspiring, and innovating all across this campus. Here are a few of the ways you can live your passion for the Arts at Ursuline:

Inscape

Ursuline’s award-winning fine arts magazine celebrated its 70th anniversary in 2015. Inscape’s editorial staff is entirely comprised of students, supervised by an English department faculty mentor. Students, faculty, and staff can submit essays, reviews, poems, short stories, photography, and artwork for publication in the annual magazine. The Associated Collegiate Press awarded Inscape the prestigious First Class award in 2014. You can read that issue here, and more recent editions from 2015 and 2016 online as well.

Drama Workshop

Every year, the drama workshop produces a play which is performed for the campus community in Ursuline’s little theater. Past plays have been authored by alumnae and students from Ursuline. If you are interested in acting at Ursuline, you can even earn course credit for your participation.

Author Talks

You’ll have opportunities to hear from amazing writers during your time at Ursuline. In recent years, students have attended talks by writer Connie Schultz, The Paris Wife author Paula McLain, and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards – the only juried prize in the nation for books that confront racism and celebrate diversity. Students stand up regularly to share their own writing too, performing slam poetry at a popular Office of Diversity event and participating in the Ursuline Writers Showcase, which features the creative fiction and nonfiction work of our students.

A gallery of our own

The Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery is a non-profit gallery owned and operated by Ursuline College. Featuring the work of student and alumnae artists as well as professional artists from Cleveland and beyond, the Gallery has a full schedule each exhibition season. Check out the exhibition schedule online.

Senior art majors put on an art show every spring, and you’ll have opportunities to interface with artists at gallery opening events throughout the year. The Gallery is run by the vibrant Cleveland artist Anna Arnold.

The Gallery is open to the public Tuesday-Friday from 12-5pm and Saturdays and Sundays from 1:30-4:30.

Student Arts Organization for Peace & Justice and U-Earth

Are you an artist who loves to serve? In the Student Arts Organization, you’ll use your passion for art in service to those in society who need our help the most. Recently, the Student Arts Organization created and sold beautiful ceramic pet bowls to raise funds for a local animal shelter, which is just one example of the way these passionate, creative students use their art to do good. U-Earth is a student organization of future art therapists who pursue projects to give our community an outlet through artistic expression.

Pep Band

Ursuline’s brand new pep band will form their first harmonies in fall 2017. If you play a brass, woodwind, or percussion instrument, this is for you. The pep band will play at home athletic events, and the time commitment for musicians is one practice/week, plus games. You’ll even earn college credit and qualify for a special scholarship for your participation. Interested in learning more? Contact Brandon Stewart.

Fashion and style

If you express your creativity through personal style, or are just a fan of fashion, Ursuline has something for you. Join the Fashion Focus club or get involved as a designer, model, or producer of Ursuline’s annual Fashion Show, Innovations. If you’re an artist, you can even set up a vendor table to sell your work to the hundreds of community members who turn out for the show each year. You can take an elective class, Fashion Field Trip, where you’ll travel to cities like New York and Chicago to learn from experts in the fashion industry. Or maybe you’ll lose hours exploring the College’s Historic Costume Study Collection – a 3,500 piece hands-on wardrobe of vintage style from designers like Christian Dior, Coco Chanel, and more. You don’t have to be a fashion major to let Ursuline influence your sense of style.

Athletics

NCAA Division II Varsity Sports Programs

Ursuline competes in the NCAA’s Division II with eleven women’s varsity teams including Basketball, Bowling, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Softball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, and Volleyball.

And we don’t just compete in these sports, our students succeed. Just this past year, Ursuline Athletics had the following big wins:

  • 70 student athletes were named to the Dean’s list.
  • Ursuline College was one of 24 schools around the country named a finalist for the 2017 Division II Award of Excellence, an accolade recognizing positive campus and community engagement.
  • Ursuline’s Janelle Perry (a three-time All-American) was the 100m Hurdles National Champion
  • Three of our head coaches, Shannon Sword of Basketball, Ed Karasek of Lacrosse, and Dan Tutskey of Track and Field were named G-MAC Coaches of the Year.
  • 37 Arrows were Academic All-Conference selections and 45 were All-Conference selections.
  • Ursuline student athletes were G-MAC Players of the Year in Basketball, Lacrosse, and Indoor Track and Freshman of the Year in Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field as well as Lacrosse.
  • The Indoor and Outdoor Track and Field teams had 20 champions combined.

To learn more about becoming a student athlete at Ursuline, visit ursulinearrows.com. Athletic scholarships are available.

Intramural Sports and Fitness

Ursuline students coordinate intramural sport opportunities like students vs. faculty volleyball and softball games and group fitness classes such as yoga, zumba, and pilates. All students, not just student athletes, have keycard access to our state-of-the-art fitness center in the 2015 multi-million dollar Sister Diana Stano Athletic Center.

Campus Ministry

If you’re looking for community with a religious or spiritual foundation, you’ll find what you’re looking for at Ursuline. Ursuline’s Campus Minister, Dr. Joann Piotrkowski, hosts “Mrs. P’s Family Dinners”, which have become a beloved Ursuline tradition for students to come together in community. These non-denominational events are simply for relationship building and dialogue.

If you’re Catholic or interested in attending Mass, it’s not required here but offered twice per week on campus and we’ll provide transportation to the Sunday joint mass offered in collaboration with our neighbor, Notre Dame College. If you’re not Catholic and looking for services in a specific denomination, just see Dr. P and she’ll help you make a connection to a faith community in our neighborhood that is the right fit for you.

In the spirit of Ursuline’s Catholic heritage, the concepts of social justice and service are important to us. Dr. P also facilitates service and social justice opportunities for our students. Read more about social justice below.

Diversity

Approximately 30% of Ursuline undergraduates are minority students, and 10% come from outside of Ohio. Nearly 50% of Ursuline students are the first in their families to go to college. The fabric of the Ursuline community is made up of students from various religious traditions, ethnicities, and socioeconomic backgrounds. Yet with all of these differences, 96% of on-campus students surveyed agree that respect is given to students of diverse backgrounds. Since respect and collaboration are core values at Ursuline, students with personal values to match find a perfect fit here.

The Office of Diversity’s mission is to heighten cultural, ethnic and social justice awareness on campus and to provide academic and social support for students and foster intergroup relations. The office accomplishes this mission by hosting events like Cultural Fusion, where you’ll experience global foods and customs, the Tunnel of Oppression, in which you’ll personally experience discrimination as if you were a member of various marginalized groups. You’ll take field trips to the Maltz Museum of Jewish Heritage, to the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards (the only juried prize in the nation for books that confront racism and celebrate diversity), and hear special talks during Black History Month, Women’s History Month, Native American History Month, Hispanic Heritage Month, Asian American Awareness Month and more. You’ll have the opportunity to Meet the Greeks at Sisterhood Sip, and might even join one of Cleveland’s “Divine Nine” city-wide Pan-Hellenic sororities. You’ll attend soul food dinners, poetry slams, and book dialogues on race with faculty, staff, and students. And when you succeed in the classroom, you’ll be invited to the 3.0 and up luncheons to celebrate the academic achievements of minority students.

AIMS Peer Mentoring

The Academic Inspiration for Minority Success (AIMS) Peer Mentoring Program will provide you with individualized assistance to help your during your first-year transition to Ursuline. You’ll be paired with a sophomore, junior or senior mentor who will provide you with emotional and social support as you become acclimated to Ursuline. Mentors provide early exposure to important College resources while advising you on how to be successful on campus. Many mentees become mentors as upperclass students in this popular Ursuline program.

Contact
Dr. Kristie Williams

Allies

The purpose of Allies is to provide all Ursuline College students, whether they are gay straight, bisexual or transgender with political, self, and community awareness of current LGBT issues.

Contact
Dr. Joann Piotrkowski

 

 

Leadership

Students who attend women’s colleges tend to rise further and faster into leadership positions throughout their careers. That’s because in college, strong women taking the lead is the norm, and you’ll be exceptionally prepared to transition these skills, acquired through your role as a Resident Assistant, Orientation Team Assistant, Orientation Arrow, Inscape Editor, Tour Guide, AIMS Peer mentor and more to the next level.

A Voice Among Decision-Makers

When we say that one of our core values is collaboration, we truly mean it. You could serve on committees for Founders Week, Welcome Week, College Council, and Teacher Excellence to name a few. As a student leader, you’ll be invited to meetings with members of the Board of Trustees, including an annual breakfast together, and have a valued voice in the decisions that affect you on campus.

The First Among Equals

You might serve on Programming Board, planning events to build community on campus, on Residence Hall Council, planning events like Little Sibs weekend and Haunted Ursuline, or as Career Peer Advisor, advising your classmates how to take all the leadership, service, and real-world experience they’ve had too, and channel it into a powerful resume.

Perhaps you’re one of the many Ursuline students who are passionate about women’s issues. Being a part of the feminist organization, Women’s Circle, means you’ll dialogue on issues affecting women and plan educational programs for our community, raising awareness on topics like dating violence, sexual harassment, and equal pay.

Promoting a Passion

You’ll certainly join at least one of Ursuline’s many student organizations. Maybe it will be Up ‘til Dawn, Student Nurses of Ursuline College, or Diversity Board. Maybe you’ll start a new club, which is as easy as getting together with five of your friends and meeting with the Director of Student Activities, Tiffany Wallace.

Whatever you do, we know you’ll find Ursuline transformative, and graduate with a stronger voice and aspiration to lead the way wherever your goals take you from here.

Residence Life

Living in one of Ursuline College’s 3 beautiful Residence Halls is a once in a lifetime experience, and an excellent opportunity to get involved with the Ursuline community. In fact, 63% of first-year students choose to live here.

Perks of living on campus

While being close to your classes is excellent, the benefits of living on campus at Ursuline extend far beyond a short commute. You’ll have access to Ursuline’s brand new state-of-the-art fitness center and all the campus events and activities. A brief walk over to Pilla leads you to delicious, chef-inspired food, or a quick stop by the Bookstore gets you any school supplies, equipment, or snacks you need. You’re permitted to bring a car to campus as a first-year student, so bouncing around town to all the best spots on Cleveland’s east side is easy to do. Getting involved with your fellow residents means building friendships, study groups, and community. A staff of student Resident Assistants by your side means you’ll never face an issue alone. Choosing to live on campus at Ursuline College is more than choosing a place to live—it’s engaging in an unforgettable living-learning experience and building lifelong friendships.

Learn more about Housing & Dining.

Social Justice

Ursuline’s foundation as a Catholic institution inspires us to treat all persons with dignity and to serve others, using our voices to speak up for marginalized people and promote justice wherever we go.

Serving the community

Nearly every weekend throughout the school year you can participate in student-led community service activities with Habitat for Humanity, Ingenuity Fest, Cleveland Foodbank, Cuyahoga County Adult Developmental Centers, Rescue Village, St. Jude Walk/Run, Kosher Food Bank, Earthfest Cleveland and many more organizations.

Regular weekend service activities spark long-term service projects for many of our students. Recently an Ursuline student serving at a soup kitchen turned her experience into a semester-long service-learning activity running a drive for menstrual products to provide to low-income women. With projects like these, you can earn free course credit for the invaluable learning that accompanies doing good in the world.

Practicing our values

Ursuline students have presented workshops at the Social Justice Teach-In through the InterReligious Task Force on Central America at neighboring Case Western Reserve University, and plan campus events like Women’s Watch to speak out against domestic and other violence toward women and children. A popular core course, Peace and Justice, invites upperclass students to contemplate the justice issues that matter most, and dialogue about improving our collective experience.

Living our values

Ursuline’s sustainability committee seeks to reduce our carbon footprint and our food service serves only free trade coffee and supports the local economy by prioritizing locally sourced produce. Our bookstore seeks to sell merchandise made in countries with living wages. In every way we can, we live out our values to make the world a more just place for all.

Travel Abroad

Ursuline strives to educate students from an inclusive, global perspective. To do so, we believe it is essential to provide students with access to travel opportunities during their time as undergraduates.

Short Term Study Abroad Trips

Ursuline faculty lead groups of students abroad each year to earn academic credit through short-term study tours. Usually held over winter or summer breaks, students travel for 10 to 14 days putting their classroom learning into action in another cultural context. Not only is this an amazing way to build lasting friendships with your classmates and professors, it’s accessible: easy to balance with your work, team, or curricular commitments during the fall and spring semester and made affordable through year-long fundraising efforts leading up to the trip. Recent trips have included Nepal, England, China, Ecuador, Hungary, and Malawi.

Ursuline contact
Dr. Kathryn LaFontana

Semester-Long Study Abroad Experiences

Ready to immerse yourself into a cultural exchange and live in another country for a semester? There’s no better time than college to take advantage of an opportunity like this. If you are interested in crafting a study abroad experience, you’ll work one-on-one with your academic Dean and the Vice President for Academic Affairs at Ursuline. Only a handful of countries are off-limits, as we’ll work to align you with an established study abroad program sponsored by a partner university that will be a perfect fit for your goals.

Ursuline contact
Dr. Elizabeth Kavran

Service and Mission Trips

If it’s service work you want to do abroad, you’ll love the collaborative service mission trips available to students from Ursuline, John Carroll University, and Notre Dame College. You can join with students from our neighboring institutions to travel annually, making a difference in the world together. Most recently, our students provided medical services to communities of people living in poverty in Honduras.

Ursuline contact
Dr. Joann Piotrkowski

 

Group Travel

Every few years, the Ursuline Alumnae Office sponsors a group trip abroad for alumnae, students, faculty, staff, and other community members. You’ll have the opportunity to travel with members of the college community, and anyone you would like to bring with you – a parent, sister, friend, etc. Most recently, the Ursuline crew toured Italy – traveling from the Amalfi coast to Venice. This winter, the group will be heading to Quebec, Canada. These trips truly embody the spirit of Ursuline – lifelong learning and integration into the campus community. They are something you can take advantage of in your college years and beyond.

Ursuline contact
Lynne DeWyre

Are you ready?

If you’re ready to see how you can change the world as an Ursuline student, begin your application below. Not ready to apply yet? Start learning more about Ursuline by requesting information or visiting today.