September 22, 2010 |
John Strassburger, 68, president of Ursinus College, died this morning at a hospital after a long battle with cancer, college officials said. Strassburger resigned June 30 for personal and health reasons after 16 years at the helm of the Collegeville school, but he had been serving as president emeritus, while the college continued a search for his replacement. Arrangements are not yet available. The school saw dramatic growth and improved prestige as a model liberal arts institution under Strassburger's leadership.
December 7, 1994 |
Ending an eight-month search for a new president, the Ursinus College board of directors has selected a historian and college dean with degrees from Bates College, Cambridge University and Princeton to lead the Montgomery County college. John R. Strassburger, dean and executive vice president for academic affairs at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., will assume the president's post on New Year's Day. He will replace Richard P. Richter, a 1953 graduate of the school, who will become its president emeritus.
November 20, 2012 |
At freshman orientation this fall, Ursinus College told incoming students there was a "no-tolerance policy on no tolerance. " That policy is being tested now as the small suburban liberal-arts college holds disciplinary hearings for a student who wore blackface to a campus-sponsored Halloween party and another who created a website asking students to rank one another as "hot or crazy. " Both incidents were quickly condemned by administrators and student leaders, who held town-hall meetings to air their grievances.
January 5, 1989 |
Great Valley High School graduate Dave Durst, a senior economics major at Ursinus College, is the captain of the Bears' 1988-89 wrestling team for the third straight season. Durst, who usually wrestles at 167 pounds, entered this season with 80 career victories, 10 short of the school record held by former all-American Greg Gifford (1977-81). With a perfect 9-0 mark so far this season, he's within one of the record. Last season, Durst had a record of 25-5-1 and finished third in the Middle Atlantic Conference Championships.
January 29, 1995 |
Ursinus College in Collegeville has closed the books on its "The Next Step" fund-raising campaign with $39.6 million raised. The goal had been $39 million. The campaign, launched in June 1992, was the largest in the college's 125- year-history, surpassing the combined total of all previous campaigns. Thomas G. Davis of Radnor and Cambridge, England, and John E.F. Corson of Plymouth Meeting were co-chairmen. The total includes nine gifts of more than $1 million, among them a $5.37 million grant from the F.W. Olin Foundation for the construction of F.W. Olin Hall, the college's new humanities building.
September 23, 2010 |
BACK IN January 2009, John Strassburger found himself seated next to a college freshman on a train ride to Philadelphia - and having to bite his tongue. The freshman was talking proudly about how he was majoring in finance and real estate. "I was far too polite to say what I really thought," said Strassburger, then president of Ursinus College. Writing about the experience in the Inquirer, Strassburger said, "I cannot help but think that, while conventional wisdom might hold that we need students thinking about careers for the good of the economy, our country really needs students thinking about big ideas.
November 23, 2010 |
It's been a roller-coaster few months for Ursinus College, the small liberal-arts school with big ambitions tucked into the bucolic Montgomery County countryside. In September, the 1,750-student campus mourned the death of former president John R. Strassberger, the consummate gentleman scholar and academic leader, who transformed Ursinus from a good regional school to a nationally recognized institution. Then last weekend, something to celebrate: Aakash Shah, a 2010 graduate now studying at Harvard Medical School, was named the college's first Rhodes scholar.
February 6, 1994 |
Ursinus College in Collegeville kicks off its 125th anniversary celebration today, marking the granting of its charter by the Pennsylvania General Assembly on Feb. 5, 1869. The first of a year's worth of festivities begins at 2 p.m. in Bomberger Auditorium with a Founder's Day convocation featuring State Sen. Richard A. Tilghman (R., Montgomery) and an expanded academic procession in which representatives of 50 colleges and universities will march. The public is invited. Ursinus President Richard P. Richter will present honorary degrees to Tilghman; the Rev. Thomas E. Dipko, executive vice president of the United Church Board for Homeland Ministries, United Church of Christ, and Carol K. Haas, Class of 1970, former president of the college Alumni Association and an executive at the DuPont Co. Dipko will receive an honorary doctor of divinity degree, and Haas will receive an honorary doctorate of science.
August 8, 1996 |
Four artists from around the world are participating in an eight-week residency program in Bucks County to explore the fine art of wood turning. Examples of their work will be on display at the Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College through Sept. 29. The artists - from France, Australia, Oregon and Pennsylvania - began their residencies at George School in Middletown Township in June. The annual program, sponsored by the Wood Turning Center of Philadelphia, gives artists the opportunity to share methods and ideas by working individually and together using a lathe.
July 17, 1994 |
The Perkiomen Valley school board may appeal a county Board of Assessment Appeals decision that Ursinus College and the 4-H Foundation in Skippack are tax-exempt. The issue is on the school board agenda for its public meeting tomorrow night and a vote is expected on whether to appeal the July 1 ruling regarding Ursinus College and the 4-H Foundation, said attorney Wendy G. Rothstein of the Lansdale firm Pearlstine-Salkin Associates, hired by the school board. Rothstein is scheduled to meet with the board in executive session before the public meeting to discuss the issue.