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September 22, 2010 | By Susan Snyder, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
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.
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December 7, 1994 | By Michelle Conlin, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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November 20, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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January 5, 1989 | By Barry Emas, Special to The Inquirer
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.
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January 29, 1995 | By Wendy Greenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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September 23, 2010 | By JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
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.
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November 23, 2010 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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February 6, 1994 | By Wendy Greenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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August 8, 1996 | By Valerie Reed, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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July 17, 1994 | By Wendy Greenberg, INQUIRER CORRESPONDENT
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.
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April 14, 2014 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Dr. Philip Marone, team physician for the Phillies from 1972 to 1999, recalled Dr. Jerome M. Cotler as "a great guy, the nicest man you'll ever find. " At Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, Marone said, they shared an office from 1992 to 2002, when Dr. Cotler "was the spine surgeon and I was sports medicine. " Dealing with spinal injuries, "he would get calls all hours" of the night. "I cherish the times we spent with each other through the years," Marone said. On Thursday, April 10, Dr. Cotler, 85, of Voorhees, director of orthopedic surgery at Jefferson Hospital from 1986 to 1995, died of multiple systems atrophy at home.
SPORTS
January 30, 2014 | The Inquirer Staff
Steve Harner earned his 300th victory as a wrestling coach when Conestoga defeated visiting Haverford High, 32-25, Tuesday night. The win was Harner's 75th since he became Pioneers coach in 2008. He also coached at his alma mater, Norristown, from 1985-2004, and was inducted into the Southeastern Pennsylvania Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame in '08. Since 1978, Harner also has coached at Clarion Area and Bishop Kenrick High Schools, Ursinus College, and Williamson Free Trade School.
NEWS
October 24, 2013
Not old, this game Sports columnist Frank Fitzpatrick probably reflects the attitude of many Phillies fans frustrated with their team's failure to make the playoffs ("World Series has lost its once-unique allure," Oct. 20). But don't blow off the World Series because of it. And while Fitzpatrick cites the higher TV ratings of the National Football Leauge over World Series baseball, that's not a bad thing when you consider the asinine shows garnering high ratings. Baseball is more of a thinking man's game, requiring strategy.
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October 22, 2013 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
College application time is always filled with angst, but this year, glitches in the online "common application" system used by hundreds of thousands of students across the country has added to the anxiety. Area colleges and universities are trying to calm parents and students with assurances that they are meticulously checking applications as they come in and are prepared to roll back deadlines if necessary. "We're in this together," said Michael Gaynor, director of university admission at Villanova, which uses the common application exclusively.
SPORTS
October 21, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
The Haverford men's soccer team upended 21st-ranked Franklin and Marshall, 3-1, Saturday afternoon at home in a Centennial Conference game. The Fords (9-4-1, 3-2-1) and Diplomats (9-3-2, 2-3-1) entered the contest tied in the conference standings. The Fords' push for a playoff spot continues Wednesday night at Ursinus College.   Field hockey. The College of New Jersey came from behind to defeat Rowan, 4-3. The Lions, ranked ninth in the nation, are 12-2 overall and 4-1 in the New Jersey Athletic Conference.
NEWS
September 5, 2013 | By Kristin E. Holmes, Inquirer Staff Writer
To prepare students for Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish new year, Rabbi Danielle Stillman thought about the bees. The four hives of pollinators on the Ursinus College organic farm had lessons to teach, about tradition and responsibility. "Honey is one of the symbols of the holiday, to wish for a sweet new year," said Stillman, adviser to the Montgomery County school's Hillel, a Jewish campus organization. But the plight of honeybees, a threatened population that pollinates fruits and vegetables, also offers lessons about the environment for the faithful in a religion that has a lot to say about stewardship of the earth, the rabbi said.
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August 15, 2013 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
Margaret Hunter Jordan, 86, formerly of Hainesport, a Browns Mills physical education teacher for 16 years, died of cancer Sunday, Aug. 11, at the Wiley Christian Retirement Community in Marlton. At Ursinus College, Mrs. Jordan was "a basketball player, varsity all four years," daughter Karen said. "She was kind of a jock. " Born in Yeadon, she earned a bachelor's degree in physical education at Ursinus in 1948, and for a year coached girls' sports at a public school in Frenchtown, N.J. She was married in 1950.
NEWS
February 24, 2013
Sunday Chamber music Violinist Erin Keefe is joined by violinist Arnold Steinhardt , violists Ida Kavafian and Steven Tenenbom , cellists Ronald Thomas and Peter Wiley , and pianist Anna Polonsky in a recital of works by Dvorak, Strauss, and Brahms at 3 p.m. at the Curtis Institute of Music , 1726 Locust St. Tickets are $28. Call 215-893-7902. . . . The Duo Parisienne plays works for violin and harp by Schubert, Rachmaninoff, Franz Drdla, Cesar Cui, and Ravel at 3 p.m. at the German Society , 611 Spring Garden St. Tickets are $20; $10 for students.
SPORTS
February 10, 2013 | By Rick O'Brien, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
These days, instead of diagramming plays on a clipboard or leading afternoon practices, Dennis Stanton drives near and far to high school gyms along the East Coast. Such is life as a first-year basketball assistant at Ursinus College, where the 30-year-old was a prolific scorer. "I'd rather be in the gym, for sure," he said. "But recruiting comes with the territory. It's a big part of the job. " After two years an English teacher and coach of the boys' varsity at Souderton Area High, Stanton returned to Collegeville.
NEWS
November 20, 2012 | By Jessica Parks, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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