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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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December 19, 2015
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday night next to a Montgomery County college, authorities said. The accident was reported at 6:31 p.m. at Main Street and Sixth Avenue next to Ursinus College in Collegeville, a county dispatcher said. The county coroner was called to the scene. No information was immediately available on whether the victim had a connection to the college. The cause of the accident was under investigation. - Robert Moran  
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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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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 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.
NEWS
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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January 23, 2016 | By Diane Mastrull, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ursinus College has appointed Montgomery County restaurateur and caterer Maureen Cumpstone as entrepreneur-in-residence, a new position that will involve teaching the school's first entrepreneurship course and supporting the U-Imagine Center for Integrative and Entrepreneurial Studies. The U-Imagine Center was established in December 2013 to establish and sustain an entrepreneurial spirit on the Collegeville campus, a growing emphasis at many schools. Cumpstone, a 1979 graduate of Ursinus, launched Sorella Rose Bar & Grille, a Flourtown restaurant and catering business, in 1995, eventually expanding to include event planning and a second location, in Avalon, N.J. dmastrull@phillynews.com 215-854-2466 @dmastrull  
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December 20, 2015 | Staff Report
The pedestrian struck and killed on Main Street in Collegeville was a sophomore at Ursinus College, the school says. The college on Friday identified the young woman as Michelle Buck, a Herndon, Va., native who was interested in studying neuroscience and philosophy. The 19-year-old was struck about 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Main Street and Sixth Avenue in front of the Ursinus campus. Buck had been walking east on the sidewalk along Main Street and stepped into the road within a crosswalk when she was hit by a Nissan Rogue that was also traveling east, the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office said.
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December 19, 2015
A pedestrian was struck and killed by a vehicle Thursday night next to a Montgomery County college, authorities said. The accident was reported at 6:31 p.m. at Main Street and Sixth Avenue next to Ursinus College in Collegeville, a county dispatcher said. The county coroner was called to the scene. No information was immediately available on whether the victim had a connection to the college. The cause of the accident was under investigation. - Robert Moran  
SPORTS
September 18, 2015 | By Adam Hermann, Inquirer Staff Writer
She has spent 38 years at George School, so one might imagine field hockey coach Nancy Zurn Bernardini had experienced just about everything. But this year, this fall, is different for Bernardini, the school's girls' athletic director, who also coaches basketball and varsity lacrosse. After taking seven years off, she has returned to coach the school's varsity field hockey team, reclaiming her post in a sport that has driven her life from the beginning. She picked up field hockey in sixth grade at Abington Friends, the earliest age girls were allowed to officially join the team, but spent countless hours around the team when she was younger as she watched her four sisters play for the Kangaroos.
NEWS
August 10, 2015 | By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer
More and more, it seems, galleries and curators have decided it's worth pulling out the stops in summer, doing the quirky shows they've always wanted to do and damn the torpedoes. Luckily for restive gallery-goers, there are a few of these around this month. Inclined to images of early Philadelphia? The Free Library's Parkway Central Library is brimming with photographs, prints, and paintings of this city, but you might not be aware of its collection of works by Augustus Kollner (1816-1906)
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July 27, 2015 | By Edith Newhall, For The Inquirer
The photographer George Tice has a long-running romance with his home state of New Jersey. It shines through in his large platinum prints of ordinary small-town fixtures: a movie theater, a White Tower hamburger joint, the well-stocked shelves of an old-fashioned grocery. His much-admired nocturnal images of a gas station ( Petit's Mobil Station, Cherry Hill, NJ , 1974) and a lonely telephone booth ( Telephone Booth, 3 A.M. Rahway, NJ , 1974) are of fluorescently lighted places we've all passed and barely noticed while driving at night, but Tice's still versions of them, shot with long exposures, transform them into glowing, mysterious beauties.
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July 7, 2015 | By Martha Woodall, Inquirer Staff Writer
C. Dallett Hemphill, 56, an American history professor at Ursinus College, an accomplished storyteller, and a scholar whose specialty was social history from colonial times to the 19th century, died at Jefferson Hospital on Friday, July 3, after a prolonged battle with breast cancer. Ms. Hemphill's research topics included how the French government provided women for the settlers of Louisiana and the role of women in 18th-century Quaker meetings. She lived in Erdenheim, Montgomery County.
NEWS
July 7, 2015
C. DALLETT HEMPHILL, a professor of American history at Ursinus College for the last 28 years and a leading scholar on Philadelphia, died Friday at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital-Center City after a prolonged battle with cancer. She was 56 and lived in Erdenheim, Montgomery County. Hemphill's academic specialty was the social history of the United States, from the Colonial era into the 19th century. She wrote two books, both published by Oxford University Press: Bowing to Necessities: A History of Manners in America, 1620-1860 , and Siblings: Brothers and Sisters in American History . Hemphill shared the preoccupations of her generation of historians with social history and women's history.
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May 2, 2015 | By Susan Snyder, Inquirer Staff Writer
Ursinus College on Thursday named the dean of economics and finance at Claremont McKenna College in California as its next president. S. Brock Blomberg, 48, a political economist who studies terrorism, replaces Lucien "Terry" Winegar, who had been serving as interim president since Bobby Fong's death in September. Blomberg takes over July 1 as the 17th president of Ursinus, a 1,600-student liberal arts college in Collegeville. "Our objective was to discover someone who could embrace the Ursinus DNA, our values and what we are about, who is passionate about the liberal arts, and comes with highly regarded leadership experience," Michael Marcon, a college trustee and search committee chair, said in a statement.
NEWS
April 29, 2015 | By Walter F. Naedele, Inquirer Staff Writer
During summers in the 1960s, William J. Jordan took a break from teaching American history to South Jersey high school students and taught Revolutionary history to tourists in Philadelphia. The National Park Service gave him its uniform, its distinctive flat-brimmed hat, anointed him a seasonal park ranger, and assigned him to tours of Independence National Historical Park. "I know he loved that time in history," daughter Karen Jordan said. "He gave us all copies of the Constitution, his children," she said.
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