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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.
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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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March 1, 2016
Former Philadelphia Deputy Mayor Alan Greenberger will join Drexel University as a distinguished teaching professor in the department of architecture and interiors of the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design and a distinguished visiting fellow of the Lindy Institute for Urban Innovation. Former Philadelphia Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey was named the inaugural distinguished visiting fellow of the Lindy Institute last month. Dune Medical Devices Ltd., Paoli, has hired Lori Chmura as president of Dune Inc., the company's U.S. division that includes more than 100 hospitals using its flagship product, MarginProbe.
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February 17, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Norovirus is what caused more than 12 percent of Ursinus College's student body to get sick last week, officials said Monday. Test results confirmed the highly contagious virus as the culprit behind the stomach illness that swept across the Collegeville campus, sickening at least 214 students, plus faculty and staff, since last Tuesday. "This is the agent we have suspected since this outbreak began," said Montgomery County Commissioner Valerie Arkoosh, a physician and interim medical director of the county health department.
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February 16, 2016 | By Jill Castellano, Staff Writer
Ten more Ursinus College students reported symptoms of a stomach virus this weekend, bringing the total number of reports since Tuesday night to around 200, or 12 percent of the student population, a college official said Sunday. The small liberal arts college is still working with health officials to determine if the cause of the outbreak is food-borne or person-to-person contact. Tests of affected students could take up to a week. In a new program called called JeffConnect On-Demand Virtual Care, Jefferson University Hospital is now offering Ursinus students free video consultations with emergency care doctors through Feb. 29. University officials are encouraging students to use the Virtual Care program if they have similar symptoms to those reported in the outbreak - including diarrhea, vomiting, and abdominal pain - which can help them know if they should seek immediate care or wait out the symptoms.
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February 15, 2016
The Montgomery County Health Department on Saturday posted the report of its latest inspection of Ursinus College's kitchen - a Thursday visit that found one minor violation, allowing the Wismer Dining Hall to reopen - as attempts to pinpoint the source of widespread stomach illness continued. More than 200 students reported gastrointestinal symptoms between Tuesday and Friday, and university spokesman Tom Yencho said on Saturday that he believed two or three more had come up overnight.
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February 14, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
The number of students sickened by a stomach virus at Ursinus College inched higher Friday, as school workers continued to sanitize and disinfect its buildings. School officials said 192 students had been stricken as of Friday morning, up from 185 the night before. A handful of faculty and staff members also have reported symptoms of the gastrointestinal illness that first surfaced on the Collegeville campus Tuesday night. But most were on the mend. The Montgomery County Health Department continues to search for the origin of the virus, which typically lasts between 12 and 24 hours.
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February 13, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
By lunchtime Thursday, Ursinus College freshman Sam Hayslett was happy to be healthy. She took a Spanish test in the morning, and had no complaints about having to bundle up and trudge off to the athletic center for a hoagie. But Hayslett acknowledged her luck may not last. Her roommate had started vomiting overnight - the first sign of what everyone was calling the Ursinus plague. In barely 48 hours, a stomach virus had washed over the Collegeville campus, disrupting life at the liberal arts school unlike anything in recent memory.
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February 12, 2016 | By Laura McCrystal, Staff Writer
Twenty-two Ursinus College students have required hospital treatment and scores more have been sickened by an unidentified stomach infection that has sent school officials scrambling to close dining halls and investigate the cause. "Ursinus is actively investigating the potential cause of this illness to determine whether it is food-borne or transmitted by person-to-person contact," the college said in a statement Wednesday. The Collegeville school is working with the Montgomery County Health Department to investigate the cause of the illness.
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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  
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