January 25, 2015 |
Applications for Drexel University's Class of 2019 have plunged by more than 50 percent from the previous year - but that's not a bad thing. In fact, officials at the West Philadelphia university say that's exactly what they were hoping for. The 27,424 applications are the result of a decision to hone an applicant pool that had ballooned to levels so unwieldy that some prospective students didn't even know what city Drexel was in. This...
December 28, 2014 |
With new director Charles Stainback and new curator Ginny Kollak at the helm, the Phillip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art at Ursinus College is quickly becoming something this formerly sedate Collegeville institution had never aspired to being before: a serious destination for contemporary art. (Stainback was director of the Norton Museum of Art and founding director of Skidmore College's Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery; Kollak received...
December 18, 2014 |
Richard H. Heist, 82, of Collegeville, a longtime broadcaster who launched a second career restoring antique clocks, died Friday, Nov. 28, of lung disease at his home. He and his wife, Elaine Marshman Heist, had celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary on March 20. Born in Bryn Mawr, Mr. Heist, known as "Dick," graduated from the Perkiomen School and Ursinus College. He studied criminal and civil law while serving as a magistrate for the Borough of Collegeville. He then switched to broadcasting.
November 20, 2014 |
Joseph H. Melrose Jr., 69, a former U.S. ambassador to Sierra Leone, who was dispatched by the State Department to trouble spots after American embassies were bombed, died Saturday, Nov. 8, of complications following a fall. Mr. Melrose died at Lehigh Valley Hospital. He had lived in Washington, Oreland, and Collegeville. As ambassador to Sierra Leone in 2001, he helped bring peace to the nation, which had been involved in a civil war with revolutionary forces. He assisted with the Lomé Peace Accord, and helped uncover the connection between the illicit diamond trade and armed conflict.
October 18, 2014 |
STARKVILLE, Miss. - The first time his father made the trip for a spring football game, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen warned him about the drive, that it would be a rural one from the airport in Jackson up to Starkville. Mullen told him it would be like traveling in the hills of Pennsylvania "past the Main Line. " The 42-year-old coach of the Mississippi State Bulldogs, the improbable top-ranked college football team in the nation - after the fastest rise to the top in the history of the sport, from unranked to No. 1 in six games - is a Drexel Hill native and Ursinus College graduate.
October 17, 2014 |
SO, WHAT'S harder to fathom: that Mississippi State's football team in 5 weeks went from unranked to No. 1 for the first time ever, or that its coach somehow made it to Starkville by way of beautiful, downtown Collegeville, where some two decades ago he was a tight end for Ursinus College? "I've yet to meet anybody in Mississippi who can pronounce [Ursinus] the first time," said Dan Mullen, whose Bulldogs just became the first team in more than 30 years to beat three Top 10 opponents in succession.
September 15, 2014 |
In the 1970s and 1980s, Samuel W. Madara and his wife, Connie, traveled overseas several times to share ideas about insurance "with a broad group of insurance people," she said. They and others in their group were not simply Americans bringing their methods to other cultures, she said, but were also learning in seminars from foreign insurers. "It was an exchange of ideas peculiar in China" at the time, she said in a phone interview, because in the days before private enterprise, "they were all government workers.
September 10, 2014 |
Bobby Fong, 64, the president of Ursinus College and one of the few Asian Americans to hold such a post, died Monday, Sept. 8, at his home in Collegeville. His death, which college officials said was from natural causes, stunned the suburban college community just as the school year was getting underway. His wife of 40 years, Suzanne Dunham Fong, was by his side, according to a statement from the college. Late Monday afternoon, she spoke at an impromptu campus service at which students sang "Amazing Grace.
August 5, 2014 |
Through a work of art, the two women were hoping to save a connection that is slipping away. Their husbands, who have Alzheimer's disease, are becoming more distant, their marriages more solitary and fraught with worry. But in a discussion of a painting called The Immigrants , those husbands - Jack Williams and Dick Force - virtually carried the conversation at the Woodmere Art Museum, in Chestnut Hill. The two men, whose wives had met through their mutual experience as caregivers, found the story in the brushstrokes and shared their thoughts about the discovery.