August 5, 1993 |
For the last six years, Ursinus College has been engaged in a project to build bridges. But these bridges aren't for cars and trucks. Rather, the Ursinus Bridge Program is for incoming African American, Latino and Native American students. The aim is to help these students make a smooth transition to Ursinus, which has a largely white enrollment. According to college officials, minorities account for 10 percent of the student body. The program, in which 13 freshmen participated this summer, focused on dealing with multicultural and racial sensitivities, managing time and money, developing study skills, and getting accustomed to college life.
June 7, 1992 |
To increase endowments and operating income, Ursinus College is embarking on the biggest fund-raising campaign in its 123-year history. The Collegeville school's board of directors Friday night launched a campaign to raise $39 million in capital, endowment and annual income for building projects, academic programs, faculty development, student programs and operations. The $39 million is more than has been raised for Ursinus in all previous campaigns combined. A celebration on the campus Friday was the start of the campaign, called "The Next Step: A Campaign for Ursinus College.
March 26, 1995 |
The founder of an organization dedicated to gaining parity for women in elected office told Ursinus College students not to take for granted that women will soon gain equal representation in politics. George Dean, founder of the group 50/50 by 2000, addressed a class of political science students Thursday and said 1994 was a "hold-your-own year" for women candidates. "The playing field still isn't level yet," said Dean, a retired advertising executive who has lectured worldwide on women's issues since founding the organization in 1988.
April 11, 1993 |
The compulsion to measure, weigh and analyze every nuance of modern life - as if a precise label might somehow enhance understanding - is perhaps what has led critics to categorize poet W. D. Snodgrass' work as "confessional. " But Snodgrass, who will appear at Ursinus College on Wednesday, is far from comfortable with the term commonly used to characterize his work. "I don't like the label at all," Snodgress said during an interview. "It's a kind of journalists' tag. I don't like it especially because it sounds like you're writing about somebody's bedroom memoirs, or about some religious confession.
February 16, 1995 |
Free-associating about how the Mall of America is a self-contained universe, Andrei Codrescu is talking about how the top tourist draw in the United States has everything needed for an end-of-the-century existence. "If Howard Hughes, you know, was living now, he would love the Mall of America," Codrescu says in his Transylvanian staccato. "There's a hotel there. . . . In the Mall of America, you can actually jog. " Actually, the mall in Bloomington, Minn., boasts neither an inn nor a track.
December 7, 2000 |
Ursinus College has landed two gifts totaling $15 million that will help the school build a new theater-arts center. The $40 million complex will enable Ursinus to hold the kinds of touring theater companies that other college campuses enjoy, and in the process provide a performing-arts venue for the Collegeville community. The gifts include $10 million from the Sylvan Foundation in Wayne, and $5 million from retired Suburban Cable founder H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest and his wife, Marguerite.
September 10, 2016 |
Under fire for controversial online posts, the chair of Ursinus College's board of trustees has resigned, college president Brock Blomberg announced in an email to faculty and students Thursday evening. Michael C. Marcon, chief executive officer of Equity Risk Partners, based in San Francisco, both relinquished his chairmanship and left the board, the college said. Marcon's resignation came on the day he met with students for two hours and apologized for tweets he made on his private account over the last few years.
June 11, 1996 |
Memorabilia of the railroad that once went through Collegeville draw Evelyn and Richard Landes. A display at Ursinus College was part of the borough's 100th anniversary celebration this weekend.
June 30, 2016 |
S&P Global Ratings downgraded Ursinus College's credit rating by one notch, to 'BBB+' from 'A-', citing the Collegeville institution's plans to take on $23 million in additional debt this fall to build a facility for interdisciplinary academic programs. Ursinus had $42.5 million in debt at the end of fiscal 2015. The additional debt means that the college will no longer meet S&P's criteria for the higher rating, S&P said. The New York ratings agency also mentioned "weakened demand" and "continual enrollment uncertainty" in its downgrade, though it said the outlook was stable.
January 23, 2016 |
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. firstname.lastname@example.org 215-854-2466 @dmastrull