September 23, 2010 |
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.
September 22, 2010 |
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.
June 12, 2010 |
It was a "Wow!" moment - literally. As seventh grader Sidhartha Bhuyan turned a dial on the side of a digital microscope, the beating heart of a live daphnia, a tiny crustacean, pulsed into focus on a laptop computer screen. "Wow!" Bhuyan called out. "Awesome!" The reaction of the student at Arcola Intermediate School in Montgomery County's Methacton School District is the kind that makes a teacher's day and might jump-start a longer-term interest in science. The moment came courtesy of Science in Motion, a respected but often-imperiled mobile science program that brings expensive equipment and knowledgable instructors to schools around the state.
April 27, 2010 |
Raymond V. Gurzynski, 94, a longtime coach and professor emeritus at Ursinus College, died Thursday, April 22, at Brightview Senior Living in East Norriton Township. Mr. Gurzynski, a native of Catasauqua, Pa., earned a bachelor's degree from Ursinus College, where he lettered in football, track, and baseball, and was a member of the Student Council. He then taught at Stewart Junior High School in Norristown for five years and earned a master's degree in education from Temple University.
April 14, 2010 |
Most student internships tend to involve filing, fetching coffee, and getting glimpses of a desired career. Laurel Salvo spent her fall semester hanging out with Joan Jett. OK, sometimes that meant going to Starbucks or organizing files for the icon, but hanging out backstage in Atlantic City and watching a photo shoot at a New York recording studio aren't bad perks. "It was just a chance I took," said Salvo, who saw, and loved, the new Joan Jett flick The Runaways last weekend.
February 12, 2010 |
Ursinus College president John Strassburger will resign June 30 for personal and health reasons after 16 years at the helm of the Collegeville school, which enjoyed dramatic growth and improved prestige as a model liberal arts institution under his leadership. Strassburger, 67, announced his plans to a gathering of more than 350 students, faculty, and staff yesterday in Bomberger Auditorium. His departure had been discussed Wednesday during a meeting of the college trustees' executive board.
February 10, 2010 |
For the second time in five days, many local collegiate athletic events were canceled or postponed because of what was expected to be a massive snowstorm. Five of tonight's women's basketball games were postponed until tomorrow night at 6. They are Stockton at Kean, Shippensburg vs. Millersville, Ursinus College vs. Haverford, Rutgers-Camden vs. the College of New Jersey and Widener's game at Alvernia. Rowan's game with Neumann University was canceled. On the men's side, five games were postponed until tomorrow night at 8. They are Stockton at Kean, Shippensburg vs. Millersville, Ursinus College vs. Haverford, Rutgers-Camden vs. the College of New Jersey and Widener at Alvernia.
May 9, 2009 |
Private colleges got closer to their fall enrollment targets this week, thanks to a finish-line spurt in student sign-ups, but in this tough economic climate, the schools had to put out more in financial aid to bring freshmen in. Many colleges spent the admissions season worrying whether they could fill their ranks with the same number and quality of students as last year, given the financial problems families are facing. Some schools are heavily dependent on tuition to pay their bills.
April 3, 2009 |
When Maria Eugenia Gama Olivan immigrated to the United States 10 years ago, language separated her from her profession. She was a nurse in Mexico. Now she cleans dorm rooms at Ursinus College. Gama Olivan was just the kind of person a group of students on the Collegeville campus had in mind when deciding to help others chip away at a wall. "English is power," Ursinus senior Carolina Contreras said. "Being able to share it means a lot. " So the students, mostly Latino and human-rights activists, started a class that puts a twist on the classic student-teacher paradigm.
January 2, 2009
Adults can do more I worked in the School District of Philadelphia for 11 years, the last five as the director of behavioral health. Reading about the district's renewed commitment to zero tolerance and the practice of expulsion prompted me to write. In managing the district's behavioral-health emergencies, my staff and I found that behind virtually every student in distress was a story that left our hair standing on end, incredulous that the student was making it to school at all and had held things together for so long.