July 17, 2011 |
Joyce E. Henry, 83, professor emerita of theater, English, and communication studies at Ursinus College, died of cancer Monday, July 11, at her home in Collegeville. Dr. Henry was born in Orange, N.J., and grew up in West Hartford, Conn. She was a 1948 graduate of the University of Michigan, studied at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre in New York, and earned a Ph.D. in English from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 1973. Dr. Henry was able to teach theater at the college level because of her training at the Neighborhood Playhouse, her friend Rebecca Jaroff said.
November 23, 2010 |
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.
November 22, 2010 |
Five area college students are among 32 men and women from American universities who have won the prestigious 2010 Rhodes Scholarships, officials announced Sunday. Aakash Shah, a graduate of Ursinus College; Matthew Watters, a senior at the University of Delaware; and Andrew Lanham, a graduate of Haverford College, will all study at the University of Oxford in England. Joining them will be Mark Jia, a graduate of Princeton University, and Nicholas DiBerardino, a senior at Princeton. Shah, a native of Cliffside Park, N.J., graduated from Ursinus in May with a degree in inequality studies, biology, and neuroscience and is enrolled in Harvard Medical School.
November 21, 2010 |
F. Donald Zucker was a political science teacher at Ursinus College from 1958 to 1987. He was an unsuccessful antiwar candidate in the 1960s. He filed a lawsuit against the predecessor of Verizon that went to the U.S. Supreme Court. But he was also a cellist, a composer of classical music, and a founder of musical groups in Montgomery County. "He was doing music well before he retired," said his wife, Barbara, "but he retired when he was 59 to do music full time. " On Thursday, Nov. 11, Dr. Zucker, 82, died at his home in Lower Frederick, Montgomery County, of complications from a stroke he suffered in 2007.
October 30, 2010 |
Bobby Fong, president of Butler University in Indianapolis, will become president of Ursinus College in Collegeville at the end of the current academic year. The trustees on Friday named Fong, 60, an internationally renowned Oscar Wilde scholar and a member of Phi Beta Kappa, as the permanent successor to John R. Strassburger. Strassburger stepped down for health and personal reasons June 30 after leading the liberal arts college for nearly 16 years. He died in September at age 68. Fong, a Harvard University graduate, is the son of Chinese immigrants and one of a handful of Asian American college presidents in the nation.
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.