October 14, 2011
A low-wattage LED-light conversion project at Ursinus College in Collegeville is among 13 clean energy projects that received $3.7 million in grants Friday from the Pennsylvania Energy Development Authority. Ursinus will receive $120,645 to add to its $41,514 investment to retrofit 214 parking lot and walkway lights with LED lights, reducing annual electricity costs by about $20,000. The Allentown Commercial and Industrial Development Authority also received a $500,000 grant to go toward a $31 million biogas project at Allentown's wastewater treatment plant.
October 7, 2011
Repertory Films Bryn Mawr Film Institute 824 W. Lancaster Ave., Bryn Mawr; 610-527-9898. www.brynmawrfilm.org . Bell, Book & Candle (1958) $5; $4 children. 10/8. 11 am. What's Up, Doc?: 1 a Minute (2010) 10/11. 7:30 pm. Camden County College - Blackwood Campus College Dr., Blackwood; 856-227-7200. www.camdencc.edu . The Last Ghost of War (2008) 10/11. 7 pm. County Theater 20 E. State St., Doylestown; 215-345-6789. www.countytheater.org . The Projectionist: A Passion for Film.
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.