Prof. Romano To Chair Jury for Literary Excellence Award

Ursinus Professor of Philosophy and Humanities Carlin Romano has been named Chair of the Jury for the 2011 “J. Anthony Lukas Work-in-Progress Award,” which is jointly administered by the Nieman Foundation at Harvard and Columbia University. The $30,000 prize goes to the author of a nonfiction book already underway and contracted for by a publisher, that exhibits the literary excellence and concern for social justice exemplified by J. Anthony Lukas (1933-97), the Pulitzer-Prize winning New York Times journalist and author. Read More»

First Black Ursinus Graduate To Be Honored

Ursinus College is honoring its first African American graduate, Dr. Robert Crigler, by naming The W. R. Crigler Institute, which was previously called the Summer Bridge Program.“Bob” Crigler graduated in 1956. Read More»

NEH-Supported Pilot Course Asks, ‘What is Love?’

What is love? Rousseau, Freud, and Plato are among those who have explored the age-old question, and now Ursinus College students will study it too, appropriately, during the spring semester, when thoughts tend to turn to love, to paraphrase Lord Alfred Tennyson. The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded a two-year Enduring Questions Pilot Course Grant to Associate Professor of Politics Jonathan Marks to explore the concept of love. Read More»

Student Affairs Group Honors Dr. Bobby Fong

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler University President Bobby Fong’s efforts to advance the quality of student life at Butler and throughout higher education will be recognized with a national award from NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education. Dr. Fong was named the 13th President of Ursinus College and will take office sometime after the spring semester. Read More»

Aakash Shah ’10 Is Ursinus’s First Rhodes Scholar

2010 Ursinus graduate Aakash K. Shah, of Cliffside Park, N.J. is Ursinus’s first Rhodes Scholar, it was announced by the Rhodes Trust. Shah is now in his first year at Harvard Medical School. Shah graduated in May with distinguished honors research in sociology and honors research in biology and neuroscience. He received bachelor’s degrees in Biology, Neuroscience and Inequality Studies, with minors in Chemistry and Sociology. Read More»

UC Awarded Nearly $1.3 Million NSF Grant for Labs

Ursinus College is the recipient of a nearly $1.3 million grant from the National Science Foundation for the renovation of two labs in Thomas Hall, the life sciences building. The renovated facilities will foster student-faculty research by enabling more students to work collaboratively with faculty mentors on research projects in facilities that better support their research activities. Read More»

Watson Fellow Back from Middle East

Kelsey Threatte 2009, recipient of the prestigious Watson Fellowship, recently returned to Ursinus to share her experience with students interested in the program.  Every year the Watson Foundation funds motivated students like Kelsey to pursue a full year of independent study in an area about which they are deeply passionate. Kelsey’s project was entitled “Voice and Veil: The Power and Impact of Arab Women Poets on Society” and she set out to discover and interview women poets in the countries of United Arab Emirates, Jordan, Tunisia, Morocco, Oman, and Spain. Read More»

Traditional Japanese Folk Music

Joshua Solomon 2008 is a graduate student at The University of Chicago’s East Asian Literatures and Civilizations Program. After graduation from Ursinus, Solomon was awarded a Fulbright Fellowship to study the history of a Japanese instrument called a Tsugaru-jamisen. He describes it as, “a kind of three-stringed Japanese banjo. Read More»

Ursinus Designated ‘Up and Coming’ College

The Princeton Review has cited Ursinus as one the 50 “Best Value” private colleges, and, in partnership with the U.S. Green Building Council, has for the first time included Ursinus College in The Princeton Review’s Guide to 286 Green Colleges. Read More»

Young Alum Awarded Fulbright Teaching Assistantship

Amber Lee Spurka graduated from Ursinus College with a bachelor of arts degree in Spanish, cum laude, with minors in psychology and elementary education, departmental honors in Spanish and K-12 teaching certification during commencement exercises on Saturday, May 15, on the college campus. More than 340 students received bachelor’s degrees. Read More»