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Students Welcome!

The countdown to the first day of classes on Monday, August 25th has begun!

We are excited that you have decided to join the Ursuline College community this fall. If you have taken a tour this past year, you saw the devastation wrought by the July 20, 2013 tornado. When you come on campus this fall, you will see lots of new construction happening! Excuse our dust! We are breaking ground for the new Athletic Facility and for the Center for the Creative and Healing Arts building which will house the Breen School of Nursing and Art Therapy. 

We also have a new bioswale (which you will see in front of Fritzsche, next to the Pilla parking lot) which is designed to remove silt and pollution from surface runoff water. The water’s flow path, along with the wide and shallow ditch, is designed to maximize the time water spends in the swale, which aids the trapping of pollutants and silt. A common application is around parking lots, where substantial automotive pollution is collected by the paving and then flushed by rain. The bioswale, or other type of biofilter, wraps around the parking lot and treats the runoff before releasing it to the watershed or storm sewer. 

You will also notice “bluebird nesting houses” placed around campus. Ursuline is participating in a project with the goal of adding hundreds of Bluebirds into the population. Bluebirds, once common in the countryside were virtually driven to extinction, recovery trails such as this have helped reverse the trend. The Biology department can use volunteers so if you are interested in helping out with this project, please contact them!

From Glenn Hanniford (who initiated this project): We initiated the bluebird project as part of a class assignment to respond to the loss of bluebird nesting habitat as a result of the tornado damage and loss of habitat in general by human encroachment of wild areas.  Two Holden Arboretum representatives gave a presentation to the students about bluebirds and constructing a bluebird trail.  They also helped with siting our first nest boxes.  The students in the class constructed 18 Bluebird nest boxes and they installed 14 on the college property.  We placed the remaining four nest boxes near the Motherhouse.  The Biology and Chemistry departments have initially taken the responsibility of monitoring and maintenance.  Our goal is to involve as many faculty, staff, students and friends of the college to participate in monitoring of the trail.  So far we have nine faculty and staff volunteers and would welcome additional volunteers to help with monitoring the boxes.  We check the boxes, do any maintenance, and record data twice a week. We hope to get the students involved when they come back in fall. We will eventually share the data with the American Bluebird society and or Holden Arboretum. We have one bluebird box with baby birds and several nests with Tree Swallows.  We continue to remove the house sparrow nests, so they do not get a foothold in the nestboxes. This week we found another bluebird pair in a nestbox with four eggs.  Hopefully both nests will be successful fledging young. The nesting season for bluebirds is almost over for this year, they generally start in late april and can have up to two broods per year. 

Below is some information that will be helpful to you:

Laptop Loaning Program and Wireless Spots on Campus: Laptops are available for check out at the Besse Library—with your Ursuline College ID you can check it out and head for one of the wireless spots on campus! The laptops are loaded with Word, Excel, Access, Publisher and PowerPoint. The campus is wireless: the classrooms, lounges, Pilla, Mullen, Dauby, Besse Library and residence halls lounges.

Computer Printing Allowance: Ursuline College provides 500 pages of free black and white printing to each student each Fall and Spring semester. Beyond that, the College will charge students 10 cents per page for black and white and 25 cents per page for color printing. Your student account will be connected to PCOUNTER, a system where you will receive a popup each time you print. The popup will inform you of your current printing balance compared to your quota. Amounts do not carry over. This is one of the “green” initiatives the college has implemented.

Recycling: Ursuline College has moved to single stream recycling. Anything that can be recycled will go into one receptacle. We are hoping that this will make it more user-friendly for everyone to recycle!

Follett Bookstore: The Ursuline College Bookstore is located in the Pilla building and carries textbooks, course supplies, nursing uniforms, Ursuline imprinted clothing and gift items and convenience items. We have text book rental and e-book options for students.  Please go to http://www.bkstr.com for more information or go to www.ursuline.edu and use the quick link for the bookstore.

Food on campus: Our dining hall and Food Court are located in the Pilla building.  Last year’s student satisfaction surveys gave the food, staff, and cleanliness all “A’s”! Your fellow students can’t be wrong!

The Food Court hours are:

Monday - Friday
Breakfast: 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM (Breakfast) and 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Continental)
Lunch: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM (Full Lunch) and 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Light Lunch)
Dinner: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (Full Dinner) and 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Light Dinner); closes at 7:00 PM on Friday

Retail Items: 9:00-11:00
AM Brunch: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM
Sunday Brunch: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Food Court has a credit card machine so that you may charge/debit your purchases. There is a $2 minimum purchase when using a credit card. The new vending machines in Pilla are now equipped with a credit/debit card swipe system!

Smoking Policy: Just a reminder that smoking on campus is prohibited in ALL academic buildings. Smoking is restricted to the parking lots on campus. You will notice that receptacles are plentiful and placed prominently by each parking lot as reminders of the policy. 

Wellness: From healthy eating options in the food court to activity classes, there is something for everyone. Additionally, there is programming, some of it student-led, built around personal wellness in regard to alcohol and drug awareness.

Mullen Commuter Lounge: You are welcome to hang out, use your computer at the cyber bar with your laptop, and watch TV here! The Commuter Student Organization holds free luncheons here throughout the year, watch your calendar for dates.  The first free luncheon will take place during 'Welcome Week". 

St. Angela Chapel: The chapel is located next to the Commuter Lounge. Weekly Mass is held (during the academic year) on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m. and in the residence halls on Sundays at 9 p.m. 

Student Services Center (One Stop): Pick up your 2014-15 free Ursuline College Student Planner/Calendar.  They are currently available.  Student ID cards is also available in this office. Commuters may elect to use our meal card ID point system and purchase Arrow Dollars for your ID to be used in the Pilla Dining Hall and the Bookstore. 

Student Handbook: Your Student Handbook with information about almost everything you need to know about Ursuline College--policies, services, offices—is available on the Ursuline College website.  Please go to www.ursuline.edu/handbook for all policy and handbook information.Every Ursuline College student is responsible for reading, comprehending, and adhering to the policies and procedures outlined in the Student Handbook located at www.ursuline.edu/handbook and for staying up-to-date on any changes to the policies and procedures that may occur from time-to-time. A paper copy of the Student Handbook can be obtained at the Student One Stop Center, Mullen 203 Monday-Thursday, 8:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Please keep in mind that the on-line (web) version of the Student Handbook may contain recent changes to the College’s policies and procedures not yet reflected in the paper copy version.  The paper-copy version is updated periodically. 

Student Health Insurance: Information concerning options for health insurance through healthcare.gov is located on the tab to the left. 

Welcome Week: Sponsored by the Orientation Team, has fun activities planned for you! You will find a full schedule of the events in the TP Times—THE place to find out happenings around campus (placed around campus in the restroom stalls!) and on the Ursuline College website. Please stop by any events you are able to—it is a great way to meet new friends.

Athletics: Come cheer your Ursuline Arrow athletic teams! Check out the athletics website for a full listing of games and standings for each of our teams.

Family Fun Festival: Mark your calendars and bring your family and friends to campus September 20th. More details will be coming from the Office of Student Activities.

FERPA (abbreviated information): The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act govern all student records maintained by any office of Ursuline College. According to FERPA’s provisions, the College may not disclose the contents of any student’s education records without the student’s written consent—including parents, spouses, other relatives or employers. Exceptions exist for the parent of a “dependent student” (as defined by the IRS, but only the Financial Aid Office can verify that a student is dependent); if the College has received a lawfully issued subpoena; and internal disclosure of students records to Ursuline College officials who have “legitimate educational interests” in seeing those records. More information about FERPA can be found in the Student Handbook and Planner and on Ursuline College’s website.

I welcome any questions you may have and encourage you to stop by (even if it is just to say “hello”!). You can meet Mary Anne Ursick, the Executive Secretary for Student Affairs and the face of the office, and Amy Lechko, the Acting Assistant VP for Student Affairs. They can be found in Mullen 206 - right down the hall from Admissions and the Student Services Center. If you stop in and say hello you can pick up a pen - you can never have too many! My phone number is 440 646 8108, and for those of you who prefer email, you can contact me at dhurley@ursuline.edu. My office is Mullen 218. If I can assist you in any way, just let me know! I am looking forward to seeing you on campus! Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Deanne W. Hurley, Acting Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs