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  • Home / Inside Ursuline / 150th Anniversary / Portraits of Ursuline College People

    Portraits of Ursuline people

    Faculty, staff, and alumnae/i are lovingly remembered for touching the lives of others

    150th Anniversary Ursuline Portraits series
    Estelle O. Smith Cunnea

    Estelle O. Smith Cunnea, the first graduate of Ursuline College

    Sister Kathleen Burke, OSU, PhD, co-founder of Ursuline's master's program in Counseling and Art Therapy

    Laurel Yuratovac, BA'16, long-time UCAP advising coordinator

    Laurel Yuratovac, BA'16, long-time UCAP advising coordinator

    In celebration of the 150th anniversary of Ursuline College’s founding, the Alumnae Relations office asked graduates to write about faculty, staff, and fellow grads who touched their lives. The response was robust and heartfelt: more than 50 current and former Ursuline College community members lovingly remembered.

    Because the story of Ursuline College is the story of its people, we celebrate our sesquicentennial by celebrating theses exceptional individuals. We highlight them in a series of social media and website posts we are calling Ursuline Portraits, in a nod to the sesquicentennial gala planned for April 30, 2022 at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    Bookmark this page to review Ursuline Portraits as they are posted, or follow the College on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram for weekly updates.

    The Ursuline Portraits series is sponsored by Glenmede and Panzica Construction.


    Estelle O. Smith Cunnea

    The first woman to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Ursuline College was Estelle O. Smith Cunnea from the class of 1872. After Ursuline, Estelle attended Columbia University. According to The Plain Dealer (August 5, 1925), she was the organizer and first president of the Ursuline Alumnae in 1900.

    Sr. Kathleen Burke, OSU, PhD '62

    Sr. Kathleen Burke, OSU, PhD, was the impetus behind the founding of Ursuline’s Wasmer Gallery, then co-founder and long-time director of the master’s program in Counseling and Art Therapy. A bright spark, she touched many lives as an Ursuline Sister, art therapist, professional counselor, award-winning photographer, and educator.

    Laurel Yuratovac,  BA'16

    Laurel Yuratovac has been advising UCAP (Ursuline College Accelerated Program) students since 1998, helping hundreds complete their bachelor’s degrees. Many have told us they would never have completed if not for Laurel's mix of tenacity and empathy and her genuine concern for their individual success. For many, she is not only the face but the heart of Ursuline College.