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    Faculty Speakers Series

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    Ursuline College in Pepper Pike, Ohio, boasts a faculty of experts in many fields who are happy to present to your high school students (subject to availability) about their own paths of intellectual inquiry and the career opportunities available to future college graduates. Some presenters are available by video conference (Zoom, etc.) only. To request a presentation at your school by one of these experts, contact and provide three preferred dates and times, or use the form below.

    The Changing Face of Nursing: As the national nursing shortage grows, so does the demand for competent, compassionate professional nurses. How has the nursing profession changed in recent years? What high school courses best prepare students for nursing school? Patricia Sharpnack, DNP, Dean of Ursuline’s Breen School of Nursing and Health Professions, has the answers.

    The Science of Exercise: Just as young athletes are specializing in one sport too early in their lives, so are college students specializing in terminal allied health sciences too early. It may seem logical to step into the waters as quickly as possible, but Exercise Science Department Chair Scott Willis, DHSc, will explain why a broad foundation in this field might open up more options to specialize later.

    21st-Century Poets, 16th-Century Ghetto: Did you know the word "ghetto" originated in Venice, Italy in 1560? Learn how the world's first ghetto shaped our understanding of segregated spaces and how contemporary poets have responded. English Department Chair Katherine Trostel, PhD. will show how digital mapping projects enhance this study.

    Women’s Fashion, Women’s Roles: How have women’s fashions changed over the last 100 years and what do those changes reflect about women’s evolving roles and social expectations? Fashion Department Chair Constance Korosec, PhD, will share insights and images from her research and from Ursuline’s 3,000-piece Historic Costume Study Collection.

    Diverse Dialogues: Join the conversation around racial justice and current events such as Black Lives Matter, immigration, police shootings of black and brown people, and learn how to use your voice for change as our next generation. Assistant Dean for Diversity Yolanda King and Director of Campus Ministry Paula Fitzgerald will lead discussions and provide insights on how to have productive conversations.

    Is a Law Career For You?: What is it like to be a judge, attorney, or paralegal?  How do these professionals make a difference in society? And how should students prepare for a career in law? Anne Murphy Brown, JD, Director of Legal Studies, will address those questions and cover various career paths for legal professionals – including working for the CIA.

    Benefits of Service Learning: Participating in international service learning helps students develop multicultural competencies and Katherine Jackson, PhD, has the data to prove it. Dr. Jackson, Associate Professor in the graduate Counseling and Art Therapy program, shares findings based on Ursuline trips to Peru, Zimbabwe, Nepal, and beyond.

    Study Skills 101: High school students put a lot of energy into getting into college, but are they developing the skills and habits that will help them succeed once there? Nancy Rahn, EdD, Student Success Coordinator, talks about study skills, time management, and communicating with the people who can help students succeed.

    How Art Helps: Most people acknowledge the healing power of art. But what is art therapy and how did it become a profession with clinical applications? Art Therapy Department Chair Jennifer Schwartz Mrazek breaks it down, talking about art therapy as a career, and describing the high school project that first got her interested.