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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 come to your high school (subject to availability) and speak to students about their own paths of intellectual inquiry and career opportunities available to future college graduates. 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 President of the Ohio Board of Nursing, has the answers.

    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.

    Digital Women’s History Trail: Bari Oyler Stith, PhD, and her students are creating a Digital Women’s History Trail, detailing what they’ve learned through archives, artifacts, and the built environment about unsung Ohio women. Dr. Stith, Director of Ursuline’s Historic Preservation program, uses images and side stories to teach us about our foremothers. 

    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.

    If it’s Art, It’s Therapy: 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.