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    Ralph M. Besse Library

    The Ralph M. Besse Library seeks to provide intellectual nourishment for students, faculty, staff, and friends of the community.

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    Opened in 1985 and named for a trustee and cherished friend of the College, the Ralph M. Besse Library provides a welcoming space to learn, study, research, and collaborate.

    An enormously successful businessman, Besse was also strong believer in the value of higher education. His fierce commitment to Ursuline College began in the early 1960s, when he helped raise the necessary funds to make Ursuline’s then-new Pepper Pike campus a reality, and it lasted through his many years on the college’s Board of Trustees, all the way up until his death 2002.

    In countless ways, Besse’s essence is stamped into the very fabric of the library, but that is far from the only thing that makes Ursuline’s library unique.

    Those who wish to help sustain the Library and its work at Ursuline can join Friends of the Ralph M. Besse Library. Learn more here.

    Meet Alyssa. She chose Ursuline because Why Ursuline > Success Stories > Alyssa Porter. #ursulinecollege #makeyourworldmore #EnglishatUrsuline">

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    Meet Alyssa. She chose Ursuline because "the environment felt supportive and like a place where I could grow not only as a professional but as a person." Read more at ursuline.edu > Why Ursuline > Success Stories > Alyssa Porter. #ursulinecollege #makeyourworldmore #EnglishatUrsuline

    Ursuline fashion students helped sew hygiene kits or

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    Ursuline fashion students helped sew hygiene kits or "DfG Kits" for @daysforgirls, which provides washable solutions for menstruation, health education and social enterprises to women and girls in 110+ countries around the world. #makeyourworldmore #FashionatUrsuline #volunteer

    Why Ursuline > Success Stories > Courtney (Maurer) Stallman #ursulinecollege #makeyourworldmore #EducationatUrsuline">

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    "Ursuline felt like home as soon as I stepped foot on campus." Meet Courtney, an Ursuline alumna who majored in education and was a member of the @ursulinearrows bowling team. Read more about her experience at ursuline.edu > Why Ursuline > Success Stories > Courtney (Maurer) Stallman #ursulinecollege #makeyourworldmore #EducationatUrsuline

    Meet Madison, this week’s “Featured First-Year.” Watch our stories each Friday to get to know the members of #Ursuline2023! #makeyourworldmore #ursulinebound

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    Meet Madison, this week’s “Featured First-Year.” Watch our stories each Friday to get to know the members of #Ursuline2023! #makeyourworldmore #ursulinebound

    #tbt to Commencement and celebrating our amazing 2019 graduates like Sadie! #Repost @sadie_jones7
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Thank you, Ursuline College, for turning this shy, passive, indecisive girl into a confident, strong, empowered young woman. I wouldn’t change any second of my undergraduate experience. •
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Next stop: Cleveland State University to study our home🌎🌲🏔

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    #tbt to Commencement and celebrating our amazing 2019 graduates like Sadie! #Repost @sadie_jones7 ・・・ Thank you, Ursuline College, for turning this shy, passive, indecisive girl into a confident, strong, empowered young woman. I wouldn’t change any second of my undergraduate experience. • • Next stop: Cleveland State University to study our home🌎🌲🏔

    Meet Erin, an Ursuline alumna of our Chemisty program. After graduation, Erin earned a PhD and now works for W.L. Gore & Associates. She says, Why Ursuline > Success Stories > Erin Childers #ursulinecollege #makeyourworldmore #ChemistryatUrsuline">

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    Meet Erin, an Ursuline alumna of our Chemisty program. After graduation, Erin earned a PhD and now works for W.L. Gore & Associates. She says, "The smaller class sizes at Ursuline allowed me to build lasting relationships with faculty and classmates, many of whom helped with applications and motivation to attend graduate school." Read more at ursuline.edu > Why Ursuline > Success Stories > Erin Childers #ursulinecollege #makeyourworldmore #ChemistryatUrsuline

    Historic Preservation student Clay Fellows has started a new YouTube channel, @activitywithantiquity, as part of his master's thesis on the power of social media to engage young adults in preservation in the community and at historic sites. Check it out and subscribe! #historicpreservation #historicpreservationatursuline #makeyourworldmore #sacredlandmarks

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    Historic Preservation student Clay Fellows has started a new YouTube channel, @activitywithantiquity, as part of his master's thesis on the power of social media to engage young adults in preservation in the community and at historic sites. Check it out and subscribe! #historicpreservation #historicpreservationatursuline #makeyourworldmore #sacredlandmarks

    Students in the summer digital humanties course visited murals inspired by the Anisfield-Wolf book awards. The class will be creating a digital tour of the murals for the public to explore. #digitalhumanities #experientiallearning #visitCLE #murals #anisfieldwolfbookawards

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    Students in the summer digital humanties course visited murals inspired by the Anisfield-Wolf book awards. The class will be creating a digital tour of the murals for the public to explore. #digitalhumanities #experientiallearning #visitCLE #murals #anisfieldwolfbookawards

    There's always time for a little fun! Check out these Second Degree Accelerated Nursing Program (SDAP) students in a University Hospitals operating room. Front and center: Michaela Williams-Brown, whose baby girl is due in July! #NursingatUrsuline #UrsulineSDAP #experientiallearning #ursulinenurse #futurenurse

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    There's always time for a little fun! Check out these Second Degree Accelerated Nursing Program (SDAP) students in a University Hospitals operating room. Front and center: Michaela Williams-Brown, whose baby girl is due in July! #NursingatUrsuline #UrsulineSDAP #experientiallearning #ursulinenurse #futurenurse

    Meet Haley, a Business Management major and Psychology minor. Haley is grateful for her internship experience in the non-profit sector, giving her a new perspective on the world of business. Read more about why she chose Ursuline at ursuline.edu > Why Ursuline > Success Stories > Haley Knox #ursulinecollege #makeyourworldmore #BusinessatUrsuline #nonprofit #sociallyconscious

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    Meet Haley, a Business Management major and Psychology minor. Haley is grateful for her internship experience in the non-profit sector, giving her a new perspective on the world of business. Read more about why she chose Ursuline at ursuline.edu > Why Ursuline > Success Stories > Haley Knox #ursulinecollege #makeyourworldmore #BusinessatUrsuline #nonprofit #sociallyconscious

    Are you still celebrating the excitement of last week? We are! View photos from Nursing Convocation and Conferring of Academic Hoods and Baccalaureate Mass on Flickr. Link in Profile. #ursulinecollegeclassof19 #UrsulineCollege #almamater #graduationday #makeyourworldmore

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    Are you still celebrating the excitement of last week? We are! View photos from Nursing Convocation and Conferring of Academic Hoods and Baccalaureate Mass on Flickr. Link in Profile. #ursulinecollegeclassof19 #UrsulineCollege #almamater #graduationday #makeyourworldmore

    Congratulations to the Class of 2019! We are so proud of all you have accomplished. 🎓⚜️ #ursulinecollegeclassof19 #UrsulineCollege #almamater #graduationday #makeyourworldmore

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    Congratulations to the Class of 2019! We are so proud of all you have accomplished. 🎓⚜️ #ursulinecollegeclassof19 #UrsulineCollege #almamater #graduationday #makeyourworldmore

    Meet Carlie, a Biology major here at Ursuline. She says, Why Ursuline > Success Stories > Carlie Beal #ursulinecollege #makeyourworldmore #BiologyatUrsuline #womeninSTEM">

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    Meet Carlie, a Biology major here at Ursuline. She says, "I could not imagine going anywhere else." To read more about Carlie's Ursuline experience, visit ursuline.edu > Why Ursuline > Success Stories > Carlie Beal #ursulinecollege #makeyourworldmore #BiologyatUrsuline #womeninSTEM

    It may not feel or look like it outside, but it's officially summer here at Ursuline! Have some exciting travel plans? A cool internship? Share details and pictures with us for a chance to be featured here. #makeyourworldmore #summeratursuline

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    It may not feel or look like it outside, but it's officially summer here at Ursuline! Have some exciting travel plans? A cool internship? Share details and pictures with us for a chance to be featured here. #makeyourworldmore #summeratursuline

    Dr. Michael Wells, a founding member of the Sacred Landmarks Research Group, tells Historic Preservation students about the

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    Dr. Michael Wells, a founding member of the Sacred Landmarks Research Group, tells Historic Preservation students about the "ceiling boss" high above in the vaulted wooden ceiling of Cleveland's Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. Following his tour, grad student Polly Lynam Bloom presented the prospectus for her master's thesis on the cathedral's history and interior architectural decoration. #HistoricPreservationatUrsuline #HistoricPreservation #sacredlandmarks #makeyourworldmore

    Director of the Legal Studies Program Anne Murphy Brown recently met with the Working Parents Group at @nestleusa on the social, legal and political issues around working motherhood. Among the group is MBA graduate Melanie Thuemling. #supermoms #workingmoms #ursulinecollege #makeyourworldmore

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    Director of the Legal Studies Program Anne Murphy Brown recently met with the Working Parents Group at @nestleusa on the social, legal and political issues around working motherhood. Among the group is MBA graduate Melanie Thuemling. #supermoms #workingmoms #ursulinecollege #makeyourworldmore

    Graduation is a week from today, which means lots of year-end celebrations. Congratulations to our graduates and award recipients! 👩‍🎓⚜️👨‍🎓#makeyourworldmore #ursulinecollege #classof2019

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    Graduation is a week from today, which means lots of year-end celebrations. Congratulations to our graduates and award recipients! 👩‍🎓⚜️👨‍🎓#makeyourworldmore #ursulinecollege #classof2019

    Thank you to everyone who celebrated this year's issue of Inscape at the launch party last week. Pick up your copy today to see, read, and celebrate the creativity in the Ursuline community! #inscape #finearts #ArtatUrsuline #EnglishatUrsuline

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    Thank you to everyone who celebrated this year's issue of Inscape at the launch party last week. Pick up your copy today to see, read, and celebrate the creativity in the Ursuline community! #inscape #finearts #ArtatUrsuline #EnglishatUrsuline

    It's Teacher Appreciation Week! Celebrate Ursuline faculty by sharing how they help(ed) you make your world more! #makeyourworldmore #ursulinefaculty #thoughtleaders #eachapro

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    It's Teacher Appreciation Week! Celebrate Ursuline faculty by sharing how they help(ed) you make your world more! #makeyourworldmore #ursulinefaculty #thoughtleaders #eachapro

    To all of our nursing students and alumni, Happy Nurses Week! We appreciate all you do for your patients each and every day. #nursingatursuline #ursulinenurse #nationalnursesweek #nursesweek

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    To all of our nursing students and alumni, Happy Nurses Week! We appreciate all you do for your patients each and every day. #nursingatursuline #ursulinenurse #nationalnursesweek #nursesweek

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