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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.

    Have a sparkling day. #ursulinecampus

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    Have a sparkling day. #ursulinecampus

    This book explains a lot about St. Patrick’s Day. #ursulinelibrary #blessingsofstpatrick

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    This book explains a lot about St. Patrick’s Day. #ursulinelibrary #blessingsofstpatrick

    Congratulations to all the Second Degree Accelerated students who were blessed for the journey in a very moving ceremony this morning. #ursulinenurses #makeyourworldmore

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    Congratulations to all the Second Degree Accelerated students who were blessed for the journey in a very moving ceremony this morning. #ursulinenurses #makeyourworldmore

    Estelle Smith Cunnea WAS the Class of 1872. She received her degree a year after Ursuline College was founded. Later she took courses at Columbia & in 1900 she formed an alumnae association. Empowering women since before it was cool! #ursulinecollege #womenshistorymonth

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    Estelle Smith Cunnea WAS the Class of 1872. She received her degree a year after Ursuline College was founded. Later she took courses at Columbia & in 1900 she formed an alumnae association. Empowering women since before it was cool! #ursulinecollege #womenshistorymonth

    Count on words of wisdom at the UC fitness center. #stayinspired #makeyourworldmore

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    Count on words of wisdom at the UC fitness center. #stayinspired #makeyourworldmore

    Ursuline College hosted a retreat for Women’s Center staff to gather and share success stories, challenges and innovative ideas. Representatives of Case, CSU, Lakeland and BGSU attended. #womenscenter #empoweringwomen

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    Ursuline College hosted a retreat for Women’s Center staff to gather and share success stories, challenges and innovative ideas. Representatives of Case, CSU, Lakeland and BGSU attended. #womenscenter #empoweringwomen

    Our undergraduate admission counselors have hit the road this week to learn about the new trends in recruiting and inclusion on campuses! We can’t wait to hear all about what they’ve learned when they return home from the OACAC Annual Conference and GWI 💙⚜️

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    Our undergraduate admission counselors have hit the road this week to learn about the new trends in recruiting and inclusion on campuses! We can’t wait to hear all about what they’ve learned when they return home from the OACAC Annual Conference and GWI 💙⚜️

    Didn’t get everybody in the first batch of pics from today’s 3.0 + Up event. Congratulations all!!

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    Didn’t get everybody in the first batch of pics from today’s 3.0 + Up event. Congratulations all!!

    Congratulations to all Ursuline students honored at today’s 3.0 + Up event! #studyingpaysoff #makeyourworldmore

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    Congratulations to all Ursuline students honored at today’s 3.0 + Up event! #studyingpaysoff #makeyourworldmore

    Empowering women since before it was cool

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    Empowering women since before it was cool

    Gina, Amy and Michelle from Student Life are at #higher2019 in CLE, networking with women in higher education. Pictured with Kate Volzer Co-Founder & CEO of event host, Wisr. #allaboutthestudents #makeyourworldmore

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    Gina, Amy and Michelle from Student Life are at #higher2019 in CLE, networking with women in higher education. Pictured with Kate Volzer Co-Founder & CEO of event host, Wisr. #allaboutthestudents #makeyourworldmore

    St. Patrick's Day must be coming. The Fashion Department ladies are all ready for it! #thewearingofthegreen #beannachtainafeilepadraig

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    St. Patrick's Day must be coming. The Fashion Department ladies are all ready for it! #thewearingofthegreen #beannachtainafeilepadraig

    Nursing students chat with potential employers at today’s nursing recruitment fair. #ursulinenursing #brightfutures

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    Nursing students chat with potential employers at today’s nursing recruitment fair. #ursulinenursing #brightfutures

    Throwing it waaaay back to 1871 for this TBT. That's when Ursuline was founded as the first Catholic women's college in Ohio. With a 148-year track record of educating women, every month is Women's History Month, here! #proudheritage #womensempowerment

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    Throwing it waaaay back to 1871 for this TBT. That's when Ursuline was founded as the first Catholic women's college in Ohio. With a 148-year track record of educating women, every month is Women's History Month, here! #proudheritage #womensempowerment

    For your reflection on this Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.

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    For your reflection on this Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.

    Congratulations to Ursuline lacrosse player Michaela Riley who earned the Great Midwest Offensive Player of the Week honor for her performance against Ohio Northern on Saturday. #ursulinearrows

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    Congratulations to Ursuline lacrosse player Michaela Riley who earned the Great Midwest Offensive Player of the Week honor for her performance against Ohio Northern on Saturday. #ursulinearrows

    Congratulations to the BSN students who were inducted into the Iota Psi chapter of Sigma Tau Theta, the nursing honor society. You join a long and proud tradition of excellence and dedication. #ursulinenursing  #makeyourworldmore

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    Congratulations to the BSN students who were inducted into the Iota Psi chapter of Sigma Tau Theta, the nursing honor society. You join a long and proud tradition of excellence and dedication. #ursulinenursing #makeyourworldmore

    Let the good times roll! “Merci beaucoup” to everyone who joined us for our Mardi Gras gala this past Saturday. The evening’s proceeds support student scholarships and help continue Ursuline’s legacy of education, leadership and service. #ursulinemardigras

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    Let the good times roll! “Merci beaucoup” to everyone who joined us for our Mardi Gras gala this past Saturday. The evening’s proceeds support student scholarships and help continue Ursuline’s legacy of education, leadership and service. #ursulinemardigras

    Congratulations Erin Maher (Sister  Dorothy), Jordan Herrmann (narrator), Alex Pescho (set lighting), and Jenny Dunegan (director), on your very moving stage adaptation of Sister Cynthia Galvac’s writing on the life of Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel, martyred in-service to the poor in El Salvador in 1980. Next performance tonight at 7 PM, Sunday at 2 PM.

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    Congratulations Erin Maher (Sister Dorothy), Jordan Herrmann (narrator), Alex Pescho (set lighting), and Jenny Dunegan (director), on your very moving stage adaptation of Sister Cynthia Galvac’s writing on the life of Ursuline Sister Dorothy Kazel, martyred in-service to the poor in El Salvador in 1980. Next performance tonight at 7 PM, Sunday at 2 PM.

    Tomorrow’s the big day. Mardi Gras: An Ursuline College Gala will raise funds for scholarships. We’re ready to laissez les bon temps rouler!

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    Tomorrow’s the big day. Mardi Gras: An Ursuline College Gala will raise funds for scholarships. We’re ready to laissez les bon temps rouler!

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