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Riley's Ramblings - Buildings On Campus
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May 16, 2011

In my last “ramblings” I offered some historical firsts in the years ending in ‘6 and ’11. They had to do with the development of new programs. In this entry I would like to again “dig into the books” about building construction anniversaries.

In 1966 Ursuline College moved from its campus on the top of Cedar Hill in Cleveland Heights to its present campus here in Pepper Pike where in 1958 the Ursuline Sisters had already moved their Motherhouse. When the College opened in September of 1966, Bishop Clarence Issenmann blessed the four buildings which greeted the students and faculty. Mullen Educational Building housed classrooms, administrative and faculty offices, a chapel, a small theatre, the bookstore and a student lounge. Dauby was the science building with a number of labs, classrooms and offices. Residential students lived in Grace Hall. The Fritzche Student Center, attached to the Ursuline Motherhouse, contained the library and the dining room. Murphy Hall, the College’s second student residence was opened in 1971. In 1981, during the presidency of Sister Kenan Dulzer, O.S.U. and, thanks to the generosity of the Wasmer Family, the Florence O’Donnell Wasmer Gallery was added to the campus. The year 2001 saw the grand opening of the Pilla Student Learning Center. It houses classrooms, faculty offices, the 1871 Grill, the bookstore and ample space for gatherings. Also in 2001 the newly created soccer and softball field, which were developed in a partnership with Hathaway Brown School were put to use in inter-scholastic competition.

As I pen this edition of “ramblings,” we continue our capital campaign to build two state-of-the- art buildings. The Center for the Creative and Healing Arts will be the new home for our nursing program with its undergraduate, master’s and doctoral programs, along with the art therapy, fashion and interior design departments. The Fleur-de-Lis Center will afford the College a much-needed large gathering space.

As we move forward, we look backwards and offer a prayer of thanks to the many generous donors whose love for Ursuline College helped to create the beautiful campus which we call home. We pray also that other women and men will continue to support the College as we move into the future and continue to provide a high quality Catholic education in the Ursuline Tradition.