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Faculty Lecture Series

April 28, 2011

Frank Lloyd Wright, Exploring Italy, and Technology and Health Care, are the topics that will be highlighted at Ursuline College’s 2011 Faculty Lecture Series held on February 23, April 12 and April 28 7-8:30pm. The lectures will be held in the Mullen Academic Center Little Theater (Room 113), 2550 Lander Road, Pepper Pike.

Experience the life of Frank Lloyd Wright and his masterpiece, Fallingwater, during the February 23 lecture by Nicholas Fagan. According to Fagan, beyond being a revolutionary architect, Wright was also a controversial figure that led a turbulent life and his years working on Fallingwater marked a new course for the architect. In addition, the lecture will explore Fallingwater’s creation, construction and restoration as well as its wide appeal. 

Fagan is an adjunct professor in Historic Preservation where he teaches Architecture History and American Architecture. He holds a Masters of Architecture and Masters of Library and Information Science from Kent State University.

The April 12 lecture, Exploring Italy features Ursuline’s Associate Professor in the Department of Art, Sr. Rosaria Perna. The lecture will give insight into Sr. Rosaria’s life, as she was born in Campobasso Italy, spent her childhood in Western Super Mare, England and eventually came to the United States in the late 1960s. In her presentation, Sr. Rosaria will use her digital photography and art to take attendees along on the journey she made last summer to her hometown of Oratino in Campobasso, Italy.

Sr. Rosaria has taught Visual Communication Design at Ursuline College for the past 17 years. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1981 at Ursuline, a Masters of Fine Arts in Visual Communication Design from Kent State University and a Master of Arts from New York University where she completed the study abroad program in Venice, Italy.

Technology and Health Care is the topic of the April 28 lecture by Ursuline Adjunct Professor Nicholas Molley. Many people use the internet to research information related to personal health issues. The "next generation internet" offers an individual the opportunity to become involved in personal health care through immersion in a 3D virtual world. This presentation takes the audience on a tour of HealthInfo Island, a virtual health care world. HealthInfo Island allows the individual to interact with other island residents, discuss health-related issues, meet with health care experts and participate in health-related simulations.

As an adjunct faculty member in the Breen School of Nursing at Ursuline, Molley teaches Healthcare Informatics. This course provides students in the MSN program experience using information technology to improve patient care. Molley is employed full-time by IBM as a senior consultant in the healthcare industry.


“The twelfth annual Faculty Lecture Series showcases the research and expertise of the College’s experienced faculty,” said JoAnne Podis Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs, who commented that the variety and scope of this year’s lectures are reflective of the richness and diversity of an Ursuline liberal arts education.

The lectures are free and open to the public and are followed by a reception. For more information call 440 684 6069.


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