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Students Welcome!

The countdown to the first day of classes on Monday, August 19th has begun!

We are excited that you have decided to join the Ursuline College community this fall. As many of you may have seen on the news, Ursuline’s campus was affected by a tornado that touched down early the morning of Saturday, July 20. Debris has been removed and the College opened for business 3 days later. While the O’Brien Athletic Center sustained the most damage with the collapse of an exterior wall, we have many options to accommodate our student athletes during the reconstruction. All athletic activities will take place this year as scheduled. The Athletic Coaches are in contact with their student athletes. Anyone with questions about Athletics should contact 440.449.4200 during business hours and ask to speak with Kim Lakota, the Administrative Assistant for Athletics. She will be able to put you in touch with the Athletic Director or appropriate Coach.

Aside from the physical damage, the Ursuline spirit has never been stronger. As an Ursuline student, you too will be part of this supportive community and we are ready to welcome you to Ursuline College! Below is some information that will be helpful to you:

Laptop Loaning Program and Wireless Spots on Campus: Laptops are available for check out at the Besse Library—with your Ursuline College ID you can check it out and head for one of the wireless spots on campus! The laptops are loaded with Word, Excel, Access, Publisher and PowerPoint. The campus is wireless: the classrooms, lounges, Pilla, Mullen, Dauby, Besse Library and residence halls lounges.

Computer Printing Allowance: Ursuline College provides 500 pages of free black and white printing to each student each Fall and Spring semester. Beyond that, the College will charge students 10 cents per page for black and white and 25 cents per page for color printing. Your student account will be connected to PCOUNTER, a system where you will receive a popup each time you print. The popup will inform you of your current printing balance compared to your quota. Amounts do not carry over. This is one of the “green” initiatives the college has implemented.

Recycling:  Ursuline College has moved to single stream recycling. Anything that can be recycled will go into one receptacle. We are hoping that this will make it more user-friendly for everyone to recycle!

Follett Bookstore:  The Ursuline College Bookstore is located in the Pilla building and carries textbooks, course supplies, nursing uniforms, Ursuline imprinted clothing and gift items and convenience items. We have text book rental and e-book options for students.  Please go to http://www.bkstr.com for more information or go to www.ursuline.edu and use the quick link for the bookstore.

Food on campus: Our new dining hall and Food Court are located in the Pilla building. We will have a blessing ceremony at Pilla for the new dining hall and Food Court Monday, August 19 at 10 am. You are all invited!

The Food Court hours are:

Monday - Friday
Breakfast: 7:30 AM - 10:00 AM (Breakfast) and 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (Continental)
Lunch: 11:00 AM - 1:30 PM (Full Lunch) and 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM (Light Lunch)
Dinner: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM (Full Dinner) and 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM (Light Dinner); closes at 7:00 PM on Friday

Retail Items:  9:00-11:00 AM
Brunch: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

Brunch: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
Dinner: 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

The Food Court has a credit card machine so that you may charge/debit your purchases. There is a $2 minimum purchase when using a credit card. The new vending machines in Pilla are now equipped with a credit/debit card swipe system!

Smoking Policy: Just a reminder that smoking on campus is prohibited in ALL academic buildings. Smoking is restricted to the parking lots on campus. You will notice that receptacles are plentiful and placed prominently by each parking lot as reminders of the policy.

Wellness: From healthy eating options in the food court to activity classes, there is something for everyone. Additionally, there is programming, some of it student-led, built around personal wellness in regard to alcohol and drug awareness.

Mullen Commuter Lounge: You are welcome to hang out, use your computer at the cyber bar with your laptop, and watch TV here! The Commuter Student Organization holds a monthly (free) luncheon here.

St. Angela Chapel: Stop by and see the new glass windows in the St. Angela Chapel next to the Commuter Lounge.  Weekly Mass is held (during the academic year) on Tuesdays at 4:00 p.m.  Mark your calendars for September 3rd from 3:00-4:00 for the St. Angela Chapel Open House.  Join us for 4:00 Mass after the event. 

Student Services Center (One Stop): Pick up your 2013-14 free Ursuline College Student Planner/Calendars.  They will be available beginning the first day of class.  Student ID cards and health insurance information are also available in this office. Commuters may elect to use our meal card ID point system and purchase arrow dollars for your ID to be used in the Pilla Dining Hall and the bookstore.

Student Handbook:  Your Student Handbook with information about anything you need to know about Ursuline College--policies, services, offices—is available on the College website.  Please go to www.ursuline/handbook for all policy and handbook information.

Student Health Insurance: Ursuline is in a consortium of Ohio Institutions of Higher Learning which provides student health insurance. There is a website where you are able to look at the plan that is offered, pricing and enrollment information: www.sas-mn.com. Just click on the Find a School tab, select Ohio and then Ursuline College. Brochures are also available (once classes begin) in the Student Services Center.

Welcome Week: Sponsored by the Orientation Team, has fun activities planned for you! You will find a full schedule of the events in the TP Times—THE place to find out happenings around campus (placed around campus in the restroom stalls!) and on the Ursuline College website. Please stop by any events you are able to—it is a great way to meet new friends.

Athletics: Come cheer your Ursuline Arrow athletic teams! The first home games for soccer is Saturday, September 7th at 2:00 p.m. Check out the athletics website for a full listing of games and standings for each of our teams.

New sports: We will be starting Lacrosse next Fall (2013). If this is something you would like to be a part of, please contact Coach Ed Karasek at 440-646-6061.

Family Fun Festival: Mark your calendars and bring your family and friends to campus September 7th. More details will be coming from the Office of Student Activities.

FERPA (abbreviated information): The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act govern all student records maintained by any office of Ursuline College. According to FERPA’s provisions, the College may not disclose the contents of any student’s education records without the student’s written consent—including parents, spouses, other relatives or employers. Exceptions exist for the parent of a “dependent student” (as defined by the IRS, but only the Financial Aid Office can verify that a student is dependent); if the College has received a lawfully issued subpoena; and internal disclosure of students records to Ursuline College officials who have “legitimate educational interests” in seeing those records. More information about FERPA can be found in the Student Handbook and Planner and on Ursuline College’s website.

I welcome any questions you may have and encourage you to stop by (even if it is just to say “hello”!). You can meet Mary Anne Ursick, the Executive Secretary for Student Affairs and the face of the office, and Amy Lechko, the Acting Assistant VP for Student Affairs. They can be found in Mullen 206 - right down the hall from Admissions and the Student Services Center. If you stop in and say hello you can pick up a pen - you can never have too many! My phone number is 440 646 8108, and for those of you who prefer email, you can contact me at
dhurley@ursuline.edu. My office is Mullen 218. If I can assist you in any way, just let me know! I am looking forward to seeing you on campus! Enjoy the rest of your summer.

Deanne W. Hurley,
Acting Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Affairs