Sunday, April 14, 2013
A look at a few of the events this week in the Perkiomen Valley.
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Sunday, April 14
Boy Scout Troop 113 Meeting: Troop 113 meets at St. Luke's UCC on Monday night. Tree Tenders Training at Ursinus: Take part in replenishing the tree population in Montgomery County and attend the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society tree tenders training course Tuesday night at Ursinus College. StoryTowne at the Towne Book Center and Cafe: On Wednesday morning, head to StoryTowne, complete with stories, activities and a special treat.
Friday, April 5, 2013
A look at the students out and about on campus today.
The coats are hung up, the tank tops are out; spring weather has graced Ursinus College with an appearance. Students took full advantage of the nice day; a group of guys started a game of wiffle ball in front of Paisley hall; near the Berman Museum of Art, three students took part in the quintessential college game - Frisbee. How did you take advantage of the weather today? Cick "Upload Photos and Videos" to share your pictures.
Tuesday, April 2, 2013
The White House released the College Scorecard, with looks at loan repayment, costs, graduation rates and more of the nations colleges, including Ursinus College and Montgomery County Community College.
After President Barack Obama's State of the Union Address in February, the White House has released the College Scorecard. According to the WhiteHouse.gov website, "College Scorecards in the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center make it easier for you to search for a college that is a good fit for you." Ursinus College At Ursinus College, the average student pays $26,859 a year after grants and scholarships, an increase of 1.5 percent from the 2007 to 2009 tuition costs. Families typicaly borrow $25,000 in Federal student loans, with a payment of $287.70 a month over ten years. Of those students borrowing through Federal loans, 3.2 percent of them defaulted on loans within three years of entering …
Friday, March 15, 2013
Local church reaches out to community with 'Tavern Talks' on Thursday nights.
You might be running out of excuses as why NOT to go to church. Sure, getting up on a Sunday can be a drag. But, one local congregation has gone out of its way to bring the church to you. It comes, even if you are at the bar. St. Luke's United Church of Christ (UCC), located at 200 W. Main St., in Trappe, has brought its sermons out from behind the pulpit and into the Perkiomen Valley communities. Instead of waiting for parishioners to come to them, they've found ways to bring church to the public. "Tavern Talks" is just one such venture. St. Luke's, along with Ursinus College, sponsors the Thursday night events once a month. Where do they meet up? Well, the local watering hole, of course. Appalacian Brewing Company (ABC), a craft-beer …
Monday, February 25, 2013
Check out what this week will bring in the Perkiomen Valley
NPR Commentator at Ursinus: Award-winning author Richard Conniff will speak at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Tuesday in the Kaleidoscope Performing Arts Center’s Lenfest Theater. The event is free and open to the public. Aerobics at Augustus: Aquasize at Perk Valley High: Do some water aerobics Tuesday night at the high school. Do you have an event coming up next week? To have it featured in the Week Ahead, post your event here on Perkiomen Valley Patch and also e-mail email@example.com to let us know.
Friday, February 15, 2013
The college is considering removing the sports channel lineup due to increasing costs.
In response to recent discussions between students and staff regarding the possibility of removing ESPN from the Ursinus lineup, one student has collected over 70 signatures on the “Keep ESPN” petition on Change.org. According to school officials, the sports channels (ESPN, ESPN News, ESPN2, ESPN U and ESPN Classic) may be on the chopping block due to is increasing prices – which went up 20 percent in the past two years, and are expected to increase again this year. The price, however, is no object for some Ursinus sports fans. Robert D’Annunzio, a sophomore student and member of the Ursinus wrestling team created the petition. “ESPN is probably one of the most watched channel among students at Ursinus,” the petition preamble states. “…
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The popular internet auction site holds pieces of Collegeville's past.
According to SlideShare.net, a forklift is sold every four hours on Ebay. The popular internet auction site has grown greatly since its start in 1996. The site currently boasts 248 million registered users, worldwide. It's no surprise then that some of the 105 million items currently available for sale include some great historical pieces of Collegeville. Did you ever visit the Collegeville Inn in the 1950s? Someone in the auction community did, and they're offering up a matchbook from their visit on Ebay. Some of the best finds from the Collegeville area include an assortment of postcards. From scenes of Ursinus to vintage views of the Perkiomen Bridge or Gravel Pike Railroad, a great variety of picturesque antique postcards show a …
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Bobby Fong writes students over campus "racial insensitivity", an intense sports debate, and a website that rates students' "hotness vs. craziness"
Ursinus President Bobby Fong has responded to three controversies on campus over the past month, including the 'blackface' incident last week, the backlash to a sports editorial last month and a recent "Hot/Crazy" online rating system, using Ursinus ID photos. Below is Fong's response: Dear Friends: On the weekend of Halloween, a student attended parties dressed in Blackface. This action demonstrated an ignorance of and insensitivity to the feelings of African-American students and the wider Ursinus community. Students, black, white, and Latino, remonstrated with him, and in the next days, Student Affairs followed up on the incident. The student was chagrined by his action, educated himself on the history of Blackface in American …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Ursinus' museum to open new exhibit on Oct. 6
Monday, September 10, 2012
Information courtesy of Wendy Greenburg, Director of Communications at Ursinus College, Collegeville Four Visions/Four Painters: Murray Dessner, Bruce Samuelson, Elizabeth Osborne and Vincent Desiderio opens Oct. 6 and runs through Jan. 13, in the Main Gallery of the Philip and Muriel Berman Museum of Art on the Ursinus College campus. An opening reception is scheduled Sunday, Oct. 7 from 2 to 4 p.m. These four artists, all associated with the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts as student, teachers and mentors, have an affinity with each other in the scale of their work, their approach to content and their use of medium. Their work touches the viewer in dramatic ways through rich, saturated color, meticulous line and brushwork, and the …
Thursday, June 21, 2012
Services planned for Friday in Collegeville
Sarah Elizabeth “Sally” (Howard) Widman, 67, of Marian Avenue, Trappe, passed away Tuesday, June 19, at Phoenixville Hospital. She died of myelodysplastic syndrome, according to philly.com reports, a disease which “affects the blood and marrow.” Widman was the director of communications at Ursinus from 1990 to 2002. Her title then changed to director of college communications and web information. She had come to the college in 1983, according to reports, to be employed as the part-time editor of Ursinus Magazine, a publication for alumni. In 1986, she became its fulltime editor. Additionally, Widman was a member of the Ursinus College Choir, and the choir at Trinity Reformed Church in Collegeville. She also was a member of the college’s …