If you were anywhere in the New Rochelle area on the afternoon of May 17, 2019, you likely heard the thunderous applause and cheering by students as President Eileen Davidson shared plans of the Innovation Campaign that will transform the school. Ursuline cheerleaders got the crowd in the spirit as students and faculty entered the Tully Family Auditorium - Gymnasium.
Mrs. Davidson revealed the virtual tour video of the build. It thrilled students as they imagined the impact these new learning spaces will have on their academic experience. Ursuline’s legendary Faculty Band closed the celebration with a sensational set of songs including John Lennon’s Imagine - and that they did!
Evening was the parents’ turn to join the launch party. Ursuline parents were thrilled to learn exciting details about the Campaign. A highlight of the evening was a preview of the Innovation Campaign website which included the involvement of computer graphic design students under the direction of Director of Communications Renata Cioth Mulder and Graphic Art teacher Meg LaBella. Parents, too, were treated to a set by the Faculty Band. Then the celebration moved to the cafeteria to get a close look at architectural drawings and pose questions. Parents also heard about the opportunity to purchase a named hexagon to be installed in the iHub in honor of their daughter(s) or to recognize their family’s connection to Ursuline.
Ursuline has always been a leader in technology, curriculum, pedagogy and school programming. It is now time for our facilities to match the highest level of teaching and learning happening at the school. Education has moved in electrifying new directions and technology is ever changing. We know that girls learn best by doing. The creation of a 2,100 square foodInnovation Hub, or iHub, will be built specifically to meet their creative, inventive and design needs.
We know students work collaboratively. The new lobby and Murphy Student Commons will allow them to gather for projects, to eat and to socialize. Ursuline students are interconnected globally in extraordinary ways. The new High-tech Media Conference Center will support critical global connectivity with ease. The seminar
This multi-million-dollar Campaign will expand the footprint of the school by nearly 8,600 square feet, and an additional 2,300 square feet will be renovated. Our hashtag #TUSTimeIsNow certainly captures the spirit of this time. This is a moment for parents, alumnae, grandparents and friends to share in the joy, and to make a difference. Celebrate with us, support the Innovation Campaign, and tell friends and family about this transformative build which will benefit Ursuline students in anticipated as well as in unimaginable ways!