Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 1

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 1 - Jul 27, 2012

Annual fund beats 1 million dollar goalM2M crosses finish line

At the start of the 2012 fiscal year, the most ambitious goal ever – $ 1million – was set for the Heidelberg Fund. The Office of Institutional Advancement & University Relations is thrilled to share the great news that the $1 million goal was not only reached but surpassed.

At the close of FY12, the Heidelberg Fund and its March to a Million campaign landed at $1,012,551, thanks to the outstanding support of trustees, alumni, friends and the campus family, whose participation rate jumped from 36 percent to 45 percent.

The campus community is invited to join IAUR for an appreciation happy hour at 4 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 4, in The University Commons. Watch for more info in the coming weeks.

Read more about how we reached our goal.

Tex–Mex border trip a success

A group of 20 Heidelberg students and chaperones traveled to South Texas from June 16–23 for a week of service learning in three Mexican communities. In Heidelberg's seventh year of collaboration with ARISE, the local grass–roots organization, 'Berg students prepared and implemented a week of fun activities for the children of the host communities in the Rio Grande Valley region.

This year's participants included Lauren Ash, Kearstin Bailey, Natty Berry, Leah Boileau, Leighann Bruce, Kelsey Creamer, Danielle Dandar, Morgan Downs, Andy Helms (alumnus), Justin James, Allyx Mattern, Jessica Reed, Ryan Smith, Lauren Stainbrook (pictured below, second from right), Taylor Stoll, Craig Sykes, Kelsey Swavel and three chaperones, Spanish professor Dr. Cindy Lepeley and Heidelberg alumni Betsy Brodman and Nathan Prunty.

Border Trip

The significance of internships

To illuminate the critical importance of internships, Heidelberg graduate placement data from class years 2006 through 2010 has been reviewed by the staff of the Academic & Career Success Center. Although many factors affect placement (job of further education program) following completion of a college degree, the experience gained from an internship is definitely a key factor. Comparing Heidelberg graduates who reported completing an internship to those who did not yielded similar results compared to previous research at other institutions.

Analysis was completed for 865 graduates (about 75 percent of 2006–10 grads) who responded to a placement survey. Overall, graduates who completed an internship were significantly more likely to obtain employment or graduate school placement than grads who had not completed an internship.

Other highlights:

  • 53 percent of the 2006–10 grads completed an internship
  • Graduates who obtained full–time employment were significantly more likely to have reported an internship than grads who were still seeking work
  • Grads who went directly into graduate school also were significantly more likely to have reported an internship
  • Grads who reported an internship were significantly more likely to have achieved placement related to their field of study.

Performing a new role with show choir camp

For a week each summer, Heidelberg hosts hundreds of would–be performers at the annual Show Choir Camps of America, as it has for many years. As a camp veteran from Massachusetts, Ashley Racicot "fell in love with everything about Heidelberg" — so much so that when it came time for her college decision, she picked Heidelberg.

The sophomore–to–be returned to campus this summer to participate in the camp. But this time, she had a new perspective as a camp counselor.


"I always knew I wanted to be a counselor with Show Choir Camps of America. I looked up to the counselors like crazy," Racicot said. "They're extremely talented."

SCA counselors volunteer their time, although they have room, board and meals covered for the weeklong camp. "There's nothing else I would rather be doing," she said.

Read more about Ashley's experience.

Summer sendoffs

The Office of Alumni Relations and its regional alumni chapters in Ohio will host a series of "Summer Sendoff" events to welcome new students from their areas to the Heidelberg family.

Events are scheduled as follows:

  • Northwest Ohio — Saturday, Aug. 4, potluck picnic @ 5 p.m. at St. Stephen UCC in Sandusky. Register online by July 30.
  • Northeast Ohio — Sunday, Aug. 5 @ 1 p.m. at the Akron Zoo. Register online by Friday, July 27.
  • Central Ohio — Wednesday, Aug. 8 @ 5:30 p.m. at Whetstone Park of Roses in Columbus. Register online by July 30.

For additional information, contact Ashley Helmstetter at 419.448.2231 or email


Dr. Doug McConnell (School of Music) presented two music technology workshops for public school teachers and student participants from the Showchoir Camps of America camp held on campus the week of July 9. Sessions included hands–on introductions to the Finale music notation program and Smartmusic, a software program that enables students to practice their instruments with the help of a virtual accompanist. Doug also assisted guest technology teacher Will Kuhn with his presentations on Garageband.

Eye on Sports

Postseason accolades continue to roll in for Heidelberg softball player Bessie Artino. The NCAA has named Bessie the 2012 NCAA Division III statistical champion for runs batted in per game. A stalwart in the middle of the order for fourth–year head coach Betsy Hada's lineup, Bessie knocked in 1.49 runs per game.

Bessie Artino

This is the fourth postseason honor of the year for Bessie, a May 2012 graduate. The biology and religion major was also named to the National Fastpitch Coaches Association All–Central Region Second Team, the OAC First Team and the OAC All–Academic First Team.

Nota Bene: New & improved

Nota Bene has seen many transformations from its origin 17 years ago. With this issue, we present a new, more user–friendly format for our readership, which has expanded.

Instead of opening a PDF attachment from your email, we have converted Nota Bene to HTML format.

Our goal is to share the good news contained in Nota Bene with a broader audience.

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Save the date: Saurwein dedication

Mark your calendars for Thursday, Sept. 13, for the official dedication ceremony of the new Saurwein Health & Wellness Center.

A dedication ceremony at the new facility will begin at 4 p.m., followed by an open house and activity stations at 4:45 p.m. A special dinner is being planned to recognize the major donors who helped make the center a reality.

Check out construction progress.

Distinguished trustee

During Alumni Weekend, Heidelberg honored Trustee John Q. Adams, '58, for his long–standing service as a trustee and his generous contributions to the university. John was the 2012 recipient of the annual Trustee Distinguished Service Award. President Rob Huntington presented the award to John during the Heritage Society dinner, and recognized him for his loyalty and philanthropy to his alma mater. A trustee since 2007, John is a major benefactor of Adams Hall. Together with his wife, Patricia, he created The Patricia Adams Lecture Series at Heidelberg.

Rob Huntington and John Adams

Student Affairs welcomes RCs

The Campus Life Office welcomes the following new residence coordinators to the staff this year:

  • Amanda Atchison — RC for King Hall, Coordinator of Multicultural Affairs
  • Ashlyn Cameron — RC for Miller Hall, Graduate Assistant for Residence Life and Housing Office
  • Rich Green — RC for Residence Life & Learning Hall, GA for Student Engagement Office
  • Jalisha Lancaster — RC for Krieg Hall, GA for Academic & Career Success Center
  • Chris Klein — RC for Brown Hall, GA for Academic & Career Support Center
  • Jessica Fitcham — RC for Houses and Apartments, GA for Community Service Office
  • Jordan Karnes — RC for Williard Hall, GA for Saurwein Health & Wellness Center
  • Laurie Kaltenmeier — RC for France Hall, GA for International and Multicultural Affairs

The Campus Life Office is comprised of Residence Life and Housing, Safety and Security, Greek Life, Student Conduct (Judicial Affairs) and the Campus ID Office. The staff also works with ARAMARK food services and Krammes Service Center. Call x2058 with questions.

Tianjin exchange

Courntey Waldsmith and a small child

In an ongoing exchange program with Tianjin Normal University in China, an eight–member delegation from Heidelberg has spent the past month there, teaching English to graduate students. Four faculty members — Dr. Mary Lou Kohne, Jerry Bean, Dr. Courtney DeMayo and Neil Sass — were accompanied by students Courtney Waldsmith, Mia Swartz, Katie Noppenberger and Tierney Czartoski. Here, Courtney Waldsmith shares a sweet moment with the daughter of one of her students. The group is scheduled to return to the States tonight.

Welcome to the Family

Anna Brodman has joined the Office of Institutional Advancement & University Relations as the assistant director of annual giving.

Growing up in Tiffin, Anna graduated this May from Heidelberg with a bachelor's degree in accounting and business administration. After her upcoming wedding, Anna will continue to live in Tiffin. She enjoys renovating her house, classic car shows and spending time with her fiancé, along with their dog, Bentley, their rabbit, Pepper, and their turtles, Oscar and Buster.

Welcome Anna!