Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 11

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 11 - Feb 1, 2013

Graduate counseling receives full accreditation

CACREPThe faculty of the Master of Arts in Counseling program is very happy to announce that, after an extensive review by the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, its program has met all expectations and the accreditation has been extended until 2019.

CACREP accreditation is the result of many years of hard work, and the faculty is proud that the clinical counseling and school counseling concentrations have been thoroughly evaluated and meet high professionally approved standards.

The faculty extends its sincere thanks for assistance of the entire HU community through the process. It took our dedicated community of administrators, faculty, staff and students to make this happen, and we are very grateful for your contributions, wrote Dr. Megan Mahon on behalf of her faculty colleagues.

For more on the accreditation, visit

HU gets approval to roll out online graduate education courses

Dr. Robert SwansonTeachers in professional fields will soon have a new, flexible learning opportunity through the School of Education. Through its graduate education program, Heidelberg has created a program which offers online classes leading to endorsement in K-12 reading.

The reading endorsement consists of four three-semester-hour graduate courses. All courses are offered online during the school year and in the traditional classroom in the summer. These courses may be completed as coursework-only, by non-degree students, used as electives in Heidelberg’s graduate education degree program or as additional coursework for those already holding a master’s degree.

The first eight-week classes are forming now and are scheduled to begin in March. Heidelberg will offer the first two online courses with two more scheduled for May and June. In theory, all four reading endorsement courses could be completed prior to the summer, said Dr. Robert Swanson.

“We wanted to be as flexible as possible so that graduate students and teachers living outside of Tiffin would also have the opportunity to take these courses,” Bob said.

After completing the K-12 reading endorsement coursework, students must a state-mandated examination. The endorsement allows teachers who hold an Ohio teaching license or certificate to teach reading to all students at any grade level, including Title II reading programs as compared to the undergraduate reading endorsement, which is limited to specified grade levels.

Heidelberg is partnering with UThink for instruction of the reading endorsement coursework. UThink is a unique online learning system that offers affordable graduate coursework and a delivery system specifically designed to provide convenient and flexible learning opportunities for educators.

“We are excited about the new partnership with UThink to augment our internal capabilities while providing a convenient, affordable pathway for teachers,” said Provost Dr. David Weininger.

In addition to the reading endorsement coursework, Heidelberg has applied to offer Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) through UThink. Approval is pending with the Ohio Board of Regents.

The School of Education also is offering another endorsement: the addition of grades 4 and 5 to a current Early Childhood Education pre-K through grade 3 teaching license. Teachers with other licenses may take these courses for credit or licensure renewal but cannot add the 4/5 endorsement to their license.

This endorsement consists of five two-semester-hour graduate-level classes. Students may register for some or all of the classes at one time. These courses are offered in the summer.

Faculty, staff honored for milestones of service

Dr. Venema and Dr. HuntingtonHeidelberg honored faculty and staff who completed milestone years of service in 2012 at the annual Employee Recognition Luncheon on Thursday. In all, the 34 honorees have contributed 425 years of service to the university.

“These are a lot of contributions and a lot of time, but more significant is the quality of the contributions,” said President Rob Huntington, “and the great spirit of these individuals.”

Marking her 35th year of service was Dr. Kathy Venema, the longest-serving employee honored on Thursday. During her tenure at Heidelberg, she has held 11 administrative positions in Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and Institutional Advancement & University Relations. Colleagues used words such as truthful, caring, compassionate, thorough, meticulous and fair to describe her.

“From very early on, I knew she was a true advisor. From very early on, I knew she was a dear friend,” said President Huntington. “Someone who shares their wisdom with care and honesty … that’s a true advisor.”

“My feeling is that all of us are lucky to be standing in this room with a giant and all of us are blessed to be sitting next to a friend.”

Kathy called her time working at Heidelberg “a privilege.”

“Heidelberg is a special place. We have our challenges … everyone does. But it’s the people who make it special.”

In addition to the service awards, the annual Jeannine Curns Distinguished Service Awards for administrative and support staff were presented. The winner of the Curns Award for Administrative Staff is Cindy Hay, assistant registrar. Ronda Winkler, payroll officer, received the Curns Award for Support Staff. The honorees are nominated by their colleagues and selected by a committee of their peers.

Congratulations to all celebrating milestone anniversaries!

To read the full list of those recognized, go to

Mount Union welcomes HU’s Lipford Sanders as King Day keynote

Dr. Jo-Ann Lipford SandersWith thanks to our friends at the University of Mount Union, we share with you an article about HU’s own Dr. Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders, who was honored to be the keynote speaker at UMU’s annual Martin Luther King Day celebration on Jan. 23. This article about Jo-Ann’s remarks was written by UMU student Megan E. Smith.

The University of Mount Union welcomed keynote speaker Dr. Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders to Dewald Chapel on Jan. 23, where she spoke in celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. She presented her lecture, The Declaration of Independence: A Dream Deferred.

Lipford Sanders began by describing King as someone who would want those living today to look at him in order to draw hope, knowledge and wisdom.

He was an imperfect man who focused on a perfect justice, she said, calling his legacy unparalleled and unmatched.

From there, Jo-Ann urged the audience to view Martin Luther King Jr. Day not only as a holiday and a trip down memory lane, but also a day of action. Knowing the day only as a day off work will be inadequate. She advised those in attendance to move beyond celebration to action.

We must revisit the past, but with purpose. Jo-Ann said. She called the past a time of sacrifice and struggle that must be reflected upon in order to bring about change, but not something to be dwelled upon in order to permit inaction. The American public is moving toward enlightenment and tolerance, she said. We must seize this moment and cause change.

She said she believes that more than just one day of service is needed to cause change. She cited racism, intolerance and hate as the culprits of injustice, all of which will take more than one day of action to eliminate.

If you and I don’t get engaged, a dream deferred can become a dream forgotten or a dream ignored. Progress is not inevitable or natural. We, the people, must do it.

Jo-Ann asked the audience to remember the past, noting that history can help resensitize a nation into action. She said failure to speak or act could cause people to repeat mistakes made in the past or open the door to other mistakes. A weak foundation makes an unsteady house. Only when the root causes of injustice are eliminated can we reach our destiny.

She compared progress to a relay race, stating that today’s generations are responsible for the next leg of the race. Now that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. has passed the baton to those after him, they should look back to him as an example in progressing truth and abolishing injustice.

The dreamer now sleeps, said Lipford Sanders, but his dream—his vision—is alive and well.

ATR Quiz Bowl whizzes

ATR Quiz Bowl team

On Saturday, Jan 19, three Athletic Training faculty members and 14 students traveled to Kent State University to attend and compete in the 14th annual Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association Student Symposium and Quiz Bowl. Throughout the morning and afternoon the students attended numerous presentations and case studies related to the field of athletic training. In the afternoon the Heidelberg University Quiz Bowl team, consisting of senior Alyssa Howard and juniors Genna Fusco and Karen Nybeck, competed against 20 other schools from across the state. Although the team did not win, the experience was valuable for everyone.


Dr. Michele Castleman (education), Dr. Doug Collar (Honors and English) and Dr. Bill Reyer (English) served on Best of Round judging panels for the District Power of the Pen competition, which was held at Tiffin Middle School on Jan. 19.

Beeghly Newsbits

Alum joins Beeghly staff

Hayley Reino has accepted the serials supervisor and acquisition part-time position at Beeghly Library. A 2009 graduate, Hayley spent a great deal of time as an undergraduate at the library as a student assistant in interlibrary loan, circulation, government documents and other areas of technical services. She also completed internships at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library and Noble Elementary School library. She was instrumental in setting up a library at the Bridges Academy and then worked with the children, helping them to select books to read. The library staff is pleased to have Hayley back working at Beeghly.

A resource record

Nainsí Houston outdid all previous records by conducting 47 instructions sessions in the fall semester, reaching 978 students. She invites faculty to schedule sessions for second semester so that students can learn the advantages of using library resources, such as the discipline specific databases that identify scholarly, peer-reviewed journal articles.

Text questions to Beeghly librarians

Starting in February, a reference librarian can be contacted via text messaging using the Library Chat help feature under the Puzzled? Ask Us! puzzle piece on the library’s home page.

Faculty takes center stage for 18th annual research symposium

The 18th annual Faculty Research Symposium on Feb. 7 will feature the largest-ever slate of presentations. Plan to take in as many presentations as you can as HU’s distinguished faculty set the stage for the Feb. 21 Minds at Work Student Research Conference.

The schedule is as follows:

3 p.m.

Kristen Williams (education), Gifted High-School Students' Perspectives on the Development of Perfectionism, (Adams 104)
Barb Specht (music), The Development of Student Entrepreneurship in Music and the Arts (Adams 201)
Brian Saxton (business administration), Toward an Entrepreneurial Logic of Performance (Adams 204)

3:30 p.m.

Michelle Castleman (education), The Meaning of Death in Life: The Cultural Implications of Killer Protagonists in Contemporary Young Adult Literature (Adams 104)
Paul Mayhew (music), Evaluating Teaching Effectiveness in Fifteen Seconds or Less: What Thin Slices of Classroom Interaction Teach Us about Effective Teaching Strategies (Adams 201)
Susan Carty (biology), The Dilemma of Gymnodinium (Frost)
Ellen Nagy (Faculty Student Advising/Assessment), Understanding Heidelberg's Student Engagement: Patterns of Evidence (Adams 204)

4 p.m.

Csaba Nyiri (philosophy), Integrating Ethics into Sociobiology: The Case of Deception (Adams 104)
Nainsí Houston (Beeghly Library) & Julie O’Reilly (CTA), Now I Lay Me Down to Tweet: Tweeting as Prayer in U.S. Celebrity Culture (Adams 201)
Mary Lou Kohne (business administration) Exploring How to Overcome Obstacles to Organ and Blood Donations: A Consumer Research Approach (Adams 204)

4:20-4:40 p.m.

Coffee Break

4:40 p.m.

Dave Bush (anthropology), Achieving Status in an Officer's Civil War Prison (Adams 104)
Courtney DeMayo (history), Classical Learning in the Cathedral Schools of Northern France: Reims and Chartres, 970-1030 (Adams 201)
John Bing (political science), Instability of Self-Categorization as a Conservative Over Time (Adams 204)
Chris Tucci (CTA), PTSD on Stage (Frost)

5:10 p.m.

Daryl Close (philosophy, computer science), Fair Faculty Evaluation (Adams 201)
Ken Baker (biology) , It is Illegal in Ohio to Release Captive Box Turtles. Should it Be? A Radio-telemetry Study of Captive Box Turtles on Release to Nature (Frost)
Marc O’Reilly (political science), Faustian Bargains and the Axiom of Perpetual Suboptimality: Obama 2nd Term Foreign Policy vis-à-vis the Middle East (Adams 204)

5:40 p.m.

Carol Dusdieker (music,) Bridging the Divide: Arnold Bax and A Celtic Song Cycle (Brenneman)

6 p.m.

Joan McConnell (music), Eben’s Hommage à Buxtehude (Brenneman)

MLK … the dream lives on

MLK Service

More than 200 students and about 30 faculty and staff members participated in a day on in service on the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday on Jan. 21. Here, a group of enthusiastic students help out at the Franciscan Earth Literacy Center. For more about HU’s celebration, go to

Trophies piling up for Speech Team

Speech Team

The Heidelberg Speech Team has done it again. Doing double duty competing in a pair of tournaments last weekend, the team again returned to campus with an armful of trophies.

Under the direction of adjunct communication instructor Daniel Higgins, the Heidelberg team won second place at the Ohio Forensic Association’s Novice State Championship Tournament. In addition, the team earned a special distinction as the Quality Award Winning Team. Individually, junior Ashley Racicot placed first in the Programmed Oral Interpretation category and second in After Dinner Speaking.

The team also competed at the Ohio University Interstate Individual Events Tournament. There, junior Hannah Long-Higgins won first place with her After Dinner speech and third place with her Programmed Oral Interpretation speech. Senior Gabby Mintz placed second in Informative Speaking and fourth in Persuasive Speaking.

The team is currently gearing up for the State Varsity Tournament at Marietta College in three weeks.


Uncorked - April 20, 2013

Hogwarts and Honeyduke’s

Potter Fest

On Friday, Jan. 25, Heidelberg’s Wickham Great Hall was transformed into Hogwarts with house crests, four house tables, a head table of faculty dressed in academic regalia, an owlery, Diagon Alley and Honeyduke’s Sweet Shoppe – all part of the second annual Harry Potter Fest. The event was open to all students, faculty and staff and their children; more than 100 attended. President Huntington came in costume as Professor Albus Dumbledore and presided over the sorting hat ceremony and the celebratory Hogwarts dinner. The sorting hat ceremony kicked things off, with senior Ali Sayre, who organized the event, playing the voice of the hat. After the sorting, participants enjoyed a Hogwarts-inspired meal of fish and chips, pasta, green beans, rolls, salad, cookies and brownies catered by Aramark. Honeyduke’s Sweet Shoppe featured many kinds of candy, miniature cupcakes and various take-home goodies such as Madame Pomfrey’s fever fudge, chocolate frogs, Bertie Botts every flavor beans, Hagrid’s cockroach clusters and fizzing whizbees.

Eye on Athletics

While the spring athletes are dusting off their cleats, winter athletes are pushing toward the postseason.

Indoor Track and Field

Coached by Briana Hess, the men's and women's indoor track and field team are getting into the competitive flow. Last weekend's OAC Split Meet at Mount Union featured record-setting throws from freshman Mary Beth Boyden and sophomore Gage Falcone. This week, the teams will jump down U.S. 224 to compete at the University of Findlay.

Women's Basketball

Five regular season games are left on the schedule for Marcie Alberts and company. The squad is still in the thick of the playoff race. This weekend, they will travel to Marietta in an attempt to sweep the Pioneers. Junior Kathleen Phillips, averaging 19 points a game, is in the top 30 in scoring across the nation. She tied her career high with 36 points in Wednesday's loss to John Carroll.

Men's Basketball

Much like their female counterparts, the men's team is battling for playoff seeding. Anthony Gholson and his team will travel to Marietta this weekend before hosting Ohio Northern on Wednesday. This past Wednesday, senior Nate Davis became the 29th player in program history to eclipse the 1,000 point plateau. Davis finished the game with 25 points and a career-high 23 rebounds.


Ned Shuck's squad is 3-0 in the OAC with two critical dual meets remaining. Before they travel to Mount Union on Tuesday, they will compete in the Pete Wilson Invitational in Wheaton, Ill. Junior 141-pounder Chris Osborne has recorded five technical falls this season, good for sixth in Division III.

All home athletic events are streamed live online. The video can be accessed at