Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 14

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 14 - Mar 22, 2013

Krieger meets legislators, advocates for water quality issues

Dr. Krieger with Sen. John BoehnerDuring spring break, Dr. Ken Krieger traveled to Washington, D.C., to advocate on behalf of river and lake quality nationally and to raise awareness of Heidelberg’s National Center for Water Quality Research. While there, he met some people in high places.

Ken and his delegation that included Bob Doyle, former state representative and a senior partner of Public Sector Advisors, along with Bob’s wife, Dianna, and Dr. John Holz, an environmental consultant, met personally with House Speaker John Boehner (pictured with Ken) as well as U.S. Reps. Jim Jordan and Bob Gibbs, chair of the water Resources and Environmental Subcommittee. They also visited the staffs representing U.S. Rep. Bob Latta and U.S. Sens. Sherrod Brown and Rob Portman.

The purpose of the visit was two-fold, according to Ken. “First, we wanted to bring Heidelberg University to the attention and awareness of the Congressional leaders and increase our name recognition,” he said. “Second, and primarily, we discussed water quality issues, making them aware that we continue to have these issues in relation to agricultural practices.”

Additionally, the delegation presented a suggestion to redirect some federal funds to for programs to improve water quality in watersheds, and funnel them instead to states as a way to improve effectiveness of the programs.

“In each of the meetings, we talked a great deal about our long-term water quality and research programs and networks,” Ken said, adding that the information was well received by the legislators.

“I was certainly enlightened by my conversation with Speaker Boehner and it was an honor for me.”

‘Conviction, cooperation & commitment’

Coach Hallett

That was the theme for the 30th annual Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. annual meeting and awards presentation Thursday night at Camden Falls. In his pro-Tiffin keynote address, ‘Berg head football coach Mike Hallett used the theme to mirror the strategies that he and his coaching staff have used to mold the football program into a winner. Eight football student-athletes attended the event to represent Heidelberg. President Rob Huntington, who is serving as chairman of the SIEDC board, emceed the program.


ALT spring break

Biloxi group

Students who returned from Alternate Spring Break destinations described their experiences with words such as pride, humility, victory and amazing. After the work was finished, there was time to explore the local culture, cuisine and sights – and to reflect.

“We came back with dirtier hands, sorer backs but bigger hearts, knowing we helped a struggling community,” said senior Cody Waterman, who led a 21-member group to Biloxi, Miss., during the second week of Spring Break.

The Biloxi group – 17 students and four faculty/staff advisors – worked with the Back Bay Mission to help repair a house that was partially destroyed in a fire five years ago. They put up siding, caulked and painted the entire house (three coats!).

“Everyone left in high spirits and was so thankful for the amazing opportunity to go on a mission trip and to not just mark time but make a difference,” Cody said.

Kentucky group

Another group, led by senior Adam Hine, traveled to Morehead, Ky., to work with the local Habitat for Humanity to build homes, working in the neighboring town of West Liberty, which was nearly wiped out by a massive tornado one year ago.

“With little to no experience, the group got to work right away by cutting 4X4s, nailing, leveling walls, shoveling, etc.,” Adam said. “We accomplished so much and I am truly proud of my group. This was one of the most humbling experiences I have ever been a part of.”

During their week in Nashville, the third ‘Berg group served with Habitat for Humanity New Home Construction, HomeWORKS for KIDS program and ReStore, where they learned about the growing need for volunteers. In Nashville, Habitat builds an average of 40 homes per year.

This experience allowed the group to work side by side with the future homeowners, thereby instilling a sense of community in the students who witnessed church members, businesses, donors, and volunteers work together to help a family in need.

El Salvador group

One group left the country, traveling to El Salvador, where they served at a homeless shelter, planned children’s activities for a Lutheran school, visited an agricultural community and learned about the country.

“The trip was an excellent learning experience that broadened our horizons and allowed us to serve in a unique context,” said trip leader Meredith Higgins, a junior.

Next Thursday, March 28, the students who traveled to El Salvador trip will present a reader's theater at noon in Herbster Chapel, titled The Violence of Love: Archbishop Oscar Romero and the Crucifixion of Christ. Everyone is invited.

The same group will present the reader’s theatre at 7 p.m. Friday, March 29, at a Good Friday worship service at St. John's United Church of Christ in Mansfield. The church provided a generous gift toward the students’ trip to El Salvador.

Finally, a group of Dr. Amy Berger’s geology students spent their break together in the southwest desert in Texas, New Mexico and Arizona. Read the students’ blog about their experiences

Peaceful Valley memorial honors military patriots

Patriots ParkOn Sunday, Heidelberg dedicated Patriots Park at Peaceful Valley, a stunning steel memorial that honors all branches of the U.S. armed forces.

Here are some poignant quotes from the dedication:

“It is a great reminder of the freedoms we enjoy every day … something that can unite us all.” – Matt Palm

“They are our true heroes. … We are able, in this country, to conduct business, raise our families, go to church. The U.S military protects our rights to do all of these things.” – Bob Lowe, whose family foundation donated the memorial to Heidelberg.

“We want to make it apparent to all students and all athletes that serving our country is an honorable thing.”

“It’s a beautiful setting. There aren’t words to describe what (the Lowes) have done for Heidelberg and the Tiffin community. This is a real honor.” – Jim Roberts, Tiffin City Councilman and United Veterans Council member

“Our family is richer because the Lowe family is here.” -- President Rob Huntington

“Congratulations to those whose vision created this memorial and thanks to those who fought and died for the greatest country on the planet.” Manchester University baseball coach Rick Espeset.

Read more about the dedication and how the memorial came to be at

Nate Davis leaps to 
national championship

Nate DavisSenior Nate Davis brought a national championship home to Heidelberg. Nate won the high jump at the Indoor Track and Field Division III National Championship, clearing 2.14m for the first time in his career.

Nate and runner-up Trevor James of Carthage were both unable clear the bar at 2.17m, but Nate claimed the title because he cleared 2.14m on his second attempt, while James took three tries.

"Nate jumped the best I have ever witnessed since being at Heidelberg," said head coach Briana Hess, in her third year at Heidelberg. "He didn't let it get to his head when he missed and instead, was smart and just had fun."

Read the full story at

Deadline approaching for PALS spring event

Jerilyn MedreaHeidelberg will welcome alumna Jerilyn Medrea, ’77, global head of talent engagement for Liquidnet, a global institution trading network that represents the values and services of the “new Wall Street,” as the guest for the spring Patricia Adams Lecture Series in April. Read more about her career, the schedule for her visit and make your RSVP at

The RSVP deadline is Thursday, April 4.

Chemistry Club takes Chicago

Chemistry club in Chicago

During spring break, the Chemistry Club traveled to Chicago to learn about potential careers for students with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry or biology. The group toured the facilities of the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois at Chicago and explored employment and internship options at various museums including the Shedd Aquarium, the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry. The statue pictured represents the location of the first self-sustaining controlled nuclear chain reaction. This was done by Enrico Fermi and led to the formation of the atomic bomb. The statue represents the fusion of a mushroom cloud and skull. Front row (L-R): Jayna Geuy, Geoff Clay, Jon Miller, Lainey Barnett, Lily White and Dr. Nate Beres. Back row (L-R): Jake Cochran, Andrew Christner and Lauren Stainbrook.


Dr. Pete Richards (NCWQR) was quoted in a recent article in The New York Times, headlined Spring Rain, Then Foul Algae in Ailing Lake Erie. The article, with a Toledo dateline, addressed the growing issue of toxic algae spreading through Lake Erie and the implications of spring rain.

Read the article at

Dr. Pam Faber (biology) was a panelist for Capital University’s Tri Beta Biology Honorary on March 12. The topic was The Biology of Love.

On March 12, Georgia Southern University held a symposium on Civil War prison investigations titled Captive Warriors: The History and Archaeology of POWs. Dr. David Bush (anthropology) was an invited speaker, giving a talk, Twenty-Five Years of History: Archaeological Research at Johnson’s Island. Dave also spent an evening with graduate students from GSU, comparing research goals for Camp Lawton and Johnson’s Island.

On March 14, Dave gave a tour of the JI prison site to the Confederate Stamp Alliance, holding their annual meeting in Columbus. On March 16, he gave a presentation, titled Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison: Discovering its History, to the same group.

President Rob Huntington has been elected to the Tiffin Charitable Foundation Inc. Board of Trustees. TU business dean Lillian Schumacher also was elected. They fill the terms of Paul Burtis and Janet Shutt. Allen Shultz was elected chairman; Thomas Gordon, vice chairman; Jeannine Curns, treasurer; and Charles Ervin, secretary. The foundation, which celebrates 30 years of service to the community in 2013, is a public charity, with more than $12 million in charitable assets composed currently of 57 individual funds.

Dr. Michele Castleman (School of Education) gave a presentation, Dealing with a Threatening World: Using Children’s Books to Help Students Make Meaning of Violence and Loss, at the Ohio Confederation of Teaching Education Organizations conference in Columbus during Spring Break.

Kristen Lindsay (career development) co-presented Inspiring Development Well-Being for Entry-Level Conduct Officers at the recent American College Personnel Association conference in Las Vegas. Greg Haines, former HU grad assistant and community coordinator at Cal-Poly-San Luis Obispo, joined her for the presentation. The session detailed the 2012-13 implementation of the new conduct software and outcomes-based conduct process at Heidelberg, and introduced participants to a new phase model of conduct training based on what was learned. Kristen also developed a new Professional Development Snapshot session for Career Central at Convention (C3) titled Brand U: Personal Branding. Additionally, as a directorate member of the Commission for Career Development, she served as a career question booth and mock interview volunteer. She will chair the C3 Support Committee for ACPA 2014, to be held in Indianapolis.

Dr. Doug Collar (English and Honors) spoke to the Seneca County Genealogy Society March 5. His subject was his ongoing research into Tiffin’s literary connections. Highlights included Charles Locke’s A Shadow of Our Own, Virgil Scott’s The Hickory Stick and Tiffin references in Sherwood Anderson’s books.

On March 8, Doug presented a luncheon talk to the Trinity UCC Keenagers focusing on the stories behind some essential early jazz recordings, including rare 78 rpm discs from his personal collection by King Oliver’s Creole Jazz Band, Bix Beiderbecke and His Gang, Bing Crosby and Frankie Trumbauer, Louis Armstrong’s Savoy Ballroom Five and The Mound City Blue Blowers with Coleman Hawkins.

Nancy Rubenstein attended the March 8 meeting of the OhioLINK Directors of Independent Colleges, followed the next day by a retreat of the Ohio Private Academic Libraries directors. As OhioLINK struggles with funding and technology issues, the OPAL consortium directors foresee the smaller organization playing a greater role in serving the needs of its constituents, the small independent colleges and universities.

Beeghly Newsbits

Easter Break hours

  • Thursday, March 28 – 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday-Sunday, March 29-31 – Closed
  • Monday, April 1 – 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

Regular hours resume Tuesday, April 2.

National Library Week

  • Edible Books Fest, 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 14, Wickham Great Hall. Creative, humorous, tasty entries to view and to eat.
  • Annual Book Sale, April 15-21. Donations welcome. Popular and academic books, recordings, videos, etc.

Discovery layer to enhance library research

Laurie Repp and Nainsí Houston attended a training workshop at the University of Akron to learn the basics of instituting a “discovery layer” as part of the library catalog. Linda Warren and Hayley Reino will also participate in implementing the system.

OhioLINK negotiated the purchase of the EBSCO Discovery Service on behalf of its member libraries. The product will allow patrons to simultaneously search the Beeghly library catalog holdings, including electronic books, and our research databases. The search will be easy for the user to conduct, and will result in content appropriate to college research.

A periodical article link resolver is part of the package and will provide improved access to the library’s electronic journal holdings from search results.

Beeghly Library is in the second wave of OPAL and OhioLINK libraries to install the system and will have from April to June to do the preparations necessary for implementation this summer.

’Berg earns place on community service honor roll

Heidelberg has been named to the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The designation is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service learning and civic engagement.

“We believe strongly in preparing our graduates to be active leaders and participants in our ever-changing world,” said President Rob Huntington. “We’re honored to be among our peers who share this same commitment. Our students are the energy driving our commitment to service.”

The President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll honors the nation’s leading education institutions and their students, faculty and staff for their commitment to bettering their communities through service. These institutions reflect the values of exemplary community service and achieve meaningful outcomes in their communities.

In all, approximately 700 universities nationwide were named to the service honor roll. In Ohio, 25 colleges and universities – including Heidelberg – are part of the list.

Read more about Heidelberg’s record of service at

Assessment and testing

George Wood

Whether or not teachers should “teach to the test” was the topic of the inaugural Education Summit yesterday and today. Former Ohio University professor George H. Wood, who is now the superintendent of the Federal Hocking Local School District in southwestern Ohio, delivered the keynote address on Thursday to local teachers and the Heidelberg community. On the second day of the summit today, Wood spoke on the topic Make it Real: Where Authentic Assessment and Standards Meet. Additional presentations were delivered today by former HU faculty member Dr. Robin Dever, now teaching at Kent State, and Dr. Julie Green. Co-sponsors of the summit are the School of Education, Friends of Heidelberg Education and Kappa Delta Pi, the education student honorary.

JA Challenge: Making economic decisions

Students working on their project

Heidelberg School of Business hosted the Junior Achievement Business Challenge Thursday in Saurwein Health & Wellness Center. Eight teams from Bridges Community Academy, Mohawk High School and Columbian High School competed for scholarship money in the tournament which challenged their leadership skills, creativity and knowledge of the free enterprise system. Each team of three was paired with a ‘Berg student, who served as a mentor. Here, senior Amber Welfle mentors one of the teams from Columbian, the school that took first and second places. Members of the winning teams each received a $550 scholarship, which Heidelberg will match if the students choose to enroll here.

Mentoring program earns counseling prof national award

Daniel CruikshanksOn Saturday, Dr. Daniel Cruikshanks and Dr. Stephanie Burns (former graduate counseling faculty member) will receive a national award for a mentoring program they developed for counselors new to the profession.

At the American Counseling Association’s National Awards Ceremony in Cincinnati, they will receive the 2013 ACA Branch Best Innovative Practice Award for the Midwest Region for their Ohio Counseling Association Mentoring Program.

The mentoring program provides an opportunity for new OCA members and new counselors to be paired with a professional mentor to help guide them through the early stages of their professional identity development. Mentors provide valuable information and advice about making the most of OCA membership through professional support.

Silent auction items needed for Heidelberg Fund event


On Saturday, April 20, Heidelberg will hold its first on-campus fundraiser for The Heidelberg Fund. Heidelberg Uncorked: Sip. Savor. Support. is a wine tasting and silent auction event. At $50 per guest, you can experience bold, smooth and sparkling wines paired with an array of delectable hors d'oeurves.

The Office of Institutional Advancement & University Relations is in the process of collecting silent auction items for this event. All donations will be placed online for bidding, which will be open to everyone, everywhere.

Alumni, students, faculty and staff have already provided silent auction items and/or services. For example: Student Hannah Long-Higgins has provided a free photo session and photo CD from her photography company, thelongshot. Nainsi Houston and Bobbi Bishop have provided a gift certificate for a dozen baked treats a month for a full-year from their Almost Yours Bakery. Trustee and alumna Susan Wolf has given a four-day, three-night stay in a beautiful cottage in Connecticut. Professor Tom Newcomb has provided a wine evening at Chateau Tabeau in Fremont.

You can visit the online auction website to see more items. Check back frequently as items are added daily.

If you are interested in donating an item or service for the silent auction, contact Ashley Helmstetter at or x2231. More information about the event can be found on the Heidelberg website at

Please consider joining us for this exciting evening on Saturday, April 20, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Saurwein Health & Wellness Center. The online auction will open April 8, 2013.

School of Music to host guest recital ...

Peter ChunSouth Korean musician Chung-Hoon Peter Chun, viola, will perform a guest recital at 7 p.m. tonight in Brenneman Music Hall.

Promising a diverse program, Chun will be performing sonatas by Vivaldi and Brahms that he adapted for viola, along with three preludes by Gershwin and pieces by Ernest Bloch, Fritz Kreisler and Rebecca Clarke. Accompanying Chun will be Jiwon Choi on piano.

Born in Seoul, Chun emigrated at age 12 with his family to the U.S. He received his formal training at the New England Conservatory. He has performed many recitals across the U.S. as well as internationally in his native Korea and Japan. Additionally, Chun has taught at many music festivals and camps, including the International Music Arts Institute in Maine, where he is a resident artist. Since 1999, he has been an associate professor of viola at the University of Kansas.

… and song festival featuring Shakespeare settings

The Beguiling Bard: A Shakespeare Song Festival will be presented at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 23, in Brenneman Music Hall.

The concert will feature Heidelberg vocal students, who will perform settings of excerpts from Shakespeare's plays and sonnets. These pieces are set in a variety of styles, including art songs by Thomas Arne, Roger Quilter and Franz Schubert as well as pieces from Leonard Bernstein's West Side Story and Cole Porter's Kiss Me Kate. Dr. Carol Dusdieker is directing.

Accompanying the program will be an opening statement by English professor Dr. Ruth Wahlstrom and several monologues performed by Heidelberg students.

Student performers include: Brianne Cook, Timothy Borham, Tess Gerber, Casey Jones, Melissa Tippin, Holly Oberlin, Michelle Tamburo, Nick Saxton, Darcianne Allen, Kirsten Lindhurst, Dakota Thorn, Brittany Cook, Makenzie Dietrich and AJ Lacefield.

Know someone outstanding? Nominate them for a student award

The Division of Student Affairs is currently accepting nominations for awards to be presented at the Student Awards Celebration to be held on at 4 p.m. Friday, April 26, in Seiberling Gymnasium. This is an opportunity to recognize the truly outstanding people who have impacted our community in positive ways. Nominations are being accepted for the following awards:

  • Student Organization Advisor of the Year
  • The Model Program Award
  • Burghalter Memorial Award
  • Harold Hafer & Janet Hughes Unsung Hero Award
  • Lewis E. Miller International Ambassador Award
  • Student Leader for Diversity Award
  • Outstanding Student Employee of the Year
  • Outstanding Resident Assistant Award
  • Emerging Leader Award
  • The Robert E. Oleson Outstanding Student Leader Award
  • Paul H. Hoernemann Award

To review the criteria for these awards, please go to Student Award Nominations.

Nominations are due by 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, April 2, 2013.

Speech Team ends season on a high note

The Heidelberg speech team closed out a banner season with a fine performance at the Pi Kappa Delta National Tournament at Webster University in St. Louis March 13-16. A total of 86 schools entered more than 2,000 events.

Hannah Long-Higgins and Ashley Racicot continued to represent the ‘Berg very well, bringing home three individual trophies. Hannah earned an “excellent” ranking in After-Dinner Speaking and Broadcast Journalism and Ashley earned an “excellent” in Broadcast Journalism.

The campus community is invited to watch the Speech Team at the annual Showcase at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 2 in Herbster Chapel.

Cap’n Kurt comes a-callin’ for Relay team members

Kurt HuenemannA team representing Heidelberg has taken part annually in the American Cancer Society’s local Relay for Life. 2013 will be the 14th year for the team.

Anyone interested in participating as a member of the team or learning more about the overnight Relay event can contact Kurt Huenemann, team captain, at x2351 or

This year’s event will be held May 10-11 at Hedges-Boyer Park.

Mark your calendars for
Back the Berg golf outing

Mohawk Golf and Country Club will play host to the annual Back the Berg Golf Outing July 19. All proceeds from the event, hosted by the “H” Association, support Heidelberg’s student-athletes.

The cost is $125 per golfer and includes green fees and cart, driving range and putting green, lunch and dinner, beverages, hole contests and a Heidelberg gift.

The day begins at 10 a.m. with registration and concludes with a post-dinner social at Fireside Café Pub. All ‘Berg alumni and friends are invited.

For additional information, visit

Welcome to the Family

Dr. David Weininger has announced that two faculty members have been hired in English and biology.

Dr. Emily Isaacson will join the faculty this fall as an assistant professor of English. Dr. Isaacson has a Ph.D. in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia with an emphasis in British Renaissance literature, a Master of Arts in English from the University of Missouri-Columbia, and a Bachelor of Arts in English from Augustana College. She is currently employed as an assistant professor of language and literature at Chowan University in Murfreesboro, N.C., where she also serves as the Chowan Critical Thinking Program.

Dr. Justin A. Pruneski will also join the faculty this fall as an assistant professor of biology. Dr. Pruneski has a Ph.D. in molecular, cellular and developmental biology with a teaching minor from the University of Pittsburgh and a Bachelor of Science in biology with at chemistry minor from Walsh University. He is currently a visiting assistant professor at John Carroll University.

Welcome Emily and Justin!

Eye on Athletics


Andy LovinsCedar Rapids, Iowa – Senior 197-pounder Andy Lovins added another All-American honor to the Heidelberg wrestling program with his fifth-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Division III Wrestling Championships.

Andy's All-American finish marks the first for second-year head coach Ned Shuck. Read more about Andy’s tournament run at

Also at the tournament, two more Berg wrestlers, Delian Schneider and Richard Dowdley were one round from being an All-American. Read about their success at


After returning from Florida with an 8-2 record, Matt Palm's team took two of three games from No. 21 Manchester University last weekend.


Betsy Hada's squad returned from the Sunshine State with a 6-4 record. Freshman catcher Mikaela Mitsch hit .567 on the trip. The team hosts Capital at Hedges-Boyer Park on Saturday.


After competing at Hilton Head Island during Spring Break, the tennis team has run into unfavorable weather conditions in Ohio. Several matches have been postponed. Saturday's women's tennis match against Capital has been relocated to the Lakewood Racquet Club in Lexington.


Men's golf will tee off on their spring schedule this weekend at the Capital Invitational in Galena. The women's team will hit the links on Thursday at the Muskingum Invitational.