Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 17

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 17 - May 3, 2013

Executive-in-Residence: Be well-rounded, open-minded

Kathleen GeierThe world has become smaller as companies have increasingly become global. As a result, students entering the workforce need to be well-rounded individuals who have excelled academically and who have taken advantage of leadership and co-curricular opportunities while in college.

That was the thrust of the advice from Kathleen Geier, ’78, who served as the Executive-in-Residence in the Heidelberg School of Business last week. Geier retired after a 30-year career with Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., primarily in the area of human resources. Today, she operates KTG Consulting, a human resources firm that specializes in executive coaching, succession planning and leadership and organizational development.

Kathy, who also serves on Heidelberg’s Board of Trustees, spent the week as a guest lecturer in several business classes, meeting with students, faculty, administration and the community and attending Honors presentations and other campus events.

“One of the things I tell students is to spend your university experience building your resume and begin when you are a freshman,” she said. Academic achievements are important, but employers are seeking more from potential hires.

Read more about her experience at

Awards ceremony highlights
student achievements

Ali SayreAbout 60 students were honored April 26 at Heidelberg University’s annual Student Awards Celebration, which recognizes student achievement in the areas of academics, athletics, service and leadership among individual students, student organizations and faculty and staff members.

During the celebration, the students also presented the Faculty Member of the Year Award to Dr. Amy Berger, professor of geology.

Graduating senior Ali Sayre was selected to give the address during the celebration. She titled her remarks “#HU Memories.”

Visit to read the complete list of award winners.

Countdown to Commencement

The Heidelberg homepage has begun a series of articles that will help us all Countdown to Commencement.

The Office of Marketing and Communication is posting daily feature articles as part of its series, which kicked off with a profile undergraduate commencement speaker Harold Brown, a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen. The concluding article is an interview with President Rob Huntington, an honorary “senior” in the class of 2013.

In between the “bookends,” we’ll profile a diverse set of students as they approach graduation and their and transition to Heidelberg alumni.

Are you a graduate or do you know a graduate who is doing something unique or exciting after graduation? Share your plans with us at

Something old is new again

Widows Walk is installed

On Wednesday, the final piece of the restoration of the Bryenton Honors House was installed. A “widow’s walk” now sits perched atop the roof, just as it did when the historic structure was built in the 1960s. MJ Brown Company used a large crane to airlift the 600-pound, wooden widow’s walk into place. “It’s a very elegant, nice design,” said Rod Morrison, associate VP of facilities and engineering. “It’s a nice blending of what’s already been done with the renovations of the house.” The widow’s walk was built by Don Houdeshell of Legacy Building Restoration of Tiffin.

Alpha Lambda Delta inducts 46

The spring Alpha Lambda Delta induction ceremony was held for 46 Heidelberg freshmen April 28. ALD is the national freshman scholastic honorary society. Initiates must have a 3.5 GPA and must be in the top 20 percent of their class.

The featured speaker for the event was Dr. Paul Mayhew, who was also awarded an honorary membership in ALD. Outgoing officers include Rachel Brushaber, Katie Strahan, Mackenzie Honaker and Holly Oberlin. Dr. Doug Collar serves as the chapter advisor.

Education students hear first-hand account of living with autism

Student at Autism talk

On April 12, several of Heidelberg’s future teachers heard the inspiring story of Dr. Temple Grandin about her experience living with autism at the Tennessee Autism & Asperger’s Conference in Knoxville, Tenn.

Grandin has served as role model to hundreds of thousands of families and persons with autism. In this unique presentation, she eloquently and candidly described the challenges she has faced and offers no-nonsense ideas about how others dealing with autism can meet these obstacles and improve the quality of their lives.

Grandin is now one of the most accomplished spokespersons on autism and animal behavior world-wide. Additionally, the group heard her mother, Eustacia Cutler, offer her view of autism through her own personal experience raising her daughter. Mrs. Cutler discussed observations from her award-winning documentaries on challenged and emotionally disquieted children. A talented playwright, author and actress, Eustacia is a graduate of Harvard University.

Attending the conference were Rich Ulmer, Maci Rife, Taylor Rambo, Kirsten Bumb, Julia Kagy, Mackenzie Pinkelman and Ryan Sarchet, along with Dr. Julie Green and Julie George.

Red Cross honors ’Berg retiree

More than 60 people attended the Red Cross Citizen of the Year celebration on April 26 to honor volunteers Ray Wise of Tiffin and Arlen Lowery of Fostoria.

Ray was a member of the physics faculty from 1967-86 and then served as registrar from 1987 until his retirement in 1997. He stayed on board at Heidelberg to assist with computer database installation and was promoted to Registrar Emeritus in 2000.

During his professional career and since his retirement, Ray has been an active volunteer in the community. Organizations that have benefitted from his service include the Red Cross, the Salvation Army and Kiwanis. He also has been active in First Lutheran Church since 1968.

Heidelberg friends and former colleagues, including President Huntington, Kurt Huenemann, Cindy Hay, Dr. Bill Wickham and Jeannine Curns, attended the luncheon to help honor Ray.

Fireside announces summer hours

Fireside Café Pub will begin its summer schedule on Monday, May 13.

The café will be open Monday-Friday – 8 a.m.-2 p.m.

Join us for dinner beginning on Thursday, May 23. Dinner served Thursday-Saturday from 4-9 p.m.

Check out Fireside Café Pub at Heidelberg University on Facebook.

Beeghly Newsbits

Exam Week, summer hours

Finals Week thru Graduation

  • Saturday, May 4 – 1-9 p.m.
  • Sunday, May 5 – 1 p.m.-midnight
  • Monday, May 6 – 8 a.m.-midnight
  • Tuesday, May 7 – 8 a.m.-midnight
  • Wednesday, May 8 – 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 9 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Friday, May 10 – 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday, May 11-12 -- Closed

Summer Hours

  • May 13-16 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • May 17 – 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
  • May 20 - July 1
  • Monday-Thursday – 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
  • Friday -- 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Closed Memorial Day and all weekends

Book Sale success

More than 1,500 items were on display in the Center Reading Circle during the spring 2013 Beeghly Library Book Sale. In addition to the usual academic titles donated by faculty and friends and those culled from the library collection, the library received 10 cartons of popular fiction. The owner of Libriloops book recycling company contributed the fiction, which was withdrawn from Ohio public libraries. An extra bonus was a silent auction of a pristine copy of a favorite art history text. In all, the library made $560 which will be applied to special projects and programs.

Special thanks go to Laurie Repp and Bobbi Bishop for organizing the sale, and to volunteer Herb Rinnert and the student assistants for hauling the books from downstairs, and then packing up the books and media for recycling through Libriloops.

Exam Week snacks

The Friends of Beeghly Library continue in their effort to make exam time a bit more pleasant for our late-night scholars. They are funding the evening snacks and beverages that the library provides to students who do their studying in Beeghly Library. The library remains open until midnight the evenings before exams, and has extended weekend hours as well.

Campus farewell

Ruth Wahlstrom

Colleagues of Dr. Ruth Wahlstrom (pictured here) and Nancy Rubenstein gathered at the University Commons on Wednesday to bid farewell as they get set to retire after long and distinguished careers at Heidelberg. A more formal celebration is planned for this weekend and will include one additional soon-to-be retiree, Dr. Susan Carty.

In service: ’Berg senior
Adam Hine honored

Adam HineLoyal servants usually work behind the scenes and don’t seek praise for their good and helpful deeds. Senior Adam Hine certainly fits that mold. Perhaps that was the reason for his complete surprise on Monday when President Rob Huntington and Chaplain Paul Stark presented him with the Ohio Campus Compact 2012-13 Charles J. Ping Student Service Award.

The award is presented in recognition of Adam’s outstanding leadership and contributions to community service or service learning on campus and in the community. The award is named in honor of Charles J. Ping, who served as president of Ohio University from 1975-94.

Adam, a senior education and English double major from Cleveland, has been involved in a number of service-related experiences. It is through his involvement with Excelsior that Adam has made an impact in the local community, volunteering at the Teen Center and the Tiffin Developmental Center.

“This honor goes beyond service to Heidelberg and the community and is a great and positive reflection of the entire Excelsior organization,” President Huntington told Adam. “You lead by example and that’s the way to build a strong community.”

Read the full story at

Wine-tasting, silent auction uncork big benefits for HU

Ann Brodman with an alumnaThe first-ever campus fund-raising event for the Heidelberg Fund may be a memory, but its benefits will be realized for students in the foreseeable future.

Heidelberg Uncorked: Sip, Savor, Support, a wine-tasting and silent auction held April 20 in the Saurwein Health & Wellness Center, has been deemed a great success by organizers Ashley Helmstetter and Anna Brodman.

In all, the event generated $30,000 for the Heidelberg Fund, which supports student academic needs and co-curricular opportunities. About 180 people attended the event.

“We’ve had nothing but positive feedback from the event,” Ashley said. “The wine tasting was extremely popular. For our first time doing an event of this magnitude and hosting it on campus, we’re extremely pleased.”

Read more about the event at

A bishop among us

The Lutheran bishop of El Salvador, Medardo Gomez, visited Heidelberg on April 26 and gave presentations to several classes including Spanish, Honors, Latin American History and Contemporary Christian Thought. He also addressed the Northwest Ohio Association annual meeting at Trinity United Church of Christ in Tiffin. The NWOA and the Lutheran Church of El Salvador have a sister church relationship. Bishop Gomez shared what life is like for many of the people of El Salvador and urged students to go out and discover the world around them in order to become better global citizens. Over spring break, the bishop hosted the group of Heidelberg students who were part of the Alternate Spring Break program.

In recognition of service

Paul Stark, Jessica Fincham and Lindsay Kagy

Paul Stark, Jessica Fincham and Lindsay Kagy (left to right) display the certificate received by Heidelberg earlier this year as a member of the 2013 President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. The recognition is the highest honor a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteerism, service learning and civic engagement.


Dr. Pete Richards (NCWQR) was an expert participant in a teleconference related to release of a new National Wildlife Federation report, Taken by Storm: How Heavy Rain is Worsening Algal Blooms in Lake Erie, on April 25. Pete also earlier reviewed the report for NWF. About a dozen reporters participated in the teleconference and asked a number of good questions following opening statements by the author of the report, by Pete and by Don Scavia of the University of Michigan.

Dr. Marc O’Reilly (political science) served as a chair and discussant on a Democratization panel at the Walsh University annual Undergraduate Student Research Conference in North Canton. Students Dylan Blanton and Stella Wancke presented papers at the conference.

Jade Ramsey (English adjunct) recently has had several of her works published. Jade’s retelling of the Garden of Eden story is in the current issue of Ayris. She also is published in an anthology, edited by Anita Bernard, titled On the Dark Path, filled with retellings of fairy tales. Additionally, the literary journals Blue Lyra Review, Rubbertop Review and Revolution House have accepted her works for publication later this summer.

This is Jade’s last semester at Heidelberg; the next stop on her academic trail is Tallahassee, Fla.

Beth McKinney (English adjunct) has been accepted into the Ph.D. program at Texas Tech University, where she will specialize in creative writing with an emphasis on poetry.

Dr. Bill Reyer (English) has a poem, titled Hands Like Wild Birds: After the Mocking of Christ, inspired by a painting by Fra Angelic, included in Everything Stops and Listens, an anthology of poems from the Ohio Poetry Association.

Eye on Athletics


Betsy Hada's team finished the season 12-24. The Student Princes upset second-place John Carroll on Senior Day. On Thursday, Ali Sayre and Jami Wagner were named to the Capital One Academic All-District VII First Team.


Heading into the final weekend of the regular season, Matt Palm's crew is hanging on to slim postseason hopes. The Berg needs to sweep Capital, Muskingum to sweep Mount Union and John Carroll to win at least one game against Ohio Northern.

Track & Field

The team is off this weekend after a terrific showing at the OAC Championships. As a team, the women placed second and the men finished seventh. Head coach Briana Hess and her assistants were named Co-Coaching Staff of the Year on the women's side. Senior Marian Bevington was selected as Field Athlete of the Year.


The men's golf team finished seventh at the OAC Championship hosted by Muskingum. The women's team hosted the OAC Championship at Mohawk Golf and Country Club. The team, coached by Dan Hartsel, finished fifth.


The women's and men's tennis teams fell in the OAC Tournament quarterfinals. The men were seeded seventh and the women were seeded sixth.