Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 3

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 3 - Sep 7, 2012

Celebrating Saurwein: Dedication set for Thursday

Saurwein Health and Wellness CenterPlan to join colleagues and the Tiffin community on Thursday, Sept. 13, for the dedication of the new Saurwein Health & Wellness Center. An open house will follow.

The official dedication ceremony begins at 4 p.m., and will feature remarks from Trustee Charlie Cole; Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz; Steve Crone president and CEO of the Tiffin Community YMCA; President Rob Huntington; Herk Wolfe representing the Saurwein family; and faculty, staff and student representatives. Music will be provided by the Heidelberg University Athletic Band.

Following the dedication, everyone is invited to an open house and tours of the new facility. During the open house, a series of rotations will offer a look at the facility and what’s available. Those who participate in three rotations and get their card punched will be eligible for raffle prizes.

Heidelberg will honor the donors who made the facility possible with a dinner that evening.

We hope to see you there!

Film documents attempted
prison escape; Bush featured

Drawing of Johnson's Island Prison Camp

Anthropology professor Dr. David Bush, who has spent more than two decades conducting archaeological and historical research into the Civil War prison at Johnson’s Island, will be one of the featured experts in a new, one-hour documentary due for release next week.

Rebels on Lake Erie – A Pirate, a Prison, a Plot is a fascinating story of intrigue, conspiracy and adventure. It’s based on the real-life story of John Yates Beall, who became a “pirate” in his attempt to liberate the Confederate prisoner-of-war depot on Johnson’s Island in 1864.

Producer/director Dr. Kathleen L. Endress, distinguished professor of communication at the University of Akron, took three years to research and film the documentary for American Public Television. It will be premiered at an event at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, at Way Library in Perrysburg. Following the airing, Bush and Endress will be on hand to offer post-film interpretation and discussion.

If you can’t make it to the premiere, you can watch Rebels on Lake Erie on WGTE (channel 3 on Time Warner Cable in Tiffin) at 8 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13.

Endress’s extensive research efforts – with Bush at Johnson’s Island, in Sandusky and in Beall’s jail cell on Governor’s Island in the New York City Harbor – paid off. She produced a true-to-life film that he believes viewers will enjoy.

The film crew spent time at the Johnson’s Island archaeological site and cemetery last summer while Bush was conducting his field school at the prison site. “She was interested in part of the archaeological work and research and historical information we’ve uncovered relative to the site,” Bush said.

For his part, Bush received about four rough cuts of the documentary in various stages and the opportunity to offer suggestions for edits. Overall, he’s satisfied with the finished product. “I’m very happy with it,” he said. “It’s nicely done.”

Bush plans to donate one of his personal copies of the documentary to Beeghly Library.

(Photo courtesy of Friends and Descendents of Johnson’s Island)

Working with student groups? Help get them recognition

The Office of University Relations wants to make sure that our students are recognized for their achievements while at Heidelberg. We are now using a platform called readMedia to publicize these achievements, such as making the dean's list, completing a study abroad program, receiving an academic honor or participating in a service project. readMedia sends news items to the student's hometown newspapers, publishes them online and sends an email notification to the student and their parents.

If you are working with a group of students, advising a student organization (academic or extra-curricular) or would like to make a suggestion for a hometown news release, please use the form, or contact Angie Giles at x2168 or

University Relations looks forward to celebrating the achievements of all of our students with their local hometown media and via electronic outlets. Contact Angie with questions.

‘Berg welcomes Chinese scholars

Mengya Zhang and Chunzhi Song

Heidelberg has welcomed two visiting scholars from Tianjin Normal University for this academic year. Mengya Zhang, also called Elizabeth, is a teacher of Chinese culture and history. She has taught writing, Chinese and American culture at TNU in Tianjin, China. Elizabeth hopes to gain a better understanding of the U.S., its society and culture. Chunzhi Song, who goes by Song, is a teacher of Chinese language and culture. She is interested in differences between the English and Chinese languages. She would like to research about specific skills for teaching Chinese to Americans.

If you see Song and Elizabeth on campus, give them a warm Heidelberg welcome!

Summer Bulletin features
‘Faces of Democracy’

Bulletin Cover

By now, you should have received your copy of the summer issue of The Heidelberg Bulletin. Just in time for the political season, this issue features a series of stories about successful alumni who have chosen career paths in government, politics, teaching and service.

Also featured is a review of Alumni Weekend, a piece on the virtues of study abroad by Dr. Marc O’Reilly, Dr. Cindy Lepeley’s service as an interpreter, a Q&A about ACCE by Dr. Jim Troha and an article highlighting alumnus Gene Smith, who’s the GM of the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars.

Read The Heidelberg Bulletin online.

Check out our new digs!
IAUR to host open house

We’re all together! This summer, the Office of Institutional Advancement & University Relations completed its office relocation to the second floor of University Hall, and we’d love to show you our new space. The offices of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving moved from the Blue House, Marketing and Communication Services is housed in the same suite and the development officers now have their own suite.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us for an open house on Tuesday, Sept. 25, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., and plan to stop by to say hello. It’ll also be a great chance to meet several new team members, if you haven’t already.

Refreshments will be served.

Welcome to the Family

The Office of Institutional Advancement & University Relations has welcomed two new administrative assistants, Sue Berryman and Jennifer Brickner.

Sue supports Alumni Relations and Annual Giving. She worked in the advancement office at Bishop Hoffman Catholic School-St. Joseph Central Catholic High School in Fremont prior to coming to Heidelberg.

Jennifer, who previously worked as the administrative assistant in the Education Department, returns to provide administrative support primarily to the development officers.

Welcome, Sue, and welcome back, Jennifer!

Cambodian killing fields topic of
Genocide Awareness Week

Kim ChhayThe third annual Genocide Awareness Week will focus this year on the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s. A series of events is planned for the week of Sept. 17, culminating with a community presentation by former ‘Berg employee Sreng Kim-Chhay and her mother, Hoeur Kim, titled Surviving the Killing Fields: A Daughter’s and Mother’s Reflections, at 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Seiberling Gymnasium.

Other events in the series:

  • Chris Tucci along with cast members Lindsay Kagy, Morgan LaFlure and Marina Richley will present a reader’s theatre, April 17: Stories from the Cambodian Genocide, at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 18, in Gundlach Theatre.
  • Film screening and discussion of the award-winning movie, The Killing Fields, 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 19, in Rickly Chapel.
  • Presentation to AIM Hei groups and other interested students, The Horrors of the Khmer Rouge, 11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 20, in Rickly.

Sessions also will be presented for local school children on Wednesday. Our guests will meet with small groups of students and with several classes. Students and others from the community will be able to paint a panel for the Art Miles Project in response to genocide from 12:30-6 p.m. on Thursday. Additionally, Herbster Chapel will be open from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. throughout the week for quiet meditation.

Dr. Courtney DeMayo and Paul Stark are co-chairs of the Genocide Awareness Week planning committee.

See a full schedule of Genocide Awareness Week events.

Award-winning author headlines
fall Patricia Adams Lecture Series

Donna van Liere

Heidelberg will welcome New York Times best-selling author Donna VanLiere as the guest of the fall Patricia Adams Lecture Series in October. She will spend the day on campus on Wednesday, Oct. 17, meeting with select groups of students informally and in classes. During the day on Thursday, Oct. 18, she will give several larger-scale presentations for the campus community in Gundlach Theatre. The event culminates with dinner and her keynote lecture at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Seiberling Gymnasium. An event featuring VanLiere also is being planned at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.

Born and raised in northeastern Ohio, VanLiere has published nearly 15 titles, including The Christmas Shoes and The Christmas Blessing, both of which were adapted into TV movies on CBS and starred Rob Lowe, Kimberly Williams-Perry and Neil Patrick Harris. VanLiere’s story, The Christmas Hope, was adapted by Lifetime Television and premiered in December 2009. Her newest work, The Good Dream, was released in July.

VanLiere began her writing career “on the side” in Nashville while doing theatre, commercial voiceover and radio work. Her first book was published in 2001, she has received a Retailer’s Choice Award for Fiction, a Dove Award, a Silver Angel Award and an Audie Award for best inspirational fiction. A frequently sought-after conference speaker, she has appeared at many women’s and family events, including Women of Faith and Extraordinary Women conferences.

A graduate of Cedarville University, VanLiere lives in Franklin, Tenn., with her husband, Troy, and their three children, Grace, Kate and David.

Stay tuned for more details.

For more information, visit The Patrica Adams Lecture Series website.

Register online to attend the dinner.

New music students treated to picnic

Students and the FOHM Picnic

The Friends of Heidelberg Music held their annual Welcome Picnic in honor of this year's new music students on Wednesday, Aug. 29. Bob and Donna Overholt once again hosted this event at their home. More than 30 members of FOHM were in attendance to meet and welcome these new students into the Heidelberg family. Pictured (l-r) are: Howard Cole, Kelly Devine, Kathleen Bowman, Vanessa Wallace, Heather Payne, Victoria Murphy and Colleen Crayton.

Eye on Athletics

Men's Soccer

Men’s soccer lost a pair of games at the Oberlin Tournament, but were in each game until the final moments. Dr. Brian Haley’s side makes their home debut Thursday, dropping a 1-0 contest to Kenyon. They hit the road to take on Wooster on Saturday.
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The volleyball team finished 3-1 at the Ohio Northern University Invitational and is ranked #22 in the latest AVCA poll. Jason Miller and the team head south to the Charlie Wrublewski Tournament in Cincinnati, hosted by the College of Mt. St. Joseph. They will play four games before heading back to campus.
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Women's Soccer

Despite dropping their first two contests, Nick Spell’s team has played well against tough competition. Freshman goalkeeper Julie Cross (Bowling Green) has made great strides. The team embarks on a weekend road trip, playing at Hanover College in Indiana and Thomas More College in Kentucky.
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Men's & Women's Cross Country

After racing at the ONU Invitational, the men’s and women’s cross country teams will shift down the alphabet to the OWU Invitational, hosted by Ohio Wesleyan University in Delaware, Ohio. Last weekend, the women finished second, the men finished third.
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Men's Golf

The Berg finished up a match against Ohio Northern in a driving rain, losing to the Polar Bears. Hoping for better weather this week, they will tee it up on Monday in Shaker Heights and on Tuesday in Wauseon.
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Women's Golf

Women’s golf, coached by Dan Hartsel, is still preparing to open their season. Until their first tournament on Sept. 15, the ladies will be on the practice greens and driving range.
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Football sprinted out of the gate, defeating Alma, 45-0. The shutout was the first by the Heidelberg defense since 1998. The team will not be in action until a showdown with Ohio Northern on September 15 in Ada. The OAC named Chadd Williamson and Dan Kilger as the defensive and special teams players of the week.
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