Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 6

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 6 - Oct 19, 2012

The Power of Story

Award-winning author Donna VanLiere reads from her book, Finding Grace, during her powerful keynote presentation Thursday night. Donna, this fall’s guest of The Patricia Adams Lecture Series, spent the day on campus, graciously sharing advice on writing, marketing and faith prior to the keynote, which she titled The Power of Story. President Huntington and Pat Adams shared a moment with Donna on stage after her remarks.

Visit soon for more from the event.

Donna VanLiere, Pat Adams and Rob Huntington

Family affair: ’Berg honors
Seminario siblings

Young Alumni Award winners

Dr. Jennifer Seminario, ’03, and her attorney/judge brother, Frank, ’05, were wholeheartedly honored to receive HU’s 2012 Young Alumni Achievement Awards on Oct. 12. Something else runs in the family: Jennifer and Frank’s mutual appreciation for their faculty mentors, the role these mentors played in their career success and the foundation both received at Heidelberg.

“All I ever wanted to do was be a doctor, and my professors truly influenced me along the way,” Jennifer said. “I still remember so many things Dr. (Susan) Carty taught me, including the difference between poison ivy and poison oak,” she joked. She also credited retired biology professor Dr. Bob Murray for helping make her Heidelberg experience meaningful and special, and preparing her for medical school.

Currently, Jennifer is on staff at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, working on a gastroenterology fellowship. She completed her internal medicine residency at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn.

For Frank, political science professors Dr. John Bing and Dr. Marc O’Reilly, along with retired professors Rita Barga and Dr. Skip Oliver, made a strong and positive impact that carried him through law school and to his current position as an administrative judge for New York State’s Unemployment Insurance Appeal Board. He served as assistant district attorney for Jefferson County, N.Y., making a name for himself by gaining thousands of convictions in drug trials. He successfully prosecuted two high-visibility cases involving Watertown, N.Y.’s largest marijuana and cocaine arrest and the largest heroin-smuggling operation in the history of the Cape Vincent Correctional Facility.

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A promise kept: ATR students humbled by gift

Students in parade

Each fall for the past several years, Heidelberg athletic training students have served as medical volunteers at the Bank of America Chicago Marathon. In addition to gaining valuable hands-on experience, this year’s group brought home a very special memory – and a medal.

“Something absolutely amazing” happened to sophomore Ashley Kessler, junior Genna Fusco and senior Erika Danver as they stood at their post, waiting for the runners to finish the race. One of the runners approached the trio just beyond the finish line, and according to Genna, the group was ready to step in to provide medical assistance.

“This time, that was not the case,” Genna said. “He emotionally explained that he had run the marathon in honor of his friend, William Caviness, who had passed away last year at the marathon, just 500 yards from the finish line.”

Caviness, a firefighter from North Carolina, was a husband and father. Erika and Genna were familiar with his story, having volunteered at the event last year. His friend, who had just completed the marathon, pulled out a beautiful medal and handed it to the girls, telling them, “I want you to have this and remember my friend around this time every year.”

Medal“All of us had chills and our eyes were filled with tears,” Genna said. “There were 20,000 volunteers working the marathon and more than 45,000 runners, and he chose three Heidelberg students to give the medal to.”

After the experience, the students presented the medal to their professor, Trevor Bates, and shared the story with the entire group of 15 HU athletic training students and assistant professor Jessica Miller. That day, they learned as much about the human spirit as they did about athletic training.

“We were all humbled and amazed, and truly learned the value of service to others,” Genna said. “We will celebrate the memory of Mr. Caviness, his service as a firefighter and his life, as promised.”

The Athletic Training staff is planning to display the medal and the story in an appropriate place on campus.

Your ticket to Game Day – and a great prize


Coming soon to a football game near you! Take your chance to win an autographed game day football from Heidelberg’s Oct. 20 game vs. Muskingum.

As a way to begin to generate excitement about Heidelberg’s new athletic stadium and alumni center, we encourage you to share your favorite Berg football or sports memory. Post your memory to the website at to see renderings of the new complex and for your chance to win a game ball.

Winners of the first two game balls were Bernie Izzo, ’48, and Jason Manus.

HU says thanks for Fellows’ generosity

Cody Wassernman

Members of the Fellows Organization contributed nearly $700,000 toward the Heidelberg Fund’s record-setting year, surpassing its $1 million goal for the first time ever during Fiscal Year 2012. On Saturday, the university expressed its sincere appreciation for their continued generosity at the annual luncheon and business meeting.

“Thanks to all of you, we did it,” said Ashley Helmstetter, director of annual giving and alumni engagement. “We made Heidelberg history. We marched together to raise over $1 million for the Heidelberg Fund.”

A new feature to this year’s event, senior Cody Waterman, a member of the Student Alumni Association, represented the students who benefit from their financial support. “How can I thank a group I owe so much to?” Cody said, adding that their support has allowed him to make the most of his college experience. He cited the Alternate Spring Break program in Biloxi, Miss., as an example of one of the most rewarding activities in which he participated. “We left with dirtier hands but full hearts,” he recalled.

“There is no question Heidelberg is a better place because of your passion, donations and enthusiasm,” Cody told the Fellows.

Thanks in large part to the Fellows Organization, the university also celebrated the addition of more than 700 new donors last fiscal year and an uptick in the alumni participation rate.

President Rob Huntington worked off of the Homecoming theme of Moving Forward, Looking Back to reflect on the successes of the past several years and challenge Fellows to continue their impressive record of support.

The president talked about accomplishments in the area of the physical plant, fundraising and strengthening the academic mission. In the near future, he said, the Academic Comprehensive Campaign for Excellence will be the vehicle that moves the university forward.

“Heidelberg’s ACCE sends a compelling and unwavering message to our current, prospective and past students that we are transforming our academic offering and growing this institution,” he said. “We are working hard work to secure lots of new financial support. We will deliver more critical resources to the People, Infrastructure, Programs and Facilities that define our core academic reason for being. We will achieve our mission of academic excellence and growth at Heidelberg.”

Goals for the current fiscal year are to increase the donor base by 500 as well as the alumni participation rate toward a Heidelberg Fund goal of $1.1 million.

“Today is the perfect opportunity to pause and express my deepest appreciation for the passion, the support, and especially the leadership of the Fellows Organization for always helping our university move forward in ways that enable our students to nurture their souls and find their purpose … with distinction. On behalf of all of my colleagues and each of our students, we cannot express our gratitude enough,” the president said.

The Fellows held their annual business meeting and recognition of new and milestone members. The Singing Collegians, under the direction of Dr. Paul Mayhew, provided an energy-packed program before the Fellows departed to watch the Student Princes maintain their undefeated season with a win over Otterbein.

Students learn professors are people, too

Faculty and Students at FiresideAttention, students and faculty: The Office of Student Engagement invites you to a unique new event at the Fireside Café and Pub. They’ll pick up the tab.

Beginning this year, the office, under the direction of Andrea Wensowitch, kicked off the monthly series called Pitchers with Professors as a way to encourage out-of-class conversations between students and faculty members. Students over the age of 21 are invited to hang out with faculty members over a pitcher of beer in a relaxed, social environment. Those not yet 21 are invited to participate as well, and can quench their thirst with a non-alcoholic beverage.

“We had a desire for students to get to know their professors on a personal level and vice versa,” Andrea said. “We hope this will help facilitate those conversations.”

There’s another advantage to the program as well. A university-sanctioned event with proper role modeling can begin to change the face of what consuming alcohol responsibly on a college campus should look like, she said.

So far, response has been positive. “I like the Pitchers with Professors program because it’s a great way to get to know professors outside of the classroom and connect with students that may have similar interests,” senior Ben Kirk said. “I come away feeling that my professors are people too, and I feel far more comfortable about approaching them about anything.”

The next Pitchers with Professors event is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 1.

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Basic Chinese, Japanese
language lessons offered

Ever wanted to learn Japanese and/or Chinese? ‘Berg students, faculty and staff can sign up for a six-week basic language session, free of charge, tests and grades. Instructors will be Julie Arnold for Japanese and our visiting Chinese scholar, Shunzhi Song, for Chinese.

Chinese classes will be on Thursdays, starting Oct. 25. Japanese classes will be on Tuesdays, starting Oct. 30. All sessions will be held from 4:30-5:20 p.m. in Adams Hall 102.

For additional information, contact Julie at

Music ensembles representing
Heidelberg on the road

The Singing Collegians, under the direction of Dr. Paul Mayhew, will be traveling to Cincinnati this afternoon as goodwill ambassadors of Heidelberg. They will be performing at Sycamore High School for the Ohio Music Education Association District 14 Honors Choir as the special guest performers.

The Singing Collegians, a jazz combo and performers from the recently concluded musical “The Drowsy Chaperone” will also be giving up one day of their fall break to perform at several high schools on Tuesday.


Dr. Jim Troha (IAUR) spoke to about 60 Calvert High School students, faculty, staff and parents on Oct. 5 as part of Spirit Day during the school’s Homecoming Week. Jim delivered an upbeat message based on the life lessons outlined in The Traveler’s Gift: Seven Decisions that Determine Personal Success by Andy Andrews.

Drs. Ellen Nagy (AIM Hei) and Julie O’Reilly (CTA) attended the National NACADA conference in Nashville, Oct. 4-7, where Ellen presented Impressions: Using Reflective Photography to Understand First Year Students' Perceptions of College.

Dr. John Bing (political science) served as the moderator for a discussion between Rex Damschroder, R-Fremont, and Bill Young, D-Green Springs, candidates for the District 88 Ohio House of Representatives seat. The discussion was held on campus Tuesday afternoon.

Last week, John hosted distinguished scholar Dr. Daniel Horowitz, who gave a talk on American Exceptionalism. He also met with students during the day and evening. Dr. Horowitz, a noted historian and scholar, is professor emeritus of American Studies at Smith College whose work focused on the history of consumer culture and social criticism in the U.S. during the 20th century. He came to campus to interview John for a new book he is writing about Yale University graduates and their lives from the tranquil ‘50s to the turbulent ‘60s.

Artwork by Beth McKinney (English adjunct) is featured in SmokeLong Quarterly’s Oct. 15 weekly highlight. The oil on canvas painting, titled Forcefield, illustrates Moms’ Advice, written by Amy Denham, and was created at the author’s request. SmokeLong publishes exclusively flash fiction with accompanying artwork.


Beeghly Library will observe the following schedule for Fall Break:

  • Saturday-Monday, Oct. 20-22 – Closed
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23 – 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

Regular hours resume on October 24.

Save the date:
Pond, Lower Campus dedication

The campus community is invited to a dedication ceremony for The Pond and Lower Campus at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26. Weather permitting, the location will be near the Rock Creek parking lot, just off of the King Hall bridge. Rain location is the Delta Sigma Chi lobby inside Saurwein Health & Wellness Center.

The brief ceremony will honor past and present faculty and staff who have supported environmental education and research at Heidelberg as well as the broader university vision to enhance the aesthetic, academic, environmental and functional aspects of the area.

Know your numbers: Employee
health screenings return in November

Once again, Heidelberg will be offering all employees, spouses and partners the opportunity to participate in a health risk assessment. The assessments are a collaborative effort between Mercy Hospital of Tiffin, Know your Numbers© and Heidelberg University.

The assessments will be held in Stoner Health Center in the Campus Center from 6:30-10:30 a.m. Nov 12, 13, 14 and 15. The following screenings will be performed:

  • Fasting glucose and lipid profile that includes cholesterol, triglycerides and ratios (blood tests)
  • Measurement of blood pressure, height, weight, and waist circumference
  • Measurement of body fat composition and BMI
  • Bone density screening (heel scan)
  • Carbon monoxide screening

All participants must complete the online pre-screening questionnaire prior to making their HRA appointment. Beginning at 8 a.m. on Oct. 13, employees can access the online questionnaire by going to

The questionnaire will take less than 15 minutes to complete.

Returning participants should use their first name, last name, DOB, and Participant ID as created for the previous year(s). It is important that you do not create a new Participant ID as it will not link to your pre-existing one in the database that is used for comparison purposes. If you do not remember your Participant ID, please contact Jeannine Curns, Director of Human Resources. New employees should use first initial, last name, and the last four digits of their SSN for their Participant ID.

When you are ready to schedule your HRA screening, please contact Linda Pine at 419-455-7064.

Employees currently enrolled in the Heidelberg Health Plan will receive the discounted monthly health insurance premium, if they complete the entire Know Your Numbers© health risk assessment and screening.

Whatcha got cookin’?

Rob at the CookoffThe Student Affairs Division rolled out its third annual chili cookoff Thursday. Hosted by the Academic & Career Support Center, the campus community —including President Rob Huntington – sampled several different recipes with varying degrees of heat, all prepared by staff members. Julie George’s Southwestern Chipotle Chili was judged this year’s favorite.

Health center welcomes new staff,
says goodbye to Lea Frank

Stoner Health Center would like to say good-bye and a heartfelt thank you to Lea Frank, licensed professional clinical counselor, for her 20-plus years of dedication to the mental health needs of Heidelberg’s students. Lea resigned to allow herself a more flexible schedule to travel to visit her children, their spouses and three grandchildren living out-of-state. She has also been employed for the past several years at New Transitions Counseling in Tiffin, and will continue her employment there.

Health & Counseling Services is happy to welcome Erin Perry, licensed professional counselor, to the staff to replace Lea. Erin received her bachelor’s degree from Heidelberg with a major in early childhood education in 2002. She continued her education at Heidelberg, and graduated with a master’s degree in counseling in 2011.

Erin completed her clinical practicum and internship experiences at Christian Counseling Center, St. Francis Home and in Stoner Health Center. She also works at New Transitions Counseling.

Erin will be seeing clients on Mondays and Thursdays from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. when classes are in session. Her office is located at the Stoner Health Center in the Campus Center Room 146. Appointments for Erin can be made by calling the health center at x2041 directly at x2145.

Another new face in the health center and the Academic & Career Support Center this semester is Sara Chapman, an intern in the graduate school counseling program at Heidelberg. She began working with the two departments in late September.

Sara graduated from The Ohio State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and will graduate in 2013 with her graduate degree from HU. She has been active as a classroom and residence hall guest speaker, and will be completing assessments and screenings for the health center. She is currently coordinating the Choices Program, a sanction program for students with a judicial alcohol violation. Her office is located in the Campus Center Room 134; she can be reached at x2223.

Check out the cast list.

Saurwein offers fitness
opportunities for all

In an effort to encourage everyone to take advantage of the opportunities offered at the Saurwein Health & Wellness Center, the staff will be offering orientation sessions for faculty and staff over the next two weeks.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23 – 10 a.m.-noon and 3-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 24 – 12:30-2 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 25 – 6-8 a.m.
  • Monday Oct. 29 – 5-7 p.m.

During the sessions, Saurwein director Kayela Tidrick or YMCA Healthy Lifestyles Director Francine Neal will be on hand to acquaint faculty and staff with the new equipment and fitness options. The menu includes YMCA fitness classes that suit a variety of fitness levels. Heidelberg students, faculty and staff are welcome in any YMCA classes, held either at the Y or at Saurwein. Check the Member Service Desk at Saurwein for a fitness menu.

Another great option being offered is a Yoga 2-fer, beginning Oct. 29. This is a buddy package for any yoga class held at Saurwein that results in a session of yoga for half price. Committing to attending a class with a buddy usually results in a higher level of accountability and more regular class attendance. To participate in this special offer, created just for ‘Berg students, staff and faculty, register at the Y Member Service Desk.

Homecoming royalty

Homecoming king and queen

Students selected seniors Kathryn Quilter, a business administration major from Oregon, Ohio, and Cody Waterman, a senior history and religion major from Concord, Ohio, as this year’s Homecoming king and queen. They were crowned during a pep rally and participated in the Homecoming Parade and other festivities during the weekend.

Distinguished pianist to perform Nov. 2

Avguste AntonovThe School of Music is preparing to welcome world-renowned pianist Avguste Antonov for a performance as this year’s Distinguished Montague Artist. The concert will be at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 2, in Ohl Concert Hall. While on campus, Antonov also will conduct a masterclass for music students.

His program will include Upon the Water by Joshua deBonilla; The Melancholy Rags, Book 1 by Gregory Hutter; Upstate Rag by Carter Pann; Ballade and Toccata by Robert Rollin; Concerto No. 1 ‘Anti-Ares’ by Virkato Wakhmaninov and Starry Wanderers: Earthly Hope & Stillness at the Edge by Matthew Saunders.

Antonov, a dedicated performer of 20th and 21st century music, has performed world and U.S. premieres at venues across North America. He leads an active career as soloist and teacher. He is currently piano instructor at The Master's Touch School of Music & Performing Arts, LLC, in Grapevine, Texas.

His performance career includes recitals in France, Kansas, Iowa, Missouri, Florida, Pennsylvania, Texas and Ohio. He has performed extensively with the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble, University of Kansas Symphony, Symphonic Choir and the Texas Christian University Wind Symphony. Performance venues include the Music Education National Convention with the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble and the College Band Directors National Association with the Texas Christian University Wind Symphony.

Antonov has been featured as soloist with the San Jose Wind Symphony, the Trevecca Symphony Orchestra, the University of Kansas Symphony, the Kansas City Medical Arts Symphony, the University of Kansas Wind Ensemble and the Hardin-Simmons University Orchestra.

Currently, he is preparing his debut CD of American music to be released and distributed by Arizona University Recordings.

Alumni gathering across the state

Dr. Chasity (Baker) Coleman, ’01, and her son, Conor, were among those who attended the Office of Alumni Relations tailgate gathering at Capital University on Oct. 6. Chasity and about 40 alumni and friends watched the Student Princes come away with a win.

The Office of Alumni Relations has a series of alumni gatherings planned for the remainder of this semester:

  • Northwest Ohio Alumni and Friends dinner at the Scene restaurant in the new Hollywood Casino at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 8, sponsored by the Northwest Ohio Alumni Chapter and the Fellows Advisory Council.
  • Northeast Ohio Alumni and Prospective Students event on Saturday, Dec. 1, at the Winking Lizard Tavern followed by a Lake Erie Monsters game.

For information on any of the upcoming events, call 419-448-2028 or visit

Breast cancer survivor, alum
to share her story

Breast Cancer RibbonIn observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Stoner Health Center and Human Resources are sponsoring a brown bag lunch and program, Living with Breast Cancer, at noon Tuesday, Oct. 30, in Campus Center 220.

The featured speaker is Lindsay (Nedolast) Vanderveen. Lindsay is a Heidelberg graduate, teacher and young mother, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in her 20sr. She has graciously agreed to share her personal story with the Heidelberg community.

The first 48 faculty and staff members to make a reservation are invited to attend, free of charge.

To reserve your space – beginning on Wednesday, Oct. 24 – call the health center at x2041 between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Eye on Athletics

Fall break begins this weekend, but there is no break in the action for Heidelberg’s student-athletes.

Five teams are in the thick of the OAC competition and one team will face nationally ranked non-conference competition.

In addition to the teams in season, wrestling, indoor track and field and the basketball programs have started their preseason workouts.

Here are all of the notes and links you need to keep up with your Student Princes.

Men's & Women's Cross Country

The runners will head down to Wilmington on Saturday for the OAC Championships.

Full Schedule & Results | Men's Roster | Women's Roster


In a battle of unbeaten teams, Heidelberg defeated Otterbein 21-0 last Saturday. While Mount Union looms in Week 8, the No. 19 Student Princes won’t look past a dangerous Muskingum team on Saturday. If you look into the Fighting Muskies’ 1-5 record, you’ll see that they have played the toughest schedule in the OAC thus far.

Video from all of the home games is streamed online.

Full Schedule & Results | Season Stats | Roster | Game Notes | Week Six Highlights

Men's Soccer

The men’s soccer team split a pair of matches last week, as they defeated Otterbein and lost to Ohio Northern. Two more OAC matches are on the horizon, at Muskingum Saturday and at John Carroll Oct. 24.

Full Schedule & Results | Season Stats | Roster

Women’s soccer

Battling many injuries at key positions, the women's soccer team lost both OAC matches last week. The team will look to bounce back with two road contests, at Muskingum Saturday and at John Carroll on Oct. 24.

Full Schedule & Results | Season Stats | Roster


The volleyball team dropped a pair of heartbreaking five-set matches to two of the top teams in the Ohio Athletic Conference. The women will pack up the bus and head east to the Wid Guisler Invitational, hosted by Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pa., this weekend

On Wednesday, the three seniors – Marian Bevington, Rachel Ferguson and Jacki Street – will play their final home match for Heidelberg. The match against John Carroll starts at 7 p.m.

Full Schedule & Results | Season Stats | Roster