Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 7

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 7 - Nov 9, 2012

Chorus, Symphonic Band concert to salute veterans

Vetern's DayThe School of Music will present a Tribute to American Veterans, a special concert of patriotic and freedom-themed music, at 7 p.m. Monday at the Ohio Memorial Chapel of the Tiffin Developmental Center, 600 River Road.

The University-Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Paul Mayhew, and the Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. John Owen, will combine forces for the program. Music will include a medley to honor the Armed Forces, including service hymns of the U.S. Air Force, Army, Coast Guard, Marines and Navy.

The featured work of the evening will be Randall Thompson’s Testament of Freedom, a setting of four Thomas Jefferson texts for band and chorus. The evening will conclude with Peter Wilhousky’s setting of The Battle Hymn of the Republic.

Heidelberg’s Singing Collegians will kick off the program with a performance of the National Anthem. Local veterans’ organizations are scheduled to present the colors.

Thompson wrote Testament of Freedom in 1943 – the bicentennial of Jefferson’s birth – while he was teaching at the University of Virginia. The work was premiered by the Virginia Glee Club with the composer at the piano. Thompson later created a version for mixed chorus and accompaniment for full orchestra or symphonic band. The premier was recorded by CBS Radio and broadcast nationwide and to allied servicemen stationed in Europe.

The piece is divided into four movements, including a powerful section that is, in essence, a call to arms. “This will be something really special,” Paul said.

John said the Heidelberg ensembles are excited to provide this salute to veterans and a program that will have broad appeal to an audience that is different than the standard.

“This music is excellent. The text is terrific and fascinating,” he said.

The concert is free and open to the public.

A freewill offering to benefit the Developmental Center and the School of Music will be taken.

Campus to host annual
veterans tribute Monday

Heidelberg will host its annual Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday in front of Beeghly Library. Student Senate is coordinating the event.

Guest speakers will include Provost Dr. David Weininger, Campus Minister Rev. Paul Stark, Mayor Aaron Montz and alumnus and veteran Brett Green, ‘07.

Refreshments will be provided after the ceremony in the library atrium.

For Nancy Getz, a tree
grows at Seiberling

At teh ceremonyAlumna Nancy Getz’s Heidelberg friends and her Prospect Street neighbors gathered on campus Monday to honor the memory of their dear friend. They dedicated a tree in her honor in front of Seiberling Gymnasium, a building where she and husband Jim spent many, many hours.

Nancy passed away in March after battling cancer. Whether on her daily walk through campus with Jim or serving her alma mater as the secretary of the Fellows Organization for nearly a quarter century, Nancy had infinite love for Heidelberg and spread her vibrant and positive attitude wherever she went.

Ashley Helmstetter worked closely with Nancy in her role as director of alumni engagement and annual giving. She remembered her first impression of Nancy: “I thought, wow, does that woman have ‘Berg fever -- and really cute shoes!”

“Really, she was much, much more,” Ashley said. “If not for her unwavering support, the Fellows Organization would not be the strong fundraising organization that it is today.”

Read more about the dedication.

Stagg Bowl remembered

Stagg Bowl

On Nov. 3, about 25 coaches and members of the 1972 football team reunited on campus to celebrate the 40th reunion of the Amos Alonzo Stagg Bowl victory in 1972. The team joined for a pregame meal, viewed game film highlights, shared memories and heard about plans for the new Stadium and Alumni Center. They watched the football team defeat John Carroll and continued their reunion after the game at the Fireside Café and Pub. Jerry McDonald, ’76, was a member of the winning team and served as master of ceremonies for the pregame reunion program, held in the Saurwein Health & Wellness Center.

Young alum to speak about career, networking, mentoring

The Women’s Leadership Initiative will welcome alumna Mistie Stevens Clark, ’06, as the Fall 2012 Early Success speaker at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15, in Campus Center 212.

While at Heidelberg, Mistie was a double major in CTA and English; she was also involved with Delta Sigma Chi, WHEI-TV and Alpha Phi Omega. Currently, she is an associate program manager at the Westerville office of Ryan Partnership, an advertising agency.

Mistie will discuss her career path, which has included marketing work for Bob Evans, and offering advice to current students about network, finding mentors and knowing when/how to make a job change.

The campus community is encouraged to attend.

Happy birthday, Heidelberg,
Happy anniversary, Pfleiderer

Two years ago on Founders Day, Honors students re-created the visit of President Dwight Eisenhower to Heidelberg. This year, the university will celebrate another milestone on Nov. 12 – the centennial of the dedication of Pfleiderer Center for the Humanities.

Pfleiderer’s story – which began in 1912 as a Carnegie-endowed library – will be told through a display and artifacts assembled by archivists Dr. Bob and Dorothy Berg.

Later in the day, the campus community is invited to a light-hearted re-creation of the dedication of Pfleiderer, honoring its important presence on campus. Dr. Doug Collar SAID three Honors students – Hannah Long-Higgins, Becca Dickinson and Erin Crenshaw – stepped forward to organize the event.

Dressed in period costume, students will re-create the dedication speech given by President Charles Miller and give a brief history of the building. We’ve heard that a well-known faculty member who’s made his home in the venerable hall for many years may make an appearance as Andrew Carnegie.

“This will be a fun way to get back in touch with an important building on campus,” Doug said. “It’s another example of Honors students doing a creative and fun service for the university.”

Jazz Ensemble concert themed around the blues …

The Jazz Ensemble, under the direction of Dr. John E. Owen, will present a lively program (almost) exclusively devoted to the blues at 7 p.m. tonight in Rickly Chapel.

Among the selections the Jazz Ensemble will perform are All Blues by Miles Davis, St. Thomas by Sonny Rollins, A Warm Breeze by Sammy Nestico, Israel by John Carisi from Davis’ album Birth of the Cool and Pedal Point Blues by Charles Mingus.

Several Broadway-themed blues numbers will feature the vocal solos of junior music major Darcianne Allen, including Feeling Good and The Lady is a Tramp.

For non-blues enthusiasts, the 20-member Jazz Ensemble also will feature Attitude Dance by Stephen Kupka and Emilio Castillo.

The concert is free and open to the public.

… while Concert Choir to kick off season with ‘Night at the Museum’ theme

The Concert Choir will perform its first concert of the season at 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11, at St John’s United Church of Christ in Mansfield. Under the direction of Dr. Greg Ramsdell, the concert is themed around Night at the Museum. The 36-member choir will perform a repertoire that brings to mind a series of art galleries, organized by genre or time period. Selections represent landscapes, people, still lifes and situations.

Highlighting the program will be In My Dreams, a Paul Mealor composition that portrays a soldier singing to his wife from thousands of miles away. Freshman Casey Jones, a tenor, will be the featured soloist. The choir also will perform The King of Love My Shepherd Is, an Irish folk song setting of the 23rd Psalm, featuring a solo by senior Jaime Furda, as well as an arrangement of the American folk classic Shenandoah.

The program also includes the Christmas spiritual Go Where I Send Thee and The Moon is Distant from the Sea, taken from a poem by Emily Dickinson.

The concert is free and open to the public.

Chamber honors ’Berg’s Venema for career excellence

Kathy and Jim

Sometimes, a well-kept secret is worth the effort. Dr. Kathy Venema was completely surprised when she was introduced as the recipient of the 2012 Women’s Career Excellence Award, presented by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitor Services. Also to Kathy’s surprise, a large contingent of Heidelberg faculty and staff and Tiffin City Schools officials attended the event and award presentation to congratulate her. The award honors an individual who has demonstrated excellence in their profession, service to others in the community and mentoring young women to reach their leadership potential. Here, Dr. Jim Troha shares his congrats for Kathy.

Dark comedy: Memorializing the dead in a technological world

Everyone needs a dose of dark comedy! Come see Dead Man's Cell Phone next week in Gundlach Theatre.

The Sarah Ruhl masterpiece follows Jean, the main character, who, while in a café, picks up a ringing cell phone only to discover the man who owned it is – as the title suggests – dead. Jean decides to keep the phone in order to keep the man alive in a strange and significant way. Her discoveries about his life surprise her, and not in a good way. What happens when you try to fix the mistakes of someone you’ve never met? Jean’s imaginative reinvention of his character ultimately brings peace to the man’s family.

Erin Crenshaw is cast as Jean. Other cast members are Matt Bokros as Dwight; Marina Rickley as the other woman/stranger; Dakota Thorn as Mrs. Gottlieb; and Stacey Hartley as Hermie. Chris Tucci is directing.

The play is for mature audiences only. Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, Nov. 15-17, and 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 18.


Cynthia Suter (registrar) recently attended the Ohio Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admission Officers conference, where she presented a session about retaining student records across the campus along with the regional campus registrar from Miami University of Ohio and the registrar at Hondros College. Additionally, Cindy and the financial aid director at Wright State University presented a session on Title IV funding and how financial aid changes have impacted campuses.

Kristen Lindsay (ASCS) is serving on the Registration Committee for the upcoming Ohio College Personnel Association Conference, to be held in January. Each year, OCPA brings student affairs professionals together from throughout Ohio, and offers the opportunity to learn from keynote speakers, program sessions and professional networking. The conference also features a case study competition for graduate students, a mid-level management track and a career coaching service.

Kristen at a presentaton

On Oct. 10, Kristen presented a workshop on the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator and leadership skills at the monthly Leadership Seneca County educational session. In addition to an overview of the MBTI instrument, she engaged participants in a series of interactive activities to raise awareness about ways the MBTI can be used to understand and enhance leadership both individually and within groups. Participants especially enjoyed the Extroversion-Introversion Continuum activity, which demonstrates healthy differences and highlights breaking down personality stereotypes.

Dr. Margarita Denenberg (piano) is performing Sunday, Nov. 11, at the Red Rock Music Festival for Emerging Artists in Phoenix. Also performing will be 17-year-old cellist Peter Eom. They will perform works by Mozart, Dvorak, Tchaikovsky, Kodaly, Klein and others.

Dr. Susan Carty (biology) and five students, Vicky Johnson, Celinda Gerhartstein, Megan Brown, Jeff Gordon and Jeff Peck, attended Sustainability U at the University of Toledo Nov. 1. The group returned with many ideas for making HU greener.

While there, they met with alumna Candace Brothers, who is working on a graduate degree in environmental science and is designing a wetland.

Lori Akins (music) will perform as a soloist with the Springfield Symphony Orchestra on Saturday. She will perform Bach’s Suite in b minor for flute and string orchestra.

Dr. David Bush (anthropology) led an all-day tour and excavation at the Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison for the Cleveland Civil War Roundtable on Oct. 17.

Additionally, Dave gave a PowerPoint presentation titled Life in a Civil War Prison: The Story of Captain Wesley Makely, to the Lancaster Civil War Roundtable.

Dr. Marc O’Reilly (political science) presented two papers, The Politics of Inconsistency: U.S. Foreign Policy toward the Middle East in an Age of Upheaval (co-authored with Dr . Wes Renfro, ’03) and Power of Participation: Authoritarianism, Democracy and the Stalemated Politics of Development in the Middle East, at the annual conference of the International Studies Association-Midwest last week in St. Louis.

Marc and Wes also finished out their terms as co-presidents of the organization. Three students, Zach Myers, Marrrah Mitchell and Meredith Higgins, also attended the conference with Marc.

Nainsi Houston, Emily Brubaker, Nancy Rubenstein and Bobbi Bishop (Beeghly Library) attended the Academic Library Association of Ohio’s annual meeting Oct. 26. The theme, Impact Factor: The Value of Academic Libraries, provided timely presentations related to the changing role of libraries in this digital age. Emily’s poster session on Pinterest won the ALAO Support Staff Presenter grant, for which she received a certificate. Bobbi served on the planning committee.

Emily, who had served as serials supervisor, has accepted a position in the marketing department of The Advertiser-Tribune.

Annual HU memorial
service Thursday

The Rev. Paul Stark will conduct a memorial service for faculty, staff, trustees and students of the Heidelberg community who died between Oct. 1, 2011, and Oct. 15, 2012, at noon Thursday, Nov. 15 in Herbster Chapel.

Those being remembered include Mary Jo Lust, Archie Thomas and John Sacorofos.

The campus community is invited to a light luncheon that will follow the service.

’Berg to welcome new HR director

On Monday, Margaret Rudolph will join the Heidelberg community as the new director of human resources. She brings a great deal of energy, enthusiasm, experience and creativity to the position, as well as a strong commitment to collaboration across the board.

Margaret comes to Heidelberg from the Erie County Board of Commissioners, where she has been the director of human resources for the past six years. Prior to that, she held senior HR leadership roles for the cities of Huron and Sandusky. Margaret holds a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University, a master’s degree in labor and human resources from The Ohio State University and is a Certified Labor Relations Professional. She lives in Castalia with her husband, David, and their sons, Benjamin and Brock.

Margaret will replace Jeannine Curns, who is retiring from Heidelberg after 48 years of outstanding service. Jeannine began her career at Heidelberg in 1964 and has filled many roles and seen countless changes. Many will remember that Jeannine first “retired” back in 2006 as a vice president, but was persuaded to remain on as the director of human resources. Her leadership, guidance and humor will be greatly missed.

We wish Jeannine a very happy retirement and welcome Margaret to the Heidelberg community.

Heidelberg responds to
storm victims

Collection buckets for relief for victims of Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast are currently located in the Bookstore and the Admissions Office. Cash and check donations (made to Heidelberg University) will be collected through Tuesday, Nov. 20.M

Next week, freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors will engage in a “change war,” dropping their change in buckets in Hoernemann throughout the week.

All gifts will be evenly divided between the American Red Cross and the United Church of Christ for emergency relief and long term recovery. If you wish to give directly to either of these agencies, you may visit these websites:

Lower campus vision comes to life

Trustee Andrew Kalnow is a man of great vision who also knows that ideas are only as good as their execution. It was Kalnow – along with President Rob Huntington and VP for Institutional Advancement Jim Troha – who envisioned the possibilities for the university’s lower campus project. Over the summer months and into the fall, the area was completely transformed.

Creation of a pond and wetland area is the signature piece of the lower campus vision project, with its enhanced aesthetic, academic, environmental and functional elements. “Visions are great, ideas are great. I’ve had a few of them,” Andrew said as the university dedicated its new lower campus and pond on Oct. 26. “What’s just as important is that good ideas come to fruition, that you mold them into something practical. And the execution has to be good.”

DedicationAndrew and Trustee Ralph Talmage were the visionaries and benefactors of the project, which also includes improved parking, new landscaping and lighting. Overall, the lower campus now presents a much more welcoming atmosphere for those who enter from Circular Street. It also provides a pleasant space for students to walk, bike and gather.

During the dedication, the university celebrated the learning potential of the lower campus. Surrounding the pond are more than 5,500 plants and another 1,100 plants and shrubs that complete the area. When the native grasses, sedges and rushes have established themselves, they will provide a more natural-appearing habitat for aquatic and terrestrial wildlife.

Read comments about the learning and research potential of the area as well as those whom the pond and wetland honors.

Coming full circle for song cycle

Doug and alumni

Dr. Doug McConnell recently attended two performances of his song-cycle, Langston's Lot, presented by musicians from the East Side Chamber Players in Milwaukee. One of these talented players was alumna Rosemary McGee Walzer ('06), who played saxophone for Doug’s composition and made arrangements for the performances. Langston's Lot is a multi-movement work for tenor voice, alto saxophone and piano, based on the poetry of the African-American poet Langston Hughes.

Speech team brings home trophies

Heidelberg’s Speech Team was on the road at Marietta College last weekend for the annual Wilcox Invitational Tournament. HU’s team joined the 200-plus entries at the tournament and came home with several awards.

Senior Gabby Mintz led the team with a third place in informative speaking and a fifth place in persuasive speaking. Junior Katie Brand earned fourth place in prose interpretation. Sophomores Hannah Long-Higgins brought home third place in after dinner speaking and Ashley Racicot won the award for top novice in after dinner speaking.

Pass along your congratulations when you see these students on campus.

The team, coached by Dan Higgins, travels next to a tournament at Bowling Green State University on Nov. 10.

Internship brings student up close with famed dolphin

Jeff and Winter

In the early scenes of the 2011 hit family drama film Dolphin Tale, dolphins are shown in their natural habitat with crab fisherman returning a trap to the ocean nearby. Soon after, a boy biking along the beach and a fisherman discover an injured bottlenose dolphin tangled in a trap.

Meet Winter, the star of the show. Rescue workers from the Clearwater (Fla.) Marine Aquarium bring the injured dolphin there for treatment; they discover, however, that her tail is severely damaged and must be amputated. Through the movie, Winter learns to swim with a prosthetic tail.

Heidelberg senior Jeff Peck is among the individuals who has actually met and interacted with Winter at the aquarium. An environmental science major (water resources track) with minors in geology and biology, Jeff completed a water quality internship at the aquarium last summer. He had seen the movie, which prompted him to “take a shot” at applying for an internship.

Jeff’s work centered on sampling some of the 60 bodies of water in the aquarium, testing the chemical parameters, sometimes several times a day for the larger tanks. The aquarium’s mission is to rescue, rehabilitate and release its residents, which include two nurse sharks, four dolphins, several river otters, about 25 sea turtles and a host of smaller aquatic creatures.

Read more about Jeff’s internship and his encounter with Winter.

Young alum tells emotional story of surviving cancer

Lindsay Vanderveen

Just over a year ago Lindsay (Nedolast) Vanderveen learned she had breast cancer. She was 28 years old.

Her youth at the time of her diagnosis not only surprised her, but also her doctors. She was usually the youngest cancer patient in the waiting room. After the discovery of a lump, multiple tests, an incisional biopsy, a growth the size of a lime was removed. Her doctor told her it had taken seven years to get that size. “That meant it had started growing when I was 21,” she said. “I had never had any symptoms.”

More than 40 people gathered to hear her story of survival and courage last week as part of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Throughout her talk, Lindsay, a 2004 Heidelberg alumna, always came back to her family. “I was not going to be negative,” she said. “I vowed to never let my kids see me upset.”

Read more about Lindsay’s inspiring story.

Beeghly NewsBits

Thanksgiving hours
Beeghly will close at 5 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 20, and remain closed for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, reopening at 6 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 25.

Food for fines
The annual Food for Fines began this week Beeghly Library. Now through Nov. 20, you can cut your library fine in half by bringing in one non-perishable food item for each fine.

Fines for lost or missing items are not eligible.

All food items will be donated to a local food pantry.

Eye on Athletics

It's a transitional time for the student-athletes of Heidelberg University. Volleyball and soccer seasons are complete. Cross-country is nearing the finish line and football is preparing for its final regular season game. Wrestling has started while the track and basketball teams are revving up for action.

For all of the latest information about Heidelberg Athletics, follow @BergAthletics on Twitter.

Men's & Women's Cross Country

The teams will run at the Great Lakes Regional in Alexandria, Ind., this weekend.

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


Following their systematic takedown of John Carroll, the football team will look to put the finishing touches on their case for an at-large berth into the 32-team NCAA Tournament during Saturday's game against Baldwin Wallace. During halftime, the spring Landess Scholar-Athlete Award recipients will be recognized.

Full Schedule & Results | Season Stats | Roster


After a strong showing on their opening weekend, the grapplers will travel to Washington & Jefferson for a tournament this weekend. On Tuesday, the team will host the College of Mount St. Joseph for a dual match.

Full Schedule & Results | Season Stats | Roster