Nota Bene - Vol. 18 Issue 10

Nota Bene

Vol. 18 Issue 10 - Jan 16, 2014

Registration open for 21st Student Research Conference

The 21st annual Minds at Work Student Research Conference is scheduled for Thursday, Feb. 20. Students are encouraged to participate, either with a traditional research paper or a student project or portfolio presentation from Spring or Fall 2013 semesters.

The deadline to submit a registration form is Jan. 24 with an abstract due Jan. 31.

If you believe a student paper from Spring or Fall 2013 is exceptional, you are encouraged to have the student submit his/her paper for the Ernest and Martha Hammel Research Award. There is a $500 prize for Best Paper, $250 for the second-place paper and $100 for the third-place paper. A hard copy of the paper must be submitted to Nancy King in the Office of Academic Affairs by Friday, Jan. 31, to be considered for a monetary award. Only undergraduates can be considered for the awards.

If you have questions, contact, visit the website or email Dr. Ginny Gregg at

Faculty Research Symposium
to set the tone for SRC

As a precursor to the Student Research Conference, the annual Faculty Research Symposium will be held from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 6. Faculty members who would like to present should email a title and a one-paragraph abstract to Dr. Marc O’Reilly at Marc is coordinating this Academic Enhancement Committee-sponsored event.

Ongoing research and performances are permitted. Presentations should be 20-25 minutes and should incorporate a Q&A component

The symposium serves two purposes: to afford students and faculty an opportunity to hear about faculty research activities and to model research presentation techniques for students, some of whom will be presenting their own work at the Student Research Conference on Feb. 20.

Living the mission: Berg Talks
theme is leading life of purpose

A student-athlete, a faculty member, a local advocate and an accomplished social worker and attorney – all leaders in their own right – will discuss Leadership with Purpose and Distinction as part of the first Berg Talks event on Tuesday, Jan. 28.

Nate Davis, Dr. Karen Jones, Sister Paulette of the Sisters of St. Francis and Washington, D.C., attorney Barbara Murphy Stough will share their unique experiences about how they found their purpose to lead. The presentation will be from 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. in Gundlach Theatre.

Nate will discuss his involvement in track and field. Karen will explain her role in developing PACE, reaching out to students in the local juvenile court system. Sister Paulette will share her experiences of creating peace in Hebron, Palestine. Barbara Murphy Stough, the keynote speaker, will discuss her experiences as a social worker who became an attorney in Washington, D.C., to better support welfare recipients.

The first-ever Berg Talks event is designed to encourage students to consider how leaders emerge and find a purpose through their passion and commitment. The Academic Enhancement Committee, which is organizing the event, is seeking faculty support in bringing together the student body for this event.

Barbara Murphy Stough also will give a presentation at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in Gundlach. Her talk will provide a richer insight into her motivation and purpose of her career change.

Grant provides funding
for sustainability efforts

Heidelberg’s Sustainability Committee was awarded a $5,025 grant from the Ottawa-Sandusky-Seneca Solid Waste District. With initial funding from IRHC and Student Senate, the committee plans to purchase products that are created from recycled materials.

Outdoor trash containers, which will be located at all residential buildings and also the Campus Center, University Hall and Saurwein, will provide more opportunities to recycle plastic and aluminum as well as an option for “walking trash” to be disposed of properly.

In the past the committee has purchased picnic tables, recycling containers for all campus buildings and created a recycling program on campus. Chaired by Deb Wilkinson, the committee has continued to look for ways to improve Heidelberg’s recycling efforts on campus and in the community.

If any ‘Berg student or employee is interested in sustainability efforts, please contact Deb at for more information.

Democratic House leader
to give MLK Day call to action

The theme for this year’s community Martin Luther King Day program is After Fifty Years the Dream is Still Important.

The annual King Day Dinner will be held at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, at Faith United Methodist Church, 75 N. Sandusky St. The guest speaker will be the Rev. Darvin Adams from the Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary at Northwestern University.

Heidelberg will hold its annual King Day program at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Brenneman Music Hall. Tracy Maxwell Heard, the Democratic leader of the Ohio House of Representatives, will be the featured speaker.

Through her public service, Maxwell Heard is committed to securing an adequate and equitable school funding formula for Ohio’s children, strengthening the state’s communities and local governments and ensuring the political process is inclusive of Ohio’s diverse population

She has represented Ohio’s 26th House District (eastern and southern Columbus) for seven years. She was the first African American woman to be elected Majority Floor Leader and the second African American to hold that position. She is a graduate of the University of Akron who began her career as a television news anchor and then switched to a career in politics and consulting.

As part of its traditional MLK Day observation, Heidelberg will hold a Day On in Service on Monday, Jan. 20.

For more information or to RSVP for the community dinner, contact Amanda Atchison at or Paul Stark at

Folk music duo to perform

Folk music group The Ruckers will give a free concert at noon, Thursday, Jan. 23, in Brenneman Music Hall.

This husband-wife duo of James “Sparky” Rucker and Ronda Hicks Rucker has been producing folk music together since the late 1980s. Their themes focus on historical, traditional and religious ideas. Before his musical debut Sparky Rucker was known as a social activist in the South who was involved in the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s. Rhonda Rucker practiced medicine in Kentucky before becoming a full-time folk singer with her husband.

The Ruckers appeared on the Grammy-nominated CD, Singing Through the Hard times, and have released 15 albums through the years. They now travel the country and give educational performances to students in schools and colleges that focus on telling stories in the American tradition.

The offices of Admissions, Multicultural Affairs, Religious Life and the School of Music are co-sponsors of the concert.

Berg to celebrate birthday
of poet William Stafford

Heidelberg will once again observe the birthday and vision of American poet William Stafford on the occasion of his birthday with a celebration of his works at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 23, in Herbster Chapel.

All students, staff and faculty are welcome to read in a friendly, democratic atmosphere. This year’s focus is on nature poetry. Come read your favorite Stafford or other nature poem and share in fellowship, cookies and coffee.

Questions? Contact Dr. Bill Reyer at

IAUR promotes Helmstetter

Congratulations to Ashley Helmstetter, who has been promoted to executive director of development, alumni engagement and annual giving.

In her new role, Ashley will develop and implement strategies to ensure the success of five areas within Institutional Advancement and University Relations: annual giving, alumni engagement, event management, donor relations and advancement services.

“I am very excited about working with Ashley in her new role, which will allow her to truly practice the ‘engagement’ function in her title,” said Connie Harris, VP for IAUR. “She brings tremendous energy and loyalty to Heidelberg, and is authentic in her passion about Everyone Matters … Heidelberg Rising.”

Nominations sought for
annual Curns Awards

Is one of your colleagues worthy of one of the Jeannine Curns Distinguished Service Awards for 2014? Nominations are currently being accepted for the annual awards, including one each for administrative and support staff.

To make your nomination, you can use the form. Deadline for nominations is Jan. 20, 2014.

The award will be presented at the Faculty & Staff Recognition Luncheon on Jan. 30.

From Stoner Health Center:
Safe disposal of medications

It’s time to clean out those medicine cabinets! Stoner Health Center would like to remind you to “take-back” any of your unwanted and/or expired medications. The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office and Tiffin Police Department both have an anonymous drop box location where you can take your unwanted medications.

Seneca County Sheriff’s Office
3040 South State Route 100 Tiffin, OH 44883
Phone: 419-447-3456

Tiffin Police Department
51 East Market Street Tiffin, OH 44883
Phone: 419-447-2323

Why take back your prescription meds?

Unwanted medicines left in the home endanger our loved ones including children, seniors and pets. Poisonings from prescription and over-the-counter medicines are increasing. Getting rid of unwanted medicines is an important part of being safe in the home and will reduce unnecessary poisonings.

Prescription drug abuse is the fastest-growing drug problem in the country. The abuse of prescription medicines often results in medical emergencies or fatal overdoses. Most abusers of medicines get the drugs from a friend or relative – not from a drug dealer. A safe medicine take-back disposal gets potentially dangerous leftover drugs out of our homes.

The Stoner Health Center staff hopes everyone practices safe habits with regard to medications. Please, dispose of them properly at one of the locations above.


Dr. Kristen Williams (School of Education) presented two posters, The Effectiveness of Interactive Read Alouds on Oral Reading Fluency and The Impact of Classical Music on Classroom Behavior, at the 12th Annual Hawaii International Conference on Education in Honolulu Jan. 5-8.

Chris Tucci (School of Music and Theatre) has been nominated by the Theatre Roundtable for Best Supporting Actor for his role as Caleb in last spring’s production of The Whipping Man at New Players Theater and Gallery Players in Columbus. The awards will be presented Jan. 26.

Beeghly Library Newsbits

Beeghly Library will be closed Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 18-19, during Martin Luther King weekend. The library will be open 6-11 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 20, and will resume regular hours on Tuesday, Jan. 21.

Eye on Athletics

Women's basketball
Led by first-year head coach Morgan Shriver, the women's basketball team has as many conference wins this season as they did in the past three seasons combined. Kathleen Phillips surpassed the 1,500-point plateau on Wednesday. She is just the fourth player in program history to accomplish the feat.

Men's basketball
Featuring the nation's third-highest strength of schedule, the men's basketball team is still searching for its first conference victory. First-year head coach Andy Bucheit's team is led by Deonte Holder, who is fourth in the conference, averaging more than 16 points per contest.

Heidelberg wrestling continues to hold its own against some of the top programs in Division III. At the National Duals, the Student Princes finished 3-2 and placed sixth. OAC dual meets begin on Tuesday.

Track & Field
With interim head coach Ron Martin at the helm, the track and field team will don the Tricolor this weekend for the first time in 2014.