Nota Bene - Vol. 18 Issue 3

Nota Bene

Vol. 18 Issue 3 - Sep 20, 2013

Let us never forget: Lichtman-Behm series inspires many


The reminders were many this week: Let us never forget the horrors, the agony and the suffering of victims of the Holocaust, but also the personal triumphs and stories of survival, hope and remembrance.

That message resonated throughout the three days of the fourth annual Lichtman-Behm Genocide Lecture series this week to hundreds of faculty, staff, community members, alumni and local/area school children.

This year, Heidelberg was honored to host author and political activist Anna Rosmus, who is responsible for introducing Jimmy Lichtman and Don Behm. Namesakes of the series, the two men – a Holocaust survivor and his liberator – were remembered with poignant conversations between Rosmus and Heidelberg students, in a lecture she delivered about her unceasing efforts to reveal the hidden Nazi truths of her hometown of Passau, Germany, and by Holocaust survivor Betty Gold, who shared her story of survival with more than 500 middle school and high school students.

Lichtman, who died in March 2012 and Behm, ’51, who is in ill health, were remembered often during the series. In an especially moving event, Heidelberg paid tribute to Jimmy with testimonials from his family and friends who traveled great distances to participate. They included his wife, Martha (accompanied by daughter Kathy), friend and liberator George Sherman (accompanied by his wife Marcia), Holocaust survivor Emery Grosinger and Stuart Behm, ’90. Siblings Scott, Steve and Suzy and cousin Leslie Behm, ’76, also attended several of the events.

betty gold

During his tribute remarks, President Rob Huntington had this to say about Jimmy’s life: “Jimmy Lichtman’s life was never meaningless. Evil people tried to make it meaningless in horrible places 70 years ago. They wreaked cruelty on millions but they failed. Lives of meaning and purpose always rise and prevail. The diamond in the heart and the power of love are ultimately always stronger than the blade in the fist and the wrath of hatred. That is humanity. That is Jimmy Lichtman.”

In various forums, Rosmus spoke about her 33-year quest to find out what her community and the world was prevented from learning. It became at times a cat-and-mouse game during which bureaucracy tried to foil her research at every turn. An innocent school essay became a lifelong journey – fueled by persistence and a dose of stubbornness – that has produced a life’s work in books and lectures.

“People tried to shut me up in many ways,” Rosmus told AIM Hei students. Asked why she kept going, she said, “One, nobody else was doing this and two, somebody had to set the lies straight.”

“My hometown (of Passau, Germany) had an unusual and violent past. Wherever you looked in this little town, it read like a who’s who of the Third Reich,” Rosmus said. She has worked tirelessly to reverse the perception of war criminals as people of power and honor, and reshape the response to persecuted Jews in and around Passau.

During her keynote lecture, Rosmus spoke in great detail about her crusade against racism, bigotry and hatred. “Gradually, I am filling the voice on a local level,” she said.

The Fox wins again!

The Foxmen don’t take a challenge lightly, an attitude they learned from the very best. As Heidelberg sought to raise $4.5 million for the Athletic Stadium and Alumni Center, they knew there was only one man whose name deserved to be on this facility: their beloved coach, Paul “The Fox” Hoernemann.

A $1 million challenge from anonymous Board of Trustees members laid the groundwork, and the Foxmen rose to meet it. Today, this group of former players, led by co-chairs Jim Getz and Bill Goodwin, have met their challenge to match the $1 million for the naming rights.

The new stadium will officially be named Hoernemann Stadium.

Fund-raising for the entire project stands at $4,150,766 as of Sept. 12. This includes an anonymous $1.5 million cash gift pledge, the $1 million Board of Trustees challenge to the Foxmen and the Foxmen’s match, four additional major gifts and other gifts in support of the overall project. In total, 179 donors have made gifts to this great project … so far!

The commitment of the Foxmen themselves, who responded with a total of 124 gifts, exceeding $1 million, would have thrilled their modest coach.

“Paul would have been delighted because Heidelberg football was such a big part of his life,” said Jim, ’58. “He would be delighted because his former players came through for this. That would be more important to him.”

Those who knew Hoernemann best say he downplayed his own accomplishments, but he’d be the first to brag about his teams.

“We knew the guys would come through and they did,” said Bill, ’56, former vice president of development at the Berg. “I have been involved in a lot of campaigns but never one in which I had such a deep belief in what we were doing.

“We are really ecstatic to reach this milestone. Now we want to help finish the campaign.”

So what will it be like for Jim, Bill and all of the Foxmen one year from now when Heidelberg plays its first home game in Hoernemann Stadium?

“I’ll be thrilled because Coach Hoernemann had a major role in my life and development, and the lives of so many,” Jim said. Bill adds simply, “I’ll feel very proud and humbled.”

Score one for the Berg … and another victory for The Fox!

hoernemann stadium

HU helps China partner
celebrate anniversary

Heidelberg University helps China partner celebrate anniversary

President Rob Huntington and Provost Dave Weininger returned earlier this month from a whirlwind trip to Tianjin, China, where they helped Tianjin Normal University -- Heidelberg’s long-time partner in international educational exchange – celebrate its 55th anniversary.

While there, Rob delivered an invited speech as part of TNU’s International Forum on the Role of the University in Culture during the Era of Globalization. Rob was one of 14 college presidents who delivered remarks and the only representative of an American university, which he described as “quite an honor.”

In all, there were about 150 participants in the forum. “We were the U.S. school, and that was very flattering,” said Rob, who was positioned next to TNU President Gao for the forum. About half of the speeches were delivered in English; for the others, participants wore headphones and listened through translators.

tnu library

“I felt very uplifted for Heidelberg. Personally, it was a very exciting experience,” he said. TNU’s anniversary celebration continued with a dinner, a theatre presentation and a tour of the university’s massive new campus, including the new 12-story library which impressed both Rob and Dave. They also had a private dinner with President Gao and his senior staff and content-rich discussions about new directions for the partnership

Among TNU’s academic exchanges, Heidelberg’s is the longest, at 27 years. HU has hosted 30 academic scholars over the life of the exchange, and has sent more than 100 faculty, staff and students to TNU as part of the summer exchange.

The recent trip was highly productive. Both Rob and Dave believe it strengthened the partnership and could result in more TNU students coming to Heidelberg.

Currently, Heidelberg is hosting about a dozen graduate education students. But an untapped market may be in graduate studies in business, Dave said. TNU has a pool of business students three times that of its education students.

“We have high hopes of attracting additional TNU students into our graduate programs,” he said. “It was a very valuable trip.”

As recipient of first endowed chair,
Swanson envisions possibilities 

For the next three years, Dr. Bob Swanson will hold a special distinction among the School of Education and ‘Berg faculty colleagues. At the beginning of the semester, Bob was named the first-ever recipient of the Swinehart Family Endowed Chair in Education.

The Swinehart Endowed Chair is the first of six endowed faculty chairs to be created at Heidelberg, and the first to be fully funded. It supports the $75 million Academic Comprehensive Campaign for Excellence. Provost Dave Weininger said Bob’s appointment “is a reward for the hard work and the quality work that he has done in the School of Education.”

When he learned of his appointment, Bob said he was initially shocked, and then honored. “I thought, ‘Wow, this is really neat. It’s an honor for the department in that we’re the first.” And then, the wheels started spinning.

From an academic standpoint, the endowed chair provides additional resources – about $75,000 annually – that will allow Bob and School of Education faculty to participate in professional development activities, and create and enhance other programs.

“This will allow us to do things we couldn’t normally do,” Bob said.

One such initiative is the Educational Summit, planned for March, which will be partially funded through the endowed chair. The School of Education will host trail-blazing LA teacher Rafe Esquith, author of Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire and Real Talk for Real Teachers.

Additionally, Bob envisions the School of Education being able to attend more professional meetings and conferences. “That’s really important to a small department,” he said. “Education changes weekly and we have to keep up. If we fall behind, students suffer.”

This particular endowed chair honors the role education played in the lives and careers of Dr. David and Peg (Swinehart) Baker and Ralph and Joan Talmage, who provided funding. Three of the four were teachers and still believe in the training of future educators.

’Berg set to welcome
Fellows Organization

This weekend, more than 200 members of the Fellows Organization – those who contribute to The Heidelberg Fund and other annual initiatives) – will be on campus for the Presidential Fellows breakfast and academic showcase, followed by the annual Fellows luncheon and business meeting.

Following the lunch, Fellows are invited to the football game. Those in attendance will be recognized at halftime.

The members of the Fellows Organization contributed more than $675,000 to The Heidelberg Fund during Fiscal Year 2013. We thank members for their continued generosity in supporting students and their academic and co-curricular needs.

USDA grant focuses on
phosphorus in the Great Lakes

Rem Confesor

The National Center for Water Quality Research has received a $590,000 grant from the USDA to focus on reducing the phosphorus entering into Lake Erie from agricultural fields.

Dr. Rem Confesor is the lead investigator for the grant and will oversee its implementation and progress.

USDA’s Conservation Innovation Grants are aimed at creative problem solving, said Michelle Lohstroh, acting NRCS state conservationist in Ohio.

“Reducing harmful algal blooms by reducing their food source, phosphorus, requires that kind of thinking because we’re still trying to understand exactly what’s happening,” she said. “These grants are critical for developing and demonstrating conservation solutions that improve America’s farmland and natural resources. We’re glad Heidelberg University could help us in USDA’s effort to advance agriculture and improve water quality in the Great Lakes.”

Heidelberg’s proposal will build on the research and demonstration projects already under way to determine exactly how phosphorus gets into the lake. Last year, NRCS selected a $1 million CIG proposal from The Ohio State University for a project to develop a phosphorus index farmers can use to make decisions that will decrease the chance of phosphorus leaving their fields. Many of the researchers and conservation professionals are working on both projects, as well as other projects with the same objectives. This type of collaboration, sharing knowledge and experiences, accelerates discovery.

The NCWQR has a 35-year data set from water quality monitoring in the Sandusky Watershed where the project will take place. This rich data set and long history of collaborating with many groups towards the common goal of reducing non-point source pollutants in the Great Lakes gives them a solid platform for this new project. The other partners in this project, including area farmers, will help with edge-of-field water quality monitoring, calibrating and refining environmental models to the Great Lakes region, and demonstrating the most effective best management practices for holding phosphorus in place.

The NRCS funds these grants through the Environmental Quality Incentives Program. Grantees must work with producers to develop and demonstrate the new technologies and approaches. At least 50 percent of the total cost of CIG projects must come from non-federal matching funds, including cash and in-kind contributions provided by the grant recipient.


Dr. Karen A. Jones (School of Education) recently had a co-authored article, Ohio's Middle Childhood Licensure Study, published in the current issue of Research in Middle Level Education Online. The authors, all members of Ohio Middle Level Professors, explored the perceptions of teachers in their implementation and understandings of the middle school concept in a qualitative research study.

Dr. Doug Collar (Honors, English) reports that the Heidelberg chapter of Alpha Lambda Delta, the national academic honor society for freshman, has won a Delta Silver award for a 27 percent increase in membership for the 2012-2013 academic year. Doug is the faculty advisor for ALD which inducted 47 freshmen scholars this past spring.

Dr. Ken Krieger (NCWQR) presented an invited talk Sept. 6 at the Tenth Annual Conservation Symposium of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History, with the title Mayflies and Muffleheads in Lake Erie -- Nuisances or Valuable Resources? Ken's talk was preceded by alumnus Tom Bartlett, who spoke on Northern Saw-whet Owl Research on Kelley’s Island, Ohio.

Dr. Bill Reyer (English) received first place in the Grand Prix competition of the Poetry Society of Kentucky for his poem A Hermitage.

’Berg again ranked highly
in U.S. News annual survey

Doug Kellar, Vice President for Enrollment Management

For the 26th consecutive year, Heidelberg University is highly ranked among the top colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual national survey, proving our 164-year tradition of excellence is as strong as ever – and rising.

The U.S. News 2014 America’s Best Colleges report, released Sept. 10, uses a set of criteria, including peer assessment, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, alumni giving and financial resources, in ranking colleges and universities. The survey provides a thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 16 indicators related to academic excellence.

“We are pleased to receive positive external validation based on indicators associated with academic excellence,” said Doug Kellar, vice president for enrollment management. “The elements that make the Heidelberg experience excellent far exceed the criteria used by U.S. News, but the magazine’s criteria are positive indicators related to the strength and the quality of the institution.”

This year, Heidelberg was ranked in the top tier in the Midwestern Universities category, which includes institutions that offer a full range of undergraduate programs and several graduate programs.

Court on Campus time change

Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff, ’75, will again bring his courtroom to campus on Monday, Sept. 23, in observance of Constitution Day.

The judge will hold actual hearings from 10 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. in Herbster Chapel. The campus community is invited to observe the hearings as schedules permit. Between hearings, Steve will explain court procedure, protocol and rationale for his decisions, and answer questions.

School of Education
picks up the PACE

Dr. Karen A. Jones and Seneca County’s Juvenile Court have developed a new program, Partners in Academic Coaching for Excellence, to provide tutors for students on probation. This partnership will provide a service learning option for numerous Heidelberg students to serve as academic coaches while also providing positive insights into school, education and learning to Tiffin’s at risk youth.

Faculty/Staff Heidelberg Fund
Campaign off and running

Faculty/Staff Heidelberg Fund Campaign off and running

The faculty/staff campaign for the Heidelberg Fund has officially taken flight.

The official kickoff event was held Sept. 12 in The University Commons. There’s still plenty of time to make a participatory gift or enroll in payroll deduction. It’s simple: just talk to one of this year’s co-captains, or visit Ashley Helmstetter or Anna Brodman in the Office of Institutional Advancement.

If we missed you at last week’s kick-off event in The University Commons, here's a quick explanation of this year’s campaign:

This year’s theme revolves around the use of 3,000-piece Heidelberg Fund goal to raise $1 million and 500 new donors. Each puzzle piece represents one donor, and each piece added illustrates the progress of the campaign. The goal for the faculty/staff campaign is $40,000.

The campus has been divided into three teams: red, orange and black. Each team is represented by two co-captains, including Marc O'Reilly and Nainsi Houston (red), Pat Page and John Wilkin, (orange) and Ron Callahan and Morgan Shriver (black).

As of today, Marc and Nainsi’s red team currently leads the pack at 40 percent participation. By making your gift of any size to The Heidelberg Fund, you will help your team get one step closer to reaching 100 percent participation and do your part to help complete the Heidelberg Fund puzzle. More information is included in the faculty and staff brochures which were distributed at the kickoff event. If you have not received one, please see one of your team co-captains. You can also follow this easy link to the online giving page and make your gift there:

wva alumni trip

Take me home, country roads

A total of 27 alumni from the ‘70s-‘90s, current and retired faculty and their families traveled to West Virginia last weekend for an ecology reunion. The reunion was the re-creation of a post-graduation trip recent graduates and faculty took to study ecology. Representing the faculty were Dr. Dave Baker, Dr. Ken Krieger, Dr. Pam Faber, Dr. Percy Lilly, Dr. Bob Murray and Dr. Bryan Smith.

Do you know a deserving
Student of the Month?

The Marketing and Communication Office is starting a monthly series titled Senior of the Month. This allows us to highlight student accomplishments and their plans for after graduation. Faculty and staff can nominate a student by completing the online nomination form. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Hiser at

Living the mission: New Bulletin
features outstanding alums

The summer edition of The Heidelberg Bulletin is out! This issue features a series about alumni who are living the Heidelberg mission in their lives and careers. Those we wrote about include Gary Duncan, ’67, Brenda (Gorrell) Pyatt, ’75, Ryan Phillips, ’99, Anne Trent, ’64, Lindsay (Nedolast) Vanderveen, ’04, and Joyce (Stevens) Celms and Nancy Freeman, ’71.

This issue also profiles Dr. Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders and her leadership of the graduate counseling program, coverage of Alumni Weekend and ’13 student-athletes Nate Davis and Marian Bevington.

Also released with the Bulletin was the Recognition of Donors report for Fiscal Year 2013 with a series of vignettes about faculty, staff, alumni and community members describing their philanthropic philosophies. If you did not receive these publications in your home mail, stop by the Marketing & Communication Office and pick up a copy.

Shoo the flu: Health Center
offers vaccines next month

Stoner Health Center staff will offer flu shots for students, staff, faculty and their spouses. The cost will be $10 per injection and can be charged to the student’s account, paid by cash or check made payable to “Stoner Health Center- Heidelberg University.”

Mark your calendars for the following dates of administration: ·

  • Monday, Oct. 7 -- 1-3 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8 – 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9 -- 9-11a.m. and 1-3 p.m. 
  • Monday, Oct. 14 -- 1-3 p.m.

Walk-ins are welcome. No appointments will be taken. Vaccines will be given at the health center.

What is the point of getting an influenza vaccination (flu shot)? The flu (influenza) is caused by viruses. The infection cannot be treated with antibiotics because antibiotics only work against bacteria and not against viruses. So antibiotics only help if you have a bacterial infection of the airways as well as the viral infection. Viruses can make you very ill and spread quickly from person to person.

When we get infected with an influenza virus, it builds up a person’s immunity against that specific virus. Vaccination or immunization creates the same situation. A weakened or inactivated form of the virus is introduced into the body to stimulate the production of antibodies. Then, if a real virus comes along that is exactly the same as the one introduced by the vaccine, the body recognizes it and can fight it off. Because influenza viruses are constantly changing and completely new forms of viruses also arise, one influenza vaccination cannot provide permanent protection. So if you want to be sufficiently protected you have to have a different vaccination every year.

It takes about 14 days after receiving the influenza vaccination for the body to produce enough antibodies to fight off an influenza infection. This means that you need to be vaccinated before the first cases of influenza arise. Because the production of vaccine does require a bit of time, it has to be manufactured before it is certain what influenza viruses will appear that season. Usually, the predictions about which viruses will emerge in the coming year are accurate.

Information from Influenza: How much Protection do Flu Vaccinations Cover? by National Institutes of Health.

Eye on Sports

The 2013-2014 athletic season is off to a rousing start. Through the first three weeks, the Ohio Athletic Conference has tabbed three Heidelberg student-athletes as Players of the Week, including Sophie Goobic twice.

Nearly every home contest is streamed online through a partnership with BoxCast. Viewable on nearly every tablet, laptop, computer and smartphone, the BoxCast stream is a great way to stay connected with HU athletics from your home or office. Archived copies of every BoxCast can be viewed at

Each home football game, including Saturday’s contest against Ohio Northern, will be simulcast live on WHEI TV-10. Under the direction of Nathan Cutietta and Robyn White, HU students produce a live halftime show in conjunction with the game.

Cross country
The early success of the women’s cross country team has been the most pleasant surprise of the fall. Led by two-time OAC Runner of the Week Sophie Goobic, the team features a potent mix of youth and experience. Head coach Bri Hess and new assistant coach Ron Martin have helped the ladies shatter their personal records throughout the year.

The men’s and women’s teams will race at Otterbein this weekend.

Head coach Mike Hallett’s team took care of business in the opener, drubbing Alma 52-7. More than 70 student-athletes saw action on the field. Ryan Fischer’s 71-yard punt return for a touchdown helped him land OAC Special Teams Player of the Week.

The team will continue its homestand with contests against ONU on Saturday and Wilmington on Sept. 28. Saturday’s game is Fellows Day and the annual Bendekovic Bowl. The Bendo Bowl honors the legacy of Ronnie and Jason Bendekovic, assistant coaches at ONU and HU at the time of their passing in 2005 and 2010.

Men’s soccer
Celebrating his silver anniversary as coach of the men’s soccer team at HU, 25-year head coach Brian Haley has his squad primed for success in 2013. The team is 4-1-0, with the only loss coming at No. 2 Ohio Wesleyan in double-overtime. Junior Hamid Shariff, sophomore Chris Koczak and freshman Greg Raimondo have each scored three goals for the Student Princes.

Women’s soccer
After a pair of tough losses in sweltering August heat, the women’s soccer team has shown marked improvement over the past two weeks. Following a hard-fought 1-1 tie with Defiance, they soundly defeated Bethany 3-1 last Saturday. Last Wednesday, a late goal at Manchester spelled doom as the team lost 2-1. Head coach Nick Spell’s team stands at 1-4-1.

The volleyball team opened up the 2013 season with a pair of wins. A five-set loss to Ohio Northern set off an eight-match losing streak which was snapped on Tuesday at Case Western Reserve. Included in the streak, however, were three matches against teams in the top 10. Senior Amber Welfle, the season’s first OAC Player of the Week, eclipsed the 1,000 kill mark at the home opener against Defiance.

Kids Club
The Office of Athletic Marketing and Information has launched the Student Prince Kids Club. Free membership is reserved for all children 12 and under. Director Jeff Garvin invites the Heidelberg community to sign up their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and neighbors.

Members receive an official membership card, player autographs, a personalized locker/door tag, complimentary tickets for parents and much more.

To register, visit