Nota Bene - Vol. 18 Issue 4

Nota Bene

Vol. 18 Issue 4 - Oct 4, 2013

Interacting with women scientists: A student’s takeaways from PALS

Lauren Ash at The Patricia Adams Lecture SeriesYou might call Lauren Ash an insider when it comes to planning and executing The Patricia Adams Lecture Series. Lauren, an accounting major, is the senior representative on the committee that selects speakers for the series. In this capacity, she has a unique opportunity to interact with the speakers throughout the planning process. For the just-concluded fall Patricia Adams Lecture Series, Heidelberg welcomed three women scientists, including Dr. Debbie Mielewski, who as the technical leader of Ford Motor Co.’s all-female Plastics Research group that works on creating green solutions for Ford’s vehicles. Lauren joined the Selection Committee for a private dinner and attended all three student sessions the following day. Lauren has the privilege of publicly introducing Patricia Adams during the dinner and keynote address to conclude the lecture series.

She reflected on her experiences in a journal she created specifically for the Office of Marketing and Communication Services. In her writing, Lauren talks about the inspirational interactions she had with Mielewski and her colleagues, Dr. Ellen Lee and Angela Harris.


Homecoming is coming …
you better wear shades!

 Neon Nights logo

Bed races down Rebecca Street … voting for the king and queen … tossing bean bags in a corn hole tournament … cheering on the Student Princes. Homecoming Week 2013 has something for everyone.

This year’s theme is Neon Nights: Heidelberg’s Future is Bright. Homecoming student events kick off Oct. 7 and run throughout the week. The Homecoming king and queen will be crowned at halftime of the football game vs. Capital Saturday. Events for alumni include the Young Alumni Awards Dinner, the Philalethean centennial celebration and the “H” Association Hall of Fame dinner and induction.

View a complete schedule of events.

'Berg to honor high-achieving
young alumni

Six young alumni who are accomplishing great things in their careers will be honored Homecoming Weekend with Young Alumni Awards.

This year’s honorees are:

  • Carrie A. Benedict, ’01, accountant and corporate attorney
  • Bobie J. Davis, ’06, U.S. Marshal Service
  • John A. Kramer, ’98, teacher and technology specialist
  • Dr. Christopher A. Lofquist, ’05, chiropractor and business owner
  • Amber M. (Boetefuer) Peariso, ’03, biotechnology researcher
  • Patrick H. Turner, ’06, deputy U.S. Marshal

The campus community is invited to the awards dinner at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 11, in the Reed Atrium of Gillmor Hall. If you would like to attend, register online. Cost is $18 per person.

Phicentennial celebration
culminates Homecoming Weekend

Phi 100th celebrationMore than 250 Philalethean alumni are expected to converge on campus Homecoming Weekend Oct. 11-12 to conclude the yearlong celebration of their 100th anniversary.

“Heidelberg and the Phis gave so many of us the four best years of our lives and so many of us became lifelong friends. We’ve shared the good, the bad and the ugly,” said Kim Zandy, ’90, who along with Phi sisters Nancy (Reusch) Sheaffer, ’81, and Paula Roediger, ’89, has coordinated the Phicentennial reunion events.

The Phis will kick off the weekend by attending Greek Sing Friday night with a series of events, celebrations and reminiscing to follow.

With one week to go,
20 join faculty/staff giving campaign

Heidelberg University Faculty/Staff Giving Campaign update

Thank you to the 20 new donors who have either made a gift, pledged or enrolled in payroll deduction for this fiscal year!

The red team is currently in the lead with 50 percent participation. There is still one more week to make your impact on the results and The Heidelberg Fund.

If you have not made your gift, pledge or enrolled in payroll deduction and still want to support our faculty and staff campaign, just talk to one of this year's co-captains, or visit Ashley Helmstetter or Anna Brodman in the Office of Institutional Advancement. You can also follow this easy link to the online giving page and make your gift.

Senior of the Month

Emily Jones, Heidelberg University senior of the month

Political science and international studies major Emily Jones is the first Senior of the Month. She was nominated by Dr. Marc O’Reilly. Read more about Emily’s Heidelberg experience and her advice for all students. Faculty and staff can nominate a student for this Marketing & Communication Services series by completing the online nomination form. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Hiser at


Heidelberg at Heritage Fest

Heidelberg education students read with children at Heritage Festival

‘Berg students had a strong presence at the Heritage Festival Sept. 20-22, interacting with local children at a number of events. Taylor Rambo and Mackenzie Pinkelman (above) were among a group of education majors who read to children in downtown Tiffin. At the Heritage Village, international students, including Shu Liu (April) demonstrated arts and crafts for the children (below).

Heidelberg international students volunteer at Heritage Festival

Berg on the Heidelberg Catechism

Heidelberg’s monthly convocation next Tuesday will be on the topic The Heidelberg Catechism: 450 years, 1563-2013.

Dr. Robert Berg, university archivist and professor emeritus of German, will share a 20- to 30-minute presentation on the significance of the Heidelberg catechism, its relationship to the Protestant Reformation and to the naming of Heidelberg University.

The convocation takes place at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 8, in Herbster Chapel. A display also will be available for viewing in Herbster for the remainder of the day.

From Stoner Health Center: Cholesterol 101

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all cells of the body. Your body needs some cholesterol to make hormones, vitamin D, and substances that help you digest foods. Your body makes all the cholesterol it needs. However, cholesterol also is found in some of the foods you eat.

Cholesterol travels through your bloodstream in small packages called lipoproteins. These packages are made of fat (lipid) on the inside and proteins on the outside.

Two kinds of lipoproteins carry cholesterol throughout your body: low-density lipoproteins (LDL) and high-density lipoproteins (HDL). Having healthy levels of both types of lipoproteins is important.

What is high blood cholesterol?

High blood cholesterol is a condition in which you have too much cholesterol in your blood. By itself, the condition usually has no signs or symptoms. Thus, many people don’t know that their cholesterol levels are too high.

People who have high blood cholesterol have a greater chance of getting coronary heart disease, also called coronary artery disease.

If you have high cholesterol, what can you do to lower it?

Your doctor may prescribe medications to treat your high cholesterol. In addition, you can lower your cholesterol levels through lifestyle changes:

  • Low-fat and high-fiber food (Eat more fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, and whole grains).
  • For adults, getting at least 2 hours and 30 minutes of moderate or 1 hour and 15 minutes of vigorous physical activity a week.
  • Maintain a healthy weight.
  • Don't smoke or quit if you smoke.

Information from ‘What is Cholesterol?’ by National Institutes of Health and September is National Cholesterol Education Month by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Protect against influenza …
Health Center offers flu shots

The Stoner Health Center staff will again 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, cash or check made payable to Stoner Health Center.

Mark your calendars and come to the Health Center for your flu shot:

  • Monday, Oct. 7, 1-3 p.m.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 8, 9-11 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Wednesday, Oct. 9, 9 a.m. and 1-3 p.m.
  • Monday, Oct. 14, 1-3 p.m.
  • Walk-ins are welcome. No appointments will be taken.


Sean Joyce (CNIT) recently attended the Midwest Region conference of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges. CCSC is a professional organization focused on promoting quality computer-oriented curricula as well as effective use of computing in smaller institutions of higher learning which are typically non-research in orientation. In addition to general sessions, Sean attended workshops on assessment and the development of a computer science professional certification exam, the implementation of an NSF-sponsored course in computing foundations for the scientist and the use of visualization software in the teaching of data structures and algorithm analysis.

Drs. Ken Krieger and David Baker  (NCWQR) gave a presentation at the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer district in late September regarding what has been learned from 31 years of uninterrupted water quality monitoring of the lower Cuyahoga River by the NCWQR. Among those present were Heidelberg alums Beth Toot-Levy, Seth Hothem, Ron Maichle, John Rhoades and Keith Linn. Beth and her husband, Jason Levy, a ‘Berg music alum, hosted a cookout at their home afterward. The NEORSD has hired at least eight Heidelberg environmental biology/water resources/environmental science graduates over the years, including Tiffany Szabo, James Justice and Steven Lazewski. Several other students have had summer internships with the district.

Dunkin’ for a Cause

Heidelberg University President Rob Huntington in dunk tank

Dunkin’ for a Cause created quite a splash during this year’s Parent/Family Weekend. The dunk tank was organized by RyRy’s Autism Avengers and raised $450 to donate to SALSA, a local autism support group. Among those who took turns in the dunk tank were President Rob Huntington (pictured above), Dr. David Hogan, Dustin Brentlinger, Paul Stark, Mark Zeno, Chris Washko, Zane Eschbaugh, Deana Shook, Laurie Kaltenmeier, Jake Slaback, Katie Caldwell and RyRy’s mom, Sandy Hallett. For some light-hearted fun, the group kept track of the money brought in by each dunkee. Katie, who serves as president of RyRy’s Autism Avengers, brought in the highest amount, just $1 ahead of Sandy. Along with RyRy’s Autism Avengers, Sandy has done a great deal to elevate the community focus on the important issue of autism.

Gala honors alum’s donation ...

Cast from Opera Gala in Honor of John Beale

Two years ago, Heidelberg University alumnus John R. Beale, ’64, donated to Beeghly Library a large personal collection of about 300 books on opera and classical music recordings, many of them autographed by composers, conductors and performers. On Sunday, the School of Music expressed its appreciation for the collection with an opera gala concert, titled What’s Opera Doc?, in Beale’s honor. The concert was coordinated by Dr. Carol Dusdieker and alumna Donna Overholt of Friends of Heidelberg Music. The featured performers – (left to right) guest artists Benjamin Bunsold and Katherine Calcamuggio, Carol, Dr. Margarita Denenburg and Cynthia Ramsdell are pictured here with John.

… and another music gala
coming this weekend

Vocal and instrumental music faculty will collaborate for the fall Faculty Gala at 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 6, in Brenneman Music Hall. Performers include Melissa Bosma, oboe; Margarita Denenburg, piano; Carol Dusdieker, soprano; Ioana Galu, violin; Scott Kretzer, percussion; and Eric Rutherford, bassoon.

The program includes Prelude Op. 23, No. 6 by Sergi Rachmaninov with Margarita; Sonata for Oboe and Bassoon by Alessandro Besozzi featuring Melissa and Eric; Cantabile for Violin and Piano as well as Banjo and Fiddle for Violin and Piano by Nicolo Raganini with Ioana and Margarita; Blade by Benjamin Finley with Scott; and I Hate Music! A Cycle of Five Kid Songs by Leonard Bernstein featuring Carol and Margarita.

Friends of Heidelberg Music will sponsor a reception following the recital in Pancoast Recital Hall.

It’s fall …
must be time for Oktoberfest

International Students in Amish Country

German students Friedemann Nau, Isabel Wild, Meike Kakas and GA Isa-Marie Brandt recently visited Amish country with their host families.

A series of events and presentations are being planned this month to celebrate Oktoberfest.

  • Sunday, Oct. 6 – Seneca County Park District Oktoberfest 2013, noon-5 p.m., Garlo Heritage Nature Park
  • Monday, Oct. 7 – German presentation by Summer German & European Studies students Shilu Zhong (Chelsea) and Matt Stevens, 3:30 p.m., Campus Center 120
  • Thursday, Oct. 17 – German presentation by Meike Kakas, Friedemann Nau, Isabel Wild and Isa-Marie Brandt, 4:30 p.m., Aramark Room
  • Wednesday, Oct. 23 – German presentation by AJY students Eric Gobel, Adrian Niemetz and Sebastian Williams, 4 p.m., Campus Center 120

The annual Oktoberfest Dinner with German cuisine will be Thursday, Oct. 17, during regular dining hours at Hoernemann Refectory. On the menu: Kaiser Wilhelm Kartoffelsuppe (potato soup), tomato salad, cucumber salad, curry knockwurst, pork schnitzel with mushroom gravy, braised red cabbage, green beans, Flammkuchen (pizza crust with crème fresh, red onion and bacon), dinner rolls, potato bar, apple kuchen and Black Forest layer cake.

Dinner is open to the public. Cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger.

For additional info about any of the Oktoberfest events, contact Julie Arnold at or x2953.

Wade Young enlightens
ATR majors

Heidelberg alumnus and Trustee Dr. Wade Young, a native of Green Springs, Ohio, spoke to ‘Berg students in Trevor Bates’ Healthcare Seminar class Sept. 26. Dr. Young is a licensed ophthalmologist with a practice in Tiffin. After he received his undergraduate degree from Heidelberg with majors in chemistry and biology, he went on to Northwestern University’s medical school for his ophthalmology degree.

During the class, Dr. Young presented many new ideas of ophthalmologic medicine to an eager class full of seniors majoring in athletic training and health sciences. During the presentation, he showed an impressive video of LASIK eye procedures he has performed. The procedures were astounding and caught the attention of everyone in the lecture. They were complex yet Dr. Young’s precise explanation and discussion simplify the material for the students.

Overall, the presentation was a very enlightening experience and intrigued each and every student in the class. Dr. Wade Young captured the minds of everyone during his lecture period and defines the meaning of a true professional.

— by Casey Brannon, senior ATR major

Berg's Got Talent winners

They’ve got talent

This year’s Berg’s Got Talent event featured an international flavor. Hanlin Zhang (Helen) and Shu Liu (April) performed a Chinese song and dance that earned them first place in the annual competition during Parent/Family Weekend. Berg Events Council sponsored the event.



Interfaith & Community Service

Heidelberg students at Interfaith & Community Service conference

Civic Engagement Coordinator Laurie Kaltenmeier and students Dylan Lohr, Deana Shook and Claire Meneer recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to take part in a conference based on the president’s Interfaith & Community Service Campus Challenge. Universities from across the country were invited to Georgetown University to discuss their interfaith and service curriculums. There were also several guest speakers, including Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, and Eboo Patel, a member of President Obama’s inaugural Advisory Council on Faith-Based Neighborhood Partnerships. The ‘Berg group also took a trip around the city with an inside look at the Congressional floor, an exploration of Georgetown and a look at Embassy Row. The group brought back a lot of new ideas and perspectives. The group also had the pleasure of seeing Dr. Jim Troha, former VP of IAUR and now president of Juniata College, at the conference. He was delighted to see the familiar ‘Berg faces and sent his best to the campus.

Eye on Athletics

Cross country

Sophie Goobic continues to lead the upstart women's cross country team. She has been named OAC Runner of the Week three times this season.

Today, the men's and women's cross country teams race at the All-Ohio Meet, hosted by Cedarville. Links to the live video feed can be found here.


The football team is 3-0, outscoring opponents by seven touchdowns per game. Junior receiver Donteea Dye was named OAC Player of the Week after a two-touchdown performance against Wilmington. Tomorrow, Mike Hallett and crew travel to Marietta for a night game along the Ohio River.

Men’s soccer

A 3-2 win at Kenyon capped off a successful non-conference schedule for the 6-2-0 men's soccer team. The team will open up OAC play with Marietta at home on Saturday. Junior Hamid Shariff leads the team with four goals.

Women’s soccer

The women's soccer team closed out their non-conference slate with a 2-1 loss in overtime at Hiram. The team will look to rebound during the OAC action, starting with Marietta at home on Saturday. Senior goalkeeper Molly Schriber has an astonishing 70 saves on the season.

Saturday's home match with Marietta marks the squad's annual Breast Cancer Awareness Game. Several fundraisers will take place throughout the course of the contest, with the proceeds benefitting breast cancer research.


After struggling against some of the nation's top teams, the volleyball team has won four in a row, including the OAC opener against Wilmington. This weekend, the women travel to Marietta for a trimatch with the Pioneers and West Liberty.