Nota Bene - Vol. 18 Issue 5

Nota Bene

Vol. 18 Issue 5 - Oct 18, 2013

Community, ’Berg honor pioneering Cronise sisters

Cronise sisters to be honored

Heidelberg University, along with the Seneca County Bar Association, the Barnes-Deinzer Seneca County Museum Foundation and the Ohio State Bar Association are co-sponsors for a series of events Wednesday, Oct. 23, that will honor Nettie and Florence Cronise, the first women lawyers in the state’s history.

Florence Cronise graduated at the top of her Heidelberg class in 1865, while her sister attended Heidelberg for a short time. Both studied law at local practices. In 1873, Nettie became the first woman admitted to the Ohio Bar Association. Six months later, Florence followed, and they opened their own practice in Tiffin. The sisters practiced together as N. & F. Cronise, Attorneys at Law, operating the first woman-owned law firm in the state.

Local attorneys James Fruth, ’92, and Victor Perez have collaborated with a host of people to plan a dedication ceremony and placement of a historical marker in honor of the sisters at 3:30 p.m. on Courthouse Square. The Hon. Maureen O’Connor, the first female justice of the Ohio Supreme Court, will assist with the ceremony. She will be introduced by attorney and ‘Berg Trustee Elizabeth Smith, ’81.

Preceding the dedication at 2 p.m., ‘Berg students Becca Dickinson, Leigh Barthel and Katelyn Hough will participation in A Conversation with the Cronise Sisters at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library. Becca will lead the presentation with Leigh and Katelyn portraying the sisters.

At noon, the Women’s Leadership Initiative will host ‘Berg alumni and attorneys Carrie Benedict, ‘01, Jennifer Coletta McHugh, ’06, and Rebecca Denton Shope, ’04, for a presentation in its Early Success Series.

The presentation at the library and the dedication ceremony are open to the public.

Grant to bring Islamic scholar
to campus for talk Tuesday

Dr. Mohammad J. MahallatiOn Tuesday, Nov. 19, Heidelberg will welcome Dr. Mohammad J. Mahallati, presidential scholar in Islamic studies at Oberlin College, for a presentation titled Friendship: A Better Metaphor for International Relations. The presentation will be at 11 a.m. in Rickly Chapel.

Mahallati was the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations from 1987-89 and worked on the U.N. Security Council Resolution 598 to end the violence between Iran and Iraq that began with the Iran-Iraq war in September 1980. He will share that experience and present ideas from his current research, which involves the ethics of friendship in Muslim cultures and examines cultural and traditional factors that could be utilized in modern interfaith and international relations.

His visit to Heidelberg is being made possible through a grant from the United States Institute of Peace to the Office of International Affairs & Studies, Campus Ministry & Religious Life and the Political Science Department.

It’s alive! ’Berg, Ritz Players to stage ‘Young Frankenstein’

Young Frankenstein

For the second time, Heidelberg Theatre is collaborating with the Ritz Players for a production, this time the aptly timed Young Frankenstein. The classic Mel Brooks movie-turned-monster musical will be performed at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31, Friday, Nov. 1 and Saturday, Nov. 2, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov. 3, at the Ritz.

Chris Tucci is directing with choreography by Kathy Miller, musical direction by Michael Anders and accompaniment by Dr. Greg Ramsdell.

The opportunity to work with Ritz Players performers has multiple benefits for ‘Berg students, according to Chris. “The best part is they get to play roles appropriate for their age range and work with adults who typically have more theatre experience,” he says. “Working alongside these folks pushes them and shows them realistic expectations in professional theatre.”

Additionally, the audience will be larger, the stage is more expansive and technical capabilities at the Ritz are greater.

“One thing about the show … it is not boring. There’s comedy from start to finish,” Chris says.

The show features such memorable Broadway tunes as The Transylvania Mania, He Vas My Boyfriend and Puttin’ on the Ritz.

‘Berg students cast in the production include Adam Hoover, Elle Dutton, Darcianne Allen, Elizabeth Benning, Katelyn Hough, Marina Richley, Kristina Kamm, Morgan LaFlure, Makenzie Dietrich, Dorothy Faris, Zachary Orwig, Sam Stone, Ben Calvert, T.J. Wasserman and A.J. Lacefield. Dr. Amy Berger also will perform with the chorus.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students. Visit, stop by the Ritz box office or call 419-448-8544 to reserve your tickets.

Psych students present

Psych Students present

The Department of Psychology held its first annual Psychology Day Oct. 8 with several student presentations to underclassmen. The senior psychology majors chose an internship, independent research or study abroad for their Junior Experience, which they shared during the event. Presenters included (left to right) Taylor Stoll (independent research), Katie Hough (independent research), Sia DuFour (internship), David Bertrand (internship), Danielle Pike (internship), Ashley Dean (independent research), Jessica Kidd (internship), Amber Caldarelli (independent research), Kayla Graves (independent research). Not pictured: Bethany Mattern (independent research), Sandy Natole (independent research) and Jess Reed (study abroad).

Community Music School JUMPStarts fall with new classes

Registration is now open the second session of Heidelberg’s Community Music School. “JUMPStart” group music classes are designed for those who want to further their musical interests without a large time or monetary commitment, said director Cynthia Ramsdell. “Classes are being offered in five-week sessions as an introduction to various musical experiences.” Sessions are open to the campus and the community and are available for people of all ability levels.

Classes are now forming in guitar for teens and adults and piano for adults, as well as online classes for teens and adults in music technology and auditioning/performing. Online classes include optional private coaching sessions.

JUMPStart classes are $40 per class, payable at the first session. Participants may enroll in more than one session.

The schedule is as follows:

  • Group Guitar Class for Adults 18 and Over – Saturdays at 11 a.m. Taught by Collin Stump, ‘13.
  • Group Guitar Class for Teens (ages 13-18) – Saturdays at noon. Taught by Collin Stump.
  • Piano Class for Adults – Tuesdays at 8 p.m. Taught by Cynthia Ramsdell. (Classes begin Tuesday, Oct. 29)

Adults and teens also can enroll in Music Technology and may explore such topics as songwriting, learning about garage bands, the music business, hip-hop culture, music and the movies, history of music technology and music and video games.

Community Music School students also can sign up for Audition and Performance 101, another online course. The course is designed to improve the audition skills of students planning to major in music in college or for those who are preparing to audition for a musical production. The class is being taught by Otterbein graduate Elizabeth Tracy-Held.

The Community Music School also offers private lessons on most band and orchestral instruments (keyboard, voice, guitar) as well as voice and theory and composition for students of all ages and ability levels. Enrollment is continuous and flexible. Fees range from $12 to $20.

For additional information or to register, contact Cynthia at x2619 or email

From Stoner Health Center: Today
is National Mammography Day

Today across the nation is National Mammography Day, and the month of October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.

What is a mammogram?

A mammogram is an X-ray image of the breast. Mammography is the tool that uses X-rays to create mammograms. It is used to find early signs of breast cancer. It is the best screening tool used today to find breast cancer. It can find breast cancer early when it is small and the chance of survival is highest. A diagnostic mammogram is used to help diagnose breast cancer and other breast conditions. Starting at age 40, women should get screened every year. Women under 40 with a family history of breast cancer or other concerns should discuss with their doctor what screening tests are right for them. Overall, mammography is the best breast cancer screening tool used today. It can find breast cancer at an early stage, before it can be felt.

Know what is normal for you

The signs of breast cancer are not the same for all women. It is important to know how your breasts normally look and feel. Many women find their breasts feel lumpy. Breast tissue naturally has a bumpy texture that varies from one woman to another. In most cases, this is no cause to worry. If the lumpiness can be felt throughout the breast and feels like your other breast, it is likely just normal breast tissue. Lumps that feel harder or different from the rest of the breast tissue (or the tissue of the other breast) or that feel like a change are a concern. If you feel or see any change in your breasts or underarms, see your health care provider.



Dr. Emily Isaacson (English) has had two poems published in a new anthology, Southern Gothic: New Tales of the South, released Oct. 15. The anthology features 15 short stories and poems by new and veteran authors who write about a diverse range of southern experiences.

Celebrating Oktoberfest

German students at Oktoberfest

German students Isabel Wild, Friedemann Nau, Meike Kakas and GA Isa-Marie Brandt gave a presentation Thursday about their homeland and its culture prior to the annual Oktoberfest dinner in Hoernemann Refectory.

King Jeremy & Queen Darci

Seniors Jeremy Stepp and Darci Allen were named 2013 Homecoming king and queen

Seniors Jeremy Stepp and Darci Allen were named 2013 Homecoming king and queen at halftime of Heidelberg’s blowout football game Oct. 12. Other members of the court were Sara Dombrosky, Claire Meneer, Sonia Nazario, Dylan Lohr, Zach Myers and Cole Randolph. View a gallery of photos from Homecoming week festivities.

'Berg to host Ohio Poetry Day

Ohio Poet of the Year Lianne Spidel will be featured when Heidelberg hosts the annual Ohio Poetry Day today and Saturday. Workshops, poetry readings and fellowship will highlight the event.

Participants will gather at 7 p.m. Friday for a writing exercise led by senior writing major Amber Spiegel, discussion and other activities. Saturday registration opens at 2 p.m.. Winning poems from the Evan Lodge workshop contest will be featured. A book room will be open for display and sale of poetry books.

Spidel’s program will follow lunch. Winners from the overnight contests are invited to read their poems and winners from Ohio Poetry Day contests and other competitions also will read their works and pick up their prizes. All events, except lunch, will be in Herbster Chapel.

Among the award recipients will be Dr. John Bing, first prize for The Caterpillar and The Dark Season, second prize for Horatio and Fare Forward and the Evan Lodge Workshop Award for We Decorate Our Slayers. Dr. Bill Reyer also will be recognized with a first prize for Mombasa, 1963, second prize for Picnic-Table Still-Life, third prize for To Orpheus and the Evan Lodge Workshop Award for Icarus.

For additional information, contact Bill at or x2048.

Young alums making their mark

Two Young Alumni Award winners, Bobie Davis and Pat Turner

Bobie Davis, ’06, and Pat Turner, ’05, two of the winners of Young Alumni Achievement Awards Oct. 11, pose with professors Marc O’Reilly, Tom Newcomb and John Bing, who impacted their studies and careers as members of the U.S. Marshal Service. Other award winners were Carrie Benedict, ’01; Amber Boetefuer Peariso, ’03; John Kramer, ’98; and Dr. Chris Lofquist, ’05.

Faculty/Staff campaign concludes;
participation, donors increase

Heidelberg Fund Faculty/Staff Campaign concludes

The Heidelberg Fund concluded its FY14 Faculty and Staff Campaign last week. The results included an increase in participation rate to 46 percent (up from 33 percent last fiscal year), 27 new donors to The Heidelberg Fund, 19 new enrollees in payroll deduction and more than $38,000 raised in gifts and pledges (up from $35,000 last fiscal year).

A special thank-you to all who participated through a gift, pledge or payroll deduction, and to team captains Pat Page, Ron Callahan, Marc O’Reilly, Nainsi Houston, John Wilkin and Morgan Shriver for their enthusiasm and assistance.

Eye on Athletics

Hall of Fame inducts two alums,
’91 women’s soccer team, coach

Des Lawless and members of the 1991 women's soccer team at the Hall of Fame banquet

Three individuals and a team were inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame at a ceremony on Saturday. Dale Vernon, Jeff Brock, Des Lawless and the 1991 women’s soccer team comprised the 28th class to be enshrined.

Vernon, ’95, capped off his time on the mats at Heidelberg by claiming fifth place at the NCAA Division III National Wrestling Tournament. In doing so, Vernon became the fourth Student Prince to earn All-American status.

Vernon, who currently works as a principal of an investment firm, was a two-time National Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-American and the first Heidelberg grappler to be an All-American and an Academic All-American in the same season.

Brock, ’00, capped off his record-setting football career in grand fashion. In his final game for the Student Princes, Brock set a school record with 301 yards rushing on 51 carries in a 31-22 win over Muskingum. For his career, he amassed 4,077 yards, breaking the school career rushing record set by Bryce Tuohy. He was a three-time All-OAC selection.

The most dominant Heidelberg team throughout the 1990s was the women’s soccer program, under head coach Des Lawless, who coached at the Berg from 1991-97. With a career record of 106-32-2, including a 56-7 OAC record, Lawless’ winning percentage remains the highest in OAC history.

Lawless coached four teams to regular season titles and five teams to OAC tournament wins.

With an overall record of 16-1, the 1991 women’s soccer team remains one of the most accomplished squads in Heidelberg history. The team won an OAC title with an 8-1 record and outscored opponents 87-8.

Three Student Princes earned All-OAC First Team honors and four were named Academic All-OAC after the ’91 season.

Cross country

After a weekend off, the men's and women's cross country will run at the Inter-Region Rumble hosted by Oberlin.


The football team leads the nation in scoring, averaging 62.8 points per game. Michael Mees is the most efficient quarterback in all of Division III and Ryan Fischer leads the nation in punt return average. The second half of the schedule features showdowns with No. 1 Mount Union (home on Nov. 2) and No. 20 John Carroll (away on Nov. 9).

Men’s soccer

Men's soccer stands at 8-4, 2-2 OAC, after dropping a pair of one-goal contests to Capital and Baldwin Wallace. The team hosts Otterbein at 3:30 on Saturday.

Women’s soccer

After winning their OAC opener, women's soccer has dropped their last three matches. They will play Otterbein at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Hidden Valley Soccer Complex.


Volleyball remains perfect in conference play, sitting at 4-0. The OAC's top teams await Heidelberg in the second half of conference play.