Nota Bene - Vol. 18 Issue 8

Nota Bene

Vol. 18 Issue 8 - Dec 6, 2013

'A Heidelberg Christmas' returns to the Ritz

A Heidelberg Christmas returns to the Ritz Theatre for the Performing Arts this year at 3 p.m. Sunday. The concert will include traditional concert music of the season, Christmas carols and highlights from Handel’s Messiah, which has been a long-standing tradition at Heidelberg for more than a century.

The first of the two-part concert will feature holiday music performed by the University-Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Daniel Clark; the Concert Choir, under the direction of Dr. Greg Ramsdell; and the Chamber Winds, under the direction of Dr. John Owen. The second half will include arias and choruses from Messiah, plus the popular and stirring Hallelujah chorus. In between, the audience and performers will join for a carol sing-along.

Three soloists, along with alumni and the community, will come together for the Messiah portion of the program.

Sarah Harvey

Performing the soprano solo will be Heidelberg alumna Sarah Harvey. Following graduation from Heidelberg in 2010, Harvey received her master’s degree in music from Kent State University, where she is pursuing a certificate in vocal performance. Since arriving at Kent State, she has presented three recitals and has appeared with the KSU Opera Program as well as the New Music Ensemble, where she premiered Anthony Donofrio’s Three Poems of Willa Cather in 2012. Additionally, she teaches voice lessons and works for the offices of Kent/Blossom Music Festival and the KSU School of Music.

Lindsey Grebeldinger

The mezzo soprano soloist will be Lindsey Grebeldinger, who recently sang back-up vocals for Josh Groban during his world tour. She recently performed the role of Mrs. Jones in Kurt Weill’s American opera Street Scene. Last summer, she joined the Cincinnati Opera for its production of Aida and also appeared in a cabaret concert series with the opera. She also has performed in Verdi’s Otello, Cole Porter’s Kiss Me Kate and Nicolai’s The Merry Wives of Windsor. A previous soloist in Messiah, Grebeldinger earned her bachelor’s degree from The Hartt School and her master’s degree in music from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati.

Shawn McDonald

Tenor soloist Shawn McDonald is a diverse musician, accomplished in numerous styles and instruments. Classically trained in opera, he has performed such roles as Rodolfo in La Boheme, Edgardo in Lucia di Lammermoor and Alfredo in La Traviata. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Eastern Michigan University in voice and organ performance and continued his keyboard studies in Germany. The minister of music for Westminster Presbyterian Church in Ann Arbor, Mich., he is staff pianist and composer-in-residence at Temple Israel in West Bloomfield and artistic director for Arbor Opera Theatre


Heidelberg faculty, staff and students are admitted free (with ID). Pick up your ticket from Pat Page in the School of Music.

Additional tickets are available at the Ritz Box Office. Cost is $10 for general admission, $8 for senior citizens and $6 for students.

Her next big adventure

Colleagues, past and present, family and friends gathered Wednesday to congratulate Dr. Kathy Venema on her next great adventure. After 37 years at Heidelberg in a number of key administrative positions in Student Affairs, Academic Affairs and Alumni Relations, Kathy is departing Heidelberg at the end of December. President Rob Huntington read messages of well wishes from trustees, past presidents, former students, current and former colleagues and community members, and added his own message of gratitude, admiration and respect, telling Kathy, “We have been absolutely and totally graced by your life.” Kathy expressed her appreciation to Heidelberg for the “opportunity to have four different careers all in one place.” “I value all of you and all the people I’ve had the opportunity to meet. This is a great place, and I’m confident all of you younger folks will keep things going,” she said.

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 at Deadline for nominations is Jan. 20, 2014.

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

Darci Allen wins
OMEA scholarship

Daniel Cruikshanks recives his award

Congratulations to senior music major Darcianne Allen, who has been selected as one of five recipients of the 2013-14 Ohio Music Education Association Memorial Scholarship.

Darci will receive the $750 scholarship award at the OMEA banquet in February. She was among a record number of applicants for this year’s awards.

At Heidelberg, Darci studies voice with Dr. Carol Dusdieker. She performs with the Concert Choir and the Singing Collegians. She’s getting ready to do her student teaching next semester in the Mohawk Schools. The scholarship award is specifically to help offset expenses during the student teaching experience.

‘Berg recognized for excellence
in teacher education

Heidelberg has been recognized as a top college for teacher education by the Online College Database, which just released its new ranking, Top Colleges in Ohio Shaping the Next Generation. The rankings honor the post-secondary institutions in the state that produced the most education and teaching professionals in 2012.

To qualify for the Online College Database rankings, institutions must be fully accredited, must be four-year public or private colleges, must be in the U.S. and must have a minimum of 10 graduates from education programs in 2012.

Check out where Heidelberg falls on the list of Ohio schools at

Not your parents’ PR

Members of Dr. Julie O’Reilly’s public relations capstone class, Public Relations Campaign Planning, presented their final project on Nov. 26. The semester-long project focused on developing a promotional campaign for the Office of Student Engagement’s signature events. The students prepared an executive summary and studied key messages, audiences, goals and objectives, strategies and tactics, scheduling, budgets and assessment, which formed the basis for their final presentation. Pictured (left to right): Miranda Vanover, Arneal Squibb, Caitlyn Purk, Julie, AJ Lacefield and Cam Hilling.

Senior of the Month:
Jared Linden

Jared Linden, a criminal justice major from Grafton, is the November Senior of the Month. Jared will be graduating this month and is looking forward to a career in law enforcement. Read how his Heidelberg experiences and an internship with the Seneca County Drug Task Force have prepared him well for his career. Faculty and staff can nominate a student for this Marketing & Communication Services web series by completing the online nomination form. If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Hiser at

 'Berg Talks’ topic: Leadership

The Academic Enhancement Committee is sponsoring the first Berg Talks presentation next semester. Mark your calendars for Tuesday, Jan. 28, from 11 a.m.-12:20 p.m. in Gundlach theatre for Leadership with Purpose and Distinction. Four leaders will share their unique experiences about how they found their purpose and lead with distinction.

Student-athlete Nate Davis will discuss his involvement with track and field. Dr. Karen Jones will explain her role in developing PACE, a School of Education program that reaches out to students in the local juvenile court system. Sister Paulette of the Sisters of St. Francis will share her experiences working for peace in Palestine. Finally, Barbara Murphy Stough will share her experiences as a social worker who became an attorney in Washington, D.C., to better support welfare recipients.

Murphy Stough also will give a keynote address at 8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, in Gundlach. Her address will provide a richer insight into her motivation and purpose of her career change.

AEC hopes this event will encourage students t learn how leaders emerge and find a purpose through their passion and commitment. The committee seeks faculty support in bringing together the student body for this event.

Buy, sell or trade?

Daniel Cruikshanks recives his award

Three students who are members of Heidelberg’s Investment Research Team traveled to Battle Creek, Mich., the home of Kellogg, for a presentation and behind-the-scenes look at the company on Nov. 21. The students are preparing to compete in the CFA Institute Global Investment Research Challenge. According to Dr. John Cook, the team’s advisor and professor of their Security Analysis course, high-ranking Kellogg officers, including the CFO, presented key information about the company. As they get ready for the first round of the challenge Feb. 1 at Western Michigan University, the students will use their final presentation and information gleaned from their visit as they analyze the company. Making the trip to Kellogg headquarters were (left to right) Dorion Kempf, Lauren Ash and Zachary Myers. The fourth member of the team is Erica Huffman.

Ohio Magazine honors 3
professors for excellence

Amy BergerDaryl CloseMarc O'Reilly

Faculty members Dr. Amy Berger, Dr. Daryl Close and Dr. Marc O’Reilly are among a group of Ohio educators featured in the December 2013 issue of Ohio Magazine. Each December, the magazine publishes a special Excellence in Education section. Amy, Daryl and Marc, who received faculty awards last year, are listed among other higher education faculty nominated for the honor, and a short profile and photo of each of them appears in the magazine’s special section.

Congratulations to all three!

Journey through the Delta

Journey through the DeltaSix students in Professor Tom Newcomb’s Journey of the Blues music course traveled south in October to the heart of blues music to experience it first-hand. Their 1,500-mile journey took them to Indianola, Miss., to the BB King Museum and other blues clubs; to Greenwood, Miss., where they visited sharecropper cabins at the Tallahatchie Flats and a memorial to blues musician and composer Robert L. Johnson; to Clarksdale, Miss., the location of the crossroads of blues highways 61 and 49; and to Memphis, Tenn., where they checked out the blues scene on the famous Beale Street, the National Civil Rights Museum and the Lorraine Motel, the site of the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. The group also fit in some tasty southern BBQ. Students participating in the trip were: Enrique Almarez, Serra Altintas, Cody Buhrman, Sean Hill, Deidre Potter and Emily Sorauf.

Power, position and principles

Book Sale

The Heidelberg School of Business hosted Bettering a Community Using the Principles of Business Nov. 1 in Adams Hall. Presenters were Stacy Cox, ’94, senior VP and COO of Croghan Colonial Bank and a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board, and Pat DeMonte, executive director of the Tiffin-Seneca United Way (pictured). Stacy and Pat spoke about ways to use power, position and principles of business to address societal issues in both the non-profit and for-profit sides of business.


Dr. Emily Isaacson (English) presented a paper, Satirizing the Artificer in Ben Johnson’s ‘A Tale of a Tub,’ at the meeting of the Midwest Modern Language Association in Milwaukee last month.

Drs. Rem Confesor, Laura Johnson, Ken Krieger and Pete Richards (NCWQR) attended the seventh biennial meeting of the Lake Erie Millennium network at the University of Windsor in late October. The meeting, attended by government and university scientists, environmental managers and policy experts, addressed the state of Lake Erie’s health, management needs and current research questions. During the conference, Laura presented a talk co-authored by Dr. David Baker (NCWQR) and Pete, titled The Role of the Maumee River as a Source of Phosphorus Supporting Algal Growth in the Western Basin of Lake Erie. Pete also gave a talk on Nutrient Loading and Lake Erie: Recent Learnings. Rem presented a poster on Modeling the Effects of Best Management Practices on Nutrient and Sediment Exports with co-authors Dave, Laura, Ken and Pete.

Dr. Doug Collar (English, Honors) was guest speaker for the annual November meeting of the Friends of the Tiffin-Seneca County Public Library. He gave an update on his research into Tiffin's literary connections focusing on novels with Tiffin settings by Charles Locke and Virgil Scott.

Beeghly Newsbits

Finals Week
Friday, Dec. 6 7:45 a.m.-9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 7 1-9 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 8 1 p.m.-midnight
Monday, Dec. 9 7:45a.m.-midnight
Tuesday, Dec. 10 7:45a.m.-11 p.m.
Wednesday, Dec. 11 7:45am-5 p.m.

Christmas Break
Dec. 12-13, 16-20 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Dec. 14-15, 21-Jan. 1 CLOSED

Reopen Jan. 2, 2014 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Eye on Athletics

The Student Prince Kids Club, a new program from the Office of Athletic Marketing and Information, is free for all children 12 and under. Members receive personalized 'Berg gear and other perks throughout the year. Heidelberg community members are encouraged to register children, grandchildren, relatives and friends -- membership is free! Register now.