Nota Bene - Vol. 18 Issue 9

Nota Bene

Vol. 18 Issue 9 - Dec 19, 2013

Democratic House leader
to give MLK Day call to action

Tracy Maxwell Heard - Democratic leader of the Ohio House of respresenativesTracy Maxwell Heard, the Democratic leader of the Ohio House of Representatives, will be the featured speaker for Heidelberg’s 2014 Martin Luther King Day Jr. program at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, in Brenneman Music Hall

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. A community dinner is scheduled for Monday night at Faith United Methodist Church in Tiffin.

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

December grads

Faculty, staff, students and their family members gathered in THE University Commons for a reception recognizing our December graduates on Saturday, Dec. 7. Here, a group of the grads share a congratulatory moment with English professor Dr. David Kimmel and retired English professor Dr. Ruth Wahlstrom.

New name: School of
Music and Theatre

At its December meeting, the general faculty approved a proposal that moves Theatre from Communication & Theatre Arts Department to the School of Music. Effective immediately, the School of Music is now known as the School of Music & Theatre, and CTA is now Communication & Media.

 The move allows both departments the ability to restructure to make better use of current resources and future expansion.

Theatre is now considered a stand-alone major within the School of Music & Theatre, although it is not considered a new major. In essence, it will continue to provide a background to prepare students who wish to work as actors, directors, designers, producers, stage managers, playwrights or in theatre management, and also for those who wish to pursue professional or graduate school.

Additional curriculum changes within Communication and Media are pending, and will be further addressed at upcoming faculty meetings.

Frohe Weihnachten
from the AJY program

Frohe Weinachten

To the HU Community,

This holiday season is the perfect time to thank all of you on campus who support us throughout the year. Thank you for sending us Berg students full of enthusiasm and with many talents. Thank you also for making the Universität Heidelberg exchange students feel welcome in Tiffin and contributing to their successful study abroad.

And, on a personal note, thank you for your warm welcome on each campus visit, productive talks and memorable campus events such as the opera at Brenneman Music Hall.

This year’s group picture was taken at the 2013 AJY Thanksgiving dinner. In addition to our students, we hosted some parents and guests from the U.S. as well as faculty and staff from Universität Heidelberg

Frohe Festtage und ein glückliches Neues Jahr – visit us in Heidelberg!

Hanne, along with Adam, Irina, Pilar and 33 Fall/Full Year students

School of Business to offer
one-year MBA option

Changes are coming for Heidelberg University’s MBA program.

Beginning next fall, the MBA program will be offered exclusively on the Tiffin campus with a new focus on traditional undergraduate and international students. While the two-year program still will be available to working adults and others, a NEW one-year, full-time MBA program will be offered beginning in the Fall Semester 2014

“We believe this new one-year program will be attractive to students just finishing undergraduate degrees who have no related work experience. Additionally, it will be an excellent option for non-business students who wish to increase their job potential in the marketplace,” said Dr. Haseeb Ahmed, dean of the Heidelberg School of Business.

The two-year MBA program will retain its current accelerated format of one course per eight-week term with classes one night each week. The one-year, full-time MBA program will require students to take two courses per term with each course meeting one night per week. All of the courses will be seated and taught by highly qualified full-time business faculty.

To address prerequisites for non-business majors, the School of Business has developed two MBA foundation courses, which will be offered in the summer and encompass all of the necessary program prerequisites. This will allow students to complete the MBA program in 12 months, beginning fall semester.

Arrowhead Park campus
closing doors in ’15

Heidelberg will end operations at the Arrowhead Park location following the 2015 summer term. The university is working with currently enrolled Arrowhead students to complete their degree requirements before summer 2015 or make transition plans.

Heidelberg has been a fixture in Arrowhead Park and a loyal partner with other enterprises there since 1989. “We are proud of the strong academic programs and excellent educational opportunities that we have offered for 24 years at Arrowhead,” said Provost David Weininger. “Given key changes in the educational market, however, we believe that it is time to focus elsewhere

“This move will allow us to strengthen our academic core mission at the Tiffin campus at a time when resources are stretched and academic trends and student demand are continually evolving.”

Classes will be scheduled through the summer 2015 term so as many students as possible will be able to finish degree requirements by the time of the closing, which should include the majority of the 40 currently enrolled students, Dave said.

For those students who are unable to complete coursework by the end of the Summer 2015 term and who have 30 or fewer hours to complete, Heidelberg is working with Lourdes University in Sylvania, Ohio, so that these students will be able to finish their Heidelberg degree at that institution. Students who are eligible for and seek financial aid will be guided through the steps to secure financial aid by Heidelberg’s Financial Aid Office.

Heidelberg will also consider other reasonable options for Arrowhead students to complete their degree. These include completing degree requirements at our Tiffin campus, taking courses at other accredited institutions, or transferring to other institutions.

Stadium/Alumni Center construction gets green light

Heidelberg Univeristy StadiumThe stage has been set for the beginning of construction of the Hoernemann Stadium and Fox Den Athletic Center project. On Dec. 12, the project sign was installed and the first pieces of heavy equipment arrived at the site on Greenfield Street.

The Snavely Group of Chagrin Falls, Ohio, has been named the construction manager for the project. Before the end of the year, Snavely’s project trailer will take up residence, and workers will install fencing as we gear up for full-blown construction. Depending on the weather, crews may be able to complete some tree removal soon, said Rod Morrison, associate vice president for facilities and engineering.

An update on fundraising: When the final bids came in last month, the university realized higher-than-anticipated total costs for the project even though the Heidelberg team worked very closely with Snavely to scrub individual bids, challenge sub-contractors and remove unnecessary elements, without sacrificing quality. The integrity of the great building design is intact.

President Rob Huntington compared this project to construction of the Saurwein Health & Wellness Center in that construction costs have increased at least 5 percent since that project was completed in 2012. He attributed the cost increase to a stronger overall economy.

The university now faces a total project cost of $4.76 million, according to Connie Harris, vice president for Institutional Advancement and University Relations. “I am happy to report the Heidelberg Board of Trustees has supported this increase,” Connie said. “Trustees have all-in confidence for our continuing success in fundraising, as do I. We’re looking at approximately $400,000 yet to raise to complete this project."

She added that the university plans to dedicate the new facility in the Fall of 2014, and additional gifts are needed to make it happen.

Jim Minehart, executive director of development and planned giving, continues to coach his team of volunteer fundraisers, and asks donors to consider a gift in memory or honor of a loved one this holiday season. “It truly is the one-size-fits-all gift,” he said, adding that there are still naming opportunities available, including stadium seats.

If you would like more information about making your gift, you can reach Jim at x2060 or

Heidelberg Fund gift, ideal
for that special someone

Heidelberg Fund Gift

Are you struggling to find that perfect gift for that special someone? Consider making a gift to The Heidelberg Fund this year in honor of that person. Your gift will support our students' academic and co-curricular needs. What a great way to make a difference and give an extra special gift to someone near and dear to you.

Don't miss your 2013 tax-deduction! Give your gift before Dec. 31. Every dollar helps; every donor counts!

Make your gift online

See more of the Heidelberg Puzzle

IAUR schedules
office hours over break

For the convenience of donors who wish to make year-end gifts, the Office of Institutional Advancement and University Relations will have limited office hours on Friday, Dec. 27, and Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Staff members will be in the office from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. on those days.

During this period, if you have questions or need immediate assistance, please contact Ashley Helmstetter, director of development, annual giving and alumni engagement at x2231 or

An American tradition

’Berg international students experienced an American Christmas tradition when they volunteered to help members of the Tiffin Lions Club with their annual popcorn ball-making project the week of Dec. 9. Here “Edward” Meng Wang assists with forming the popcorn balls. Julie Arnold has accompanied students Edward and “Chelsea” Shilu Zhong, Isabel Wild, “Tina” Cheng Li, Christine Reinhart, Miki Sotokawa and Chinese scholar “Jennifer“ Jianmei Liu for the fun project several times this month.

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 www.
Deadline for nominations is Jan. 20, 2014

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

Senior of the Month:

Amber Welfle

Amber Welfle

Amber Welfle, a business administration and information systems double major from Norwalk, is the December Senior of the Month. Amber completed her graduation requirements in December and is contemplating her next step, which likely will include graduate school.

Read about how her experience as a student-athlete helped shape her time at Heidelberg.



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 rhiser@

Volunteers help ‘Berg family
with new Habitat home

For Tina Newman, the past two months have been a whirlwind. But that won’t compare to her excitement when her family gets to move into their new home in June.

Tina, a custodian at Krammes Service Center, husband Rob, and their children were selected several months ago to receive a new home built by Habitat for Humanity. On Nov. 9, the Seneca County Home Builders Association coordinated an “extreme build” with the goal of getting most of the walls built and the house under roof to allow for interior work during the winter months.

Alongside the Home Builder and Habitat volunteers was a group of about 30 volunteers from Heidelberg – Tina’s co-workers and students from Alpha Phi Omega, the Alpha Phi Tau fraternity and the Office of Civic Engagement and Student Affairs.

Tina described the extreme build as “crazy.” “Everyone was rushing around, and we didn’t want to be in their way, so we jumped in where we could.”

Seeing familiar faces among the volunteers brought another set of emotions. “When I saw a bunch of Heidelberg students – some I knew and some I didn’t – it was overwhelming. I was so excited that they were there to help out,” she said.

The Newman family, who has been renting and older home that is in need of repairs, is required to contribute 400 hours of “sweat equity” to the project, and friends and family can volunteer for 133 additional more. They have recorded about 100 so far.

When Chaplain Paul Stark and the student volunteers signed up to help with Habitat’s latest build, as they have done in the past, they had no idea about the Heidelberg connection.

“I hadn’t realized she was the person whose home Habitat was building,” Stark said. “It was one of those ‘ah-ha moments’ when I saw her at the site.” Also coming to light was that T.J. and Jessica Bartson, Tina’s children, are sophomores at Heidelberg. During the extreme build, the Heidelberg volunteers helped with framing and roofing; T.J. was on site to help as well.

“It was a real privilege to work together with others from Heidelberg and one of the folks I work with and to share in the excitement of Tina and her husband and children,” Stark said. “We have worked with Habitat over the years. To see someone be able to move into a new home and toward home ownership was really thrilling.”

Tina had a message for the Heidelberg volunteers: “We really appreciate all their hard work in helping us build our home. We can’t thank them enough.”

Former 'Berg WR Preston
grabs first two NFL touchdowns

Book Sale

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former ’Berg wide receiver and current Tennessee Titans player Michael Preston recorded his first two NFL touchdowns in a 37-34 overtime loss to the Arizona Cardinals on Saturday.

Mike’s touchdowns came as part of an improbable Titans rally. The first touchdown, a 10-yard reception from Ryan Fitzpatrick cut the Cardinals lead to 34-24. Following a field goal and a successful onside kick, his second touchdown helped send the game into overtime. With 14 seconds left, Mike curled inside, caught the pass from Fitzpatrick and dove into the end zone for an 8-yard touchdown.

The Titans lost on a 41-yard field goal by Arizona's Jay Feely. He finished with three receptions for 27 yards.

A standout for the Student Princes from 2007-2010, Mike holds school career records with 2,748 yards and 27 touchdowns.


Dr. Kristen K. Williams (School of Education) was recently appointed to the Board of Directors for the Seneca County Mentoring Youth Links. The group's mission is to "mentor Seneca County youth to make better choices for a better future." In this position, Kristen aspires to serve as a liaison between SMYL and Heidelberg University in creating links between some 'Berg students and Seneca County youth.

A research paper, titled Corn, Ethanol and Exports: Resource Misallocation, by Dr. Diane Monaco (School of Business), has been accepted for the International Trade Session of the 2014 Midwest Economics Association Annual Meeting March 21-23 in Evanston, Ill. Steven Kisan, an undergraduate major in economics, is currently working with Dr. Monaco on this project within the scope of BAE 290-1 (Business & Economics Research II).

Dr. Brian Saxton (School of Business) has the following three of his papers accepted for publications:

  • Campbell, B. A., Saxton, B. M., & Banerjee, P. M., Resetting the Shot Clock: The Effect of Co-mobility on Human Capital. Journal of Management, forthcoming.
  • Dachner, A. M., Saxton, B. M., Noe, R. A., & Keeton, K. E. 2013. To Infinity and Beyond: Using a Narrative Approach to Identify Training Needs for Unknown and Dynamic Situations. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 24(2): 239–267.
  • Saxton, B. M., & Barney, J. B. 2015. Loss leadership. In M. Augier & D. Teece (Eds.), The Palgrave Encyclopedia of Strategic Management. Palgrave Macmillan.

Additionally, Brian presented Human Capital Constraints and Investor Bricolage in Photovoltaics, which he co-authored, at the 73rd annual meeting of the Academy of Management in August in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.
Dr. Margo Kraft and Dr. Brian Saxton (School of Business) presented An Examination of Self identity and Learning: A Qualitative Study within the Home Healthcare Setting, at the Organizational Indicators and Job Resources session of the 56th Annual Conference of Midwest Academy of Management Oct. 10-12 in Milwaukee.