5 Things

Heidelberg University is a community, a family, comprised of as many personalities as there are people. With our “5 Things to Know” blog, you’ll get to know some of them. You’ll learn about their Heidelberg experience and other informative, fun – even quirky – anecdotes. Together, they tell the Heidelberg story.

5 Things: Dr. Barry Devine

Nov 12, 2019

Dr. Barry Devine’s career as a radio broadcaster was short-lived, and Heidelberg is all the better for it. “I decided that was not the career for me, so I went back to school,” he says. As he pursued his second undergrad degree in English at the University of Washington, he realized what he really enjoys is literature. “And it turns out you can do a lot with an English degree.” When he finished his second degree, he met his future wife, Heleana Theixos, and they set off on grad school adventures that eventually brought both of them to Heidelberg.

5 Things: Maia Brower

Oct 31, 2019

Heidelberg came to Maia Brower long before she ever set foot on campus. During her sophomore year in high school, she began taking voice lessons from ’Berg music instructor Dr. Renée Claire, who went on the road for the lessons. One of the stops was Maia’s high school in Oak Harbor, Ohio. “I really enjoyed having her here every time she came,” Maia recalls. She has continued voice lessons all four years with Renée, also pursuing her interest in instrumental music with flute instructor Lori Akins.

5 Things: Ethan Miller

Oct 24, 2019

Ethan Miller entered Heidelberg as a chemistry major because that’s what his family told him he was best at. Nothing against the sciences, but by the end of his freshman year, he realized that his passion was in the arts and humanities. “I really latched onto English. That’s what makes me tick,” says Ethan, now a senior preparing for grad school. “English was one of the things that helped me find me and my identity.” So he switched his major to English writing and added theatre and psychology minors.

5 Things to Know: Em Swain

Oct 18, 2019

Em Swain had her heart set on going out of state for college – so much so that she was “very upset” that she loved Heidelberg so much when she visited. If it’s possible, she loves it even more in her second year as an Honors student majoring in philosophy and double minoring in theatre and writing. She’s found interesting passions to pursue, too, including theatre, Greek life, improv comedy – even research.

5 Things to Know: Jose Sanchez

Oct 10, 2019

Stepping into Jose Sanchez’s office is a little like stepping into a dorm room, and he likes it that way. That makes it real for the prospective students he’s recruiting. You’ll find memorabilia from his football days, Harry Potter, cookbooks and Heidelberg. It’s an intentional style designed to make future Student Princes feel comfortable asking him question about his Heidelberg experience. 

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