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Bobbi Custer, ’14, changed her major three times in college. She was searching. For what, she didn’t know yet.
She had arrived at Heidelberg with a passion for the field of developmental disabilities and her mind set on being a teacher. But a classroom experience her freshman year changed that.
“I was in a classroom with 6-year-olds playing drums. I realized I couldn’t do this. I couldn’t be a teacher,” Custer said.
When he had to pick a topic for his informative speech in public speaking, Chris Lofquist, ’05, decided to research chiropractic medicine. As an athletic training major, Lofquist was being exposed to different health care professions, but he had never been to a chiropractor before. The speech changed the course of his career.
“It was the way I thought medicine was supposed to be practiced,” he said. “Trying the least invasive option first, treating the whole body. I wanted to pursue this.”
She may be petite in stature, but the sounds she produces from the magnificent pipe organ at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church in Findlay, Ohio, are mighty powerful.
Melissa Flowers, ’14, has found her niche as the associate director of liturgy and music at the 10,000-member parish. That’s not surprising, though, since she worked part time as a member of the music ministry team there during all four of her undergraduate years at Heidelberg.
A little encouragement goes a long way to fuel a person’s passion. But Brandi Oswald, ’13, really didn’t need much. She already had high intellect, strong motivation and an uncanny ability to translate her thoughts and ideas into action.
When she enrolled at Heidelberg, Oswald already had her heart set on being an interpretive ranger at a National Park Service historic site.
When Jon Waters was hired as Heidelberg’s new assistant professor of music education and director of bands, he didn’t know if he’d be directing a marching band.
“With my background, I was hesitant to bring it up originally,” he said. “There wasn’t a culture built around having a marching band on campus.”
As the former Ohio State University marching band director, Waters had the experience. But was it something Heidelberg was ready for?