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Oct 6, 2021

Sleep-out with a purpose: Understanding homelessness

There were no comfy mattresses, fun movies or tasty meals during this sleep-out. Last weekend, a group of Heidelberg students participated in the Seneca County Council on Homelessness Sleep Out, a tent city aimed at simulating homelessness and raising awareness in our community. The event also was a fundraiser for the council. Participants were
Oct 4, 2021

This professor finds her place at Heidelberg

After having taught at two other colleges part time and worked full time prior to that, Erica Moyer has landed at Heidelberg as the new biology and anatomy and physiology instructor this year. She’s back at Heidelberg after having taught an exercise science class here three years ago. It’s going very well so far. “The first few weeks, I’ve received
Sep 29, 2021

Heidelberg gets grant to aid families in FAFSA completion

The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) can unlock future higher education paths and connect families and students -- especially first-generation, Pell-eligible students and those facing financial hurdles -- with thousands of dollars in federal financial aid. Unfortunately, far too many of Ohio’s eligible students don’t complete the
Sep 29, 2021

Giving hope: MBA grad's non-profit aids human trafficking victims

Leah Cordy, ’20 and ’21, always thought that one day, she might launch a non-profit. She just had no idea she’d do it at age 22. Five months ago, Leah created Hope’s Landing, a nonprofit social enterprise that empowers local survivors of human trafficking and domestic violence. Hope’s Landing is a partner organization of Sisters in Shelter (SIS), a
Sep 27, 2021

A star in the making: Young alum authors children's book

Turning darkness into light and dreams into reality. That’s an autobiographical description of ’18 education grad and elementary teacher Kendall Newell’s life. It also describes his first-ever children’s book, which shines a light on uniqueness, overcoming doubt and uplifting one another. Kendall is the author of the newly published “A Star Upon a
Sep 24, 2021

Defining moments lead young alum to oncology nursing

An indecisive Tonya Heileman dabbled in a lot of subject areas while at Heidelberg … biology, women and gender studies, history, religion, literature and art. Ultimately, she knew she wanted a career that blends the sciences and the humanities, and one that offers a strong sense of community. What better profession than nursing to combine all three
Sep 23, 2021

Athletics campaign surpasses $100K goal

To quote the Heidelberg fight song, Vict'ry shall be thine! Perhaps fittingly, the mail delivered to campus on the final day of summer contained donations for the Berg Days of Summer athletics fundraiser that pushed the campaign up and over its ultimate goal. The campaign's total now stands at $100,001 -- one dollar over its $100,000 target. In its
Sep 21, 2021

GA to SID: Learning from 'the best in the business'

When Jeff Garvin ’04 became director of Athletic Marketing and Information in 2012, he quickly realized it’s the work of unsung heroes. Often the first to arrive and last to leave, sports information directors are tasked with a wide range of assignments – including statistics, live video management, pregame and postgame coverage – in a fast-paced
Sep 20, 2021

'Berg welcomes Families & Benefactors for annual celebration weekend

Two valued ‘Berg groups – Families and Benefactors – came together Saturday for their annual weekend of celebration. It was a great chance for parents to reconnect with their ‘Berg students and a great chance for Heidelberg to say thank-you to the donors for their generosity over the years. At the opening ceremony, Ashley Helmstetter, executive
Sep 20, 2021

Four alums well-prepared to tackle English grad programs

After she graduated in 2020 with her English degree, Danielle Lester decided to take a gap year and signed on to work at a bank. But that didn’t last long, and it didn’t surprise her English professor, Dr. Barry Devine. Within six months, she was already itching to go back to school. “Dr. Devine actually joked with me that, just like him, I would
Sep 17, 2021

'Unstoppable' HYPE speaker: Journey of a champion

Anthony Robles is the poster child for what it means to break down barriers and have the courage to do so. Being born with only his left leg resulted in many difficulties for Robles, however with the endless support and nurturing of his mother, no obstacle could pin him down. Robles shared his inspiring story Thursday as the first keynote speaker
Sep 14, 2021

'Berg student gets up close and personal with medical fields in Italy

Being a doctor is the only thing Courtney Temple has ever seen herself doing. Her experience shadowing physicians in an international setting, coupled with early acceptance into a medical school already, has only cemented her goal. A junior biology major, Courtney spent July 31-August 14 participating in the Doctors in Italy Fellowship Program in
Sep 13, 2021

'Berg climbs on U.S. News 'Best Value' list

Heidelberg University has climbed higher in U.S. News & World Report’s annual survey of “Best Value” colleges and universities in the Midwest region. In the rankings released today, Heidelberg is listed at No. 5 – up from No. 8 a year ago – on the “Best Value” list. According to the magazine, placement on the “Best Value” list confirms that
Sep 10, 2021

20 years later: Reflections and lessons from 9/11

If you were in your late teens or older than 20 on Sept. 11, 2001 – the day terrorists attacked America – your memories are likely vivid of that day 20 years ago. But today’s generation of college students is too young to remember or not yet born. Their knowledge is limited to the lessons learned in school, on the internet and through personal
Sep 9, 2021

Interim be gone: Dr. Bryan Smith named VP of Academic Affairs, Provost

There's no more “interim” for Dr. Bryan Smith. On Tuesday, President Rob Huntington announced that Bryan, who is also a professor of chemistry, has been promoted to the position of Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost. The position is not new to Bryan; he has been the interim VP and provost for the past 14 months. “Bryan has done an
Sep 7, 2021

Campus, community to observe 20th anniversary of 9/11

This Saturday marks the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on U.S. soil. There will be opportunities on campus and in the Tiffin community to observe the anniversary, to remember the courage of the first responders and mourn those who lost their lives that day. The Office of Religious Life and Civic Engagement invites the university
Sep 6, 2021

'Adventure Awaits' for 2021-22 theatre season

After a year that saw theatres around the world go dark during the pandemic, Heidelberg University’s Theatre is kicking off the 2021-22 season with in-person performances and a theme of “Adventure Awaits.” Expanding on success over the last six years, Gundlach is now home to almost 60 theatre majors who will be presenting five ambitious and
Sep 1, 2021

Texas entrepreneur to be 2021-22 PALS keynote speaker

Later this academic year, Heidelberg University will enter its second decade of The Patricia Adams Lecture Series. After having to cancel the fall event because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the University is pleased to announce that Janet Campbell, an entrepreneur whose professional mission has been to create innovative and enhanced technology for
Sep 1, 2021

'Berg Advancement VP entering Allegheny HOF as coach

In his previous professional life, ‘Berg VP for University Advancement & Alumni Affairs Phil Ness was a distinguished college basketball coach at Allegheny College in Meadville, Pennsylvania. During his tenure, from 1989-2002, he led the Gators to 184 wins – making him the winningest coach in Allegheny men’s basketball history. For his coaching
Aug 31, 2021

Heidelberg welcomes new OAC commissioner for campus visit

New Ohio Athletic Conference Commissioner Sarah Otey spent half of the day on campus Tuesday getting to know Heidelberg’s student-athletes, Athletic Leadership Team and administration. As a former Division III standout athlete, coach, administrator and NCAA leader, the new commissioner has a keen understanding of the DIII student-athlete experience
Aug 31, 2021

With strong work ethic, creativity and luck, '17 alum lands dream job

For Randy Buffington, ’17, football was everything. Well, almost everything. When he spoke to the team during his senior year, he offered his younger teammates some personal wisdom: It’s OK being uncomfortable. Expect the unexpected and be ready to adapt to it. “My message was, ‘Try not to get lost in it (football). Figure out what’s next. Find
Aug 24, 2021

Around the Town brings students together for big welcome

Welcome Week concluded on Sunday when the members of the Class of 2025 – led by President Huntington and Siggy – made their way to downtown Tiffin for the annual Around the Town event. Around the Town is hosted by the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce as a way to welcome students from both Heidelberg University and Tiffin University and introduce
Aug 19, 2021

172 years and counting: New academic year opens

This morning, Heidelberg officially launched the 2021-22 academic year – the 172nd in our history – at Opening Convocation, which gave new students their first taste of many time-honored traditions. After experiencing T-Bridge and receiving their Heidelberg beanies and “H” pins, President Rob Huntington officially welcomed a total of 299 new
Aug 19, 2021

When a door opens, walk through it, alum advises new students

Melissa Harrison, ’02, walked through the doors of her Sweet Alma Home on Thursday to inspire new students and help the campus community launch the 2021-22 academic year. With 15 years of experience in state and federal government, politics and media, Melissa drew on her experience as Senior Vice President at Ogilvy, a global advertising, marketing