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Aug 19, 2021

New downtown flag initiative welcomes university students

Downtown Tiffin is decked out with orange Heidelberg University flags and green Tiffin University flags as students from both institutions return to their campuses this week and next week. The flags add an awesome splash of color and make a strong statement to welcome new and returning guests to Tiffin. According to Bryce Riggs, executive director
Aug 17, 2021

Bonding through HYPE Common Experiences

Despite less-than-ideal weather conditions, HYPE Common Experiences – one of Heidelberg’s newer traditions – came off on Monday as planned as students kicked off the 21-22 academic year before classes start on Wednesday. "We were so excited to be able to offer these HYPE experiences to our students again," said Beth Koop, interim Executive Director
Aug 12, 2021

Sky's the limit for young alum bio teacher, NABT award recipient

In just three short years of teaching, Enya Granados, ’18, has already made her mark in her classroom, and people have taken notice. Enya recently learned that she is this year’s recipient of the 2021 Outstanding New Biology Teacher Achievement Award from the National Association of Teachers of Biology. “I was shocked and surprised and honored when
Aug 10, 2021

'21 music ed grads can't wait to start teaching careers

Heidelberg’s School of Music & Theatre is celebrating a 100 percent placement rate among its music education 2021 graduates. In large part, it’s because the school embraces a generalist approach to music education. All of the students – including recent grads David Carey, Ryan Reilly and Erika Warnke, who are set to begin their first full-time
Aug 10, 2021

Chemistry professor returns to his 'Berg roots

Dr. Curt Woolever, a self-professed science and math nerd, will realize a dream when he returns to his alma mater as a member of the Chemistry Department faculty next week. “It has always been my dream to come back here to teach,” says Curt, who graduated from Heidelberg in ’95 with his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, math and business
Aug 9, 2021

Young alum thriving in veterinary school

Andrea Russell '19 is halfway to her DVM degree at The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Halfway to honing her already sharp clinical skills. Halfway to her career dream of becoming a veterinarian in general practice. And, she credits her Heidelberg experience for helping to set her up for success. Although Ohio State’s DVM
Aug 9, 2021

'Berg welcomes new Chief HR Officer

After a nationwide search, Heidelberg University has named Leslie Erwin its new Chief Human Resources Officer, a presidential cabinet-level leadership position. She begins on August 9. Leslie comes to Heidelberg from Mercy College of Ohio in Toledo, where she had worked in multiple roles since beginning there in October 2009. She has been serving
Aug 5, 2021

One alumnus scientist’s push for COVID vaccination

‘Berg alumnus Dr. Mark Peeples ’74 remembers when polio struck terror across America. It was the 1950s and virologists all around the country rushed to develop a vaccine. As soon as the two best polio vaccines were tested and available, all children in America were vaccinated, essentially eradicating the disease from the country and from nearly
Aug 3, 2021

APs, Sisses celebrate 100 years of family bonds

View the photo gallery from the Alpha Phi Tau 100th anniversary. The bonds of true friendship can never be broken. In time, they expanded, even strengthened. That was the case with the intergenerational Alpha Phi Tau 100th anniversary last weekend. AP Lil Sisses completed the warm and wonderful celebration. It was, in the words of AP Dennis LoConti
Aug 2, 2021

’21 grad wins national graduate fellowship

May graduate Katie Bauman is the recipient of the $2,000 Dr. Harry Hale Graduate Fellowship. The award was announced by Dr. Sharon Emerson-Stonnell, president of Alpha Lambda Delta. Katie was inducted into Alpha Lambda Delta, an academic honorary, in 2018. While at Heidelberg, she majored in political science. She’s off to pursue a degree in law at
Jul 29, 2021

Meet the Orientation Leaders: Saef and Em

Let’s shine a light on the last two Orientation Leaders: international student Saef Forgani and philosophy major Em Swain -- two unique Heidelberg students who are active in different locations and groups on campus. No matter who you are, there is something for you at Heidelberg. Saef Forgani, ’23 What is your favorite thing about Heidelberg
Jul 26, 2021

Successful alum to help open academic year

Heidelberg will officially kick off the 2021-22 academic year with an in-person Opening Convocation ceremony on Thursday, August 19. In addition to all of the traditions of starting the school year and welcoming the Class of 2025 into the ‘Berg family, the campus community will hear inspirational words from Melissa Harrison, ’02, who will serve as
Jul 13, 2021

Meet the Orientation Leaders: Cassey and Jocelyn

Each individual student is as unique as the path they choose -- from the Honors Program to a double major or double minor choice. Involvement is the key to both academic success and personal success; it is a way to enhance ourselves, gain work experience and to have fun during our time here. Cassey Bolyard, ’22 Why did you choose to come to
Jul 8, 2021

Meet the Orientation Leaders: Noah and Sarah

During the summer time, our Orientation Leaders are thoroughly engaging themselves in goals and games to get to know and guide prospective students as well as performing some administrative tasks. They’re sharing with the future freshman their experiences with the many opportunities to get involved in both activities related to one’s major or
Jul 7, 2021

Theatre majors make the most of summer with internships

Last year, most internships were shut down because of the pandemic. However, as the world is slowly returning back to normal, lots of Heidelberg theatre students were able to book an internship this summer. They’re spread across the country, learning the many facets of successful theatre and arts programs from performing to tech crew to camp
Jul 6, 2021

Gridiron great Paul Yackey '53 passes away

Paul Yackey '53, a Heidelberg football legend and a former university vice president, passed away on June 7, 2021. He was 89 years old. A native of Dover, Ohio, where he was inducted into the Dover High School Athletic Hall of Fame in 2019, Paul decided to attend Heidelberg. Under the tutelage of Paul "The Fox" Hoernemann, he is credited with many
Jul 2, 2021

Mark Cyron takes over men's lacrosse program

Heidelberg University Athletic Director Matt Palm on Thursday tabbed Mark Cyron as the school's next head men's lacrosse coach. Cyron, a 2015 graduate of Eastern University, becomes just the second coach of the program, which began varsity competition in 2017. Cyron takes the reins after serving as an assistant coach at the University of Mount
Jul 1, 2021

Meet the Orientation Leaders: Maddie and Alex

While student-athletes may have a busy schedule, there is much more to engage with than just sports at Heidelberg. Though Maddie, volleyball, and Alex, track and field, are both student-athletes, they find additional ways to be involved on campus. Meet both of them in our Orientation Leader series. Maddie Szawranskyj, '22 Why did you choose to come
Jul 1, 2021

'Berg's NCWQR plays pivotal role in algal bloom forecasting

Here comes another one, just like the other one. In the case of predicting the severity of the harmful algal bloom in western Lake Erie this summer, the forecast is a repeat of last year, and that is some good news for the region. Dr. Laura Johnson, director of Heidelberg’s National Center for Water Quality Research, has again played a pivotal role
Jun 28, 2021

It's a win: Sociology students to get free texbooks

It’ll be like Christmas in August for students enrolled in Dr. Sarah Lazzari’s introductory sociology classes. Last spring semester, Sarah entered a contest with textbook publisher FlatWorld to win free textbooks for her students for a year, and she won! This fall and spring, about 90 students who enroll in the introductory courses will receive

Jun 22, 2021

’19 alum returns from ‘amazing’ ocean research expedition

What better lab than an ocean vessel in the middle of the Northern Atlantic if your aspiration is to become a marine scientist? Although she’s glad to be back on solid ground, ’19 alumna Melanie Cohn, a double major in chemistry and environmental science, recently returned from a monthlong ocean research expedition as part of her Ph.D. program in
Jun 19, 2021

A joyful Alumni Weekend celebration -- finally

The anticipation of 16 months of waiting to be together again paid off in big ways as storms held off and more than 500 ‘Berg alumni joyfully gathered on campus to celebrate two years of class reunions during Alumni Weekend. Festivities began Friday as alumni began arriving from around the country. Amid the pandemic in 2020, Heidelberg canceled
Jun 19, 2021

Donors commit $77M+ in largest ’Berg campaign ever

Heidelberg University’s transformational Academic Comprehensive Campaign for Excellence (ACCE) has reached its conclusion with record-breaking results, exceeding its $75 million goal. On Saturday, President Rob Huntington announced during Alumni Weekend that donors have contributed and pledged a total of $75.3 million toward four key strategic ACCE

Jun 18, 2021

'Berg celebrates Juneteenth with flag-raising ceremony

One day after President Biden signed legislation to make Juneteenth a federal holiday, Heidelberg University continued to “build on a sense of belonging on our campus and in the Tiffin community” during a rain-soaked Juneteenth flag-raising ceremony Friday. The new law enshrines June 19 as the national day to commemorate the end of slavery in the