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Shawn Johnson East: More to life than winning

Oct 18, 2017

In Shawn Johnson East’s first gymnastics competition at age 5, she finished dead last and she was ecstatic. That was the first of many times in her competitive career when she realized that effort, hard work and doing what you love are more important than winning.

It’s a valuable lesson reinforced by her long-time coach Liang Chow, an elite Chinese gymnast who immigrated to the U.S. to open his own gym in her hometown of West Des Moines, Iowa.

Keeping it all in the (band) family

Oct 16, 2017

Kathy (Vogelbacher) Miller, ’92, has such fond memories of her time as a member of the Heidelberg Marching Band that she was thrilled when daughter Ella decided to come to Heidelberg.

For her part, Ella, a freshman early childhood education major, was excited about the opportunity to continue her love of marching band under the direction of Jon Waters.

Jon and Rod Miller – Kathy’s husband and Ella’s dad – are great friends since their connection with the Ohio State Marching Band bonded them for life.

PALS speaker: Look inside to find, embrace your gifts

Oct 13, 2017

A high school speech teacher changed Brandi Powell’s life in ways she’s just now beginning to understand. That speech teacher, Mr. Gulman, “believed in me and saw something in me when no one else did.”

That belief motivated Brandi to embrace the gifts others scrutinized but that she knew in her heart that she possessed.

A weekend anchor and reporter for ABC affiliate KSTP-TV in Minneapolis, Brandi, 36, was the guest for the fall Patricia Adams Lecture Series Thursday.

Campus mourns passing of Dr. Ferris Ohl

Oct 12, 2017

The Heidelberg community was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of a Music Department legend, Dr. Ferris Ohl, who died on Friday, Oct. 6, at the age of 103.

The Ohl family has announced that a memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at Trinity United Church of Christ in downtown Tiffin. A reception will follow the service in Wickham Great Call. Calling hours for Dr. Ohl will be held from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Engle-Shook Funeral Home in Tiffin.

Holocaust survivor explores concept of evil

Oct 5, 2017

Prisoner #64757 lost 14 members of his family in the Holocaust. As a 15-year-old who was forced into several concentration and work camps, Holocaust survivor Walter Ziffer witnessed unspeakable atrocities that have stuck with him throughout his life. Now 90 years old and a noted author, theologian and professor, he has spent many years trying to understand the concept of evil.

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