Nota Bene

Nota Bene - Vol. 18 Issue 13

Nota Bene

Vol. 18 Issue 13 - Feb 27, 2014

Champions of HSB create endow chair for dean position

John and Pat Adams, described as great champions of the Heidelberg School of Business, have created the second endowed faculty chair to honor the university that has meant so much to them, both professionally and personally.

The Adams Family Foundation Endowed Chair in Business endows the position of dean of the School of Business. The first recipient is current dean, Dr. Haseeb Ahmed.

President Rob Huntington announced creation of the endowed chair at the annual Faculty Awards Dinner last weekend when the Board of Trustees was on campus for its annual winter meeting. 

“Heidelberg is profoundly grateful to John and Pat Adams for this generous gift that will fuel the momentum in the School of Business,” Rob said. “Our shared goal is to be recognized for excellent teaching and learning as well as well as excellent career preparation and service to the community. We are on our way.” 

The Adams endowed chair is the second to be created at Heidelberg, following the Swinehart Family Endowed Chair in Education, announced a year ago. 

Pat Adams, who was unable to be on campus for the announcement, shared with Rob that creation of the endowed chair is a “dream come true.” “Years ago, giving a gift like this was only a dream,” she wrote. “Now, it’s with great joy and pride our dream has come true.” She added that her wish for the School of Business is that it continue to flourish. “May each student reach the happiness and pride that John and I share.”

Establishment of the endowed chair comes at a critical juncture when the school has embarked upon implementation of its far-reaching vision. Haseeb said the chair will provide vital seed capital for “continued envisioning, planning, positioning and pioneering with transforming ideas that will enhance the experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students, both domestic and international, in a global economy.”

“This will inspire, excite and motivate faculty, students, staff and business and community partners to experiment with bold ideas,” Ahmed said. “The challenge for us going forward will be how to push, prod, challenge and expand the intellectual boundaries of anyone who interacts with the Heidelberg School of Business.” 

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Four professors honored
with teaching, research awards

Four faculty members were honored for innovation in the classroom, creative teaching, outstanding research and dedication to the humanities during a dinner with their colleagues and the Board of Trustees Feb. 21. 

Presentation of the 2013-14 Faculty Awards was the culmination of a month-long celebration of academic excellence on campus. A day earlier, the university hosted the 21st annual Minds @ Work Student Research Conference.

In presenting the awards, Provost Dr. David Weininger praised the faculty’s collective contributions to the university. “We are so proud of all of our faculty for so many reasons,” Weininger said. “It is on their backs that this institution gains its reputation. The good news is Heidelberg is rising.”

This year’s winners are:

  • Chris Tucci – Ream-Paradiso Distinguished Teaching Award
  • Ryan Musgrave – Innovative Teaching Award
  • Dr. Julie O’Reilly – Distinguished Scholarship/Research Award
  • Dr. Virginia Gregg – 2013-14 Jane Frost Kalnow Professorship in the Humanities. 

Alumnus, higher education
administrator is newest trustee

Dr. Larry Roper, an experienced higher education administrator and ‘Berg alumnus, is the newest member of the university’s Board of Trustees.

President Rob Huntington announced Larry’s appointment following the board’s annual spring meetings Feb. 20-22. His four-year term begins July 1, 2014.

“We are extremely pleased to have someone of Larry's caliber – both professionally and personally – as a member of our Board of Trustees,” Rob said. “Larry brings a very high level of expertise in many of the complex issues facing higher education institutions today. His alma mater will be well served by his contributions to the board.”

Currently, Larry is the vice provost for Student Affairs at Oregon State University in Corvallis, Ore., having served in that capacity since 1995. He supervises a number of divisions, including enrollment management, student life and housing, intercultural student services, among others. Additionally, he also serves as professor of ethnic studies, teaching courses in speech communication, college student services administration and community college leadership at the doctoral level.

A native of Akron, Larry earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Heidelberg in 1975. He holds a master’s degree from Bowling Green State University and his Ph.D. degree from the University of Maryland. He currently serves as a senior scholar with the American College Personnel Association as the editor of the Journal of the National Association of Student Personnel Administration. He is a principal investigator and project director for a Kellogg Foundation grant for the Leadership for Institutional Change in Higher Education.

Larry has authored more than 50 articles, book chapters, reviews and monographs. He has given well over 100 presentations on such topics as leadership, diversity, student success and engagement, professional preparation and community building.

Dr. Wade Young, chair of the board’s Trusteeship Committee, looks forward to the energy and expertise Roper will bring to the board. “With Larry’s background in higher education, he brings a unique perspective to the board. We look forward to his participation in advancing the university, his alma mater.”

Acting surgeon general tapped
for commencement address

The Board of Trustees, at its meeting last week, approved the slate of speakers for the 2014 baccalaureate, undergraduate commencement and graduate commencement ceremonies.

Acting U.S. Surgeon General Dr. Boris D. Lushniak will deliver the keynote address for Undergraduate Commencement on Sunday, May 11. In addition to articulating the best scientific information to the public regarding the nation’s health, he also oversees the operation the U.S. Public Health Service Commissioned Corps, made up of approximately 6,700 uniformed health officers who serve in locations around the world to promote the health and safety of the nation. Lushniak has worn many hats while working in the medical field. He has served as part of the Epidemic Intelligence Service and has worked on disaster response teams in Bangladesh and Russia as well as Ground Zero and Washington DC. Dr. Lushniak has also served as the Chief Medical Officer of the Office of Counterterrorism for the FDA and as the FDA’s Assistant Commissioner.

Delivering the address at Graduate Commencement on Saturday, May 10, will be Nancy Ditmer, director of bands and professor of music education at The College of Wooster. As a highly respected and devoted leader in music education for many years, she is currently the president and board chair of the National Association for Music Education and past president of the Ohio Music Education Association. She is the founder and director of the Wooster Music Camp for junior high and high school students.

Rev. Dr. Barbara Holmes, president of the United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities will provide inspiration during Baccalaureate Sunday morning, May 11. Widely recognized as a dynamic leader in the field of theological education, she served as a faculty member and administrator at Memphis Theological Seminary before assuming her current role at United Theological Seminary. Throughout her career, she has been active with homeless missions, HIV/AIDS ministries and international ministries in Kenya and Japan.

Reyer’s poem included in
Anthology honoring Stafford

Heidelberg seems to have adopted poet William Stafford as one of its own. In honor of the prolific writer’s 100th birthday in January, A Ritual To Read Together: Poems in Conversation with William Stafford, has been published.

Included in the anthology is Dr. Bill Reyer’s poem, His Blessing, which he describes as “very much a hometown poem.”

Bill was asked to submit three poems for consideration for the Stafford collection. His Blessing is a tribute to Tiffin’s cowboy, frequently seen at the intersection of State Route 53 and Ella Street, greeting visitors as they enter or leave town.

“I think this poem was selected because Bill Stafford was very aware of the need of all individuals to be recognized and the ability of all people to teach others to be better individuals,” Bill Reyer says. Stafford’s work recognizes the humanity of all of us. The poem “is a reflection of the small and simple life, which Bill Stafford cherished.”

A Ritual was published by The Woodley Press Collection and edited by Becca J.R. Lachman of Athens. In its essence, its contemporary poems honor Stafford’s work, life and legacy. The editor noted that Stafford remains “a generous and challenging mentor in our writing lives, classrooms, communities and world.”

This is so at Heidelberg, which each January recognizes Stafford’s work and birthday with a poetry reading and remembrances. This year marked the fifth year for the celebration, created by Bill and President Rob Huntington, whose family has a close connection with the Stafford family.

In other publishing news, Bill’s collection of original poems, titled Minotaur & Damsel-Fly, has officially been published. He dedicated the book to retired colleague Dr. Ruth Wahlstrom.

A sign of the season

This winter certainly has been harsh in many ways … its bitterness, its duration, its inconveniences. The steps leading to the main floor of University Hall have been victimized as well. But there’s hope. Along with the spring will come repairs to the steps. At least our sense of humor has remained intact – for the most part.

NCWQR to partner with OSU, Purdue research units

The National Center for Water Quality Research has partnered with research units of the U.S. Department of Agriculture at The Ohio State University and Purdue University to create a formal research relationship.

The USDA’s Agricultural Research Service has established the newly formed Eastern Corn Belt Long-Term Agro-ecosystem Research (LTAR) Node. The new node will allow the three organizations – the Soil Drainage Research Unit at OSU, the National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory at Purdue and Heidelberg’s NCWQR – to combine their broad expertise and long-term data sets as they continue to study water quality issues in the Ohio River Basin and the Great Lakes regions. 

The Eastern Corn Belt LTAR Node represents one of eight new nodes in a national network that now numbers 18; it also will partner with another new node located at the Kellogg Biological Station of Michigan State University.

Purdue, Ohio State and Heidelberg have collaborated previously, according to Dr. Ken Krieger. “This new collaboration represents us coming together in a more formal manner to collectively enhance our research,” Ken said. “Each of our labs has its own focus and expertise. This (partnership) enlarges the scope of the projects that would otherwise be able to be performed by individual groups, and it networks us with the other LTARs throughout the country.”

“The NCWQR is enthusiastic about this prestigious new relationship, which builds on a variety of collaborations we have undertaken with the two ARS programs at Ohio State and Purdue in the past,” Ken said. 

Together, the organizations’ long-term data sets will be used to address the impacts of agricultural production systems on the environment. In all, 20 research scientists and more than 26 skilled support personnel will lend expertise in such areas as soil water dynamics, erosion processes, fate and transport of sediments, nutrients and pesticides, soil quality, drainage water management and other ecological and agricultural issues.

Currently, none of the 18 LTAR nodes receive specifically designated funding. Ken is hopeful that may change, as funding is pending through the U.S. Department of Agriculture. “Our formal inclusion in this LTAR node should enhance our grant-seeking success and further broaden the growing scope of our research and monitoring programs here at Heidelberg.”

On March 20, the NCWQR will host the first meeting of the Eastern Corn Belt LTAR participants on campus.

Meeting up with PALS at Ford

On Feb. 14, the Chemistry Department and Chemistry Club traveled to the Ford Research Labs in Dearborn, Mich., to visit with Dr. Debbie Mielewski, the keynote speaker from the fall Patricia Adams Lecture Series, as well as members of her research team, Angela Harris and Dr. Ellen Lee, who accompanied Debbie to Heidelberg last October. In all, 17 students, along with Drs. Nathaniel Beres, Aaron Roerdink, Bryan Smith and Dean Dustin Brentlinger made the trip to Dearborn.


Dr. Kristen K. Williams (School of Education) has accepted an invitation to serve on an advisory board for strategic planning for the Ball State University's Department of Educational Psychology Graduate Programs within her areas of expertise in human development and gifted/talented high ability education.  

Drs. Karen Jones and Robert Swanson (School of Education) took nine Collegiate Middle Level Association members, Amanda Barger, Kaitlynn Caldwell, Tierney Czartoski, Alexander Wilhelm, Brady Jones, Bailey Seevers, Justine Kaminsky, Sam Conde and Danae Agnew, to the Ohio Middle School Association Annual Conference in Columbus on Feb. 20-21. The students participated in numerous learning sessions strengthening their knowledge of Differentiated Instruction, Common Core, Adolescent Development, Technology Integration and many more topics. CMLA students will take their new knowledge and present to education students in March.

Drs. Marjorie Shavers and Dr. Megan Mahon (graduate counseling) co-hosted a workshop titled The Supervisory Relationship & Basics of Supervision on Feb. 17 in the Aramark Room. There were about 40 students and professionals in attendance, including many of the supervisory credentialed professionals in the community who agree to take on MAC Program school and community mental health graduate interns. Attendees received three CEUs from the Ohio Counselors, Social Worker, and Marriage and Family Therapy Board. The emphasis of the program was on supervising graduate students and recent grads as they develop professionally.

New discoveries in the humanities

Dr. Crystal Lake, a distinguished professor of English language and literature at Wright State University, presented the keynote address, The Scholar Adventurers in the 21st Century: New Research and Discoveries in the Humanities, at the Minds@Work Student Research Conference on Feb. 20. The research conference drew a record number of presenters (118) this year. Here, Dr. Lake (left) poses with President Rob Huntington, Provost David Weininger and Dr. Emily Isaacson. The two women were classmates during their doctoral programs at the University of Missouri-Columbia.

Alumni to take center stage
at 2014 New Music Festival

This year’s New Music Festival has taken on a different approach, spreading out a series of concerts over three weekends – March 20, March 29 and April 4-5.

New Music Spring 2014 kicks off on Thursday, March 20, with an 8:15 p.m. concert by internationally known pianists Mari Akagi, a ’72 ’Berg alumna, and her jazz pianist brother, Kei. Mari, who teaches in Japan, will present keyboard works by contemporary Japanese composers, and Kei’s program will feature jazz works. Together, they will perform two recent works for duo piano.

The concert on March 29 will feature up-and-coming performers of The Akropolis Reed Quintet, founded in2009 and winners of five national chamber music prizes. Originating from the University of Michigan, Akropolis is a cutting-edge ensemble that performs innovative, living repertoire with acclaimed precision. The members of Akropolis will present a panel discussion on Music Entrepreneurship at 3 p.m. followed by a concert at 7 p.m. 

New Music Weekend on April 4-5 will feature a decidedly Heidelberg flavor when the School of Music & Theatre welcomes back young alum and composer Nick Omiccioli, ’06. The schedule kicks off with a Meet the Composers event at 7 p.m. followed by a concert of music by Heidelberg composers Dr. Brian Bevelander, Dr. Doug McConnell and Nick.

Nick, who studied with Brian, will receive the Young Alumni Achievement Award that evening. Early in his career, he has accomplished great things. He is currently a resident with the Charlotte Street Urban Culture Project in Kansas City and production coordinator of newEar Contemporary Chamber Ensemble. He received a 2013 residency at Copland House and was a finalist for the 2013 Rome Prize. His works have been performed in Canada, the UK, Italy, Austria, Lithuania, Thailand, New Zealand, China, Sweden and throughout the U.S.

The April 5 concert at 7 p.m. will feature the works of guest composers Vera Stanojovic and Jonathan McNair. Stanojovic, a Yugoslavian-born musician who studied in Russia and at The Ohio State University, is on the composition faculty at Ball State University. McNair, professor of theory and composition at the University of Tennessee Chattanooga, has enjoyed a career that spans the creation and performance of new music, community outreach, academic teaching, publishing and church music. Nick’s compositions also are on this program.

The New Music Festival is made possible through generous support of National Machinery, Friends of Heidelberg Music, the Community Engagement Committee and alumni Ted and Jane Hieronymus.

His vision for Tiffin

Tiffin Mayor and ‘Berg alum Aaron Montz took the Gundlach Theatre stage Tuesday night to deliver his second State of the City Address. After a welcome by President Rob Huntington and an introduction by David Zak, the new leader of SIEDC, the mayor gave an upbeat and positive progress report, saying, “We’ve come a long way in Tiffin.” He addressed improved fiscal management, street paving, a lower crime rate (by 60 percent), downtown and park revitalization and the important relationship between the city and the two universities, among other topics. “Things are happening in this community,” Montz said. “Hopefully, all of you are on board.”

Admissions expresses thanks
for Scholars Day assistance

The Office of Admissions would like to thank all faculty and staff who took time out of their Saturdays, rushed to interviews following classes and trekked in during a Level 3 snow emergency to help with this year's Scholars Day.

Overall, more than 40 faculty and staff interviewed 115 prospective students.

Also, a special thank you to Lauren Austin Smith, Jenny Shetterly, Jaime Nitecki, Terry Magers and their teams for all their hard work with different set-ups and last minute changes. This is definitely a team effort. Thanks again for all of your help!

HSB’s executive-in-residence
experience fulfilling for Shobe

The same curiosity that sparked Lee Shobe’s interest in business while he was a physics student at Heidelberg carried him through a highly successful career with DowBrands Inc. The retired president and CEO shared his career experiences and advice with students last week as the executive-in-residence [INSERT URL:] in the School of Business.

Lee, ’60, said he appreciated the opportunities of Heidelberg’s liberal arts curriculum to explore subjects beyond physics. Courses in political science, economics, speech and English motivated him to explore the business world.

Following graduation from Heidelberg, Lee went on to earn his MBA from Carnegie Mellon, sharpening his analytical and problem solving skills before heading to Holland on a Fulbright scholarship. 

“I never had ambition for money or power. Really I just followed my curiosity,” he said. 

Overall, Lee called his EIR experience “terrific.” “They are in the same position I was in when I was here … looking for some guidance and interaction.

“I’m always impressed by young college kids, especially their energy and talent. … This was a very fulfilling experience, but it’s always fulfilling to come back to campus,” he said.

You’ve been TAGGED!

Members of the Student Alumni Association – including Mitchell Papst -- canvassed the campus with their tags on Thursday for TAG Day, or Thank a Giver Day. The tags indicate where donor gifts can be found around campus. SAA members also signed thank-you notes to donors for their financial support to Heidelberg. Ashley Helmstetter and Bob Youngblood are the advisors for SAA and led the coordination and execution of TAG Day. This is the second year Heidelberg has participated in TAG Day as part of National Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day.

Legislators discuss business
environment in Ohio

As President Rob Huntington opened a formal discussion with national, state and local legislators, he offered this thought: “We are all deep into pulling the community together … business sectors, government and higher education. There are a lot of forces coming together now.”

That’s why the Feb. 17 discussion about the business and economic climate in Ohio, hosted by Heidelberg, was so relevant. Those gathered in Herbster Chapel heard from Congressman Jim Jordan (pictured above), Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, with a special appearance by Ohio Supreme Court Justice Judith French about ways government is coming together to improve the business climate in the state.

The legislators’ discussion was sponsored by the Heidelberg School of Business and the Academic Enhancement Committee.

Stressed out? Schedule
massage through Stoner

Stoner Health Center is proud to announce April Crone will be providing massage therapy services for current Heidelberg students, faculty, staff, retirees and their spouse/partner.  April is a licensed massage therapist trained in Swedish massage, pregnancy massage, trigger point and deep tissue therapy. She will offer appointments beginning March 18.

The massage appointments will be held in a peaceful setting in Campus Center 129. April will be responsible for taking appointments and receiving payment for the services she provides. Sessions are by appointment only. Prices for a full body massage are $30 for 30 minutes and $50 for one hour. Cancellation fees may apply.

Massage therapy may help reduce stress, alleviate muscle aches, promote well-being and increase circulation.

Beeghly’s Spring Break hours

The following are Beeghly Library’s hours for Spring Break:

  • March3-7 and 11-14 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • March 1, 2, 8-10 and 15 – Closed
  • March 16 – 6-11 p.m.

Regular hours resume Monday, March 17.

Eye on Athletics

Heidelberg athletics head outdoors as the winter season reaches its end and spring athletics begin their respective 2014 campaigns.

Women’s Basketball
2009 graduate Morgan Shriver, in her first year at the helm of the women’s program, guided the lady round-ballers to their first OAC Tournament berth in four seasons. After defeating Otterbein, 77-66, in the regular season finale, the Berg women earned a first-round tournament matchup with the Wilmington Quakers. The Student Princes ended their 2013-14 campaign with a 57-51 loss in Wilmington on Monday.


Returning NCAA qualifiers Delian Schneider and Richard Dowdley will lead the Heidelberg wrestling team at the 2014 Mideast Regional this weekend. Ten varsity wrestlers will take on the region’s best for a chance to punch a ticket to the NCAA Championships in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on March 14. Five ‘Berg grapplers are nationally ranked heading into the Mideast Regional, where you must place in the top three in your weight class to move on to the NCAA Championships.

Men’s Basketball
First-year head coach Andy Bucheit and the Student Princes concluded their 2013-14 season with a thrilling overtime victory over Otterbein, 84-82. Because of a tie-breaker situation, the Berg men missed out on the OAC Tournament.

Indoor Track and Field
The indoor season draws to a close as the Heidelberg men’s and women’s track and field squads travel to the University of Mount Union to participate in the 2013-14 OAC Indoor Championships. Senior jumper Josh Lynch leads the men’s side with his tremendous talents in the difficult triple jump as well as the high jump and long jump. For the women, senior distance runner Sophie Goobic and sophomore thrower Madison Haasz will look to score crucial points as they will try to better the team’s seventh-place finish from a year ago.

Southern Hospitality

Heidelberg baseball, softball and both tennis programs will head south for Spring Break. Heidelberg baseball will begin veteran head coach Matt Palm’s final season in Port Charlotte and Fort Myers, Fla. Matt’s crew will begin the 2014 season on Sunday, March 2, against Moravian and play seven other teams in the Sunshine State before returning home.

‘Berg softball will begin their sixth season under head coach Betsy Hada in Claremont, Fla., at the 2014 Dot Roberson Spring Games. The Berg ladies and Coach Betsy Hada will battle five teams in six days starting with St. Lawrence and Rochester on Saturday, March 8.

Heidelberg tennis will continue their spring schedule as they make their yearly trip to Hilton Head, S.C. Both men’s and women’s squads and Coach Jerry McDonald will matchup with five teams in five days before returning to Tiffin. The men and women open up their southern swing with Gordon College on Monday, March 10.