Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 10

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 10 - Jan 18, 2013

Libman to receive OFIC honor

Sondra LIbmanHeidelberg Board Chair Sondra Gerhardt Libman, ’67, will be inducted into the Ohio Foundation of Independent Colleges Hall of Excellence in April.

In selecting inductees for its Hall of Excellence, the OFIC considers qualifications such as commitment to private higher education through fundraising, advocacy, student engagement, volunteerism or other service; achievement in professional career or field of service; and leadership in chosen field. Inductees are alumni of OFIC member institutions.

When she is inducted, Sondra will join an elite group of Heidelberg alumni in the Hall of Excellence, including Russell Gifford, ’62 (inducted in 1992); the late Ralph Besse, ’26 (2000); and Trustee John Q. Adams, ’58 (2009).

The Class of 2013 also includes Harold W. Burlingame of Muskingum University, retired executive vice president of AT&T and Clifford D. Shields of the University of Mount Union, retired director of education relations & corporate contributions at Standard Oil Co.

Read more about Sondra’s achievements.

Student Research Conference

Nominations sought for annual Curns Awards

Is one of your colleagues worthy of one of the Jeannine Curns Distinguished Service Awards for 2012? Nominations are currently being accepted for the annual awards, including one each for administrative and support staff.

To make your nomination, you can use the form at

Deadline for nominations is Jan, 18, 2013.

The award will be presented at the Faculty & Staff Recognition Luncheon on Jan. 31.

For Joan McConnell, a special recital and a special organ

When Joan Holder McConnell presents her faculty recital on Jan. 27, her program will include the premiere of a very special piece.

For the recital, which she has titled Baroque and Beyond, Joan will perform a piece composed by her husband, Dr. Doug McConnell. The piece, A Trinity Suite, was written for organ and trumpet with soprano and baritone solos and choir. It is based on three American hymn tunes, representing the three persons of the Holy Trinity.

Accompanying Joan will be music faculty members Thaddeus Archer on trumpet, soprano Dr. Carol Dusdieker and baritone Dr. Greg Ramsdell. The Heidelberg University-Community Chorus, under the direction of Dr. Paul Mayhew, also will perform.

This recital begins at 3 p.m. and will be held at Trinity UCC.


On Dec. 28, Joan played a recital of early organ music on the Dutch “cabinet organ,” housed at the Toledo Museum of Art.

This small (one manual, no pedals) organ was built ca. 1785 by Dutch builder Johannes Strumphler. Completely contained in a wooden cabinet, not unlike a piece of dining room furniture, the organ would have stood in a (presumably wealthy) home. The air supply is generated by a foot pedal which might have been operated by a servant back in the 18th century. The person who operates the foot pedal (for this performance, Robert Rudolph of Toledo) must stand on one leg and pump with the other. The organist must also stand, as there is no bench and no “knee room” for sitting.

In a virtual tour of the 16th-18th century European organ world, Joan played works by D’Aquin, Cabezon, Frescobaldi, Stanley, Sweelinck, Zachau and Walther.

The concert was part of the museum’s Great Art Escape, programming for the weeks between Christmas and New Year’s Day.

Admissions welcomes
new staff member

The Office of Admissions is pleased to welcome Dr. Cinzia Mancini-Cross to the Heidelberg family. Cinzia is joining the staff as the associate director for international and graduate admissions. She will work with prospective undergraduate and graduate international students as well as domestic graduate students.

Cinzia received her Ph.D. in parks, recreation and tourism management from Clemson University as well as degrees from Bowling Green State University and Universita di Roma in Rome. She has relocated to Tiffin from Greenville, S.C., where she had been teaching language courses at Clemson.

The position at Heidelberg is actually a homecoming of sorts for Cinzia. She taught French, Italian and dance at Heidelberg in the mid-‘90s.

Welcome back, Cinzia!

Faculty Wind Quintet to
entertain Jan. 29

Eric RutherfordThe Faculty Wood Quintet will play its winter concert at The University Commons at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29.

Members include Lori Akins (flute), Melissa Bosma (oboe), Barb Specht (clarinet), Carrie Taplin (horn) and Eric Rutherford (bassoon). Melissa BosmaMelissa and Eric are new members of the quintet this year.

Join your colleagues for lunchtime entertainment that features light works for quintet by Ferenc Farkas, Anton Reicha, Andrejs Jansons, Pacquito d’Rivera and Ottorino Respighi.


Beeghly Newsbits

Beeghly Library will observe the following schedule for the Martin Luther King holiday weekend:

  • Saturday, Jan. 19 – Closed
  • Sunday, Jan. 20 – 6-11 p.m.
  • Monday, Jan. 21 – 6-11 p.m.

Regular hours resume Tuesday, Jan. 22


Dr. Barbara Specht (music) attended the Midwest Band/Orchestra clinic in Chicago Dec. 18-21. The conference is the world’s largest instrumental music education conference and draws close to 20,000 attendees from 50 states and about 40 countries. Its purpose is to provide information through lectures, clinics and demonstrations to music educators, supervisors and students.

Music students chosen for honor band, ensemble

Nine music students have been selected for the Ohio Private Colleges Instrumental Conductor’s Association Collegiate Honor bands. They include Anthony Narvaez, Catie Haynes, Cassandra Purcell, Michael Lee, Bobbi Custer and Katie Stephens. Students selected for the Collegiate Honor Jazz Ensemble include Kyle Sherepita, Lucas Walter and Kyle McDonald.

In addition to the students who will perform, Dr. John Owen will serve as a guest conductor of the OPCICA Concert Band, conducting a piece newly commissioned by the organization.

This year’s 25th Anniversary Festival celebration is being hosted this weekend by Muskingum University, with performances held at Secrest Auditorium in Zanesville. Heidelberg is a charter member of the organization, and has participated in each festival. This year’s participants mark the highest number of Heidelberg students ever selected for the festival.

Martin Luther King Tile

Board extends president’s contract

The Board of Trustees has announced that, in accordance with terms of President Rob Huntington’s 2012-17 employment agreement, his contract has been extended an additional year.

In making the announcement, Board Chair Sondra G. Libman explained that Rob was given a rolling contract designed to automatically turn into another five-year contract at the end of the first year and every year thereafter. As a result, the new contract has been extended to June 2018. Sondra said she looks forward to many more such extensions.

“There is a valued relationship between the board, President Huntington and the entire Heidelberg community,” she said. “We wish to have this relationship endure as Heidelberg continues to build its rightful place in the upper echelon of colleges and universities.”

Psych majors to present research

As part of their Junior Year Experience, three psychology majors are preparing to present their research at a professional conference.

Kayla Graves, Ashley Dean and Amber Calderelli will present their research at the Midwestern Psychological Association meeting in May in Chicago.

Kayla’s topic is Sexual Hookups among College Students: Prevalence and Emotional Reactions. Ashley and Amber will co-present their work on The Participation in Greek Life and Happiness among College Students.

Psychology professor Dr. Ginny Gregg explained that through the new Junior Year Experience, psychology majors choose between an internship, study abroad or an individual research project.

Host families sought

Heidelberg has three new Chinese students this semester, two of whom are still in need of host families.

The Host Family Program matches local families with international students in a cultural exchange. The program is designed as an outreach to the students, helping them to experience American life beyond the university setting.

Most of the meetings center on routine family-type activities. Meet once or twice a month or as your schedule allows. Several activities for the students and their families will be scheduled by my office throughout the year.

If you have questions about the program or are interested in participating, please contact Julie Arnold at

Honoring a poet’s spirit

Hannah Long-Higgins, Dr. Bill Reyer, Emma Markley and Brandi Aldrich

Heidelberg held the fourth annual William Stafford Birthday Celebration Thursday in honor of the famed poet. Participants shared favorite Stafford poems in the spirit of his enduring belief in the ultimate goodness of humanity and nature. As part of the program, the winners of the Stafford First-Line Poem Competition were announced. Sharing first place this year (pictured with organizer Dr. Bill Reyer and Hannah Long-Higgins) are Emma Markley and Brandi Aldrich. Hannah provided an interpretive reading of “The Way It Is” and faculty, staff and students shared readings of their favorite Stafford poems.

Eye on Athletics

The winter athletic teams are heating up.

Men's basketball, coached by Anthony Gholson, is 9-7. Their four-game win streak was snapped on Wednesday. In the loss, senior Dane Givner cracked the top 10 on Heidelberg's career points list. On Saturday, the team will hold their annual Alumni Game festivities. More than 25 former players are set to return to campus.

Women's basketball stands at 5-11. The team, coached by Marcie Alberts, has already surpassed last year's win total. Last Saturday, Kathleen Phillips became the 13th player in program history to join the 1,000-point club.

After a 36-6 drubbing of Baldwin Wallace on Tuesday, Heidelberg wrestling, coached by Ned Shuck, is 2-0 in home dual matches this year. Senior Andy Lovins is undefeated when wrestling at the 197-pound weight class. Andy was also named OAC's Scholar Athlete of the Month. Freshman Colin McDermitt, ranked ninth at the 133-pound weight class, has only lost four matches all season.

Indoor track and field is prepping for their first meet of 2013. The team, coached by Briana Hess, will compete at the Northwest Ohio Meet at the University of Findlay this weekend.