Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 12

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 12 - Feb 15, 2013

HSB to welcome O-I’s Ed White as Executive-in-Residence

Ed WhiteThe Heidelberg School of Business will host its first executive-in-residence of the spring semester when former Owens-Illinois Inc. exec Ed White comes to campus Feb. 21-22.

White was senior vice president and chief financial officer of Owens-Illinois before his retirement last June. He had been with the company for 38 years, becoming CFO in 2005 after completing the successful integration of O-I’s European operations. As senior VP of finance and administration, he oversaw corporate accounting and reporting, budgeting and operations analysis as well as tax, risk management, internal audit and shared services.

On Thursday, Feb. 21, White will lead a nine-member panel discussion on career preparation for Heidelberg business students. Topics will include launching a professional business career, positioning as a valuable team player and success in career progression. Joining White on the panel will be the following executives:

  • Stacy Cox, senior vice president of Croghan Colonial Bank, Heidelberg alumna and chair of the Berg Business Board
  • Eric Willman, branch administration officer, Old Fort Banking Co.
  • Dr. James Hill, a practitioner and scholar with 30 years of experience in establishing, managing and growing information technology businesses.
  • Anne Martin, vice president of human resources, National Machinery Co.
  • Brett Johnson, commercial credit analyst assistant at Croghan Colonial Bank.
  • Barry Luse, senior vice president and trust officer at Croghan Colonial Bank.
  • Jon Laux, certified public accountant
  • Charles Nagy, treasurer, Cooper Tire & Rubber Co.

For more about the EIR program, visit

Student Research Conference
to be record-setter

The 20th annual Minds @ Work Student Research Conference on Thursday, Feb. 21, will be one for the record books. A total of 109 presentations are scheduled to be given by 94 students – both all-time highs for the conference.

Classes will be suspended for the day so students and faculty can attend a variety of presentations. Plan to come to the 11 a.m. keynote presentation by ‘Berg alum Mike Boehm, vice provost for Academic and Strategic Planning at The Ohio State University and professor and former chair of the Department of Plant Pathology at Ohio State.

Go to to see a list of this year’s presenters and their topics.

Students keep art of
letter-writing alive


The art of letter-writing may be fading, but a group of Heidelberg students, faculty and alumni are doing their part to keep it alive.

Each spring, students and alumni, led by Dr. Cynthia Lepeley, travel to the Texas-Mexico border to participate in a week of service with children and families in three communities through A Resource in Serving Equality. The relationships formed with the children in the ARISE program is life changing for many of the Heidelberg participants. A pen-pal program grew out of the students’ desire to continue their connections with the children throughout the year.

One alumnus, Andy Helms, has been on the border trip three times. He was eager to participate in the pen pal program. “While I was on the border, I had a really amazing experience. I connected with the kids and families there more than I ever imagined I would,” Andy said. “Working with them for a week just didn’t seem like enough, so I jumped on the opportunity to write to a few of the kids I became especially close to.”

The pen-pal program, which began in 2008, helps the children with their reading, writing and English skills and is also a great way to cultivate cross-cultural friendships, Cindy said.

Sixteen children in Muniz, Mexico, are the most faithful letter writers, sharing correspondence with their American friends about every month or two. Some of the children, who range in age from 7 to 13, have more than one ‘Berg pen pal, as do the Heidelberg students and alumni.

Read more about the pen-pals at

A night at the museum

Students at the Museum

Professors Carol Dusdieker, Courtney DeMayo, Ellen Nagy and Nainsi Houston recently took 44 of their students from music history, world civilization and German romanticism classes to the Toledo Museum of Art.

Alum author to visit bookstore

The Heidelberg Bookstore will host a meet-and-greet with author and alumna Mindy Killgrove, ’04, from 2-4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22.

Mindy is known for writing humor and non-fiction short pieces. She has been published in literary magazines and shares her love of writing as the adviser for the student newspaper at the local high school.

Copies of her book, Meet Me at the Pond, will be on sale at the discounted price of $10 during the meet-and-greet.


Dr. Renee Clair, Dr. Carol Dusdieker (music) and former adjunct music faculty member Sophie van der Westhuizen performed an afternoon of opera arias and duets at The Musical Arts Series at the Firelands on Feb. 3. The concert was titled Operaholics and was full of drama, comedy and vocal beauty. The trio performed music from Le Nozze di Figaro, Alcina, Samson and Delilah, Lakme, Der Fledermaus, The Ballad of Baby Doe, Merry Wives of Windsor and Don Pasquale.

President Rob Huntington is serving as chairman of the Board of Trustees as well as the executive committee of the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. for 2013. Also on the committee are Michael Spragg, president and CEO of The Old Fort Banking Co., vice chairman; Blair Lane, vice president of business banking for Fifth Third Bank; secretary/treasurer; John Arnold, president and CEO of Arnold Vending Co., past chairman; Denny Kerschner, co-owner of Tiffin Insulators Co., chairman of SIEDC’s working committee; Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, ’07; Seneca County Commissioner Fred Zoeller and James Nordholt, legal counsel.

Andrea Wensowitch (Office of Student Engagement) attended and helped organize the OCPA/OASPA annual conference in Worthington Jan. 30-Feb. 1. The conference is Ohio’s largest for student affairs educators and brings together more than 500 professionals to discover, connect and explore leadership and other professional development opportunities. Andrea is a member of OCPA (Ohio College Personnel Association), which is a comprehensive professional association that has served the needs of student affairs educators throughout the state since 1976.

Kristen Lindsay (ACSC) attended the OCPA/OASPA Conference Jan. 31-Feb. 1 in Columbus. Each year, the organization brings together student affairs professionals from across Ohio, and offers the opportunity to learn from keynote speakers, program sessions and professional networking. Kristen co-presented a session titled Transforming Your Office and Your Work with CAS (Council for Advancement of Standards) with Rebecca Mosely, assistant dean/associate director of residential education at Oberlin College. Kristen also served on the Conference Registration Committee, volunteered as a professional mentor and completed mock interviews in the Career Resource Room.

Students have additional opportunity to share research

Taking student research one step further, faculty members are asked to encourage their students to consider presenting a poster at the Posters at the Capitol event on April 9 in Columbus. Students in all disciplines are welcome. An abstract is due Feb. 22.

Posters at the Capitol involves institutions in northwest Ohio and includes students from the University of Toledo, Bowling Green State University, the University of Findlay, Ohio Northern University and Heidelberg, among others. Participating students spend the day in Columbus, meet with legislators and students from other institutions and share the results of their research. Transportation, lunch and snacks are provided, as is the cost of the poster.

Dr. Susan Carty is organizing the Heidelberg delegation. She will assist students with poster design.

Honors, English to host
up-and-coming author

Megan AbbotHighly acclaimed mystery-crime fiction author Megan Abbott will make her first appearance on an Ohio college campus when she visits Heidelberg on March 26.

Her visit is being sponsored by the English Department and the Honors Program through a grant from Jean Warren Gekler, ’80, and Brooks Gekler.

While on campus, Abbott will conduct a master class open to all at 9:30 a.m. She will eat lunch in the Aramark Room at 11 a.m. with anyone who would like to meet her. In the afternoon, she will meet with two English classes and the Women’s Leadership Initiative.

In the evening, at 7:30, Abbott will present a public reading and guest signing in Rickly Chapel.

“This is a rare opportunity for students to meet an author whose works we’re reading in class,” said Dr. Doug Collar. “The timing is beautiful.”

Indeed. Abbott was recently selected as the 2013 John and Renee Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. She is the Edgar-winning author of the novels Queenpin, The Song Is You, Die a Little and Bury Me Deep. Her newest novel, Dare Me, is about the dark side of life for high school cheerleaders. It has been optioned for a feature film by Fox 2000 Pictures.

Abbott was born in the Detroit area. She graduated from the University of Michigan and received her doctorate in English and American literature from New York University. She taught at NYU, the State University of New York and the New School University. This year, she is teaching at the Crime Fiction Academy at the Center for Fiction in New York City.

Save the date: Alum is guest of spring PALS event

Jerilyn MedreaHeidelberg will welcome alumna Jerilyn Medrea, ’77, global head of talent engagement for Liquidnet, a global institution trading network that represents the values and services of the “new Wall Street,” as the guest for the spring Patricia Adams Lecture Series in April.

She will spend the day on campus Thursday, April 11, meeting with the campus community in various settings. Q&A sessions are scheduled for 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Gundlach Theatre. The event culminates in a keynote dinner and lecture, titled Purpose Beyond Profit, at 6:30 p.m. in Seiberling Gymnasium. A reception precedes dinner at 5:45 p.m.

A complete schedule of events can be found at Please encourage your students to attend as many sessions as possible, as well as the dinner. They will need to bring their ‘Berg ID cards to all events they attend and should use BergLink to RSVP for the dinner.

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the dinner, free of charge. The cost for each guest is $30. Registrations are needed by Thursday, April 4, and can be made online at

Eye on Athletics

Landess Award Winners

At halftime of Wednesday night's women's basketball game, 101 students received their Landess Scholar-Athlete Awards for the fall semester. The Landess Award recognizes student-athletes who achieve above a 3.0 GPA during their semester of competition. The volleyball team received the team trophy, given to the team with the highest collective GPA.

Indoor Track and Field

Freshman Mary Beth Boyden was named OAC Field Athlete of the Week after her outstanding efforts at the Division III All-Ohio Meet on Saturday. Boyden finished first in shot put and third in weight throw. The men's and women's track teams head to the Meindel Last Call Meet at Capital this weekend.

Women's Basketball

With the OAC Tournament starting on Monday, Marcie Alberts and the women's basketball team control their own fate. With a win on Saturday at Otterbein, they clinch the eighth seed in the tournament. With a loss at Otterbein, the Berg will need Muskingum to lose. In that scenario, a coin flip would determine who advances to the tournament. At Wednesday's game, senior Jordan Ickes was honored by the team for her contributions to Heidelberg basketball.

Men's Basketball

Anthony Gholson and his team have clinched a spot in the OAC Tournament. They will be the seventh seed with a win on Saturday, eighth seed if they lose. Their first-round opponent remains to be seen. The Student Princes close out the regular season on Saturday against Otterbein. During halftime, the cheerleaders, dance team and Athletic Band will all perform.


With a 21-11 victory over No. 17 Ohio Northern, Heidelberg forced a three-way split of the OAC regular season title. The title is the fourth in program history. Ned Shuck's crew won seven of the 10 matches against ONU. Richard Dowdley used a reversal to tie his match late in the third period and won on riding time at 184. At 197, Andy Lovins won in overtime, 7-6.

The team travels to Alma College this weekend in preparation for the Mideast Regional tournament, hosted by Ohio Northern.