Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 15

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 15 - Apr 5, 2013

Genocide remembered with series of events next week

Over the past four years, Heidelberg has developed a relationship with the Jimmy Lichtman family and we now have established the Lichtman-Behm Genocide Series. Mr. Lichtman, a Holocaust survivor, died last year. In his memory, his grandson, David Estrin, started the Coalition for Preserving Memory. David, who is a student at Duke University, initiated the first reading of names of victims of genocide and other atrocities on April 6-7 last year. The date he chose was Yom Hashoa, the Day of Remembrance of the Holocaust.

This year Heidelberg is joining with Duke University and other schools to remember the victims so that we never forget and that we work for a world where these atrocities will not occur. You are invited to sign up for the reading of names on Heidelberg’s campus from 3-6 p.m. on Monday, April 8. The readings will be held at the Peace Pole in front of Campus Center. Two people will alternate in reading names in 10-minute intervals. Students, faculty, staff and community members are invited to sign up to read names at this link:

At the conclusion of the reading of names, a panel discussion, led by Dr. Marc O’Reilly, will be held in Campus Center 220. You can read more about this event at and follow on Twitter using the hashtag #TodayWeRemember.

Groups participating in the event include the Cultural and Spiritual Club, Campus Fellowship, Berg UCC, the Lichtman-Behm Genocide Series Committee members, Religious Life, International Affairs and Studies and others.

Heidelberg students will have an opportunity to contribute in support of Rwanda genocide victims at a unique event next week.

Friday is the last day to nominate someone to arm wrestle head football coach Mike Hallett or Dean Dustin Brentlinger. Each nomination costs $1. The wRestling for Rwanda matches will be held Wednesday, April 10, during the lunch hour in Hoernemann.

Additionally, everyone is encouraged to wear purple – the official color for genocide awareness -- on Thursday, April 11.

There is a connection between the genocide awareness events and Jerilyn Medrea, who will be on campus next week as the guest of the spring Patricia Adams Lecture Series.

Liquidnet, the company for which Jerilyn serves as global head of talent engagement, has a corporate social engagement program which she oversees. Liquidnet for Good includes a series of programs, including its signature project, the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village, a pioneering project that helps orphans of Rwanda’s genocide. She is a member of the village’s Board of Directors.

All proceeds from the wRestling for Rwanda will be donated to the Agahozo-Shalom Youth Village.

Get ready for PALS next week

Jerilyn MedreaHeidelberg is getting ready to welcome alumna Jerilyn Medrea, ’77, as the guest for the spring Patricia Adams Lecture Series next week. Whether or not you are planning to attend the Thursday, April 11, dinner and keynote lecture, there are plenty of other opportunities to hear Jeri speak about her career as an expert in corporate human relations on Thursday:

  • Session 1 -- 11 a.m. (Gundlach Theatre) -- Aligning your Values with your Career
  • Session 2 -- 2 p.m. (Gundlach Theatre) – Strategic Human Resources and the Bottom Line: People are an Asset, Not a Cost
  • 5 p.m. (Seiberling Gymnasium) – How to Network, sponsored by the Office of Student Engagement

If you did not sign up to attend the reception and dinner, you are still welcome to attend Jeri’s keynote address, which should start about 7 p.m. in Seiberling Gymnasium. The title is Purpose Beyond Profit.

If you RSVP’d for the dinner and need to cancel, the deadline to do so is noon Monday, April 8, to avoid a $30 charge.

Additional info is at

Get a jump on ‘Uncorked’
silent auction bidding

Have you ever wanted to meet a Hall of Fame baseball player? What about spending a lovely four-day getaway in New England? Or, add an autographed Eric Clapton guitar to your collection of celebrity memorabilia? These are just a few of the awesome list of items that have been donated by alumni, faculty, staff, students and retailers for the Uncorked: Sip. Savor. Support. wine tasting and silent auction on April 20.

You can view the silent auction items at If you want to get a jump on placing your bid, online bidding officially begins on Saturday, April 13. Be sure to check the website frequently as we are still adding new items.

Also, there is still time to register to attend the event, which begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Saurwein health & Wellness Center. You can sign up online at The cost is $50 per person.

All proceeds from the Uncorked event will benefit the Heidelberg Fund. If you have questions, call Ashley Helmstetter at x2231 or email

Softball, baseball invite
community to pre-game carnivals

The Offices of Athletic Marketing and Student Engagement are teaming up to host fun-filled carnivals prior to upcoming softball and baseball games.

On Saturday, Heidelberg softball will host Muskingum University for a 2 p.m. doubleheader at Jocko Huffman Field in Hedges-Boyer Park. Community Day events will begin at 1 p.m.

Two weeks later, Heidelberg baseball will host the University of Mount Union. The April 20 doubleheader is set to begin at 1 p.m. with Community day starting at noon at Peaceful Valley.

Fans of all ages can participate in a variety of family-friendly activities and fun, including popcorn, cotton candy, create-a-baseball-card booth, games and raffles. All activities are free of charge. At the conclusion of both doubleheaders, young fans can run the bases and collect autographs from Heidelberg’s student-athletes.

These are the first such events held by Heidelberg athletics.

“We are so excited so start the Community Day tradition,” said Andrea Wensowitch. “Many of our student organizations will be on hand to provide activities. It’s a great opportunity for the Heidelberg community to interact with the public.”

If inclement weather forces the postponement of the games, Community Day will be held inside Seiberling Gymnasium. Fans can visit and follow @BergAthletics on Twitter for information on potential location changes.

ATR prof, student have major role at regional symposium

Jessica Miller and Genna FuscoAthletic training professor Jessica Miller and senior Genna Fusco attended the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers Association Annual Meeting & Clinical Symposia during Spring Break. More than 1,500 athletic trainers and athletic training students from Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin attended the annual event.

Both Jessica and Genna were highly involved throughout the meeting and with its planning process. Genna represents Ohio as a senator on the GLATA Student Senate. She was involved with planning the student symposia, attended by more than 400 athletic training students from the district. Jessica serves as chair of the GLATA Young Professionals Committee. At the annual meeting, Jessica and her committee hosted a round table presentation for students on various topics associated with professional development. Genna and Jessica were part of a volunteer team that hosted professional speakers and organized the three-day event.

Read more about Genna’s involvement with GLATA at

‘Rite of Spring’: No riot
… just lovely piano music

Margarita Denenburg and Gerald EvansOne-hundred years ago, the premiere of Igor Stravinsky’s ballet, Rite of Spring, created a riot that is still talked about to this day. The performance was overrun by insulting outbursts, whistling and booing. The audience was so loud that the dancers were unable to hear the music. As a result, the piece and its premiere became known as one of the most controversial works of the century.

Today, Rite of Spring has become a favorite of many classical music lovers. Its music is complex, consisting of intricate rhythmic patterns. To celebrate the 100th anniversary, the Joffrey Ballet Company revived the piece in February in Los Angeles. Now, a performance is coming to Heidelberg.

Dr. Margarita Denenburg and Ohio native Gerald Evans will perform the piece on two pianos during a program at 8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, in Brenneman Music Hall.

The version that Margarita and Gerald will perform was originally written by Stravinsky for four hands (one piano) alongside the orchestral version. “It is still an original work that the pianists split to two pianos which provides a rarely seen look into this famous piece,” she said.

Beeghly Newsbits

Eighth annual Edible Books Fest

The Friends of Beeghly Library are sponsoring the eighth annual Edible Books Fest April 14 at 5:30 p.m. in Wickham Great Hall. Admission is free if you bring an entry; otherwise it is by donation. This year’s entertainment will be provided by Hannah Long-Higgins, award-winning member of the Speech Team. Numerous “celebrity” judges will evaluate an expanded group of prize categories including:

  • Best Appetizer, Best Entrée, Best Side Dish, and Best Dessert or Beverage
  • Best Harry Potter Themed Dish
  • Best Greek Organization Entry
  • Best Children's Dish (ages 12 or under)
  • Best Parent and Child Co-Created Dish
  • Most Humorous
  • Most Delicious
  • Most Aesthetically Pleasing
  • People's Choice Award

For the first time, there will be a children’s activity room while the judging is taking place. Heidelberg graduates Brittny Gaietto and Brette Ott are coordinating the children’s program. Door prizes provided by local food-related establishments will be awarded during the evening. A 50/50 drawing will support the work of the Friends of Beeghly Library.

For more information, contact Nancy Rubenstein at x2106 or or visit the Friends of Beeghly Library web site to see examples of entries from previous years.

Library Book Sale

Book Sale

This year’s Book Sale is April 15-26. Donations are still welcome including popular and academic books, recordings, videos, etc. In addition to books removed from the library’s collection, there are donated books covering a broad range of subjects. Also included are materials for craft projects such as clear video tape cases and wooden book dummies. Need some display racks? Three wire newspaper racks are available at bargain prices. The sale will be in the Center Reading Circle all hours that the library is open.

Fines Reduced

All overdue fines paid April 8-22 will be cut in half as part of Beeghly’s observance of National Library Week.

First faculty endowed
chair established

Peg and JoanThe first of six endowed faculty chairs has been officially named and funded, and will be launched in the next academic year, President Rob Huntington has announced.

The process is under way to fill the Swinehart Family Endowed Chair in Education at Heidelberg University with a member of the faculty from the School of Education.

“The significance of this gift from the Swinehart families – Ralph and Joan (Swinehart) Talmage and David and Peg (Swinehart) Baker – cannot and should not go understated,” the president said. “Heidelberg is profoundly grateful to the Swinehart family for this generous gift that will allow us to continue our focus on academic excellence while providing much-needed support to our faculty.”

This is Heidelberg’s first endowed faculty chair since our founding in 1850; Ralph and Joan Talmage are providing the funding.

It is apropos that the family chose to designate the School of Education as the beneficiary of this first endowed chair. They have done so in recognition of the role Heidelberg has played in their families and careers and to support the preparation of future educators.

Read more about the family’s Heidelberg and education legacies at

150-plus voices unite for challenging ‘Carmina Burana’

Paul MayhewThe Heidelberg University-Community Chorus and the University of Findlay Concert-Chorale will present Carmina Burana by Carl Orff at 3 p.m. Sunday in the Findlay High School Auditorium. The ensembles will repeat the concert Monday at Columbian High School.

Drs. Paul Mayhew of Heidelberg and Michael Anders of UF will share conducting duties of the 150-voice choir. The concert also will feature a 21-voice choir from Seneca East High School, directed by Heidelberg alumnus and Seneca East music teacher Lynn Huenemann.

Professional soloists for the performance include soprano Dr. Carol Dusdieker, tenor Tim Sarsany and baritone Lance Ashmore. Accompanists are Kelly Lewis and Sharon Vaas (piano) and percussionists Michael R. Malloy, Brent Deskin, Matt Timman, Jose Duarte and Craig Schutz.

The O Fortuna movement from Carmina Burana has become one of the most recognized themes in all of western music and has been featured in numerous movies, television programs and commercials.

For more about the performances, visit

Community Music School featured at YMCA’s Family Fest

Heidelberg’s Community Music School will have a booth at the YMCA Family Fest on Saturday from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. At 11 a.m. and 1 p.m., the school will have students demonstrating music pieces and sample lessons for the public to observe.

The booth will be staffed by Cynthia Ramsdell and sophomore Ashley Racicot. Together, they will promote both the school and Heidelberg. Everyone is invited to stop by the booth and bring friends who might be interested in music lessons.

The final opportunity of the year to hear the students will be May 4 at 1 p.m., 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. in Brenneman Hall when students will perform their year-end recitals.

Mentoring Program Honored

Daniel Cruikshanks recives his award

Dr. Daniel Cruikshanks (center) and former graduate counseling faculty member Dr. Stephanie Burns (red jacket) were the recipients of the American Counseling Association’s Branch Best Innovative Practice Award for the Midwest Region for their Ohio Counseling Association Mentoring Program. The program provides an opportunity for new OCA members and new counselors to be paired with a professional mentor to help guide them through the early stages of their professional identity development. Congratulations, Daniel!

New Music Festival canceled; final concert goes on as planned

Because of illness, the featured composer and ensemble scheduled to headline this weekend’s New Music Festival have had to cancel their appearance at Heidelberg. However, the final concert for the weekend, New Music Live!, will go on as scheduled at 3 p.m. Sunday in Brenneman.

New Music Live! Will feature recent and classical contemporary works, performed almost exclusively by Heidelberg faculty and students, according to organizer Dr. Doug McConnell. One guest pianist, Stephanie Titus, a doctoral student at Bowling Green State University, will kick off the program. Other performers on the program include Melissa Bosma (oboe), Eric Rutherford (bassoon) and December graduate John Huenemann, who will perform an original composition. The Symphonic Band, under the direction of Dr. John Owen, will conclude the program with a performance of Flashbax by contemporary composer Jesse Ayers, who is on the music faculty at Malone University.


Dr. Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders (graduate counseling) gave an invited presentation, titled What New Professionals and Students Need to Know about the Current State of Multiculturalism, at the American Counseling Association International Conference & Expo March 22 in Cincinnati.

Dr. Julie O’Reilly (CTA) presented a paper, titled I Tweet the Biebs My Soul to Keep: Tweeting as Prayer in U.S. Celebrity Culture, at the national Popular Culture Association/American Culture Association Conference in Washington, D.C. on March 27.

An article co-authored by Dr. John Bing (political science) and alumnus Dr. Steve Ceccoli, ’90, professor at Rhodes College, has been accepted for the Fall 2013 issue of the Journal of Third World Studies. The article, titled Contending Narratives in China’s African Development, involves oil for infrastructure transactions in Angola and Nigeria, popularly known as “the Angola Mode.”

Dr. David Hogan (history) was part of a panel discussion Wednesday at Tiffin University about the connections between local food, foodways and fast food in conjunction with the exhibition of The Local Cheeseburger. David is the author of Selling ‘em by the Sack: White Castle and the Creation of American Food. Other panelists were Dr. Lucy Long, author of Culinary Tourism, and Dr. Matt Bereza, assistant professor of psychology and counseling at Tiffin University.

Dr. Marc O’Reilly (political science) gave a lecture, titled It’s Complicated: U.S. Policy vis-à-vis the Middle East in an Age of Upheaval, April 1 at Denison University. Marc’s talk was part of Denison’s Spring 2013 Global Studies Seminars.

Dr. Doug McConnell (music), along with Dennis McIntire from Reinhardt University, conducted an on-site accreditation review of the Department of Music at George Washington University in Washington D.C., from March 24-26. The three-day visit included meetings with faculty, students and administration, along with visits to classes, lessons and rehearsals.

Eye on Athletics


Softball swept Ohio Wesleyan this week, 6-3 and 10-2. Freshman Mikaela Mitsch belted her third home run of the season. This weekend, the team hosts Muskingum University on Saturday and Case Western Reserve University on Sunday.


Baseball fell to 2-2 in the OAC this week. The team travels to Muskingum this weekend and hosts Ohio Northern on Wednesday.

Men’s and Women’s Golf

Men's and women's golf will be in action this weekend. Last week, Claire Meneer led the women's team with a 98.

Men’s and Women’s Tennis

Men's and women's tennis take on Muskingum this weekend on the tennis courts behind the Residence Life & Learning Hall.

Track and Field

The track and field teams will compete at Oberlin as part of the Bob Kahn Invitational. Next week, the teams will travel to Ohio Wesleyan for the All-Ohio Championships.