Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 16

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 16 - Apr 19, 2013

Get your bid on: Uncorked fund-raiser this Saturday

Jerilyn MedreaHeidelberg Uncorked: Sip, Savor, Support, the fund-raiser to support the Heidelberg Fund, is on for Saturday, beginning at 5:30 p.m. in the Saurwein Health & Wellness Center. The event will feature a wine tasting (with food provided by Aramark) and a silent auction.

Can’t make the event but want to get in on bidding for an auction item? Online bidding officially went live last Saturday and will be ongoing through the end of Uncorked. You can view the auction items by visiting the catalog.

Some of the highlighted items include:

  • A meet-and-greet with baseball Hall of Famer Dennis Eckersley at Progressive Field
  • Four days in New England and other spa and getaway packages
  • Autographed Eric Clapton guitar and other celebrity memorabilia
  • NASCAR racing experience
  • A variety of gift baskets and gift certificates

In addition, the auction includes a number of items donated by faculty, staff, students and alumni, including original artwork, crafts, services, classes and personalized gifts.

You can register for bidding by completing the form at

To register for the event, go to

Contact Ashley Helmstetter at x2231 or with questions.

Berg rewind

PALS speaker shares her purpose

Jerilyn Medrea and Pat AdamsThe spring installment of The Patricia Adams Lecture Series reached a highly successful conclusion last week with several student presentations and an inspired keynote address by alumna Jerilyn Medrea, ’77, head of global talent engagement at Liquidnet in New York City. Jeri was the first ’Berg grad to be a guest of the series. Read about her visit to campus at

OFIC honors ’Berg’s Libman

Sondra LibmanBoard chair Sondra Gerhardt Libman, ’67, is Heidelberg’s newest member of the Ohio Foundation of Independent College’s Hall of Excellence. Sondra and two others were inducted April 10 in downtown Columbus. She was joined by family, friends and Heidelberg colleagues and introduced by President Rob Huntington. Read about the ceremony that Sondra called the second best thing that’s happened in her life at

Declassified: D.C. trip brings class to life

This semester 15 honors students are taking a class that brought them an opportunity not typically available at other schools. CIA Declassified: 1973 Arab Israeli Conflict, taught by Dr. Marc O’Reilly, is really an experiment within itself. The cornerstone of the class is the release of declassified documents from the CIA. Heidelberg is one of the first schools in the country to have access to these documents. Read about the students’ experiences and those of their professor as they traveled to Washington, D.C., at

Spotlight on Heidelberg at Model UN

Ali SayreHeidelberg will have a central role in this year’s Model UN Conference in San Francisco. About 50 students departed campus Thursday for the conference, which concludes Tuesday. This year, HU is serving as the host institution and senior Ali Sayre is the Secretary-General – a big responsibility that has been two years in the planning. Read about the planning process and Ali’s expectations for the conference at

Another chance to hear student research: Honors presentations
next week

A total of 15 senior Honors students will present their Honors research projects next week. Here is the schedule of presentations:

Tuesday, April 23

3:10 p.m. -- Jennifer Phillip, The Effects of Therapy Dogs and Gender on Anxiety

3:25 p.m. -- Taylor Kidwell, A Renewed Look at Marriage Therapy: An Evolutionary Approach to Mating Strategies

3:40 p.m. -- Jaime Furda, ‘Neon Genesis: Evangelion,’ A Psychological Approach

3:55 p.m. -- April Davidson, A Case for Foreign Language Instruction for Children

Wednesday, April 24

3:10 p.m. -- Ali Sayre, Reverse Culture Shock: What Should Be Done to Transition Students Back to University Life?

3:25 p.m. -- Alyssa Vetter, The Benefits of Studying Abroad While Attending Heidelberg University

3:40 p.m. -- Katie Fink, The European Union: Can this Unique Political Entity Survive?

4:05 p.m. -- Ryan Smith, What Makes People Vote?: Comparing Age and Interest to Analyze Voting Behavior

4:20 p.m. -- Allison Willis, A Survey of Johnson's Island Soils for Escherichia coli

4:35 p.m. -- Matthew Condon, The Atomic Bomb: A Diplomatic Tool

Thursday, April 25

3:10 p.m. -- Jaime Graham, Finding God in the Grave: The Adoption of Christian Burial Practices in Medieval Europe

3:25 p.m. -- Marisha Sullivan, Who's Your Daddy: The Role of Fathers and Father Surrogates in James Joyce's ‘Ulysses’

3:55 p.m. -- Joshua Oleweiler, The Effects of Leaf Extract of Ailanthus altissima on the Growth of Pathogenic Bacteria

4:20 p.m. -- Erin Crenshaw, Triage: A Creative Exploration of Generational Differences Using the Dramatic Form

4:35 p.m. -- Benjamin Kirk, An Analysis of the Relationship Between Video Game Violence and Aggressive Behavior.

'Countdown to
Commencement' coming

The Heidelberg homepage will soon feature a series of articles that will help us all Countdown to Commencement.

The Office of Marketing and Communication Services is currently preparing the six-part series with posts scheduled to begin the first week of May. The “bookends” for the series will be an interview with undergraduate commencement speaker Harold Brown, a member of the famed Tuskegee Airmen, and reflections from President Rob Huntington, an honorary “senior” in the class of 2013.

In between, we’ll profile a diverse set of students as they approach their graduation and transition to Heidelberg alumni.

Stay tuned for the Countdown to Commencement series!

Countdown to Commencement

Lunch and Learn

Lunch and Learn

The Saurwein Health & Wellness Center and the Tiffin Community YMCA co-sponsored a Lunch and Learn program Tuesday at the center. John Riehm from Riehm Farm Market and Corn Maze spoke about the farm’s community-supported agriculture and shared healthy recipes for the vegetables. The menu included a soup and salad bar, rolls, fruit and beverages. The participants also learned about Saurwein’s summer fitness opportunities.

‘O Fortuna’

Carol Dusdieker

Voice professor Dr. Carol Dusdieker delivers a powerful solo as the University-Community Chorus and the University of Findlay Concert-Chorale performed Carl Orff’s challenging piece Carmina Burana earlier this month. More than 150 voices comprised the chorus, which performed both in Findlay and in Tiffin. Drs. Paul Mayhew and UF’s Michael Anders directed.

School of Music to present
'Opera Scenes'

The School of Music will present Opera Scenes on at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, in Brenneman Concert Hall.

The program, which is the culmination of a music course on famous operas, will include pieces from Mozart's Don Giovanni, The Magic Flute and The Marriage of Figaro, Puccini's La Rondine, Aaron Copland's Tender Land, Delibes' Lakme and Verdi's Nabucco.

Performing in Opera Scenes will be Katelyn Cabe, Brianne Cook, Kelly Devine, Makenzie Dietrich, Elle Dutton, Elaine Fowler, Kirsten Lindhurst, Holly Oberlin, Michelle Tamburo, Dakota Thorn, Melissa Tippin, Brittany Cook, Casey Jones, Nick Saxton, Jon Vestal and Seth Innis.

Directing the program is adjunct music instructor Dr. Deborah Norin-Kuehn. Cynthia Ramsdell will be accompanying.

Student plays to be
staged next weekend

The Theatre Department will stage two student-directed and student-written plays the last weekend in April in Gundlach Theatre.

Senior Dakota Thorn will direct Triage, a play written by senior Erin Crenshaw. Set in a nursing home, the full-length play compares the relationships between the younger aides and the people living there.

Performing in Triage will be Elle Dutton, Tim Borham, Eric Gobel, Helen Hedrick, Sia DuFour, Katie Hough, Jordan Keller, Amanda Chaney, Adam Hoover, Emma Markley and Michelle Chouloute.

Show dates are 8 p.m. Thursday, April 25 and Friday, April 26, and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27.

Senior Marisha Sullivan will direct OK Cupid, a play written by Ohio Wesleyan University student Dave Winnyk. This minimalist, full-length play delves into the details of building up and tearing down a relationship.

The cast for OK Cupid includes Katelyn Cabe, Kelly Devine, Marina Richley, Leigh Barthel, Eric Gobel, Mac Wallace, Chaylene Ehrman, Greg Marsano, Alyssa Myerly, Ryan Ladina and Elaine Fowler.

Show dates are 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 24 and Saturday, April 27, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 28.


Dr. Pam Faber (biology) hosted the Ohio Academy of Medical History annual meetings on April 13. This is a group of university faculty, museum curators, retired medical professionals and private collectors.

Dr. Kenneth Davison (history emeritus) will present an illustrated talk, titled The War of 1812 Reconsidered, at 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 22, at the Seneca County Museum. The talk will be in conjunction with the Seneca County Historical Society’s annual business meeting and is an update of Ken’s talk 50 years ago on the 150th anniversary of the War of 1812.

Dr. David Bush (anthropology) coordinated the seventh annual clean-up day at Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison site on April 7. More than 30 volunteers of all ages pitched in to clear brush and dead trees from the site and spread topsoil to level the ground.

Dr. Ken Krieger (NCWQR) recently published an article, along with co-author Bill Zawiski of the Ohio EPA, titled Changes in Biotic and Habitat Indices in Response to Dam Removals in Ohio. The article appears in the book, The Challenges of Dam Removal and River Restoration, published by The Geological Society of America.

Additionally, Ken was interviewed by the Columbus Dispatch and quoted in an article April 15 about the seriousness of the toxic blue-green algae bloom in Lake Erie.

Dr. Marc O’Reilly (political science), along with ’03 alumnus Dr. Wes Renfro, co-presented a paper, titled Empire by Any Other Name: America’s Continued Primacy in the Persian Gulf, April 13 at the annual conference of the Midwest Political Science Association in Chicago.

On Saturday, a woodwind trio of Dr. Barbara Specht’s students will perform works by Haydn and Mozart for the Tiffin Historic Trust annual tea at the Grammes-Brown House in Tiffin. Students performing include Mackenzie Honaker, Morgan LaFlure and Morgan Mabry.

Drs. Pete Richards and Rem Confesor (NCWQR) are two of many authors of a paper on Lake Erie algal blooms that was recently published in the prestigious Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. So far it has produced extensive media coverage. The paper can be accessed online at This paper is a product of the NSF grant project at the University of Michigan for which Pete is serving as a co-investigator.

Chris Tucci (CTA) is playing the role of Caleb DeLeon, a young Confederate officer in the Civil War-era drama, The Whipping Man. The New Players Theatre and Gallery Players are presenting the Columbus premiere of the Matthew Lopez play at the Jewish Community Center of Greater Columbus’ Roth-Resler Theatre May 4-12.

Beeghly Newsbits

Library book sale continues
through April 26

More than 1,300 books and media works were displayed at the start of this year’s book sale. Enhancing the appeal were 10 cartons of popular fiction donated by the Libriloops Co., a book recycling firm. Many items are still available, including fiction and non-fiction, religion and philosophy, drama, reference and recordings. Find a creative use for plastic video cases and wooden book dummies, and you can buy those for just 10 cents each. The wire display racks are just $2 each.

Fines Reduced

All overdue fines paid by April 22 will be cut in half.

Students share
research at Statehouse

At the poster presentation

As she has done for the past several years, Dr. Susan Carty organized a group of students who presented posters of their research at the sixth annual Posters at the Capitol: Undergraduate Research in Northwest Ohio event April 9 at the Statehouse Atrium in Columbus.

This year, Heidelberg – one of six colleges and universities participating in the event – was represented by nine students:

  • Megan Brown, Sandusky River Watershed Coalition: Senior Internship
  • Susan Daniel, Invasive Species in Lake Erie: The Hunt for the New Zealand Mud Snail
  • Jeffrey Gordon, A Radio Telemetry Study on the Effects on the Homing Instincts of Eastern Box Turtles
  • Allison Kennedy, The Presence of Bacteriophages in Raw Sewage
  • Andrew Leis, Seasonal Variation in Pyhsiochemical Properties of a New Artificial Pond in Northwest Ohio at Heidelberg University
  • Joshua Olewiler, The Effect of Various Extracts of Ailanthus altissma on the Growth of Pathogenic Bacteria
  • Jeff Peck, A Comparison of Water Quality Above and Below Hoover Reservoir Dam, Franklin County, Ohio
  • Ryan Smith, The Relationship of the Age of Voters and their Level of Political Interest in Presidential Elections from 1992-2012 in a Northwestern Ohio Community
  • Tori Vaccariello, Internship at Lorama Chemicals

In all, students from the six institutions presented 50 research posters with more than 110 authors. State representatives from the students’ home districts met with them during the event, which is modeled after the highly successful National Council on Undergraduate Research Posters on the Hill display, held annually in Washington, D.C.


Mark Zeno gets dunked

Mark Zeno, assistant director of Student Affairs for Campus Life, takes the plunge into a frigid dunk tank Wednesday afternoon, but it was all for a good cause. RyRy’s Autism Avengers sponsored the dunk tank, with proceeds going toward SALSA, a local autism support group. In all, the dunk tank raised more than $160 for SALSA.

Edible Books Fest a tasty success

The Friends of Beeghly Library celebrated the eighth annual Edible Books Fest Sunday. Approximately 85 chefs and friends gathered to view and taste the “cooked” books.

Hedgehog entry

Speech Team members Ashley Racicot and Hannah Long-Higgins entertained with oral interpretive literature and an after-dinner speech while the judges were tasting and assessing the edible books. Judges for the event were Sue Berryman, Dale and Paula Depew, Angie Giles, Randy and Sue Halen, Theresa Hoschar, Kiuko Sanders, students Deana Shook and Alex Wilhelm, Michael and Jodi Strong, David and Lynda Weininger and John and Laurie Wilkin.

They awarded 11 prizes to the following cooks:

  • Best Appetizer -- Theresa Stover for Healthy Foods
  • Best Entrée -- Brittny Gaietto for Cheesy Potato Soup
  • Best Side Dish -- Karen Shaffer for Belgium Salad
  • Best Dessert -- Kathy Nutter for Lemon Meringue Pie
  • Yummiest Dish – Lillian Burkholder (daughter of Audrey Burkholder) for Warthog Caramel Cookie Bars
  • Best Dish by a Child 12 Years or Younger -- Abbi Roerdink (daughter of Aaron Roerdink) for Arthur’s Teeth
  • Best Dish by a Parent/Child Team -- Rylan and Debby Roszman (granddaughter and daughter of Lee Martin) for Fruit Hedgehog
  • Most Humorous -- Samantha Gaietto for 50 Shades of Gravy
  • Best Harry Potter Dish -- Alivia Roerdink (also daughter of Aaron) for Hedwig Owl Cupcakes
  • Most Aesthetically Pleasing Dish -- Theresa Stover for Healthy Foods
  • Most Unusual -- Cinzia Cross for Particle at the End of the Universe
  • People’s Choice – Miley and Ashley Helmstetter for Pete the Cat and His Four Groovy Buttons Cake

Committee members were: Debby Roszman and Karen Shaffer, co-chairs; Kathy Baxter, Bob Berg, Bobbi Bishop, Anna Brodman, Brittny Gaietto, Erica Hartman, Ashley Helmstetter, Nainsi Houston, Trinity Lescallett, Karen Miller, Brette Ott and Donna Overholt.

Choir welcomes guest clinician, prepares for home concert

Guest clinician

The Concert Choir was privileged to welcome Dr. Karen Kenaston-French from the University of North Texas at Arlington as a guest clinician at Tuesday night’s rehearsal in Brenneman Music Hall. Dr. Kenaston brought alternative rehearsal techniques, interpretation ideas and an energetic spirit to the choir as it prepares for its final concert of the year.

UTA and the Concert Choir jointly sponsored Dr. Kenaston’s visit. Dr. Kenaston and Dr. Greg Ramsdell first worked together at an honor choir event in Colorado in 2010, and Greg’s graduate school advisor was a classmate of Dr. Kenaston’s.

Home concert

Mark your calendars for April 28 as the Concert Choir gives its final concert of the year at 7 p.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 85 N. Sandusky St., Tiffin.

In accordance with the musical theme Night at the Museum, Greg has collaborated with Tiffin Art Guild members in arranging for the display of visual art pieces in the sanctuary during the performance. TAG members have created new works specifically to highlight the textual themes of the music that will be presented for the first time at this concert. A digital presentation of classical artworks will also accompany the concert. The concert will be professionally recorded, and CD order forms will be available at the concert and through the School of Music.

A freewill offering will be taken at the concert as a final fundraising event preceding the May tour. The Concert Choir greatly appreciates the support of the Heidelberg and Tiffin community.

Patron drive

Donations are still being accepted for the patron drive to support the Concert Choir’s recruiting and publicity tour in May. The tour is entirely self-supported through individual donations. Concert Choir students have been responsible for soliciting donations.

Checks may be made out to HU Concert Choir and can include a certain choir student’s name in the memo line or can be noted as “tour fund.”

This year’s tour dates are May 13-19 and include performances in high schools and churches in Columbus and Dayton, Indianapolis, St. Louis and Chicago, with a bit of sightseeing along the way in St. Louis and Chicago. Contact Pat Page or Greg to donate or for more information.

Symphonic Band to
share 'Flashbacks'

The Symphonic Band will present its spring concert, Flashbacks, at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 27, in Brenneman Concert Hall.

The concert takes its title from a similarly titled piece, Flashbax. The piece was commissioned by the Ohio Private College Instrumental Conductor’s Association in memory of founding member William Schlacks, who was the director of bands at Muskingum University. Schlacks passed away unexpectedly two years ago, and the work calls upon his love of classic band literature, including short dreamlike quotations from many standard works in the band repertoire. The composer is Jesse Ayers from Malone University, who plans to attend the concert.

The concert, under the direction of Dr. John Owen, also will include new and older works for winds and percussion, representing both traditional composers and more contemporary voices. In the traditional repertoire will be Children of the Regiment, a march by Czech composer Julius Fucik, Children’s March: Over the Hills and Far Away by Australian-born Percy Grainger and Old Home Days by American composer Charles Ives.

In addition to Flashbacks, contemporary composers will be represented by David Maslanka’s Golden Light, an evocative work inspired by the composer’s walk in the woods on a sunny fall day, and Daniel Kallman’s The Jig is Up, a whimsical take on traditional Irish jigs.

Tri-Beta celebration

Baker and Carty

About 60 current and former students and faculty gathered earlier this month to celebrate (more than) 50 years of Tri-Beta, Heidelberg’s Eta Beta chapter of the Beta Beta Beta biology honorary. Dr. Percy Lilly and Dr. Susan Carty, the long-time advisor of the organization, spoke about its history and alumni shared reminiscences. Here, Susan shares a moment with colleague Dr. Ken Baker as she get ready to retire at the end of this semester. Dr. Kylie Spencer will take over advising the group next year.

’Berg Relay for Life team bringing back baked potato bar

The annual baked potato bar with salad is coming again. The Heidelberg Relay for Life team invites the campus community to have lunch in the University Hall well from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesday, May 1, to raise funds for the American Cancer Society. There will also be a variety of baked goods available from the team’s bake sale that begins at 8:30 a.m. (same day, same location).

This year’s Relay for Life will be held May 10-11 at Hedges-Boyer Park. The event begins at 6 p.m. on Friday, May 11, and ends at 11 a.m. the following day. The community is invited to participate in the festivities, which include a car show, booths, live music, food and games.

Representing Heidelberg this year are Cap’n Kurt and Lynn Huenemann, Beth Kagy, Juli Weininger, Barb Gabel, Ronda Winkler, Peggy George, Karen Pruitt, Julie Arnold, Margaret Rudolph and Melissa Cook.

The team continues to collect aluminum cans year-round. You can bring your bags of cans to University Hall and deposit them in the large container in the basement or contact Juli for special arrangements.

Eye on Athletics

Track & Field

After a strong showing at the All-Ohio Championships last weekend, the track and field team will travel to the Sparky Adaks Invitational at Baldwin Wallace this weekend. Next weekend, the teams will travel to the OAC Outdoor Championships at Mount Union.


Betsy Hada's youthful squad picked up its first OAC win with a 4-3 victory over Baldwin Wallace on Wednesday. After traveling to Mount Union on Saturday, softball hosts Alma for a non-conference doubleheader on Sunday.


The baseball team will continue its push toward the OAC Tournament when it hosts Mount Union on Saturday, which is Senior Day and Community Day.


The men's golf team finished eighth at the Men's OAC Championships last weekend. The women's golf team hosts the Women's OAC Championships at Mohawk Golf and Country Club next weekend.


The teams will take on Mount Union this weekend after falling to Baldwin Wallace last week.