Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 18

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 18 - May 17, 2013

Auto industry exec/engineer, entrepreneur headline 2013-14 PALS

An auto industry researcher whose concern is creating and implementing sustainable solutions and the founder, former CEO and president of Cheryl & Co., the gourmet dessert and gift retailer, will be the keynote speakers during the 2013-14 Patricia Adams Lecture Series.

On Oct. 3, Heidelberg will welcome Dr. Deborah Mielewski, technical leader of the Plastics Research Group at Ford Motor Co.’s Research and Innovation Center in Dearborn, Mich. Mielewski has been with Ford for more than 25 years, having worked in automotive paints, polymer processing and materials development.

The second-semester speaker, who will be at Heidelberg on April 10, is Cheryl Krueger, who founded the multi-million-dollar gourmet cookie and gift company in 1985. When she sold the business in 2005, Krueger had grown the operation into a $34 million corporation. In 2009, she founded KRUEGER+CO. Consulting Inc. and serves as its CEO. The firm’s primary focus is to help companies develop creative marketing and sales strategies as well as evaluate product development pipelines, operations, logistics and financial performance.

For more about the speakers, visit

160th commencement in the books

2013 commencement student speaker

The messages to students receiving graduate and undergraduate degrees last weekend were diverse, yet similar: Have fun, move forward, make a difference and give back.

Nearly 300 students received diplomas Saturday and Sunday during the university’s 160th commencement. In all, 56 graduate students in counseling, education, business administration and music education received their master’s degrees on Saturday. On Sunday, 222 undergraduates joined the ranks of Heidelberg alumni. Students in the graduating classes represented 13 states and two foreign countries.

Read more about the keynote speaker messages at

‘There’s No Place Like Heidelberg’: Alumni Weekend coming in June

No Place Like Heidelberg

Mark your calendars for Alumni Weekend June 20-23. With this year’s theme There’s No Place Like Heidelberg, get ready to click your heels together and enjoy a great weekend of reconnecting and reminiscing. Visit to view a schedule of events, register for any of the events or sign up for meals.

Reyer, Denenburg receive
Aigler grants

Bill ReyerProvost Dr. David Weininger has announced that this year’s Aigler Grant recipients are Dr. William R. Reyer, professor of English, and Dr. Margarita Denenburg, assistant professor of piano.

Bill’s project, The Minotaur and the Damsel-fly: Poems, will cull from six years of poetic drafts and polished poems to identify the 70-80 which combined will comprise an aesthetically pleasing, thematically unified collection. He plans to self-publish the completed volume of Verse.

Margarita DenenburgMargarita’s project, Keyboard Wellness Seminar, involves attending The Keyboard Wellness Seminar held at The University of North Texas in Denton from July 22-Aug. 3. During the next academic year, she will present a series of lectures for music students on how to use their hands and body in the natural way along with how to incorporate this approach into their teaching. She will also use the Taubman Approach to further her own research in healthy performance and pedagogy field.

Congratulations to Bill and Margarita!

Tucci play gets excellent reviews, extended through weekend

The Whipping Man

The glowing reviews continue and ticket sales are fantastic for The Whipping Man, starring Heidelberg’s Chris Tucci. The play has been extended for two performances, at 8 p.m. Saturday, May 18, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, May 19, the Jewish Community Center, 1125 College Ave., in Columbus.

Here is what Columbus is saying:

"The three-person drama makes the most of the tensions inherent in a triangle, and all the actors reveal characters slowly fracturing under pressure. Tucci’s Caleb, weak and captive, is as much victimizer as victim. ..." -- Columbus Dispatch

"... exquisitely staged by director Tim Browning and his cast. … If you like to be entertained, educated and challenged, see The Whipping Man." --

"Tucci pulses with the anxiety, fear and confusion of a man who recently returned from war and whose entire way of life just changed forever. ... The Whipping Man presents a powerful story with a provocative premise that temporarily renders the audience speechless upon its conclusion. … – Columbus Underground

"… Tucci does a fantastic job of portraying a man who reluctantly accepts his former slaves as equals while depending on them for his care. ... The Whipping Man has only a three-member cast but the script and the performances of the three actors make the show seem much bigger and much richer than that number." --

Beeghly Newsbits

Summer hours

May 13-16 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
May 17 – 9 a.m. -4:30 p.m.
May 20 - July 1
Monday-Thursday – 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Friday -- 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Closed Memorial Day and all weekends

NBC film crew interviews NCWQR’s Pete Richards

Pete RichardsNCWQR senior research scientist Dr. Pete Richards may be a TV celebrity to his grandchildren one day. Last week, a film crew from NBC’s educational arm was on campus to interview and videotape an interview with Pete for an upcoming series.

Pete reports that NBC is collaborating with the National Science Foundation to develop media for use in high schools and middle schools. One topic is the state of Lake Erie, reasons for the issues with the health of the late (including algae) and the possible impact of changing climate. He is working on a project with the NSF and the University of Michigan, thus NBC sought his expertise for this segment.

The three-person crew arrived in the lab about 8 a.m. for their segment with Pete. Lab manager Ellen Ewing and technician Barb Merryfield also demonstrated the lab’s equipment for the crew. In the afternoon, Pete accompanied the crew to the McCutchenville farm of Bret Margraf, who demonstrated soil sampling techniques and escorted the videographers as they filmed images of barns, farm animals, streams and rivers.

“It was a pretty neat opportunity,” said Pete. “This information is really important to get into the school systems.”

Striking out cancer

Softball players

The Heidelberg softball team donned pink jerseys, as they have done annually the past five years, in support of Strike Out Cancer, an initiative organized by the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, during their April 27 double header. All OAC softball teams participated. The Heidelberg crew dedicated the game to Megan Dragony (left), here with close friend and teammate Ali Sayre. Megan was recently diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. Through the sale of T-shirts and other activities, the team raised $1,300 for The Gathering Place in Cleveland.

Graduate counseling student wins OSCA scholarship

Alana StanberyThe faculty of the Graduate Studies in Counseling program is pleased to announce that school counseling student Alana Stanbery has been selected as one of two recipients for the Ohio School Counseling Association's Graduate Student Scholarship.

Alana will receive a scholarship of $1,000 toward her graduate education. OSCA recognized her as an outstanding school counseling graduate student in Ohio. The MAC faculty is pleased that Alana is being given this award for her superior efforts as a future professional school counselor.

Congratulations Alana!


Dr. Bill Reyer (English) served as judge for the National Federation of State Poetry Societies contest Snow, sponsored by the Columbine Poets of Colorado.

Dan Higgins (CTA) has been elected to the Ohio Forensics Association state board as a member at large for the 2013-2014 school year.

Joan McConnell (music) played a pre-concert recital at First Congregational Church in Columbus on May 13. This was the first stop of Heidelberg’s Concert Choir tour, and her brief recital was played at the invitation of Tim Ahrens, senior pastor of First Congregational. Joan played works by composer Dr. Doug McConnell (music). In keeping with the choir’s theme of A Night at the Museum, she titled her program An American Gallery, playing preludes based on American hymn tunes.

Melissa Flowers and Stephen Smith, organ students of Joan’s, had two significant outings in April. On April 13, they performed in the Toledo Chapter American Guild of Organists student recital, held at Trinity Episcopal Church in downtown Toledo. On April 19, they participated with other AGO chapter members in an Organ Excursion, a field trip to four churches in Columbus. The group visited St. Agatha’s Church (Upper Arlington), King Street United Methodist, St. Joseph Cathedral and First Congregational Church to see, hear and play the magnificent pipe organs there. Other Heidelbergers on this trip were alumni Neil Kraft, Jean Metzger and Paul Monachino.

Eye on Athletics

Aside from the track and field athletes who will compete at the NCAA Outdoor Championships May 23 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Heidelberg's student-athletes are home for the summer. Accolades continue to pour in for the Student Princes. Here is the complete run down:


CF Jami Wagner (NFCA All-Region Second Team; All-OAC Second Team), C Mikaela Mitsch (NFCA All-Region At-Large), 2B Lisa Simmons (All-OAC Honorable Mention) and LHP Ali Sayre (OAC Clyde Lamb Award Winner).


DH Steve Morse (All-OAC First Team), C Alex Grove (All-OAC Second Team), 2B Joe Staab (All-OAC Honorable Mention), 3B/C Jordan Martin (All-OAC Honorable Mention) and RHP Ethan Holt (All-OAC Honorable Mention).

Track & Field

Marian Bevington (All-OAC in 100m hurdles, long jump, triple jump and javelin), Mary Beth Boyden (All-OAC in shot put), Ally Blum (All-OAC in discus), Brittany Tatum (All-OAC in hammer throw), Nate Davis (All-OAC in high jump), Robert Taw (All-OAC in javelin), Desmond Vaughn (All-OAC in 100m dash) and Gage Falcone (All-OAC in discus and shot put).


Sofey Fugate (All-OAC Second Team), Clifford Goetz (All-OAC Honorable Mention) and Zachary Schwenning (All-OAC Honorable Mention).