Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 19

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 19 - Jun 14, 2013

’Berg adds TESOL endorsement for teachers

In January, the School of Education unrolled a flexible new online learning opportunity for teachers. Now, another option has been added. After receiving approval from the Ohio Board of Regents, Heidelberg now is offering coursework for TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) certification.

The TESOL certification is being added to online classes that offer two other options for teachers: endorsement in K-12 reading and addition of grades 4 and 5 to a current Early Childhood Education pre-K through grade 3 teaching license, according to Dr. Bob Swanson, associate dean and director of the School of Education.

Endorsement in TESOL prepares practicing teachers to meet the learning needs of English language learners and students with limited English proficiency, a fast-growing population of school-aged children. In 2010-11, there were more than 39,000 such students in Ohio’s elementary and secondary schools.

The first classes are forming now and are scheduled to begin in late August. Heidelberg will offer the first two online courses with two more scheduled for the spring semester, which begins in January. After completing the TESOL coursework, students must a state-mandated examination.

Heidelberg is partnering with UThink for instruction of the TESOL and reading endorsement coursework.

NCWQR team takes part in
Great Lakes research conference

NCWQR Research team

Five members of the National Center for Water Quality Research team attended the annual conference on Great Lakes research presented June 2-6 by the International Association for Great Lakes Research on the campus of Purdue University.

Papers were presented by Drs. Dave Baker, Rem Confessor, Laura Johnson and Pete Richards. Ken Krieger and the others conferred with various researchers regarding collaborative projects. While there, the staff members toured the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Soil Erosion Research Laboratory. This past spring, the NCWQR submitted a collaborative proposal with that laboratory and USDA’s Soil Drainage Research Unit at Ohio State University to form a new Great Lakes regional component of the USDA Long-Term Agroecosystem Research network.

The group also saw the Whistler Agriculture Research Building, named for the late Dr. Roy Whistler, a ’34 ‘Berg alumnus well known as a biological and environmental scientist. The Whistler Center for Carbohydrate Research at Purdue is also named in his honor.

As a special treat, Amanda Montgomery, ’10, a water resources major, gave a tour of her experimental field plots at Purdue’s off-campus research station. Mandy, a graduate research assistant at Purdue, is conducting her thesis research on biofuel crops toward a degree in agricultural and biological engineering.

Co-authors of the four papers presented also included NCWQR staff members Dr. Aaron Roerdink, Jack Kramer, Ellen Ewing and Barbara Merryfield.

‘There’s No Place like Heidelberg’: Alumni Weekend arrives next week

Alumni Weekend logo

Alumni Weekend will be here in less than a week. 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.

WTTF names Spahr
production manager

Talk about familiar faces in new places! On June 1, ’99 alum John Spahr, who has been a fixture in Founders Hall as an instructor and tech director for the theatre, became the new production director for WTTF.

John is now the morning show host of 1600 WTTF AM and COOL 93.3 FM and is coordinating programming, music and community outreach opportunities. He recently added a second Heidelberg degree, a master’s degree in education.

“I’m excited to continue my work in the community and to help sustain this radio station,” John said. “We want to strengthen and create new ties within Tiffin and Seneca County.”

Those ties also remain strong with Heidelberg and the Media Communication Center, home to WTTF since 2010. John said he looks forward to working with Dr. Gary Dickerson and growing internship opportunities for ‘Berg students.

Station owner and ‘Berg Trustee Tony Paradiso said WTTF has been Seneca County’s radio station for more than 50 years and with John’s arrival, the goal is to reinvigorate that bond with the community.

Jessica Kidd selected for CASE internship at HU

Jessica Kidd

'Berg student Jessica Kidd has been selected for the Clarence J. Jupiter Fellows internship program through CASE, the Council for Advancement and Support of Education, and its Affiliated Student Advancement Program.

Jessica, a senior psychology major from North Ridgeville, will complete her internship with the Office of Institutional Advancement & University Relations in the fall. Ashley Helmstetter will be her advisor. She has been involved with the office as a student phonathon manager and is a member of the Student Alumni Association.

As part of its commitment to help diversify the advancement profession, CASE offers the Jupiter Fellowship to provide opportunities for undergrad and graduate students of diverse backgrounds to work in the higher education advancement field. As many as eight students are selected each year to participate in the program.

A musical celebration

FOHM picnic at the Overholt's

On May 8, Bob and Donna Overholt hosted the annual Friends of Heidelberg Music Senior Picnic at their home. The event honored senior music students and other music students and also recognized the winners of the Friends of Heidelberg Music scholarship. Pictured here are (l-r) Carol Schubert, a member of the Scholarship Committee; Stephen Smith of Tiffin and Holly Oberlin of Akron, scholarship winners; and Donna and Bob, who also serve on the Scholarship Committee.

Back the Berg on the links

Back the Berg logoThe annual Back the Berg Golf Outing, the major fundraiser for the Athletics Department is returning to Mohawk Golf & Country Club for its annual golf scramble. The event will be held Friday, July 19, beginning with registration at 10 a.m. and an 11 a.m. shotgun start. At the conclusion, dinner will be held at 5 p.m. in Wickham Great Hall followed by a social at Fireside Café Pub.

Cost is $125 per golfer and includes greens fees and cart, driving range and putting green, lunch, dinner and beverages, hole contests and a Heidelberg gift.

To register, visit

Honors house renovation recognized by Historic Trust

President Huntington holds Historic Trust award

Heidelberg is the proud recipient of a preservation award from the Tiffin Historic Trust, which recognized the renovation of the Bryenton Center for the Honors Program during its annual dinner May 23 in The University Commons.

President Rob Huntington accepted the Nevin E.B. Martin Award for preservation on behalf of the university, which restored the Honors Center last year. One of the final pieces of the project, a widow’s walk, was installed on the roof earlier this spring. During the restoration, French doors were installed on the north side of the structure. The doors will open onto a new patio, scheduled to be completed this summer.

“We are doing the best we can to preserve (our historic architecture) but also to move forward,” Rob said. “We want to make Heidelberg a better place but not leave the place that Heidelberg was.”

He credited the Bryenton family and Trustee and alumnus Gary Bryenton for their financial support of the restoration, which included a new recovered slate roof, repair and stabilization of the exterior, exterior and interior painting and renovation of interior space to create an open space for social gatherings.

The keynote speaker for the dinner was Christie Weininger, daughter of Dr. Dave and Lynda Weininger. Christie is the new executive director of the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center. She spoke about the trending idea of civic tourism – attracting tourists by demonstrating all aspects of an entire community and its residents.

Standing tall

Burr Oak

The newest addition to Heidelberg’s collection of trees is a large burr oak at the corner of Rebecca and Greenfield streets, in front of Adams Hall. Shown here as it arrived on campus to be planted on May 22, the burr oak is a nice addition to the landscape. According to, the burr oak tree is tolerant of a variety of moisture and soil conditions and adapts well to urban settings. Its fringed acorns are food for wildlife. It is a very long-lived tree that prefers full sun.


Dr. Pete Richards is one of the invited experts who will participate in a media briefing July 2 to explain the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s second seasonal harmful algal bloom forecast in the Great Lakes. The Ohio Sea Grant and Stone Laboratory are the hosts of the event. The presentation will feature an on-the-water field experience and expert commentary, as well as a brief overview of the history of this work on Lake Erie. A webinar in the afternoon will allow the public to participate remotely.

Dr. Cynthia Lepeley (Spanish) attended a 30-hour training on Advanced Techniques for Court Interpreters May 28-June 1 at the Monterrey Institute of International Studies in California. The training provided intensive practice with legal materials in all three modes of interpretation: simultaneous, consecutive and sight translation.

Trustee John Kelley, chairman and CEO of CereScan, recently attended One Mind for Research Summit at Johns Hopkins Medical Institute in Baltimore. One Mind is a collaboration between government, international research centers and industry to accelerate the translation of basic science into breakthrough diagnostics and improved treatments for brain diseases and injuries. John was invited to increase awareness of the groundbreaking work CereScan and its partners are doing for brain-injured armed services members.

Dr. Doug McConnell (music) attended the joint national meeting of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America and the American Musical Instrument Society May 30-June 1 in Williamsburg, Va. At the conference, harpsichordist Jackie-Edwards Henry presented the world premiere performance of Doug’s latest composition, Travelin’ Music. Commissioned by the performer, the piece is a five-movement suite for solo harpsichord. Each movement – Goin’ Joyful, Goin’ Away, Goin’ Alone, Goin’ to a Better Place and Goin’ to Settle Down – is a fantasia/commentary on various American folk tunes.

Drs. Laura Johnson and Ken Krieger (NCWQR) attended the annual conference of the Society for Freshwater Sciences May 20-23 in Jacksonville, Fla. Laura presented a paper titled The Prevalence of Soil Phosphorus Stratification in an Agricultural Watershed: A Potential Link to Increased Dissolved Phosphorus Loads to Lake Erie. Drs. Dave Baker, Rem Confessor and Pete Richards were other co-authors on the paper.

Ashley Helmstetter and Sue Berryman (IAUR) attended the Council for Advancement and Support of Education Annual Conference for Donor Relations Professionals June 5-7 in Denver. The conference began with a pre-conference workshop for newcomers in donor relations titled A Day in the Life. This workshop took participants through an overview of the daily operations, processes and challenges typical for a donor relations practitioner, including the nuts and bolts of acknowledgments, gift agreements, endowment reports and donor recognition. Additional sessions included Strategic Planning for Donor Relations, Revamping Your Gift Clubs (Recognition Societies), Creating Stewardship Events Donors Want to Attend, Impact Reporting and others.