Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 2

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 2 - Aug 22, 2012

Convocation kickoff: Physician to speak about medical ethics

Alvin JacksonHeidelberg friend and physician Dr. Alvin D. Jackson, former director of the Ohio Department of Health, will be the keynote speaker as Heidelberg officially begins the 2012-13 academic year with Opening Convocation at 11 a.m. Tuesday in Seiberling Gymnasium. He will reflect on medical ethics during his remarks.

New students will officially be welcomed into the Heidelberg community during a pinning ceremony. Following the convocation, the campus community will come together for lunch, during which new employees will be introduced and welcomed. Lunch will be in Wickham Great Hall.

Prior to becoming director at ODH, Jackson was the medical director of community health services and on staff at Fremont’s Memorial Hospital, where he served as chief of staff from 2003-05. In May 2009, he was the first public health official to meet with President Barrack Obama and has long advocated for health care for migrant farm workers. A frequent lecturer on the topics of Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes and wellness, Jackson has been involved in national and international relief efforts in Honduras, Liberia and the Gulf Coast.

Read more about Dr. Jackson.

New faculty join Heidelberg family

Eight new faculty members and two visiting scholars have joined the Heidelberg community this academic year. Be sure to give them a warm Heidelberg “hi” when you see them on campus.

  • Dr. Nathan Beres, assistant professor of chemistry
  • Dr. Michele Castleman, assistant professor of education
  • Dr. Margarita Denenburg, assistant professor of piano
  • Dr. Julie Green, assistant professor of special education
  • Dr. Karen Jones, assistant professor of middle school/secondary education
  • Jessica Miller, assistant professor of athletic training and associate athletic trainer
  • Brian Saxton, assistant professor of management
  • Dr. Ken Snead, visiting professor of accounting
  • Chunzhi Song and Zhang Mengya, visiting professors from China

Read more about our newest faculty members.

Mover at Krieg Hall

Student and staff volunteers stand ready at Krieg Hall this morning to help incoming students move into their new residence hall rooms. Meanwhile, in the Campus Center, students walked through the verification process as Welcome Week activities got under way.

Genocide Awareness Week returns; ’Berg to welcome back Kim Chhay

Kim ChhayPreparations are taking shape for the third annual Genocide Awareness Week at Heidelberg. A series of events are planned for the week of Sept. 17, including campus discussions, a session for local school children, a presentation for AIM Hei students and the culminating keynote lecture for Heidelberg and the Tiffin community on Thursday evening, Sept. 20.

Each year, the focus of the week is a specific incident of genocide, following up on the past two years’ topic of the Holocaust. This year, the theme will be the Cambodian genocide of the early ‘70s, in which millions of Cambodians, members of ethnic minorities and others were executed by the Khmer Rouge.

This year’s guest will be familiar to many in the Heidelberg community. Kim Chhay, who worked with international students and also with diversity as part of the Student Affairs division for a number of years, will return to campus, along with her mother, Hoeur Kim, to tell their story. Kim, her mother and several siblings survived the horrors of the Cambodian killing fields.

Today, Kim is working as an advisor for multicultural and student affairs at Stark State College in North Canton.

There is still time to schedule Kim and her mother to speak in classes on Wednesday, Sept. 19, and Thursday, Sept. 20. Contact Dr. Courtney DeMayo at if you are interested.

A cleaner river: Senior organizes trash sweep

Megan BrownFour-thousand-plus pounds is a lot of trash. If not for the expert organization skills of Heidelberg senior Megan Brown, it would still be polluting the Sandusky River.

On Saturday (Aug. 18), Brown led about 250 volunteers who participated in the 14th Sandusky River Clean Sweep, removing 2.3 tons of trash from the river. She organized the entire cleanup as part of her summer internship with the Sandusky River Watershed Coalition. In all, crews cleaned approximately 15 sites from McCutchenville to Old Fort.

“This experience has really opened my eyes,” she said. “I hope this isn’t my last experience where volunteering services and helping the environment go hand in hand.”

Read more about Megan’s internship.

New flooring gives Beeghly
fresh look

Cleaning Crew in Beeghly

At Beeghly Library, it’s out with the orange and in with the new. As students return to campus, they’ll be greeted by contemporary new carpeting, replacing the 45-year-old original flooring in the library. Replacement beneath the many book stacks throughout the library proved to be no simple task.

Most of the library staff temporarily relocated to Pfleiderer Center during the bulk of the renovation project, which began in early July. After several weeks they have returned, and are nearing completion of returning the library to functionality.

The Beeghly Library staff invites you to an open house from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 10. Check out the new look and join the staff in thanking the anonymous benefactor who made this happen.

Read more about the library’s new look.

Need a marketing, design or PR job? Look here

The Office of Marketing and Communication Services has streamlined and simplified the process by which departments and organizations can request various projects. A new web form – required for all projects – is available online for your convenience. Completing the web form is the first step in the work request process.

The office can assist with projects in the areas of print, digital/design (logos and TV tiles), business cards and name badges, web (pages, forms and online payment), social media, news media, photography and marketing/consulting.

Fill out the form at


Dr. Ken Krieger (NCWQR) spent July 27 teaching aquatic invertebrate ecology and sampling methods at Stone Laboratory, The Ohio State University’s field station on Lake Erie. The 21 college and lifelong learning students from around the U.S. were taking part in a three-week course titled Great Lakes Environmental Science on the Brig Niagara and have sailed aboard the replica of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry’s warship to Put-in-Bay from Lake Superior. The course was developed by environmental science professors from several small private and state universities in Ohio, New York and Pennsylvania.

On Aug. 2, Ken made a presentation titled Portage River Nutrient and Sediment Export Studies in Elmore to the Portage River Basin Council. In his talk, Ken presented concentrations of phosphorus and other nutrients in the Portage River and compared the loads (amounts delivered) on a per-acre basis to the loads coming from the adjacent Maumee and Sandusky River basins.

Sean Joyce and Will Marshall (CNIT) attended the IAmOhio workshop at Owens Community College on July 25. IAmOhio is a newly proposed federal identity system designed to serve research and computing activities for K-20 schools throughout Ohio. The goal of the IAmOhio project is to allow students and faculty to access resources at multiple campuses through a single, trusted account.

Dr. Ellen Nagy (AIM Hei) presented a session, Using Problem-Based Learning with Students on Academic Probation, at the regional SHARE Conference at Lourdes University on Aug. 8. The conference brought together faculty from the region in all disciplines to discuss student engagement. Faculty shared strategic insights, research, best practices and experiences, and discussed challenges surrounding student engagement in an effort to further improve the quality of instruction in higher education.

Along with colleagues from Calvin College, Ellen presented Focusing and Engaging Second-Year and Transfer Students: Reports from Campus Colleagues at the 2012 Noel Levitz Retention Management System PLUS Community Workshop July 23-24 in Chicago.

On July 16, Dr. David Bush (anthropology) gave a talk on The Life of a Civil War Prisoner at Johnson’s Island at the Ida Repp public Library in Port Clinton. He gave a similar talk at the Milan Public Library on Aug. 4.

Dave Bush gives a tour of the dig site

On Aug. 22, Dave gave a talk titled Life in a Civil War Prison during the Lakeside Civil War Week symposium. The talk was given in Orchestra Hall at Lakeside. Later that afternoon, he gave a walking tour of the Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison.

Welcome to the Family

The Office of Admissions is pleased to welcome three new counselors. Tom Alexander, ’11, Nic Dyer, ’12, and Shaun Pfeil, MBA ’12, may look familiar to many around campus. They bring a unique enthusiasm and their own Heidelberg experiences to the staff.

Tom will work with students from north central Ohio and Michigan. Nic is the counselor for students from Columbus, southeastern Ohio, Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Students from northeastern Ohio will work with Shaun.

Keri Newell, ’07, has transitioned to a different role within the department. She will be offering administrative support for transfer, high school Options and adult students. This position had previously been held by Drew Felton.

Stop by the Office of Admissions to welcome the newest staff members.

Erica Hartman has joined the Office of Marketing and Communication Services as the new assistant director for creative services, replacing Ryan Gushue.

A native of Oley, Pa., Erica comes to Heidelberg after having graduated in May from York College of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in graphic design and a minor in art history.

Welcome, Erica!

You can call her Doctor

Hearty congratulations to music professor Ioana Galu, who received her Doctorate of Musical Arts in Contemporary Music from Bowling Green State University on Aug. 4. Ioana has taught violin at Heidelberg since 2004.

To honor her achievement, Heidelberg alumni and friends Bob and Donna Overholt threw a surprise party for Ioana.

Donna Overholt, Dr. Galu and Bob Overholt

Host families sought for international students

Jennifer Jia Tao, host parents Nancy and John Laux and Karen Yao Kan

L-R: Jennifer Jia Tao, host parents Nancy and John Laux and Karen Yao Kan

The Host Family Program matches local families with international students in a cultural exchange. The program is designed as an outreach to the students, helping them to experience American life beyond the university setting. Most of the meetings center on routine family-type activities. International students do not live with host families. Several activities for the students and their families will be scheduled by the Office of International Affairs & Studies throughout the academic year.

If you are interested in participating in the host family program, contact Julie Arnold at

Saurwein opens today;
dedication set for Sept. 13

Doors to the Saurwein Health & Wellness Center officially opened today. The $4.3 million, 22,000-square-foot facility is ready for the arrival of new students with staff and equipment in place.

Kayla TidrickKayela Tidrick came on board earlier this month to oversee the facility as the director of wellness and healthy living. She came to Heidelberg from Cleveland State University, where she had served as the competitive sports and camps coordinator for the past two years. Her experience includes program management, facility management, financial forecasting, strategic planning and policy/procedure development.

In her new role, Kayela is overseeing the daily operation of the center, working in collaboration with the Tiffin Community YCMA to deliver quality fitness programming for the entire campus community and its extended YMCA community.

Mark your calendars for the official dedication of the center at 4 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13. An open house is scheduled for 4:45 p.m., followed by a donor recognition dinner.

Read more about the new center.

’Berg named a military-friendly school

Military Friendly Schools LogoHeidelberg has again been named a “military-friendly school,” based on survey results and participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program for veterans. This is the third consecutive year the Berg has been included on the list, which is produced by G.I. Jobs. The list honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools that are doing the most to embrace America’s veterans as students.

Schools on the list range from state universities and private colleges to community colleges and trade schools. The common bond is their shared priority of recruiting students with military experience. Heidelberg has been a participant in the Yellow Ribbon Program for about three years.

Heidelberg poets distinguish themselves

Heidelberg student and faculty authors had quite a fine showing at the annual Ohio Poetry Day competition, bringing home a number of prizes. Winners, their categories and their prizes included:

  • Ohio Poetry Day Special Award – Amanda Stovicek, ’12, honorable mention, Sweet Rot; Matt Echelberry, ’12, honorable mention, Feeding Desire
  • Crème de la Crème – Dr. Bill Reyer (English), first prize, Quotidian
  • And to the Republic for Which it Stands – Reyer, second prize, In Atlanta; Dr. John Bing (political science), honorable mention, Dawn at the Eastern Post
  • Observing Nature, Discovering Meaning – Bing, honorable mention, We Flex Our Talons; Stovicek, honorable mention, What Phil Found in His Shadow
  • In Memory of Mary Virginia Bramkamp – Bing, third prize, Eating Out with my Mother
  • Love of Life – Reyer, honorable mention, Mosquito
  • Hidden Gifts – Stovicek, third prize, Pine Cone
  • Flower/Flowering – Reyer, second prize, The Visit
  • In Memory of Helen Gehman – Stovicek, first prize, The Solo; Bing, honorable mention, What We Can Not Master
  • Heidi Knecht Memorial – Reyer, honorable mention, In Kamakura; Stovicek, honorable mention, Rapunzel, or Rampion

Eye on Athletics

Mike Hallett (left) and assistant coach D.J. DiVieste look on as assistant coach Bryan Moore runs wide receivers through an agility drill

Head Coach Mike Hallett (left) and assistant coach D.J. DiVieste look on as assistant coach Bryan Moore runs wide receivers through an agility drill.


Under the direction of sixth-year head coach Mike Hallett, Heidelberg football is wrapping up camp and preparing for Week 1 on Sept. 1 at Alma College. The team has participated in an intrasquad scrimmage and a scrimmage with Bluffton University.

Last week, Hallett was a guest on WFOB's The Sports Huddle with alumnus Josh Hohman. During the interview, Hallett said, "We have great athletes on both sides of the football that represent Heidelberg and the Tiffin communities with great character and integrity."

Hear the interview in its entirety.

Women's Soccer

Seventh-year head coach Nick Spell is leading a young squad through preseason workouts in preparation for their first game, an Aug. 31 home match against Case Western. While a few key injuries might derail the early part of the season, Spell is anxious to see the incoming freshmen gel with the returning athletes.

"Our incoming class is very strong, but they will have to learn quickly," said Spell. "We should be hitting our stride as we begin conference play."

Men's Soccer

The venerable Brian Haley, in his 24th season as head coach, sees many similarities between his current squad and the team that won the OAC title in 2010. "[The 2010 team] had a strong nucleus of athletes who saw a lot of action as freshmen and sophomores," said Haley. "When they were seniors, they were as strong of a group as I've had here." Haley looks to his underclassmen to replicate this scenario over the next few seasons.

His team, led by senior goalkeeper Ryan Smith and junior defender Erik Furst, will open their season on the road at the Oberlin Tournament Sept. 1-2. The team's home opener is Sept. 6 against Kenyon at Hidden Valley.

Cross Country

In her third year at Heidelberg, head coach Briana Hess has mixed emotions about the upcoming season. "We just lost a whole lot of talent at commencement in May," said Hess. "With that said, we're really excited about the young men and women we have coming in this year."

On the women's side, senior Bobbi Custer and junior Sophie Goobic led the team last year and are poised to continue that into 2012. For the men, freshman Brad Palocko has been impressive through the early part of the camp.

The cross country teams run their first meet on Sept. 1 at the Ohio Northern Opener.


After winning three straight OAC regular season championships, it would be easy for 13th-year head coach Jason Miller to relax a bit. But, having lost three critical players from last year's team, Miller is feeling the pressure. "We've achieved a high level of success because of our girls," said Miller. "With each new year comes new challenges."

Part of the challenge this year will be to replace the hole left by the graduation of two-time OAC Player of the Year Jackie Reinhart. "Each player will have to pitch in a little bit to help fill that void," said Miller. "I'm confident in our ability to do so." Reinhart is still a part of the team, serving as a graduate assistant.

Miller's crew opens up on Aug. 31 as part of the Ohio Northern Invitational. Their first home match isn't until Sept. 26 against OAC foe Muskingum.