Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 4

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 4 - Sep 21, 2012

Story of survival: Escaping the ‘killing fields’

Kim Chhay and Houer KimFor Genocide Awareness Week, Heidelberg welcomed back Sreng Kim-Chhay and her mother, Hoeur Kim, who shared their family’s story of surviving the Cambodian genocide of the 1970s.

Many members of their family were among the estimated 1.7 million Cambodians executed during the Khmer Rouge’s violent reign of terror. Kim watched her father’s murder and lost several of her older siblings. Her mother was able to save her four youngest children. After spending several years in labor camps and the jungle laden with land mines and their voices silenced, the family escaped and immigrated to Minnesota with the help of Kim’s uncle.

Throughout the week, the mother and daughter shared harrowing stories of survival for audiences ranging from local school children to Heidelberg students and the local community. Although their experiences shaped them, their message is one of hope and appreciating blessings.

Kim and her surviving siblings all completed college educations. Their mother insisted on it.

“She really pushed us to get our education,” Kim said. “It’s all because of her where we’re at today. We’re really blessed because of her.”

The two agreed that humor and hard work helped them survive their hardships. “It was not easy, but we were lucky and god blessed us,” Hoeur Kim said.

Three times they’ve traveled back to Cambodia, returning to the village they once called home. It’s Kim’s dream, she said, to return one day to build a school for the village’s children.

Major gift to endow
genocide awareness series

As the second annual Genocide Awareness Week activities concluded, there was great news about the future of the series.

President Rob Huntington and IAUR’s Jim Minehart shared with the community Thursday night that a donor who wishes to remain anonymous has given the university a major gift to endow the series permanently.

The gift honors the vision and inspiration of alumnus and veteran Don Behm, ’51, and his friend, Jimmy Lichtman, who came to campus twice to share their stories as a liberator and a Holocaust survivor.

“This is really exciting news,” the president said. “We are here tonight to remember what happened in Cambodia. Now, every year at this time, we will remember … how genocide shows up repeatedly and continues to be a part of our human experience on this planet.”

In making the gift, the donor wanted to honor Don, whose U.S. Army 11th Armored Division helped liberate prisoners of war, including Jimmy, from the Mauthausen concentration camp in 1945. Decades later, the two became friends, meeting at a reunion of Don’s unit.

Following one of the reunions, Don asked Jim Minehart if Heidelberg would be interested in hearing Jimmy’s story of tragedy-turned-triumph. A few months later, the first Genocide Awareness presentation on campus was held. The emotional impact moved so many that the pair, along with two other liberators and Holocaust survivors, returned last March to again share their stories. Sadly, Jimmy died in March.

So that the community can continue to remember and learn from genocide events, the university and the donor came together to create The Lichtman-Behm Genocide Lecture Series. The gift will, in part, endow the lecture series, bringing to campus speakers whose lives have been changed by genocide.

“Some things are meant to be, and this is one of those things,” Jim said. “We couldn’t have scripted this any better. Heidelberg will always remember our survivors and our liberators.”

Four to join Board of Trustees

Heidelberg is pleased to welcome four new members to the Board of Trustees. Joining the board for its October meetings will be Dr. Marsha Bordner, president emerita of Terra State Community College; Kris Klepper, president and CEO of Superior Distributing Co.; Dr. Terry W. Owen, Class of ‘63, corporate psychologist and CEO of the Personnel Research and Development Corp. in Chagrin Falls; and William “Bill” Reineke, president of Tiffin Ford Lincoln Inc.

"These individuals will bring tremendous expertise, energy and value to our board,” President Rob Huntington said. “I am grateful for their willingness to serve Heidelberg in this capacity.”

The new trustees are scheduled to participate in an orientation session on campus prior to the October meetings. Dr. Wade Young, chair of the Heidelberg Trusteeship Committee, shared that he and fellow board members look forward to the new members joining the board, and their contributions to the progress being made at Heidelberg and the bright future ahead.

Read more about the career and community credentials of our new trustees.

Marsha BordnerKris Klepper
Terry OwenBill Reineke

Saurwein honors donors’ vision

Herk WolfeThe nephew of Cliff and Mary Saurwein, major benefactors of Heidelberg’s new Saurwein Health & Wellness Center, said his aunt and uncle would have been very impressed with the new facility. “They would have been so proud of this,” Harold “Herk” Wolfe said at the formal dedication ceremony on Sept. 13.

Several hundred people from the campus and the Tiffin community turned out for the dedication and open house that followed. Heidelberg honored major donors at a dinner later that night.

The center is in keeping with the Saurweins’ vision to create a welcoming facility for students of all walks of life as well as the campus and local communities. Heidelberg graduates from 1927 and 1930, the Saurweins provided a multi-million-dollar estate gift for construction of the $4.3 million center, which is attached to Seiberling Gymnasium.

“Things turned out just as Mary had wanted,” Wolfe said. It was her vision to create a welcoming facility open to all students, athletes and non-athletes alike. The official opening brings to fruition her dream, which she envisioned following Cliff’s challenge as a student in the 1920s to find space to work out on campus that wasn’t in conflict with athletic practice and games.

The Saurweins, who were married for 70 years before passing away in 1999 and 2001, respectively, were generous donors to Heidelberg throughout their lives. They had no children. “It turned out they didn’t need any, because they loved this institution so much,” Wolfe said.

Read more about the dedication ceremony.

And the winners are …

Lucky winners of prizes raffled during the dedication of the Saurwein Health and Wellness Center open house on Sept. 13 are as follows:

  • Rem Confesor – Earbuds
  • Zach O’Driscoll – orange polo
  • Lashen Long – gray polo
  • Jennifer Behnken – YMCA yoga class
  • James Supance – YMCA Challenge class
  • Karl Boedecker – YMCA personal training class
  • Linda Chambers – YMCA personal training class
  • Alex Kirchner – bookstore gift certificate
  • Nik Boyer – bookstore gift certificate
  • Joanne Brickner – women’s golf shirt
  • Weldin Neff – men’s golf shirt
  • Jim Hoover – men’s golf shirt
  • Stacy Molnar – Fireside Café & Pub gift certificate
  • MacKenzie Dinkelman – Fireside gift certificate
  • Dan Reineke – Best Break gift card
  • Matt Klatka – Best Break gift card
  • Samantha Belevacqua – yoga mat
  • Mehdi Razavi – yoga mat
  • Kelly Depinet – exercise band
  • Lea Boileau – exercise band

Speech team hits the road,
comes home with trophies

The Heidelberg Speech team, coached by Dan Higgins, attended the Ohio Forensic Association’s Fall Teaching Conference and Tournament at Muskingum University on Sept. 15. Early-season victories were achieved in several categories, including: Gabby Mintz, first place in Informative; Hannah Long-Higgins, second in Dramatic Oral Interpretation and fifth in Impromptu; and Ashley Racicot, top novice and first in After Dinner.

Congratulations to all!

International students show
HU, Tiffin pride in parade

Students in parade

Heidelberg’s international students participated in the Tiffin-Seneca County Heritage Festival Parade on Saturday, Sept. 15, decked out in their red shirts to represent Heidelberg with the name of their native country on the backs and the logo We Chose Tiffin.

The students were joined by international students from Bridges Academy, Tiffin Columbian High School, Tiffin Calvert High School and Tiffin University. While distributing candy, they marched down the streets carrying a banner reminding the community that they chose to study in Tiffin, the “Education Community.”

Currently there are approximately 170 international students in the Tiffin area from 42 different countries including: Australia, China, Germany, Jamaica, Libya, South Africa and the United Kingdom.

The event was planned with the collaboration of Joe Moore, director of the International Culture Center; Rachel Crooks, director of International Student Services at Tiffin University; John Detwiler, president and CEO of the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Services; and Julie Arnold, Heidelberg’s director of International Affairs & Studies.


Jake Boehler (NCWQR) is the senior author of two new reports submitted to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources in conclusion of a project funded by NOAA's Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. Co-authors were Dr. Ken Krieger and Tammy Keller (both NCWQR).

One report is titled Taxonomic atlas of the water fleas, “Cladocera” (Class Crustacea) recorded at the Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve and State Nature Preserve, Ohio, and the second report, with a similar title, presents the copepods. Both of these aquatic invertebrate groups are important as food for small fish. The two pictorial atlases are contributions to a larger Atlas of the Aquatic and Wetland Biota of the Old Woman Creek National Estuarine Research Reserve and State Nature Preserve and can be viewed at Research Reports on the NCWQR's web site.

Tom Newcomb (political science) moderated a panel discussion of former congressional staffers and academics who reviewed the personal and power dynamic between directors of central intelligence and Congress at a symposium titled Intelligence, Policy and Politics: The DCI, the White House and Congress, Sept. 13 at George Mason University in Arlington, Va.

The symposium sponsors were the CIA’s Historical Collections Division and George Mason’s School of Public Policy. It featured four former CIA directors – Leon Panetta, Gen. Michael Hayden (ret.), Porter Goss and James Woolsey and was held in conjunction with the release of a collection of declassified CIA documents detailing the day-to-day decision-making and challenges faced by the directors.

Fall enrollment up; ’Berg
again ranked in U.S. News

Lindsay SooyA series of new initiatives are paying dividends for Heidelberg, which enjoyed increased enrollment with the beginning of the 2012-13 academic year. Additionally, the university is celebrating its 25th consecutive year ranked among the top colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual national survey.

Heidelberg enrolled about 70 more freshmen than a year ago and its transfer student population also increased, ranking the incoming class as the fifth largest in four decades, said VP Lindsay Sooy. As of Sept. 13, freshman enrollment stands at 344. The university’s overall enrollment stands at about 1,400, including undergraduates, graduate students, high school Options students and other programs.

“Our increased enrollment and ongoing high ranking in U.S. News demonstrate that families are finding that higher education is indeed a good investment,” Lindsay said. “Colleges and universities influence the lives of individuals in so many positive ways.“

The university’s improved numbers are reflected again in its appearance in the top tier in the annual U.S. News rankings; Heidelberg increased eight spots from the previous year. The U.S. News 2012 America’s Best Colleges report, released Sept. 12, uses a set of criteria, including peer assessment, retention and graduation rates, faculty resources, student selectivity, alumni giving and financial resources, in ranking colleges and universities. The survey provides a thorough examination of how more than 1,400 accredited four-year schools compare on a set of 16 indicators related to academic excellence.

Many families use the U.S. News survey as a tool in their college search process as they consider such criteria as cost, financial aid, curriculum, feel of campus life and geographic location. The nearly 450 colleges and universities in the “Regional Universities” category are ranked within four geographic regions and then divided into tiers.

More details at

Judge to demonstrate
court system at work

Scales of JusticeThe Honorable Steve Shuff, Seneca County Common Pleas Court judge and Heidelberg alumnus, will bring his courtroom back to campus on Tuesday, Sept. 25, for a day of actual court hearings. The Court on Campus event commemorates Constitution Day.

This year, the hearings will be conducted in Herbster Chapel from 9:30 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4 p.m. The campus community is invited to come and go as schedules permit.

What do you love most about Heidelberg?

What do you love about Heidelberg

We’re compiling our own list of the things people love most about Heidelberg for a special section in the March 2013 issue of The Heidelberg Bulletin. The list could include favorite professors, memorable places, meaningful classes, fun events, enduring traditions – whatever comes to mind when you think about Heidelberg.

We’d love to hear from alumni, current students, faculty, staff and friends – anyone with an affection for HU.

What’s at the top of your list? Give us your specific examples by going to

Award-winning author headlines fall Patricia Adams Lecture Series

Heidelberg will welcome New York Times best-selling author Donna VanLiere as the guest of the fall Patricia Adams Lecture Series in October. She will arrive on Wednesday, Oct. 17, and spend the day on campus Thursday, Oct. 18, meeting with select groups of students informally and in classes. A series of formal presentations are scheduled for Thursday as well.

The event culminates in a keynote dinner and lecture, titled The Power of Story at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, in Seiberling Gymnasium.

The Tiffin-Seneca Public Library also will host an event featuring VanLiere at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 17. The author will read from her books, attend a reception and sign copies of her books.

A complete schedule of events can be found at Please encourage your students to attend as many sessions as possible, as well as the dinner. They will need to bring their ‘Berg ID cards to all events they attend.

All faculty and staff are invited to attend the dinner, free of charge. The cost for each guest is $25. Registrations are needed by Friday, Oct. 12, and can be made online at

If you send your RSVP and are unable to attend, please inform Karen Pruitt (x2383, by Friday, Oct. 12. To avoid HU incurring unnecessary costs, a $25 fee will be charged to those who RSVP but do not attend and do not otherwise cancel their reservation.

Patricia Adams Lecture Series

Eye on Athletics

It's been too quiet on campus! Heidelberg hasn't had a home varsity athletic contest since Sunday, Sept. 16, and won't host an on-campus event until Wednesday, Sept. 26.

In the past two weeks, football stole the headlines, defeating Ohio Northern 43-7. The victory was the first win in Ada since 1993.

For updates on all of the athletic teams, please check the Heidelberg Athletics website and follow @BergAthletics on Twitter.

Here is the weekly roundup:

Men's & Women's Cross Country

After a weekend without a competition, the 'Berg harriers will lace up the spikes for the Otterbein Invitational tomorrow.
Full Schedule & Results  Men's Roster  Women's Roster


Following a pair of losses to the No. 1 and No. 3 teams in Division III, Heidelberg volleyball opened up the OAC schedule with a 3-0 win at Wilmington. The team jumps back in to non-conference play at the Gargoyle Classic, hosted by the University of Chicago. On Wednesday, the team returns home for their first home match of the year, an OAC battle against Muskingum.
Full Schedule & Results    Season Stats   Roster   Tournament Site


Still on the outside of the Top 25 looking in, the Heidelberg football team travels to Wilmington for game three. With the 43-7 against ONU in week 2, Heidelberg retains the Bendekovic Bowl Trophy.     
Full Schedule & Results   Season Stats   Roster   Game Notes   Live Audio   Live Stats   Week Two Highlights

Men's Soccer

Soccer split a pair of matches last week, falling to Ohio Wesleyan 3-2 and defeating Defiance 1-0. The team will pack up the bus and head east, taking on St. Vincent in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. The men return to Hidden Valley for a mid-week tilt against Grove City. 
Full Schedule & Results   Season Stats   Roster   Home Live Stats    Home Live Video 

Women's Golf

Following their first outing of the year at the John Carroll Invitational, the women will host the Heidelberg Invitational at Mohawk Country Club. 

Full Schedule & Results   Roster

Women's Soccer

Still in search of their first win on the season, the women's soccer team will hit the road, taking on Bethany College in West Virginia on Saturday and Hiram College on Tuesday. 
Full Schedule & Results   Season Stats   Roster   Home Live Stats   Home Live Video   Game Notes

Men's Golf

Following a strong showing at the OAC Fall Invitational, the men's golf team will not compete until September 30.
Full Schedule & Results   Roster