Nota Bene - Vol. 17 Issue 9

Nota Bene

Vol. 17 Issue 9 - Dec 14, 2012

The Student Research Conference is coming

The 20th annual “Minds at Work” Student Research Conference is scheduled for Feb. 21. It may seem like a long way off, but the time to plan is now. Please encourage your students to participate, either with a traditional research paper or student project or a portfolio presentation from Spring and Fall 2012 semesters. Also, this is a day when classes are suspended so students can attend the conference.

Registration forms are currently available from Nancy King in the Academic Affairs Office. Registration forms also are available online at The last day to submit a registration form is Jan. 25.

If you believe a student paper from Spring or Fall 2012 is exceptional, you are encouraged have the student submit her paper for the Ernest and Martha Hammel Research Award. There will be a $500 prize for Best Paper, $250 for the second-place paper and $100 for the third-place paper. A hard copy of the paper must be submitted to Nancy King by Feb. 1 to be considered for a monetary award. Only undergraduate students can be considered for the Best Paper Awards.

If you have any questions, please contact or Dr. Ginny Gregg at

HU alum Mike Boehm to give
SRC keynote

Mike BoehmAlumnus Dr. Mike Boehm, ’87, will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Student Research Conference.

Currently the vice provost for Academic and Strategic Planning at The Ohio State University, he was previously a professor and chair of the Department of Plant Pathology at Ohio State.

Dr. Boehm has graciously offered to spend some time after lunch talking to students about graduate school and other topics.

The SRC committee would like faculty members to recommend students to attend this meeting with Dr. Boehm so that it is productive and he can talk to students who would benefit the most. The students do not have to be majoring in one of the natural sciences to benefit from this discussion. Contact Dr. Ginny Gregg with your suggestions.

Nominations sought for annual Curns Awards

Is one of your colleagues worthy of one of the Jeannine Curns Distinguished Service Awards for 2012? Nominations are currently being accepted for the annual awards, including one each for administrative and support staff.

To make your nomination, you can use the form at

Deadline for nominations is Jan, 18, 2013.

The award will be presented at the Faculty & Staff Recognition Luncheon on Jan. 31.

Ioana and Friends: Concert links cultures, universities

Dr. Ioana GaluDr. Ioana Galu has performed individually with all of the musicians who will be on stage for her Ioana and Friends concert in January. But never has the group of past and present professors and students of hers performed on the same concert program together.

That’s why Ioana and Friends will be such a special celebration for her. Ioana received her master’s and doctoral degrees from Bowling Green State University and is an adjunct violin instructor at both BGSU and Heidelberg. “Both universities are connected in my heart,” said the native of Romania. “[The artists and I] have played numerous recitals but not together. … For me, this is a blessing.”

Scheduled to perform with Ioana are BGSU faculty members Julie Buzzelli (harp), Kevin Bylsma (piano) and Penny Kruse (violin), and HU faculty Dr. Barb Specht (clarinet) and Steve Kruse (viola). Bylsma and Penny and Steve Kruse have accompanied Ioana to her hometown of Bistrita, Romania, to perform with her as part of her annual chamber music festival there.

Also performing will be Iuliana Cotirlea, a former student of Ioana’s in Romania, and the Eastern String Quartet of Ioana, Iuliana, Kyla Witt and Jason Heidelberg. Rounding out the cast will be the Heidelberg Jazz Combo, comprised of students Kyle Sherepita, Collin Stump, Melissa Flowers, Kyle McDonald, Mike Lee, Lucas Walter and Mackenzie Honaker.

“This concert is so special in my heart I can’t stop thinking about it,” Ioana said. “I think it’s going to be awesome.”

Among the works to be performed will be two by contemporary composers Atar Arad (Toccatina a la Turk for two violins) and Paolo Marques (Voice of Silence for solo violin).

Ioana and Friends will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, in Ohl Concert Hall. It will be dedicated to the Friends of Heidelberg Music.

Hey Santa!

Mel Casler on Santas Lap

Each year, members of Excelsior and Philalethean come together to sponsor a Christmas party for local children affiliated with the Head Start program. This year, Adam Hoover donned the red suit to play Santa for one very big kid, Mel Casler, while helpers Sophie Goobic and Tori Vaccariello look on.

FBI agent, young alum share career stories

In November, faculty in Aigler hosted a pair of speakers, FBI Special Agent Michael Maltbie and ’12 grad Natty Berry, who’s pursuing a career in service.

Maltbie visited criminal justice and political sciences on Nov. 2. Fluent in Arabic and an expert in international terrorism, Maltbie has visited Heidelberg each year for the past four years to speak with students about the FBI’s work against terrorism and about careers within the bureau.

“Mike was a critical part of our nation’s response to the attack of 9/11,” said professor Tom Newcomb. The two worked together in Washington, D.C., before and after the attack. “We were all fortunate to have Mike back with us back then as we tried to understand and respond to what had happened.”

On Nov. 5, Natty, now an Americorps volunteer, returned to campus to visit with students. An English major, theatre mainstay, musician and Honors grad, he spoke with students about his wide-ranging education at Heidelberg and about his work for a homeless shelter in Cleveland for foster children who have “aged out” of the system and have no place to go.

Natty is one of a number of Heidelberg graduates who have put their talent and education into service with Americorps, Teach-for-America and service projects associated with the United Church of Christ.

Ernie & Lori: Together at last

Dr. Lori Arnold-GrineErnie, the famed Sesame Street puppet, has long been an important part of Dr. Lori Arnold-Grine’s life, particularly in the classroom. So when chronic illness forced her to give up her teaching career earlier this year, the idea that she might just get to meet the Ernie at his actual Sesame Street home seemed almost surreal.

In the fall of 2011, Heidelberg hosted Sesame Street Executive Producer Carol-Lynn Parente as the keynote for The Patricia Adams Lecture Series. Lori, who taught early childhood education in the School of Education, struck up a friendship with Parente through her work on the PALS planning committee and during the event. The two have maintained email contact over the past year.

It was through that friendship that the trip for Lori, her husband, Mark, and son Kaleb materialized. “When Carol-Lynn was here, I told her about my journey (with illness) and that (a visit to sesame Street) was on my bucket list. I had mentioned that I’d like to make the trip while I was still able.”

Parente’s response: “Let’s make it happen.” And she promised Ernie would be available for a photo shoot on the day of the Grines’ visit last month.

To read more about Lori’s experience and message, click


On Dec. 4, the Heidelberg Faculty Wind Quintet visited Clyde High School, where they played a performance of Music From Around the World and spoke with instrumental music students at the school. Members of the quintet are Lori Akins, flute; Melissa Bosma, oboe; Eric Rutherford, bassoon, Carrie Taplin, horn; and Dr. Barbara Specht, clarinet.

The concert will be repeated at The University Commons on Jan. 29.

Jade Ramsey (English) led workshops and panels at Bowling Green State University’s Literary Festival, Winter Wheat. One presentation was on The Dark Absurdist Elsewhere, which focused on using the artwork of Andy Van Schindle to help inspire stories and poems. Another was on Boys Who Cry, Girls Who Brawl (presented with Eric Schlich), which examined gender roles in fiction and poetry that go against the norm.

Toys for Tots

Students with toys

The Chemistry Club, advised by Dr. Nate Beres, completed a toy drive for the Toys for Tots organization. Students (L-R) Lauren Brown, secretary of the club, Geoffrey Clay and Jonathan Miller assisted with the drive. The toys will be distributed to underprivileged children in the area for Christmas.

Greetings from AJY

AJY holiday card

Students and staff of the American Junior Year program at the University of Heidelberg send their warmest wishes for a joyous holiday season from Heidelberg, Germany, to the Tiffin home campus. Alles gute für 2013!

Campus responds to storm relief effort

The Heidelberg community showed its caring and compassion, raising nearly $1,000 to divide between the American Red Cross and the United Church of Christ Hurricane Sandy Response Fund. Collections were taken at a home football game, in the bookstore and Admissions Office and by Honors 307 students and the Hypnotic Dance team.

Additionally, former staff member Sue Krieger and two students, Raven Farley and Abbey Gerarghty, took part in Ohio Gives 2012: People Helping People. This service trip to the New Jersey shore was organized in part by Jessica Stepleton, sister of former staff member Polly Cooper. The group left on Nov. 30 and returned on Dec. 2 after distributing care packages and assisting in clean-up.

Other projects to assist the communities damaged by Hurricane Sandy are in consideration. If you have an idea or want to help, direct suggestions to Paul Stark at

Networking opportunities

Student networks

In observance of National Career Development Month in November, the Academic and Career Support Center hosted a series of events, including networking dinners, informational workshops and the TU/Berg Job Fair. At the Not-For-Profit Business Networking Dinner on Nov. 19, six Heidelberg students from Alpha Phi Omega sat down with Kelly Hohman (pictured with Melissa Herrera-Ortiz), marketing director at the North Central Ohio Educational Service Center, and Steve Crone, president and CEO of the Tiffin Community YMCA, to learn about their career paths and involvement with not-for-profit organizations. The evening was filled with inspirational stories and anecdotes related to networking, hard work, perseverance and a little bit of luck.

On Nov. 2, the ACSC hosted the Collegiate Employ-Net CONNECTS Networking Training event in The University Commons. Collegiate Employ-Net, encompassing 19 campuses in northwest Ohio and southeast Michigan, implements this event each fall. Features include an hour-long networking presentation followed by an open reception where students can practice their newly learned networking skills with local professionals..

Students networkSteven Michaluk, owner of CareerSearch Associates, provided information on the six basic principles of networking, including maintaining contact on a regular basis and approaching networking sources on a positive, upbeat note..

Student participants commented that they enjoyed being able to talk to successful professionals and area career services advisors, making potential connections for future job opportunities. Heidelberg students also are invited to participate in the Collegiate Employ-Net job fair April 5 at Owens Community College. Details are at

Beeghly Newsbits

Beeghly Library will observe the following schedule for Christmas break:

  • Dec. 13-14, 17-21 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Dec. 15-16, 22-Jan. 2 – Closed
  • Jan. 3, 4, 7, 8 – 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Jan. 5-6 – Closed

Regular hours resume on Jan. 9.

Eye on Athletics

Just as the winter athletic seasons are heating up, so too is one former student-athlete.

The Tennessee Titans transferred wide receiver Mike Preston from their practice squad to the active roster. Preston’s first NFL action came at Indianapolis last Sunday, where he had one catch for 11 yards.

Men's Basketball (4-4, 0-3 OAC)

Men’s basketball is back to .500 after dropping three hotly contested games in the OAC. Two more OAC games await them before the team heads to Newport News, Va., on the Dec. 28.

Schedule & Results | Season Stats | Roster

Women's Basketball (3-4, 0-2 OAC)

The women’s basketball team will stay active throughout the winter break. They will play six games before classes resume in 2013.

Schedule & Results | Season Stats | Roster

Indoor Track and Field

Heidelberg’s runners, jumpers and throwers will enjoy a winter break without competition. They return to action on Jan. 18.

Schedule & Results | Men's Roster | Women's Roster


The wrestling team will depart the potentially snowy climate of Ohio and head to Fort Myers, Fla., to compete in the Florida Gulf Coast Duals. The meet begins on the Dec. 16.

Full Schedule & Results | Roster