Nota Bene - Vol. 18 Issue 12

Nota Bene

Vol. 18 Issue 12 - Feb 13, 2014

British literature enthusiast will be SRC keynote speaker

CrystalLakeHeidelberg will welcome Dr. Crystal B. Lake as the keynote speaker for the 2014 Minds@Work Student Research Conference at 11 a.m. Thursday. She will deliver her address, The Scholar Adventurers in the Twenty-First Century: New Research and Discoveries in the Humanities, at 11 a.m. in Rickly Chapel.

Dr. Lake’s TED-like talk takes a survey of exciting new work in humanities fields. From discoveries in the cognitive science of reading Jane Austen, to projects in the digital humanities that re-create history in ways we’ve never known, to the collaborative, data-driven development of cutting-edge technologies, researchers working in the humanities are doing more than you might realize in the new frontiers of art and science.

She is coming to Heidelberg based on the recommendation of Dr. Emily Isaacson. The two studied together in graduate school at the University of Missouri. Dr. Lake is an assistant professor of English at Wright State University. Her research on the relationships between literature and material culture has appeared in various journals, and she has received fellowships and prizes for her work.

Minds@Work promises to be an excellent conference, with 117 students signed up to present their research. Classes are suspended for the day, so plan to attend as many of the presentations as possible.


A demo in research presentation


Among the 16 faculty presenters at the annual Faculty Research Symposium Feb. 6 was Dr. David Hogan, who presented his research on Grocery History in America.

U.S. rep, Ohio Senate pres, mayor
to discuss business climate...

The Heidelberg School of Business and the Academic Enhancement Committee are co-sponsoring visits by Congressman Jim Jordan, 

Ohio Senate President Keith Faber and Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz Monday, Feb. 17, for a presentation on the business environment and Ohio’s economic climate from national, state and local perspectives. Each will speak for about 30 minutes in Herbster Chapel.

The educational event is designed to be non-partisan; the legislators will be in Tiffin to participate in the

annual Lincoln Day Dinner that evening. Jordan, who represents Ohio’s Fourth Congressional District, will speak 

at 3:30 p.m., followed by Faber at 4 p.m. and Montz at 4:30 p.m. There will be time for brief questions following each of the sessions.

The campus and community are invited.

...and mayor chooses
‘Berg to deliver state of city address

Last year during his annual State-of-the-City address, Mayor Aaron Montz spoke of the important contributions Tiffin’s two colleges have in the community. A strong proponent of the “college town” atmosphere, Montz has chosen Heidelberg as the stage for his 2014 address.

The university is honored to host the mayor’s 2014 address at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, in Gundlach Theatre.

The campus community is encouraged to have a strong showing at the mayor’s address as a show of support for an alumnus (Montz graduated from Heidelberg in 2008) and for Heidelberg’s important place in the community.

Welcome back to the ’Berg, Abe

Monica, Abe, NancyMonica Verhoff (left) and Nancy King share a moment with 16th President Abraham Lincoln in the person of John Cooper, who visited campus Wednesday to celebrate the president’s birthday. For the past quarter century, John, a ’73 ‘Berg alumnus who resides in Marion, has donned the stovepipe hat and top coat as a professional Lincoln impersonator. This time of year is particularly busy for John, as he travels the state to perform as one of America’s most beloved presidents. A highlight of his Heidelberg program was the recitation of the Gettysburg Address. Dr. David Hogan was instrumental in coordinating this event.

Student Alumni Association
to tag campus on Feb. 27

Tag<br />
Day at Heidelberg Univeristy

The Student Alumni Association will host its second annual TAG Day – short for Thank A Giver Day – as part of National Student Engagement and Philanthropy Day on Thursday, Feb. 27. The event is designed to have SAA members engage the campus, in particular, their peers, in understanding philanthropy and showing appreciation to donors for their monetary support.

TAG Day will run from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. in The University Commons. Twenty SAA members and two advisors will discuss with students where donor gifts can be found around campus, such as Adams Hall, Saurwein and the future Hoernemann Stadium and The Fox Den Alumni Center. Members also will share the non-visible areas that gifts support, such as scholarships.

All students will have a chance to write thank-you messages to donors for their support as well as think critically about experiences that have been possible because of Heidelberg’s generous contributors.

Education Summit 2014
to feature super teacher


The School of Education will welcome one of the most inspiring teachers in the country for its second annual Education Summit next month. Rafe Esquith has been called “a modern-day Thoreau” by Newsday, “a genius and a saint” by The New York Times and “The most interesting and influential classroom teacher in the country by The Washington Post.

The campus community and local educators are invited to hear Esquith speak at 10 a.m. Friday, March 21, in Gundlach Theatre. He’ll be on campus as part of the summit, which is designed in large part to help teachers-in-training to make real connections between their coursework and Esquith’s work.

Additionally, Bellefontaine high school science teacher Spencer Reames and Tiffin Columbian High School science teacher and ‘Berg alum Chris Monsour, ’99, will present sessions at 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively. A panel discussion, Voices from the Classroom, will follow at 2:30 p.m.

For the past two decades, Esquith has taught fifth grade at a public school in Los Angeles neighborhood plagued by guns, gangs and violence. His exceptional classroom at Hobart Elementary – known simply as Room 56 – is unlike any other in the country. Esquith has authored books about teaching, including the critically acclaimed Real Talk for Real Teachers and Teach Like Your Hair’s on Fire, There Are No Shortcuts and Lighting Their Fires. His annual class Shakespeare productions was featured in the 2005 documentary, The Hobart Shakespeareans.

Questions about the summit can be directed to Dr. Brian Haley at x2119 or

Model UN veterans
headed to Turkey

A select group of students who are veterans of Model United Nations of the Far West have taken up a new challenge. During spring break, they’ll head east instead of west to participate in the Model UN Turkey in Antalya, Turkey.

There are some similarities, but these students will face some challenging differences in format at the conference, according to head delegate Emily Jones. Among the nine ‘Berg students who will be in Turkey, five will represent South Korea on three General Assembly committees. Emily will represent Iran in a futuristic meeting of the Shanghai Organization, while others will serve on general committees.

Drs. Marc and Julie O’Reilly are serving as advisors/chaperones; their involvement will be limited to “observers” and resources at the simulation, Marc said.

Another participant, Kearstin Bailey, said the delegation members have done a lot of individual reading and research on their countries and issues. They’ll have to think on their feet when the simulation gets under way since there will be no meeting agendas in advance.

“This is a very differently run conference than what we’re used to,” Marc said.

In addition to Emily and Kearstin, other students traveling to Turkey include Zach Myers, A.J. Lacefield, Alex Wilhelm, Meredith Higgins, Sheldon Miller and Colin Higgins. Hannah Long-Higgins, who is studying abroad in Heidelberg, Germany, this academic year, will meet up with the group in Turkey.

Overall, about 600 students from around the globe are expected to participate in the largest Model UN in Turkey. Most are from Europe and the Middle East; only two delegations – Heidelberg and Wichita State University – are from the U.S.

The ’Berg students feel well prepared. “We’re fully ready to compete,” Emily said. Their professor expects the same. “I recruited them for their experience in Model UNs and their love of international travel,” Marc said. “This is a very competitive group. I don’t worry about whether they’ll manage. They will,” he said.

You can follow the delegation’s experience on their Heidelberg Model UN Facebook page.

Busy month for
School of Business

Business Preview Day<br />
atHeidelberg University

It’s been a busy February for the Heidelberg School of Business.

The month began when the school hosted this semester’s Federal Reserve Program on the State of the Economy with a record turnout from the local business community on Feb. 4.

On Feb. 6, four faculty members – Dr. Mary Lou Kohne, Dr. Maef Woods, Dr. Brian Saxton and Dr. Diane Monaco – presented their research at the annual Faculty Research Symposium.

On Monday, the school hosted Business Preview Day for prospective students (pictured above). The event was primarily organized by the Dean’s Student Advisory Board, with participation from President Rob Huntington, business faculty and staff and the Berg Business Board.

Next week, the school will welcome Trustee and alumnus Lee Shobe, ’60, a corporate executive with Dow as its Executive-in-Residence. Lee will spend time in business classes, mentoring students, participating in a panel discussion and giving a presentation about his career journey. See details above.

Additionally, the school is co-sponsoring Monday’s visit by national, state and local legislators for a discussion on the business environment and the economic climate in Ohio. See story above.

Picking up the PACE:
Unexpected rewards

Karen Jones and<br />
Judge JayMeyer at Heidelberg Univeisty

Sophomore Taylor Wojoiechowicz and junior Macey Grise stepped outside of their comfort zones when they agreed to become academic coaches in a new program that paired them with teenagers who were court-ordered to participate in regular tutoring as part of their probation.

Although a bit apprehensive at first, Taylor, a Spanish education major, and Macey, a psychology major, had such positive experiences that they volunteered to continue with the PACE program again this semester.

PACE  -- short for Partners in Academic Coaching for Excellence – was created by education professor Dr. Karen Jones in collaboration with Seneca County Juvenile Court Judge Jay Meyer.

In its first semester, 19 ‘Berg students participated in PACE, some through a service learning requirement and some as volunteers. Together the academic coaches work with children on homework and literacy, and give them a positive view of school and learning. “The coaches are very independent. They are responsible for scheduling and prioritizing their work together. … We’ve had nothing but wonderful feedback from the probation officers for our students,” Karen says.

“All students need one-on-one attention. These children especially need it.”

To the slopes and back

Heidelberg<br />
University Ski Trip

What a way to end a snowy week! Dean Dustin Brentlinger and Provost David Weininger boarded a bus with 20 students on Friday, Feb. 7, and headed for a ski adventure at Mad River Mountain in Bellefontaine. For several students, this was their first experience on the slopes, while other ski veterans showed off their mad skills. Mad River hosted College Night, so Heidelberg students mingled with other college students from the region. The event was co-sponsored by the Dean of Students and BEC. The students and chaperones, which also included Paul Stark and Lindsay Kagy, returned to campus at 3 a.m.

Trustee Lee Shobe to serve as

Trustee and alumnus Lee Shobe, ’60, whose career spans the fields of sales, marketing and executive management in a diverse range of business and industry, will be on campus the week of Feb. 17 as this year’s executive-in-residence in the Heidelberg School of Business.

As the executive-in-residence, Lee will be the guest in several business classes and will meet with students in small groups and individually for mentoring sessions. He’ll also be part of a pair of evening enrichment events:

  • Classroom to Career: Entry, Establish & Enhance panel discussion at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 18, in Wickham Great Hall. Lee will moderate the panel of guests which include executives in banking, labor and employment, finance, insurance, law and human resources.
  • Sharing the Journey of My Life, 6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 19, in Adams 403. Lee will give a presentation about his career path and experience.

Senior of the Month:
Taylor Rambo

Taylor Rambo Senior of the<br />
month and Heidelberg UniversityTaylor Rambo has always wanted to be a teacher. She found the ideal fit for her education when she enrolled at Heidelberg. In addition to the welcoming atmosphere, Taylor has appreciated getting into the classroom early and often as she prepares for her career. She also appreciates the personal connection with her School of Education professors.

Read more about Taylor’s positive Heidelberg experience.




Forum to address issue
of human trafficking

Professors Julie O’Reilly and Kristen Williams are planning a presentation to raise awareness of human trafficking. The event will be held from 5-7:30 p.m. Monday, March 24 (location TBD). Heidelberg is collaborating with Tiffin University and the community with the goal of making this an annual event.

For the March 24 presentation, the featured speakers will be Dr. Jaimie Orr, ‘Berg alumnus and TU professor and administrator; Detective Dave Pauley of the Tiffin Police Department and Sister Mary, a member of the Sisters of St. Francis in Tiffin. Additionally, Paul Stark will lead a closing prayer.

Please mark your calendars and plan to attend.

Professor’s analysis: Proud of
Investment Research Team

CFA Team


Although they didn’t advance in this year’s investment research competition, Heidelberg students who participated in the challenge believe the experience has helped prepare them for their job searches and careers.

The business students – Lauren Ash, Erica Huffman, Zach Myers, Dorion Kempf – and their advisor and professor, Dr. John Cook traveled to Western Michigan University Feb. 1 for the annual CFA Institute Global Investment Research Challenge. While there, they competed against primarily graduate students from the likes of the University of Toledo, BGSU, Eastern Michigan, Western Michigan, Grand Valley State, Michigan Technical Institute and the University of Michigan-Dearborn, which advanced to the next level of competition.

The students spent the fall semester in their BAE 290 Special Topics class, titled Security Analysis and Evaluation, researching and preparing for the competition. Their research included a trip to Michigan to visit the headquarters of Kellogg, the company analyzed by each of the teams for the competition.

Outside of class, John was allowed only 10 hours with the team, so they were on their own for much of their prep. Read about how they applied their in-class and out-of-class prep into their presentation. [insert web line: Rachel posting Thursday a.m.]

’Berg future educators
form chapter of OSEA

A group of Heidelberg education majors are now part of a pre-professional organization as they continue their career prep as educators. Heidelberg’s new chapter of the Ohio Student Educators Association held its first meeting on Feb. 4.

OSEA is an organization comprised of undergraduate and graduate students preparing for careers in education. Those who are members of Heidelberg’s chapter also are associated with the larger Ohio Education Association, representing more than 121,000 members in the state. More than 40 campuses in Ohio have local OSEA chapters, including BGSU, Kent State, Ohio State and the University of Findlay.

According to Dr. Kristen Williams, who is the faculty advisor, the purpose of the chapter is to improve the teachers of the future, the Heidelberg community and the local community through professional development opportunities and community outreach activities.

Students who are serving on the Executive Board are Taylor Hart, Hannah Gregoire, Olivia Burke, Alex Smith, Danielle Wolfe, Jennifer Schock and Sam Conde.

Need a dose of ‘Summer’?
Theatre production delivers

The School of Music & Theatre will stage Christopher Durang’s award-winning off-Broadway comedy, Betty’s Summer Vacation, Feb. 20-23 in Gundlach Theatre. Chris Tucci is directing.

Betty’s Summer Vacation deals with the “tabloidization” of American culture and human nature’s interest in horror and gossip. This, combined with television’s need to hook its viewers, results in the fascination of viewing human tragedy and abhorrent behavior. In particular, the play looks at the scandal-plagued decade of the 1990s. The plot specifically references the Menendez Brothers’ case and the Lorena Bobbitt case. The play contains mature subject matter.

The cast includes: Leigh Barthel as Betty; Melissa Tippin as Trudy; Katelyn Hough as Mrs. Seizmagraph; Justin Varney as Keith; Mackenzie Wallace as Buck; Adam Oulton as Mr. Vanislaw, and A.J. Lacefield, Marina Richley and Chaylene Ehrman as The Voices. Melissa Herrera-Ortiz is the stage manager and Drew Fons is handling sound design.

Show times are 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, Friday, Feb. 21, and Saturday, Feb. 22, with a 2 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Feb. 23.

See you at the show!

Cast of 100+ to stage
'Willy Wonka JR'. in March

What do Gobstoppers, Sprees, Bottlecaps and more than 100 children ages 7-14 have in common with Heidelberg? They are all part of the university’s upcoming production of Willy Wonka JR., being produced March 15-16 by the Community Music School.

Because of the large number of children who auditioned, directors Elizabeth Tracy and Cynthia Ramsdell decided to feature three casts so that each child will have an opportunity for an authentic theatrical experience performing on the Gundlach Theatre stage.

Show times are Saturday, March 15 at 3 p.m., and Sunday, March 16 at 2 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Heidelberg may well be one of the last places to see Willy Wonka, JR. as licensing rights are being suspended after June 30. Seating is limited so be sure to line up early to enter a “world of pure imagination.”

There will be no admission charge, although donations will be taken at the door to secure funds for future productions. The Friends of Heidelberg Music provided financial support for the show. Chris Tucci and Dr. John Owen also lent support from the School of Music & Theatre.

Song Festival celebrates
voice, piano collaboration

The Heidelberg School of Music & Theatre will present an afternoon of German music, showcasing the talents of vocal and piano students, in the Goethe Song Festival at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 22, in Brenneman Music Hall.

The concert will feature vocal students, who will perform settings of excerpts from the poetry of Johann Wolfgang Goethe set in a variety of styles. In this second annual event, four Heidelberg piano students – Stephen Smith, Cy Boehler, Colleen Crayton and Allie Dresser – will serve as accompanists for 15 voice students. Drs. Carol Dusdieker and Margarita Denenberg are co-directing.

Voice students who will perform include Kristen Lindhurst, Addison Woost, Laura Bayda, Sarah Bolen, Chelsea Smith, Helen Hedrick, Nick Saxton, Kristina Kamm, Melissa Tippin, Holly Oberlin, Elle Dutton, Tim Borham, Tess Gerber, Kelly Devine and Hunter Jordan. Staff pianists Cynthia Ramsdell, Joan McConnell and Curtis King also will provide accompaniment.

The program is free and open to the community.  A free will offering will be held to benefit vocal scholarships for Heidelberg music students.

From Stoner Health Center:
Are you affected by SAD?

Seasonal affective disorder, or SAD, is a type of depression that occurs at a certain time of the year, usually in the winter. A person typically experiences periods of normal or high mood the rest of the year.  The role of hormones, specifically melatonin, and sleep-wake cycles (also called circadian rhythms) during the changing seasons is still being studied in people with SAD. Some studies have also shown that SAD is more common in people who live in northern latitudes.

Common Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder:

  • Hopelessness
  • Increased appetite
  • Increased sleep
  • Less energy and ability to concentrate
  • Loss of interest in work or other activities
  • Social withdrawal
  • Unhappiness & irritability

Managing Symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder:

  • Get enough sleep
  • Eat healthy foods
  • Try to exercise and do activities you enjoy
  • Discuss concerns with primary care doctor
  • Seek counseling
  • Have a plan if symptoms continue to worsen.

Taken from the National Alliance on Mental Illness.


Dr. Bill Reyer (English) sponsored and judged the Nature Poem contest for the Ohio Poetry Association's high school student contest series.

Dr. Ellen Nagy (AIM Hei, German) was recently appointed to the Academic Year Abroad in Austria Alumni Advisory Board at Bowling Green State University.

Dr. Karen Jones (School of Education) was recently accepted as one of 20 new faculty members to attend the American education Research Association 2014 annual meeting, pre-conference for new faculty in Philadelphia in April. Her acceptance was made based on her research proposal using PACE data.

Kristen Lindsay (Owen ACSC) and Ashlyn Cameron (Campus Life) presented Inspiring Developmental Well-Being for Entry-Level Conduct Officers at the OCPA/OASPA conference in Columbus Jan. 30. Focusing on providing a phase-based training model for entry-level conduct coordinators, Ashlyn and Kristen shared the research they have completed on strengthening the conduct officer training program here at Heidelberg. Kristen also served as a Career Center volunteer at the conference.

Dr. John Bing (political science) and alumnus Dr. Steve Ceccoli, ’90, are co-authors of an article, Contending Narratives in China’s African Development, published in the Journal of Third World Studies in the fall of 2013.