Nota Bene - Vol. 18 Issue 2

Nota Bene

Vol. 18 Issue 2 - Sep 6, 2013

Tiffin welcomes the world

Isa-Marie Brandt, Tiffin Welcome - Heidelberg Universitythe new German teaching assistant, was among more than 100 international students from 36 countries who are calling Tiffin home this academic year. Isa and other Heidelberg international students attended the Tiffin Welcomes the World event Thursday at the Community Civic Center. Read more about the event at [web link].

Lichtman-Behm Lecture Series revisits Holocaust as theme

This year, the Lichtman-Behm Genocide Lecture Series returns to the topic of the Holocaust with a series of presentations Sept. 16-18 for the campus, the community and area middle school and high schoolers around the theme “Women of the Holocaust.”

This year, we are pleased to welcome author and political activist Anna Rosmus, the real-life heroine of The Nasty Girl, a film that chronicles her lifelong efforts to uncover the atrocities of her hometown’s hidden Nazi past. She is a freelance writer whose story was twice reported in 60 Minutes segments.

The series kicks off with a viewing of The Nasty Girl at 7 p.m. Monday in The University Commons.

There will be several other opportunities to hear Rosmus while she is on campus:

  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 11 a.m. – Leading a Life of Purpose: My Experience as an Activist and Historian of the Holocaust (Rickly Chapel)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 12:30 p.m. – Connecting Holocaust Research with the Contemporary World (Gundlach Theatre)
  • Tuesday, Sept. 17, at 7 pm. – Main keynote, Community Responses to the Holocaust in Hitler’s Hometown: Passau in the Third Reich and Today (Wickham Great Hall)

Additionally, Heidelberg will welcome several hundred local/area middle school and high school students on Wednesday for programming designed especially for them. Faculty/staff members Kylee Spencer, Courtney DeMayo, Ellen Nagy, Carol Dusdieker, Marc Julie and Paul Stark have prepared mini-sessions that will help prepare the students for a separate keynote/panel discussion featuring Holocaust survivor Betty Gold and Jill Rembrandt, director of education and public programs at the Maltz Museum for Jewish Heritage in Cleveland. The mini-sessions will take place between 9-10 a.m. and the keynote will be at 10 a.m. in Seiberling.

Also incorporated into the program is a tribute to the namesake of the lecture series, Jimmy Lichtman, who died in March 2012. As you may recall, Jimmy came to campus twice to tell his story as a Holocaust survivor. Members of his family and close friends plan to be on campus to participate in the series as well. The tribute to Jimmy will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, in Herbster Chapel.

The lecture series concludes with an artistic presentation, entartete Kunst: The Nazi Regime's Persecution of the Arts, developed and performed by Carol. Dr. Margarita Denenberg will accompany on piano and several students also have been cast in the performance. It will be at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 18, in Gundlach Theatre.

Faculty, staff and students are encouraged to attend any of the events. AIM Hei students are required to attend at least one of the Tuesday events.

For additional information, contact Courtney at or Paul at

Kick off home FB opener with Faculty Appreciation Day

The Department of Athletics will host a cookout behind Saurwein Health & Wellness Center prior to the 1:30 p.m. home football opener on Saturday for Faculty Appreciation Day.

The cookout is a token of appreciation for the dedication for Heidelberg faculty’s support of student athletes. Faculty present at the game will be recognized at halftime with an on-field presentation.

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Cindy Paul at

BergServe 2013 a rousing success

Berg Serve - Heidelberg UniversityMore than 300 new students and upperclassmen who served as site leaders descended on Tiffin and surrounding communities on Saturday, Aug. 24, as part of BergServe 2013. Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz, President Rob Huntington and Chaplain Paul Stark began the morning with inspiring words to encourage the students.

The student volunteers traveled to more than 20 agencies and organizations in Tiffin, Bascom and Fostoria to complete such service projects as weeding, washing windows, organizing toys and books and playing games with residents.

The Office of Civic Engagement would like to thank everyone for their support of this event, which would not be possible without the involvement of students, faculty/staff and the community.

Live: The Coach Mike Hallett Show

Tiffin Welcome - Heidelberg UniversityThe Thursday before each football game this season just got interesting! Fireside Café & Pub will host The Mike Hallett Show from 7-8 p.m. The coach will talk about the previous game and look ahead to the upcoming contest. Every broadcast will be highlighted by student-athlete interviews.

Jon Kerns, the voice of Heidelberg football on WTTF AM-1600 will host the show, which will be aired live on WTTF. Additionally, a podcast of each show will be produced and archived on the Athletics website, and Jeff Garvin will advertise the show through social media.

Tony Paradiso, owner of Tiffin broadcasting LLC, said the new show and its broadcast will help create momentum and excitement for each game. “The game-Day experience is good for everyone, including the community. This just adds some new exposure for Heidelberg football,” Tony said. “It will be a neat thing for the students and the community.”

Those who can’t attend in person can stream the broadcast by connecting to WTTF’s website, The same will be true for the broadcast of every game, home and away, this year.

“By broadcasting each game, we will offer a consistent voice to our audience,” Tony said. “Having Coach Hallett on each week will allow us to offer unique insight into the weekly grind.”

Another element to increasing the exposure of Heidelberg athletic events, home games will be aired live on the educational access channel (Time Warner Cable Channel 10). Media Communication Center staff members Nathan Cutietta and Robyn White will videotape the game for the live cable telecast.

Go Berg!

ATR major completes internship with WNBA team

WNBA Genna Fusco - Heidelberg UniversityThis summer, senior ATR major Genna Fusco completed a cool internship with the New York Liberty of the Women’s NBA. She spent three months in New York City this summer, working exclusively with professional athletes.

As part of her internship program, she met and worked with students from around the country. They worked under the director of player performance, assisting with strength and conditioning, rehabilitation, warm ups and cool downs and athletic training needs.

“I learned about many different modalities including a Hivamat, Recovery Boots, a Deep Muscle Stimulator and an H-Wave,” Genna said. “Every modality I used was new to me and provided for great learning experiences.”

Additionally, Genna spent quite a bit of time giving massages and working with soft tissue and fascia. “Whenever the Liberty played at home, I worked as the visiting team’s athletic trainer,” she explained. “This was a great experience because I met and networked with athletic trainers from around the league and I was also able to see how other athletic trainers perform pre- and post-game duties.”

Throughout the three months working with the Liberty, Genna proudly carried Heidelberg ATEP’s motto – Pride, Professionalism and Purpose – close to her heart. “This experience has helped me grow in all three of these areas and I am excited to incorporate what I learned working with the WNBA into my everyday life as a senior at Heidelberg.”    

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Campaign Kickoff - Sept 12

Heidelberg UniversityThe Office of Institutional Advancement & University Relations invites the campus community to kick off the FY14 Faculty and Staff Campaign for the Heidelberg Fund by gathering with colleagues from 7:30-9 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12, in The University Commons.

Enjoy the company of your colleagues, learn about the Red, Orange and Black teams for this year’s campaign, meet the co-captains and treat yourself to breakfast.

The theme for this year’s Heidelberg Fund campaign is Help Us Complete the Heidelberg Puzzle. The goal is $1 million and 500 new donors. Come find out how you can be a part of the Heidelberg puzzle!

Verification Team helps students start on the right foot

Another academic year is off to a great start, thanks to the Fall Verification Team that greeted about 550 students onto campus before school began; the remaining 550 students were welcomed the weekend of Aug. 22.

The Verification Team is comprised of offices across campus to offer students a simulated one-stop shop experience as they arrive on campus. The goal for verifying each student as they arrive to campus is so college officials have the opportunity to work with a student's individual needs. A student may need assistance with one, none, or all of the offices ranging from housing, financial aid, health records, meal plans or billing.

While the team began its third year verifying students, this year the Office of Student Engagement also greeted all students with details about Welcome Week and I Love Heidelberg T-shirts, among several other engaging activities. The check-in point became the go-to place for everyone to stop and ask questions.

Another additional piece to help assist students was the creation of a designated website. Students have several items to prepare for the upcoming year and creating one web location will provide additional customer service to our students. The website even included a link to the Ohio Department of Transportation for those students who have long travels to avoid undue stress on their journey.

This event alone provides an early alert for students who may have immediate needs to help their semester start off on the right foot. Ultimately, the goal of the group is to offer a warm welcome and keep our students enrolled to see them graduate.

Court is in session

Seneca County Common Pleas Court Judge Steve Shuff, ’75, will again bring his courtroom to campus on Monday, Sept. 23, in observance of Constitution Day.

The judge will hold actual hearings from 9 a.m.-noon and 1:30-4 p.m. in Herbster Chapel. The campus community is invited to observe the hearings as schedules permit. Between hearings, Steve will explain court procedure, protocol and rationale for his decisions, and answer questions.

Auto industry innovator is PALS speaker for Fall ’13

Heidelberg will welcome Dr. Deborah Mielewski, technical leader of the Plastics Research Group at Ford Motor Co.’s Research and Innovation Center, as the fall keynote speaker in The Patricia Adams Lecture Series Oct. 2-3.

Faculty and staff are invited to the dinner and keynote Oct. 3, free of charge. Cost for each guest is $30. A cash bar and reception begins at 5:45 p.m. with dinner at 6:30 p.m. in Seiberling Gymnasium. Visit for additional event information and to RSVP. Deadline to RSVP for the dinner is Thursday, Sept. 19.

While on campus, Mielewski will present a series of formal and informal sessions with students and the campus community. She has been with the Plastic’s Research Group for 25 years, having worked in automotive paints, polymer processing and materials development. Along with her all-female team, she began the biomaterials program in 2001.The team was the first to exhibit soy-based foam, meeting all the requirements for automotive seating. Now, every Ford vehicle and more than 75 percent of the headrests in North American autos use the bio-based foam. The group is pushing forward to pioneer the development of sustainable plastic materials that meet stiff requirements in the field.

Professor explores female TV superwomen in new book

Communication professor Dr. Julie D. O’Reilly is the author of a new book that explores superhuman female television characters through the idea of power vs. empowerment. Tiffin Welcome - Heidelberg University

There’s a definite difference, Julie says. She uses female leads from Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, Buffy, the Vampire Slayer and Charmed, as well as from numerous other series, to demonstrate that just as in real life, the powers of these characters are limited by the institutions and universes in which they live.

Julie’s Bewitched Again: Supernaturally Powerful Women on Television, 1996-2006 was published by McFarland and Company Inc. in July. “It looks at the idea that these characters either have innate power or they develop power, but not always a lot of empowerment,” she says.

Although the book focuses on series that aired 1996-2011, as the title indicates, the topic has its genesis in the popular ‘60s sitcom Bewitched.

Julie originally started writing on the topic of female TV characters with superpowers in the fall of 2001 when she began work on her Ph.D. degree. “I went in knowing I wanted to write about shows featuring these characters. I just didn’t know the angle. But I knew that they fascinated me,” she says.

To read more about how her research came into focus and ultimately led to her book, visit


Dr. Barbara Specht (School of Music) attended The Savvy Musician Retreat at the University of South Carolina in June. The retreat included leading performing musicians, educators and industry leaders who gathered for three days to form new music businesses that were judged and awarded in a Savvy Musician Venture Challenge contest. Barb’s team received second prize in the challenge. Dr. David Cutler, author of The Savvy Musician: Building a Career, Earning a Living and Making a Difference, led the retreat. David was a guest speaker in the School of Music in 2010 and 2011.

Dr. Julie O’Reilly (CTA) has been selected as one of 20 participants to attend the 25th Annual Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Faculty Seminar Nov. 11-15 in Los Angeles.