Nota Bene - Vol. 18 Issue 6

Nota Bene

Vol. 18 Issue 6 - Nov 1, 2013

This is Berg Territory – Get your Berg Pride on

Berg Territory shirt

This is Berg Territory, so get your Berg Pride on and plan to cheer on the Student Princes football, volleyball, men's and women's cross country and men's and women's soccer teams this weekend.

As Heidelberg prepares to take on OAC rival Mount Union at Mayer Field Saturday for one of the biggest football games in many years, you can show your support for ’Berg student-athletes by wearing black on Saturday.

The Office of Student Engagement is organizing Black Out Saturday. Berg Territory T-shirts are on sale for $5 this week in Hoernemann Refectory (11 a.m.-1 p.m.) and the Campus Center. Any remaining T-shirts will be available at the football game on Saturday.

Both Heidelberg and Mount have a lot riding on Saturday’s game, heading into the showdown undefeated and in a three-way tie atop the OAC. Heidelberg is ranked ninth in the nation and Mount is No. 1. A great turnout at the game will help energize the Student Princes in a big way.

The football game isn’t the only pivotal athletic contest this weekend. Heidelberg’s volleyball team concludes its regular season with a home match at 2:30 p.m. Saturday vs. Mount Union. After sweeping John Carroll Tuesday night, the Student Princes remain undefeated in the OAC and have clinched a share of the regular-season title.

With a win on Saturday, Heidelberg’s volleyball team claims the OAC title outright and earns the top seed in next week’s OAC tournament.

Also on Saturday, the men’s and women’s cross country teams will compete in the OAC championships in Westerville at 1:30 p.m. and the men’s and women’s soccer teams will travel to Mount Union. The women’s match begins at 3 p.m. and the men will take the field at 7 p.m.

If you can’t attend, you can still keep tabs on the various games.

See you at the game – and GO BERG!

The Time Is Now graphic

Hoernemann Stadium and the Fox Den Alumni Center are coming to campus in September 2014!

We anticipate the start of construction this month. Help us reach our fundraising goal of $4.5 million.

For more information about how you can get involved, visit or contact Jim Minehart at or (419) 448-2060.

Lepeley passes national federal court interpreter exam

Cindy Lepeley headshot

Spanish professor Dr. Cynthia Lepeley has received word that she recently passed the oral exam required for Federal Court Interpreter Certification. The exam is considered to be the most rigorous test of interpreters in the United States with just a 5 percent passing rate.

“I am really, really happy to have passed it the first time,” Cindy said.

She has been working as a legal and medical interpreter since 1995. In addition to oral interpreting, she also does written translations of short legal documents. The process of becoming certified is highly challenging. The first step was to pass certification in Ohio, followed by national certification.

Congratulations, Cindy!

’Berg class collecting clothing for ‘Dress for Success’

As you switch out summer clothing for warmer winter attire, here’s a great opportunity to donate slightly worn work/business clothing to the non-profit organization Dress for Success. Paul Stark’s Honors Service Learning/Civic Engagement class has organized the collection, which began earlier this week and concludes at the football game on Saturday.

In addition to clothing, the class is accepting donations of shoes, purses, unopened cosmetics and other accessory items. Women’s clothing is preferred, but men’s clothing also is being accepted. The donated items will be taken to the Dress for Success program in Columbus.

Items can be dropped off on the third floor of Campus Center. There also will be a booth at the football game on Saturday.

Lauren Stainbrook headshot

Senior of the Month:
Lauren Stainbrook

In its ongoing web series, the Office of Marketing and Communication Services features biology major Lauren Stainbrook as the Senior of Month. Lauren is super involved on campus. In the feature, she talks about her Heidelberg experience and her academic mentors. She also shares her personal advice for success for underclassmen.

Honoring the pioneering
Cronise sisters

Jim Fruth speaks at Cronise dedication

The legal community came together on Oct. 23 to honor Nettie Cronise Lutes and Florence Cronise, Ohio’s first women admitted to the Ohio Bar in the late 1800s.

Katelyn Hough at Cronise dedication event

Since Florence was a Heidelberg alumna (class of 1865) and Nettie attended for a short time, it seemed appropriate that Heidelberg would have a major role in the events of the day, which culminated in the placement of a historical market on Courthouse Square in downtown Tiffin. All agreed the honor was well-deserved and long overdue.

The university was a co-sponsor of the dedication event, along with the Seneca County Bar Association, the Barnes-Deinzer Seneca County Museum Foundation and the Ohio State Bar Association. Local attorneys James Fruth, ’92, (top photo) and Victor Perez coordinated the dedication.

Leigh Barthel at Cronise dedication event

Ohio Supreme Court Chief Justice Maureen O’Connor, the first female to hold that seat, addressed those at the dedication. She was introduced by Trustee Liz Smith, ’81. Prior to the dedication, Heidelberg students Becca Dickinson, Katelyn Hough and Leigh Barthel set the stage for the dedication with a historical and entertaining look at the sisters’ lives with A Conversation with the Cronise Sisters at the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.

Earlier in the day, the Women’s Leadership Initiative hosted three young alumni attorneys – Carrie Benedict, Rebecca Denton Shope and Jennifer Coletta McHugh – as speakers in its Early Success Series.

Pair of presidents

Jim Troha and Dominic Dottavio at Juniate inauguration

Juniata College inaugurated Dr. Jim Troha as its 12th president on Oct. 18. Here, Jim prepares to begin his speech after being introduced by his mentor and former ‘Berg President Dr. F. Dominic Dottavio, who traveled from Tarleton State University in Texas to be the inaugural speaker. President Rob Huntington served as Heidelberg’s delegate during the investiture ceremony. About 30 people with ties to Heidelberg made the trip to Huntingdon, Pa., to help Jim and his family celebrate, including current and former trustees, faculty and staff, Tiffin friends and corporate partners.

Hunger & Homelessness Week
observed next week

Sunday kicks off the official Hunger & Homelessness Week at Heidelberg, a series of events planned by a team of students, faculty and staff to raise awareness about the issue. Here is a list of events that you can attend:

  • Sunday, Nov. 3 -- CROP Walk at 1 p.m. starting at the First Presbyterian Church
  • Monday, Nov. 4 -- Poverty Dinner at 5 p.m. in the Great Hall (60 spots available; RSVP by emailing
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5 -- Movie Night in The University Commons at 7 p.m. , showing The Pursuit of Happyness
  • Wednesday, Nov. 6 -- Shanty Town starting at 8 p.m. Experience a night out in front of The University Commons, building your home out of cardboard boxes.
  • Thursday, Nov. 7 -- Community service at the Sharing Kitchen
  • Thursday, Nov. 7 – Cardboard Brigade, 11 a.m.-1 p.m. at the intersection in front of The University Commons
  • Friday, Nov. 8 -- Guest speaker about homelessness, 4 p.m. in Campus Center 120.

Contact Laurie Kaltenmeier at with questions.

Positive impact on teens

Exes volunteer at Teen Center

A group of Heidelberg students have adopted the Teen Center, helping out young people there as mentors and tutors. In addition to several students who are employed at the center, Excelsior Men’s Society members serve as volunteers. Here, education major Miranda Vanover and Exes Tyler Denison and Cameron Journigan share a light moment during pumpkin carving. Additionally, education major Adam Hoover arranged for a day at the Berg, where the young people were in Dr. Pam Faber’s lab, having hands-on fun with science.

Time to tailgate: NE Ohio
Alumni Chapter to host Nov. 16

The Northeast Ohio Alumni Chapter is hosting a tailgating event prior to the Student Princes’ football game vs. Baldwin Wallace Nov. 16 in Berea.

The get-together will be held beginning at 11:30 a.m. at Mike’s Bar and Grill, 130 Front St., in Berea. Traditional tailgating foods will be served, including burgers, hot dogs, brats, potato salad, chips and beverages. Cost is $9 per person.

After the tailgate, alumni can head to the game. Kickoff is 1:30 p.m. For additional info, contact Bob Youngblood at or x2033. Or, register online by Wednesday, Nov. 13.

’Berg education majors
stellar at national conference

Education majors at national conference

Six senior education majors traveled to Dallas for the Kappa Delta Pi Biennial Convocation Oct. 23-27. At the conference, five students combined to present a workshop and the sixth presented her senior honors research. While many of their peers were more seasoned, the Heidelberg group stood tall, and their professor, Dr. Julie Green, couldn’t be more proud of them.

“They did so great,” Julie said. “I was a little nervous for them, but they made me really proud. They got glowing reviews.”

Early childhood education majors Ryan Sarchet, Victoria Miller, Mackenzie Pinkelman, Kirsten Bumb and Julia Kagy presented a workshop titled Assistive Technology for Students with Disabilities in General Education Classrooms. Taylor Rambo’s presentation was titled You Mean I Have to TALK to Parents? Strategies for Parent Involvement.

Julie said the preparation process was long but worthwhile. “We spent a lot of late nights practicing,” she said. “They worked really hard and improved their presentation skills a lot.”

As for the overall experience, the students agreed with Julie about the benefits of meeting new people, sharing new experiences, gaining new perspectives and seeing new places. Mackenzie said she enjoyed learning about research and activities she can apply in her own teaching. “It was nice to get a different perspective from other students and professors,” she said.

A lifetime of giving

Wayne and Joan Moore receive gift at 1850 Society dinner

Wayne and Joan Moore, friends of the late Sherman and Virginia White, accept congratulations and a gift from President Rob Huntington at the inaugural 1850 Society dinner on Oct. 25. Heidelberg established The 1850 Society to recognize donors who have contributed $1 million or more in cash, real property or life income gifts to Heidelberg. The Whites are among an inaugural class that also includes seven trustees and a number of alumni, friends and foundations.

Service over break

Students and professor Bryan Smith

Left-right: Lauren Costantino, Lauren Belliveau, Stephanie Romie, Dr. Bryan Smith and Sean Bergman. Not pictured: Lily White.

During Fall Break, five students and chemistry professor Dr. Bryan Smith traveled to Columbus to perform community service. The students fulfilled their service in a variety of venues, including cookie-making at a Ronald McDonald House and helping prepare flower beds for winter at the Franklin Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. They also directed traffic and runners at the Nationwide-Children’s Hospital Marathon and served dinner to the homeless later that day at the Broad Street United Methodist Church. There was also time to explore the city, with stops at historic German Village and Schiller Park. The trip ended with a tour of The Ohio State University’s School of Medicine, which provided an insightful look at the academic world of medicine.

Campus memorial service
planned for Nov. 7

On Thursday, Nov. 7 at noon in Herbster Chapel, a memorial service will be held to honor former faculty and staff who died between Oct. 1, 2012 and Oct. 15, 2013. This year at the annual service, Heidelberg will honor faculty members Leanne Wolff and Eve Bock, admission counselor Lew Hubbard, custodian Larry Shanabrook and secretaries Jean Hertzer and Kathryn Bowers.

The campus community is invited to this service, which will be conducted by Paul Stark.

Choir to kick off season
with concert in Findlay

Concert choir rehearses

The Concert Choir and the Chamber Singers will kick off their performance season with a concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 10, at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 750 Bright Road, Findlay.

Under the direction of Dr. Greg Ramsdell, the 51-member choir will present a concert themed British Invasion that will include repertoire reflecting on America’s fascination with many aspects of British culture.

“The theme is a deliberate reference to that time in the mid-’60s when America seemed to be completely enthralled with all things British,” Greg said. “It seems that we are once again in the midst of just such a cultural fascination.”

“In our own unique way, we too will be paying homage in our concert program because all of our music has some sort of connection to our friends across the pond.”

Several selections feature solos or accompaniment by students from the choir. Featured soloists include Collin Stump, Kristina Kamm, Stephen Smith and Melissa Flowers.

The concert is free and open to the public. A freewill offering will be taken in order to offset the choir’s travel expenses.

’Berg piano students
to join for recital

Eleven of Dr. Margarita Denenburg’s piano students will come together for a special performance at 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 12, in Brenneman. Titled Piano Celebration, the recital will feature each of the students performing in a concert designed as a fund-raiser to support off-campus activities such as attendance at concerts, competitions and master classes.

Students who will perform during the recital are: Cy Boehler, Colleen Crayton, Kelly Devine, Allie Dresser, Maria Gerber, Lynn Leatherman, Holly Oberlin, Nick Saxton, Jacob Smith, Stephen Smith and Landon Wiseman.

While there is no admission charge, donations will be accepted at the door.

November packed with
varied musical performances

If you can’t make the Concert Choir opener or the piano celebration, there are a multitude of opportunities this month to take in a concert or recital from the School of Music.

Highlighting the performance schedule in November is the Montague Distinguished Artist program, this year featuring pianist Zsolt Bognar in concert at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23.

Additionally, Heidelberg will welcome guest artist Gail Levinsky for a pair of concerts featuring the music of Dr. Doug McConnell. On Friday, Nov. 15, guest artist Chi-Chen Wu will join Levinsky for a program that includes the local premiere of Happy Endings, a new suite for tenor saxophone and piano composed by Doug. On Sunday, Nov. 17, Levinsky and Joan McConnell will offer a program consisting of 21st century music for solo organ with saxophone, including the world premiere of Your Morning Rises as a Song, written by Doug specifically for Joan and Gail. The concert is at 3 p.m. at Trinity UCC.

Here is a list of additional School of Music events in November:

  • Jazz Ensemble – 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8, Rickly Chapel
  • University-Community Chorus – 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 9, Brenneman Music Hall
  • Symphonic Band – 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16, Brenneman
  • Woodwind Quintet – 11 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, The University Commons
  • Small Ensembles Concert – 8:15 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 19, Brenneman
  • Student Composition Recital – 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 22, Brenneman
  • TubaChristmas – 6 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, Brenneman.

From Stoner Health Center:
The scoop on e-cigarettes

What are electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes?

Electronic cigarettes look and feel like cigarettes, but do not burn tobacco. The several existing brands vary but, in general, e-cigarettes contain a battery and an electronic device that produces a warm vapor or “mist.”

The vapor usually contains nicotine. The vapor is inhaled and, as the user exhales, some visible vapor is released, but no tobacco smoke. Some e-cigarettes also contain a light-emitting diode in the tip that glows when the user puffs, to resemble the burning end of a cigarette. The nicotine content of the cartridge varies; the cartridges can be refilled, and refill bottles are provided with the device.

Who uses e-cigarettes?

E-cigarettes have the potential to be at least as effective as currently approved nicotine replacement therapy (NRT) products, none of which deliver nicotine to the lung. In addition, the similarities in shape, actions and inhalation between e-cigarettes and tobacco cigarettes could also help smokers quit.

However, as there are no data to support the manufacturers' claims that e-cigarettes help smokers quit, the World Health Organization asked the companies not to make any therapeutic claims. If they claimed that e-cigarettes help smokers quit, manufacturers would be subject to the legislation and regulation that applies to NRT products. In order to avoid this, some e-cigarettes are now marketed for enjoyment, or as devices that enable smokers to "smoke" everywhere, including smoke-free places. Nonetheless, some distributors present their products as an alternative to tobacco smoking, more or less implicitly suggesting that e-cigarettes can be used to aid smoking cessation.

Taken from Etter, J. F. (2010). Electronic cigarettes: A Survey of users: BioMed Central Public Health, 10. doi: 10.1186/1471-2458-10-231.


Dr. Harry Djunaidi (institutional and market research) is the author of a new book, Institutional Research Intelligence: Go Beyond Reporting, recently published and available at Harry’s book is the only one ever written about education analytics which lays the foundation and discusses the reasons why U.S. colleges should adopt new paradigms and intensify the applications of these new paradigms and tools in the midst a changing environment.

Dr. Courtney DeMayo (history) organized the fall meeting of the Ohio Medieval Colloquium, which Heidelberg on campus hosted on Oct. 26. About a dozen medievalists and early modernists presented research on a variety of topics, including Courtney’s Education Reconsidered: Learning in Northern France, ca. 1000 and The Private Writ Public: Isabella Whitney’s Verse Epistles to Her Family by Dr. Emily Isaacson (English). Scholars attended from Columbus State Community College, Ohio Northern University, Elmira College, The Ohio State University, Stark State College and the University of Toledo.

Dr. Michele Castleman, Dr. Kristen Williams and Annie Almekinder (School of Education) presented Game on!: Online Games Teachers Should Know About during the Oct. 17 conference of the Ohio Confederation of Teacher Educator Organizations in Columbus. The conference theme was e-Education: Innovations and New Directions in P-20 Teaching and Learning.