Nota Bene - Vol. 18 Issue 7

Nota Bene

Vol. 18 Issue 7 - Nov 15, 2013

On Veterans Day, Heidelberg honors’ service, sacrifice

Veteran Day at Heidelberg University

In the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Heidelberg honored the service and sacrifices of veterans during an annual observance planned and conducted by Student Senate. It was a doubly significant day for Heidelberg, which celebrated Founders Day on Monday as well.

President Rob Huntington set the tone for the ceremony with his opening remarks that expressed “gratitude, respect and honor” for the 22 million veterans. “Because of their patriotism and love of country, they have been willing to serve and sacrifice for a common goal,” he said.

Dr. Daryl Close, a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War, was this year’s keynote speaker. He reflected on his experiences as a young soldier – a member of the 101st Airborne Division – after arriving for his deployment. He shared stories of comrades helping each other simply to survive. “Every member of the military will tell you similar stories of helpfulness and tricks to survival,” Daryl said.

“This day was dedicated to the cause of world peace,” Daryl said. “That surely is the most noble of all civic actions.” He praised the U.S. all-volunteer armed forces, calling service “a most admirable action.”

Those in attendance also heard from Jim Roberts, a member of the United Veterans Council. “There are no words to express our thanks to Heidelberg (for providing the service),” he said.

Roberts and his WVC comrades conducted a 21-gun salute, followed by the playing of Taps to conclude the ceremony.

Board extends president’s contract

The Board of Trustees has announced that, in accordance with terms of President Rob Huntington’s 2104-18 employment agreement, his contract has been extended an additional year to 2019.

In making the announcement, Board Chair Sondra G. Libman explained that Rob was given a rolling contract designed to automatically turn into another five-year contract at the end of the first year and every year thereafter. As a result, the new contract has been extended to June 2019. Sondra said she looks forward to many more such extensions.

“Significant progress is ongoing among the board, President Huntington and the entire Heidelberg community,” Sondra said. “We want to continue to collaborate to help Heidelberg rise. As we nurture this relationship, Heidelberg will achieve its goals to provide distinctive learning opportunities and build engaging personal relationships that lead to lifetime successes for our graduates.”

International Week features
ambassador, workshop

Heidelberg will observe International Education Week, a joint initiative by the U.S. Departments of State and Education, with several events next week:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 11 a.m., Rickly Chapel -- Dr. Mohammad J. Mahallati, presidential scholar in Islamic studies at Oberlin College, will present Friendship: A Better Metaphor for International Relations

Mahallati was the Iranian ambassador to the United Nations from 1987-89 and worked on the U.N. Security Council Resolution 598 to end the violence between Iraq and Iran that began with the Iraq-Iran War in September 1980. He will share that experience and present ideas from his current research, which involves the ethics of friendship in Muslim cultures and examines cultural and traditional factors that could be utilized in modern interfaith and international relations.

  • Tuesday, Nov. 19, 7-9 pm., Herbster Chapel – Dr. Susan McCafferty will lead a Conflict Resolution Workshop

Susan will provide students and guests with tools to resolve conflicts. She will be assisted by students from her spring semester Honors course, Strategies in Negotiation. Through the use of role-play, participants can practice skills which can carry over to their own interpersonal conflicts.

These events are being made possible through a grant from the U.S Institute of Peace to the Office of International Affairs & Studies, Religious Life and the Political Science Department.

The campus also is invited to the annual International Dinner at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, in Wickham Great Hall (see above).

For more information on any of these events, contact Julie Arnold at

Language immersion: Student
learns Arabic in one year

Jacob Thompson is a fast learner. A senior Honors student, Jacob picked up a new language in less than a year, and it wasn’t an easy one to learn.

Jacob Thompson at Heielberg University

Thanks to a scholarship from the U.S. State Department, Jacob is now one of nearly 300 million people worldwide who speak fluent Arabic. To qualify for the Critical Language Scholarship Program, he had to have one year’s worth of language instruction. Through the scholarship program, he followed that with a boot camp of sorts, traveling to Tangier, Morocco, for eight weeks in the summer for the ultimate language immersion program.

“We had to sign a contract that we would only speak Arabic while we were there,” said Jacob, a political science major who will complete his Heidelberg coursework in December. “Trying to maintain the language pledge was tough.”

To prepare for the program, Jacob spent the fall semester a year ago in Washington, D.C., completing a Secret Service internship, taking Arabic language courses at George Washington University and studying with a private tutor, all in preparation for his travel to Tangier.

Read about Jacob’s preparations and experiences.

Senior Honors students
to give final presentations

Jacob Thompson will be among the senior Honors students who will make their final presentations on Tuesday, Dec. 3 and Wednesday, Dec. 4. The presentations both days will be from 3-4:30 p.m. in Herbster Chapel.

Students and the titles of their presentations are as follows:

  • Danielle Howard -- Religion and Sexuality: The Differing Views on How Sexuality is Viewed and Defined within Christianity and Hinduism
  • Jacob Thompson -- Where’s My Spring? An Examination of the Arab Spring in Morocco
  • Emily Jones -- Social Media and the Arab Spring #RealTalk
  • Amber Welfle -- There’s an App for That
  • Caitlin Purk -- Wellness in the Workplace
  • Taylor Stoll -- Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse: Escapism, Fantasy Proneness and Political Attitudes Compared to the Popularity of Zombies
  • Taylor Rambo -- You Mean I Have to Talk to Parents?! Strategies for Parent Involvement for Preservice Teachers
  • Kearstin Bailey -- People: The Landscape of the American West as Portrayed by Richard Avedon & Compared to John Steinbeck
  • Rebecca Dickinson -- Ohio Museums: What Have They Faced, What Have They Changed and Will They Survive?
  • Melissa Flowers -- The Future of Catholic Liturgical Music
  • Sebastian Williams -- Demystifying God with Individualism
  • Eric Gobel -- The Return of Martin Guerre: From History to His Story
  • Lauren Stainbrook -- Synthesis and Extraction of Chemical Derivatives for Perfume Development
  • Katharine Murphy“Science is the Search for Truth”: Use of DNA in the Criminal Court System
  • Jackie Stanziano -- Shakespeare Transformed: Women’s Changing Roles and their Societal Realities
  • Jessica Reed -- Unrelenting Norse: The Influence of Norse Mythology on the Making of Skyrim


Cadaver ceremony honors sacrifices

Cadaver Ceremong at Heidelberg University

Biology major Brittany Labry lights a candle during the second annual Cadaver Appreciation Ceremony in Herbster Chapel Nov. 11. The ceremony, planned by Dr. Pam Faber’s Advanced Anatomy students, was held to acknowledge the selflessness and sacrifices of those who have donated their bodies for scientific research, and to show appreciation for their contributions to enhance student learning. Lauren Stainbrook provided an introduction, Brittany Mattern provided a history of the program, Lauren Brown explained how the cadavers are used in Heidelberg’s lab and Brittany, Kiara Almendinger and Pam gave testimonials about the impact of using cadavers in the lab.

School of Music to welcome
pianist Zsolt Bognar

Pianist Zsolt Bognár’s performances have been called a thing of beauty, luminous, complex, extraordinary and authentic. On Nov. 23, he will bring his romantic piano performance to Heidelberg as the 2013 Montague Distinguished Artist. The concert is at 7 p.m. in Brenneman Music Hall and is free and open to the community.

Bognár’s program is titled Beethoven and Schubert in Vienna and will include Three Pieces by Schubert and Beethoven’s Sonata No. 6 in F Major, Opus 10 No. 2 and Sonata No. 21 in C Major (Waldstein).

Bognár’s performances in America, Europe and Asia have received rave reviews. With recent debut performances in Los Angeles, New York, Chicago, Munich, Brussels, Vienna and Tokyo, he has released his first CD album of the works of Schubert and Liszt this year.

Recipient of the 2007 Arthur Loesser Prize, Bognár is frequently invited to perform chamber music with members of the Cleveland Orchestra and for live NPR broadcast. Especially noted for his insights in the works of Beethoven, Schubert and Russian repertoire, he is the winner of numerous international piano competitions in America and in Europe. He hosts of Living the Classical Life, a documentary film series of interviews with musicians from around the world.

On faculty at the Aurora School of Music, Bognár has also been involved in technology-integrated distance-learning projects for children, and community service musical outreach as part of his goal to make classical music accessible to as many people as possible. Also very active in new music ensembles, Bognár has premiered works by award-winning young composers. He completed his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at the Cleveland Institute of Music and is frequently invited to perform chamber music with the Cleveland Orchestra.

O’Reilly, students in St. Louis

O'reilly Students - Heidelberg University

Dr. Marc O’Reilly attended the annual International Studies Association-Midwest Conference in St. Louis last weekend, accompanied by students Emily Jones, Kearstin bailey, Zach Myers, Deidre McVay, AJ Lacefield, Alex Wilhelm, Colin Higgins and Megan Honaker. Emily and Marc co-presented a paper titled From Upstart to Partisan To?: Qatar Under Emirs Hamad and Tamim. Additionally, Marc served as a discussant on a paper titled Identity, Interests and Power in Palestine and participated in a session titled Job Seekers’ Café.

‘Dress for Success’ collection
sees its own success

Paul Stark’s Honors Service Learning and Civic Engagement class experienced a measure of success of its own when students organized and collected business-appropriate clothing and accessories to support a national program, Dress for Success.

In all, the class collected 191 articles of women's clothing, eight pairs of shoes, a box of scarves, gloves and cosmetics and two bags of men’s clothing and ties.

Currently, the items are being packaged and soon will be on their way to the Le Flair Boutique in the Dublin Plaza and Dress for Success’s Columbus headquarters.

Julie Hollywood

Education majors at national conference

Dr. Julie O’Reilly participated in the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Faculty Seminar this week in Los Angeles. This photo of Julie with a Johnny Carson statue was taken in the Academy's Hall of Fame Plaza in North Hollywood. Word has it that in between conference sessions, she also had the opportunity to hold an actual Emmy award, sit in on a taping of Arsenio Hall’s show and tour Warner Brothers Studios.

A message of thanks
from Terry Magers, family

Following the recent passing of her husband Chris after a long battle with cancer, Terry Magers has sent the following message of appreciation to her friends and colleagues at Heidelberg for the community’s support:

To the Heidelberg Community,

I would like to take this time to thank all who have supported Chris and me through our journey. Everyone here meant so much to Chris. He would say how great it was to know we had the support we had. With his passing, I have found even more of that

To all who have been there for both of us and our family, I say thank you. Many have been more than generous to me and my family. I sincerely appreciate all the cards, support and monetary donations, making of the dishes for the memorial service, and especially, words of encouragement.

Chris’s journey has ended, but I know he is at peace and out of his pain now. Please know how appreciated all of it was. Love to all as we move on with our journey now.

Terry Magers, Christopher Magers Jr. and Ashley (Bernel) Magers

Zeta Theta Psi welcomed
as newest Greek society

Students and professor Bryan Smith

The women of Zeta Theta Psi have arrived! At a signing ceremony at Monday’s Greek Council meeeting, Heidelberg’s newest sorority became official. Here, the women pose with President Rob Huntington and one of their advisors, Nainsi Houston, tucked in the back row. The Zetas have adopted the colors of crimson and silver and the motto We rise from the depths, immovable, an eternal knot of fire. The group strives to empower women, inspire confidence and encourage a well-rounded college experience. Congratulations, Ladies!

Speech Team off to
fantastic start

Heidelberg's Speech Team had great success Nov. 2 at Marietta College's Ruth Wilcox Memorial Tournament. The team, which is comprised completely of novice members, brought home trophies in four events.

Colin Higgins and Dinah Adams were the tournament champions in Duo Interpretation and also received accolades as the top novice duo. Dinah placed fifth in Informative Speaking. Bethany Beavers earned both second place in After Dinner Speaking and top novice honors. Christy Hamman rounded out the team’s efforts by placing third in Informative Speaking.

The Speech Team, coached by Dan Higgins, competes in a tournament in Bowling Green Saturday.

A tree for Archie

Faculty, staff and former colleagues of Thomas braved chilly temperatures on Nov. 8 to dedicate a tree in honor of the late communication professor and father of WHEI Radio. Here, Dr. Gary Dickerson talks about the many contributions Archie made to Heidelberg and specifically, the CTA Department. The tree is planted behind the Media Communication Center.

EX members to host
fundraiser at Bob Evans

Members of the Excelsior Men’s Society invite the campus community to dine at Bob Evans on Thursday, Nov. 21. A portion of that day’s sales will be directed to the Exes through the restaurant’s Community Fun Night program.

Those who dine at Bob Evans on that day between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. should present the Community Fun Night flyer to their cashier to qualify for the fundraiser. Look for the flyers around campus, at Bailiwick’s or the Tiffin-Seneca Public Library.

Contact Jacob Belko at for additional information.

A Heidelberg Christmas
returning to Ritz Theatre

Christmas at the Ritz - Heidelberg University

For the third year, A Heidelberg Christmas will return to the Ritz Theatre for the Performing Arts.

Mark your calendar for 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 8, and plan to attend this traditional holiday concert featuring the University-Community Chorus under the direction of Dr. Daniel Clark, the Concert Choir under the direction of Dr. Greg Ramsdell and the Chamber Winds under the direction of Dr. John Owen.

All ensembles and guest soloists performing excerpts from Handel’s Messiah, including the Hallelujah chorus and other seasonal favorites

All Heidelberg faculty, staff and students are invited, free of charge. General admission is $10, seniors $8 and other students with ID, $6.

Contact the School of Music at x2073 for additional information.

Dance Team members
attend convention

Students and professor Bryan Smith

Dance Team members Nicki Brose, Haylie Robinson, Courtney DeGroat and Ed Louloudis and advisor Melissa Nye recently attended a two-day Showstoppers dance convention in Sandusky, learning dances from renowned choreographers. The team learned several dances from choreographers who have danced and worked with Britney Spears, N'Sync and Michael Jackson, on Broadway, in movies and TV shows such as Glee, High School Musical and So You Think You Can Dance. The dance team members plan to bring the choreography back to the group to perform some of the dances at Heidelberg home basketball game half-times. There are 12 dance team members on the team this year who are excited to promote school spirit on campus and provide quality entertainment at the games.


Dr. Doug Collar (Honors, English) recently attended the National Collegiate Honors Council annual conference in New Orleans. While there he participated in a meeting of the Principia Consortium which included a report on the University of Glasgow semester from Dr. Michael Cooley, founder and chair of the Principia program. The Heidelberg Honors Program is the sole point of entry in the state of Ohio for the Principia Glasgow semester.

Dr. Julie Green (School of Education) attended the Council for Exceptional Children Teacher Education Division Conference in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Nov. 5-9. While in attendance, Julie co-authored a presentation titled Building Culturally Responsive Teachers Through YouthBuild. Her co-author was Dr. Katherine Robbins-Hunt, an assistant professor at Edinboro University.

Following the publication of her book this summer, Dr. Julie O'Reilly (CTA) was invited by to submit her selections for a Top 10 of Supernaturally Powerful Female Characters on Television; her list can be seen here. Julie also was recently interviewed/quoted by Chuck Barney of the San Jose Mercury News; the article appears here

Dr. David Bush (anthropology) led a power point presentation for the Trinity United Church of Christ' Keenagers group on Nov. 7. The presentation was on recent finds at the Johnson's Island Civil War Prison site. He also presented an evening program on Nov. 12 to the Northeast Ohio Civil War Roundtable on prison life within the Johnson's Island Civil War prison.

From Stoner Health Center:
November is American Diabetes Month

One of the primary objectives of American Diabetes Month is to raise awareness and understanding of diabetes, its consequences, management and prevention of type 2 diabetes. Diabetes is a group of diseases characterized by high blood glucose levels that result from defects in the body's ability to produce and/or use insulin.

About diabetes
The two most common are type 1 diabetes and type 2 diabetes.

In type 1 diabetes, the body does not produce insulin. Insulin is a hormone that is needed to convert sugar, starches and other food into energy needed for daily life. Only 5% of people with diabetes have this form of the disease.

If you have type 2 diabetes your body does not use insulin properly. This is called insulin resistance. At first, your pancreas makes extra insulin to make up for it. But, over time it isn't able to keep up and can't make enough insulin to keep your blood glucose at normal levels.

Importance of lowering your risk

Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause serious problems. It can damage your eyes, kidneys, and nerves. Diabetes can also cause heart disease, stroke and even the need to remove a limb.

A blood test can show if you have diabetes. Exercise, weight control and sticking to your meal plan can help control your diabetes. You should also monitor your glucose level and take medicine if prescribed.

Information Taken from American Diabetes Association

Beeghly Library NewsBits

Thanksgiving holiday hours

Beeghly Library will observe the following schedule during the Thanksgiving break:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 26 – 8 a.m.-5 p.m.
  • Wednesday-Saturday, Nov. 27-30 – Closed
  • Sunday, Dec. 1 – 6-11 p.m.

Regular hours resume on Monday, Dec. 2.

Food for fines

Beeghly Library’s annual Food for Fines event runs through Nov. 26. Anyone who brings in a non-perishable food item for each of their fines will get those fines cut in half. This includes both Heidelberg and OPAL/OhioLINK fines. The remainder of the fine must be paid when we cut it in half. All food will be donated to the Salvation Army food pantry.

Eye on Athletics

Men’s Soccer
Heidelberg men’s soccer closed out the 2013 season with a 3-2 loss to Mount Union in the quarterfinals of the OAC Tournament. Junior midfielder Hamid Shariff was honored with Midfielder of the Year and a first team All-OAC selection. Senior defender Erik Furst closed out his career with a first-team All-OAC selection as freshman Kyle Boone and sophomore Chris Koczak were named All-OAC honorable mention.

Women’s Soccer
Senior goalkeeper Molly Schriber ended her career at Heidelberg with an All-OAC second-team selection. The All-OAC honor makes the first of her career. Molly accumulated more than 4,300 minutes between the post and 355 saves. In 2013, she collected 139 saves to lead the OAC.

The Berg volleyball team fell short of an OAC Tournament title but found themselves on top of the OAC regular season standings once more as they claimed their fifth OAC regular season championship. The Student Princes season ended in the tournament finals with a 3-0 loss to Mount Union, the only team to beat the Berg in the regular season.

Senior Amber Welfle claimed OAC Player of the Year honors, along with a first-team selection, to bring her distinguished career to a close, while freshman Sarah Parker and senior Alexa Frank were named second team and honorable mention, respectively. Decorated head coach Jason Miller took home OAC Coach of the Year honors for the third time in his 14-year career following the Berg’s 8-1 conference record.

The Berg’s gridiron gladiators will bring the 2013 regular season to a close on Saturday as they travel to Berea to battle the Yellow Jackets of Baldwin Wallace University. The Berg has dropped its last two contests, 44-34 at home against Mount Union and 48-7 on the road to John Carroll, and stands at 7-2 on the season.

Cross Country
On the heels of an OAC Championship, senior Sophie Goobic and the rest of the women’s and men’s cross country team will travel to Grand Rapids, Mich., to compete in the 2012 NCAA Regionals for the chance to punch a ticket to the NCAA Championships in Hanover, Ind., the following weekend.

Sophomore 133-pounder Colin McDermitt claimed an individual championship at the Washington and Jefferson Invitational on Saturday, Nov. 9, making him the first ‘Berg individual champion of the 2013-14 season. Following the Berg’s first home dual match against Olivet College and head coach and former Heidelberg assistant Brandon Brissette, the Student Princes will host the College of Mount St. Joseph on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m.