Thursday, January 22, 2015

BW Wrestler's Inspiring Story Featured in NCAA Video

The inspiring story of BW junior education major and wrestler Jesse Gunter is the focus of a recent NCAA video which showcases the student-athlete's quest to fight his way to the top despite being legally blind.

The video shows how Gunter, a motivated and dedicated wrestler, who was born blind in one eye and ninety percent blind in the other eye, has wrestled his way to high heights, placing third in the 2014 NCAA Division III National Championships, earning Division III All-American honors and an impressive sophomore wrestling record of 34-5.

It also features Gunter's parents and his coaches who have been inspired by the Yellow Jacket's ambition to be the best.

Gunter is presently competing in his third season of wrestling at BW, on track to earn his third varsity letter and more as one of the top ranked Division III wrestlers in the country. 

Empowering Experience in D.C.

They connected with a White House correspondent, marveled at the monuments, and noshed with notables. And learned what it means to be successful in Washington, D.C.

“Having the opportunity to speak with powerful and influential women to learn what they do and about the challenges they face was an eye-opening experience,” said Jenna Burnett ‘14, one of 13 students who traveled to the nation’s capital last semester with Dr. Barbara Palmer (political science) as part of her “Women, Politics, and the Media” class.

The students had a robust two-day schedule that included attending a dinner party at the home of Susannah Wellford, founder and president of Running Start, where they met Betty Sutton, administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp.; Katie Vlietstra, treasurer of Women Under Forty PAC; Sarah Simmons, vice president at Neilson; and David Wasserman, US House analyst with the Cook Political Report.

The following day they visited the Office of Representative Marcy Kaptur and met with her staff; had lunch at the National Press Club with Angela Greiling Keane, White House correspondent for Bloomberg News; and went to the studios of PBS’ "To the Contrary" to meet with host Bonnie ErbĂ©.

Students called the experience “empowering,” “amazing,” and the best kind of learning experience: linking what they did in the class room to the real world.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Grad Featured as "Millennial Expert" in Forbes Article

Author and career coach Antoine Moss, PhD. '05 was asked to weigh in on the generation now entering the job market for a "Forbes" article, "What Millennials And Their Leaders Must Know To Succeed" --published shortly before he will begin sharing his knowledge back on campus later this semester.

The BW grad majored in criminal justice with a minor in psychology, going on to receive his doctorate degree from Cleveland State University at the age of 28. Specializing professionally in helping young college graduates to secure job placement in their dream jobs, Moss offered "Forbes" insight on the Millennial mindset and provided tips on developing workplace leadership tailored to helping the new generation succeed.

"[T]ry to understand millennials [generally those who were born in the 1980s and 1990s] in an effort to understand the ways they can help your company grow," Moss gave as one key piece of advice: "Work towards problem-seeking solutions."

Moss will be bringing his expertise back to the BW community this year, joining the Advisory Committee for the Political Science Department and serving as a guest speaker in a political science class taught by Dr. Tom Sutton.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Students and Faculty Win Kennedy Theatre Festival Honors

BW Theatre students attending the KCACTF in Cleveland’s PlayhouseSquare
BW students took home several honors at the recent Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival Region 2. More than 1,200 theatre students, faculty and professionals from nine states attended the festival, swarming venues at PlayhouseSquare in Cleveland, the country’s largest performing arts center outside of New York.

Joey Corradi ’16, a theatre-acting major, was nominated to participate in the Irene Ryan Acting Competition for his performance in ROMEO & JULIET. Out of 236 nominated actors, he made it to the final round of 16 and was honored with the Festival’s Classical Acting Award. His scene partner was Kelsey Baehrens '17, and BW Theatre & Dance Department chair, Adam Heffernan, was his acting coach.

Dayne Sundman ’15 a theatre-stage management major, and Brandon Romano ’15, an English major/theatre minor, were named as first alternates for the Institute in Theatre Journalism and Advocacy Award. Dayne and Brandon attended all the invited productions during the festival and wrote reviews under the guidance of The Plain Dealer's Andrea Simakis and region faculty.

Additional honors that were announced prior to the opening of the festival include a Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Directing to Adam Heffernan for BW's production of ROMEO & JULIET and a Certificate of Merit for Excellence in Costumes to the ROMEO & JULIET costume team of Charlotte Yetman (Faculty/Costume Designer), Melanie Boeman (Costume Shop Manager) and theatre major Molly Huey ’16 (Assistant to the Designer).
Adam Heffernan, Joey Corradi '16 and Kelsey Baehrens '17 in the Ohio Theatre at Playhouse Square

Thursday, January 15, 2015

BW Alumni Honored with Impact Award

Award recipients including Adam Sheldon and Justin Caithaml, back row, right
Two BW alumni were among the recent honorees at the 5th Annual Morgan Impact Awards honoring individuals and organizations impacting areas of mental health, education and arts

More than 350 guests were on hand at the Northeast Ohio Medical University Education and Wellness Center as Adam Sheldon ’11, MBA ’12 and Justin Caithaml '14 were presented the Award for Education for the development of "unique methods using creative arts to enhance academic performance" with the BW student-run program, Shaping Music And Reading Together (SMART)."

Recognizing the need for pre-service educators to have authentic teaching experiences in diverse settings, and with the support of their Baldwin Wallace University professors, peers and administration, they formed a partnership with Akron Public Schools to craft a student-led urban teaching initiative. "SMART students learn about different cultures through story exploration, movement, and music creation."

You can see the program in action in the video the Impact Awards on SMART.

Monday, January 5, 2015

BW Business Dean Weighs in for Crain's 2015 Predictions

"A continuing resurgence" is what BW School of Business Dean John Lanigan sees in greater Cleveland's future. Lanigan is among the Northeast Ohio leaders tapped by Crain's Cleveland to share "hopes, concerns and expectations" in a special Crain's “Predictions 2015” section in the business weekly.

Lanigan expects advanced manufacturing and 'everything bio' — biotech, bioenergy, biomedical, etc. — to be hot in 2015 and says improving education, with a focus on STEM (science, technology, education and math), is key to sustaining the economic momentum in Northeast Ohio. Given that momentum, especially in downtown Cleveland, Lanigan also believes the region should be laser focused on developing the hospitality industry.

“People throughout the rest of the country are starting to recognize Northeast Ohio has a lot to offer visitors," Lanigan told Crain's. "Although the RNC isn’t until 2016, 2015 is a critical year to prove the city is ready for the convention. This will be an absolute showcase for the entire region. All the preparation for the convention is critical.”

For a wider look at the challenges, and opportunities on the 2015 landscape, don't miss "Economic Insights: Global, National, Regional," a panel discussion headlined by local and international experts on Wednesday, January 28 at BW's Center for Innovation and Growth (CIG).

The event, presented by the Baldwin Wallace School of Business and the BW MBA Association, is free, but space in limited and advance registration is strongly encouraged.

Composer In Residence Wins Composition Prize

BW's Composer in Residence and music professor, Dr. Clint Needham, has been awarded the 2014 Walter Beeler Memorial Composition Prize from Ithaca College. Needham's Concerto for Wind Ensemble, written for and premiered by the BW Symphonic Wind Ensemble and conducted by Dwight Oltman (now retired), was one of 90 entries in this bi-annual wind ensemble/ concert band composition contest.

It's the latest recognition for Needham, who has received numerous awards in his still young career and has had many pieces published and performed by symphonic bands and orchestras around the globe. You can listen to an excerpt of Concerto for Wind Ensemble on Needham's SoundCloud page, where you'll find excerpts from some of his other acclaimed compositions.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

BW Alum Spreading Joy Through Ice Cream

BW grad and current MBA student, Marissa Flynn '07,  is looking for flavor makers, taste testers and crowd funders as the entrepreneur works to open her "Ice Cream Joy" shop. Flynn has launched a crowdfunding campaign through Indiegogo, a website that helps entrepreneurs raise money to fund their dreams. The "Ice Cream Joy" Indiegogo allows supporters to preorder ice cream, to receive perks like shirts, totes and an ice cream party, and to develop their own ice cream flavors.

Ice Cream Joy is already on the menu at Susy’s Soup in Cleveland's Tower City. The money raised through Indiegogo will go toward installing a kitchen at the new Ice Cream Joy location in Lakewood.

Flynn, who earned her undergraduate degree in accounting,  says her artisan ice cream is made using local milk, cream and fresh fruit. Vegan options are also offered and no preservatives are used in any of the flavors.

Some of Flynn’s ice cream creations include sweet basil pine nut, cinnamon, mojito and vegan dark chocolate. Flynn also welcomes taste testers who, if interested, can sign up on her Indiegogo page.

Flynn’s goal is to raise $15,000 by December 24, 2014.  

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

BW Talent Tops 2014 Cleveland Critics Circle Awards

Eight BW students, alumni and faculty are among the winners in this year's Cleveland Critics Circle Awards and the critics singled out BW's Music Theatre Department for special recognition. The “Best of” and “Superior Achievement” awards "recognize outstanding Cleveland area productions, performers, directors and designers who contributed to the professional theater scene during the 2014 season."

The Great Lakes Theater production of LES MISÉRABLES garnered Best Musical, Best Director for BW Music Theatre director Victoria Bussert, and Superior Achievement in Acting for BW alumna Claire Howes Eisentrout '13, and current students Kyle Jean Baptiste '15 and Keri Rene Fuller '15.

Also in the Musical category, the BW and Beck Center for the Arts collaboration on CARRIE: THE MUSICAL produced Best Actress recognition for Caitlin Houlahan '14 and a Best Choreographer nod for Gregory Daniels, head of BW's dance program, plus a Superior Achievement in music direction for Nancy Maier.

BW Music Theatre Chair, Scott Plate also picked up awards as Best Actor in a Non-Musical for SEMINAR and Superior Achievement in Directing for ‘NIGHT MOTHER," both at Beck Center.

The critics also chose to present "Special Recognition" to the Baldwin Wallace University Music Theatre Program "for producing an outstanding number of Broadway theater cast members."
Caitlin Houlahan '14 (center kneeling as Carrie) won the 2014 Clevelnd Critics Circle Award for Best Actress, Musical

Monday, December 15, 2014

BW Experiences Help Shape Grad's State Department Career

Coniam in one of the State Department's
original diplomatic reception rooms
Kimberly Coniam ’07, a Foreign Affairs Officer for the Office of Missile Defense and Space Policy at the U.S. Department of State in Washington D.C., is thriving in an amazing career in national security and space policy, traveling the world from South Africa to Vietnam, working to improve the security of outer space.

A graduate with majors in both political science and international studies, Coniam says she first became passionate about national security writing her first academic research paper for a class taught by Dr. Morales-Ortiz. Coniam says this experience eventually led to a yearlong internship at the U.S. Department of State where she was able to apply her research to real world situations.

Participating in BW's Model UN and studying various international organizations also helped the Berea, Ohio native to further develop an interest in foreign affairs. "I can better navigate in an often challenging multilateral setting because of those experiences," she says.

Visiting the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency outside Tokyo
Coniam, who also earned a master's degree at Indiana University, says the opportunity to study abroad twice, first to China and then to Japan, not only reinforced her strong interest in U.S.-Asia relations, but also played an important role in her selection for the 18th class of Mansfield Fellows. The government fellowship program allowed her to work within the Japanese government for a year. "I know the adaptability and independence I gained from my study abroad opportunities contributed to my success."

Coniam adds that "the most crucial [factor] in shaping me and leading to my success" was the mentoring of Dr. Judy Krutky, who "pushed me to always expand my interests, try new things, and never settle; under her instruction, I was taught that it is important to try something new and do something unexpected, and that often these new experiences will be the most rewarding."

Thursday, December 11, 2014

BW V.E.T.S Collect Donations for Troop Care Packages

Members of BW V.E.T.S. with donated supplies

Members of the BW V.E.T. S. organization (Veterans Engaged Through Service), a group that focuses on enhancing the lives of military veterans attending BW through engagement in volunteer opportunities, recently collected donations for troop care packages. Donation boxes were distributed around campus for the collection of baby wipes, foot powder, sunscreen, bug spray, cough drops, gum, candy, disposable razors, white tube socks, travel-size deodorant, and movies.

The Ladies Auxiliary of the Post 91 American Legion at Coe Lake was also involved in the operation, shipping the donated items to U.S troops stationed in Iraq, Germany, and the Veterans in Wade Park, Va.

BW Advancement Officer Earns AFP Fundraising Executive Award

Tim McCormick, Debbie Miller (center) and Julie Johnson at the AFP Awards Ceremony
Deborah S. Miller, Senior Advancement Officer at Baldwin Wallace University, earned the Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award from the Association of Fundraising Professionals of Greater Cleveland on National Philanthropy Day, an event dedicated to recognizing the contributions of philanthropy, as well as others within the giving community, whose altruism continues to better the world and the lives of others.

Miller has been in the development field for over 20 years. From major planned giving to board development, Miller has spearheaded and participated in many a philanthropy activities dedicated to the betterment of the community. Both "Cleveland Magazine" and "Inside Business" also recognized Miller and the other AFP award recipients for their good work.