Friday, October 31, 2014

BW Senior Wins Hottest Ticket in Town

With a little skill and a lot of luck, Bill Deighton '15 won the Go Pro Video: Half-Court Shot Contest, taking home a pair of tickets to the Cleveland Cavaliers home opener at Quicken Loans Arena, where Lebron James was making his return.

Cleveland's Sports Radio 92.3 The Fan hosted a contest at BW's Lou Higgins Center, challenging participants to make a basket from half-court for a chance to witness NBA history. Everyone who scored had their names put into a drawing for a pair of tickets to see Lebron James' first game back at the Q.

Deighton, who had no problem making the shot, also won the draw and the coveted tickets.

Thursday, October 30, 2014

BW Sophomore Helps to "Start Something" with Creative Design

The winning design in BW Blackstone Launchpad's
Fall 2014 "Start Something" Design Contest
Andrew Shackelford '17 was proclaimed the winner of Blackstone LaunchPad's Start Something T-Design Contest for his creative design that "captures the excitement and possibilities of entrepreneurship." Shackelford's winning design earned him a $200 gift card and two limited edition tees featuring his design.

Shackelford, an exercise science major with a nutrition minor, says he has enjoyed learning about entrepreneurship through Blackstone LaunchPad's workshops and thought this contest would be a good opportunity to get more involved with the program.

When he saw the fliers for the contest Shackelford says he knew that with his knack for problem solving and his sister's artistic talents, he could come up with and execute a winning design. Shackelford credits his sister with bringing his idea to life, saying "without her artistic ability, my idea wouldn't have been worth much at all."

Education Alumna Ready to Give Cleveland Kids a Head Start

BW School of Education alumna, Dr. Thea Wilson, was recently named Director of Head Start for the Council for Economic Opportunities in Greater Cleveland (CEOGC).

Wilson previously served as the Executive Director of Early Childhood Education for the Cleveland Metropolitan School District and as chair of Early Childhood at The Music Settlement. After graduating from BW, Wilson went on to earn her master's and doctorate degrees.

In an interview with Call & Post newspaper, Wilson said she seeks to engage children through education and believes it is the responsibility of early childhood educators to nurture their students, so they can develop better skills to use in the classroom.

"We can give them everything material we possibly can give them but that's not what children truly, truly want. They want you to be engaged with them," she said.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

BW Students First to Intern at North Coast Angel Fund

Michael Bacha '14 (left) and Filip Pinter '14 chat with an Angel Fund investor at Ariel International Center in Cleveland.
During their time at BW, Michael Bacha '14 and Filip Pinter '14, were given the unique opportunity to serve as the first-ever undergraduate interns for North Coast Angel Fund, which includes leading investors, entrepreneurs, and business leaders from across the region. The internship has given the pair an insiders' view into the world of angel fund investing. At North Coast, investors work toward the goal of "accelerating early-stage ventures" with a focus on industries like biosciences, advanced materials, electronics and controls, information technology, and energy and power/propulsion.

Professor Phil Bessler (left) regularly takes MBA students
to  Angel Fund meetings to soak up the investment
decision making process.
Professor Phillip Bessler of BW's School of Business, who also serves as director of the BW Business Clinic, has been taking BW graduate students to North Coast's monthly meetings for five years now, a unique opportunity as part of his topical seminar. Bessler describes North Coast as "a big part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Northeast Ohio."

Bacha said he gained interest in angel investing through Bessler's Business Plan Development course. The internship opportunity developed when Bessler shared the opportunity with the class and other BW entrepreneurship students and faculty.

BW's student Investment Club and Business Clinic also have a connection to North Coast. The two have partnered together to pool funds to invest in one of North Coast's promising funds.

Students Tackle Real-World Technology Challenges for OEC

Tyiler George ’15,  DeShawn Franklin ’15 and Cameron Cordes ’16 are ready to take on a project for EOConnection
Three BW students will be developing solutions for real-world technology challenges under an expanded BW partnership with technology employer OEConnection LLC, the parts e-commerce technology leader for OEM distribution networks.

Computer Science majors Cameron Cordes ’16, from Litchfield, Ohio, Tyiler George ’15, from Medina, Ohio and DeShawn Franklin ’15 from Maple Heights, Ohio are the first BW students to take part in the unique collaboration that will bolster OEC’s commitment to the development of technology talent and create an employment pipeline for students in BW's computer science and newly established software engineering major.
“OEC has been a tremendous advocate for technology education and has been working closely with BW to identify ways to prepare our students for the growing field of software development,” said Jodi Tims, chair of Math and Computer Science at BW.

Cordes, George and Franklin are taking on the inaugural project this fall, working as paid interns in BW’s Center for Innovation & Growth (CIG), under the supervision of computer science faculty, and in partnership with developers from OEC. Plans are to expand the partnership in 2015, to include semester and full academic year ‘capstone’ projects.

"It is a privilege to work with brilliant students such as DeShawn and Cameron, and gain valuable real-life experience," said George, expressing the students' appreciation for the internship. "We are honored and very thankful for the opportunity to work with OEConnection."

Read more on this technology partnership on the OEConnection website or at PRWeb.

ACFE Elects BW Business Professor to Board of Directors

Dr. Linda Chase of BW's Business Division has been elected to the Board of Directors of the Cleveland area chapter of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE). The world's largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education, ACFE works to reduce the incidence of fraud and white-collar crime particularly in the business world.

"When our faculty members take on leadership roles in professional organizations, they are exposed to the most current trends and leading edge thinking in their fields," said John Lanigan, Dean of BW's School of Business. "Our students benefit by learning more about the challenges and opportunities that companies are facing in an increasingly competitive global economy."

Dr. Chase has extensive experience in the business world, working with financial statement preparation and consolidation for both private industry and public accounting firms before joining BW as a full-time professor. She also is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in the state of Ohio and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE).

Monday, October 27, 2014

Men's Rugby Grows to League Powerhouse in Just Three Seasons

Following an undefeated league record in their inaugural 2013 season, the BW men’s rugby team has established themselves as a force in the Ohio Division III Rugby. According to the team's co-founder, Luke Berry '14, the team has been ranked as high as number 22 nationally out of the 325-member National Small College Rugby Organization. Not bad for a team that started two years ago on Klein field.

Back in 2012, Berry co-founded the club team with a small group of BW students who simply loved to play rugby. Before that, the "team" had consisted of a handful of students playing on Klein field, gradually garnering more and more interest in the sport. Berry said the team was truly legitimized once Brian Lewis and Marty Moran signed on as their “very experienced coaches.”

Once a fledgling club team scraping together funds for cheap uniforms and referees for scrimmages, the BW men’s rugby team now boasts an impressive record of success. In the current fall 2014 season, the BW rugby club carries a roster of 28 players, and has compiled a perfect 6-0 record with wins over Oberlin, Tiffin, Ashland, Cleveland State, John Carroll and Wright State.

The Yellow Jackets notched their 2nd straight Eastern Division Championship and earned a number 1 seed in the Great Lakes Cup Championship. BW will host the Great Lakes Cup on Nov. 8.

Friday, October 24, 2014

BW Professor Helps Create "Spooktacular" Performance
Heidi Glynias, left, with costumer Drue Murman -Photo
A dance ensemble will show off  "thrilling" choreography by Baldwin Wallace University dance professor Heidi Glynias preceding the Cleveland Orchestra's "Halloween Spooktacular: The Haunted Orchestra" this Sunday, October 26.

Dancers from Heidi's studio, The Dance Centre in Rocky River,  will be delivering the scares and the moves in a performance, titled "A Time to Thrill," based on Michael Jackson's quintessential "Thriller" music video.

Students in Heidi's hip hop class back at BW have been getting a sneak peak at the fun this week, learning pieces of the choreography from the upcoming Severance Hall show just in time for Halloween.,AAAAQBxUNqE~,xKBGzTdiYSSRqIKPsPdkNW3W_DNtPBTa
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"A Time to Thrill" will be featured as a part of the pre-concert family activities, beginning at 2 p.m., along with a spooky costume contest, hands-on instrument demonstrations, and more.

The Cleveland Orchestra Halloween Spooktacular: The Haunted Orchestra concert begins at 3 p.m. with tickets available online.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BW Students Plug into Politics at Candidates Forum

Baldwin Wallace students had a hand in promoting voter education in the run up to the November election. The BW Political Science Department and the League of Women Voters of Greater Cleveland co-hosted a free forum featuring Cuyahoga County Executive candidates, Republican Jack Schron and Democrat Armond Budish on October 15.

Student volunteers representing the College Democrats and College Republicans plugged into the event at Kulas Musical Arts Buildings working as ushers and screeners, collecting and sifting through audience questions for moderator Pam Smith to pose to the candidates. Broadcasting majors were on hand to support the WBWC, 88.3 The Sting live radio broadcast and the BWTV recording of the forum.

A recap in The Cleveland Plain Dealer noted that both candidates "sharpened their attacks" in their final joint meeting before election day. WTAM radio also covered the forum, noting "fireworks" over the battle on expanding voting rights.

The entire forum is available for replay on BOXCAST, starting about 8 minutes into the recording.
BW psychology and Spanish double major Rachel Szeles '17 of Canton and political science major Kevin Kaufhold '18 of Olmsted Township help League of Women Voters volunteers screen questions for issues of local relevance.

Monday, October 20, 2014

BW Professor Provides Insight into Synod on the Family

Dr. Alan Kolp, chair of BW's religion department, lent his insight to a Channel 5 News story on proposed new approaches to families in the Catholic Church. In advance of  the 2014 Synod on the Family, Roman Catholic Bishops issued an 11-page document calling for tolerance and understanding for gay and unmarried couples.

Kolp told Channel 5 that the language (which ultimately did not make it into the final report) does not change the core values of the church, but can lead to a change in the way church doctrine is implemented.

 "How do we apply that in a way that is understanding of people's real lives, a way that has sensitivity to it?," Kolp says. " That's why you have words such as listening, discerning."

For the full story, check out "Roman Catholic leaders call for tolerance and understanding" at

Music Theatre Students Rehearse with Tony Award Winner

Genna-Paige Kanago '15
BW music theatre students Julia Rose Hines '16 and Genna-Paige Kanago '15, who are double cast as "Cassie" in BW's production of A CHORUS LINE, received some some very elite coaching from the woman who earned a Tony Award for the role in 1976. Donna McKechnie, who starred as "Cassie" in Broadway's unprecedented box office and critical hit, was invited by BW's music theatre director Victoria Bussert to coach BW's cast, with special attention to the Cassie's.

Julia Rose Hines '16
Hines and Kanago were incredibly excited to have McKechnie's guidance for a weekend of rehearsals. McKechnie worked with them on the number, "The Music and the Mirror," the song that secured the Broadway veteran her Tony. The students say McKechnie can still "dance her butt off!"

Hines, who hails from North Kingsville, Ohio, has performed in several BW productions including Carrie and Carousel. Kanago, an Orlando, Fla. native, has starred in A Christmas Carol, Carrie and Follies. The students said working with a Broadway legend was "like a dream."

A Chorus Line runs from November 13-23 in the John Patrick Theater at Kleist Center for Art and Drama. Tickets are on sale at the Kleist box office and online.

Donna McKechnie rehearsing with Kanago '15 and Hines '16 for their roles as Cassie

Infectious Disease Lab puts BW Nursing Students in the Spotlight

BW ABSN student Ingrid Zibritovsky practices CDC protocol for donning personal protective equipment

BW’s nursing program is demonstrating leadership in providing proactive training on personal protection and infection prevention measures for nursing students. As the healthcare community in Northeast Ohio responded to the news that a nurse who contracted Ebola from a patient had recently traveled to and from the region, a timely lab for BW nursing students drew all four Cleveland television stations and National Public Radio (NPR) affiliates. Nursing director James Fell and the rest of BW's Accelerated Bachelor of Nursing (ABSN) program faculty quickly set up the special lab on Friday to prepare BW nurses-in-training.

Lab exercises reinforcing the proper sequence for putting on personal protective equipment, as well as CDC guidance for infection prevention, and control recommendations for hospitalized patients with known or suspected Ebola Virus Disease, were highlighted on NPR affiliates WCPN 90.3 ideastream and WKSU, and in televised reports on WEWS-Newschannel 5, WJW-Fox 8,  WKYC-TV,  WOIO/WUAB 19/43 and WVIZ-TV. The 19 Action News report was also aired in markets across the country including Atlanta, Cincinnati and Kansas City. A short version of the WCPN report also aired on NPR News, picked up by affiliates coast to coast.

Fell says BW is keeping up with the latest CDC guidance which is evolving in response to the Ebola cases in Texas. BW has ordered additional personal protective equipment to add to future protocol training, including face shields and neck protection. "Nurses are on the frontline of caring for these patients," Fell says. "It's critical that we equip them with the latest tools and knowledge to stay safe."