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 newsnet5.com.

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 but 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."

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Student Research Featured in Hospital Video

Stephanie Darm '15, a communication disorders major at BW, is featured in the "Spotlight Video" in the current issue of the Akron Children's Research Pursuits newsletter.

In the video,  Darm appears with her mentor, Megan Cook, a researcher at the Family Children Learning Center.  The pair conducted research through the Summer Pediatric Research Scholars program (SPRS), looking into "the use of the LENA device to record and analyze the effect of preschool activities on language development."

Hear about Darm's research experience in her own words:

Crain's Recognizes BW Alumni For Business, Civic Contributions

Crain's Cleveland Business

Kate Bang MBA '12, Ryan Cross '97, Nichelle McCall '05, and Jennifer Piechowski '05 have been recognized in the 2014 Crain's Cleveland 40 Under 40. Now in it's 23rd year, Crain’s Forty under 40 program has recognized almost 900 honorees for their professional success and civic contributions. The 2014 event was held at the RED Space at Hotcards and had 350+ attendees.

Ryan Cross is presently the vice president and campaign director of institutional relations and development of University Hospitals; he also serves as a BW Trustee. Kate Bang is the employee benefits president of USI Insurance Services. Nichelle McCall is the CEO of Bold Guidance, and Jennifer Piechowski serves as the vice president of agency services of Key Bank.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Les Misérables Revolutionary Success with BW Involvement

Rave reviews have been rolling in for the Victoria Bussert-directed production of LES MISÉRABLES for the Great Lakes Theater. The show not only features BW's director of music theatre at the helm, but countless other BW students, alumni and faculty on stage and behind the scenes.

"[Bussert's LES MISÉRABLES] relies on performances rather than pyrotechnics, and it is glorious in its simplicity," Andrea Simakis of The Plain Dealer said, lauding the show overall as "rendered as exquisitely and passionately as a Monet brushstroke."

The review also recognizes the work of two more of BW's own in applauding the "hypnotic" choreography of Gregory Daniels, professor of dance, and the "bracingly realistic" set design of Jeff Hermann.

BW seniors Kyle Jean Baptiste and Keri René Fuller also received a highlight in the review for their powerful performances as Enjolras and Éponine, respectively. Other BW students/alumni in the ensemble include seniors Brandyn Day, Mickey Ryan, and Sam Wolfe, while BW alumni Laura Welsh Berg '05, Jodi Dominick '01, Clare Eisentrout '13, and Alex Syiek '13 add to the cast of 23.

In addition to reviews from the Akron Beacon Journal, Cleveland Scene, Roy Berko.info and AXS.com, the show also received top marks from the Idaho Statesman when it premiered at the Idaho Shakespeare Festival in July. LES MISÉRABLES continues its run at PlayhouseSquare's Hanna Theatre through November 9, with many performances sold out.

Friday, October 10, 2014

BW Professor Honored for Impact on the LGBT Community

Dr. Swagata Banik director of BW's public health program received recognition for "creating impactful, long-lasting change" in the LGBT community in the Cleveland area.

In celebration of National LGBT History Month, the City of Cleveland, Cleveland Community Relations Board, and the LGBT Community Center of Greater Cleveland honored Dr. Banik and three other leaders at the Sixth Annual Heritage Day at Cleveland City Hall this week. The event featured Cleveland Mayor Frank G. Jackson and Councilman Joe Cimperman.

Dr. Banik was recognized for his contributions to the betterment of the LGBT community in the area of Education & Social Services. His current research focuses on individual and environmental factors related to HIV health disparity in the United States and in India. Dr. Banik is the principle investigator on a National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded research grant on "IV Stigma Reduction among Health Care Providers."

Physics Professor Authors Problem-Solving Book for Teachers

Dr. Edwin Meyer, chair of BW's physics department, is expanding the reach of his philosophy that problem-solving is a pathway to lifelong career agility. Meyer has co-authored a new textbook for teachers, “Guide to Teaching Puzzle-Based Learning" and is now available from all major booksellers.

The book, published by textbook giant Springer, provides teaching strategies to encourage and expand the problem-solving and critical thinking capabilities of all students.

Having spent time as a corporate job recruiter in the past, Meyer believes that problem-solving is the key to success in any field and incorporates this idea into both his own courses and into the guide book: “By far the most marketable skill in the workplace today is the general ability to solve problems. That is, the ability to think creatively and intensely - about anything,” Meyer says.

At BW, in addition to his physics classes, Meyer teaches graduate and undergraduate problem-solving courses that include a timed Rubik's Cube challenge, thought-provoking puzzles and other other mental calisthenics. He also runs enrichment programs for high school students and had led workshops and seminars on problem-solving from New Jersey to Australia.

Meyer's publisher, Springer, has plans to translate the book into German and Japanese, as well.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

New Conductor Reimagines the Concert Going Experience

In advance of his debut concert as Director of Wind Ensembles at BW's Conservatory of Music, Brendan Caldwell was a guest on WCLV radio this week. Caldwell told host morning host Jacqueline Gerber that he approaches music as a tool to foster both musical and personal transformation for the musicians and the listener.

Caldwell says he employs “integrated listening" and an artistic process "deeply rooted in collaboration" to form unique partnerships with ensembles, soloists, composers, and audience members-- all with the aim of "re-imagining the concert going experience."

Caldwell has released a CD, Gypsy Radio and the Rock and Roll Consecration, that explores mindful listening, and he is currently in the process of finishing two books on the topic: The Conscious Conductor and The Buddha and Bruce Springsteen.

Audience members who attend his first BW concert in Gamble Auditorium this Friday, October 10, 2014 at 7 p.m. are also invited to enjoy a "Meet the Conductor" reception following the performance. Both events are free and open to the public. You can also listen to a replay of Caldwell's WCLV interview online at this link.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

BW Jazzed to Recognize Accomplished Conservatory Grad

Kevin Johnson ’12 will be the first guest artist and honoree at a newly developed annual concert event featuring a BW Conservatory of Music jazz emphasis alum. The inaugural event includes a solo performance at Cleveland’s Brothers Lounge on Saturday, Oct. 11.

Johnson holds a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from BW and is currently a second-year graduate student at Indiana University pursuing a degree in jazz studies.

During his time here at BW, Johnson helped to found our celebrated “BW Beatles,” serving as the Music Director of their Magical Mystery Tour and Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band concerts.

Since graduating, Johnson has been writing for the world's largest print music publisher, Hal Leonard Corporation, recently publishing The Beatles Session Parts, a collection of 20 songs, in score format, with the parts for string, woodwind, and brass session players, and Trumpet Aerobics, a 52-week one-exercise-a-day workout program for developing, improving, and maintaining trumpet technique.

Recent performance highlights include appearances with the Columbus Symphony, the Blossom Festival Band, and the Brent Wallarab Jazz Ensemble in New York City’s Jazz at Lincoln Center, accompanying Grammy award winning vocal jazz ensemble, The New York Voices.

Johnson’s composition, The Seventh Trumpet, was released on BW professor, Jack Sutte’s CD, Fanfare Alone. Johnson credits his studies with Sutte, Greg Banaszak and "the world-class education and opportunities he received at BW" for launching his successful career.

Broadcasting Grad to Moderate Panel at Music Fest

Tyler Freese ’13, will get the chance to help spread the word about the importance of college radio as he moderates a panel at CMJ Music Marathon during College Day.

The marathon, held October 21-25 in New York City, is billed as "the world’s largest festival for emerging music," featuring over 1,400 live performances from all around the world. College Day, specifically, promotes the importance of college radio in the music industry.

The panel Freese will lead, titled"Family Ties," will be a discussion of how college radio can be a connecting element for schools and communities. The former music director for BW's student-run station, WBWC is looking forward to meeting others with a passion for college radio:

“College radio is this awesome network of students and promoters from all over the country that are all working towards the exact same thing—getting awesome music out to everyone. CMJ is the one time where we really all come together.”

Freese, who completed his undergraduate at BW in broadcasting and mass communications, is currently a radio promoter for Co-sign, an agency working with musicians, record labels, and brands to develop artists and coordinate campaigns to promote their music.