Thursday, April 17, 2014

Student Creativity Celebrated in The Mill

Graham by Erin Jesson '17
BW's English Department has published its annual literary and arts journal, The Mill, featuring art, photography, and creative writing by BW students. Editor-in-Chief Matt Gesicki '14 and the student editorial staff compiled the publication along with faculty advisers Dr. Sharon Kubasak and Dr. Michael Garriga.  

Echo by Robyn Spangler '14
The 2014 edition of The Mill celebrates works by Gesicki and the following students:

Erin Amschlinger, Luke Brett, Russell Brill, Nicole Campeotto, Jane Cooper, Cassie Corridoni, Andrew DiBacco, Talia DiRocco, Dominick Duda, Alexandra Farone, Ashley Hawley, Erin Jesson, Laura Lagania, Shaun O’Neill, Melina Papadopoulos, Lauren Pierce, Alexander Piotrkowski, Kayse Schmucker, Kailey Sherrick, Robyn Spangler, Rob Stammitti and Mary Beth Tweardy.
Ethereal by Cassie Corridoni '15

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

From BW English Major to 2nd in Command of the US Coast Guard

On the heels of an announcement by the White House that Vice Admiral Peter Neffenger '77 has been nominated for promotion to the number two post at the U.S. Coast Guard, the USCG Deputy Commandant for Operations came "home" to BW earlier this month.

Neffenger told a Plain Dealer reporter covering the visit that he arrived at BW without a career plan. "But 'I was exposed to a world of ideas,' then to the literal world abroad during a junior year in Europe."  That trip abroad was BW's first Humanities Year, the precursor to the Seminar in Europe program.

The newspaper also reported that "Neffenger returned to BW at his own expense because he was so eager to talk with students and faculty. Last year, he hosted two undergraduates, Sarah Brigadier and Charles Henderson, at the International Maritime Organization's biennial meeting in London."

The Chronicle Telegram newspaper also ran a story about the visit by this distinguished BW graduate under the headline, "Elyria native tapped for second-highest Coast Guard post visits Baldwin Wallace."

If confirmed buy the Senate, Neffenger's nomination to be the next vice commandant of the Coast Guard will take effect in May.

Cyber Defense Team Places Third in Regional Competition

At the 2014 Mid-West Regional Cyber Defense Competition, the Baldwin Wallace Cyber Defense Team took on 10 teams from nine different states and placed third. The competition, held at Moraine Valley Community College, featured some of the most difficult tasks in recent challenge history, and that made for an intense two-day contest according to faculty adviser and BW computer science professor Ken Atchinson.

BW advanced to the regionals by taking first place at the the Ohio Collegiate Cyber Defense Competition in February.

The competition involves building and defending a network of computers from professional hackers and completing network upgrades. This is the third time in four trips that BW has placed in the regional competition.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Elite Heptathlete Among the Best in the Nation

Baldwin Wallace University sophomore All-American long jumper Melanie Winters is proving herself as one of the nation's best NCAA Division III heptathletes.

Winters earned Division III All-Amercan accolades when she placed third in the long jump at the winter national championship meet. She also qualified in the 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles and five-event pentathlon and almost qualified on the high jump. Winters opted to compete in the three individual events for the opportunity to score points for her team.

In addition to earning All-America accolades, the sophomore English major was named as the US Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association Division III Great Lakes Region Athlete of the Year!

Read more about this exceptional student-athlete's accomplishments on the Yellow Jackets athletics website.

Winding Down a Celebrated Career

"My 39th festival will be my last," retiring Maestro Dwight Oltman told WCLV radio listeners during a preview of the BW's 82nd Bach Festival coming up April 25-27.

Oltman also chatted about the highlights of his 44 years at BW 's Conservatory of Music.  Alumni have been invited to celebrate the end of an era through the Bach Festival Alumni Choir and Orchestra and Wind Ensemble Alumni Reading sessions in April and May.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

BW Junior Wins Stilwell Scholarship

Amanda Feairheller '15 was recently awarded The Charles J. Stilwell Scholarship for her "outstanding performance in an internship." She interned at The Free Clinic of Greater Cleveland last fall as part of her participation in BW's Urban Semester Program.

Feairheller served as an HIV testing counselor for The Free Clinic's walk-in HIV testing program. She also worked with the Clinic's Syringe Exchange Program, one of only two in Ohio, as well as Project DAWN, which stands for Deaths Avoided With Naloxone).

"It was an honor to work with The Free Clinic and work on an issue that has devastated our community," said Feairheller. "It reminds me why I chose Public Health."

Feairheller is majoring in Public Health with a minor in Chemistry and is a member of BW's public health club, Veritas. Last year, Feairheller was in the news for making a coast-to-coast bike ride for AIDS awareness.

Computer Science Prof Advises Free Alternate to Windows XP

As Microsoft ended all support for the Windows XP operating, Newsradio WTAM 1100 turned to BW Math & Computer Science professor Kenneth Atchinson for advice on how users can cope and adapt.

Atchinson recommends that XP holdouts use a free download of the Linux operating system that comes packed with free software and usually includes free support and security updates. The radio report with Atchinson's recommendations also aired and is posted on the website of sister station Magic-WMJI.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

BW Physics Prof Calculates Home Run Physics for Indians

For the Cleveland Indians 20th home opener at Progressive Field, Baldwin Wallace physics professor Ed Meyer ran the numbers on home run hitting for a WKYC-TV 3 pregame special.

In the report on the science of slugging, Dr.  Meyer recounted how he helped the Indians locate the stadium's home run porch, calculating the distance to keep long ball production steady.

Meyer also noted that the number he (and all Tribe fans) are most interested in adding up this season is "wins!"

BW Dance Professor Premieres Choreography at DanceWorks '14

Verb Ballets - Photo Credit: Mark Horning
Sara Whale, professor in the Department of Theatre and Dance at BW, will debut an original work of choreography at DanceWorks, a four-week festival of new and contemporary dances opening April 10 at the Cleveland Public Theatre (CPT).

Whale's work, which will be performed by Verb Ballets, has a world premiere during the fourth week of the event. Cleveland Plain Dealer critic Zachary Lewis described the piece as "steeped in the imagery of painter Gustav Klimt" the renowned painter of the "Golden Period" of Austrian art.

According to the CPT website, the new contemporary dance explores "symbolic meanings of the dual role of women as inspiration in the struggle for modern identity."

Student Therapy Dog Training Grabs Media Spotlight

BW's innovative partnership that allows psychology majors to train therapy dogs on campus has grabbed the media spotlight in the past week.
The story first appeared in Monday's Plain Dealer; yesterday, two Cleveland television stations profiled the program with the help of three BW psychology majors who are gaining experience with service dog training, as well as internship or field credit. Psychology majors Annie Carver '14, Zoe Locascio '15 and Whitney Vura '14 and department chair Charles Levin were featured in the reports, along with OhioGuidestone therapy dogs in-training Luca and Chloe.

For the 6 and 10 p.m. report on FOX 8, Enrique Correa even used a GoPro "doggie cam" to capture footage from the collar of 190-pound Great Dane, Luca. The Fox 8 report and the story that aired at 4, 6 and 11 p.m. on WOIO TV 19 noted that the presence of the dogs on campus has been a bonus for all students, who frequently stop to interact with the dogs as they go about their training in classrooms, the union, etc.

Read even more about the therapy dog training program on the BW website.

Monday, April 7, 2014

BW Students Develop Leadership Skills in Dance Floor Theory

More than 50 BW students had the opportunity to attend Dance Floor Theory, training for student leaders on how to turn student apathy into engagement.

Swift Kick, an organization that promotes student leadership through training programs, led fun activities that taught the student leaders about community creation, the importance of student participation, and cultural retention.

BW students put together the video (right) with highlights from the experience.

Alumna Earns Grindstone Award

Photo by Linda Kramer, Berea City Hall
BW Alumna Sally King '94 will receive the 47th Annual Grindstone Award for being Berea's most outstanding citizen.

Since earning her Master of Arts in Education degree from BW, Sally has spent much time and energy in Berea working to make the town a better place to live.

Sally spent over thirty years at Parknoll Elementary, Roehm Junior High and Ford Junior High as a teacher, reading specialist and taught English as a second language after hours. She was named teacher of the year in 1996, and became the President of the Berea City Council and the local Rotary club.

And she has loved ever minute of it.

"Berea is a phenomenal small city," King told the Sun News. "It has so much to offer, with the college and the school district and our love of sports. Whatever you can think of, we have it."