Monday, September 29, 2014

BW Education Professor's New Book Offers Writing Help for ASD

The book, which just published in the U.S., after an August release in the U.K., serves as a "a practical guide to teaching and improving writing skills in older students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)" in order to "prepare for the increased expectations of higher education."

Geither, who specializes in working with ASD students making the transition from high school to university, has been busy making appearances with her co-author Lisa Meeks. "We believe this is an important resource for teachers, faculty, students, and staff," says Geither, who lectures at both BW and Case Western Reserve University and serves as Associate Director of Spoken English Programs at Case. Geither currently teaches "Exploring Education in a Diverse Society" for BW's School of Education.

Psychology and Public Health Majors Serve in Ghana

For many students, summer includes bonfires at the beach, road trips with friends, and naps by the pool. Two Baldwin Wallace students, Nuha Alshabani ’15 (pictured above) and Mary McHale ’16, spent part of their summer serving in the Cape Coast of Ghana on issues related to public health and education. Both have plans to return to the African nation.

As part of their ProWorld-Intrax internships, Nuha and Mary assisted Cape Coast teachers in classrooms for students with disabilities. The pair also interned in a department for social welfare focusing on health promotion for such issues as HIV/AIDS awareness, personal hygiene, and basic first aid.

While living in Ghana, Nuha and Mary faced the challenges that come with cultural immersion. Both students noted that their liberal arts education at BW helped prepare them. Nuha said, “I realized how important a liberal arts education is and how it can prepare you for practical issues. I felt like I had knowledge in many different areas that I could draw on to help me in my internship and interactions in the community.”

Mary found the experience to be a confidence booster. “I think I have become a friendlier person. In Africa, everyone says hello to each other, and since I have left, I’ve definitely picked that up and do it in the States.”

As a Public Health major, Mary’s experience also supported her career development. She aspires to attend graduate school for public health and an accelerated nursing program after earning her undergraduate degree, and would like to serve in the Peace Corps. After graduation, Nuha hopes to apply her degree in Psychology towards becoming a child and family counselor.

This December, Mary and Nuha will return to Ghana to continue their internships during winter break.

Friday, September 26, 2014

"Why Everything You Know About the Bible Is Wrong"

BW religion professor, Dr. Robert Fowler, has been tapped to be the keynote speaker for the Fall 2014 Symposium at the Center for the Study of Information and Religion (CSIR) at Kent State University. Fowler will provide his scholarly analysis of “The Gutenberg Parenthesis of the Bible, or Why Everything You Know About the Bible Is Wrong.”

Prior to the invention of the Gutenberg printing press, the Bible was not the printed book we know today. In his keynote address, Fowler will walk the audience through four eras of human communication--oral, handwritten, printed and electronic--to demonstrate how the Bible is once again changing as we enter what he calls "a transitional moment between two grand eras in media history-- the ages of print and electronic communication."

Fowler has taught in BW’s Religion Department for 34 years, serving as the chair for 21 of those years. His keynote will take place on Monday, Oct. 6, at 7 p.m. in Kent's Student Center. The event is free and open to the public.

Thursday, September 25, 2014

BW Students Win "Bad Girl Ventures" Fellowships

Entrepreneurial-minded BW students and alumni have won fellowships to fund their participation in a series of courses presented by Bad Girl Ventures (BGV), a premier resource for women entrepreneurs in Ohio. This fall, Bad Girl Ventures has teamed up with BW's Center for Innovation & Growth and Blackstone LaunchPad to offer its distinctive training program at BW's Berea campus on Wednesday evenings, and to award fellowships for the first time.

Two student fellowship winners – Casey  Elmore, an MBA in entrepreneurship major (nominated by Mike Nock, BW’s Blackstone LaunchPad director) and Allison Longwell '18, a freshman psychology major (nominated by Dr. Ven Ochaya professor in BW’s School of Business) – attend each weekly class at no charge. Two additional fellowships are shared by BW students, alumni, faculty and staff who rotate in and out of the 10-week program attending such sessions as “Understanding Your Market,” “Pricing Your Product or Service,” and “Legal Structuring.” 

Bad Girl Ventures courses are open to the general public – women and men – at $35/class or $250 for a full pass. It's not too late to register online at their website. BGV is a non-profit educational and micro-finance organization offering education, access to capital and mentorship opportunities to enable women to build and sustain well-managed, profitable businesses.
BW student entrepreneurs meet with Bad Girl Ventures Cleveland selection committee members at BW’s Center for Innovation & Growth. - photo by Brittney Callahan '15

BW Professor Conquers Hiking Milestone

Dr. Terry Martin, professor in BW's English department, completed a longtime goal this summer as he hiked the final steps of the Appalachian Trail. Over a six year period, Martin hiked the trail in sections, ending his trek of the 2,160-mile footpath at the northern trailhead in Katahdin, Maine.

The trail, with its southern terminus in Springer Mountain, Georgia, passes through 14 states and accommodates up to 3 million visitors each year. The Maine portion of the trail--Martin's final section--is considered one of the most challenging.

The expedition was about much more than hiking for Martin. "Since I teach nature writing and we emphasize experiential learning for our undergraduates, one might say that this is evidence that BW faculty practice what we preach," he said.

Martin's goal is to turn his pictures and experiences from the trail into an on-campus presentation for student, faculty, and community members sometime later this year. "I hope to inspire some of our students, as well as perhaps members of the surrounding community, to get out on the trail."

Martin's stunning photo below might accomplish that goal all by itself!

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Music Media Previews New Conductor's BW Debut

In advance of his his Baldwin Wallace debut, Maestro Octavio Más-Arocas is featured in interviews with two important Northeast Ohio classical music media outlets this week. The new director of orchestral studies had plenty of praise for his BW students and faculty colleagues.

On Monday, Más-Arocas appeared live on WCLV radio, with the "Queen of the Morn," Jacqueline Gerber, who asked the dynamic musician about his time assisting Kurt Masur with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, growing up in a musical town in Spain and his move to the vibrant arts scene of Greater Cleveland.

You can access a replay of the interview on the ideastream website.

And, in a beautiful introduction to readers of Cleveland Classical, founder and editor Daniel Hathaway previews the new maestro's debut with the BW Symphony Orchestra on Friday, September 26 at 7 p.m.

The orchestra's first concert of the academic year will feature works by composer-in-residence Clint Needham, sophomore composition/mathematics major Kevin Thompson ’17, David Little, and Modest Mussorgsky's "Pictures at an Exhibition."  A “Meet the Conductor” reception follows the performance.

“Baldwin Wallace has a very good group of students, very talented and hard-workers," Más-Arocas told Hathaway. "This is an exciting period at the University with many changes. It’s the right moment to be here.”

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Senior Promotes Affordable Housing in Competitive Internship

This summer, Doanise Thompson '15 got the chance to make positive change in her community when she secured a competitive Cleveland Foundation internship with the Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland.

Working alongside organization's marketing team, Doanise assisted in designing strategies for social media marketing, newspapers, blogs, and other marketing materials. She also coordinated promotion for a summer fundraiser with the Cleveland Indians.

As a sociology major, Doanise's favorite part of the experience was knowing her work was changing the lives of people all over the area.

"[Homeownership is] a dream that has become very hard to obtain for low-income families," she said. "These programs and services give families and individuals the opportunity to dream great dreams and, ultimately, live in those dreams permanently."

At BW, Doanise maintains leadership roles throughout campus as president of the Criminal Justice Club, director of programming for Black Student Alliance, a Buzz Ambassador for the Office of Admissions, and a Multicultural Jacket Link Mentor. She will also lead an alternative spring break trip to promote women's empowerment in Miami, Fla. through BW's Office of Community Outreach.

BW Alum Named to Top Post at Leading Healthcare Consultancy

Dr. James Merlino '91, will join Press Ganey Associates, an independent healthcare advisory services and consulting firm, as president and chief medical officer for the strategic consulting division. Merlino begins his new position the first of the year.

Merlino has more than 20 years experience in health care leadership, including his current position as chief experience officer and associate chief of staff at the Cleveland Clinic. As founder and current president of the Association for Patient Experience, Merlino is an acknowledged leader in the drive to improve patient-centered care.

Merlino earned his undergraduate degree in Business Administration from BW and went on to earn his medical degree from Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine.

National Fraternity Recognizes Outstanding BW Senior

National fraternity, Phi Kappa Tau, recognized Steve Vaccaro ’15 as a “leader of tomorrow” for his outstanding work in the Alpha Omega chapter of the fraternity here at BW.

Vaccaro, a senior arts management major, currently serves as chapter president. He is a past recruitment chairman for the chapter and program intern for Executive Offices. Vaccaro has also attended the Leaders Regional Conference, Leadership Academy, Presidents Academy, Conclave and National Convention, and helped Alpha Omega win the Roland Maxwell Trophy, an award presented to the outstanding chapter in the nation.

Vaccaro is also a dedicated volunteer and advocate for the SeriousFun Children’s Network, a global network of camps and programs that serves children with serious illness.

In addition to extensive service as a member of Phi Kappa Tau, Vaccaro is co-director of Dating Beyond Control, a program that creates awareness for dating violence at BW.

As for his plans after graduation, Vaccaro says, "I hope to work in a nonprofit setting where I am able to become passionate about whatever I do."

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

BW Alumni Pastoring Faith Journeys at area Churches

Two young alumni from Baldwin Wallace University are now full-time ministry leaders at area churches.
Quincy Wheeler '05, a Thompson Township native, graduated from BW with a BA in communications and went on to study at Ashland Theological Seminary, where he earned his Master's Degree.

A pastor's son, Wheeler now serves as assistant pastor at Mentor United Methodist Church where he leads the iConnect ministry of casual Sunday services. “My vision is to provide a service where anyone of any background feels comfortable and can connect for life with the word of God,” Wheeler told The News-Herald.

Phillip Kerlin '07, from Amherst, graduated from BW with a public relations major and a minor in religion. Upon graduation, Kerlin served as a director of the STORM youth center at Church on the Rise in Westlake where he also lead the production team.

Now, Kerlin is an assistant youth pastor at Journey Community Church in Fairview Park.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

BW Senior Earns National Scholarship and Leadership Award

Recognition times two for Tianna Cobb ’15! The BW senior recently earned a UPS Foundation, Inc. Scholarship through the Foundation for Independent Higher Education (FIHE) and also received the Bobby Gunn Leadership Award from the National Athletic Training Association this summer.

The 2009 graduate of Jefferson County Christian School is double-majoring in pre-physical therapy and athletic training with a minor in biology.

Cobb is involved in many organizations on BW’s campus, including membership in the Pre-Physical Therapy and Exercise Science Student Organization and service on the student advisory board for BW's School of Health, Physical Education and Sports Sciences. She also serves as the secretary for the Collegiate Organization for Athletic Student Trainers (COAST) and is a Student Ambassador for the university.

After graduation, Cobb plans to pursue a doctorate in physical therapy with an ultimate career goal of becoming an athletic trainer for an NFL team.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Grad's Feature Film Hits the Silver Screen at PlayhouseSquare

Two recent Baldwin Wallace graduates will "walk the red carpet" for a film premiere this Thursday, September 18, at 8 p.m. at the Ohio Theatre at PlayhouseSquare. Director Cameron Dunbar ’14 (pictured above) will premiere his film, That’s Why You Don’t Want Me, a tale that brings to life the struggles his generation faces entering the workforce after college.

Written by Dunbar and co-produced by fellow BW graduate, Megan Anderson ’14, the film “follows the disillusioned aspiring writer, Michael, on the cusp of his college graduation. Between his family, job hunt, and newly found feelings for his best friend, Michael is having trouble figuring out where he belongs.”

Dunbar says he took inspiration from personal experience and the challenges his friends encountered after college. “I noticed many of us were dealing with unique challenges presented by competing in a world that lives online,” Dunbar said.

Admission to the 60-minute screening is free, and a director Q&A will follow. The film is unrated, but it contains explicit language. 

After graduating with a degree in film studies, Dunbar gained experience in the film industry in New York and now owns his own photography and video production business, R3dGlasses LTD. Anderson, a graduate of BW's Conservatory of Music and arts management program, now works in PlayhouseSquare as theatre operations coordinator.