Saturday, August 24, 2013

Yellow Jacket Football Players Donate School Supplies

The big-hearted BW Football team is making a difference off the gridiron through their annual school supplies drive! The effort also caught the eye of Berea Sun Star writer, Rich Heileman, who called for a standing ovation for the team in this week's column.

Read more about Coach John Snell's emphasis on community service on the BW Athletics website.
Pictured here are senior members of the team with Head Coach John Snell and Church Street Ministries Director Frannie Millward with the school supplies provided by the entire team.

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Learning from Real World Experiences in Sustainbility

Teachers, students and anyone else interested in sustainability have a new resource to explore the real-world experience of groundbreaking green companies and organizations based in Northeast Ohio.

Thanks to generous support from the McGregor Fund, Baldwin Wallace University, a leader in sustainability education and practice, has produced a series of case studies on 11 of the region's sustainability pioneers, including Fairmount Minerals, Great Lakes Brewing Company, Sustainable Cleveland 2019 and West Creek Conservancy.

BW sociology professor Jill Stephens Fleisher edited the collection, which was authored by BW faculty from a variety of disciplines including sociology, political science, biology, philosophy, health and physical education, and business.

You can access all of the case studies through an open-source webpage at

Theatre Major Interns at TCG in the Big Apple

BW theatre major Damon Condon '14 spent his summer in New York City interning for Theatre Communications Group (TCG), the national service organization for American theatre. In addition to the popular publication, American Theatre Magazine, TCG works to strengthen, nurture and promote professional not-for-profit theatre in the US.

Above, Damon, with his boss Kitty, techs for acclaimed director Natasha Tsakos at the national convention in Dallas.

Professor In Demand as Regional Presenter

BW business professor Param Srikantia is in demand as a speaker this fall, invited to give his distinctive talks designed to help participants unlock their hidden potential around the region.  Srikantia draws on a variety of global traditions and incorporates pantomimes, story-telling and stand-up style humor in his programs.
He presented "Living Your Hidden Potential: A Global Voyage" to the Beachwood Chamber of Commerce today, heads to the Scientific Meeting of the Cleveland Society of Clinical Hypnosis on September 10 to present "Abundance and Scarcity: The Ontology of an Inner States of Consciousness," and speaks at the University Hospitals on September 13 on "Personal Breakthroughs."

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

CBC Magazine Highlights CIG Effort to Build "Change Agents"

No matter what field they’re studying, the college students of this generation must graduate as innovators and creative thinkers if they want to build their own businesses or climb the ladder of the companies that hire them, John Lanigan, the director of Baldwin Wallace University’s Center for Innovation and Growth (CIG), told Cleveland Business Connects (CBC) magazine in this month's issue.

The center has a mission of sending these “change agents” out into the world, Lanigan says. The multidisciplinary program invites BW students of every major to unlock their innovation skills, passion, and creativity through a variety of projects. Read the entire article at the CBC website.

Friday, August 16, 2013

BW Students Conduct Grant-Funded Research in China

A Baldwin Wallace University economics professor and four students conducted summer research in China as recipients of a 2013 ASIANetwork Freeman Student-Faculty Fellows grant, an award given to only 13 schools across the U.S.

Xudong Chen, associate professor of economics, led four students to Fuzhou, Xiamen, Shanghai and Beijing. The experience enabled them to advance their research skills, learn firsthand about Asia, and foster intercultural appreciation.

The BW group at Tienanmen Square: Dr. Xudong Chen (center) flanked (l-r) by BW students Sundous Eddeb '13, of Brooklyn, Erin Amschlinger of Rocky River, Daniela Muhaj of Albania, and Paul Krause of Parma.

Immersed in Entrepreneurship

Five Baldwin Wallace University students, with diverse majors, took a deep dive into the world of entrepreneurship at the 2013 Entrepreneurship Immersion Week (EIW) this summer, joining teams from 10 other regional institutions. The intensive academic immersion experience offers students the opportunity to learn and practice the skills needed to develop new business concepts.
BW's 2013 EIW team and supporting faculty/administrators are: Nick Boron ’15, physics major,  Gideon Lorete ’16, theatre major, Gilbert Montague, physics major, Ethan Zoellner ’14, finance major, Sarah M. Brigadier ’14, sustainability major, Business Professor Phil Bessler, Business Division Chair Linda Bluso, Center for Innovation & Growth Director John Lanigan and Business Lecturer Maureen Devito.

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Internship Boosts Non-Profit Client and BW Student's Resume

Senior Marketing major Ryan Pastor '14 spent the summer interning at at Rosetta, where he made a big difference to a worthy non-profit and added a real-world client project to his growing resume.

"I am proud to say that the work we have done (with The Centers for Families and Children (The Centers) has an impact," Pastor told the Herald Newspaper. "It's very rare that you find an internship that gives you this much experience but also exposes you to an agency that is focused on bettering a community."

Rosetta's Mike Brunst said Pastor's performance was typical of interns from BW. "Ryan was great to work with and I was able to leverage him as well on a large client pitch at Jones Day. Our recruiting program enables our junior associates real world experience and the students at BW have risen to the challenge every time. Our recruiting at BW has been exceptional." Read more about the Rosetta/The Centers partnership at

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Wednesday, August 14, 2013

BW Theatre Grad Leads New Play Development

After a year-long internship, Nathaniel Stevens '12 was hired as Literary Manager for Florida Studio Theatre (FST), overseeing new play development programs for one of the largest literary offices in the country.

The Sarasota, Florida-based FST is a top-ten-ranked professional theatre in terms of subscribers. FST also is a core member of the National New Play Network. 

Nathaniel's work ranges from finding and evaluating nearly 500 plays a year (with the help of four interns); maintaining relationships with playwrights and agents; directing readings; and coordinating dramaturgical research.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Deying Gravity on NASA's "Vomit Comet"

Five Baldwin Wallace University students conducted summer research during a wild ride on NASA’s “Weightless Wonder” airplane, aka "the Vomit Comet." The BW experiment was one of just fourteen selected for NASA’s 2013 Reduced Gravity Student Flight Program.  Read more about our fearless flyers' amazing adventure on the BW website, in the Cleveland Plain Dealeron, in The Strongsville Post and in the Strongsville Patch.

Left to right, Astronaut Mike Fossum, Sarah Rospert '13 (biology), Astronaut Cady Coleman, Carissa Bonus '13 (biology), Logan Sirline '14 (neuroscience/chemistry) and Frank Prochaska, NASA Reduced Gravity Education Program Manager

2013 Music Theatre Grad Lands BIG FISH

Picked up her BW diploma in May... debuting on Broadway in September! Just another amazing story from the stellar BW Music Theatre program! Congrats to Ciara Renee '13! Read more at Broadway World and at Penn Live.