Monday, September 30, 2013

Reading the Tea Leaves: Biology Students Conduct Field Research

    Biology Professor William Eddy, and some of the BW biology students who are conducting a  semester long biology/ecology related field study at a farm in Oberlin.

A group of students led by one of the BW Biology Department's newest faculty members, William Eddy, are undertaking a semester-long field study examining how tea leaves behave in the environment. One experiment is looking at decomposition on the forest floor, while another group is studying the rate of decomposition of tea leaves on a moisture gradient, taking observations near a pond and up on a well-drained plateau.

Each group of students developed their own research project and will return to the farm site in Oberlin throughout the semester to collect data, record and analyze their results.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Religion Professor Gives Erie Audience a "Sacred Moment"

Dr. Kolp and Sister Stephanie Schmidt, Director of Ongoing
Formation at Mount Saint Benedict Monastery

Dr. Alan Kolp gave his audience at Saint Benedictine Monastery in Erie, Pa. a truly transcendental experience last week. Kolp, a BW professor of Religion, presented his lecture titled, "A Quaker in the Cloister: Shared Views of Contemplation." During the presentation, Kolp discussed the Quaker understanding of what being "centered" means and correlated it with Christian understanding of being contemplative.

Dr. Kolp explained how the process of contemplation can be summed up very simply in four words: discover, engage, embody and practice the Presence. The lecture concluded with a period of silence and stillness-- an opportunity for all present "to move the new information they learned from the head to the heart." Those in attendance said the experience was an indescribable "sacred moment."

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

BW Student Lands Internship At Dateline NBC

BW student Ronald Woodburn '15 has earned an internship at Dateline NBC in New York City this fall semester. As a Broadcasting and Mass Communications major, the opportunity is golden, for he has picked up much knowledge and real world experience in the professional broadcast network setting.

As a student from a small town, Ronald says that he never would have thought of being able to live in the biggest city in the world. Achieving this dream, with the help of BW's Explorations/StudyAbroad office, has been humbling, so he offers tips to future interns that want to find identical opportunities.

Ronald advises:
  • Apply, apply, apply
  • Get to know the company, what they do, and who the major players are
  • Be able to ramble off facts about the company like you've known them your whole life
  • If your interviewer asks, "Do you have any questions?" then ask, even if it is a minor inquiry. 
  • If they don't ask that, then ask a question anyway!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Business Professor Publishes New Textbook

International Logistics: The Management of International
Trade Operations Fourth Edition by Pierre David
BW business professor Pierre David has published the 4th edition of his textbook, International Logistics: The Management of International Trade Operations, with a new publisher, Cicero Books. 

The textbook uses the perspective of the managers who play an active role in the importing and exporting goods in international trade. David's book thoroughly explains all of the relevant issues relating to international trade operations.

David specializes in marketing and operations management. His primary teaching focuses are courses in international logistics and international market research offered as part of BW's International MBA program. Based upon student recommendations, he is a winner of the Bechberger Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

BW's Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity Wins National Award

For the first time since their chartering at Baldwin Wallace in 1942, Phi Kappa Tau Fraternity was honored with the 2013 Roland Maxwell Award.

This national recognition is given to the top chapter of Phi Kappa Tau, which has 81 chapters across the country. 

Chapters are judged in 13 categories, including recruit performance, philanthropic contributions, risk management, and community service participation. 

BW Panhellenic Council Receives Achievement Award

Baldwin Wallace University's Panhellenic Council, a cooperative organization that oversees the five sororities on BW's campus, has received the College Panhellenic Achievement Award. The National award was given by the National Panhellenic Conference, and BW's council was one of only 19 other schools awarded with this distinguished honor.

Annalise Sinclair, GA; Gabby Friedlund, VP of Student Affairs; Brianna Razzante, VP of Recruitment; Alexis Charara, President; Katie Nadson, VP of Judicial Affairs; Mackenzie Hollar, VP of Programming; Emily Black, VP of Operation

Panhellenic Council is currently preparing for Women's Recruitment, which will be held September 24th-28th this year.

BW Biology Students Build Tree Frog Habitat in Costa Rica

A group of BW students were able to lend help to the University of Costa Rica by embarking on a service project to support endangered tree frogs in Costa Rica. Due to climate change in Costa Rica, tree frogs in the country have decreased in population.

Dr. Chris Stanton in BW's biology department accompanied 18 students for a service abroad project to help the University of Costa Rica address this issue.

 “These frogs only lay their eggs on leaves hanging over ponds,” Stanton said. The students and Stanton dug an artificial pond designed to help tree frogs lay more eggs.

Although they were unable to complete this project due to time constraints, the students received an invaluable service experience. Stanton noted that he will offer an expanded project for this trip in 2015.

Students Grow their Passion for Sustainability with WWOOF

Tammy Blankenship '16 working on an organic blueberry farm in Kings Valley, Oregon

Sophomore Tammy Blankenship ’16 discovered her passion for organic food growth and sustainability this past summer through a unique opportunity that took her across the U.S. to Kings Valley, Oregon.

After toying with the idea of pursuing organic farming as a future career, Tammy came across World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF), an organization that connects volunteers with organic farms around the world.  WWOOF brought her to a small organic blueberry farm in Kings Valley, Oregon where she spent her summer sleeping in a tent and working on the farm.

Tammy isn’t the only Baldwin Wallace connection to use WWOOF to travel and gain new experiences. Claire Macosko ’13 was recently featured in Sun News for her post-graduation trip to Hawaii to work on an organic coffee farm, and business professor Don Auble enjoyed a summer WWOOF exchange as a ranch hand in Wyoming.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Baldwin Wallace Appoints New Assistant Provost

BW has named Dr. Lisa Henderson as Assistant Provost. In her new role, Henderson will coordinate and oversee the offices of Career Services, Explorations, the Honors Program, and the Learning Center, along with other responsibilities.

Henderson joined BW’s Division of Education as an Assistant Professor in 1992, eventually working her way up to a tenured, full professor. She has held the administrative station of Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Division of Education since 2004.

In addition, during the 2012-2013 Academic Year, Dr. Henderson earned the American Council on Education (ACE) Fellowship, which provided a year of focused leadership training and administrative experience.

The BW community welcomes her to this new role and wishes her continued success in her career!

Monday, September 16, 2013

Nurturing a New Generation of Innovators

John P. Lanigan, Director of BW's Center for Innovation and Growth (CIG) graces the cover of Neoconomist Magazine this month.

In a story titled, "Practical Approach, Lanigan describes how BW is succeeding one student at a time, in moving the region's economy forward.

"I'm high on this generation because of what we are seeing here," Lanigan tells the magazine. "They have a strong work ethic, they care and they are serious about achieving."

Lanigan, who retired in January as Executive Vice President & Chief Marketing Officer for BSNF Railway Company, a Berkshire Hathaway company headquartered in Fort Worth, Texas, took over as Director of the CIG on May 1.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

BW Celebrates its First Registered Nurse from the ABSN Program

Lauren Meeks '13 is the first graduate from Baldwin Wallace's new Bachelor of Science in Nursing program to pass the National Council Licensure Examination, officially making her the first Registered Nurse of Baldwin Wallace University. Also sitting for exam and celebrating success were fellow graduates Ashley Wiggers, Nicole Schroeder, Kayla Giannetti, Shana McDade, and Kaleigh Benz, all of whom recently passed their NCLEX.

Lauren Meeks receiving her official school pin from Director Judy Didion

Monday, September 9, 2013

School as Mental Gymnasium - Dr Edwin F Meyer at TEDx

Physics professor Ed Meyer, BW's resident "personal trainer for the mind," puts his passion for problem-solving into a TED Talk, at a TEDx event organized by Bendix. (This link picks up in the middle of his talk, the full 15-minute talk is embedded below.)

TED Talks are all about "ideas worth spreading." Meyer, who teaches a popular problem-solving course at BW, has spread his message about the need to develop mental fitness through problem solving literally around the world, most recently at a CS4HS conference at Rutgers University. (Photo below)

Thursday, September 5, 2013

BW Habitat for Humanity Wins Official Campus Charter

BW has been accepted as an official university for Habitat for Humanity International. Heather Schier '14, who heads up BW's Habitat for Humanity group and helped lead the application process, says gaining the campus charter will allow the group to access additional tools, support and oversight that will further strengthen the BW chapter and "solidify our existence on campus."

Habitat for Humanity is an international service organization that works to help repair and build houses all over the world through volunteer work and donations. The official chapter status will also allow BW a wider selection of alternative break service locations.

Left: BW Habitat for Humanity students participating in the 1st annual Habitat for Humanity Build Day in Spring 2013
Right: Senior Heather Schier discusses her involvement with Habitat for Humanity on WEWS-TV 5 in Cleveland

International Alum Excels with Sherwin-Williams

Flavio Machiavelli '12, who came to BW's Business Division through its partnership with FAE University of Curitiba, Brazil, is on his way to Sherwin-Williams Brazil supporting the Financial Director for Latin America operations. Machiavelli graduated from BW in December 2012 with four impressive majors in business administration, marketing, finance and management. After graduation, he began working for Sherwin-Williams in Cleveland and parlayed that success into his new post in Sao Paulo.