Heidelberg University

Heidelberg Announces USDA Rural Development Loan

Press release provided by Heidelberg University.

Heidelberg University LogoTIFFIN – Heidelberg University is proud to announce the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has awarded a $36.5 million low-interest Rural Development loan to support a variety of campus initiatives directed at improving the student experience. The loan is designed to refinance existing debt to better position Heidelberg for long-term economic expansion and improve student housing, student learning facilities and student recruitment operations. Construction will begin soon on the restoration and renovation of historic France Residence Hall to integrate a living and learning community for approximately 70 female students and faculty. Several classroom spaces will also be improved to support new and existing academic programs.

President Rob Huntington states the USDA award is critical for success, “This loan assists our effort to make Heidelberg more financially stable, address student learning needs and greatly enhance student living and engaging spaces.” He adds, “Nearly $20 million dollars will be invested to drive our Academic Strategic Plan, support a living and learning community and create a unique greeting for the Office of Admission that will set the tone for an exceptional and persuasive visit experience for prospective students and their families. We are tremendously grateful to all elected officials in the city of Tiffin and Seneca County who continue to help us process this USDA loan. The loan helps us to restructure our debt and to renovate living and learning spaces on campus to better position Heidelberg in the very competitive higher education marketplace.”

The addition and upgrades to over 300 residential units is a major element in Heidelberg’s Residential Living Plan Vision. Chris Abrams, Dean of Student Affairs, states, “New student townhouse apartments will offer housing options and lifestyle flexibility for upper-class students. The improvements to France Hall and Miller Hall will provide students with modern amenities to help integrate living and learning opportunities.”

The Student & Community Welcome Center will create a “front door” at the East Market Street entrance to the campus. This 10,000-square-foot, two-story facility will house the Office of Admission and become home for the new Town Gown Bookstore. As part of Heidelberg’s Strategic Action Plan, which focuses on transformation, improvement and growth, the University aspires to not only maintain the current undergraduate population but to grow beyond it. The new bookstore will be open and inviting to the entire Tiffin community. Simultaneously, Heidelberg will move the Owen Academic and Career Support Center to the location of the current bookstore to create a larger and more accessible space to support student success.

Kathy Geier, Heidelberg University’s Board Chair agrees, “As Heidelberg University continues to grow, this loan positions us to provide quality facilities and programs for students and faculty. Refinancing, with a better interest rate on our debt, will result in savings. President Huntington and his team did an outstanding job over the course of the last 18 months to secure this loan and Heidelberg’s future.”

Heidelberg, Google partner in new Applied Computer Series

HU one of 5 schools nationally to pilot new courses trending in tech industry

Heidelberg University LogoTIFFIN – Heidelberg University and Google are collaborating to offer computer science, data science and machine learning courses to undergrad students who might not have considered themselves destined for a technology career.

The Applied Computing Series is a new, three-course program that will increase students’ access to quality data science and machine learning education by leveraging new technologies and teaching styles. In partnership with Google, Heidelberg will offer two Applied Computing courses during the academic year, Foundations of Python Programming and How to Think Like a Data Scientist. The third is an advanced course, the Applied Machine Learning Intensive, a 10-week, summer program designed to offer non-computer science majors a crash course in data engineering and machine learning that they can apply to their own majors and areas of expertise.

Heidelberg is one of only five colleges and universities selected nationally to collaborate with Google to pilot all three offerings in the new Applied Computing Series.

“Heidelberg’s partnership with Google will allow us to rethink the way traditional computer science is taught, as well as to prepare students for a new career path in machine learning with great market demand,” said Provost Dr. Beth Schwartz.

According to Google, the Applied Computing Series teaches the foundations of computer and data science, designed to attract students who might not have considered themselves destined for a technology career. All of the courses leverage tools and techniques used at Google and in the wider tech industry, while also teaching the non-tech skills needed to be successful at work more generally: soft skills required by employers, including critical thinking and problem solving, collaboration and the ability to communicate and network.

The courses will teach students more than how to code. They will also teach data analytics, statistical techniques and machine learning modeling. “All of the courses combine high-impact practices that include skills in hands-on, collaborative projects meant to solve real-life problems in the tech industry and beyond,” Schwartz said, adding that the courses will reinforce the goals of Heidelberg’s HYPE Career Ready® Program.

Heidelberg has been piloting courses in this sequence with Google since January, said Sean Joyce, assistant professor and chair of computer science. “These courses complement and strengthen our long-standing computer science and information systems majors in engaging and exciting ways,” he said. “Our partnership with Google provides additional options for students who may or may not be majors but who recognize the importance of computational thinking and data analysis to their chosen fields of study.”

HERE’S HOW IT WORKS

Courses are taught using a “flipped classroom” model, where students review, study and practice material on their own, then work on collaborative projects in groups with coaching by their instructors.

Google is building these robust courses in partnership with highly regarded computer science academics. The Google instructional team builds the centralized content and in-class projects so that students have relevant, real-world problems to solve. The courses are then facilitated by Heidelberg faculty in STEM-related fields.

HERE’S WHAT STUDENTS GAIN UP FRONT

  • Skills that will position them for entry-level positions in the burgeoning machine learning workforce
  • Opportunities to work with Google engineers to learn about the tech industry’s working environments, challenges and nuances
  • Immersion in a project-based curriculum to help reinforce the computer and data science principles they’re learning

HEIDELBERG’S TRACK RECORD IS KEY

The schools involved in this pilot program were chosen because they have a successful track record of implementing new programs with innovative teaching and learning methods. Google and the schools involved are also interested in investigating new, economically efficient approaches to reaching more students.

ADDRESSING PROJECTED WORKFORCE SHORTAGE

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, workforce projections in both computer science and data analytics predict that over the next decade, the U.S. will experience a shortage of new talent to meet increasing demand. The skills students need to meet market demand are also rapidly evolving, particularly in the newer domains of artificial intelligence and machine learning.

It’s imperative, according to Google and Heidelberg, that students understand how to use the best available tools to manipulate and understand data; using that analysis to solve business problems will be core competencies in many industries within the next five years.

“This partnership and our new courses demonstrate our continued commitment to the preparation of our students for the professions of today and tomorrow,” Joyce said.

AN ECOSYSTEM FOR DEVELOPERS

Through partnerships with colleges and universities, Google hopes to develop an ecosystem where each institution can bring what it does best to the collaboration: Google can create cutting-edge, industry-relevant content and projects and colleges and universities can provide experienced faculty and a cohort-based, residential experience for students, all of which have important value in the development of traditionally aged college students into responsible, work-ready adults.

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Heidelberg University ranks nationally

Heidelberg University LogoThis week, Heidelberg University was once again among the top colleges and universities in U.S. News & World Report’s annual national survey, ranked at #58 in Regional Universities Midwest (up from #60 last year) and at #30 in Best Value Schools.

“In recent years, Heidelberg has taken important steps to become more contemporary and more relevant for our students,” said President Rob Huntington.  “We have sharpened our focus on the needs and priorities identified in our Academic Strategic Initiatives for Improvement Plan as we also continue to enhance our co-curricular and extra-curricular offerings and resources to ensure our students are successful.

A combination of innovative, new programs – including the Four-Year Graduation Guarantee, new academic majors, minors and tracks, the HYPE Career Ready® Program and the PlusOne Advantage® Free MBA set Heidelberg apart and give students great opportunities and big advantages to prepare for successful careers and great lives lived purposefully and with distinction, Huntington said.

Heidelberg was also recently ranked by College Consensus, a ranking website combining the latest results in the most respected college ranking systems with thousands of real student review scores from around the web to produce an aggregate score, as one of the 25 Best Colleges in Ohio.

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Tiffin ranks in top 50 safest college towns nationwide

Safewise_SafestCollegeTowns-WebsiteBadge_2018.pngSafeWise released its 3rd annual “Safest College Towns in America” on August 20th in anticipation of the new semester starting for college students, with Tiffin ranked at #18 in the top 50.

To compile this report, SafeWise safety experts analyzed the FBI’s most recent crime statistics from 2016 to calculate the total number of violent crimes committed in American college towns. To be in the running, cities needed to exceed 15,000 residents and be home to an accredited college that offered four-year degrees. Towns with for-profit institutions, technical and vocational schools, community colleges, seminaries, field-specific institutions, and schools that only offer two-year degrees were excluded.

See the full report, here: https://www.safewise.com/blog/safest-college-towns-america/

Ohio highlights:

  • Two of the safest college towns are in Ohio. Tiffin ranked at #18 and Ashland at #30.
  • All of the cities in the top 50 are at least three points below the national rate of violent crimes per 1,000 people, which is 4.64.

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High school post-grad program receives $10,000 AT&T contribution

Year Thirteen guides students in career pathways

AT&T Check Presentation

Pictured above, left to right: AT&T Director of External Affairs for Cleveland and Northwest Ohio Nicolette Jaworski, State Representative for the Ohio 88th District Bill Reineke, AT&T Director of Governmental Affairs Trint Hatt, Tiffin University President Dr. Lillian Schumacher, SIEDC President & CEO David Zak, Heidelberg University Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost Beth Schwartz, Tiffin City Schools Superintendent Dr. Gary Barber, Terra State Community College Dean of Business, Humanities, and Industrial Technologies Cory Stine, Tiffin City Schools Director of Academic Affairs Amy Wood

TIFFIN, OHIO – August 6, 2018 – The AT&T Foundation presented a $10,000 contribution on Monday to the Year Thirteen, a program providing high school seniors with mentoring and resources to ensure high school success and help them attain post-secondary career goals. The contribution will help fund a part-time director position for the program, which will launch this fall with the Tiffin Columbian High School graduating class of 2019.

Education and student success are a cornerstone of AT&T’s community initiatives. Since 2012, AT&T employees have provided more than 1.6 million hours of mentoring to students, and its AT&T Aspire initiative has committed more than $400 million since 2008 to promote student success in school and beyond. “We are very proud to support this new program for students in Tiffin,” said Nicolette Jaworski, AT&T’s Director of External Affairs for Cleveland and Northwest Ohio. “It aligns perfectly with our desire to see more students be successful.”

The program was modeled after the successful Presidential Pathways initiative started at Marion City Schools under the current superintendent of Tiffin City Schools, Gary Barber. “Much like the Presidential Pathways program, the Year Thirteen will allow us to build and leverage relationships within the community, keep our talent local, and focus on workforce development by putting in place a dynamic system aligned with our community’s needs,” he said. “It will also be a measuring stick for our school system.”

The program focuses on eight key areas designed to promote student success leading up to and following graduation. These areas are: high school success, relationship building, career exploration, career success, job skills, work skills, and community engagement. All students in their senior year at Tiffin Columbian High School will be connected with a counselor that will check in with them periodically throughout the school year and the year following their graduation to promote the student’s success in university, vocational school, or entering the workforce.

Several organizations have partnered to participate in the program including: Tiffin City Schools, Vanguard-Sentinel Career & Technology Centers, Tiffin University, Heidelberg University, Terra State Community College, Seneca County Department of Job & Family Services, Family, Adult & Children First Council, and the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC).

SIEDC facilitated the grant process, citing a workforce gap as a key county-wide concern. “Unemployment is consistently low, and the biggest pipeline of talent is our educational system – K12 and higher education,” SIEDC President and CEO David Zak said. “Improving college completion and preparing high school students for successful careers is, therefore, a top priority, as the workforce needs are at all skill and education levels.”

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Heidelberg receives historic tax credits for major restoration project

FranceHall rendering

Architect’s rendering of the France Hall project.

University has innovative plans for women’s residence hall

TIFFIN – Heidelberg University’s planned restoration and renovation of historic France Residence Hall received a major boost today when the Ohio Development Services Agency awarded the university nearly $1.5 million in Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credits for the $7.5 million project (exclusive of planned costs). In July 2017, Heidelberg received $1.2 million in federal historic tax credits, issued by the U.S. Department of the Interior, National Park Service, for the France Hall project, which were contingent on receiving state tax credits.

The announcement of historic tax credits for Heidelberg is great news locally. It’s just the second time that building restoration tax credits have come to Tiffin. Heidelberg administrators are appreciative of the important role community leaders played in the application process.

“We are so grateful for the outstanding support of our community partners, which was essential in our university securing these state historic tax credits,” said Heidelberg President Rob Huntington, who noted the backing of Mayor Aaron Montz, County Commissioner Mike Kerschner, State Rep. Bill Reineke and Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. President and CEO David Zak. “Heidelberg University is extremely proud to be part of this collaborative effort with all of us working together to make our universities, our town, our county and ultimately, our entire community better for everyone.”

Additionally, Huntington expressed his thanks to Melissa Furchill, owner/president of MCM Co. Inc. in Cleveland, a construction management firm who lent her expertise to the application process.

Heidelberg was among 31 regional projects that will receive historic tax credits in the most recent round of funding. In all, the Ohio Development Services Agency approved $30.2 million in credits for 13 communities, including about $1.71 million for two northwest Ohio projects, both in Tiffin. In addition to Heidelberg’s France Hall project, Monument Properties is to receive a tax credit of nearly $250,000 to renovate three residential buildings in the Fort Ball-Railroad Area Historic District.

When the restoration/renovation project is complete, France Hall will be integral to engaging women with new, innovative living, learning and leadership opportunities, while supporting Heidelberg’s academic programs. The new France Hall will provide residential space for approximately 70 women students and private apartments for two female faculty members. Other features include office space for The Patricia Adams Lecture Series and other campus women’s leadership initiatives, space for all five of Heidelberg’s women’s Greek organizations, community outreach space, and renovations to the building’s Great Hall to create more space for activities and events. It is a major element in Heidelberg’s Residential Living Plan Vision.

To date, private donors have committed more than $3.1 million toward the project.

“France Hall, in its current configuration and condition, no longer meets the needs of our contemporary women students,” Huntington said. “Yet, we recognize the importance of preserving its heritage. The time has come to bring France Hall into the 21st century and transform it into a compelling, exciting and attractive facility for the campus and the community.”

The project has tremendous potential, Huntington added, because of unique opportunities to bring together the university community with the broader Tiffin community.

“This project will put a new and different face on what residential living can look like at Heidelberg,” he said. “It will integrate academic and co-curricular programs, personal and professional domains, and campus and community circles into a rich and powerful total undergraduate experience for our women students, as well as for male students when special events are hosted in France. We look forward to starting this construction work soon!”

France Hall was constructed in 1925 and is named in recognition of Luella Blackwell France, a benefactor of the university. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1979. It has never undergone a major renovation in its 92-year history.

According to SIEDC, the Tunison Flats housing project received $99,031 in December 2016, designated to rehabilitate and preserve the 1880s-era apartment complex on Frost Parkway.

The Ohio Historic Preservation Tax Credit program is administered in partnership with the Ohio History Connection’s State Historic Preservation Office. The State Historic Preservation Office determines if a property qualifies as a historic building and that the rehabilitation plans comply with the United States Secretary of the Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation.

Press release provided by Heidelberg University.

Heidelberg to honor 4 local women entrepreneurs

Press release provided by Heidelberg University

TIFFIN – For the sixth year, Heidelberg University’s School of Business, Computer Science and Information Technology will honor four local women entrepreneurs for their contributions to their businesses and the community.

This year’s winners will be honored at a breakfast and award presentation ceremony, titled Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs, on Thursday, April 5.

The recipient of this year’s Lifetime Achievement Award is Karen Klepper, a 1991 Heidelberg graduate who has served on a number of local boards and non-profits, including the Mercy Hospital Foundation, the Tiffin-Seneca United Way, the NOAH Foundation and PatchWorks House. Klepper is currently organizing a community collaborative non-profit, called ReClaim It, a resale shop whose proceeds will be used to improve the lives of local children and strengthen the systems upon which they depend.

Kelli Dariano, the owner of Threads, will receive the Established Entrepreneur Award. Dariano opened Threads 19 years ago after working in sales and management in Chicago and Columbus. In its nearly two decades in operation, Threads has experienced 300 percent growth as it continues to bring the latest fashion trends in clothing and accessories to Tiffin. In 2009, Dariano, a John Carroll University graduate, also launched Club Thread, a loyalty club of customers that has raised more than $40,000 for charity.

Heidelberg will present the New Entrepreneur Award to Zoe Dolch, owner of Washington Street Outfitters in the Laird Arcade. Dolch, a Tiffin native, Dolch received her advanced cosmetology license from Sentinel Career and Technology Center and her bachelor’s degree from Kent State in fashion merchandising. After returning to Tiffin, Dolch realized her dream of opening a business that offers a distinct product assortment, including men’s and women’s clothing, music, home goods and unique gifts and accessories.

This year’s recipient of the Young Entrepreneur Award is 16-year-old Columbian High School student Maya Clouse-Henry. In addition to holding down part-time jobs at Behm and Henry Law Offices and Simply Susan’s, Clouse-Henry also operates her own T-shirt design business and her own photography business, MCH Photos. She also has been assisting Klepper in her efforts to get ReClaim It up and running.

“Celebrating Women Entrepreneurs” is held annually in conjunction with Heidelberg’s spring Patricia Adams Lecture Series (PALS). This semester’s keynote speaker – publisher, educator and philanthropist Monica Lozano – will participate in the awards program. Attendance is by invitation-only.

Berg Bistro 1850 is the new Fireside Cafe Pub

Berg BistroImproved, but not exactly new, the Berg Bistro 1850 has replaced the Fireside Cafe Pub on Heidelberg University’s campus. Located inside the University Commons, the Berg Bistro is part of the school’s new Parkhurst Dining options. The outdoor and indoor seating areas remain the same, keeping the same cozy, modern atmosphere with TV’s and a fireplace, but the restaurant revamped with an exciting new menu.

Berg Bistro 2Artisanal sandwiches, salads, soups, and gourmet flat breads are made with quality ingredients and from-scratch preparation. Hand-spun milkshakes and Crimson Cup coffee are now offered, and for those that don’t have time to sit down an expanded coffee bar and pastries provides a quick and delicious option. The Berg Bistro accepts cash, credit, and student Berg Bucks, making it not only a great place for students to hang out, but a restaurant everyone can enjoy. Events such as the monthly Pints with Professors, the weekly Coach’s radio broadcast, and trivia nights will still be hosted.

Downtown Tiffin wins Heritage Ohio Award

SIEDC, Chamber, universities recognized for Around the Town event

TIFFIN, OHIO – October 18, 2017 –  The Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corporation (SIEDC) Downtown Marketing Committee and the Seneca Regional Chamber of Commerce and Visitor Services received the Heritage Ohio Award for “Best Main Street Committee Event” for the annual Around the Town event in a ceremony at the Ohio Statehouse October 17.

Around the Town is an annual event introducing incoming Heidelberg and Tiffin University students to businesses and organizations in the community. For 20 years, the event was held on the colleges’ respective campuses. In 2015, the Chamber partnered with the Downtown Marketing Committee through SIEDC and event was brought to a central location downtown, bringing both schools together and highlighting the proximity of downtown to the students.

Tiffin Mayor Aaron Montz applauded the partnership and stressed the importance of downtown revitalization efforts. “Around the Town is a wonderful event bringing together the college students and the community,” he said. “It is great to see our community organizations working together, and our commitment to the Main Street downtown approach paying off.”

Tiffin officially became a Heritage Ohio Main Street community in 2016, after two years of affiliate membership. The Ohio Main Street Program works with communities across the state to revitalize their historic or traditional commercial areas. The program works on a four-point approach emphasizing, organization, design, promotions and marketing, and economic development in downtown revitalization.

About Heritage Ohio
Heritage Ohio is the statewide, not-for-profit preservation organization, dedicated to encouraging and assisting people and organizations to protect, preserve and revitalize Ohio’s heritage. Formed in 1989, is the coordinating agency for the Ohio Main Street Program. In 2002, Heritage Ohio was designated as the statewide partner of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Heritage Ohio mission is to help people: save the places that matter, building community, and live better. Learn more at www.heritageohio.org.

Many communities, organizations and individuals submitted nominations for consideration. The awards recognize the numerous preservation and revitalization accomplishments of people, businesses, and organizations across the state. The Selection Committee reported an increased level of quality in nominations, awarding 16 categories at this year’s event.

About SIEDC
Started in 1983, the Seneca Industrial and Economic Development Corp. (SIEDC) is a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to driving positive economic, downtown, and community development in Tiffin and Seneca County, Ohio, which consistently ranks among the top communities nationally for economic development. Learn more about the great things going on in Tiffin and Seneca County at www.senecasuccess.com.

Heidelberg University’s graduate counseling program lands $1.3M grant

HU Logo 10.17Press release provided by Heidelberg University.

Heidelberg University’s Master of Arts in Counseling (MAC) Program has received a four-year, $1.3 million grant to train counselors to fill gaps and unmet needs in Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSA). The grant, titled Project KITE, will target the rural counties of Erie, Huron, Seneca and Sandusky and three urban cities, Cleveland, Toledo and Columbus.

Through the Behavioral Health Workforce Education and Training grant, graduate counseling students in their final internship will be eligible to receive a $10,000 scholarship during their field experience/internship. Working in interdisciplinary behavioral health care teams, the students will focus on providing trauma-informed care and substance abuse mental health services in rural and underserved areas throughout northwest Ohio.

This is the second grant the graduate counseling program has received from the Health Resources & Services Administration as part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Last fall, the program received a $214,286 grant to assist in the training of counselors dealing with at-risk children.

“What’s attractive about the grant is that it gives our students who are accepted into the scholarship program a $10,000 stipend to do their field experience as well as first-hand experience working with interdisciplinary teams in various agencies and schools,” said MAC Program Director Marjorie Shavers. The funding “opens up opportunities for our students and also speaks to the deficit we have in mental health providers” in the area.

In all, 78 scholarships will be available over the four-year lifespan of the grant.

Counselors trained through Heidelberg’s MAC program are being prepared to serve mental health clients with issues specifically related to the ever-growing drug epidemic, Shavers explained.

Jo-Ann Lipford Sanders, dean of the School of Education and Counseling at Heidelberg, said certain geographic areas historically have had less access to behavioral health care. “There’s a real serious shortage of both medical and behavioral healthcare in these areas for myriad reasons,” Lipford Sanders said, noting that by 2025, HRSA projections indicate “an additional shortage among many healthcare providers, specifically psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, counselors and school counselors.”

“There are really strong demands for these behavioral healthcare personnel trained in comprehensive service delivery as the demand for services from models such as the Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHC) continues to grow,” Lipford Sanders said.

In addition to the student scholarships, Heidelberg will use the grant funding to recruit men and minorities into the MAC program, develop an interdisciplinary behavioral healthcare conference working with consultants from The Ohio State University, the University of Michigan and Arizona State University, and ongoing education for faculty and clinical supervisors. A full-time project coordinator will be hired to administer the grant.

Heidelberg’s grant partners are the Sandusky City Schools, Mercy Health, the Neighborhood Health Association of Toledo and the Erie County Health Department.

ABOUT HEIDELBERG
Founded in 1850, Heidelberg offers 30 majors, 30 minors and 10 pre-professional programs, awarding the bachelor of arts, bachelor of science, bachelor of music degrees, as well as master’s degrees in education, counseling, business administration and music. Heidelberg has been consistently ranked as one of the top colleges in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report Magazine. For more information visit the web site at www.heidelberg.edu.