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Campus Courier * November 2007

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A.J.’s Field of Dreams
WC Student Spent Summer on Fenway Park Grounds Crew

When Wilmington College junior Andrew J. “A.J.” Hephner
tuned into the opening game of the World’s Series Wednesday night at Boston’s Fenway Park, he didn’t, at least initially, look for Red Sox stars like 2004 Series MVP Manny Ramirez and 20-game winner Josh ather, Hephner Beckett, the starting pitcher.

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scanned the field for the Red Sox patented “socks” design artistically painted into the grass. He gazed upon the immaculately groomed infield and reveled at the perfection that is the pitcher’s mound. Sure, he’s Red Sox fan, but his affection for the team is more than skin deep. It reaches to every blade of grass, that per-


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fect mixture of clay and soil that comprises the infield and every inch of the white baseline between home plate and the left field foul pole. Hephner spent this summer as an intern working grounds crew at the nearly century-old Fenway Park, one of the most hallowed and storied sports venues in the country. “I did everything that has to be done for the field: picking up trash, mowing, raking, hand watering, painting,” said the junior agronomy student from the tiny northwest Ohio town of Montpelier. “A lot of work goes into a Major League ball field — it has to be perfect, and, if ESPN or Fox Sports is covering the game, we have to make the field extra-perfect.” The pursuit of perfection was his summer job — 60 to 100 hours each week from early May through mid-August. Hephner, who helped run a municipal park in Montpelier for several years, was encouraged by his former boss to become a member of the Sports Turf Management Association, through which he learned of a summer internship opportunity with the Red Sox. Dave Miller, head groundskeeper at Fenway Park, selected him among 10 interns from more than 1,000 applicants.

“I was really excited,” he recalled. “When I did my interview, I didn’t believe it at first — I just talked with someone from the Red Sox.” Hephner’s interest in agronomy at WC, which deals with soil science and management, coupled with his previous work experience, made him stand out among the field of applicants.

he said, noting the Red Sox’s “socks” or another unique design was painted onto the grass. Meanwhile, Hephner, who had responsibility for the pitcher’s mound and home plate area, raked and fine-tuned those surfaces to near perfection. The crew then set up for the Red Sox’s batting practice, during which time they cleaned the field grooming equipment.

in 1912, the home of legends ranging from Babe Ruth, Carl Yastrzemski, Ted Williams and Cy Young to Wade Boggs and Manny Ramirez. “I realized, ‘Wow, I’m at Fenway Park and millions of people are seeing my work!” he said. The internship experience helped cement Hephner’s aspirations of a career as the head groundskeeper for a large municipal park with multiple sports fields, natural settings and recreation areas. He feels his agronomy and other agriculture courses, coupled with working grounds crew with WC’s Physical Plant, are preparing him well. “I knew I wanted to go into an ag program and Ohio State is so big — I’m really glad I decided to come to Wilmington. The small classes and personal attention make it nice,” he said. “All the ag profs and most others know me by my first name. “I love it here.” And with Boston in the World’s Series this fall, that’s icing on the cake. Hephner’s prediction: Red Sox in six games. “The means they would win it at Fenway.” On Hephner’s field of dreams.

“Also, Dave Miller is an Ohio State graduate and he knew about Later, they prepared the field Wilmington College and its ag for the visiting team’s subseprogram,” he said. quent batting practice, after WC and OSU are the only which they removed tarps, schools in Ohio that offer fourtore down the batting cages, year degrees in agriculture. re-lined the field and again Most of the other interns already groomed the pitcher’s mound and home plate. were college graduates and came from such large schools as “Then, once the game started, Michigan State, Kansas State, every third, fifth and seventh Rhode Island, Delaware, Georgia, inning, I’d drag the infield,” he Tennessee and the University of recalled. Massachusetts. “All this time, you’re sprinting “I was the only one who’s still a everywhere — it’s a constant student and from a small college,” run,” he said. “Every game day he said. was like that — it sometimes got stressful.” As Hephner anticipated the Series’ opening contest, he Following the game, he recalled dozens of game days durreturned to the field and ing the dog days of summer. The repeated everything they did grounds crew arrived at Fenway that morning: pick up trash, by 5:30 a.m. and started its rourake, water, etc. tine by picking up any trash that Whenever the long work days blew onto the field over night. — many pushing 16 hours The field was raked, mowed, raked again, watered, often raked — or the frenzied pace began to get him down, Hephner again and lined. simply remembered where he “Then we’d put in the pattern was: Fenway Park, opened we’d use for the day’s game,”

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WC TheATre To PreseNT shAkesPeAre’s The WinTer’s Tale Nov. 1517
Among the last of William Shakespeare’s 36 plays, The Winter’s Tale offers a celebration of forgiveness and reconciliation, but only at the end of a long road of bitterness, guilt and intrigue. WC Theatre will present the romantic story of Princess Perdita Nov. 15, 16 and 17, at 7:30 p.m., in the Hugh G. Heiland Theatre. Wynn Alexander, professor of theatre, is directing The Winter’s Tale with Lois hock, professor of theatre, serving as set and lighting designer. The cast includes: Paul henry as Leontes, king of Sicilia; Allyssa Benson as Hermione, queen of Sicilia; Megan Baessler as Perdita, love of Florizel and as Mamillius, son of Leontes; Zeke rockwell as Camillo, Leontes’ noble courtier; Dan Mears as Antigonus, a courtier. Also, Marcy szymanski as Paulina, Antigonus’ wife; katie Manns as Cleomenes/ Mopsa, courtier/wench; katie Bonk as Dion/ Dorcas, courtier/wench; kenneth Lydy as Polixenes, king of Bohemia; robert Lowery as Florizel, his son; Mandy McDonough as Autolycus, a rogue pickpocket; Nicole Montgomery as Shepherdess, foster mother of Perdita; and Tim Balzer as Clown, Shepherdess’ son (a simpleton). The Bohemians are portrayed by Megan Cowdrey-Planck, Clair Green, Ahlam kuttab, heather Lynn Landis, Zane Fessler, rob Weidle, Nick Newby, Phillip Merritt and Chauncy Pope. Reservations for The Winter’s Tale are available by calling the Theatre Box Office at (937) 382-6661 ext. 267, weekdays from 9 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4 p.m. Mary Houghtaling (left), president and founder of Community Care Hospice, works out details with concert organizers, from the left, Emily Moroney, Catherine Roma, Steven Haines and Mark Lunsford.

CoLLeGe AND CoMMuNiTy To PreseNT MusiCAL To BeNeFiT LoCAL hosPiCe
The Wilmington College Chorale and more than a dozen vocal and instrumental musicians from the Wilmington area will present a benefit concert Nov. 18 in recognition of National Hospice Month. The Sunday evening event, titled “Heart. Music. Change: A Concert for Community Care Hospice,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Hugh G. Heiland Theatre at Wilmington College. All proceeds will benefit this local organization. The concert is the latest in a series established last year in which local musicians perform in intimate-size venues at the College in support of local charities and not-for-profit organizations. The organizers include steven haines, local musician and theatre director; Catherine roma, professor of music and director of the Chorale; and WC theatre and music alumni Mark Lunsford, admission representative at WC, and emily Moroney, the College’s VISTA representative. They have been working with Mary Houghtaling, founder and president of Community Care Hospice in Wilmington, who will be responsible for ticket sales. Haines described the program as “festive and spiritually uplifting.” Instrumental musicians will be Barbara Dennis, piano; Abby Williams, bass; and Chip Murdock, percussion. The College Chorale will perform individually and collectively with the musicians from the community, who also will be featured in solos, duets and a variety of other ensembles. In addition to Haines, Moroney and Lunsford, they include local residents: Tim Brausch, Tina Brausch, Tom Brausch, Tricia heys, Pat ilg, Timothy Larrick, Damon hatten, erin hatten, Gina Beck, Josh Gough and Connie Abiriched, as well as WC freshman katie Bonk and sophomores Chris Thomas and Nichole Montgomery.

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WC senior Tim Balzer is handling logistics. Also, the College’s departments of Theatre and Music and Activities Programming Board are underwriting the program. Due to the intimate setting of the lobby/ atrium venue, limited seating will be available. Tickets are $10 each, however a sliding scale is being implemented in which $5 to $25 will be accepted. Tickets and reservations are available by contacting the Community Care Hospice, 200 R. Gordon Drive, (937) 382-5400.

He said that certain view might have lasted only a few seconds, yet it sparked a feeling. “Art is about feeling — that’s what I paint… (I’m) still looking at America and recording those familiar vignettes we can all relate to,” he said.

FAiTh & LiFe ForuM To ADDress ForGiveNess
WC’s next Faith & Life Forum will delve into the topic “Faith and Forgiveness: Is It Always Possible?” Nov. 13, at 7:30 p.m., at the T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse in the Oscar F. Boyd Cultural Arts Center. The discussion will feature panelists including three pastors, Richard Bracht, Matthew Zuehlke and Nancy McCormick, as well as former WC campus minister Jan Wood, Tammy rollins from Bible Missionary Baptist Church, Dale hayes, an adjunct faculty member, and Don Troike, professor of biology. They will consider the quotation, “Forgiveness is not something we do for other people; we do it for ourselves to get well and move on.” Wilmington native Greg Hagen recalls getting his start as an artist making an ink sketch of a local funeral home. Hagen, who resided in Wilmington from 1961 to 1971, returned to his hometown Thursday for the opening of his art exhibit at Wilmington College’s Harcum Gallery. He credits former Wilmington High School art teacher Jim McCarty with encouraging his artistic endeavors. Hagen, whose brother, Allen, still resides in Wilmington, is nationally recognized for his watercolors depicting America in the mid 20th century.

GreG hAGeN’s WATerCoLors FeATureD iN hArCuM GALLery
Paintings portraying scenes of yesteryear in the United States are featured in Harcum Art Gallery in an exhibit of watercolors by Greg Hagen through Dec. 14. The opening reception was held Oct. 25. Normal gallery hours are weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and the exhibit is available by special appointment. hal shunk, professor of art, is coordinating the event. Hagen was born in Forest City, Iowa, yet he attended high school in Wilmington and became a serious watercolor artist at age 14. He was awarded the National Scholastic Art Awards Gold Medal, the highest award given to high school students on a national level. Hagen later received a scholarship to the Dayton Art Institute and was then granted a full scholarship to the Chicago Art Institute. He said his work is the result of a “continuous process” that began more than 40 years ago. “At first I wandered the streets and back alleys of small towns in Ohio looking for good subjects for pencil sketches,” he said. “Now, at any opportunity, I’m still looking at America for ruins of our collective past.” Hagen’s “territory” now encompasses the eastern half of the United States, as he and his wife focus on small towns, old areas of cities, Amish locales — “really, anything that will give us a glimpse of the view you see traveling down highways, back roads and city streets.

Page 1: WC students view Greg Hagen’s painting, “Katz’s Deli,” during the Oct. 25 artist’s reception.

WC sTuDeNTs To hosT hATe CriMes AWAreNess ForuM
Wilmington College students taking the history course “Race, Gender and Ethnicity” will present a panel discussion highlighting hate crimes in the last half century Monday (Nov. 5), at 7:30 p.m., in the McCoy Room of Kelly Center. The Hate Crimes Awareness Forum will discuss crimes ranging from lynchings in the 1950s South to the murder of Matthew Shepard and this year’s Jena 6 controversy. Faculty members will comprise the panel for the forum, which is designed to encourage participation from the audience. ruth Dobyns, adjunct professor of history and curator of the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center, teaches the course.

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Lecture Series Featuring Faculty Scholarship Reflecting Quaker Values to Open Nov. 12
lecture series highlighting Faculty Scholarship Reflecting Quaker Values will debut Nov. 12 with a presentation by Steve Szeghi, professor of economics, on “Economics as Though People, Animals, Trees, Streams and Mountains Were Persons of Value,” from 4 to 5:30 p.m., in Kelly Center. The series was established this semester by the Faculty Committee on Instructional Resource and Development as a means for enhancing the professional development of faculty as teachers and scholars.


agriculture, and Conklin, professor of chemistry and agriculture, will be joined by local farmer Steve Murphy, a contributor to the book, in discussing World Foods. The authors selected three very different farms from different parts of the world — the Philippines, Ecuador and the United States — to illustrate the varieties of farming operations. They will delve into the differences, similarities, successes and challenges facing each entity.

Alfred Conklin

Tom Stilwell

Finally, on Dec. 5, at 4 p.m. at a soon-to-be-determined venue, Mary Ellen Batiuk, professor of Szeghi will discuss such consocial and political studies, will cepts as how persons can be moti- speak on “Quaker Commitment vated by more than self-interest to the Incarcerated.” and how economics can be used She will address the historic in the service of the environment role played by Friends with regard and social and environmental to the incarcerated and their justice. Also, Szeghi will cite some advocacy of education and belief valuable lessons in the economic that all persons have value. Also, systems and spiritual values of Batiuk will share personal experiindigenous people and elaborate ences, success stories, recidivism on the twin crises of mounting studies and other criteria on the inequality and environmental degsubject. radation. On Nov. 28, at 4 p.m. in Kelly Center, Tom Stilwell and Alfred Conklin will speak on their newly published book, World Foods. Stilwell, associate professor of

Steve Szeghi

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WC People in the News
Larry Gara
Larry, emeritus professor of history, and Lenna Mae Gara were interviewed by former WC Education Department chair John Bryant for WCET Public Television. Those wishing to see a transcript can do so by following these six easy steps: (1) Google WCET Cincinnati. A small map on the upper left will appear. (2) Click first link under the map. This will bring up a page listed as Connect with a small search bar in the upper left. (3) Type in “Larry Gara” in the search space and click. (4) This brings up a page listed as The War with a list of interviews. (5) Scroll down until you find the Gara interview (it’s 19th from the top). (6) Clink on that link and you will find interview.

russell kincaid
Russell, assistant professor of mathematics, spoke about depleted uranium (D.U.) at the Christian Peacemaker Team Delegation meeting Oct. 27 and 28 in Jonesborough, Tenn. Also, he took students with him to participate in the United for Peace and Justice Rally. Regarding his presentation on depleted uranium, Kincaid took equipment to investigate claims of increased radioactivity levels in the area, and considered taking soil samples for future evaluation in this regard. Kincaid is a scientist with training in nuclear engineering. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Denison University and his Ph.D. from North Carolina State University. “I have an extensive background in areas pertaining to uranium, and I am disturbed by the behavior of the United States government with respect to this chemically toxic and radioactive material,” he said. He is in the process of performing a comprehensive literature review and feels it is necessary to establish a public awareness campaign to raise public awareness and support legislation and government practices that will prohibit the military use of depleted uranium. “The U.S. military used D.U. shells in the First Gulf War and the Balkan War, and is using it in the current conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq,” he said. “The use of D.U. has been condemned by the international community and was classified as a weapon of mass destruction by the 1996 Human Rights Tribunal in Geneva.”
Larry Gara in 1980.

Terry rupert
Terry, director of athletics, was elected chair of the NCAA Division III Interpretations and Legislation Committee. His term runs through January 2010.

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Through Dec. 4…. Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center gallery exhibit, “This Little Light,” 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by special appointment. The exhibit highlights a few of the things that everyone can do to make the world a better place. Through Dec. 4…. Harcum Art Gallery presents paintings by Greg Hagen. Normal gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mon., Nov. .... Hate Crimes Awareness Forum presented by Ruth Dobyn’s “Race, Gender and Ethnicity” class, 7:30 p.m., McCoy Room. Fri., Nov. 9…. Open house at Cincinnati Branch at Blue Ash, 5 to 7 p.m. Mon., Nov 2…. Debut of the Faculty Scholarship Reflecting Quaker Values Lecture Series, featuring Steve Szeghi, professor of economics, speaking on “Economics as Though People, Animals, Trees, Streams and Mountains Were Persons of Value,” 4 p.m., Kelly Center. Tues., Nov. …. Faith & Life Forum presents “Faith and Forgiveness: Always Possible?” 7:30 p.m., T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse. Thurs., Fri. and Sat., Nov. , 6 and …. WC Theatre presents William Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale, 7:30 p.m., Hugh G. Heiland Theatre. Call the Theatre Box Office for reservations, (937) 382-6661 ext. 267. Sun., Nov. 8….“Heart. Music. Change: A Concert for Community Care Hospice,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. in the lobby of the Hugh G. Heiland Theatre at Wilmington College. All proceeds will benefit this local organization. Event features College Chorale and other area musicians. Tickets are $10 each, however a sliding scale is being implemented in which $5 to $25 will be accepted. Tickets and reservations are available by contacting the Community Care Hospice, 200 R. Gordon Drive, (937) 382-5400. Wed., Nov. 28…. Faculty Scholarship Reflecting Quaker Values Lecture Series, featuring Tom Stilwell, associate professor of agriculture, and Alfred Conklin,

professor of chemistry and agriculture, speaking on their new book World Foods, 4 p.m., Kelly Center. Sun., Dec. 2…. Music Department presents annual Holiday Concert, 7:30 p.m., Hugh G. Heiland Theatre. Mon., Dec. … Campus Ministry presents Celebration of Holiday traditions, 7:30 p.m., Kelly Center. Wed., Dec. …. WC Band Concert, 7 p.m., Kelly Center. Wed., Dec. …. Faculty Scholarship Reflecting Quaker Values Lecture Series, featuring Mary Ellen Batiuk, professor of social and political studies, speaking on “A Quaker Commitment to the Incarcerated,” 4 p.m., location TBA. Thurs., Dec. 6…. Collegium Musicum Holiday Noon Hour Mini-Concert, 12:15 p.m., Harcum Art Gallery. Mon., Jan. 2 through March 20…. “Celebrating the Civil Rights Movement,” an opening reception on Jan. 21 for “Beyond Birmingham: Friends and the Civil Rights Movement,” 7 p.m., Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center. Normal gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Mon., Jan. 2…. Martin Luther King Jr. Day program, 7:30 p.m., Hugh G. Heiland Theatre. Jan. 2 through March …. Harcum Art Gallery presents paintings by Joann Effertz. Opening reception, Jan. 23, 6 to 8 p.m. Normal gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. …. Issues & Artists Series presents Paula Crisostomo, who inspired the HBO film Walkout, the true story of a defining moment in Chicano History, 7:30 p.m., Hugh G. Heiland Theatre. Feb. 8 through 2…. Campus Ministry presents Religious Emphasis Week. Schedule TBA. Feb. 9…. Faith & Life Forum presents “Faith Goes to the Movies: Has Hollywood Declared War on Faith?” 7:30 p.m., T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse. Feb. 22… Campus Ministry presents “Jesus Seminar.” Thurs., Fri., and Sat., Feb. 28, 29 and March ….

WC Theatre presents Stop Kiss, 7:30 p.m., Hugh G. Heiland Theatre. Call the Theatre Box Office for reservations, (937) 382-6661 ext. 267. March 9…. Issues & Artists Series presents Katie Laur and Her Bluegrass Band, “The History of Bluegrass,” 7:30 p.m., Hugh G. Heiland Theatre March 26 through April 2…. Harcum Art Gallery presents paintings by Olympic legend Al Oerter. Opening reception, March 226, 6 to 8 p.m. Normal gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fri. and Sat., April 4 and …. Children’s Literature Conference. Details TBA. Fri., Sat., Sun., April 4 through 6…. Sibs Weekend. Tues., April …. Faith & Life Forum presents “Faith and the New Atheism: Is the Scientific Community Against Religious Faith?” 7:30 p.m., T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse. Sun., April 6…. Annual Quaker Lecture presented by Office of Campus Ministry. 2 p.m., T. Canby Jones Meetinghouse. Sun., April 6 through June 2…. Celebrating Quaker Women, an exhibit opening reception for “Quaker Women in Ministry, Then and Now,” April 6, 3:30 p.m., Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center. Normal gallery hours are weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Fri., April …. Relay for Life (18 hours), 6 p.m., Collett Mall. Thurs., Fri., and Sat., April , 8 and 9…. WC Theatre presents its annual One Act Play Festival, 7:30 p.m., Hugh G. Heiland Theatre. Tues., April 22…. Earth Day. April 2 through 2… Fourth annual Quaker Genealogy and History Conference, “A Women’s Place: Southwest Ohio Quaker Women and Reform Movements, 1800-1860,” co-sponsored by the Meriam R. Hare Quaker Heritage Center and the Mary L. Cook Public Library of Waynesville. Fri. May 9…. Baccalaureate Sat., May 0…. Commencement, 10:30 a.m.

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hoMe sPorTs
Sat., Nov. 0…. Football vs. Ohio Northern, 1:30 p.m. Damon’s/Wilmington Inn Women’s Basketball Tip-Off Tournament Fri., Nov. 6…. WC vs. DuBuque, 6 p.m. Fri., Nov. 6…. Thomas More vs. Ohio Wesleyan, 8 p.m. Sat., Nov. …. Consolation game, 1 p.m. Sat., Nov. …. Championship game, 3 p.m. Sat., Nov. …. Swimming vs. Wittenberg, 1 p.m. Women’s Thanksgiving Basketball Tournament Sat., Nov. 24….WC vs. Bethany, 6 p.m. Sat., Nov. 24…. Penn State-Behrend vs. Manchester, 8 p.m. Sun., Nov. 2…. Consolation game, 1 p.m. Sun., Nov. 2…. Championship game, 3 p.m. Tues., Nov. 20…. Men’s basketball vs. Mt. St. Joseph, 7:30 p.m.
Matt Hoenie dribbles through traffic in action at Marietta. Katie Roush goes in for the kill in volleyball action against Ohio Northern.

Wed., Nov. 28…. Women’s basketball vs. Wittenberg, 6 p.m. Wed., Nov. 28…. Men’s basketball vs. Thomas More, 8 p.m. Sat., Dec. …. Men’s basketball vs. Heidelberg, 3 p.m.

Marque Jones runs for a touchdown versus Heidelberg.

The women’s soccer team celebrates Nikki Fey’s gametying goal in action versus Marietta.

Austin Stiles gets a leg up on the competition early in the men’s race at the Fall Cross Country Classic in October.

Sarah Matthews ran to a fifth-place individual finish in the Wilmington College Fall Cross Country Classic.

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