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Columbus Symphony Announces

2017 Music Educator Award Winners

The Columbus Symphony recently announced the winners of the 2017 Music Educator Awards, honoring individuals who make a difference in the community through a dedication to music education and promotion of a greater understanding of and appreciation for the art form.

Three nominees have been selected in the categories of elementary, secondary, and community education. Each winner will receive a $2,500 grant to spend at their discretion on music education endeavors. Past winners have used these funds to host guest instructors, repair instruments, take professional development classes, or purchase new instruments, computer software, and music.

The winners will be presented with their awards at a dinner on Saturday, April 22, at 5:30pm at The Sheraton Capitol Square (75 E. State St.) followed by a presentation on the stage of the Ohio Theatre prior to the Columbus Symphony concert that evening. Tickets to the awards dinner are $65 (includes CSO concert ticket) and can be purchased by calling 614-221-4916.

The Music Educator Awards were made possible through the generous support of American Electric Power and Kim and Jude Swanson.

The winners of the 2017 Music Educator Awards are:

2017 Music Educator Award – Elementary Education

Cynthia Bush

Director of Orchestras, Columbus Academy

Having taught full-time for 30 years, Bush is celebrating her tenth year as director of orchestras for Columbus Academy where she instructs ten ensembles in grades 2-12. She also has a private studio of violin, viola, and cello students in the Gahanna area. Bush plays viola with the New Albany Symphony Orchestra and violin with area string quartets. She has been a freelance violinist with the Canton Symphony Orchestra and the Ganassi Early Music Ensemble, also playing treble and bass viola da gamba, vielle, rebec, and portative organ. She attended Indiana University and received a Bachelor’s in music education from Baldwin-Wallace University where she majored in violin. A believer in continuing education, Bush is a member of the American String Teachers Association, the National Association for Music Education, Ohio Music Education Association, and Associated Chamber Music Players.

2017 Music Educator Award – Secondary Education

Bruce Carlson

Director of Bands, Dominion Middle School, Columbus City Schools

Carlson studied euphonium at The Ohio State University, receiving a Bachelor degree in music education and zoology. While at OSU, he marched in The Ohio State University Marching Band and served as an assistant squad leader his senior year. His formal teaching career began in 1991 in Crooksville, Ohio, followed by Riverdale High School in Atlanta. After five years in Georgia, Carlson returned to Ohio for graduate school at the University of Akron and received his Master’s in 1999. He then began working for Columbus City Schools as band director at Columbus Spanish Immersion Academy, Northland High School, and several elementary schools. In 2009, Carlson began teaching at Dominion Middle School. He initiated a music booster program, and has built the concert and jazz band programs into one of the finest in the city. The Dominion Concert Band plays a variety of exciting literature and consistently achieves superior ratings at adjudicated events and district solo and ensemble adjudicated performances. Carlson continues his personal musical development as a euphonium player in the Grove City Community Winds, is an active Ohio Music Education Association member, and supports his alma mater by assisting with the OSU marching band tryouts.

2017 Music Educator Award – Community Education

Tatiana Kats

Artistic Director, Columbus International Children’s Choir

Kats is the founder of the Columbus Music and Art Academy (CMA Academy), award-winning Columbus International Children’s Choir (CICC), and Central Ohio Singing Competition. She has been the executive director of CMA Academy and the artistic director of CICC since 2003. She also conducts the two most advanced CICC groups which perform in prestigious venues around the world (past venues include Carnegie Hall, the White House, and St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican). In addition, Kats teaches piano in her private piano studio. Her piano students routinely excel in the piano and music theory exams administered by National Music Certificate Program. The program named her “Founding Teacher … instrumental in establishing a national standard for developing musicians in the United States of America.” Kats earned a Master’s in choral conducting and a Master’s in piano pedagogy from The Ohio State University. Before coming to the US, she received her undergraduate in music education and worked as a director of a music school and a conductor of youth and mixed choirs in Moscow, Russia.

The Ohio Arts Council helped fund this program with state tax dollars to encourage economic growth, education excellence, and cultural enrichment for all Ohioans. The CSO also appreciates the support of the Greater Columbus Arts Council, supporting the city’s artists and arts organizations since 1973, and the Kenneth L. Coe and Jack Barrow, J. Allen and Ruth Maxwell Pyne, Janet Leonard Reading, and James W. Overstreet funds of The Columbus Foundation, assisting donors and others in strengthening our community for the benefit of all its citizens.

About the Columbus Symphony Orchestra

Founded in 1951, the Columbus Symphony is the longest-running, professional symphony in central Ohio. Through an array of innovative artistic, educational, and community outreach programming, the Columbus Symphony is reaching an expanding, more diverse audience each year. This season, the Columbus Symphony will share classical music with more than 175,000 people in central Ohio through concerts, radio broadcasts, and special programming. For more information, visit

News from Ashland University

Jerry Gaydos Employee of Recreational Services at Ashland University

ASHLAND, OH (03/21/2017)— Jerry Gaydos of Sunbury, OH, is an Ashland University Recreational Services employee. Gaydos is majoring in exercise science. Gaydos is a 2015 graduate of Big Walnut High School.

Recreational Services employees work at the Ashland University Rec Center to assist with the intramural program, sports clubs, group exercise classes, aquatics, personal training, outdoor pursuits, and summer camps. The recreational facility also includes a running track, golf simulator, game room, racquetball courts, tennis and basketball courts, and a climbing wall.

Ryan Curtis Member of Ashland University Baseball Team

ASHLAND, OH (03/21/2017)— Ryan Curtis of Westerville, OH, is a member of the Ashland University Baseball team.

Curtis is majoring in forensic chemistry. He is the son of Jack and Linda Curtis of Westerville. Curtis is a 2014 graduate of Westerville North High School.

The Ashland University baseball team competes in NCAA Division II in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Eagles are led by head coach John Schaly, now entering his 20th season. The Eagles play their home games at Sarver Athletic Complex. The Eagles baseball team, which finished last season 33-22, made an appearance in the 2016 GLIAC tournament with a record of 0-2. The Eagles season began on Saturday, February 25, at Trevecca Nazarene and they currently hold a record of 5-6. For more information, please visit the Ashland University baseball webpage at

Paige McMenemy Member of Ashland University Softball Team

ASHLAND, OH (03/20/2017)— Paige McMenemy of Westerville, OH, is a member of the Ashland University Softball team. McMenemy is majoring in health and risk communication. McMenemy is a 2014 graduate of Westerville Central High School.

The Ashland University softball team competes in NCAA Division II in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). The Eagles are led by head coach Sheilah Gulas, currently serving in her 21st season. The Eagles play their home games at Sarver Athletic Complex. The Eagles softball team finished the 2016 campaign as fifth in the GLIAC regular season and as the runner-up in the GLIAC Tournament. The team was placed third in the 2016 GLIAC Softball Preseason Coaches’ Poll. For more information, please visit the Ashland University softball webpage at

Ashland University Kappa Sigma Fraternity Members

ASHLAND, OH (03/22/2017)— The following students are members of the Kappa Sigma fraternity at Ashland University.

Jerald Gaydos of Sunbury, OH. Gaydos is majoring in exercise science. Gaydos is a 2015 graduate of Big Walnut High School.

Stephen Melvin of Westerville, OH. Melvin is majoring in sport management. Melvin is a 2015 graduate of Marburn Academy.

Since being reinstalled on October 26, 2013, the brothers of the Kappa Sigma fraternity have worked hard to bring success to their chapter. The chapter members raised $700 for the Safe Haven of Ashland with their “Greek Goddess” event, as well as over $1,500 with the “A Mile in a Soldier’s Shoes” event. The men are represented with employees in the recreational center, safety services, and the mail room. Members are also active with A.U. G.I.V.S., club basketball, club soccer, and club tennis. Several brothers have recently made the Dean’s List. The men of Kappa Sigma have formed a strong brotherhood and are excited to see continued growth of their chapter in the coming years.

Madeline Cronin Member of the Delta Zeta Sorority at Ashland University

ASHLAND, OH (03/22/2017)— Madeline Cronin of Westerville, OH, is a member of Ashland University’s Delta Zeta sorority. Cronin is majoring in nursing. Cronin is a 2016 graduate of Westerville Central High School.

The purpose of the Delta Zeta sorority is to promote the values of sisterhood through scholarship, community service and social events. Delta Zeta’s activities include Senior Week, Parents Banquet, an annual magazine drive for speech and hearing, car washing and social gatherings. Membership in Delta Zeta is open to female students who are maintaining at least a 2.3 GPA and are involved in at least two other organizations on campus.

Ashland University, ranked in the top tier of colleges and universities in U.S. News and World Report’s National Universities category for 2017, is a mid-sized, private university conveniently located a short distance from Akron, Cleveland and Columbus, Ohio. Ashland University ( deeply values the individual student and offers a unique educational experience that combines the challenge of strong, applied academic programs with a faculty and staff who build nurturing relationships with their students.

News from Baldwin Wallace University

Sarah Gattis spends Thanksgiving break volunteering in Detroit

BEREA, OH (03/23/2017)— Sarah Gattis of Westerville (43081) is one of eight caring Baldwin Wallace University students who gave up 2016 Thanksgiving break to make a difference through the BW Alternative Break service program. The program facilitated four diverse community engagement projects during the 2016 fall semester with student volunteers traveling to Detroit over Thanksgiving break and to San Antonio, New Orleans and Chicago over winter break. A total of 37 students participated, and each experience was led by a BW student with a University faculty or staff adviser providing support.

Gattis, a graduate of New Albany High School majoring in public health, volunteered to take part in the alternative break experience in Detroit. As part of the National Detroit Compact, BW is committed to sending students to Detroit every year for five years. The compact focuses on sustainable revitalization through innovative, community-based approaches.

The outreach was in partnership with CASS Community Social Services, which assists with poverty, homelessness, and refugee communities. The BW junior prepared a Thanksgiving meal for a local community and explored CASS’s environmental sustainability initiatives. The group also worked with Freedom House, which assists those seeking asylum in the U.S. and Canada. At Freedom House, students discussed cultural differences, shared stories and heard from over 40 refugees. Gattis also served as the trip leader with support from staff adviser Robin Gagnow.

The BW Alternative Break service program provides students with opportunities to make a difference, travel to another area, learn new skills and meet people with similar interests. Participants commit to a six-week, pre-trip curriculum including issue education, organization orientation, team-building and a full-day retreat on social justice and cultural competency. Alternative Break is one of many community service programs organized by the David & Frances Brain Center for Community Engagement to support BW’s mission of empowering students to become contributing, compassionate citizens. Community groups interested in partnering with BW can contact the Center at 440-826-2403 or

Baldwin Wallace University, founded in 1845, was one of the first colleges to admit students without regard to race or gender. An independent, coeducational university of 4,000 students, BW offers coursework in the liberal arts tradition in 75 academic areas. Located in Berea, 12 miles from downtown Cleveland, BW offers students the cultural, educational and business advantages of a major metropolitan area.

News from Wittenberg University

Stand-outs: Wittenberg University Students Impress Attendees at National Conference

SPRINGFIELD — How about those undergraduates from Wittenberg? That was the talk at the recent 50th annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology (SHA) in Fort Worth, Texas, after Wittenberg students spontaneously entered the society’s 4th annual Ethics Bowl competition.

A friendly competition that provides conference attendees with an opportunity to think and talk about applying professional ethics to real-life experiences as practicing archaeologists, the Ethics Bowl is apparently a tradition at the conference.

“All teams prepare in advance and have the topics to assist in preparation,” said Professor of History and Department Chair Darlene Brooks Hedstrom, who is also the director of the archaeology program. “What made our students so remarkable beyond being willing to participate as undergraduates is that they didn’t know about this part of the program until we arrived in Texas. They also did not know the topics in advance. I also had no idea about this component, as I was new to attending SHA along with them. So, they held their own and were confident enough to participate.”

Students who participated in the Ethics Bowl included Dorian Hunter, class of 2019 from Springfield, Ohio, who is a business major and an archaeology and history minor; Abbey Fraker, class of 2019 from Westerville, Ohio, who is a history major and archaeology minor; Katelyn Shanor, class of 2017 and a sixth-generation Wittenberg student from Roswell, N.M., who is a biology major and archaeology minor; and Lauren Ehlers, class of 2020 from Caudon, Ill., who is a history major and archaeology minor. A fifth Wittenberg student, Lindsey Lightner, class of 2020 from West Jefferson, Ohio, who is a political science major with minors in history and archaeology, was a participant in a round table titled Acting Locally: Archaeology in Policy and Planning with local government officials interested in cultural heritage and local history.

The students entered the debate against graduate students, discussing historic preservation, ethics in history and archaeology, as well as questions about “who owns the past.” The result: a superior performance. In fact, the Wittenberg students performed so well that a final round was added to the competition with the group taking second place.

“The room was so impressed by our students and their training in my archaeology class that deals specifically with the history of preservation and heritage that the SHA executive committee elected to award them $250 to acknowledge their success; the first prize team wins $750,” Brooks Hedstrom said. “Throughout the rest of the conference, I received emails and texts from faculty at the conference talking about ‘those Wittenberg students’ and ‘how great they were!’”

Committee members not only awarded the money, but also wrote letters to interim Wittenberg President Dick Helton and interim Provost Mary Jo Zembar. One letter in particular came from Mark Warner, president-elect of the SHA, who helped organize the Ethics Bowl.

“To be frank, your students were the talk of the conference,” he wrote. “They spontaneously joined the competition (literally putting down their lunches to participate) and went head-to-head against a team of graduate students (three Ph.D.s. and one master’s) and more than held their own, almost beating the other team. The faculty and professionals who were there either as judges or as spectators were tremendously impressed. I have been involved in this organization for approximately 25 years. and this was one of the most satisfying things I have seen at the conference. You should be tremendously proud of these students for their willingness to stick their neck out and join in.”

According to its website, the SHA was formed in 1967 and is the largest scholarly group concerned with the archaeology of the modern world (A.D. 1400-present). The main focus of the society is the era since the beginning of European exploration. SHA promotes scholarly research and the dissemination of knowledge concerning historical archaeology.

Historical archaeology is the study of the material remains of past societies that also left behind some other form of historical evidence. This field of research embraces the interests of a diverse group of scholars representing the disciplines of anthropology, history, geography and folklore. For more information on the SHA, go to

Wittenberg students also attended a bioarchaeology workshop and met several professionals in cultural resource management, museum studies, the National Park Service, heritage specialists, and historians who use archaeology to write about the past.

“I also was asked to meet with the President of SHA (Warner), and he expressed his appreciation for bringing our students as well as how remarkable it was for them to be so prepared and professional,” Hedstrom added. “He strongly encouraged me to find a way to bring them back to next year’s conference in New Orleans. The students were thrilled with their accomplishments and knew I would be proud of them. I can’t describe how magical it was to see them just beaming with their intellectual satisfaction at holding their own against graduate students.”

The five students were able to attend the conference with funding from the C. Louis Meyer Foundation – a gift established by Louis Meyer Brown, class of 2000 and given to both the Wittenberg history and psychology departments to support student travel to museums and conferences.

Recognizing the gift of a life-changing education he received from Wittenberg, Brown, from Chicago, Ill., has committed $10,000 annually to support the departments.

He currently serves as vice president of wealth management at Morgan Stanley Smith Barney LLC in Chicago, and worked with his family’s foundation to provide the gift. Founded in 1946, the foundation seeks to further public welfare through the relief of poverty and suffering, the advancement of education, the promotion of health, and the extension of the influence of religion.

For more information on some of Wittenberg’s archaeology projects go to and also check out the video

Filling Empty Bowls: Wittenberg University Set to Host 23rd Annual Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Aimed at combating hunger in the local community, the 23rd annual Empty Bowls fundraiser took place March 16. The event exemplifies Wittenberg’s service-based mission, which encourages all students to discern their vocations and to understand the meaningful connection between self-fulfillment and service to the world.

Wittenberg’s Department of Art in conjunction with Catholic Charities hosts the Empty Bowls fundraiser, proceeds from which support Second Harvest Food Bank in Springfield.

As always, Wittenberg’s Central Dining Room (CDR), located on the second floor of the Benham-Pence Student Center, will serve as the venue. Cost of a bowl is $15 per person and guarantees a handcrafted bowl and dinner, which includes a selection of soup and bread. Every dollar raised provides five meals to hungry families in our community. The purchase of one bowl will provide 75 meals.

After being washed by a volunteer, each bowl can be taken home, serving as a reminder that every night someone’s bowl is empty and that many people go hungry each day in this country.

The goal for this year’s event is to raise $55,000 – a mark set after last year’s event tallied more than $45,000. In the 22 years Wittenberg has coordinated Empty Bowls, students and the Springfield community have raised more than $408,750 for Second Harvest Food Bank, which equates to 1,675,392 meals for Catholic Charities Second Harvest Food Bank. There are Empty Bowls events hosted across the country.

“This is truly a community event that brings in many people from Springfield and is a major fundraising event for Second Harvest Food Bank,” said Professor of Art Scott Dooley. “We hope to continue growing this project in an effort to bring awareness to food insecurity in the Springfield area.”

Second Harvest Food Bank is a non-profit organization that collects and provides food supplies to more than 100 local feeding programs in the surrounding areas of Clark, Champaign and Logan counties.

Wittenberg ceramics students, faculty, staff and a few community members make the handcrafted ceramic bowls used at the event. Empty Bowls’ Throwing Days take place throughout the year as bowls are thrown, glazed and fired. In total, approximately 1,000 bowls are created for the fundraising event.

The 2016-17 Empty Bowls student coordinator is art major Elizabeth Wetterstroem, class of 2018, from Galena, Ohio. Hannah Fournier, class of 2014 from Dayton, Ohio, and Crispin Prebys, assistant professor of art, designed the promotional posters for the event. T-shirts, designed by Fournier, will be available for purchase, and an artwork raffle is on the schedule, too.

This event would not be possible without support from event sponsors. Bread sponsors include Domino’s Pizza and Texas Road House. The soup sponsors this year are Parkhurst Dining, Bob Evans Restaurants, Los Mariachis, Coppertop Restaurant, Seasons Bistro and Grille, Essex of Springfield, Mela Urban Bistro and Grille, the Buckeye Sports Lodge, Linardos Villa, Cecil and Lime, the Jaguar Room and Panera Bread.

Other major event sponsors include:

Golden Spoon Sponsor Level: Northside Veterinary Clinic, LLC.

Silver Spoon Level: Dr. Rob Baker and Dr. Mary Jo Groves; Heidelberg Distributing Co.; Honda of America; Madison Avenue Pharmacy; Parker Trutec; and Wallace & Turner, Inc..

VIP Sponsor Level: Armoloy of Ohio, Inc.; Assurant Specialty Property; Bethel Evangelical Lutheran Church; Clark Schaefer Hackett & Co.; Gordon Food Service; Home City Federal Savings Bank; Lee’s Famous Recipe Chicken; Nexstep Commercial Products; Rollins Moving & Storage, Inc.; Speedway LLC; VFW Grimes-Kohl Post 1031; Betsey and James Dean; Michael and Ann DuVall; Dulce and Mitchell Hurst; Donald Johnson; and J. Kyle and Kathrin Koehler.

Major Event In-Kind sponsors: Parkhurst Dining and Wittenberg University Student Senate – Build A Better Wittenberg.

Many years the bowls sell out, and if this happens, patrons may enjoy a meal at a reduced price using disposable bowls. Rainbow Table 1 soup kitchen will share any leftover food items from the event the next day.

Repeatedly recognized by the Princeton Review for its professor accessibility, superior classroom experience and longstanding commitment to sustainability, Wittenberg is a nationally ranked university for the liberal arts and sciences affiliated with the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. A leader in providing an active, engaged learning environment defined by excellence in academics, innovation, student success, service and athletics, Wittenberg was recently named one of Forbes’ Top 50 Most Entrepreneurial Colleges. Additionally, the university currently has more Ohio Professors of the Year than any other four-year institution in the state and recently earned a spot on the “Best Buy” list in the 2017 Fiske Guide to Colleges. For more information, visit


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