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Encyclopedia of Baldwin Wallace University History: Organizations - H

An Index of Historical Content and Their Sources

Hepcat Swing Society

Citation: Matthew J. Jurick, ed., “Hepcat Swing Society,” The Exponent, Summer 2007, p. 20.

In the past few years, ballroom dance has blown up in pop culture, It's been a focus in recent films such as Step Up, and Idlewild, as well as older films like Swing Kids. Additionally, several television shows focus on ballroom dance styles mixed with other styles such as hip-hop or contemporary-Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance? are some examples. For students that are interested in learning ballroom dance styles, Hepcat Swing Society is a student organization that teaches step-by-step ballroom moves from simple to advanced.

In the past, the main focus of Hepcat has been to teach swing dance moves in one or two different types of swing-Jitterbug, and Lindy-Hop. However, in the past few years we have expanded into Balboa swing as well as some Latin ballroom dances including Tango, Cha-Cha, Mambo, and even a little bit of Foxtrot and Waltz, In Swing, we will teach you the moves from the basic position, to inside and outside turns, to advanced moves such as the Charleston, The Pretzel, or Wraps, In Tango, we can teach up to multiple Fans as well as dips such as "The Armbreaker," To top it off, we even teach several swing line dances, such as "The Jitterbug Stroll" and “The Shim-Sham."

We've had many different events in the past as well. Each semester, we go to several outside swing dances at locations such as Bohemian Hall in Cleveland or the Lakewood Masonic Temple. We've also held our very own dances here in Baldwin-Wallace's Student Activities Center, and brought in guest dance instructors to teach Balboa or Tango, or even an obscure dance such as Belly-Dancing. We have big plans for 2007-2008, such as a showcase of students that are experienced in these dance styles, and possibly even a competition similar to So You Think You Can Dance? We've got a lot planned for this year, so stop on by! We'll be at the Student Activities Center raffling off a free Hepcat Swing Society t-shirt— just listen for the swing music. If you miss us there, we meet in the SAC from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on Monday evenings.


Citation: Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1987), p. 136.

The Hideaway first began as an idea of a past Student Body President. After ten long years of organizing and having it passed by the Board of Trustees, the Hideaway became a reality. Having completed its third year in operation the Hideaway strives to maintain a coffeehouse type atmosphere with light entertainment and good food.

An organization of the Student Union, the Hideaway provides live entertainment every Friday, free of charge, to all B-W students. Local artists, such as B-W favorite Tim Lake are given the chance to perform in a small college atmosphere. Some special events provided by the Hideaway have included a Lip Sync Contest, Hula Hoop Contest, and the Annual Dating Game.

The manager for the last two years has been Student Body President Debbie Danson, who it is rumored will be taking the job on for a second year.

Hiker's Club

Citation: Dean Webb, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1935), p. 63.

Some years ago, a group of girls realized that four distinct periods, each approximately one week in duration were religiously devoted to intellectual quickening. The first of these periods divides the first semester in half, the second divides the year in half, the third divides the second semester in half, and the last one ends it all.

Normally a college year covers about thirty-six miles. Out of this realization blossomed the flourishing Hikers' Club which gathered into its benevolent folds primarily those girls who were in search of something profitable but not very practical to do.

Stimulated by a promise of a hikers' letter after the first one hundred and twenty-five miles hiked, this noble aggregate of girls invested in low heeled shoes and "non-gait-limiting" apparel, and began to hike. Besides carrying on this type of work, the club has flown off at a tangent, and is now engaged in the production of marionettes, a project which will doubtless result in the revealing of many thus far hidden talents.

Hillel Club

Citation: Admission Staff, “Admission's Letter,” The Exponent, May 15, 1970, p. 5.

Another instance of student involvement at Baldwin-Wallace is in the area of special interest clubs. A newly organized Hillel Club is a prime example of this involvement. Scott Goldsmith and a dedicated group has arranged for facilities, time, and national affiliation.     

Citation: Maria J. Hoffmann, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1977), p. 126.

The Hillel Club, the only Jewish organization on campus, serves the social and religious needs of Jewish students and faculty from Reform, Conservative or Orthodox backgrounds. Meetings and activities are open to the entire student body.

Hillel has had community seders, bagel bashes, films and delicious dinners at the home of Dr. Melvin Schochet, faculty advisor. The Hillel Center, in the basement of the Chapel, is available for Hillel activities as well as for the use of other groups.

In this age, when many people are alienated from others, we try to provide the student with the "roots" of his or her cultural and religious traditions as well as promoting understanding of all people.

Citation: Mimi Hoang, Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1995), p. 243.

The mission of the Hillel Club at Baldwin-Wallace is to provide Jewish students, as well as non-Jewish students, an opportunity to become exposed to the religion and culture of Judaism. Although it serves as a fellowship for students, it is open to anyone interested in learning more about Judaism.

The Hillel Club was originally initiated in 1973, but membership dwindled. It was then revived in 1991 and has been active on campus ever since.

The members of the Hillel Club focus many of their activities according to a ritual calendar to commemorate religious events that include Sukkah, Passover Sader, Jewish Arbor Day, and Purim.

Many segments of campus participates in Kristallnacht, a 12-hour observance on November ninth to commemorate those that died in the Holocaust.

Hillel Club brought Zev Kedem to speak at B-W about what it was like during the Holocaust era. Kedem was an actor in Schindler's List, a movie about the Holocaust.

Hispanic American Student Association

Citation: Rhonda L. Fabrizi, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1989), p. 197.

The Hispanic American Student Association, H.A.S.A for short, has emerged as a functioning club once again. The members attend cultural events in order to broaden their knowledge of the world. This year H.A.S.A went to see the Hispanic play Blood Wedding, which was in conjunction with the Great Lakes Theatre's Festival, Fantastico. Also, the group witnessed The Greatest Show on Earth, the circus. This was the first time many members had seen the circus. The organization also took a trip to the University of Toledo in February to attend a party given by Toledo's Hispanic organization.

History Club

Citation: Glenn F. Wickes, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1941), p. 73.

The History Club, under the sponsorship of the History department, is composed of the students who have chosen History as their major field. The meetings are held monthly, and consist of panel discussions in the field of history and current affairs. Twice during the past year the club has dined at the home of Dr. Penner, and does Mrs. Penner put on a feed!! It's enough to make a guy change his major to History.

The club invites speakers in Political Science, History, Current Events, and other topics of historical importance, providing a constructive and educational program.

Home Economics Club

Citation: Rhea Benedict, ed., “Home Economics Club Is Formed By B- W. Girls,” The Exponent, December 9, 1921, pp. 1 & 3.

At the suggestion of Mrs. Tudor, a Home Economics Club was organized on Saturday, Dec. 3, which was the birthday anniversary of Ellen H. Richards, a leader in the development of Home Economics and authoress of the hook, "The Art of Right Living," and many others pertaining to the many phases of the science of Home Economics.

Girls enrolled as regular Home Economics students are considered regular members, while those taking only certain subjects in the department are associate members.

The total membership is thirty-two. The following officers were elected: Ann Johnson, president; Helen Roe, vice president; Margaret Lander, secretary; Ruth Asling, treasurer. The members of the new club are: Ruth Williams, Bess Harding, Freda Gerwin, Gladys Cochran, Mildred Eckert, Mildred Kaiser, Clara Jaessing, Ruth Chace, Alice Robinson, Elizabeth Indoe, Winifred Chrisman, Tsei Chen Hwang, Helen Dumond, Mildred

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Stearns, Marie Kinsley, Grace Surrarer, Helen Vlasak, Ethel Vlasak, Kathryn Payne, Marian Lander, Thena Mennell, Doris Southam, Esther Southam, Rhea Benedict.

Mrs. Tudor, Mrs. Ridenour, Mrs. Dustheimer and Mrs. Bauer were unanimously elected honorary members. This new organization will nice every two weeks on Friday afternoon and we hope that it will soon become a strong factor on the Campus. Arnold Cook says his pictures were fine except that the photographer forgot to put some hair on his head.

Citation: A. Wesley Roehm, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1928), p. 135.

The third of December, 1921, on the birthday of Elen H. Richards, pioneer of the Modern Home Economics Movement, the students of the Home Economics Department of Baldwin-Wallace College met at the Home Economics Cottage and organized a club for the purpose of furthering the interest of the department on the campus and elsewhere.  

Citation: Dean Webb, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1935), p. 64.

The Home Economics Club includes all girls in this department of the college and has been formed for the further advancement of Home Economics. At its semi-monthly meetings, programs are presented by the members and by many guest speakers of Home Economics fame.

The big affair of the year was the Home Economics Regional Conference which was held on the campus on March 9. Over two hundred and seventy people from nearby colleges and high schools at tended this conference and all present agreed that it was a great success.

Baldwin-Wallace had a large representation at the state convention in Columbus on April 5 and 6 at which meeting Mrs. Tudor was appointed adviser of the Home Economics Clubs of Ohio for the ensuing year.

Citation: Glenn F. Wickes, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1941), p. 70.

The outstanding event of the Home Economics Club was a welcoming tea for the National Home Economics Association Convention held in Cleveland last June. In November the club was hostess to the Ohio Regional Conference. Mrs. Axel Skerjne was the guest speaker.

The main object of the club is to create a greater interest in home economics on the campus and in the community. Development of poise and personality is stressed. At one meeting Miss Mercer gave an interesting talk on the hospitality of South American people. Jean Schmittgen and Peg Lansinger have served ably in capacity of president of the club.

Citation: Mary Papp, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1945), p. 95.

All majors and minors in home economics are members of the Home Economics Club which endeavors to increase the interest in the practical problems of home management.

Mrs. Baur, now head of the home economics department, Miss Green, the new professor in this department, and President Dotty Zernechel have guided the club through activities such as the Christmas tea, movies on new styles and food, the senior recognition dinner, and a banquet in honor of Mrs. Ethel Sapp Tudor, former head of the department.

Citation: Noreen Bonk Garman, ed., Grindstone (Berea, OH: Baldwin-Wallace College, 1955), p. 30.

The Home Ec. Club hos a varied program to interest those in the home economics field, whether in the business world or in the home. This year the annual bazaar was a tremendous success. The club also sponsored guest speakers throughout the year who spoke on various positions in Home Economics.

Majors in Home Ec. have the opportunity of responsible and cooperative living in the home management house, where students plan and cook the meals and keep house.