November 11, 2008

Residents living in “Herbie” Hall on the campus of Northeastern Junior College recently did a fundraiser to help raise more dollars to go into the recently established nursing scholarship fund which was set up in memory of Hubert Herboldsheimer, for whom their hall is named.

When Mr. Herboldsheimer passed away, his family asked that donations be made to a nursing scholarship at NJC in his name. He felt he had received exceptional care over the years from area hospitals and nursing homes and wanted to help future nursing students. More than $3,500 was given to the NJC Foundation in his name by various private donors, and the Herboldsheimer Hall students raised another $196.28 to go into the fund.

During the copper silver war, each floor of the hall set up a coin collection jar. Each copper penny is worth one cent. Each silver coin is worth its own value, a nickel is five cents, a quarter is 25 cents and so forth. The objective is to see who can collect the most “value” in their jar. So, while one jar might be full of pennies, another with a handful of quarters might be worth more. The students sneak  from floor to floor trying to sabotage the opponents by filling their jar with pennies, leaving less room for the more valuable silver coins. As pennies show up in a jar, more silver must be added to make the most of any space still remaining vacant in the jar. The outcome ultimately is a significant amount of money raised through loose change.  The war only runs for a certain number of days and jars are collected and donations counted.

Anne Hanson, director of the hall, always generously matches whatever funds the students are able to raise. The students raised $90 some dollars in change and she matched it, making the final amount $196.28

Mr. Herboldsheimer, who was a long time trustee on the college’s board, had, in recent years, shown up for some of the events at the hall, including the annual Herbie Goes Bananas celebration held each spring. His photos remain up on the wall in the lobby of the hall, so students understand he is the building’s namesake.