Hiram Graduates First Nursing Students

May 11, 2011

A new tradition will begin at Hiram on May 14, as the College graduates its first nursing students.

The seniors will be the first in Hiram’s history to receive a degree other than a Bachelor of the Arts, as they will collect a Bachelor of Science in Nursing.

The program was a change for Hiram when it was approved by the Board of Trustees in May 2006, and it came about only after months of discussion over whether it fit into the college’s liberal arts curriculum.

Davina Gosnell, Director of Nursing

“It meant a major change for Hiram,” said Davina Gosnell, director of the nursing program. “It meant not the first professional program [for the College] because they’ve had teaching, accounting and marketing. But for many people, they saw it as a tremendously different departure from the liberal arts focus at Hiram, and there was legitimate concern in relation to that.”

Gosnell, the dean emerita of Kent State University’s College of Nursing, came out of retirement in August 2006 to put plans for Hiram’s nursing program in motion. That meant drafting a curriculum, seeking approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing to operate a nursing program and getting the okay from the Ohio Board of Regents to offer a new degree. Once that was complete, the first class was accepted for the Fall 2007 semester.

Now, the program’s first graduates say their nursing education in a liberal arts environment has given them the whole package, particularly emphasizing the importance of ethics in nursing.

“Nursing is one ethical dilemma after another,” said senior Caitlyn Ruese. “Going to a liberal arts school with a focus on ethics got me thinking about my own ethical dilemmas, and helped me be a better nurse.”

In four years the program has a lot to be proud of. This past October, the department received full accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, and expects to be granted full approval from the Ohio Board of Nursing at its meeting on May 19.

And Gosnell is proud of the students, too, because they’ve taken on the responsibility of establishing a good name for the program, as they completed clinicals and practicum at area hospitals.

“We had to set the bar and set the bar high – be professional and poised,” said senior Katie Oslin. “We reflect what the program is.”

Senior Amanda Braham said the class embraced that responsibility.

“Right now, we are the face of Hiram nursing,” she said. “In other schools, there are more classes of students, but what we run into is whenever we go into a new clinical setting, we are the only faces they’ve ever seen for Hiram. So we make that lasting impression on what other hospital systems think of this program, and word gets spread, and hopefully it’s for the better.”

The Class of 2011 has also created many opportunities within the College for Hiram’s nursing students to come.

Members of the senior class started the Student Nurse Association.

Senior Javonne Woodland was a driving force behind creating the Student Nurse Association, a group promoting the support and interaction of nursing students, during her freshman year. She wrote the group’s constitution, invited classmates and served as the first president.

“We needed something to bring us all together because the next year, I knew we were going to have more nursing students coming in, and I wanted us to have something that we could share in common and give us a way to communicate with each other,” Woodland said.

Woodland and senior Luke Lewis were among students who went on the College’s first study abroad trip to Zambia.


Hiram’s first study abroad trip to Zambia included many nursing majors, some from the graduating senior class.

There, they experienced first-hand what health care is like in a third world country. Lewis said when a man with a crocodile bite came in to a clinic they were visiting, the resources at the facility were so few that the doctor stabilized the man’s broken arm with a piece of folded cardboard. A fellow Hiram student provided the only gauze in the facility, which she happened to bring in a survivor pack.

“It definitely put into perspective how many resources we have, and how easily we can access health care resources,” Lewis said.

Gosnell said it’s been important for the department to offer study abroad trips and other chances for student involvement, so they don’t feel left out of the college experience from being in a new program.

At the same time, she said it takes a very mature student to make it through the program’s rigorous demands.

“There’s no other student that has to be up at 5:30 in the morning on a snowy day, and be in the hospital in Cleveland by seven o’clock, ready to give patient care,” she said. “They have to be, in some respects, more mature, more adult, more responsible, than their peers because of the accountability and responsibility of nursing.”

Some nursing students have proved that by assuming a heavier load of responsibilities than typical college students. Whether it was being a student-athlete, as Lewis and Ruese were, or being a mother, like Oslin and senior Meagan Storer, students in the program had to balance academics with everyday life.

“The nursing schedule is a tough load,” Oslin said. “It doesn’t leave a lot of time in between, even if you’re not married and have a kid.”

Storer agreed, saying that while being a mother has made things a little harder, she’s been able to continue to meet the program’s demands.

“A lot of where we are now is because of what we’ve done,” Storer said, “but we’ve also had great professor support. They’re willing to go above and beyond. When I had E.J. (her son), Catherine (Schoenewald, instructor of nursing) let me do an independent study so I could meet hours for the semester and get financial aid.”

The graduates agree that the hard work has prepared them for the next challenge.

Upon graduation, most of them will prepare to take the NCLEX exams, the test required to become a registered nurse, and then begin their job hunt. Some will search locally, while others will try another state or non-traditional paths. Braham will be joining the navy nurse corps, and Ruese has already found a full time job at a clinic in Kent.

But no matter what their career path, Gosnell said there will always be something special about this first class.

“They’ve been the pioneers. They’ve been the leaders,” she said. “They will always be the first. They’ll carry a history that none of the other graduates will. That’s pretty special.”

Hiram students give back on Habitat for Humanity spring break trip

March 22, 2011

Rainy days and long hours of work rarely make for a dream vacation. But Hannah Brown ’13, wouldn’t have wanted to spend her spring break any other way.

She participated in Habitat for Humanity’s Collegiate Challenge earlier this month, where she and fifteen other Hiram students traveled to Lewisburg, W.Va., to help build a home for a family in need.

“These people are working so hard to get their lives back on track,” Brown said. “It’s an honor for them; it’s getting them what they deserve. For me, this was my dream vacation.”

Michael Corr, senior associate dean of students, along with Elizabeth Zollinger, associate professor of mathematics, advised the students.

Corr said a typical day consisted of getting to the worksite at 9 a.m. and working until about 4 p.m. The women on the trip helped build a house for a single mother of four, taking part in an all-women build, while the men helped build a wheelchair ramp for another home.

Though not as glamorous as the typical beach vacations, Corr said alternative spring breaks allow college students a chance to give back.

“Most of us have not had building experience,” he said. “It reminds folks that there’s nothing you can’t do. The bottom line is that there are a lot of folks out there in need. We are in a position to help; it just takes pushing ourselves.”

For TJ Gerrett ’12, this was her first time attempting any type of construction work, but she was able to successfully help finish the home’s interior wall and put trusses on the roof.

“I knew nothing about construction or building,” she said. “I (had) never used a hammer. They were very good at explaining things.”

The group persevered each day, Monday through Friday, through conditions that a Habitat leader called some of the harshest weather volunteers have ever worked through.

But on the last day of the trip, the women got a chance to meet the family who would soon live in the house they helped build. This, Brown said, gave her a true sense of pride, as she got a chance to play with the four kids and hold them in her lap.

“Watching them and holding them makes it so real that they get to be in this house we just built,” she said.

Gerrett shared the same feelings, adding that “it felt like we actually did something for someone.”

The family will move into the home by the end of April.

The Habitat for Humanity Collegiate Challenge is a year-round alternative break program, where groups of students over the age of 16 take trips to a specific site to contribute work on home construction projects for the less-fortunate. As groups come and go, they pick up where the previous group left off. Hiram College has been participating in this program for nearly two decades.

Hiram announces athletic facility enhancements

March 9, 2011

Locker Room Rendering

The Hiram College athletic complex will be the site of two major enhancements beginning this spring. Hiram officials announced that the College is renovating the main locker room space in the Les and Kathy Coleman Sports, Recreation and Fitness Center and installing lights and a synthetic turf field at the football stadium.

The 6,000 square foot locker room renovation includes the installation of new flooring, shower facilities, lighting, heating, air conditioning systems, as well as the equipping of the facility with modern, wooden lockers for use by Hiram student-athletes. Student-athletes participating in softball, women’s cross country, football, women’s soccer, baseball, men’s basketball, and men’s soccer will utilize the renovated space.

“This renovation of the locker room will elevate the attractiveness of the space to the high level found throughout the rest of the Coleman Center,” said Hiram College President Tom Chema. “We’re blessed to have an attractive, modern, and functional athletic facility for use by members of our community.”

Work on the locker room renovation will begin in March and be completed in July.

“We have received several nice gifts toward the project,” said Chema. “We believe our alumni and friends will help us in the same manner in which they stepped up to assist with the construction of the $12 million Coleman Center. The Coleman Center has transformed our sports, recreation and fitness environment here at Hiram and given our student-athletes an opportunity to compete with the best in the North Coast Athletic Conference and all of NCAA Div. III.”

To learn more about naming opportunities associated with the locker room project, contact David Bishoff at 330-569-5282 or through e-mail at bishoffdb@hiram.edu.

[Photo Gallery of Locker Room Remodel]

In addition to the locker room renovation, college officials announced that the Charles A. Henry athletic field will be enhanced with the installation of a synthetic turf field and lighting. Work will begin in early May following the Hiram Commencement exercise and will be completed in July.

“Installation of turf will greatly enhance our ability to meet the needs of our student body,” said Hiram Athletic Director Tom Mulligan. “Currently, the football field is only used on five dates in a year. With turf, we will be able to provide additional opportunities for club, intramural, and free play competition. Additionally, the new surface and lighting will make our football venue one of the most attractive in small college football. We believe our football recruits will be impressed.”

[Photo Gallery of Football Field Project]

Follow the Sun with Hiram’s Solar Power Array Tracker

March 2, 2011

The new solar power panel array atop the Coleman Sports Center has been up and running capturing energy from those beautiful Hiram sunrises since December, and you can follow the alternative energy experiment LIVE to find out just how much clean energy is being produced.  Just click on http://live.deckmonitoring.com/?id=hiram_college.

Made possible by a $165,728 U.S. Department of Development grant to Hiram and its partner, Carbon Vision LLC, the 234 solar panels cover the flat roof of the Coleman Center. They represent the first step in Hiram’s continuing commitment to becoming carbon neutral. The solar array is expected to generate about 57 megawatts of electricity per year. That’s enough to power about five average American homes.

The tracking web page allows the visitor to see just how much clean energy the solar array has captured in real time.

A Closer Look at War, Peace and the Arts

November 4, 2010

Discussion of history and war help students explore the effects of violence in our lives and programming at Hiram this fall puts war in the crosshairs.

This year, The Big Read in Portage County featured Tim O’Brien’s “The Things They Carried.” O’Brien, a writer and a Vietnam War veteran, gives representations of his own experiences by telling fictional stories with themes of war attraction, loss of innocence and the relationship between fact and fiction. At Hiram, the Lindsay Crane Center for Writing & Literature received a grant of $17,050 from the National Endowment for the Arts for this year’s Big Read event held in Portage County. The Big Read Staff includes Hiram faculty Assistant Professor of English Paul Gaffney, Associate Professor of English Kirsten Parkinson, Associate Professor of Education and Director of Assessment for the Education Department Jennifer Miller, Assistant  Professor of English and Director of Writing Across the Curriculum Jeffrey Swenson and Assistant Director for the Center for integrated Entrepreneurship Sarah Bianchi.

Although examination of war and peace are specific themes this fall, such scrutiny is not new at Hiram. Just as Roger Cram ’88, director of special projects and adjunct faculty member has been teaching classes at Hiram about the Tuskegee Airmen for about five years. During his research about how the first black U.S. military pilots in the early 1940s solved their undefeatable problems peacefully, Cram discovered 14 values the Tuskegee Airmen repeatedly used in determining their course of action peacefully. Cram has also developed a problem-solving matrix based on these techniques.

In mid October, Cram addressed representatives from the Human Rights Museum in Winnipeg, Canada, the World Peace Partners, the University of Manitoba and various community leaders starting with a one-hour speech on Friday night followed by a three-hour workshop on Saturday morning. The subject matter was conflict resolution skills based on Cram’s five-year study at Hiram on world heroes of peace and the values they used as a basis for peaceful crisis management. Then on Wednesday, October 20, Roger Cram spoke in a youth forum for high school students called “Tuskegee Airmen: Stories of Courage and Inspiration” at The City Club of Cleveland.

Cram will be at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland for the “2010 International Peace and War Summit” with participants from fifteen different countries. The “Summit” ran October 25-30, and Cram served on a six person panel with former child soldiers to discuss the topic “Children of Peace and War: From Child Soldiers to Peace Education.”

Back on Hiram hill, other war and peace-related events include the Garfield Institute Seminar Series, “The Road to Nuclear Zero,” “After War” Veterans’ Day events on November 11, and “War and Peace in Modern Africa.”

Ten years after the beginning of the war in Iraq, there are still no easy answers when war is concerned, but examination and discussion always have a place here at Hiram. The discussion of war, peace and memory enable students, faculty and the community to become more responsible leaders while working towards a more peaceful world.  It also embodies Hiram’s mission: to foster intellectual excellence and social responsibility, enabling our students to thrive in their chosen careers, flourish in life, and face the urgent challenges of the times.

Hiram College Receives Second National Endowment for the Arts Grant for The Big Read in Portage County

July 16, 2010

Hiram College’s Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature has received a $17,050 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to host The Big Read in Portage County, focusing on “The Things They Carried” by Pulitzer Prize finalist Tim O’Brien. This is Hiram’s second Big Read grant; it hosted a Big Read in January and February of 2009 focusing on Dashiell Hammett’s “The Maltese Falcon.”

As the NEA says, “Tracing the tour of one American platoon, this book is not just a tale of the Vietnam War, although it’s considered one of the finest books ever about combat. This award-winning book is a brutal, sometimes funny, often profound narrative about the human heart—how it fares under pressure, and what it can endure.”

Hiram College is one of just 75 not-for-profits—including arts and cultural organizations, libraries and universities—to receive a grant to host a Big Read project between September 2010 and June 2011. The Big Read gives communities the opportunity to come together to read, discuss and celebrate one of 31 selections from U.S. and world literature. Since the 2006 pilot program with 10 participating organizations, the NEA has given more than 800 grants to support local Big Read projects.

“Hiram College is excited to engage the community in a timely and thought-provoking book by a contemporary American author,” said Paul Gaffney, Hiram College assistant professor of English and Big Read director. “It is our hope that these events will lead to positive and enriching discussions about issues of war and memory within Portage County.”

In planning the Big Read events, Hiram is partnering with numerous Portage County organizations, including Kent State University, Portage County District Library, Reed Memorial Library, Kent Free Library, WKSU, PARTA and the Record-Courier. Big Read activities will take place throughout the month of October 2010. Highlights include a visit by author O’Brien; presentations by local authors Peter Scott, Janie Reinart and Mary Anne Mayer; a reading by poets Naomi Shihab Nye and Chana Bloch; a musical performance of Vietnam War era music; dramatic readings; movie screenings; book discussions; postcards for current overseas troops and an exhibit of art by Vietnamese children on the themes of peace and war.

“The arts in general – and literature, in particular – often serve as an expression of our shared values,” said NEA Chairman Rocco Landesman. “This is exactly why they are so effective as a fulcrum for community engagement. Thanks to these 75 grants, communities nationwide will be inspired, delighted and challenged by a book they are discovering for the first time, or an old favorite to which they are returning.”

The Big Read is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts designed to restore reading to the center of American culture. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. Support for The Big Read has been provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Boeing Company, the Poetry Foundation and the Ford Motor Company.

For more information about The Big Read please visit www.neabigread.org.

Celebrating Excellence at Hiram

April 13, 2010

Honoring our students’ outstanding work.

Each spring the Hiram College community gathers to honor all that our students have accomplished throughout the year. Various departments hold picnics, barbecues and award presentations to recognize and celebrate the work they have done. The festivities culminate in the campus-wide Honors Convocation, where we continue the tradition of handing out some of our community’s most prestigious awards.

Schedule of Events

Wednesday, April 21

4:00 p.m. Foreign Language Department Awards

Alumni Heritage Room

4:00 p.m. Biomedical Humanities Department Awards

Mahan House

Thursday, April 22

12:00 p.m. Biology Department Luncheon

Oliver Plaza

7:00 p.m. Springfest Fashion Show

Price Gym

10:00 p.m. Springfest Dodgeball

Martin Field House

Friday, April 23

3:30 p.m. Chemistry Department Awards

Coleman Room, Gerstacker

4:30 p.m. Computer Science BBQ

Martin Commons

10:00 p.m. Springfest- 2 Parties

Dix Dining Hall and Ballroom

8:00 p.m. Watson Memorial Concert
Reception FollowingHayden Auditorium

Saturday, April 24

7:00 p.m. Springfest Concert

Martin Field House

Sunday, April 25

2:00 p.m. Springfest Carnival

Martin Commons

6:00 p.m. Senior Athletic Banquet

Dix Dining Hall

Monday, April 26

4:15 p.m. Economics, Management, Accounting & Financial Management Awards

South side of Hinsdale, first floor, outside faculty offices.

5:30 p.m. Alpha Society Dinner
Second floor Kennedy Center
6:30 p.m. Honors Convocation
Hayden Auditorium
7:15 p.m. Campus Dessert Reception

First Floor Lounge, Kennedy Center

8:00 p.m. Music Department Spring Honors Recital

Hayden Auditorium

8:30 p.m. OCI Award: Division of Student Event Life

Pritchard Room

Tuesday, April 27

4:15 p.m. Communication Department: Honors Student Discussion

Bates 232

4:15 p.m. History Department

Pendleton House Parlor

5:00 p.m. Education Department Picnic

Jessie Smith House

Saturday, May 1

10:30 a. m. MAIS Capstone Presentations

Gerstacker Hall, Room 123

Wednesday, May 5

1:00 p m. Psychology Department Psi Chi International Honor Society

Location TBA

2010 Award Recipients

President’s Achievement Award
2010 Recipient: TBA

Distinguished Student Leadership Award
2010 Recipient: TBA

Hal Reichle Memorial Award
2010 Recipient: TBA

Nancy Moeller Award
2010 Recipient: Lesley Holdren

Yuskel Ismail Scholarship in Humanities
2010 Recipient: Danielle Mantz

ODK National Leadership
2010 Recipients: Sasha Davidson, Nicole Foisy, Ed Grauel, Dontavius Jarrells, Wenhao Li, Philip Major, Claire McCarthy, Willis Mitchell, Radina Petkova, Melissa Santana, Evelyn Washabaugh

North Coast Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete
2010 Recipients: TBA

Phi Beta Kappa
2010 Inductees: Ann Dombroski, Katherine Eppley, Jessie Lanterman, Michelle Morgan, Ngai Lam Woo, Eric Walker, Jared Wolschlager

Alpha Society
Alpha Society is one of Hiram’s highest academic honors. Membership is limited to students who have completed 12 or more hours of graded coursework at Hiram College and whose cumulative grade point average is 3.75 or better.

Alpha Society Graduating Seniors

Samuel Amata
Derrick Beczynski
Teri Bradshaw
Debbie Buckeye
Brett Burkey
Lydia Cancilla
Kirk DeGroff
Lisa Delsignore
Ann Dombroski
Mary Fassett
Danielle Fisher
Stephanie Gasper
Daniel Gavazzi
Christina Gladden
Natasha Glodek
Kanako Goto
Amanda Gullett
Brian Hoodin
Beth Henderson
Gary Ising
Jeffrey Kish
Charles Kraus
Jessie Lanterman
Michael Lipkin
Lauren London
Michael Majetich
Danielle Mantz
Rebecca Marlatt
Laura Matlock
Eileen McIver
Donna McPeek
William Mooney
Natalie Moore
Michelle Morgan
Erin Mullins
Samantha Narduzzi
Margaret Pelster
Sara Pero
Allison Poloha
Kimberly Rittner
Tammy Rosboril
Wiley Runnestrand
Virginia Schminke
Simone Smit
Emma Strong
Jooi Vyas
Matthew Wilson
Jared Wolschlager
Brian Yeager
Rachel Yunck
Huanran Zhong

Alpha Society Juniors, Sophomores and First-Years

Shishir Adhikari
Zeerak Ahmed
Michelle Allamon
Kathleen Andrea
Alzira Avelino
Madhumitha Balasubramanian
Ian Barton
Cara Battaglia
Chelsea Beabout
Pamela Beach
Kathleen Behra
Rachel Bisker
Colleen Black
Carla Bold
Bonnie Brentar
Caitlyn Caldwell
Leland Cancilla
Michael Carey
Alicia Choo
Caroline Christoff
Miriam Clarke
James Clay
Anthony Clemente
Leigh Collier
Karen Cover
Brendan Curtin
Philip D’Amico
Grace D’Angelo
Robert Danczak
Kathie Dickinson
Christina Dominak
Amelia Dorschel
Rachel Drake
Ashley Durst
Alina Dvorak
Andrea Dye
Elizabeth Ellis
Devon Gahr
Alexander Gill
Robert Glowacki
Dobromir Gospodinov
Sharon Gmutza
Derek Green
Emily Greggor
Tamara Guseman
Elizabeth Haase
Emily Hatala
Abigail Hexamer
Michelle Hickox
Maryann Hudak
Richard Ivans
Lauren Jasko
Kenneth Kall
Stacy Keene-Rosenthal
India Keller
Chelsea Kerns
Kritsinee Khowcharoen
Nicole King
David Klecyngier
Connie Knop
Lindsay Kuhn
Sara Lazio
Caleb Lemmo
Wenhao Li
Karen Lind
Hannah Lint
Emily Luckring
Francesca Luppino
Timothy Luttermoser
Patricia Markel
Jasmine Marks
Claire McCarthy
Samuel McCarthy
Erin McGarry
Ann McKee
Adam Miller
Jennie Minor
Tessiana Misko
Michael Mohan
Santiago Morales
Amy Morton
Rebecca Moseley
Michael Mroz
Bryan Nemire
Ellen Nicholson
Gwendolyn O’Connor
Megan Orosz
Geisa Ortet
Hannah Petcovic
Rachel Petrack
Elizabeth Prorok
Rachael Purta
Elise Randall
Joseph Randolph
Stephanie Ratliff
Heather Reboudo
Kimberly Renner
Kimberly Riffle
Mariah Roswell
Eileen Russell
Mark Saienni
Angela Savinda
George Schatz
Darin Scribner
Derik Scribner
Rachel Searle-White
Alyssa Sedlak
Victoria Sferra
J Shaffer
Jonathon Sitosky
Emily Smith
Denise Soloman
Cara Story
Bonnie Sypolt
Rebecca Szanto
Erica Templeton
Aimee Thompson
Julie Thompson
Debbie Tisch
Danielle Vancura
Alexander Van Meter
Kara Vantaggi
Megan Wade
Jack Wood
Jiazuo Xie
Yuting Ye
Ken Jon Yeong
Lisa Zamecnik
Milica Zivak

Academic Achievement Department Awards

Art Department

Alex and Tamara Brady Pendleton Best in show Award
2010 Recipient: Alexis Linton

Paul A. Rochford Award for Excellence
2010 Recipient: Jared Friedberg

Ellen Jagow Award for Painting
2010 Recipient: Shalimma Fadzl

Abigail Flint Award for Photography
2010 Recipient: Matthew Young

Award for Outstanding work by Freshman or Sophmore
2010 Recipient: Alex Gill

Prizm Artist’s Supply Store Award
2010 Recipient: TBA

Utrecht Art Supply Award
2010 Recipient: TBA

Juror’s Mention
Kayla Burkett, Katie Engstrom, Jose Fabian Elizondo, Nicole Spencer

Art History Book Award
J.B. Henry

Biology Department Awards

James H. Barrow Scholarship in Biology
2010 Recipient: Nicole King

Dwight. H. and Trudy Berg Scholarship
2010 Recipient: Jessie Lanterman

Eastman Kodak Company Awards
2010 Recipients: Michelle Morgan, Jooi Vyas,
Laura Matlock, Kimberly Sage, Michael Majetich, Mary Hamilton

Grace Pickford Scholarship
2010 Recipient: Rachel Yunck

Kelton Scott McMurray Memorial Scholarship
2010 Recipient: Samantha Narduzzi

Mein Kind Brunhilde
2010 Recipient: Caresse Nichole Cortes

Paul Smey Award in Biology
2010 Recipient: Ann Dombroski

Thomas E. Lingafelter Memorial Award
2010 Recipient: Molly Gagnon

Biomedical Humanities Department Awards

Outstanding Achievement in Medical Humanities
2010 Recipient: Tria Charnas

Outstanding Achievement in Experimental Learning
2010 Recipient: Laura Matlock

Outstanding Achievement in Biomedical Research
2010 Recipient: Simone Smit

Chemistry Department Awards

Outstanding First Year Student and CRC Taylor/ Francis Publishing Award
Adam Miller

Outstanding Sophomore Student
Elvis Cudjoe

Outstanding Junior Student
George Schatz

Outstanding Senior Student
Brian Yeager

Outstanding Senior Biochemistry Student
Heather Lane

Outstanding Organic Students
Aimee Thompson, Santiago Morales

Outstanding Inorganic Student
Claire McCarthy

Outstanding Analytical Student
Eileen Russell

Outstanding PChem Student
Maria Sember

Outstanding Biochemistry Student
Claire McCarthy

Outstanding Departmental Service
Maria Sember, Michael Owen

American Chemical Society- Akron Section Outstanding Chemistry Major
Michael Mastromatteo

Communication Department Awards

Russell L. Caldwell Memorial Research
2010 Recipient: Lindsay Kuhn

Computer Science Department Awards

Irna Lomonosov Award
2010 Recipient: TBA

Angela Guercio Award
2010 Recipient: TBA

Economics Department Awards

Allyn A. Young Memorial Prize in Economics
2010 Recipients: TBA

Education Department Awards

Kappa Delta Pi Awards
2010 Recipients: TBA

English Department Awards

Carl R. Brown Memorial Scholarship
2010 Recipient: Devon Gahr

Hiram College Writing Center Award
2010 Recipient: Brian Klinzing and Leah Rectanus

Howard Seymour Bissell Scholarship Fund
2010 Recipient: Karen Cover

John S. Kenyon Memorial Award in English
2010 Recipient: Virginia Schminke

Richard C. Underwood Endowed Memorial Fund
2010 Recipient: Beau Bradley

Grace J. Chamberlin Prize in Creative Writing
2010 Recipient: Rachel Purta

Foreign Language Department Awards

Lee and Irma Cannon Memorial Award
2010 Recipient: Nicole Foisy

Foreign Language Achievement Award (Spanish)
2010 Recipient: Beth Henderson

Foreign Language Achievement Award (French)
2010 Recipient: Mike Chislow

History Department Awards

Phi Alpha Theta
2010 Inductees: Lydia E. Cancilla, Jessica L. Cowan, Matthew D. Hintz, Kaitlin M. Karpinski, Ellen A. Nicholson

Dorothy Garrett Martin Merit Award in History
2010 Recipient: Kaitlin M. Karpinski

Stephen H. Miller Memorial Award
2010 Recipient: TBA

Russell L. Caldwell Memorial Research Award
2010 Recipient: TBA

Thomas Mark Pytel Award
2010 Recipient: TBA

Mathematics Department

Herbert L. Jones Memorial Award in Mathematics
2010 Recipient: TBA

Erma Bouts Scholarship
2010 Recipient: Angela Savinda

Hiney Mathematics Award
2010 Recipients: Gary Ising and Ken Young

Music Department Awards

Departmental Honors
2010 Recipients: TBA

Andrew Hopkins Music Award
2010 Recipient: Soya Hirano

John M. Watson Senior Prize in Music
2010 Recipients: TBA

Philosophy Department Awards

Eugene H. Peters Prize in Philosophy
2010 Recipient: Caroline Christoff

Psychology Department

Psi Chi awards, National Honor Society in Psychology
2010 Inductees: Eric Grounds, Sara Natera, Maryann Hudak, Alexandra Oleszko, Joclene Inman, Melissa Santana, Hoi Yan Lam

Psychology and Philosophy Departments

The Thomas Wayne Grant Prize
2010 Recipients: Hoi Yan Lam (Psychology)

Psychology and Sociology Departments

Jay Michael Schechter Scholarship
2010 Recipients: Melissa Santana and Eileen McIver

Athletic Department Awards

North Coast Athletic Conference Scholar-Athlete Award
Whitney Dropsey (Women’s Soccer and Softball)
Philip Major (Men’s Soccer)

Donald M. Campbell Memorial Award
2010 Recipient: David Mason (Men’s Soccer)

Helen M. Petrosky Award
2010 Recipient: Whitney Dropsey (Women Soccer and Softball)

Charles A. Henry Award
2010 Recipient: Chris Roberts (Men’s Basketball)

Herbert C. Matthews Memorial Award
2010 Recipient: Kyle Kovach (Baseball)

Team GPA Award
2010 Recipient: Women’s Golf (3.45)

Team of the Year Award
2010 Recipient: Volleyball

Yunck ‘10 Receives $122,500 in Grant Funding For Harvard Medical Ph.D. Program

April 12, 2010

Rachel Yunck, a senior biology major from Cleveland Heights, Ohio, and one of Hiram’s Goldwater Scholars, was recently selected to receive a 2010 National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP).

According to the program’s Web site, the NSF GRFP helps ensure the vitality of the human resource base of science and engineering in the United States and reinforces its diversity. The program recognizes and supports outstanding new graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based master’s and doctoral degrees in the U.S. and abroad.

The program is the oldest graduate fellowship of its kind and has a long history of selecting recipients who achieve high levels of success in their future academic and professional careers. Past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu, Google founder Sergey Brin and “Freakonomics” co-author Steven Levitt.

As a GRFP fellow, Yunck, a graduate of Cleveland Heights High School, will benefit from a three-year annual stipend of $30,000 along with a $10,500 cost of education allowance for tuition and fees, a one-time $1,000 international travel allowance and the freedom to conduct her own research at any accredited U.S. or foreign institution of graduate education she chooses. With a total award of $122,500, Yunck will be among a select few graduate students in the country who will pursue their research interests anywhere they want absent financial limitations.

Today’s fellows are tomorrow’s experts who will contribute significantly to research, teaching and innovations in science and engineering.

When she first read the news that she had been selected as a fellow, Yunck did not believe it. “I had heard rumors that results were going to be posted early this week,” she said. “I was up late studying and decided to keep regular tabs on the Web site. Around 2 a.m., there was a notification that results had been posted. I logged into the NSF GRFP Web site and saw that my page said ‘Welcome Fellow’ and showed an option to accept or decline the award. After an initial state of exhausted confusion, I realized, ‘Whoa! That means they are offering me a fellowship!’”

Yunck says she is honored and grateful for the fellowship. “It is an incredible honor to receive a fellowship such as this as I embark on my scientific career,” she said. “It also makes me fully appreciate how much I have learned during my time at Hiram. Four years ago I never could have envisioned pursuing a career in research, attending graduate school, presenting at conferences or writing a grant proposal. It is amazing how much you can grow over such a short time span, of course aided by the guidance of some absolutely amazing professors.”

Yunck saw the fellowship as an opportunity to assist her with her future graduate school work. “I applied so that I could receive external funding for graduate school, which would give me greater personal financial support as well as greater flexibility in choosing a research project/lab,” she said.

In order to apply, Yunck had to submit a personal statement essay, an essay on her previous research experience, a grant-style proposed plan of research, three reference letters and academic transcripts.

For her proposed plan of research, she chose a topic she has researched here at Hiram. “My general area of interest is microbiology,” she said. “I decided to write my grant proposal on a topic related to the research I conducted in Brad Goodner’s lab on ABC-transporter specificities in Agrobacterium tumefaciens. It was my chance to get creative and try to imagine experiments that I would love to do in the future if time and money allowed.”

Professor of Biology Brad Goodner mentored Yunck through the fellowship application. He said he is not surprised that she was chosen for the fellowship. “I am absolutely elated for Rachel, but I am not surprised,” he said. “She is an exceptional student who has set high goals for herself. All the hard work she put into the grant proposal part of her application really paid off. Rachel proposed a research strategy for figuring out the individual jobs of a large number of transport proteins, which is one of the ‘holy grails’ of current genomics. She read a lot of research articles, bounced ideas around and came up with a well-written, innovative and doable proposal.”

The fellowship will only help Yunck in her graduate pursuits. It will allow her to make her dreams of doing graduate work in the world’s top labs a reality without having to worry about funding – something that would have been impossible without the award.

“This award will provide additional financial support as I work my way through graduate school,” she said. “It will also give me more flexibility to work in labs that fit my interests, unrestricted by funding limitations.”

Once she graduates this spring, Yunck plans to attend Harvard Medical School. “I will enter a Ph.D. Biological and Biomedical Sciences (BBS) program at Harvard University – Division of Medical Sciences,” she said. “My primary focus will be in microbiology, although the BBS program gives me flexibility to explore other fields as well.”

She hopes to one day have her own research lab and to be able to teach microbiology. Goodner is confident that she will achieve great things in the future. “I know that Rachel will be successful at the next level and beyond, and she will always be a fantastic role model here at Hiram,” he said.

Hiram President Thomas V. Chema Unveils Cleveland’s First “Brag Book”

March 24, 2010

The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club showcased the Got*City GAME! Cleveland City BRAG Book and announced its new video series HotShots@HotSpots at their monthly “Around Town” happy hour event on April 1 at the Hard Rock Café at Tower City from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Hiram College President Thomas V. Chema unveiled the digital Cleveland City BRAG Book during a game show event at the popular downtown restaurant.

The Cleveland City BRAG Book is a trivia game with 157 “wow” questions and answers about the community’s business, education, and lifestyle assets. Readers will be saying, “Wow, I had no idea we are doing that…are first in this…have that going on…” as they explore every page of this new online resource.

“For the first time we have a tool to knit together a web of everything great in Northeast Ohio,” said Barbara Oney, executive producer of Got*City GAME! “We’re reaching out to the region’s young professionals where they are—online—with what excites them most about setting roots in a place to work and play.”

Readers of the Cleveland City BRAG Book scroll over a question and the answer pops up. They click “www” and are taken to a corresponding site for more information. Additionally, Cleveland BRAG Banner buttons will be on Web sites throughout the region directing people to the book.

Area Web managers should contact Oney (bsoney@gotcitygame.tv) to add the banner or the entire book to their Web sites.

“The Cleveland City BRAG Book isn’t the end product, it’s the beginning of a dynamic social network that will get the word out about Cleveland’s assets to the important 18 to 35 year old demographic,” added Oney.

The Cleveland Professional 20/30 Club joined forces with Got*City GAME! to develop HotShots@HotSpots, a new video series that can be found on the Got*City GAME! webTV site. The programs feature 20/30 Club members as they show off what they think are the “Hot Spots” for fun, work and living.

“The partnership between the 20/30 Club and Got*City GAME! is ideal. It fulfills our goal to show off what is great about our city in a dynamic and accessible way,” said Gautam Pai, 20/30 Club member and executive producer of HotShots@HotSpots. “Placing the programs on the Got*City GAME! site helps us reach an even greater audience.”

Cuyahoga Community College, Hiram College, and LiveCLEVELAND! were early sponsors of Got*City GAME!, a viral Web-based reality show that attracted viewers from more than 1,000 cities and 61 countries worldwide to watch teams of young professionals compete for a chance to win a year’s lease at Tremont Place Lofts and tickets to the hottest venues in Northeast Ohio. The program concluded on February 12, 2010, when Kim Sullivan and Alex Hamberger of Team LiveCLEVELAND! were declared the winners of Got*City GAME!

Garfield Institute Presents the Seminar, “Economy: Examining the Financial Crisis”

February 25, 2010

On Monday, March 22, 2010, the Garfield Institute for Public Leadership will present the seminar, “Economy: Examining the Financial Crisis,” cosponsored by Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence, Case Western Reserve University.

Former United States Senator Phil Gramm is the featured panelist for this event, which will explore the causes and possible outcomes of the current world financial crisis. Gramm is among the most qualified analysts and commentators on this issue, having earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Georgia and having taught at Texas A&M University prior to a distinguished 24-year career in the U.S. Congress. Gramm was first elected to the House of Representatives in 1978 and to the Senate in 1984. His leadership in the Senate included an appointment on the Senate Budget Committee from 1989 until he left the Senate in 2003, and an appointment as the chairman of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs from 1995 to 2000.

Also on the panel will be Mark Sniderman, executive vice president and chief policy officer for the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland. Sniderman earned his doctorate in economics from the University of Wisconsin at Madison before joining the bank’s research department as an economist in 1976. He held positions of increasing responsibility and was appointed to his current role in 2007. He has served as senior economist for economic policy analysis for the U.S. Senate Budget Committee while on leave from the bank.

The panel discussion is from 4:15 – 6:15 p.m. in the Kennedy Center Ballroom, and is free and open to the public.

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