Four from Hiram Attend Independent College Day at Statehouse

February 24, 2009

The Association of Independent Colleges and Universities of Ohio (AICUO) welcomed college students from throughout the state to the Statehouse Tuesday, February 24th for Independent College Day.

Three students from Hiram – David Weber, Kristen Weidus and Nadrienna Damaris – attended the meeting along with Clay Sanders, Resident Director of East Hall. Weber is a junior political science major from Shaker Heights, Ohio, and a graduate of Shaker Heights High School. Weidus is a senior English major from Brunswick, Ohio, and a graduate of Brunswick High School. Damaris is a junior education major from Detroit, Michigan, and a graduate of Renaissance High School in Detroit.

AICUO Delegation

AICUO Delegation

Over 140 independent college students and their advisors had the opportunity to meet with Representatives and Senators from their schools’ districts as well as those from their hometown districts in Ohio. With the political turmoil existing right now over drastic cuts to state aid to students at independent colleges, many students were looking forward to sharing their views on the subject with their representatives.

“Students have the ears of their Representatives and Senators and will use this opportunity to take a stand on higher education legislative action in Ohio, from aid programs to research funding,” explains C. Todd Jones, President of AICUO.

The state’s higher education dollars go much further at independent colleges. State expenditures per degree awarded at Ohio independent colleges is $2,735 versus $29,874 at public colleges.

Students that were part of the Hiram delegation spoke with policy makers about the importance of financial aid combined with the College’s innovative Tuition Guarantee, which ensures that the annual cost for tuition will not increase between the first year a student is enrolled at Hiram and the student’s senior year.

Students participating in Independent College Day also had the opportunity to tour the Statehouse, hear an update on the current political atmosphere in Ohio and attend committee meetings occurring that day.

Concept Development Contest Begins This Week

February 24, 2009

Hiram College’s concept development contest, IdeaBuild 2009, aims to provide students, faculty, and staff with an opportunity to present ground-breaking solutions to perceived shortcomings in currently available products, services, or processes. Winners will qualify for resources toward the development of their implementation plan and/or launch of their entrepreneurial activity. Solutions could involve for profit, not for profit, or social entrepreneurship. Each participant will be asked to demonstrate their passion, articulate their vision, and showcase their innovation through a final presentation before judges.

How to Begin:
1. Think: Identify a need in society that requires renewed attention or needs a different approach.
2. Respond: Apply your skills in creating an organized response to the need.
3. Attend: Go to an IdeaBuild 2009 Idea Poke Workshop to learn more about how to give your idea substance.
4. Create: Draft your IdeaBuild 2009 Solution. Unlocking passion; creating vision; yielding innovation. Linking passion and vision to create innovation.
5. Submit: Post your idea online by the submission deadline.

To read more about the contest and see a calendar of events, visit Hiram’s Integrated Entrepreneurship Web site.

The contest is sponsored by Hiram’s Integrated Entrepreneurship program which is a part of the Burton D. Morgan Foundation-Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundations Northeast Ohio Collegiate Entrepreneurship Program, a Kauffman Campuses Initiative.

Free Self-Defense Class February 26

February 23, 2009

Learn to protect yourself!

Officer Dave Wert will be on campus teaching a free hands-on self defense class!

He will be here February 26, 2009, at 7 p.m. in the Kennedy Center main lounge!

Mark your calendar – don’t miss it!!

Hiram College Receives $75,000 for Entrepreneurship from the GAR Foundation

February 23, 2009

Hiram College announced today that it received a $75,000 grant from the GAR Foundation to support its Integrated Entrepreneurship program. The grant helps meet a challenge from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation (Kansas City, Mo.) and the Burton D. Morgan Foundation (Hudson, Ohio).

The grant funds will be used for curriculum development, faculty development, student and faculty internships, entrepreneur-in-residence stipends, enterprise plan competitions, mentorships, and related library acquisitions.

“I am extremely pleased by the GAR Foundation’s endorsement and support for Hiram College’s highly innovative approach to integrating the development of our students’ entrepreneurial mindset and their entrepreneurial capacity into all aspects of our liberal arts curriculum,” said Dr. Stephen Zabor, Hiram’s Director of Integrated Entrepreneurship and professor of economics and environmental studies.

At Hiram, entrepreneurship is a way of thinking and acting to create a new product, service, or activity that satisfies a need and adds value to one’s self and one’s community. It transcends the realm of business, to include the principles by which one leads one’s life. Hiram offers an entrepreneurship minor and countless opportunities for student engagement across all majors and extracurricular interests.

Women’s and Men’s Basketball Teams Set To Play in NCAC Tournament Quarterfinals

February 23, 2009

HIRAM, OHIO — The Hiram College women’s and men’s basketball teams will each be taking part in this year’s North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament with a pair of quarterfinal games tomorrow (Tuesday, Feb. 24). The Terrier women will travel to Gambier for a matchup against Kenyon College and the men will host Wabash (Ind.) College at Price Gymnasium. [NCAC Women's Tournament Bracket] [NCAC Men's Tournament Bracket]

The Hiram women (7-18 overall) will be the seventh seed in the tournament for the second straight year and will play against second-seeded Kenyon (12-12 overall) for the second time in less than a week. The Ladies swept the season series, but Hiram did not make it easy, falling to Kenyon 56-55 in overtime on Jan. 29 in Gambier and 51-45 on Feb. 18 in Hiram. Hiram is making its fourth overall appearance and looks to advance past the quarterfinal round for the first time in Terrier history.

Hiram will be led by junior forward Ashley Drum (Parma/Valley Forge) who is averaging a team-best 9.4 points per game and is shooting a team-high 50.5 percent (101-of-200) from the floor. She is also second on the team in rebounding at 5.1 boards per game. In addition, Drum has been averaging 13.4 ppg. and 5.6 rpg. in her last five games and has scored in double figures in 11 of the last 14 games.

The Terriers will take on the Ladies at 7:30 p.m. tomorrow in Gambier and the winner of the game will advance to the tournament semifinals on Friday, Feb. 27 at a site yet to be determined.

The Hiram men’s team (16-9 overall) caps one of its best regular-season performances in recent years with a third straight appearance in the conference tournament. The Terriers claim the third seed in this year’s tournament, their highest ranking since joining the NCAC in 1999-2000, and will host sixth-seeded Wabash (12-12 overall) at Price Gym. Hiram won the only meeting between the two schools during the regular season, 80-72, on Jan. 2 in Hiram. The Terriers are making their sixth overall tourney appearance and look to advance past the quarterfinal round for the first time. Wabash will be making its 10th tournament appearance in as many years. The Little Giants joined the conference 10 years ago (1999-2000). Wabash advanced to the championship game twice in that span, falling in the 2000 title game to The College of Wooster, 114-91, and dropping an 89-72 decision to Ohio Wesleyan last winter. The Little Giants have advanced to the semifinals in six of the last eight years.

Hiram has been led all season by sophomore guard Chris Roberts (Cleveland/Kennedy) who has been averaging a team-high 17.2 ppg. with a 50.2 shot percentage (152-of-303). He also leads the team in free-throws made (102), free-throw attempts (139) and steals (43). In addition, Roberts ranks second in both rebounding (5.6 rpg.) and assists (59). He has scored in double figures in all but two games this season, including eight games with 20 or more points.

Hiram and Wabash will square off at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow at Price Gym with the winner advancing to the semifinals of the NCAC Tournament which will be held on Friday, Feb. 27 at a site yet to be determined.

Costs for both quarterfinal games are as follows:
$5.00 – Adults
$4.00 – Faculty/Staff with College I.D.
$2.00 – Children and Students with College I.D.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495, by FAX at (330) 569-5392 or by email at hoedtjm@hiram.edu.

IMPORTANT PARKING INFORMATION

Friends and family making the trip to Hiram to attend the Hiram vs. Wabash NCAC opening round basketball game should park in two lots reserved for visitors to the campus for the contest. These lots are located at the Hiram Christian Church located at the intersection of state routes 82, 700, and 305 and the municipal lot located on State Route 700 in Hiram

Humorist and Nonfiction Writer Ian Frazier to Visit Campus

February 23, 2009

Ian Frazier will be speaking at Hiram College in the Pritchard Room of the Library on Tuesday, March 3, at 7 p.m. His presentation will be followed by a dessert reception, which is open to the public, and a book signing.

He plans to talk about the Western Reserve in history, and its contribution to literature. He’ll be considering the Reserve as a dream for its first pioneers, and as a centrifugal force that sent its sons and daughters to far places of the globe. To illustrate his points, he’ll be reading excerpts from his work.

Frazier’s visit is presented by the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature.

Ian (“Sandy”) Frazier was born in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1951, and grew up in Hudson, where he attended Western Reserve Academy. He received his B.A. from Harvard in 1973, where he wrote for the Harvard Lampoon, and became a staff writer at the New Yorker just one year later.

He is the author of nine books, including “Dating Your Mom,” “Nobody Better,” “Better Than Nobody” “Great Plains,” “Family,” “Coyote v. Acme,” “On the Rez,” “The Fish’s Eye,” “Gone to New York,” and “Lamentations of the Father.”

Frazier, still a regular contributor to the New Yorker, has been called “a masterful stylist and a consummate satirist,” “one of America’s funniest living writers,” and an author who “can stun you with simple found beauty.” His subjects range from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to a man who owns a fishing-tackle store to Canal Street and the F train.

When the Atlantic Monthly celebrated its 150th anniversary by publishing excerpts from the best writing ever to appear in the magazine, it chose only four humor pieces—one by Mark Twain, one by James Thurber, one by Kurt Vonnegut, and one by Ian Frazier. Ian makes his home in Montclair, New Jersey, with his wife and two children.

Paul Sharp, Former Hiram President, Dies at 91

February 23, 2009

Paul Sharp, a former president of Hiram College, died in February, 2009. He was 91 years old.

Sharp served as Hiram’s president from 1957 to 1964, ushering in an era of expansion for the College that included increases in enrollment and expansion of the physical campus. During Sharp’s presidency, Hiram opened four new residence halls, expanded Colton with the Turner addition, and constructed Frohring Music Hall, Price Gym, the Alumni Memorial Pool and the Field House. Enrollment increased from 500 to 900 students during his tenure. In addition, faculty increased from 37 full-time and three part-time members in 1957-58 to 73 full-time and five part-time faculty, plus three full-time graduate teaching assistants in 1964-65.

Subsequent to serving as Hiram’s president, Sharp led a distinguished career as a leader in higher education as the chancellor of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, president of Drake University and finally president of the University of Oklahoma. He retired in 1977.

An accomplished historian, Sharp earned his bachelor’s degree from Phillips University and his doctorate from the University of Minnesota. He held teaching positions at Minnesota, Iowa State and Wisconsin before coming to Hiram.

President Chema said, “I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Sharp in 2003 when he returned to campus after I was named interim president. He was a very kind man who generously gave of his time and talents. His insights and wise counsel about leading a college are still valuable to me today. I mourn his passing and I know I am joined by many people who knew and loved him.”

Sharp is survived by his wife, Rose, and three children.

Internationally-renowned artist Lorenzo Pezzatini to be “Artist in Presence” at Hiram

February 23, 2009

Lorenzo Pezzatini, a native resident of Florence, Italy, will conduct a week-long “Artist in Presence” residency at Hiram College from March 2 through 6, 2009.

Creating his unique strand-like material called “Filo” in 1978, Lorenzo has spent decades realizing the potential of Filo as subject and medium for painting, sculpture, and installation/performance in public, private, and commercial spaces. Filo has been used to comment on popular media, consumerism and advertising, war and injustice, as well as the nature of art, love, and familial bonds.

In addition to being a fixture in the Florentine art scene for decades, Lorenzo has had prominent exhibitions throughout Italy, as well as in Serbia, Austria and Germany. In the United States, Lorenzo has exhibited in New York City, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. Lorenzo is currently the Head of Graduate Studies in Studio Art and Advanced Painting at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy.

Some events that will be taking place to celebrate Pezzatini’s visit to Hiram include:

Filo Making Activity: Monday, March 2 through Thursday, March 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Kennedy Center entrance hall.

Screening of “Losing the Thread,” a documentary film on the life and artwork of Lorenzo Pezzatini by Jonathan Nossiter (2000), followed by an open forum discussion with the artist. Tuesday, March 3, 5:30 p.m., in the Gelbke Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

Convocation Artist Talk: Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m., Kennedy Center Ballroom. Lorenzo Pezzatini will present images of his artwork and talk about the creation, evolution, and myriad applications of his Filo as painting, sculpture, installation, and performance. A reception with refreshments will follow.

Gallery Performance: Friday, March 6, 5 to 8:30 p.m., Gelbke Fine Arts Center Gallery. A culmination of the Artist in Presence week, join us for the performance piece, “The Illuminated Cyclist at Hiram” presented by Lorenzo Pezzatini.

Read more information on the artist.

The Artist in Presence event is made possible by the Hiram Community Trust and Hiram College.

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change, so please visit the Hiram College Art department website or call 330.569.5304 for updates.

Internationally-renowned artist Lorenzo Pezzatini to be “Artist in Presence” at Hiram

February 23, 2009

Lorenzo Pezzatini, a native resident of Florence, Italy, will conduct a week-long “Artist in Presence” residency at Hiram College from March 2 through 6, 2009.

Creating his unique strand-like material called “Filo” in 1978, Lorenzo has spent decades realizing the potential of Filo as subject and medium for painting, sculpture, and installation/performance in public, private, and commercial spaces. Filo has been used to comment on popular media, consumerism and advertising, war and injustice, as well as the nature of art, love, and familial bonds.

In addition to being a fixture in the Florentine art scene for decades, Lorenzo has had prominent exhibitions throughout Italy, as well as in Serbia, Austria and Germany. In the United States, Lorenzo has exhibited in New York City, Wisconsin, and Massachusetts. Lorenzo is currently the Head of Graduate Studies in Studio Art and Advanced Painting at Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy.

Some events that will be taking place to celebrate Pezzatini’s visit to Hiram include:

Filo Making Activity: Monday, March 2 through Thursday, March 5 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Kennedy Center entrance hall.

Screening of “Losing the Thread,” a documentary film on the life and artwork of Lorenzo Pezzatini by Jonathan Nossiter (2000), followed by an open forum discussion with the artist. Tuesday, March 3, 5:30 p.m., in the Gelbke Fine Arts Center Auditorium.

Convocation Artist Talk: Wednesday, March 4, 7 p.m., Kennedy Center Ballroom. Lorenzo Pezzatini will present images of his artwork and talk about the creation, evolution, and myriad applications of his Filo as painting, sculpture, installation, and performance. A reception with refreshments will follow.

Gallery Performance: Friday, March 6, 5 to 8:30 p.m., Gelbke Fine Arts Center Gallery. A culmination of the Artist in Presence week, join us for the performance piece, “The Illuminated Cyclist at Hiram” presented by Lorenzo Pezzatini.

Read more information on the artist.

The Artist in Presence event is made possible by the Hiram Community Trust and Hiram College.

Dates, times, and locations are subject to change, so please visit the Hiram College Art department website or call 330.569.5304 for updates.

Pittman to Present for Sociology Department on February 25

February 23, 2009

LaShawnda Pittman, Minority Dissertation Fellow in the Sociology Department, will present the next Library Forum on Wednesday, February 25 at 4:15 p.m. in the Pritchard Room of the Library.

She will speak on “Social Welfare System Missing Link in African American Caretaking Grandmothers Institutional Decision Making.”

Refreshments will be served. Please join us!

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