Picnic with the Profs. Yummy!

June 20, 2009

New connections and reconnections are the heart and soul of Alumni Weekend's Picnic with the Profs.

New connections and reconnections are the heart and soul of Alumni Weekend's Picnic with the Profs.


The morning started out damp and overcast, but by the time Saturday noon came around on June 20, it had turned into a beautiful day, and the annual Picnic with the Profs celebration treated attendees to beautiful weather. As always, this was a time for alumni to not only reconnect with each other, but also with favorite faculty members and Hiram’s newest professors.

And also as always, the food was wonderful and the meetings fun.

Professors and friends enjoy good food - and good company.

Professors and friends enjoy good food - and good company.

Alumni Weekend – Eat, Drink and Be Merry

June 20, 2009

Breakfast - however you want it made.

Breakfast - however you want it made.

Saturday morning, June 20, might have dawned cloudy and spitting showers, but that didn’t stop the attendees of Alumni Weekend from getting a good breakfast. The day got off to a nutritious – and delicious – start with the Around the World Breakfast, with more than enough choices to suit anyone. Belgian waffles, crepes, made-to-order omelets, fresh fruit, bacon, potatoes, bisquits, danishs… the list goes on. You would think it would be a challenge to feed the over 600 attendees of the 2009 Alumni Weekend, but AVI was certainly up to the challenge.

“Alumni Weekend,” said Arnold Hayes ’86, “It’s all about the food.” Well, not totally – but it sure is a delightful part of it!

It's all about the food... mmmm.

It's all about the food... mmmm.

Heath on Historical Fiction

June 20, 2009

Bill Heath '64 discusses writing historical fiction with a packed room.

Bill Heath '64 discusses writing historical fiction with a packed room.


Bill Heath ’64 embodies the true interdisciplinary spirit of Hiram – he’s melded disciplines he loves – history and literature – into his work. On Saturday morning, June 20, he discussed his career, and especially his passion for writing historical fiction, with a roomful of alumni and friends.

Heath talked about how he conceived the idea for, and wrote, his award-winning novel about the civil rights movement in Mississippi in 1964, “The Children Bob Moses Led,” and also his most recent novel about the Northwest Territory circa 1780-1812, “Blacksnake’s Path: The True Adventures of William Wells.” He read excerpts from both books, and answered questions not only about the process of writing historical fiction, but also the pros (gives more life to history and to the characters, and is a creative outlet for the author) and the cons (it’s harder to “sell,” and requires at least as much research as nonfiction history).

Heath’s stories, reviews and poems have appeared in numerous literary magazines. He is currently the Libman Professor of Humanities at Hood College, after retiring as a professor emeritus of English from Mount Saint Mary’s University last year.

Bill Heath '64 discusses writing historical fiction with a packed room.

Bill Heath '64 discusses writing historical fiction with a packed room.

Estrin – An Eclectic Journey

June 20, 2009

John Estrin '69 discusses his life and career(s) from Hiram on out.

John Estrin '69 discusses his life and careers from Hiram on out.


On Saturday morning, June 20, John Estrin ’69 entertained scores of alumni with his discussion, “From Hiram to Hollywood: The Making of a Writer/Producer/Director.” Estrin started with a lot of reminiscing (accompanied by lots of laughs of recognition from the audience). He had been a history and psychology major at Hiram, and said that Hiram gave him “a sense of confidence that no matter what challenges I tackled, I could figure it out.”

And he constantly sought new challenges, never afraid to go off the beaten path – in fact, he welcomed those opportunities, and brought new insight to those positions because he was, as he said, “unencumbered by previous knowledge.” But he always used his education and previous experiences to help succeed in his new ventures. Estrin’s journey included positions as a television producer, writer, director and college dean. Estrin has won awards and nominations for work on projects as disparate as “Cagney & Lacey” and Danielle Steele’s “Jewels.” He has been an active volunteer, writing material for political campaigns (including Clinton/Gore) and chairing the board of the international relief agency Operation U.S.A. His notable career included a 2006 visit to Hiram for the world premiere screening of “The Water is Wide” for which he wrote the teleplay. Today, Estrin is the president of the Constitutional Rights Foundation, an organization devoted to our nation’s youth, instilling in them a deeper understanding of citizenship and the importance of their active participation as responsible members of society.

He is also being presented with the 2009 Alumni Achievement Award.

Murder Mystery Dinner Fun and Frivolity

June 20, 2009

Jack Warren '86 and Tawny Criblez

Jack Warren '86 and Tawny Criblez


Alumni Weekend 2009 got off to a bang – literally – at the Murder Mystery Dinner Friday evening. Dozens of alumni and friends gathered for the comedy mystery “Funeral for a Gangster.” Hiram alumni and staff, and their sundry relatives, made up the cast and crew, and included Jack Warren ’86, Nathan Steiner, Hiram Inn Keeper Tawny Criblez, Music Professor Emerita Damaris Peters Pike and the show was directed by Jenifer Warren ’86. The cast and crew took the audience back in time to 1928 and the mob send-off for Vito “The Gut” Marzetti. The “grieving family” gathers in Ruby’s Place for murdered Vito’s services – and to accuse each other of the crime. During the course of the dinner production, two more murders occur – and the onus is on the audience to solve the who-dunnit.

Music, mayhem and mystery mingled to make a merry meeting – in other words, fun was had by all. Great food, great acting and fun socializing made for a wonderful kick off to Alumni Weekend.

Cast and crew: (left to right) Tawny Criblez, Nathan Steiner, Damaris Peters Pike, Jack Warren '86, Cheryl Preisendorfer, Jonathan Warren, and Jenifer Warren '86.

Cast (l-r) Tawny Criblez, Nathan Steiner, Damaris Peters Pike, Jack Warren '86, Cheryl Preisendorfer, Jonathan Warren, and Jenifer Warren '86.

Three Cleveland Business Leaders Elected to Leadership Positions on Hiram College Board of Trustees

June 11, 2009

At its May meeting, the Hiram College Board of Trustees elected new officers for the 2009-2010 academic year. Kenneth Moore ’69, a partner at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, LLP., was elected Chair of the Hiram Board. Elected Vice Chair was Elizabeth Juliano ’84, President of Litigation Management, Inc. Carl Draucker ’73, also a partner at Squire, Sanders & Dempsey, was elected treasurer. Moore, Juliano, and Draucker are all graduates of Hiram College.

“Like the rest of our Board, Ken, Betsy, and Carl are deeply committed to the institution and give freely of their time and talent to keep Hiram among the nation’s most respected liberal arts colleges,” said Hiram College President Thomas V. Chema. “The fact that these three respected members of the Cleveland business community are Hiram graduates is a positive statement about the kind of education provided here and the opportunities available for our graduates.”

Moore joined Squire Sanders in 1974 as an associate and became partner in 1983. His practice focuses on commercial litigation and environmental law. He spends a substantial part of his time in the field of professional ethics, and he was the first chair of the firm’s committee on ethics when it was formed in 2003. His professional accomplishments have earned him recognition in “The International Who’s Who of Environmental Lawyers” as well as placements in “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Ohio Super Lawyers.”

Moore has been a trustee of Hiram College since 1997 and has served as vice chair since 2000. His service to Hiram spans more than two decades and includes appointments on the institution’s Alumni Executive Board, Garfield Institute for Public Leadership Advisory Council, Nursing Advisory Council, and participation in Education that Works, an alumni-student career networking conference.

Moore earned his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1973 and currently resides in Lakewood.

Juliano’s company, Litigation Management, Inc. (LMI), analyzes and summarizes complex medical information for large corporations and lawyers involved in personal injury and product liability litigation. She founded the company in 1984 after several years of experience at the Cleveland Clinic. In 2007, Juliano founded her second company, SmartCase, Inc., which sells LMI’s web-based information management platforms.

A resident of Mayfield Heights, Juliano has long been a trusted friend and advisor to Hiram College since she attended its Weekend College. She has been an adjunct faculty member in the Weekend College and has served on the College’s Center for Literature, Medicine and Biomedical Humanities Advisory Council, Entrepreneurship Advisory Council and Board of Visitors. She has been a trustee since 2001.

Draucker, a resident of Hudson, has served Squire, Sanders & Dempsey since 1985. Prior to joining Squire Sanders, Draucker was an attorney with Kelling, Joondeph & Shaffer in Akron. He has been an adjunct faculty member in the University of Akron’s Master of Taxation program and serves on the boards of directors of several privately held companies. His expertise in tax-qualified retirement plans, deferred compensation plans, executive compensation and employee benefits of corporate and real estate transactions has earned him recognition in each of “The Best Lawyers in America” and “Chambers USA” since 2006.

Draucker earned his J.D. from the Ohio Northern University Pettit Law School and his LL.M. in tax law from Boston University. In addition to his service to Hiram as a trustee, Draucker has been a member of the Alumni Executive Board and Nursing Advisory Council. He has been a trustee since 1994.

Thinking Dessert? Dragga ’09 Has Suggestions

June 11, 2009

Katie Dragga ’09 from Lyndhurst, Ohio, recently published a review of the french silk pie from Bakers Square for examiner.com. For the full story, click here.

All-You-Can-Eat Spaghetti Dinner This Friday

June 10, 2009

The Western Reserve Kiwanis All-You-Can-Eat spaghetti dinner will be Friday, June 12 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Hiram College Kennedy Center.

Dinner includes spaghetti with a choice of meat or marinara sauce, salad, garlic bread, beverage and dessert. Adults are $6 and kids 8 and under eat FREE! Carry-out is also available.

Our co-host is the Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community. The Hiram Farm is a community project born out of the desire to provide inspiration and meaningful work for the individual growth of people with Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Historical Marker to be Dedicated at Mantua Center Green

June 10, 2009

The Mantua Historical Society and The Mantua Center Christian Church cordially invite you to attend the dedication of an Ohio Historical Marker on the Mantua Center Green.

The ceremony will be held on Saturday, June 20 at 1 p.m. on the green at State Route 82 and Mantua Center road, one mile west of State Route 44.

Many of the early Mantua settlers were from the New England states and the green is a reflection of the towns and villages the early pioneers left behind. The area being dedicated is a remembrance of these early meeting places that became a bustling center of local commerce, politics and religion. Light refreshments will be provided after the ceremony.

The marker is being provided through the generosity of The Mantua Historical Society, The Mantua Center Christian Church and The Ohio Historical Society.

Re-enactors playing President and Mrs. James Garfield will arrive in a carriage and President Garfield will speak. Several dignitaries will arrive via surrey, carriage and wagon. A combined choir of local churches will sing and an honor guard from the American Legion will be there. Tours of the historic buildings on the green will be given as well.

Brickner Wins Volunteer of the Year Award

June 9, 2009

The Greater Cleveland Community Shares has named Mike Brickner ’04 Volunteer of the Year. Each year Community Shares selects one volunteer who has contributed greatly to the mission and direction of the organization and honors their work. Brickner has served as a member of the organization’s public relations committee for several years, helping to craft their public persona.

He is communications cirector at the ACLU of Ohio and graduated in May 2009 with a master’s degree in psychology from Cleveland State University’s diversity management program. In addition, he serves on the advisory committee for Shares’ young professionals group, which aims to recruit and develop the next generation of non-profit leaders in Cleveland, and he also volunteers his time at Hiram for alumni events. He lives in Willowick, Ohio with his wife Katie Brickner ’03.

Brickner receives his award at the Annual Power Lunch, taking place Friday, June 19 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. at Windows-on-the-River, 200 Sycamore Street, Cleveland. Tickets are $30 and may be purchased at www.communityshares.org or by calling 216.361.9920.

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