Hiram College Presents “Open a New Window: The Songs of Jerry Herman”

February 23, 2010

On Sunday, March 14, at 4 p.m. Hiram College’s Marcia Kenyon Bissell Performing Arts Symposium will present “Open a New Window,” a multi-media concert of 30 Jerry Herman songs from such Broadway mega-hits as “Hello, Dolly!,” “Mame” and “La Cage Aux Folles.” Hosted by Hiram alumnus Bill Rudman ’73 with musical direction by Nancy Maier, the show at Hayden Auditorium features two of Cleveland’s favorite musical theater artists, Adina Bloom and Jared Leal.

“Open a New Window” charts what the Tony Award-winning Herman, now 77, calls the “amazing roller-coaster ride” of his career – from the three musicals that are still performed all over the world to much-admired cult shows like “Mack and Mabel,” “The Grand Tour” and “Dear World.”

Born in Jersey City, Herman has been dubbed “a theatrical institution.” He made his songwriting debut off Broadway at the age of 21, spending the first few years writing scores for satirical revues. With “Milk and Honey” in 1961 he had his first Broadway success, which led to 1964’s “Hello, Dolly!”

That musical became a Broadway phenomenon starring such legendary performers as Carol Channing, Mary Martin, Ginger Rogers, Pearl Bailey, Ethel Merman and of course Barbra Streisand on screen. Each of them relished the role of matchmaker Dolly Levi and made it her own.

Rudman says it’s a thrill for him to explore Herman’s musical world, but he cautions: “Jerry’s songs require very specific vocal gifts, so Nancy and I had to cast it perfectly – which we have!” Both singers are well-versed in Herman’s joyful repertoire: Bloom has starred in “Jerry’s Girls,” the revue drawn from Herman’s song catalogue, and Leal has sung Herman in Chicago.

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Hiram College department of music at 330.569.5294.

Camp Invention is coming to Hiram College

February 23, 2010

Invent Now Kids is pleased to bring the Camp Invention CREATE program – featuring all new activities – to Hiram College. The weeklong program for children entering grades one through six will be held August 2 – August 6, 2010. This exciting summer day experience immerses children in imaginative play that inspires creativity and inventive thinking through hands-on activities in science, technology, engineering, math (STEM). It’s learning disguised as fun!

Each day of the program week, children rotate through five integrated modules that require creative thinking to solve real-world challenges. Working together, children learn vital 21st century life skills such as problem solving and teamwork. This year, Hiram College Center for Science Education Director Matt Sorrick will direct the Camp Invention CREATE program, where children not only have to figure out a way to survive on a strange planet during the “Problem Solving on Planet ZAK®” module, but also rebuild a cleaner, more eco-friendly city in the “Saving Sludge City” module and create amusement park rides during the “Imagination Point: Ride Physics” module. Every Camp Invention program features the “I Can Invent III” module, where younger children take apart discarded household appliances and create fantasy inventions, while older children use the pieces and parts to build Rube Goldberg machines. Also featured is the “Global Games” module, where children explore ancient cultures and sports like lacrosse and soccer from civilizations around the world.

Local educators will facilitate the program modules, and enthusiastic high school and college students will serve as program counselors. This renowned program features a low staff-to-child ratio, with one staff member for every eight children.

The registration fee includes a Camp Invention T-shirt. Register before March 31 or with a friend to receive $25 off the base price of $210. Availability is limited, so visit www.campinvention.org or call 800.968.4332 to reserve your child’s spot today!

Early Deficit Gives Men’s Basketball Loss Against Wittenberg University in NCAC Tournament

February 23, 2010

SPRINGFIELD, OHIO — The Hiram College men’s basketball team fell behind early and couldn’t erase a 17-point first half deficit as the Terriers fell to Wittenberg University, 85-63, tonight (Tuesday, Feb. 23) in a quarterfinal game of the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament at Pam Evans Smith Arena in Springfield. [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers will end their season with a 12-14 overall record. The Tigers will improve to 20-6 overall and will advance to the semifinals on Friday (Feb. 26).

Wittenberg jumped out early, beginning the game with a 23-6 scoring run in the opening 8:49. Hiram fought back and pulled to within seven points, 35-28, on a layup by sophomore guard Jamaal Watkins (South Euclid/Brush) at the 1:18 mark. Both teams would exchange baskets, but a three-point play by the Tigers to end the half, put Wittenberg up by 10 points, 40-30, at the break.

Hiram would narrow the gap to single figures again early in the second half, 42-34, with a layup by junior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) with 18:23 left to play. But a 7-0 run by Wittenberg put the Tigers back up by double-digits, 49-34, at the 17:26 mark and maintained a double-figure lead the rest of the way. Wittenberg recorded its largest lead of the game of 23 points on multiple occassions en route to the 85-63 final.

Both teams shot well from the floor with Wittenberg shooting 53.2 percent (33-of-62) and Hiram shot 42.4 percent (25-of-59).

Wittenberg was led by Clayton Black with a game-high 17 points on five-of-nine shooting (55.6 percent) and grabbed a game-tying high eight rebounds. Josh McKee was second with 14 points, followed by Mark Snyder with 12 points. Chris Sullivan added 11 points.

Hiram was led by junior guard Deon Milton (Oxon Hill, Md./Seed Charter) with 12 points on 40.0 percent shooting (four-of-10), including 50.0 percent (four-of-eight) from three-point range. Watkins was second with 11 points and junior guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel) rounded out the high-scorers with 10 points. In addition, junior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) grabbed a game-tying high eight rebounds.

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.

Mitchell’s Ice Cream Co-Founder To Share Secrets Of Success

February 22, 2010

The Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship is again hosting their Fireside Chat series this semester. Join them every Wednesday evening for an hour or two of stimulating conversation with local entrepreneurs. If you have ever wondered how businesses or organizations get started, here’s the chance to find out.

Each Wednesday an entrepreneur will tell their story. Some of these entrepreneurs may be well seasoned, some may be just starting out. Hear how they did it, what they did right, what they might do differently and what they might do next.

This week’s chat is titled “I Scream, you Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream!” and will take place on Wednesday, February 24 at 7 p.m. in the East Hall Lobby. The guest will be Mike Mitchell, Co-Owner and Mix-Master of Mitchell’s Ice Cream.

Come hear how a degree in philosophy, a love for ice cream and Seattle’s lack of a good location lead Mike and Pete Mitchell to start Mitchell’s Ice Cream.

To learn more about the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship visit its Web site.

Taylor to be Invited Lecturer at University of Georgia

February 22, 2010

Associate Professor of Physics Mark Taylor will be traveling to Athens, Georgia this week to participate as an invited lecturer at the 23rd annual computer simulation workshop held at the Center for Simulational Physics at the University of Georgia.

This year’s workshop focuses on recent developments in computer simulation methods in condensed matter physics. Taylor will lecture on some of the new techniques he has developed, in collaboration with colleagues in Mainz, Germany, to study phase transitions in single polymer chains.

Next week Taylor will be giving a seminar about his work at the Liquid Crystal Institute at Kent State University. This talk is on Wednesday, March 3 at 3 p.m. in the Samsung auditorium and is open to the public.

Gaming Is Serious Business For Three Young Entrepreneurs

February 22, 2010

Rescheduled Fireside Chat

Please Join Us

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Noon – 1:30 p.m.

“Character Building!” with George Saines, CEO, Inkren LLC

Come hear how three students from Oberlin College were inspired by a Nintendo video game to develop “Skritter,” a software program to learn Chinese and Japanese.

The trio received a fellowship from Oberlin’s Creativity and Leadership Project to get the company off the ground, and a grant from the Lorain County Community College Innovation Fund to continue development.

Pizza will be available.

To learn more about the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship visit its Web site.

Greenwood Publishes in “American Angler”

February 22, 2010

Associate Professor of English Willard Greenwood has published an article called “Ohio Steel.” It will be in the March/April issue of “American Angler” magazine.

“It is a how-to, when-to, where-to piece about fly-fishing for steelhead in NE Ohio,” Greenwood says. The article has broader Hiram angles, too. “This article came about after doing a lot of fishing on my sabbatical with Mario Renzi. The flies that were pictured with my article were tied by Mario,” Greenwood notes.

The magazine will appear on newsstands soon, and should be available for viewing online sometime thereafter. To learn more, go to americanangler.com.

Baseball Picked 10th in NCAC Preseason Poll

February 22, 2010

CLEVELAND, OHIO — The Hiram College baseball team was picked to finish 10th in the 2010 North Coast Athletic Conference preseason coaches poll that was released today (Monday, Feb. 22). [2010 NCAC Preseason Poll]

Hiram totaled 16 points to place 10th of 10 teams. Defending NCAC Champion and Division III National runners-up, The College of Wooster, has been selected to repeat as conference champions garnering 100 points and all 10 first-place votes. Ohio Wesleyan University was second with 87 points, followed by Wabash (Ind.) College with 72 points.

The Terriers will look to improve upon a 3-30 overall record and 0-16 in the NCAC this spring. Hiram will be led by four seniors in Kyle Kovach (Garfield Heights), Matt Rinaldi (Cape Coral, Fla./Cape Coral), Anthony Maruca (Warren/Champion) and Justin Street (Warren/Howland). Kovach and Street both earned All-NCAC honors in 2008 with Kovach tabbed as a second-team pick and Street earned honorable mention accolades. Kovach alo returns to the squad after suffering a season-ending injury during the team’s annual trip to Florida in 2009. Prior to his injury, he batted .190 at the plate (four-of-21) with one triple and a run batted in. Street ended the season with a .284 batting average (23-of-81) with two homeruns, three doubles, seven runs scored and seven RBI. He also had a .938 fielding percentage as a catcher with 98 putouts and 23 assists.

Hiram will officially begin the 2010 campaign when the team travels to Winter Haven, Fla. for a series of games next week. The Terriers will play their first games on Sunday, Feb. 28 with a doubleheader against Hanover (Ind.) College. The first game is scheduled to begin at noon.

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.

Three Men’s Soccer Players Earn All-Ohio Honors

February 22, 2010

HIRAM, OHIO — Three members of the Hiram College men’s soccer team earned NCAA Division III All-Ohio honors by the Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association for their efforts this past season. Junior Petar Knezevic (Akron/Ellet) was tabbed second-team, and seniors David Mason (Akron/Archbishop Hoban) and Nick Gdanetz (McKeen, Pa./Erie Cathedral Prep) were both third-team picks.

Hiram ended the 2009 season with a 10-7-2 overall record and advanced to the NCAC Tournament for the second straight season. It marks the third straight year Hiram has posted 10 or more wins.

Knezevic adds to his list of post-season awards having already earned second-team All-North Coast Athletic Conference accolades for the second straight season after leading the team in both goals scored (10) and total points (24). He was also led the team in shots (49), shot percentage (.204), game-winning goals (five) and was tied for second in assists with four. He recorded his second consecutive season with 10 goals which ranked fourth most in the conference and his 24 points were the fifth most recorded in the NCAC.

Mason has also earned multiple awards this season, capping a standout four-year career. Earlier this season, he was selected third-team All-Great Lakes Region by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA). Mason was a member of a defensive squad that allowed 1.80 goals per game and helped Hiram post six shutout victories. Individually, Mason played in 17 games, including 16 starts, and took two shots, but did not score any goals or assists. For his career, Mason scored one goal and four assists for six total points as a defender. He tallied 28 shots in 67 career games for a .036 lifetime shot percentage.

This past fall, Gdanetz finished second on the team in goals scored with seven, including a game-winning goal, and in overall points with 18 (seven goals and four assists). He had a .152 shot percentage and converted one-of-two penalty kicks. For his career, Gdanetz has scored 18 goals and 15 assists for 51 career points. He has taken 135 shots for a lifetime .133 shot percentage. His 18 goals rank seventh all-time in program history, his 15 assists are tied for sixth all-time and his 51 points rank sixth most. Following the season, Gdanetz also became a three-time All-NCAC award winner with his third straight first-team selection.

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.

Junior Swimmer Zach Wegman Competes At Kenyon Invitational; Breaks Two School Records and Betters NCAA Qualifying Time

February 21, 2010

GAMBIER, OHIO — Hiram College junior swimmer Zach Wegman (Knoxville, Tenn./Bereon) competed at the Kenyon Invitational yesterday (Saturday, Feb. 20) in Gambier. Wegman broke his own school record in a 200-yard butterfly time trial and bettered his NCAA provisional qualifying time as well as setting a school record in the 1650-yard freestyle. [Complete Results]

Wegman broke his own school record in the 200-yard fly, which he set earlier this year, with a time of 1:54.08 and also improved his NCAA National provisional qualifying time. He posted a time of 16:57.68 and broke the school record in the 1650-yard free. His time broke the previous mark of 16:59.40 that was held by Mike Trow and set back in 2006. In addition, Wegman recorded a mark of 4:15.68 in the 400-yard IM which was just over two-tenths of a second shy of the school record.

Wegman will have to wait and see if his provisional time in the 200-yard will be good enough to allow him to compete in the NCAA Division III National Meet which begins on Wednesday, Mar. 17 at the Minnesota University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

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.

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