Trail Mix at the Field Station

June 21, 2010

What better way to start off a beautiful sunny day than with an early morning breakfast and a hike in the woods? Apparently, a couple dozen attendees of Hiram’s 2010 Alumni Weekend thought that sounded pretty good, too, and congregated at the James H. Barrow Field Station for a delicious and healthy catered breakfast by chef Anne Haynam ’88, who provided homemade yogurts, granola, breads, pastries, and of course the requisite coffee and tea. We ate in the observation building – with a pair of trumpeter swans and their four one- week-old signets only a few feet away.

After breakfast, Professor Matt Hils, Matt Sorrick and Laura Collins accompanied waves of hikers through the woods. For many of us, it had been years (sometimes lots of years) sense we had been in these woods, and it was a lovely and educational experience – a nice start to a day full of Alumni Weekend activities.

Reconnecting with WEC/MAIS graduates

June 21, 2010

Alumni Weekend 2010 kicked off with a number of Friday evening events, one of which was a reception and reunion in the Hinsdale arch with the Weekend College and Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies crowd. For a couple of hours, folks gathered to visit, reconnect and reminisce with faculty and staff as well as graduates, students and friends.

When we weren’t busy chewing the fat with our compatriots, we were busy eating and drinking – and I know that I personally managed to chew the fat and chew the food simultaneously. I know I wasn’t the only one enjoying myself, though.

It was a wonderful time to meet up with old friends and wind up for the rest of the weekend’s events.

Hiram Community Band July 4th Revelry

June 21, 2010

Hiram Community Band will make its annual appearance on July 4 at 4 p.m. There are openings for players on all instruments. Rehearsals are 6:45 – 9 p.m. on June 27, 30, and July 2 in Frohring Recital Hall.  

For further info, contact director Jeffrey Quick ( or 216.368.6677 weekdays), or via the Hiram Community Band Facebook page.

DePauw (Ind.) University Joins NCAC; Tigers Begin NCAC Competition in 2011-12

June 10, 2010

CLEVELAND, OHIO – DePauw University of Greencastle, Indiana, has accepted a unanimous invitation to join the North Coast Athletic Conference.

The NCAC was founded in 1983 based upon the principles of a strong commitment to equality for women, a firm belief in a broad-based athletic program as part of an institutions’ greater academic mission and a reliance on presidential leadership. With the addition of women’s golf for the 2010-11 season, the NCAC will sponsor 23 championship sports, 11 for men and 12 for women.

DePauw will begin NCAC competition in 2011-12 in all sports with the exception of football, which, due to existing contracts, will begin play in 2012.

“The North Coast Athletic Conference is home to many of the most outstanding undergraduate liberal arts colleges in the lower Great Lakes states. We are as proud that all members host chapters of Phi Beta Kappa as we are of the high level of athletic competition that makes the NCAC one of the leading conferences in NCAA Division III,” said Dale Knobel, president of Denison University and president of the NCAC. “DePauw University already partners with other NCAC colleges in a variety of academic activities. It just seems natural that DePauw’s student-athletes should now join their peers and friends of the NCAC on the playing field.”

The expansion brings the core NCAC membership to 10 NCAA Division III institutions stretching from Pennsylvania through Ohio to Indiana. DePauw joins Allegheny College (Meadville, Pa.), Denison University (Granville, Oh.), Hiram College (Hiram, Oh.), Kenyon College (Gambier, Oh.), Oberlin College (Oberlin, Oh.), Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, Oh.), Wabash College (Crawfordsville, In.), Wittenberg University (Springfield, Oh.) and the College of Wooster (Wooster, Oh.).

This addition provides permanent quality opponents for North Coast athletic teams and moving back to a 10-team core conference will help the NCAC retain its position in a region composed of conferences of similar or larger size.

Founded in 1837, DePauw is a private, selective, coeducational, residential, undergraduate College of Liberal Arts and School of Music with an enrollment of 2,349. More than one out of every five students is a member of an intercollegiate team and the Athletic Department strives to enhance the total educational experience of each student-athlete. The Tigers compete in 21 sports and have won five consecutive Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference all-sports trophies, including the 2009-10 award, and six in their 12 years of SCAC competition. Prior to membership in the SCAC, DePauw was a founding member of the now-defunct Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference.

“The move to the NCAC aligns DePauw with strong institutions with a similar focus on academic excellence and the overall development of the student with fewer strains on both schedules and budgets,” explained DePauw President Brian Casey.

Allegheny, Denison, Kenyon, Oberlin, Ohio Wesleyan and Wooster are charter North Coast members. Wittenberg joined in 1988-89; Hiram and Wabash followed in 1999-00. Charter member Case Western Reserve University relinquished NCAC membership in 1998-99; Earlham College, which joined the league in 1988 with Wittenberg, will begin participating in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference on a full-time basis this coming fall, but will be an affiliate North Coast member in field hockey.

Winning in More Ways than One at Alumni Weekend

June 9, 2010

This year for Alumni Weekend, reunion classes are competing for a free private party at alumni weekend. The class that met their reunion class gift goal first won the prize. The class of 1980 was the first to meet their goal, and they will receive a free private party at Alumni Weekend on June 18 – 20. In total, so far four of the 11 reunion classes have met their goals.

But, the contest spirit is alive and well. Everyone in a reunion year who makes a gift before June 30, 2010 will be entered into a drawing to win free attendance at all Hiram alumni events in academic year 2010-2011 (including Alumni Weekend) or a $100 gift certificate to the Hiram College bookstore. So, get your gift in today for your chance to win!

Many classes have already met their reunion goal.  Is yours one of them? Check all of the classes’ progress go here.

Mullane ’09 Has Senior Seminar Paper Published

June 9, 2010

Matthew Mullane ’09 has recently had the paper he presented for his senior seminar, “The Aesthetic Ear: Sound Art, Jacques Rancière and the Politics of Listening,” published in the “Journal of Aesthetics and Culture.”

The “Journal of Aesthetics and Culture” is “a peer reviewed Open Access journal that aims to develop inter-disciplinary theoretical models as applied to human science research on aesthetic questions, understood in their broadest meaning, as a means to transcend traditional subject boundaries and to integrate regional, national, international and global perspectives; and finally, to also bridge the gaps between art and technology, between high brow culture and popular culture, and between aesthetics and politics,” according to the journal’s website.

The full paper, which Mullane also presented at the 7th Annual Cultural Studies Association Conference in Kansas City, Mo., in April 2009, can be read online.

Mullane is the second art history graduate in five years to have his senior seminar paper published.

2010 Alumni Awards to be Presented at Alumni Weekend June 19

June 8, 2010

Hiram will honor several alumni at a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2010, during Alumni Weekend celebrations.

Lifelong Leadership Award: Elizabeth Cupp ’51

Nominated by Kim Mullet (Matthews) ’95 who says, “She has been the shining example to me of an educated professional woman. Growing up in the 50s I did not know many women who went to college, went on for their masters, became a teacher, then superintendent of a school,” but Elizabeth Cupp was all that.

She encourages and has encouraged many a young High School student to investigate what Hiram has to offer. She has contributed to the new recreational building, contributed monies for books for the nursing college – given in the name of her Mother, who was a Hiram graduate and nurse, and her Aunt, who also was a Hiram graduate and librarian. Cupp delivers Meals on Wheels, sings in the church choir, directs the youth handbell ringers at the church, volunteers at the Geauga Park District and she and her dog have been certified to go into nursing homes for pet therapy. Cupp has served on many Burton committees throughout the years, from voting for the school levy to promoting Burton festivities.

She is passionate about education, Hiram and her home town of Burton.

Alumni Achievement Award: Anne (Vainer) Najeway ’80

Nominated by Ann Marie O’Brien ’87, Vainer has made a commitment to education and learning. She received principal certification and her Master of Arts in education from Baldwin-Wallace College, and has worked in the Barberton City School system for 14 years in various capacities, including as director of student services and supervisor of special education. Prior to that, she worked at Sagamore Hills Children’s Psychiatric Hospital as partial hospital director, education therapist and principal. She presented at the 2005 Ohio Prevention and Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio, and at Partnering To Prevent Truancy: A National Priority, hosted by the National Department of Juvenile Justice, December 6-8, 2004, Washington D.C.

Her professional recognitions include the “William P. Kannel” Legacy Award 2006; Leaf of Life Award, Community Mental Health Center; Employee of the Month (May 1992, June 1989); Employee of the Year (1992, 1989). She has published articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer “Ohio Right to Read Week” supplement. She serves numerous organizations, including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; the Baldwin-Wallace College Graduate Education Alumni/Student Association; Council for Exceptional Children; Ohio Association of Pupil Services Administrators; Summit County Children Who Witness Violence Program; and is a member of Barberton Noon Kiwanis, 1997 to present: President 2006-2007; the Barberton Red Cross Board of Directors; the Camp Y-Noah Advisory Board; the East Akron YMCA Advisory Board; and Junior Achievement Board of Directors, 1998-present: Program and Volunteers Chair 2007-2008.

Volunteer Award: Sheryl Buckley ’68

Nominated by Jennifer Schuller. Sheryl Buckley is an accomplished anesthesiologist who has spent decades giving back to Hiram College both philanthropically and in time. She is a member of Hiram’s Board of Trustees and teaches through the Weekend College office as an adjunct faculty member. She has co-edited books with Carol Donley titled “What’s Normal” and “The Tyranny of the Normal.”

Two years ago she offered to help chair her Hiram reunion. Unfortunately, just after her commitment she learned that she had cancer and as the reunion neared, she was so weak she was unable to participate. However, she endorsed multiple communication pieces that went out encouraging her classmates to attend – helping make it one of Hiram’s largest attended 40th reunions to date.

Sheryl’s service extends beyond the alumni community. She is always willing to serve as a resource for Hiram students as well – offering to host a student for job shadowing over his or her spring break or serving as a medical resource for the nursing program. The Center for Literature, Medicine, and Biomedical Humanities – one of Hiram’s seven centers of excellence – is her brainchild. She remains very much connected to it and serves on its board – assisting in annual program ideas, marketing of the center and more. She also is a member of Hiram’s Women’s Council which provides annual scholarships to Hiram.

Sheryl is one of a many family members who have attended Hiram – and she takes the College home with her… one of her cats is even named Gerstacker!

Recent Graduate Service to Humanity: Sandra Lisko ’07 (WEC).

Nominated by Cathy Mansor ’00. Lisko is involved in many community causes, including serving as the committee chair for the past 12 years for The American Cancer Society Trumbull Relay for Life. She has received awards for raising the most money overall during the Relay, and works in Huntington’s tent during the entire 24-hour Relay. She volunteers and serves as the coordinator for several other events including The American Heart Association annual Heart Walk and Caring for Our Community’s Kids Identi-Kit program.

Lisko is a board member for Trumbull Mobile Meals, Trumbull Art Gallery and the Hiram College Alumni Executive Board. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes and is a neighborhood volunteer for muscular dystrophy causes, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society. 

For more information on Alumni Weekend, go here.

Hiram Leaves Its Genomic Footprint in San Diego

June 4, 2010

A few weeks ago, the work of Hiram College students, faculty and staff was on display at the American Society for Microbiology Conference on Undergraduate Education (ASMCUE) and the subsequent 110th General Meeting of the society. Both events took place May 20 through 23 at the Town & Country Resort and Convention Center, in San Diego, Calif.

ASMCUE brought together close to 400 educators while over 10,000 researchers, clinicians and educators with a common interest in microbiology attended the General Meeting. At ASMCUE, Brad Goodner, associate professor of biology, gave a short “how-to” lecture on teaching key features of gene regulation and presented two posters on ongoing faculty development institutes he leads for ASM. At the General Meeting, Goodner convened a symposium on “Functional Genomics in the Classroom” and spoke in the symposium.

“There is a lot of interest among faculty, both young and seasoned, in staying current with their field and in bringing novel research into their courses,” he said. “I am thrilled that Hiram College can be seen as a leader in these efforts.”

Spring 2010 Issue of “Hiram Magazine” Available Online

June 3, 2010

You may have already received it in your mailbox, but now you can also look at the Spring 2010 edition of “Hiram Magazine” online on the Alumni web site.  Go to the “Hiram Magazine” tab on the left hand side of the page and select the edition.

To go directly to the magazine, click here.

Bourassa Curating Lake Erie Art Exhibition

June 2, 2010

One Hiram professor isn’t taking a break this summer. Professor of Art Linda Bourassa is busy curating an art exhibition at Heights Arts Gallery in Cleveland Heights.

“Lake Effects” showcases how Lake Erie defines our culture. The show, which runs from June 11 to July 24, presents a collective body of work by several regional photographers who individually have reacted to the lake in a variety of media. It is curated by Bourassa and features 12 of her pieces as well. It also includes work by Lori Kella, Michael Loderstedt, Gary Marmolya, Cynthia Penter, Renee Psiakis, Garie Waltzer, Darrin McDonald and Scott Ditzenberger.

“Out of Place,” a movie about surfing on Lake Erie by Darrin McDonald and Scott Ditzenberger, will be shown at a Saturday matinee, July 24, at the Cedar Lee Theatre.

An opening reception for the exhibit will take place on Friday, June 11, from 6 to 9 p.m. Gallery hours are 1:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday or by appointment.

For more information, visit the Heights Arts website.

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