2010 Women’s Soccer Preview

August 20, 2010

HIRAM, OHIO  –  The 2010 Hiram College women’s soccer team will boast another experienced team this fall as all but two starters return from a year ago to go along with 15 letterwinners as the Terriers look to improve upon a 7-10-2 overall record and 1-7 in the North Coast Athletic Conference last fall.

“We had equal shares of elation and frustration last season,” said seventh-year Head Coach Bob Dean.  “Our goal was simply to have a winning season and we fell short last year.  The elation came from the way we played and the competition level that we demonstrated in virtually every match.  This group of players rose to the occassion in just about every situation.  There were some tremendously important and meaningful victories..”

The Hiram offensive attack will be led this season by senior two-time All-NCAC forward Claire Conner (Aurora).  Last season, Conner started all 19 games and led the team in goals (10), points (24), shots (44), shot percentage (.227), shots on goals (27) and game winning goals (three).  Her 10 goals ranked in a tie for second in the conference and her 24 points were third most in the NCAC.  Conner has already had a standout playing career who currently owns or shares seven individual game, season and career records, including being the all-time career goals (26) and points (65) leader.

In addition to Conner, look for junior All-NCAC player Caitlin Fortson (Ravenna) to see playing time at the forward position.  A year ago, Fortson played in all 19 games and started 17.  She finished third on the team goals with four for eight points.  Also look for sophomores Stephanie Takeuchi (Milton, Ontario/E.C. Drury) and Chelsea Ulmer (Toledo/Sylvania Northview) to see playing time up front.

“Claire and Caitlin have proven over and over again that they are threatening every minute they are in a match,” said Dean.  “They are leaders in so many ways and their blend of being two different types of “personality players” give us so many different looks at the goal..”

The midfielder and defender positions will feature a host of returning multi-position players who could see playing time at either spot.  At midfielder, the Terreirs will be led by junior Kayla Durichko (Brunswick) and senior Kendra Dean (Chesterland/ West Geauga).  Durichko started all but one game last season.  She took three shots during the season, but did not record any goals or assists.  Dean started all but one game last season and scored a goal and an assist for three points.  In addition to Durichko and Dean, look for the trio of Takeuchi, Ulmer and sophomore Ernestina Zappa (Brooklyn/Laurel).  Of the three returners, Takeuchi led the way offensively talling a pair of goals in three shots taken during the season for four points.  Ulmer was second with a goal and an assist for three points, while Zappa added a pair of assists for two points. 

“The spine of this team is so solid due to the balance and attack from our midfield.,” said Dean.

Hiram’s strenghth this season should be at the defender position led by two senior starters in three-time All-NCAC player Madison Sepp (Aliquippa, Pa./Hopewell) and Melissa Sharpe (Eastlake/ Willoughby South).  Sepp started all 18 games she played in and scored one goal during the season.  She helped anchor a defense that allowed 1.48 goals per game and had six shutout victories.  Sharpe played in all 19 games and started 14.  She made an impact offensively finishing fourth on the team in points with five after posting two goals and an assist.  Also look for sophomores Olivia Dagg (Brampton, Ontario/Central Peel Secondary), Jamie Frost (Barberton) and Lyndsay Witmer (Ashland/Hillsdale) to see playing time this fall.

“Our backline is the foundation we stand on,” said Dean.  “We read well and now provide the pilot light to the attack out of the back.  It gets even stronger this year with our first-year additions as well.  Our need is to be more consistent and more assertive in limiting what our opponents do in our half.”

At goalkeeper, Hiram will look to senior Emily Bristol (Worcester, N.Y./Worcester Central) as the main netminder.  In 2009, Bristol finished the season with a 7-10-2 record, with two shutout wins, and a 1.59 goals against average.  She saw playing time in all 19 games and started 18, while making a league-leading 80 saves with a 74.1 save percentage.  In addition to Bristol, sophomore Kate Valaitis (Lewis Center/Olentangy) also saw playing time last season lining up in goal in seven games.  She allowed just one goal for a 0.58 g.a.a. and made three saves.

“Emily is simply one of the best keepers in the region and we need to give her the opportunity to succeed this year at a level that is higher,” said Dean.  “She has been huge for us and the level of support we provide her just needs to be stronger in limiting the chances she faces.  Kate was a solid backup last fall, learning a great deal in the transition as a freshman and we are looking for her to compete to take over the reigns in the future..”

The 2010 schedule will feature eight home games for the Terriers with five home contests scheduled within the first month of the season, including the season-opener against John Carroll University on Wednesday, Sept. 1.  Hiram will begin the NCAC schedule in early October and will host two schools who qualified last year for the conference tournament in Allegheny (Pa.) College on Oct. 12 and Denison University in the season finale on Oct. 30.

“This is probably the most experienced team Hiram has ever fielded and, without doubt, the most difficult schedule we have ever faced.,”said Dean. “With all of that, we are extremely excited about simply finishing stronger and raising our level and expectations for the program.”

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.

Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour – Sunday, August 29

August 20, 2010

The Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship is bringing the country’s top young entrepreneurs to campus to help educate and motivate the community. The entrepreneurs will be here as part of the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour, the first and only nationwide entrepreneurship tour.

The tour is designed to help participants begin to define their life vision, learn how to develop personal leadership skills, enhance their career opportunities, and understand more about the entrepreneurial career path.

The tour will be stopping at Hiram on Sunday, August 29. The doors of Hayden Auditorium will open at 2 p.m. with a performance by local steel drum band Steelin’ Hearts. Tour events will begin at 3 p.m. The schedule for the day is set to include two speakers, a dream creation workshop and multiple networking opportunities.

Participants that register early can enter to win an iPod Touch and other prizes. Registration is open and can be done online at extremetour.org/hiram. You must be present at the event to win any prizes.

For more information, visit the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship’s website or the Extreme Entrepreneurship Tour’s website.

Smerek Wins Award for Dissertation

August 19, 2010

Ryan Smerek, assistant professor of management, was recently given an award from the American Association of University Administrators (AAUA) for his dissertation, “Sensemaking and Sensegiving: Leadership Processes of New College Presidents.”

The Leo and Margaret Goodman-Malamuth Dissertation Award is named for Leo Goodman-Malamuth, an early member of the AAUA who gave a small gift to endow the award. The award itself is an engraved plaque with Smerek’s name and the title and year of his work.

Smerek will receive the award at the AAUA’s next conference, which will take place November 4 through 6 in Washington, D.C. He will also have the opportunity to give a presentation about his work at a conference session dedicated specifically to the dissertation awards.

Hiram College Named “A Best in the Midwest” College by the Princeton Review on its Website Feature: “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region”

August 18, 2010

Hiram College is one of the best colleges in the Midwest according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review. It is one of 152 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Midwest” section of its website feature, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted August 2, 2010 on PrincetonReview.com. In the profile on Hiram College on its site, The Princeton Review describes the college as “a diverse, close-knit, residential learning environment.”

Says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s Senior VP / Publishing, “We’re pleased to recommend Hiram College to users of our site as one of the best schools to earn their undergrad degree. We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as ‘regional best’ colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs. From several hundred schools in each region, we winnowed our list based on institutional data we collected directly from the schools, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of our staff, plus college counselors and advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what students at the schools reported to us about their campus experiences at them on our 80-question student survey for this project. Only schools that permit us to independently survey their students are eligible to be considered for our regional ‘best’ lists.”

“It is heartening to receive these kind of third-party endorsements of the good work we do with students here at Hiram,” said Hiram College President Thomas V. Chema. “However, what speaks even louder about the value of a Hiram education is the extraordinary experiences our students have after they graduate. Hiram graduates leave ready for life and work in our complex and rapidly changing world.”

The 152 colleges that The Princeton Review chose for its “Best in the Midwest” list are located in twelve states: Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Ohio, South Dakota and Wisconsin. The Princeton Review also designated 218 colleges in the Northeast, 120 in the West and 133 in the Southeast as best in their locales on the company’s “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region” lists. Collectively, the 623 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25% of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

For this project, The Princeton Review asks students attending the schools to rate their own schools on several issues — from the accessibility of their professors to quality of the campus food — and answer questions about themselves, their fellow students and their campus life. Comments from surveyed students are quoted in the school profiles on The Princeton Review site. Student comments in the profile on Hiram are that the College is “a gentle mix of athletes, artists and scientists, and…Everyone gets along and respects what the others are capable of doing,” and that Hiram provides “not only a feeling of immediate comfort but also the appeal of being in close relationship with my professors.”

The Princeton Review does not rank the 623 colleges in its “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region” list hierarchically or by region or in various categories. (However, some schools in this list that also appear in The Princeton Review book, “The Best 373 Colleges: 2011 Edition” may appear on some of the Princeton Review ranking lists of “top 20 colleges” in 62 categories that are unique to that book. They are based entirely on the Company’s surveys of students at the 373 schools in the book.)

The Princeton Review, headquartered in Framingham, MA with editorial offices in New York City and test preparation locations across the country and abroad, is not affiliated with Princeton University and it is not a magazine.

Hiram College Named One of America’s Best Colleges by Forbes Magazine

August 17, 2010

Hiram College has once again been recognized as one of the nation’s best institutions of higher learning in the recently released edition of “America’s Best Colleges 2010” produced by Forbes and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. The third-annual ranking guide selects colleges and universities based on a variety of factors including four-year graduation rate, student satisfaction, post-graduation success of graduates and freshman-to-sophomore retention rates.

Hiram rose to number 166 in the rankings this year compared to a ranking of 204 last year. There are 610 total schools on the list. Hiram is also ranked 38 among the 150 colleges (of the 610 total) that are in the Midwest and 42 among the 386 colleges (of the 610 total) that have average SAT scores between 1100 and 1299.

The two areas that Hiram received the strongest rankings in were student satisfaction and alumni achievement.

“We know what we do at Hiram is special and that it is the best preparation for life in today’s rapidly changing world,” said Hiram President Thomas V. Chema. “It is especially positive when those outside of our community endorse the value of a Hiram education.”

Five Hiram Students Win Entrepreneurship Education Consortium Contest

August 16, 2010

Five Hiram students have won the opportunity to turn their business idea into reality. The students are the winners of the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium’s “Entrepreneurship Immersion Week.”

Dan Fakhoury ’13, Adam Miller ’13, Sydney Vore ’11, Nicole Spencer ’11 and Kara Vantaggi ’12 traveled to Baldwin-Wallace College for the week, which took place Sunday, August 8 through Friday, August 13. They spent the week attending academic sessions and networking during the day and perfecting a business concept at night. All of this was in preparation for a team presentation of their business concept to a panel of judges at the end of the week.

The Hiram team developed a plan to create “Stir-Ups,” straws filled with chocolate syrup. They spent long hours doing their homework for the idea including: researching the proposed market for the product, discovering the costs and developing a five year focus plan.

As the winners, the team received a package of cash and gifts along with access to resources to make their idea a reality. The judges praised the team for their enjoyable idea, saying that the level of fun in the product showed during their presentation.

The group was one of eight teams from area universities to present their idea. The other teams included students from: Baldwin-Wallace, Kent State University, John Carroll University, Case Western Reserve University, the University of Akron, Ashland University and Lake Erie College.

Kay Molkentin, director of the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship, traveled with the students and advised them throughout the week. She was thrilled about the win.

“The Hiram students did a fantastic job,” she said. “They didn’t really know each other that well before the competition and came together perfectly as a team. The whole thing is very exciting.”

Molkentin said that the students were grateful for everything they learned during the week and the opportunities that winning the competition gives them. She said that they are planning out the next steps for their business concept.

“The week was great,” she added. “Everyone from all the schools did a great job of coming together. After the week I am sure that there is quite a bit of talent in northeast Ohio.”

To read more about the competition, check out the Plain Dealer’s coverage.

To learn more about the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship, please visit the Center’s website.

Head Swimming and Diving Coach Jack Groselle Continues Swim Success This Summer

August 16, 2010

SAN JUAN, PUERTO RICO  –  Hiram College Head Swimming and Diving Coach Jack Groselle continued his success in the pool this summer following another standout performance.  This time at the United States Masters Swimming Summer Nationals in San Juan, Puerto Rico that was held on Monday-Thursday, Aug. 9-12. 

Groselle competed in six individual events, capturing first place in every event, as well as competing in a combined four relay and mixed relay events, capturing two event titles. 

In individual events, Groselle claimed the top spot in the 50-yard freestyle (26.52 seconds), 100-yard free (57.54 seconds), 200-yard free (2:08.56), 50-yard breaststroke (33.66 seconds), 100-yard breast (1:16.86) and the 200-yard breast (2:49.50).  In the relay events, Groselle helped post winning marks in the 200-yard medley relay (2:15.87) and the 200-yard mixed free relay (2:00.39).  Groselle competes with the O*H*I*O Masters Swim Club and you can view all of the results from the four-day event by clicking here or going to the United States Masters Swimming website. 

In addition to competing in the pool, Groselle was also featured in a online video recap about the second day of events of the meet.  View the video by clicking here.   Scroll down the page until you get to the “Day 2 at Summer Nationals — Fast and Furious” video.

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.

2010 Men’s Soccer Preview

August 16, 2010

 HIRAM, OHIO  –  Following back-to-back appearances in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament, the Hiram College men’s soccer team established itself as a top program in the conference and all of Division III.  Capellas, who has accomplished several previously unattained goals, continues to break new ground for Hiram athletics.  Capellas headed up a project to add lighting to the Hiram Soccer Complex, overseeing all aspects.  

“Our goal has always been to raise expectations,” said seventh-year Head Coach Carl Capellas.  “Not only within in our team, but also the entire Hiram community and the program over all.  Adding lights to our field is a tribute to the strength and extent of the men’s soccer program, alumni and supporters.”

 The Terriers posted a season mark of 10-7-2 in 2009 and finished in fourth place in the NCAC with a record of 4-3-2.  Hiram’s 10 victories was the third straight season that the Terriers finished with 10 or more wins.  

 In 2010, Hiram will have another experience squad with 18 returning letterwinners and seven starters.

 In the midfield, Hiram will have the most holes to fill, but will return sophomore All-NCAC player Ryan Greenhill (Solon).  Greenhill made an impact last season as a freshman scoring a team-leading 10 assists and started all 19 games.  His 10 assists ranked second highest in the NCAC and led all freshmen nationally.  Joining Greenhill will be juniors Kevin Haramis (Norton), Brian Todd (Green), and  Sean Gerin (Warren/Howland) and senior George Schatz (Coraopolis, Pa./Mountour).  Both Haramis and Gerin will make their return to the field after missing all of last year due to injuries.  Todd and Schatz played significant in backup roles, but will battle for playing time this year.  Look for sophomore transfer Taylor Kiefer (North Canton/Hoover) to also make an immediate impact.

 ”We will look for several of our players to step up into more significant roles in midfield this year,” said Capellas.  “Ryan Greenhill is our captain and our engine, he will make our team go.”

 The Terriers will have a group of talented players back at forward led by seniors Petar Knezevic (Akron/ Ellet) and Cole Miller (Berlin/Hiland).  Knezevic started 16 of the 18 games he played and led the team in six statistical categories including goals (10), points (24), shots (49), shot percentage (.204), shots on goal (25) and game winning goals (five).  He was one of four players in the NCAC to score 10 or more goals and following the season, Knezevic earned second-team All-Conference accolades for the second straight year.  Miller had another strong season in 2009 finishing in tie for fifth on the team in goals scored with three.  He also tallied a pair of assists to end the season with eight points.  In addition to Knezevic and Miller, look for sophomore Ryan Minick (North Royalton) to see his share of playing time.  As a freshman last fall, Minick played in 18 games and was fourth on the team in goals with four.  He was also third in shots (34) and had a .118 shot percentage.

 ”Our forwards have a lot of experience,” said Capellas.  “Petar, Cole and Ryan contributed significantly last year.  We have high expectations for them and look for them to lead us this year.”

 On defense, Hiram will also return a host of experienced players.  Highlighting the list of returning defenseman is sophomore and 2009 NCAC Newcomer of the Year Mike Verdile (Strongsville).  Verdile started all 19 games last season and helped anchor a defense that allowed just 1.13 goals per game and posted a combined six shutout victories.  Also expected to make an impact this season is senior Evan Roberts (Akron/Ellet), juniors Tyler Launder (Whitehouse/Anthony Wayne), Jonathan Roszak (Medina) and sophomore Caleb Capron (Salem/West Branch).  All four players had success offensively from their defensive positions with Roberts leading the way with a goal scored to go along with two assists for four points.  Launder also scored a goal while Roszak and Capron both tallied assists.  In addition, look for senior Ross Minick (North Royalton) and sophomore Daniel O’Callaghan (Aberdare, Wales, United Kingdom) to battle for playing time this fall.

 ”Our team will always start with defense.  We look for them to set the tone for our entire team.” said Capellas.  “Evan Roberts and Jon Roszak are two year starters and Mike Verdile had a great first year.  Dan O’Callaghan and Caleb Capron had great springs and we are looking for them to continue in their development.”

 At goalkeeper, senior Joe Tatum (Georgetown, Cayman Islands/St. George’s School) will be the main netminder following a season that saw him finish with a 10-7-2 record and five shutout victories.  The Cayman Island international played in all 19 games and started 18 allowing just 21 goals (1.14 goals against average) while making 79 saves with a 79.0 save percentage.  Sophomore Joe Rottinger (Strongsville) will help to push Tatum as he looks to build off of last year’s experience.

 ”Joe Tatum will anchor our team,” said Capellas.  “He is a special player that will have the chance to play after college.”

The 2010 schedule features some of the toughest opponents yet for Hiram highlighted by four teams that qualified for the NCAA Divsion III Tournament last season.  Amongst those four teams include Calvin (Mich.) College who advanced to the NCAA Division III title game.  The Terriers will host three of the four teams, including Calvin on Sept. 18, and NCAC Champion Ohio Wesleyan University on Oct. 16.

 ”Last year we graduated several significant players,” said Capellas.  “That said, our returning group is very experienced.  We are also looking for several of our freshmen to have an immediate impact.  We set an extremely challenging schedule because we believe in the team we have and want to provide an environment to challenge ourselves.”

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.

Kennedy Center Bistro to Open in Fall 2010

August 16, 2010

Another exciting addition to Hiram’s dining facilities, the Kennedy Center Bistro, is set to open in the fall of 2010.

Bistro rendering

The Bistro will be a bakery-café, similar to a Panera Bread café, but with a more expanded menu. The menu will offer Starbucks coffee as well as a number of signature items, a variety of salads, upscale sandwiches, pasta, soup, grill items (like mini burger sliders and buffalo style chicken, etc.) and pastries. It will be a very relaxed setting with a variety of tables, high top tables and soft seating available.

The Bistro will be located on the east side of the first floor, the current location of the coffee shop.

Hiram Team Wins Entrepreneurship Education Consortium Contest

August 13, 2010

President Thomas V. Chema just passed along some exciting news to the Hiram community:

Greetings to students, faculty and staff,

Our Hiram students are real entrepreneurs! I just left Baldwin-Wallace where our five students presented their unique idea for a business and won the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium contest.

Hiram students Dan Fakhoury ‘13, Adam Miller ‘13, Sydney Vore ‘11, Nicole Spencer ‘11 and Kara Vantaggi ’12 did a terrific job. In fact, the judges told them their idea was great and encouraged them to take their business concept to the next level. As the winning team, they will receive a package of cash and gifts, as well as resources to help make their idea a reality.

Our students spent this week networking with area entrepreneurs and meeting students from Baldwin-Wallace, Kent State University, John Carroll University, Case Western Reserve University, The University of Akron, Ashland University and Lake Erie College. This was all part of “Entrepreneurship Immersion Week,” put on by the EEC.

Congratulations to all,

Tom Chema

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