Biomedical Humanities Capstone Projects TODAY!

February 22, 2011

Please join us in supporting the following Biomedical Humanities seniors as they present the research or reflective portion of their senior seminars TODAY, Tuesday, February 22, 2011 from 2 – 4 p.m.  in Gerstacker 123.


Matt Lee


Jon Rice

Doug Adkins

Audrey Andzelik

Melissa Sharpe (Minor)

Daphne Nicholson (Minor)

Go Organic with the Hiram Community Garden

February 22, 2011

The Hiram Community Garden is located on Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community property, where organic agriculture is practiced. The Farm is just a short walking distance down 700 from campus.

If you are interested in having a plot this year please for more information on the garden rules and contract.

You can rent a 10 x 10 raised bed plot for $20 from April 12 – November 15. Plot sizes can vary according to your needs, and the rental fee provides gardeners with access to water, tools, and tilling. Only certified organic seeds and starts can be used in the Hiram Community Garden.

This is a wonderful opportunity for students on campus this summer to have a garden.

There will a meeting to discuss community gardens, organic gardening practices, and seed ordering on March 21st at 7p.m. The meeting will be held in the building behind Hiram Christian Church, where the Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community offices are located.

Bread and Soup- Every Thursday this 12 Week!

February 22, 2011

Please remember that Bread and Soup is held every Thursday upstairs in the Kennedy Center during the spring 12 week. Each week features different types of soup, as well as bread and fresh fruit.

The meal costs $5 for non students or one meal swipe for students. $1 from each goes to support a local community organization.

Last year, the money raised went to support Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community, which is just a short walking distance from campus.

Please come and enjoy a meal with the Hiram community!

Computer Science Students’ Research Recognized

February 22, 2011

On Saturday, February 19, 2011, two Hiram College computer science students were recognized for their research this weekend at the Ohio Celebration of Women in Computing, held at the Mohican Resort and Conference Center in southern Ashland County.

Shanti Bramhacharya ’11 tied for first place for her poster, “A Computational Clustering Approach to Studying Metagenomics”, and  Elizabeth Ellis ’11 won honorable mention for her poster, “Improving the Purity of Clustering Algorithms by Modifying a Distance Metric.”

Shanti Bramhacharya '11 (left) and Elizabeth Ellis '11 (right) with their posters.

Both posters were advised by Louis Oliphant, assistant professor of computer science. Ellis’ project was a summer research project related to Oliphant’s prior work with breast cancer diagnosis.  Bramhacharya’s project began as an Integrated Research Component in Bioinformatics and was continued over the summer. Her prize includes a trip to the international Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing, which will be held in Portland, OR in November 2011.

Also attending the conference were Sulochana Bramhacharya ’13, Luana Correia ’14, Rachael Purta ’12, Caitlyn Tatar ’13, Professor Louis Oliphant, and Professor of computer science Ellen Walker.

Walker chaired the conference in 2009, and served on the committee for this conference as Past Chair.  More information about the conference can be found at

2011 Baseball Preview

February 22, 2011

HIRAM, OHIO  –  This spring’s edition of the Hiram College baseball team will feature a roster full of experienced players as the Terriers look to continue to improve in 2011.’

Hiram lost just three players to graduation from last year’s squad, including a pair of All-North Coast Athletic Conference award winners in catcher Justin Street and second baseman Kyle Kovach.  Both players posted the top-two batting averages on the team last season with Kovach recording a team-best .367 average (29-of-79) followed by Street at .330 (37-of-112).  

This season, Hiram returns 12 letterwinners, including six position starters and three starting pitchers.  The Terriers will be led by five seniors who include All-NCAC outfielder Doug Adkins (Frazeysburg/ Riverview), pitcher Andy Marsh (Orwell/Grand Valley), infielder Andy Richey (Petersburg/Springfield Local), pitcher Eric Schaffer (Kent Rossevelt) and pitcher Bubba Thurner (Pittsburgh, Pa./ Brashear).

The infield will be led by Andy Richey and will also including returning starters in first baseman Steve Dunn (Westlake) and third baseman/catcher Randy Miller (Glenmont/West Holmes).  Richey batted .256 at the plate (23-of-90) with a triple, a double, 11 runs scored and 15 runs batted in.  He also had a .927 fielding percentage as the team’s starting second baseman with 39 putouts, 12 assists and committed just four errors.  Andy Richey also saw playing time in the outfield and could do so again this spring.  Dunn was fourth on the team in batting average at .304 (35-of-115) and was amongst the team leaders in runs scored with 21.  He also hit a pair of homeruns and was second in doubles with 10.  Miller started all but one of his 34 games last season at third base.  He finished sixth on the team in hitting with a .299 average (32-of-107) and was second in RBI with 22.  He was also part of a four-way tie for third in homeruns with two to go along with five doubles and 20 runs scored.  With the loss of Street at catcher, look for junior Paul Yoculan (Erie, Pa./Mercyhurst Prep) to take over the starting role.  Yocluan saw limited playing time last season in 10 games and had a .063 batting average (one-of-16) with a run scored.  Also look for sophomore Travis Richey (Petersburg/ Springfield Local) to alternate between his starting pitcher role to the infield.  In his first season with the program, he batted .286 (20-of-70) with six doubles, 11 runs scored and 12 RBI. 

“It is nice to be in a position with all these returners in the infield,” said Head Coach Howard Jenter.  “I am sure that they can build off the confidence and success they had last year.”

The outfield will be anchored by Adkins who ended the 2010 season fifth on the team in hitting with a .303 average (36-of-119) and led the team in triples (four), doubles (12) and runs scored (26).  He also hit two homeruns and drove in 14 runs.  Following the season, Adkins was one of two players to earn All-Conference accolades.  Joining Adkins will be sophomore Ian Sewolich (Cleveland/St. Ignatius) who had a solid “rookie” season as the starting center fielder.  He hit a team-leading four homeruns while batting .287 at the plate (29-of-101).  He was second in triples with three and was also amongst the team leaders in runs with 21.  Rounding out the returning players that could also see playing time in the outfield this season is junior Lance Townsend (Garrettsville).  Last year, Townsend saw action at both left field and designated hitter and was third on the team in hitting at .307 (23-of-75) and was second in homeruns (three) and tied for second in runs scored (24).  He also tallied a triple, four doubles and 18 RBI.

“I feel that we have one of the strongest outfields that we have had in a while,” said Jenter.  “We have the right combination of size, speed and strength.”

Hiram will return a host of pitchers, including four members of last season’s starting rotation in Marsh, junior John Colla (Austintown/Ursuline), sophomore Mike Lalonde (Willowick/South) and Travis Richey.  Marsh started all but one of his 10 games played and led the team in victories with three (3-4 overall).  He finished second in earned run average amongst the returning starters at 10.33 with 11 strikeouts in 38-and-a-third innings.  Colla started six of the seven games he pitched last season.  He tallied 11 strikeouts in 25 innings pitched.  Lalonde made the move to a starting spot about mid-season and ended the year with a 1-2 record and led all starters in ERA at 10.08.  He struck out a team-tying high 24 batters in 25 innings pitched.  In addition to his infielder role, Travis Richey made 11 appearances on the mound and started eight.  He led the team in innings pitched (41-and-a-third) and was tied with Lalonde for the team-lead in strikeouts with 24. 

In addition, look for Thurner, Schaffer, sophomore Eric Cameron (Akron/Green) and sophomore Joel Hallett (Conewango Valley, N.Y./Pine Valley) to see playing time out of the bullpen this spring.  Thurner made the most appearances on the team last year with 19 and posted a 10.27 ERA with 11 strikeouts in 30 and two-thirds innings.  Schaffer was amongst the team leaders in strikeouts (23) in 25 innings in his first season as a Terrier and should be one of the primary bullpen pitchers in 2011.  Cameron and Hallett both saw limited playing time with Cameron making three appearances while striking out four hitters in five innings and Hallett recorded one strikeout in one inning pitched as a freshman.

“We are looking for a vast improvement from our pitching staff this year,” said Jenter.  “If their hard work and dedicatio this year in the offseason is any indication of how successful they will be, I think we are going to be just fine.”

Hiram opens the 2011 season with its annual spring trip south to Florida.  This year, the Terriers will return to Winter Haven, Fla. and will begin play on Sunday, Mar. 6 in a doubleheader against Juniata (Pa.) College.  The first game is scheduled to begin at 11 a.m.

“All the pieces are in place for a very successful and competitive season,” said Jenter.  “It is going to be really interesting to watch the season progress.”

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at

Rebecca McClanahan, Tuesday March 1

February 22, 2011

The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature will sponsor Poet and essayist, Rebecca McClanahan will be presenting a reading in the Pritchard Room, Tuesday, March 1, at 7 p.m.

McClanahan has published nine books and won the 2005 Glasgow Prize in Nonfiction for “The Riddle Song and Other Rememberings.” McClanahan’s work has appeared in “The Best American Poetry,” “The Best American Essays,” “The Pushcart Prize series,” “Poetry,” “Kenyon Review,” “The Georgia Review,” “The Gettysburg Review,” “Boulevard” and “Ms. Magazine,” as well as in collected works published by Beacon, Norton, Doubleday, St. Martin’s, Putnam, Penguin and many others. She has also authored four previous books of poetry and three books of writing instruction. Today, she conducts readings, workshops and teaches in low-residency MFA programs at Queens University and Rainier Writers Workshop.

For more information about the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature, please visit their website.

Almeda Trio to Perform Traditional and Contemporary Tunes

February 21, 2011

On Sunday, February 27, the Almeda Trio will perform in Hayden Auditorium at 3 p.m. This musical group is composed of Robert Cassidy on the piano, Cara Tweed on the violin and Ida Mercer on the cello. More information about the band can be found on their website.

While possessing full command of the traditional repertoire, the Trio also offers insightful and energetic performances of a wide range of other genres, including contemporary, folk and jazz.

This performance is a Hiram Community Trust Event.

Innovative Farmers of Ohio Forum Saturday, February 26

February 20, 2011

The conference and annual meeting of the Innovative Farmers of Ohio will continue as scheduled on Saturday, February 26, at Hiram College. Experts will talk about making farming a profitable, specialty business. Several speakers will address the potential of farming as an up-and-coming occupation.

Keynote Speaker: Susan Beal, D.V.M. is the Agricultural Science Adviser for PASA: The Pennsylvania Association for Sustainable Agriculture. Founded in 1992, PASA’s consistent and driving vision has been to transform agriculture and food systems in Pennsylvania – and beyond – in ways that make our farmers more viable, improves the land and restores the heath and well being of all our citizens.

Other speakers:

Trevor Clatterbuck graduated May 2008 from Case Western Reserve University with a BS in Business Management and a BA in Political Science.  He serves as Fresh Fork’s CEO.

Floyd Davis is the owner of Red Basket Farm located in Kinsman, Ohio. Red Basket Farm is a small family farm dedicated to year around production of specialty crops, supplying Farmers Markets, restaurants and a seasonal Community Supported Agriculture program.

Aaron Miller graduated from Ohio State University with a B. S. in Animal Science. He has raised cattle for over 30 years and practiced rotational grazing for 25 years, switching to intensive grazing in 1999.

Bob Perry, M.A. is the Special Projects Manager and Chef for the Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Working Group in the College of Agriculture at the University of Kentucky and serves as the hub of the sustainable food and farm diversification network in Kentucky.

Daniel Trudel, and his wife Ann, own and manage Ann’s Raspberry Farm & Specialty Crops, a pick-your-own operation located in Knox Co.

All speakers will elaborate on their own experiences in the farming industry and ways to make it a profitable and worthwhile endeavor for people of all ages.

To register for this event, go to

Men’s Basketball Wins Fourth Straight Game With Rout of No. 17 Wittenberg University

February 19, 2011

HIRAM, OHIO  –  Senior forward Babajide Eniola (Washington, D.C./Seed Charter) and junior guard Andrew Wiegand (Amherst/Firelands) each scored 15 points to lead the Hiram College men’s basketball team past No. 17 nationally-ranked Wittenberg University, 87-65, today (Saturday, Feb. 19) in the North Coast Athletic Conference and regular-season finale at Price Gymnasium on senior day.  [Game Stats]

The Terriers recorded their fourth straight win, including a second victory against a nationally-ranked opponent in the period of a week, and end the regular season with a 14-11 overall record and 8-8 in the NCAC.  The Tigers end their regular season 17-7 overall and 13-3 NCAC.

Hiram looked to make a statement early scoring the first nine points of the game to grab the early lead.  Wittenberg later rallied and pulled to within a point, 15-14, at the 10:41 mark.  But Hiram answered with a run of its own, outscoring the Tigers, 14-4, and took an 11-point advantage on a layup by senior forward Hassan Muhammad (Akron/Buchtel) with 6:54 left in the half.  Wittenberg narrowed the gap to six points later in the period, but Hiram extended its lead again to end the half and re-captured an 11-point edge at the break with a score of 41-30.

Hiram put the game away in the second half with an 18-4 scoring run to begin the period and take a 25-point lead on a jumper by senior guard Nick Russo (Strongsville/St. Peter Chanel) at the 13:19 mark.  The Tigers wouldn’t get any closer than 17 points the rest of the way as the Terriers recorded their largest lead of the game of 32 points, 76-44, with one-of-two free-throws by Wiegand with 6:53 left to play.  Hiram would go to win by the final of 87-65.

Hiram shot 45.2 percent (33-of-73) and out-rebounded Wittenberg, 51-39.  The Tigers shot 36.4 percent (24-of-66) frm the floor for the game.

The Tigers were led in scoring by Clayton Black with 16 points on six-of-14 shooting (42.9 percent).  Josh McKee was the only other Wittenberg player in double-figures with 12 points.

Hiram was led by Eniola’s and Wiegand’s 15 points.  Wiegand tallied 12 of his 15 points from three-point range.  Two other Terrier players score in double-figures with Muhammad scoring 12 points in addition to grabbing a team-high eight rebounds, and junior forward Chris Meyer (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) added 10 points.

Hiram will advance to the NCAC Tournament which is set to begin on Tuesday, Feb. 22.  The  Terriers will be the fifth seed and will travel to Delaware to take on No. 4 seed Ohio Wesleyan University.  The game is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at

Women’s Basketball Defeated by Wittenberg University

February 19, 2011

HIRAM, OHIO  — The Hiram College women’s basketball team was defeated by Wittenberg University, 72-61, today (Saturday, Feb. 19) in the North Coast Athletic Conference and regular-season finale at Price Gymnasium on senior day.  [Game Stats]

With the loss, the Terriers end the regular season with a 12-13 overall record and 4-10 in the NCAC.  The Tigers cap their regular season with a 12-13 overall record and 7-7 NCAC with the win.

Both teams played a competitive first half for the majority of the period with six lead changes and seven ties.  Neither team would lead by more than three points until late in the half when a Wittenberg 7-0 scoring run gave the Tigers some breathing room and an eight-point lead, 35-27, with 1:49 left before halftime.  Following a pair of free-throws by senior guard Jess Cowan (Hiram/Crestwood) on the ensuing Hiram possession to cut the deficit to six points, Wittenberg tallied the final points of the half to extend the lead back to eight with a halftime score of 37-29.

In the second half, Wittenberg got off to a fast start with a 9-2 run to begin the half and take a commanding 15-point edge, 46-31, at the 16:34 mark.  The Tigers maintained a double-digit lead the rest of the way and led by as many as 16 points on several occassions, including a 71-55 margin with 1:08 to go.  Sophomore guard Chelsea Kovach (Lakewood) scored the final six points for Hiram to end the game with a pair of three-pointers, but Wittenberg already had the game in hand and went on to win by the final of 72-61.

Wittenberg shot 47.4 percent (27-of-57) from the field and held Hiram to 33.3 percent (23-of-69) shooting.

The Tigers were led by Lauren Cassel who scored a game-high 17 points on six-of-13 shooting (46.2 percent).  She also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.  Katherine Hueter was second with 15 points in addition to grabbing 11 boards.  Lyndsey Clark was third with 13 points and Ashanta Robinson rounded out the high scorers with 12 points.

Hiram was led by Cowan with 16 points on six-of-13 shooting (46.2 percent).  Kovach scored 12 of her 14 points from behind the three-point line to round out the high scorers for the Terriers.  In addition, junior Kelsey Durichko (Brunswick) tallied a team-high 10 rebounds.

Hiram will take part in the NCAC Tournament which is set to begin on Tuesday, Feb. 22.  The Terriers will be the sixth seed in this year’s tournament and will face No. 3 Allegheny College in Meadville, Pa.  Gametime is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, please contact Hiram College Sports Information Director Jeff Hoedt by phone at (330) 569-5495 or by email at

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