Women’s Soccer Ties Heidelberg University

September 27, 2011

TIFFIN, OHIO  –  The Hiram College women’s soccer team tied Heidelberg University, 1-1, tonight (Tuesday, Sept. 27) in a non-conference game in Tiffin.  [Game Stats]

With the tie, the Terriers are now 3-3-1 overall and the Student Princes are now 3-5-1 overall for the season.

Hiram scored first, late in the first half, with a goal from freshman forward/midfielder Samantha Zuponcic (Mantua/Crestwood) at the 43:39 minute mark.  It marked Zuponcic’s second goal of the season and was unassisted.  Neither team scored any goals in the final minute-and-a-half as the Terriers took a slim 1-0 edge into the locker rooms.

In the second half, Hiram maintained its lead until the 75th minute when Heidelberg’s Kelsey Hogan found the back of the net to even the score at 1-1.  The game remained deadlocked at a goal apiece at the end of regulation, forcing overtime.

In the first overtime period, the Student Princes recorded the only shot taken, but could not score the game winner, sending the game into a second overtime.  In the final 10 minutes, Heidelberg would again tally the only shot attempt, but did not find the mark as the game ended in a 1-1 stalemate after 120 minutes.

In goal for Hiram, freshman Lisa Silvestro (London, Ont./St. Thomas Aquinas) played the entire game and is now 1-1-1 overall on the year.  She allowed just the lone goal and made eight saves.

Hiram will travel to Delaware for a North Coast Athletic Conference game against Ohio Wesleyan University on Friday, Sept. 30 as part of a soccer doubleheader with the Terrier men’s team.  The women will face the Battling Bishops at 5:30 p.m., followed by the men at 8 p.m.

Fireside Chat – Sept. 28

September 27, 2011

Fireside Chat – Food, Glorious Food! with Anne Hayman ’88, chef and owner, On the Spot Gourmet

Sponsored by: Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship

When: 7 p.m., Sept. 28, 2011

Where: East Hall lobby

Hayman is the Center’s newest entrepreneur-in-residence, helping with the Terrier Bakery. The Hiram alumna majored in Classics, coached college basketball and taught wellness for a living before pursuing a career in cooking. Now living her dream, she is the owner of On the Spot Gourmet, a personal chef and gourmet catering service.

More information on this week’s Fireside Chat and more is available on the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship’s website. Learn more about Anne Hayman on her website.

Celebration of Research: Hands-on Learning at Work

September 27, 2011

Learning at Hiram doesn’t stop between classroom walls, after classes end at 4 p.m., or even after the last day of school. The Hiram kind of learning – hands-on learning – is lifelong.

At the Celebration of Research on Sept. 26, the College celebrated the hands-on learning, research and internships that students completed, mostly over the summer months.

From completing on-campus research alongside professors, to working in a new city or state in his or her chosen field, the students’ experiences were wide-ranging.

Students who participated in the Celebration of Research prepared a poster board of their research or internship and presented their experience to students, faculty and staff. The following is a sampling of their presentations:

Senior physics major Sambid Wasti: Local Structure in Hard Sphere Chain Molecule Fluids

Research: We worked on a model of polymers. Our model specifically specializes in the study of a Hard-Sphere chain and fluids. We look at the physical behavior of the model. We run a Simulation known as Monte-Carlo simulations and use different techniques to run the simulation and get the results.

How has the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning enhanced your education at Hiram?

Right now there is a lot of research being done in the field of various sciences using computer simulation. Doing the simulation provided me with a great opportunity and experience in this kind of research. Moreover, it increased my interest in the subject.

Senior history major Leah P. Christopher: Ending Modern Day Slavery: Trafficking in Persons Reports (Washington, D.C.)

Research: I was given the opportunity to conduct my research with The Protection Project (Washington, D.C.), where I was a research associate. During my time with The Protection Project, I conducted research on the Human Trafficking problem in various countries. I also edited and drafted reports on countries problems and efforts to suppress and prevent human trafficking. I took part in International Law where I researched and wrote speeches and question for various events, some of which are published in The Protection Project’s Journal of Human Rights and Civil Society Vol. III.

How has the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning enhanced your education at Hiram?

This opportunity was presented to me in the Fall of 2009, when a Washington Center For Academics and Seminars representative was on campus. After talking with the representative I decided that the Washington Center program was a good fit for me, so I applied to their International Affairs program, where I would spend my Fall 2010 Academic year. This opportunity  has enhanced my education at Hiram, as it brought my attention to the pandemic issue, especially its impact right here in Ohio. I am currently working with a few professors and students to begin a Human Trafficking Community Vigilance Committee to get this important issue on the minds of others in the Hiram community.

Senior biology major Tim Luttermoser: A Tale of Two Bees: Nesting and Foraging Behaviors of Solitary Bees

Research: My research this summer was focused on foraging and nesting behaviors of solitary bees in the Cascade Mountains of Oregon. I spent many hours observing adults flying from flower to flower and noting their behavior. I also dug up several nests and dissected their contents to see what kind of nests the bees were constructing underground, and any potential parasites on them.
How has the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning enhanced your education at Hiram?

While I’ve known for years that I wanted to do field research for a living, it’s not until I was actually out in the field, staring at the same patch of ground for hours at a time and enjoying it, that I was truly sure this was the right career for me. My classes on campus have been important and have prepared me well, but nothing has gotten me ready to do research for a living like actually doing research. I have a much greater idea of what grad school is going to be like, and how best to get into grad school, after this past summer.

Junior biology and environmental studies major Ariel Pund: Fostering Wetland Improvement and Education through Development of the Frohring Wetlands

Research: This summer I worked on creating and developing wetlands on the James H. Barrow Field Station property.  The project was funded by the Frohring Foundation.  The goal of the project was to relieve some of the stress the other bodies of water receive on the property due to the educational programs.  The entire property was analyzed for the quantity and quality of wetlands on the property.  By the end of the ten-week experience, two wetlands were determined for further development and restoration and construction plans were created for one entirely new wetland on the property.

How has the opportunity to participate in hands-on learning enhanced your education at Hiram?

Hands on learning is absolutely essential in my Hiram education.  I don’t ever plan on having a sit-down office job and I want to be prepared to do real research and field work after I graduate from Hiram. My research was one of my first steps in building my resume to get a job in the field.  My dream would be to work on rainforest conservation, but I also hope to be involved in field work with the Summit Metropark System.

Members of Men’s Golf Team Complete Mount Union Invitational

September 26, 2011

ALLIANCE, OHIO  –  Select members of the Hiram College men’s golf team completed the final day of competition at the University of Mount Union Fall Invitational today (Monday, Sept. 26) at the Alliance Golf Club in Alliance.  [FINAL Results]

Hiram competed as individuals and did not qualify in the team standings.  Point Park (Pa.) University won the overall event with a two-day team-total of 592 strokes (301+291=592).  Otterbein University was second at 600 strokes (300+300=600) and host school Mount Union was third with 606 strokes (304+302=606).

Individually, Jon Hall and sophomore Ethan Tope (Dalton/Waynedale) were the only two Terriers to compete.  Hall shot a final round of 82 strokes and finished the two-day event with a total of 169 strokes (87+82=169) on the par-72, 6,694-yard course layout.  Tope finished the tournament with an overall score of 179 strokes (90+89=179).

Hiram Relay for Life Earns Rookie of the Year Title

September 26, 2011

After a year of planning, fundraising and endless enthusiasm, hard work has paid off for Hiram’s Relay for Life.

Despite being the smallest college to host a Relay for Life event in the East Central Division, Hiram earned the title Rookie of the Year, for having the top performing event out of colleges in Ohio and Pennsylvania hosting Relay for Life for the first time in 2011.

Co-chair Jamie Zychowski ’12, attended a conference with other division colleges on Sept. 24, where she received the news. She said the award was based not just on money raised (they had just over $28,000), but enthusiasm, effort, activities and participants as well.

Jamie and her sister and co-chair Rose ’13 set an initial goal of raising $25,000 for cancer research. After the actual event, which took place April 1-2, 2011, they had raised a good portion of that – $20,000. They reached their $25,000 goal in early summer, and the American Cancer Society, which hosts Relay for Life events throughout the world, then notified them they were in the running for Rookie of the Year in their division.

And when they heard that, there was no question: They would make every effort to win that honor.

“We didn’t know how people would respond since we had been raising money all year,” Jamie said. “So we were a little nervous to keep asking.”

But once the word got out that Hiram’s Relay for Life was in the running for winning Rookie of the Year, online chair Zach Fincham ’13, said everybody on campus wanted to see them win.

“We were getting e-mails left and right about where we were in the running,” he said, “and we didn’t know.”

Rose said having such a successful turnout in the event’s first year had a lot to do with building a community around it.

“We made it the thing to do on campus,” she said. “Nobody really knew what it was, so we were going off of a blank slate. We went into it being so enthusiastic, saying, ‘This is the cool thing to do, come do it.’”

They also didn’t try to mimic big schools who put on Relay for Life events with hundreds of teams – they made the event “Hiram’s Relay,” according to Jamie.

One way they did that was by involving faculty and staff. Jamie said Hiram was the only school at the conference she attended with high involvement beyond just students, and that faculty and staff deserve a lot of credit for the money raised.

Looking ahead, the Zychowski sisters and Fincham have set Saturday, May 5, 2012, as this year’s Relay for Life date. The theme will be Celebrations From Around the World, and teams will each choose a country to represent themselves. They are expanding the event from 18 to a full 24 hours, and are hoping for more involvement from the Hiram community – not just the College. They’re also looking to do more fundraising, recruit more teams and generate more overall interest, now that year one is behind them.

“We’re really excited,” Jamie said. “We’re going bigger and better this year.”

Hiram Relay for Life will have its first involvement meeting Monday, Oct. 3, at 6:30 p.m. on the second floor of the Kennedy Center. The Zychowskis are hoping to build a strong underclassmen base so that the event can go on after they graduate.

“We don’t want Relay to just be while we’re here,” Rose said, “we want it to be a lasting thing.”

Related articles:

Hiram community makes all-night quest for cancer research, April 4, 2011

Relay for Life Schedule of Events, March 31, 2011

Hiram Relay for Life Steps Off April 1, March 16, 2011


Grad School Week – Sept. 26-Oct. 4

September 26, 2011

Fifty to sixty percent of Hiram students go on to graduate school within five years, and this fall is the perfect time to prepare. The Career Center is offering a series of events this week to bring students up-to-speed with the entire process.

Monday, Sept. 26

  • Grad School 101, 7 p.m.  Coleman Room. Learn the basics about grad school.

Tuesday, Sept. 27

  • LSAT Webinar, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Hinsdale 214. With MSU Law School Admissions Director.

Wednesday, Sept. 28

  • Getting into Competitive Grad Schools webinar, 4:30 p.m.  Forum-East Hall. Learn the ins and outs of grad school admission from Don Asher, noted grad school speaker.

Thursday, Sept. 29

  • Grad School 101, 12:30 p.m.  Jagow Room, Kennedy Center. Repeat of Monday’s session.
  • Pet Therapy, 6:30-7:30 p.m. Henry Lounge. Stressed out by all of this?  Pet the therapy dogs!

Tuesday, Oct. 4

  • Grad School Fair, 11:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. Kennedy Center. More than 40 graduate and professional school programs. See the Career Center’s website for a complete list. Everyone is welcome to visit with employers and gather information.

Homecoming 2011 Events

September 26, 2011

This year’s Homecoming celebrations include a week of activities for students and alumni, as well as the crowning of Homecoming king and queen.

Students have until noon on Wednesday, Sept. 28 to vote for Homecoming Court, with the court being announced that evening. Final votes will be cast on the evening of Friday, Sept. 30, and the court will be presented, with the king and queen crowned, during halftime of Saturday’s football game against Carnegie Mellon.

The following is a full list of events:

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2011

  • Norman NG Magic Experience, Hayden Auditorium, 8 p.m.
    This magic show is an exciting fusion of magic, comedy and audience participation that has toured 48 states and been seen by 500,000 people live. Homecoming Court will be announced at this event.

Thursday, Sept. 29, 2011

  • Dodgeball, Martin Field House, 10 pm.

Friday, Sept. 30, 2011

  • Bonfire, parking lot next to Martin Field House, 8 p.m.
    Final votes for Homecoming King and Queen will take place at this event.

Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011

  • Parade, steps off behind Gerstacker, 10 a.m.
  • William H. Hollinger Hall of Fame Brunch & Induction Ceremony, Dix Dining Hall, Kennedy Center, 10 a.m.
    Established to honor those people who have made a significant contribution to Hiram’s athletic history, Hiram College has inducted over 250 alumni and friends to its Athletic Hall of Fame since 1964. This year’s inductees include John Burr ’83, Mike Dobran ’98, Heidi (Gerhardstein) Niedermier ’99, Myrtis Herndon, Ron Kilpatrick ’64, Cathy (DiOrio) Reesman ’92, Mike Rogich ’97 and Danny Young ’92. RSVP to this event online.
  • Annual Alumni Softball Game and Tailgate Party, Herndon Field, 10 a.m.; tailgating to follow
  • Football game versus Carnegie Mellon, Henry Field, 1 p.m. kickoff.
    The Office of Alumni Relations is hosting a hospitality tent near the entrance to the Coleman Sports Center. Stop by to get an afternoon snack and some Hiram give-a-ways.  The first 50 alumni to check in will get a Hiram College t-shirt!  A special section will be reserved in the bleachers for alumni.
  • Dinner and Dance, Martin Field House, dinner at 7 p.m., dance from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.

Cuyahoga Law Director to Speak at Hiram

September 26, 2011

Majeed Makhlouf, ’98, the first-ever law director for Cuyahoga County will bring an insider’s view of local government reform at noon, October 11, in the Kennedy Center ballroom.

Makhlouf, was appointed in April 2011 to the newly-created post, in which he serves as the chief legal adviser to County Executive Edward FitzGerald and 11- member County council in the reorganized Cuyahoga County Goverment. In 2010 voters in Ohio’s most populace County, partially in response to a three year federal probe that uncovered wide-spread corruption, approved a new county charter that replaced the three traditional county commissioners and other elected officials with a county executive, and council. Cuyahoga was the only the second county in Ohio to scrap the traditional commissioner form of government for the new government structure.

Makhlouf’s appointment became a controversial issue when Cuyahoga County Prosecutor Bill Mason challenged it, claiming that under Ohio Law, only the elected County Prosecutor County prosecutor could serve as the legal adviser and chief legal officer for the County. The Ohio Supreme Court however, ruled against Mason’s challenge and affirmed Makhlouf’s appointment.

After graduating from Hiram in 1998, Makhlouf attended law school at The Ohio State University, and joined the Cleveland office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP where he focused his practice on public law as well as complex business and commercial litigation, real estate and land use litigation, federal and state government contracts litigation, and appellate litigation.  Mr. Makhlouf appeared before trial and appellate courts throughout Ohio, and his trial, arbitration, and appellate experience extends outside of Ohio and includes representing his former clients in arbitrations and cases before federal and state courts around the country.

Following his address on “The Transformation and Rebirth and  of Cuyahoga County through Good Government,” in the Kennedy Ballroom, Makhlouf will have lunch in the Dining Hall and meet informally with interested students, faculty and staff.

Volleyball Concludes NCAC Weekend With Split

September 25, 2011

GAMBIER, OHIO  –  The second straight day, the Hiram College volleyball team split a pair of matches on the final day of the North Coast Athletic Conference Volleyball Weekend today (Sunday, Sept. 25) hosted by Kenyon College in Gambier.  The Terriers dropped their first match against The College of Wooster, 3-1, but won their final match against Denison University, 3-0.

With the split, Hiram is now 13-6 overall and 2-2 in the NCAC.

In the match against Wooster, Hiram took the early advantage capturing the first set, 25-23.  But the Fighting Scots would end up taking the next three sets, beginning with a 25-23 victory in set two to even the match at a a set apiece.  Wooster then took the lead in the third set with a final of 25-19 and it would take extra points in the fourth set for the Scots to claim the match, winning 26-24 and a 3-1 match win.

Against the Big Red, Hiram would again take the early lead by winning the first set, 25-18.  The Terriers then took control by winning the second set, 25-15, to move ahead 2-0 in the overall match.  Hiram completed the straight-set sweep with a victory in the third set, 25-22, to go on to the 3-0 win.

Hiram will host Oberlin College on Wednesday, Sept. 28 in a NCAC match at Price Gymnasium.  The match is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

Select Members of Women’s Golf Team Complete Final Day of Heidelberg Invitational

September 25, 2011

TIFFIN, OHIO  –  Select members of the Hiram College women’s golf team completed the final round of the Heidelberg University Fall Invitational today (Sunday, Sept. 25) at the Mohawk Golf and Country Club in Tiffin.  [FINAL Results]

The Terriers competed as individuals and did not qualify in the team scoring.  Baldwin-Wallace College won the event with a two-day team-total of 679 strokes (336+343=679).  Ohio Wesleyan University was second at 754 strokes (381+373=754) and Capital University placed third at 765 strokes (397+368=765).

Individually, senior Kritsinee Khowchareon (Muang, Phitsanulok, Thailand/Fryeburg Academy, Maine) led Hiram with a tournament total of 167 strokes (82+85=167) and placed third overall.  Freshman Becky Fleischmann (Pepper Pike/Orange) was second with 225 total strokes (112+113=225) and fellow freshman Renee Bellis rounded out the Hiram competitors with a total of 303 strokes (158+145=303).

Hiram will conclude its 2011 fall schedule next Sunday-Monday, Oct. 2-3 at the Allegheny College Invitational in Meadville, Pa.

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