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Sarah Chase '02 Competes in RunLondon

Posted By Sarah A. Chase, Wednesday, July 23, 2008
Sarah Chase '02 recently competed in the RunLondon British 10K.  Chase finished with a time of 40:48.  She ran for the MS Society Charity.  Her next race will take place in London in September. 

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By the Center...Quick March!

Posted By Joseph Gaither, Monday, June 30, 2008
Hiram Alum '07, Joe Gaither was chosen to lead over 500 pipers and drummers as Head Drum Major (as seen here in the photo) at the Ohio Scottish Games on Saturday, June 28 2008. This is the largest gathering of pipers and drummers in the state. This year, twenty two bands from across North America, including, New York, Illinois, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Virginia, and Canada were in attendance. Joe also a judged the Eastern United States Pipe Band Association (EUSPBA) competition in Dress and Deportment. Bands were judged on how well they properly wore their uniforms and how they marched. When asked, "how did you first get involved with drum majoring", Joe answered, "I wanted to tryout for drum major in my 8th grade band and received lessons from Robert Kennedy, a professional drum major. I then started competing in amateur drum major competitions across Florida. Before long, I was placing 1st in my division at each Highland Games I entered and was forced to move up to the professional division. Within the first year, I was winning 1st place. I then started traveling across the US and then went International. It was a real honor to compete in Scotland where this art first began. After placing in the top ten in Scotland and Ireland, when I returned to the states I applied to be a judge. After completing a rigorous committee review and demonstrative exam, I was awarded into the judge circuit for the Southern United States Pipe Band Association (SUSPBA). Joe not only led the over five hundred musicians on the field that day, but he organized the whole opening and closing ceremonies. "One of my favorite things is planning and organizing" Joe says, which he had done numerous times while at Hiram in his student organizations such as the Kennedy Center Programming Board (KCPB) and Student Senate.

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New Job

Posted By Joseph Gaither, Monday, June 30, 2008
Joe Gaither (Hiram alum '07) recently was hired as the Assistant Band Director at James A. Garfield School District in Garrettsville, Ohio. He will serve as the Intermediate School Head Band Director, teaching instrumental (band) music to grades 5-6 and general music. He will also direct and assist with the high school concert, marching, and pep bands. Since graduating from Hiram, he's worked in Solon as a music teacher at Dorothy E. Lewis Elementary School and at Cleveland Heights-University Heights School District as a long term band director at Monticello Middle School teaching band and orchestra. "I am excited about the new job and am eager to bring my knowledge of technology into the music classroom" says Joe. One of his main goals in this new position is to grow the program and to continue improving on his students' musical abilities.

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Sarah Chase to Appear on Distinguished London Panel

Posted By Sarah A. Chase, Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Sarah Chase '02, will be a featured panelist at this week's Sea Horse Club meeting in London.  Sarah will appear with a number of top journalists in the UK, including Robert Wright of the London Financial Times and others from Lloyd's List. 

The Sea Horse Club is London's official maritime and shipping industry club.  The event will be held this Thursday, 12 June at the George Inn near London Bridge. 

Sarah lives and works in London.  She is the Head of Public Relations for Image Line Communications (www.imageline.co.uk).

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hey! where the heck is everybody?!

Posted By arnold hayes, Sunday, June 8, 2008
hey! where the heck is everybody?! i have been perplexed for several years about the lack of classnotes for the class of 1986 in the alumni magazine. i went to school with people who became lawyers, doctors, community activists, trustees, extortionists, and other cool stuff, but i never see anything about that! either the entire class of 1986 went into the witness protection program or i'm the only one with anything even remotely interesting to say. and that i highly doubt.
 
for example, this year i participated in the parisian equivalent of pamplona's running of the bulls... the punting of the petulant poodles. the joy to be had by gently punting pouty poodles under the arc de capitulation was a moment i will not soon forget...wait, what was i talking about?
 
anywho, this goes for the classes of 1985 and 1987, as well. c'mon, folks, you can't tell me that the highlight of your life was throwing up after drinking some repugnant combination of boone's farm strawberry wine and cat urine while joining a fraternity or sorority and that everything since then has been anti-climactic? hasn't somebody done something...earned a doctorate from a prestigious university, become an internationally famous jewel thief, invented the internet, wrote a thick book about something that nobody understands but that got you a mention in "who's who in otherwise mundane american lives"?
 
what have i done? aside from the whole poodle thing, i've worked at the same company since two weeks after graduating from hiram, i'm married to karen donley-hayes, we live in garrettsville, the monaco of portage county and we have ten cats named after hiram college buildings, vegetables and other flighty thoughts. i manage to keep in touch with hardly anybody because i'm too damn lazy, but i hope this whole website/internet thing will change that.
 
i would post a picture of myself, but the best one i have is when i was five years old, wore coveralls and had a head shaped like a lima bean. suffice to say, it is no longer shaped like a lima bean, but more like one of those radishes that people cut into fancy flower shapes so eating a radish is now more of an artistic experience.
 
okay, classes of 1985-1987...i've bared my soul. now it's your turn.  

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Just Married

Posted By Noelle R. Walter, Monday, June 2, 2008
Noelle Walter ('96) married David Wilson on May 10th, 2008 in Medina, OH.  Other Hiram College alumni in attendance were Matron of Honor Kelley Koszegi (Pellini) ('96), Bridesmaid Carolle Phuvasitkul (Walter) ('98), Vaughn Magdics (Evert) ('95), Jackie Halle ('95), and Dr. Barb Olsafsky ('98).  Noelle is employed as a business analyst for a technology company in the Akron area.  David is employed as an engineer for a company in the Cleveland area.  The couple quite happily resides in NE Ohio with their 3 cats.

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Taking time to find members of the class of 1965 & 1966

Posted By Dennis A. Roberge, Wednesday, May 28, 2008

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Lauren Wasson ('04)

Posted By Lauren W. Mazzurco (Wasson), Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Lauren Wasson married Jason Mazzurco on April 19, 2008 in Athens, OH.  Lauren is graduating from medical school in June and will begin an Internal Medicine residency at Botsford Hospital in Farmington Hills, MI.  Jason is currently a resident in Dermatology in Ann Arbor, MI.  They reside in Royal Oak, MI.

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Michelle Conway ('93)

Posted By Michelle C. Huysman (Conway), Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Michelle Conway married Captain Brian Huysman, USMC on March 15, 2008 in San Diego. Michelle (Biology, Cross-Country, Phi Beta, Dance Team) is in-house counsel for Oak Creek Energy Systems, a renewable energy developer of commercial-scale wind energy facilities.  Brian is currently serving as the Commanding Officer at H and I Company, Infantry Training Battalion, School of Infantry - West at Marine Corp Base Camp Pendleton.  The couple reside in Carlsbad, California.

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Volunteer of the Year

Posted By Janet H. Cushman (Hyndman), Monday, April 28, 2008
The Tennessee Technology Student Association presented Janet Cushman (Hyndman, Class of 1970), together with her husband Bob, the Distinguished Service Award for 2007-2008. They were presented jointly with the award, which recognizes the outstanding volunteer of the year, at the organization's state conference and competition in April, 2008. Janet and Bob work with students in the Technology Student Association chapter at their local middle school, and have served as judges and in other capacities at regional, state, and national Technology Student Association competitions. 

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