2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Afternoon Wine Tasting at Auburn Twin Oaks
Take a trip with fellow alumni to a secluded Northeast Ohio vineyard and tasting cabin. Auburn Twin Oaks is an environmentally sustainable winery which utilizes modern wine-making methods and old-world traditions to produce wines that will excite even the most discerning wine enthusiast.
2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Garfield Monument at Lakeview Cemetery
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, James A. Garfield's final resting place combines Romanesque, Gothic, and Byzantine styles of architecture. You will be shuttled from campus to the site and will have time to explore this 180-foot tall monument which features terra cotta panels, stained glass windows, rich mosaics, and President Garfield's casket. On a clear day you can see 40 miles of the Lake Erie shore from the outdoor balcony.
5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Twilight Canoe Trip
Adventure down the Cuyahoga River on this relaxing canoe trip. Travel a woodland stream with a gentle, meandering course that is suitable for beginner to advanced paddlers. A picnic dinner will be provided at the Livery.
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Garden Party Dinner – Buckingham Place
Enjoy fresh air, flavor and fun at this delightful garden party at Buckingham Place, the new home of Hiram's Alumni Welcome Center. Tour your new home, then join your friends in the garden for elegant picnic fare and music.
9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.
Gazing at the Stars from the Hill
James Guilford, Hiram's volunteer caretaker of the Stephens Memorial Observatory, will open the doors of the observatory for an open house so you can learn about Hiram's unique telescope and gaze at the stars. With good visibility, ringed planet Saturn will be visible that evening.
9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m.
Rock N' Roll with Moose and Carl
We're turning Hiram's black box theater into a concert club! Dance the night away with Moose and Carl, an upbeat variety band featuring Carl Capellas, Hiram's men's soccer coach from 2004-2012. A cash bar will be available.
Saturday -- June 15th
7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
All you can eat breakfast
Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of breakfast favorites.
Tai Chi with Marshall Winkle '57
9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
Alumni Weekend Book Club
We've selected The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Frye by Rachel Joyce for this year's Alumni Weekend Book Club discussion. Join us in the Hiram College library as librarians and book lovers discuss their take on the novel.
Advance copies are available on Amazon.com. From Amazon.com: "When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking to save someone else's life."
There are Rats in Bates Hall!
Join Assistant Professor of Psychology Amber Chenoweth as she describes projects that her students have been working on to investigate animal behavior and cognition, both in independent research projects and in her Learning and Biopsychology courses.
And rats aren't the only test subjects - take part in brief demonstrations that have been developed to teach basic learning and neuroscience principles to her students.
The Trail Mix Morning Hike &Trail Rededication
Enjoy a nature inspired breakfast prepared by gourmet chef Anne Haynam '88 and the re-dedication of the Ruth E. Kennedy Memorial Trail at the James H. Barrow Field Station.
Then, join Hiram Professor of Biology and Field Station Director Matt Hils for an hour long leisurely nature hike and see Ohio's late spring/early summer natural beauty at its best. Both a shorter and a longer version of the hike will be available based on participant preferences.
10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
Beekeeping with the Dean
Join Bob Haak in his own backyard as he gives a presentation on one of America's fastest growing hobbies - beekeeping.
It will keep you buzzing all weekend!
Playing Lost & Found with Our Past
College Archivist Jennifer Morrow will talk about how she is using her background in genealogy and historical research to find Civil War soldiers who attended the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute (now Hiram College). Along the way, she has created some "mini-genealogies" for many of "her guys" (numbering around 400 now) and she will offer tips to genealogists and family researchers.
Nuclear Weapons in the Next Decades: Alternative Futures That The United States Can Help Shape
Join John Lauder '68, Senior Fellow at Arete' Associates & advisor to Hiram's Garfield Institute for Public Leadership, for this timely discussion. John will relate the topic to what current students are learning at Hiram and to ongoing policy deliberations in Washington, D.C.
For Once, Then, Something: Readings from the Poetry of Robert Frost by Rick Hyde
Professor of Theatre Arts Rick Hyde was introduced to the works of Robert Frost when his father gave him a copy of the poem "Birches" to use as a sort of instruction manual, to distract him one boring afternoon. Since that time Frost has woven his way through Rick's life, coming and going like the seasons do each year, simultaneously wholly familiar yet entirely unique. Rick would like to dedicate the performance of these pieces to his Mom and Dad, who taught him to appreciate superficial pleasures as well as the joy of looking beneath surfaces.
12:00 Noon - 2:00 p.m.
Thrill of the Grill with Gourmet Chef Anne Haynam '88 (Cooking Class)
Spend lunch learning the proper way to grill some of your favorite summertime fare while also sampling side dishes that feature farmer's market produce.
Alumni and Faculty Luncheon
Alumni and faculty are invited to this premier all-you-can-eat luncheon where Hiram's dining services partner, AVI Fresh, will showcase their culinary talents.
President's Luncheon for the Golden Terriers
Alumni who are celebrating or have already celebrated their 50th reunion are invited to this special luncheon hosted by President Chema.
2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
Afternoon Wine Tasting – Wines of the World
Join Mark Rhodes, a 1993 graduate of the Weekend College and owner of WineStyles in Howland, Ohio, as he teaches guests about different wines for all around the world.
Alumni Choir - Sing to Hiram!
All singing Terriers are invited to join Assistant Professor of Music Dawn Sonntag for an alumni choir session where you will learn two songs that will be performed at the All Alumni Reception.
Disenthralling Ourselves: Demographic Change and Political Leadership in an Evolving America
Come hear Director of the Center for Engaged Ethics & Assistant Professor of Political Science Doug Brattebo discuss how demographic change is transforming the political landscape in America.
|See the 70s through DOCUMERICA |
Join Bruce Bustard '76, Senior Curator at the National Archives and Records Administration, as he takes a new look at the 1970s through the lens of a Federal photography project called Project DOCUMERICA. Created by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1971, DOCUMERICA was born out of the decade's environmental awakening and produced striking color photographs of many of that era's problems and achievements. DOCUMERICA photographers took thousands of color photographs depicting pollution, waste, and blight, but they were given the freedom to also capture the era's trends, fashions, and cultural shifts. The result is an amazing archive and a fascinating portrait of America from 1972 to 1977.
3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Beer School with Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
At Thirsty Dog Brewing Company in Akron, full flavor, delicate balance, texture and aroma combine to make beer an infinitely complex experience, and one that can be thoroughly enjoyable. Join owner Jon Patrick Najeway, husband of Anne Marie O'Brien '87, as he talks about his meticulously hand crafted beers.
|Jason Johnson - Obama as the Democratic Reagan: What America can Expect in 2016 and beyond
Dr. Jason Johnson, Hiram College Scholar in in Residence and Political Analyst for CNN, NPR and Al Jazeera English breaks down the aftermath of the 2012 presidential election and the demographic, economic and cultural changes that led to a radical redrawing of the American landscape. Skipping past the next four years to 2016 Dr. Johnson lays out the likely candidates, issues and scenarios that will shape the election and explains a surprising if not controversial view of what the Obama Presidency's legacy will be.
Clayton Pond '63: Fifty Years Later: A Retrospective of Paintings and Prints
Come hear Clayton Pond '63, whose paintings and prints transform the familiar objects of everyday life - even mundane utilitarian items like chairs, radiators, and fans - into monumental icons of American culture. Clayton Pond began his art studies at Hiram College before moving on to Carnegie Mellon University, Pratt Institute and a career as an artist in New York City. Clayton Pond's paintings and prints are in the permanent collections of more than 50 museums including the Museum of Modern Art, the Chicago Art Institute, the Boston Museum of Fine Arts, and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Some of his art can be seen around campus as part of our own art collection!
Retain the Brain – Why Northeast Ohio is a Great Place to Live and Work
Come hear Cuyahoga County Law Director, Majeed Makhlouf '98, as he shares plans for the $7 billion in the pipeline for economic development in Northeast Ohio.
Frankie Gershwin: We Let George Do It!
Damaris Peter Pike, Professor Emerita of Music, will transport the audience to one of George Gershwin's parties by his sister, Frankie, who sings several of his best known songs and reminisces about her famous brothers, George and Ira.
A Brief History and Demonstration of Fly Tying
Discover the secrets of fly tying with Associate Professor of English member fly fishing enthusiast, Willard Greenwood and adjunct faculty member Chris Bamford.
Professor Greenwood has published scholarly articles, poetry, and popular articles in relation to fly fishing.
5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
All-Alumni Reception and Alumni Awards Ceremony
All of the weekend's activities come together with this one all inclusive reception where we honor this year's alumni award recipients. Join us for music, hors d'oeuvres, and a cash bar as we salute this year's winners.
Lifelong Leadership Award
Paul M. Whitacre '78
Alumni Achievement Award
Terry W. Hartle '73
Alumni Volunteer Award
James R. Scher '88
Recent Graduate - Service to Humanity Award
Brandon L. Gilvin '98
6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Class Photos
Class photos will be taken promptly at 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Specific instructions for your class will be available at registration.
7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Weekend College/MAIS Dinner
The Classes of 1953*, 1958*, 1963*, 1968, 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988, 1993, 1998, 2003 and 2008 are celebrating reunions! Each class reunion dinner is coordinated by a group of your very own classmates. The reunion dinner cost includes the all-alumni reception, a buffet or served meal (as determined by your reunion committee) and all non-alcoholic beverages. Those classes indicated by an * include an open bar; otherwise a cash bar will be available.
Don't worry if you are not in a reunion class this year. All attendees are invited to attend the reunion dinner of their choice.
Dance the Night Away on Oliver Plaza with music spanning the decades.
A cash bar will be available.
Sunday -- June 16th
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Residence Hall Check-Out
8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
All you can eat breakfast
Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of breakfast favorites.