Alumni Weekend 2014
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6/13/2014 to 6/15/2014
When: Friday thru Sunday, June 13 thru 15, 2014
Where: Hiram College Campus
Hiram, Ohio  44234
United States
Contact: John Coyne

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Didn't Register?

That's alright. We invite you to join us on Hiram Hill this weekend. Just come to the Kennedy Center and register for a reunion dinner or any one of our free events!  If you did not pre-register and want to stay overnight, we suggest you pack your own linens.  

We may NOT be able to provide you with the necessities, 
but we may be able to give you a room.

Guest Services will be open until 10:00 p.m. Friday and Saturday evenings.

Upon Arrival
Your first stop on campus should be to check in at Guest Services in the first floor lounge of the Kennedy Center.  This is where you will receive information on the events,  your name tag which will be your pass for ALL EVENTS, and keys if you are staying overnight.  Parking spaces will be coned-off in front of the Kennedy Center on Route 700.  You may park there temporarily to register

For decades, alumni have returned to Hiram Hill every June to reconnect with classmates and their alma mater. Join us this year for a weekend of intellectual stimulation and social activities designed to reunite you with your fellow classmates. 

Who Has Registered?

Friday - June 13th, 2014
Registration - 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Kennedy Center 
Locations for all events will be given to you at registration.

A Day with Hiram Golf Outing at
Sugar Bush Golf Club
Join alumni, friends and community members for the 54th annual Day with Hiram benefiting Hiram College athletics. For more information contact Zach Ott at 330.569.5975 or 

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Afternoon Wine Tasting at ThornCreek Winery 
Depart from the Kennedy Center
Take a trip with fellow alumni to an Aurora, Ohio vineyard situated on seven acres of beautifully designed gardens, gathering places, and reflection spaces. ThornCreek Winery has award-winning wines that are bottled on site. The wine and food selections are as unique and distinctive as the winery itself. 

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Afternoon Outing to James A. Garfield National Historic Site (Lawnfield)
Depart from the Kennedy Center
Here at Hiram College, we are proud that James A. Garfield was a fellow alumnus and first president of the College before he became president of the United States of America. Lawnfield, acquired by James A. Garfield in 1876, was the site of the first successful front porch campaign which saw Garfield elected as 20th president of the United States in 1880. Join alumni and friends as we tour the home which features original furnishings and artifacts. Afterwards enjoy lemonade and cookies on the lawn.  

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Twilight Canoe Trip
Depart from the Kennedy Center
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. Dinner Reception at the Home of the President  
Shuttles will depart from the Kennedy Center
Join Thomas V. Chema at his home for an elegant dinner reception. The Home of the President, Harbert House, is situated in a beautifully secluded, wooded setting and has been the home of Hiram's president since 2011. Meet up with classmates while toasting the retirement of Hiram's 21st President. 

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. Remembering Freddy’s
Kennedy Center, Ground Floor 
Join the Class of 1964 for a recreation of their favorite campus hangout, Freddy's. Snack on burgers and ice cream sundaes while enjoying music from the Freddy's era. 
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 clear skies, Saturn and Mars will be visible. We may even be able to view the Ring Nebula.  

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 14th, 2014

Registration - 7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Kennedy Center 

Breakfast Options: 

7:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. All you can eat breakfast
Dix Dining Hall, Kennedy Center
Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of breakfast favorites. 

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The Trail Mix & Morning Hike  
Depart from the Kennedy Center
Enjoy a nature inspired breakfast prepared by gourmet chef Anne Haynam '88 at the James H. Barrow Field Station. Then, enjoy an hour-long leisurely nature hike guided by Field Station staff. 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. Space is limited. 

Hourly Campus Tours
Depart from the Kennedy Center with a dedicated 8 passenger golf cart; sign up for a tour in Registration.

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
SESSION  I (choose from one of the four events below)

 Alumni Weekend Book Club 

We've selected Unbroken: A World War II Story of Survival, Resilience, and Redemption for this year's Alumni Weekend Book Club discussion. Join us in the library as librarians and book lovers discuss their take on the novel.  Advance copies are available on  Telling an unforgettable story of a man's journey into extremity, Unbroken is a testament to the resilience of the human mind, body, and spirit.  Unbroken is a #1 New York Times bestseller and Time magazine's top nonfiction book of the year which is soon to be a major motion picture.

 Providing and Protecting: Planning your Financial Future 
This session, presented by Carl Draucker ’73,  Stephen Smith ’69, Barbara Cottrell, and members of the Hiram College Planned Giving Council, is a "no strings attached" look at making provisions for our families and taking care of their various needs while we try to protect both ourselves and our families.  Seminar includes:  a look at protecting family members medical and special needs through a trust; medical planning documents to protect you if there is a medical need; introduction to our on-line and hard copy Wills Guide; and the  process of "providing and protecting" in general. (Materials provided)

 Civic Engagement at Hiram 
Jason Bricker-Thompson '01, Director of the Office of Civic Engagement, will be discussing Hiram College's collaborations with various non-profits including the Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community which serves adults on the Autism Spectrum, Little Village Early Learning Center, Hiram House Camp, along with several others.   His talk will outline how Hiram students are able to engage in internships, volunteering, jobs and service learning with these agencies - gaining  important life skills and being exposed to potential careers, all the while applying in the field what they are leaning in the classroom.

 Run for Grace and Andy 
This annual run celebrates the lives of Grace Chamberlain and Andy Hopkins and their love for Hiram College. Grace and Andy were first-year Hiram students killed in a March 2006 accident when their car was struck by a drunk driver.  Proceeds from the run/walk each year benefit the College’s Grace Chamberlain and Andy Hopkins scholarship funds. Click here to learn more about Grace and Andy as well as to view last year’s race results. 

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
(choose from one of the four events below)
Book Discussion with Pamela Schoenewaldt 
Pamela Shoenewaldt '74, the USA Today best-selling author of When We Were Strangers, will discuss her new historical novel, Swimming in the Moon, in which a young immigrant girl is welcomed into American society in Cleveland's Hiram House and attends Hiram College in 1909 under the administration of President Bates, studying under Dr. Bancroft, Dr. Sutton and Dr. Peckham. The novel addresses historical and contemporary themes of immigration, opera, treatment of the mentally ill, struggle for education, and the 1911 Cleveland Garment Workers Strike.  

An American Utopia
A Presentation by James Thompson, Associate Professor of Political Science 
Ohio is the perfect state, in terms of its size, population, internal organization, location, economy, and political party equilibrium.  It is also the most important American state, insofar as every major phase of American history has been focused on Ohio.  
Fundamentally, Ohio -- more than any other state -- is America, which is why so many people in Ohio have a hard time closely identifying with it as something unique and distinct.  
The U.S. Autism Road Tour Kick-Off 
Help send off two Hiram alumni, Joshua Pritchard ’10 and Eric Grounds ’12, and one current student, Joshua Turner, as they kick off their film documentary project with a cross-country road tour. The members of the tour will leave Hiram and will travel 16,000 miles around the country documenting people’s experiences with autism before ending up back in Hiram 43 days later. 

TREE House Tour 
Hiram College's TREE House project is a fascinating study in converting a 100+ year old home into classroom and office space by performing a deep energy retrofit on it.  This collaborative process has explored numerous paths and options for cost-effectively making the new Environmental Studies home a state of the art showpiece in sustainability and building performance.  
Join home efficiency consultant Nate Adams, Professor Debbie Kasper, and Hiram student Caitlin Joseph to see how the project is progressing. 

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Options

Cooking with Anne:
A Cooking Demo with Gourmet Chef Anne Haynam '88
Get ready for summer entertaining with new sandwich and side dish recipes. Your lunch will include samples of items such as: spicy cucumber soup, watermelon and feta salad, and California quinoa cheeseburgers. Space is limited. 

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.
(choose from one of the four events below)

Book Discussion with William Heath 
William Heath '64 will discuss his novel, The Children Bob Moses Led, a half-fictional, half-factual chronicle of the events of Mississippi's Freedom Summer 1964 as told by a white college student who joins a revolutionary group and the leader of a civil rights project for youth. The novel won the Hackney Literary Award and was selected by Time magazine as one of the eleven best novels ever written about the African American experience.  

Beggaring Your Neighbor: Card Games in "Great Expectations"
Early in Charles Dickens's Great Expectations (1860-1861), the elderly and eccentric Miss Havisham hires young Pip to come and play at her house. Overwhelmed by the strange sights in the gloomy home, Pip is at a loss for what to do. Eventually he agrees to play cards with Miss Havisham's adopted daughter Estella, who beats him every time. This scene is the first of several in which Pip plays card games with Estella and other characters, games that he always seems to lose.
Professor and Director of the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature Kirsten Parkinson, will teach you how to play Pip's card game and why it and the other games Pip plays are so important to the themes of Dickens's novel.

 Afternoon Wine Tasting – Blind Wine Tasting
Join Mark Rhodes, a 1993 graduate of the Weekend College and owner of WineStyles in Howland, Ohio, as he leads a blind wine tasting. At this event you will taste similar wines, but at two distinctly different price points.  Can you select the $50 bottle?   You'll do this for three different sets of wines, for a total of six wines.  Light snacks also provided.

Alumni Choir 
Sing to Hiram! All singing Terriers are invited to join Associate Professor of Music Randall J. Fusco for an alumni choir session where you will learn two songs that will be performed at the All Alumni Reception.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. 
SESSION  IV (choose from one of the five events below)
Book Discussion with Ambassador Peter Tomsen 
Ambassador Peter Tomsen, husband of alumna Kim (Nguyen) Tomsen '69will discuss his book, The Wars of Afghanistan, and the way ahead for the U.S. in Afghanistan.  The April 2014 Afghan national elections could be a positive watershed in the country's history; or Afghanistan could plunge into another round of warfare. American diplomacy conducted with U.S. allies, friends and the regional powers involved in Afghanistan should focus on re-creating Afghanistan's classic buffer role in Central Asia, and opening up the region to trans-continental commerce, trade and prosperity. 

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. 

The Politics of Sports with Dr. Jason Johnson
From the N-Word to Gay Professional Athletes to lockouts and the cost of New Stadiums, there has never been a time when American sports were a bigger part of America's political evolution.
How did we get here? Why have the policy fights about income, labor and diversity moved from City Hall and Congress to Stadiums and Ballparks?
This class will explain the new politics of American sports and show how America's
past-times are no longer immune to the political forces around them.

 A World Tour of Trees with Cleveland's Tree Doctor
Join Lauren Lanphear '79, ISA Certified Arborist from Forest City Tree Protection Company, for a visual tour of historic, unusual, ancient, and spectacularly big and tall trees from around the world.  Singapore's Viagra Tree, Sweden's Lovers Tree, Sacred Ficus tree of China, Aboriginal Scar Trees of Australia, Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree of Hawaii, Acacia & Baobab Trees of Africa, Wall Trees of Hong Kong and a whole lot more.

Irving Berlin — A Daughter Remembers
Damaris Peter Pike, Professor Emerita of Music, takes on the persona of Mary Ellin Barrett, Irving Berlin's oldest daughter, as she shares the amazing story of his 101 years.  The audience will learn a great history lesson while being entertained at the same time! 

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. 

Alumni Volunteer Award - Christopher M. Faiver '69
Alumni Achievement Award - Douglas J. Grimm '84
Lifelong Leadership Award - Patricia A. (Hutchins) Murphy '74
Recent Graduate Service to Humanity Award - Michael E. Brickner '04  

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 included with your namebadge. 

Dinner Options
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. 

Weekend College/MAIS Dinner
Information with be forthcoming.

Reunion Dinners
The Classes of 1949, 1951*, 1954*, 1959*, 1964*, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 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. 

The 50th Reunion 

A 50th reunion is a memorable occasion and the Class of 1964 doesn't want to celebrate this milestone alone! All alumni from surrounding class years are encouraged to meet back in Hiram for this year's reunion weekend.

We go to great lengths to make the 50th reunion special including a hospitality suite in Hiram's newest suite-styled, air-conditioned residence hall (where housing is provided), golf cart transportation to and from events, a memorial service honoring those who have passed away, a special display in the archives, and more. Do you need to be picked up at the airport? Let us know. 

8:30 p.m. Dance the Night Away under the Hinsdale Arch 
Will include  music spanning the decades. A cash bar will be available.

Sunday - June 15th, 2014
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Residence Hall Check-Out

8:00 a.m. – 11:00  a.m. All you can eat brunch 
Dix Dining Hall, Kennedy Center
Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of brunch favorites.  

Contact Us

Hiram College
Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
P.O. Box 67
Hiram, OH 44234 800.705.5050 330.569.5415 330.569.5277 Make a Gift