Alumni Weekend 2018
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Alumni Weekend 2018

Reconnect with your alma mater and fellow classmates.

6/15/2018 to 6/17/2018
When: Jun 15-17, 2018
12:00 PM
Where: Hiram College Campus
11710 Garfield Road
Hiram, Ohio  44234
United States
Contact: Office of Alumni Relations and Development

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It’s time to return to Hiram Hill to reconnect with your alma mater and your fellow classmates. Join us for a weekend of intellectual stimulation and social activities designed to help you relive fond memories while making new ones. 

Below you will find a schedule of events and pricing. 

As of May 18, all Townhouses have been reserved.
If you would like to be wait-listed, please email or call 800.705.5050.



A Day with Hiram Golf Outing at Sugar Bush Golf Club
10 a.m.         Shotgun Start

Join alumni, friends and community members for the 58th annual Day with Hiram to support Hiram College athletics. The proceeds directly impact every student athlete by helping to fund team travel, equipment purchases, and athletic training camps. Click here for more details.

12 - 6:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception on the Lawn
Kennedy Center, Lawn
Greet your classmates and make new friends at our afternoon welcome reception. We’ll have music, lawn games, and more!
No Charge

1 - 3:00 p.m.
From Global Reach to Local Roots
Mahan House
Please join us for round table discussion on bringing home what we've learned from projects in Africa including Roger Cram '88, adjunct faculty member; Carol Donley, Ph.D. '60, Emerita Professor of English; Gwen Fischer, Ph.D Emerita Professor of Psychology; and Nubra Floyd '68.

1 - 4:00 p.m.
Bread and Soup
Brown Fall Room, Kennedy Center, 2nd Floor
Yes, one of our favorites, BREAD AND SOUP! Share a simple meal with your Hiram friends and give back to the community. Your meal includes soup, bread, fruit and a beverage. One dollar of every meal will benefit the Akron Canton Foodbank.
Cost - $9 
$5 (Children 12 and under)


2 - 4:00 p.m.
Strawberry Picking at Monroe’s
Shuttles Depart from the Kennedy Center
June is prime strawberry picking season at Monroe's Orchard. Join fellow Terriers for an afternoon of strawberry picking! Strawberries can be purchased on site that day at Monroe's. Transportation is provided for registrants. Registration Required - $0

3 - 5:00 p.m.
Afternoon Wine Tasting with Nauti Vine
Tent, Booth-Centennial Lawn
Join the Nauti Vine Winery from Portage Lakes, Ohio for a casual, self-paced wine tasting on the Booth-Centennial lawn. Owner, Riki (Antoniotti) Wathey ’91 will share notes about the wine. Light snacks included.

Cost - $10


5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Terrier Tapas

Hinsdale Arch/Campus Green then Oliver Plaza/Hurd Garden
Please join us for this progressive-style dinner featuring a variety of small dishes. We’ll begin on the Green near the Hinsdale Arch and end with dessert under the Gerstacker Arch. Stroll through the Hurd Garden during this event an enjoy a live performance by harpist Ellen Eckhouse ’85.
5:30 – 7:00 p.m.               First stop under the Hinsdale Arch where tapas will be served. There will be tent seating on                                              the green, closest to the Hinsdale Arch.
6:00 – 7:30 p.m.               Dessert will be served under the Gerstacker Arch. Seating will be in the Oliver Plaza.
                                         Take a stroll through the Hurd Garden when you finish dessert!
*Food in the two locations will only be served during the times listed above. Golf carts will be available for those who need transportation from Hinsdale to Gerstacker.
Cost - $25
No Charge (Children 12 and under)


6:00 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Rugby Reunion
Bowler Hall
Informal gathering at Bowler Hall. Join us for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Hiram College Men’s Rugby Football Club and the 35th anniversary for the Women’s Club!  We’ve scoured through every Hiram yearbook from 1968 on, dug into our college keepsake boxes, called old friends and dusted off the taps. It’s time to celebrate!


8 - 9:15 p.m.
Laughs with Comedian Bil Benden
Black Box Theatre
Cleveland native, Bil Benden promises to keep you on your toes, laughing aloud during his visit to Hiram. Bil has been performing stand-up comedy for over 30 years and has appeared on HBO.
No Charge


9 - 11:00 p.m.
Campfire at Booth Centennial
Booth Centennial Lawn
Gather with friends for a casual campfire in front of Booth-Centennial. Cash bar will be on site and light refreshments will be served!


9 - 11:00 p.m.
Gazing at the Stars through the Stephens Memorial Observatory telescope
Stephens Memorial Observatory
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, you have a chance to see beautiful ringed Saturn, a close-up of the Moon, and maybe even Mars.
No Charge


7:30 - 8:30 a.m.
Terrier Trek

Get in your morning walk with fellow Terriers. Meet in front of Booth Centennial (near the fire pit) for an informal hike/walk on the new trail which stretches from behind the dining hall, through the woods, around the back of Henry Field and the Coleman Center.
No Charge


8:30 a.m. - Noon
SOLD OUT! Breakfast and Canoeing at Camp Hi sOLD OUT!
Camp Hi; Shuttles depart from Kennedy Center
Explore the Cuyahoga River on this relaxing canoe trip. Travel a woodland stream with a gentle, meandering course that is suitable for beginners to advanced paddlers. Includes a picnic breakfast at the livery before the launch.
Cost - $25
No Charge (Children 12 and under)

8 - 10:00 a.m.
Breakfast Buffet in Dix
Dix Dining Hall, Kennedy Center
All-you-care-to-eat breakfast. Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of breakfast favorites.
Cost - $12
No Charge (Children 12 and under)


10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Hall of History 

Enjoy looking at year books and reminiscing with classmates? Visit the Kennedy Center (behind registration) where you can spend some time looking through our collection of yearbooks.


9 - 10:00 a.m.
Session One

Yoga on the Hill
Lawn, between Gerstacker and Library
Future alumna, Kelsie Doran '18, will lead an hour of relaxation. This class is for all skill levels. Kelsie enjoys helping those in her class reach their personal goals whether it's strength, stretching or an hour of meditation. Mats are provided.

Registration encouraged. 


Alumni Book Club - Homegoing
Bonney Castle
Join Professor of English, Kirsten Parkinson for a compelling discussion of Yaa Gyasi’s award-winning debut novel Homegoing. Gyasi’s novel tells the story of two half-sisters in Ghana: one marries an English slave trader; the other is captured and sold into slavery in America. Following eight generations of the sisters’ descendants, the novel explores the historical and present-day implications of slavery for both Africa and the U.S.

...because I said I would. A social movement and non-profit dedicated to the betterment of humanity
Hinsdale 215
Are you good at keeping your promises? Chris (McCrory) Smithhisler ’88 invites you to learn about because I said I would, a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, they are changing lives through promises made and kept.  Join us to hear more about "because I said I would" and write your very first promise card!

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Session Two

J.J. Turner Lecture: Are you smarter than a trematode?
Drury Hall, 2nd Floor Bates Hall
The 2018 J.J. Turner Society award recipient, Thomas R. Platt '71, Ph.D, will host talk. Parasites are the ultimate island hoppers. Going from host to host is a perilous task (think of Tom Hanks in Cast Away). In a homage to Dwight Berg and Jim Barrow who introduced Dr. Platt to the joy of scientific research, Tom shares some of the research done by his undergraduate students to answer the question "Are parasites smart or just clever?" And yes, this is the same Tom Platt who named a new genus and species of parasite after president Obama.

The J.J. Turner Society will honor Thomas R. Platt '71, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biology at Saint Mary's College during the All- Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration.

Inspiring Teams and Organization to Maximize Success
Hinsdale 213

Jamy Bechler '96 spent 20 years as an athletic director and college basketball coach before moving into full-time leadership development and consulting. As the author of "The Leadership Playbook" and host of "Success is a Choice" podcast, Jamy works with teams and organizations across the country including the NBA. He helps them create championship cultures and maximize their success. Join Jamy to hear about his leadership development work and how Hiram College prepared him to help many organizations achieve success.  

Field Station Tour
Shuttles depart from the Kennedy Center
Students will lead tours of the Frohring Lab and Waterfowl Conservation Facility. Get read to enjoy the outdoors. Walking shoes encouraged. Transportation provided, shuttles will leave from the Kennedy Center. 

Coffee Chat with the President
Pritchard Room, 2nd Floor Library
Join President Lori E. Varlotta, Ph.D, as she discusses the current state of the College and shares information about the many exciting initiatives happening on Hiram Hill.



11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Legacy Brunch and Tour
Alumni Heritage Room, Teachout Price
Did other members of your family attend Hiram, too?  Do you have a potential future Terrier in the family? If so, then we hope you will join us for this free brunch and campus tour for past, present, and future legacy families.
11 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.                     Brunch/Admission Presentation
Campus Tours immediately following.

No Charge (but registration needed)


11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
1976-80 4th Floor Whitcomb Reunion
Bonney Castle
Meet us at Bonney Castle! Hosted by Randy Neal and Bob Niemocienski, this is a casual get together for all of the old friends and dorm mates from 1976 to 1980.  Join us to reminisce about old times – Marge & Ralph, Friendly Bob’s, intramural triumphs, dorm pranks, parties and personalities. Catch up on all the happenings since our time back in Hiram. Play a few casual backyard games. Listen to those classic tunes. Hang out with Birch, Boob, Niemo, Jocko, Fid, Fritz, Kriz, Herm and the Wez!  Hiram food service provider, AVI Fresh, will offer a variety of light lunch items plus those liquid refreshments. We’ll be sure to grab a group photo before we end. Last chance before you get really old!
11:45 a.m.         Lunch
3 p.m.                Group Photo & Tour of 4th Whitcomb
Cost - $25

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Lunch Options

All-you-care-to-eat Lunch
Dining Hall
Join us for this premier all-you-care-to-eat luncheon where Hiram’s dining services partner, AVI Fresh, will highlight culinary talents.
Cost - $15
No Charge (Children 12 and under)

Golden Terriers Luncheon
Ballroom, Kennedy Center
Alumni who are celebrating or who have already celebrated their 50th reunion are invited to this special luncheon.
Cost - $15


12 - 7:00 p.m.
Men’s and Women’s Rugby Reunion
Saturday Timeline:
12 p.m.                  Alumni Rugby Games at the rugby pitch (women’s then men’s games)
2-6 p.m.                 Party Tent
6 p.m.                    Catered rugby dinner, Bowler Tent
Help spread the word and share the rugby love. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations if you'd like to be involved. Planned so far by Pat Gintert '86, Sam Lewis '89, Danny O'Connell '84, Bill Pandoli '85 and Regina Bell '85.
Cost - $35 Saturday Dinner


12:30 - 2:00 p.m.
Sip 'n Paint
All skill levels are invited for an afternoon of creativity and relaxation while enjoying smooth wine, appetizers, and good friends! Join Jackie (Deal) Moats '09 who enjoys helping others connect with their creative side! This year, we will be painting Terra Cotta pots while sipping on beverages. The best part is, you'll be able to take your painted pot(s) home! 
Cost - $25


1 - 2:00 p.m.
Session Three

Craft Cocktails
Koritansky Hall
Join Mark Rhodes ’93 from Barrel33 in Howland, Ohio, as he shows you the steps to creating some of the most popular craft cocktails. Mark will explain the art of these cocktails and demonstrate how to mix, pour and serve a variety of handcrafted beverages. You’ll be ready to host your own cocktail party when you leave this session!
Cost - $20

Climate Change and Your Own Disappearing Trees
Shuttles depart from the Kennedy Center
Join Professor of Biology, Denny Taylor ’73, for an interactive talk at the Field Station. Do you have a tree on your property? Are you going to plant one? Then you need to know how climate change already may be affecting the viability of your trees no matter where you live. Thinking of planting black cherry or sugar maple in NE Ohio? Think again. Learn how to hedge your bets when it comes to planting trees that we hope will last 150 years and more.

Transportation to the Field Station will be provided.

Monitoring Nuclear Agreements with Iran and North Korea: Some Relevant Lessons from the Past
Hinsdale 215

In this talk, John Lauder ‘68 will explore lessons from the perspective of a former intelligence officer and current advisor on arms control issues.  He will focus on the challenges of monitoring agreements and the role of intelligence in that monitoring. Negotiating and implementing effective agreements with Iran and North Korea are vital but controversial and seemingly intractable tasks.  Still, there are best practices from prior arms control and nonproliferation agreements that present instructive lessons.

Alumni Choir
Frohring Recital Hall
Sing to Hiram! All singing Terriers are invited to join Professor Emerita Damaris Peters-Pike for an alumni choir session where you will prepare two songs you may have sung with the choir while you were a student. Later, the group will perform at the All-Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration.

2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Session Four

HiHO Brewing Company Beer Tasting  Be a Judge!
Kennedy Center, Basement
HiHO Brewing Company invites you to be a beer judge at their afternoon beer tasting.  Located in Cuyahoga Falls, HiHO Brewing Company was founded by Jon and Ali Hovan, who turned their passion for the outdoors, education, and beer into a brewery! Join Jon, certified beer judge, and head brewer, and his brother-in-law Micah Watts ’04  as they educate you on beer that you get to taste!
Cost - $20

Building a Better Future: The Impact of Education on Community Health
Hinsdale 213
Education serves the public good in ways that extend far beyond just economic benefits. Educated people are not only healthier themselves but contribute to the overall health of the community. Odishius Sledge ’16 (PGS), Mark Curtis ’07 (MAIS) and  Nancy Pratt ’12 (MAIS) will share their perspectives on a liberal arts education and how it helps build, sustain, and promote healthy communities.

Tech and Trek "Appy Hour"
Hinsdale 215
Join Tom Bacher ‘78 and Executive Director of Information Technology, Matthew McKenna for a hands-on workshop where you can experience technologies currently being utilized by Hiram College students, faculty, and staff. Enjoy refreshments during this “Appy Hour” and learn how the Apple iPad empowers Terriers to be both creators and consumers of digital content.

Scavenging for Structures: Tech in the Biochemistry Classroom
Hinsdale 210
Understanding how a biological molecule works is predicated on understanding that molecule's structure. In this session, attendees will participate in the Protein Structure Scavenger Hunt, a classroom activity that leverages the capabilities of the iPad to guide students through the analysis of a protein's structure with Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Steven Romberger.

Summer Wine and Food Pairing with Anne Haynam '88
Booth-Centennial Lawn
After traveling to Provence, Chef Anne returned with a love for Rose wines, how wonderfully they pair with food, and how perfect they are for summer entertaining.  Join us to learn the varietal differences and pairing ideas while sampling three rose wines along with food pairings.  Recipes will be provided for:
Whipped Feta & Tomato Relish Crostini, Lemony Lump Crab Crouton, Grilled Vegetable Skewers with Herb de Provence & Basil, Grilled Local Sausage, and Monroe Orchard strawberries.
Cost - $30


3:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Class Photos

Check the back of your name badge for your class photo time and location.

4 - 5:30 p.m.
Class Reunion Receptions

Included with the price of a dinner ticket. Join your classmates to celebrate your reunion! Cash bars will be on site. 

6 - 8:30 p.m.
All Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration

Celebrate all things Hiram at the All Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration. This dinner welcomes all alumni, from any class, to join us for one big celebration and dinner in the Martin Field House.  Our food service provider, AVI Fresh, will prepare a dinner fit for kings as we honor this year’s alumni award recipients and celebrate all of the class reunions.  Tickets for the dinner include entry into our pre-dinner reunion receptions where returning alumni will gather with their classmates before heading to the all-inclusive dinner. 
Cost - $35
Classes 2008 thru 2018 - $25
No Charge (Children 12 and under)

2018 Alumni Award Winners:

Service to Humanity Award- Pamela (Kuglar) Brown ‘74
Lifetime Achievement Award- James D. Graham ‘88
Rising Star Award- John M. Moore ‘08
Terrier Award- John B. Coyne III ’95 and Joe A. Stamm ‘68
J.J. Turner Award- Thomas R. Platt Ph.D. ‘71
President’s Award- Curtiss L. Isler

8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Dance the Night Away under Hinsdale Arch! We'll provide a DJ and cash bar, you bring your dance moves!



8:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
Brunch Buffet in Dix Dining Hall, Kennedy Center
Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of brunch favorites. 
Cost - $15 No Charge (Children 12 and under)

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New for 2018

The All Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration will bring together all class years at the Martin Field House. 

Recent Graduate Perks

Graduates from the Classes of 2008-2018 receive a reduced reunion dinner rate for Saturday, June 16.  They can also stay free Friday and/or Saturday night by registering for any paid event, one on each day. 

Relive Dorm Life

Enjoy your stay in a campus residence hall stocked with a pillow, blanket,
sheets and small towels to make your stay a comfortable one!
Choose your desired room type from three choices - single, double, or townhouse. 

$40 Single, $55 Double
$160 Townhouse -SOLD OUT

All Access Pass

Our All Access Pass is available for $190 per person. This package includes access to all weekend activities and overnight accommodations for Friday and Saturday.

Make it a family affair.

We make it affordable – all activities, including meals, are free for children 12 and under! 


Reunion Class Gift

Take the Challenge! Help your classmates compete to win one of two contests!

The Challenges

1)First to Reach the Goal: The first class to reach their goal wins this challenge.
2)Highest Participation Percentage: The class with the highest percentage of classmates who make donations in the 2017-2018 fiscal year wins this challenge.  

The winning classes are recognized a number of ways, including an engraved trophy permanently on display in the Alumni Heritage Room, a group photo with the trophy, a champagne toast during your class reception, and ribbons affixed to your Alumni Weekend name tags identifying your class as challenge winners.

Track your class’s progress and make you gift today by clicking the button below!


Reunion Giving Challenge


EVERY gift counts toward the challenge, and EVERY gift matters, no matter the size.


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