Alumni Weekend 2020-CANCELED
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6/19/2020 to 6/21/2020
When: Jun 19 - 21, 2020
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. 


9 a.m.

registration opens

Visit the Kennedy Center lobby upon your arrival to campus. You'll receive your housing assignment and name tag ticket to attend all of the events you signed up for. For questions throughout the weekend call the registration desk at 800.705.5050.  

10 a.m.

A Day with Hiram Golf Outing at Sugar Bush Golf Club

Join alumni, friends and community members for the 60th 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.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Bread and Soup

Share a simple meal with your Hiram friends. Your meal includes soup, bread, fruit, and a beverage. $9 / $5 (children 12 and under)

12 - 6 p.m.

welcome reception on the Kennedy Center lawn

Greet your classmates and make new friends at our afternoon welcome reception.  We’ll have music, lawn games, and more!

3 - 4 p.m.

taking root: Hiram's Tree canopy & walk

Learn about Hiram’s Tree plan and what the college is doing to embrace climate change, an aging canopy, and the future of trees on campus. Hiram’s facility and grounds guru, Ryan Olszewski and Alan Siewert from the Ohio Department of Natural Resources will take you on a tour of campus. The event begins with the dedication of two new sugar maple trees, donated by Amy (Ticconi) Jordan ’55 in honor of Rev. Dr. Marilyn Louise Stavenger ’57. Bring your walking shoes!

3 - 5 p.m.

Afternoon Wine Tasting with Nauti Vine

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. $10

4 - 5 p.m.

50th reunion reception with president varlotta

President Varlotta joins the Class of 1970 and guests in the Executive Suite of Hinsdale for a private reception. Open to members of the Class of 1970 and guests. 

5:30 - 7 P.M.

Vision 2020 Campaign Celebration - Invite Only

An exclusive thank you event honoring our strongest supporters and celebrating the successful conclusion of our Vision 20/20 Campaign. New members of Hiram College’s 1850 Society will be inducted during the celebration. 

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Dinner at the field station

The James H. Barrow Biological Field Station is an active research and educational facility that not only enhances the science and environmental studies programs, but also delivers enrichment and inspiration for students in all majors. AVI Fresh, Hiram’s dining services will provide an array of dinner choices for all to enjoy. $20 (free for children 12 and under)

6:30 p.m.

fountain ribbon cutting

Please join us for the ribbon cutting and unveiling of Hiram’s new fountain and updates to the surrounding area in Krabill Garden made possible through gifts from the Class of 1969. 

7:30 - 9:30 p.m.

in-a-jam band at the field station

After dinner, stick around for live band, In-a-Jam and a bonfire. In-a-Jam is an eclectic acoustic/electric trio, featuring the talents of Ken Schwartz, Annette Schwartz, and Rolf Remlinger ‘85. Performing music from the 1950's to today, with a nice mix of rock, country, folk, and pop songs. 

8 - 9:30 p.m.

roast & Toast of Denny Taylor '73

Help us celebrate the legacy and retirement of Denny Taylor ’73 all weekend. Special educational sessions and programming will highlight some of Denny’s accomplishments and the work of his former students. This roast and toast will be a fun way to get everyone laughing and reminiscing about the last 40 years Denny has spent at Hiram College. Submit your own “roast” or “toast” by filling out this short form.

8:30 - 10:30 p.m.

bonfire at the field station

Enjoy the musical talents of In-a-Jam’s eclectic acoustic/electric trio and a bonfire. Snacks, bug spray and a cash bar will be on site.

9:30 - 11 p.m.

Gazing at the Stars through the Stephens Memorial Observatory Telescope

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 clusters of stars. 


8 - 10 a.m.


  • All-you-care-to-eat breakfast. Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of breakfast favorites. $12 (free for children 12 and under)

Terrier Trek

  • Get in your morning walk with fellow Terriers. Meet under the Hinsdale Arch for an informal hike/walk on the new trail which stretches from behind the dining hall, around the back of Henry Field and the Coleman Center.

8:30 a.m. - Noon

Breakfast and Canoeing at Camp Hi

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. $25 ($10 for children 12 and under)

11 a.m. - 4 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.

the lawton art exhibit

  • During the 1970’s, Florian Lawton was active on Hiram’s campus, teaching students and creating insightful videos on the Amish culture in the area. Florian Lawton’s artwork is now housed in corporate and private collections, including the White House in Washington D.C. Last year, trustee of the Lawton Foundation, Kenneth Lawton, generously donated 186 pieces of Florian’s art to Hiram College. View Florian’s spectacular artwork on display in the Gelbke art building. 

the showboat majestic display and theatre open house

  • From 1949 – 1959, the Showboat Majestic was important part of the Hiram experience for many students. Visit the Showboat Theatre and browse displays and memorabilia from this time and see first-hand recent renovations to the theatre. 

9 - 10 a.m. Session I

Hiram Mentoring Influences on Science and Education Research

  • This session was put together to highlight alumni that Denny Taylor ‘77 worked with throughout his 40 years at Hiram College. An in-depth description and session leaders will be announced soon.

Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland: The Brexit Conundrum

  • Now that the United Kingdom has exited the European Union, the north and the republic no longer are co-equal partners in the multiple EU agreements. Jim Vincent ’65 will share the enormous consequences, especially for the north which finally found peace in 1998. At the end, Jim will share details about an upcoming alumni travel opportunity!

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

J.J. Turner lecture

  • The 2020 recipient of the J.J. Turner Award will host this session. The recipient will be honored during the All-Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration on Saturday evening. Winner to be announced soon.

coffee chat with the president

  • Join President Lori E. Varlotta, Ph.D. as she shares updates on the College including information about the many exciting initiatives happening on Hiram Hill.

From Youngstown to Hiram to Seville and Back Again

  • After an award-winning career as a novelist, historian, and literary critic, William Heath ‘65 has returned to his first love, publishing two chapbooks, Night Moves in Ohio and Leaving Seville.  Learn about William’s chapbooks which include topics such as growing up in Poland, Ohio, a suburb of mobbed-up Youngstown and the time he spent as a Fulbright professor at the University of Seville and his subsequent time spent in Spain with his wife Roser Caminals, a Catalan novelist.  

Connecting with Others:  Hiram Journalism students interview seniors at an assisted living facility

  • In the fall of 2019, Professor David Strukel's Journalism class interviewed and produced videos of senior citizens at the Inn at the Pines in Hiram. The project was a win-win for the students and for the residents. David will share the inspiration for the assignment, how he planned it, and how it came together. 

11:30 - 1 p.m.

all-you care to eat lunch

  • Join us for this premier all-you-care-to-eat luncheon where Hiram’s dining services partner, AVI Fresh, will highlight culinary talents. $15 (free for children 12 and under)


  • Alumni who are celebrating or who have already celebrated their 50th reunion are invited to this special luncheon. $15

12:30 - 2 p.m.

interactive tour with admission

  • Interested in touring campus? Our admission team put together an interactive tour to showcase some of the most popular locations on campus. Learn about the 21st century student while you explore campus with our admission team. Registration preferred so we can prepare accordingly.

bat house building at the field station

  • All skill levels are invited for an afternoon of creativity and relaxation. Join Director of the Field Station, Jen Clarke and Jim Tolan ’86 at the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station to learn about the ecological importance of bats and construct your own bat house to take home. All materials and transportation provided. Snacks and wine are also included. $25

1 - 2 p.m. SESSION III

Tacos & Tequila : Learn & Taste

  • Join Chef Anne Haynam ‘88 for an interactive session where you will both learn and taste a popular combination, tacos and tequila. Chef Anne will teach you how to make flavorful and unique taco combinations and appetizers. You'll also taste tequila varietals and learn how to make a refreshing cocktail. Recipes included. $30

Building toward Accessibility: Needs and Challenges 

  •  ADA accessibility is the only way to offer a Hiram education to all students, which is what we want and need to do. Like most traditional small liberal arts colleges, Hiram has a campus full of inaccessible historic buildings and other physical barriers. If we value diversity and inclusion, what can we do to improve accessibility on campus? How can we plan for the future? Learn how Associate Professor, Paul Gaffney’s class spent a semester focusing on change at Hiram.   

cooking up a community

  • How can building a community and support network create a positive, validating environment and help everyone achieve individual goals? Hear how Kyle Blaha ‘15 approaches topics like food and waste in judgement-free ways to foster a better dialogue for eating and sustainability in an increasingly volatile online environment. Kyle even published his own cook book, “Fegetaboutit” which features plant-based and minimal waste recipes.

Hiram Mentoring Influences on World and Personal PROSPECTIVEs

  • This session was put together to highlight alumni that Denny Taylor '73 worked with throughout his 40 years at Hiram College. An in-depth description and session leaders will be announced soon.

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

thirsty dog beer tasting

  • At Thirsty Dog Brewing Company in Akron, Ohio, full flavor, delicate balance, texture and aroma combine to make beer an infinitely complex experience. Join owner Jon Patrick Najeway, sister of Anne (Najeway) Vainer ’80, as he talks about his meticulously hand crafted beers. You may even get to try the brand new Trailhead Terrier IPA. $20

Fifty years of Mentoring: Tales from the Trenches 

  • To continue the celebration of Denny Taylor’s retirement, hear from Denny himself. Denny and colleague, Douglas Fudge, Chapman College, Associate Professor of Biological Sciences will talk about the impact of mentoring and experimental learning throughout their careers. 

Tech & Trek Appy Hour

  • Join Hiram’s instructional designer, Garrett Munro 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. 

3 - 5 p.m.

Poster Session with Denny Taylor

This session is part of Denny Taylor’s retirement celebration. After graduation so many Hiram alumni go on to do extraordinary things. Share your career highlights which we will put on display as posters for all to enjoy. Please fill out this wufoo form to have a poster created and put on display. Deadline is June 1. Denny will be in attendance, location to be announced. Cash bar on site. 

3:30 - 4 P.M.

Class Photos

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

4 - 5:15 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. 

5:30 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. $35 / Classes 2010 thru 2020 $25 /free for children 12 and under 

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!

sunday, June 21

8:30 - 11 A.M.

Brunch Buffet 

Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of brunch favorites. $15 / free for children 12 and under



Classes graduating from 2010 thru 2020 are considered graduates of the last decade (GOLD) and receive special benefits during the weekend. These special rates include:

  • A reduced rate of $25 for the All-Alumni Dinner on Saturday, June 20.
  • Housing accommodations half off.


Enjoy your stay in a campus residence hall. Rooms are stocked with a pillow and mattress cover.  
You can also choose to purchase a linen packet with sheets and small towels for just $10.

We will have a very limited amount of linens on hand for those who did not pre-register.
Choose your desired room type from three choices - single, double, or townhouse. 

$40 Single (One room with a single bed)
$55 Double (one room with two single beds)
$160 Townhouses (four rooms with four single beds)


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, unless otherwise noted.





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



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 2019-2020 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