Alumni Weekend 2017
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Alumni Weekend 2017

Reconnect with your alma mater and fellow classmates.

6/16/2017 to 6/18/2017
When: Jun 16-18, 2017
10:00 AM
Where: Hiram College Campus
11710 Garfield Road
Hiram, Ohio  44234
United States
Contact: John Coyne '95

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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 lasting new ones. 

New for 2017

We’ve created a new way to connect with your fellow Terriers with the All Alumni Reunion Dinner 
and Awards Celebration.  Hiram alumni from all class years are welcomed to gather 
together for this extra special dinner and celebration in the Martin Field House.  


A Day with Hiram Golf Outing at Sugar Bush Golf Club 

Join alumni, friends and community members for the 57th annual Day with Hiram benefitting Hiram College athletics. For more information visit or call 800.705.5050. 

Noon - 6:00 p.m.
Welcome Reception on the Lawn
Greet your classmates and make new friends at our afternoon welcome reception.  We’ll have music, food trucks, lawn games, and more! 


3 - 5 p.m.  
Afternoon wine tasting 
Join the Nauti Vine Winery from Portage Lakes, OH for a casual, self-paced wine tasting on the Booth-Centennial lawn.  Owner Riki (Wathey) Antoniotti '91 will share notes about their wines.  Light snacks included. 


4:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Freak, Gimp, Crazy, Crip: The Causes and Consequences of Disability Prejudice
Professor Michelle Nario-Redmond
Disabled people make up the largest minority group in the United States, yet remain largely misunderstood despite recent advancements. People with sensory or mobility impairments, cognitive and psychiatric conditions all provoke similar stereotypes of incompetence and dependency and reactions that range from fear and contempt to pity and inspiration. This visually-rich presentation will illustrate the various forms that prejudice against disabled people can take, the existential and ideological reasons that drive such reactions, along with research on insider accounts and progress toward social change.

6 - 8 p.m.

Dinner and 50th Anniversary Celebration
James H. Barrow Field Station
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of the James H. Barrow Field Station at our picnic dinner out on the property. Enjoy a presentation about the history and current happenings at the station over dinner, along with nature hikes, facility tours and more.

8 - 11 p.m.
Bonfire and Bands at the Field Station
Keep the celebration going with a bonfire and music out at the James H. Barrow Field Station. Bluegrass band, the Hiram Rapids Stumblers, will perform after dinner, followed by Moose and Carl to close out the evening. Enjoy dancing, s’mores, and revelry under the stars! Speaking of stars – Stevens Memorial Observatory caretaker James Guilford will bring a portable telescope to the event for spectacular views of Saturn and Jupiter.  

Do you have special memories and stories of your experiences at the Field Station? Bring them along with any photos you would like to share.  

Adventurous folks are invited to pitch a tent and spend the evening under the stars.  

Questions about the event can be emailed to Jim Metzinger '88, Director of the James H. Barrow Field Station, at or Jim Tolan ’86, James H. Barrow Field Station Land Steward, at

8 p.m.
Rick Hyde’s FUNeral – 25 years of Hiram College Theater
Since he is retiring after more than a quarter of a century of playing at Hiram College, please join together for a celebration of his “passing.” Share stories with friends about your experiences whether they occurred in Bates, Hayden, Frohring Performing Arts, or even Northwoods. 

11 p.m. - 1 a.m.
Karaoke at Fire & Ice
Fire and Ice, the hookah bar and lounge under Gionnino’s Pizza, will open their doors for an evening of crooning to your college favorites.


7:30 - 8:30 a.m. 

Terrier Fun Run
Run with the pack! Get in your morning run with fellow Terriers. Meet under the Gerstacker Hall arch for an informal run/walk around the three-mile square. 


8 – 10 a.m.
All-you-can-eat breakfast
Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of breakfast favorites. 

8:30 a.m. - Noon
Canoeing at Camp Hi & Breakfast 
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.

10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 
Hall of History 
Take a walk down memory lane. Visit the Hall of History where yearbooks, “Patterns,” magazines and memorabilia from across the decades will be displayed for viewing.

9 – 10 a.m.
Session One

Alumni Weekend Book Club – A Handmaid’s Tale

We’ve selected A Handmaid’s Tale for this year’s Alumni Weekend Book Club discussion. Join Associate Professor of English and Department Chair Jeffrey Swenson in the Library to discuss the book. Advance copies are available on

The Handmaid's Tale (1985) is a work of speculative fiction by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Set in a near-future New England, in a totalitarian theocracy which has overthrown the United States government, the dystopian novel explores themes of women in subjugation and the various means by which they gain agency. The novel's title echoes the component parts of Geoffrey Chaucer's The Canterbury Tales, which comprises a series of connected stories ("The Merchant's Tale", "The Parson's Tale", etc.). 

The Handmaid's Tale won the 1985 Governor General's Award and the first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987; it was also nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award, the 1986 Booker Prize, and the 1987 Prometheus Award. It has been adapted for the cinema, radio, opera, and stage.

Time Travel Tech and Trek
1:1 with Hiram History

Dr. Jen McCreight, Dr. Kelly Lewis, Dr. Roxanne Sorrick from the Education Department

1:1 technology in classrooms is increasingly common at the P-12 level. The teacher licensure program embarked on a 1:1 initiative in 2014 in order to prepare Hiram teachers to enter 21st century classrooms.

Join three faculty members from the Education Department as they take participants on a journey to explore Hiram history using technology. They will also share lessons learned in three years of 1:1.

This will be a hands-on session. iPads, smartphones and tablets are welcome!

Archaeology Goes Digital: Recent Fieldwork at a Roman Villa in Italy


Matthew Notarian, Visiting Assistant Professor of Classics, invites you to virtually tag along to visit the site of an ancient Roman villa north of Rome he has been helping to uncover each summer since 2012.

Learn how archaeology is helping us refine our understanding of the Roman conquest of Italy, and see how cutting edge technologies are revolutionizing archaeological documentation in three dimensions with millimeter accuracy. 

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.
Session Two


The Public Health Impacts and Policy Future of Affordable Care Act

Chris Mundorf, Assistant Professor of Community and Public Health, discusses the past, present and uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the role of healthcare in promoting health in the U.S. population, evaluating the effect of the ACA, and the ramifications of changing policy during the Trump Administration.

Harp and Guitar with Ellen Eckhouse’85 and Dale Lacan

Join Adjunct music instructors, Ellen Eckhouse ('85) (Harp) and Dale Lacan (Guitar) for a cheerful morning concert. Old favorites, folk and Irish tunes will fill Frohring recital hall with sunny delightful sounds.

J.J. Turner Award Ceremony/Lecture

Dr. Mary C. Garvin '86, Ph.D. 
Professor of Biology at Oberlin College

"Trees as time machines: investigation of a childhood cancer cluster."

Environmental factors that contribute to childhood cancer clusters are seldom identified because the disease condition is typically manifested years after exposure. Through the chemical analyzes of cores collected from the Eastern Cottonwood, my colleagues and I are attempting to go back in time to identify environmental factors that may have contributed to an Ohio childhood cancer cluster.

Coffee Chat with the Presiden

Join President Lori E. Varlotta, Ph.D. and Trustee Dean Scarborough ’77 (chair of Hiram’s strategic planning initiative) as they discuss the current state of the College and share information about the many exciting initiatives happening on Hiram Hill.



11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Legacy Brunch and Tour
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.

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Lunch Options

Dean’s Award Luncheon with Faculty
Alumni and faculty are invited to this premier all-you-can-eat luncheon where Hiram’s dining services partner, AVI Fresh, will showcase its culinary talents. Faculty will be seated by department so that you can join them for lunch and conversation. Dean Bob Haak will recognize the recipient of this year’s Emeriti Faculty Award.
Golden Terriers Luncheon
Alumni who are celebrating or who have already celebrated their 50th reunion are invited to this special luncheon.  

12:45 – 3:30 p.m.
Nature’s Wine: Painting Workshop
All skill levels are invited for an afternoon of creativity and relaxation while enjoying smooth wine, delectable appetizers, and good friends! Carol (Milani) Agnew ‘16 is a Hiram resident artist who enjoys connecting others with nature in a creative way.  She will guide your painting of a Hiram nature scene and you will get to take home your finished project!  Space is limited to 25 participants, so sign-up today!

1 - 3:30 p.m.
Alumni Tennis Tournament & Ribbon Cutting
Get a first-hand look at the renovations of Hiram’s tennis courts at the ribbon cutting ceremony, then take to the courts for an alumni tennis tournament. 

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.
Session Three

Whiskey’s of the World

Join Mark Rhodes '93 from Barrel33 in Howland, Ohio as he takes you on a tour of different types of whiskeys. Taste and learn about bourbons, whiskey, scotch, blends and rye. Learn about different styles of scotch from lowlands & highlands and what the difference is between whiskey, bourbon and scotch.

Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Northeast Ohio

Emily Waples, Assistant Professor of Biomedical Humanities, shares historical documents that provide a portrait of Northeast Ohio during the 1918 influenza pandemic: a devastating global health crisis that killed an estimated 650,000 Americans. Take a trip back in history and learn how the pandemic impacted the lives (and deaths) of Ohioans from Cleveland to Hiram College and how it could happen again.  

Alumni Choir

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. 

2:30 – 3:30 p.m.
Session Four

HiHO Brewing Company Beer Tasting

Be a Judge!  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' Hiram grad) as they educate you on proper beer styles and tastings with their newest beer!

The Future with Professor James Thompson

In this talk, professor Thompson -- in good Hiram fashion -- will discuss three very different yet interconnected trends which he believes will be of central importance to the human race in the coming years.  First he will examine the sorts of urban environments and architectural technologies that will shape our immediate environments.  Then he will explain how those urban arrangements will be encompassed by a global political structure.  Finally, he will discuss the prospects -- and lack thereof -- for exploration by the human race beyond the confines of its home galaxy. 

Something's Fishy

Willard Greenwood, Editor of the Hiram Poetry Review and Professor of English, invites you to a poetry reading from his new book of poems, Pelagic Mania (check out the reviews on 

This collection features poems about fly fishing, fish and good times. Free fly casting lesson for all attendees.

 A Stroll through Hiram’s Gardens

Join Lucy Chamberlain ‘77 for a tour of Hiram’s Gardens as you learn about the efforts that are underway to preserve their beauty and splendor. You might even discover a new favorite spot on campus! 


3:40 - 4 p.m.
Class Reunion Photos
Check the back of your nametag for your class photo’s time and location

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

6 – 8:30 p.m.

All Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration
Celebrate all things Hiram! This new structure for our annual reunion 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 Reunion Receptions where returning alumni will gather with their classmates before heading to the all-inclusive dinner. 
40th Anniversary of the Weekend College Celebration and Dinner
The first of its kind in Ohio, and the second of its kind in the United States, Hiram’s Weekend College program has helped over 2,250 non-traditional students attain a Hiram degree by attending weekend classes. Join us as we celebrate the 40 year milestone of this groundbreaking program. 

8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.
Dance the Night Away
Blueprint Entertainment returns to spin your favorite crowd moving tunes with music spanning the decades. A cash bar will be available. You will not want to miss this highlight of the weekend as we dance under the Hinsdale arch, Hiram's main classroom building.



8:00 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Brunch Buffet
Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of brunch favorites.  


Perks for Recent Graduates
Recent Graduates from the Classes of 2007-2017 receive a reduced reunion dinner rate
and stay Friday and/or Saturday night free with registration for any paid event on each of those days. 


Relive Dorm Life
Stay the Night with Us! Residence hall rooms are available and will be assigned based on class attendance.
The cost includes a limited linen packet which contains a small pillow, blanket, sheets and small towels. 


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

Take the Reunion Class Gift Challenge

Make a gift to Hiram in honor of your reunion, 
and help your class win!

Reunion classes are competing for a FREE private party at Alumni Weekend.
The class that meets its reunion class gift goal first, wins.

Track your class progress.

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