Alumni Weekend 2012
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Summer Blockbuster Hit – Alumni Weekend

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.  Here is the complete breakdown for this year's weekend celebration.  Who has registered?

Online registration has closed, please join us in the Registration Office
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Friday, June 15th

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Kennedy Center

Locations for all events will be shared at registration.

A Day with Hiram Golf Outing
Sugar Bush Golf Club
Join alumni, friends and community members for the 52nd annual Day with Hiram benefitting Hiram College athletics.  For more information, click here to view the entire schedule and registration options.  If you have further questions, contact Connie Skingel at 330.569.5279 or

2:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Off-Campus Excursions
Depart from the Kennedy Center
Choose one of the planned events, or simply hang out on campus to connect with friends and College professors and staff.

Afternoon Wine Tasting at Auburn Twin Oaks

Amish Heritage Museum Visit and Art Show

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. Take a trip with fellow alumni to Middlefield, Ohio to tour the new Amish Heritage Museum where several works of local artist Florian Lawton will be featured. Lawton's son will lead us on a private tour. Hiram College's collection of Lawton's work will be displayed on campus and will be presented by his daughter upon our return.

5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Twilight Canoe Trip
Depart from the Kennedy Center
Adventure down the Cuyahoga River on this relaxing evening canoe trip.  Travel a woodland stream with a gentle, meandering course that is suitable for beginner to advanced paddlers.  Picnic fare will be served at the canoe livery.  

5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
James H. Barrow Field Station Nature Hikes
Join Associate Director of the Field Station Laura Collins '84 (a.k.a. "Snake") and Biology Professor Matt Hils for a leisurely nature hike and see Ohio's late spring/early summer natural beauty at its best.  A shorter version of the hike will be available based on participant preferences.

6:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Back Yard BBQ and Square Dancing
Field Station
Celebrate the 45th anniversary of the James H. Barrow Field Station with some down home backyard barbeque and traditional Hiram College square dancing!  Even if you didn't pack your dancing shoes, join us for this relaxing picnic at Hiram's scenic nature preserve. Shuttles will be provided to and from campus.

9:30 – 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.  If the skies are clear, we'll be looking at the Ring Nebula, planet Saturn, and maybe even Mars.

9:00 p.m. – Midnight
Hollywood Nightclub in Hiram
Renner Theater
You're on the guest list!  See and be seen at Hiram's newly-constructed Renner Theater which will be converted into an A-list Sunset Strip nightclub.  A disk jockey will be spinning the latest hits and taking requests.  Grab your friends and dance the night away.


Saturday, June 16th

7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Kennedy Center

Locations for all events will be shared at registration.

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

9:00 – 10:15 a.m. 
Attend one of these options to learn about our future, reminisce about our past, or a little of both!

Nursing at Hiram College
…a Success Story!

Theatre at Hiram College,
from the Showboat to our
new Black Box

Effective Learning –
the Past, Present and Future

Triumph and Turmoil: an exploration of China’s entry into the modern world

Come see the new nursing suite on Hiram's campus and get a first-hand look at how the modern nursing student hone's their skills.  You will witness the "simulation manikins" that are the students' first patients, providing experiences that will prepare the students to work in the field.


Did you know that many years ago, Hiram College sent students to live, work and perform on the Showboat Majestic on the Ohio River?  Come walk down memory lane as we share tales of that time.  You will also see the newly renovated space that is our new black box theatre, the Renner Theater, the progress on renovating the Showboat classroom space and hear what is planned for the future of the Frohring Performing Arts Hall.


Join Biology Professor and Director for the Center for Learning, Teaching and Evaluation Denny Taylor '73, as he leads this classroom discussion on learning. Come prepared to talk about your best learning events while at Hiram College – classes, labs, field trips, study abroad, co(extra) –curricular activities and find out how this relates to what we have learned about learning and the brain.

No longer the "Sleeping Dragon," China is emerging from centuries of isolation. Even with 5,000 years of history, a revolution sending reverberations throughout the world, an economy continuing to expand at over 8% a year, and the site of the 2008 Olympic Games, China remains for most Americans a giant enigma. Join Professors Gail Ambuske and Xinlu Yu  in an unforgettable journey as we explore the triumph and turmoil that has characterized China’s entry into the modern world.

Information will be included provided dates for a tentative alumni travel program.


10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Attend one of these options to learn about our future, reminisce about our past, or a little of both!

The 2012 Election
in Four Short Quarters

Goat Glands: Quackery and the Quest for the Scientific Fountain of Youth

Men's & Women's Lacrosse ... Hiram's Newest Sport

"Que Sera, Sera -
Doris Day”

Dr. Jason Johnson will teach a short course "The 2012 Election in Four Short Quarters" where he will explain what's happening in the campaign, who's up, who's down and who's likely to be in the Oval office in January 2013.  Dr. Johnson brings a wealth of experience to the classroom.  His new book Political Consultants and Campaigns: One Day to Sell was profiled in Campaigns & Elections magazine and featured on NPR.  Dr. Johnson is a sought after expert on campaigns and has lectured and done workshops on American campaigns in Mexico, South Africa, England and Germany.  He has also appeared on the O'Reilly Factor and works as a political analyst for National Public Radio, CNN and Al Jazeera English.  Feel free to pick up a copy of his book prior to the program to get a head start on the fun.


Headlines today are full of possible "immortality genes" and rejuvenating regimens of "scientifically-proven" compounds.  How can you distinguish between promising treatments and unqualified quackery?  Assistant Professor of Biomedical Humanities Erin Lamb won't answer that question for you, but she will hone your perspective of the present with an enlightening prospect of the past, exploring the cutting-edge scientific rejuvenation treatments of the 1920s -- such as irradiating ovaries and transplanting chimpanzee testicles -- and the cultural fads and quackery they inspired.





See the benefits and features of our new artificial turf and learn about how the game of lacrosse is played – with demonstrations and hands-on exercises. Hiram's Lacrosse coaches will also review their vision for these exciting new programs. 












A solo performance by Professor Damaris Peters Pike

Contrary to the popular image of the smiling girl next door, Doris Day's story is full of pain and sorrow along with great success.  This recounting of her youth in Cincinnati, her start as a big band singer, and amazing rise to stardom in movies includes several well-loved songs associated with the star, such as "It's Magic," "My Secret Love," and "Sentimental Journey."








12 Noon – 1:30 p.m.
Lunch Options
"Salads of Summer: Easy Entertaining Ideas for a Patio Party"
with Gourmet Chef Anne Haynam '88
(Cooking Class)
Learn new ways to prepare the wonderful produce found in the Farmer's markets and have a dinner party where you actually get to enjoy the party!  This is a demonstration class with participants receiving recipes and samples of each item prepared (adds up to a lunch).  The menu will include roasted beet salad with blue cheese cream, curried tomatoes, summer squash and feta salad, Provencal potato salad, Peruvian grilled chicken, and ganache almond cookies.  What a party!

12 Noon – 2:00 p.m.
Red Carpet Luncheon
Dining Hall

We're rolling out the red carpet for you – the stars of the Weekend!  Hiram's dining services partner, AVI Fresh, will showcase their talents at this premier luncheon.

12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
President's Luncheon for the Golden Terriers
Kennedy Center
Alumni who are celebrating or have already celebrated their 50th reunion are invited to this special luncheon hosted by President Chema.


2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
Attend one of these options to learn about our future, reminisce about our past, or a little of both!

A Snapshot of Hiram College Life: The Photos of Otto Carl Gilpin,

Obama, Explained

Afternoon Wine Tasting – What's Your Style?

Exploring the
Galapagos Islands

A carefully-crafted record of life and times before, during, and after the First World War are presented in these images by an alumnus, tracing the nature of the college experience when few were privileged to enter this cloistered world.  Social issues of the time – from race, the role of women, the transformation of rural life, the need for camaraderie during times that challenged group identity and values, and the nurturing of shared customs that define an institution and a time -- are seen in microcosm.  The photos will be presented by Lisa Safford, professor of art and chair of the Hiram College faculty.

Director of Hiram's Center for Engaged Ethics Doug Brattebo hosts a classroom discussion on "Obama, Explained," an article written by James Fallows for The Atlantic.  Pre-read materials will be distributed to registrants prior to the weekend. Here is a description of the article from the magazine: "As Barack Obama contends for a second term in office, two conflicting narratives of his presidency have emerged.  Is he a skillful political player and policy visionary – a chess master who always sees several moves ahead of his opponents (and of the punditocracy)?  Or is he politically clumsy and out of his depth – a pawn overwhelmed by events, at the mercy of a second-rate staff and of the Republicans? Here, a longtime analyst of the presidency takes the measure of our 44th president, with a view to history."

Are you interested in wine but aren't  sure which type is your favorite?  This wine tasting, enjoyable by the novice and expert alike, will explore six different styles of wine. Join Mark Rhodes, a 1993 graduate of the Weekend College and owner of WineStyles in Howland, Ohio, as he helps you discover your favorite style.


Join Biology Professor Emerita Prudy Hall and Biology Professor and Director of the Center for the Study of Nature and Society Matt Hils for a presentation and discussion of the wonders of the Galapagos Islands and learn how you can join our upcoming trip for alumni and friends of Hiram College, scheduled for July 2013.



3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Attend one of these options to learn about our future, reminisce about our past, or a little of both!

Travel Tips & Stories with
Janis (Piwkowski) Shelton '72

The Early Years
of Hiram College - Northwoods
Field S

Beer School with
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

Why are Coral Reefs
Dying Back all over
the World?

If you enjoy watching travelogues on television, come join Janis (Piwkowski) Shelton '72 as she takes you "Transatlantic Cruising" from London to Ft. Lauderdale with port calls in five European cities.










Professor Emeritus Rea Knight returns to Hiram Hill and will present a reading and book signing of his new book.

"When we committed ourselves to the Station development, Jan and I said to each other, 'It is worth ten years of our lives.' Our 19 years there went by all too swiftly."
– Rea Knight

 "The Early Years of the Hiram College Northwoods Field Station - A Habitat for Learning in Community" by Professor Emeritus Walter Rea Knight will be available for purchase at the Hiram College Bookstore during Alumni Weekend.  The Bookstore phone number is 300.569.5209.

At Thirsty Dog Brewing Company (from Akron, Ohio) 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 Ann Marie O'Brien '87, as he talks about his meticulously hand crafted beers.  This year's class will feature barrel-aged beers.







Join Sandy Madar, Professor of Biology and Director of Strategic Academic Services, and Brad Goodner, Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Deciphering Life's Languages, in a discussion around the book Coral Reefs in the Microbial Seas.  This is a book Sandy and Brad use in their introductory biology course to show students how basic principles of ecology and modern gene sequencing techniques come together to expose how human activity has directly and indirectly impacted these magnificent natural wonders.  Join fellow nature and science lovers in what is sure to be a lively discussion.  The book can be purchased through Amazon, Barnes and Noble and other booksellers.







5:00 – 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 hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar as we salute this year's winners.

6:30 – 7:00 p.m.
Reunion Class Photos
Class photos will be taken promptly at 6:30 and 6:45.
Specific instructions for your class will be available at registration.

Dinner Options

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Weekend College/MAIS Reunion Dinner
Celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Weekend College

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Reunion Dinners
The Classes of 1952*, 1957*, 1962*, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002 and 2007 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 1962 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.


After Dinner…

8:30 p.m.
Dance the Night Away
with not one, but two dance venues! Hiram alumnus Dr. John Vlad '56 brings big band sound to the ballroom with his band The Top Notes, and Oliver Plaza converts to an outdoor dance hall with a DJ spinning your dance favorites.  Cash bars will be available.


Sunday, June 17th


7:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Residence Hall Check-Out

8:00 – 11:00 a.m.
All you can eat breakfast
Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of breakfast 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