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Alumni Weekend 2015
Alumni Weekend 2015

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6/19/2015 to 6/21/2015

When: Friday through Sunday, June 19 - 21, 2015
Where: Hiram College Campus
Hiram, Ohio 44234
United States
John Coyne
Phone: 330.569.5284

Registration Information
Online registration is NOW CLOSED.  We welcome walk-ins!
Please visit us at the Registration Desk in the Kennedy Center.





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.

Friday, June 19th, 2015

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 55th 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. Garfield Monument at Lakeview Cemetery
Depart from the Kennedy Center

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, James A. Garfield's final resting place combines Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine styles of architecture. You will be shuttled from campus to the site and will have time to explore this 180-foot tall monument which features terra cotta panels, stained glass windows, rich mosiacs and President Garfield's casket. On a clear day you can see forty miles of the Lake Erie shore from the outdoor balcony.

CANCELLED 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Twilight Canoe Trip
Depart from the Kennedy Center

Explore 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.

Due to recent inclement weather and unsafe boating conditions, we are sorry to report that the Twilight Canoe Trip has been CANCELLED.

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. Garden Party Dinner at Buckingham Place

Enjoy fresh air, flavor and fun at this delightful garden party at Buckingham Place, the home of Hiram's Alumni Welcome Center. Tour the Welcome Center, then join your friends in the garden for elegant picnic fare and music with a surprise guest performer from Hiram's history!

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Black Box Concert Club with "In-a-Jam"

We're turning Hiram's black box theater into a concert club! In-a-Jam, Delaware, Ohio's eclectic acoustic electric trio, featuring the talents of Rolf Remlinger '85, will surely make you move your feet. A cash bar will be available.

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 good visibility, we will see beautiful ringed Saturn, a star cluster or two, a red giant star and the Ring Nebula.

Saturday, June 20th, 2015

7:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. Terrier Fun Run
Gerstacker Arch

Run with the pack! Get in your morning run with fellow Terriers. Meet under the Gerstacker Arch for an informal run/walk around the 3-mile square.

Breakfast Options:

All You Can Eat Breakfast
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Dix Dining Hall, Kennedy Center
Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of breakfast favorites.
The Trail Mix: Morning Hike
8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m., Depart from the Kennedy Center
Enjoy a nature inspired breakfast prepared by gourmet chef Anne Haynam '88 at the James H. Barrow Field Station. Alumni will have time to interact with student workers and researchers during a morning poster session, look at the Field Station's interactive displays and learn about current citizen science programs. Then enjoy a 45-minute leisurely nature hike guided by Field Station students, staff and faculty. 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.

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Memories from the Showboat Majestic
Frohring Performing Arts

We have been collecting memories from Boaters about their summers spent on the Ohio River. View their recorded history in our tribute to the Majestic, the Showboat Theater. Stop in any time to watch the video.

Hourly Campus Tours

Depart from the Kennedy Center with a dedicated 8 passenger golf cart

Sign-up for a tour at registration.

9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
SESSION I (choose one)

Alumni Weekend Book Club

We've selected The Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown for this year's Alumni Weekend Book Club discussion. Join us in the campus library as librarians and book lovers discuss their take on the novel.
Advance copies are available on

Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times - the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world. Brown has created an unforgettable portrait of an era, a celebration of a remarkable achievement and a chronicle of one extraordinary young man's personal quest.

Applying the Science of Happiness in Everyday Life:
An Entrepreneurial Adventure
People have all sorts of ideas about what happiness is and how it might be achieved, but recent research has put the scientific method to work discovering the answers to these questions and more.

Dr. Acacia Parks will discuss research on how to increase happiness, and will discuss a startup venture she collaborates on with a company called Happify designed to disseminate research on happiness to the general public.
Her talk will include hands-on activities.

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
(choose one)

Vocal Performance by Nanette (Pou) Wehe '80
Music lovers come join Nanette (soprano) and Hiram Professor
Randall Fusco
(piano) for a classical vocal recital
inspired by Nanette's recent stay in Vienna.
Favorites old and new!

Moving Beyond Stereotypes: The Powerful Six Nations
Indian Confederacy and the American Revolution

Join James Kirby Martin '65, co-author of Forgotten Allies, for a
discussion about the Oneida Indians who were engaged on both sides
of the Revolutionary War. The Oneidas risked their homeland, their
culture and their lives to join in a war that gave birth to a new nation
at the expense of their own. Revealing for the first time the full sacrifice
of the Oneidas in securing independence, Forgotten Allies offers poignant insights about Oneida culture and how it changed and adjusted in the
wake of nearly two centuries of contact with European-American colonists.
It depicts the resolve of an Indian nation that fought alongside
the revolutionaries as their valuable allies, only to be erased from
America's collective historical memory.

Robotics: Past, Present and Future
Mark Spong ’75, President of Mechatronic Systems Incorporated and Dean of the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Sciences at UT Texas, will give a brief history of the field of robotics and discuss his vision for the future. He will also show some of the innovative projects in the areas of dexterous robotics, including gymnastic robots, an air hockey playing robot, a robot that rides a Segway Human Transporter and others.

TREE House Tour (Teaching, Research and Environmental Engagement)
Hiram College's TREE House project is a fascinating study in converting a 100+ year old home into learning and office space for the department of Environmental Studies. Through a collaborative process, this deep energy retrofit explored numerous paths and options for cost-effectively making
this showpiece in sustainability and building performance.
Join Professor Debbie Kasper to learn more about this project
and how it's being used in teaching and research.

J.J. Turner Induction Ceremony

Gather at the James H. Barrow Field Station for the annual meeting
of the J.J. Turner Society. The Society recognizes the achievements of
life science graduates and discusses current scientific research.
Join the biology faculty as Lauren Lanphear ’79, ISA Certified Arborist
from Forest City Tree Protection Co, is recognized for his achievements
and Matt Hils, Professor of Biology, is recognized posthumously.

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

Thrill of the Grill: a Cooking Demonstration with Chef Anne Haynam '88
Get ready for summer entertaining with new recipes.
Lunch will include samples of items such as: Grilled Chicken Satay with Spicy Peanut Sauce, Grilled Swordfish Salad with Citrus Blue Cheese & Bacon Dressing, Marinated Crosshatch Hot Dog with Asian Slaw, Garden Orzo Salad, Grilled Pound Cake with Strawberry-Grand Marnier Compote topped with Crema.
Seating 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.

Golden Terriers Luncheon
Alumni who are celebrating or have already celebrated
their 50th reunion are invited to this special luncheon.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 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.

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
(choose one)

Blind Wine Tasting
Join Mark Rhodes, a 1993 graduate of the Weekend College and
owner of barrel33 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 separate sets of wines for a total of six wines.
Light snacks also provided.

Hillary vs. The Field: How the 2016 Election is
giving us the best and the worst of American Politics

by Dr. Jason Johnson

Instead, please enjoy this offering
Ohio: An American Utopia

James Thompson, associate professor of political science,
will explain how 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 American, which is why so many people in Ohio have a hard time closely identifying with it as something unique and distinct. 

Hale Chatfield Reading
Join English faculty and alumni as they honor Professor Hale Chatfield
with readings of selected works.

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,
then perform them at the All Alumni Reception.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
SESSION IV (choose one)

Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community
Just south of Hiram College on Garfield Road is an organic farm where approximately 25 adults on the Autism Spectrum work the land throughout the year and are paid a wage from the sale of the harvest and handicrafts they produce. Established in June 2009, the Farm has expanded its infrastructure and program offerings to encompass greenhouses, hydroponics, an
assortment of livestock and pick-your-own blueberries and strawberries.
Come tour the Farm with some fellow alumni who serve on the
Farm's Board of Directors and learn about the therapeutic effects that our Farmers experience as they grow, learn and work in a setting focused on respect and support for individuals and the environment.

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 Great God Pan
Amy Herzog is a contemporary American playwright whose play 4000 Miles (HCT 2013) Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Herzog received a Masters in Fine Arts from the Yale School of Drama. Her teachers included Richard Nelson and John Guare. In his review of The Great God Pan in December of 2012, New York Times critic Charles Isherwood said that "She writes with a keen sensitivity to the complex weave of feelings embedded in all human relationships, with particular attention to the way we tiptoe around areas of radioactive emotion."
It is a play that deals with forgetting and remembering, and the pain
that may be associated with either. Hiram College Theatre will present a
reading of the play and host a subsequent discussion featuring
faculty members Carol Donley and Rick Hyde as well as alumni.

A World Tour of Trees with Cleveland's Tree Doctor
Join Lauren Lanphear '79, ISA Certified Arborist from Forest City Tree Protection Company, and the 2015 recipient of the J.J. Turner Society Award, 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 and Baobab Trees of Africa,
Wall Trees of Hong Kong and a whole lot more.

Life is Hard: Remembering Dr. Ernst Katz
Born at the end of the Golden Age, wounded fighting for his country and fleeing for his life, what did our Professor Ernst Katz know about a hard life?
Susan Nicol Saunders '65 shares what she learned from her stay
in Vienna and her contact with other Hiramites in search of a
teacher who greatly influences her life and work.

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 - Greg and Kristina (Geiger) Dooley '00/'00
Alumni Achievement Award - Doug Hardman '80
Lifelong Leadership Award - Dr. George Melnykovich '65
Recent Graduate Service to Humanity Award - Chrissy Stonebraker-Martinez '10

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reunion Class Photos

Specific instructions for your class will be available at registration.

Dinner Options
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Reunion Dinners
The Classes of 1950*, 1955*, 1960*, 1965*, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000, 2005 and 2010 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, dinner 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.

Lindajean Western, the new Vice President for Enrollment, will give updates on exciting new programs for adult learners and share ways in which you can help your friends, families and colleagues benefit from a Hiram education.

The 50th Reunion

A 50th reunion is a memorable occasion and the Class of 1965 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.

8:30 p.m. Dance the Night Away under the Hinsdale Arch
With 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.

Additional Information

For Recent Graduates – Why Attend?

Recent graduates from the Classes of 2005-2015 receive a reduced reunion dinner rate of $25 and stay Friday and/or Saturday night free with registration at any paid event on those days.

Where Do I Stay?

Residence hall rooms are available and will be assigned based on class attendance.
The cost includes a limited linen packet with small pillow, sheets and small towels.

Make it a Family Affair!

Make Alumni Weekend your summer vacation - we make it affordable.
All activities and meals are free for children 12 and under!


We are sorry to report that Little Villages has cancelled their services for today. Attendees are welcome to bring children with them to the events.

We've secured daycare services at the Little Village Early Learning Center at Hiram Christian Church, which is licensed by the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services. The service will be available from NOON-9:00PM on Saturday, June 20th for $5.00 an hour per child. Reservations for child care can be made directly with the Learning Center by calling 330.569.7101 or emailing Learn about the learning center by visiting their website at

Take the Reunion Class Gift Challenge:

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

ion classes are competing for a FREE private party at Alumni Weekend.
The class that meets its Reunion Class Gift goal first wins. Stay tuned for more details and a special Reunion Class Gift website where you can track your class's progress.

EVERY gift counts toward the challenge and EVERY gift matters, no matter the size. Give online at or contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at 800.705.5050.

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