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|Donald L. Batisky '83|
To volunteer is to give freely of oneself for the benefit of others, at times without recognition or reward. For Don Batisky, volunteerism is a way of life - a way of life that, for Hiram College, exemplifies the ideals and values the institution strives to instill in her students.
With Don, one sees the kind of selfless giving, genuine interest, and dedication to a cause that makes him a role model to many.
A Chemistry major while at Hiram, Don was the first member of his family to attend college. He credits his experience here on the Hill with setting the tone for his career. But it is his mother to whom he gives credit for his volunteer foundation. Having received a strong sense of social responsibility from his mother, Don has remained doggedly involved both on and off campus.
Graduating magna cum laude in 1983, Don continued his training at the Medical School of Ohio in Toledo and later in residency at Children's Hospital at The Ohio State University in Columbus. A fellowship at Le Bonheur Children's Hospital at the University of Tennessee saw him relocate and later practice in Memphis at Le Bonheur Medical Center. He returned to Toledo in 1997 as Director of Pediatric Residency Program and Associate Dean for Admission.
Throughout this time, Don was a "commuter' to Hiram several times each year. He began his service on the Alumni Executive Board in 1991, first as a member then as Vice President for two years and President for the following two years. Under his direction, the Alumni Clock Tower was conceived and implemented as part of the College's very successful capital campaign. With the Alumni Executive Board leading the way, over $60,000 of alumni funding was achieved.
Don now returns to campus as a member of the President's Science Council and as and Alumni-Admission Volunteer. When not on-campus, Don regularly recruits undergraduate candidates for the College. He has given countless hours mentoring pre-med students, assisting with career counseling and even arranging for Hiram College students to shadow him at work. Add to that the monthly phone calls to prospective students and continual support of local and regional alumni events and you can begin to see why Don is invaluable to the College's present and future.
As a student, Don was a member of the Chemistry Club, choir, German Club, Phi Beta Kappa and Omicron Delta Kappa. He has received the Phi Beta Kappa Award, the Alpha Omega Alpha National Honor Award and the Human Values Award at the Medical College of Ohio. He has shared his pediatric and medical expertise with Saint Patrick's Catholic Church Partners for Healthy Kids/Comprehensive School Health Consortium.
For Hiram, Don remains the essence of an alumni ambassador. For all you have done we commend you. For all you have meant to the College, we thank you and for your continued efforts for the advancement of this institution we proudly present you with the 1999 Hiram College Volunteer of the Year Award.