Archived Newsletter - May 10, 2012
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May 10, 2012

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Reserve your ticket for this summer's hottest show,

We've got an exciting line-up of events designed for you to return to Hiram Hill and reconnect with your classmates.  All alumni are invited to return to enjoy the action-packed weekend, while alumni from class years ending in "2" and "7" will celebrate their milestone reunion years. 

Whether it's square dancing at the field station, attending a lecture or book discussion with faculty, canoeing, attending a wine tasting, or dancing the night away under the stars; we're certain that you will find something for everyone in this year's line-up. Click the image below to see the complete schedule and to register!

Koritansky Hall Dedication

The Garfield Meeting House, the home of the Garfield Institute for Public Leadership will have a new name beginning May 10, 2012.

Built in 1842, the historic Greek Revival building, at the southeast corner of the Upper Campus will be renamed in honor of John Koritansky, long-time Hiram Professor of Political Science and Chair of the Garfield Institute.

In 2008, William Recker, a Hiram College Board of Trustee member, donated funds for the relocation, renovation and restoration of the building a former a church from Mecca, Ohio to the campus.

Since it opened in the spring of 2009, it has served as the residence for the Garfield Institute for Public Leadership, and features a meeting area on the first floor, a library in the loft and faculty offices in the lower level. This year, Recker made another generous gift to the Garfield Institute, and asked that it be renamed in honor of Koritansky.

Koritansky has taught at Hiram College as a professor of Political Science for 42 years, and was one of the founders of the Garfield Institute.

Thursday, May 10th, 2012
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Hiram College

All are invited to attend this special event.

To read more about the Garfield Meeting House and Professor Koritansky, and to register to attend the ceremony, please click this LINK.

Remembering the Hiram Family

Marjorie Mitchell -

All are invited to celebrate the life of longtime assistant to President Elmer Jagow, Margie Mitchell. 

Saturday, June 2nd
2:30 p.m.
Hinsdale Hall – Third Floor
Hiram College

Margie also served as the assistant to Ed Smerek when he was Dean of Faculty for five years, and worked closely with many students and the Kennedy Center Programing Board. 

She lived in Tucson, Arizona and passed on April 1st.   Here is a link to her obituary. 


Debra Rodriquez -

A reception for friends and family of Deb Rodriguez will be held:

Saturday, May 12th
2:00 p.m.
Rafael's Bakery - Nelson Circle

(Isaac Mill's, 9415 State Route 305 at Parkman Road, Garrettsville, Ohio)

Debra dedicated 19 years of service to Hiram as a teacher, mentor, colleague, administrator and scholar.  The family encourages members of the Hiram College community to join the celebration of Deb's life after the commencement ceremony.

Here is a link to her obituary.

A Special Complimentary Ticket Offer for
Hiram Alumni & Friends!

The Musical Theater Project, co-directed by Hiram alumni Bill Rudman '73 and Heather (Moore) Meeker '94 invites you to a one-of-a-kind concert celebrating female songwriters on Sunday, May 13th. 

Use the code "HIRAM" when you buy a ticket to receive one complimentary ticket of the same value.  Then tell your mom!  Extend this discount to other Hiram family and friends. (Discount valid for ticket purchases only; excludes brunch package.)

Sunday, May 13th
3:00 p.m.
Breen Center for the Performing Arts
at St. Ignatius High School

What better way to celebrate Mother's Day than with Broadway and Hollywood songs written by the pioneer women who staked their claim in the male-dominated land of musicals?

Hosted by Heather (Moore) Meeker '94 and Nancy Maier with vocalists Ursula Cataan, Cassie Goldbach and Cynthia O'Connell and bassist Ann Gilbert.

 Coffee Chat with Hiram Faculty

Start your Saturday off with a cup of joe and great conversation!  Hiram faculty members are meeting with alumni and friends of Hiram for a Saturday morning coffee chat.
Hear about the exciting new directions they are taking with students while keeping with Hiram's beloved small college traditions.

Join this FREE event by clicking the link below:

June 2nd – Lakewood
Beck Café – Beck Center for the Arts

Hiram Harnesses the Sun – Again!

Hiram College made a huge environmental statement by beginning work on a new development of solar panels on campus aimed at reducing its "carbon footprint" and offsetting as many energy and operating costs as possible with clean, renewable energy sources.

Carbon Vision LLC of Shaker Heights has begun the installation of more than 1,400 solar panels on a total of about 2.5-acres of land at the north end of campus and east of State Route 700.

The new solar array will have the capacity to produce a minimum of 410,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, enough to provide about 70 percent of the power needs of the central services building, and the Gelbke Art Center, to which the panels will be connected.  The new array is much larger than the one installed by Carbon Vision last year atop the Coleman Sports Center, which has resulted in significant savings in electricity costs.

"This new 'solar field' is the next step in our commitment to sustainability and being environmentally responsible," said President Thomas Chema. "We've done our inventory and we know what our carbon footprint is.  Our first array has worked so well that we wanted to continue looking for ways to reduce our energy costs and preserve the environment."

John Utech, Chief Financial Officer of Carbon Vision said unlike the Coleman array, where solar panels are mounted on the building's roof, the new array will feature panels mounted on racks several feet above the ground and tilted at a 30-degree angle toward the southern horizon to maximize the collection of energy.

"Actually roofs heat up, and solar panels actually work more efficiently if they are cooler, so these ground mounted panels should be even more efficient," Utech said.
The Coleman array has generated over 90,000 kilowatt hours of electricity since February 2011, and savings have added up to the equivalent of the cost of more than 7,000 gallons of gasoline.  An average residential home uses about 10,000 KWH per year. To monitor the Coleman panels' performance, follow along at

Utech said the new array should be installed and ready to operate by the end of May, and that on and off-campus observers will be able to monitor their performance too.

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