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June 28, 2012
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Following is a message from Hiram College Alumni Executive Board President, Teresa Conroy-Roth:

Fellow Hiram Alumni,

Alumni Volunteer Day is one of my favorite days of the year and also one of my favorite events at Hiram.  Each year hundreds of alumni from across the country spend a Saturday morning volunteering in their communities as a way to give back in the spirit of Hiram.

Please join me, along with the Alumni Executive Board and other alumni around the world, by volunteering to host a site in your town.

Hosting a site is easy to do. The good feelings generated by the day combined with the new Hiram connections created in your region make for quite a memorable experience!

Click this link for a list of Frequently Asked Questions that show how easy it is to host a site.

This year's event takes place on Saturday, September 8th.  To sign-up to host a site, simply reply to this email and the Office of Alumni Relations will follow-up by sending you further information.

Thank you.  Let's show the world how much Hiram alumni care for their communities!

Teresa Conroy-Roth '90

(2010 Akron location Volunteers)


Join Hiram's Athletic Director, Tom Mulligan, and the coaches from Hiram College's 14 intercollegiate sports for a casual reception with your fellow Hiram alumni and friends of the College.  Meet the coaching staff and get up to speed on the positive things happening in Hiram athletics.

Four events have been planned, so join us for the reception most convenient for you. These free events begin at 6:00 p.m. with heavy hors d'oeuvres and refreshments.


This is it!  There are only three days left in Hiram's fiscal year.  Throughout the past year, over 2,000 alumni, students, faculty/staff members and friends of the College have made a gift to Hiram. Their gifts have made a difference and yours will too!

Please make your gift today -- you can choose one of these two options:  


Hiram alumni, their families and friends experienced memories as warm as the weather, June 15th - 17th, as they traveled back to Hiram Hill for Alumni Weekend 2012.

From the first foursome off the tee Friday in the annual alumni golf outing, to the final goodbyes after breakfast and the worship service Sunday morning, returnees found a lively campus full of activities geared to stimulate the mind and bring back fond memories of their time in Hiram.  There were nature hikes, campus tours, lectures on politics and Hiram's history, wine and beer tastings, dances, and 14 separate reunion class dinners.

Clink this LINK to view our collection of pictures from the weekend. Thank you to all who participated and helped to make it a wonderful weekend!  (pictured below – alumni gathered on the Campus Green for the Awards Ceremony)


Triumph & Turmoil: An Exploration of China's Entry into the Modern World
Professors Xinlu Yu and Gail Ambuske
May 8th - 20th, 2013

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.  Click this LINK to view the complete itinerary.


Natural History of the Galapagos Islands
Professors Prudy Hall and Matt Hils
July 18th - 31st, 2013

These are the islands that influenced Charles Darwin in 1835 and have influenced the study of biology and natural history since then.   The islands are located 1,000 kilometers west of Ecuador on the equator and are home to plants and animals found nowhere else in the World – Marine Iguanas, Flightless Cormorants, Giant Tortoises, Swallow-tailed Gulls, Lava Gulls, Galapagos Penguins, Darwin's Finches, Lava Cactus, and more…

Spend eleven days and ten nights aboard a motor yacht in this beautiful and well-protected World Heritage site with landings each day on different islands.  Click this LINK to view the complete itinerary.


A nationwide poll of young voters by Hiram's Garfield Institute for Public Leadership, shows young voters are optimistic about America's future, and prefer President Obama (50%) over Mitt Romney,(37%) in the Presidential race, but that Obama's support has slipped significantly from the levels the President enjoyed in the 2008 Presidential race, and in a previous Garfield Survey in January.

The survey, released June 20, 2012, is the second in the Garfield Institute's "Listening to Young Voters Project," a year-long effort to gauge the attitudes of 18-29 year-olds on issues facing the country. In 2008, young voters voted in huge numbers and were critical in propelling President Obama into the White House.

To read more about the survey and to view the complete results, click this link.


Associate Professor of Physics Mark Taylor has recently been awarded a three-year research grant of $116,000 from the National Science Foundation -Division of Materials Research.

Taylor does theoretical and computational research in the area of statistical mechanics of liquids, complex fluids and macromolecules. This new grant, titled "Phase transitions of a single polymer chain: Effects of solvent, confinement, and tethering," continues on four years of prior NSF support of Taylor's research program at Hiram College.

In the proposed research, Taylor and his students will use advanced computer simulation techniques to study conformational transitions (shape and structural changes) of polymer chains due to changes in the local environment of the polymer molecules. Such single chain phase transitions are important for the functionality of bio-macromolecules such as enzymes, and understanding these transitions in some detail may help in the design of environmentally responsive smart materials and sensors.

Click HERE to read more on Taylor and his grant.

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