Friday, June 17
9 a.m. – 10 p.m
Kennedy Center
A Day with Hiram Golf Outing
at Sugar Bush Golf Club

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Registration & Continental Breakfast

10:00 a.m.
Shotgun Start

4:30 p.m.
Catered Awards Dinner in Clubhouse
Cocktails prior to Dinner

Join alumni, friends and community members for the 55th annual Day with Hiram benefiting Hiram College athletics. For more information, contact Dave Bishoff at 330.569.5105 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
2 – 5 p.m.
Afternoon Wine Tasting at ThornCreek Winery
Depart from the Kennedy Center

Take a trip with fellow alumni to an Aurora vineyard situated on seven acres of beautifully designed gardens, gathering places and reflection spaces. ThornCreek Winery features award-winning wines that are bottled on site. The wine and food selections are as unique and distinctive as the winery itself. Guests will enjoy four wine samples while learning about how they were made.
2 – 5 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 have time to explore this 180-foot-tall monument, which features terracotta panels, stained glass windows, rich mosaics and President Garfield’s tomb. On a clear day, you can see 40 miles of the Lake Erie shore from the outdoor balcony. Note: This tour involves approximately one mile of walking, including 154 steps to the monument.
5:30 – 9 p.m.
Twilight Canoe Trip
Depart from the Kennedy Center

Explore the Cuyahoga River on this relaxing canoe trip. Travel along a woodland stream with a gentle, meandering course that is suitable for beginners to advanced paddlers. Includes a picnic dinner at the livery before the launch.
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Picnic Dinner on the Plaza
Oliver Plaza

Enjoy fresh air, flavor and fun at this delightful picnic on Oliver Plaza. Join your friends for picnic fare, conversation and even some yard games before the evening entertainment begins.
7:30 - 9:30 p.m.
Remembering Freddy’s
Kennedy Center Basement

Join the Class of 1966 for a recreation of their favorite campus hangout, Freddy’s. Enjoy milkshakes and a cash bar while Hiram alumnus Fred Thompson ’65 plays your favorite music from the Freddy’s era.
8 p.m. – Midnight
Is Hiram Haunted?
Alumni Heritage Room – Teachout- Price

Paranormal Investigators Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirts (ORBS) have conducted ghost-hunting investigations in Bowler Hall and the Zimmerman House, the former residence of President James A. Garfield. They will share their findings for groups of people in four one-hour sessions. Space is limited to 25 participants in each one-hour session, so sign-up today!
9 p.m. – midnight
Black Box Concert Club with "In-A-Jam"
Renner Theater – Frohring Performing Arts Building

Back by popular demand – 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 – 11 p.m.
Gazing at the Stars from the Hill
Stephens Memorial Observatory

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, you have a chance to see beautiful ringed Saturn, a close-up view of the Moon and and maybe even Mars.
Saturday, June 18
7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Kennedy Center
Hourly Campus Tours
Each hour, golf cart tours will depart from the Kennedy Center. Sign up for a tour at registration.
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Terrier Fun Run

Run with the pack! Get in your morning run with fellow Terriers. Meet under the Gerstacker Arch for an informal run/walk around the three-mile square.
8-10 a.m.

Dix Dining Hall - Kennedy Center

Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of breakfast favorites.

The Trail Mix and Morning Hike
Depart from the Kennedy Center

James H. Barrow Field Station
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. Both a shorter and a longer version of the hike will be available based on participant preferences. Space is limited. 
10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Hall of History
Main Lounge – Kennedy Center

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.
9 – 10:15 a.m.
(choose from one of the events below)

Alumni Weekend Book Club
Library Instruction Room – Floor 3, Hiram College Library

We’ve selected the novel “Into the Beautiful North” for this year’s Alumni Weekend Book Club discussion.  This is the book that was used in this year’s The Big Read program.  Join Professor Jennifer Miller, director of Academic Operations, in the library to discuss the novel. Advance copies are available on “Into the Beautiful North” is a quest novel in the grand tradition, though there are no medieval knights, magic rings or light sabers within its pages. Author Luis Alberto Urrea sets the novel in the present day, in the highly charged world of the U.S.–Mexico border region.

National and Battleground State Dynamics of the 2016 Presidential Election
Hinsdale 215

Doug Brattebo, associate professor of political science and director of the James A. Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency, discusses the large national currents at work in the 2016 presidential election, including how these factors will manifest in the small number of states that are the epicenters of the electoral contest.

“How is Hiram Doing?” A Conversation with President Varlotta
Koritansky Hall

Do you have questions about the state of the College?  If so, you are welcome to ask the president!  Join President Varlotta for coffee and casual conversation at this Saturday morning gathering.
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
(choose from one of the events below)

Living Well:  The 4 Pillars of Health … Energy, Exercise, Attitude and Numbers
East Hall Forum

It is difficult to make sense of all the current trends, fads and myths of living healthy.  Join head athletic trainer/assistant athletic director Jim Johnston in a discussion and informative session on a basic plan including nutrition, exercise, stress management and understanding your physiological numbers to assist you in making healthful decisions.

A Historic Look at Hiram Buildings
Hinsdale 203

Join Christie Edwards Borkan ’81 as she shows images of buildings and landscapes of Hiram as they looked from the earliest Eclectic years and forward.  This talk focuses on the architectural styles and time periods of the buildings, as well as anecdotal history.  Relive your Hiram days! 

Guitar Recital: Country and Classical
Frohring Music Recital Hall

Join Ben Dague, adjunct instructor of guitar in the music department, on a musical journey through various styles and periods of music.  From Renaissance to Baroque to classical, contemporary and country, this recital should have a little bit for everyone.

J. J. Turner Induction Ceremony and Presentation
Drury Hall, 2nd Floor Bates Hall

Gather for the annual meeting of the J. J. Turner Society, which recognizes the achievements of life science graduates and discusses current scientific research. William Goldner, Ph.D., acting director, Division of Sustainable Bioenergy Institute of Bioenergy, Climate and Environment; National Institute of Food and Agriculture and United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), will be recognized for his achievements. Following the ceremony, Goldner will give the following presentation:

How Can Alternative Jet Fuel and Biobased Products Help Save the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay?

Bill Goldner, Ph.D., will discuss public-private partnerships funded by the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture that integrate research, development, demonstration, education/workforce development, extension/community engagement/technology transfer and sustainability analysis (environmental, economic, social). In particular, Goldner will explain how partners can work toward developing regional systems for the production of biofuels, industrial chemicals, biopower and biobased products that provide ecosystem services that could have major impacts on the water quality of major watersheds like the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay. These emerging systems have the potential to create and preserve jobs, enhance existing agricultural and forest production systems and create a range of valuable ecosystem services, while slowing our use of fossil carbon.

(choose from one of the events below)

11 a.m.  – 2 p.m.
Legacy Brunch and Tour
Alumni Heritage Room – Teachout- Price

Did other members of your family attend Hiram, too?  Do you have a potential future Terrier in the family?  If so, then we hope you will join us for this free brunch and campus tour for past, present and future legacy families.

Noon – 2 p.m.
Alumni and Faculty Luncheon 

Hiram College Dining Hall

Alumni and faculty are invited to this premier all-you-can-eat luncheon where Hiram’s dining services partner, AVI Fresh, will showcase its culinary talents. Faculty will be seated by department so that you can join them for lunch and conversation.

Noon – 2 p.m.
Golden Terriers Luncheon
Ballroom – Kennedy Center (second floor)

Alumni celebrating or who have already celebrated their 50th reunion are invited to this special luncheon.
2 – 4:30 p.m.
Nature’s Wine:  Painting Workshop
Gelbke Art Loft

All skill levels are invited for an afternoon of creativity and relaxation while enjoying smooth wine, delectable appetizers and good friends. Carol (Agnew ) Milani ‘16 is a Hiram resident artist who enjoys connecting others with nature in a creative way. She will guide your painting of a Hiram nature scene and you will get to take home your finished project. Space is limited to 25 participants, so sign-up today!
2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
(choose from one of the four events below)

Casual Summer Entertaining with \Gourmet Chef Anne Haynam ‘88
East Hall Forum

When the dog days of summer hit, the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven!  Join us for a class full of easy summer entertaining ideas, samples and recipes to take home.

Art of Craft Cocktails 
Koritansky Hall

Join Mark Rhodes ’93, owner of barrell33 in Howland, Ohio, as he leads an Art of Craft Cocktails class. Sample five classic cocktails, including the Aviation and Sidecar, and craft cocktails like the Moscow Mule and Vesper. Learn about history of cocktails along with bitters, mixers, garnishes and liquors, and also when to shake or stir a cocktail.

Alumni Choir
Frohring Recital Hall – Frohring Music Building

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. Later, the group will perform at the All-Alumni Awards Ceremony.

From Story to Song: Open Mic Event
Drury Hall – 2nd Floor, Bates Hall

Calling all alumni writers, composers and comics. Share one of your own poems or songs, an excerpt from your latest essay or story or a brief stand-up routine with a friendly crowd. Paul Gaffney, associate professor of English, will emcee a fun hour during which you are encouraged to share up to five minutes of one of your own compositions. If you’re not a performer, join us to celebrate the creativity of your classmates.

The Green and Black with Jim Vincent ‘65:  The often unhappy history of Irish-Americans and African-Americans 
Hinsdale 215

These two ethnic groups are well known for competing for jobs in the American northern states after the Civil War, but their interactions had a long history in the Caribbean plantations and would later spill out again in the school integration battles in the suburbs of Boston.  From secret societies to the Black Panthers’ alliance with the Northern Ireland freedom fighters in the ‘60s, the green and the black demonstrate the complexities of American ethnic strife.

Tour Hiram’s Gardens
Meet under the Hinsdale Arch 

Join Denny Taylor, professor of biology, for a tour of Hiram’s gardens.  Learn about the efforts underway to preserve their beauty and splendor.   (Repeated Sunday morning)
3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
(choose from one of the five events below)

Beer School with Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Kennedy Center basement

At Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. in Akron, Ohio, full flavor, delicate balance, texture and aroma combine to make beer an infinitely complex experience. Join owner Jon Patrick Najeway, sister of Anne (Najeway) Vainer ’80, as he talks about his meticulously handcrafted beers.

Making Sense of Modern Physics
Gerstacker 123

Is physics on the verge of a major revolution?  In this class session, Mark Taylor, associate professor of physics, will give a nontechnical introduction to our current theories of the universe, both at the subatomic and extragalactic levels, and will then discuss recent findings (related to dark matter and dark energy) that are raising serious questions about how much we really understand.   Whatever the resolution, these are exciting times for fundamental physics.

A Model for Understanding, Preventing and Combatting Depression with Dr. Chuck Rogers ’66 
Hinsdale 203

Few adults have been untouched by depression at some point in life, and for those who graduated from Hiram in the ‘60s, depression is increasingly likely to interfere with healthy aging. Although depression is rather ubiquitous, it is often misunderstood or conceptualized inaccurately. In this presentation, a model will be presented to enable attendees to conceptualize and understand depression; to determine specific actions to prevent or combat it in their own lives; and to guide them in attempting to assist loved ones.

Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community
Depart from Kennedy Center

Just south of Hiram College on Garfield Road, about 25 adults living with autism spectrum disorders work at this organic farm. Here, they receive wages for the sale of the harvest and handicrafts they produce year-round.  Established in June 2009, Hiram Farm has expanded its infrastructure and program offerings to encompass greenhouses, hydroponics, an assortment of livestock and pick-your-own blueberries and strawberries.  Tour the farm with fellow alumni who serve on its board of directors and learn about the therapeutic effects the farmers experience as they grow, learn and work in a setting focused on respect and support for individuals and the environment.

5 – 6:30 p.m. 
All-Alumni Reception and Alumni Awards Ceremony
Hiram Dining Hall

All of the weekend’s activities come together with this one all-inclusive reception honoring this year’s alumni award recipients. Join us for hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar as we salute this year’s winners. You will also get to hear a reading of the Essay Contest Winner and performances by the Alumni Weekend Choir.

This year we honor:

  • Lifelong Leadership Award - J. Marshall Dunn, D. Min. ‘65
  • Alumni Achievement Award - William J. Moran Jr. ‘86
  • Recent Graduate Service to Humanity Award - Lauren M. LeBlanc ‘11
  • Alumni Volunteer Award - Michael R. Myers, Ph.D. ‘83
6:30 – 7 p.m.
Reunion Class Photos

Specific instructions for your class will be shared at registration.
7 - 9 p.m.

Reunion Dinners

The Classes of 1951*, 1956*, 1961*, 1966*, 1971*, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001*, 2006 and 2011 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 served meal and all non-alcoholic beverages. Those classes indicated by an * include an open bar; otherwise a cash bar will be available.

Not in a reunion class year? Join the reunion dinner of your choice!


  • 1951 – Kennedy Center Ballroom West
  • 1956 – Kennedy Center Ballroom Center
  • 1961 – Kennedy Center Ballroom East
  • 1966 – Dix Dining Hall, Kennedy Center
  • 1971 – Brown Fall Room, Kennedy Center
  • 1976 – Schneider Room, Library
  • 1981 – Krabill Room, Library
  • 1986 – Krabill Garden, Library
  • 1991 – Gelbke Art
  • 1996 – 2nd Floor Arch, Hinsdale
  • 2001 – Board Room, 3rd Hinsdale
  • 2006 – Pritchard Room, Library
  • 2011 – Alumni Heritage Room, Teachout-Price
  • WEC/PGS/MAIS – 3rd Hinsdale
8:30 p.m.
Dance the Night Away under the Hinsdale Arch
Under the Hinsdale Arch

Will include music spanning the decades. A cash bar will be available.
Sunday, June 21
7 a.m. – noon
Residence Hall Check-Out
8 – 11 a.m.
All-You-Can-Eat Brunch
Dix Dining Hall, Kennedy Center

Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of brunch favorites.
10 a.m.  
our Hiram’s Gardens
Meet under the Hinsdale Arch

Join Denny Taylor, professor of biology, for a tour of Hiram’s Gardens.  Learn about the efforts underway to preserve their beauty and splendor.
Enjoy these other activities during Alumni Weekend
Hospitality Suites

We’ve set aside gathering places for each class to use throughout the weekend as a home base. Here is the list of hospitality suites per class. Refreshments will be pro¬vided for your enjoyment: 
  • 1966 – East Hall - 3rd floor lounge
  • 1961/56/51 – East Hall - 2nd floor lounge
  • 1976 – East Hall 1st floor lounge – Left side
  • 1971 – East Hall 1st floor lounge – Right side
  • 1986 – Townhouse 68F
  • 1981 – Bowler Hall – small 1st floor lounge
  • 1996 – Bowler Hall main lounge / Share with ‘91
  • 1991 – Bowler Hall main lounge / Share with ‘96
  • 2001 – Booth Centennial lounge - Left side
  • 2006 – Booth Centennial lounge - Right side
  • 2011 – Fenton Hall (behind Booth Centennial lounge)
Coleman Sports Center
Friday, 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Saturday, 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Pool
The pool is currently closed for repairs. 

Take a Campus Tour!

Self-guided tour pamphlets are available at registration. Guided tours are scheduled for Friday and Saturday and will depart from the steps of the Kennedy Center hourly:

  • Friday, June 17, 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. and 4 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 18, 9 a.m., 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Space is limited to seven people per tour

Hiram College Archives, Library
Friday, June 17; 9 a.m. – noon.; 1 – 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 18; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What better way to reminisce about your days at Hiram than by viewing memorabilia from your era? The Hiram College Archives will be open throughout the day on Friday and Saturday. Come look through yearbooks, the photograph collection, old maps of campus, catalogs, handbooks and more. Is there something specific you would like to be sure and see? Would you like to donate a scrapbook from your days as a student? Contact Jennifer Morrow, Hiram College archivist at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 330.569.5361.

Opening this week in the Archives Reading Room is the exhibit, “From the Collections of the Hiram College Archives: The Assassination & The Funeral of President James A. Garfield”

No appointment is necessary during Alumni Weekend.

The display case near the entrance to the library will contain a special display celebrating the class of 1966’s 50th reunion.

Friday, June 17 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 18 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 19 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Show your Alumni Weekend name badge to receive a 10 percent discount off Hiram imprinted items.
Bistro, Kennedy Center
Friday, June 14 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 15 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.


A very special thank you goes out to the dozens of alumni who helped plan their reunions this year. We really appreciate all of your time and efforts to make everyone’s return to Hiram Hill an enjoyable and memorable experience.