Hiram College
Saturday, June 17
7:30 a.m. – 9 p.m. Registration
Kennedy Center
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.
8:30 a.m. Canoeing at Camp Hi
Camp Hi, Shuttles depart from Kennedy Center $
Explore the Cuyahoga River on this relaxing canoe trip. Travel a woodland stream with a gentle, meandering course that is suitable for beginners to advanced paddlers. Includes a picnic breakfast at the livery before the launch.
8-10 a.m. All-you-can-eat breakfast
Dix Dining Hall – Kennedy Center $
Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of breakfast favorites.
Hourly Campus Tours
Sign up at the Kennedy Center for a tour on an eight-passenger golf cart.
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.


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Alumni Weekend Book Club
Pritchard Room – Floor 2, Hiram College Library
We’ve selected “The Handmaid’s Tale” for this year’s Alumni Weekend Book Club discussion. Join Associate Professor of English and Department Chair Jeffrey Swenson in the Library to discuss the book. Advance copies are available on Amazon.com.“The Handmaid’s Tale” is a work of speculative fiction by Canadian author Margaret Atwood. Set in a near-future New England, in a totalitarian theocracy which has overthrown the United States government, the dystopian novel explores themes of women in subjugation and the various means by which they gain agency. The novel’s title echoes the component parts of Geoffrey Chaucer’s “The Canterbury Tales,” which comprises a series of connected stories (“The Merchant’s Tale”, “The Parson’s Tale”, etc.).“The Handmaid’s Tale” won the 1985 Governor General’s Award and the first Arthur C. Clarke Award in 1987; it was also nominated for the 1986 Nebula Award, the 1986 Booker Prize, and the 1987 Prometheus Award. The book has been adapted for the cinema, radio, opera, and stage.

Time Travel Tech and Trek – 1:1 with Hiram History
East Hall Forum – Ground Floor
Professors Jen McCreight, Kelly Lewis, Roxanne Sorrick from the Education Department
This will be a hands-on demonstration of how Hiram’s new Apple technology can be used in the classroom. 1:1 technology in classrooms is increasingly common at the P-12 level. The teacher licensure program embarked on a 1:1 initiative in 2014 in order to prepare Hiram teachers to enter 21st century classrooms. Join three faculty members from the Education Department as they take participants on a journey to explore Hiram history using technology. They will also share lessons learned in three years of 1:1. We will have some iPads on hand, but all iPads, smartphones, and tablets are welcome!

Archaeology Goes Digital: Recent Fieldwork at a Roman Villa in Italy
Gerstacker 123
Matthew Notarian, visiting assistant professor of classics, invites you to virtually tag along to visit the site of an ancient Roman villa north of Rome he has been helping to uncover each summer since 2012. Learn how archaeology is helping us refine our understanding of the Roman conquest of Italy, and see how cutting edge technologies are revolutionizing archaeological documentation in three dimensions with millimeter accuracy.

Serendipity with Jan (Piwkowski) Shelton ’72 and Wendy (Fox) Lichtenwalter ‘72
Bonney Castle
As amateur photographers, we agree that so much depends on dumb luck — clicking the shutter at the right time to catch good light, an interesting angle (before someone’s head bobs into view), and in the case of nature photography, the necessary stillness before a puff of wind moves the subject along to somewhere else.

We concur that we are interested in the artistic aspect of photography — the composition, the beautiful moment, and not the technical side. We let our digital cameras do the work, then come back at the printing stage to crop and enlarge. Our photos are a pictorial potluck of travel, butterflies and flowers. Wendy and Jan will be on hand to answer questions about their photos.


10:15-11:15 A.M. SESSION II
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The Public Health Impacts and Policy Future of Affordable Care Act
Hinsdale 215
Chris Mundorf, assistant professor of Community and Public Health, discusses the past, present and uncertain future of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), including the role of health care in promoting health in the U.S. population, evaluating the effect of the ACA, and the ramifications of changing policy during the Trump Administration.

Harp and Guitar with Ellen Eckhouse ’85 and Dale Lacan
Recital Hall, Frohring Music
Join adjunct music instructors Ellen Eckhouse ‘85 (harp) and Dale Lacan (guitar) for a cheerful morning concert. Old favorites, folk and Irish tunes will fill Frohring Recital Hall with sunny delightful sounds.

J.J. Turner Award Ceremony and Lecture: Trees as time machines: investigation of a childhood cancer cluster
Drury Hall, 2nd Floor Bates Hall
The J.J. Turner society will honor Mary C. Garvin ‘86, Ph.D., professor of biology at Oberlin College, at the society’s annual meeting. Following the brief meeting, Dr. Garvin will give the following lecture: “Trees as time machines: investigation of a childhood cancer cluster.”

Environmental factors that contribute to childhood cancer clusters are seldom identified because the disease condition is typically manifested years after exposure. Through the chemical analyzes of cores collected from the Eastern Cottonwood, my colleagues and I are attempting to go back in time to identify environmental factors that may have contributed to an Ohio childhood cancer cluster.

Coffee Chat with the President and Board of Trustees
3rd Floor Hinsdale
Join President Lori E. Varlotta, Ph.D., Chairman of the Board of Trustees Ken Moore ’69, and Trustee Dean Scarborough ’77 (chair of Hiram’s strategic planning initiative) as they discuss the current state of the College and share information about the many exciting initiatives happening on Hiram Hill.


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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.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Dean’s Award Luncheon with Faculty
Hiram 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. Dean Bob Haak will recognize Professor Emerita Prudence J. Hall, Ph.D., the recipient of this year’s Emeriti Faculty Award.

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Golden Terriers Luncheon
Ballroom – Kennedy Center, $
Alumni who are celebrating or who have already celebrated their 50th reunion are invited to this special luncheon.


Saturday, June 17 Continued
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. Communications Majors from 1976 – 1984
Bates 232
Alumni who studied under Professor Betty Clapp are gathering for a pizza party.
12:45-3:30 p.m. Nature’s Wine: Painting Workshop
Gelbke Art Loft, $
All skill levels are invited for an afternoon of creativity and relaxation while enjoying wine, delectable appetizers, and good friends! Carol (Milani) Agnew ‘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.
1-3:30 p.m. Alumni Tennis Tournament and Ribbon Cutting
Tennis Courts (Directly north of the Henry Football Field)
Get a firsthand look at the renovations of Hiram’s tennis courts at the ribbon cutting ceremony, then take to the courts for an alumni tennis tournament. All skill levels welcome.


1:15-2:15 P.M. SESSION III
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Whiskey’s of the World
Koritansky Hall, $
Join Mark Rhodes ‘93 from Barrel33 in Howland, Ohio as he takes you on a tour of different types of whiskeys. Taste and learn about bourbons, whiskey, scotch, blends and rye. Learn about different styles of scotch from lowlands and highlands and what the difference is between whiskey, bourbon and scotch.

Coughs and Sneezes Spread Diseases: The 1918 Influenza Pandemic in Northeast Ohio
Gerstacker 123
Emily Waples, assistant professor of biomedical humanities, shares historical documents that provide a portrait of Northeast Ohio during the 1918 influenza pandemic: a devastating global health crisis that killed an estimated 650,000 Americans. Take a trip back in history and learn how the pandemic impacted the lives (and deaths) of Ohioans from Cleveland to Hiram College and how it could happen again.

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 Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration.


2:30-3:30 P.M. SESSION IV
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HiHO Brewing Company Beer Tasting
Kennedy Center Basement
Be a judge! HiHO Brewing Company invites you to be a beer judge at their afternoon beer tasting. Located in Cuyahoga Falls, HiHO Brewing Company was founded by Jon and Ali Hovan, who turned their passion for the outdoors, education and beer into a brewery! Join Jon, certified beer judge and head brewer, and his brother-in-law Micah Watts 04’ as they educate you on proper beer styles and tastings with their newest beer!

Something’s Fishy
Hinsdale 213
Willard Greenwood, editor of the Hiram Poetry Review and professor of English, invites you to a poetry reading from his new book of poems, “Pelagic Mania” (check out the reviews on Finishinglinepress.com).

This collection features poems about fly fishing, fish and good times. Free fly casting lesson for all attendees.

A Stroll through Hiram’s Gardens
Meet on the steps of the Kennedy Center
Join Lucy Chamberlain ‘77 for a tour of Hiram’s Gardens as you learn about the efforts that are underway to preserve their beauty and splendor. You might even discover a new favorite spot on campus!


Saturday, June 17 Continued
3:40-4 p.m. Class Reunion Photos
Check the back of your nametag for your class photo’s time and location.
3:45-5:45 p.m. American Experience: Murder of a President
– A film about the life of President James A. Garfield
East Hall Forum, First Floor
Aired on PBS in February 2016, this film is based on Candice Millard’s bestselling and Edgar Award-winning book, “Destiny of the Republic,” about President Garfield and his rise to power and the aftermath of his assassination.
4-5:30 p.m. Class Reunion Receptions
East Hall Forum, First Floor
Reunion classes are gathering to reminisce about their time at Hiram. Not in a reunion class? Feel free to join the all class reception. Receptions with an asterisk feature an open bar, otherwise a cash bar will be available.

  • 1957 – Reception Gallery, 2nd Floor Kennedy Center *
  • 1962 – Brown Fall Room, 2nd Floor Kennedy Center *
  • 1967 – Ballroom, 2nd Floor Kennedy Center *
  • 1972 – Board Room, 3rd Hinsdale*
  • 1977 – Porch, 3rd Hinsdale *
  • 1982 – Dining Hall Private Room 2
  • 1987 – Krabil Garden, Library
  • 1992 – Dining Hall Private Room 3
  • 1997 – Clock Tower, 4th Floor Library
  • 2002 – Library Instruction Room, 3rd Floor Library
  • 2007 – Schneider Room, 1st Floor Library
  • 2012 – Krabil Room, 1st Floor Library
  • WEC/MAIS/PGS – Arch, 2nd Hinsdale
  • All Class Reception – Dining Hall Private Room 4
6-8:30 p.m. All Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration
Martin Field House, $
Celebrate all things Hiram! This new structure for our annual reunion dinner welcomes all alumni, from any class and any program, to join us for one big celebration and dinner in the Martin Field House. Our food service provider, AVI Fresh, will prepare a dinner fit for kings as we honor this year’s alumni award recipients and celebrate all of the class reunions. Tickets for the dinner include entry into our Reunion receptions.THIS YEAR WE HONOR:

  • Service to Humanity Award – ROBERT H. STROUP ’67
  • Lifetime Achievement Award – SHARON (CREECH) RIGG ’67
  • Rising Star Award – RODNEY W. JACOBS, JR. ’12
  • Terrier Award – STEVEN M. WEST ’67
  • President’s Award – LUCY CHAMBERLAIN ’77
8:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. Dance the Night Away under the Hinsdale Arch
Under the Hinsdale Arch
Blueprint Entertainment returns to spin your favorite crowd moving tunes with music spanning the decades. A cash bar will be available. You will not want to miss this highlight of the weekend as we dance under the Hinsdale arch.
9:15-11:45 p.m. The Lego Batman Movie
East Hall Forum
Not up to dancing tonight? Looking for something your children can do while you are at the dance? We’re screening this family-friendly movie as an alternative way to close out the day.