Hiram College

Saturday, June 16

Alumni Weekend 2018

Location: The Kennedy Center

Saturday, June 16

7:30 – 8:30 a.m.

Terrier Trek

Get in your morning walk with fellow Terriers. Meet under the Hinsdale Arch for an informal hike/walk on the new trail which stretches from behind the dining hall, through the woods, around the back of Henry Field and the Coleman Center.

Location: Meet under the Hinsdale Arch

No Charge

8:30 a.m. – Noon

Breakfast and Canoeing at Camp Hi

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.

Location: Camp Hi Canoe & Kayak

Cost – $25
No Charge (Children 12 and under)

8 – 10 a.m.

Breakfast Buffet in Dix

All-you-care-to-eat breakfast
Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of breakfast favorites.

Location: Dix Dining Hall — 2nd Floor, Kennedy Center

Cost – $12
No Charge (Children 12 and under)

10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Hall of History

Enjoy looking at year books and reminiscing with classmates? Visit the Kennedy Center (behind registration) where you can spend some time looking through our collection of yearbooks and other photos.

Location: Kennedy Center


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Yoga on the Hill

Future alumna, Kelsie Doran ’18, will lead an hour of relaxation. This class is for all skill levels. Kelsie enjoys helping those in her class reach their personal goals whether it’s strength, stretching or an hour of meditation. Mats are provided.

Location: To Be Announced

Registration encouraged. 

Alumni Book Club – Homegoing

Join Professor of English, Kirsten Parkinson for a compelling discussion of Yaa Gyasi’s award-winning debut novel Homegoing. Gyasi’s novel tells the story of two half-sisters in Ghana: one marries an English slave trader; the other is captured and sold into slavery in America. Following eight generations of the sisters’ descendants, the novel explores the historical and present-day implications of slavery for both Africa and the U.S.

Location: To Be Announced

…because I said I would. A social movement and non-profit dedicated to the betterment of humanity

Are you good at keeping your promises? Chris (McCrory) Smithhisler ’88 invites you to learn about because I said I would, a social movement and nonprofit dedicated to the betterment of humanity. Based in Cleveland, Ohio, they are changing lives through promises made and kept.  Join us to hear more about because I said I would and write your very first promise card!

Location: To Be Announced


10:15-11:15 A.M. SESSION II
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J.J. Turner Lecture: Are you smarter than a trematode?

The 2018 J.J. Turner Society award recipient, Thomas R. Platt ’71, Ph.D, will host talk. Parasites are the ultimate island hoppers. Going from host to host is a perilous task (think of Tom Hanks in Cast Away). In a homage to Dwight Berg and Jim Barrow who introduced Dr. Platt to the joy of scientific research, Tom shares some of the research done by his undergraduate students to answer the question “Are parasites smart or just clever?” And yes, this is the same Tom Platt who named a new genus and species of parasite after president Obama.

Location: To Be Announced

The J.J. Turner Society will honor Thomas R. Platt ’71, Ph.D., professor emeritus of biology at Saint Mary’s College during the All- Alumni Awards Reception. 

Inspiring Teams and Organization to Maximize Success

Jamy Bechler ’96 spent 20 years as an athletic director and college basketball coach before moving into full-time leadership development and consulting. As the author of “The Leadership Playbook” and host of “Success is a Choice” podcast, Jamy works with teams and organizations across the country including the NBA. He helps them create championship cultures and maximize their success. Join Jamy to hear about his leadership development work and how Hiram College prepared him to help many organizations achieve success.

Location: To Be Announced

Scavenging for Structures: Tech in the Biochemistry Classroom

Understanding how a biological molecule works is predicated on understanding that molecule’s structure.  In this session, attendees will participate in the Protein Structure Scavenger Hunt, a classroom activity that leverages the capabilities of the iPad to guide students through the analysis of a protein’s structure with Assistant Professor of Chemistry, Steven Romberger.

Location: To Be Announced

Coffee Chat with the President

Join President Lori E. Varlotta, Ph.D, as she discusses the current state of the College and shares information about the many exciting initiatives happening on Hiram Hill.

Location: 3rd Floor Hinsdale


Saturday, June 16 Continued

11 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Legacy Brunch and Tour

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.

Location: To Be Announced

No Charge (but registration needed)

11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

1976-80 4th Floor Whitcomb Reunion

Meet us at Bonney Castle! Hosted by Randy Neal and Bob Niemocienski, this is a casual get together for all of the old friends and dorm mates from 1976 to 1980.  Join us to reminisce about old times – Marge & Ralph, Friendly Bob’s, intramural triumphs, dorm pranks, parties and personalities. Catch up on all the happenings since our time back in Hiram. Play a few casual backyard games. Listen to those classic tunes. Hang out with Birch, Boob, Niemo, Jocko, Fid, Fritz, Kriz, Herm and the Wez!  Hiram food service provider, AVI Fresh, will offer a variety of light lunch items plus those liquid refreshments. We’ll be sure to grab a group photo before we end. Last chance before you get really old!

11:45 a.m. — Lunch

*Details coming soon in regards to group photo.

Location: 4th Floor Whitcomb Hall

Cost – $25


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11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

All-you-care-to-eat Lunch

Join us for this premier all-you-care-to-eat luncheon where Hiram’s dining services partner, AVI Fresh, will highlight culinary talents.

Location: Hiram Dinning Hall

Cost – $15
No Charge (Children 12 and under)

11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Golden Terriers Luncheon

Alumni who are celebrating or who have already celebrated their 50th reunion are invited to this special luncheon.

Location: Ballroom, Kennedy Center

Cost – $15


Saturday, June 16 Continued

Noon – 7 p.m.

Men’s and Women’s Rugby Reunion

  • Noon — Alumni Rugby Games at the rugby pitch (women’s then men’s games)
  • 2-6 p.m. — Party Tent
  • 6 p.m. — Catered rugby dinner (we’ll let you imagine what that includes)

Help spread the word and share the rugby love. Contact the Office of Alumni Relations if you’d like to be involved. Planned so far by Pat Gintert ’86, Sam Lewis ’89, Danny O’Connell ’84, Bill Pandoli ’85 and Regina Bell ’85.

Location: To Be Announced

Cost – $35 Saturday Dinner

12:30 – 2 p.m.

Sip ‘n Paint

All skill levels are invited for an afternoon of creativity and relaxation while enjoying smooth wine, delectable appetizers, and good friends! Carol Agnew ‘16 is a Hiram resident artist who enjoys helping others connect with their creative side! This year, we will be painting Terra Cotta pots while sipping on beverages. The best part is, you’ll be able to take your painted pot(s) home!

Location: To Be Announced

Cost – $25


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Craft Cocktails

Join Mark Rhodes ’93 from Barrel33 in Howland, Ohio, as he shows you the steps to creating some of the most popular craft cocktails. Mark will explain the art of these cocktails and demonstrate how to mix, pour and serve a variety of handcrafted beverages. You’ll be ready to host your own cocktail party when you leave this session!

Location: To Be Announced

Cost – $20

Climate Change and Your Own Disappearing Trees

Join Professor of Biology, Denny Taylor ’73, for an interactive talk at the Field Station. Do you have a tree on your property? Are you going to plant one? Then you need to know how climate change already may be affecting the viability of your trees no matter where you live. Come use iPads with students in this interactive exploration of online resources that predict what species of trees might thrive best in different regions of the eastern US. Thinking of planting black cherry or sugar maple in NE Ohio? Think again. Learn how to hedge your bets when it comes to planting trees that we hope will last 150 years and more.

Location: Field Station

Transportation to the Field Station will be provided.

The Garfield Log

Join former Professor of Accounting, Don McFall on the campus green by the Garfield Log. Don will share the history of the log and its purpose, to recognize the importance of student-faculty interaction outside of the standard classroom. Faculty, emeriti faculty and alumni join to reminisce on classes and instructors that forever changed their lives. Light refreshments provided.

Location: To Be Announced

Monitoring Nuclear Agreements with Iran and North Korea: Some Relevant Lessons from the Past

In this talk, John Lauder ‘68 will explore lessons from the perspective of a former intelligence officer and current advisor on arms control issues.  He will focus on the challenges of monitoring agreements and the role of intelligence in that monitoring. Negotiating and implementing effective agreements with Iran and North Korea are vital but controversial and seemingly intractable tasks.  Still, there are best practices from prior arms control and nonproliferation agreements that present instructive lessons.

Location: To Be Announced

Alumni Choir

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.

Location: To Be Announced


2:15-3:15 P.M. SESSION IV
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HiHO Brewing Company Beer Tasting – 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 beer that you get to taste!

Location: To Be Announced

Cost – $20

Building a Better Future: The Impact of Education on Community Health

Education serves the public good in ways that extend far beyond just economic benefits. Educated people are not only healthier themselves but contribute to the overall health of the community. Odishius Sledge ’16 (PGS), Mark Curtis ’07 (MAIS) and  Nancy Pratt ’12 (MAIS) will share their perspectives on a liberal arts education and how it helps build, sustain, and promote healthy communities.

Location: To Be Announced

Tech and Trek “Appy Hour”

Join Tom Bacher ‘78 and Executive Director of Information Technology, Matthew McKenna for a hands-on workshop where you can experience technologies currently being utilized by Hiram College students, faculty, and staff. Enjoy refreshments during this “Appy Hour” and learn how the Apple iPad empowers Terriers to be both creators and consumers of digital content.

Location: To Be Announced

Summer Wine and Food Pairing with Anne Haynam ’88

After traveling to Provence, Chef Anne returned with a love for Rose wines, how wonderfully they pair with food, and how perfect they are for summer entertaining.  Join us to learn the varietal differences and pairing ideas while sampling three rose wines along with food pairings.  Recipes will be provided for:
Whipped Feta & Tomato Relish Crostini, Lemony Lump Crab Crouton, Grilled Vegetable Skewers with Herb de Provence & Basil, Grilled Local Sausage, and Monroe Orchard strawberries.

Location: To Be Announced

Cost – $30


Saturday, June 16 Continued

3:40 – 4 p.m.

Class Photos


Location: Check the back of your name badge for your class photo time and location.

4 – 5:30 p.m.

Class Reunion Receptions

Included with the price of a dinner ticket. Join your classmates to celebrate your reunion! Cash bars will be on site.

Location: To Be Announced

6 – 8:30 p.m.

All Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration

Celebrate all things Hiram at the All Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration.  This new structure for our annual reunion dinner welcomes all alumni, from any class, 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 pre-dinner reunion receptions where returning alumni will gather with their classmates before heading to the all-inclusive dinner.

Location: Martin Field House

Cost – $35

Classes 2008 thru 2018 – $25

No Charge (Children 12 and under)

8:30 p.m. – 12:30 a.m.

Dance the Night Away under Hinsdale Arch!

We’ll provide a DJ and cash bar, you bring your dance moves!

Location: Hinsdale Arch