Member Activities

Members of the  Hiram Chapter have gone on to successful careers in public service, as educators, physicians, scientists, artists, historians and lawyers to name but a few of the professions in which Hiram graduates have excelled. Election to Phi Beta Kappa is recognized as an award of distinction and achievement in the liberal arts. Let us know what you are up to these days.

  • Shishir Adhikari '11 and Associate Professor of Physics Mark Taylor have published the article "Conformation of a flexible chain in explicit solvent: Exact solvation potentials for short Lennard-Jones chains," in "The Journal of Chemical Physics" (vol. 135, article 044903). For more on this story, please visit our news site!
  • Daniel Safko, '09 was recently hired as Hiram College's new Housing Coordinator.
  • Kenneth Nesper Jr., '71 turned a liberal arts education into a 35-year career in information technology before retiring in 2009.  Along the way, he earned masters degrees in Foreign Affairs (University of Virginia, 1973) and Public Administration (University of Maryland, 1984) and certification as an Enterprise Architect.  Ken is married, lives in Washington DC, and invests his time in church and community activities, friends, hobbies, and Washington Nationals baseball.
  • Kelly (Bastone) Russell, '95 and her husband Ben Russell ('98) welcomed their first child, a  daughter named Simone, on December 23, 2010. Kelly recently returned to work as a freelance journalist, writing for such publications as Backpacker, the New York Times travel section, Runner's World, and Sunset. Her web site:
  • Jennifer Amick Clevinger, Ph.D., '93 is currently Associate Chair of the Division of Math and Sciences and Associate Professor of Biology at Walsh University in North Canton, Ohio.  She researches the systematics of a plant called Silphium which is an Eastern North American member of the sunflower family.
  • David Pritts, '09 is working part time teaching at private English schools as well as doing staff training at companies such as Microsoft. The majority of his time is spent learning about Chinese culture and language, and he is starting his third semester studying Mandarin at a university in Beijing.
  • Jennifer Gilley, '94 is currently the Head Librarian at the New Kensington campus of Penn State University. She received tenure in 2007.
  • Patti (Reed) Black, '79 attended law school and earned her JD from Washington  & Lee University in Lexington, VA.  She then practiced law in Lynchburg for a number of years, then retired in 1993 to stay home with her children.  A few years ago W & L Univ. published an article about her subsequent shift from law into musical endeavors which can be found here. (turn pgs at lower rt corner to pgs 14-15).
  • Laurie Menzel Kasperek, '80 is currently an Instructional Support Specialist and Greenhouse Manager at E.W. Heier Teaching and Research Greenhouses, Department of Biological Sciences, Binghamton University, Binghamton New York.
  • Scott G. Brown, '77 is currently the Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary at the Law, Patents and Licensing Department at Bayer MaterialScience LLC in Pennsylvania.
  • Kenneth S. Cline, '80 is currently a professor of Environmental Law and Policy, Associate Dean for Faculty, and the David Rockefeller Family Chair in Ecosystem Management and Protection at the College of the Atlantic in Maine.
  • Kayleigh Sopko, '08 is graduating from Case Western Reserve University this fall with her Master of Business Administration and Master of Public Health.
  • Elizabeth (Lisa) Hesse, '05 recently wrote a book called "The Network: Convergence" which follows an interesting cast of characters struggling to defend America and defeat the enemy abroad.
  • Daniel Safko, '09 performed in two performances of "The Machine Stops" for the Center for Literature and Medicine, one on November 6, 2009 and the other during Alumni Weekend 2010.
  • Elizabeth MacLeod Walls, Ph.D., '96 was installed as the second president of BryanLGH College of Health Sciences on Friday, August 20, 2010.
  • Cara Constance, Ph.D., '93 presented a workshop entitled "Introduction to Clock Genes: conserved and divergent characteristics of the molecular clock mechanism through evolutionary time" at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas on Saturday, June 5, 2010 at the 2010 Trainee Symposia Series, sponsored by the Sleep Research Society.
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