Hiram College

Connect2Complete, a new Campus Compact program at Hiram College, has been helping first-year students become acclimated to college life in and out of the classroom, through peer mentoring and volunteering.

The program is in its first year on campus, and will hold its first major event on Oct. 30, “Get Hooked-Up Day for Locks of Love.” The event will take place in the Kennedy Center from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Ohio Campus Compact is a statewide nonprofit coalition of colleges and university presidents who engage students in community service and other civic engagement, while providing resources and partnerships to help students learn and practice civic responsibility.

Part of a larger, federally funded initiative, Connect2Complete program has been implemented on campuses in three states: Florida, Ohio and Washington. Hiram College is one of ten campuses in Ohio to be a part of this elite program.

Hiram’s 20 Connect2Complete students and their student mentors have been involved in the Oct. 30 event by creating posters and working the logistics of the event: registration, set-up, clean-up, traffic flow and collecting the donations.

“As a leadership development tool, our focus is to assist students to improve their interpersonal and human relation skills,” said Alicia Jefferson, Connect2Complete program coordinator. “We utilize peer-mentoring, advocacy, community involvement, service-learning activities and civic engagement, which provide a unique teaching and learning strategy that integrates meaningful community service with instruction and reflection to enrich the learning experience.”

For the Oct. 30 event, Leander’s Barbershop in Kent and Streetsboro, Ichi Hair Studio in Kent, Salon Patrick in Aurora and Facet Salon and Spa in Garrettsville, will be rendering their services to all Hiram College students, faculty and staff. Discount services will include haircuts, beard/mustache trims, manicures and cornrows.

This event will benefit Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides vacuum fitted hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis. The organization began operation in 1998 providing the prostheses to children under age 21. They meet a unique need for children by using donated human hair to create the highest quality hair prosthetics. Most of the children helped by Locks of Love have lost their hair due to a medical condition called alopecia areata, which has no known cause or cure. Others have suffered severe burns or injuries or endured radiation treatment to the brain stem or other dermatological conditions that result in permanent hair loss.

Certain requirements must be met for hair donations to Locks of Love:

  • It must be at least 10”, clean and dry
  • It must be bundled in a ponytail or a braid
  • Bleached hair cannot be used.
  • Hair that has been dyed or permed can be used.