Hiram College

Dear faculty, staff and students,

Many of you reading this note will do so from a place of transition. Most students will be heading home or elsewhere for the summer, graduating seniors will step forward into the next exciting phase of their lives, many faculty will switch from instructional to scholarly activities, and staff will get into a slightly modified rhythm of work since the campus lives and breathes a bit differently once the spring semester ends. (As an aside, summer hours of 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. with a 30-minute lunch are in effect for the months of June and July. Additional details to come.)

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No matter what the next three months hold for you, I ask you to do a few important things before you get on to it:

First, take a walk around campus or the Field Station in the next day or two. Visit a building, a green space, or a cluster of trees that conjures up good memories. Commit that image to memory, and ponder how you might protect, improve and share that space with future students. Maybe your class “adopts” it in some type of service or research project next year. Maybe your graduating class fundraises for it during your first reunion. At Hiram, it is often the case that our most precious places are kept by our own people. 

Second, stop by and extend a personal “thanks and see you later” to the faculty, staff or classmate who helped support you this year. Don’t just text them; look them in the eye and shake their hand or give them a hug. Personal relationships have always mattered at Hiram. Please don’t take them for granted. 

Third, whether you are near or far, actively spread word of Hiram College to prospective students and their families. 

Fourth, on a related note, wear your Hiram gear as much as possible when you are out and about. Buy a few five- or 10-dollar pieces of Hiram memorabilia (coffee mugs, key chains and the like) and give them as gifts this summer. We all need to work together to create a positive buzz about teaching, learning and living at Hiram College.

As part of that buzz, I end this update on several very positive notes. Our Hiram Health Kickoff, held a few short weeks ago, was a smashing success. Thanks to the mobile surgical unit provided by Rick Anthony ’82 and the coordination skills of Professor Sandy Madar, we had hundreds of Hiram and high school students, staff and faculty doing cool things on campus all day. And, on April 29, we celebrated a record-breaking Giving Day that ended up as the single most productive fundraising day in the history of the College. Many of you reading this update helped us bring in $286,000 on that very day. 

But if all of that isn’t “good enough,” consider this: Hiram College has just broken its overall record in fundraising. As of May 10, we can officially celebrate this being the biggest fundraising year in history. Thanks to the leadership of Jen Schuller and her entire development and alumni affairs staff, we have just logged in more than $8.4M in cash and pledges for the year! Please thank and congratulate them for a job especially well done.

Enjoy the summer. I hope we all have a chance to do something fun and healthy.

Your President,

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Lori Varlotta