Dear faculty, staff and students,
Welcome back to an almost-snow free campus this first week after Spring Break. Though some of us were away from the College last week, many things were happening in places near and far.
In terms of places near, I am pleased to report that our first campus-wide student outreach day – last Friday, March 13 – went very well. I was delighted to hear that many students volunteered their time during Spring Break to take inquiry cards back home with them to pass out to interested high school students. Also, an impressive number of faculty and staff – 55 to be exact – picked up 100 recruitment packages and delivered them to businesses, schools, places of worship, sports clubs, etc. all around the area. I am anxious to hear more first-hand accounts of how all of the visits went, but from what I have heard so far, it seems to have been very productive for Hiram College. For all of you who traveled the extra mile (literally and figuratively), please accept a big THANK YOU for a job well done. We will be organizing several of these outreach programs each year since student recruitment is something we can all “do.”
In terms of places far, I was lucky to visit with alumni and donors in California last week. The College, and several of our friends and Board members, hosted activities in the northern and southern parts of the state. It was a treat to meet with many folks with whom I had spoken on the phone but had not yet met in person. Several of them are generous donors to the College and pledged their continuing support for various types of programs. I was also able to meet with a brand new friend of the College, and even though he is not an alumnus, he has taken a liking to our wonderful College and contributed substantially in just the last few months. On this trip and others like it, it is rewarding to see how people from all corners of the country, walks of life, and myriad perspectives get connected to Hiram College. It is also rewarding to hear the personal stories of alumni who know us very well; when they share their stories and tell me how Hiram changed their lives it makes me want to work even harder for a place that is held so dear by so many.
Back to places very near, don’t forget that later today I will host another Town Hall meeting for faculty and staff in Hayden Auditorium at 4 p.m. It will be a nice opportunity to get together, hear some updates (many of them very positive), and ask a question or two. I am looking forward to the meeting since we have many hot irons in the Hiram Connect fire, and most of them are the kinds of irons that will “get us and keep us going.”
Since I am seeing many of you in just a few hours, I will keep today’s message short. Have a good morning and see you soon.
Lori E. Varlotta