Hiram College

Late in the afternoon on Saturday, June 19, a crowd of several hundred gathered on the campus green for the All-Alumni Reception and Awards Ceremony, before heading off to all corners of the campus for reunion dinners.

Aside from visiting, reconnecting, eating and drinking, the event also served to honor our Alumni Award winners.

Lifelong Leadership Award: Elizabeth Cupp ’51. Elizabeth has contributed to the new recreational building, contributed monies for books for the nursing college – given in the name of her mother, who was a Hiram graduate and nurse, and her Aunt, who also was a Hiram graduate and librarian. She delivers Meals on Wheels, sings in the church choir, directs the youth hand-bell ringers at the church, volunteers at the Geauga Park District and she and her dog have been certified for pet therapy.

Alumni Achievement Award: Anne (Vainer) Najeway ’80. Anne has made a commitment to education and learning. She serves numerous organizations, including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; the Baldwin-Wallace College Graduate Education Alumni/Student Association; Council for Exceptional Children; Ohio Association of Pupil Services Administrators; Summit County Children Who Witness Violence Program; and is a member of Barberton Noon Kiwanis; the Barberton Red Cross board of directors; the Camp Y-Noah advisory board; the East Akron YMCA advisory board; and Junior Achievement board of directors.

Volunteer Award: Sheryl Buckley ’68. Sheryl, a retired anesthesiologist, has spent decades giving back to Hiram. She is a board of trustees member and teaches in the Weekend College. Two years ago, she offered to help chair her Hiram reunion. She endorsed multiple communication pieces that went out encouraging her classmates to attend – helping make it one of Hiram’s largest attended 40th reunions to date. Sheryl is always willing to serve as a resource for Hiram students, hosting a student for job shadowing or serving as a medical resource for the nursing program. She serves on the board of The Center for Literature, Medicine, and Biomedical Humanities, and is a member of Hiram’s Women’s Council, which provides annual scholarships to Hiram.

Recent Graduate Service to Humanity: Sandra Lisko ’07 (WEC). Sandra is involved in many community causes, including serving as the committee chair for the past 12 years for The American Cancer Society Trumbull Relay for Life. She volunteers and serves as the coordinator for several other events including The American Heart Association annual Heart Walk and Caring for Our Community’s Kids Identi-Kit program. She is a board member for Trumbull Mobile Meals, Trumbull Art Gallery and the Hiram College Alumni Executive Board. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes and is a neighborhood volunteer for muscular dystrophy causes, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.