Meet your Orientation Leaders!

Victoria Angelo

Hometown: Warren, Ohio
High school: Howland High School
Major: Biomedical Humanities

Campus involvement:
  •  Resident assistant
  •  Welcome Center employee
  •  Student Senate
  •  Student worker in the Office of Campus Involvement
  •  Chemistry Club
  •  Eclectic Scholar
  •  Garfield Presidency Scholar

Fun Fact: I've been to 10 Lady Gaga concerts.

Favorite quote: I think tolerance and acceptance and love are something that feeds every community. – Lady Gaga

Why I love Hiram: I love Hiram's small campus, and the close community that is a result of that. I like that professors know all of their students by name and are concerned with their academic success.

 

Mackenzie Barry

Hometown: Twinsburg, Ohio
High school: Twinsburg High School
Major: English/Spanish

Campus involvement:
  •  Theater
  •  Garfield Presidency Scholar
  •  Delta Chi Lambda Sorority
  •  Student ambassador
  •  Stone Soup Vegetarian Co-Op

Favorite Food: BBQ Ribs

Favorite quote: "When you stop doing things for fun, you might as well be dead." –Ernest Hemingway

Why I love Hiram:
My favorite thing about Hiram is the small class sizes. I love that I get to know my amazing professors and have a lot of one-on-one time with them.

 

Heather Brant

Hometown: Andover, Ohio
High school: Pymatuning Valley High School
Major: Political Science and Philosophy

Campus involvement:
  •  Residential Assistant
  •  Teaching Assistant
  •  Garfield Center for Public Leadership
  •  soccer coach
  •  Dean's List

Favorite movie: Horrible Bosses

Favorite Quote:"Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" - Dr. Seuss

Why I love Hiram: For so many reasons! The small community feeling and great study abroad program are two of the most important.

 

Megan Chaplin

Hometown: Berea, Ohio
High school: Berea-Midpark High School
Major: Psychology and neuroscience

Campus involvement:
  •  Air Force ROTC
  •  Relay for Life
  •  Humane Society volunteer
  •  Residential Education student worker

Favorite food: Tacos

Favorite Quote: "The most exciting phrase to hear in science, the one that heralds new discoveries, is not 'Eureka,' but 'That's funny…'" – Issac Asimov

Why I love Hiram: I love the small campus and the tight-knit community.

 

Alan Fink

Hometown: Andover, Ohio
High school: Pymatuning Valley High School
Major: Management

Campus involvement:
  •  Resident assistant
  •  College Relations student worker
  •  Athletics student worker

Favorite TV show: Dirty Jobs

Favorite quote: "Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn't matter to me. Going to bed at night saying we've done something wonderful, that's what matters to me." -Steve Jobs

Why I love Hiram: Hiram is a home to me. I love that it is small and personal.

 

Cassidy King

Hometown: Garrettsville, Ohio
High school: James A. Garfield High School
Major: Middle childhood education

Campus involvement:
  •  Education Club
  •  Cross-country
  •  Field Station Intern

Favorite Animal: Dogs

Favorite quote: "I can't tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone." - Ed Sheeran

Why I love Hiram: The opportunities are boundless at Hiram, as are the people willing to help you reach your highest potential! Everywhere I turn, there is a helping hand extended.

 

Samantha Palania 

Hometown: Streetsboro, Ohio
High school: Streetsboro High School
Major: Early childhood education

Campus involvement:
  •  Student Senate Vice President
  •  Cheerleader
  •  Medical sports assistant
  •  Phi Kappa Chi Sorority
  •  African American Students United
  •  Education Club

Favorite Animal: Boo, the famous dog

Favorite quote: "Today you are you! That is truer than true! There is no one alive who is you-er than you!" Dr. Seuss

Why I love Hiram: The family feeling and that everyone is kind and willing to help

 

D'Nautica Philpot

Hometown: Euclid, Ohio
High school: Euclid High School
Major: Management

Campus involvement:
  •  Phi Kappa Chi sorority
  •  Dean of Students student worker
  •  Welcome Center staff
  •  African American Students United

Favorite Movie: Toy Story

Favorite Quote: "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be?" - Marianne Williamson, "A Return to Love"

Why I love Hiram: I love Hiram because it is small, beautiful and feels like home.

 

Christian Roberts

Hometown: Youngstown, Ohio
High School: Austintown Fitch High School
Major: Communication

Campus involvement:
  •  Student Senate
  •  Terrier Activities Board
  •  Peer Mentoring Program
  •  Hiram High Stepper
  •  Hiram High Notes
  •  Chamber Singers
  •  LUNA
  •  Lambda Lambda Lambda Co-Ed Fraternity
  •  Social Justice Warriors
  •  Food Committee
  •  Desert War Committee
  •  Resident Assistant
  •  Welcome Center Staff Member
  •  Admission Navigator
  •  Certified Van & Car Driver

Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden

Favorite quote: "I deserve what I work for!" -Detra "Dee" West

Why I love Hiram: Hiram is my second home. It allows me to be me, in a different environment where I can learn and develop physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

 

Adam Scher

Hometown: Champion, Ohio
High School: Champion High School
Major: Accounting and Financial Management

Campus involvement:
  •  Terrier Activities Board
  •  Orientation Leader
  •  Funding You Board
  •  Student Senate
  •  Football

Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden

Favorite quote: "Life begins outside of your comfort zone."

Why I love Hiram: The personal connections that you make with everyone on campus.

 

Kali Stover

Hometown: Akron, Ohio
High School: Coventry High School
Major: Biomedical humanities and communication

Campus involvement:
  •  President of the Terrier Activities Board
  •  Softball team
  •  Physical Medicine Club

Favorite restaurant: Texas Roadhouse

Favorite quote: "Stars can't shine without darkness. The darker the night, the brighter the star." – Unknown

Why I love Hiram: I love being so involved at Hiram. I am so much more than a student, and I love that.

 

Matthew Thompson

Hometown: Cleveland, Ohio
High school: Cleveland Central Catholic High School
Major: Art

Campus involvement:
  •  Presence and Respect for Youth Sexual Minorities (PRYSM)
  •  Peer mentoring
  •  Admission campus visit assistant
  •  Residential Education student worker

Fun fact about you: I partake in community theatre in Cleveland and love biking in the city!

Favorite quote: "The entrepreneur is essentially a visualizer and actualizer… He can visualize something, and when he visualizes it he sees exactly how to make it happen." –Robert L. Schwartz

Why I love Hiram: I love Hiram because it offers a unique experience that you cannot get at many other schools. You are able to not only pursue a degree here, but you can leave with relationships, bonds and experiences that are a rarity.

 

Jessica Wilgus

Hometown: Mayfield Heights, Ohio
High school: Mayfield High School
Major: Biology

Campus involvement:
  •  Lambda Pi Eta Honors Society Treasurer
  •  Red Cross Recruitment Intern
  •  Welcome Center Staff 
  •  Active Minds Club Treasurer 
  •  Student Life Office Student Worker​
  •  Service Leader at Happy Trails Animal Sanctuary 
  •  Circle K Club member

Fun Fact: I can sing the alphabet backwards

Favorite quote: "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgement that something is more important than fear; The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." Meg Cabot

Why I love Hiram: The professors actually care here! This past year I went through a major/ career change and all of my professors were so quick to offer advice and help me figure out what I want to do. I feel like my professors are willing to make that personal connection with me that I have never felt at another school.

 

Isabella Williams 

Hometown: Ellwood City, Pa.
High school: Lincoln High School
Major: Biomedical Humanities and Spanish

Campus involvement:
  •  Resident assistant
  •  Admission campus visit assistant
  •  Admission navigator
  •  Organic chemistry research assistant
  •  Ski and Snowboard Club

Fun fact: I once rode a Greyhound bus from Pennsylvania to California and back!

Favorite quote: "After all, we are nothing more or less than what we choose to reveal." -Frank Underwood, House of Cards

Why I love Hiram: I love Hiram because it is such a welcoming place. I have extremely different groups of friends with a wide variety of interests, and I make new friends all of the time. Everyone is incredibly friendly and wants to get to know you as much as you want to get to know them!


Matt Wright

Hometown: Richfield, Ohio
High school: Revere High School
Major: Biomedical humanities

Campus involvement:
  •  Admissions navigator
  •  Medicus
  •  Student ambassador
  •  Resident assistant

Favorite Fact: I love owning unique pets. I've had two hedgehogs, two ferrets, two chinchillas and tons of others!

Favorite quote: "Don't forget. Believe in yourself. Not in the you who believes in me. Not the me who believes in you. Believe in the you who believes in yourself."

Why I love Hiram: Hiram is full of the nicest people you'll ever meet, students and faculty alike. Everyone wants to get to know you and to see you succeed!

 

James Workman

Hometown: Garrettsville, Ohio
High school: James A. Garfield High School
Major: Early childhood education

Campus involvement:
  •  Resident assistant
  •  Golf team
  •  Office of Campus Involvement student worker

Favorite Show: "How I Met Your Mother"

Favorite quote: "Golf is the closest game to the game we call life. You get good breaks from bad shots; you get bad breaks from good shots, but you have to play the ball where it lies." –Bobby Jones

Why I love Hiram: I love Hiram because it's a very close knit community.

 
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