Meet your Orientation Leaders!

Mackenzie Barry

Mackenzie Barry is a sophomore who is double majoring in English and Spanish with a minor in Theater. From Twinsburg, Ohio, Mackenzie graduated from Twinsburg High School. In addition to being an Orientation Leader, she is involved in the Hiram College Theater Department, The Net Campus Ministry, Habitat for Humanity, acts as a Peer Tutor for Spanish, and has been hired as a Teaching Assistant for the upcoming school year. In her free time she loves watching her favorite show, Downtown Abbey, and reading the classics. Her favorite color is purple and she is a huge tea enthusiast. In the future, she hopes to work as a translator or interpreter for a charitable organization in developing nations.

Ciara Delahunty

Ciara Delahunty is a junior majoring in Nursing with a minor in Biomedical Humanities who will graduate in 2015. Ciara's hometown is Columbia Station, Ohio. Besides being an Orientation Leader, she is a Tour Guide, Member of the Equestrian Team, Phi Beta Gamma, and HSNA (Hiram Student Nursing Association). Ciara is planning on going on the Australia study abroad trip offered through Hiram next year. She loves the 12-3 week semester at Hiram and how the campus feels like a home away from home. In her free time she enjoys hanging out with her friends and going to the movies!  In the future, Ciara wants to further her education and become a nurse practitioner in the emergency room.

Allison Fox

Allison Fox is a senior Biomedical Humanities major.  She graduated from Solon High School in 2010.  At Hiram, she has sung in the choir, acted in some of the theatrical productions, wrote a play about autism, participated in Relay for Life and Student Senate, and was secretary of Medicus. During her freshman year, Allison volunteered at Garfield High School in Garrettsville to tutor high-school students and assist them in passing the Ohio Graduation Test.  This past summer, Allison volunteered at Camp Sunshine of Aurora to help learners with special needs. This summer she is doing research at NEOMED and with a professor of education YSU.  This year she will be an Orientation Leader, a tutor, a member of community council and an admissions navigator.  During her senior year, Allison is looking forward to hearing back from medical schools and having some free time to watch movies and go out for dinner.

Anthony Franklin

Anthony is a senior at Hiram College, and is currently majoring in English. Originally from Newbury, Ohio, he graduated from Newbury High School in 2010. In high school he was a varsity wrestler and attended Lakeland Community College his junior and senior years of high school through the Post-Secondary program. On campus, Anthony is a member of English Society and the Hiram Writers' Association, and he also runs varsity cross country. Anthony is a Resident Assistant on the third floor of Miller Hall, which is a co-ed all-freshman floor. In addition to this, he works in the office of the Dean of Students. In his free time Anthony enjoys running, reading, writing and playing with his pet chinchilla and hamsters. His favorite thing about Hiram is the close knit community; coming from a high school graduating class of only 44, he enjoys that bond that is forged between students and faculty. Anthony plans on jumping right back into school after Hiram to study American Literature, in hopes of becoming an English professor.

 Jo-Jo Jacobs

Shirjoma Jacobs is a junior majoring in Biomedical Humanities. "Jo-Jo" was raised in Maple Heights, Ohio, and is an alumna of Maple Heights High School. Besides being an Orientation Leader, Jo-Jo is going to be a Residential Assistant and is so excited to work with the incoming class. While off campus, Jo-Jo loves to do community service all over the city of Cleveland, spend time with her family and friends, dancing, singing, and doing taekwondo; she is a certified black belt. She plays for the Hiram College volleyball team and was crowned Ms. Hiram 2012. Her favorite things about Hiram are the campus's family feel and how the  professors care about your progress and the small size.


Teresa Lash

Teresa Lash is a Berea High school alumna and senior at Hiram. She chose Hiram because of its rural charm and home-like atmosphere. She is a Biomedical Humanities major and Sociology minor who wants to attend graduate school to study Public Health. On campus, Teresa is currently president of Phi Beta Gamma, will be an Resident Assistant in East Hall this coming year, and is very involved in Greek Council where she served as president this past year. She also works as a service leader at Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary and is a student worker in the Residential Education Office. Teresa is absolutely obsessed with hippos and would gladly become one if she could.  She hopes to spend her life serving others and striving to make the world a better place, one smile at a time. Teresa cannot wait to welcome all of the incoming students to Hiram!


Alyssa Lobaugh

Alyssa Lobaugh is a senior Middle Childhood Education major with a focus on mathematics and science and plans to graduate in the spring of 2014.  Alyssa grew up in McDonald, Ohio and is alumni of McDonald High School.  Besides being an Orientation Leader, she is a Resident Assistant, Admission Navigator, Overnight Host, Shadow Day Host, and an Elementary School and Middle School Tutor.  She is involved in the Education Club and Relay for Life Club.  Her freshman and sophomore year, Alyssa was a member of the cheerleading squad, and the African Drum Ensemble.  She has also had the opportunity to travel abroad to the Dominican Republic this summer and taught students from age four to adulthood in Spanish.  Her favorite thing about Hiram is the split semester because if you struggle with a certain subject, you can take it in the 3-week and be completely focused without having any other distractions.  In the future, Alyssa hopes to move south and get her masters in higher education as well as become a resident director.  She looks forward to meeting and working with the incoming freshmen! 

Bobby Noel

Bobby Noel is a senior majoring in Music with a minor in Educational Studies, planning to graduate in 2014. Bobby is a Struthers, Ohio, resident and a Struthers High School alumnus. He is a first generation college student, but has complete support from his family back home. He has an older brother and a younger sister. In high school, Bobby worked very hard to get to the point of musical talent where he is at today. Here at Hiram, he is involved in the Hiram College Wind Ensemble where he is first chair alto saxophone. Besides being an Orientation Leader, Bobby is a Resident Assistant, a Teaching Assistant, a member of the Welcome Center staff and a very active member of KCPB. He loves any kind of music, with the exception of rap. He also has two pets, which you can often hear him yelling at as if they were his children. Bobby's favorite thing about Hiram is that no matter where you go on campus, you always get the famous "Hiram Hello" from at least one person. After Hiram, Bobby plans on going to graduate school to further his education. He also cannot wait to meet all of the new first-year students! 

Taylor Shutler

Taylor Shutler is a sophomore majoring in Nursing with a minor in Biomedical Humanities. She comes from Alliance, Ohio and graduated from South Range High school. While here at Hiram, Taylor spends her time running through rain or snow with the cross country team and playing the piano in Frohring Music. She is the President of Active Minds, which is the suicide prevention group on campus, and helps lead worship through the Christian group on campus called The Net.  She participates in service at Woodlands Nursing Home and also sings in the Woman’s Choir on campus. Taylor loves her little brother, Netflix, and sharing facts about Abe Lincoln. After college, Taylor wants to spread her nursing knowledge to the world and move to Italy. She is excited to show you all the things she loves about Hiram!

Nicole Stover

Nicole Stover is a junior, Accounting and Financial Management major.  Nicole is a Twinsburg, Ohio resident and Twinsburg High School graduate.  Her mother and older brother have motivated and supported in everything that she has ever done.  Besides being an Orientation Leader, Nicole is a Hiram College Library Student Worker and an Admissions Navigator and loves meeting prospective Hiram students and families.  Off campus, Nicole volunteers at the Twinsburg Public Library and helps out at fundraising events for the Twinsburg Marching Band.  Nicole likes staying active through sports and interaction with other Hiram students.  In the future, Nicole would like to be an accountant in New York and possibly start a business of her own.  She loves Hiram and cannot wait to meet all of the incoming freshman!


Cara Tompot

Woo! Welcome to Hiram, lovelies! Cara Tompot is a junior Biomedical Humanities major with a concentration in writing and a gender studies minor. She is originally from Westlake, Ohio, and is a Westlake High School alumna. Besides being an Orientation Leader, Cara is a Vencl-Carr Teaching Assistant, an Admissions Navigator, a Peer Career Adviser, a Hiram Service Leader and a peer tutor.  She can't wait to meet all of you! In the evenings, she likes to spend time at volunteering at Hattie Larlham and the King Kennedy Center. Cara has a habit of running away from campus and disappearing for a few hours. If Cara happens to disappear, the best places to look are in the library courtyard, The Village Bookstore in Garrettsville, or at the Hiram playground. She loves to throw caution to the wind and play like a five year old. Here at Hiram, Cara is the president of Outdoors Club, the Hiram Democrats Club and is a member of AIBS, BHSA, and Chemistry Clubs. Cara enjoys traveling all over the United States and hopes to one day go to every state. So far, her favorite destination was Sedona, Arizona. Cara is a National Champion Baton Twirler and now is a proud member of the Terrier Sound Marching Band, the best small college band in the land. Cara loves movie nights in baggie tee shirts, late night walks on campus, and drinking hot cocoa in her favorite jeans. Her guilty pleasures is Disney princess movies and dancing around her room to Taylor Swift. Cara honestly has no idea what she wants to do for the rest of her life, but continually tries to narrow her list of possibilities down. Right now, she is at a tie with writing professor, crisis counselor, book editor, and princess. She hopes to one day publish a book that will impact the lives of young adults around the world like the many books that have influenced her as she is growing up. 

Jessica Wilgus

Jessica Wilgus is a sophomore majoring in Biology with a Pre-Veterinary focus and a minor in Communications. Her hometown is Mayfield Heights, Ohio and she is an alumnus of the Mayfield High School Wildcats. In high school Jessica played the flute in marching band and was involved in several community service based clubs. Here at Hiram, she is an active member of Pre-Vet Club, Circle K International and works as a Student Worker in the Office of Student Life/Dean of Students. Jessica is also part of Hiram Service Leaders, through which she works at Happy Trails Farm Animal Sanctuary.  Her favorite thing about Hiram is how awesome the professors are; they really take the time to get to know you and care about your success. Jessica loves kettle corn popcorn, country music, the movie Finding Nemo, and warm sunny days! Her favorite quote is from Princess Diaries: “Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever, but the cautious do not live at all.”

Shane Young

Shane Young is (finally) a senior majoring in Political Science with a minor in Public Leadership and History. He is from the small township of Bristol, OH near Warren. Shane has spent his time at Hiram doing everything, literally. There are few events that Shane has attended or participated in throughout his three years at the institution. He is perpetually trying to find new things to do. He is beginning his second term as President of the Student Senate and is continually doing all he can to represent the students in every capacity. When Shane isn’t trying to conquer to the world, he reads books (about conquering the world), plays sports, and dances randomly. Shane wants to do something in higher education, eventually hoping to return to Hiram in an administrative/faculty role to assist in the development of young minds that can make a difference in the world. Shane is super excited to meet the incoming first years and encourage them to take control of their educational experience!


Dragana Zivak

Dragana Zivak is a Chemistry major with plans to attend pharmacy school. She was born in Serbia, and moved to the United States when she was four. She now lives in Aurora, Ohio, but attended high school at Berkshire High School in Burton, Ohio. Dragana takes part in the Chemistry Club on campus along with being a Resident Assistant and being a part of Hiram's gay straight alliance club. Dragana loves soccer, art, cats, music, and yoga. She has a twin sister who is also a Resident Assistant on campus. She loves going to Cleveland sporting events, and is a fan of the Lake Erie Monsters. Hiram attracted Dragana because of the connection students can make with their professors, and the availability to be involved and take leadership roles. 

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