Dear Hiram Friends,
While the calendar says that Old Man Winter is not yet scheduled for his first appearance, I can assure you that he has visited campus on many occasions already.
Along with the cold air and the first snows, this time of year also ushers in the 3-week session. As you know, during this term, our students take one course and immerse themselves in that particular subject matter for three weeks. The offerings this year are interesting, and students can choose anything from an art course on quilting, to a bug course in biology, to an ethics course on the controversies and dilemmas associated with the computerization of our society, and so many more.
This particular 3-week offers students a new option: to talk to, interact with, attend presentations by, and get a photography lesson from Daniel Dodge, an artist- and-adventurer-in-residence. Dan has come to Hiram for the entire 3-week term to fully engage in our community. He is facilitating several discussions and workshops as part of our Photography, Conversation, and Reflection Series, as described on this page. During his time with us, Dan is sharing the insights, experiences, and observations he has gleaned over 5,000 miles of trekking and thru-hiking (both the Appalachian and Pacific Crest Trails). His events are free and open to the public, so please feel free to join us for any one of them.
I will close with yet another exciting update. Hiram has recently debuted our “I am Hiram” branding campaign that includes a video, billboards, and a radio spot. Spearheaded by Kim Holm, executive director of marketing and communications, this stunning campaign features seven real students who literally walk us through their Hiram experience by talking about Hiram in their own words and their own voices. You can click this link to read about the paths these students are traveling at Hiram and those they expect to traverse after they graduate. It is so rewarding to hear and see how these students are thriving at Hiram.
As we approach the season that celebrates peace, joy, and goodwill, let us embody and exude all of those as our Hiram gift to the worlds in which we live.
Wishing all of you peace and joy during the holidays and throughout the year.
Lori E. Varlotta