Hiram College
Friday, June 19
9 a.m. – 10 p.m
Kennedy Center
A Day with Hiram Golf Outing
at Sugar Bush Golf Club

Join alumni, friends and community members for the 55th annual Day with Hiram benefiting Hiram College athletics. For more information, contact Zach Ott at 330.569.5975 or ottza@hiram.edu.

2 – 5 p.m.
Afternoon Wine Tasting at ThornCreek Winery
Shuttles depart from the Kennedy Center

Take a trip with fellow alumni to an Aurora, Ohio, vineyard situated on seven acres of beautifully designed gardens, gathering places and reflection spaces. ThornCreek Winery has award-winning wines that are bottled onsite and a unique food selection.

2 – 5 p.m.
Garfield Monument at Lakeview Cemetery
Shuttles depart from the Kennedy Center

Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, James A. Garfield’s final resting place combines Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine styles of architecture. You will be shuttled from campus to the site and have time to explore this 180-foot tall monument, which features terra cotta panels, stained glass windows, rich mosaics and President Garfield’s casket. On a clear day, you can see 40 miles of the Lake Erie shore from the outdoor balcony.

5:30 – 9 p.m.
Twilight Canoe Trip
CANCELLED due to high waters and unsafe conditions.
6 – 8 p.m.
Garden Party Dinner at Buckingham Place
Shuttles depart from the Kennedy Center

Enjoy fresh air, flavor and fun at a delightful garden party at Buckingham Place, the home of Hiram’s Alumni Welcome Center. Tour the Welcome Center, and then join your friends in the garden for elegant picnic fare and music, with a surprise guest performer from Hiram’s history!

9:30 – 11 p.m.
Gazing at the Stars from the Hill
Stephens Memorial Observatory

James Guilford, Hiram’s volunteer caretaker of the Stephens Memorial Observatory, will open the doors of the observatory for an open house so you can learn about Hiram’s unique telescope and gaze at the stars. With good visibility, we will see beautiful ringed Saturn, a star cluster or two, a red giant star and the Ring Nebula.

9 p.m. – midnight
Black Box Concert Club with “In-A-Jam”
Frohring Performing Arts Building, Renner Theater

We’re turning Hiram’s black box theater into a concert club! In-A-Jam, Delaware, Ohio’s eclectic acoustic electric trio, features the talents of Rolf Remlinger ’85, and will surely make you move your feet. A cash bar will be available.

Saturday, June 20
7:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Kennedy Center
Hourly Campus Tours
Each hour, golf cart tours will depart from the Kennedy Center. Sign up for a tour at registration.
7:30 – 8:30 a.m.
Terrier Fun Run

Run with the pack! Get in your morning run with fellow Terriers. Meet under the Gerstacker Arch for an informal run/walk around the three-mile square.

8-10 a.m.

Dix Dining Hall, Kennedy Center

Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of breakfast favorites.

The Trail Mix and Morning Hike
Shuttles Depart from the Kennedy Center

Enjoy a nature-inspired breakfast prepared by gourmet chef Anne Haynam ’88 at the James H. Barrow Field Station. Alumni will have time to interact with student workers and researchers during a morning poster session, look at the Field Station’s interactive displays and learn about current citizen science programs. Then, enjoy a 45-minute leisurely nature hike guided by Field Station students, staff and faculty. Both a shorter and a longer version of the hike will be available based on participant preferences. Space is limited.

9 a.m. – noon
Memories from the Showboat Majestic
Showboat Theater, Frohring Performing Arts Building

We have been collecting memories from showboat-ers about their summers spent on the Ohio River. View their recorded history in our tribute to the Majestic. Stop in any time to watch the video.

9 – 10:15 a.m.
(choose from one of the three events below)

Alumni Weekend Book Club
Schneider Room, Hiram College Library

We’ve selected “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown for this year’s Alumni Weekend book club discussion, led by Professor of History Vivien Sandlund, Ph.D. Summary: Out of the depths of the Depression comes an irresistible story about beating the odds and finding hope in the most desperate of times. “The Boys in the Boat” tells the improbable, intimate account of how nine working-class boys from the American West showed the world at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin what true grit really meant. The emotional heart of the tale lies with Joe Rantz, a teenager without family or prospects, who rows not only to regain his shattered self-regard but also to find a real place for himself in the world.

Applying the Science of Happiness in Everyday Life: An Entrepreneurial Venture
Gerstacker Hall, room 123

People have all sorts of ideas about what happiness is and how it might be achieved, but recent research has put the scientific method to work in discovering the answers to these questions. Acacia Parks, Ph.D., assistant professor of psychology, will discuss research on how to increase happiness. Her talk will include hands-on activities.

History and Preservation of the Gardens in Hiram
Bonney Castle, seminar room

Did you know that many of the gardens on campus date back to the mid-century and earlier? Evan Harris ’17, an environmental studies major, is spending his summer applying what he’s learned in the classroom to Hurd Garden and others on campus,under the guidance of Professor of Biology Denny Taylor, Ph.D. ’73 and volunteer extraordinaire Lucy Chamberlain, M.S. ’77. Hear a brief synopsis of the history of the gardens on campus, the story behind the Hurd Garden, specifically, and the work that is being done to make the Hurd Garden the focal point it once was.

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
(choose from one of the five events below)

Classical Voice Recital by Nanette (Pou) Wehe ’80
Frohring Music Hall, recital hall

Music lovers, join Nanette (Pou) Wehe ’80 (soprano) and Professor of Music Randall Fusco, M.M. (piano), for a classical vocal recital inspired by Nanette’s recent stay in Vienna.

Moving Beyond Stereotypes: The Powerful Six Nations
Indian Confederacy and the American Revolution

Hiram College Library, Library Instruction Room (third floor) Join James Kirby Martin ’65, co-author of “Forgotten Allies,” for a discussion about the Oneida Indians, who were engaged on both sides of the Revolutionary War. The Oneidas risked their homeland, their culture and their lives to join in a war that gave birth to a new nation at the expense of their own.

Robotics: Past, Present and Future
Hinsdale Hall, room 213

Mark Spong ’75, president of Mechatronic Systems Incorporated and dean of the Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas, will give a brief history of the field of robotics and discuss his vision for the future.

TREE House Tour
(Teaching, Research and Environmental Engagement)

Located on Dean Street, behind Frohring Music Hall

Hiram College’s TREE House project is a fascinating study in converting a 100-year-old home into a learning and office space for the Environmental Studies Department. Through a collaborative process, this deep energy retrofit explored numerous paths and options for cost effectively making this a showpiece in sustainability and building performance.

J.J. Turner Induction Ceremony
Shuttles depart from the Kennedy Center

Gather at the James H. Barrow Field Station for the annual meeting of the J.J. Turner Society. The Society recognizes the achievements of life science graduates and discusses current scientific research. Lauren Lanphear ’79, ISA certified arborist from Forest City Tree Protection Co., will be recognized for his achievements, and Matt Hils, Ph.D., professor of biology, will be recognized posthumously.

Noon – 2 p.m.

Thrill of the Grill: a Cooking Demonstration with Chef Anne Haynam ’88
Booth-Centennial Lawn

Get ready for summer entertaining with new recipes. Your lunch will include samples of items including: grilled chicken satay, grilled swordfish salad, marinated crosshatch hot dog, orzo salad and grilled pound cake. Seating is limited.

Alumni and Faculty Luncheon
Hiram College Dining Hall

Alumni and faculty are invited to this premier all-you-can-eat luncheon where Hiram’s dining services partner, AVI Fresh, will showcase its culinary talents.

President’s Luncheon for the Golden Terriers
Kennedy Center Ballroom (second floor)

Alumni celebrating or who have already celebrated their 50th reunion are invited to this special luncheon.

2 – 5 p.m.
Hall of History
Kennedy Center, second floor

Take a walk down memory lane. Visit the Hall of History where yearbooks, magazines and memorabilia from across the decades will be displayed for viewing.

2:15 – 3:15 p.m.
(choose from one of the four events below)

Blind Wine Tasting
Koritansky Hall

Join Mark Rhodes ’93 (WEC), owner of barrel33 in Howland, Ohio, as he leads a blind wine tasting. At this event you will taste similar wines, but at two distinctly different price points. Can you select the $50 bottle? You’ll do this for three different sets of wines, for a total of six wines. Light snacks will be provided.

Hillary vs. the Field: How the 2016 Election is Giving us the Best and the Worst of American Politics

Alumni Choir
Frohring Music Hall, recital hall

Sing to Hiram! All singing Terriers are invited to join Professor Emerita Damaris Peters-Pike, M.M., for an alumni choir session, where you will prepare two songs you may have sung with the choir while you were a student. Later, the group will perform at the All-Alumni Reception and Alumni Awards Ceremony.

Hale Chatfield Reading
Hiram College Library, Library Instruction Room (third floor)

Join English faculty and alumni as they honor Professor Hale Chatfield, M.A., with readings of selected works.

Biomes of the World Trip Review
Hinsdale Hall, room 203

Hiram College’s status as an innovator in education does not stop at our borders. In 2008, Hiram set a new standard with the Biomes of the World program, an 80-day interdisciplinary around-the-world expedition to 40 field sites, in eight countries, on four continents. Students investigate first-hand the impact of climate change on plants and animals by examining the disciplines of science, history, literature and writing. Hear and see how this unique Hiram program transforms students. Help us elevate Hiram’s reputation by joining in brainstorming about filling four slots with students from other universities in our upcoming Spring 2016 program.

Ohio: An American Utopia
Hinsdale Hall, room 215

James Thompson, associate professor of political science will explain how Ohio is the perfect state, in terms of its size, population, internal organization, location, economy and political party equilibrium. It is also the most important American state, insofar as every major phase of American history has been focused onOhio. Fundamentally, Ohio – more than any other state – is America, which is why so many people in Ohio have a hard time closely identifying with it as something unique and distinct.

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
(choose from one of the five events below)

Beer School with Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Kennedy Center basement

At Thirsty Dog Brewing Company in Akron, Ohio, full flavor, delicate balance, texture and aroma combine to make beer an infinitely complex experience. Join owner Jon Patrick Najeway, husband of Anne Marie O’Brien ’87, as he talks about his meticulously hand-crafted beers.

The Great God Pan
Renner Theater, Frohring Performing Arts Building

Amy Herzog is a contemporary American playwright whose play “4000 Miles” won the 2012 Obie Award for Best New American Play, and was a finalist for the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Herzog received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the Yale University School of Drama. The Hiram College Theatre Arts Department will present a reading of the play and host a subsequent discussion, featuring alumni and faculty.

Life Is Hard: Remembering Dr. Ernst Katz
Hinsdale Hall, room 213

Born at the end of the Golden Age, wounded fighting for his country, and fleeing for his life, what did our Professor Ernst Katz, Ph.D., know about a hard life? Susan (Nicol) Saunders ’65 shares what she learned from her contact with other Hiramites in search of a teacher who greatly influences her life and work.

A World Tour of Trees with Cleveland’s Tree Doctor
Gerstacker Hall, room 123

Join Lauren Lanphear ’79, ISA certified arborist from Forest City Tree Protection Co., and the 2015 recipient of the J.J. Turner Society Award, for a visual tour of historic, unusual, ancient and spectacularly big and tall trees from around the world.

Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community
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Just south of Hiram College on Garfield Road, approximately 25 adults on the autism spectrum work the land throughout the year at Hiram Farm. They are paid a wage from the sale of the harvest and handicrafts they produce. Established in June 2009, the organic farm has expanded its infrastructure and program offerings to encompass greenhouses, hydroponics, an assortment of livestock and pick-yourown blueberries and strawberries. Tour the Farm with some fellow alumni who serve on the Farm’s Board of Directors.

5 – 6:30 p.m.
All-Alumni Reception and Alumni Awards Ceremony
Campus green

All of the weekend’s activities come together with this one all-inclusive reception where we honor this year’s alumni award recipients. Join us for music, hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar as we salute this year’s winners.

  • Alumni Volunteer Award – Greg and Kristina (Geiger) Dooley ’00/’00
  • Alumni Achievement Award – Doug Hardman ’80
  • Lifelong Leadership Award – George Melnykovich, Ph.D. ’65
  • Recent Graduate Service to Humanity Award – Chrissy Stonebraker-Martinez ’10
6:30 – 7 p.m.
Reunion Class Photos

Class photos will be taken promptly at 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. Specific instructions for your class will be included on the back of your name badge.

7 – 9 p.m.

Reunion Dinners

The Classes of 1950*, 1955*, 1960*, 1965*, 1970, 1975, 1980, 1985, 1990, 1995, 2000*, 2005, 2010 and 2015 are celebrating reunions! Each class reunion dinner is coordinated by a group of your very own classmates.

The reunion dinner cost includes the All-Alumni Reception, a served meal and all non-alcoholic beverages. Those classes indicated by an * include an open bar; otherwise a cash bar will be available.


  • 1950 – Kennedy Center Ballroom
  • 1955 – Kennedy Center Ballroom
  • 1960 – Brown Fall Room, Kennedy Center, second floor
  • 1965 – Kennedy Center Ballroom
  • 1970 – West Porch, Hinsdale Hall, third floor
  • 1975 – Board Room, Hinsdale Hall, third floor
  • 1980 – Clock Tower, Hiram College Library, fourth floor
  • 1985 – Quadrangle court yard
  • 1990 – Krabill Room, Hiram College Library, first floor
  • 1995 – Schneider Room, Hiram College Library, first floor
  • 2000 – Koritansky Hall
  • 2005 – Tent, Booth-Cenntenial lawn
  • 2010 – Alumni Heritage Room, Teachout-Price Hall
  • 2015 – Archway, Hinsdale Hall, second floor

The 50th Reunion
A 50th reunion is a memorable occasion, and the Class of 1965 doesn’t want to celebrate this milestone alone! All alumni from surrounding class years are encouraged to celebrate with them this weekend.

We go to great lengths to make the 50th reunion special, including a hospitality suite in our newest suite-styled, air-conditioned residence hall (where housing is provided), golf cart transportation to and from events, a special display in the archives and more. Do you need to be picked up at the airport? Let us know.

8:30 p.m.
Dance the Night Away under the Hinsdale Arch
Under the Hinsdale Arch

The end-of-the-day celebration will include music spanning the decades. A cash bar will be available.

Sunday, June 21
7 a.m. – noon
Residence Hall Check-Out
8 – 11 a.m.
All-You-Can-Eat Brunch
Dix Dining Hall, Kennedy Center

Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of brunch favorites.

Enjoy these other activities during Alumni Weekend
Hospitality Suites

We’ve set aside gathering places for each class to use throughout the weekend as a home base. Here is the list of hospitality suites per class. Refreshments will be provided for your enjoyment:

  • 1950/1955: East Hall – Second floor lounge
  • 1960: Hiram Inn
  • 1965: East Hall – Third floor lounge
  • 1970: East Hall – First floor lounge, east
  • 1975: East Hall – First floor lounge, west
  • 1980: Booth-Centennial lounge, south
  • 1985: Bowler Hall – First floor lounge, west
  • 1990: Booth-Centennial Lounge, south
  • 1995: Bowler Hall – First floor lounge, east
  • 2000: Booth-Centennial lounge, north
  • 2005/2010: Fenton lounge (behind Booth-Centennial lounge)
Take a Campus Tour!

Self-guided tour pamphlets are available at registration. Guided tours are scheduled for Saturday and will depart from the steps of the Kennedy Center hourly at 9, 10 and 11 a.m.; 2, 3, and 4 p.m. Space is limited.

Hiram College Archives, Library
Friday, June 19: 9 a.m. – noon.; 1 – 4 p.m.
Saturday, June 20: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

What better way to reminisce about your days at Hiram than by viewing memorabilia from your era? The Hiram College Archives will be open throughout the day on Friday and Saturday. Look through yearbooks, the photograph collection, old maps of campus, catalogs, handbooks and more. Is there something specific you would like to see? Would you like to donate a scrapbook from your days as a student? Contact Jennifer Morrow, Hiram College archivist at morrowjs@hiram.edu or 330.569.5361.

The display case near the entrance to the library will contain a special display celebrating the Class of 1965’s 50th reunion.

Friday, June 19: 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Saturday, June 20: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, June 21: 9 a.m. – noon

Show your Alumni Weekend name badge to receive a 10 percent discount off Hiram imprinted items.

Les and Kathy Coleman Sports, Recreation and Fitness Center
Saturday, June 20: 7 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Alumni Memorial Pool
Saturday, June 20: 7 a.m.-5 p.m.
Bistro, Kennedy Center
Friday, June 19: 8 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Saturday, June 20: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.