Dear Hiram Friends,
The days are markedly shorter, early mornings are definitely chillier, and the fall leaves are beginning to paint a colorful landscape. It is a beautiful time of the year in Northeast Ohio and on the Hill at Hiram. In two weeks, students will take final exams and hand in their term papers. We then take a brief break for Thanksgiving and gear up for the intensive 3-week term that begins shortly thereafter.
Certainly, we have much for which to be thankful. Just three weeks ago we had a successful campaign launch, garnering the support of many past, current, and potential donors. Our steadfast supporters, including Trustees, alumni, and friends of the College, never cease to amaze me with their continuous generosity to our College. We also had our fall meeting of the Board of Trustees; these dedicated men and women give freely of their time, effort, and resources in good times and in challenging ones. For this, and more, I am grateful.
And speaking of dedication, during the Fall Board meeting, we came together to recognize the dedication of three outstanding people by inducting them into Hiram College’s Garfield Society. This year’s inductees included Dr. Judith Muyskens, Vice President of Academic Affairs and Dean of the College; Ms. Joan Roguski ’77, Trustee; and Dr. Bruce Bustard ’76, recently-retired Senior Curator at National Archives. Dr. Bustard graced us with a wonderful speech that illuminated his experiences at the National Archives and the life stories of several unknown people who were an important part of our country’s history.
Augmenting this history theme, on October 16, author and historian Dr. Brandy Schillace joined us on campus. She spotlighted the intersections of medicine, history, technology, and literature in her talk titled Resurrection Men: Life and Death at the Limits of Tech. Dr. Schillace was the third and final speaker to visit campus this fall as part of our year-long exploration of ethics and technology. Presentations like hers are meant to bolster and challenge our drive to use technology. In the very least, these programs should bring us pause, and prompt us to make mindful—rather than easy or short-term choices—about how, when, where, and to what extent we should prioritize technology as the generator of creative solutions.
Let me close on a strong nod to the creative. We recently hosted a retrospective exhibition of ceramics and textiles by Susan Schroeder. Susan taught courses for more than 15 years at Hiram College, creating a specialized program in fiber arts, one of her favorite art forms. I hope you visit this page to learn more about Susan’s “Four Seasons” exhibition, and hopefully ignite your own creative spark as we enter a season of feasts, family, and festivities. It is this kind of passion and commitment that allow us to share with each other the pieces and parts of ourselves that make us unique human beings who can weave our own lives into the collective fabric of the worlds around us.
Thank you for all that you do for your alma mater.
Lori E. Varlotta