Dear Hiram Friends,
Welcome back to Hiram’s spring semester where the cold air is keeping us refreshed and moving quickly. I hope that sense of exhilaration is contagious such that all of you reading this will want to be a part of the momentous movement we are making at the College.
This letter reports a number of successes we are celebrating as Old Man Winter hovers on the hill.
As of this writing, we are entering the midpoint of our Fall 2019 recruitment cycle, and it looks like the new programs we decided to add this year are off to a great start. Our emerging Criminal Justice (CJ) program has gotten a lot of traction already with 48 admits, another 40 applicants, and 2 deposits. These stats put the intended CJ major in the “top 5 for admitted students.” Another new major, Sport Management, is also showing well in the enrollment funnel with 42 admits, another 37 applicants, and 4 deposits. Dean Judy Muyskens is pleased to report that classes in Sport Management and Criminal Justice are already available for current students this spring.
It is also the case that our two-year-old Integrative Exercise Science (IES) program continues to bring in a high number of students. The admission funnel shows IES numbers at 56 admits, another 29 applicants, and 6 deposits. The program showed a 40% increase in enrollment from Fall 2017 to Fall 2018. And kudos to our Nursing recruiters as the program is making a healthy enrollment comeback with 113 admits, 95 applicants, and 9 deposits. Accounting is also way ahead of where they were last year with 52 admits today compared to 27 at the same time last year.
I am thankful for the faculty, admission counselors, and coaches who are on the road sharing news of these new and revitalized majors.
In addition to the programs we are offering on the academic front, the campus is hosting, as usual, a number of important out-of-classroom activities this winter as well. About a month ago, we honored the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with a weeklong celebration that commemorated his life and work. Soon, as part of our service efforts to the community, Hiram College students will be providing free tax-filing support through our Hiram College Tax Volunteers until April 13th. Learn details and who qualifies for this assistance here.
On the arts side, several Hiram students recently joined the Cleveland Opera Theater in performing Professor Dawn Sonntag’s new opera-in-progress, Coal Creek. This performance, held in the Gamble Auditorium at the Baldwin Wallace Conservatory, tells a story that takes place along the Yukon near the Coal Creek gold mining camp in Alaska. There are some interesting connections between one of those people and Hiram College, but rather than give it away here, I encourage you to visit this page to learn more about that person and how Dr. Sonntag developed this marvelous piece of work.
Another art event that you can still experience this month is an exhibition featuring the work of Greg Martin. The exhibition is on display at the College’s Gelbke Fine Arts Gallery Monday through Friday, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm until February 28th. I hope that some of you reading this will stop by to see it. To learn more about Greg Martin’s work, take a peek at his site here.
As I bring this month’s note to the end, let me share a piece of technology news with you. The new Hiram College app went live on January 23rd, thanks to the generosity of Trustee Lucia Swanson ‘70 and her husband, Ted Levine. The free app makes it easy for students to make payments, view the course catalog and academic schedule, find faculty and staff contact information, check out the dining menu, and pop on to Hiram social media sites, and more. The app was installed and pushed out on all Tech and Trek iPad devices by our highly competent IT team. It is now available for any of you to download to your personal mobile device; just search “Hiram College” in the Apple App Store or Google Play Store, and look for the Terrier!
Moving this fast keeps us warm, even when the temps plummet and we are scraping ice off our windshields. There is so much going on at your alma mater and many of you have been a part of it. Thank you for all you do.
Lori E. Varlotta