Thoughts from the President
Dear Hiram Friends,
About a month ago, we sent the Class of 2019 off to face the next chapter in life. Before they walked off campus, they were treated to words of wisdom by commencement speaker Dr. Mark W. Spong ‘75. Dr. Spong encouraged them to embrace change, innovate, and take on new opportunities just as he had done forty years ago. His message resonated deeply with many of us who are developing the skill sets and the mindset our students need to thrive in this 21st century. As you know by now, they are a key feature of the New Liberal Arts.
Speaking of new, the academic programs we added just this year are attracting students at highly promising levels. Two of the most popular new majors include: Sport Management and Crime, Law, and Justice. We also expect the new Art and Design and Performing Arts to appeal to an increasing number of students with artistic and creative inclinations. The changes, and others related to them, continue to garner significant media and industry attention. I hope you will read these articles and pass them along in print or electronically as part of your effort to spread the word about Hiram.
While not quite as new as the majors above, Tech and Trek is making a visible and palpable impact on campus. You will recall that this 1:1 mobile program equips all students with an iPad Pro, smart pencil, and keyboard bundle and a pair of hiking boots. It is designed to fuel classroom and out-of-classroom learning through “mindful technology,” an approach that has caught the attention of educators and technologists near and far. As part of this attention, and back by popular demand, we will host our second Tech and Trek Conference June 19 through 21. You can learn more and sign up for it here.
And speaking of June events, I’d like to close with an invitation for you to join us at Alumni Weekend on June 14 through 16. Come enjoy the intellectual stimulation and camaraderie that the weekend offers. As always, this year’s program is shaping up nicely—check it out and register through this page.
I hope to see you at Alumni Weekend. But, if you cannot be here in person, please consider participating in the Vision 20/20 campaign. We relish the support from as many friends and alumni as possible.
Lori E. Varlotta