Dear Hiram Friends,
It is hard to believe that we’re already in week 7 of the 12-week session. Time travels fast when we are fully engaged. Let me use this column to share what some of Fall’s excitement is all about.
Just over a week ago we had a jam-packed Homecoming Celebration. Early in the day, about 200 participants took to the campus’ streets for the 12th Run for Grace and Andy, including 100 runners, 75 walkers, and the rest volunteers. This year’s winners were Rosalie Franek and Gary Ising (Hiram alum) for the women’s and men’s divisions, respectively.
Later that morning we held the 2018 Hollinger Hall of Fame Brunch and Induction Ceremony. This year, Hiram Athletics inducted six new members including Tom Cammett ’85, Carlton Dean III ’05, Jenny Hatfield ’00, Shana (Toth) McDonald ’06, Thomas Platt ’71 and Tim Tallbacka ’91. These retuning athletes joined other spectators at the four athletic events we hosted that afternoon. Our women’s volleyball team swept Denison University in a 3-0 victory. Our football and men’s soccer teams lost respectively to Allegheny College and DePauw University. But our women’s soccer team pulled out a nail-biting victory in overtime, beating DePauw for the first time in college history! Congratulations, Terriers!
After a full and exciting day, students hammed it up with an animated Hollywood-themed karaoke and dance party.
Along with all of the sporting activities, our faculty and staff have planned an impressive array of lectures, readings, and debates that illuminate this year’s interdisciplinary ethics theme of Ethics and Technology. On Oct. 1 the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature hosted Ms. Molly Guptill Manning, who documents how technological innovations affected the publishing industry and literary world’s dissemination of information at a crucial time in our history. In her book, titled When Books Went to War: The Stories that Helped Us Win World War II, she shares how publishers designed miniature paperbacks to fit into US uniform pockets, allowing our troops to carry and read books during that war.
That program was followed by a spirited conversation on Oct. 3 where Professors Kirsten Parkinson, Janet Pope, and Paul Gaffney shared different perspectives on technologies, using the common-reading book, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein as their springboard. Visit this site to learn why we picked this classic novel to support this year’s ethics discussion.
Speaking of technology, the Fireside Chats series, coordinated by Kay Molkentin and the Center for Integrated Entrepreneurship, has been showcasing technological breakthroughs in various fields. In the last two weeks they hosted Parker Hannifin Corporation, a company that is developing a powered exoskeleton that assists paralyzed or semi-paralyzed people in walking independently. In the upcoming week (Oct. 17th) they will host Ms. Xyla Foxlin who is developing electronically-based products and promoting learning and engagement with technology through an online learning space. You can find out more about this year’s Fireside Chats here.
Following in this entrepreneurial vein, when this newsletter reaches you, I will be on my first international Hiram visit. For several days in October, I will be on Rome, Italy meeting with several key people at John Cabot University. This is a university with whom we have had a long-standing relationship. I hope to bolster that relationship even further by asking our colleagues there to collaborate in ways that expand study opportunities (including pathways to new majors and minors) for students at both institutions. I look forward to sharing more about this in the months to come.
Thank you for your continued engagement and support of Hiram College as we steadily shape the College’s future.
Lori E. Varlotta