Hiram will honor several alumni at a ceremony at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 19, 2010, during Alumni Weekend celebrations.
Lifelong Leadership Award: Elizabeth Cupp ’51
Nominated by Kim Mullet (Matthews) ’95 who says, “She has been the shining example to me of an educated professional woman. Growing up in the 50s I did not know many women who went to college, went on for their masters, became a teacher, then superintendent of a school,” but Elizabeth Cupp was all that.
She encourages and has encouraged many a young High School student to investigate what Hiram has to offer. She has contributed to the new recreational building, contributed monies for books for the nursing college – given in the name of her Mother, who was a Hiram graduate and nurse, and her Aunt, who also was a Hiram graduate and librarian. Cupp delivers Meals on Wheels, sings in the church choir, directs the youth handbell ringers at the church, volunteers at the Geauga Park District and she and her dog have been certified to go into nursing homes for pet therapy. Cupp has served on many Burton committees throughout the years, from voting for the school levy to promoting Burton festivities.
She is passionate about education, Hiram and her home town of Burton.
Alumni Achievement Award: Anne (Vainer) Najeway ’80
Nominated by Ann Marie O’Brien ’87, Vainer has made a commitment to education and learning. She received principal certification and her Master of Arts in education from Baldwin-Wallace College, and has worked in the Barberton City School system for 14 years in various capacities, including as director of student services and supervisor of special education. Prior to that, she worked at Sagamore Hills Children’s Psychiatric Hospital as partial hospital director, education therapist and principal. She presented at the 2005 Ohio Prevention and Education Conference, Columbus, Ohio, and at Partnering To Prevent Truancy: A National Priority, hosted by the National Department of Juvenile Justice, December 6-8, 2004, Washington D.C.
Her professional recognitions include the “William P. Kannel” Legacy Award 2006; Leaf of Life Award, Community Mental Health Center; Employee of the Month (May 1992, June 1989); Employee of the Year (1992, 1989). She has published articles in the Cleveland Plain Dealer “Ohio Right to Read Week” supplement. She serves numerous organizations, including the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development; the Baldwin-Wallace College Graduate Education Alumni/Student Association; Council for Exceptional Children; Ohio Association of Pupil Services Administrators; Summit County Children Who Witness Violence Program; and is a member of Barberton Noon Kiwanis, 1997 to present: President 2006-2007; the Barberton Red Cross Board of Directors; the Camp Y-Noah Advisory Board; the East Akron YMCA Advisory Board; and Junior Achievement Board of Directors, 1998-present: Program and Volunteers Chair 2007-2008.
Volunteer Award: Sheryl Buckley ’68
Nominated by Jennifer Schuller. Sheryl Buckley is an accomplished anesthesiologist who has spent decades giving back to Hiram College both philanthropically and in time. She is a member of Hiram’s Board of Trustees and teaches through the Weekend College office as an adjunct faculty member. She has co-edited books with Carol Donley titled “What’s Normal” and “The Tyranny of the Normal.”
Two years ago she offered to help chair her Hiram reunion. Unfortunately, just after her commitment she learned that she had cancer and as the reunion neared, she was so weak she was unable to participate. However, she endorsed multiple communication pieces that went out encouraging her classmates to attend – helping make it one of Hiram’s largest attended 40th reunions to date.
Sheryl’s service extends beyond the alumni community. She is always willing to serve as a resource for Hiram students as well – offering to host a student for job shadowing over his or her spring break or serving as a medical resource for the nursing program. The Center for Literature, Medicine, and Biomedical Humanities – one of Hiram’s seven centers of excellence – is her brainchild. She remains very much connected to it and serves on its board – assisting in annual program ideas, marketing of the center and more. She also is a member of Hiram’s Women’s Council which provides annual scholarships to Hiram.
Sheryl is one of a many family members who have attended Hiram – and she takes the College home with her… one of her cats is even named Gerstacker!
Recent Graduate Service to Humanity: Sandra Lisko ’07 (WEC).
Nominated by Cathy Mansor ’00. Lisko is involved in many community causes, including serving as the committee chair for the past 12 years for The American Cancer Society Trumbull Relay for Life. She has received awards for raising the most money overall during the Relay, and works in Huntington’s tent during the entire 24-hour Relay. She volunteers and serves as the coordinator for several other events including The American Heart Association annual Heart Walk and Caring for Our Community’s Kids Identi-Kit program.
Lisko is a board member for Trumbull Mobile Meals, Trumbull Art Gallery and the Hiram College Alumni Executive Board. She has volunteered for Habitat for Humanity, the Walk to Cure Juvenile Diabetes and is a neighborhood volunteer for muscular dystrophy causes, the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.
For more information on Alumni Weekend, go here.