Dear faculty, staff, and students,
This change in weather is often a signal that the Fall 12-week term is starting to wind down. And so it is this year. As you pack away your shorts and pull out your winter coats, I hope all of you muster up the energy to work smartly and strongly through the last three weeks of this term.
The transition in weather was not the only change we experienced at Hiram as of late. Last week, the College’s Board of Trustees came to campus for their initial meeting of the academic year. During that meeting, the trustees voted in a slate of officers to lead the Board: Dean Scarborough ‘77 as Chair, Betsy Juliano ‘84 as Vice Chair, and Carl Draucker ‘73 as Secretary. At the same time, we celebrated the accomplishments and service of outgoing Chair, Ken Moore ’69, who held the chairmanship since 2009. All of these officers have been quintessential supporters of their alma mater in word, deed, and action. And we are lucky to have them all amongst our leadership ranks.
The Fall meeting of the Board of Trustees is also the time when we welcome new inductees into the esteemed Garfield Society. Induction into the Garfield Society serves as the highest honor bestowed at the College. This year’s inductees included Richard Cochran, president and CEO of the Western Reserve Land Conservancy; Larry DeYoung ‘69, alumnus and trustee; Jennifer Schuller, vice president for development and alumni relations; Raymond Smiley, friend of the College; and alumnus Harry John Visser ‘74. They join some 500 individuals who have been inducted into the Garfield Society over the years.
As the Board meeting drew to a close on Saturday, many of us joined the Homecoming festivities that were in full swing. We cheered for our Terrier teams as they battled against strong opponents that day. We also proudly announced the naming of our new baseball facility – Fishel Field at Proverbs Park – as our long-time and most-winning namesake coach William Proverbs ‘58 accepted the plaque that commemorated the event. Thanks to over $70,000 in gifts, the baseball field and park will soon be getting major upgrades including an outfield fence and warning track.
Traditions such as the Garfield Society Dinner, Homecoming, and key leadership meetings (like those of the Board of Trustees) remind us all of the long and cherished history upon which our current programs are built. I feel lucky to celebrate these milestones with so many who have done so much.