Hiram College

Dear faculty, staff, and students,

As we approach the “finale” of the 12-week term, I am pleased that the opportunities for stepping outside coursework and participating in something educational, social, and/or spirit-building are plentiful this week, as usual.

You need not be an art enthusiast to thoroughly enjoy HCT’s Urinetown: The Musical at the Renner Theater in the Frohring Performing Arts Building. The cast, the crew, and the musicians are simply wonderful, and the amount of hard work they and Director Betsy Bauman collectively put forth are evident at every turn. As all good theater, though, the production does far more than entertain. It prompts all who see it (and bob along to the songs) to think seriously about sustainability issues of all sorts. Those of us who were able to attend last Sunday’s performance were treated to a sustainability “talk back” facilitated by Associate Professor of Environmental Studies Debbie Kasper. The show concludes this weekend, so if you haven’t seen it yet, I strongly encourage you to buy one of the few remaining tickets for either Friday or Saturday night.

Being the true Liberal Arts College that we are, other art options are also available this week. If you missed last week’s opening and presentation of Mantle: Photographs as Material, you can still stop by the Gelbke Fine Arts Center Gallery to walk through this striking exhibition. It was brought to us by artist Jon Verney. The art options don’t end there: for tonight’s 7:00 pm study break, our music department is sponsoring an African Drum Ensemble directed by Olugbala Manns at the Frohring Music Recital Hall.

In addition to satisfying your art fix this weekend, you can let out some stress by cheering on one or more of the Division I volleyball teams that are traveling to Hiram College as part of our new men’s team preseason activities. Impressively, the Hiram men’s volleyball team is hosting a preseason tournament to spread word about the sport and to raise funds for their new program. Walk down to the Coleman Center to cheer on Penn State University, St. Francis University, Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne, or Ball State University. They will be playing pairs of games throughout the day on Saturday. Fans can follow this link for more details.

And while most of us will not be able to make the four-hour trip to Cincinnati on Saturday, it is important to wish our women’s basketball team well as they proudly participate in the 3rd annual Lauren Hill Tipoff Classic. The University of New Hampshire and Xavier will tip off at 5:00 pm. Following that game, our Terriers and Mount St. Joseph University take the court at 6:30 pm. A group of Cincinnati-area alumni and friends will be among the many cheering our Terriers on following a social gathering at 4:00 pm (further details can be found here). All games will be played in the Cintas Center on Xavier’s campus, and funds raised from the event will go to the Lauren Hill Foundation and the Battle for the Cure.

Finally, I end by sharing that a group of 18 volunteers from the James A. Garfield National Historic Site visited the campus this week. They were thrilled to spend some time in the Garfield Robbins Zimmerman house that was owned by James A. Garfield and his wife Lucretia. They also visited the Hiram College Library archives and the Fairview Cemetery (in Hiram Village) during their Tuesday trip. Vice President Jen Schuller and I are pleased to say that the College has received a few gifts that will help us begin to restore this house—a space that means so much to Hiram College and its history. Jen and I are hoping to generate even more interest in the fundraising project so we can finish the basic restoration and open the house to academic programs and the public alike this summer.

With pride that the arts, athletics, and history are alive and well this chilly fall day.

Your President,


Lori Varlotta