Hiram College

Dear students, faculty, and staff,

It’s that time of year when some of us want to curl up in our warm rooms and forgo a brisk walk down to the Coleman Center to squeeze in a workout or take a pass on the jaunt to the Kennedy Center where friends are hanging out with a hot drink. Tempting as it might be to stay put, I hope you will resist the temptation. After all, the cold air can be refreshing if you’re dressed appropriately.

On that note, if you are still wishing for a pair of mittens or a winter hat, please stop by the Dean of Students’ Office and grab one from the “winter tree” that makes such goodies free for the picking. Once you’re bundled up, check out any number of free and low-key activities coming up:

  • Bread and Soup is scheduled for this evening at 5 pm and Thursday, February 6 at noon. A meal swipe gets you in (or $6 for those without meal plans with swipes), and $1 goes toward local food banks.
  • “A Sense of Place in a Changing Land” by Arron Foster will run from January 31 through February 27. It features an exhibition of the artist’s books, drawings, prints, videos, animations, and installations. Its opening night, this Friday, will include light refreshments while the artist delivers a short talk at 6:00 pm.
  • Don’t forget that this Sunday is the big game. The Office of Campus Involvement is hosting a Super Bowl watch party this Sunday, starting at 6:30 pm in the lower level of the Kennedy Center. Come cheer on your favorite team (or the one you want to take the title).
  • Given that so many of us are using the iPad Pro to create all kinds of interesting content and materials, the Office of Learning Technologies and the Library want to be sure you are mindful of copyright rules and regulations. If you want to hear more, stop by “Copyright and Corn Chowder”—an informal workshop focused on designing copyright-compliant electronic materials—on Tuesday, February 4 from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm in the Dining Hall.
  • Then, on Friday, February 7, Middle Ground is hosting the Democratic Debate watch party in the East Hall Forum from 8:00 until 10:00 pm.

In addition to providing an update on some of the programs unfolding this week and next, I also wanted to direct your attention to a recent message that Asha Goodner, director of student health services, sent to campus this morning regarding the novel coronavirus. Should you have any additional questions, I would encourage you to reach out to the Health Center at (330) 569-5418.

Finally, I want to end with a thank you to faculty and staff for taking the time to review the College’s draft assurance argument that dozens of us helped to write as part of our reaccreditation process with the Higher Learning Commission. Dean Judy Muyskens and the accreditation team are making final tweaks to the report now with your comments and corrections in mind. The HLC peer team’s visit is just a little more than four weeks away, and Dean Muyskens and I will soon be sharing additional information about the visit and how you can participate.


Until then, stay warm, stay safe, and stay healthy.

Your President,

President Varlotta Signature

Lori Varlotta