Hiram College students receive a hands-on education at the college’s James H. Barrow Biological Field Station, where their roles range from conserving natural resources to conducting research.
Hiram College received a year-end $1 million cash gift on Tuesday from trustee Paula Frohring, through the Paul and Maxine Frohring Foundation. This is the largest single gift of the Foundation’s nearly $6.5 million total to the College. The $1 million will support scholarships for biology and chemistry students, as well as faculty and student research at Hiram’s 500-plus-acre James H. Barrow Biological Field Station.
“The Frohring family has long supported our beloved Hiram College, its unique field station, and the hands-on and personalized learning opportunities we offer there and throughout the campus,” says President Lori Varlotta, Ph.D. “This most recent and very generous gift (the Frohrings collectively have gifted about $15 million to Hiram College) will further enhance the field station and bolster the college’s curricular and co-curricular offerings in sustainability.”
Dr. Varlotta adds that part of the Frohring gift will support the stewardship of the Field Station’s natural resources and the maintenance of its physical plant. This Field Station is recognized by many as one of Ohio’s most spectacular outdoor classrooms. Home to beautiful wetlands, the state’s second largest uncut maple-beech forest (according to the Western Reserve Land Conservancy) and a robust wildlife conservation program that includes an endangered duck species and a rehabilitation wing, the field station presents students, faculty, staff and community members with abundant educational, research and enrichment opportunities.
“This gift is a real testimony to the Frohrings’ allegiance to the College. It also confirms Paula Frohring’s belief that Hiram, its faculty and staff, and the field station offer students a distinctive four-year degree that integrates the kind of personalized, hands-on experiences that foster the type of lifelong learning that keeps us curious and engaged.”
“This gift certainly helps to end 2016 on a high note and positions the year to come in the most wonderful way. I am excited at what’s in store for Hiram College in 2017,” Dr. Varlotta says.