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A favorite Institute Weekend tradition, the Freshman Square Dance, 2012.

A favorite Institute Weekend tradition, the Freshman Square Dance, 2012.

A new class will begin its Hiram College journey this Friday, Aug. 23, with move-in day and Institute Weekend.

Institute Weekend introduces freshmen to campus and academic life at Hiram College. The Class of 2017 will experience several Hiram traditions – like the square dance and late night dodge ball – and learn the ropes academically as well, as they take their first Colloquium course and meet with academic advisers.

Welcome Week follows Institute Weekend, as the rest of the student body joins the freshmen for the first day of classes on Aug. 26. Please join us in welcoming the new class to the Hiram community. Starred activities are required for the Class of 2017.

Institute Weekend Schedule

Friday, Aug. 23: Arrival Day

9 a.m.-1 p.m.: Check-In and Arrival

  • 9-11 a.m.: Even room numbers, Teachout-Price Hall
  • 11 a.m.-1 p.m.: Odd room numbers, Teachout-Price Hall
  • 11-11:30 a.m.: Commuter Check-In, Kennedy Center, Commuter Lounge

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: Lunch

  • 11:30 a.m.: Commuter Program and Lunch, Hiram College Dining Hall, Breakout Room
  • 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: All Campus Lunch, Hiram College Dining Hall

* 2 p.m.: Welcome, Hiram College Class of 2017
Hayden Auditorium, Bates Hall

* 3 p.m.: First Colloquium/WSEM meeting
Various locations

4:30 p.m.: Athletic practice for fall athletes
Coleman Center

* 5:30-7:30 p.m.: Square Dance and Dinner
Hiram College Dining Hall. The square dance is a Hiram tradition for new students. It’s a great time to interact with your peers and enjoy yourself. Come for good food and some kick-up-your-heels square dancing.

* 8-8:30 p.m.: Residence Hall Meetings
Main lounge of student’s residence hall. Required for on-campus students.

* 9 p.m.:  Evolution of Dance
Bates Hall, Hayden Auditorium. After graduating with a Master’s degree from Bowling Green State University, Judson Laipply burst onto the speaking scene and has quickly become a breath of fresh air in a sometimes-suffocating world. Combining an amazing ability to make people laugh and think his presentations are down to earth and highly motivational, creative and appealing, humorous and thought provoking, lively and enriching. Come see Judson do the Evolution of Dance while you learn hear what he has to say about transitioning to college!

10 p.m.: First Night@Hiram
Kennedy Center. Come join the party in the Kennedy Center on your first night at Hiram! There will be games to play and people to meet, and the DJ will be playing your favorite summer hits to dance to! The Bistro will be open for this event, so enjoy a late night appetizer and hang out with your new friends.

Saturday, Aug. 24

6-9:15 a.m.: Breakfast
Hiram College Dining Hall

7-9:30 a.m.: Athletic practice for fall athletes
Coleman Center

* 10-11:30 a.m.:  Second Colloquium Meeting
Various locations

* 11:45 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: The 5 Dollar Holla

  • Colloquiums 1-10: Ballroom, Kennedy Center
  • Colloquiums/WSEM 11-22: Dix Dining Room, Kennedy Center

Come learn what Hiram is all about. Join the Teaching Assistants for this interactive presentation on Hiram’s mission and core values.

12:30-1:30 p.m.: Lunch
Hiram College Dining Hall

* 1-3 p.m.: Third Colloquium Meeting and Writing Diagnostic
Various locations

* 3-4 p.m.: Colloquium Group Advising

4:30 p.m.: Athletic practice for fall athletes
Coleman Center

5-8 p.m.: Dinner
Hiram College Dining Hall

6:30 p.m.: Transfer Dinner and Meeting
Dix Dining Room, Kennedy Center

* 8 p.m.: What is in your CUP? An honest talk about SEX

  • Colloquiums 1-10: Dix Dining Room, Kennedy Center
  • Colloquiums/WSEM 11-22: Ballroom, Kennedy Center

Join our engaging speakers Emilee Yormick , the Teaching Assistants and Cindy Bloom as they share important information you need to know about alcohol and sexual assault now that you are in college.

10 p.m.: Colloquium Dodge Ball

Martin Field House, Coleman Center. A new Institute tradition! Join your Colloquium/WSEM team and compete to take home the coveted title of Colloquium Dodge Ball Champs! Awards will be given to the winning team and most spirited team.

11 p.m.-2 a.m.: Sharpie Party
Kennedy Center. Get to know the Class of 2017 at the Welcome Party hosted by the Hiram College Greek Council. Enjoy music, dancing, light refreshments and more!

Sunday, Aug. 25

6-9:15 a.m.: Breakfast
Hiram College Dining Hall

7-9:30 a.m.: Athletic practice for fall athletes
Coleman Center

8:30-11 a.m.: Worship Services

  • Christian Lutheran Church of Mantua, Mantua – 11 a.m.
  • Covenant Bible Fellowship, Garrettsville – 10 a.m.
  • Faith Evangelical Free Church, Garrettsville – 11 a.m.
  • First Baptist Church, Garrettsville – 11 a.m.
  • Garrettsville United Methodist Church, Garrettsville – 10:45 a.m.
  • Hilltop Christian Church of Mantua, Mantua – 10:30 a.m.
  • Hiram Christian Church, Hiram – 10 a.m.
  • House of Prayer Church, Garrettsville – 10:30 a.m.
  • Mantua Center Christian Church, Mantua – 9:30 a.m.
  • Nelson United Methodist Church, Garrettsville – 11 a.m.
  • Portage Faith United Methodist Church, Mantua – 10 a.m.
  • St. Ambrose Catholic Church, Garrettsville – 10:30 a.m.
  • St. Joseph Catholic Church, Mantua – 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m.
  • The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Mantua – 10a.m.

11:30 a.m.-2 p.m.: Lunch
Hiram College Dining Hall

10 a.m.-11 p.m.: Choose your own fun

(Activities marked with ^ require sign-up through IMLeagues.com with Hiram account)

  • ^ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Field Station Hike, Kennedy Center. Matt Sorrick will be guiding hikes out at the Field Station; buses will be shuttling students out to the station.
  • ^ 10 a.m.-1 p.m.: Camp Hi Canoeing, Kennedy Center. Enjoy a scenic 3 mile section of the river in your canoe.
  • 11:00 a.m. and 2 p.m.: Sweet Success, Brown Fall Room (Second Floor Kennedy Center). In this informal, discussion based workshop, new students will decorate cupcakes, while exploring some of the academic and social issues they may encounter in their first year. Through real life stories written by second year Hiram students; first year students will be treated to a fun and tasty exercise in what not to do in the first year. Student academic coaches and tutors will be on hand to field questions and participants will have an opportunity to interact with SAS professional staff as well.
  • ^ 11:30 a.m.: Indians Game; meet at Kennedy Center. A bus will be traveling up to Cleveland to take students to the Indians game, Cleveland Zoo, and the Natural History Museum. You must sign up prior for this activity to save your spot. Bus leaves at 11:30 a.m. sharp, so don’t be late. Return to campus at 5:30 p.m.
  • ^ 11:30 a.m.: Cleveland Zoo; meet at Kennedy Center. 
  • ^ 11:30 a.m.: Natural History Museum; meet at Kennedy Center
  • 1 p.m.: Foreign Language Placement, Hinsdale 214, Gerstacker 124
  • 3-5 p.m.: Math Placement Exam, Hinsdale 214, Gerstacker 124. For those students who have not taken the math placement exam, this exam must be taken before you enter the fall semester.
  • ^ 1-4 p.m.: Shopping Shuttle to Aurora Outlets; meet at Kennedy Center. A shopping shuttle will be taking students to the Aurora Outlets for an afternoon of shopping.
  • 1-4 p.m.: Volleyball and Corn hole, Booth/Centennial Lawn. Hang out and play volleyball and corn hole outside.
  • ^ 2-4 p.m.: Racquetball, Coleman Center. The racquetball courts will be open for players to sign up and play.
  • 2-4 p.m.: Fitness Center Tours, Coleman Center. Learn more about the fitness center, weight rooms, and more with Ellen Dempsey Director of Athletics.
  • ^ 3:-5 p.m.: Ultimate Frisbee, Rugby Field. Teams play to be Ultimate Frisbee winners.
  • ^ 4-6 p.m.: Shopping Shuttle to Streetsboro Walmart; meet at Kennedy Center. A shopping shuttle will be taking students to Streetsboro for an afternoon of shopping at Walmart.
  • 6 p.m.: Music Interest Meeting, Frohring Music, Recital Hall. Learn about the different ways to get involved with music at Hiram.
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.: Talent Show Rehearsal, Bates Hall, Hayden Auditorium 
  • ^ 9:30-11 p.m.: Flag Football, Henry Field. Join a team when you arrive and play pick-up flag football under the lights.
  • 8 p.m.: Variety Show, Bates Hall, Hayden Auditorium. Show off your Talent! Part of the Hiram Institute tradition, new students have an opportunity to share their talents. Ask your Teaching Assistant for details.