Hiram College understands that active, engaged minds require healthy bodies, healthy lifestyles and a healthy environment. The Hiram Health initiative is focused on two areas: expanding health-related majors and minors and promoting the physical and psychological well-being of all students.
Healthy lifestyles welcomed here
There are a number of ways to embody a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle, and many of them are easy to do at Hiram. The distraction-free, close-knit environment makes it easier for students to develop healthy habits.
Active minds are strengthened by healthy bodies. Outside the classroom, students have myriad opportunities to engage in mental, physical, social, spiritual and environmental wellness activities at Hiram College:
- 15 NCAA Division III athletics teams
- Health and wellness fairs, workshops and activities
- A campus chapter of Active Minds (aligned with national nonprofit’s mission of encouraging an open discussion on mental health issues) coordinates annual events
- Walking trails and wildlife preservation activities at the James H. Barrow Biological Field Station
- Sustainable practices are explained and on display at the eco-friendly TREE House
- Use of the Les and Kathy Coleman Sports, Recreation and Fitness Center is available to the campus community
- Theater and art-related opportunities are open to students from all majors
- Healthy eating options such as those at the Stone Soup Co-Op
New programs focus on health and science
The launch of a new integrative exercise science major, a natural history minor and men’s volleyball are three new options students can pursue in their quest for well-rounded, healthy lives.
Integrative Exercise Science
The new integrative exercise science major allows students to study human movement and physiology, and apply their knowledge to help individuals live better and healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation and nutrition. Students in the program will complete a tract in sports health, human performance or sport and fitness management. The curriculum will prepare them for their chosen career, whether it is physical therapy, athletic training, coaching or another life science field.
“In addition to detailed studies of anatomy and bio-mechanics, the new major infuses literature and arts to teach bioethics and the human condition, as found in our biomedical humanities program. The end goal is to produce highly competent health professionals ready to serve their patients and clients from both knowledge- and compassion-based perspectives,” says Sandra Madar, Ph.D., professor of biology and biomedical humanities.
Natural History Minor
The launch of the natural history minor will also give Hiram students new and unique opportunities. The minor, one of the only programs of its kind available east of the Mississippi River, will give students the tools to interpret the natural world through courses that focus on individual organisms and courses that examine ecosystems on a larger scale.
The natural history minor is interactive and hands-on. It’s built from courses that provide real-life experience at the Field Station and that run through study away trips. The program also includes workshops aimed at helping students build their resumes.
Hiram College has a rich tradition of athletics, highlighted in recent years by the successes of its women’s volleyball program. A new and complementary varsity sport will be added in 2017 to become the College’s 15th varsity sport.
The men’s volleyball program will begin as a club sport in 2016-17, battling teams from all around the region, and will see its first year of varsity play in 2017-18. Hiram will become just the third program in Division III men’s volleyball in the state of Ohio and the fourth overall men’s volleyball team in the state. Mount Saint Joseph and Wittenberg both compete at the Division III level and Ohio State plays at the Division I level.
The sport of men’s volleyball has seen tremendous growth in recent years, especially at the high school level. The Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association has seen the sport split into two divisions, with more than 80 high schools around the state sponsoring men’s volleyball.