Dear students, faculty, and staff,
Over the past several days, I have had a certain phrase front of mind that I feel is particularly apt at this moment: “It takes a village.” Over the course of the weekend and the days since, I have seen the Hiram community come together in extraordinary ways to support each other, listen to one another, and simply be there for those who need it. I want to start my message this week by thanking each of you for being a member of a community that helps one another.
Speaking of community, you will soon see the campus abuzz with excitement and energy as alumni and friends will be arriving on campus for this year’s Homecoming. It’s always wonderful to see alumni reuniting with classmates, rooting for the Terriers, and reminiscing about their days spent on this campus. The weekend events will kick off Friday evening at the Dining Hall with Hiram Spirit Night. And on Saturday, bring that Terrier spirit to the lower campus near East Hall to join fellow classmates, potential future Hiram students, alumni, and friends for a tailgate before the afternoon athletic events. In addition to the football game against Ohio Wesleyan’s Battling Bishops at 1:00 pm, our women’s volleyball, men’s basketball, and men’s and women’s soccer teams will be competing at home as well. The schedule for all athletic events is available online. Once all the food at the tailgate is gone and our voices are hoarse from cheering on our teams, students will have a wonderful night in the Kennedy Center at the Spooktacular Homecoming Party, complete with laser tag, miniature golf, and escape rooms. All details for Homecoming events are available online.
For those alumni coming to campus for Homecoming, I hope you find a moment during the weekend to introduce yourself to a current student. Chatting with a student on campus today is a great way to build our community even more, and I am certain that our students would love to hear about your journey at and after Hiram.
I’m also glad to report that two members of our community recently received some exciting news. During our fall Board of Trustees meeting, trustees unanimously approved the awarding of tenure and the promotion to associate professor to Dr. Cathy Erbes and Dr. Steven Romberger, both in the School of Science & Technology. As many of you already know, these professors are highly regarded by their students and their colleagues as engaging, creative, and reflective in and out of the classroom. I hope you will congratulate both of them when you see them.
Finally, I want to conclude with a reminder for us all that, should you feel the need to speak to someone, please access any of the resources Dr. Liz Okuma and I have mentioned in recent notes to campus.
I hope you take the time this weekend to enjoy the company of your peers and to meet a few new friends. This is the perfect weekend to step outside for some fresh air and to enjoy the fall sunshine. Take a walk, bring some friends with you, and check out the Friday night corn-hole tournament or the Saturday tailgate. I hope to see you there.