Dear faculty, staff and students,
By the time you read this, the academic year will be technically “in the books” and many of you will have already shifted your thinking to summer activities. As I sit in the Kennedy Center this Wednesday afternoon and write this year’s last regularly scheduled note to campus (summer updates will come out as needed), I am feeling very good about the year we had and the one we will start planning for in very short order. For those of you who will leave for a while this summer, I hope you step away from campus with a sense of accomplishment of what we have individually and collectively achieved this year, and a sense of empowerment at being involved in many critical decisions.
It is in that spirt of “you-done-good” that I look forward to this weekend’s Commencement (my first on Hiram’s campus). I want to convey my sincere congratulations and good wishes to all students graduating on Saturday as this will be one of the most important ceremonies of your life. And speaking of the ceremony itself, I know that many of you, like me, were wishing for a beautiful day for an outdoor ceremony. Unfortunately, this volatile Northeast Ohio weather does not look promising enough for us to plan to be outside. Therefore, a committee of us met and decided to move the festivities inside to the Paul Martin Fieldhouse. If you have questions about Commencement, please visit the Commencement web page at http://www.hiram.edu/commencement.
I will end this note by informing everyone that I have worked with Senior Cabinet and the Human Resource Office to approve “summer hours.” Staff members who are on campus this summer will enjoy an abbreviated work day between June 22 – July 31. At that time, campus work hours will be adjusted to 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (30-minute lunch) in an effort to get you home in time to enjoy the sunshine. Everyone has been working diligently all year long, and it is a simple, but real, gesture we can make to say “thank you.”
I wish you all a safe and happy summer and look forward to a happy and productive 2015-16 academic year!
Lori E. Varlotta