Dear faculty, staff and students,
During the last couple of weeks – punctuated by brief bursts of spring-like weather and thundering cheers from athletic spectators – I have been reveling in the spirit of community that has been palpable and visible around campus.
As a supporter and fan of athletics, I am immensely proud that both our men’s and women’s basketball teams made it to NCAC tournament quarterfinals and that our men’s team is traveling to Ohio Wesleyan University to play Wooster this Friday in the semifinals. As the president, it gives me even greater pride to know that our thriving athletics program is merely one manifestation of school spirit; at Hiram, our sense of community is fueled by any number of activities, events and relationships.
As we gear up for spring – a time of reawakening and rejuvenation (and one of the best times of the year to literally get out and about) – I want us all to work together to build a stronger Hiram College community and to become even more engaged on campus. In that spirit, I challenge you to eat in the Bistro or the Dining Hall with someone you don’t know very well, to spend some time doing something fun outside, to convene a study group in the Library, to work out in the Coleman Center or to take advantage of some upcoming events that include the following:
- Tonight, 5-7 p.m., Dix Dining Hall – Be a part of the long Bread and Soup tradition that provides you an opportunity to help feed the hungry. By eating a simple meal with fellow students, faculty, staff and community members, you make a small financial contribution that supports those who go hungry in and around our community.
- Tonight, 4:30 p.m., Dining Hall – Cheer on the contestants in the AVI Hiram Platinum Chef Competition.
- Friday, Feb. 26 and Saturday, Feb. 27, 7:30-9 p.m., Frohring Performing Arts Hall – Attend “The Vagina Monologues,” and have the proceeds from your ticket support a local health and wellness program.
- Saturday, Feb. 27, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Pritchard Room of the Library – Stop by the biomedical humanities poster presentations to see and hear how graduating seniors are presenting their research.
- Tuesday, March 1, 8-11 p.m., Library Instruction Room – Get the primary election scoop from an expert, Professor Doug Brattebo, who is leading the lecture and primary watch party. Talk about the Super Tuesday primary returns in real time.
- Wednesday, March 2, 4 p.m. (men’s) and 7 p.m. (women’s), Soccer Field – Cheer on our men’s and women’s lacrosse teams as they host their first home games of the year against Theil College and Muskingum University.
- Thursday, March 3, 4-5:30 p.m., Hayden Auditorium, Bates Hall – Root for (or against) your favorite staff member as they compete in Minute to Win It games.
As we spring into spring, go explore campus, check out activities that you have never tried before, make a new friend, and remember that Hiram is the exact type of place where you can take a risk and do something you never imagined doing. The next time I say hi to you on campus, please let me know what new things you tried. Happy exploring and happy connecting.