Dear faculty, staff and students,
Congratulations on completing another 12-Week term. I hope some of you will get a short respite before we start our final sprint to the end. Like most of you, I have done my fair share of sprinting these last two weeks. All of this running around has gotten me out and about in communities with which we need to be connected.
A couple of weeks ago, Vice President of Enrollment Lindajean Heller Western and I drove over to North Ridgeville, Ohio where Trustee Don Kaatz introduced us to the leadership team at Lake Ridge Academy. During a productive working lunch, campus tour and afternoon conversation, we brainstormed with colleagues there about how we can strengthen the relationship between Hiram, Lake Ridge and other independent high schools in the region.
During a two-day trip to Pittsburgh earlier this week, Trustee Bill Recker served as host and tour guide to independent high schools throughout the Greater Pittsburgh area. We expect to take additional trips with Trustees to other area schools before the semester ends. Leveraging the connections that Trustees and other friends of the College have is a key component to our enrollment plan.
In addition to my recent meetings with high school officials, I have also had the good fortune of meeting many other area leaders this week. On Saturday for example, I served as the keynote speaker at the Kent Ohio Women’s League of Voters ninth annual Conversations with Women in Public Service. Talk about a group of smart and inspiring women…they kept me on my toes for the one-hour presentation. Following that event, I made the short drive to the Kent American Legion Hall to join the Portage County Environmental Conservation Awards banquet . I was very proud that the Hiram College TREE House received an award for its focus on sustainability at this important event.
Thanks to local media coverage, I was also able to make appearances around town via various venues. The Cleveland Plain Dealer published an op-ed I authored a couple weeks ago (read it here). On Tuesday, I served as a panelist on 90.3 WCPN for “The Sound of Ideas” hosted by Mike McIntyre. (listen here). And tomorrow, I will be interviewed by Ray Horner on the “Ray Horner Morning Show” on Akron radio 1590 WAKR. None of these appearances are about me, Lori Varlotta; instead, they are all about getting out the good word of Hiram College, and as the president, I am pleased to share the Hiram story!
As we head into the weekend, I am getting more and more excited about Inauguration next week. This, too, will be an event about Hiram College as a whole. As we have all worked extremely hard this year, please join me next Friday to celebrate just how far we have come in eight months.