Dear faculty, staff, and students,
Though we have only been back to campus for a couple of weeks, we have a number of major initiatives underway. Let me highlight a few of them here.
I hope by now that you have logged on to our new website, whose upgrades were funded by Hiram trustee Lucia Swanson ’70 and her husband, Ted Levine. The site features a responsive, modern design that displays appropriately on all devices: desktops, tablets, and mobile phones. You will probably notice that this is an admissions-focused site: current and prospective students are our primary audience. As such, it drives users to pages on academic majors and minors and prompts prospective students to apply, visit, request information, and make a deposit from any section of the site. Now that the site design has been unveiled, we will begin working on the next phase of the process – updating content. Be on the lookout for further Information about this process.
In addition to the website, you may have also seen one or more of Hiram’s 26 billboards, which have popped up all over northeastern Ohio and western Pennsylvania. These billboards highlight Hiram’s 20 new three-year degree programs. In the coming weeks and months, you will also see other marketing pieces, such as a new Hiram video and the roll-out of a new tagline. These bold efforts are part of Hiram’s strategies to bolster enrollment.
Bold action is also the name of the game in Hiram Athletics. The women’s basketball team, ranked fourth in the North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) standings, recently won their 13th game of the season, setting a program record at Hiram College. Our men’s team has also garnered success as of late. While the team sits at 6-8 for the year, they have tallied five wins in their last nine games, and seven of their eight defeats have come by single digits. Hiram’s swimming and diving teams also continue to make solid strides. The men recently captured their first dual-meet victory, and the women continue to compete at high levels. Student athletes are among the most dedicated and successful leaders on campus. I urge you to come out and cheer them on. Team schedules can be found at http://www.hiramterriers.com/.
In addition to athletic success, the Department of Athletics should be commended for the leadership it modeled this week when it partnered with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the NCAC in hosting “Coming Together as One – A Community Dialogue.” This three-hour event, held on the Martin Luther King holiday, was attended by nearly 300 students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. It was designed to facilitate an open dialogue and discussion regarding race and diversity, and it did exactly that. Thank you to all who coordinated the event and all who took the time to participate in it. Further information about the event, including photos, can be found here.
This timely discussion is one of many ways that Hiram brings us together to share our own experience and listen to and reflect on the stories of others. As we go about that important work, I hope we convey what many of us love about this gem of a place. Hiram really is a home for curious minds and passionate spirits.