Hiram College

Dear faculty, staff, and students,

I write to you this morning with a sense of exuberance that has been stimulated by a highly successful Homecoming Weekend, by the appointment of the five School Directors, and by the design of a new branding program – all of which signal the progress the campus is making in rolling out the New Liberal Arts.

Last weekend’s Homecoming was quite a celebration. Early in the day, runners took to the campus’ streets for the 12th annual Run for Grace and Andy. Later that morning, the Alumni Executive Board met for an important meeting. At a brunch ceremony, we held the 2018 Hollinger Hall of Fame program where we inducted six new members, including: Tom Cammett ’85, Carlton Dean III ’05, Jenny Hatfield ’00, Shana (Toth) McDonald ’06, Thomas Platt ’71, and Tim Tallbacka ’91. These former athletes joined other spectators at the four athletic events we hosted that afternoon. Our women’s volleyball team swept Denison University in a 3-0 victory. Our football and men’s soccer teams lost respectively to Allegheny College and DePauw University. But our women’s soccer team pulled out a nail-biting victory in overtime, beating DePauw for the first time in college history! It was a real treat to have four home games scheduled on that single day. Finally, well after dark, students let loose and danced the night away at the Martin Field House.

The day’s successes were made possible by the dozens of staff and student assistants who planned the events and worked at each and every one of the activities we hosted. Thank you all.

In terms of the week’s news, I have a major announcement to make. Dean Muyskens has completed her conversation and feedback process related to the selection of our inaugural School Directors. And I am thrilled to say I have accepted all of her recommendations about who should serve in these School Director roles. Along those lines please join me in sending a warm congratulations to:

  • Romeva Prcela, CPA, assistant professor of accounting, who will lead the Scarborough School of Business & Communication.
  • Christopher Ryan, MFA, associate professor of art and director, Gelbke Fine Arts Center Gallery who will take the helm of the School of Arts, Humanities & Culture.
  • Nicolas Hirsch, Ph.D., associate professor of biology, who will lead the School of Science & Technology.
  • Brad Goodner, Ph.D., professor of biology, will serve as Director of the School of Health & Medical Humanities.
  • Jennifer McCreight, Ph.D., associate professor of education, who will lead the School of Education, Civic Leadership & Social Change.

These inaugural directors will hold some of the most important leadership positions on the campus. They will work with colleagues in their respective Schools to enhance existing majors, build new ones, and communicate the value and relevance of the new curriculum to students and their parents. I am so pleased to know that the future of the New Liberal Arts is in their capable hands. For more information, please see the press release that was posted just recently.

Finally, if you wonder who has been traversing campus on Segways loaded with film equipment, it is the crew working on our new I AM HIRAM branding campaign. The professional team, directed in large part by our own Executive Director of Marketing and Communications, Kim Holm, has shot the spaces, places, and people from all kinds of angles, and I can’t wait to see the video they will produce after their several days on campus. From what I have seen so far, it will be a highly engaging, uniquely Hiram piece of 21st-century life-as-art. I will be curious to see what you all think.

Lots going on and so much of it is very good.

Your President,

President Varlotta Signature

Lori Varlotta