After 10 years of service, Eric Riedel, Vice President and Dean of Students, is being honored by the student body with an endowment in his name. “The Dean of Students Discretionary Student Activities Endowed Fund” was announced at the April 1 Student Senate meeting.
Riedel knew the endowment was being created, but what he didn’t know was that it was being created in his honor. He was thankful and surprised when the students announced that the endowment would be in his honor.
William Applebee ’14, “Funding You” Board member, said that earlier in the year, the Student Activities “Funding You” Board was informed that a $106,000 sum had been discovered and would be added to their yearly budget. The board wanted to avoid spending the money frivolously on one-time events and decided to donate $25,000, on behalf of the student body, to create the endowment.
“We wanted to build something that would last longer than the next four years or decade,” said Shane Young ’14, former Student Body and Student Senate President. “We built this endowment with students in mind. Not just students from the Class of 2014-2017, but for the Class of 2022 and beyond.”
The purpose of the endowment is to promote student activities.
“We chose to honor Eric because he is adviser to the Student Senate, and he is deeply tied to the students on this campus and to the activities made available for students,” Applebee said. “This endowment will keep Eric’s name as a living part of Hiram College for many years to come.”
“There was no more obvious choice of whom to honor other than Eric himself,” Young added. “Despite his position amongst the senior staff, Eric has consistently maintained a connection to students at Hiram College to such a degree that they recognize him on campus and feel comfortable talking to him.”
The current name of the endowment will be changed to “Eric R. Riedel Discretionary Student Activities Endowment Fund” to reflect the honoring of Riedel, and is now open for donations.
There will be a Retirement Reception from 4-6 p.m. on April 23, 2014 in the Kennedy Center to honor Riedel and two other Hiram employees, Kathryn Craig, Director, Career and Academic Development and Peg Minard, Administrative Assistant, Campus Safety. All three retiring staff members have made a tremendous impact on student life at Hiram College.