Hiram College

Dear students, staff, and faculty,

I know that the frigid temperatures played havoc on your schedules and plans last week, but I hope there was some good to come of the two days when most of us stayed bundled up inside. For those who were outside working on our behalf to keep the roads and walkways clear; to prepare, cook, and serve our meals; and to do rounds in the buildings and residence halls, please know that we are grateful for the work you do, especially when the weather and the circumstances are so inhospitable.

Now that we can peel off the layers and brave the more reasonable winter temperatures, I would like to call your attention to several interesting programs that you might consider checking out or learning more about.

You can get your art and music fix by walking down to Gelbke to view an art exhibit and/or hopping on a van to visit Baldwin Wallace for a night of opera. In terms of the first program, Hiram is displaying works from a Cleveland-based artist, Greg Martin, whose current exhibit focuses on “16 years exploring the possibilities of historic collodion photography.” The walk down the hill is a very pleasant one, and the walk through the gallery will be highly stimulating as you see how Martin’s work reflects contemporary and abstract explorations of the collodion chemistry. His exhibit is displayed Monday through Friday, 10:00 am until 5:00 pm throughout the month of February.

On Sunday, February 10 at 4:00 pm, Professor Dawn Sonntag’s Coal Creek opera will be performed by a number of Hiram students and alumni. Consider taking the van out to Kundus Hall at Baldwin Wallace Conservatory to support Professor Sonntag and Hiram students Erin Felvus, Julia Goetz, Nick Krasnoschlick, Erica Lohan, Jayden Miller, Paul Muehlhausen, Sarah Mellinger, Ryan Mount, and Abigail Stevenson. Hiram alumnae and graduate music students Lydia Snyder and Sydney Shawgo and Hiram voice faculty instructor Kyle Kelvington are also performing. What an extraordinary effort this has been. Congratulations to all.

Since diversity is valued in all of its forms at Hiram, I am pleased to report that the efforts of another instructor and group of students are also making their mark at the College. Thanks to the startup efforts of Michael Waddell, Hiram students can now participate in the newly formed pep band in a class that students can take for credit (or not). With only one full semester of pep band under his belt, he has tripled the number of students involved, and if you would like to learn more about joining the band, please email Michael at WaddellMK@hiram.edu. This spring, the new pep band boasts full instrumentation: brass, woodwinds, and percussion. In addition to the pep band, Michael is also conducting the wind ensemble that currently includes 30 students and community members. Again, the opportunity to join awaits the wind musicians who are out there!

Finally, I want to send a shout out to our new Cheer and STUNT coach, Samantha Campbell, and the 21 women who constitute the new team. For those not in the know, STUNT is one of fastest growing female sports in the U.S. Athletes in this sport are required to demonstrate competence in the technical and athletic components of cheer: stunts, pyramids, group jumps, and tumbling. Our year-one Hiram team dominated the competition on Sunday, beating both the team from Olivet College (MI) and Tiffin University (OH). At this point in the season, the young team has logged in a win record of over .500; what an exciting way to launch a new program! Be sure to support Cheer and STUNT as they perform at an upcoming volleyball game later this semester.

If any of you are bored on these chilly Northeast Ohio days, you likely haven’t gotten out of your comfort zone to take advantage of the unique activities that Hiram College is pleased and proud to offer you. Try something new this winter; chances are you will find something you really enjoy.


Your President,

President Varlotta Signature

Lori Varlotta