Hiram College

Dear students, staff, and faculty,

Our 12+3 schedule sure makes the semester fly by, doesn’t it? It’s hard to believe that we enter the sixth week of the term in a few days, which means that midterms are right upon us. This time of the semester can be a bit stressful for students who are preparing for exams and papers and faculty who are hunkering down to grade them. Luckily for all who are reading this week’s note, you will be pleasantly reminded of the wonderful activities and programs that members of the community have planned so that the next week is about whole lot more than midterms.

If you need to decompress in fun ways this weekend, several students and staff have worked hard to provide some cool options just for you. There are few better ways to clear your head and center your energy than getting out into the great outdoors and doing something healthy for your mind, body, and spirit. The 13th Annual Run for Grace and Andy fits that bill in every way. Online registration is open until 4:00 pm today and last-minute runners can register the morning of the race—this Saturday at 9:00 am. Perhaps the second best way to let off some steam or pent-up stress is to laugh it off. Those who want to experience some good, old-fashioned deep belly laughs should pick up their free ticket at the KC Welcome Center for Saturday night’s “Something Dada Improv Comedy Show” at the Renner Theater. There are showings at 7:30 pm and 9:30 pm. Thanks to our friends in Campus Involvement who planned this special gig for us.

The special activities continue next week. On Monday, the Howard Seymour Bissell and Robert Kenyon Bissell Symposium presents a lecture, performance, and open mic by activist and hip-hop artist Xiuhtezcatl Martinez. The free event starts at 7:30 pm in Hayden Auditorium. On Tuesday in the Brown Fall Room at 5:45 pm, we are honored have guest lecturer Professor Motoi Katsumata here from Meisei University, Tokyo to (re)interpret one of Japan’s most traditional fairy tales.

Activities like these fuel the “integrative learning” that is a key feature of Hiram’s New Liberal Arts education. As part of our commitment to integrative learning, we offer diverse types of classroom and out-of-classroom learning opportunities that bring faculty, staff, and students together to participate in an experience or program where a scholar, artist, leader, or colleague presents information and shares their perspective on a timely or enduring topic. Ideally, the program connects you to various Hiram community members and prompts you to reflect on and integrate the perspectives shared that day with other ideas, theories, or experiences to which you have been introduced.

So…if you are not taking advantage of the fun, healthy, and educational events at Hiram, then you simply aren’t availing yourself to the wonderful co-curricular programs that augment the top-notch classes you are taking. Hiram faculty and staff know there are no boundaries to integrative learning. Challenge yourself to learn as much as you can while you are in the classroom, when you are enjoying the great outdoors, and when you are sitting in an audience watching a performance you knew nothing about before walking into the auditorium. How lucky we are to be at Hiram. Take advantage of all the New Liberal Arts has to offer during this fall midterm period and throughout the entire year.

Your president,

President Varlotta Signature

Lori Varlotta