Sugar Day

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A day of Scholarship, Reflection, and Celebration

Organized by the Office of Scholarly Endeavors, this year’s Sugar Day will take place on April 4, 2024!

Sugar Day, at its heart, is a day to celebrate and showcase the scholarly work and experiential learning of students and professors. Sugar Day’s primary events include poster sessions and oral presentations. Guided hikes, musical and theatre performances, and a conference social are also included in the days’ festivities. 

Additional Information

2024 Sugar Day Schedule

Conference Check-In
1-7 p.m., Kennedy Center
Career and Community Outreach

Death Cafe
5-7 p.m., Dix Dining Room
Emily Waples, Biomedical Humanities

An Evening of Hiram Writers
7 p.m., Pritchard Room
Kirsten Parkinson, Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature

Wind Ensemble
7:30 p.m., Frohring
Isaac Winland, Music

Conference Check-In
8 a.m. to Noon, Kennedy Center
Career and Community Outreach

Chemistry & Biochemistry Capstones
8-9:45 a.m., Pritchard Room
Steven P. Romberger, Chemistry & Biochemistry

Physics Capstones
10:45-11:45 a.m., Pritchard Room
Mark Taylor, Physics

Educational Studies Capstones
8:30-10:30 a.m., Koritansky
Kelly NewVine, Education

Scarborough School of Business & Communication Experiential Learning Presentations
8:15-10:15 a.m., East Hall
Andrew White, Scarborough School of Business & Communication

Psychology Capstones
10:15-10:45 a.m., East Hall
Michelle Nario-Redmond, Psychology

Biology APEX Seminars
9:45-10:45 a.m., Gerstacker 123
Nick Hirsch, Biology

Sugar Day ePoster and Pitch
11 a.m. to 12 p.m., Hayden Auditorium
Courtney A. Mauck, First-Year Program

Free Campus-Wide Maple Themed Lunch
11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Dining Hall
Please use a meal swipe if you have one.

Biomedical Humanities Capstones
1-3 p.m., Pritchard Room
Emily Waples, Biomedical Humanities

Environmental Studies Capstone
1-3 p.m., East Hall Forum
Debbie Kasper, Environmental Studies

Poster Session & Student Art Show
3-4 p.m., Gelbke
Programs Represented:  Art & Design; Biochemistry; Biology; Chemistry; Communication; Computer Science; Crime, Law, & Justice; English; Management; Marketing; Nursing; Psychology; Sociology; Supply Chain Management

Theatre Performance“On The Verge, or the Geography of Yearning”
4:30-6:30 p.m., Renner Theatre
Elizabeth Bauman & Brittany Jackson, Director Theatre

Sugar Day Social – All-Campus Networking Event
5:30-7:30 p.m., Kennedy Center
Please RSVP

Choir and Jazz Ensemble Concert
7:30 p.m., Frohring Music Hall
Issac Winland, Music

presentation Information

Register to Present

If you are presenting, please complete the abstract submission form and send the completed template to (thank you to Career and Academic Development for collecting these!).  Your submitted abstract will function as your conference registration.  Please be sure to carefully follow the directions found on the abstract submission form – it will save us, the organizers, a lot of time and will make sure your abstracts are recorded more faithfully. 

Also note, submissions will NOT be edited for grammar, etc. – given the wide variety of disciplinary writing conventions, this would be an impossible task (indeed, disciplinary conventions are the reason for using a Word template instead of an online form).  Thus, accepted submissions will be published as submitted.  Abstracts are due Friday, March 15.  Please reach out to the faculty member advising you on this project or to Dr. Steven Romberger for a copy of the abstract submission form.

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Poster Presentations

For poster presentations, please reach out to the faculty member advising you on this project for a poster template you can use.  Your disciplinary/departmental conventions for a poster should guide your poster design – the only requirements are to not exceed 48 inches wide and 36 inches tall and please leave a small margin.  Note that the Office of Scholarly Endeavors will cover the cost of poster printing. 

Posters are due to the Service Center by Thursday, March 28, 2024 to ensure that the Service Center has enough time to print all the posters; we cannot guarantee that all posters will be printed if they are not submitted by the dead line.  For posters submitted by the deadline, the Office of Scholarly Endeavors will cover the printing cost.  Finally, please note that you are responsible for submitting and retrieving your poster from the Service Center and for hanging your poster during the Sugar Day Poster Session.

Sugar Day History

Sugar Day continues to be one of the oldest campus traditions, though it has been celebrated in many forms since its founding. The first Sugar Day was held in the 1850s when Hiram Village resident Alvah Udall invited students and faculty from Hiram College to his camp for a sugar stir – a necessary step in transforming maple sap into maple syrup. Well-received, the “Day of Running Sap” was repeated year after year with added excitement and celebrations, like tug-of-war competitions, potato sack races, and baseball games featuring students and faculty. 

It became a tradition, first sponsored by faculty, and later by an ominous group of senior students known as the Student Senate On Campus Activities Committee. Sugar Day never fell on the same day and few students were “in the know” about the event each year, as it was of great importance to keep the date a secret. The seniors took it so far as tricking other Hiram students and faculty from knowing the event date. According to a 1966 Advance newspaper article, it was believed to be the “most tightly guarded secret in the history of Hiram College.” Once the date was revealed, any scheduled test on the impromptu Sugar Day was postponed. “One year, the senior class even had Sugar Day fliers drop over Hiram by plane,” said Ian Johnson, an integrated language arts major and presenter at a Sugar Day poster session who studied Sugar Day history. 

Throughout the years, the tradition of Sugar Day has transformed, from demonstrations of community and service to a day of scholarship to showcase student presentations and academia. 

Past Sugar Day Photos