Hiram College

Tech and Trek™ Launch Celebration

Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017

Tech and Trek™ Launch Celebration

Be Part of Hiram’s History

Sunday, August 27, 2017

To celebrate our new Tech and Trek™ program, Hiram students will engage in a full day of informative and fun activities. This is a mandatory event for all Hiram students.


9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Kennedy Center

In the morning, all returning Hiram students will go to the Kennedy Center to pick up their new equipment including the iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, keyboard, and high-tech Vasque hiking boots. Students will be assigned to groups at Check-In on Saturday, August 26, 2017.

Apple iPad Device Bundles for Returning Students

Time Group
9 – 9:30 a.m. All Returning Freshmen
Returning Sophomores  – Last names A-L
9:30 – 10 a.m. Returning Sophomores – Last names – M-Z
Returning Juniors – Last names A-Bo
10 – 10:30 a.m. Returning Juniors – last names Br – Ra
10:30 – 11 a.m. Returning Juniors – last names Re – Z
Returning Seniors – last names A – H
11 – 11:30 a.m. Returning Seniors – last names I – Z
11:30 a.m. – noon Commuters – last names A – P
12:00 – 12:30 p.m. Commuters – last names R – Z

Vasque Hiking Boots for All Students

Time Group
9 – 9:40 a.m. Residential Seniors
9:40 – 10:20 a.m. Residential New Students
10:20 – 11 a.m. Residential Sophomores
11 – 11:40 a.m. Residential Juniors
11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. All Commuters


1 p.m. in Hayden Auditorium

Put your boots on and trek to locations across campus to learn how your iPad Pro will help you capture, connect, and reflect on the types of feelings, images, and experiences that will change your world.

The campus trek begins at 1 p.m. with the official kickoff event at Hayden Auditorium where President Lori Varlotta, Ph.D., will welcome students and introduce Dean Scarborough ’77 and his spouse, Janice Bini, who provided the gift funding the Tech and Trek™ program. Aaron Archer, former Hasbro lead designer on the Transformers brand, will join the celebration with a demonstration on using creative technology to “Transform the Terrier.” Afterward, get ready to Trek to the Learning Stations!

* Students will be given their launch event rotation (color) group assignments at the conclusion of the kick-off event.

iPad Bling and Social Media Training

Teachout Price, Colton 103, and Gerstacker 123

Personalize your iPad Pro with free bling and learn how to access social media – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram – and start populating those formats with your photos from the day.

Time  Teachout Price  Colton 203  Gerstacker 123
1:40-2:10 p.m. Red 1 Red 2 Red 3
2:20-2:50 p.m. Blue 1 Blue 2 Blue 3
3:00-3:30 p.m. Green 1 Green 2 Green 3
3:40-4:10 p.m. Yellow 1 Yellow 2 Yellow 3
4:20-4:50 p.m. Orange 1 Orange 2 Orange 3

Tech and Trek™ Experience

Library Main Floor, Pritchard, and Library Instruction Room (Third Floor)

Join Matthew McKenna, Hiram’s Director of Learning Technologies, along with other Hiram faculty members, who will be on hand to introduce the Tech and Trek™ experience. You’ll also have an opportunity to see the new Tech and Trek™ Center on the Library’s main floor.

Time Library Main Pritchard Library Instruction Room
1:40-2:10 p.m. Orange 1 Orange 2 Orange 3
2:20-2:50 p.m. Red 1 Red 2 Red 3
3:00-3:30 p.m. Blue 1 Blue 2 Blue 3
3:40-4:10 p.m. Green 1 Green 2 Green 3
4:20-4:50 p.m. Yellow 1 Yellow 2 Yellow 3

The Official Campus Trek

Martin Common, Gerstacker Arch, and Teachout Steps

Administrators, faculty, and staff will join all Hiram students for a celebratory trek around the Hiram College campus. Enjoy the fresh air and the opportunity to view the breathtaking beauty of our historic campus while being reminded of the importance of taking a break from technology.

Time Martin Common Gerstacker Arch Teachout Steps
1:40-2:10 p.m. Yellow 1 Yellow 2 Yellow 3
2:20-2:50 p.m. Orange 1 Orange 2 Orange 3
3:00-3:30 p.m. Red 1 Red 2 Red 3
3:40-4:10 p.m. Blue 1 Blue 2 Blue 3
4:20-4:50 p.m. Green 1 Green 2 Green 3

Transforming the Terrier

Hayden – 3 Groups

Aaron Archer, noted for designing the popular Transformer® toy brand and being creative lead on Transformer movies, video games, animated features, and theme park rides, will lead students in a discussion about creativity using Apple programs. This interactive session will generate ideas for “Transforming” our own Hiram Terrier.

Time Hayden 1 Hayden 2 Hayden 3
1:40-2:10 p.m. Green 1 Green 2 Green 3
2:20-2:50 p.m. Yellow 1 Yellow 2 Yellow 3
3:00-3:30 p.m. Orange 1 Orange 2 Orange 3
3:40-4:10 p.m. Red 1 Red 2 Red 3
4:20-4:50 p.m. Blue 1 Blue 2 Blue 3

Mindfulness Discussion

Campus Green – 3 Groups

Join Brad Goodner, Ph.D., Professor of Biology, and other Hiram faculty who will lead students in a mindfulness discussion.

Time Campus Green 1 Campus Green 2 Campus Green 3
1:40-2:10 p.m. Blue 1 Blue 2 Blue 3
2:20-2:50 p.m. Green 1 Green 2 Green 3
3:00-3:30 p.m. Yellow 1 Yellow 2 Yellow 3
3:40-4:10 p.m. Orange 1 Orange 2 Orange 3
4:20-4:50 p.m. Red 1 Red 2 Red 3


5 p.m. at Henry Field

Join the campus-wide celebration at Henry Field! Enjoy music, outdoor games, other fun activities, and a cookout! Be a part of history as we take drone photos of our campus community on the football field with our new mobile technology. Take your own photos at the Tech and Trek™ photo booth.


  • Returning Residential Student Check-in on Saturday, August 26, 2017 between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the Alumni Heritage Room of Teachout Price Hall.
  • The Tech and Trek™ Launch celebration on Sunday, August 27, 2017
    • Apple distribution and boot pick up in the morning at the Kennedy Center
    • Launch event starting at 1 p.m.
    • The celebration will start at 5 p.m.