HIRAM THE MAGAZINE FOR ALUMNI AND FRIENDS OF HIRAM COLLEGE • SPRING 2016
Connect and Health:
Hiram’s building blocks
president'sletter DEAR FRIENDS, The older I get, the more I come to appreciate the seasons that mark human and institutional life alike. I have been honored to work with many of you, ushering in the seasonal change at Hiram College. One of the biggest changes afoot right now is an increasingly robust shared governance process that is helping us launch academic differentiators such as Hiram Connect and Hiram Health that set us apart from peer institutions. Hiram Connect takes experiential learning to the next level in a “Hiram-über” type of way. At Hiram we not only hope that students will participate in an internship, study abroad or guided research experience, but we guarantee that they will undertake a meaningful experiential activity and connect it to classroom learning. These connections are strengthened as students are taught how to purposely reflect on what they are thinking and doing at that very instance. Being more “mindful” in their college journey not only helps students learn more deeply in the classroom, it helps them imagine and chart a future where careers are aligned with callings. Another initiative – Hiram Health – similarly promotes reflection, encouraging students to think about how living a healthy lifestyle and/or pursuing health-related majors impacts their career and life. The academic majors associated with Hiram Health, such as nursing, biomedical humanities, psychology, and our newest program in integrative exercise science, are rooted in both a liberal arts core and scientific and technical offerings. Aspiring health care providers from all of these fields are educated to become compassionate caregivers who promote and deliver holistic care. Hiram Connect and Hiram Health are just two of many programs that simultaneously address the academic interests of today’s students and the growing workforce needs of our nation. Years from now, I am sure future presidents will hear (just as I do now when I meet with alumni and friends throughout the country) story after story about how stellar programs like these shaped the lives of our graduates. Hiram College graduates live and embody the liberal arts. It feels great to be part of a tradition whose roots get stronger and longer with each generation. Dr. Lori E. Varlotta President
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The Hiram College campus enjoys the beauty of all four distinct seasons.
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From the Hill Season of Giving Continues
Hiram College Ranks Nationally
Giving can be contagious and Hiram College is pleased to announce recent gifts of more than $3 million to support scholarships and new campus programs.
Washington Monthly, for the third year in a row, named Hiram a “Best Bang for the Buck,” recognizing the College’s success in graduating students who go on to earn enough to pay off their student loans, high graduation rates and good value for “net” price. The publication also named Hiram one the best liberal arts colleges in the nation based on social mobility (graduating low income students), research and service. Princeton Review named Hiram among the “Best in the Midwest,” praising the inclusive campus culture, small class sizes and mentoring relationships with faculty. Forbes, which ranks colleges based on student satisfaction, postgraduate success, student debt and graduation rates, named Hiram one of America’s Top Colleges 2015. U.S. News & World Report named Hiram one of the top national liberal arts colleges, based on undergraduate academic reputation, retention, faculty resources, selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving rate. Hiram was selected to be a member of Phi Theta Kappa transfer honor roll, recognizing excellence in the creation of community college transfer pathways.
Field Station Lands Protected More than 220 acres at the James H. Barrow Field Station were recently protected by a conservation easement from the Ohio EPA Division of Environmental and Financial Assistance Water Resource Restoration Sponsorship Program as initiated by the Western Reserve Land Conservancy. This easement will protect a significant stretch of Silver Creek that runs on the property, one of only four cold water streams within the Mahoning River Watershed. Located just three miles from campus, the 545-acre field station has been described as one of Ohio’s most spectacular classrooms, enriching and inspiring students of all majors as well as members of the public.
Bill Belichick donation honors parents’ legacies at Hiram College A familiar family name to football fans lives on at Hiram College through gifts from New England Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick that honor his parents, Jeannette Munn Belichick ’42 and Steve Belichick. Steve and Jeannette, both Northeast Ohio natives, met at Hiram College during the 1940s, while he was head football, basketball and track coach, and she taught Spanish and French. The gift, in three parts, honors the areas of campus life upon which the couple made a lasting impact, establishing: • the Coach Steve Belichick Olympic Training Center, naming the facility in the Les and Kathy Coleman Sports, Recreation and Fitness Center. • the Jeannette Munn Belichick ’42 Reading Room, naming the space on the first floor of the Hiram College Library. • the Jeannette Munn Belichick ’42 Endowed Fund, which will provide support for the Hiram College Library in purchasing books and other resources related to foreign languages. In addition to providing support to library resources, the endowed fund supports the curricular needs of the Center for Global Interaction, one of Hiram’s Centers of Distinction, and study away programs.
Hiram Community Celebrates Hayden Renovations
$2 Million Endowed Gift A generous gift of $2 million to Hiram College will help both current and future Hiram students turn their dreams into degrees.
Hiram College’s Warren S. Hayden Auditorium received a fresh set of renovations for the 2015-16 academic year.
The endowed funds, granted by an anonymous donor and earmarked for student scholarships, were given in honor of Galen J. Roush, a 1915 alumnus of Hiram College and founder of Roadway Express, formerly headquartered in Akron, Ohio. The gift will allow Hiram College to offer scholarships to students who need financial assistance in rounding out their overall financial aid package.
Built in 1935 and last renovated in 1975, the 80-year-old auditorium located in Bates Hall began undergoing a transformation in spring 2015. Renovations included new seating for 511, including wheelchair-accessible seating, a new thrust stage and extensive repairs to the roof of Bates Hall including new gutters.
$1 Millon Unrestricted Gift A generous gift from Dean Scarborough ‘77 and Janice Bini of Pasadena, California will be used to fund a variety of projects specifically related to Hiram Health. The Hiram Health initiative is focused on expanding health-related majors and minors as part of its academic offerings and promoting the physical and psychological well-being of all student as part of an enhanced co-curricular program. Through Hiram Health, the College hopes to be seen as a destination campus for aspiring health professionals—the place to go for students who sense a calling to be a special kind of health care professional—one who challenges the status quo and seeks to serve and lead within a gentler, kinder, but highly skilled health care industry. Projects to be supported by this new gift include: the creation of a new major in integrative exercise science; the launch of men’s volleyball as an intercollegiate sport; and additional faculty support for the College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing program. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Scarborough serves as chairman and chief executive officer of Avery Dennison Corporation and has been with the company since 1983. Scarborough graduated from Hiram College in 1977 with a Bachelor of Arts degree, and earned a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business in 1979. He is a member of the Hiram College Board of Trustees and is a member of the Board of Directors of Mattel, Inc. Why Giving Matters “Hiram College has been providing a top-notch liberal arts education for 165 years, but there is a renewed energy and interest in the College at this very moment in time,” said President Lori Varlotta, Ph.D. “The many gifts we have received so far this year, like Dean and Janice’s gift, demonstrates the confidence that friends and alumni have for Hiram. When combined with other contributions, these recent gifts put us in line for a record fundraising year. But it is not just the record that matters … gifts like these provide direct and immediate support for students, which in turn, augments our recruitment and retention efforts.” READ MORE HIRAM NEWS AT NEWS.HIRAM.EDU.
In 2014, the College secured a competitive grant for $260,854 from the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission to renovate the Auditorium. The College matched 50 percent of these funds, and the Harley C. and Mary Hoover Price Foundation provided an additional $21,000 for the renovations. Metis Construction Services, LCC, of Kent, performed the work. Ohio Sen. John Eklund (R, District 18), who championed the project by promoting it among state legislators, attended the grand opening in early September 2015. Hayden Auditorium is used for theatrical and musical performances, speakers and formal College events.
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From the Hill Cardinal Credit Union Branch Opens on Campus
Pictured: Left to right; Kristopher Giebel ’02, Roberto Gironda ’89, Emmalisa (Brown) Kennedy ’03, Claire (Andorka) Runyan ’96, Brendan Smith ’84 and Rodney Thompson ’63.
Six Inducted Into William H. Hollinger Hall of Fame Six former Hiram College student-athletes were inducted into the William H. Hollinger Hall of Fame on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015. The six inductees in the 2015 class are Kristopher Giebel ’02, Roberto Gironda ’89, Emmalisa (Brown) Kennedy ’03, Claire (Andorka) Runyan ’96, Brendan Smith ’84 and Rodney Thompson ’63. To be inducted into the William H. Hollinger Hall of Fame, one must have made great contributions to athletics for their performance on the field. Visit www.hiram.terriers.com to learn more.
Hiram College recently forged a strategic financial education partnership with Ohio-based Cardinal Credit Union through the launch of a full-service credit union branch on campus. The branch opened in October 2015 and empowers students by providing financial literacy education with a strong emphasis on saving and responsible money management as well as opportunities for one-onone financial counseling. The branch is staffed and run by student volunteers under the close supervision of Cardinal management, providing students with opportunities to develop career, math and marketing skills in a financial retail setting.
College Revives Sugar Day Tradition More than 160 years ago, Hiram College began the tradition of Sugar Day where students spent the day collecting sap from the trees at Udall farm and enjoyed a day of service, fun and friendship. The tradition stopped in 1975, but was revived this spring to include an academic twist. On March 31, 2016, instead of collecting maple syrup, more than 500 students kicked off Sugar Day by completing campus landscaping projects and packing food for local areas in need. Prior to Sugar Day, students collected more than $10,000 that was used to create a “Pack Shack” in Fleming Field House. This activity allowed students to work together to prepare more than 42,000 packed meals full of rice, dried veggies and seasonings for local residents. Those meals will be distributed to churches and food pantries in the greater Hiram area.
Hiram College hosts the Big Read The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature at Hiram College hosted a community reading program centered on “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea, thanks to a $15,000 Big Read grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The Big Read supports community reading programs by funding grants and providing educational resources and promotional materials. The Center partnered with local libraries, schools and other campus departments to host book discussions, speaker engagements and more during September and October 2015. “One of the key missions of the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature is reinforcing the value of reading and literature in today’s technology-driven society,” said Center director Kirsten Parkinson, Ph.D., professor of English and John S. Kenyon Chair in English. “The Big Read allowed us to work with partners across Hiram College and in the wider community to spread that message through books that are fun, accessible and closely tied to pertinent social issues.”
“We are living in an age when it’s more important than ever for college students to have financial literacy skills,” said Elizabeth Okuma, M.Ed., vice president and dean of students at Hiram College. “By partnering with Cardinal Credit Union, we can give students an opportunity to learn about and apply these skills in a low-risk but very real environment, while also providing the campus community with a valuable and convenient service.”
The College’s annual ethics theme, borders, was a pertinent issue and topic throughout the programming.
News from the Board of Trustees Anthony Payiavlas, president and CEO of AVI Foodsystems, was sworn in as a member of the Hiram College Board of Trustees at the May 2015 meeting. AVI Foodsystems, has been Hiram College’s food service provider since 2007. In 2014, Payiavlas generously orchestrated AVI Foodsystems’ funding of the Kennedy Center’s lounge renovations. Also at the May meeting, longtime trustee Davis Young was granted emeritus status. Young, now a public relations speaker and author, served as president of public relations firm Edward Howard & Co. (acquired by Fahlgren Mortine) for 11 years and was an adjunct faculty member in Kent State University’s School of Journalism and Mass Communication.
Following the morning activity, freshman colloquium groups gathered over lunch to reflect on their successes and challenges in the academic year. The afternoon was spent celebrating academic achievements as students from all programs shared research results, inventive projects and artistic performances. Although the reinvented Sugar Day no longer includes the tradition of making maple syrup, students paid tribute to the past by planting a maple tree in front of the Kennedy Center. READ MORE HIRAM NEWS AT NEWS.HIRAM.EDU.
Luis Alberto Urrea's "Into the Beautiful North" is the featured book for the Alumni Weekend Book Club. Alumni Weekend is June 17-19, 2016.
“Thirty years ago when my own parents asked me, ‘What
By Christina Russ
MAKING THE CONNECTIONS:
How Hiram sets up students for personal and professional success
What do you want to do? Where do you want to go? What do you hope to achieve? These are the questions prospective students are typically asked as they embark on the college decision-making journey. To help them find answers, Hiram College recently rolled out Hiram Connect, a new program that will help students discover personal and professional success. As part of Hiram Connect, students are required to complete an internship, research or study abroad experience before they graduate. Students will then reflect on and articulate the ways that experience confirms and challenges ideas and theories taught in their courses and how it illuminates the career pathways they might navigate next.
will you do with a degree in philosophy?’, I stumbled trying to answer them,” Dr. Varlotta says. “It is my goal that Hiram students are not only able to answer this question about their major in a poised and passionate way, but they are able to appreciate and articulate the intrinsic value of a liberal arts education in developing character, calling and community.”
ome colleges expect 18-year olds to find answers to the aforementioned questions by simply declaring a major and completing the required courses. But Hiram College has never taken such a passive or impersonal approach.
Hiram’s 165-year history in the liberal arts has prompted generations of students to think and learn across disciplines, build meaningful relationships with faculty and gain hands-on learning experiences in settings on, near and world’s away from campus. There’s a reason so many of our alumni find themselves in personally fulfilling careers: Hiram doesn’t just prepare students for job; it guides them as they begin to discover who they want to be and the kind of change they want to make in the world.
“If you ask our students today about what they did or learned at each step, they could give you an answer. Most of them, however, would see these junctures as distinct experiences,” Dr. Varlotta says. “At Hiram, we aim to offer a liberal arts education that teaches students how to reflect on what it means to live a good life … on how to live an integrated and a productive life. Deep reflection at these four steps will help students develop a more mature, complex and connected way of knowing, thinking, analyzing and – most importantly – becoming.”
The College renewed its commitment to this type of personal discovery when President Lori Varlotta announced the Hiram Connect initiative as one of the hallmarks of her presidency as she took office in July 2014. By the start of the Fall 2015 semester, the College officially launched the program, aimed at ensuring that students will graduate with a clear sense of self, an emerging sense of purpose and viable career pathways.
Until now, about 80 percent of Hiram students completed an internship, study abroad trip or research experience before graduation. Now, it will be 100 percent – welcome news for prospective students and parents who, more than ever, are making decisions based on how colleges and universities prepare their graduates not only for their first job, but for the many positions they will likely hold throughout their working lives.
“Thirty years ago when my own parents asked me, ‘What will you do with a degree in philosophy?’, I stumbled trying to answer them,” Dr. Varlotta says. “It is my goal that Hiram students are not only able to answer this question about their major in a poised and passionate way, but they are able to appreciate and articulate the intrinsic value of a liberal arts education in developing character, calling and community.”
“This hands-on requirement serves as the perfect bridge between college and career,” Dr. Varlotta says. “These opportunities help students apply classroom theories and concepts to the real-world situations they encounter. At the same time, they help students imagine themselves in different types of work environments and careers.”
To guide students in their journey of discovery, Hiram has identified four critical learning junctures that loosely correspond with a student’s four years of college: 1. First Year Colloquium 2. Declaration of a Major 3. Required Hands-on Learning Experience (Internship, Study Abroad or Research Project) 4. Capstone Course
At each juncture, students, guided by a faculty advisor, will reflect upon how the learning experience plays into current-day life, shapes their future goals and challenges or strengthens personal beliefs.
Officially, the Class of 2019, students who entered Hiram as freshmen this fall, will be the first to complete the requirements of Hiram Connect; however, the ideas, principles and values that formed this initiative have been at play on the Hill for a long time. In the following pages, we profile three graduates of the last decade. Each has found their footing in the world, thanks to the connections Hiram College helped them forge between their classes, conversations, extracurricular activities and hands-on experiences.
“At Hiram you develop great writing and
“Both of us were willing to move and
research skills and it opens the doors to a
be open-minded about teaching not
number of jobs and careers,” said Dahlberg.
just in Ohio or anywhere within the
“Hiram understands that a major needs to
States, but also abroad,” she says.
lead graduates to a set of career practices
“I don’t know that either one of us
and activities that bring satisfaction and joy,
would have been satisfied if the other
rather than to an exact position or title.”
wasn’t willing to travel.”
Will Dahlberg ’07
Erin (Hoskins) Witthoft ’08
WILL DAHLBERG ’07 History Major
Currently: Membership Manager for WHBM 90.3 (NPR affiliate) in Birmingham, Ala. A college journey that built connections between experiences and encouraged learning at every juncture helped ensure Will Dahlberg ’07 never had to worry about the question, “What will you do with a degree in history?” Between mentoring opportunities, interdisciplinary classes and hands-on experiences, Dahlberg wasn’t just learning historical facts; he was building a set of connections and experiences that would prepare him to pursue a meaningful life and career. Today, he works as the membership manager for WHBM 90.3, the NPR affiliate in Birmingham, Ala. He is also a personal historian and genealogist, a documentarian and freelance historian. For Dahlberg, learning occurred in lots of places: in the classroom as a student, in the halls as a resident assistant, on the trails as a cross-country athlete and in the conference room as a member of Student Senate. All of these experiences led up to a senior-year research project that allowed Dahlberg to put to the test the skills he was developing in his various Hiram roles. Dahlberg researched Hiram College student traditions and customs – an experience that left a lasting impact on him and on Hiram, as his final paper is now part of the College Archives. For this project Dahlberg interviewed many alumni; he recorded, compiled, presented and preserved their oral histories. These are skills that he routinely uses as a personal historian and genealogist. When he is wearing his WHBM hat, Dahlberg works to bring in over $1 million in contributions by juggling fundraising, event planning, solicitation roles and more. Thankfully, he is quite comfortable doing many things at once due in part to the adept juggling act he mastered as a Hiram student.
As he looks toward the future, Dahlberg hopes to do more radio reporting and documentary work – preferably as a full-time reporter. He took a step in that direction when he produced his first radio documentary in February 2014 on an unsolved murder in his hometown. In producing this project, he continued to draw from his Hiram research experience. Getting interviewees to talk in comprehensible, engaging and in-depth ways about subjects they are passionate about takes special kind of skills. In Dahlberg’s case these skills were acquired and then honed though his various Hiram projects. Luckily, these skills are directly transferable to the ones he needs today to advance his career.
watching the news, I saw so much devastation, food crises and natural disasters. I felt like I wouldn’t fully understand it until I witnessed it myself.”
“At Hiram you develop great writing and research skills and it opens the doors to a number of jobs and careers,” said Dahlberg. “Hiram understands that a major needs to lead graduates to a set of career practices and activities that bring satisfaction and joy, rather than to an exact position or title.”
“Both of us were willing to move and be open-minded about teaching within the States or abroad,” she says. “I don’t know that either one of us would have been satisfied if the other wasn’t willing to travel.”
ERIN (HOSKINS) WITTHOFT ’08 Middle Childhood Education Major
Currently: Teacher at the Universal American School in Hawally, Kuwait Hiram College’s study abroad program drew Erin (Hoskins) Witthoft ’08 in, and she hasn’t looked back. During her junior year at Hiram, she took her first overseas journey, studying African professional life and nation building in Tanzania. She now works as a teacher in Kuwait, where the Hiram values of inclusivity, openness and social responsibility continue to frame her everyday life. Though Hiram fostered her interest in worldly issues, her desire to study abroad first began at home. “My parents did a really good job of talking about what was going on in the news,” she says. “I really wanted to see what a Third World country actually expereinced. Growing up
She saw much of that during the three weeks she spent in Tanzania, and her time there confirmed an idea she had already been tossing around: Someday, she would like to work overseas. Her future husband and boyfriend at the time, Andy Witthoft ’08, also was open to the idea. The two had been classmates in Hiram’s education program. Andy, an American citizen, grew up in Hong Kong, so international travel was nothing new to him.
The two married shortly after graduation and worked in Colorado for a few years before taking the plunge and moving to Kuwait in 2013. Now, they both teach at the Universal American School in Hawally, Kuwait. Witthoft’s study abroad experience played an important part in helping her discover her calling, and both she and Andy say Hiram’s overall culture of inclusivity and exploration (of ideas, opportunities and places) reinforced their interest in global perspectives. The support from faculty and staff, the emphasis that many student clubs put on diversity programs, and the approach professors took in encouraging students to talk openly about divergent opinions made their current path an easier one to travel. Through the Hiram experience, they learned to connect all kinds of learning experiences, weaving a strong foundation upon which they have built a meaningful life together.
ANDREA WOHLEBER ’09 Political Science Major
Currently: Legislative and Regulatory Representative, Transportation Trades Department, Washington, D.C. A semester-long internship on Capitol Hill gave Andrea Wohleber ’09 the confidence she needed to move to Washington, D.C. shortly after graduation to follow her calling. She entered Hiram College as a political science major and history minor. A combination of thought-provoking classes, stimulating conversations with professors and engaged participation in the Garfield Center for Public Leadership’s Scholars program fueled her interest in the legislative process. During her senior year, she secured an internship in the office of former U.S. Rep. Betty Sutton (D-OH, 13th District), thanks to partnership between Hiram College and the University of Akron’s Ray C. Bliss Institute of Applied Politics. “I always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to do something with the legislative process,” Wohleber recalls. “I didn’t know until my internship what that meant.” After returning from her internship, Wohleber applied her hands-on experience to classroom theories in a senior honors project where she analyzed how much influence congressional staffers have on the policy process. At the same time, many of her classmates were struggling to identify what they wanted to do after graduation. This project helped things come full circle. She knew exactly where she wanted her studies to take her. She moved to D.C. four months after graduating, taking on another internship that had been lined up and working part time at Home Depot to supplement her income. Soon, a contact she had made from her first internship with Rep. Sutton invited her to apply for a full-time job within the office, where she stayed until the start of the 2012 election.
Experience for every Student
“I always had it in the back of my mind that I wanted to do something with the legislative process,” Wohleber recalls. “I
By Megan Jennings ’16
didn’t know until my internship what that meant.” Andrea Wohleber ’09
At Hiram, Andrea developed the skills and clarified the values that fostered legislative success both as an intern and employee. She credits Hiram’s interdisciplinary and writing-intensive curriculum and the exposure to and interactions with diverse people and ideologies with teaching her the hard and soft skills essential to her success. “So much of what we do is communicating our position on proposals. This involves a lot of writing, and you really need to write well to succeed,” Wohleber says. “Sometimes I’m communicating with offices that agree with us, and sometimes I’m not. Understanding individual opinions and finding ways to work through disagreements is a big part of my job. I remember having those types of discussions in political science classes. That’s definitely a skill I use here.” It’s been fewer than ten years since graduation, but Wohleber feels confident she is where she is supposed to be – personally and professionally. Now, seven years later, she works in D.C. as a legislative and regulatory representative for the Transportation Trades Department, a coalition of 32 unions representing transportation workers. Here, she draws from her personal values and Midwestern middle-class roots, along with her academic skills and interests for analyzing legislation and policy, to make a difference in people’s lives. Her initial internship and Hiram College education are much of what led her to this point.
In fall 2015, Hiram College received a $100,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to bolster Hiram Connect. This prestigious foundation is dedicated to supporting institutions of higher education and an educational culture that promotes a deep understanding of the human condition, something central to Hiram’s mission. The grant supports five “Mellon Fellow” faculty members to serve as leaders in revising the First Year Colloquium and in designing proactive and scaleable student advising practices that prompt interdisciplinary thinking and learning. The grant also funds humanities-related student internships and faculty development opportunities at conferences and nearby and cultural organizations.
Hands-on opportunities have always been at the heart of a Hiram College liberal arts education. The College’s commitment to ensuring every student graduates with some type of real-world experience is growing with Hiram Connect. The College is forging partnerships with area businesses to create new opportunities and Heather Balas, M.A., director of career and academic development at Hiram, is showing employers how relationships with the College can be mutually valuable. “The largest benefit for businesses and the College is new internship opportunities - especially local ones that are easiest for students to work while still taking classes during the academic year,” she says. Senior communication major Jenelle Bayus, of Cortland, Ohio, spearheaded one of these opportunities through her work as a social media and communications intern at the Monica Potter Home in Garrettsville during summer 2015. Cleveland native and "Parenthood" actress Monica Potter launched this project when she bought her childhood home as a means for local artisans and craftspeople to produce a line of home goods and beauty essentials. Bayus worked on a number of projects and played a variety of roles throughout her internship, and has continued her work throughout the academic year. Her education as a communication major assisted her as she developed the home’s social media presence and interacted with customers in the store. When she graduates from Hiram in May 2016, Bayus plans to attend law school. Her Hiram liberal arts education has
taught that all knowledge is valuable, and that the skills she learned through her internship will translate well into her future career as a lawyer. “My internship allowed me to build a solid skill base that I can apply to any career,” she says. “I learned how to work with a team, in a fast-paced environment, and to communicate in a positive manner with individuals inside and outside of the company.” Balas says a liberal arts education has a strong influence on a student’s work ethic and employer satisfaction. “The Hiram liberal arts curriculum develops those soft skills that employers want, like strong communication skills, the ability to work as a team,” she says. “Some of those things are really well developed at a small, private liberal arts school, because it’s a more intimate setting.” Thanks to funding from the Great Lakes Higher Education Guaranty Corp., Hiram College can partner with organizations and pay students for their internships with grant money. The College first received the corporation’s Career Ready Internship Grant in 2014, and it was renewed in 2015, establishing funds for 195 internships for Hiram students through 2018. Having this money accessible allows Hiram College to partner with organizations that would previously not be able to pay interns, to establish a pipeline of internships for Hiram students. In 2014-2015, 49 Hiram interns were placed at organizations including Case Western Reserve University’s School of Medicine, the office of Congressman Dave Joyce (R, OH14th District), Lake County Metroparks Farmpark, Mahoning Valley Scrappers minor league baseball team, American Golf Corp. and many others.
“The project is an hour-long lecture/demonstration on the German playwright, poet and theatre director, Bertolt Brecht,” Scarpelli says. “Brecht was considerably one of, if not the most, prominent forces in 20th century theatre. The demonstration is intended to intellectually attack his theories and practices using the tools of the plays he wrote and the theatre itself.”
THE ART OF
Reflection As a student who has taken advantage of nearly everything that Hiram College has to offer, senior theatre arts major August Scarpelli’s experience embodies the Hiram Connect philosophy. By Jessica Scheve
“I honestly think my senior capstone at any other school would have had much less to do with me and the expression of my ideas. Having the control and intimate engagement with the department during the process was a very special part of the experience,” he says. “I am confident that without my Hiram education I would not have the intellectual capacity to weave such a project together.” While the demonstration, which ran two evenings during the middle of the fall semester and was open to the public, was an important part of the project, for Scarpelli, “the real work of the project started once the presentation was over.” Before turning in his capstone at the end of the fall 2015 semester, Scarpelli completed a director’s book that includes, among other items, his research, daily journal entries, the demonstration script and a reflective paper examining not only this particular experience, but other theatrical experiences he’s had up until this point.
Although Hiram College’s liberal arts ideology has only recently been given the name “Hiram Connect,” the concepts behind it – self-discovery, handson learning and reflection – have long been part of the Hiram College tradition. Read about one graduating senior’s experience with the philosophy. 14
The three-quarter thrust stage in Hiram College’s Renner Theater has a minimal set with five black chairs and five black wooden boxes. In the background, a single plain white screen with a projection slide reads “welcome” in German. The five actors, or “demonstrators” as they’re called in the program, are dressed head-to-toe in black. The scene is part of a research project that has been brought to life on the stage - a culmination of nearly four years of learning at Hiram College. Theatre arts major August Scarpelli ’16, of Sheffield Lake, Ohio, is the writer/director of the production, and the scene is part of “Attacking Brecht,” his senior capstone project.
“Something I very much value about my Hiram education, especially in the theatre department, is the continued emphasis on reflection and the importance of what I am learning from the experience – and how that is so much more important than the presentation of the material,” says Scarpelli. He is grateful that the theatre arts department allowed him the flexibility to put together a capstone project that is uniquely “August.” “I honestly think my senior capstone at any other school would have had much less to do with me and the expression of my ideas. Having the control and intimate engagement with the department during the process was a very special part of the experience,” he says. “I am confident
that without my Hiram education I would not have the intellectual capacity to weave such a project together.” As he wraps up his senior year, he is also preparing to co-direct a play titled “The Horatio Project: Hamlet the Miniseries,” an adaption of the Shakespearean play, alongside his advisor, Rick Hyde, M.F.A., professor of theatre arts. “Some students you don’t have to advise very much, you just have to aim occasionally,” says Hyde, professor of theatre arts and the Howard S. Bissell Chair in the Liberal Arts. “August is an extremely curious young man. He loves to know things and he loves to find things out. He will spend his whole life learning.” In addition to spending a lot of time with Professor Hyde in the theatre, Scarpelli traveled with him to England for a study abroad course. “August is the kind of guy that when you’re walking down the street in Stratford-Upon-Avon and you turn to him and say, ‘Shakespeare walked down this street,’ his eyes get big – and that kind of thing is what has him editing and working on ‘The Horatio Project,’” he explains. As if co-directing a play and writing, directing and presenting a capstone project wasn’t enough, Scarpelli, who between serving as the president of the Theatre Guild, being a member of Phi Gamma Epsilon fraternity, disc-jockeying at the College’s radio station and performing at a regional theatre, still manages to find the time to mentor other students. “He consistently challenges himself and is always prepared to discuss ideas,” says Betsy Bauman, M.F.A., associate professor of theatre arts and department chair. “As a performer, he has great discipline. He sets examples of how to be a responsible, disciplined actor. He has really matured to the point where I believe he mentors newer students admirably.” As for life after graduation, Scarpelli hopes to own and run a theatre one day. With a promising future ahead of him and a robust college career coming to completion, he credits Hiram for much of his success. “Whatever path I end up following in May, I feel incredibly confident in my ability to interact with all kinds of artists that work in the theatre and work with them well, while at the same time cultivating and wielding whatever artistic skills I have in a way that I find important.”
DISTINCTIVE APPROACH to developing health care professionals
merica’s 21st century health care industry is growing and changing to meet the ever increasing needs of its citizens. As we live longer and expect to do more in retirement than our parents and grandparents, it is no surprise that we are seeking age- and health-appropriate living arrangements, recreational activities and preventive and therapeutic health services. The health care industry is booming in many parts of the country, including Northeast Ohio, therefore it makes perfect sense for Hiram College to become the destination for undergraduates who want to study health, promote healthy lifestyles and build healthy communities.
Hiram is already well positioned to become such a place since it has a long history of preparing students to become health care providers and health care leaders alike. Whether these alumni are doctors, nurses, nutritionists, psychologists, veterinarians or health care managers and entrepreneurs, none are narrowly trained practitioners. They are innovators, change-makers and humanists, who pull from their broadbased undergraduate experience to create an alchemy of art and science that often improves the world in which they work and live.
As Hiram College moves towards becoming a destination for aspiring health leaders, many of the “building blocks” are already in place. • Hiram undergraduates are accepted to medical and veterinarian school at rates that almost double the national population. • The biomedical humanities major, with its unique focus on both the scientific and humanistic sides of health care, was the first of its kind in the nation and currently is the only such major of its kind offered in Ohio. • In the past two years, Hiram has established direct entry pipeline programs for Northeast Ohio Medical University’s College of Medicine and Case Western Reserve University’s School of Dental Medicine. More programs like this are in the works.
“Long before medical school, Hiram College cultivated in me a natural and strong desire to see the patient as a whole, to help them understand their illness in the context of their life experiences, and to not let their illness define them,” Dr. Majetich says. “Being a good doctor is so much more than ordering tests and prescribing the right medications.”
Hiram alumni demonstrate, again and again, how a liberal arts undergraduate education is the ideal preparation for all types of careers in today’s fast-changing health care environment.
“Our sociology and psychology programs already have a strong health focus,” says Dr. Varlotta, “and as we continue to solidify our reputation for excellence in
“The aspiring health professionals we send forth into the world are not only scientifically and technically competent, but they are compassionate, thoughtful and culturally sensitive,” says President Lori Varlotta, Ph.D. “Hiram’s holistic and integrative education helps ensure that the doctors, nurses and psychologists who graduate from here see their patients as ‘whole’ people rather than the ailment or the disease they face.” This holistic approach has been key for Simone (Smit) Majetich, D.O. After graduating Hiram College with a Bachelor of Arts degree in biomedical humanities in 2010, she attended Michigan State’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and is now a family medicine resident at University Hospitals Health System in Ohio. In medical school, she says, students spend so much time learning the science behind medicine, diagnoses and treatments, that there is almost no time to focus on skills like bedside manner and understanding the patient. That’s where her Hiram education became so important.
undergraduate health education, we are building on our long-established traditions of interdisciplinary teaching and learning. Today, we are extending the focus on health and health care into other academic arenas on campus, including communications, fine and performing arts, management and economics, to name a few.”
Today's health care industry includes a range of professions beyond doctors and nurses. Hiram’s integrative approach to combining health and humanities provides a strong foundation for students who aspire to be art and music therapists, entrepreneurs, mental health professionals, home health aides, physical theorists, respiration therapists, recreational therapists, movement specialists, sport medicine professionals and more.
Simone (Smit) Majetich, D.O. ’10 Family Medicine Resident, University Hospitals System Undergraduate courses in biomedical humanities taught Dr. Majetich how and why a doctor might want to write and work from a patient’s “medical narrative” rather than the conventional “medical history” that primarily defines the ailments and diseases in play. After reviewing a traditional medical history, providers can view a patient as a “heart failure patient with a family history of the same disease” – or they can view the patient as an "office manager and mother who enjoys painting, hiking and volunteering in the community.” It is possible that medications, out-patient support services and family advocacy programs might be altered when the fuller picture is clear to all who treat this patient. Dr. Majetich uses the more comprehensive approach to data-gathering in her work as a family medicine resident to help build partnerships and trust with her patients and improve the quality of care. Hiram’s proximity to Cleveland’s strong medical community helped her network and build relationships and the curriculum prepared her for the changes she would encounter working as a doctor in 2016 and beyond. “I believe that medicine is becoming more patient focused, so care providers must develop skills in areas like cultural sensitivity and communication,” she says. “My Hiram experience not only cultivated my skills, but it taught me why others in medicine should have a similar set of skills.” HIRAMMAGAZINE
Richard Anthony '82
➤ Joe Gibbons '76
Kevin Barnett '07
Hematologist and Oncologist, University Hospitals System Associate Professor of Medicine, Case Western Reserve School of Medicine Cleveland, Ohio Dr. Gibbons chose Hiram College because of the opportunity to do many things. “I took several history and psychology courses, so I gained more exposure to social and cultural issues than I would have received from a program focused mainly on science and lab courses,” he says. "It really did prepare me for both the humanitarian and scientific aspects of medicine.” Being a humanitarian, first and foremost, is key to the many rules he assumes as a doctor. As an oncologist, Gibbons must guide patients through emotionally difficult times as they navigate the journey from cancer diagnosis to intervention to treatments or recovery plans. As a member of the hospital’s Institutional Review Board, Dr. Gibbons must identify and be sensitive to ethical matters related to research and human subjects. “Even though I didn’t take an ethics class at Hiram, I did examine fundamental questions of what is good, true, beautiful, right and wrong. We routinely analyzed, for example, the historical events and the human situations depicted in Shakespeare’s plays,” he remembers. “To help patients and their team of doctors make good and ethical
decisions, it helps to have an insight into their personal situation, values and expectations.” Though health care is a changing industry, Dr. Gibbons says Hiram’s curriculum prepares health providers, scientists and managers to understand the multiple facets of patient care and will not become outdated any time soon. “The systems are going to change. The insurance companies are going to change. The way you record information is going to change,” he says. “But the expectation of providing care in a humane fashion will never change.”
Kevin Barnett ’07 Funeral Director, Demaine Funeral Home, Springfield, Virginia Barnett entered Hiram with aspirations to be a dentist, but the death of a close friend during his junior year changed his perspectives on life and death, prompting him to consider a career path in mortuary science. After graduating from Hiram, Barnett enrolled at the Pittsburgh Institute of Mortuary Science. Shortly into the program, he could see that his biomedical humanities major ended up being the ideal preparation for his next course of study and the new career path he was charting. “The major prepared me to understand that when a person dies, it isn’t just a cessation of cellular activity, but a loss
Joe Gibbons, M.D. ’76
Susan Kleiner (pictured with Vynna Brand Ambassador Arlene Semeco on deck at the AT&T Winter Nationals for USA Swimming. Seneco is a two-time gold medalist at the Pan Am Games for Venezuela and will be swimming in Rio at the 2016 Olympics. Seneco also has her M.S. in sports nutrition and she is a registered dietitian.
Robert Sher '72
of so much more. Those who are left facing this death have lost a friend, father, mother, soldier, sister, or even enemy,” he says.
Susan Kleiner, Ph.D. ’79
Robert Sher, M.D. ’72
Richard Anthony ’82, Ph.D.
Nutritionist, Co-Founder of Vynna LLC, Seattle, Washington
Urologist, Urological Consultants, Rockville, Maryland
President, Surgical Training Institute LLC, Las Vegas, Nevada
Being a funeral director means taking on many roles. He must help loved ones make decisions that commemorate the deceased’s life and prepare survivors to work through a death that often has permanent impact on their own life. Such work is wide-ranging, from logistical, to emotional, to scientific.
Dr. Kleiner has been blazing trails in nutrition for more than three decades, and she owes her success in large part to her Hiram College education.
When he entered Hiram College as an undeclared freshman in 1968, Dr. Sher couldn’t have predicted how well his liberal arts education would prepare him for medical school and his career as a urologist.
Dr. Anthony is a medical entrepreneur who is changing the way surgeons and other health care professionals keep abreast of technology and continue their education.
“Funeral directors have difficult conversations with their clients. Sometimes, family members have never been faced with the decisions they now must make, and we have to help them through the process. Burial preparations and ceremonies vary according to religious beliefs and family traditions. Being aware of and sensitive to these differences is important.” His liberal arts education prepared him to engage in these conversations and build relationships in times of great emotional upset.
After Hiram, Kleiner went on to design “tracks” in human performance and nutrition at the doctorate level at Case Western Reserve University. Her change-making efforts didn't stop there. She went on to help reshape the nutrition industry by creating a nutrition curriculum at Duke University. Later, she worked under Cleveland Browns’ head coach Bill Belichick to create the team’s nutrition program – the first of its kind in the NFL. She has also authored seven books, including “Power Eating,” “The Good Mood Diet” and “The POWERFOOD Nutrition Plan.” “At each point in my career, I was doing something that hadn’t been done before,” says Dr. Kleiner. “Though I had to create everything from scratch, I never felt like I couldn’t figure out the next steps. My Hiram education gave me that confidence and ability.”
But 48 years later, he continues to praise the way Hiram prepares students for a wide range of health care careers. “A Hiram education exposes students to many humanitarian concepts, and it opens your eyes to many things in the world,” Dr. Sher says. “Hiram makes great doctors because students are well adapted to the world and to all of the problems it faces today.” Medical students also face the tough decision of choosing their specialty, and Dr. Sher says his Hiram education prepared him to thoroughly examine each possibility. “During my third year of medical school (at George Washington University), I picked everyone’s brain,” he remembers. “That’s what Hiram did for me – I learned to ask a lot of questions. It was a big thing for me, to figure out who I wanted to be in the world. Urology turned out to be the perfect field for my personality and temperament.”
His company, Surgical Training Institute, operates an expanding fleet of mobile physician training laboratories. These facilities-on-wheels simulate real world operating rooms where surgeons learn how state-of-the-art technology is changing any number of medical procedures. “In some cases, (asking surgeons to perform new techniques with new equipment in the operating room) is like asking a child to drive a car from what is learned in a sales brochure,” he says. “Because medical techniques are ever-changing and increasingly complex, physicians need to constantly hone their skills and commit to learning well after their formal schooling ends.” Dr. Anthony attributes his entrepreneurial spirit and ability to see the whole picture to his time as a biology major at Hiram College. “I think my understanding of the critical connections across the medical system – between doctors, patients, hospitals, pharmacies, pharmaceuticals, medical device companies and government regulatory bodies – enables me to identify and address medical system needs that benefit society as a whole,” Dr. Anthony says. HIRAMMAGAZINE
HIRAM HEALTH –
Campus-Wide commitment to wellness
iram College understands that active, engaged minds require healthy bodies, healthy lifestyles and a healthy environment. The Hiram Health initiative is focused on two areas: expanding health-related majors and minors and promoting the physical and psychological well-being of all students.
Healthy lifestyles welcomed here
There are a number of ways to embody a well-rounded and healthy lifestyle, and many of them are easy to do at Hiram. The distraction-free, close-knit environment makes it easier for students to develop healthy habits. Active minds are strengthened by healthy bodies. Outside the classroom, students have myriad opportunities to engage in mental, physical, social, spiritual and environmental wellness activities at Hiram College: • 15 NCAA Division III athletics teams • Health and wellness fairs, workshops and activities • A campus chapter of Active Minds (aligned with national nonprofit's mission of encouraging an open discussion on mental health issues) coordinates annual events • Walking trails and wildlife preservation activities at the James H. Barrow Field Station • Sustainable practices are explained and on display at the eco-friendly TREE House • Use of the Les and Kathy Coleman Sports, Recreation and Fitness Center is available to the campus community • Theater and art-related opportunities are open to students from all majors • Healthy eating options such as those at the Stone Soup Co-Op
New programs focus on health and science The launch of a new integrative exercise science major, a natural history minor and men’s volleyball are three new options students can pursue in their quest for well-rounded, healthy lives.
Integrative Exercise Science
The new integrative exercise science major allows students to study human movement and physiology, and apply their knowledge to help individuals live better and healthier lives through exercise, rehabilitation and nutrition. Students in the program will complete a tract in sports health, human performance or sport and fitness management. The curriculum will prepare them for their chosen career, whether it is physical therapy, athletic training, coaching or another life science field. “In addition to detailed studies of anatomy and bio-mechanics, the new major infuses literature and arts to teach bioethics and the human condition, as found in our biomedical humanities program. The end goal is to produce highly competent health professionals ready to serve their patients and clients from both knowledge- and compassion-based perspectives,” says Sandra Madar, Ph.D., professor of biology and biomedical humanities.
Natural History Minor
The launch of the natural history minor will also give Hiram students new and unique opportunities. The minor, one of the only programs of its kind available east of the Mississippi River, will give students the tools to interpret the natural world through courses that focus on individual organisms and courses that examine ecosystems on a larger scale. The natural history minor is interactive and hands-on. It’s built from courses that provide real-life experience at the Field Station and that run through study away trips. The program also includes workshops aimed at helping students build their resumes.
Hiram College has a rich tradition of athletics, highlighted in recent years by the successes of its women’s volleyball program. A new and complementary varsity sport will be added in 2017 to become the College’s 15th varsity sport. The men’s volleyball program will begin as a club sport in 2016-17, battling teams from all around the region, and will see its first year of varsity play in 2017-18. Hiram will become just the third program in Division III men’s volleyball in the state of Ohio and the fourth overall men’s volleyball team in the state. Mount Saint Joseph and Wittenberg both compete at the Division III level and Ohio State plays at the Division I level. The sport of men’s volleyball has seen tremendous growth in recent years, especially at the high school level. The Ohio High School Boys Volleyball Association has seen the sport split into two divisions, with more than 80 high schools around the state sponsoring men’s volleyball.
Hiram’s Garfield Legacy, Past and Present
By Jessica Scheve
As a former student and leader at Hiram College, then called the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, 20th U.S. president James A. Garfield was a major part of the College’s past – and now his great-great-great grandson is part of the College’s future. Kevin Klanac seemed to be like every other student who earned a bachelor’s degree in psychology from The Ohio State University. He later decided to pursue accounting so he enrolled at Lorain County Community College (LCCC) in order to be close to his home in North Ridgeville, Ohio. He then applied to Hiram College once he learned that, through the Hiram Complete program, he could finish his bachelor’s degree in accounting, right on the LCCC campus. When he first enrolled at Hiram, Klanac hadn’t really thought about the fact that Garfield, his great-great-great grandfather, attended and eventually led the College. “I didn’t make the connection until I saw an email from Hiram about Garfield’s birthday,” he says. “When I remembered, it was kind of a cool moment ... like maybe this is where I’m supposed to be.” Klanac is related to President Garfield on his mother’s side and recalls going to a Garfield family reunion at the James A. Garfield National Historic Site in Mentor, Ohio when he was younger. Although classmates often have mixed reactions when they find out he is related to the historical figure, Klanac has a different perspective on the former president than most people. “Because I’m related to him, it helps me remember that he wasn’t just the president,” he explains. “He was a real person who experienced life like we do.” Although he recently joined LCCC’s Student Senate, Klanac says that he will not likely follow in Garfield’s footsteps in politics. “I’m a shy person by nature,” he admits. “I don’t really like being the center of attention or having people look to me. I like helping people, but I’m more reserved.” Although politics may not play a role, Klanac’s future looks bright. He is preparing to start an accounting internship with Comsat Architects in Rocky River, Ohio and after he earns a bachelor’s degree, he plans to become a certified public accountant. As he completes his degree, he can take pride in knowing he is now part of his family’s Hiram legacy. “It’s inspiring to know that I’m going to the same school that my great-great-great grandfather went to and led.”
Modern-Day Legacy Families Carry On Hiram Tradition By Barb (Boso) Bragiel ’91
relationship led to an on-campus job opportunity for Lauren, working with the football team.
looked at The Ohio State University before deciding on Hiram.
With more than 30 years spanning their legacy, this father and daughter both recognize the value of a Hiram education and its personal significance in their lives.
His mom, Karen, remembers Hiram being a harder sell for Adam because it was close to home and he had grown up spending time on campus. But like her, once he had looked at other places, Hiram just felt right.
“I know my daughter is getting a quality education in a quaint setting,” Jon says. “And she’ll remember Hiram no matter where she goes.”
“It was natural for me to come here,” Adam says. “I played football in high school, and Hiram offered that. I liked the coaching staff and the family atmosphere. As soon as I started digging around in the academics, it piqued my interest. I definitely made the right choice.”
Lauren echoed those sentiments.
Alumni and friends of Hiram College are familiar with the names “Frohring,” “Garfield” and “Henry.” These, along with many others, are the names of families who have had strong ties with the College since its inception. That cross-generational bond continues today with modern-day legacy families. Currently at Hiram, there are more than 90 legacy students, defined as those who have had other family members precede them on the Hill. Lauren Hibian ’16 and Adam Scher ’16, are among the 39 students in this year’s graduating class who are carrying on their families’ legacies at Hiram.
The Hibian Family
Lauren Hibian ’16, with father Jon Hibian ’82.
For Lauren Hibian, her father Jon, an alumnus of the Class of 1982, was the very reason she did not consider Hiram – at first.
Lauren’s father suggested she consider Hiram, but she thought it was too small. “I was more interested in the social aspect of going to college,” said Lauren. Therefore Hiram wasn’t even a consideration. As a high school senior, she looked at about 20 different colleges and universities before deciding to attend the University of Cincinnati. The nursing program, along with the allure of urban life, drew her to enroll there. But after a year-and-a-half, Lauren had a change of heart. Although she loved the atmosphere, she sought
a different kind of nursing program. When she went home for winter break that year, her father showed her a copy of Hiram Magazine that featured an article about the College’s relatively new nursing program. She had already looked at several other nursing programs in Northeast Ohio before choosing Hiram.
“I know my daughter is getting a quality education in a quaint setting,” Jon says. “And she’ll remember Hiram no matter where she goes.” Her father was pleasantly surprised by this decision. As he remembers it, Hiram was in its third year of offering a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing and was actively seeking potential students.
“Education is the most important thing in your life,” she shares. “My dad influenced me in that way. As I grew up a little, I realized that my decision had to be based on academics and not a social aspect.”
The Thompson/Scher Family
Hiram senior Adam Scher’s family ties with Hiram College run deep. They can be traced back to his great-great uncle, Donald Ryder ’28. Following in the footsteps of his parents, Jim ’88 and Karen (Thompson) Scher ’89, grandparents Rod Thompson ’63 and Nancy (Carver) Adams ’65, and great uncle Fred ’65 and great aunt Diane (Opdyke) Thompson ’66, Adam is the fourth generation of his family to attend Hiram. Adam readily admits that it was the strong family connection that solidified his interest in Hiram. His exposure to Hiram started when he was younger. He would tag along with his father, Jim, to watch Terrier football games. As a high school senior, he had also
In addition to being an athlete, Adam has continued another family tradition as a letterman in football. Jim played football all four years and was an AllAmerican. Additionally, Adam’s great uncle, Fred Thompson, and great-great uncle Donald Ryder lettered in football. As a student-athlete, Adam has found time to be involved with a variety of student organizations. He currently serves as vice president of finance for both the Student Senate and the Terrier Activities Board (formerly KCPB, the Kennedy Center Programming Board). That practical experience will prove to be helpful when he graduates with a degree in accounting and financial management. He plans to pursue a master’s degree in accounting after graduation. Hiram College represents common, impactful thread woven through the Thompson-Scher generations. “Hiram is the kind of place that allows every student to make it their own,” Karen says. “Adam has turned his interest in the money side of organizations into a career choice. And, it sounds like a cliché, but Hiram really did have a lot to do with how I ended up as a person, how Jim ended up as a person. And I’m sure it has done the same thing for Adam.”
“Lauren was very interested in Hiram’s program and was pleased with the change,” Jon recalls. One of the compelling differences between nursing programs was that at UC, students performed all clinicals at the same hospital. Hiram’s program has allowed Lauren to explore a wide range of disciplines at facilities such as Akron Children’s Hospital, Akron General Medical Center, North Coast Behavioral Healthcare and the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center.
“We have ridden through a lot of the changes at Hiram … it remains very much a part of who we are and what we do today,” Jim adds. “Hiram makes you find who you are.” Adam couldn’t agree more, adding, “Other people I’ve met through football and other activities feel that Hiram changes you into someone you want to be. That has a lot to do with the people you meet here. The faculty and staff genuinely care about you. At Hiram, you get the opportunity to find yourself. You wouldn’t get that at a bigger school.”
It was only a few years prior to Lauren’s transfer that Jon reconnected with the College. A four-year letterman and two-time all-conference offensive lineman in football, he heard from his former teammate, Mike Moore ’83, that a mutual friend was being inducted into Hiram’s William H. Hollinger Athletics Hall of Fame. In the process of reconnecting with him, Jon brought Lauren onto campus for football games, where she met the coaching staff. Eventually, that The Scher Family.
DAMARIS PETERS-PIKE, M.M.
Emeritus Professor of Music Retirement hasn’t slowed Damaris Peters-Pike, M.M., down one bit. In fact, Peters-Pike wonders how she’s so busy. While she no longer runs the opera workshop or takes student ensembles on trips to different states, she is still actively involved in the Hiram performing arts scene.
A lasting Connection
JANE ROSE, M.B.A.
Peters-Pike directs the women’s community chorus, which comprises Hiram students and community members. She instructs individual voice lessons for Hiram students, has taught First-Year Colloquium and teaches interdisciplinary Weekend College courses on the topics of “Triumph, Tragedy and Art” and “Gender and Creativity.”
By Alaina Seguin ‘17
Faculty and staff who have retired from the College remain connected to Hiram through teaching, volunteering and frequent visits to the place they still call home. A few beloved professors share what has been keeping them busy since retirement and why their Hiram
She began her Hiram career as an adjunct in 1969 and was hired full time as an assistant professor of music in 1980. She retired in 1998, but even though it’s been more than 15 years, she remains actively involved in teaching and extracurricular enrichment at Hiram.
DAMARIS PETERS-PIKE, M.M.
connection still runs deep.
She is well-known in the community for her “Women of Note” performances, which combine her love of performance and music history. Peters-Pike has performed her one-woman shows dramatizing women throughout history, locally and beyond – for crowds as small as 25 and as large as 1,200 – in 10 states and in France. She has portrayed Doris Day, Mary Martin, Mary Ellin Barrett (Irving Berlin’s daughter), Frankie Gershwin (George Gershwin’s sister) and, with a nod to Hiram’s history, Lucretia Garfield (James A. Garfield’s wife). Every winter, she takes her shows on the road to her summer home in Florida. In addition, she recently taped her Lucretia Garfield show for a group seeking grant funds to showcase a living Ohio history program. Before she retired, Peters-Pike coached women’s softball for three years. “Why can’t a music professor coach softball?” she asked herself, noting Hiram’s interdisciplinary nature. During those three years, she led the team to the state tournament for the first time.
ED SMEREK, PH.D.
One of her favorite things about teaching was the quality of students because they enabled her to be able to teach the types of courses that she desired. Peters-Pike also fondly remembers her colleagues for being inspiring and keeping her on her toes. Today, she appreciates the receptive
response to retired professors like herself, who still want to make a difference on campus.
ED SMEREK, PH.D.
Emeritus Professor of Mathematics Ed Smerek, Ph.D., impacted generations of Hiram students as both a mathematics professor and administrator. His Hiram career spanned nearly 40 years, from 1969 to 2007. Now, he spends much of his time with his grandchildren. Even though he’s been retired for eight years, Dr. Smerek treasures Hiram as a big part of his life. Dr. Smerek lives only a block from campus, and visits every day to work out at the Les and Kathy Coleman Sports, Recreation and Fitness Center. He also spends a lot of time in the Hiram College Library reading up on history. He considers himself a closet historian, and retirement has given him the opportunity to pursue this passion. But his connection to Hiram goes far beyond campus. Dr. Smerek remains in daily communication with former students who work all over the world – including the South Pole. In fact, it doesn’t matter where he travels – to the western United States or to France – he always seems to run into the familiar calls of “Dr. Smerek!” from former students just as surprised as he is to meet again. Some of Dr. Smerek’s favorite classes to teach were Elementary Calculus, upper level math courses and a Colloquium titled, “The Mathematics of Gambling.” But he did not just teach mathematics in the classroom. In true interdisciplinary fashion, Dr. Smerek co-taught a course on Russian history and led six study abroad trips to Russia from 1981-1998. He was also an administrator for 13 years, serving as the vice president of academic affairs and dean of the Weekend College.
legacy. More than 60 donors have contributed to the fund, which now totals more than $1.5 million. Brad Goodner, Ph.D., professor of biology, currently holds the endowed faculty position.
JANE ROSE, M.B.A.
Former Dean of the Weekend College Known around campus for her joyful and enthusiastic demeanor, Jane Rose, M.B.A., served Hiram College for nearly 25 years. She began as an adjunct professor within the Departments of Economics and Management, went on to serve as Dean of the Weekend College for 13 years, and after retiring from that position in 2008, returned to teaching for four more years. Now, she sees retirement as a time to give back. Rose volunteers with the Portage Park District. During her first year as a volunteer, she put her marketing skills to work to help get a levy passed – something the organization had been trying to accomplish for 20 years. She hasn’t said goodbye to Hiram entirely. She belongs to Friends of the Library and is a big supporter of the Teaching, Research and Environmental Engagement House (TREE House), Hiram’s eco-friendly home to the Department of Environmental Studies and sustainability student scholars program. She also treasures the relationships she has maintained with Hiram students, faculty and staff. One defining memory of her teaching career came when teaching marketing to traditional students. Her students chose to research and present a marketing plan for bungee jumping, and they wanted to present their plan at a bungee jumping facility. She jokingly replied, “Sure; if I can do it.” When presentation day came, she found her class – plus 20-30 additional students – waiting to watch her bungee jump, and she did.
Dr. Smerek’s interests also extended to athletics; for 10 years, he served as both the faculty representative to the NCAA and as the Hiram College faculty representative for men’s sports, to the North Coast Athletic Conference.
And when it came to the Weekend College students, she remembers watching inspiring groups of students juggle their work, personal lives and education all to get a Hiram degree. She loved seeing them walk across the stage on commencement day and hearing yells from the crowd “Go, Dad!” or “Yeah, Grandma!” as they’d get their degree.
His influence was so great, that in 2004, former students generously donated funds to establish the Edward J. Smerek Chair in Mathematics, the Sciences and Technology, to carry on Dr. Smerek’s
Throughout it all, Rose still enjoys watching all types of students become part of the “Hiram family.” She measures her success not on awards she won, but on the number of lives she impacted. HIRAMMAGAZINE
Pam and Steve West
to Terrier swim program in honor of a coach they
LOVED By Andrew Korba
Hiram alumni Pam (Enos) ’67 and Steve West ’67 have always remembered where they came from and the people who impacted them.
still always felt like I was a member.” Coach Donaldson had the respect of everyone, including his swimmers and his coaches around the league.
The two arrived on Hiram’s campus in the fall of 1963, but they didn’t meet until two years later. They were married in spring of 1967, soon after graduation. Pam obtained a degree in political science and history, with Steve graduating with a degree in history. Though many parts of Hiram’s vibrant campus life have stuck with them over the years, Steve’s involvement on the swim team and his relationship with then-coach William “Bill” Donaldson had an especially big influence on him. In 2015, the couple chose to honor Coach Donaldson by donating funds for a new scoreboard for Alumni Memorial Pool in the Les and Kathy Coleman Sports, Recreation and Fitness Center. “Bill was like a second father to me,” said Steve. “I was like so many others at Hiram, a first-generation college student. He took me under his wing and guided me through my four years.”
“I can remember one season where we he requested to host the conference swimming championships, but our pool wasn’t big enough,” added Steve. “But the coaches and the league still let Hiram host it that season. I think it showed how much respect he really had.”
“Bill was like a second father to me,” said Steve. “I was like so many others at Hiram, a first-generation college student. He took me under his wing and guided me through my four years.”
William “Bill” Donaldson Scoreboard The new scoreboard, which features timers for each of the six lanes, was installed in December 2015. In addition, it also displays event and heat numbers. Two running timer clocks were added and placed along the side of the pool, allowing swimmers and coaches a way to check up on times at each end.
“When I swam, I always wanted to know my time, STEVE WEST ’67 Coach Donaldson was instrumental whether in practice or in in the beginning years of the men’s competition,” said Steve. “So and women’s swimming and diving when we heard that the pool programs at Hiram. He served as the at Hiram could use a new first head coach for both teams, and his career with the men’s scoreboard, we both thought that it would be a great gift. We squad spanned 29 seasons. also wanted to make sure that Bill’s name was on it because he played such a large role in the program.” During that time, Coach Donaldson saw Hiram put its first swimmer in the water and coached a total of 12 All-Americans. The addition of the scoreboard at Alumni Memorial Pool He was a coach that demanded hard work, but loved to joke gives it a more updated look and will help with recruiting. The around at the same time. Wests’ dream of this donation could not have been made possible without the help of others. “Every practice, we were always a little hesitant to get into the water because it was so cold,” Steve remembered. “To solve “We want to thank the Alumni Relations and Development this problem, Coach Donaldson would line us up right on top Office, as well as current Swim Coach Brian O’Neill and of the water and walk past each one of us and push us in to get Athletic Director Ellen Dempsey,” Pam added. “We came to practice started.” them with this idea, and they were able to secure some of the best equipment out there for the swim programs.” While Pam didn’t swim at Hiram, she still was active with the team. On top of the scoreboard and overlooking the water is the name William “Bill” Donaldson. His legacy on the program “Bill treated the girlfriends as part of the swim family,” said will never be forgotten thanks to the generosity of Pam and Pam. “When we were at the meets, he would talk with us and Steve West. ask us how things were going. Even though I didn’t swim, I
Did you know …? By Jackie Moats ’09
THE HIGGS BOSON PARTICLE: Josh Moss ’99, while working as a post-doctoral researcher for The Ohio State University, was a member of the team that discovered the Higgs Boson particle – or “God particle”– in summer 2012. Many consider this discovery to be one of the top scientific achievements of the last 50 years because it confirms the Standard Model of Physics. The Standard Model describes how particles and forces interact in the universe, but until the Higgs Boson discovery, the theory failed to explain how particles get mass.
COCA-COLA AND THE FORD MOTOR COMPANY LOGOS: Platt R. Spencer was an instructor of penmanship in the earliest days of Hiram College, when it was still known as the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute. Spencer is best known as the developer of Spencerian script, which served as the standard writing style of American business correspondence between 1850 and 1925. Although the widespread use of the typewriter in the 1920s and 1930s caused Spencerian script to fall out of favor, both the text of the CocaCola and Ford Motor Company’s logos are still written in this style.
Hiram College roots run deep across the country – and the world. Did you know the following inventions, accomplishments and discoveries have Hiram connections?
CHILDREN’S LITERATURE AWARDS: Sharon Creech ’67 is a critically acclaimed author of children’s novels. Her best-known works include “Walk Two Moons,” “Ruby Holler” and “The Wanderer.” In 1995, “Walk Two Moons” won the Newbery Medal, the world’s oldest honor for children’s literature. Her 2002 novel, “Ruby Holler,” was that year’s recipient of the annual Carnegie Medal for British children’s books, the U.K.’s oldest and most prestigious award for children’s literature. Creech, M.A., was the first author to win both of these prestigious children’s literature awards.
WEBSTER’S NEW INTERNATIONAL DICTIONARY: In addition to earning his degree from Hiram in 1898, John S. Kenyon, Ph.D., taught at the College between 1916 and 1944. He was regarded as the “dean” of American phoneticians. He was highly respected in his field – so much, that he was the consulting editor for pronunciation and phonetics of the second edition of “Webster’s New English International Dictionary” (1934), as well as a co-editor of the “Pronouncing Dictionary of American English.” Although many of the pronunciations in the “Pronouncing Dictionary of American English” seem antiquated by today’s standards, the book is still highly regarded as a classic guide to American English.
THE HOOVER COMPANY: Prior to earning his degree from Hiram College in 1900, Herbert William Hoover became employed at his father’s leather goods business in North Canton in 1898. The father and son business partners became aware of the first upright vacuum cleaner, invented in Canton, Ohio, by James Murray Spangler, shortly after the turn of the 20th century. Seeing the potential, the pair purchased the patent in 1908, founding the Electric Suction Sweeper Company. Herbert succeeded his father as president of the vacuum business in 1922 and as Chairman of the Board of the Hoover Company in 1925. Hoover’s name has since become synonymous with “vacuum cleaner” in the United Kingdom, Australia and United States.
EXPLORING THE TITANIC WRECKAGE: Allyn Vine ’36, was a physicist, physical oceanographer and senior scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution for nearly 40 years. During World War II, his work in the U.S. Navy on the bathythermograph, an instrument that continuously measures water temperature at various depths from ships and submarines, helped save many lives and millions of dollars in ships and equipment. After the war, Vine, applied this knowledge to develop the Alvin submersible (a contraction of his name). In addition to recovering a hydrogen bomb in 1966 and discovering strange lifeforms off the coast of Ecuador in 1977, the Alvin explored the wreckage of the Titanic in 1986.
SOLDIER’S MEDAL: Sgt. Lori Singer-Bare ’09, while stationed at Fort Hood, Texas, with the 178th Military Police Detachment, 89th Military Police Brigade, was the final soldier to confront the gunman who killed three people in an April 2014 shooting incident. After receiving the call that Spc. Ivan Lopez-Lopez was roaming the blocks of Fort Hood and erratically shooting the weapon, she began questioning two soldiers in the area in preparation of getting them to a safe location. That’s when Singer-Bare spotted a man out of the corner of her eye, who identified himself as the shooter. Singer-Bare then retrieved her weapon and engaged with the gunman, before he ended his own life. Singer-Bare was presented with the Soldier’s Medal, which ranks above the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals, for her heroic actions.
GLASS ART: Fritz Dreisbach ’62, also known as the “Johnny Appleseed of Glass,” is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of the American Studio Glass Movement. As a founding member of the Seattle-based Glass Art Society, and with a teaching career that spans more than 35 years, Dreisbach, M.F.A., has traveled the country lecturing, demonstrating glassblowing and organizing workshops. His expansive collection of work includes wheel-carved and cameo-cut glasses, as well as a variety of show pieces. His glass can be seen in both public and private collections including Corning, N.Y.; Hsinchu, Taiwan; Rotterdam, South Holland; at the Smithsonian American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. and Toledo, Ohio.
ROADWAY EXPRESS TRUCKING COMPANY: After receiving a degree from Hiram College in 1915 and a law degree from Case Western Reserve University, Galen J. Roush left his law practice in 1930 to establish the trucking firm, Roadway Express with his brother, Carroll Roush ’26. At the time, railroads provided the primary transportation for goods across the U.S., while trucks were used for less than full-load shipments. Fearful of the growing trucking industry, railroaders began to lobby for increased regulation. Galen’s training as a lawyer helped the firm navigate these changing regulations, limiting the firm’s risk of competition, all while building the trucking industry’s reputation. Galen helped secure exclusive rights to important routes, which paved way for Roadway’s expansion in the post-WWII era. After extensive growth throughout the 20th century, Roadway Express is now the nation’s second-largest motor freight carrier company.
THE SECOND CITY COMEDY TROUPE: Joe Ruffner ’94 began his career with famed comedy troupe, The Second City, in 2003. Since opening its doors in Chicago in 1959, The Second City has become one of the most influential and prolific comedy theatres in the world. Well-known alumni include Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert, Amy Poehler, Julia Louis-Dreyfus and many others. Today, The Second City has locations in Chicago, Toronto and Hollywood, plus touring shows in the U.S. and Canada. As a producer of The Second City Touring Companies, Ruffner recently brought the troupe back to Hiram College for two free shows and a panel discussion during fall 2015.
alumninotes NOTE: This listing includes notes reported in 2015, including those published in the online magazine.
Alumni Executive Board Officers Chris Schmitt ’04 President Barb (Boso) Bragiel ’91 Vice President Karen (Thompson) Scher ’89 Secretary
AEB Members Joan Arrington ’86 Thomas Bacher ’78 Kelly (Heinbaugh) Barthel ’91 Margie (Ticknor) Berkey ’62 Evelyn (Robinson) Boeson ’67 Keri Butler ’02* Amy (Saito) Calapa ’07 Nicole Chavers ’06* Lisa Powell ’97 Robert Coppedge ’01* Brad Cromes ’06 Jared Drummer ’08 Jeff Fram ’74 Dennis Getz ’82 Monica (Wilcox) Grebb ’91 Linda (Price) Jardini ’60 Rachel Jones ’95 Leo Lewis ’00 Asad Lodhi ’03 Daniel Maxson ’79 Matt Miller ’94/’11* Michael Moore ’83 Seku Shabazz ’00 Fred Thompson ’65 Kevin Tolbert ’09 Anne (Najeway) Vainer ’80 Rae (Smith) Wade ’60 Susan Widmar ’98 Thom Worden ’76 David Zeigler ’93* Hal Zug ’54 *Denotes Weekend College
Jim Vincent '65 retired as an assistant professor of communication from Robert Morris University after 37 years of teaching.
Jane (Treat) Gschwend '39 competed on the game show “Jeopardy,” in 1969, which was then hosted by Art Fleming, Gschwend won $8,230. She later returned for a special episode in which she won $1,000 for charity. Her son, Paul ’66, is also a graduate of the College.
1940s Paula (Elliott) Bradley '45 was reelected to the New Hampshire House of Representatives. She previously served three terms in the 1990s.
1950s After 23 years in beautiful Bolder, Co., Joanie (Burnham) Oram '52 now splits her time on the East Coast between New Harbor, Maine and Jensen Beach, Fla. She is still singing, swimming and teaching anyone interested to swim. Betty (Smith) Green '53 received The Heritage Award for "having a positive influence on the quality of life in the community over many years" from the Madison-Perry Chamber of Commerce. She resides in Madison, Ohio. Bill Allen ’56 enjoyed a large lawn party celebration for his 80th birthday. His wife, Kathryn (Engelhard) Allen '59 hired a barbershop quartet to sing Hiram College songs for him. His brother, Dave Allen '63 and sister-in-law Kathy (Konchan) Allen '64, were there to sing along with all the guests using the songbook.
1960s Dr. Gary Barnard ’60 completed mission work in Haiti in 2015 as part of a team of optometrists. The group examined 2,126 patients in six days, dispensing eyeglasses, treating eye infections, glaucoma and referring individuals for cataract evaluations and other surgical needs. This was Dr. Barnard’s sixth mission, having gone to Mexico, Peru, Honduras, Ukraine and Panama previously.
James Faulkner '67 recently retired but has since started his own automotive repair business.
Field Station Reunion 50 Years of Conservation, Nature and Education
In 2017, the James H. Barrow Field Station will be celebrating its 50th birthday! We’re planning a celebration and reunion to commemorate this milestone. If you are interested in attending or would like to receive information on this event, please fill out the form at:
www.hiram.edu/field-station You can also share memories and photos from your days at the Field Station. Jerry Griffin ’61 retired in July 2015 after 50 years of active ministry, mostly as a board certified chaplain for health care. He resides in Coon Rapids, Iowa, and was recognized for 50 years at his home church, First Christian (Disciples of Christ) on Feb. 22, 2015. The University of Oklahoma published the historical study written by William Heath ’64 titled, "William Wells and the Struggle for the Old Northwest." Learn more at www.williamheathbooks.com. Hank Wise '61 married Shelley Beth Yeatman in March 2015. Hank is a semiretired appraiser and is writing a book titled, “It’s Only An Opinion.” Blossom (Perkins) Shaw '62 is celebrating 50 years of marriage with her husband, Jay. The couple reside in Iowa City, Iowa. Carol Thomas ’65 serves as interim chair of the Investment Advisory Council of the Connecticut Retirement Plans and Trust Funds.
Bill Finch '68 is now a semi-retired professor of medicine. He has three grandchildren in Dallas, Texas and spends time in his condo on the Oregon Coast to get out of summer heat. Leesa Mann '68 and husband Dwight are retired and divide their time among mid-coast Maine in the summer, a Winnebago in Ocala National Forest in the winter, and Maryland in between.
1970s Bob Blodgett ‘70, Terry Forbes ‘70 and Don Mueller ‘69 met in Savannah, Ga. in April 2015 for their third annual reunion dubbed ‘Blorbler Days’ after their names. Prior gatherings were in Charlotte and Wilmington. Lots of memories, pranks and a ton of laughs marked each reunion! Sue (Sazma) Kerr '70 recently celebrated 45 years of employment with Delta Air Lines. She currently lives on 15 acres in Georgia with her horses, dogs and cats. Molly (Bayliss) Rosenberg '71 moved to Platina, Calif., after living for 40 years in San Francisco, to attend church at St. Herman Orthodox Monastery. She's enjoying mountain living. Jim Konves '72 retired from Procter and Gamble after 32 years of service. He helped a local Cincinnati company expand nationally and is now leading Skyline Chili's grocery division. Norman Paskowsky '73 serves as pastor of Our Savior Sherwood, Evangelical, Tollex, Evanger and rural Kenmare Lutheran Churches (ELCA). He resides in Minot, N.D.
Tom Broderick '75 serves as president of the Georgia Dental Association. He practices orthodontics in Savannah, Ga. He and his wife Linda (Ryan) Broderick '76 enjoy spending time their eight grandchildren. Dan Maxson '79 retired as a teacher and recently finished his fifth year as an outdoor education department specialist for Lake Metroparks in Northeast Ohio.
1980s Scott Culp '85 currently lives in the center of Portugal, in the university town of Coimbra, after spending seven years in Lisbon. He is an English teacher for Academic Purposes (EAP) and also serves at a software company. Edward Simmer '86 and Peggy HerzogSimmer '89 recently celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary. Ed is a U.S. Navy captain and is serving as the deputy chief for military health plans while Peggy is busy overseeing the restoration of their 1820 home in South Carolina.
1990s Amy Roediger '91 is the science department coordinator at Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio. A national board certified teacher, she has taught chemistry and physical science for 24 years in public and private schools. She has presented sessions on using iPads, Google apps and web2.0 tools in the classroom for OETC, NSTA, ChemEd, and at various venues in Lake and Geauga counties, including Lake Erie College. She serves as a network regional leader for the Ohio Department of Education in science and technology and a Google certified trainer. Roediger was a 2013 finalist for the Presidential Award for Excellence in Math and Science Teaching.
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Donald Havener '61 hiked the 2,181.1 miles of the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, Ga. to Mount Katahdin, Maine over six months in 2015 to support research for Parkinson’s Disease. Read more about his trip at www.gen524.com.
Dr. Dixie Benshoff Ludick '72 was inducted into the Ravenna High School Hall of Fame on Oct. 24, 2015. She received the Academic/Career Accomplishment Award for her contributions to the fields of education and psychology. Dr. Benshoff was formerly a department director at Akron General Medical Center and the Cleveland Clinic and has provided psychological and educational services to the College of Medicine at Northeast Ohio Medical University.
Edna R. Payne '72 published her first book, "FaithMarkers: Biblical Exemplars of Faith to Encourage Believers in These Last Days." The book can be purchased on amazon.com or barnesandnoble.com or westbowpress. com. It is available in both hardcover and paperback.
Leland P Gamson '73 has five children's books published by Sojourn Press and now available on amazon.com. They are: "Samson at the Olympics," "Lokael: The Donkey who Carried Jesus," "Why Can't Dogs Talk?" and "Where is Grandpa?"
Pamela Schoenewaldt ’75 released a new book titled, "Under the Same Blue Sky" in 2015. She is the USA Today bestselling author of the novels "When We Were Strangers," which was translated into three languages and selected as a Barnes & Noble Discover selection, and "Swimming in the Moon," which appears in German this year and was short-listed for the Langum Prize in American Historical Fiction. Her prize-winning short stories have appeared in literary magazines in England, France, Italy and the United States. She taught writing at the University of Maryland, European Division and the University of Tennessee. You can find her online at www.pamelaschoenewaldt.com.
Bill Melega ’94 is a high school teacher in the North Carolina Public Schools where he has won two national teaching awards. He recently finished writing the new version of the "SAT World History Review" book for Barron's Educational Publishing (New York). He and wife Laura (Dart) Melega '95 reside in Hillsborough, N.C. with their three children.
Geoffrey O'Shea '88 currently resides in Oneonta, New York, with his wife, Shirley, and son, Jeremy. He is an associate professor of psychology at the State University of New York at Oneonta and recently co-authored a book, “Human Memory: A Constructivist View” (2014; Academic Press), which examines the theories for why information in memory can become altered by our own cognition. He also performs in an electronic musical group known as NeuroSignal.
Roger Adkins '95 currently serves as director of international and cultural education at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. Most recently, he served as a special consultant to the director in the International Center at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, and as the associate director of study abroad programs at the University of Oregon. David Hejmanowski ’96 began a six-year term as the probate/juvenile judge of Delaware County, Ohio in February 2015. He was elected to the position in the November 2014 general election after serving as a magistrate at the court for the previous 12 years. He also served as court administrator of the juvenile court from September 2008 until his election. He and his wife, Ashley, reside in Delaware, where she serves as an assistant professor of chemistry at Ohio Wesleyan University. They are the parents of Katie and Nicholas.
SAVE THE DATE Views from the Hill – A pre-election panel discussion
October 13, 2016 6 p.m. City Club of Cleveland
Panelists: Douglas M. Brattebo, Ph.D, J.D. Director, Center for Engaged Ethics, and Associate Professor of Political Science Vivien Sandlund, Ph.D. Professor of History James Thompson, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Political Science
Tim Pratcshler '00 was admitted as a principal in PricewaterhouseCoopers' ("PwC") Detroit tax practice on July 1, 2015. Pratcshler leads PwC's Greater Michigan Market state tax controversy practice. He has nearly 12 years of experience working with various areas of state and local taxation including tax compliance, controversy, restructuring and refund reviews on a multi-state basis serving automotive manufacturers and suppliers, utilities, technology and service companies. Shawn Anderson ’02 earned a master’s degree in educational leadership in summer 2014 from Saint Leo University and a master’s degree in music education in the spring 2015 from State University of New York (SUNY) Fredonia. Brendan Cartwright '03 manages traveling exhibits for the Association of Children's Museums in Washington D.C. In March 2015, Jess (Grayson) Luzier ’05 and her husband Chris welcomed their first child, Quinn David. Jess continues in her role as assistant professor in the West Virginia University School of Medicine and directs the WVU Disordered Eating Center of Charleston as a clinical psychologist.
After debuting at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art in New York City to critical acclaim in The New York Times in 2014, the Queer Threads exhibition curated by John Chaich ’95 traveled to the Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) from December-March 2015 and Mills Gallery at the Boston Center for the Arts from April 22-July 10, 2016. The exhibition features 26 artists from four continents remixing fiber traditions and materials to explore contemporary LGBTQ identities and ideas. At MICA, Katy Bishop ’95 will participate in a related event, “Queer Threads, Common Ties,” exploring intersectionality. In summer 2016, a companion coffee table will be published by AMMO Books, edited by Chaich and legendary interdisciplinary designer Todd Oldham.
1977 & 1996
Hiram Family Day at Boston Mills/Brandywine Polar Blast Snow tubing was Hiram's largest ever off-campus alumni event. Thank you to the 180 past, present and future Terriers who joined in the fun. Learn about upcoming alumni events at alumni.hiram.edu! Jon Weaver and Julie (Kocka) Weaver ’07 welcomed son, Jacob Christian Weaver on July 10, 2015. He joins big brother Jimmy. Mike Sliter '07 is a faculty member at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis in the Psychology Department. Bryan Christiansen '08 currently serves as assistant swim coach at the State University of New York at New Paltz in New Paltz, NY, located between New York City and Albany. Bryan was a four-time varsity letter winner at Hiram College, served as a three-year captain and is a current team record holder.
2010s Angela Miloro-Hansen '10 has cowritten a play/project narrative called "The Star on My Heart". It is based on a true story of one of the few child survivors of the Terezin concentration camp. The play was chosen as
one of the ten new works performed at Manhattan Repository Theater in April 2016. Virginia Schminke-Yaussy '10 has been admitted into the Northeast Ohio Medical University/Cleveland State University partnership postbaccalaureate/M.D. program to pursue a medical doctorate in primary care. She intends to pursue a primary care specialty in community and family medicine. Michael Walton ’11 and Erica Gordon ’01 were chosen to take part in the Ohio State Bar Association's leadership academy. The Academy is a selective grouping of 24 lawyers chosen from across the state with the purpose of training those lawyers for future opportunities for leadership in the Association, profession and community. Both Erica and Michael earned a juris doctorate from Ohio Northern University College of Law. Erica is currently a magistrate out of Seneca County and Michael is a trial attorney out of Warren Ohio.
Hiram alumni Bill Verno '77 and Dave Hejmanowski '96 live in Columbus and recently crossed paths while participating in a theatrical production that was put on jointly by Arena Fair (the community theater group in Delaware) and the Delaware County Bar Association as a fundraiser for the new Delaware County Bar Foundation. Hejmanowski is president of the Foundation and Verno is active with Arena Fair and retired from a career in computer programming. The two men did not know each other before this production and only made the Hiram connection because Verno came into the first rehearsal wearing a Hiram College hat.
1999 & 2001
Melanie Collins ’01 and Josh Moss '99 welcomed a son, Evan, on Sept. 14, 2014, who joins sister, Nora, age 3. Moss is an assistant professor of physics at California State University Sacramento. HIRAMMAGAZINE
2004 2007 Kevin Fink ’04 and wife Jacki welcomed their second child, Allison Marie, on Dec. 3, 2014. They are also parents to Cameron, age 3.
Ashley Ann Krapacs ’07 graduated cum laude from the University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law in May 2015. Krapacs earned her degree as a member of the Evening Division while working full time in Washington, D.C. During her time in law school, Krapacs served as a student attorney in the Immigration and Human Rights Clinic where she represented a client in a complicated asylum case. Her work on the case earned her the Earl H. Davis Advocacy Award in 2014. She also served as a senator for the Student Bar Association, she served on the Executive Board of the Women’s Law Society, and she was a teaching assistant for first-year students.
Jessica Bennett ’06 and Garrett Higa ’07 were married on Oct. 11, 2014 at the University Club in downtown Denver, Co. Many Hiram alumni joined in the festivities. The wedding party, from left-to-right, included Hiram alumni Joel Milani ’08, Evan Tachovsky ’08, Karya Ottey ’06, bride Jessica (Bennett) Higa, groom Garrett Higa, Mason Milani ’09, and Charlie Eppley ’08.
Joel Milani '08 and Cheryl Diroll ’08 were married on October 12, 2013, at Crystal Brook Farm in Chagrin Falls. Many Hiram alumni joined in the festivities. Back row: Gavin Strassel ’08, Charles Eppley ’08, Evan Tachovsky ’08, Brandon Savage ’05, James Stubbins ’09, Jeff Papesh ’10, Chris McGaw ’07, Mason Milani ’09, Dominique Blanc ’09, Cameron Milani ’13, Natasha Zivak ’15. Middle row: Ashley Strassel, Liz Arps ’09, Raisa Jenke ’09, Michelle Leshe ’08, Danielle Savage ’08, Joel Milani ’08, Cheryl (Diroll) Milani ’08, Carol (Milani) Agnew ’16, Katie (Schwan) Milani ’09. Front row kneeling: Erin Telepak ’08, Brittany (Cowden) Trela ’09, Christine (Ruff) Papesh ’09, Nora Plisga ’08.
Francesca Luppino '12 and Ken Jon Yeong '12, who met at Hiram College through The Net, were married in Wooster, Ohio on July 3, 2015.
2016 June 17-19
It’s time to return to Hiram Hill to reconnect with your alma mater and your fellow classmates. Join us for a weekend of intellectual stimulation and social activities designed to help you relive fond memories while making lasting new ones.
HERE ARE THE EXCITING EVENTS PLANNED FOR THE WEEKEND. FRIDAY, JUNE 17 Hourly Campus Tours
It is a small world, but it is a very small HIRAM COLLEGE world! From Mike Crossen ’69
My wife, Jan, and I live in Cincinnati and we were traveling through the Southwest on vacation heading up to the Grand Canyon. We decided to drive out to Wupatki National Monument, which is about 21 miles northeast of Flagstaff. After learning about the ruins, we followed the path to see the pueblos and the area surrounding them. There were about 50 people walking through the pueblos. Two of the individuals were wearing clothing with Ohio State on them and I asked them where they were from in Ohio. The man and his wife responded, “Painesville.” I told them that we were from Cincinnati, but that I had grown up in the northeast part of the state in Youngstown and I had graduated from Hiram College. They responded that they had also graduated from Hiram College. I told them that I had graduated in 1969, and the husband told me that he had graduated in 1969 also. He said his name was John Fetzer and he introduced his wife Jan (Breckinridge), who had graduated from Hiram in 1970. John and I not only graduated from Hiram the same year, but he and his roommate, Cliff Hunt ’69, lived in the room next to me and my roommate, Bud Dey ’69, in Whitcomb Hall. We have had a few other interesting coincidences when we have been traveling, but this little Hiram reunion in Wupatki. Ariz., might have been the most amazing one of them all!
9-10:15 A.M. SESSION I Alumni Weekend Book Club
2-5 p.m. Wine Tasting at ThornCreek Winery
National and Battleground State Dynamics of the 2016 Presidential Election
2-5 p.m. Garfield Monument at Lake View Cemetery
10:30-11:45 A.M. SESSION II Historic Look at Hiram Buildings
5:30-9 p.m. Twilight Canoe Trip
Guitar Recital: Country and Classical
6-7:30 p.m. Picnic Dinner on the Plaza
J.J. Turner Induction Ceremony
7:30-9:30 p.m. Remembering Freddy’s
Lunch Options Noon-2 p.m. Alumni and Faculty Luncheon
8 p.m.-midnight Is Hiram Haunted? 9 p.m.-midnight Black Box Concert Club with “In-a-Jam” 9:30-11 p.m. Gazing at the Stars from the Hill
SATURDAY, JUNE 18 7:30-8:30 a.m. Terrier Fun Run 8-10 a.m. All-you-can-eat breakfast 8-10 a.m. The Trail Mix Breakfast and Morning Hike Hourly Campus Tours 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Hall of History
3:30-4:30 P.M. SESSION IV Beer School with Thirsty Dog Brewing Company Making Sense of Modern Physics: Is physics on the verge of a major revolution? A Model for Understanding, Preventing and Combatting Depression with Charles W. Rogers, Ph.D. ’66 Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community 5-6:30 p.m. All-Alumni Reception and Alumni Awards Ceremony
Noon-2 p.m. Golden Terriers Luncheon
6:30-7 p.m. Reunion Class Photos
2-4:30 p.m. Nature’s Wine: Painting Workshop
7–9 p.m. Reunion Dinners The Classes of 1951, 1956, 1961, 1966, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006, 2011 and Weekend College/MAIS are celebrating reunions! Each class reunion dinner is coordinated by a group of your very own classmates.
2:15-3:15 P.M. SESSION III Casual Summer Entertaining with Gourmet Chef Anne Haynam ’88 Art of Craft Cocktails Alumni Choir
7–9 p.m. The 50th Reunion 9 p.m. Dance under the Hinsdale Arch
From Story to Song: Open Mic Event The Green and Black: The often unhappy history of Irish-Americans and AfricanAmericans with Jim Vincent ’65
SUNDAY, JUNE 19 8-11 a.m. All-You-Can-Eat Brunch
Visit alumni.hiram.edu for details.
Robert Andress ’53
Robert Andress, Jr., former director of the Stephens Memorial Observatory, died on May 11, 2015. He was a 1953 graduate of Hiram College and active in astronomy for most of his life. Andress touched many lives as he conducted observatory sessions for the public and for college classes for many years. A local educator, he taught for more than 30 years and also served as director of the planetarium for Warrensville City schools in Warrensville Heights, Ohio. A veteran of the U.S. Army, he married Lois (Wright) ’53 in April 1954, and had three daughters, Nancy Lindelof, Barbara Andress and Sally Magargee ’85; as well as 11 grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren. Upon retirement, Andress moved from Ohio to Green Valley, Ariz. where he was very active in the Sonora Astronomical Society.
John T.S. Andrews, Ph.D.
John T.S. Andrews died Sept. 21 2015. Dr. Andrews spent 35 years at Hiram as a teacher, colleague, administrator and scholar in the department of chemistry. As a faculty member, Dr. Andrews expected freshmen and upperclass students alike to excel, and he held all of them to high academic standards. Rather than do the easy thing and keep the curriculum static, he developed new courses in computational chemistry and X-ray crystallography. He also assisted in the fundraising efforts that eventually helped to support computational chemistry at Hiram. Dr. Andrews earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from New College, Oxford University and went on to earn both master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Michigan. A staunch defender of the liberal arts, Dr. Andrews was an active member of Phi Beta Kappa , past organizer of the annual Nobel lecture series and recipient of the Distinguished Service Award in 2009.
Victoria (Tory) Barrett ’16
Tory Barrett passed away on April 4, 2016 at the age of 22. A nursing student and former member of the Terrier women’s basketball team, she was a graduate of Notre Dame Cathedral Latin High School and resided in Lyndhurst, Ohio.
Ralph Cebulla, Ph.D.
Ralph Cebulla, Ph.D., emeritus professor of psychology, died Nov. 2, 2015 in his Hiram home, surrounded by family. Dr. Cebulla joined the Hiram community in 1964 and taught for more than 40 years, making lasting contributions to the psychology major, the general education program and the
When he wasn’t teaching, Dr. Cebulla could be found challenging varsity tennis players to matches (and sometimes beating them), cooking a delicious meal and working with high school students in the Upward Bound program, many of whom he recruited to attend Hiram. Dr. Cebulla earned a B.A. degree from San Jose State University and went on to earn both M.A. and Ph.D. degrees from The Ohio State University. After retiring from Hiram College in 2003, he continued to teach for three more years. He is survived by his wife, Jeanne; daughter Coleen (Ted) CebullaDonley of Columbus; son, Theo (Heather) Cebulla of Hiram; and two great-grandchildren, Mason and Hallie Cebulla.
Myrtis Herndon, M.S.
Myrtis Herndon, emerita professor of physical education died on March 7. Professor Herndon taught from 1958-1995 and served as head coach for the softball and volleyball teams. In addition to teaching and coaching, Professor Herndon played a pivotal role in the development of women’s intercollegiate varsity sports at the local, state, regional and national levels. She aided in the development of policies and procedures governing women’s participation in sports, was a published author on the subject of women’s athletics, and was honored by the International Olympic Committee for her work and scholarship. Professor Herndon stayed connected to Hiram long after retirement. Herndon Field, or "The Myrt" as it is affectionately called, is named in honor of her generosity in helping to fund the 2003 construction of this state-of-the-art complex. She was inducted into the William H. Hollinger Athletic Hall of Fame in 2010.
Mary Ann Painley ’87 Mary Ann Painley died on June 6, 2015. She was employed at Hiram for 24 years, the last 17 of those as registrar for the College, until her retirement in 2005. She earned a B.A. degree from Hiram in social sciences and went on to earn a master’s degree in education from Kent State University. She is
survived by her husband of 53 years, Tom Painley, and her four children and eight grandchildren. She was always very proud of the fact that 11 of her family members graduated from and/or worked for Hiram College.
Alan (Al) Brant, an emeriti member of the Hiram College Board of Trustees, died on June 15 at the age of 83. Brant served with distinction on the Board of Trustees from 1990-2008, when he was honored with the title of emeritus trustee. During his tenure he held several prominent posts including the position of vice chairman and also chairman of various board committees. As a leader in these areas, he shepherded many initiatives from "idea phase" to "implementation phase." Along with other leaders of the time, Brant is credited with playing a role in seeing the construction of the campus library, science building and recreational center come to fruition. He also served as a member and former chairman of the Garfield Society. A well-known Northeast Ohio banking professional, he served as senior vice president and manager of the Central National Bank Retail Branch System in Cleveland. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Ohio Wesleyan University and spent three years as a captain and pilot in the U.S. Air Force.
Linda Rea, Ph.D.
Linda L. Rea, former professor of at Hiram College from 1968-2009 died Oct. 11, 2015. Dr. Rea earned a B.A. degree from Otterbein College, a M.A. degree and a Ph.D. degree, both from Kent State University. Dr. Rea was a world traveler who took many college students to Central American countries where her heart and compassion lead her. She will be remembered as a colleague, advisor and mentor for thousands of students who had the privilege of knowing her in and out of the classroom. She was a member of the Garfield Society and holder of the Bissell Chair. She truly enjoyed the outdoors, reading and spending time with her two grandchildren. Survivors include her daughter Allyson (Eric) Gray; grandchildren, Trace and Kylee Gray of Shreve, Ohio; mother, Tulsa Snyder and sister, Patricia Coy, both of Warsaw, Ind. Linda was preceded in death by her husband Dr. James R. Rea in January 2010.
Alexandria Shafer ’19 Hiram student Alexandria Shafer passed away Feb. 17, 2016 after a battle with leukemia. Alexandria was from Cortland, Ohio and was a graduate of Lakeview High School. She was a biology major at Hiram and also an assistant manager at the Family Dollar in Cortland. She enjoyed riding horses, camping, bonfires and had a great love of animals and all things outdoors. Anna Ruth (Thompson) Morgan ’25 died Jan. 1,1994 Marie Jane (Flook) Kohler ’34 died Feb. 7, 2014 Alice Settlemyer Byrne ’35 died May 21, 2012 Orma (Webster) Huebner ’36 died Apr. 28, 2015 Lucille (Sidlo) Ruth Touzeau ’38 died Feb. 13, 2014 David Wainwright ’39 died April 17, 2013 Robert E Burns ’40 died March 3, 2007 George K Cox ’40 died May 20, 2015 Lester L. Krause Jr. ’40 died April 10, 2014 Richard H Quigley ’40 died May 20, 2015 Willard Foote Blum ’41 died June 4, 2009 Alice (Jeffers) Hoffman ’41 died Aug. 29, 2010 Elizabeth May (Nye) Holmes ’41 died March 9, 2015 Dene Rosetta (Chadwick) Taylor ’41 died April 8, 2015 Mary Alice (Gibbs) Fulton ’42 died Sept. 12, 2015 David Hagelbarger ’42 died Nov. 5, 2014 Cornelia (Barber) Arroyave ’43 died July 9, 2011 Helen (Smetana) Degner ’43 died Feb. 4, 2010 George Schneider ’43 died Jan. 27, 2015 Donald J Whitney ’43 died Oct. 8, 2015 James P. Hornburg ’44 died July 28, 2013 Josephine Martha (Leisure) Kinderman ’44 died April 4, 2015 Edith Elizabeth (Leugemors) Welch ’45 died May 20, 2015 Violet (Brucoli) DeCapita ’47 died March 6, 2013 Ellen (Liek) Baker ’47 died May 7, 2015 Jean (Altman) Liston ’48 died Sept. 9, 2014 Phyllis (Garver) Marangoni ’48 died Sept. 26, 2014 Keylon Williams ’48 died June 28, 2014 Joan Marie (Lehman) Bland ’49 died Jan. 3, 2016 Sara Mae (Palmer) Dodd ’49 died June 13, 2015 Joan (Kohler) Horn ’49 died Aug. 3, 2015 Robert Allen Liston ’49 died May 25, 2015 Kenneth E. Lloyd ’49 died Dec. 18, 2009 Robert P. Smith ’49 died May 19, 2015 Carolyn (Langdon) Budd ’50 died July 30, 2014 Elvidio G Bufalini ’50 died Nov. 1, 2015 Robert A. Clark ’50 died July 6, 2015 David Fall ’50 died April 23, 2014 Lois Ruth (Roesel) Fisher ’50 died Nov. 23, 2015 Phyllis Mae (Reese) Gilbert ’50 died July 7, 2015 HIRAMMAGAZINE
inmemoriam Donald Rutledge ’50 died April 8, 2015 Herbert Andrew Sihler ’50 died Nov. 24, 2015 Douglas Sturm ’50 died April 27, 2014 John F Welch ’50 died May 20, 2015 Patricia Ann (Whittaker) Fram ’51 died Aug. 21, 2015 Richard C. Minick ’51 died April 12, 2015 George F. Simpson ’51 died November 27, 2014 Howard Sidney Thompson Jr ’51 died Aug. 8, 2015 George William Anderson ’52 died Feb. 23, 2013 Bernice (Cooperman) Berman ’52 died Dec. 14, 2010 James Albert Couture ’52 died Sept. 25, 2015 Paula (Alexander) Fulmer ’52 died July 19, 2015 Alwin Clark Green II ’52 died May 27, 2014 Burton A. Kassel ’52 died Oct. 16, 2015 Ruth Claire (Shultz) McConnell ’52 died Oct. 3, 2015 Philip R. Meigs ’52 died Feb. 25, 2015 Edwin Poore ’52 died Aug. 24, 2013 Donald E. Strouse ’52 died Jan. 2, 2015 Wilbert Sturbaum (Bill) ’52 died Nov. 6, 2015 Marilyn June (Mantsch) Alger ’53 died Oct. 10, 2015 J. Robert Andress ’53 died May 11, 2015 Gwendolyn Gibbs Kingzett ’53 died Nov. 11, 2015 Edward F. Reed ’53 died June 21, 2015 Richard E Waller ’53 died July 7, 2015 Donald E. Wiseman ’53 died Feb. 28, 2015 Felicia (Esser) Clark ’54 died Dec. 12, 2014 Harlan J. Cook ’54 died July 7, 2015 Carl Marvin Frye ’54 died Nov. 2, 2014 Elizabeth Jeanne (Beecher) Haase ’55 died May 20, 2015 Fred Holdgate ’55 died May 5, 2014 Stanley Hurd ’55 died Feb. 15, 2015 Margaret (Slivenick) Kooken ’55 died Nov. 14, 2013 Robert E. McClelland Jr. ’55 died Apr. 1, 2015 Charles H. Wilson, Jr. ’55 died Mar. 16, 2014 Carmen Celenza ’56 died Mar. 6, 2015 Nathaniel Lewis Cox ’57 died Apr. 18, 2015 Lois (Vlach) Johnson ’57 died Dec. 17, 2014 Emile A. Legros Jr. ’57 died Apr. 27, 2013 David M. Phillips ’57 died Oct. 6, 2014 Judith (Jamison) Tutton ’57 died May 28, 2014 Dolores Witzler ’57 died June 15, 2014 Barbara J (Schulte) Bakos ’58 died Dec. 9, 2015 Percy Hayes Baker, Jr. ’58 died Oct. 21, 2012 Charles Zelmond Harrel ’58 died Mar. 26, 2010 Cynthia Smith Hoopes ’58 died Feb. 2, 2016 Richard Matvey ’58 died June 15, 2015 Marjorie Rose (Sedivy) Thomas ’58 died June 5, 2015 Alice (Hull) Wahl ’58 died July 13, 2010 Thomas M. Box ’59 died May 23, 2015 Susan Elizabeth Hanson MD ’59 died May 2, 2015 Margaret Evangeline (Palmer) Potts ’59 died July 18, 2015 Thomas Arthur Johnson ’60 died May 20, 2015 Karolyn Marie McMahon ’60 died Mar. 22, 2015 Olive Powell ’60 died June 7, 2015 James Shula ’60 died Oct. 5, 2012
James N. Clark ’61 died Feb.23, 2015 John Robert Hollenbach ’61 died Oct. 20, 2015 Fred David Liedtke ’61 died Nov. 10, 2015 Phyllis Gene (Patermoster) Meyer ’61 died July 31, 2015 Tex R Davis ’62 died Aug. 5, 2014 Marie Ann (Feith) Federman ’62 died Sept. 15, 2014 Eric Shipman ’63 died Nov. 26, 2013 Patricia Ann (Abbott) Call ’64 died Aug. 22, 2014 Milton Leslie Cooper ’64 died Feb. 2, 2015 Elizabeth Hibbard Stewart Dunbar ’64 died Aug. 25, 2015 Mary Jane (Habbyshaw) Kuriger ’64 died May 21, 2015 Timothy W. Schell ’66 died Aug. 28, 2014 Deborah (Milz) Simpson ’66 died June 2, 2015 Elizabeth J. (Gill) Bohlin ’67 died May 19, 2015 Marilyn (Miller) Holdnack ’67 died April 26, 2015 Judith Ann Jeran ’67 died March 15, 2009 Dorothy Higley Bretnall ’68 died July 12, 2013 Susan A. Knopp ’68 died March 23, 2015 Hugh James MacBeth ’68 died May 30, 2014 Judy Lee (Bott) Porter ’68 died Sept. 16, 2013 Gary R. Virant ’68 died March 8, 2015 Vaughn E Dade ’69 died April 23, 2014 Stephen Carl Smith ’69 died Feb. 2, 2013 Richard L. Thomas ’69 died April 29, 2015 Larry L. Alexander ’70 died Jan. 11, 2015 Suzanne Elizabeth (Griggs) McKinney ’70 died Dec. 11, 2014 Joseph Stephen Petrovsky ’70 died May 11, 2011 Lenore Travis ’70 died May 20, 2015 Edith Gayla Fuller ’71 died Feb. 16, 2014 Melody A. (Wensyel-Ruff) Cohen ’73 died Aug. 25, 2015 Michael Crofts ’74 died Feb. 8, 2011 James Friendly ’75 died Nov. 11, 2014 Geverna Carlisle Barone ’76 died Nov. 24, 2015 Donald Michael Boesel Jr ’76 died Feb. 15, 2015 Robert Melnick ’78 died June 24, 2014 Michael Sefcik, Jr. ’78 died May 21, 2015 Cecilia A. Hermann ’80 died June 18, 2015 Milan Sebo ’80 died Sept. 1, 2015 Glenn A. Bruce, Jr ’81 died March 17, 2014 Wayne Robert Mrofchak ’82 died Dec. 28, 2015 Paul Robert Dielman ’83 died June 13, 2013 Robert K. Hart ’83 died April 15, 2015 Marilyn (Natoli) Shaftic ’83 died Oct. 8, 2015 Tom Cammett ’85 died May 16, 2015 Melony K. Torrey Heyn ’85 died April 8, 2015 Carolyn H. (Curtiss) Sharp ’85 died Oct.7, 2014 Leon (Fred) Carr ’86 died March 11, 2015 Jason C. Ashley ’87 died Jan. 18, 2010 Mary Ann Painley ’87 died June 6, 2015 Aileen Hyden ’89 died Sept. 29, 2015 Laura (Dluzynski) Quinn ’89 died March 8, 2011 Melanie A. (Hudock) Harrell ’95 died Sept. 7, 2015 Annette A. (Smith) Manning ’97 died April 8, 2015 Bryan N. Maschgan ’99 died Oct. 16, 2014
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