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Alumni Weekend






For decades, alumni have returned to Hiram Hill every June to reconnect with classmates and their alma mater. Join us this year for a weekend of intellectual stimulation and social activities designed to reunite you with your fellow classmates.

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Friday, June 17, 2016
Registration: 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Kennedy Center
Locations for all events will be given to you at registration.

A Day with Hiram Golf Outing
Sugar Bush Golf Club
Join alumni, friends and community members for the 56th annual Day with Hiram benefiting Hiram College athletics. More information will be available in the near future. 


Hourly Campus Tours
Depart from the Kennedy Center with a dedicated 8 passenger golf cart
Sign-up in the Kennedy Center for a tour on an eight-passenger golf cart.

2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Afternoon Wine Tasting at ThornCreek Winery
Depart from the Kennedy Center
Take a trip with fellow alumni to an Aurora, Ohio vineyard situated on seven acres of beautifully designed gardens, gathering places and reflection spaces. ThornCreek Winery has award-winning wines that are bottled on site. The wine and food selections are as unique and distinctive as the winery itself. Guests will enjoy four wine samples while learning how they were made.

2:00 – 5:00 p.m. Garfield Monument at Lakeview Cemetery
Depart from the Kennedy Center
Listed on the National Register of Historic Places, James A. Garfield's final resting place combines Romanesque, Gothic and Byzantine styles of architecture. You will be shuttled from campus to the site and will have time to explore this 180-foot tall monument which features terra cotta panels, stained glass windows, rich mosaics and President Garfield's casket. On a clear day you can see forty miles of the Lake Erie shore from the outdoor balcony.  Note: this tour involves approximately one mile of walking including 154 steps to the monument.

5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Twilight Canoe Trip
Depart from the Kennedy Center
Explore the Cuyahoga River on this relaxing canoe trip. Travel a woodland stream with a gentle, meandering course that is suitable for beginner to advanced paddlers. A picnic dinner will be provided at the Livery before the launch.

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. Picnic Dinner on the Plaza  
Enjoy fresh air, flavor and fun at this delightful picnic on Oliver Plaza. Join your friends for picnic fare, conversation, and even some yard games before the evening's entertainment begins. 


7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. Remembering Freddy's
Join the Class of 1966 for a recreation of their favorite campus hangout - Freddy's. Enjoy milkshakes and a cash bar while Hiram alumnus Fred Thompson '65 plays your favorite music from the Freddy's era. 


8:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Is Hiram Haunted? 
Paranormal Investigators, Ohio Researchers of Banded Spirits (ORBS), have conducted ghost-hunting investigations in Bowler Hall and the Zimmerman Home (the original residence of President James A. Garfield). They will share their findings for groups of people in four, one-hour sessions. Space is limited to 25 participants in each one-hour session, so sign up today!

9:00 p.m. – 12:00 a.m. Black Box Concert Club with "In-a-Jam"
Back by popular demand - we're turning Hiram's black box theater into a concert club! In-a-Jam, Delaware, Ohio's eclectic acoustic electric trio, featuring the talents of Rolf Remlinger '85, will surely make you move your feet. A cash bar will be available. 

9:30 p.m. – 11:00 p.m. Gazing at the Stars from the Hill
James Guilford, Hiram's volunteer caretaker of the Stephens Memorial Observatory, will open the doors of the observatory for an open house so you can learn about Hiram's unique telescope and gaze at the stars. With good visibility, we will see beautiful ringed Saturn, a close-up of the Moon, and maybe even Mars. 

Saturday, June 18th, 2016
Registration: 7:30 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Kennedy Center

7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. Terrier Fun Run
Run with the pack! Get in your morning run with fellow Terriers. Meet under the Gerstacker Hall Arch for an informal run/walk around the three-mile square. 

Breakfast Options:

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. All you can eat breakfast
Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of breakfast favorites.

8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. The Trail Mix: Breakfast and Morning Hike
Depart from the Kennedy Center
Enjoy a nature inspired breakfast prepared by gourmet chef Anne Haynam '88 at the James H. Barrow Field Station. Alumni will have time to interact with student workers and researchers during a morning poster session, look at the Field Station's interactive displays and learn about current citizen science programs. Then enjoy a 45-minute leisurely nature hike guided by Field Station students, staff and faculty. Both a shorter and a longer version of the hike will be available based on participant preferences. Space is limited.

Hourly Campus Tours
Depart from the Kennedy Center with a dedicated 8 passenger golf cart
Sign-up in the Kennedy Center for a tour on an eight-passenger golf cart.

10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Hall of History 
Take a walk down memory lane. Visit the Hall of History where yearbooks, Patterns, magazines, and memorabilia from across the decades will be displayed for viewing.


9:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.
SESSION I (choose from one of the two events below)

Alumni Weekend Book Club

We've selected the novel Into the Beautiful North for this year's Alumni Weekend Book Club discussion. This book was used in this year's The Big Read program. Join Professor Jennifer Miller, Director of Academic Operations, in the campus library to discuss the novel. Advance copies are available on Into the Beautiful North is a quest novel in the grand tradition, though there are no medieval knights, magic rings, or light sabers within its pages. Author Luis Alberto Urrea sets the novel in the present day, in the highly charged world of the U.S.–Mexico border region.

National & Battleground State Dynamics of the 2016 Presidential Election

Doug Brattebo, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the James A. Garfield Center for the Study of the American Presidency, discusses the large national currents at work in the 2016 presidential election, including how these factors will manifest in the small number of states that are the epicenters of the electoral contest.

10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m.
(choose from one of the four events below)

Living Well: The 4 Pillars of Health…Energy, Exercise, Attitude and Numbers

It is difficult to make sense of all the current trends, fads and myths of living healthy. Join Head Athletic Trainer/Assistant Athletic Director Jim Johnston in a discussion and informative session on a basic plan including nutrition, exercise, stress management and understanding your physiological numbers to assist you in making healthful decisions.

An Historic Look at Hiram Buildings

Join Christie (Edwards) Borkan '81 as she shows images of buildings and landscapes of Hiram as they looked from the earliest days of the Eclectic and forward. This talk focuses on the architectural styles and time periods of the buildings, as well as anecdotal history. Relive your Hiram days! 

Classical Guitar Recital:
Country and Classical
Join Ben Dague, Adjunct Instructor of Guitar in the music department,on a musical journey through various styles and periods of music.  From Renaissance to Baroque to classical, contemporary and country, this recital should have a little bit for everyone!

J.J. Turner Induction Ceremony
Gather in Drury Hall for the annual meeting of the J.J. Turner Society. The Society recognizes the achievements of life science graduates and discusses current scientific research. William Goldner '78 will be this year's award winner and will discuss “How Can Alternative Jet Fuel and Bio-based Products Help Save the Gulf of Mexico and the Chesapeake Bay?”


11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Legacy Brunch and Tour
Did other members of your family attend Hiram, too?  Do you have a potential future Terrier in the family?  If so, then we hope you will join us for this free brunch and campus tour for past, present, and future legacy families.


12:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Lunch Options

Alumni and Faculty Luncheon 

Alumni and faculty are invited to this premier, all-you-can-eat luncheon where Hiram’s dining services partner, AVI Fresh, will showcase their culinary talents.

Golden Terriers Luncheon 

Alumni celebrating or who have already celebrated their 50th reunion are invited to this special luncheon. 

2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. Nature's Wine: Painting Workshop
All skill levels are invited for an afternoon of creativity and relaxation while enjoying smooth wine, delectable appetizers, and good friends! Carol (Milani) Agnew '16 is a Hiram resident artist who enjoys connecting others with nature in a creative way. She will guide your painting of a Hiram nature scene and you will get to take home your finished project! Space is limited to 25 participants, so sign-up today!

2:15 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.
(choose from one of the four events below)

Casual Summer Entertaining with gourmet Chef Anne Haynam '88
When the dog days of summer hit, the last thing you want to do is turn on your oven! Join us for a class full of easy summer entertaining ideas! Includes samples and recipes to take home.

The Green and Black: The often unhappy history of Irish-Americans and African-Americans with Jim Vincent '65

These two ethnic groups are well known for competing for jobs in the American northern states after the civil war, but their interactions had a long history in the Caribbean plantations and would later spill out again in the school integration battles in the suburbs of Boston. From secret societies to the Black Panthers alliance with the Northern Ireland freedom fighters in the Sixties, the green and the black demonstrate the complexities of American ethnic strife.

Art of Craft Cocktails 

Join Mark Rhodes, a 1993 graduate of the Weekend College and owner of barrell33 in Howland, Ohio, as he leads an Art of Craft Cocktails class. At this event you'll taste classic cocktails like the Aviation and Sidecar and craft cocktails like the Moscow mule and Vesper. You'll sample five mini cocktails, and learn about the history of cocktails along with bitters, mixers, garnishes and liquors. And learn when to shake versus stir a cocktail.

Alumni Choir
Sing to Hiram! All singing Terriers are invited to join Professor Emerita Damaris Peters-Pike for an alumni choir session where you will prepare two songs you may have sung with the choir while you were a student. Later, the group will perform at the All Alumni Awards Ceremony.

From Story to Song: Open Mic Event

Calling all alumni writers, composers, and comics! Share one of your own poems or songs, an excerpt from your latest essay or story, or a brief stand-up routine with a friendly crowd. Associate Professor of English Paul Gaffney will emcee a fun hour where you are encouraged to share up to five minutes of one of your own compositions. If you're not a performer, join us to celebrate the creativity of your classmates.

3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
SESSION IV (choose from one of the four events below)

Beer School with Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
At Thirsty Dog Brewing Company in Akron, Ohio, full flavor, delicate balance, texture and aroma combine to make beer an infinitely complex experience. Join owner Jon Patrick Najeway, brother Stan '79 and Anne (Najeway) Vainer '80, as he talks about his meticulously hand-crafted beers. 

Making Sense of Modern Physics
Is physics on the verge of a major revolution? In this class session, Professor Mark Taylor will give a nontechnical introduction to our current theories of the universe, both at the subatomic and extragalactic levels, and will then discuss recent findings (related to dark matter and dark energy) that are raising serious questions about how much we really understand. Whatever the resolution, these are exciting times for fundamental physics.

A Model for Understanding, Preventing & Combating Depression with
Charles W. Rodgers, Ph.D. '66 
Few adults have been untouched by depression at some point in life, and for those who graduated from Hiram in the 60's, depression is increasingly likely to interfere with healthy aging. Although depression is rather ubiquitous, it is often misunderstood or conceptualized in inaccurate ways. In this presentation a model will be presented to enable attendees to conceptualize and understand depression; to determine specific actions to  prevent or combat it in their own lives; and to guide them in attempting to assist loved ones.

Hiram Farm Living and Learning Community 
Just south of Hiram College on Garfield Road is an organic farm where approximately 25 adults on the Autism Spectrum work the land throughout the year and are paid a wage from the sale of the harvest and handicrafts they produce. Established in June 2009, the Farm has expanded its infrastructure and program offerings to encompass greenhouses, hydroponics, an assortment of livestock, and pick-your-own blueberries and strawberries. Come tour the Farm with some fellow alumni who serve on the Farm’s Board of Directors and learn about the therapeutic effects that our Farmers experience as they grow, learn, and work in a setting focused on respect and support for individuals and the environment.

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. All-Alumni Reception and Alumni Awards Ceremony
All of the weekend's activities come together with this one, all-inclusive reception honoring this year's alumni award recipients. Join us for hors d'oeuvres and a cash bar as we salute this year's winners. You will also get to hear a reading of the Essay Contest Winner and performances by the Alumni Weekend Choir!

Lifelong Leadership Award - Dr. J. Marshall Dunn '65
Alumni Achievement Award - William J. Moran, Jr. '86
Recent Graduate Service to Humanity Award - Lauren M. LeBlanc '11
Alumni Volunteer Award - Michael R. Myers, Ph.D. '83 

6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Reunion Class Photos
Specific instructions for your class will be available at registration.

Dinner Options
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.

Reunion Dinners
The Classes of 1951*, 1956*, 1961*, 1966*, 1971, 1976, 1981, 1986, 1991, 1996, 2001, 2006 and 2011 and Weekend College/MAIS are celebrating reunions! Each class reunion dinner is coordinated by a group of your very own classmates. 

The reunion dinner cost includes the all-alumni reception, a served meal, and all non-alcoholic beverages. Those classes indicated by an * include an open bar; otherwise a cash bar will be available. Don't worry if you are not in a reunion class this year, all attendees are invited to attend the reunion dinner of their choice. 

The 50th Reunion
A 50th reunion is a memorable occasion and the Class of 1966 doesn't want to celebrate this milestone alone. All alumni from surrounding class years are encouraged to meet back in Hiram for this year's reunion weekend. We go to great lengths to make the 50th reunion special including a hospitality suite in Hiram's newest suite-styled, air-conditioned residence hall (where housing is provided), golf cart transportation to and from events, a memorial service honoring those who have passed away, a special display in the archives, and more. Do you need to be picked up at the airport? Let us know. 



9:00 p.m. Dance under the Hinsdale Arch
Blueprint Entertainment returns to spin your favorite crowd moving tunes with music spanning the decades. A cash bar will be available. You will not want to miss this highlight of the weekend as we dance under Hiram's main classroom building.

Sunday - June 19th, 2016
7:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Residence Hall Check-Out


8:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. All you can eat brunch 
Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of brunch favorites. 

Additional Information

Recent Graduates – Why Attend?
Recent graduates from the Classes of 2006-2016 receive a reduced reunion dinner rate of $25 and stay Friday and/or Saturday night free with registration at any paid event on those days. 

Where Do I Stay?
Residence hall rooms are available and will be assigned based on class attendance. The cost includes a limited linen packet with a small pillow, sheets and small towels.

Make it a Family Affair!
Make Alumni Weekend your summer vacation - we make it affordable. 
All activities and meals are free for children 12 and under!

Take the Reunion Class Gift Challenge

Make a gift to Hiram in honor of your reunion and help your class win!

Reunion classes are competing for a FREE private party at Alumni Weekend. The class that meets its class gift goal first wins. Click here to track your class progress.

EVERY gift counts toward the challenge and EVERY gift matters, no matter the size. Click here to give online or contact the Office of Alumni Relations and Annual Giving at 800.705.5050.

Essay Contest

The Alumni Executive Board is hosting the second annual Alumni Weekend Essay contest. This year's theme is "What Makes Hiram Unique?" Three winners will be selected for prizes including an all-access pass to the 2016 Alumni Weekend festivities, a free night's stay on campus and a free reunion dinner. So, get those creative juices flowing!


Click here for details on the contest rules, requirements, and form for submission. Deadline for submissions is April 26, 2016.



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Did other members of your family attend Hiram, too?  Do you have a potential future Terrier in the family?  If so, then we hope you will join us for this free brunch and campus tour for past, present, and future legacy families.
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