Alumni Weekend 2019
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Reconnect with your alma mater and fellow classmates.

6/14/2019 to 6/16/2019
When: Jun 14 -16, 2019
12:00 PM
Where: Hiram College Campus
11710 Garfield Road
Hiram, Ohio  44234
United States
Contact: Office of Alumni Relations and Development

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Online registration ends at 3 p.m. on June 13th, but it's not too late to register! Please call us at 800.705.5050 Thursday, June 13th until 4 p.m. or Friday, June 14th starting at 8 a.m.

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 new ones. 

Below you will find a schedule of events and pricing. 


9 a.m. Registration opens 

Visit the Kennedy Center lobby upon your arrival to campus. You'll receive your housing assignment and name tag ticket to attend all of the events you signed up for. For questions throughout the weekend call the registration desk at 800.705.5050. 
Click here to view who has registered/arrived.

10 a.m.

A Day with Hiram Golf Outing at Sugar Bush Golf Club

Join alumni, friends and community members for the 59th annual Day with Hiram to support Hiram College athletics. The proceeds directly impact every student athlete by helping to fund team travel, equipment purchases, and athletic training camps. Click here for more details.

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Bread and Soup Brown Fall Room, Kennedy Center, 2nd Floor Yes, one of our favorites, BREAD AND SOUP! Share a simple meal with your Hiram friends and give back to the community. Your meal includes soup, bread, fruit, and a beverage. $9 / $5 (Children 12 and under)

12 - 4 p.m.

Tour Garrettsville Shuttles Depart from the Kennedy Center Have you been to Garrettsville since your last trip to Hiram? Hop on a Hiram van for a quick stop downtown Garrettsville. Visit a local bar, restaurant, or coffee shop. Enjoy specials at many of the downtown businesses just for Hiram College alumni and friends.
Welcome Reception on the Lawn
Kennedy Center, Lawn
Greet your classmates and make new friends at our afternoon welcome reception. We’ll have music, lawn games, and more!

1 - 2 p.m.

Alumni Weekend Book Club
Hinsdale 202
Pick up the book Educated by Tara Westover and read it before Alumni Weekend. Join Roxanne (Shohayda) Sorrick '90 for an exciting book discussion on Tara's self-taught education, passion, and determination. 

3 - 5 p.m.

Afternoon Wine Tasting with Nauti Vine
Tent, Booth-Centennial Lawn
Join the Nauti Vine Winery from Portage Lakes, Ohio for a casual, self-paced wine tasting on the Booth-Centennial lawn. Owner, Riki (Antoniotti) Wathey ’91 will share notes about the wine. Light snacks included. $10

5:30 - 7 P.M.

Donors of Distinction Reception – Invitation only
Koritansky Hall
An exclusive thank you reception honoring our strongest supporters and celebrating the inaugural members of Hiram College’s 1850 Society with President Lori E. Varlotta.

5:30 - 7 p.m.

Hinsdale Arch/Campus Green 
Please join us for a lovely dinner prepared by AVI Foodsystems, Inc. Guests will enjoy this special meal inspired by traditional BBQ and fancy additions. Dinner will be served under the Hinsdale Arch with seating under a tent on the campus green. $20 

7:30 - 8 P.M.

Groundbreaking Class of 1969 Project
Fountain (between Hiram College library and the Hiram Inn)
Join the Class of 1969 reunion committee members and fellow classmates as they kick off the start of the fountain renovation project with a ceremonial groundbreaking. 

8 - 9:45 p.m.

Jazz with Dan Wilson '06
Black Box Theatre 
Hiram alumnus, Dan Wilson '06 has been touring nationally and internationally with three-time Grammy nominated jazz organ legend, Joey DeFrancesco. Enjoy the smooth musical sounds of Dan on the campus where it all started. Cash bar on site. 

9 - 11 p.m.

  • Campfire at Booth Centennial
    Booth Centennial Lawn
    Gather with friends for a casual campfire in front of Booth-Centennial. Cash bar will be on site and light refreshments will be served!
  • Trivia!
    Fenton Lounge/ Booth Centennial
    Don't miss out on this special trivia opportunity hosted by Rick Hyde. This session will be general trivia with a Hiram Category. Grab a few friends and join the fun. Prizes for the 1st and 2nd place teams! Cash bar on site.Registration is required. Limited spots available but guests are welcome to watch.

9:30 - 11 p.m.

Gazing at the Stars through the Stephens Memorial Observatory Telescope
Stephens Memorial Observatory
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, you have a chance to see beautiful ringed Saturn, a close-up of the Moon, and maybe even Mars. 



7:30 - 10 a.m.

Dix Dining Room, Kennedy Center  All-you-care-to-eat breakfast. Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of breakfast favorites. $12 / No Charge (Children 12 and under)

8 - 8:50 a.m.

  • Terrier Trek
    Get in your morning walk with fellow Terriers. Meet in front of Booth Centennial (near the fire pit) for an informal hike/walk on the new trail which stretches from behind the dining hall, through the woods, around the back of Henry Field and the Coleman Center.
  • Forgive Us Our Debts: How Highly Indebted Societies Resolve Their Debt Burdens
    Hinsdale 213
    Join alumnus Stephen Smith '69, longtime investment adviser with Morgan Stanley, for insights on our nation's total debt burden and what it means for our future.

8:30 a.m. - Noon

Breakfast and Canoeing at Camp Hi
Camp Hi; Shuttles depart from Kennedy Center
Explore the Cuyahoga River on this relaxing canoe trip. Travel a woodland stream with a gentle, meandering course that is suitable for beginners to advanced paddlers. Includes a picnic breakfast at the livery before the launch. $25 /No Charge (Children 12 and under)

10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Hall of History 
Enjoy looking at year books and reminiscing with classmates? Visit the Kennedy Center (behind registration) where you can spend some time looking through our collection of yearbooks.

9 - 10 a.m.
Session One

Field Station Tour
Shuttles depart from Kennedy Center
Take a tour of the Field Station and learn about the array of programs offered throughout the year. Jennifer Clark, Ph.D., Director of Academic Programs at the James H. Barrow Field Station, will lead the tour and talk. 
Freight Railroad Renaissance with Larry DeYoung ‘69
Hinsdale 215
Larry DeYoung '69 will discuss how freight railroads in North America have defied conventional wisdom and risen from the almost dead to hold a 40% market share in the 21st Century. 

10:15 - 11:15 a.m.
Session Two

J.J. Turner Lecture
Drury Hall, 2nd Floor Bates Hall

Join Stephanie Lammlein  '96 for a talk about her journey starting the Bio-Med Science Academy, with dreams of transforming K-12 education through STEM.  

The J.J. Turner Society will honor the 2019 recipient during the All- Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration.

Hiram Today
Alumni Heritage Room, Teachout Price
Join President Lori E. Varlotta, Ph.D.,for an update on the College and an interactive panel discussion highlighting some of the newest initiatives happening as part of the New Liberal Arts. Panelists include:
Brad Goodner, Ph.D, Professor of Biology and Director, Center for Scientific Engagement;
Ella W. Kirk, Ph.D., Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of French;
Janet Pope, Ph.D., Director, School of Arts, Humanities & Culture, Professor of History;
Andrew White Ph.D., Visiting Professor of Psychology.

The Hunt for the Last Public Enemy in Northeast Ohio
Hinsdale 213
Join Julie Thompson '12 for a talk and signing on her recently published book.In 1936, Facing long-term imprisonment, the last public enemy, Alvin “Creepy” Karpis, stated with a mutter of contempt, “I made [J. Edgar] Hoover’s reputation as a fearless lawman. It’s a reputation he doesn’t deserve....I made that son of a bitch.”Today, this quote by Karpis holds a special interest for the residents in the communities of Garrettsville and Hiram. Books are available for purchase in the bookstore. Julie will sign books after the talk.







11 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Celebrate 140 years of Bowler Hall
Bowler Hall
Bowler history, trivia, beverages, and more! 

11:15 A.M. - 12 P.M.  History of Bowler with Tom Bacher '78

11:30 A.M. - 2 P.M.  Treats and beer! HiHo Brewing Company and Alecci's Ice Delights will have their beer van and food truck parked outside of Bowler Hall. Stop by for a craft beer or sweet treat.

12 P.M. - 3 P.M.  Yard games, music and much more!

 Walk-ins are encouraged for this event. You may purchase beers from HiHo Brewing Company's truck and treats from Alecci's Ice Delights.


11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m.
Lunch Options

All-you-care-to-eat Lunch
Dining Hall
Join us for this premier all-you-care-to-eat luncheon where Hiram’s dining services partner, AVI Fresh, will highlight culinary talents. $15/Free (Children 12 and under)

Golden Terriers Luncheon
Ballroom, Kennedy Center
Alumni who are celebrating or who have already celebrated their 50th reunion are invited to this special luncheon. $15


12:30 - 2 p.m. SOLD OUT
Sip 'n Paint
All skill levels are invited for an afternoon of creativity and relaxation while enjoying smooth wine, appetizers, and good friends! Join Jackie (Deal) Moats '09 who enjoys helping others connect with their creative side! This year, we will be painting a canvas for you to hang in your home, office, or give as a gift. $25

 1 - 2 p.m.
Session Three

Lucretia Garfield -First Lady for a While
Garfield Robbins Zimmerman Home
 Join Professor Emertia, Damaris Peters-Pike as she plays the role of Lucretia, President James A. Garfield's wife while telling the uplifting story of  the former President and the tragedy of his brief presidency. Both of the Garfields were alumni of the Western Reserve Eclectic Institute, which became Hiram College. They lived in the very house where we will be meeting, and Lucretia stayed there alone while James went to fight in the Civil War.

 Chasing Bugs with Danae (Bussinger) Wolfe '09
Hinsdale 213

Love ‘em or hate ‘em, bugs are an integral part of a healthy planet. Join TEDx speaker and macro photographer, Danae Wolfe (2009), in a photographic exploration into the world of insects and spiders. Learn about the many benefits of bugs and how you can support healthy populations of these incredible invertebrates in your home landscape. 

Study Abroad Now and Then
Hinsdale 209
Study Abroad has been a rich tradition at Hiram College for many generations. Join Brittany Jackson ’04, M.A. ’15 to hear about recent study abroad adventures. Browse through photos and share memories of your trips. Send pictures to

Celebrate Diversity and Inclusion!
Campus Green Tent
Join Associate Dean of Students/Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Dee West and Patricia "Darby" Marbury ’77 for a stimulating conversation that celebrates diversity and inclusion at Hiram College. This session is ideal for those who participated in associations such as ABC-AASU-BSU, Gay-Straight Alliance, Prysm, Intercultural Forum and those who are interested in learning more about campus diversity.  


2:15 - 3:15 p.m.
Session Four

HiHO Brewing Company Beer Tasting  Be a Judge!
Kennedy Center, Basement
HiHO Brewing Company invites you to be a beer judge at their afternoon beer tasting.  Located in Cuyahoga Falls, HiHO Brewing Company was founded by Jon and Ali Hovan, who turned their passion for the outdoors, education, and beer into a brewery! Join Jon, certified beer judge, and head brewer, and his brother-in-law Micah Watts ’04  as they educate you on beer that you get to taste! $20

Tech & Trek Appy Hour
Hinsdale 201
Join Tech & Trek gurus for an educational session highlighting Hiram's Tech and Trek program. Learn how students are using the iPad within the classroom and get the chance to explore the iPad with some guidance. Beer and wine is included in this tech-savy educational session.

The Effects of Combat on Veterans: Understanding and Helping
Hinsdale 203
Join Michael Crabtree ’69, Ph.D., as he discusses the issues combat veterans face in adjusting to civilian life after returning home from deployment and how you can help in their transition. 

Interdisciplinary Solutions to the World Water Crisis
Alumni Heritage
Come hear how Hiram has lead the way since 2007 from the ground up, identifying and solving local water issues in Ohio, and Pakistan through funding for Learning Streams International from the U.S. State Department. Treat yourselves to conversation with current undergraduate mentors from both countries while eating homemade torte made by Dennis Taylor, Ph.D., '73, professor emeritus of biology, and the students. Registration suggested.

Beyond the Aperol Spritz

Booth-Centennial Lawn Tent

A cooking, mixology, and sampling class with Anne Haynam '88.

Keep your spritz habit interesting and be ready for summer entertaining with new versions of these light and refreshing drinks.  Participants will sample five (5) beverages that are perfect for cocktail hour, brunch or simply sipping by the pool on a hot day.  We will also feature three savory Mediterranean inspired bites. $35

 Alumni Choir Practice 2:15 - 3:15
Frohring Recital Hall, Frohring Music Building

Sing to Hiram! All singing Terriers are invited to join Professor Emerita Damaris Peters-Pike and Lydia Snyder '14 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 Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration.


3:30 - 4 p.m.
Class Photos
Check the back of your name badge for your class photo time and location. 

4 - 5:30 p.m.

Class Reunion Receptions
Included with the price of a dinner ticket. Join your classmates to celebrate your reunion! Cash bars will be on site. 

6 p.m.

All Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration
Martin Field House
Celebrate all things Hiram at the All Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration. This dinner welcomes all alumni, from any class, to join us for one big celebration and dinner in the Martin Field House.  Our food service provider, AVI Fresh, will prepare a dinner fit for kings as we honor this year’s alumni award recipients and celebrate all of the class reunions.  Tickets for the dinner include entry into our pre-dinner reunion receptions where returning alumni will gather with their classmates before heading to the all-inclusive dinner. $35 / Classes 2009 thru 2019 $25 / Free (Children 12 and under)

2019 Alumni Award Winners:

Service to Humanity Award- Dan Maxson '79
Lifetime Achievement Award-  Dr.Dixie Benshoff Ludick '72
Terrier Award- Jared Drummer '08
J.J. Turner Award-  Stephanie (Miller) Lammlein '96
President’s Award- Roger Baldwin '69, Ph.D.
Don Batisky '83, M.D.


8:30 p.m. - 12:30 a.m.
Dance the Night Away under Hinsdale Arch!
RAIN LOCATION - Martin Field House
We'll provide a DJ and cash bar, you bring your dance moves!



8:30 - 11 a.m.

Brunch Buffet
Dix Dining Room, Kennedy Center
Enjoy multiple food stations serving a variety of brunch favorites. $15 / No Charge (Children 12 and under)

9 A.M.
50th Reunion Breakfast with the President – Exclusive for the Class of 1969
President’s home
President Varlotta welcomes the Class of 1969 to her home for an exclusive breakfast for classmates and guests. Transportation provided from the Kennedy Center. Registration required. 

New for 2019

The All Alumni Reunion Dinner and Awards Celebration will bring together all class years at the Martin Field House. 

Recent Graduate Perks

Classes graduating from 2009 thru 2019 are considered graduates of the last decade (GOLD) and receive special benefits during the weekend. These special rates include:

  • A reduced rate of $25 for the All-Alumni Dinner on Saturday, June 15.
  • Housing accommodations half off regular price.

Relive Dorm Life

Enjoy your stay in a campus residence hall. Rooms are stocked with a pillow and mattress cover.  
You can also choose to purchase a linen packet with sheets and small towels for just $10.

We will have a very limited amount of linens on hand for those who did not pre-register.
Choose your desired room type from three choices - single, double, or townhouse. 

$40 Single, $55 Double $160 Townhouses

All Access Pass

Our All Access Pass is available for $190 per person. This package includes access to all weekend activities and overnight accommodations for Friday and Saturday.

Make it a family affair.

We make it affordable – all activities, including meals, are free for children 12 and under! 


Reunion Class Gift

Take the Challenge! Help your classmates compete to win one of two contests!

The Challenges

1)First to Reach the Goal: The first class to reach their goal wins this challenge.
2)Highest Participation Percentage: The class with the highest percentage of classmates who make donations in the 2018-2019 fiscal year wins this challenge.  

The winning classes are recognized a number of ways, including an engraved trophy permanently on display in the Alumni Heritage Room, a group photo with the trophy, a champagne toast during your class reception, and ribbons affixed to your Alumni Weekend name tags identifying your class as challenge winners.

Track your class’s progress and make you gift today by clicking the button below!


Reunion Giving Challenge


EVERY gift counts toward the challenge, and EVERY gift matters, no matter the size.


Contact Us

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Alumni Relations & Annual Giving
P.O. Box 67
Hiram, OH 44234 800.705.5050 330.569.5415 330.569.5277 Make a Gift