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ALEXANDRA DELLAS AEB PROFILE

Graduation Date

2010

Major/minor

I majored in communication and had a minor in management.

Where are you from?

Willoughby Hills

Where do you currently live?

Mayfield Heights

3 words to describe yourself?

Hardworking, loyal and fun

What is the most interesting thing about you?

I can wiggle my ears!

How did you find Hiram?

My dad, Theodore Dellas, graduated from Hiram in ’74. When we were visiting campus, it was my first casual visit without a tour or any athletic activities planned. I wanted to see the campus as a regular student, just walking through the quad. My parents and I get out of the car and this tall, almost seven-foot-tall man nearby screams, “Hey Ted!” It was Ed Smerek, my father’s old economics professor. My dad yells back and it was this crazy did-you-planthis? movie-like moment. From that crazy unreal meeting, I saw how community based Hiram is and that sold me on it.

What clubs were you involved in?

I was in SAAC, Student Senate, women’s basketball and the communication club.

You’re favorite Hiram traditions?

Traying. We’d “borrow” trays from Miller Dining Hall and use them to go sledding. Bring back trays!

But, most importantly, was our obsession with ringing the bell because that meant we won a game. So I loved running out after a game or off the bus to ring it.

I also liked our campus wide volunteer days; we would go to local places to help out and I helped with Women’s In Sports Day too.

I also enjoyed the various RA programs that were always interesting and informative. Sometimes our RA would bake cookies while we met and other times we had competitions or crafting projects. It was just a fun way to do something different with your roomies. The RAs always changed the bulletin boards with fun facts and cheesy jokes to inform us about campus, that was always funny too.

Favorite professor?

Professor Natalie Sydorenko. She taught us many life lessons in her communication classes. She would be talking about rhetoric then suddenly drop in a mind blowing piece of life knowledge that you needed to know for the real world and adult life. Professor Audrey Wagstaff was also amazing too, she was my pseudo-advisor, I never had her in class but I went to her if I ever needed any help or advice. When I returned to Hiram, we co-taught a class together.

What is your favorite location on campus?

The garden by the library.

What is your favorite Hiram memory?

When I visited campus and my dad’s professor happened to find us.

What is the most important thing that you learned from Hiram?

Communication. You can never communicate enough with people and it is found in all relationships, in class, in basketball and in our clubs.

Do you feel that Hiram prepared you for your future?

Yes. It definitely prepared me for graduate school and my future work. The ability to develop relationships, be loyal and build trust is what has helped to prepare me for real life situations. I went on to grad school at Kent State to earn a degree in Sports Broadcasting; where I was also a graduate assistant and received my MA in ’12.

What is your current employment? Retired? What are you doing now?

After receiving my master’s, I worked at Channel 5 as a paid intern, became a first assistant coach for three years at Williams College, went to Case Western Reserve university for two years as a full-time first assistant coach and then was hired as Hiram’s head women’s basketball coach in Fall of 2017. It was an opportunity to come back where I am comfortable and the people are great.

What do you enjoy in your spare time?

I like to spend my spare time with my family and friends. We tend to spend a lot of time doing "Cleveland" activities like heading down to the Cleveland Flea, the Flats, going to the museums, and trying new restaurants. I also love to go kayaking and spend time hiking in the Metroparks. Recently, I bought a house so I find that a lot of my free time (and money) goes to fun project upgrades, like my new love of chalk painting. 

What brought you back to Hiram and why the Alumni Executive Board (AEB)?

I wanted to be an active alumna. It is important for Hiram’s success if our alumni are invested and active with it. I am excited to hear about the current projects, any problems, and upcoming ideas for Hiram’s future. My father was also on the AEB back when I was in school so that was around ’08 and he spoke very highly of the board and the people he was able to meet. 

 

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