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JEFF FRAM AEB PROFILE
History and Spanish Double major.
Where are you from?
Warren, North Canton, Ohio and Concord Township, Ohio.
Where do you currently live?
In Concord Township, Ohio.
3 words to describe yourself?
I am focused, loyal and easy-going.
What is the most interesting thing about you?
How much Spanish I have retained even though I have not used it in over forty-five years.
How did you find Hiram?
Both of my parents and grandfather went to Hiram. My brother came two years after me too. I originally wanted to go to Ohio State to play for Woody Hayes but in my ninth grade year, I got injured so that was no longer possible and I stopped playing football.
I was never a stranger to Hiram. My parents kept in contact with their friends from Hiram so I grew up hearing their shared stories. My mother’s parents lived in Mantua, so we would stop or drive through Hiram after each visit. We sometimes walked around and went to the homecoming game for my parent’s 15th reunion. When I started on campus in 1970, three or four professors were still there that had taught my parents.
What clubs were you involved in?
I was in Theta Phi Kappa and the Mixed Community Chorus. I was in the Choir only during the fall semester of my senior year. It was nice to get to know the community, to learn how to sing and blend in with them and put on a concert at the end of every term.
Your favorite Hiram traditions?
Snow days. I remember these days the most because they were the best. The police would drive through campus, sounding their sirens late at night to announce that tomorrow’s classes were cancelled. Everyone would wake up to go outside to play football, have snowball fights and make snowmen. We often went traying too.
Dr. John Strassburger and George Melnykovitch.
What is your favorite location on campus?
The woods below the football field; it was a peaceful place where one could do a lot of thinking.
What is your favorite Hiram memory?
My favorite Hiram memory was when I participated in the first student trip to a foreign country other than Cambridge England in 1972. We went to Guadalajara, Mexico.
I had a very interesting in depth class about colors, taught by the biology, chemistry and the art department. I believe it was called Art, Physics and Media.
What is the most important thing that you learned from Hiram?
Critical thinking and the enjoyment of learning.
Do you feel that Hiram prepared you for your future?
I learned how to enjoy reading, how to critically think and the essential skill of learning how to write. Hiram taught me that. When I went to law school—I don’t think anyone is ready for law school—I wanted to do well so I had to reinvent my study habits as Hiram showed me. If they do not work, you have to try something new.
What is your current employment? Retired? What are you doing now?
After Hiram, I went to law school. I had a teaching certificate in History and Spanish. The teaching certificate was a backup in case law school fell through but I let it expire because law actually worked out and I was successful.
I work as an attorney at Denman, Lerner & Gundy, Co., LPA.
What do you enjoy in your spare time?
What brought you back to Hiram and why the Alumni Executive Board (AEB)?
I started in the fall of 2012. Each member has a max of six years because there are three two-year terms. After those terms, you may take a break for a year and then can reapply to rejoin. I was nominated and elected to be the President for the next two years at the end of my six years so I will be there for eight in total.
I decided to join the Alumni Executive Board (AEB) when I was looking at the Hiram College website. I received a letter asking for a contribution, but at the time, I was still putting my two girls through college and I remembered seeing a notice on the Alumni Website about an opening in AEB. I decided this was the way I could get involved so I decided to give it a shot.
Anything else you would like to share?
If I can help somebody or bring someone to Hiram, I will and I hope by even telling my story, I can do that.