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What is the Tech & Trek program?

Hiram College’s Tech and Trek program puts an iPad Pro, Apple Pencil, and keyboard bundle in the hands of every one of its full-time traditional students.  Sure, the devices are key, but it is Hiram’s New Liberal Arts: integrated study, high-impact experiences, and mindful technology that make it truly transformational.  To balance the Tech side of the program, each student will be issued a pair of Vasque hiking boots.  

All of this will help students determine when it might be better—more natural, more humane, more sensitive—to put the device down and keep their eyes, ears, and most importantly their hearts open.

For treks closer to home, we plan to institute campus wide “Trek Time”—an hour or so each week when all members of the community are encouraged to put their devices down and “be present” without technological interventions.


Why host a Terrier Trek?

We would like to broaden the reach of Hiram’s Alumni Volunteer Day program to include not just alumni, but students, faculty, staff, and even prospective students.  By aligning the past successes of Alumni Volunteer Day with the new Tech and Trek initiative, we’ll be able to show the world the great work that our Terriers do on their Treks. Hosting a Trek in your town will give people in your area a chance to participate.


What is a Terrier Trek?

A Terrier Trek can be anything you want it to be.  Individual Trek coordinators around the country will organize Treks, then the Office of Alumni Relations will market the programs to alumni and prospective students in the area.  It is basically a chance for you to gather with other Terriers to do something different than a typical alumni reception.

Here are just a few ideas of what a Hiram Trek could be:

  • A service project at a local non-profit (just like the ones that were done in the past for Alumni Volunteer Day)
  • A nature hike
  • A canoe trip
  • A stroll through an urban park
  • A gathering at an outdoor festival


SOME THINGS TO CONSIDER

  • Most site coordinators in the past spent less than two hours total in planning the event. 
  • Some of the sites/jobs are picked simply because the site coordinator is already an established volunteer or worker at an agency/organization that could use the help.
  • The Alumni Office provides job aides in advance of the event to help you think and plan through what you need to do.
  • The Alumni Office will send you a package of T-shirts (with some extras), name tags and pens, and will reimburse you up to $50 for snacks, breakfast or lunch as you decide. 
  • You might consider growing your list of participants by encouraging friends and family members to register and participate too.  


If you don't know where to start, call your local United Way 
for a short list of suggested service projects, or check out the website of your local parks and recreation organization. 

 


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