Humans of Hiram — January 2019 Spotlight
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Alexandra Dellas '10

HIRAM COLLEGE ALUMNI SPOTLIGHT

As a new member of the Alumni Executive Board (AEB), head coach of the women’s basketball team, and a Hiram College legacy, Alexandra Dellas ’10 has a strong connection to the College, which began before she was even a student.

Alex’s father, Ted, is Hiram alumnus from the Class of 1974. She remembers a casual visit to campus with him which sealed her decision to attend Hiram. During the visit, an “almost seven-foot-tall man nearby screamed, ‘Hey, Ted!’” It was Ed Smerek, her father’s former economics professor. Ted yelled back and Alex wondered if they planned the movie-like moment for her benefit. That chance meeting showed Hiram’s community at its best and she was sold.

While at Hiram, Alex studied communications with a minor in management. She was active with SAAC, the student senate, women’s basketball, and the communication club. She enjoyed “borrowing” the trays from Miller Dining Hall for sledding and, above all, ringing the victory bell after winning a basketball game. On campus Alex also helped out with Women In Sports Day and activities with the resident assistants like baking cookies, crafting and creating bulletin boards for the halls.

Alex’s favorite professor during her time at Hiram was Natalie Sydorenko who taught many life lessons in her communication classes. She was known to lecture on rhetoric then suddenly drop a piece of real-world life knowledge. Another favorite, Professor Audrey Wagstaff, was Alex’s pseudo-advisor who Alex co-taught with after her return to Hiram.

Alex credits Hiram with preparing her for graduate school and further work. At Hiram, she learned how to develop relationship, to be loyal and build trust. She learned how to communicate effectively. “You can never communicate enough with people and it is found in all relationships, in class, in basketball and in our clubs,” Alex said. After Hiram, she continued to Kent State University as a graduate assistant and received a master’s degree in 2012 for sports broadcasting.

Following graduate school, Alex worked as a paid intern at Channel 5, became an assistant coach at Williams College, went to Case Western Reserve University as a full-time assistant coach and then returned to Hiram as the head women’s basketball coach in 2017.

Alex strives to be an active alumna .and follow in her father’s footsteps as an AEB member. In her free time, she spends time with family and friends doing many “Cleveland” activities (such as going to the Cleveland Flea, the Flats, museums and new restaurants), kayaks, and spends time in the Metroparks. 

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