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Tenure and Promotions
Faculty members recognized with promotion to associate professor and awarded tenure at the spring 2014 board of trustees meeting were:
Additionally, Associate Professor of Nursing and Nursing Program Director Connie Stopper was awarded tenure.
Lewis Presents Paper
Education Instructor Kelly A. Lewis, M.Ed., presented a paper titled, “The Effects of Expressive Writing on Undergraduate Exam Performance and Anxiety” at the Eastern Educational Research Association (EERA) annual conference in Jacksonville, Fla., on Feb. 20, 2014.
Taylor Promotes Hiram in Pakistan
Professor of Biology Denny Taylor ’73 reports, “We made the cover photo for an article on U.S. Education and the USEducational Foundation in Pakistan article in the Express Tribune. The photo from the article on page 14 appears as a header on the front page of the Islamabad Section under ‘Higher Education – Exploring ways to realize the American Dream.’ It’s been a great trip, with Hiram gaining recognition though multiple trips.”
Miaoulis Completes Fulbright Fellowship
Professor of Management George Miaoulis, Jr., recently completed a Fulbright Fellowship in Bulgaria where he taught marketing and entrepreneurship courses in Bulgaria, Greece, Serbia and Ukraine. His work included coaching the Bulgarian entrepreneurship team, Embrioo.com, to third place in the worldwide 13th Copenhagen Creative Arts and Business Competition. Embrioo.com was the recipient of the IBM SoftLayer Accelerator award. Miaoulis continues his coaching of a Bulgarian team for the 14th Creative Arts and Business Competition to be held in Moscow in November 2014.
Nario-Redmond Publishes Article
“Creatively Re-Defining Fat: Identification Predicts Strategic Responses to Stigma, Ingroup Attitudes, and Well-Being,” co-authored by Associate Professor of Psychology Michelle R. Nario-Redmond, Olivia J. Lindly and Jeffrey G. Noel, was published in the journal Fat Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Body Weight and Society. The article appeared online on May 12, 2014. Click here to read the full article.
Groselle Sets Another World Record, Retires
Head swimming and diving coach Jack Groselle set his second world record of the year as part of U.S. Masters Swimming on March 16, 2014, adding to his long list of records and accolades. He also announced his resignation after a combined 22 years coaching the Terriers, leading the program in two separate stints from 1988-95 and 1999-2014.
On April 23, 2014, Shreiner and Assistant Professor of Chemistry Jim Kercher attended the Akron American Chemical Society (Akron ACS) Crano Memorial Lecture with a group of Hiram students. Nancy Wells’15, Tiffany Marchewka ’15, Anita Iveljic ’14 and Stefan Tijanic ’14 all presented posters at the event at Kent State University. Wells was recognized as Hiram’s Outstanding Chemistry Junior by the Akron ACS.
On March 1, 2014, LaRe’shea Hunter ’14, Teresa Lash Morrison ’14, Ronda Riggins ’14 and Elle Rochford ’14 presented their research at Kent State University at the first annual Northeast Ohio Undergraduate Sociology Symposium. Student researchers from 27 different university and college campuses participated in the event. Assistant Professors of Sociology Liz Piatt and Robin Shura accompanied the students.
Literary Award Winners
The Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature announced the winners of its annual fiction writing contest, the Barbara Thompson Award for Short Fiction. Nick Sawatsky ’14 took first place for “Peeping Tomboy”; Mason Yeater ’14 took second place for “Red. Green. Blue”; Paul Dickerson ’16 was third for “Valencipo”; Alys Dutton ’15 and Shelby List ’17 received honorable mentions. Daniel Orozco, author of the short story collection “Orientation and Other Stories,” judged the competition. Orozco’s work has appeared in “Best American Short Stories,” “Best American Essays” and “Best American Mystery Stories.”
The Vachel Lindsay Poetry Prize and the Stamm Prize for Formal Poetry (judged by Kevin Prufer) also announced winners. In first place was Mason Yeater ’14 with “modern violence in tv and film as dance”; in second place was Emily Packer’15 with “Independence Day”; in third place was Zach Fiore ’14 with “Tectonics”. Matt Margo ’14 received the Stamm Prize for “&&&&&&&”. Honorable mentions went to “Good Enough” by Tom Pantic ’17 and “Randoseru” by Francis Sugita-Becraft ’16.
In the Tom and Betty Niccolls First Year Ethics Essay Contest (sponsored by the Center for Engaged Ethics and the Lindsay-Crane Center for Writing and Literature), first place went to Sara Shearer ’17; runners-up were Eric Sternberg ’17 and Ashley Myer ’17.
Hiram students participated in the annual Echo Contest, open to undergraduate students currently enrolled at Bethany College, Heidelberg University, Hiram College, Marietta College, University of Mount Union and Muskingum University. For creative nonfiction, Hiram winners were Devlin Geroski ’14 with second place for “Lunch”; Mira Walunis ’15 with third place for “On Eating The Ass Out of a Dead Bird,”; and honorable mentions to Zach Fiore and Alys Dutton. For poetry, Hiram winners were Nick Sawatsky with second place for “(n): Noun A Person Place and Thing”; and Zach Fiore with third place for the collection “The stained lampshade jiggles against the bedpost and,” “40 acres and a mostly dead black kid,” “9.8 m/s2.” For fiction, Hiram winners were Grace Baran ’14 with first place for “Goldfish in a Coffee Pot”; Tristan DeMaria ’15 with second place for “Minutes”; and an honorable mention to Paul Dickerson ’15.
Senior Takes Third in Regional Entrepreneurship Competition
After tying for first place in Hiram College’s ideaBuild! Competition this spring, Justin Lonis’14 took third at ideaLabs, a regional competition, on April 3, 2014, with his idea “Advanced Balance Board.” Eleven schools making up the Entrepreneurship Education Consortium – Ashland University, Baldwin-Wallace, Case Western University, Cleveland State University, Hiram College, John Carroll University, Kent State University, Lake Erie College, Lorain Community College, University of Akron and University of Mount Union – sent their top team/individual business concept to compete at ideaLabs. Lonis won $1,000 for participating in the competition and $1,000 for placing third. Go to http://news.hiram.edu/?p=9973 to read more.
Students Participate in Inaugural Conference
Several Hiram College students participated in March at the inaugural “Innovative Models for Outdoor Programs” conference at Sawmill Creek Resort in Huron. Emily Anderson ’15, Ryan Astalos ’14 and Brian Zilla ’14 presented a poster and breakout session at the conference, sponsored by the Ohio State University College of Food, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences, on March 28, 2014. Professor of Biology Denny Taylor ’73 and Sonya Wisdom, assistant professor at Kent State University, also attended. Danae Wolf ’09, a former ISLS near-peer mentor and current employee of the Ohio State University Extension in Summit County, was on the conference committee. Go to http://news.hiram.edu/?p=9924 to read more.
Professor and Student Present at International Conference
Louis Oliphant, assistant professor of computer science, and Nicola Pedretti ’16, computer science major, presented at RECOMB 2014, a top-tier International Conference on Research in Computational Molecular Biology in Pittsburgh, on April 2-5, 2014. Go to http://news.hiram.edu/?p=9987 to read more.
Physics Majors Present Research
Three Hiram College physics majors presented their research at the American Physical Society, Ohio Region, 2014 Spring Meeting held at Youngstown State University on April 4 and 5, 2014. Samip Basnet ’15, Su Latt ’15 and Katherine Starr ’15 had poster presentations of their research. Associate Professor of Physics Mark Taylor coauthored the posters. Go to http://news.hiram.edu/?p=9990 to read more.
Education Majors Explore Natural Resources
Junior education majors got the chance to explore the many resources available to them at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and Cleveland Botanical Garden on April 8, 2014. Roxanne Sorrick, associate professor of education, Kathy Maretka, director of student teaching and field experience and Matt Sorrick, director of the center for science education, organized this trip for students in the early childhood education track, in order to introduce them to the valuable resources they have right in the Northeast Ohio region. Miranda Wright ’15 won a one-year teacher membership for resource materials. Go to http://news.hiram.edu/?p=10021 to read more.