Good’ students noted
Caught Being Good last week at Leighton School were: Miriam Harden, third grade; Maria Parks, fourth; and Gabby Reyna, fifth.

Blood drive coming up
Harmon School’s Beta Club is partnering with the American Red Cross to sponsor a blood drive at Harmon.
It will be Feb. 28 from 3 to 8 p.m. in the commons. Donors can sign up at and enter sponsor code “Harmon.”
Students who recruit at least one donor will be presented with an incentive. For further information , contact the Red Cross @ 1-800-RED-CROSS or
Any Harmon eighth-grade girl interested in becoming an Aurora Highlight should contact Karen Myers. Tryouts will be next week in the Harmon commons.

Roller skating slated
Families of Leighton, Craddock and Miller schools are invited to attend a PTO-sponsored roller skating party at Feb. 14 from 10 a.m. to noon at Chagrin Valley Roller Rink.

California university’s
exec coming to Hiram
Dr. Lori Varlotta’s newest job is a dream nearly 30 years in the making.
It was 1985 when Varlotta took her first job out of college as a residence hall director at Robert Morris University. And it was there an inspiring welcome message from the university’s president left her thinking, “Wow, I want to be him someday.”
“I wasn’t in a real rush to get there,” Varlotta said, “but I had always hoped I would get to lead a university or lead a campus, and I’m really glad that it’s Hiram College that is giving me that opportunity.”
Hiram College announced Feb. 4 that Varlotta — senior vice president for planning, enrollment management and student affairs at California State University, Sacramento — will be the college’s 22nd president.
Varlotta will replace President Thomas Chema, who announced in May he will retire this summer after 11 years at Hiram.
— Jeremy Nobile, Record-Courier

4 Way Testers needed
Each year the Rotary Club of Aurora conducts a speech competition called the “4 Way Test.” Prizes and scholarship money are available to the winners. Any high school students interested in participating should see Melissa Lindley in Room 206 by Feb. 13.
KSU president search
may exceed $200,000
Kent State University’s efforts to seek and court a new
president cost about $200,000, according to university records recently released.
The university launched its presidential search shortly after President Lester Lefton announced his retirement in April 2013. Beverly J. Warren, provost of Virginia Commonwealth University, was finally selected.
KSU released costs related to the search in response to public records requests. However, KSU Assistant Counsel Nichole DeCaprio said there are “at least two additional records” related to the inquiry that will be forthcoming, meaning costs could be greater than the $199,873 calculated by the Record-Courier.
About $175,000 was paid to Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, the firm hired to aid in the nationwide search. Storbeck/Pimentel submitted a list of 21 candidates, but it did not include Warren.
The other $24,873 disclosed includes costs for transportation, hotel accommodations, meetings, banquets and luncheons and miscellaneous expenses after Warren was announced as the next president on Jan. 8.
— Jeremy Nobile, Record-Courier