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Hampden-Sydney College was saddened to learn that Sweet Briar College will be closing its doors August 25.Since Sweet Briar's opening in 1901, generations of Hampden-Sydney students, faculty, and staff have formed personal and professional relationships with their counterparts at the women's liberal arts college. Girlfriends, sweethearts, and wives of Hampden-Sydney men have hailed from the little college near Amherst. Many of Sweet Briar's graduates have had sons who attended Hampden-Sydney. Professors at both institutions have regularly cooperated and shared expertise and ideas in common fields.
It is near the end of Hilary term at Oxford, and I thankfully have made it through the Fifth Week "Blues." Fifth Week is generally the most intense week of every term from the sheer number of assignments. My work continues to focus on maths at St Edmund Hall. I currently have tutorials in further linear algebra, groups and group actions, and vector calculus. Vector calculus remains my personal favorite because of the mix between calculation-type problems as well as analysis and proofs. Though I find that the workload this term is heightened in comparison to last, I am still enjoying my time at the Mathematical Institute.
During Black History Month, Hampden-Sydney College's Office of Inclusion partnered up with Longwood University's Office of Social Justice for our first joint day trip to Washington D.C. to visit the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and the Anacostia Community Museum.Though the bus was small, the educational experience was quite large. Our 20-person student group began the day visiting the National Mall to see the monuments and memorials. Our first stop at the Mall was the Franklin D. Roosevelt Memorial, where we learned about his legacy and debated among ourselves the pros and cons of Roosevelt's policies and pondered his most famous quotations. In the cold wind and sporadic flurries, the group made the full lap around the Mall ending the morning portion of our trip in front of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. At the memorial, we read Dr. King's most inspiring quotes and observed the large number of people of different races that the monument attracted.
On Monday, March 2, Hampden-Sydney College will present award plaques to the teams with the highest, voluntary participation in raising money for Farmville Area Community Emergency Services (FACES). The goal to raise more that $700 was greatly exceeded as the College collected over $1,000. According to the President of FACES, Dr. Ellery Sedgwick, that is enough money to purchase 1894 pounds of food.This fundraising competition ran for five days in December and was inspired by a philanthropy course taught by Dr. Saranna Thornton, Professor of Economics and Business, and featured two levels of participation: academic and administrative departments and student organizations. The two teams with the highest percentage of participation were the Department of Academic Success (staff) and the Union-Philanthropic Literary Society (students).
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) has granted Hampden-Sydney College provisional accreditation in recognition of the College's high quality training of biochemistry and molecular biology students. ASBMB accreditation certifies that Hampden-Sydney biochemistry and molecular biology students are receiving an education that prepares them well for entry into these rapidly developing disciplines as well as provides them with the opportunity to receive a personal certification from the society upon graduation from the College.Hampden-Sydney joins a group of 28 institutions nationwide that carry an ASBMB accreditation for its program.
On February 8th and 9th, Hampden-Sydney College's Ethics Bowl Team traveled to Marymount University in Arlington, Virginia, for the annual debate tournament hosted by the Virginia Foundation for Independent Colleges (VFIC).Liberal Arts schools from across the state send teams to engage in these competitive debates. Last year, the competition focused on the ethics of medicine, and this year the topic will be the ethics of the family. Over the course of the two day tournament, teams face a total of four different opponents in debates revolving around a case-study that pertains to the central theme. Teams are asked to present a concise and cogent argument that outlines a solution. Judges then deliberate and select the team that offers the better argument. Historically, Hampden-Sydney's team has won the Ethics Bowl twice and come in second three times.
On Thursday, February 26, Hampden-Sydney College's Fine Arts Department will present Funny Money by Ray Cooney.
Sometimes, the situation makes the man. Thanks to a quick decision, senior Brian Collins-who has never even donated blood before-will be a bone marrow donor later this month.Last fall, Hampden-Sydney held its third "Get Swabbed" drive to help match potential bone marrow donors with cancer patients. The likelihood of being even a preliminary match is less than 1%. Among preliminary matches, fewer than 12% can actually donate bone marrow. Brian knew his chances were slim, but he thought he might as well take part.
On Tuesday, February 17, Hampden-Sydney College will host an opening reception for the mixed-media art exhibit entitled "Mise en scène". The exhibit will feature paintings, drawings, and sculptures by Jonathan D. Metzger, Visiting Assistant Professor of Fine Arts, and Allison Wegren-Metzger.
The Virginia Department of Health has determined that the outbreak of campus illness is norovirus.