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The Union Society (Societas Concordiæ) of Hampden-Sydney College was established on September 22, 1789, with the help of tutor David Wiley, a graduate of the College of New Jersey (Princeton). The society was modeled after similar groups at the College of New Jersey, and led by students "for the promotion of literature and friendship." The society's popularity soared and membership was reserved for those who valued the search for truth and the development of their capabilities in an atmosphere of sound learning.Nearly 16 years later, in 1805, another literary, The Philanthropic Society (Fraternitas Philanthropica) or "The Phips", emerged on campus. The societies were well known for their extensive libraries and the social events coordinated by members. The group kept records of all proceedings including debates, financial expenses, internal disciplinary measures against members, and votes on valued topics of the day.
On May 9, the Hampden-Sydney Board of Trustees held it final meeting for the 2014-15 academic year. The Board meets three times each academic year - fall, winter, and spring. The Plenary Session is preceded by Board committee meetings.
Hampden-Sydney College has solidified an exciting recruitment initiative with Oracle, a Fortune 100 technology leader headquartered in Silicon Valley. Oracle aims to hire 30-plus exceptional recent graduates from Hampden-Sydney and surrounding Virginia institutions, including the University of Richmond, Virginia Military Institute, Washington & Lee University, and the College of William and Mary. Efforts will focus on entry-level candidates with 0 to 2 years of professional experience for technical sales positions.
This summer, two students will conduct research projects involving building and enhancing access to parallel computer systems at Hampden Sydney College. The initiative marks a significant advancement for the computer science department and a great opportunity for students interested in this field of study.Linh Nguyen '16, majoring in physics and applied math, received a $5,000 year-long grant from the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). Grants were awarded to 19 undergraduate students across the country.
Psychology major, Liam Hogan '17, is spending the summer working for solar energy company, Independent Solar Solutions. They are based out of Bluemont, Virginia, and completed their first installation in 2013. The company services the areas of Virginia, Maryland, and Washington D.C.According to the company website, "One of our goals is to install and add 5 megawatts of power to the local power grid in the next 5 years, enough power to run 3600 homes."
History and philosophy major, Alex Abbott '17, and Dr. Marc Hight, Elliott Professor of Philosophy, are collaborating on a summer research project in the humanities.The two have been working to relate the idea of immaterialism, as presented by George Berkeley, 18th century Irish philosopher and divine, and religious dogma from the incarnation of Christ to the re-inhabitance of bodies in an afterlife. They are also attempting to find sources that trace ideas of the Holy Trinity across centuries.
Recent graduate, David Campbell '15, was selected as the first recipient of the Irvin M. Robertson Community Service Award. Campbell was recognized at the physics & astronomy department's end-of-the-year picnic. Dr. Thurman presented the award in honor of Irvin Robertson, Laboratory Technician to the physics & astronomy department.
Two biology majors were recognized for their excellent research. Recent graduate, Stephen Woodall '15, who presented his Departmental Honors research in March at the 2015 National Meeting of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology in Boston, MA, was recently named the recipient of the Thematic Best Poster Award for the conference's theme on Molecular Mechanisms of Infection and Immunity. Junior, Travis Goodloe, received a Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid of Research for his summer research project. Travis will be developing an assay to measure melanoma cell metastasis to tumor-draining lymph nodes.Stephen and Travis conducted research in the laboratory of Elliott Assistant Professor of Biology, Dr. Kristian M. Hargadon '01.
As a part of this year's commencement exercises, a check for $3,298.44 was presented, on behalf of the senior class for the Senior Class Campaign Scholarship.Each year, graduating students raise money to support a deserving, incoming freshman in need of financial aid. Usually, the scholarship is given to a student who has proven to be the embodiment of a Hampden-Sydney Man.
On Sunday, May 10, the College celebrated its 240th academic year as 231 men received their diplomas.U.S. Representative Robert Hurt was the Commencement speaker. Representative Hurt graduated from Hampden-Sydney College in 1991 and received his law degree from Mississippi College School of Law in 1995.