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Spring is always a glorious season on the "Hill" and much anticipated after an unseasonably cold winter. This spring will see Hampden-Sydney benefit in several important ways.
Daniel Osarfo-Akoto a junior at Hampden-Sydney College has been accepted to the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) Exceptional Research Opportunities Program (EXROP). He will spend the summer of 2014 working at Harvard Medical School.
Hampden-Sydney College was recently ranked among "America's 50 Best Colleges" and "The 100 Best U.S. Colleges and Universities by State" by TBS TheBestSchools.org. The ranking system is based on three broad master criteria, but the application of each of these criteria varies from case to case, depending on the kind of college or degree program.
The Hampden-Sydney Office of Institutional Advancement has been honored by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE) District III. "3000 Alumni Strong," the Hampden-Sydney Fund's fiscal year 2013 alumni giving campaign, received Awards of Excellence in both the Philanthropy ‐ Overall Annual Fund Program and the Online Innovation/Experimentation categories. "3000 Alumni Strong" received a Grand Award for Fundraising Videography, the highest honor in that category.
The Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum is hosting the exhibit, First Ladies of Hampden-Sydney, through March 14.In January, the Intercultural Affairs Committee sent a note to the college community that March is National Women's History Month, inaugurated thirty years ago by the The National Women's History Project and celebrated across the land. "How is Women's History Month relevant to me?" one student asked after reading the email. The exhibit presents an answer to his question.
Over the Christmas break, renovation began on the North Dining Room on the main floor of Settle Hall to create an expanded serving area for Pannill Commons. The new serving area contains the deli and the salad bar. The main serving area has been repurposed.
You should be familiar with the new website design which went live last summer. You probably did not realize that there was something missing from the homepage.The new homepage design incorporated a virtual tour of the campus which at the time of launch we did not yet have. Its place in the green box in the lower left corner was held by a campus picture with the caption, "Plan your visit." In July we began the work of creating the virtual tour by engaging CampusTours of Auburn, Maine.
On December 17, 2013, James Janowski, professor in the Hampden-Sydney College's philosophy department, gave an invited talk at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (MMA) in New York City. Using several challenging and provocative case studies, Janowski discussed some philosophical questions at work in the conservation and restoration of cultural heritage, and led a lively discussion on the heels of his presentation
The Thomas F. and Kate Miller Jeffress Memorial Trust funds interdisciplinary research to support Virginia-based researchers who use creative approaches to expand scientific discovery. The Trust recently renewed grants to two Hampden-Sydney College professors - Dr. Rachel M. Goodman and Dr. Kristian M. Hargadon.
In late November, the Society of Physics Students hosted a panel discussion in Crawley Forum open to the students, staff, faculty, and the local community. The panel speakers for the night were Dr. Trey Thurman, Associate Professor of Physics & Astronomy; Dr. Sarah Hardy, Elliott Professor of English, and Dr. Steele Nowlin, Elliott Associate Professor of English. Dr. Nicholas Deifel, Assistant Professor of Chemistry, moderated the event. The over-arching question for the night was, “Should the science in science fiction be scientifically accurate?” And the overwhelming answer was yes…and no.