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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.
Seniors John Wirges and Aaron Gilani recently attended the McDonald Cadet Leadership Conference at West Point. This marks the third year that Hampden-Sydney College students have participated.The program's mission is "For top undergraduate student leaders from diverse backgrounds to participate in a team-based, experiential and analytical exercise that bolsters leadership skills, fosters critical thinking and collaboration, and develops potential strategies for addressing pressing global issues."
On Saturday, April 18, the 5th annual Big Event attracted numerous Hampden-Sydney students, faculty, and staff volunteers. This event is known as a day of service with a simple message to the community, "Thank You."It originated at Texas A&M in 1982, and the Big Event has since spread to campuses across the country. It is now one of the largest student-led service projects in the nation. The purpose of the Big Event is to give back to the community and to thank local residents for their support throughout the year.
On Thursday, April 30, Hampden-Sydney College's Atkinson Museum hosted the 2015 Student Art Exhibition.Seniors and Visual Arts majors, Justin Jones and Thomas Crenshaw were the featured artists. Jones presented his thesis work entitled "A World Like No Other" while Crenshaw showcased his thesis project entitled "Painting with Ketchup."
Six representatives from Hampden-Sydney spoke and presented research at the International Conference on Masculinities in New York City in early March. The theme of the conference, which was co-hosted by the American Men's Studies Association, was "Engaging Men and Boys for Gender Equality." The weekend also served to launch the new Center for the Study of Men and Masculinities at Stony Brook University, which is directed by Michael Kimmel (author of many works in the field of men's studies, including "Manhood in America" and "Guyland").
The Hampden-Sydney Journal of the Sciences is now in its fourth year as a student-run publication and its second year of producing a print version. The Journal is a showcase of the wide variety of scientific research being conducted at Hampden-Sydney by its students. The work in the Journal represents the products of summer research experiences, departmental honors work, classroom projects, and other ventures that show the central importance of research to a complete Hampden-Sydney scientific education.
When Dr. Robert Irons '00 was a young boy, he would flip through issues of National Geographic with eager eyes and steadfast resolve. "I'd never really been anywhere," he said, "and I'd see all of these far-off and amazing places, and I told myself, 'As soon as I can, no matter what I have to do, I'm going to go see these things.'"Irons's fascination with distant cultures and civilizations would propel him across Europe and the United States, through years of hardship and study, and finally back to Hampden-Sydney as the newest professor in the Classics Department. He currently teaches Greek and Latin, and next semester he will teach Western culture. His loop from student to teacher was neither easy nor short, but it was a path he took deliberately, and not without the requisite faith and courage in his endeavors. Soon after his graduation, he bought a one-way ticket to Ireland."I worked on a farm there for about three months, saved a little money, and started travelling, taking odd jobs wherever I could," he recalled. He worked his way to Italy, where he taught private English lessons, with the ultimate goal of learning enough to be able to read classic Italian literature in its original text.
Since our founding, Hampden-Sydney College has sought "to form good men and good citizens." That mission epitomized William Caleb Wharton '16, so it was a tragedy when family, friends, and the community learned of his death on November 2, 2014. However, this loss of a dear friend came with a blessing: we were all shown more clearly what it means to be a Hampden-Sydney Man and to live within our brotherhood. With the help of this brotherhood, Caleb's family and friends made the transition from tragedy to the celebration of his life.According to President Chris Howard, brotherhood is "a commitment to love each other, especially during difficult times, even when you don't like each other. [...] We are bonded in a way that is shown when things aren't going well. When there is a challenge [...] people [in a brotherhood] tend to come together." As the news of Caleb's death spread, his fraternity brothers began to gather at the SAE house. At a school so close and so small, news spreads quickly. Friends, family, teammates, coaches, and faculty gathered also. Everybody came by to spread their unconditional love out of respect for Caleb, their fallen brother, and to support those in mourning.