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Continuing its 1775 Founding Mission "to form good men and good citizens," Hampden-Sydney College reflects on 10 facts at the close of 2014.
The Lambda Circle at Hampden-Sydney College inducted 16 new members into Omicron Delta Kappa, the national leadership honor society for college men and women. The Lambda Circle of ODK was established at Hampden-Sydney in 1924, and membership is a mark of highest distinction and honor.
Earlier this semester, 12 Hampden-Sydney men were inducted into the honor society Phi Beta Kappa. Membership recognizes the highest academic achievement, moral character, responsible citizenship, and broad intellectual curiosity.
On Saturday, December 13, there was a gift wrapping party at College Church, on Hampden-Sydney's campus, to mark the conclusion of the H-SC Cares for Kids campaign. This year, the project was sponsored by the student organizations: Omicron Delta Kappa, the national honorary leadership society; Sigma Tau Delta, the international honorary society in English; and the Student Government Association.
Dr. Dennis Stevens, Provost & Dean of the Faculty, has announced that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) determined that Hampden-Sydney College is now in compliance with all accreditation standards, and the warning imposed a year ago has been lifted. The accreditation of Hampden-Sydney College was unaffected by the SACSCOC warning.
With the days getting ever shorter, Oxford seems to consciously fight off the gloom of the darkness of winter by a turning inwards to the people and activities that complement academic life. Although Oxford is structured on individual and personal learning, there is a tremendous emphasis on common conviviality and sports to provide an escape from the drudgery of studying and paper writing. Most students strike a healthy balance between school and social life that seems conspicuously absent at many American colleges.
An engaged audience of two hundred, primarily parents and educators, attended a What Works panel discussion on November 17 at the Gorelick Family Theater at Charlotte Country Day in Charlotte, NC. The audience response was both positive and appreciative.The What Works initiative began with the publication last spring of a collection of essays on raising boys, engaging guys, and educating men. As a college for men, Hampden-Sydney has an important role to play in facilitating and participating in this important national discussion.The Charlotte program and another on March 31, 2015, at Boys' Latin School on Baltimore are offshoots of a successful conference held on campus in July.
The Hampden-Sydney Tigers will be one of two teams in all of Division III to open up its 2014-15 campaign on national television to a potential viewing audience of 75 million households, as the Tigers will take on the United States Coast Guard Academy in the Armed Forces Classic in Puerto Rico. The game, which takes place on Friday, November 14 at 1:00 pm, will be broadcast live on ESPN U and WatchESPN.com. The two will be competing in the first of two games in the 2014 Armed Forces Classic, hosted by the Coast Guard on the U.S. Air Station Borinquen. The second game will be between #8 Louisville and Minnesota.
As cliché as it sounds, it is truly difficult to adequately express my experience at Oxford these last few weeks. Before explaining my experience, I should perhaps explain the Oxford pedagogical system. There is no physical University of Oxford, but thirty-eight constituent colleges that make up the university.For example, I am a member of Worcester College. There are no tradition classes here at Oxford. Instead, one goes to periodic lectures that are pertinent to one's course of study; however, these lectures are neither compulsory nor always directly related to one's studies. They are simply a means to contextual or provide a basis for one's readings or studies. Having said this, I think it is important to point out that there is a tremendous amount of work done by Oxford students.
The Michaelmas term is well under way here at Oxford, and I finally feel settled.I am a student at St Edmund Hall, known here as Teddy Hall. Dating back to the early thirteenth century, St Edmund Hall is certainly one of the older Oxford colleges. "Hall spirit" is one of the greatest reasons why I love my college. Other Oxfordians can always pick out a Teddy from their claret and gold gear, extreme competitiveness, and their excessive chanting. On any given day of the week, you will hear a student cry, "TEDDY TEDDY TEDDY!" Another Teddy almost undoubtedly will follow up with "HALL HALL HALL!" This practice often continues until fantastically early morning hours.