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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.
Hampden-Sydney College faculty members, Dr. Bill Shear, Trinkle Professor of Biology, and Dr. Alex Werth, Venable Professor of Biology, recently collaborated to write an article which was featured in American Scientist magazine. In their piece, "The Evolutionary Truth About Living Fossils", Shear and Werth relate the unseen evolution of living fossils and discuss the definition and usefulness of this term.
Following is some "good news" presented at a recent Richmond alumni meeting by members of the Hampden-Sydney College senior staff.
Hampden-Sydney College has received a $100,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation for Strengthening the Core of the Liberal Arts at H-SC, an initiative designed to assist faculty from multiple disciplines to develop the skills needed to teach in the College's Western Culture program.
During the 2nd semester of the 2013-14 academic year, I participated in a study abroad program at Fudan University, located in Shanghai, China, through IES Abroad (Institute for the International Education of Students). While I was there, I studied Chinese, diplomacy, anthropology, and economics.Studying a language in another country is one of the best things that you can do. Being fully immersed in a particular culture and being able to just walk outside your apartment and to converse in a different language is an unbelievable experience and one that will truly change you.
On August 22, Hampden-Sydney welcomed 322 members of the Class of 2018 and 21 transfer students. On August 25, returning students checked in. The third annual C Day was held on August 26 and classed began on the Wednesday, the 27th. The opening enrollment for 2014-15 is 1105, the fourth highest in the College's history.
On Monday, August 11, Hampden-Sydney College broke ground on a free-standing energy research laboratory. Students and faculty in the Departments of Physics & Astronomy, and Mathematics & Computer Science will have an unusual opportunity to research energy monitoring, energy conservation, and sustainable housing in a grant-based project on campus.