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Dear Parents,Richard Pantele '13

Welcome to the Fall Semester at Hampden-Sydney! This is a very exciting time of the year for your son and the perfect opportunity for him to become involved with campus activities and organizations. Hampden-Sydney College offers a great variety of leadership and extracurricular activities for your son to become involved with. Our clubs and organizations are, many times, gateways to future endeavors. Here are some of the options that are available for students:
  • over 70 student run clubs, ranging from religious and community service groups such as the Hampden-Sydney Mentor Program, Baptist Collegiate Ministries, Young Life, and the Orthodox Christian Fellowship, to groups centered on being outdoors like the Outsiders Club and a collection of many club sports teams, to groups centered on the arts, sciences, and politics like the College Republicans, the Young Democrats, The Pre-Health Society, and the Music Interest Club (MIC). 
  • outdoor equipment rentals offered through the Office of Student Affairs. Canoes, Kayaks, paddle boards, tents, sleeping bags, corn hole sets, grills, and much more.
  • 10 social fraternities and numerous professional and honor fraternities 
  • community service opportunities offered through the Office of Student Affairs department of Civic Engagement 
  • opportunities to become involved with the Student Court, Student Senate, College Activities Council, and the Inter-Fraternity Council 
With over 47% of the Student Body involved with Greek Life and almost every student involved with at least one other activity or organizations on campus, involvement with activities outside of the classroom is an essential part of the student experience at Hampden-Sydney.   

So, how does your son become involved?   

Students may join clubs at any point throughout the semester by contacting club leadership or simply attending a club meeting. Those who are interested in Greek Life may join fraternities during new member education periods during the Fall and Spring. We will begin Fall Pledging (a four-week period this year, reserved for upper classmen) in just a few weeks. Fall Rush for freshmen began on September 1st and will last the duration of the Fall semester. During the rush period, Freshmen and other interested students will have the opportunity to visit each fraternity to see if Greek Life is something that they are interested in pursuing. After the rush period, fraternities will hand out "bids" to interested students (typically before Winter Break) who will then begin the pledge process during the New Member Education period at the beginning of the Spring Semester. If you would like more information about Greek Life at Hampden-Sydney, please feel free to contact me or look out for the January Issue of the Parents Newsletter.  
The Office of Student Affairs takes your son's well-being and success very seriously. We encourage all Tigers to stop by our office just to say "hello" and grab some cookies and brownies on Tuesday Treats (generously provided by Mrs. Patty Townsend), or to sit down and discuss their questions or concerns that they may have about life on the Hill. Our doors are always open.    

We consider your son to be a part of the Hampden-Sydney and Office of Student Affairs family and we greatly value the interactions that we have with him. We wish your son much success, health, and happiness during the rest of this semester and for the remainder of his time at Hampden-Sydney!  

Sincerely,    
Richard Pantele '13
Assistant Dean of Students, Activities and Organizations

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CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS 

SEPTEMBER

Hampden-Sydney student and his parentsFamily Weekend begins September 9! Make your plans now for a weekend you will not forget.

Academic Services at H-SC provide students with the assistance they need to achieve their academic goals. Regularly visiting the Ferguson Center for Public Speaking and the Writing Center will encourage students to apply steady attention toward improving their writing and public speaking skills.

OCTOBER

Hampden-Sydney College in the fallHomecoming is the weekend of October 7. Join us for a memorable fall weekend including concerts, a golf tournament, football game and tailgating.

Fall Break begins Saturday, October 15. Classes resume Wednesday, October 19.

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