Parents

10 FACTS you should know about Hampden-Sydney College in 2014
Winter Break is December 18 - January 13.
Students report January 13 and classes begin January 14.

Dear Parents,

Sherry Dyche Ceperich, Ph.D.  Wellness Center Director
College offers your son great opportunity for growth - intellectually, emotionally, relationally, physically, and spiritually. This growth often comes about after some kind of challenge or struggle. At the Wellness Center, we view challenges with students' health, relationships, substances, and motivation as an opportunity to learn about themselves, become increasingly resilient and autonomous, and to grow into the good men they are meant to be.

A few year ago, student health, counseling services, and substance education services were combined into one entity, the Wellness Center, to encourage a holistic, integrated approach in working with and treating students that enhances collaboration among units, reduces stigma, and encourages a well-being philosophy. Here is a little information about each component of the Center:  

Student Health Services promote that physical health is tied to emotional well-being and vice versa. In addition to providing medical services to students, staff contribute to wellness programs ranging from alcohol and other drug use to sexual health to good sleep hygiene. Student Health Services operate on a walk-in basis from 7:30 am to 4 pm. Dr. Timothy Corbett is available daily from 7:30 am to 9 am. at 434-223-6167. 

Substance Education involves a range of programming targeting students with varying needs. Assistant Dean for Substance Education Shawn White leads a team of trainers in delivering selective prevention programs to students such as TIPS (alcohol education) and STEP UP (bystander training). Prevention also involves universal programs such as the Stall Street Journal and indicated efforts with students sanctioned by the Student Judicial System for substance offenses.

Counseling Services provide a range of confidential options for students who are seeking support and therapy for mental health distress, mental illness and adjustment concerns such as time management, grief and loss, decision making, values identification and goal setting around vocational issues. Services are offered by appointment with students typically able to obtain an initial consultation within a day or two of making contact. Counselors offer individual counseling, group counseling, wellness outreaches such as mindfulness practices, and one- or two-session consultations around topics such as sleep and smoking cessation. Counselors utilize evidence-based therapies such as cognitive-behavioral approaches, mindfulness, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy, and Motivational Interviewing. Counseling appointments are available between 8:30 am and 5 pm with some evening appointments available at 434-223-6411.

Our Hampden-Sydney sons have endured the loss of two brothers this semester. If your son needs help working through his grief, please do not hesitate to contact the Counseling Office in the Wellness Center or direct him to these resources for grieving students.

This year, the Wellness Center is a training ground for several disciplines, which expands our capacity to serve H-SC students as well as allows us to mentor other burgeoning professionals in various health fields. We train senior nursing students from Longwood University, masters in counseling students from Longwood and Liberty Universities and a post-doctoral fellow in psychology.

Please encourage your student to utilize the range of services available at our integrated Wellness Center and to stop by for a free flu vaccine if he has not done so already.    

Warm regards this cool season,

Sherry Dyche Ceperich, Ph.D.
Wellness Center Director

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CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

NOVEMBER

Men's chorus at Hampden-Sydney College

Registration for spring classes begins November 5.

Romeo and Juliet, presented by the Theater Department, opens November 6 and will play November 7, 13, 14 at 8 p.m. in Johns Auditorium.

The Men's Chorus Fall Concert - with special guests the Acousticals - will perform new selections and old favorites on Thursday, November 13 in Crawley Forum at 8 p.m.

Hampden-Sydney football"The Game" between Hampden-Sydney and Randolph-Macon College, is the oldest small college football rivalry in the south. This year's match will be November 15.

Thanksgiving Break is Wednesday, November 26 through Sunday, November 30.

 

DECEMBER

Tree Lighting Ceremony, Hampden-Sydney CollegeThe Tree Lighting Ceremony and the Lighting of Venable Hall is Thursday, December 4. These annual traditions provide students with a break from end-of-semester studies with caroling, holiday snacks, and festivities.

Last day of classes is December 9. 

Wayne Henderson and Friends, acoustic band, will provide an evening of folk music at the Tiger Inn December 9.

Snow at Memorial GateFinal Exams begin Friday December 12 and end December 17. 

Holiday Break is December 18 through January 13.

 

JANUARY

Professional Development Institute logoSpring semester classes begin January 14.

The Professional Development Institute, offered January 11-13 by the Career Education Office, is a 2-day event in which select students are invited to participate in a variety of professional development activities, including breakout sessions, a formal dinner, keynote speakers, and networking. Register for the PDI by Friday, December 5th!

Hampden-Sydney Men in the News:

16 Students Initiated into ODK

12 Students Inducted Into Phi Beta Kappa

Will Brantley '15 Studying at Worcester College, Oxford

Adam Witham '15 Studying at Teddy Hall, Oxford

Tyler P. Parham '15, In Search of Chinese Pirates

H-SC Students Recognized at HMI Symposium

Will Banning '15 Interns at UVA Health System

Alex Abbott Selected as Fulbright UK Summer Scholar

Lee Ayscue named Goldwater Scholar

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