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Dear Parents,Lisa Burns

The semester is in full swing and it's hard to believe that we are already a full month into classes. Many of your sons have just completed their first round of assessments in their classes and a few grades have come back. So much can be gleaned from these first papers, quizzes, and tests. Please encourage your son to meet with his professors to maximize the benefit of this feedback. Some students are right on track, but even they can benefit from strengthening their relationship with the professor. If your son is a freshman, he is currently receiving early alert notifications regarding his current class performance, providing him with ample time to make improvements to his efforts. Deficiency notices (where performance is at a C- or below) will be issued on October 14th. These notifications will be sent to students in their campus mailboxes and to the parents of freshmen and sophomores. If your son is a junior or senior, these notifications no longer come home to parents. Talk to your son about his classes and ask him to share his outcomes. October 21st is the last day for students to withdraw from a class, but they must have at least 12 credits to maintain full time status. Tutoring is also in full swing. Consistent and consecutive usage of tutoring supports helps students thrive. Many young men need a small push to start attending. A gentle reminder can help them help themselves.

Some students are already meeting with the Office of Career Education and Vocational Reflection to refine their resumes, learn how to use the job search databases, and start searching for summer internship opportunities. It is never too early to start making  Tiger Connections! 

Your son may also be considering a study abroad experience in the coming months or semesters. The Office of Global Education has many exciting opportunities to share. Advance planning and knowledge is a great benefit. Encourage your son to start conversations about study abroad opportunities with his academic advisor and Dr. Widdows, the Director for Global Education.

The Office of Academic Success loves our new, central location on the main floor of the Bortz Library. We see our students working independently and in peer groups all hours of the day and night. However, some students still need some guidance when it comes to the study process. We are here to help with individual appointments and academic skills workshops. Please encourage your son to come meet us!  

Lisa Burns
Director for Academic Success

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Hampden-Sydney College footballDid you know the vice presidential debate will be held at Longwood University in Farmville? Hampden-Sydney will hold a post-debate conversation on October 5, sponsored by the Wilson Center for Leadership.

Homecoming 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.


Morton Hall with fall foliageRegistration for spring semester begins October 25 and ends November 3. Encourage your son to discuss his academic plan with his advisor prior to registration.

Thanksgiving Break begins after classes on November 22. Classes will resume Monday, November 28. Have a wonderful holiday!

The Annual Christmas Tree Lighting is November 29. This campus community event is a joyous opportunity to gather, sing carols, and begin the holiday season.


Christmas wreath at H-SC

Last day of classes is December 6. Final Examinations are December 9-14.

Winter Break is December 15-January 16.

Spring semester classes begin January 18. View the full Full Academic Calendar

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