As of 12:30 PM today (Thursday, January 29) afternoon classes are cancelled and administrative offices will close.  Classes will resume and offices will reopen at 8:30 AM on Monday, February 2, weather permitting.  (There is the possibility of snow on February 2, and a decision about reopening on Monday will be made on Sunday, February 1, at noon; please look for notification on the website.)

Residence Halls and the Commons will remain open, but the Library and Fitness Center/Leggett Pool will close.   The Wellness Center will maintain regular hours today and Friday.

All athletic related activities, including Saturday's basketball game, all sport practices, weight room lifts, etc. are cancelled until Monday, weather permitting.

The Dean of the Office of Student Affairs sent the following to students in email (Jan 29, 2:57pm):
This email concerns efforts to sustain people and facilities as this virus makes its way through our community. Some of you have already become victims of this virulent virus. I hope those of you who are not yet victims will not be in the coming days. Please read and follow the following recommendations.
  • Those students who are able to go home are encouraged to do so. If you are able to go home, please observe appropriate precautions with your family so you do not spread the virus to them. 
  • Do not visit friends at other schools. Do not invite friends to visit you on campus. We do not want to spread this virus to neighboring colleges.
  • All athletic and social events are cancelled until the College reopens.  There will be no parties.
  • If you remain on campus, please avoid gathering in groups, where the virus can be further spread.
  • The Wellness Center will remain open for normal hours both today and tomorrow. However, remember that if your symptoms are severe, you should go to the Emergency Room.
  • If you have an emergency, call 911.  For all other questions or concerns, feel free to call the Residence Life 24hr. Hotline (434) 223-6667. 
  • Please notify us about your status this weekend. Are you on campus? Have you gone home? Please use this link:
  • Members of the Office of Student Affairs and student leaders will conduct scheduled walk-throughs of all student housing beginning tonight and continuing through the weekend in order to respond to needs and to monitor the sanitary conditions of the buildings. They will be able to provide water, Gatorade, gloves, and crackers as needed students who remain on campus.
  • B&G staff will continue cleaning all College buildings through the weekend. In some cases, that will mean female workers will be in your living areas. Please afford them the respect any Hampden Sydney man should under such circumstances.
FLU information for students: Tips for caring for yourself or someone who has the flu.

Dear Parents,

Beth P. Graham, RN-BC Director, Student Health Services
The staff in Student Health Services eagerly await the return of your sons from what we hope was a relaxing and invigorating break. We hope their spring semester will be a successful one as they embrace new academic courses and perhaps increased participation in sports, clubs, or community volunteer programs. Also, let's not forget some other very important spring traditions, such as fraternity pledging, spring break, intramural sports, a 5K in conjunction with Sweet Briar College, and of course, Greek Week. But many of these challenges for our students, though they facilitate personal growth, can play havoc with the student's state of physical, mental, or emotional health.  

We recognize our students' struggles and provide medical support for acute issues as well as educational opportunities for students, whether individually or in group settings, as they become masters of their sense of health and wellness. We are not alone in our efforts supporting the growth and development of the students, but collaborate often with our colleagues in their components of the Wellness Center (Counseling Service, Substance Education) and Academic Support.

Parents, we also welcome your input and thank you for ongoing efforts in encouraging your sons to seek us out earlier rather than later, eat more veggies and fruits, sleep more, increase their hand washing, and last, but not least, get a flu shot. We still have a good supply, and they are free.

Take care,

Beth P. Graham, RN-BC
Director, Student Health Services

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Hampden-Sydney students and professorSpring semester classes begin January 14.

Last day to add classes is January 21.

Last day to drop classes is January 27.


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The Office of Academic Success has a wealth of ongoing programs to help your son excel and achieve his academic goals, from exam study skills to selecting a major. Have a look at the current offerings of Academic Skills workshops.

Housing Selection Information Meeting will be February 12. Dean Ramsay will meet with interested students to explain housing selections and answer questions.

The Study Abroad Information table, available February 17 during lunch, is an opportunity for your student to learn more about summer and semester study abroad options. If he can't make it, the Global Education office can provide the information he needs.

Funny Money, a play by Ray Cooney, is the Hampden-Sydney spring theatre production. Opening Februaruy 19, it will run the 20, 26, and 27. It is free and open to the public.


Hampden-Sydney Men in the News:

Stephen Woodall '15 Conducting Cancer Research 

H-SC Chorus Members To Perform With Richmond Symphony

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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