Dear Parents,

Lisa Burns, Assoc Director for Academic Success
There is always such joy amongst the students to return to the Hill for the spring term, but with colder temperatures and shorter days, this enthusiasm often begins to wane.  This is where you can serve as a significant part of the Academic Success team by encouraging your son to take advantage of the learning supports available to him such as the Writing and Speaking Centers, the Bortz Library, and many others.
  • Many of our Freshmen had an exciting, but challenging fall term (some more so than others). Your son may wish to consider setting weekly success meetings with one of the three counselors in the Office of Academic Success to help him manage his efforts and develop stronger learning strategies. Meeting with faculty and regular tutoring attendance is also highly encouraged. 
  • Sophomores will be officially selecting their majors, minors, and departmental advisors in mid-February. Students who are still in discernment should meet with either their current academic advisors or staff members in Career Education and Academic Success to aid them in their decision making. 
  • Upperclassmen will be busy polishing their resumes, seeking internships, and applying for research opportunities for the summer break. The Office of Career Education and Vocational Reflection is a tremendous resource for students who are looking to enhance their classroom learning with experiential learning opportunities. 
Please talk with your son about his upcoming plans, and feel free to send him our way!

Warm regards, 
Lisa A. Burns, Assoc. Director for Academic Success &
Disability Services Coordinator 

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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, this semester's Academic Skills workshops offer your son a wide variety of opportunities.

The Housing Selection Information Meeting for students will be February 12th. Dean Ramsay will meet with interested students to explain the housing selection process and answer questions.

The Annual Winter Ball is Saturday, February 14th. A sold-out event, the Ball begins with dinner and will continue with music from the Klaxton Brown Band.

The Other U.S. War Hero: QEP Symposium is February 17-19. Through the lens of "hero-making," this symposium will investigate the different experiences of "other" groups - gendered, sexual, and racial minorities - and their contributions in U.S. wars in the 20th and 21st centuries. 

The Study Abroad Information table, available February 17th 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. Free and open to the public, this production will run February 19, 20, 26, and 27.


Morton in springUpperclass Housing Selections for fall 2015 will take place between February 25 - March 21. 

Spring Break will begin after classes end on Friday, March 6. Classes will resume Monday, March 16.

Student Research Day on March 24 gives student scholars an opportunity to present their research.

Registration for fall classes will be in April. Your son will be meeting with his advisor to discuss class selection.


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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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