Parents

Housing selection will be coming up after Spring Break. Please encourage your son to attend the information meeting scheduled for Thursday, February 23 at 11:30 a.m. in Settle Hall Board Room.
Spring Break is Saturday March 11 – Sunday, March 19
Registration for fall classes is Tuesday, April 4 - Tuesday, April 11

Dear Parents,Lisa Burns, Director for Academic Success

Resolutions perpetually usher in the new year and often fade without healthy encouragement. I am confident that your son returned to The Hill with the resolve to stay focused and to improve his academic efforts. However, shorter days and cold temperatures can often dampen motivation. Periodic  parental reminders of available academic supports can be exactly what your son needs to stay on track. My best recommendations for success are regular class attendance and instructor consultations, but your son has access to a host of other supports such as  tutoring, skills workshops, the Writing Center, and Speaking Center to supplement his efforts.
  • If your son is still adjusting to the rigors of our curriculum, he may wish to consider weekly individual meetings with the staff in the Office of Academic Success to bolster his endeavors. Your son should stop by the office (Bortz Library 235) or call 434-223-6286 to set an appointment.
  • Sophomores will declare their intended majors in mid-February. Students still in discernment should meet with their current academic advisors or staff members in Career Education and Academic Success to aid them in their decision making, as well as attend the "Choosing a Major" workshop scheduled for Tuesday, February 7th.
  • Upperclassmen should be updating and polishing their resumes to pursue a summer internship or research opportunity. The Office of Career Education and Vocational Reflection is a remarkable resource for students looking to enhance their classroom learning with real world experiences.  And as a result of alumni donations, there are stipends available to students with summer internships through the Internship Scholarship Program. The deadline to apply for consideration is April 13th. 
Please discuss these opportunities with your student and direct them our way. We would love to help him!
  
Lisa Burns
Director for Academic Success

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CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

FEBRUARY

Student sledding at Hampden SydneyThe Office of Academic Success offers an abundance of Academic Skills workshops throughout the semester to help your son set and reach his academic goals!

The Career Education Office has a busy calendar this time of year, full of networking and skills workshops, career fairs, and internship planning. Have a look at their Calendar of Events.

MARCH

Winter snow on Memorial Gates at Hampden Sydney

Spring Break is March 11-19.

The Big Event, a day of service in which Hampden-Sydney students give back to the community, is March 25.

Registration for fall classes is coming up next month. It's time to start thinking about next semester, so be sure to remind your son to attend his academic advising appointment.

APRIL

Morton in springtime at Hampden Sydney

Registration for fall classes is Tuesday, April 4 - Tuesday, April 11.

Greek Week is April 3-9.

Final Convocation, the official close of the academic year when academic awards are conferred, is April 27.

MAY

Commencement at Hampden Sydney

Last day of classes is May 2. Final Exams begin May 5 and end May 10.

Commencement is May 14. If you haven't already, be sure to make your arrangements now. For more information about commencement weekend, be sure to check the Commencement webpage frequently.

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