I am honored and excited to announce that Hampden-Sydney College has been blessed with another outstanding academic year, full of accomplishments.
We began the 2012-2013 year with the inaugural C Day, on which our students forged a closer relationship with their "community" and "classmates," developed a better understanding of their individual "calling" and "career," and started the year with "convocation" and "ceremony" before a wonderful "celebration." C Day will undoubtedly prove to be a cherished tradition on The Hill.
Our commitment to providing an inspiring and comprehensive learning environment was recognized by The Princeton Review. The well-known college search guide named the Walter M. Bortz III Library the fourth-best college or university library in the country, topping a majority of the Ivy League schools. Each year, we see increasing numbers of students utilizing all aspects of the library and Library Director Cy Dillon has exciting plans for our students in the coming years.
In the spring of 2013, our Ethics Bowl team again made Hampden-Sydney proud with its second consecutive victory in the VFIC Tournament. Led by Philosophy Professor Marc Hight, the team again showed the extent to which a liberal arts education develops critical thinking skills.
A number of individual students were recognized for their excellence in the classroom. One particular standout was classics major Lewis Bell '13. He won a Fulbright U.S. Student Award to work as a teaching assistant in Greece. His classmate, physics major and football player Alex Price '13, received the prestigious NCAA post-graduate scholarship. Both young men are shining examples of the result of hard work and passion for education.
In March, we welcomed Boy Scouts of America Chief Executive Wayne Brock to campus during the annual Merit Badge Weekend. Not only did Mr. Brock speak with Boy Scouts spending the weekend at Hampden-Sydney, but also he attended a reception in his honor at Middlecourt. There, Hampden-Sydney students who are Eagle Scouts had the opportunity to speak one-on-one with Mr. Brock about how the Boy Scouts of America has been instrumental in their lives.
Sadly, not every day was full of joy. On September 14, 2012, Hampden-Sydney College lost one of its legendary professors and a dedicated alumnus with the passing of John L. Brinkley '59. He taught at the College from 1967 until his retirement in 2007. He was college historian and author of On This Hill, the definitive history of Hampden-Sydney. Though he is deeply missed, we are proud to recall the tremendous influence he had on this cherished place.
Thank you for your support for Hampden-Sydney College. Your financial contribution directly supports facilities such as the Bortz Library; it affects young men like Lewis and Alex and the members of the Ethics Bowl team. Your gifts also help hundreds of young men every year as they grow from eager freshmen to proud seniors. Likewise, we are proud to produce graduates who we know have become "good men and good citizens."
Dr. Christopher B. Howard