August 08, 2014
Rising sophomores Acery Nicholson and Patrick Luwis recently traveled to New York to join the audience at The Colbert Report. The show is hosted by Hampden-Sydney College alumnus and television icon, Stephen Colbert.
Acery and Patrick were awarded a trip to view the show by the College's "Good Men Plan" program, a series of co-curricular experiences designed to engage students and enrich their experience during their first year of college. Each semester, all first-year students attend four "Good Men Plan" programs. These eight programs explore a wide range of topics including citizenship, service, masculinity, self-awareness, professional development and more.
The opportunity to visit New York and see The Colbert Report live was given to the two students whose names were in a drawing based on perfect attendance to the GMP sessions. When asked about the trip, Patrick said, "I am grateful to have had the opportunity to go, thanks to the Good Men Plan. Between the sightseeing, staying in Times Square, and visiting with alumnus John Regan '93, it was a great experience overall. Being able to talk to Stephen Colbert before the show and ask him about his time at H-SC was really cool."
After two years at Hampden-Sydney (1982-84), Colbert transferred to Northwestern University to study under storied actor and dramatist Del Close. In 1997, Colbert began appearing in episodes of The Daily Show. In 2005, he was given his own spin-off show, The Colbert Report, and in 2014, it was announced that Colbert will replace David Letterman as host of CBS' Late Show.