August 30, 2010
Following Opening Convocation on August 26, there was a gathering in the Everett Stadium Lounge to introduce the first of several Tiger Tracks. Tiger Tracks is an innovative program designed to help students chart a course after Hampden-Sydney College.
Students' career interests do not always appear to correspond to their choices of majors. Tiger Tracks provides a bridge between an academic major and professional goals and a roadmap of classes, extracurricular activities, resources, and alumni connections to help students reach those goals.
The first Tiger Tracks focuses on Banking and Finance. It was appropriate that Dr. Peter Blair Henry was present at the launch of the Banking and Finance Program.
Dr. Henry is Dean of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. He received his PhD in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1997. Prior to attending MIT, Dean Henry was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. He also holds a BA in economics from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill where he was a Morehead Scholar, a National Merit Scholar, and a member of Phi Beta Kappa.
In his remarks to the assembled students, faculty, and staff, Dr. Henry praised liberal arts education and stressed the importance of mastery in writing. He also spoke of the importance of developing a strong sense of integrity.
Entrance to top graduate business schools and the fields of banking and finance are extremely competitive. Successful students begin working towards those goals immediately upon entering college.
Drew Prehmus '08, Special Assistant to the President (far left) and Matt Guill '06, Senior Assistant Dean of Students (far right) pose with Dr. Henry and Dr. Howard. Drew and Mat were largely responsible for developing Tiger Tracks for Business and Finance.