USE AN ATM OR CASH A CHECK
The Business Office will cash checks for you, up to $300 per day with a student I.D. A $35 fee is charged for returned checks. There is also an ATM in Graham Hall.
Washers and dryers are located in the basements of Carpenter Z, Venable, East House and West House in Whitehouse Quadrangle, Blake B Apartment, C Dorm basement, and the Hampden Units. Use of washers and dryers is free to students. You will need to furnish your own detergent and softeners. They are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, during the school year for the convenience of students. The College cannot be held responsible for loss of, or damage to, personal articles.
SEND OR RECEIVE MAIL
Hampden-Sydney College operates a contract post office for the U.S. Postal Service in Graham Hall. Mail is posted in the morning Monday through Friday. Cash-only window service is provided for all mailings. You will be assigned a post office box. Your address for letters and periodicals will be "Your name, Box #, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943." (See below, however, for package shipments.) The Zip Code for Hampden-Sydney is 23943; for Farmville, 23901; for Longwood, 23909.
You are responsible for mail pickup on a regular basis, especially if you subscribe to magazines or newspapers, which clog the box quickly. Any newspapers left after three days will be recycled. If you receive a package, a notice will be put in your box; you pick it up at the package window around the corner from the main post office window. If you subscribe to the Wall Street Journal, as many economics students do, you pick it up at the package window, not at your box.
Post Office Window: Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: Closed Post Office Lobby:
Monday - Saturday: 7:15 a.m. - midnight. Sunday: 12 noon - midnight.
Mail Departure: 1:30 p.m.
Money orders: Money orders are issued between the hours of 10 a.m. & 3 p.m.
UPS or Federal Express shipments: All OUTGOING Federal Express and UPS is shipped through the Bookstore.
All incoming UPS or Federal Express is received at the Post Office. Since UPS and Federal Express will not ship to a post office box, you must address packages as follows: "Student's name, Box #, Graham Hall, 80 Graham Circle Drive, Hampden-Sydney, VA 23943."
GET A SNACK, PLAY POOL, PLAY PING-PONG, AND HANG OUT
When the Commons is not open, the Tiger Inn, an informal à la carte restaurant on the lower level of Settle Hall, offers pub-style food and service. It also features big-screen TV, Internet-access computers, wireless internet, ping pong tables, and billiards. The electronic Tiger Dollars on your ID card work here and at the coffee shops.
Tiger Inn Hours: Monday to Friday: 9:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Kitchen opens at 11:30 a.m.
Saturday & Sunday: 12 noon -1 a.m. Telephone: (434) 223-6353.
Coffee Shop, On These Grounds, Lobby of Graham Hall, Hours: Monday to Friday: 8:00 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Library Coffee Shop, Hours: Monday - Thursday: 6:00 p.m.-11:45 p.m.
FIND A PLACE FOR FEMALE VISITORS TO STAY THE NIGHT
Female college-aged guests may stay, cost free, at the Women's Guest House on a first-come, first-served basis. A female attendant is on duty. Operating hours are 11 p.m. - 9 a.m., on Friday and Saturday nights. The Women's Guest House is located on Fraternity Circle.
FIND A PLACE FOR PARENTS TO STAY THE NIGHT
Farmville and the surrounding area offers various accommodations including hotel, motel, and bed-and-breakfast inns. It is often a good idea to make reservations as far ahead as possible, because the local accommodations fill up quickly for big weekends. Many freshmen reserve rooms for their families for graduation four years in advance.
TALK TO A DEAN ABOUT ROOMMATE CONFLICTS, HOUSING ASSIGNMENTS, JOINING A CLUB OR THE GREEK SYSTEM, OUTDOOR OPPORTUNITIES, OR ANYTHING ELSE
The folks in the Office of Student Affairs are available to help you with many of the non-academic programs and services you'll encounter at Hampden-Sydney College. You'll find them in Blake A, down Via Sacra, at the end of the parking lot between Winston and Maples. Drop by, make an appointment, or call on a moment's notice in an emergency.
TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT A PROBLEM WITH YOUR ROOM OR YOUR COMPUTER
Buildings & Grounds, 434-223-6159, is your resource for fixing most problems, such as water leaks, stuck doors, and malfunctioning HVAC-or lost keys. See your resident advisor or call security, 434-223-6164, if you lock yourself out of your room.
The Fuqua Computing Center (located in the Bortz Library) can help you with most computer problems. Help Desk: 434-223-6373
TALK TO SOMEONE ABOUT AN ACADEMIC PROBLEM
Your first contact should be your professor. Our professors are always available to confer with students. Do not be afraid to approach them. Most problems can be worked out at this level. (And most problems only become worse if you hesitate to talk to your professor when the problem first arises.) If you are having trouble understanding material in the course, most professors will be glad to give you some basic help, or recommend you to a tutor if you need more intensive review.
You should also talk to your academic advisor, who can help you figure out what steps to take to resolve the matter.
In the Office of Academic Success in Bortz Library, Room 235, the Director of Academic Support and the academic counselors are available to give you advice on study habits and strategies to help you improve your academic outcomes. Students can attend skills-based workshops or schedule individual appointments.
FIND OUT ABOUT THE HISTORY OF THE COLLEGE
The Esther Thomas Atkinson Museum of Hampden-Sydney College is named for its long-time curator, who founded it in 1968. It is located between Cabell House (the Business Office) and the former Chi Phi fraternity house. The Museum serves as a repository for artifacts connected with the history of the College and for memorabilia of individuals associated with the College. The curator oversees the operation of the Museum. An active Student Museum Board (for which you are invited to apply) assists the Curator. The Museum is open Tuesday-Friday, 12:30-5:00 p.m., during the academic year, on Wednesdays and Fridays during the summer, and at other times by appointment. Each semester temporary or traveling exhibitions supplement the museum's permanent displays. Please contact the Museum curator at 434-223-6134 for further information on upcoming exhibitions and programs.
The Campus Store stocks copies of Professor John Brinkley's definitive History of Hampden-Sydney College; pay special attention to the footnotes, where all the juicy parts are hidden.
GO TO CHURCH
College Church (Presbyterian) is on campus and welcomes students of all denominations both for morning worship and Sunday school. A list of other churches and synagogues in the area is available.
The College's Fitness Center in Kirby Field House offers a state-of-the-art facility for both casual and hard-core workouts. It features cardio and weight machines, as well as 3 regulation racquetball courts, 3 indoor basketball courts, and a 6-lane 25 meter swimming pool. Trainers can work with you to set up a tailored fitness program. Students have access to all these facilities at no charge.
GET ADVICE ON CHOOSING A MAJOR
You will declare your major in the second semester of your sophomore year. Declaring a major is a key decision about your academic future at Hampden-Sydney College. During your freshman year, you will have the opportunity to give this question some thought. Keep in mind these factors that should go into that decision. First, select a major in an area that you enjoy. Second, select a major in an area in which you tend to do well. Hampden-Sydney is a liberal arts college where our majors are not vocational nor are they inherently career orientated. Thus, the criteria of interest/enjoyment and doing well are of primary importance.
Help with this important decision is available in the Office of Academic Success (Bortz Library, Room 235) and the Career Education Office (Bagby 209) and by talking with faculty members in the department you are considering for your major.
GET ADVICE ON CHOOSING A CAREER
The Office of Career Education & Vocational Reflection is here to help you each step of the way--from your freshman year to graduation, and beyond in formulating plans for employment or graduate school. We seek to educate for a life of career decision-making.
Career coaching and services include resume and cover letter writing as well as job and internship search workshops, and resources to help students clarify their skills, values, and interests. We are located on the second floor of Bagby and open Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
GET A JOB ON CAMPUS
The Human Resources Office is located in the Business Office in Cabell House on College Road. Students have the opportunity to work in various departments on campus. To find a job you will have to complete an application which may be picked up in the Business Office or on the web. The available student job listing is emailed to all students by 9AM on the first day of class each semester. You must apply directly with the department. YOU MUST FILL OUT STATE AND FEDERAL TAX FORMS ALONG WITH AN I9 FORM. YOU MUST ALSO BRING IN YOUR SOCIAL SECURITY CARD TO ENSURE CORRECT LEGAL NAME AND SSN for W-2 purposes.