Orientation Sunday, August 23

CLOSED - Bortz Library
9 am-7 pm - Fitness Center
9 am-5 pm - Pool

(F) - Mandatory Event for Freshmen
(T) - Mandatory Event for Transfer Students

8:00 am – 12:00 pm – Opportunities for Worship

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Various locations around Hampden-Sydney and Farmville

Refer to Local Church Profiles for information or contact the Orientation staff during brunch. The College Church service is on campus at 11 am.

*Agudath Sholom Synagogue- 2055 Langhorne Rd, Lynchburg Va (434-846-0739)

*Ahmadiyya Muslim Community- 9930 Hull Street Rd, Richmond VA (804-276-0452)

*Islamic Society of Greater Richmond- 6917 Patterson Ave, Richmond VA (804-673- 4177)


10:00 am – 12 pm – Brunch

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Pannill Commons, Settle Hall


12:30 pm – 6:00 pm – Massages & Smoothies

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Pannill Commons, Tiger Inn

Need to de-stress between exams and your first weekend on the Hill? Stop by the Tiger Inn for a massage and smoothie compliments of Aqua Massage and More.


1:30 pm – 2:00 pm – Rhetoric Editing Test (F) (T)

2:15 pm – 4:00 pm – Rhetoric Essay Test (F) (T)

Better Learning

Morton Hall Lobby 

Dr. Katherine Weese, Director of the Rhetoric Program and Professor of English

These two tests are required of select incoming freshmen whose Rhetoric placement indicators were borderline or ambiguous. The test results will determine if new students are enrolled in the appropriate level of Rhetoric. Students who need to take these diagnostic tests will be notified by their advisor on Friday. The tests are also required of transfer students who have earned fewer than six hours of credit in writing courses.  Please bring two pens or pencils. After you report to the Morton Hall Lobby to sign in, you will be directed to a classroom in Morton.


2:00 pm– 5:00 pm - Rhetoric Proficiency Exam (SELECT TRANSFERS ONLY)

Better Learning

Morton Hall Room 121

Dr. Katherine Weese, Director of the Rhetoric Program and Professor of English

This test is required of all transfer students who have been previously notified to take this exam.  Please bring two pens.  The Rhetoric Program will provide a dictionary and a grammar handbook for each exam room.


4:45 pm- 5:45 pm – Language Study Introduction (F) (T)

Better Learning

See list of locations below

Dr. Dieudonne Afatsawo, Associate Professor of Modern Languages

All students signing up for language study are required to attend one of the sessions listed for French, Spanish, German, Russian, Latin, Chinese, and Greek.  Students will be given a short introduction to the study of languages at the College.  Students who did not take the placement exam prior to arriving at H-SC will be required to do so at this session.

Spanish 100-200 Gilmer Hall 019
Spanish 300 Gilmer Hall 025
French 100-200 Gilmer Hall 105
German Gilmer Hall 124
Latin and Greek Morton Hall 112
Chinese and Russian TBA


5:00 pm – 6:30 pm – Dinner

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Pannill Commons, Settle Hall


7:00 pm – 8:00 pm – Legal Issues for College Students (F) (T)

More Confident Men

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Stronger Character

Johns Auditorium

Panel TBA
At this event, new students will have the opportunity to learn about the legal issues most often faced by college and university students around the nation.  You will also learn specifics about laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia from some of the most prominent and experienced professionals currently working in local law enforcement and criminal justice. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the discussion panel.  This event is mandatory for all new students.