Alumni Activies

 

bbq winnersTiger Club events abound

The summer and fall of 2011 have been very busy and exciting for alumni, parents, and friends. The academic year began with a welcome party on August 19, honoring senior football players and their parents. It was hosted jointly by the Southside Club and Gridiron Club at the home of Dickie Cralle ’65. From then on, each weekend was action packed. Supporting the Tigers all the way to their ODAC crown, alumni, parents, and fans complemented our nationally-recognized home football tailgating tradition with impressive gatherings at all of the away games. In Greensboro, the Triad Club welcomed travelers, and we outnumbered the home crowd at Guilford. Before the game, Tiger fans were treated to Barbecue from Ryan Pitz ’00, owner of The North Carolina Barbecue Company. We look forward to your joining us next year as we continue this tradition and support the Tigers to another title.

Throughout the fall, the H-SC Club of Richmond maintained its regular monthly lunch program, in September welcoming new VP of Advancement, Dr. H. Lee King ’94. In October, History Professor Dr. John Coombs talked about early Virginia history. Head Football Coach (and ODAC Coach of the Year) Marty Favret gave his annual address in November. Beginning with an idea from its Young Alumni Committee, The Richmond Club also expanded its offerings by establishing a networking social hour (sometimes several hours) held on the second Wednesday of each month at the Blackfinn Restaurant downtown. The September gathering drew more than 60 alumni from the Class of 1977 through the Class of 2011.

On October 19, a group from within the Richmond Club and headed by Joe Dunn’93 gathered for the first meeting of our Midlothian Club, which will operate as a component of the Richmond club, complement its activities, and expand the H-SC alumni footprint. The Club’s first event will be a bus trip on January 4 to cheer on Tiger Hoops as they face Virginia Wesleyan. Our alumni in Southeastern Virginia will soon benefit from an expanded geography like the club in Central Virginia. The Western Tidewater Club, headed by Ben Brown ’78, will include the outlying areas of Chesapeake, Suffolk, Windsor, Franklin, Smithfield, Wakefield, and Zuni. The group’s activities will complement those of our longstanding Peninsula and South Hampton Roads Clubs. On October 20, these groups showed their solidarity at an annual event sponsored by Ray Bottom ’53 at the Nansemond River Golf Club in Suffolk. Alumni, parents, and prospective students were treated to remarks from Elliott Professor of Biology Dr. Alexander Werth and Dean of Admissions Anita Garland. While some of the components of Homecoming changed this year—we played Bridgewater rather than W&L and had the first annual Hampden-Sydney Grilling Competition—the results of the weekend were very familiar. The Tigers got a victory and thousands of you enjoyed a perfect day catching up with old friends, making new ones, and taking the occasional stroll across campus or down memory lane. Other clubs met throughout the fall.

The Lynchburg Club, winners of the 2011 Waters Cup for Small Clubs, held their quarterly luncheon at Terrace on the James and heard from Assistant Dean of Students Wes Lawson ’03. In October, the Hampden-Sydney Club of New York held a happy hour in Manhattan. In November, Head lacrosse coach Ray Rostan spoke to The Maryland Club at an alumni-admissions event in Annapolis. Then, in conjunction with the Wilson Center, the DC Club held its signature event at the office of George Albright, overlooking the White House (see photo on page 48). Dr. Howard introduced his dear friend, New York Times writer Eric Schmitt, author of Counterstrike: The Untold Story of America’s Secret Campaign Against Al-Qaeda, to the large crowd.

On November 11 (11/11/11), the night before the Macon Game, fraternity alumni of H-SC held the first annual Circle Event with music by Doug Clark and the Hot Nuts, and a live and silent auction. A portion of each ticket price benefitted the Hampden-Sydney Fund and proceeds from live and silent auctions went to support Greek Life recruitment, scholarships, and programs.

 

Homecoming grilling competition

BBQ Contest was a tremendous success. Contestants gathered from across the southeast to prove who among the Hampden-Sydney community would be the champion barbecuer. Several teams cooked through the night to compete for the best pork shoulder, the best ribs, and the overall best barbecue chef.

Three garnet trophies, topped by a golden pig, were generously provided by Bill Selden ’73. A panel of five discerning judges—Tommy Shomo ’69, Tim Ashman ’86, Mark Meitz ’95, John Ramsay ’05, and Spencer Conover ’10—assiduously analyzed trays piled high with well-smoked and sauced deliciousness. In the end, Tripp Kelley ’06 and his team, The Spice is Right, won the overall championship, while Van Everette ’00’s Damage BBQ won first prize for Best Ribs and Josh Schaeffer ’09’s bow-tie-wearing, pink-oxford-shirted 4 Smokin’ Butts won for Best Pork Shoulder.

Other teams were Ryan Pitz ’00’s North Carolina Bar-B-Q; Jordan Harless ’10’s People’s BBQ of Richmond (PBR); and Simon T. Everett ’06’s Big Rig Pig.