by Mark Meitz ’95, Director of Alumni Relations
Since graduation our alumni clubs continued to enjoy a spectrum of activities and opportunities to share Hampden-Sydney goodwill throughout the summer months.
In the week prior to Memorial Day Chris Daly ’83 hosted President & Mrs. Howard at his home for the Richmond Club’s annual Spring Gala. The nearly 300 attendees included alumni ranging from the class of ’51 to new graduates from the class of 2011, along with parents and college friends. Early June saw several golf outings hosted by the Raleigh Club, South Hampton Roads Club and the Gridiron Club. Participants enjoyed the opportunity to spend a few hours with each other and members of our staff including Athletic Director Richard Epperson ’79, Head Football Coach Marty Favret, Head Basketball Coach Dee Vick ’94, Head Baseball Coach Jeff Kinne as well as many of the assistant coaches and staff from other departments. As we proceeded through June the South Hampton Roads Club welcomed new graduates at its annual beach front Cabana Party.
June concluded with a flurry of events in Texas. In San Antonio Webster Baldwin ’07 hosted a lunch meeting followed that afternoon by a happy hour at the Quarry Golf Club. The Austin Club enjoyed their summer outing the following day at Ables on the Lake and discussed ideas for events through the rest of the year. On June 30 David & Barrett Ball ’97 along with Bo & Emily Conrad ’91 hosted an event welcoming President & Mrs. Howard to Dallas at the MHBT Tower. Despite the heat our alumni, parents, friends as well as many prospective students turned out for fellowship and enjoyed remarks from Dr. Howard. During those remarks Dr. Howard presented the plan for our lacrosse team to visit Dallas to play in the Wounded Warrior Tournament in March.
During July our clubs remained active planning for the upcoming year. The Richmond and Lynchburg Clubs enjoyed alumni nights at their ballparks. In Lynchburg, parents Leif and Teresa Aagaard (Leif ’13) hosted a hospitality box during the Hillcats’ game. In Richmond, alumni from as far away as Fredericksburg enjoyed watching the Squirrels as they matched up against Major League Baseball’s first overall pick. Everyone in attendance at these events is looking forward to the event next year and the enjoyment it has for all ages.
To welcome our incoming freshmen many of our Clubs host send off parties where our Alumni can welcome local freshmen and their parents into our family. In Atlanta, Bray Bourne ’96 & Lane Moore ‘96 hosted our alumni, current and prospective students, and their parents for the 5th annual Skeet Shoot and family day. In Northern VA, Joe Viar ’63 welcomed alumni, parents, current students and incoming freshmen to his home to hear remarks from Dean Anita Garland. The following evening at the Hampton Yacht Club, Ray Bottom ’51 welcomed the same from the Peninsula to hear remarks from General Gerald Boykin. The following night Shep & Gigi Miller ’79 hosted the incoming freshmen from South Hampton Roads at their home. The week concluded in Lynchburg at the home of Camp and Laurie Sommardahl ’91 where guests heard welcoming remarks from Dr. Howard.
Here in the alumni office we are gearing up for an exciting year and looking forward to seeing you either in your hometown or on campus. If you are interested in becoming part of your local club or returning to campus please send me an e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 434-223-6242. As a reminder club events are open to all alumni, parents and friends of Hampden-Sydney, and we encourage you to enjoy them.