Spring has been a whirlwind for our Alumni Association and clubs. The Alumni Council meeting March 18 & 19 saw a change in leadership, as Baxter Vendrick ’98 succeeded Tom Crowder ’78 as President. With that change Crowder stays on The Leadership Team as immediate past President. Accompanying him are Judd McAdams ’77, Past President; Michael Blackwell ’01, President Elect; Bill Howard ’77, V.P. for Development; John Axsom ’05, V.P. for Admissions; Chris Brewer ’05, V.P. for Young Alumni Development; Judson Root ’03, V.P. for Young Alumni; Chris Dodson ’94, V.P. for Career Services; Aaron Marks ’98, V.P. for Communications; and Johnny Ellis ’70, Trustee Representative.
The Alumni Council adopted the “while they are in our backyard” initiative also called the student, graduate, alumni transition plan where, using information collected from the graduates, the alumni clubs will reach out to graduating seniors welcoming them into their local alumni club and assisting them with everything from learning their way around a new town to networking for jobs. The following weekend was Founder’s weekend at the Willard in Washington, DC.
On the weekend of April 15-16 the Class of ’61 celebrated their 50th Class reunion with a luncheon at Chalgrove Point and a cocktail reception at Middlecourt, then joined other members of the Patrick Henry Society (all alumni who have celebrated their 50th reunion) for a dinner program at Pannill Commons.
Throughout the spring the Alumni Office and Office of Admissions teamed up for several successful events that helped many members of the Class of 2015 make their final decision to join the Hampden-Sydney family. We had great events in Charlottesville at Farmington Country Club sponsored by John Mattox ’77, in Roanoke at the Shenandoah Club, and in Fredericksburg, hosted by Jeppy ’73 & Karen Moss.
Those events were complemented by club events in Lynchburg at Terrace on the James, where members enjoyed hearing from new Athletic director Richard Epperson ’79; in Richmond at Salisbury Country Club, sponsored by Neil Cowan ’85, where the club heard remarks from Dean of Admissions Anita Garland; in Louisville, hosted by Blake Blythe ’91; and in South Florida, hosted by Bill Middlethon ’63.
Robby Peay ’98 hosted a networking event in Richmond with the VMI alumni club at BizPort Logistics. The South Hampton Roads Club sponsored a tailgate at Virginia Wesleyan for a lacrosse match catered by Chris Savvides ’89, owner of Black Angus Steakhouse.
As a reminder, our club events are open to alumni, parents, friends, and current students. If you are interested in joining your local alumni club or hosting an event please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or call (434) 223-6242.