Tiger Tracks to success

by Laura Neidert, Associate Director of Career Development

The Office of Career Development believes that “You can do anything with a degree from Hampden-Sydney College,” and our students are more than living up to this standard. The launch of the Tiger Tracks program and the growing success of the Office of Fellowship Advising show that Hampden-Sydney men are developing themselves as good men and good citizens for a global world.

Training the StreetThe Tiger Tracks program is a partnership between the Office of Career Development, the Office of Admissions, and the President’s Office. At the core of the program are concise documents that lay out ways for students to pursue popular paths for life after college through our liberal arts education. Each document helps students build a bridge connecting academic courses, extracurricular activities, summer opportunities, and alumni successes. Currently, we have Tiger Track documents for banking and finance, law, sports management, and coaching. Tiger Track documents are planned for education, engineering, architecture, ministry, medicine, and dentistry. For more information, visit us online at www.hsc.edu/Career-Development.html.

President Christopher Howard has been pleased with the success of the Tiger Track program. He said, “It’s always a good thing to get our students to think about their futures and how to optimize their four years at Hampden-Sydney to prepare for life after college. Tiger Tracks organize all of the existing campus resources and makes them readily available to interested students.”

The Tiger Track for Banking and Finance launched in August 2010 following the College’s Opening Convocation with a networking reception for students, faculty, and staff. The reception featured the convocation speaker, Dr. Peter Blair Henry, Dean of the Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University. As the year continued, students participated in a Dress for Success seminar with Brooks Brothers and built their skills with Training the Street. Over 90 students participated in two skill building workshops. As a capstone event, the College hosted a dinner with Navin Thukkaram, the Chief Operating Officer of Qwiki, Inc. Thukkaram is a classmate of Dr. Howard’s from Harvard Business School and has spent his career working in investment banking and private equity firms. The college is planning similar events for students interested in law, sports management, and coaching.

Meanwhile, the Office of Fellowship Advising completed another successful year with the selection of J. B. Potter ’11 as a Fulbright U.S. Student Program Fellow. Potter, who has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Mainz, Germany, is the second Hampden-Sydney graduate in two years to be chosen for the Fulbright ETA program. He joins 20 other H-SC men who have won competitive scholarships, including the Rhodes, Truman, and NCAA scholarships. He graduated magna cum laude with a major in history and three minors—German, Public Service, and Military Leadership and National Security Studies. While at H-SC, Potter served as the clerk and librarian of the UPLS, copy editor of The Tiger, president of the German Club, and vice president of Omicron Delta Kappa. He was also a member of the highly successful VFIC Ethics Bowl team, as well as of the Society of ’91. He was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Alpha Theta, and Phi Sigma Iota honorary societies and received the Harvey B. Morgan Public Service Award for his work with the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest. The Office of Fellowship Advising, created in 2009 and run by Dr. Lowell Frye, Elliot Professor of Rhetoric and Humanities, and Laura Neidert, Associate Director of Career Development, aims to identify and cultivate talented Hampden-Sydney men to apply for nationally competitive scholarships. For more information on the Office of Fellowship Advising, please visit www.hsc.edu/Career-­Development/Fellowships.html.

The Fulbright Program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. government and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and those of other countries. The Program operates in over 155 countries worldwide, providing an opportunity for students, scholars, teachers, artists, and scientists to study, teach and conduct research, exchange ideas, and contribute to finding solutions to shared international concerns.

The Office of Career Development welcomes assistance with these programs. We appreciate your suggestions for future Tiger Tracks, for alumni success stories to highlight in Tiger Tracks, and for referrals of candidates for major scholarships. You are welcome to contact us at (434) 223-6106 or career@hsc.edu.