Alumni Activities


Following the fall Alumni Council meeting, local Hampden-Sydney clubs launched into fall with a wide array of events and gatherings. In September, the New York City Club welcomed guests to The University Club for a reception and dinner featuring Dr. Ken Townsend and President Chris Howard. Special thanks to event sponsors Jack Forbes '68, Sal Giannetti '91, Matt Gormly '81, and Chris Schoen '88 for making this memorable evening for H-SC alumni and friends possible. On November 26, the Club also hosted a happy hour at The Park Avenue Tavern to kick off the Holiday season and has a full calendar of events planned for 2013.

Homecoming weekend was once again an alumni favorite, and guests this year were blessed with great weather and a Tigers victory. In Snyder Hall prior to the game, the Alumni Awards Ceremony honored Major General Gordon C. Nash '71 with The Alumni Citation, The Hampden-Sydney Club of Richmond with The Waters Cup, and The Class of 2010 with The Brinkley Challenge 'Raising Cane' Award. On behalf of the Alumni Association, congratulations to all who received awards this year!

Class reunions were another highlight of the Homecoming weekend and it was a pleasure to welcome so many alumni back to campus. Please note that 2012 marked the final year that class reunions will be held during Homecoming weekend. For more information on our new reunion plan, please see page 14.

In addition to all of the Homecoming and reunion activities on campus, October featured several other outstanding events. Charlie Payne '88 sponsored a reception for Fredericksburg alumni, parents, and friends at The Courtyard by Marriott. After President Howard's welcoming remarks, Dr. Saranna Thornton along with seniors Ryan Carter '13 and Steven Thacker '13 spoke about Hampden-Sydney's 'Learning by Giving' class. Made possible by Doris Buffett, who was also in attendance at the event, the class teaches students the value of philanthropy through direct service work in local agencies. Another highlight of the evening was the presentation of The Morton Award to Waldo H. Beck '44.

Also in October, the Charlottesville Club gathered at Positively 4th St. on the Downtown Mall for a Happy Hour, and got a special surprise as Dr. James Pontuso happened to stop by for dinner. Another surprise arrived just 24 hours after the event, with the arrival of Club President Dr. Nolan Wages '04 second son. Congratulations Nolan! In Lynchburg, The Club's fall luncheons featured Dr. Lee King '94 leading an interactive discussion of the College's new marketing strategy followed in November with a special session featuring Dr. Ronald Heinemann.

The Richmond Club offered a strong slate of speakers for its fall luncheon series. President Howard kicked off the series in September and John Macfarlane '76 served as the speaker for October. Coaches Marty Favret, Jeff Kinne, Josh Laux, and Ray Rostan provided a recap of the fall sports seasons at November's luncheon. Alumni in Richmond also continue to gather on the second Wednesday of each month for monthly happy hours. The 2013 lunch series will kick off on January 22 at the Commonwealth Club with remarks from Hampden-Sydney Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas Allen '60.

The Washington D.C. Club also continued their monthly lunch meetings on the first Tuesday of each month at Famous Luigi's. The Club held its annual event with students, faculty, and staff from the Wilson Center at The St. Regis on November 15. After a full day on Capitol Hill, a group of 40 Hampden-Sydney students were welcomed to the evening event by area alumni. In addition to networking with each other, students and alumni enjoyed a panel discussion moderated by President Howard. Featuring Dr. Carol Adelman, Senior Fellow & Director, Center for Global Prosperity at the Hudson Institute, Mr. Peter Kellner founder and managing partner at Richmond Global/co-founder  and director of Endeavor Global, and Mr. Charlie Payne '88, Partner, Hirschler Fleischer Law firm, the panel discussed the changing role of giving in the making of public policy.

Wrapping up a great year of alumni activities, The Roanoke Club held its Holiday Party at The Ritz Room at Billy's, and The Baltimore Club welcomed guests to the Maryland Club for some holiday cheer as well. 2013 is already shaping up to be an exciting year and we hope you will contact us if you would like to plan an event in your area! Please visit for a list of upcoming events.