Hampden-Sydney launches new reunion program

Starting in 2013, the Hampden-Sydney Alumni Association will begin implementation of a new reunion program for all alumni.

Held in early June, the weekend will provide a wonderful opportunity for alumni to return to the Hill, reconnect with classmates, and enjoy activities designed specifically for alumni and their families. The inaugural reunion weekend, planned for May 31-June 2, 2013, will welcome back the classes of 1963, 1973, 1983, 1988, 1993, and 2003.

The Alumni Relations office is eager to implement this new model as it will allow the College to provide an unforgettable experience for Hampden-Sydney alumni who return to campus and will offer new and important opportunities to truly celebrate the friendships and extraordinary connections that make Hampden-Sydney such a special place.

Homecoming weekend will of course continue to be a very important weekend for all alumni each fall. However, class reunions will transition away from Homecoming weekend beginning this year. The limited hotel space available, combined with the high level of activity already taking place over the weekend, has made it difficult for many alumni to fully participate in a class reunion held in conjunction with Homecoming. By holding class reunions in June, Hampden-Sydney will be able to offer many more opportunities for alumni-focused programming and events, and the availability of accommodations will far exceed the current capacity available to reunion alumni. Favorite activities, such as class dinners, will still be offered during the June weekend - along with many new classes, workshops, and events designed to reconnect alumni with each other and with H-SC today.

In 2013, as the Alumni Association begins implementation of this program, several classes (1968, 1978, and 1998) will continue to hold their class reunions in the fall during the Homecoming weekend. By 2014, all reunion year classes will hold their reunions on campus in June.

The Patrick Henry Society, honoring alumni who have graduated from Hampden-Sydney 50 years or more ago, will hold its annual gathering on reunion weekend as well. While the Patrick Henry Society will still enjoy its own schedule of special events, the opportunity to gather so many loyal H-SC alumni across the generations together on The Hill will further enhance the reunion experience for all attendees.

During the weekend, the Class of 1963 will be officially inducted into the Patrick Henry Society as well. This special honor acknowledges fifty years of loyalty to Hampden-Sydney and promises to be a highlight of the weekend.

The Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest will continue to offer the popular Summer College program with support from the Alumni Relations office. Open to all alumni, Summer College will coincide with reunion weekend. This year's program, Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution: The Foundation of American Exceptionalism, will feature multiple faculty speakers and allow attendees to recapture the stimulating classroom environment they experienced while a student at H-SC. As usual, alumni and friends of Hampden-Sydney will have the opportunity to register solely for the Summer College program. Reunion participants will have the option to register for Summer College in addition to the weekend's other reunion events.

Activities of interest to alumni and family members of all ages will be offered throughout the weekend. Outdoor opportunities, including golf and skeet shooting, will be available as well as classes and workshops offered by faculty and alumni. A bourbon, wine, and beer tasting is being planned and, of course, there will definitely be good music and good times. While some meals will provide the chance for alumni to dine together as a class, others will feature all reunion attendees. The Alumni Association will also host a gathering to acknowledge outstanding alumni, celebrate the generosity of reunion classes to the College, and share an update from President Howard on the state of the college. The weekend will be yours to enjoy - take in as many activities as you want or just relax, reminisce with friends, and revel in the beautiful setting.

Alumni who attend reunion weekend will be able to stay on-campus in dormitories or off-campus in local hotels. As most H-SC alumni are already aware, hotel rooms are very difficult to come by on Homecoming weekend. By moving reunions to June, hotel space in Farmville will be plentiful and there will be many more lodging options available to alumni. Dormitory space will also be available both for alumni and families, so those who wish to stay on campus throughout the weekend will be able to do so. Each reunion class will also have a class hospitality room on campus for the weekend to serve as a central gathering spot for reunion classmates, whether they have opted to stay on-campus or in a nearby hotel.

Registration materials will be sent from the College this spring to alumni in the classes of '63, '73, '83, '88, '93, and '03. The reunion web site http://alumni.hsc.edu will also be updated frequently with information on the weekend. To update your contact information (preferred address, email, and phone number) with the Alumni Association, please call (434) 223-6776 or email reunions@hsc.edu to ensure that you receive all upcoming reunion communications from the College.