Alumni Activities

by Mark Meitz ’95, Director of Alumni Relations


In what has been one of the most active springs for our Alumni Clubs, we have gathered from coast to coast to fellowship and celebrate the brotherhood. It may be the first time ever that we held events in New York, Los Angeles, and Dallas within the same month. It is definitely the first time Wayne Gretzky turned out to be with us-special thanks to Stella Hall (mother of Mikey Riva '12) for hosting our alumni and for inviting the special guests. In addition to expanding geographically we are also enjoying many different types of events. From our Baltimore/Annapolis Club weathering a chilly tailgate to come support Tiger Lacrosse at Stevenson to our Raleigh & Virginia Beach Clubs' annual golf outings, our guys have come out to spend time together.

Throughout March, alumni in Atlanta, Charleston, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Columbia, D.C., Fredericksburg, Lynchburg, Raleigh, Richmond, and Roanoke gathered to share experiences from H-SC with prospective freshmen and their parents. These efforts continue to pay off as the College will welcome one the largest, strongest, and most diverse classes ever. We need to continue to encourage and support these young men throughout their time on The Hill so that we can welcome them into our ranks in May of 2016. To that end, clubs across the Alumni Association are incorporating welcome parties into their programming. South Hampton Roads welcomed its young alumni with a Cabana party cookout. In Charleston, S.C., the club welcomed new graduates and families to a night with the Riverdogs minor league baseball team. Similarly, the Richmond Club held a family night/ welcome party at a Flying Squirrels game.

In addition to the baseball game outing, The Richmond Club has held monthly social hours for young (and young at heart) alumni. For their annual Spring Gala, The Club honored Dr. Ronald L. Heinemann and Dr. James Y. Simms at The Westwood Club. The event was a perfect complement to their solid spring calendar, which included luncheons with Dean of Admissions Anita Garland and Chairman of The Board of Trustees, Tom Allen '60.

Rejuvenated clubs in Atlanta, Charlotte, Charlottesville, Columbia S.C. (Midlands), New York, Roanoke, Farmville (Southside), Washington, D.C., have all held events this spring and are planning more for the summer and fall. If you haven't seen an invitation lately, please contact us ( so that we can include you.




On Saturday, May 5, 2012, during the Young Founders Dinner and Celebration at The Commonwealth Club in Richmond, John Z. Axsom '05 received the Gammon Medallion in recognition for his volunteer service to the College. Named in honor of the fifteenth president of the College, Rev. Dr. Edgar Graham Gammon, class of 1905, the Gammon Medallion recognizes young alumni for their outstanding volunteer service to the College.

Since his days as a Student Senator and Student Government President, Axsom has been a leader at Hampden-Sydney. In the seven years since his graduation, Axsom has held a variety of volunteer leadership positions and has gone beyond the call of duty in service to the College.

He has been a leader for annual giving, serving as the Brinkley Challenge Agent for the Class of 2005. He has long been a leader of the Peninsula Alumni Club, acting as the club's president since June of 2009. Serving on the Executive Board of the Alumni Association, Axsom is the National Vice President for Admissions. According to Director of Admissions, Jason M. Ferguson '96, "Any time we have an open house, John is there with a van full of high school students."

Axsom has also volunteered to serve on discussion panels at Freshman Orientation and has led Outdoor Options trips for new students. When there's work to be done for our old alma mater, John Axsom is there to do it.