Mark Meitz ’95, Director of Alumni Relations
“I wouldn’t be where I am today if it weren’t for what Hampden-Sydney taught me about being a man.” These words from Tim Fitzpatrick ’81 make up one of my personal highlights from our summer and fall events. Mr. Fitzpatrick is the Athletics Director for the United States Coast Guard Academy and gave a very heartfelt address to the alumni, parents, and friends who attended the Hampden-Sydney reception on Friday, September 20, at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, Connecticut. Mr. Fitzpatrick’s comments are exactly in-line with a constant theme I’ve heard from the strong crowds at our recent alumni events: deep and abiding pride in our alma mater.
This College pride has been on display across the country, especially with this summer’s “Send- Off” parties for freshmen preparing to begin their Hampden-Sydney experience. Alumni Clubs in South Hampton Roads, Charlottesville, Baltimore, the Peninsula, and the Triangle (in North Carolina) all hosted Send-Off parties. These events are a great way for new students and their families to meet other H-SC supporters in their communities and to get a taste of what the College will offer in the coming years.
Northern Virginia has seen increased activity with alumni in Leesburg getting together for Happy Hour gatherings. These Leesburg events were a nice compliment to the DC Club’s active summer of Nationals baseball games, golf outings, and Tuesday luncheons.
Yet again many alumni returned to campus to help the students celebrate C Day. It is great to see students talking with alumni about campus life and career options. The insight our alumni can offer is a tremendous asset for our students and we thank everyone who could attend.
This fall offers many more opportunities for alumni to get together on and off campus. There will be alumni tailgates at all of the football team’s away games in addition to events from Texas to New York. You can find a full schedule online at alumni.hsc.edu. Also, watch your mailbox or your e-mail for an invitation to a local event. Members of the College’s senior staff, including President Chris Howard, are hitting the road to give a State of the College presentation. We hope you will attend and hear details about new programs and initiatives happening on campus.
If you are interested in joining us for the tailgate before the football game against Randolph-Macon College, which is being played in Ashland this year, we have a limited amount of space available at our pre-game headquarters, Ashland Coffee and Tea. You can find details and register for the event online at alumni.hsc.edu/ event/TheGame. The night before The Game, we hope to see you at the Country Club of Virginia for The Circle Event, a party presented by your fraternity alumni. Registration for this event is also available online.
You still have time to become a Founder and make plans to attend The Founders Christmas Party on December 13 at the Jefferson Hotel in Richmond.