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US Senate Sergeant at Arms Interns Summer 2014H-SC student Max Maurer ‘16 spent his summer as a member of the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms IT Security Team . Max is a Business & Economics major with minors in Military Leadership & National Security Studies and Public Service.




Current Events Series: Ebola Outbreak
Story by Briggs Burton '16, Wilson Center Student Fellow

Lecture on Ebola by Dr. Hargadon

On September 3, the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest hosted a panel of faculty members with expertise in regional politics, immunology, and administrative policy to discuss the ongoing Ebola outbreak sweeping across West Africa. Dr. John Eastby discussed the political situation of the countries currently coping with the disease, Dr. Kristian Hargadon ‘01 offered an in-depth biological examination of the Ebola virus itself, and Dr. Dale Jones explained some of the public policy decisions which the United States government can make to ameliorate this virological disaster.  

9/11: Thirteen Years After
An Intelligence Perspective: What are our threats?

On September 11, over 150 students, faculty, and friends of the college, gathered together to commemorate the tragic events that shook our nation 13 years ago. The audience was joined by an expert panel of alumni with over 80 years of experience in the Intelligence Community (IC). Full Story...

Constitution Day 2014
Story by Evan Boden '15, Wilson Center Student Fellow

Constitution Day Lecture by Dr. Stevens

On Wednesday, September 17, 2014, students, faculty and friends of the college gathered in the Parents & Friends Lounge to celebrate Constitution Day, a federally mandated look at the Constitution that has been occurring at every federally funded educational institution since 2005. This year, the audience was fortunate to hear from Dr. Dennis Stevens, Hampden-Sydney’s Provost and Dean of Faculty, as he spoke on the subject of Religion, Politics and the First Amendment, a topic which he has co-authored a book on. Full Story....


Current State of Affairs in Europe
Story by Evan Boden '15, Wilson Center Student Fellow

Prior to celebrating Family Weekend, several members of the Hampden-Sydney community gathered in the Wilson Center on Friday, September 19 to listen to Marshall Manson '96 voice his opinions about the political climate in Europe. Marshall currently serves as the Managing Director for Europe, Africa, and the Middle East for Social@Ogilvy, the digital consulting arm of Ogilvy & Mather. Full Story...


Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow
Story by Evan Boden '15, Wilson Center Student Fellow

Woodrow Wilson Nat'l Fellowship Foundation logo

On October 6th, members of the Hampden-Sydney community gathered to listen to Mr. Mike Markovits speak on the subject of leadership.  Mr. Markovits is the former Vice President of Business and Technical Leadership at IBM.  Prior to his time at IBM, Mr. Markovits was at GE, operating their leadership and executive education activities.

            Mr. Markovits posited that there are five essential capabilities for being a strong leader.  The first is being a learner.  Being able to take something away from a challenge and apply it moving forward is vital.  Secondly, leaders must be courageous.  To illustrate this point Mr. Markovits tied in a Georgia O’Keefe quotation: “I've been absolutely terrified every moment of my life - and I've never let it keep me from doing a single thing.”  The third skill is being able to exert influence.  Fourth, staying calm during a crisis is key.  To this point, he told the story of Jeff Immelt, who became CEO of GE the week of 9/11 yet never panicked.  Lastly, knowing yourself is important.  Mr. Markovits claimed that great leaders identify their weaknesses and allow others to lead them in these areas.

            Mr. Markovits concluded by stating that everyone can be a leader—in fact, the world would be better this way.

Mr. Markovits is a leadership consultant and partner at AchieveMission, working to help non-profit organizations significantly improve their leadership and talent management. Full story...


Alumni Public Affairs Forum
Story by Evan Boden '15, Wilson Center Student Fellow

Alumni Public Affairs Forum logo

On Friday, October 17th, members of the Hampden-Sydney community welcomed the Honorable Paul L. Reiber III ’70 back to campus.  Justice Reiber currently serves as the Chief Justice of the Vermont Supreme Court, a position he has held since 2004.

            Justice Reiber began by stating that the purpose of courts is to level the playing field, and he emphasized this point by touching on the 18th century case of Peter Zenger.  He continued by saying that supreme courts are the regulators of the business of law.  Additionally, Justice Reiber addressed the growing concern among the law community about a shrinking interest in the field of law.  He had an optimistic take: the future of law can be bright if holders of law degrees find niches for themselves—he cited his daughter’s successful career in ERISA litigation.  As is the custom, the event ended with time for a brief Q and A that brought up topics from a diversity of backgrounds, ranging from American drug laws to judicial partiality.  In closing, Justice Reiber mentioned the importance of public service, saying that he hoped we would all come across an opportunity to give back.


World War I: Its Origins and Significance

World War 1 lecture poster

The Wilson Center continues the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the start of the war to end all wars with Dr. Ralph Hattox as guest lecturer on the origins and significance of World War I. The lecture, free and open to the public, will be in Crawley Forum at 7:30 on October 23rd.



Founder's Day 2014

Founders Day cake at Hampden-Sydney CollegeOn November 10, Hampden-Sydney College will celebrate its 239 birthday. Join us for a celebratory lecture by visiting professor, Dr. Eugene Hickok '72. Also a visiting professor at University of Richmond, Dr. Hickok previously served as Deputy Secretary of Education for the United States Department of Education. He was a Bradley Fellow in Education at The Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C.  Dr. Hickok also served as the Secretary of Education for the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The lecture will be in the Chairman's Room of Settle Hall on November 10 at 7 pm. All are welcome.