Wilson Center Newsletter

May/June 2013 Volume 7

Issue 6

Message from the Director

Like most private liberal arts colleges with modest endowments, Hampden-Sydney relies heavily on annual contributions to balance each year's budget.   These contributions underwrite scholarships and academic programs that make it possible for Hampden-Sydney to enroll a competitive group of new students each year.   Last year (2012-13), we received contributions from approximately 29% of all alumni.  By comparison, Davidson College received contributions from 60% of its alumni.  The Annual Fund for 2012-2013 concludes on June 30 and we are closing in on our goal of 3000 alumni donors.  The college community is deeply grateful for the support that we have received this year from many alumni and friends.  Gifts can be unrestricted or restricted, e.g., designated for particular scholarships or programs, including the Wilson Center.  It is not an exaggeration to say that the United States needs young men who have been shaped by an honor code that emphasizes personal integrity, a liberal arts curriculum that nurtures good habits of mind and soul, and a code of student conduct that promotes civility, service, and leadership-all hallmarks of a Hampden-Sydney education.  Hampden-Sydney will prosper if its alumni and benefactors not only take pride in the remarkable success that this institution has had in preparing young men for successful professional careers and rewarding lives, but become active partners in advancing our historically important educational and civic mission.   


3000 Alumni Strong Message from Lt. Gen Samuel V. Wilson

3K Strong         

Successful Alumni Summer College Brings Exciting Year to a Close - Highlights         


Dr. James Simms, Director of the Military Leadership and National Security Studies Program and Director of the Alumni Summer College, kicked off this year's program with a provocative presentation on the broad themes of the summer College: The Renaissance, Reformation and Revolution: The Foundations for American Exceptionalism.  This year's program received rave reviews from the attendees.  Current faculty as well as retired professors spoke on topics from Calvin and the Anabaptists, the Arts & Science, Cromwell and Hampden & Sydney to Manifest Destiny and the American Consitutional Republic.

Summer College Group

Wilson Center Faculty Received Awards at 2013 Commencement Exercises


Lt. Col Rucker Snead, '81 Associate Dean for Career Education and Vocational Reflection, received the Robert Thruston Hubard IV Award, for active devotion and service to the College and her ideals, presented by Dr. Christopher B. Howard, President of Hampden-Sydney College.  This award is given annually in memory of Mr. Hubard, Class of 1935, and a Hampden-Sydney College professor of political science from 1946 until 1982.  Lt. Col Snead also serves as the Director for External Relations for the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest and teaches a national security policy course and advises Army ROTC cadets.


The Thomas Edward Crawley Award was presented to Dr. John H. Eastby, Elliott Professor of Government & Foreign Affairs.  The rich legacy given to the College by the late Professor Thomas Edward Crawley in his 38-year career at Hampden-Sydney is remembered by an award given annually to "that professor most distinguished for devoted service to the ideals of Hampden-Sydney and the education of her sons."  Dr. Eastby has served multiple terms on the Faculty Affairs Committee, a year as Associate Academic Dean, a three-year term as director of the Western Culture Program, serves as Assistant Director of the Wilson Center, leadership in the affairs of College Church, and faculty director of the Model United Nations program. 

Wilson Center Students Recognized at 2013 Commencement Exercises


Michael Holland Larkins '13, was commissioned a Second Lieutenant in the United States Army.  Larkins was commissioned by Commander (Retired) Markel Larkins, his father. 


Alex Price '13 received the Gammon Cup, presented by Dr. Dennis G. Stevens, Dean of the Faculty at Hampden-Sydney College.  The Gammon Cup, given in memory of Dr. Edgar G. Gammon, a Hampden-Sydney graduate of the Class of 1905, pastor of College Church from 1917 to 1923, and President of the College from 1939 to1955, is awarded to the member of the graduating class who has best served the College through character, scholarship, and athletic ability.

29 Students Completed the Requirements of the Freshmen Leadership Program


John Wirges '15, appointed to the National Non-Profit Board of Directors

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