Hampden-Sydney first held classes on November 10, 1775.
Wilson Center Newsletter, March 2012
BSA Merit Badge College Weekend
On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, February 24-26, Hampden-Sydney College hosted a Merit Badge College Weekend for Boy Scouts from more than fifteen troops. Approximately 200 scouts and 55 leaders arrived on Friday evening and camped out in Lagoon Field near Kirby Field House. The scouts had the opportunity to earn two merit badges from a list of 16 offered - American Business, American Heritage, Coin Collecting, Chemistry, Citizenship in the World, Crime Prevention, Computers, Electricity, Electonics, Fire Safety, Foresty, Law, Medicine, Photography, Sports and Weather. The merit badges were taught by H-SC faculty, staff, students, alumni and members of the community. Col. Rucker Snead and Dr. David Marion represented the Wilson Center as merit badge instructors. More than sixty scouts attended sessions in the Wilson Center.
The What, Who, How and Why of International Development---what does the field of international development comprehend?; who are the principal actors in the field?; how do they carry out their work?; and why should the United States be involved in international development and, related to this issue, why should the American people acquaint themselves with the subject of international development?
Clay Doherty '97, Deputy Director, Office of Public Engagement,
US Agency for International Development
Wilhelm Meierling '04, Communications Director, United Way Worldwide
Dr. Marion, Director of Academic Programs introduces Clay Doherty with USAID (center)
and Bill Meierling with United Way (right).
Bill of Rights Seminar
Dr. David Marion, Director of Academic Programs at the Wilson Center, was the lead scholar at a three-day seminar on the Bill of Rights that was held at the Constitution Center at Montpelier (James Madison's plantation home in Orange County VA) early in March. Twenty-four teachers from seven states (Virginia, Maryland, North Carolina, Florida, New Jersey, Wisconsin and California) participated in the March 9-11 program. Dr. Roger Barrus, Elliott Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs, and Dr. James Pontuso, Patterson Professor of Government, joined Dr. Marion as featured speakers on Saturday morning and afternoon.
Capt. Steven Knott' 82
According to Capt. Steven Knott '82, modern leaders - and future leaders - can benefit significantly from a study of Robert E. Lee's leadership attributes. The general's career provides insights concerning a number of salient leader competencies, including leadership style, formulating strategy and communicating vision, empowering subordinates, and managing incompetence or difficult personalities. An examination of Lee's triumphs, failures, and his interaction with Generals "Stonewall" Jackson, James Longstreet, Richard Ewell, A. P. Hill, J. E. B. Stuart, and William Pendleton reveals that while he achieved great success in some of these leader endeavors, he fell short in others.
Capt. Steven Knott '82 spoke to an audience of over 50 students and faculty for the Military Leadership & National Security Studies lecture on March 20. Knott discussed the leadership style of General Robert E. Lee and its impact on the Civil War.
Dr. James I. Simms
Professor of History Emeritus
Dr. James Simms weighs in on the recent unrest and developments in Egypt.