November 2009

Message from the Director...

Twenty-four students from the public service and national security studies programs, as well as the Freshmen Leadership Program, travelled to Washington on Thursday, November 12, for a series of meetings on Capitol Hill. To say that these young men made HSC look good would be an understatement. They were fully engaged in sessions that ranged from international trade to homeland security, and from the 2009 state elections to energy policy and the healthcare debate. A senior Capitol Hill lobbyist (not an alumnus) who listened to the students' questions and comments offered high praise for the entire group. More than a dozen speakers, all successful alumni, participated in five hour-long sessions. The accomplishments of these graduates provide tangible evidence of the fact that Hampden-Sydney men are making a difference. The message from the alumni to the students was unmistakable: explore widely and deeply, treat other persons with respect, and dedicate yourself to the advancement of the public good. As we approach the holiday season, it is fitting that we renew our faith in the fundamental principles that define and distinguish our democratic republic. The young students and the many distinguished graduates of Hampden-Sydney College make it easy to be hopeful about the future of this great country.

David E. Marion

Upcoming events...

  • Thursday, November 19: "Neither Red nor Blue: The 2009 Elections and the New Politics of the Old Dominion" - Mark J. Rozell, Professor of Public Policy, George Mason University - 4 PM, Parents and Friends Lounge. Free and open to the public.
  • Saturday, November 21: Wilson Center Informal Cookout (11:30 AM - 12:30 PM) and Open House (11:00 - 3:00 PM) in conjunction with the H-SC vs. Johns Hopkins playoff football game.
  • Monday, November 23: Senior presentations and dessert reception at the Wilson Center, 4 PM.
  • Tuesday, January 26, 2010: The guest speaker, in conjunction with the Military Leadership initiation dinner, will be Col. Douglas A. MacGregor, Ph.D (U.S.A. ret).

Recent events...
  • On Thursday, October 15, Dr. David Marion was the kick-off speaker for the Liberty Fund Program for High School teachers, a four-day workshop in Washington, D.C.
  • During Homecoming Weekend 16-17 October, the Wilson Center for Leadership in the Public Interest sponsored the College's first Veterans Reunion as part of this year's festivities. Activities were spearheaded and coordinated by LTC Rucker Snead (U.S.A. ret). Events included a Public Service Alumni Forum on Careers in the Military, an evening reception at the Tiger Inn, a panel discussion on the changing face of war, a wreath-laying ceremony, a cookout and open house at the Wilson Center, recognition of the veterans at half-time of the football game, and a reception which included honoring Lt. Gen. Samuel V. Wilson (U.S.A .ret).
  • Laura Neidert, Career Development Program, met with public service program juniors on October 22 to discuss internship options and funding opportunities.
  • The Wilson Center co-sponsored with the Asian Studies Program a presentation on East Asian Affairs by speaker Misha Auslin, Director of Japan Studies, Resident Scholar in Foreign and Defense Policy Studies, American Enterprise Institute, on October 26.
  • A current event program, "How Should the World's Flattest Country Deal with Rising Sea Levels? A Case Study in Leadership," with Dr. Alexander Werth, Elliott Professor of Biology, was held on October 29.
  • Dr. David Marion was a lecturer at a Bill of Rights Institute Workshop for high school teachers on November 3. The workshop was attended by thirty-five teachers from Northern Virginia.
  • Several dozen students, staff and faculty attended the Annual Election Watch at the Tiger Inn on November 3.
  • The symposium, "It's In Your Life: Global HIV and AIDS Pandemic" was held at Hampden-Sydney College on November 5-7. The keynote speaker was Mr. John Damonti of Bristol-Myers Squibb. Planning was spearheaded by this year's International Visiting Scholars, Dr. Monwabisi S.M. Gantsho and Dr. Moloko P. Ramashala-Gantsho from South Africa. The Wilson Center provided support.
  • The Wilson Center held an Open House during the Hall of Fame football game on November 7.
  • Gail Funke was the featured speaker for the Freshmen Leadership Program on November 8.
  • Approximately two dozen students went on the Annual Wilson Center Trip to the Hill on November 12.

New and Updated Web page...

Of Special Note...
  • The fall issue of Virginia Capitol Connections featured a special tribute to Sen. Paul Trible, Jr. '68. In one particularly revealing quotation, Paul admits that his "experiences at Hampden-Sydney...are reflected at CNU [Christopher New Newport University]." Paul has been President of CNU since 1996.
  • Wilson Center Director Dr. David Marion published an essay on contemporary politics and the American federal system in the Commentary section of the November 1 issue of the Richmond Times Dispatch. To view the article, go to the following link:
  • "Virginia is for Lovers," the creation of alumnus David Martin '52, is American's longest running state tourism slogan. It is celebrating its 40th anniversary.

Alumni fare well in November elections...
  • Lynwood Lewis, Jr '84 was re-elected to the 100th District of the VA House of Delegates.
  • Sam Long, Jr. '06 was elected to the Northampton Board of Supervisors.
  • Chris Peace '98 was unopposed in the 97th District of the VA House of Delegates.
  • Harvey Morgan '52, who was unopposed in the 98th district, is now the second most senior member of the VA House of Delegates.

Alumni (and future alumni) news...
  • Robert Robinson, Jr. '94 is an attorney in the office of the Public Defender of the State of Delaware. He was also a first-time candidate for public office this year. He was chosen to represent the Democratic Party in their bid to reclaim the 37th District House seat in a special election earlier this fall.
  • Kris Hilscher '04 passed the North Carolina Bar exam and is an attorney at Page Law Office in Sanford, NC.
  • Nate Kelly '05 is attending Campbell Law School in Raleigh.
  • Mark Eason '08, Public Service Program, has been promoted Credit Analyst to Credit Administration Officer and has been elected "banking officer" by the board of directors.
  • Gordon Neal '09 has accepted a position as staff assistant in the office of Congressman Rob Wittman (R-VA).
  • John Scott Vowell '09 is on the staff of Congressman Artur Davis (D-AL).
  • Patrick Bolling '09 is interning for Congressman Randy Forbes (R-VA).
  • J.B. Potter '11, Public Service Program (and Wilson Center assistant) was inducted into ODK on October 25.

Reading List...

  • WINNING by Jack Welch with Suzy Welch - Welch, the former highly successful CEO at General Electric, writes about business leadership from both a philosophical and pragmatic approach. He offers a number of lessons that are applicable to leaders in any number of leadership environments.
  • THE MAKING OF AMERICANS Democracy and Our Schools by E.D. Hirsch, Jr. - Hirsch, the founder of the Core Knowledge Foundation and a recently retired Professor of English at UVA, attacks "educational theorists" while arguing that in order to produce better educated citizens, we need a K-8th grade education system that focuses on a national, common core curriculum.
  • THE UNFORGIVING MINUTE A Soldier's Education by Craig M. Mullaney - Per General David Petraeus, "8220;The Unforgiving Minute is a wonderful, beautifully written story of the education and development of a young soldier-scholar, the coming-of-age of an infantry officer, and the exercise of a small unit leader's responsibilities in a tough, complex, and frustrating situation in Afghanistan".
  • GUYLAND The Perilous World Where Boys Become Men by Michael Kimmel - Kimmel, a professor of sociology and a scholar in gender studies, explores the challenging world of the development and education of young men. It is quite interesting in terms of our mission of turning boys into men while "educating good men and good citizens."
  • We encourage you to look at these and other books in the public policy arena. If you have books that you recommend to newsletter subscribers, please let us know. We will be happy to share them in subsequent Newsletters. Good Reading!