Project Delphi at Hampden-Sydney College provides resources for you to reflect upon who you are most authentically, what you value most deeply, and what the world needs from you. 

At Hampden-Sydney, we believe that life is a journey. The journey does not end when our young men graduate and leave The Hill. Our hope is that they continue in the process of vocational reflection throughout their lives as they develop into good men and good citizens.

Project Delphi seeks to foster a campus-wide climate of reflection on how we -- students, faculty, staff, and administration -- lead and serve by 

  • educating the faculty and staff through workshops to discern their own passions and
  • implementing ways to help students discover theirs.

Our young men have the opportunity to explore vocational reflection in a number of settings and environments including the academic advising program, career counseling, freshmen seminars, Army ROTC, Living and Learning Communities, mentoring programs, athletic team service projects, Society of '91, Residence Life service projects, Wellness Center activities, and academic classes. This collaborative program includes the following offices: Career Education, Academic Success, Substance Education, Counseling Services, Civic Engagement, First Year and Second Year Programs, Athletics, and a number of Academic Departments.

At Hampden-Sydney I developed a foundational sense of myself. After my experiences with the teachers and the people that I met there, I stepped out into the world as a much more confident person, ready to create new things.

Tyler Barstow ’10

Vocational Reflection Questions

Who am I? What is my purpose? What do I want to be known for?  What are my passions and gifts?

Traditionally, liberal arts institutions have understood that part of their mission was not simply to prepare students to make a living, but to live a life. Our liberal arts education has challenged our men to reflect upon fundamental questions such as the ones above, as well as "What does it mean for me to be a good man?", and "What should my life as a good citizen look like?"

The 'big' questions:

  1. Why am I in college?
  2. What are my passions, talents, gifts?
  3. What do others need from me?
  4. What do I want to be known for?
  5. What does it mean to be a good man and how do I become one?
  6. What do I believe?
  7. How will I know my life's purpose and calling?
  8. How do I take full advantage of my H-SC education to become a "good man and a good citizen"?
Vocational reflection questions list

Project Delphi Student Events

Student Retreats 
Faculty/staff/coaches who have attended a Project Delphi retreat invite 2-3 upperclassmen to a retreat. Those invited students invite 2-3 freshman or sophomores to build relationships across the differing years. Together, they discuss their life's journey and trajectory, helping the students discern their values and what they can bring to the world.  

Declaration Reception 
This event celebrates the sophomores as they declare their major. The students are dismissed by major & ascend to the Board and Chairman's rooms for a toast and dessert. There they meet with their department advisor and visit with other sophomores in the department. 

Storm the Dorm 
All upperclassmen and alumni meet at the bell tower and walk together to their freshman dorm room/floor and share stories with the current freshman. Freshman are invited by upperclassmen to other events during the weekend of the Macon football game.

Sophomore Retreat 
This event takes place for students before their sophomore year, building relationships and "the brotherhood."

Project Delphi Faculty/Staff Events

Faculty/Staff/Coach Retreats 
Four times a year invited faculty, staff, and coaches meet for five sessions, to retreat and discuss topics from short stories, articles, and life and career paths. Participants take the information they glean from the retreat and take it to their classrooms, advising, mentoring, and relationship with students and each other.  

Faculty Working Group 
Faculty only discuss academic changes and how vocational reflection can be brought into the classroom. Faculty workshop/brainstorming sessions talk about ways to incorporate some of the ideas from the retreats--and from vocational reflection generally--into academic initiatives. Project Delphi has contributed to new academic discussions starting up on campus, including those having to do with the curriculum review, the new QEP (first year experience), revamping advising, and the academic master plan.  

Staff Working Group 
Staff only discuss student life changes and how VR can be brought into student life outside the classroom. Staff workshop/brainstorming sessions to collaborate on about ways to incorporate Project Delphi ideas from the retreats into life outside the classroom.

Rhetoric Proficiency Exam Research 
Invited faculty and staff read the rhetoric efficiency exam to glean data for the purpose of research. Interviewed students offer more information from an all-male perspective. The study is to gather data from the topic of vocation and gender.

Lunch across Campus 
Faculty, staff, and coaches from different departments and areas meet and share a potluck salad and topping. This provides an opportunity to bridge a community with different groups around campus, break down silos, and get to know our community better, one group at a time.  

The McRae Program

The McRae Program in Religion and Society was established through a generous grant from Dr. Arthur C. Houts in honor of his mentor, Dr. Charles Ferguson McRae. The program intends to foster student discovery of vocation, promote synthesis of engaged learning and moral action, and prepare students for the practice of vocation in the context of a modern, pluralistic society.

McRae Program

Subcommittee Leaders

Stan A. Cheyne, Faculty Development
Linda Hart Cheyne, Retreats and Staff Development
Nick Deifel, RPE Research
Becca Snyder Shelton, Programs/Events 
Trey Thurman, Faculty Development
Mike Wolyniak, Programs/Events


Ferguson Career Center

Visit the Career Center to help you navigate the journey from choosing your passion and exploring a career to finding a job. 

Career Center

Majors and Minors

Choose from 27 majors and 22 minors. Aong the way, we will help you find your passions, gifts, and purpose.

Majors & Minors

Contact Project Delphi

Linda Hart Cheyne
Vocational Reflections Coordinator

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