Unless specified, attendance at all events is Mandatory for New Students and New Transfer Students. Personal plans, athletic practices, and other activities must yield to this schedule.

If you are not vaccinated, please perform the self-symptom checklist each day, maintain social distance, and wear face coverings at all events. If you feel ill, please stay in your residence hall and notify your Resident Advisor.

For questions or concerns, please contact Sandy Cooke, Director of Student Affairs Operations and Civic Engagement, at (434) 223-6340 or scooke@hsc.edu.


Thursday, August 19


THURSDAY CAMPUS BUSINESS HOURS

6 am – 10 pm - Fitness Center, Kirby Fieldhouse
6 am – 9 am, 12 - 7 pm - Leggett Pool, Kirby Fieldhouse
7:30 am - 4 pm - Student Health
8:30 am - 5 pm - Administrative Offices Open
8:30 am - 5 pm - Computing Center, Bortz Library
8:30 am - 5 pm - Bortz Library
8:30 am - 5 pm - Post Office, Brown Student Center
8:30 am - 5 pm – Counseling Center
9 am - 4 pm - Campus Store, Graham Hall


9 - 11:30 am - Matriculation for all New Students
Brown Student Center

Matriculation is the process of officially enrolling at Hampden-Sydney College.  All new students will check in, pick up their room keys, review health forms, and be issued a decal for their registered vehicles.  The process should take 15-20 minutes.

A student must register his vehicle online before matriculating. If you have not registered online beforehand, have your vehicle license plate number and year information with you at matriculation. If you are  not bringing a vehicle to campus, you must fill out the online waiver form.

If you decide to bring a vehicle to campus later during the academic year, you must go to the Business Office to pay the vehicle decal fee and then go to Campus Police to pick up your decal within 48 hours of bringing the vehicle to campus.  Ticketing for parking violations and vehicles with no decals or no decals displayed will commence on the first day of classes.

Students should take their bicycles to the Campus Police Department in order to register for bike decals.

9 - 11:30 am – Reception for Families and Friends
Tiger Inn, Brown Student Center
Families are invited for refreshments while their new students complete the Matriculation process.

9:30 am - 1:30 pm – Residence Halls Open for New Student Move-In
Cushing Hall, Carpenter Dorms, Whitehouse
All residential students should report to their assigned housing following Matriculation. There they will meet their Resident Advisors and check into their rooms. 

11 am – 12:45 pm – Lunch Provided by the Office of Student Affairs
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons
Pannill Commons is first come, first served. Please enjoy the outdoor options if seating in Pannill Commons is not available.

11 am – 12:45 pm – First Generation Lunch
Chairman's Room, Pannill Commons
At this lunch, H-SC honors the accomplishments of those students who will be the  first in their families to pursue a bachelor's degree and those whose support has helped make it possible. For more information, please contact John Hollemon, Dean of Inclusive Excellence, at (434) 223-7154 or jhollemon@hsc.edu.

11 am – 12:45 pm – Legacy Lunch
Board Room, Pannill Commons
Sons of Hampden-Sydney alumni and their families are welcome to share lunch together in the Board Room, hosted by the Office of College Advancement. For more information, please contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement at (434) 223-6776.

1 - 1:45 pm – Welcome to New Students, Families, and Friends
Venable Hall Front Lawn (Rain Site: Snyder Hall, Kirk Athletic Center)

Dr. Larry Stimpert, President of the College
Mr. Jason Ferguson, Dean of Admissions
Dr. Mike McDermott III, Dean of the Faculty
Mr. Scott Pittman ‘22, Student Body President
Dr. Richard Pantele ‘13, Interim Dean of Students

Students and their families will learn what a Hampden-Sydney education means and gain insight into the next four years.

Introduction to Academic Advising (Attendance Mandatory for Students)

2:10 – 3:10 pm - Parent Session (Free Time for Students)
3:30 – 4:30 pm - Student Session (Free Time for Parents)

Students and their family members will meet with advisors for a brief discussion about the role of the Advisor and general academic requirements. There will be an opportunity to ask questions about the academic program, and each student will sign up for an individual session with his advisor for Friday to discuss his specific academic plan. During free time, parents and students are encouraged to explore the Brown Student Center, visit the Esther Atkinson Museum, browse the Campus Store, or meet with RAs and Student Life staff.

Dr. Steven Bloom

Gilmer 005

Ms. Lisa Burns

Bortz 200

Dr. Stanley Cheyne

Gilmer 019

Ms. Maryska Connelly-Brown

Bortz Library, 4th Floor Lecture Area

Mr. Jason Ferguson

Morton 216

Dr. James Frusetta

Johns 207

Dr. Sean Gleason

Pannill Center 106 (Lower Level)

Dr. Ivo Gyurovski

Gilmer  022

Dr. Sarah Hardy

Morton 112

Dr. Kristian Hargadon

Gilmer 128

Ms. Connie Hicks

Gilmer 105

Mr. John Hollemon

Brown 208

Dr. Matthew Hulbert

Morton 224

Dr. Jonathan Keohane

Gilmer 024

Ms. Teresa Laughlin

Bortz Library, 4th Floor Cabell Room

Dr. Sarah Loeb

Morton 120

Dr. Julia Palmer

Brinkley Hall, Thompson Commons

Dr. Ryan Pemberton

Wilson Center 201

Dr. Timothy Reichart

Gilmer 222

Mr. Scott Schmolesky

Gilmer 024 with Dr. Keohane

Dr. Herbert Sipe

Gilmer 220

Lt. Col. L. Rucker Snead

Fellowship Hall, College Church (Lower Level)

Dr. Victor Szabo

Brinkley 101

Dr. Trey Thurman

Gilmer 025

Dr. Michael Utzinger

Bortz Library, 4th Floor Lecture Area

Dr. Daniella Widdows

Brinkley 004

Dr. Michael Wolyniak

Gilmer 125

4:50 pm – Class of 2025 Student Ring Off
Bell Tower

Please join us at the Watkins Bell Tower, in the center of campus, as we ring the bell 25 times to mark the start of the Class of 2025’s first years at H-SC.

**New Students Say Good-Bye to Parents and Families**

5 – 7:00 pm – Dinner
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons

7:45 pm – Meet Your RA at Your Residence Hall (Attendance Mandatory - Coat and Tie Required)
Residence Halls
All new students should be in their rooms and ready by 7:45 p.m. for their Resident Advisors to take them to Honor Convocation.

8 – 9:00 pm  - The Hampden-Sydney College Honor Convocation (Attendance Mandatory - Coat and Tie Required)
Snyder Hall, Kirk Athletic Center

Mr. Coleman Meadows ‘22, Student Court Chairman
Dr. Larry Stimpert, President of the College
Dr. Mike McDermott, Dean of the Faculty

The most important event during Orientation, Honor Convocation will teach students what the Honor Code means at Hampden-Sydney.  At the conclusion of the event, every new student will sign the Honor Code Pledge before being formally welcomed into the Hampden-Sydney College Brotherhood. 

9:15 pm – Hall Meetings with Resident Advisors
Residence Halls

Students will meet with their hall mates and Resident Advisors to discuss campus life, establish College policies and hall expectations, and have questions answered.

Friday, August 20


FRIDAY CAMPUS BUSINESS HOURS

6 am – 8 pm - Fitness Center, Kirby Fieldhouse  
6 am – 9 am, 12 - 7 pm - Leggett Pool, Kirby Fieldhouse
7:30 am - 4 pm - Student Health
8:30 am - 5 pm - Administrative Offices Open
8:30 am - 5 pm - Computing Center, Bortz Library
8:30 am - 5 pm - Bortz Library 
8:30 am - 5 pm - Post Office, Brown Student Center 
8:30 am - 5 pm – Counseling Center 
9 am - 4 pm - Campus Store, Graham Hall


7:30 – 8:30 am – Breakfast
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons

8:30 – 9:30 am – Group Advising Meetings
Same locations as “Introduction to Academic Advising”

9:30 – 11 am
Individual Advising Sessions (By Appointment Only; Attendance Mandatory)

11 am – 1 pm – Lunch
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons

11 am – 2:30 pm
Individual Advising Sessions (By Appointment Only; Attendance Mandatory)

2:30 – 3 pm – Rhetoric Placement Essay Test    
3:15 – 5 pm – Rhetoric Placement Editing Test 
(Attendance Mandatory)

Gilmer Hall, Pannill Center for Rhetoric and Communication, and Morton 

Dr. Nicholas Nace, Associate Professor of Rhetoric

These two tests are required of all incoming freshmen. The test results, along with scores and data used for initial placement, will determine whether new students are registered for the appropriate level of Rhetoric. The tests are also required of transfer students who have earned fewer than six hours of credit in writing courses.  Please bring two pens or pencils. 

Location : Last Name

Gilmer 019: Abella-Crabtree  
Gilmer 025: Craft-Furr                 
Gilmer 023:  Fussell-Gurley
Gilmer 105: Hager-Jia
Gilmer 024: Johnson-Kilfeather
Gilmer 005: Kirschner-Lowman
*PCRC 106: Lozaw-Mowbray
*PCRC 107: Neighbors-Parker
Morton 112: Parr-Rambo
Morton 113: Ray-Roller
Morton 120: Ronek-Savage 
Morton 121: Schroeder-Singleton
Morton 216: Sirmans-Sudarma
Morton 224: Sullivan-Tomlin
Morton 316: Trammell-Walker
Morton 317: Wallace-Wiler 
Morton 320: Willams-Zeitler

*PCRC - Pannill Center for Rhetoric and Communication

2:30 – 5:30 pm - Rhetoric Proficiency Exam (SELECT TRANSFER STUDENTS ONLY)
PCRC 105

Dr. Nicholas Nace, Associate Professor of Rhetoric

This test is required of all transfer students who have earned at least six hours of credit in composition courses at other institutions and who have been previously notified to take this exam. Please bring two pens. The Rhetoric Program will provide a dictionary and a grammar handbook.

5 – 7:30 pm – Dinner
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons

8:15 – 9:15 pm – Legal Issues for College Students (Attendance Mandatory – Casual Attire)
Snyder Hall, Kirk Athletic Center

At this event, new students will have the opportunity to learn about the legal issues most often faced by college and university students around the nation.  They will also learn specifics about laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia from some of the most prominent and experienced professionals currently working in local law enforcement and criminal justice. Students will have the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the panel discussion. 

Saturday, August 21


SATURDAY CAMPUS BUSINESS HOURS

Special Hours
10 am – 8 pm – Fitness Center, Kirby Fieldhouse
10 am – 3 pm – Leggett Pool, Kirby Fieldhouse
11 am – 4 pm – Campus Store


10 – 11:00 am – Brunch
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons

11 am - 12:00 pm – Language Study Introduction (Attendance Mandatory)
All students signing up for language study are required to attend one of the sessions listed for  Spanish, French, German, Latin, Greek, and Chinese.  Students will hear a short introduction to the study of languages at the College. 

Dr. Julia Palmer, Associate Professor of Modern Languages

Spanish 100-200, Snyder Hall, Kirk Athletic Center
Spanish 300, Gilmer Hall 025
French 100-300, Gilmer Hall 105
German, Gilmer Hall 124
Latin* and Greek, Morton Hall 112
Chinese, Gilmer Hall 005

*Placement tests are required for students interested in Latin.

12 – 12:30 pm – Pre-Law Session (Optional)
Morton Hall, Room 224

Dr. Christopher McMillion, Assistant Professor of Government and Foreign Affairs

Hampden-Sydney College has a strong tradition of placing students in top law schools and many of our alumni go on to prestigious and important careers in law. The Pre-Law Session will explore the wide range of possibilities and opportunities for students interested in a career in the legal field as well as the steps to get there while at the College.

12 – 12:30 pm - Pre-Med Session (Optional)
Gilmer Hall, Room 019

Dr. Kristian Hargadon, Elliott Associate Professor of Biology

Students interested in careers or graduate education in the health sciences (including medical school, dental school, and other professional programs in the health sciences) should attend this information session to learn about the exciting programs and opportunities that H-SC offers its pre-health students.  Information about course and extracurricular requirements that must be completed during the freshman year and beyond in order to pursue these paths will also be provided.  

12 – 12:30 pm - Pre-Engineering Session (Optional)
Gilmer Hall, Room 025

Dr. Trey Thurman III, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy

The Cooperative Program in Engineering with University of Virginia and the Dual-Degree Program in Engineering with Old Dominion University will be reviewed. Educational opportunities at the College supporting these programs will be discussed.

12 – 12:30 pm - ROTC Leadership Program  (Optional)
Wilson Center, Room 101

Lt. Col. Rucker Snead (USA, Ret) ’81, Associate Dean for ROTC, National Security Studies, and Wilson Leadership Fellows

This session provides an opportunity for freshmen to learn more about the opportunities available through participating in the Army ROTC Program at H-SC. 

1 - 2 pm – Active Shooter Safety Training (Attendance Mandatory)
Snyder Hall, Kirk Athletic Center

2:30 - 4 pm – Man Up Against Sexual Misconduct: Title IX Training (Attendance Mandatory)
Snyder Hall, Kirk Athletic Center

Ms. Melissa Wood, Title IX and 504 Coordinator

The program provides a definition of rape and consent in reference to sexual activity. Man Up also provides safe and positive options for bystander intervention as well as information on risk reduction. Man Up discusses the intersection of alcohol and sexual assault, frames sexual assault as a moral issue, deconstructs the impact of rape on the survivor and community, and debunks myths surrounding rape.  This program is Title IX compliant and is therefore mandatory.

5 – 7 pm – Dinner
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons
Students pick up their "Who Will Take the Hill?" t-shirts at dinner in Pannill Commons.

7:15 - 10 pm – Who Will Take the Hill?

  • 7:15 – 8:00 pm
    • Cushing – Report to Brown Student Center
    • Carpenter – Report to Lacrosse Field
    • Whitehouse – Report to Kirby Fieldhouse
  • 8:15 – 9:00 pm
    • Whitehouse – Report to Brown Student Center
    • Cushing – Report to Lacrosse Field
    • Carpenter – Report to Kirby Fieldhouse
  • 9:15 – 10 pm
    • Carpenter – Report to Brown Student Center
    • Whitehouse – Report to Lacrosse Field
    • Cushing – Report to Kirby Fieldhouse

10 pm - All meet at Whitehouse for THE FINAL TUG OF WAR CHALLENGE – your team needs you!   

Sunday, August 22


SUNDAY CAMPUS BUSINESS HOURS

Special Hours
10 am – 8 pm – Fitness Center, Kirby Fieldhouse
10 am – 3 pm – Pool, Kirby Fieldhouse


8 am – 12:00 pm – Opportunities for Worship (Optional)
Various locations around Hampden-Sydney and Farmville
Refer to Local Church Profiles for information. The College Presbyterian Church service is on campus at 11 am.

10 am – 1:30 pm – Brunch
The Dining Hall, Pannill Commons

1 – 5:00 pm – Substance Education (Attendance Mandatory – Casual Attire)
Gilmer Hall (Please refer to your Resident Advisor for room assignment)

1 pm – Cushing residents report to Gilmer
2:15 pm – Carpenters X & Y residents report to Gilmer
3:30 pm – Whitehouse residents report to Gilmer

Renae Mancastroppa, Assistant Dean of Students for Substance Education

Information will be presented on alcohol and other drug effects, risk factors, and intervention guidelines.

5:30 pm – 7:00 pm – Dinner with the President and Mrs. Stimpert for all New Students (Attendance Mandatory - Casual Attire)
Middlecourt (Rain Site: Snyder Hall)

Dinner will be served to all new students at the home of President and Mrs. Stimpert.

Monday, August 23

Classes begin.

4 pm – Opening Convocation (Attendance Mandatory – Business Casual)
Venable Lawn (Rain Site: Snyder Hall, Kirk Athletic Center)

5 pm – 6:30 pm – Convocation Picnic and Student Engagement Fair
Chalgrove Point (Rain Site: Pannill Commons for Dinner) (Rain Site: Board Room and Chairman’s Room for Student Engagement Fair)

Representatives from many of Hampden-Sydney’s clubs and organizations will have displays and information about their groups.  Students can ask questions and sign up for organizations that interest them.

Tuesday, August 24

7 – 8 pm - Introduction to DEI (Diversity, Equity and Inclusion) (Attendance Mandatory)
Snyder Hall, Kirk Athletic Center

Mr. John Hollemon, Dean of Inclusive Excellence

Whether it involves a classroom, Residence Hall, or overall campus, creating a welcoming and equitable environment requires deliberate effort and commitment. Through interactive and engaging workshops, the H-SC Office of Equity and Inclusion will highlight key concepts and a basic understanding of issues related to diversity, equity and inclusion within our community.

Wednesday, August 25

7 pm – Soccer Scrimmage vs. NC Wesleyan
Miller Field

Take a break and come cheer for your Tigers!

Thursday, August 26

7:30 - 8:30 pm – Mock Honor Trial (Attendance Mandatory - Coat and Tie)
Snyder Hall, Kirk Athletic Center

This presentation explores the types of cases that come to the Student Justice System and how the system works. Students will be able to witness Court procedures and learn more about the Honor Code.