Elliott Associate Professor of Biology Kristian M. Hargadon ’01 had two goals as a child: to cure cancer and to play professional basketball. Both dreams brought him to Hampden-Sydney College, where he played two years of varsity basketball, earned a national Goldwater Scholarship, and graduated first in his class. Although he eventually abandoned hopes of playing in the NBA, Hargadon has pursued his other childhood dream with focus and determination.
The announcement last spring of Dean of Admissions Anita Garland’s retirement prompted an outpouring of gratitude for the beloved campus leader who served Hampden-Sydney College for almost 40 years.
Perhaps her husband puts it best, using the word “insane” to describe Barger-Barclay Professor of Theater Shirley Kagan’s inspirational journey from victim to victor after a life-threatening brain injury last spring. Moving into her 22nd year at Hampden-Sydney College, Kagan unexpectedly suffered a hemorrhagic stroke—one that kills 70 percent of its victims and leaves many of the remaining either deaf or blind. These statistics would not deter Kagan, however, whose tenacity and determination to make a full recovery have left her doctors and therapists astonished.
Hampden-Sydney senior Rakeem Walker ’20 has been inspired by, challenged by, and ultimately changed by the Hampden-Sydney brotherhood. The Record caught up with the Washington, DC, native last fall when he returned to campus after a semester of study in Provence, France—just one of the many opportunities Rakeem has taken advantage of during his time on the Hill.