Two economics majors spent their senior year preparing to launch Fully Stocked, a concierge company that facilitates the purchase, delivery, and stocking of groceries in vacation units before tenants arrive. By April of 2018, Luis Torres '18 and Tate Socha '18 had been selected for two entrepreneurship contests and were preparing for a whirlwind 48 hours, starting with a live pitch competition at Charlottesville's Tom Tom Festival and ending with Hampden-Sydney's Tiger's Den Competition, a Shark Tank-inspired IDEAS competition in Dr. Greg Dempster's Entrepreneurial Thinking class.
Entrepreneur, outdoor enthusiast, family man, youth baseball coach: whatever Michael D. Luter '94 sets his mind to, he pursues with energy, passion, and dogged determination. And Luter's latest venture is no exception. Inspired by his love of the outdoors and his deep appreciation for the U.S. military, this Hampden-Sydney man has started a new family tradition to give back to those who serve our nation.
Now in its fifth year, the Legacy Ranch Tower Shoot provides a day of camaraderie and sportsmanship to wounded or injured service members and veterans in the Hampton Roads region.
When about a hundred friends gathered in May to spread his ashes on a hill atop a semi-wooded pasture overlooking the house he'd called home for four decades, the celebrants of Dr. Victor Cabas' life included students who spanned his entire teaching career, colleagues, music buddies, Nelson County neighbors, and young children who made exception to their "no adults allowed" club rules for Victor and Victor alone. Folks traveled thousands of miles to honor his memory, and more than a few recounted meeting strangers internationally only to realize they shared something: their lives were distinctively richer for sharing some time with Vic.
Home is the Key, a photography exhibition exploring the relationship between poverty, housing inequality, and the Prince Edward County school closings, was the product of collaboration between Hampden-Sydney College and Habitat for Humanity. Created by students enrolled in a May Term visual arts class, the documentary project is an example of the College's new experiential learning initiative.
Recent Hampden-Sydney graduate Max Dash '18 devoted the bulk of his senior year to honors research, delving deep into what he calls a very personal, passion-driven project. "I wanted to do something that was true to me, that would bring things full circle as I closed out my college career," says the Crawley Scholarship recipient and former editor-in-chief of the Tiger newspaper. Max divided his capstone work equally between the creative and the critical. A series of multi-media projects utilizing audio, video, photography, and writing formed the creative side. The creative work thrust Max deep into Tiger athletics past and present, analyzing the relationship between sports narratives and American culture.