November 25, 2019

Hampden-Sydney welcomes the holidays with a spirit of giving and a little friendly community competition.

Three H-SC students displaying their holiday food donationHampden-Sydney campus is alive with the bustling energy that indicates the holidays are upon us. In the spirit of Thanksgiving, students, faculty, and staff are focusing on giving back to the community first. The office of student affairs has been busy collecting boxes of toys for the Christmas Mother toy drive, while the H-SC Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) has collected and delivered nearly 600 cans of food to the FACES food pantry; they will continue collecting jackets, coats, and warm clothing through the new year.

The holidays on a men’s college campus wouldn’t be complete, however, without a little friendly competition, so the students have challenged the faculty and staff to the Tigers Challenge book drive to benefit the Virginia Children’s Book Festival. Students and staff will hand out the books to boys and girls at the Farmville Jaycees Christmas Parade on December 1st.

Beginning this year, the College will hold an inaugural tree decorating contest, in which the entire community is invited to win bragging rights for the best-decorated tree. The trees will adorn the Bortz Library main lobby, and the winners will be announced at a community gathering on December 6th.

Amidst final projects and exam preparation, Hampden-Sydney students will continue their traditional fraternity circle and freshman Christmas light contest. The winner will be announced on December 4th at the lighting of Venable Hall. To celebrate the last week of classes, the Hampden-Sydney community will gather to enjoy appearances by its favorite faculty and staff, cookie decorating, family crafts, refreshments, fellowship, and the annual visit with Santa.

Boxes of toy and book donations

On behalf of our grateful community, we wish you Happy Thanksgiving and a joyous start to the holidays!

Schedule of Events

If you give:

  • Christmas Mother Toy Drive, collecting until November 23 in Brown Student Center
  • Tigers Challenge Book Drive, collecting until November 26 in Human Resources Office and Brown Student Center
  • Coat Drive, collecting until January in TigeRec Fitness Center

If you go:

  • November 21-December 5, Tree Decorating Contest in Bortz Library
  • December 4, 5:30pm: Visit With Santa and 7pm: Grand Illumination of Venable Hall
  • December 6, 4pm: Tree Decorating Contest Finale in Main Lobby of Bortz

students singing holiday songs in the great room

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