“Compass is Hampden-Sydney’s most important curricular innovation since the Rhetoric Program was formalized in 1978, and the Citrones’ generous support will provide crucial funding to expand the program’s capacity and enhance the educational opportunities it offers our students,” said President Larry Stimpert. “Rob and Cindy have long been devoted champions of the College’s mission and our efforts to strengthen the experience we offer young men. We are grateful for their support for a program that will raise the profile of the College, strengthen our educational program, and even better prepare students to compete for top jobs and graduate programs.”
Capitalizing on two of Hampden-Sydney’s greatest strengths – an immersive, engaging learning environment and the strong relationships between professors and students – Compass enables students to learn by doing through guided access to a variety of opportunities, including internships, study abroad, research, service learning, and hands-on classroom experiences.
“Hampden-Sydney introduced me to novel ideas, outside-the-box thinking, and unparalleled mentors whose guidance helped to shape my approach to life,” said Mr. Citrone, a Hampden-Sydney trustee and the founder, managing member, and sole principal of Discovery Capital Management, LLC. “We are thrilled to support this innovative educational program that applies Hampden-Sydney’s enduring strengths to a new method of learning that will even better help students find direction and derive the most value from their college experience.”
Compass began with pilot courses in 2018 and officially became a graduation requirement for incoming students in the fall of 2019. To satisfy the program’s requirements, students must take at least three experiential learning courses, one of which must have a primarily off-campus component, such as an internship or study abroad experience, from across multiple divisions and programs of the curriculum.
“The College has never received a gift that will strengthen our academic program in the way that this will,” said Dean of the Faculty Mike McDermott.