September 12, 2022

The Hampden-Sydney Alumni Association recently announced that the Hampden-Sydney Club of DC is the 2022 recipient of the John H. Waters Memorial Cup, an honor presented to the regional alumni club that has the greatest impact in a single year in the areas of engagement, recruitment, philanthropy, and mentorship.

Alumni Association logo with H-SC shieldLed by club president Nate Oliver ’16, a management consultant with IBM, the Club of DC has held seven unique events in the last year, in addition to hosting a Welcome to the City Event, RPE Toast, regular happy hours, and recruiting events, and providing support for “Treat a Tiger to Lunch” which coincides with National Intern Day.

The club’s diverse calendar of events included outings to Washington Nationals baseball games, opportunities to watch local Tiger Athletic contests, networking receptions, golf tournaments, and an Alumni Dinner Table event. Looking ahead, the club plans to offer even more options for DC-area alumni, including a pheasant hunt, squash tournament, and black-tie holiday party.

"This award means a great deal to the Club of DC, and it would not have been possible without the dedicated alumni in the region who have made this past year the success that it was,” Oliver says. “From sponsoring and attending alumni events, to speaking with prospective students and helping our graduates land jobs and internships, we all owe you a great deal of thanks. Your commitment to the brotherhood is what makes H-SC one of the top alumni networks in the nation, and I look forward to working with you all in the coming years to claim the designation as the No. 1 best alumni network in the country."

Knowing that the Washington, DC, area is a top destination for Hampden-Sydney students and alumni, Oliver and the club’s leadership team have volunteered thousands of hours helping place students in internships and jobs with some of the top firms not just in DC, but around the country.

“Building a robust regional alumni club model is a top priority in our engagement strategy. We have made enormous strides in the last three years, with unprecedented levels of activity in our top markets and the addition of new clubs in areas where there is an incredible amount of untapped potential,” says Director of Alumni and Parent Engagement Cameron T. Marshall ’12. “Our alumni deserve the lion’s share of the credit for this rapid growth, and none of the work we do is possible without the energy and enthusiasm for Hampden-Sydney that has positioned us as the best brotherhood in the nation! I am grateful for the efforts of our club presidents like Nate and all alumni volunteers who endeavor to help us become the No. 1 alumni network in the country.”

The John H. Waters Memorial Cup is named in honor of the exceptional life and legacy of Johnny Waters III ’58, a beloved Hampden-Sydney alumnus and longtime director of alumni relations who passed away in December of 2020.

The Club of DC’s plaque will be displayed in Hampden House (the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement) on the John H. Waters Memorial Cup wall.

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