2019: A banner year
As Hampden-Sydney College (H-SC) begins a new decade, the institution reflected in a press release on a few of the highlights of 2019, a banner year for the historic college.
Listing some of the highlights, officials said in the release, “A transformational $30 million gift for a new science facility, the launch of an experiential learning initiative, the opening of a new home for a flagship program, 188 men joining the nation’s fourth-best alumni network.”
Touching on some of those highlights again, the release then provided a formal list, organized into five major categories:
• A transformative $30 million gift supports the construction of the Pauley Science Center.
• The Pannill Center for Rhetoric and Communication opens.
• Construction on the highly anticipated new residence hall complex begins.
• The Princeton Review rankings include recognition as being a Best Value College, having the nation’s fourth-best alumni network, fifth-best college library and being a top-20 school for internships.
• H-SC is named a 2019 “Great College to Work For.”
• Field & Stream names Hampden-Sydney among the Best Colleges for Hunters and Anglers.
• Senior Charlie Wolfe is named a Goldwater Scholar — H-SC’s fourth in the last six years.
• Two new partnerships are announced:
• The University of Virginia Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy and
• Cornell Institute for Public Affairs at Cornell University.
• 188 graduates of the class of 2019 join the nation’s fourth-best alumni network.
• Compass, an experiential learning program, officially launches.
• Golf finishes 12th at the 2019 NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships and finishes 2019 ranked fifth nationally in the Golfstat Division III Top 25.
• New Head Basketball Coach Caleb Kimbrough leads Tigers to six-game winning streak to conclude 2019 and enter 2020, including a victory over nationally ranked Guilford College.
• Tigers soccer earns the No. 1 seed in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference Tournament and breaks the school record with a 14-game unbeaten streak.
• Rugby becomes the Challenge Cup Champions of the National Small College Rugby Organization Cardinals Conference.
• Indoor/outdoor track is added to the varsity sport offerings.
• The Rhetoric Program celebrates its 40th anniversary. (technically 2018)
• The legendary Anita Garland retires after nearly 40 years as dean of admissions.
• The Wilson Leadership Fellows Program completes its inaugural year.