Director Notes Archive

  • September 2021

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    9/6/21 Happy Fall, everyone!  A warm welcome back to our students who attended Global Ed programs in England, Greece, Italy, and Spain this spring and summer — and a hearty bon voyage to our students attending fall programs in Spain and England. UPCOMING DEADLINESSept 15: Spring Global Ed apps due (LINK)Sept 15: Spring H-SC Funding apps due (LINK)Sept 15 (noon): Spring Fund for Education Abroad apps due (LINKUPCOMING GLOBAL ED PUBLIC EVENTSSept 7: (11:00-2:00 Settle Hall) “Kick Start Your Summer”Sept 9: (11:30-12:20 Brown 203) “National Scholarships for Study Abroad Info Session”Sept 16: 5:00 (online) “CYA Programs in Greece Info Session”Sept 22: 5:00 (Bortz 4th floor) “Travelers’ Tales: Global Ed Students Share Their Stories” Later this month I will send out information about the May Term Abroad programs we are organizing this year.  Details will also be shared on the Global Ed webpages (LINK). Our wonderful Global Ed office assistants will begin work next week and resume updating our Instagram posting and holding info tables in the library most days after classes.  They are happy to answer your questions about studying internationally.  And as always, students are encouraged to stop by my office in Blake A or make an appointment using Handshake!

  • June 2021

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    June 15, 2021

    The summer is here in full swing and many are eager to travel now that some restrictions are being lightened.  Indeed, we have four students studying abroad this summer in Greece, Italy, and Spain.  Be sure to check out the blog posts (link above) from two of them: Taylor McGee (now in Spain) and Zac Richman (heading to Italy in July).

    A big welcome to our new, incoming students this fall!  I look forward to meeting you this week and next during summer orientation.  Do stop by during the afternoon Open House hours (2-4 pm) and say hello.

    And as you shape your goals and dreams for the future, here are two great examples of alumni reflecting on how studying abroad as a student expanded their horizons — and opportunities! — after graduation and later in life:

    1. Glen Carter II ’08: studied abroad in Argentina
    2. Brian Grogan ’73: studied abroad in France
    Go global, Tigers!

  • April 2021

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    April 14, 2021

    Spring has arrived in all its glory and summer will be here before we know it! Our summer and fall study abroaders are busy preparing for their time away and we are also looking forward to welcoming back our two students who have been studying in London and D.C. this semester.

    4/17/21  2 PM
    :  Argentina Info Session and Brisket Tasting — Join Global Ed and H-SC’s Pitmaster’s Club for an informative (and delicious!) session.

    5/1/21 midnight:
    Gilman-McCain Scholarship applications are due for programs this summer, fall 2021 and/or spring 2022.  Applicants must be a child dependent of an active duty military service member of the U.S. Armed Forces (Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, or Coast Guard) and be receiving any type of Title IV federal financial aid. Recipients are awarded $5,000 to be used toward the cost of onsite or virtual study abroad or international internship programs.

  • February 2021

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    February 24, 2021

    I am delighted to announce that Dr. and Mrs. Schug have doubled their scholarship funds for students studying abroad between August 2021 and August 2022!  Interested students are encouraged to apply.  (See here for a list of previous awardees.) Spring 2021 Updates

    • We have two students blogging for us this semester: Franz Gilbert (Washington Semester Program in D.C.) and Raymond Leblanc (London School of Economics and Political Science).  Check out the Global Tigers blog for their monthly updates.

    Summer 2021 Updates

    • The Virginia Program at Oxford and H-SC’s Muenster Program have been cancelled.
    • H-SC’s program in Spain is still being planned, with a final ​determination ​to be made by the college on March 10.
    • H-SC’s deadline for students interested in other summer options has been extended until April 1.  Please make an appointment with me soon and be mindful that providers may have earlier application deadlines​.

    Fall 2021 Updates

    • H-SC’s deadline for Fall Global Ed programs & funding has been extended to April 1.​
  • January 2021

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    January 11, 2021

    Welcome to 2021!  It’s a brand new year, and here in the Global Ed office we are looking forward to a return to student travel.  It will take some time before everything rebounds fully, but once the vaccines are more available, I’m confident we’ll see even more students requesting appointments or stopping by he Global Ed office (now in Blake A!) to discuss program options.

    But first, a look back to December and the winners of our first ever photo contest! Our thanks to all who participated: 14 contestants, 31 photos across 5 categories, and 75 voters.  Hearty congratulations to each category’s winner: Linda Davis, Jachchi Burford, Brendan Dunning, Anthony Vinson, and Caleb Manu! See their winning pictures below; the full slideshow is available in the Additional Resources section of this blog.

    UPCOMING DATES OF NOTE (Revised 1/20/21)

    Meet the faculty of our German- or Spanish-immersion programs
    and learn from AU about studying and interning in D.C.
    Jan 26: Washington Semester Program Info Session at 5 PM (link)  
    Jan 27: Germany H-SC faculty-led May Term program at 4:30 PM (link)
    Jan 28: Spain H-SC faculty-led May Term program at 4:30, Gilmer 019
    Jan 28: Washington Semester Program Info Session at 7 PM (link)
    Jan 15: Global Ed Funding apps due for May Term/Summer programs
    Feb 1: Germany and Spain H-SC faculty-led programs May Term apps & $500 deposits due
    Feb 15: Other summer programs apps due
    Feb 15: Fall/Full-Year programs app due
    Feb 15: Global Ed Funding apps due for Fall/Full-Year programs

  • November 2020

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    November 2, 2020

    It’s a busy week here with term projects and finals — and then only a few weeks remain before winter break!  So, this post is short and to the point.

    November and December Events


    Spain Info Session
    Photo Contest
    Germany Info Session eBoard p2


  • October 2020

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    October 16, 2020

    Well, September was a busy month and so, here it is October! Fall weather has really begun to set in and the campus is beautiful. While the days are still pleasant, keep an eye out for the Global Ed student workers running info tables outside the library. Zac, Maxwell, and Blake are ready to answer your questions about Global Ed programs.

    A reminder that the Critical Language Scholarship applications are due soon and now is the time to start on your Boren scholarship applications. Best wishes for all our applicants!

    And now this month’s big news: the first, hopefully annual, Global Ed photo contest.


    Interested in submitting? Use this link: Photo Contest Form. Images and voting instructions will be posted here and on Instagram in November. There will also be a kiosk in the library lobby where you can view the slideshow of entries.

  • August 2020

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    August 31, 2020
    It’s been great seeing so many familiar, albeit partial, faces and meeting new students these past couple of weeks!  Office traffic in our new location at Blake A so far is very similar to last year’s, which given the new building and the global pandemic is wonderful.   Please don’t hesitate to mask up and stop by!  My office has room for social distancing and enough equipment to meet and do the advising process safely.
    We are still building our fall events calendar, but here are two items of note for September:

    Also, students wishing to apply for external funding for upcoming programs should begin reviewing the application processes now. 

    • Mid-September: Fund for Education Abroad Scholarship
    • Early October: Gilman International Scholarship
    • Mid-October: Japan Bridging Scholarship
    • Mid-November: Critical Language Scholarship

    Not ready to apply for a program or funding, but want to keep an eye on what’s happening in the world?  Check out the DailyChatter newsletter designed specifically for students.

  • July 2020

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    July 31, 2020

    Returning to campus after completing a Global Ed program?  Even though due to Covid-19 you have likely been home for several months now, returning to H-SC may be a strange adjustment.  Campus is going to look and feel different this year, and not only because you have been studying off the hill.  That said, here are some tips and resources returners often find helpful.

    Build on the new:  Keep in touch with the friends and mentors you gained.  Join LinkedIn groups that speak to your new connections and interests.  Keep up with the media (news, movies, music, etc.) made in or about your host location.  Continue practicing the language or new hobbies you started.  Learn to cook a few dishes from your host location or order treats from international sources online.  Explore local communities, themed restaurants, film series, etc. in Virginia.  (Need help finding resources?  Just ask!)

    Reconnect with H-SC:  Your close friends and family have no doubt heard a lot about your time away already, but your professors and other friends and mentors here at H-SC would love to hear from you as well.   What did you learn?  What did you enjoy?  What did you miss about being on campus?  What do you miss now?  What pictures do you have to share?  What new things are you interested in exploring now that you’re back?  And, don’t forget, if your campus friends/roommates no longer seem interested, Ms. Wright and I are always eager to enthuse with you!

    Encourage others to consider a Global Ed program:  There are lots of ways to help out and returners are the best advocates!  Write an article for The Tiger.  Organize a returners tailgate group at a sports event. Offer to do a presentation for other students in your major or as a class presentation.  Hold an info session at your dorm or fraternity, or for your clubs or sports groups.  Global Ed is happy to help you organize and create targeted materials for any presentations or gatherings.  And we are looking for help creating videos to promote study abroad and study away.  Have other suggestions or interested in participating in Global Ed info sessions and class visits?  We’d love to hear from you!

    Reflect to move forward:  Talk with your advisors, Global Ed, and the Career Center to help you clarify what skills you learned or enhanced while studying elsewhere.  What did you learn about yourself by participating (before, during, and after)?  Do you have new goals or ideas about what kind of life you want to build for yourself here at H-SC and after?  Work with the Career Center to discuss how best to represent yourself on your resume and in job applications and interviews, and to explore career paths and ways to network.

    We look forward to seeing you soon!

  • June Notes from the Director

    Dr. Daniella Widdows
    Director of Global Education and Study Abroad
    June 29, 2020

    What a year this has been!  While it was very sad that we had to recall students who were abroad this spring and cancelled summer programs, I remain impressed with how our Tigers demonstrated such resilience and good spirit after an abrupt and disappointing change.  The final posts of our spring bloggers will be online soon and speak to how transformative studying abroad can be, even in unanticipated ways, and I encourage you to read them.

    Another great read is from this spring’s Record and its Student Spotlight section. Rakeem Walker ’20 was interviewed about his time at H-SC and he has much to say about his time studying abroad in France in 2018. Definitely check it out!

    We in the Global Ed office are looking forward to welcoming students to campus in August. I have greatly enjoyed getting to meet some of our new freshmen and their parents, as a group or individually, at Summer Orientation these past few days.  I encourage all of you to consider how a Global Ed program can enhance your Hampden-Sydney education.  Do be in touch this summer if you have any questions or want to get a head start on exploring your options.  Otherwise, I look forward to having you stop by my office in Blake A in the fall!  

    A shout out to study abroad program alumni: would you like to encourage other Tigers to go abroad? If so, please be in touch!  I am updating our office materials this summer and would love to include you in a newly developed resource section of returner interviews.