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Wilson Center Fall 2019 Visit to the Hill

On November 12, fifty Wilson Center students visited Washington for our annual trip. Special thanks to Jack Ruddy ’12 and Tuck Shumack ’95 for their important help with the logistics for the day.

We are grateful to Lew Robinson ’91 and Peter Neville ’89 who spoke about challenges and opportunities in national security; Charles Hurt ’95 and Tuck Shumack ’95 for analyzing the November state elections; Joel Velasco ’95 and Billy Ciucci ’02 for discussing the issues surrounding international trade; and Rob Luther ’03 for giving pre-law students a tour of the Supreme Court.

Finally, thanks to former Trustee, Dr. John Hillen, for giving keynote remarks that night. Our students better understand the complexities of international leadership because of your engagement!

Photos from the Wilson Center DC Trip 2019

Please read Dr. Hillen’s great baccalaureate talk from graduation 2019

Spring Program Schedule

January 30
Orlando Pacheco
DIA Historian
Leadership & the Cuban Missile Crisis
7:30 PM Crawley Forum

February 5: Black History Month
J. R. Gorham
Brigadier General NC National Guard (Ret)
The Struggle: Overcoming Obstacles and Hardships
7:30 PM Parents & Friends

February 11
The Honorable Paul S. Trible ‘68
President of Christopher Newport University
7:30 PM Crawley Forum

February 17: President’s Day
Mary Kate Cary
Speechwriter for President George H.W. Bush
Senior Fellow at the Miller Center UVA
The George Bush (41) I Knew
7:30 PM Crawley Forum

March 25
Charles L. Williams, Jr. ‘67
Attorney @ Gentry, Locke, Rakes & Moore
Environmental Law
7:30 PM Parents & Friends

April 6
Dr. Gene Hickok ‘72
Former Deputy Secretary of Education
7:30 PM Chairman’s Room

Wilson Center making news!

Former Trustee John Hillen and Director of the Wilson Center Ryan Pemberton ’00 joined a national podcast to discuss Hampden-Sydney’s tradition of developing well-rounded men called to serve others.

The podcast goes into the unique mission of Hampden-Sydney College and discusses why CEOs like Hillen choose to hire “well-rounded individuals who’ve experienced a robust core curriculum.”

Listen to the podcast

Wilson Center in Washington DC

Hampden-Sydney graduates have served this nation since its founding. The Wilson Center is committed to continuing that important legacy by ensuring our students spend time learning and networking in our nation’s capital. We plan to engage alumni and friends multiple times throughout the semester. Please join us!

  • Friday, January 24: President Larry Stimpert and Chairman Peebles Harrison ’89 will will provide a State of the College address, followed by Q&A. The event starts at 6:00 PM and will be held at the
    University Club
    1135 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington DC
    Washington, DC 20036.
    Sign up to here or contact the Office of Alumni and Parent Engagement for more details.
  • Tuesday, March 10: Dr. Marion and Dr. Pemberton will bring their INDS 385: Leadership and Public Policy at the National Level class to Washington for spring break. Students will be networking and engaging with leaders in a wide range of sectors while experiencing the rich culture of the city. Please join the class and DC alumni and friends on Tuesday evening, March 10. More information to come.
  • Thursday, May 14: The Wilson Center will introduce the incoming Wheat Professor of Leadership. Established in 1993 in memory of James C. Wheat, the Wheat Professor is a senior practitioner who mentors students by connecting theory and practice. Previous Wheat Professors have served in academia, law, finance, the military, and federal service. Join alumni and friends for a chance to meet this exciting new addition to the team! More information to come.