Warning: Undefined variable $tt_id in W:\blogs\wp-content\plugins\wp-display-header\class-obenland-wp-display-header.php on line 505

Warning: Undefined variable $tt_id in W:\blogs\wp-content\plugins\wp-display-header\class-obenland-wp-display-header.php on line 505

Warning: Undefined variable $tt_id in W:\blogs\wp-content\plugins\wp-display-header\class-obenland-wp-display-header.php on line 505
class="archive category category-washington-dc category-15 wp-embed-responsive tribe-no-js group-blog hfeed has-header-image has-sidebar page-two-column colors-light elementor-default elementor-kit-370">

Hampden-Sydney Week in D.C. Trip

Dr. David Marion and Dr. Ryan Pemberton took students in their INDS 385: Leadership and Public Policy at the National Level class to Washington for spring break. Students networked with alumni and friends and enjoyed the unique culture of Washington during a whirlwind excursion to our nation’s capital.

It is hard to fathom that this trip ended up marking the last Wilson Center events of the 2020 academic year.  We did, however, go out with a bang and had a wonderful time.  We are deeply grateful to those alumni and friends who served on a panel or supported the trip.  You made this experience special—thank you.

Here is a rundown of the trip:

Saturday: Students arrived and enjoyed dinner downtown before enjoying a fantastic performance by the Capitol Steps.

Sunday: We toured the National Museum of African American History and Culture, as well as Little Lights Urban Ministries located in Potomac Gardens in Southeast Washington.  We were also treated to an amazing dinner at Matchbox, a Thompson Hospitality Company.  Thank you to Rodney Ruffin ’82!

Monday: The group was given a red carpet tour of the Defense Intelligence Agency.  Students were especially impressed by the museum and the Hall of Fame—note that our center’s namesake, Lt. General Samuel V. Wilson, was a member of the inaugural class.  We then met with folks at the American Council of Trustees and Alumni.  ACTA is policy group committed to liberal education, freedom of speech, and the connection of liberal arts education to democratic ideals.  ACTA has named the Wilson Center an Oasis of Excellence. We then spent the afternoon hearing from a panel of alumni who serve as leaders in the financial sector at the beautiful offices of Fannie Mae.  Thank you to Jeffrey Ketron ’92, Toby Albright ’99, and Adam LaVier ’97.  Martha and Ivan Schlager (parents of Will ’21) hosted our group at their lovely home for a wonderful reception that night.

Tuesday: The class was hosted by David Brown ’87 at his offices at Exelon on Capitol Hill.  David Sanders ’01, Paul Pisano ’89, and Tuck Shumack ’95 gave us a fantastic overview of the current state of our politics.  David Brown ’87 and Tom Craig ’99 then discussed energy and environmental policy.  Kevin Turner ’03 and Marc Brown ’92 discussed serving in legal careers and the role of the general counsel.  Trey Lackey ‘85, our incoming Wilson Center Board of Advisors Chair, put together a fantastic and inspiring panel of intelligence officials.  We then went to the Capitol Hill Club where Dr. Paul Carter, parent of George ’20, offered insights into life at the State Department.  Dakota Wood, a retired Marine and noted national security analyst at the Heritage Foundation, gave outstanding remarks to our group about the current challenges facing our national security infrastructure.

It was an action-packed and meaningful week for our students.  Thanks to all who made this trip possible!  Here are just a few pictures.

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

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.