Compass in the News

Student Explores Local Community Connection, May 2024
Motivated by his passion for government and interest in becoming a more involved citizen leader, Tramell Thompson ’24 formed a meaningful bond with Prince Edward County administrators during his Compass course, “In Conversation”.

Compass, Literature, and a Cat on a Hot Tin Roof: Literature of The South Compass Course, May 2024
This spring, a Hampden-Sydney College Compass course in English allowed students to collaborate with Waterworks Players, a small community theater in Farmville, Virginia.

The Joys of Studying Abroad, April 2024
Applied mathematics and psychology major Martin Eschman ’24 fully immersed himself in the study abroad program in Oxford, England during the summer of 2023.

Internship Allows Student to Explore Historic Restoration Career Path, February 2024
Driven by a passion for historic preservation, English major Drake James ’24 recently used his summer internships in construction to explore this career path, beginning his journey as an apprentice laborer in historic restoration.

Student Earns Internship at J.P. Morgan, October 2023
Economics and business major Elliot Williams ’25 earned an internship as a Corporate Client Banking Fellow at J.P. Morgan this past summer in New York City.

Students Find Summer Internship With Alumnus, September 2023
With support from the Ferguson Career Center, two students received Compass Program funding to support their out-of-state summer internship with alumnus Greg Seamster ’97.

Pioneering Compass Class Graduates, September 2023
On May 13, 2023, the first class of Hampden-Sydney College students who enrolled as freshmen with Compass as a graduation requirement turned their tassels.

Student Spends Winter Break in Professional Shadowing Compass Course, April 2023
Grayson Manning ’23 spent winter break shadowing Hampden-Sydney alumnus William B. Allen III ’69 at his law firm.

Flemming Center Builds Excitement for Innovation, February 2023
Hampden-Sydney College Compass course in innovation builds excitement in anticipation of the fall 2023 opening of the Farmville SEED Innovation Hub.

Bringing Rhetoric to Life: Exploring Identity and Meaning Through Travel, December 2021
The fall 2021 offering of Rhetoric and Culture (RHET 370) with Professor of Rhetoric Claire Deal helps students gain a deeper understanding of the ways rhetoric can constitute identity and meaning within the concept of place.

First Student Receives Compass, September 2021
Hampden-Sydney College celebrated its first Compass Program finisher Nate Joyner ’23 by awarding him the inaugural compass.

Compass Receives Program Development Grant, March 2021
Hampden-Sydney’s experiential learning program, Compass, has been awarded a Program Development Grant from the Council of Independent Colleges Network for Vocation in Undergraduate Education (NetVUE), with support from Lilly Endowment, Inc.

Exploring World Views in East Asian Religions, March 2021
In his Religions of East Asia course, Assistant Professor of Asian Religions Gardner Harris makes an interesting connection between the practice of mindfulness present in these religions, the liberal arts tradition, and the Hampden-Sydney College mission.

Good Men and Good Citizens in Action, December 2020
Elliott Professor of Economics and Business Saranna Thornton is in her eighth year of teaching the course Good Men-Good Citizens: Philanthropy in Theory and Practice (INDS 320).

Compass Program 10-Weeks in Review, November 2020
Hampden-Sydney College’s experiential learning program, Compass, boasts a roster of unique and engaging course offerings. This fall, two Compass history courses brought the subject to life through innovative experiential learning approaches.

Flemming Opportunities, October 2020
A year into his role as director of the Flemming Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Dr. Andrew King has created a host of new opportunities to empower Hampden-Sydney College’s most entrepreneurial students to begin building their empires.

$6 Million Gift Supports Compass, August 2020
Hampden-Sydney College announced today that it has received a $6 million gift from Rob ’87 and Cindy Citrone to support Compass, the College’s experiential learning program. The gift is the second largest in the College’s 245-year history.

Turning Obstacles Into Opportunity, June 2020
In an entrepreneurship class at Hampden-Sydney last semester, Ben Skinner ’23 developed a plan to open a boat dealership near his hometown on the Chesapeake Bay. COVID-19 had other plans for the enterprising student, however. Facing a dwindling pool of investors, Ben pivoted within the boating industry to provide critical services to existing boat owners without the significant overhead expenses of a dealership.

The Intersection of Art and Science, January 2020
Assistant Professor of Fine Arts Emma Steinkraus teaches her inaugural Art and Ecology Compass course and debuts Wall Garden, a work in progress and her second exhibit at Hampden-Sydney College.

The First Semester of Compass, December 2019
As 2019 draws to a close, so does the first official semester of Hampden-Sydney College’s newest academic initiative: an experiential learning program called Compass.

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