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Legacy a Central Theme at Founder's Day

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For 116 years, members of the Hampton University family have gathered to remember the man who began it all. Under Gen. Samuel Chapman Armstrong’s leadership, HU was founded in 1868 and his work changed the course of history. On Jan. 25, the university community gathered at Armstrong’s gravesite to honor the legacy he left behind.

Following the wreath-placing ceremony at the site, HU President Dr. William R. Harvey drew from recently-elected U.S. President Barack Obama’s campaign slogan when recalling Armstrong’s visionary leadership to educate newly-freed African-American men and women. “One-hundred forty-one years ago, Gen. Armstrong said, ‘Yes we can,’” said Harvey. “Let us emulate Armstrong’s leadership.”

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HU J-School Host Annual Career Days

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On Jan. 28-29, Hampton University's Scripps Howard School of Journalism and Communications hosted their annual Scripps Career Days. The two day event allowed students to interview for internships, network with media professionals, and hear advice regarding working in the media industry.

On Jan. 28, Jodi Beck, director of the Scripps Howard Foundation Semester in Washington Program in Washington, D.C., joined students for the Semester in Washington Information Session. Semester in Washington is an internship program for aspiring journalists that gives interns the opportunity to cover stories for news organizations across the country and explore journalism and government institutions while residing in the nation's capitol

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Several 'firsts' for HU students at inauguration

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Historic. Fulfilling. Cold. That’s how Hampton University students described a bus trip to the inauguration of U.S. President Barack Obama; the first black man to serve as the nation’s commander-in-chief.

Two buses left the HU campus just after midnight Tuesday morning and arrived at Robert F. Kennedy (RFK) Stadium before dawn. Reports said the day’s temperature was around 30 degrees Monday morning, but a wind chill made it feel like 24 degrees.

“It was a good experience, outside of the weather,” said Matthew Mereigh, an HU sophomore from Barbados who took the trip. Also part of the experience was HU’s band, “The Force,” who performed in the day’s inaugural parade.

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