Hampton University


The Student Connection

New Students Join the Hampton University Family

President Dr. William R. Harvey

Hampton University welcomed 1172 students (1032 new students and 140 transfer students) for matriculation in the 2010-2011 school year.

The more than 1,100 new Hamptonians flooded the campus August 27 and 28 moving into Harkness, Virginia Cleveland, Kennedy, James, Moton, Pierce and Twitchell halls and enjoyed Freshman Orientation Week Aug. 31-Sept. 1.

The Class of 2014, has a lot to offer HU, said HU Admission Director Angela Boyd. “These students are some of the best and brightest in the country. Many of them were in the top 10 percent of their high school classes.”

The incoming class is 64 percent female, 36 percent male and includes five sets of twins. The class’ top five majors are biology, nursing, journalism and communications, psychology, and business administration (five year MBA program). During Freshman Orientation Week, the new students are welcomed by upper classmen in the Student Leadership Program (SLP) who help them get acclimated to college life, and offer guidance, said HU Director of Freshman Studies Patra Johnson.

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HU lifeguards compete, place third

Edward Reed

Hampton University student lifeguards placed third in a lifeguard competition sponsored by the Peninsula Lifeguard Association (PLA) in July. HU’s team, which consisted of students Meagan Ivey, Essence Fisher-Hobson, Morgan Turner, Cole Tillman and Princess Heard, was led by HU Aquatics Director Jodi Jensen.

Jensen served as team captain and event organizer for the competition, held at Windy Point Pool in York County. The events included a ring buoy toss where lifeguards threw a ring buoy to a target of either 20 feet or 35 feet, and a brick retrieval exercise, where 12, 10 pound bricks are in a 12 foot crate of water, and competing lifeguards remove them in a specific period of time.

The other two events were a rescue tube relay and backboard relay. The final event was the spirit award, where teams did a cheer to reflect their organization, which was led by Ivey, a junior at HU.

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International Education for Life

Group of Students

Two Hampton University students became the first to travel to Singapore this summer as part of an exchange partnership with Nanyang Polytechnic. Sean Bynoe of Atlanta, Ga., and James Berry of West Chester, Penn., both sport management majors, also interned at the inaugural 2010 Youth Olympic Games hosted in Singapore.

“Sean and James’ exchange experience in Singapore at Nanyang Polytechnic and an internship with the Youth Olympics allowed them to see the world and connect with international students in their arena, an opportunity few student experience during their college years or ever in life,” said Marcia Jackson, director of the HU International Office.

In 2008, HU began the early stages of developing an international student exchange program with institutions in Singapore and other parts of the world. Nanyang Polytechnic is one of two institutions in Singapore that HU signed a memorandum of understanding to exchange students between the two institutions in 2009. The other Singaporean institution involved is Temasek Polytechnic.

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