Hampton University to kick off 150th Year Celebration: Events to take note of

Ivana Spurlock | Contributing Writer


Hampton University is celebrating 150 years of being the “Standard of Excellence.”

This yearlong celebration will feature several memorable events for not only the Hampton University community but Hampton Roads.

This year also marks President Dr. William R. Harvey’s 40th anniversary as president of the university.

President Harvey has one of the longest tenures of any sitting president of a college or university in the country since his arrival in 1978.

Brint Martin, director of alumni affairs, spoke highly of the president and the university’s long-lasting success.

“These milestones are highly significant and meaningful, as they demonstrate our staying power as a university, and this is evident in the strength of our students, alumni, faculty and staff and leadership.”

The theme for this yearlong observance is “Celebrating a Legacy and a Legend of Excellence.”

In honoring the theme, the first event to formally kick off the celebration and the 2017-2018 school year will be the 75th Annual Opening Convocation on Sunday, Sept. 24 in Robert C. Ogden Auditorium.

The ceremony will include students, faculty, staff, parents of graduating seniors, and alumni.

This year’s speaker is Hampton University alumnus Calvin L. Butts Jr.

Butts has had his hand in the university’s community as the founder of Hampton Nation, Hampton University’s athletic foundation.

Celebration plans will continue in October with a host of events geared toward alumni during Homecoming weekend.

The festivities will begin with the official Kickoff Concert & Celebration, featuring award-winning multi-instrumentalist Brian Culbertson.

It will culminate with a black-tie anniversary gala in April.

Other alumni events to look out for throughout the year include: The Biggest Day Party Ever, Platinum Penthouse Experience, and The True Blue Funk Festival.

As far as events for current students, the football team will have five home games this season. Two of them are fan favorites: Battle of the Bay at Norfolk State University on Saturday, Oct. 14, and Howard University vs. Hampton University on Saturday, Nov. 18.

Honoring 150 years of Hampton University’s history has students excited of what this school year has in store.

“Celebrating 150 years means that I have the privilege of being a part of a rich history, and that we [the class of 2018] have left our mark of greatness in the legacy of what we know of Hampton University,” graduating senior and student leader Michael Eley said.

For more information on events, visit the Hampton University website at hamptonu.edu.


New Year Brings New and Improved Bookstore

Amber Smith | Campus Writer

Hampton University students returned to the fall semester amazed at the new look of the university bookstore after it was remodeled and revamped this summer.

The bookstore has a plethora of new amenities offered, such as electronics, school supplies, paraphernalia, and books.

One of the major changes made to the bookstore is the new option of being able to buy textbooks in the store and take them off the shelf that same day. Students are also given the option to order them online and then pick them up from the bookstore.

Bookstore sales associate Michael Scott explained, “Students do not have to wait for shipping anymore, and we also match the prices of our competitors, like Amazon and Barnes and Noble, up to $100 for the price to rent, and they get that money back on a gift card.”

This new amenity that the bookstore offers eliminates the hassle of waiting weeks for books to be delivered to students while assignments are piling up.

The bookstore also offers new convenience items like hair care products, and chargers that may be a necessity for some students.

Sophomore De’Asia Stepney-Bates felt that the new bookstore lifts a huge burden for on-campus students.

“I don’t drive, so now that the bookstore sells snacks, chargers, and hair care products,” Stepney-Bates said. “I don’t have to worry about trying to travel far off campus for things I need.”

Although the bookstore is considered off-campus, it is still in walking distance from Hampton University’s campus. These new added items offered will help students without transportation or students not wanting to travel far get the quick items they need.

Sophomores, juniors, and seniors are quite impressed with the new changes the bookstore has made. From the new items offered to the renovating of the store itself, it’s fair to say that students appreciate the new improvements made.

“The bookstore has definitely changed since my freshman year and the new electronics sold are the best part. I already bought a phone charger, and the convenience of getting it quickly was very helpful,” said senior Jerald Rogers.

Many female students also appreciate the new quality hair care products that the bookstore is selling like Cantu brand products, which celebrate natural hair.

“I was surprised to see hair products at all, but especially Cantu because that’s a quality brand that works well on any hair type. I now know where to go if I need some hair products,” said junior Weemon Reed.

With all the new changes made to the bookstore this semester, only time will show what other improvements or renovations may be taking place in the future around campus.


Parent’s Weekend Approaches for HU Students

Ya’marie Sesay | Campus Editor

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Many students are excited for the arrival of their parents for this year’s Parents Weekend. With the many activities in store for them this weekend and the celebration of Hampton’s 150th anniversary, parents will have a lot to look forward to.
Parents weekend gives parents and family members the opportunity to visit their students since their last encounter from move in day. Although the weekend is targeted to family of freshmen, since this is their first time being away from, the eventful weekend is open to all parents.
“This is great time for them to really get an opportunity to experience the college setting that their children are attending,” said Calvin Harris, Assistant Director of Student Activities, and Parents Weekend coordinator.
Vice President of Administrative Services and Student Affairs Dr. Barbara Inman, and Director of Student Activities Anzell Harrell worked alongside with Calvin Harris and the Greer Dawson Student Leadership Program in the three-month planning process of this eventful weekend.
As of last Friday, 386 parents were registered, making it 413 expected guests including other family members. This is a larger number compared to last year’s Parents weekend.
“It’s been an amazing experience with my committee thus far, so the planning has been easy thus far,” said Delaria Ridley a senior strategic communications major from Atlanta, Ga. and co-director of parent’s weekend.
This year Parents Weekend will have a few new events including a cookout and step show performance before the football game hosted by the National Pan Hellenic Council.
“Everything is bigger and better this year and it’s just an amazing experience to be able to direct this weekend,” said Ridley.
The weekend will begin Friday with registration, classroom visitation for Parents and Tours from 9 a.m to 4 p.m, a dance concert hosted by the Terpsichorean Dance troupe in Ogden Hall at 7pm, and a talent show and reception for parents at 10pm in the student center atrium.
On Saturday, registration will take place from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. for parents arriving, University President Dr. William R. Harvey will give his remarks in the Student Center Ballroom at 9 a.m., an Information Fair will also be held in the student center ballroom and second floor at 9:30 a.m., a cookout hosted by the NPHC at 12 p.m. The HU football team encourages parents to attend their home game at 2 p.m. against Monmouth University at Armstrong Stadium. The night will end with a parent’s dance in the student center ballroom only costing $15.00.
Sunday, parents and family of graduating seniors can see their seniors dressed in their cap and gown at opening convocation in Ogden Hall, a ceremony that formally kicks off the 2017-2018 school year.
“It’s a beautiful moment for just senior parents to just see their children in cap an gowns before the commencement,” said Ridley
The ceremony will include remarks from University President Dr. William R. Harvey announcing Hampton University’s 150th historical anniversary and 40th anniversary of his career at Hampton.
Delaria Ridley, like many seniors are very excited to have their parents travel from far areas just to celebrate the start of their senior year. “They’ve never been to a parent’s weekend so I’m excited to be directing the one parent weekend that they actually get to experience,” said Ridley.