HU launches Dream No Small Dream II : A $150 million campaign

Ivana Spurlock | Contributing Writer

Courtesy of Ya-Marie Sesay

Students, faculty, and community members joined in celebration after the announcement of Hampton University’s Dream No Small Dreams II, a $150 million-dollar scholarship campaign..

The campaign allows for the university to uphold its ‘standard of excellence’ through various advancements, as they continue to fulfill its promise to Hampton University students.

Funds for the campaign are targeted to endow scholarships as HU continues to recruit the “best and brightest” students, also supplying chairs and professorship which will support teachers, research, and serving students in various departments such as business, education engineering, liberal arts and more.

Programmatic enhancements will assist with academic enrichment programs such as The Freddy T. Davy Honors College, the William R. Harvey Leadership Institute, STEM programs and more. The campaign will also fund faculty and technology enhancements, laboratory facilities and instrumentation, and academic facilities.

Each campaign will receive the amounts listed below:

Endowed Scholarships – $50 million

Endowed Professorships- $20 million

Programmatic Enhancements – $25 million

Faculty Enhancements/ Support – $15 million

Technology Enhancements, Laboratory Facilities & Instrumentation – $20 million

Academic Facilities- $20 million

“To any other institution, this might sound absurd, but for Hamptonians, this goal is more than achievable, because we pride ourselves on dreaming no small dreams,” said Martha Baye, president of the Student Government Association.

President Dr. William R. Harvey shared the progress HU has made since the university’s founding during his speech in Robert C. Ogden hall late October, reminding listeners how much students, faculty, and alumni, must support the institutions’ legacy.

“Through my 40 years as president, I have made it a point to continue the leadership as it relates to General Armstrong’s vision. Therefore, this $150 million-dollar campaign we set no limits as to what we can achieve,” said Dr. Harvey.

Chair of Hampton University Board of Trustee and class of 1971 Hampton alum Wesley Coleman shared his excitement following the announcement of the campaign. “We look forward to reaching the $150 million-dollar goal and the great work that will be accomplished as a result,” said Coleman.

Distinguished alumna Wilma Harper Horne gave her remarks at the kickoff encouraging Hamptonians to give regularly and to “give as much as you feel grateful for what your life is at that moment.” Horne’s contributions of over 7 figures have been praised leading to the rededication of the Science and Technology building in her name.

The campaign will have an impact on moving Hampton University to fulfill the vision of becoming a Carnegie Research I University enhancing the global stature of the institution.

The five year campaign has already reached their $118 million mark, and  Dr. Harvey believes the university will reach its goal well before then.

To find out more information about the campaign or to make a donation you may contact the campaign office at 757-727-5764 or e-mail


The Career Center is here for you!

Ivana Spurlock | Contributing Writer

Hampton University students have a guide on campus to assist them in all their professional endeavors—the Career Center.

The facility provides adequate services including teaching professional skills, resume building, practicing mock interviews and more.

“Each year we want [students] to come to the Caree Center to interact with us”, said Bessie Willis, director of the Career Center.

As a Hampton alumna herself, Willis has proudly served her alma mater in the capacity of director since 2010. “I love what I do,” Willis said. “I love seeing students go out and be successful; Hampton students choose to be successful.”

Hampton’s stellar reputation allows the Career Center to stay in contact with major companies that recruit Hampton students.

The staff also researches and contacts other companies that seem fit for the student body. These efforts result in a plethora of events that the Career Center offers, including the Career Fair (Fall and Spring), Graduate and Professional School Fair in November, company information sessions, mock interviews, professional interviews and resume building offered daily.

Under Willis’ leadership the past seven years, the Career Center has increased the number of companies that visit the campus, built a resourceful computer lab where students can come and work on resumes and research companies, provided career assessment tools and increased their research on companies to provide students with ample information.

The Career Center staff members now have more technological advancements when preparing students.        They are currently promoting an “E-Recruitment” process that enables students to submit their resumes online.

Students who register for the system have access more than 3,000 companies they can get in contact with.

Once students take the initiative to sign up, they can access the system at home or even on their cell phones.

E-Recruitment allows students to gain exposure by submitting their resumes and networking with reputable companies.

“Quite a few students that take advantage of the Career Center opportunities walk away with job offers in senior year and sometimes even junior year,” said Willis.