2007 Horatio Alger Conference

Footage take here is only part of all of the footage from the Horatio Alger Conference held that night that was broadcasted on live TV. In the video, a former Virginia Horatio Alger scholar mentions reads an essay describing the hardships and obstacles that I have had overcome in my life in order to achieve success, including me being diagnosed on the autism spectrum at the age of 2. A few years later, I was diagnosed with PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified), or mild ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder). Hope you enjoy the video.

For College Grads, Jobs Outlook Better but Far From Great

After a promising start earlier this year, US job growth slowed for a third month in April with just 115000 jobs added and the unemployment rate dipping slightly to 8.1 percent. Jeffrey Brown discusses the numbers and outlook for college grads with Brandeis University’s Catherine Mann and Drexel University’s Paul Harrington.

Great Expectations at Tyler

Students who grow up in the foster care system may face unique challenges that can make it extremely difficult to attend college. Created specifically for Virginia’s Community Colleges, Great Expectations provides financial and academic support to students affiliated with the Virginia foster care system. This video captures some of the stark realities of growing up in foster care and how caring people at Tyler are helping foster care students handle the transition to college. For more information on Great Expectations visit: www.jtcc.edu/greatexpectations
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Birthplace of Hampden-Sydney College

Birthplace of Hampden-Sydney College
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A vernacular wood frame building with a slate-clad gable roof, the structure is called "The Cradle". It has an exterior brick chimney at the end; the windows are double-hung sash, 9/9. The foundation is brick; and steps and a small entry porch led into the colonial law office(although I don’t know if these are original features) .

The sign outside reads as follows: "In 1775, the Session of Hanover Presbytery met in this building, the law office of Nathaniel Venable, to lay final plans for the establishment of Hampden-Sydney College. The building was erected between 1737 and 1756 on Venable’s Plantation “Slate Hill”, located 3 miles southeast of this site. It was moved to the campus in 1944."

The college has been in contiuous operation since November 10, 1775. This was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1970 as part of the Hampden-Sydney College Historic District. #70000822

The Virginia Deprtment of Historic Resources ID: 073-0058, structure 73-58-14

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James Monroe, 5th US President, 1817-1825

James Monroe, 5th US President, 1817-1825
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Image by Tony Fischer Photography
The President during the Era of Good Feeling was James Monroe. The last of the Virginia Dynasty, he lived nearby Madison and Jefferson.

Monroe’s parents had significant land holdings but little money. Like his parents, he was a slaveholder. Born in Westmoreland County, Virginia, Monroe attended the College of William and Mary. After graduating, Monroe fought in the Continental Army, serving with distinction at the Battle of Trenton, where he was shot in his left shoulder. He is depicted holding the flag in the famous painting of Washington Crossing the Delaware. Following his war service, he practiced law in Fredericksburg, Virginia. James Monroe married Elizabeth Kortright on February 16, 1786 at the Trinity Church in New York.

Monroe was elected to the Virginia House of Delegates in 1782 and served in the Continental Congress from 1783 to 1786. As a youthful politician, he joined the anti-Federalists in the Virginia Convention which ratified the Constitution, and in 1790, was elected United States Senator.

After his term in the Senate, Monroe was appointed Minister to France from 1794 to 1796. Afterward, he returned to practicing law in Virginia until elected governor there, serving from 1799 to 1802. Under the first Jefferson administration, Monroe was dispatched to France to assist Robert R. Livingston to negotiate the Louisiana Purchase. Monroe was then appointed Minister to the Court of St. James (Britain) from 1803 to 1807.

Monroe returned to the Virginia House of Delegates and was elected to another term as governor of Virginia in 1811, but he resigned a few months into the term. He then served as Secretary of State from 1811 to 1814. When he was appointed to the post of Secretary of War in 1814, he stayed on as the Secretary of State ad interim. At the war’s end in 1815, he was again commissioned as the permanent Secretary of State, and left his position as Secretary of War. Thus from October 1, 1814 to February 28, 1815, Monroe effectively held both cabinet posts. Monroe stayed on as Secretary of State until the end of the James Madison Presidency, and the following day Monroe began his term as the new President of the United States.

His administration was marked by the acquisition of Florida (1819); the Missouri Compromise (1820), in which Missouri was declared a slave state; and the profession of the Monroe Doctrine (1823), declaring U.S. opposition to European interference in the Americas, as well as breaking all ties with France remaining from the War of 1812.

In both the presidential elections of 1816 and 1820 Monroe ran nearly unopposed. Attentive to detail, well prepared on most issues, non-partisan in spirit, and above all pragmatic, Monroe managed his presidential duties well. He made strong Cabinet choices, naming a southerner, John C. Calhoun, as Secretary of War, and a northerner, John Quincy Adams, as Secretary of State. Only Henry Clay’s refusal to accept a position kept Monroe from adding an outstanding

James Monroe was born on April 28, 1758 and died July 4, 1831, the third president to die on the 4th…….

source: wiki
art: Mellon Collection


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Image by Greene Connections
Photograph of Waynesburg College, Class of 1892. Pictured [Left-Right]: STANDING – E. S. Campbell, Enoch Miller Everly, Rev. John Baldwin Miller, Eli Franklin Ray, Dr. William Mestrezat Hudson, Clarence O. Morris, Dennis Kelley Smith, Thomas Spencer Crago; SITTING – James Madison Roberts, Dr. Alanson Filer Bort Morris, Mary (Pitcock) Biddle [lower row], Rev. Simon P. Bixler, Mary Virginia Patterson [lower row], Nellie Wells Donley, Richard Long Biddle, Nora Mae (Summersgill) High. Original, professional photograph from Rogers, Waynesburgh, Pa. Archived at the Waynesburg University Museum (Miller Hall, 51 W. College St.; Waynesburg, Pennsylvania 15370). Shared with the Greene Connections: Greene County, Pennsylvania Photo Archives Project in 2008.

View the 1892 Class Roster for a complete list of graduates.