Davidson College was founded with the belief that a college education should be accessible for all. In the Trustee minutes from 1841, a member of the board stated that the College should work to keep the cost of education “within the reach of many in our land, who could not otherwise obtain it.” In order to financially support this principle, in 2007 Davidson announced the beginning of the Davidson Trust. The Trust allows students to pursue an education without the burden of needing to take out loans. Davidson is invested in meeting 100% of the financial needs of all accepted students through grants and work study. This program has been strengthened even during tough economic times, and it is now a cornerstone of what makes Davidson so special.
What does this mean for students? It not only enriches the lives of the close to 50% of students who directly benefit from the Trust, but it allows for diversity in all aspects of the word to thrive at Davidson. Davidson College is center upon holistic view on education, and the Davidson Trust allows for this view to flourish. To learn more about the Trust, contact the Davidson Admissions and Financial Aid Office. Or feel free to read the article about the trust in Bloomberg Businessweek (buswk.co/Qj5jIp).
As a Rhode Islander at Davidson, I am constantly asked the question: Why Davidson? I am also asked why I picked coming to the South, but that is a much easier question to answer. As for “Why Davidson”, the answer brings me back to a warm August day in 2008. I was visiting colleges during the summer months after my junior year of high school, stopping at Davidson on my way back to the Charlotte airport. It was a scorching hot day, and I was tired after a long road trip. My mother and I had run into some traffic driving down I-77, so we missed our campus tour. After a pleasant information session, we were perusing the leaflets in the Admission Office when an Admissions Counselor told us to head towards the main academic building, Chambers, and see if a professor would be available to speak with us.
My mother and I had two hours to waste before heading to the airport, so we took a slow walk between the Admissions building and Chambers. When we entered the building, we headed to a wing on the second floor that houses the political science department (politics has always been an academic interest of mine). Luckily, Dr. Ken Menkhaus, a Davidson professor since 1991 and an expert on politics in the Horn of Africa, specifically Somalia, had his door open. As a seventeen year old, I was a bit reticent about approaching a college professor, but, after being pressed by my mother, I walked up to the door and asked if he had a moment to speak with us. What happened next defines Davidson for me.
Dr. Menkhaus invited my mother and I in and answered all of our questions. We spent over a half hour talking to him about political science, life at Davidson, and the college process. He then gave me his email address, and we corresponded during my college process. Dr. Menkhaus is an example of the wonderful professors at Davidson, and he is certainly not an anomaly. The heart of Davidson is the community that is created by the honor code, the town of Davidson, and the people that make this place so special. I knew that fateful day in August that this was the right place to be, and four years later I couldn’t have made a better decision.
Welcome to the 2012-2013 Academic Year at Davidson! This year, we will have a number of bloggers post about their experiences at Davidson, something that is particularly interesting to them, or news about Davidson. These bloggers will include Admissions Staff, Students, and Faculty from diverse backgrounds and interests. Check the blog regularly for new postings, and feel free to contact the Admissions Office to learn more about Davidson College.
It is an exciting day at Davidson. Students have returned, classes have started, and the team in the admission office is hard at work planning fall travel. We look forward to getting to know you in the exciting months ahead and hope to connect with you as we travel around the country (and globe) this fall. Take a look at Davidson in Your Area to find out when we may be close by. See you soon!
As the few weeks have flown by between Spring Break and mid-terms my posting has seen better days. Yet, I report that in my absence much has been accomplished. It appears that I committed a type-1 Freshman error by going out and becoming involved in way too much on campus. And I must say I am loving it.
For years, one of Davidson’s finest athletic hallmarks has been our Men’s Basketball team. Often known for the 2008 Elite 8 NCAA Tournament run and Stephen Curry, the basketball team has always been a huge part of my Davidson school spirit. Ever since freshman year, my friends and I would wake up as early as 5 am to stand in line for tickets to all the basketball games. Even my family back home in Virginia follows Davidson basketball online when they can’t watch on TV or in person.
Lights, Camera, Oscars. Though it may not involve a jolly man in red suit or bunny hopping around, I can still say that this is one of my favorite times of the year. Yes they are a bit over-rated, and yes they are a bit shallow in their award giving, but the Oscars are still a party in the literal and figurative sense nevertheless.
Case in point the Davidson Union Board took this opportunity to put on a shindig that gave everyone the excuse to “suit up” and look their Sunday finest. Complete with the red carpet paparazzi, “mocktails” and fine dining (Swedish meatballs, artichoke dip and gourmet…fruit galore), this was truly a night for the stars. You do not realize how many other movie lovers are out there until there is gathering such as this. I found myself talking to people I had merely known in passing, reminiscing about my favorite movies of this past year and beyond. Aside from a heated debate or two over the utter genius or utter disaster that was Tree of Life (I quite decidedly fell into the second camp), the talk stayed on this side of civil.
It is nights like these that make any weekend or weekday evening feel like home at Davidson. With all the events that the Union Board puts on, I never feel as if I do not have somewhere or something I could enjoy. In a place that’s like Cheers, everyone knows your name, it doesn’t matter if you have someone to go with. You will either see someone there you know or if not strike up a conversation and finally to a name to face. So though it’s a wrap on this movie season, the shot never cuts on Davidson’s Union Board fair.
As Spring kicks into full gear at Davidson, many organizations prepare for their major fundraising and service events of the year. These events range from the first annual Relay for Life (which will be in March) to the Bosom Buddies gala (which raises money for early breast cancer detection). Amid the flurry of these events, many organizations take advantage of all the shops and stores in the town of Davidson to promote their causes.
In Davidson, the way the town and the college interact is unique. Main Street is decked out with advertisements for the Men’s and Women’s Basketball games, and signs advertising discounts for Davidson students. At the very top of Main Street is one of my favorite Davidson traditions: Summit Coffee. Summit is an independent coffee shop that has an upstairs level filled with comfy couches and oversized arm chairs—perfect for studying, napping, or meeting with a group. There are always Davidson students at Summit, especially as it gets warm, and Summit’s sunny back porch and jumbo iced coffees grow in appeal.
But Summit is a great for another reason: they regularly host events that fundraise for Davidson organizations. Last year, and again in a few weeks, my eating house hosted a Thursday night at Summit, that included a band performance, informative facts on each coffee sleeve, and a percentage of each drink profit going to HIV/AIDS awareness and prevention efforts. In the past week alone, Summit has held similar events for the Timmy Foundation, which advocates for better healthcare in places like Ecuador, and the Dinner for Davidson, which benefits the Davidson Trust.
Summit’s partnership with Davidson organizations is characteristic of a broader trend in College-Town relations. While our campus may offer everything you need for a successful four years at Davidson, you don’t have to walk far to be surrounded by local Davidson businesses who are just as supportive of all our endeavors.
On this Valentine’s Day I have fallen head over heels for Davidson once again. And this past weekend this literally would have been the case. Continue reading
One of the things I love about Davidson is the great performances that get put on every year in the Duke Family Performance Hall. Recently, I went to go see the 6th Annual Greek Apocalypse Step Show, and this weekend I will be performing with Gamut Dance Company, Davidson’s audition-based dance group.
I’ll start with the step show. I looked forward to this event because it brings in step groups from surrounding colleges and universities, all representing their respective fraternities or sororities. But it was especially fun cheering on Davidson’s Upsilon Mu Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. The Delta’s performance had an extraterrestrial theme (complete with rocket ship and shiny silver spandex), and their stepping was awesome. Coming from Maine, I haven’t really been exposed to step. But since coming to Davidson (through watching the student-led step team “Shades of Brown” and this annual step show) I have found a great appreciation for the attitude and uniqueness of step.
Another area I had never been introduced to was classical dance. I had always enjoyed school dances and dabbled in choreography in high school, but not until coming to Davidson was I exposed to the real possibilities dance offers. I auditioned for Davidson’s Gamut Dance Company, a small group of technically trained dancers, and was accepted on the basis of taking multiple technique classes a week. Since then I have developed my skills and now find myself getting ready to perform in four pieces this Friday and Saturday night. The support I’ve found in Gamut has enabled me to improve my skills as a dancer and develop confidence in my technique. The show, featuring both student and professional choreography, is definitely going to be a great one. I encourage anyone on campus to stop by this Friday or Saturday night and watch some great dancers at work!