Beau Bryan Receives Final Convocation Awards at Hampden-Sydney College

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Beau Bryan, right, with Professor Shirley Kagan

HAMPDEN-SYDNEY, VA (05/09/2013)(readMedia)-- At Final Convocation on April 25, Hampden-Sydney College senior Beau Hiers Bryan received both the Robert H. Porterfield '29 Drama Award, presented by Professor Shirley Kagan, Elliott Professor of Theatre, and the Gemborys-Choate-Bouin-Swenson Award, presented by Dr. Brian C. Lins, Elliott Assistant Professor of Mathematics and Computer Science and Chair of the International Committee.

The Porterfield Award, established in memory of a distinguished alumnus and founder of the Barter Theater in Abington, Virginia, is presented to the student who has made the greatest contribution to the community through theatre arts. Beau plans to spend his summer working with the Richmond Shakespeare Company in Richmond, VA.

The Award for International Studies is presented annually to a student who has participated in a College-recognized foreign study experience during the previous year, and who has best demonstrated personal growth by incorporating broader world views into his daily life. Beau spent the Spring 2011 semester in Tours and Paris, France, with the Hollins Abroad Program and in Fall 2012 he returned to both Tours and Paris, France, with the Sweet Briar Junior Year in France Program.

Beau played lead roles in theatre productions at Hampden-Sydney, Longwood, and in the local community theatre, Waterworks, and is a member of the Jongleurs (theatre arts group). He serves as a student representative to the Intercultural Affairs Committee and as Treasurer of the French Club and is a member of the the honor societies Phi Beta Kappa (academics) and Omicron Delta Kappa (leadership). He presented at the American Men's Studies Association Conference in 2012. At Opening Convocation in September 2012, he received the President's Award for Academic Excellence in Humanities. A French major, Beau graduated from Greenbrier East High School in Lewisburg, WV, and is the son of Dr. & Mrs. Glenn E. Bryan of Melbourne.

A private college for men, Hampden-Sydney is ranked in the top tier of liberal arts colleges by U.S. News & World Report. The College is known for its liberal arts curriculum, the Honor Code which stresses individual and collective responsibility, and a focus on the education of young men.