Applying to college is "simply" another application of the pillar model used at Hargrave. While some of it is mechanical (starting with small efforts in 9th grade), parts of the process ties into accentuating the academic capabilities, the depth of spiritual life, and the lessons learned on the athletic fields or workout rooms that draw a compelling image of the character and potential of the applicant. It is also an opportunity to apply your own hard-earned knowledge about your academic, spiritual, physical, and character (in finding a like-minded community) towards selecting the "best for him" college.
The process itself is seemingly straightforward:
- Do a self-evaluation
- Research colleges that meet your needs
- Making a draft list of schools that interest you
- Winnow the list of schools
But the college admissions process will challenge applicants on multiple levels, from honest discussions about interests to family hopes/dreams/desires to finding the time to facing up to a major life decision. It can be complex, confusing, frustrating, interesting, rewarding, and exhilarating — sometimes all at the same time! Whether an immediate admission to a traditional four-year college or considering one of many other options, the goal for the process is to help cadets find the match that best suits their needs for life-long success.
Dr. Jimmy Tung, Ph.D., was named the Academic Dean of Hargrave in August of 2017. He has been the Director of the Center for Integrated Studies (Grade 7-9 program) and Director of Summer Programs since his return to Hargrave in 2011. Between 1997 and 2008, Dr. Tung has held the positions of Science Department Chair, Director of Summer Programs and Faculty member. He has taught courses in chemistry, physical science, astronomy, middle school math, pre-algebra, and engineering science. He has coached or advised Middle School soccer, JV baseball, JV/Varsity tennis, and the photography club.
Dr. Tung’s training includes a Bachelor’s of Science (chemistry, pre-med studies) from Truman State University and a Ph.D. from Dartmouth College (physical chemistry). He has continued his training in education and management through the Virginia Association of Independent School (VAIS), AdvancEd, University of Virginia, and Georgia Tech. He has been awarded two professional fellowships in education: the Lankford (Hargrave-sponsored) to investigate college freshman student weaknesses and develop technology-enhanced science classrooms, and the Woodrow Wilson Foundation Leadership Program for Teachers’ Environmental Science Institute (Princeton/Rutgers) to study teaching global climate change models to secondary-level students. His teaching awards include the Wolfenden Prize (Dartmouth), the E.A. Floyd Award (Hargrave), and the Outstanding Active Educator (Hargrave).
He is currently an adjunct instructor (chemistry) at Richard Bland College of William and Mary. His other professional experience includes South Piedmont Community College (faculty), Virginia Tech Office of Special Programs (research professor), the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research (IALR, research scientist), and adjunct faculty positions at Liberty University, Averett University, Danville Community College, and Radford University.
Outside of classroom endeavors, Dr. Tung has published articles in the fields of experimental gas phase kinetics and characterizing and processing composite polymeric materials, given presentations on educational technology and at faculty training workshops. He is currently on the executive committee of the Blue Ridge Section of the American Chemical Society and served as a judge at junior/high school science fairs and undergraduate research competitions sponsored by the Virginia Academy of Science. He been a contributing reviewer for two current university chemistry textbooks, and for Science Books and Films (American Association for the Advancement of Science, AAAS). He has visited several VAIS member schools as part of their accreditation process.
Dr. Tung married his wife Cynthia shortly after graduate school. They are blessed with two children. He enjoys hiking, tennis, and photography. He is a member of Cornerstone Church of Christ in Chatham, Virginia.
Saturday morning our juniors were served breakfast by the seniors, which the juniors absolutely loved! After breakfast, we packed up and headed out to Park Springs Camp in Providence, North Carolina.
Once settled in at the camp, we had five team building challenges that ended with a canoe race.... more
Applying to college is "simply" another application of the pillar model used at Hargrave. While some of it is mechanical (starting with small efforts in 9th grade), parts of the process ties into accentuating the academic capabilities, the depth of spiritual life, and the lessons learned on the... more
One of our newest faculty members, Ms. Betsy Kent, is a Science instructor for our Center for Integrated Studies (CIS). She comes to Hargrave not from a traditional educational background, but from an industrial one; she was formerly a microbiologist with Nestle. Ms. Kent has taught at the college... more
Captain Chad Lynn '04 is in his first year as a TAC Officer at Hargrave but he no stranger to our beautiful campus. He attend HMA for 3 years, graduating in 2004 as the Battalion Commander.
He is pictured with SgtMaj Rogers, his TAC Officer when he was a cadet.
Like all cadets, Captain Lynn... more
Addison Saleh '17 visited campus this week. He is currently studying Mechanichal Engineering at The University of Arizona.
He says that he loved Hargrave for the routine that he learned here and is utilizing these skills in his freshman year of college.
He also wishes that he had started... more
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