Hereford Programs

Hereford College offers a wide range of academic and social programming consistent with our three foci of mindfulness, social awareness, and sustainability. Our programs reflect our natural curiosity about the world around us, but we also know how to relax and have fun!

SHORT COURSES

One of the many perks of living in Hereford is that we offer 1-credit short courses every semester. Enrolling in one of these courses will give you an opportunity to explore topics beyond your major or field of study and, of course, have fun! Below are the courses we offered in Spring 2019:

GARDEN PARTY

Interested in gardening? Curious about what it takes to grow your own food? Willing to get dirty? Instructor Matt Grason introduces students to a broad range of topics such as planting, bed preparation, composting, and harvesting.

SELF-DEFENSE

You asked for it, you got it! Due to the high number of Hereford students who expressed an interest in learning self-defense techniques, instructor Michael Redwine helps students learn how to defend themselves, and others, from bodily harm and gain the knowledge and mindset needed to avoid being victimized. After all, the fight you always win is the one you were never in.

BILL’S BUGS

Hereford Faculty Fellow and world-renowned epidemiologist, Bill Petri, discusses with our students some of the most infectious viruses in the field of medicine. When was the last time you washed your hands?

Global Engagement at Home & Abroad:
Hereford Goes to China Over Spring Break

Along with Hererford’s Director of Stutdies, Caren Freeman, Hereford students will explore their diverse yet interconnected aspirations to become “global” through a series of focused discussions on Grounds, culminating in a week-long excursion to Shanghai over spring break. While in Shanghai, we will visit local markets, communities, and even residential colleges to learn more about the Chinese people and their culture. While in Shanghai, we will visit local markets, communities, and even residential colleges, to observe firsthand the forces of growth and continuity shaping this global city.

RETREATS

In collaboration with the UVA Contemplative Sciences Center (CSC), Hereford participates in annual retreats away from Grounds and usually in a beautiful, natural setting. At the retreat, we focus on community-building and take part in mindfulness programming, such as qigong, yoga, and stress relief.

To read more about Hereford’s partnership with the CSC, click here.

STUDENT SENATE PROGRAMS

FIELD TRIPS

HSS sponsors two annual field trips. The fall trip is typically planned by the social committee and travels to one of the area theme parks while the spring trip is planned by either the Sustainability or Awareness committee and offers an opportunity to engage with Hereford’s interests.

HEREFORD SAPLINGS

The Sapling Program pairs new Herefordians with returning Herefordians to help introduce them to the Hereford and UVA community. This program first launched during the 2015-2016 academic year.

CARE PACKAGES

Whether it’s Valentine’s Day or Final Exam Week, the NAPS Committee (Needs, Advocacy, and Physical Space) always has your back with care packages. With thoughtfully-selected items include chocolates, Cheez-Its, other assorted snacks, Blue Books, and pencils. These care packages help remove some of the stresses of college life.

KARAOKE NIGHTS

Show off your voice at Hereford’s karaoke nights! Held two or three times a semester, singing in the shower just won’t feel the same ever again. Plus, with three microphones, your friends won’t have an excuse not to join you!

GAME NIGHTS & MOVIE NIGHTS

Games and movies — two great ways to bring residents of all interests together. Planned by various members of the Hereford community, each event has a different focus, whether it’s board games, horror movies, romcoms, or Mario Kart.

BANQUETS

Almost every month, the Banquet Committee prepares a themed banquet. Kick off the start of the school year, welcome the autumn harvest, dine with members of the University community, celebrate Lunar New Year, and more as you enjoy catered food alongside your fellow Herefordians.

DIALOGUES/WORKSHOPS

Learning doesn’t stop once you leave the classroom, and Hereford recognizes that by holding regular workshops and dialogues. Led by members of Hereford, the University, and the broader Charlottesville community, these workshops are always bound to teach you something new or give you a new perspective on life.