Lauren Henson '11: "Right away, I loved how the R-MC community wanted me to be here."
In her senior year of high school, Lauren Henson ’11 toured the
Randolph-Macon campus and everything fell into place. “I visited R-MC on Scholarship
Day and my interviewer was a Latin professor—I now know it was Dr. Daniel McCaffrey—and
was immediately put at ease. In addition, I earned enough
scholarship money to help out with finances,” says Henson, who is paying
for her college career on her own. “I just had a good feeling about coming here.
I liked the class sizes and the close-knit community, and the school is only 45
miles from home, which is a big plus!”
Henson felt immediately at home at Randolph-Macon. “Right away, I loved how the
R-MC community wanted me to be here,” she says. “Anthony Ambrogi (admissions)
wrote a little note on my admissions packet saying how impressed he was with my
high school transcript, including my Latin classes. I was awed that he would take
the time to do that and my friends—who attend larger schools—couldn’t believe it
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Henson says she’s always been in love with history.
“Namely the American Civil War, because I grew up in Virginia," she says. A native
of Spotsylvania County, Henson’s hometown is bordered by the Wilderness, Spotsylvania
Courthouse, Chancellorsville and Fredericksburg battlefields. “My grandmother would
take me to local monuments as a child, and Gone with the Wind was my favorite
movie,” says Henson. “I remember being fussed at in middle school for reading the
novel during math class while waiting for other students to finish class work!”
Majoring in history seemed a logical choice for Henson, but what made her decide
on a Latin major as well? “That was motivated namely by the fantastic
Classics Department at R-MC,” says Henson. “I hadn’t planned on taking any
Latin, having placed out of the language requirement through testing, but Dr. Greg
Daugherty suggested I take an upper-level Latin course during my first semester.
I decided to minor in classics and then changed it to a major. My deepened appreciation
of Latin rests solely on the persuasive techniques of Drs. Daugherty and McCaffrey!”
The Classics Department hosts a tea every Friday afternoon for Latin and classics
majors and minors, something Henson thoroughly enjoys. “It’s the grown-up version
of high-school Latin Club, and we socialize, drink hot tea and eat lots of goodies—bread
and olive oil, scones, pie, fruit. We just started watching HBO's Rome
on DVD, an episode every Friday, and we enjoy discussing classics,” she says.
Henson is also an active member of R-MC’s InterVarsity Christian Fellowship (IV)
organization. “My friends play important roles on the leadership team for IV, so
I attend both large- and small-group functions to support them as well as interact
with people of faith,” says Henson. “Attending the informal meetings brings a breath
of fresh air to each week and helps us renew our faith.”
In 2008, Henson participated in the college’s Research Day in conjunction with the
First-Year Experience (FYE) course Coming to Life,
taught by Drs. John Rabung (computer science)
and Jim Foster (biology). “I was in a group
with two of my classmates,” says Henson. “We combined principles of biology and
computer science in order to model the flow of the bicoid gradient throughout the
Drosophila melanogaster embryo.” She explains: “Basically, we studied the development
of the front end of the egg of a fly!”
Henson and her classmates presented their findings during Research Day, a campus-wide
event that represents the culmination of student research efforts. First-year students,
all of whom participate in the FYE program, have the opportunity to create meaningful
culminating projects that reflect their year-long, integrated academic experience.
Henson has received several awards during her career at R-MC. In 2008 she received
the Robert E. Jones Scholarship awarded for Latin/Classics Major and she also received
the R-MC Union Bank and Trust Scholarship.
The future is brimming with possibilities for Henson. “After graduation, I’d love
to rent an apartment in Richmond with my best friend, take some graduate school
classes at night to get my master’s degree and work for the state or federal government.”
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