The 2015 undergraduate Commencement ceremony was held May 16 at 10 a.m. on the residential quad. It was a beautiful morning on campus where bachelor’s degrees were awarded to 352 students. Mayor of Frederick Randy McClement was the Commencement speaker and received an honorary degree during the ceremony. President Ronald J. Volpe, Ph.D., was also presented with an honorary degree.
Following the undergraduate ceremony, the graduate Commencement ceremony was held at 3 p.m. in the Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center where 239 students received their diplomas. Thomas Geisbert, a nationally renowned expert on microbiology and immunology, was the Commencement speaker and received an honorary degree. President Volpe was also awarded the status of president emeritus.
Congratulations to the class of 2015!
Click here to view photos from the undergraduate Commencement.
Click here to view photos from the graduate Commencement.
Join your classmates and friends on campus for fun events including the traditional strawberry breakfast, college sessions, alumni luncheon and bus tours. President Volpe will host an informal update on the College and will introduce Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D., Hood’s 11th president.
The Class of 1965′s photo will be taken prior to the luncheon, at 11:45 a.m., in the foyer of the Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center. For all other classes, your photo will be taken during the luncheon and throughout the weekend.
Saturday Night Dinner:
Dine in beautiful Brodbeck Music Hall with classmates and friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Seating will be with your class. The dinner in Brodbeck is not to be missed! Amazing cuisine, lovely ambiance and an open bar are in store with plenty of time to catch up with classmates. For those who wish to visit downtown Frederick later that evening, a shuttle bus will run between Brodbeck and the historic district from 8 to 11 p.m. Due to the Frederick Festival of the Arts and First Saturday festivities, dining availability and parking in the historic district will be limited throughout the day and evening.
Don’t forget to send in your registration form or register at www.hood.edu/reunion by May 20. Click here to see a list of those who have registered, view the schedule of events and other reunion information.
If you have any questions, please call 301-696-3900 or email email@example.com.
Congratulations to the following recipients who will receive their awards during the reunion weekend luncheon Saturday, June 6: Rev. Margaret A. Muncie ’70 and Professor Aldan T. Weinberg ’75, Distinguished Alumni Award; and Eva Teig Hardy ’65 and Audrey Heyman Rooney ’60, Excellence in Service to Hood College Award.
Join Nancy Gillece ’81, vice president for institutional advancement, and other members of the Hood community as they discover the beauty of Provence Sept. 22-30, 2015. From bustling market stalls and the fragrant gardens to the impressive landscapes and exquisite cuisine, discover the land of Provence. Explore the medieval streets of Avignon and see Roman France during a visit to the historic monuments of Arles and the Pont du Gard. For years writers and artists have traveled to Provence to be inspired by the beauty of the region. Click here for a complete list of highlights.
The journey is offered through the Hood alumni travel program, AHI Travel. Click here for more information and to register today. Space is limited. The program is a great opportunity to visit beautiful locations while sharing the journey with members of the Hood community.
Upcoming Hood College Travel Dates for 2016—more information to follow:
Italian Riviera: April 23-May 1, 2016
Ireland-Westport: Sept. 20-28, 2016
Holiday Markets River Cruise: Nov. 25-Dec. 6, 2016
For additional information, contact AHI Travel.
An administrator with more than three decades of experience in higher education has been named Hood College’s vice president for enrollment management.
William J. Brown, who for the past year has served as interim vice president for enrollment management at Hartwick College in Oneonta, N.Y., previously served in that position at his alma mater, Lebanon Valley College in Annville, Pa. He was one of 45 candidates from across the country who applied for the position.
Brown’s experience in college admission, financial aid and enrollment management began at LVC immediately after earning his bachelor’s degree there. During his 34 years there, he rose through the ranks from admission counselor to dean of admission and financial aid to vice president for enrollment management. His accomplishments there include increasing enrollment to record levels and improving retention and student diversity.
Brown earned a master of business administration from Philadelphia University and has attended the management development program at Harvard University.
The Philadelphia 2016 host committee recently named Tiffany Taylor Newmuis ’03 as the director of diversity and community engagement. Newmuis has experience in outreach to minority-owned businesses.
She will be responsible for implementing the host committee’s minority inclusion and supplier diversity plan to ensure that local minority, disabled, LGBT and veteran-owned businesses can compete for contracting and vending opportunities through both the host committee and the Democratic National Convention Committee.
Photo credit: The Philadelphia Tribune
Last month, Jennifer Rutherford ’14 and Jennifer L. Weaver ’94 were recognized with awards at the Maryland Council for Exceptional Children annual meeting in Columbia, Md. Rutherford received the Maryland CEC Student Teacher of the Year Award; she is currently completing her first year of teaching at Middletown Elementary. Weaver was recognized with the Maryland CEC Lifetime Achievement Award. She has served in several roles at the CEC over the years and is a school psychologist assigned to an elementary, middle and high school.
Photo, left to right: Tricia K. Strickland, Ph.D., assistant professor of education at Hood College, Jennifer Rutherford ’14 and Jennifer Weaver ’94.
Recent alumnus Bruce Persons ’09 received the Most Distinguished Student Award for the master of divinity program from Beeson Divinity School in Birmingham, Ala. The award is given in recognition of outstanding and holistic achievement in scholarship, Christian spirituality and ministry involvement.
Persons graduated from Hood College in 2009 with a degree in management, a concentration in finance and a minor in economics.
Congratulations to Hood College alumna Andrea Putz McCarrick ’08, who made the ‘People to Watch’ list in the Frederick Magazine for her dedication to the community. Andrea is a mathematics teacher at Frederick High School and is part of a team that has succeeded in improving student performance on high school assessment tests.
Hood College alumna Katie Nash ’04, M.B.A.’08, was also recognized in Frederick Magazine in the ‘People to Watch’ section for her admirable work in Frederick. She is the CEO and Executive Director of Community Alternative Mediation, a nonprofit that offers free mediation to residents. Thank you for making a difference, Andrea and Katie!
Photo credit: The Frederick Magazine, left to right: Katie Nash ’04, M.B.A.’08 and Andrea Putz McCarrick ’08.
June 10, 2015, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. (EDT)
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Robert Boyle, Ph.D., professor of psychology, died May 1, 2015 after a long and valiant battle against cancer. The campus community extends sympathy to those who mourn his loss. A memorial service will be held at Hood’s Coffman Chapel June 7 at 2 p.m. A reception, with some of Bob’s favorite treats, will be held following the service at the Marx Center. All alumni are welcome to attend the memorial.
For those who wish to make a donation as a memorial to Bob, please consider the nonprofit Multiple Myeloma Opportunities for Research and Education, an organization that is funding new research at the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center for a treatment and cure for multiple myeloma. Click here to visit the website for more information.
Hood College is pleased to introduce a new master of science in counseling program, with specialties in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling.
- This is a 60-credit master of science in counseling program with specialties in clinical mental health counseling and school counseling.
- It is designed to meet Maryland licensure requirements and CACREP accreditation standards.
- It offers the opportunity for specialty training in thanatology or gerontology.
- Students may attend full- or part-time, with convenient evening and weekend courses to accommodate working professionals.
- We offer small, interactive classes that include rich discussion with peers and professors—a real sense of community!
- Applications are being accepted through July 15 for fall 2015 and Nov. 15 for spring 2016.
For bringing innovative technology and techniques to the classroom, a Hood College professor is being heralded as one of the most innovative educators in the world.
Heather Mitchell-Buck, assistant professor of English, has been named an Apple Distinguished Educator, a distinction that recognizes educators who integrate technology and their expertise into learning environments. Distinguished educators are education leaders recognized for being innovative with Apple technology in and out of the classroom, through the exploration of new ideas and opportunities, working with each other and with Apple.
Estate gifts make a big impact on Hood College and the lives of our students. Some of our students may not be at Hood if not for the assistance of scholarships, many of which have been established through planned gifts. Four students shared their stories about their studies at Hood and the effect scholarships have had on their education. Click here to read more.
If you are interested in establishing a scholarship to benefit Hood students, contact Jaime Cacciola at the office of institutional advancement at (800) 707-5280, option 7, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo: Hood student, Catherine Traini ’16
The Hood College legacy ring and scholarship program is made possible through generous donations from alumni and friends. Juniors can apply for a legacy ring, a ring scholarship or both. The alumni executive board and committee awards students with rings and scholarships based on exceptional essays, financial need and overall grade point average.
The Hood ring is one of Hood’s most treasured traditions. Your financial support and ring donations help keep this beloved program thriving. Any donation amount is greatly appreciated. Today, the cost of a Hood ring is between $300 and $400.
If you would like to donate your Hood ring, contribute financially to the scholarship fund or have questions, please contact the office of alumni relations at 301-696-3977 or email@example.com.
Etch your name into Hood history. More than 100 years ago, the founders of Hood College laid the foundation for this great institution—brick by brick. Now you can continue this legacy by purchasing your own brick paver in the Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey ’52 Plaza near Alumnae Hall. Visit www.hood.edu/bricks for more information or call the office of institutional advancement at 301-696-3700.
Gifts to Hood honor the past, support the present and ensure the future. By supporting the Hood Fund you are making an impact on today’s students and the future of Hood College. Your gift provides support for student scholarships, research and learning opportunities with faculty and continued support for internships and campus activities. Please give today! To make your gift and for more information, visit www.hood.edu/gifts.
Consider being a part of the Blue and Grey Club! In its third year, the booster organization has provided much-needed financial assistance in support of intercollegiate athletics at Hood College.
Join the club today with a minimum contribution of just $100! Your generosity will build a stronger athletics program, while also assisting in the education of young women and men who compete in athletics at Hood College.
To learn more about the program or to make a gift online, visit www.hoodathletics.com/bluegreyclub.
Get connected using Evertrue! Hood College’s alumni app is designed to improve how alumni connect with one another and with the College.
Available only to alumni and the campus community, the app features searchable access to the alumni directory and an “alumni nearby” function for mapping alumni by business address at any location in the world. Click here to download the app on your mobile device, or search for EverTrue in the Apple iTunes store or Google Play store.
To learn more about the app, check out these frequently asked questions.
Hood alumni make a difference. Throughout the years, alumni have referred students to the admission office. If you know a student interested in Hood, please submit an alumni referral form. Volunteering as a mentor in the career center or helping to facilitate an internship can make a difference in a student’s life. Please visit the career center and office of service learning for more information.
Are you looking to network with other alumni? Visit the alumni directory to connect with classmates and other alumni in your industry. A username and password are required to access the directory. To obtain a login, contact Krista Schaffert ’04, director of advancement services, at 301-696-3716 or firstname.lastname@example.org.