Convocation 2014

Convocation Marks 122nd Academic Year

Hood marked the start of its 122nd academic year with its annual Convocation ceremony Aug. 25 at 10 a.m. in the Hodson Outdoor Theater.

President Ronald J. Volpe, Ph.D., welcomed new and returning students to campus; Edgar Schick, Ph.D., provost and vice president of academic affairs, recognized outstanding student achievements; and John George, associate professor of education, gave the keynote address.

In addition to students, faculty, staff and family members, a number of local community leaders and elected officials were in attendance. The student population includes nearly 300 new first-year students, 34 of whom have enrolled in the highly selective honors program; 124 new undergraduate students who have transferred to Hood from 34 different two- and four-year institutions; and 236 new graduate students.

Members of the class of 2018 recited the Hood Honor Code Pledge and, in recognition of attaining senior status and their forthcoming transition from students to alumni, each member of the senior class received a class pin from Hood’s alumni executive board.

View photos from convocation 

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March on Frederick

March on Frederick––September 26!

Hood College continues its celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights Act with a March on Frederick Sept. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., starting at Harry Grove Stadium. Join the College and the Frederick communities as we celebrate history and march into the future.

As a tribute to the historic March on Washington, the March on Frederick will bring together students, faculty, staff and friends to reflect on the progress made within the Frederick community since the passing of the landmark Civil Rights Act of 1964. The march will include stops at several historic landmarks, where docents will greet participants and will offer remarks about the site. The march will end at the front steps of Alumnae Hall at Hood College, where a number of local, state and national civil rights activists will address the crowd, including keynote speaker, Julian Bond, former chairman of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Board.

Please click here to register for the March.

Click here for more information or to view an event schedule.

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Presidential Search

Presidential Search

I am delighted to share with you information on the presidential search at Hood College. We welcome your input.

Nancy Gillece ’81, vice president for institutional advancement

The 11th president of Hood will succeed Ronald J. Volpe, who in May announced that he would retire this summer at the end of his 14th year at Hood.

Four trustees, three of who are alumnae of the College; two faculty members; a student; an alumni representative; and a staff member comprise the presidential search committee.

Trustees Jim Reinsch and Amy Chan will serve as co-chairs, R. H. Perry & Associates, a widely respected executive recruiting firm that specializes in placing executives in higher education will lead the process. It is the same firm that assisted the trustees of the College in finding and hiring President Volpe in 2001, who was then the chief academic officer at Capital University in Columbus, Ohio.

The committee will first meet with the R.H. Perry representatives on September 17 to define the search process and prepare a timetable. The search is expected to take approximately six months and will consist of five phases: developing an executive profile and advertising the position; developing and executing a national recruitment strategy; identifying, selecting and interviewing candidates and selecting a finalist; checking the finalist’s credentials and background; and finalizing the appointment. In the coming weeks input will be sought from faculty, students, staff and alumni on the characteristics that are essential for the next president.

The committee members are: trustee co-chairs Jim Reinsch and Amy Chan; Judy Messina -’66; Martha Shimano ’86, Hamp Tisdale; Sue Whaley ’74; Ted Luck, director of student success and outreach; Chuck Mann, vice president for finance and administration; Maria Green Cowles, Ph.D., dean of the graduate school; alumna Julie Murray McCaffery ’79, Sang Kim, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and management and chair of the department of economics and business administration; Wayne Wold, DMA, associate professor of music and chair of the department of music; and senior Tim Hulyk, student government association president.

For details about the search and forms for you to nominate candidates and to suggest desired characteristics of the next president, click here.

 

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Homecoming

Homecoming 2014

The Office of Alumni Relations and Special Events invites you and your guests to the annual Homecoming Festival on Saturday, October 25 from noon to 3:30 p.m. on the campus residential quad. Enjoy food, drinks and afternoon activities including facepainting, rock wall, a photo booth and live music by The Secondhand Ramblers. Also on Saturday join President Volpe in his final year as president for exciting updates on the College. Join other Blazer fans as we cheer on Hood’s field hockey and soccer teams during their games throughout the day.

Return to campus and enjoy fun activities while connecting with other alumni, students, faculty, staff and friends! For a complete schedule of events, updates, transportation and hotel information, please visit www.hood.edu/homecoming/.

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Hood College Blazers

2015 Athletic Hall of Fame Nominations

Nominations for the Athletic Hall of Fame will be accepted until September 30. Do you remember an outstanding athlete, coach or administrator who had a positive effect on Hood athletics? Take a moment and nominate that person for this prestigious award. Please click here for the online nomination form.

Hood College student-athletes or coaches must have competed in one or more intercollegiate or intramural sport. Coaches, faculty, administrators, friends and others who have developed and supported athletic programs at Hood College are also eligible. Nominees must be considered Hood College alumni, having completed 12 credits or more. Student-athletes and coaches are eligible for consideration five years after departing from Hood College.

The 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015. If you have any questions, please contact the office of alumni relations at alumoffice@hood.edu.

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The Blue and Grey Club

Become a Member of the Blue and Grey Club!

As the school year begins, 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 contribution will build a stronger athletic 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, please visit www.hoodathletics.com/bluegreyclub.

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Afghan Women Scholarship Fund for Graduate Study at Hood

Afghan Women Scholarship Fund for Graduate Study at Hood

The Allemall Foundation, along with Hood trustee Susan Whaley ’74, established the Afghan Women Scholarship fund for graduate study at Hood College. Foundation leaders Ed and Cathy Scott and Julia Soistman were recognized at the International Students Welcome Reception in August for their generosity. The scholarship, established in 2012, will support Afghan women’s graduate education at Hood in biomedical science or environmental biology. We welcome this year’s recipients, Aria Kazim and Maryam Faiz, who began coursework this fall!

Photo (left to right): Maria Green Cowles, Ph.D., dean of the graduate school, Cathy Scott, Maryam Faiz, Ed Scott, Julia Soistman and Aria Kazim. 

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Community Invited to Donor Appreciation Reception

President Volpe cordially invites alumni, friends and guests to the annual appreciation reception honoring donors of scholarships, prizes and awards; endowed faculty chairs; and lecture and performance funds Sunday, Nov. 9 at 3 p.m. in Hood’s Whitaker Campus Center Commons. Hood’s donors have given generously to the College and have helped to establish more than 300 named scholarships that support the education of a majority of Hood undergraduate students. At the reception, donors will have the opportunity to meet student scholarship recipients. To R.S.V.P. for the reception, please contact the office of institutional advancement or call 301-696-3700. Please R.S.V.P. by Wednesday, Nov. 5.

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Alumna’s Creative Handbags in Martha Stewart Contest

Alumna’s Creative Handbags in Martha Stewart Contest

Kathleen Pires Lengyel’s ’81 handcrafted Significant Journey bags convey life stories. Her business was a nominee in the Martha Stewart American Made 2014 Awards. Each handbag she creates is a piece of art that tells a person’s story and showcases her life.

The Martha Stewart American Made Awards honors makers, small-business owners and creative entrepreneurs in the fields of crafts, design, food and style.

The Hood pergola inspired Kathy to design a “purse with a purpose” in 2007 as part of her handmade line of purses. Click here to learn about Kathy’s handbags.

Photo credit: marthastewart.com

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Graduate Alumnus Finalist in Martha Stewart Contest

Graduate Alumnus Finalist in Martha Stewart Contest

Cameron Petke M.F.A.’10, C’07, adjunct ceramic art professor at Hood, was selected as one of 50 finalists in the ceramics category for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Awards. His Baked Clay Studio in Frederick features wheel-thrown ceramic temple bells for the home and garden as well as hand-crafted tableware and interior design pieces.

You may click here if you wish to visit the Martha Stewart website and vote for Cameron. To learn more about Baked Clay Studio, visit http://www.bakedclaystudio.com/.

Photo credit: marthastewart.com

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Blazer Bricks

Purchase a Blazer Brick Today!

Alumni, parents and friends have already purchased personalized brick pavers, now installed in the Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey ’52 Plaza. You, too, can be a part of the Hood legacy by ordering your Blazer Brick today.

Located between Alumnae Hall and Hodson Science Center, the personalized bricks can honor a friend or faculty member, memorialize a classmate or provide your own legacy at Hood College.

Pavers are available in three sizes. You may purchase a brick online or by printing out the brochure at www.hood.edu/bricks.

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Support Hood’s Alternative Break Silent Auction

Hood’s seventh annual Alternative Break Silent Auction sponsored by the Office of the Dean of the Chapel will be held Monday, Nov. 10 from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Whitaker Campus Commons. All proceeds from the silent auction support the Alternative Break program, which provides opportunities for students to participate in meaningful service-learning experiences during winter or spring break.

Donations of goods or services are needed for this year’s silent auction. A few examples of past donations include gift cards, handmade jewelry, baked goods and crafts. All donations are tax deductible.

To donate an item or service or for questions, please contact Catherine Brown ’13 at chapel@hood.edu.

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Hood Magazine Needs Class News Reporters

Become a class news reporter for Hood Magazine! The classes of 1949, 1950, 1954, 1956, 1961, 1968 and 1978 are in need of a volunteer! Class news columns appear in the twice-yearly Hood Magazine. Class reporters not only play a major role in keeping classmates connected to each other and to Hood, but also they are an invaluable asset to the magazine. To volunteer or learn more about becoming a class news reporter, please contact Ashley Wilson at wilsona@hood.edu or call 301-696-3977.

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Summer Issue of the Hood Magazine is Coming Soon!

While you wait for your issue of the Hood Magazine in the mail, take a moment and visit http://classnews.hood.edu/ to see if your class reporter has posted updates from classmates. The website also allows you to interact with fellow classmates by posting your comments to your class page! The Magazine should be in the mail to you next week.

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The Hood Fund Needs Class Agents

Looking for a way to give back to Hood? If you would like to inspire philanthropy among your classmates, consider becoming a class agent. For more information about this volunteer opportunity contact Jessica Sardella at sardella@hood.edu or call 301-696-3842.

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Phonathon is Coming this Fall!

When your phone rings in October or November it could be Hood College! Student callers will be connecting with alums to update you on what is happening on campus, share their individual stories and, most importantly, learn about your time at Hood. Phonathon student callers will also be asking for your financial help so the Hood experience is available for future students. We look forward to speaking with you soon and thank you!

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EverTrue

Download Hood’s Mobile Alumni Application!

Hood College’s new alumni app powered by EverTrue 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 App store or Google Play store.

Both directory and mapping features offer additional search capabilities by class year, major, athletic involvement, business industry and other options. The app also allows you to connect LinkedIn and Facebook accounts, providing enhanced profiles for alumni. It is important to note that the app’s mapping is based on business information and does not show full home addresses or live location information. To learn more about the app, check out these frequently asked questions.

Read more.

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Hood Ring Tradition

Your Support Helps Carry on the Hood Tradition

The Hood College legacy ring and scholarship program is made possible through generous donations from alumni and friends. Juniors apply annually for a legacy ring, a ring scholarship or both. The alumni executive board and committee award students with rings and scholarships based on exceptional essays, financial need and overall grade point average.

The Hood ring is one of our 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 alumoffice@hood.edu.

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Hood Alumni Travel Program––Visit Peru!

Hood Alumni Travel Program––Visit Peru!

Explore the breathtaking landscapes of Peru Feb. 12-20, 2015! From Machu Picchu to ancient Cuzco, from the colonial flair of Lima to the Incan temples of the Sacred Valley, experience the diversity of the ancient and modern cultures that have shaped the extraordinary country of Peru.

The journey is offered through the Hood alumni travel program, AHI Travel. Click here for more information and register today. Space is limited. The program is a great opportunity to visit beautiful destinations while sharing the journey with members of the Hood community.

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2015 Blue and Grey Golf Tournament

2015 Blue and Grey Golf Tournament

The golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, May 11 2015, at Musket Ridge Golf Club in Myersville, Md. We will begin with breakfast at 7:30 a.m. and shotgun start at 9 a.m. Please mark your calendars and join us!

If you are interested in participating or sponsoring next year’s tournament, please contact Suzie Smith, director of corporate relations and giving, at smithsu@hood.edu or 301-696-3708; or Dick Dull, director of the blue and grey club, at dulld@hood.edu or 301-696-3714. More information to follow.

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Alumni Mentoring Program

Alumni Mentoring Program Announced

You are invited to share your wisdom with a Hood College student and be a part of the Hood Student Mentoring Network.

  • The Hood Student Mentoring Network offers students valuable personalized guidance and support by pairing them with professional mentors who provide feedback designed to help students achieve their career goals and prepare them to begin professional job searches.
  • Mentors commit to volunteering for an academic year (September 2014-April 2015) and each are paired with one student. Mentors are expected to be in touch with the student once a month via face-to-face meetings, phone or Skype.

Contact Jill Kramer Hermes ’87, director of the career center and office of service learning at hermes@hood.edu.

Photo: Rhiannon C.M. Sneeringer ’15, Tom Marino ’15 and Sarah Tapscott ’15

 

 

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Alumni Directory Resource for Networking

Are you looking to network with other alums? Visit the alumni directory to connect with classmates and other alumni in your industry. A username and password is required to access the directory. To obtain a login, please contact Krista Schaffert ’04, director of advancement services, at 301-696-3716 or schaffert@hood.edu.

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You Can Make a Difference at Hood

You Can Make a Difference at Hood

Hood alumni make a difference. Throughout the years, alums 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 also make a difference in a student’s life. Please visit the career center and office of service learning for more information.

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We Want to Connect With You!

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