This special season provides an opportunity to reflect on our many blessings. This year, I am particularly grateful for the 14 years I have spent at Hood College as president. Your generosity has provided me the opportunity to lead this treasured institution and to prepare the College for an even brighter future. For this and so much more, I thank you. I hope I have the opportunity prior to my departure next June to personally thank you for your generous and ongoing support of Hood.
From the Hood family to your family, may you be blessed with peace, joy, love and happiness during this holiday season and beyond.
Ronald J. Volpe, Ph.D.
Photo caption: The image above was created in part from artwork by students in Gary Cuddington’s color theory class.
Last week, the Hodson Trust presented President Ronald J. Volpe, Ph.D., with a $2.5 million gift at its annual board of directors meeting in Baltimore. The funds will go toward academic initiatives, facilities renovation, faculty and student research and student scholarships.
For the first time since the trust began supporting the College in 1936, a portion of this year’s award will be directed toward full-tuition scholarships—worth $136,480 each over four years—for 15 students from Frederick, Carroll and Washington counties. These top scholars will be required to maintain a 3.75 out of 4.0 overall grade point average to retain the scholarships. If the initiative is successful, the trust has committed to continuing to fund these scholarships in future years.
Also included in this year’s gift is $500,000 for the renovation of Tatem Arts Center and upgrades to the Hodson Science and Technology Center; $250,000 for the College’s nursing program; $250,000 for faculty and student research; and $1 million for the Hodson Trust Scholarship Endowment for student scholarships.
The trust, from which the College has received more than $80 million since 1936, was established by Col. Clarence Hodson in 1920. Hood College would not be what it is today without the extraordinary generosity of Col. and Mrs. Hodson and the Hodson Trustees.
Now is the time to give to Hood! Your gift has an immediate impact and benefits every Hood student, every day. Make your gift by December 31, 2014 to receive year-end tax benefits.
Hood College was recently recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2014-2016 for its innovative use of iPads and the application of technology in classrooms across nearly every discipline.
The Apple Distinguished School designation is reserved for programs that meet criteria for innovation, leadership and educational excellence, and demonstrate a clear vision of exemplary learning environments.
Are you looking for a new job or want to explore volunteer opportunities? Join the Catherine Filene Shouse Career Center and Office of Service Learning and students for a career and internship fair on Wednesday, Feb. 11 from 2-5 p.m. at the Whitaker Campus Center Commons.
Professional attire and résumés required. Please RSVP by Monday, Feb. 9 to email@example.com.
Photo caption: Doug Raftery ’12 of the Frederick Keys shares networking tips with students at a recent career center event.
Join us for the 2015 Blue and Grey Golf Tournament on May 11 at Musket Ridge Golf Club in Myersville! Participation in this event helps provide academic and athletic opportunities for young women and men at Hood College. Registration and breakfast will begin at 7:30 a.m., followed by the shotgun start at 9 a.m. Lunch and awards will be held at 1:30 p.m.
The entry fee to participate is $750 for a foursome and $200 for an individual. Registration includes cart and green fees; food and beverages throughout the day including breakfast, lunch and beverage cart; and range balls and practice green. The awards ceremony includes the Linda Berkheimer Ladies Championship trophy and complimentary duffle bag and additional gifts.
Please join us for a memorable day of fun and networking as we celebrate Ronald J. Volpe’s final year as president of Hood College. To register, please click here to print the form and mail to Hood College, Office of Institutional Advancement, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701. For more information or questions, please contact Suzie Smith, director of corporate relations and giving at 301-696-3708 or 800-707-5280, option 2, or contact Richard Dull, director of the Blue and Grey Club at 301-696-3714 or 800-707-5280, option 2. The registration deadline is May 1.
A law enforcement professional with more than a decade of experience in campus safety and security at two universities has been named Hood College’s director of campus safety.
Thurmond L. Maynard II leads the campus’ 28-member full- and part-time security officers and on-call communication center employees. He came to Hood from Trinity Washington University, where he most recently served as a captain in the college’s department of public safety. He has been at Trinity since 2006, and at The Catholic University of America for four years prior to that.
On December 8, Hood’s music department hosted a special birthday celebration for our friend Ardine Gorden following the annual honors recital held in Brodbeck Music Hall. Mr. Gorden is a strong supporter of music programs at Hood and provides funding for music scholarships, two music prizes and bi-annual concerts. All of the students who performed in the honors recital are recipients of Mr. Gorden’s scholarship. His philanthropy is inspired by his late wife Phyllis, who was an avid lover of music and a talented violinist. Mr. Gorden himself has recently taken up playing the violin.
Photo caption (left to right): Mr. Ardine Gorden and Wayne Wold, associate professor of music, college organist, and chair of department.
Explore the breathtaking landscapes of Peru Feb. 19-27, 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.
The Hood College office of alumni relations and the athletic department are proud to announce the 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame inductees, who will represent the seventh class of honorees to earn this prestigious distinction.
The 2015 Athletic Hall of Fame brunch and induction ceremony will take place Saturday, Jan. 17, 2015, at 11 a.m. at the Coblentz Dining Room. The honorees include: Danielle Allen ’05, women’s basketball; Darnell Edmonds ’07, men’s basketball; Kathie Jackovitz Harrington ’79, women’s basketball and lacrosse; Thomas Noonan ’08, MBA ’11, men’s soccer; Jessica Parrish ’09, track and field, women’s soccer and women’s basketball; Laura Pitts ’06, women’s soccer and women’s lacrosse; Gib Romaine, former athletic director; and Danielle Sgro ’09, cross country and track and field.
Profiles of the inductees—a new one each week—will be posted on Hood’s athletic website, www.hoodathletics.com. For more information on the Athletic Hall of Fame, please contact the office of alumni relations at 301-696-3900 or the athletic department at 301-696-3978.
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 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.
We have recently seen a strong stock market. In fact, it has been a bull market for five years now. In these times, donating appreciated capital assets provides a great tax savings for you and alsohelps support Hood College. For instructions on how to make a gift of securities, please visit: http://www.hood.edu/securities/.
If you are over the age of 70½, one effective way to give to Hood is through an IRA Charitable Rollover. Now that the elections are over, it is widely expected that congress will approve the IRA Charitable Rollover retroactively before the end of the year. If so, donations up to $100,000 made through an IRA rollover will be tax-free.
Be sure to contact your financial adviser to find out what type of gift is right for you. For assistance, please contact Jaime Cacciola, director of major gifts and gift planning, at 800-707-5280, option 7; 301-696-3828; or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or call 301-696-3842.
Are you looking for a job in the new year? Want to reconnect with old friends for the holidays? 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 is 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.
If interested, please contact Jill Kramer Hermes ’87, director of the career center and office of service learning, at email@example.com.
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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.