Vanessa Ortiz ’03

Stay Connected with the Office of Alumni Relations

The office of alumni relations and special events hosts gatherings for Hood alumni and friends to network and stay informed about their alma mater. The goal is to keep you connected to the College and to deliver information on happenings around the country.

Photo: Vanessa Ortiz ’03

Upcoming events:

Blue and Grey Golf Tournament­–May 12
Join us for Hood’s annual golf tournament at Holly Hills Country Club. Registration and breakfast begin at 7 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m.

Commencement–May 17
The undergraduate ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Commencement Speaker Claire Shipman will address the graduates. Claire is an American television journalist and is currently the senior national correspondent for the ABC program Good Morning America.

The graduate ceremony starts at 3 p.m. The Commencement speaker is Keith R. Harris, Ed.D., M.S.’99 director of schools for Frederick County Public Schools and program coordinator and adjunct graduate faculty at Hood College.

Marlene Grossnickle Young ’76, P’09 will receive an honorary doctorate for sharing her time, talents and treasures with the College and for providing exceptional leadership to the Frederick community and beyond.

Recent Alumni Happy Hour–May 22
Join the classes of 2000-2013 for a casual happy hour at The Cellar Door Restaurant & Lounge in downtown Frederick May 22 from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Reunion Weekend–June 6-8
Return to campus and reconnect with classmates during Reunion Weekend. Please join the classes of 1934, 1939, 1944, 1949, 1954, 1959, 1964, 1969, 1974, 1979, 1984, 1989, 1994, 1999, 2004 and 2009 for a fun weekend!

Homecoming Festival–October 25
Save the date for the annual festival Saturday, October 25, from noon to 3:30 p.m., on the campus residential quad. More information to follow.

Click here for additional event information. Please check this page often for upcoming events.

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Alumnus Appointee to Obama Administration

President Obama intends to nominate Dean A. Reuter ’83, J.D. to an administration post. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Corporation for National and Community Service and is vice president and director of practice groups of the Federalist Society for Law and Public Policy Studies. He previously served as counsel to the inspector general of the Corporation for National and Community Service and was the student division director of the Federalist Society.

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Christine Brown Sheffer ’85

Alumna New Superintendent of Children’s Center

Christine Brown Sheffer ’85 has been appointed as Mary Cariola Children’s Center’s new superintendent and director of school programs in Rochester, N.Y. She has worked as a preschool teacher, trainer, recruiter and director of preschool services. Sheffer will be responsible for the administration, staff development, quality and fiscal performances as well as the day-to-day operations for Mary Cariola’s preschool and school-age programs.

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Recent Alumni Challenge

Recent Alumni Trustee Challenge

The third annual recent alumni trustee challenge kicks off today, April 15! If 25 classmates from each recent alumni class (2004-2013) donate to the Hood Fund, members of the Hood College Board of Trustees will donate $25,000 to Hood.

The challenge ends June 9! The power of giving can Make a Difference for YOU and Hood College. We hope you will help us achieve this goal of 25 donors from each class.

In celebration of the challenge, a recent alumni happy hour will be held on May 22 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at The Cellar Door in Frederick.

Click here to make your gift to the challenge.

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March on Frederick

March on Frederick––save the date!

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Alumni Happy Hour in Baltimore

Alumni Happy Hour in Baltimore

Area alumni and friends joined Nancy Gillece ’81, vice president for institutional advancement, at SoBo Café in Baltimore on April 9 for a happy hour hosted by café owner and Hood alumna, Anna Leventis ’87. Alums and guests enjoyed networking and reconnecting at the contemporary and cozy café on Federal Hill.

Photo: Jacki Resop Amato ’95 and Jen Barbieri ’98.

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Alumnus Dedicated Meteorologist at WeatherBug

Meteorologist and Hood alumnus James West is committed to keeping track of the weather at WeatherBug in Germantown. WeatherBug, an Internet weather service, collects and distributes current weather conditions and forecasts from around the world from its Germantown offices. He is also the editorial content editor for WeatherBug and has worked in the Netherlands predicting the weather for workers on oil rigs and ships. His inspiration to be a meteorologist stemmed from an earth science teacher at his high school.

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Blazer Bricks

Hood College Blazer Bricks

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!

Thousands of students and alumni will recognize your role in helping to build and sustain our legacy.

Brick pavers are available in three sizes. You can purchase a brick online or print out and return the form included in the brochure at www.hood.edu/bricks. The website also contains ideas on how you can commemorate Hood as well as pricing options and inscription information for each of the three brick sizes.

Start now by visiting the website at www.hood.edu/bricks to learn more!

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Suzanne Carreker ’76, Ph.D., CALT-QI

Alumna Named Secretary of International Dyslexia Association

Hood alumna, Suzanne Carreker ’76, Ph.D., CALT-QI, has been named secretary of The International Dyslexia Association board of directors.  Carreker, senior vice president of Innovative Solutions at the Neuhaus Education Center in Bellaire, Texas, is an author and noted scholar in the area of reading. She is a certified dyslexia therapist and qualified instructor who earned her doctorate from Texas A&M University. She also holds a master of science degree from Texas A&M.

A past president of the Houston branch of IDA, Carreker is a frequent speaker at national and international conferences. She has authored numerous literacy-related curricula, journal articles and textbook chapters. Her most recognized work is Multisensory Teaching of Basic Language Skills Activity Book, co-authored with Judith R. Birsh.

For additional information please visit www.interdys.org.

Photo: Suzanne Carreker ’76, Ph.D., CALT-QI

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Afternoon Panel with Peace Corps Volunteers

The Office of Alumni Relations and Catherine Filene Shouse Career Center is hosting a Peace Corps panel and reception April 24 from 3-5 p.m. in Whitaker Campus Center Commons. Former and current Peace Corps volunteers and those interested in learning more about the organization are invited to attend. Hear from six alumni panelists who will share their experiences as a volunteer in different countries. Panelists include: Jamie Bussey ’08 (West Africa); Mary Beth Molin ’04 (Senegal); Pamela Pratt ’10 (Senegal); Nicole Hewitt ’00 (Bolivia); Barbara Rose ’73 (Ethiopia); and Rachel Kavanagh ’96 (Philippines).

For more information, contact Yvette Webster, community service coordinator, at 301-696-3583. Refreshments will be provided.

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Alumna Returns to Hood for Research Seminar

Erin Goley ’98, Ph.D., assistant professor of biological chemistry at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, returned to campus in March to provide students with a seminar on how bacterial cells grow and divide.

Goley’s laboratory is researching how proteins within the cell determine when, where and how the bacterial cell wall is built. The wall is critical for bacterial cell survival and some of our best antibiotics, such as penicillin, target the cell wall machinery. Goley’s laboratory recently discovered a new mechanism for regulating how the cell wall is built.

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Bonita Springs Alumni Luncheon

Bonita Springs Alumni Luncheon

President Ronald J. Volpe, Nancy Gillece ’81, vice president for institutional advancement,   alumni and friends enjoyed a champagne luncheon Thursday, March 13 at the beautiful Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort in Bonita Springs, Fla. Alums reminisced about their time as Hood students and connected with other alumni and guests. President Volpe updated everyone on the wonderful things happening at Hood College and provided a presentation titled, “Future Forward: Hood 2020.”

Photo: Second row (left to right): Connie Chickerella; Sheri Flory, Betty Daupenspeck Carl ’44; Mary Ellen Weir Peter ’47; Clair Mckinney; Jack Mckinney; John Flory; Jacke McCurdy ’55; Ruth McKean Jacob ’51; Hugh Jacob; Jean Allan; Peg Lewis Christensen ’52; Dave Allan; Barbara Yeakle Robinson ’54; Linda Allan ’70; Joan Esselen Foot ’69; Nancy Gillece ’81; Buck Foot; and Ron Robinson. First row (left to right): Don Davis; President Volpe; Carol Horwath Klecka ’58; and Joan Bennett Moran ’58.  

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Graduate Alumna Author of Bereavement Book

Alumna Heather Stang M.A.’10, C’09 published her first book, Mindfulness & Grief, which helps individuals navigate the pain of bereavement. She guides the reader through the transition of loss with an eight-week program that incorporates meditation, yoga, journaling and creative expression. The book helps readers recognize the physical and emotional symptoms of stress and grief, and forge a path to wellness.

Stang is a certified yoga therapy practitioner, meditation instructor and bereavement group facilitator.

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Blue and Grey Golf Tournament

Blue and Grey Golf Tournament

Join us for Hood’s annual golf tournament at Holly Hills Country Club! Registration and breakfast begin at 7 a.m., followed by a shotgun start at 8:30 a.m. Proceeds from this tournament will assist the College in ensuring that student-athletes have the opportunity to reach the highest levels of performance through quality training and playing facilities, outstanding coaching and a high level of academic support. New this year, Dr. Cassie Dougherty, licensed chiropractor and physical therapist, will be available starting at 7 a.m. to provide players with care and treatment during the tournament.

Registration is $200 for an individual golfer and $750 for a foursome. The registration fee includes cart and green fees, all food and beverages throughout the day—including continental breakfast—beverage cart, lunch, range balls and access to the practice green. Entry fees also include the putting contest, longest ball contest, prizes and a complimentary golf shirt.

Click here to view the brochure with information on sponsorship levels and instructions on how to register. For more information or questions, contact Dick Dull, director of the Blue and Grey Club, at dulld@hood.edu or 301-696-3714; or Linda Roth, senior director of alumni relations and annual giving, at roth@hood.edu or 301-696-3919. Participants must submit the registration form and payment by Friday, May 2 to Hood College Office of Institutional Advancement, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701.

Join us for a day of fun, recreation and networking!

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Alumni Tour and Reception in Bethlehem, Pa.

Alumni and guests joined Nancy Gillece ’81, vice president for institutional advancement on April 13 for a tour of the Kemerer Museum of Decorative Arts and reception at the Historic Hotel in Bethlehem, Pa. The museum is located in three interconnected mid-1800 homes featuring exhibits, period rooms and galleries highlighting furniture, china and much more over three centuries of art. In between the tour and reception, guests explored historic sites, galleries and shops around town.

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Discover the Tax Benefits of Creating a Planned Gift

Many planned gifts provide tax benefits to you and your family in addition to achieving your philanthropic wishes. Tax season is an excellent time to explore Hood College’s planned giving options to start preparing for the future.

Visit the planned giving section of our website by clicking here. If you would like to confidentially discuss your plan, contact Jaime Cacciola at the Office of Institutional Advancement, 800-707-5280, option 7, or cacciola@hood.edu.

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Reunion Award Recipients for 2014

Congratulations to the following recipients who will receive their awards during the Reunion Weekend luncheon Saturday, June 7. Carolyn “Kip” Cantagalli Dumaresq, Ed.D. ’69 and Mary Jo Sottile Manning, J.D. ’64, Distinguished Alumna Award; and Chanda T. Gilmore ’04 and Michelle B. Donati-Grayman ’04, Outstanding Recent Alumna Award.

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Reunion Weekend 2014

Reunion Weekend is Almost Here!

Reunion is right around the corner and you don’t want to miss the celebration with your classmates. The office of alumni relations has scheduled events for you to enjoy throughout the weekend. Click here to view additional reunion information and the schedule of events.

Update on Saturday Evening All-Class Dinner Party: The all-class dinner party in Coblentz Dining Room will be Saturday, June 7 at 6:30 p.m. New this year, Hood will not be hosting individual class dinners (except for the class of 1964 celebrating their 50th reunion). All classes will dine together on campus and have designated class-year seating. Dinner will start at 6:30 p.m. with light music, followed by dancing from 8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. During the evening, the Seminar Room located in the lower level of Coblentz will also be available to enjoy more intimate conversations with your classmates.

Registration materials have been mailed. Please fill out and submit your form by Wednesday, May 21 or register online at www.hood.edu/reunion. If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the office of alumni relations at 301-696-3900 or at alumoffice@hood.edu.

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Alumnus Author of Great Footrace Across America

Alumnus Author of Great Footrace Across America

Alumnus Charles B. Kastner, M.S.’93 is author of The 1929 Bunion Derby: Johnny Salo and the Great Footrace Across America. In 1929, 77 men began a 3,554-mile footrace across America that pushed their bodies to the breaking point. The race was nicknamed the “Bunion Derby” by the press. The men averaged 46 miles a day during 78 days of nonstop racing that took them from New York City to Los Angeles. For more information on Kastner’s book, please visit www.CharlesKastner.com.

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William Henry Sprigg Jr.

Longtime Hood Professor of Music Dies

William Henry Sprigg Jr., professor emeritus of music, passed away on April 3 in Frederick. After retiring as professor of organ and theory, he served as chairperson of the department for 12 years. He was instrumental in restoring Brodbeck Music Hall and designed the Coblentz Memorial Organ in Coffman Chapel. An organ scholarship is established at Hood College in his honor.

 

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Alumna Publishes Collection of Literature

Elizabeth S. Yuster, M.S. ’93 recently published Nature in My Soul, a collection of poems and essays of her feelings dating from the 1980s to the present. The book may be purchased from Amazon. Yuster earned her master’s degree in environmental biology from Hood and is a nature lover by heart.

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The Blue and Grey Club

Join the Blue and Grey Club for a Spring Social––April 26!

Please join President Volpe, Blue and Grey Club director Dick Dull and fellow club members for a spring social in the Cohen Hospitality Room in the Hood Athletic Center from noon to 4 p.m. Tennis, lacrosse and softball games will be played at noon and 1 p.m.. Complimentary refreshments will be served.

During the afternoon, be sure to head to the athletic fields to cheer on the Blazers! The men’s and women’s tennis teams will play against Albright College at noon, followed by men’s lacrosse against Albright at 1 p.m. and women’s softball against Arcadia University at 1 p.m.

Do you know someone who may be interested in learning more about the Blue and Grey Club? All guests are welcome to attend!

Please RSVP by April 23 to dulld@hood.edu or 301-696-3714.

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Alumni Volleyball Scrimmage

Alumni Volleyball Scrimmage

Hood College varsity volleyball alumni are invited to participate in the annual scrimmage against the spring 2014 volleyball team April 26 from 10 a.m. to noon in Hood’s BB&T Arena.

If you are interested in participating, please RSVP by April 19 to Ellen Faaleolea, head volleyball coach, at faaleolea@hood.edu or 703-727-9267.

Show your support and cheer on the volleyball teams! We hope to see you there.

Photo: Amy Hagerdon ’14

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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 admissions 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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