Mike Higgs ’14, Kris Miner ’11, MBA ’13, Christina Lenane Crue ’02, President Volpe, Erin Doolittle ’03, M.S. ’11 and Liz Thompson ’08.

Recent Alumni Provide Career Advice to Students

Students and guests attended a career networking symposium and panel discussion Oct. 6 in Whitaker Campus Center. Hosted by the office of alumni relations and Catherine Filene Shouse Career Center, recent alumni panelists provided students with valuable advice on internships, their job experiences and shared the importance of their Hood education. Following the panel discussion, students had the opportunity to network with the panel at a reception and a photographer was available during the evening for students to have a professional photo to use for networking and their LinkedIn accounts.

Alumni panelists included Kris Miner ’11, MBA ’13, business banking associate relationship manager, M&T Bank; Christina Lenane Crue ’02, vice president of strategic advisory services, Witt O’Brien Company; Erin Doolittle ’03, M.S. ’11, Frederick County Public Schools Teacher of the Year 2014; Mike Higgs ’14, business development consultant at Spherion; and, Liz Thompson ’08, development communications manager, Hood College Office of Institutional Advancement.

Are you an alumna/us looking to connect with other Hood alums in your area or industry? Learn more about Hood’s new EverTrue app available to Hood alumni.

Panelist Profiles:

Kris Miner ’11, M.B.A.’13 graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in management and a minor in economics. Kris served as a graduate assistant lacrosse coach and weight room attendant at Hood and earned a Masters of Business Administration at Hood in 2013. After completing his MBA, Kris took a job in the management development program of M&T Bank in the retail branch network. Recently, Kris accepted a position as a business banking associate relationship manager with the business banking team here in Frederick.

Christina Crue ’02 graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in education from Hood College and a master of science degree in emergency health services, emergency management from University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She is also a certified emergency manager through the International Association of Emergency Managers; a master exercise practitioner; certified through the Emergency Management Institute in Emmitsburg; and a certified Homeland Security Exercise and Evaluation Program (HSEEP) Trainer. A highly experienced educator, she has presented countless preparedness courses and exercises worldwide. She is an adjunct faculty member at the University of Maryland University College, teaching emergency management and public policy and developing curriculums in emergency management exercises and evaluation. In addition, supporting the U.S. State Department, Christina managed, developed and delivered training programs to more than 14 countries.  Currently, she is the vice president at Witt O’Brien’s, a global leader in risk management, specializing in crisis management related strategic advisory services.

Erin Doolittle ’03, M.S. ’11 graduated with a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education. She returned to Hood for a master’s degree in reading specialization, graduating in January 2011. She is currently in her 12th year of teaching at Hillcrest Elementary School in Frederick. Having previously taught both first grade and kindergarten, Erin now teaches pre-K and serves as team leader and FCPS master teacher. In April of 2013, Erin was named a finalist for Frederick County Teacher of the Year.  During the 2013-2014 school year, she was a member of the Leadership Frederick County class through the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce. Currently, Erin serves as Frederick County Teacher of the Year. She was one of seven finalists for Maryland State Teacher of the Year.

Michael Higgs ’14 graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in business administration and a concentration in marketing and a minor in economics. During his time at Hood he was a member of the men’s lacrosse team, business ethics team, Chi Alpha Sigma and Delta Mu Delta. He has served as event coordinator for SPURs and SAAC, as well as being vice president of the business association. Currently, Michael is a business development consultant at Spherion. In this role Michael is responsible for bringing in new business, maintaining current client relationships, and developing additional business with current clients. Most recently he has taken full business development responsibilities for not only Maryland, but all surrounding areas in Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Elizabeth Thompson ’08 graduated with a bachelor of arts in English and philosophy. She was co-editor of Wisteria literary magazine, a member of the Ionic Society, a Christine P. Tischer scholar and served as her class commencement chair. She was recently appointed vice president of Hood’s alumni executive board, where she has served as admission chair since 2010.  She comes back to Hood from The George Washington University, where she earned a master of arts degree in English literature. Elizabeth recently joined the institutional advancement team as the development communications manager.  She is responsible for managing, producing and implementing marketing communications projects and programs to effectively reach key audiences using a variety of media formats.

Photo caption: Mike Higgs ’14, Kris Miner ’11, MBA ’13, Christina Lenane Crue ’02, President Volpe, Erin Doolittle ’03, M.S. ’11 and Liz Thompson ’08.

 

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Four-Year Undergraduate Nursing Program Added to Curriculum

Four-Year Undergraduate Nursing Program Added to Curriculum

Hood College has expanded its undergraduate degree programs to include a four-year program leading to a bachelor of science in nursing degree. President Ronald J. Volpe and members of the Hodson Trust dedicated the new nursing wing in the Hodson Science and Technology building on Thursday, Oct. 9.

Hood received approval for the BSN program in September from the Maryland Higher Education Commission, Maryland’s higher education coordinating board responsible for establishing policies for the state’s public and private colleges and universities and for-profit career schools. Registered nurses who hold an associate degree in nursing can also enroll in the BSN completion program, which began at Hood in 2011. Twenty-three students have completed the requirements to earn a BSN degree. Both programs are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing.

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Dedication of Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey ’52 Alumni Plaza

Dedication of Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey ’52 Alumni Plaza

The Hood community gathered on campus Saturday, Oct. 11 for the dedication of the Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey ’52 Alumni Plaza and Blazer Brick Promenade. The plaza is located between Alumnae Hall and the Hodson Science and Technology Center. Susan Gearey ’79 and Bruce Gearey funded the Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey ’52 Plaza to honor their mother, Jeanne.

Alumni, parents and friends have already purchased personalized brick pavers, now installed in the plaza. You, too, can be a part of the Hood legacy by ordering your Blazer Brick today. Pavers are available in three sizes. You may purchase a brick online or by printing out the brochure at www.hood.edu/bricks.

Click here to view photos from the ceremony.

Pictured (left to right): Robin and Bruce Gearey and son, Noah, Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey ’52, P’79, Susan Gearey ’79, Stephen Van Pelt and President Ronald J. Volpe.

 

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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 Oct. 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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Panel Marks 20th Anniversary of African American Studies Program

Hood College will mark the 20th anniversary of the founding of its African American studies program with a panel discussion and reception Oct. 24 in the Whitaker Campus Center.

Alumni who took courses, minored or majored in African American studies and who were involved in student governance during the past four decades will participate in the panel discussion from 4:30 to 6 p.m. They will talk about their experiences and share how the program helped prepare them for life’s challenges. A reception will follow the panel presentations. Alumni panelists include: Nina Banks ’85, economics; Aba Blankson ’99, mathematics; Tiffany Taylor Newmuis ’03, english; Alida D. Gibson ’04, M.A. ’06, C’06, psychology; Zainab Awelenje ’06, political science; Monique S. House ’09, psychology; Elizabeth Duncan Diehl, M.A.,’10, humanities; Athena Richardson ’13, history; and Alfreda Nwosu ’14, political science.

The program was established as a result of the successes of the national civil rights movement and in response to students’ request to add that field of study to the curriculum.

For more information, contact Hoda Zaki, Virginia E. Lewis Professor of Political Science, at 301-696-3697.

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MiddleEast

Lecture: Rebuilding Lives in the Middle East

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Hood Hosts One of Little Rock Nine

Hood Hosts One of Little Rock Nine

A participant in one of the most well-known and significant civil rights battles for equal education in the United States will recount her experiences Oct. 22 at 6 p.m. in the Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall at Hood College.

Carlotta Walls LaNier, author of A Mighty Long Way: My Journey to Justice at Little Rock Central High School, will share the story of her three-year journey through her tumultuous high school years during a turbulent time in civil rights history.

A question-and-answer session and book signing will follow the lecture.

In 1957, the then-14-year-old LaNier was the youngest of the Little Rock Nine, as they came to be known, to enroll in racially segregated Central High School. This act of courage and defiance became the catalyst for change in the American educational system. At that time, resistance to integration of schools was so great in Alabama that President Dwight D. Eisenhower had to send U.S. troops to protect the nine black students from the angry white mobs that followed them to school on the first days. LaNier’s years there were filled with daily harassment and exclusion by white students, and a mysterious bombing of her family’s home.

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Learning by Leading

Learning by Leading: A Global Peace Initiative

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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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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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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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Start Planning Your End-of-Year Gift

With just two months left in the 2014 calendar year, now is a great time to start planning your charitable contribution to Hood. Each month, Hood’s website features new articles and interactive features that cover estate planning topics. These helpful resources can assist in making legacy arrangements that suit your personal and financial goals.

New This Month…

If you would like to confidentially discuss your plan or are interested in making a planned gift to Hood College, contact Jaime Cacciola at the office of institutional advancement, 800-707-5280, option 7 or cacciola@hood.edu.

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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 Back in Session!

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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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 iTunes 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.

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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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2015 Blue and Grey Golf Tournament

2015 Blue and Grey Golf Tournament

The golf tournament is scheduled for 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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Hood Alumni Travel Program––Visit Peru!

Hood Alumni Travel Program––Visit Peru!

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.

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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.

If interested, please 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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We Want to Connect With You!

We Want to Connect With You!

Receive daily updates on special events and news from our social media sites.

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Facebook: www.facebook.com/HoodCollegeAlum
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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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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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