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.
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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.