Two weeks ago, over 400 alumnae, alumni and friends returned to Hood for Reunion Weekend. The weekend was filled with fond memories, renewed friendships and optimism for the future. As the class of 1968 celebrated their 50th reunion, they remembered the challenges of that year and the issues facing our nation. They shared stories about Katherine Graham, the commencement speaker, and remembered her words of wisdom. Last month, Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden addressed the class of 2018 and urged them to honor the founders of their alma mater, particularly meaningful as we celebrate the College’s 125th anniversary.
May I invite you to join Dr. Hayden in honoring Hood with a gift to the College? Please join in and show your support with a contribution before June 30, the end of the fiscal year. Each gift demonstrates confidence in the College and will support the continued commitment to preparing women and men for lives of responsibility and leadership. Thank you for your loyalty!
Hood alumni from the classes of 1938 through 2013 celebrated and reconnected during Reunion Weekend, June 8-10. Alumni and their families from around the country visited campus to enjoy a variety of events, including a special guest lecture from president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Lynn Pasquerella, Ph.D., a Friday night all-class BBQ picnic, a Saturday night Maryland-fare dinner and the traditional strawberry breakfast! In addition, guests enjoyed an update on the College by Hood’s 11th President, Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D. The weekend concluded with a chapel service led by the class of 1968.
Attendees were eager to share stories with classmates unable to attend. Many were already making plans for their next reunion in 2023.
Reunion 2019 is scheduled for June 7-9. All alumni are invited to attend, and the classes with years ending in a four or a nine from 1939 to 2014 will share in the special celebration along with the 50th reunion class of 1969.
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Brad M. Goodman M.S.’16, C’16, an alumnus of Hood College’s Master’s in Environmental Biology program, works for the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) in Washington, DC as a project coordinator of program operations. According to Brad, the most exciting part about the job is supporting a project from the very beginning, knowing the work being done both inside and out, and as conditions – financial, timeline, or otherwise – change, understanding how WWF goes about addressing challenges while still meeting grant requirements and conservation goals.
Brad believes the knowledge he received at Hood was quite current. “This is especially true regarding the food industry and our eating habits, and how they contribute to environmental issues and climate change.” WWF is especially interested in trying to transform markets by attacking the issues from multiple angles – consumer, corporate, and government.
When asked “Why Hood College?” Brad replied: “I chose the environmental biology program at Hood because it is a very flexible program. It is also the only one I could find in the Mid-Atlantic that accepted students who didn’t have a major in science, or who were looking to change careers.” Hood’s location close to Washington, DC and to home in Delaware also helped Brad make his decision. His master’s degree helped him understand the projects being done with WWF and showed his long-term commitment to conservation and sustainable development, which in the end contributed toward landing his current job.
Tuition alone does not cover the cost of a Hood College education. Every student at Hood benefits from an experience that would not be possible without support from alumni and friends.
Hood has remained true to her motto inscribed 125 years ago on the College seal: Corde, et mente, et manu – with heart and mind and hand. With your gift we can continue Margaret Scholl Hood’s tradition of giving back to the heart of Hood, investing in the minds of future Hood graduates and ensuring all students have hands-on learning opportunities to lead lives of responsibility, leadership, service, and civic engagement.
Make your gift to the Hood Fund before June 30, the end of the fiscal year, to be counted in your class totals. For questions or more information, please contact Brooke Winn, interim director of annual giving, at email@example.com or 301-696-3717.