Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Special Guest Lecture

Please join us on Friday, June 8 at 2 p.m. to welcome Lynn Pasquerella, president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, as she speaks as the special guest lecturer during this year’s Reunion Weekend. Lynn has served as the president of the Association of American Colleges and Universities since July 2016. After earning degrees from Quinebaug Valley Community College, Mount Holyoke College and Brown University, in 1985 Lynn became a faculty member of the Department of Philosophy at the University of Rhode Island. Throughout her time at the University of Rhode Island, Lynn also served as the vice provost for research, the vice provost for academic affairs and dean of the graduate school. In 2008, she became the provost of the University of Hartford, and, just two years later, was appointed the 18th president of Mount Holyoke College. She currently serves as the senator and vice president of the Phi Beta Kappa Society, a member of the boards of the Lingnan Foundation and the National Humanities Alliance, and is on the advisory board of the Newman’s Own Foundation. Lynn also hosts The Academic Minute, a public radio show. Lynn has received honorary doctorates from Elizabethtown College and Bishop’s University and has extensive experience writing on the topics of medical ethics, metaphysics, public policy and the philosophy of law. Lynn’s lecture will be in the Hodson Science and Technology Center, Room 131.


125th Anniversary Oral History Project

The 125th Anniversary Committee, in conjunction with the Hood College Archives, is soliciting oral history interviews about “all things” Hood. Oral histories have never been more important; they allow us to ask new questions, they provide rich human interaction and most importantly, they give voice to stories or individuals left out of official records. Join us at our oral history booth in the Beneficial-Hodson Library during Reunion Weekend 2018! We will be conducting individual and group interviews on Thursday, June 7 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, June 8 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Saturday, June 9 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Stop by at your convenience to be interviewed. For more information, click here.  If you are not able to attend Reunion Weekend but would like to set up an interview, or if you have any questions, please contact Hood College archivist, Mary Atwell, at


Charlotte Sizoo Whitenight ’68


I earned my degree in history from Hood in 1968. In 2001, I earned a certificate from Christie’s Education in Survey of Fine and Decorative Arts, Renaissance to Present Day, and in 2003, I earned a certificate of Appraisal Studies from George Washington University. Most recently, I finished my Master of Philosophy in History and Connoisseurship, Modern and Contemporary Art at Glasgow University in 2005.

Current Position:

Happily, I retired early at 52 as a manager at the Social Security Administration. I have a part-time antique business, exhibiting at antique shows primarily in the Washington, D.C. area.

Responsibilities (What does your “typical” day look like?):

I love my life and feel so lucky! I do a lot of volunteer work in the arts—with the Baltimore Symphony Associates (the volunteer organization of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra), and as a docent at the Baltimore Museum of Art. I’ve been active in the Junior League for more years than I’d like to admit—more than 35 years! I also joined the Baltimore Women’s Giving Circle, which supports women’s and children’s organizations and projects in the Baltimore area through grant-giving. I’m also quite good at lunching with friends, seeing movies and traveling! All-in-all, I’m quite spoiled.

I am on the fundraising committee for our 50th reunion class gift with two classmate friends, Sandra Gerwin Herndon and Pamela Nicholson Neuman. This is to be an endowed scholarship and a donation to the Annual Fund. Sandy and I have been Giving Co-Chairs for the last five years, and we’re thrilled to have Pam join us. We’ve loved working with each other and catching up with other classmates.

What do you like most about your current job?

I love the social interaction that my business and volunteer activities provide. After trying various volunteer commitments that were a little more “solitary,” I realized that I need to work and share with others.

In my antique business, I primarily sell English antiques. This gives me the opportunity to fly to London two or three times a year on buying trips. I also lived in London for two academic years earning a certificate and a master’s degree in art history—both post-retirement, as a “mature” student.

Where did you live as a student?

I lived on the fourth floor of Coblenz freshman year, which, thankfully, due to the stairs, somewhat counteracted the effect of the yummy food downstairs. The next three years were spent in Memorial—it was the new dorm at the time and gorgeous!

Favorite Class and/or Professor at Hood:

I arrived at Hood not having a clue what I wanted to study or do with my life. Sophomore year I had wonderful professors for American and Russian history, making history come alive for me, and decided to become a history major. Actually, now, at the Baltimore Museum of Art, I use what I learned by putting art in historical context for student and adult visitors. In my business, I do the same with design.

What made you decide to attend Hood?

My grandmother—in the early 1900s she had friends who attended Hood and wished she could have gone also. I was always close to her and think of her often.

How did your experience at Hood influence or shape your career?

It taught me to write logically and to think critically. The analytical, writing and presentation skills I learned were probably the most important factors in my successful (and lucky) career at SSA.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Hood?

Springtime on a beautiful night, with the windows wide open, playing the Mommas and Poppas at full volume—I thought life couldn’t get any better!

Describe Hood in one word:


Define your most successful moment:

At Hood, it was graduation. I was leaving Hood confident that I could do anything, including the start of my first, permanent job two weeks afterward at the National Archives and Records Administration.

My second most successful moment was earning a masters degree after 30-plus years of “no studying and no homework!”

Advice to current students:

Take advantage of everything Hood has to offer—academically, athletically and socially. Remember to be thankful for the great education you’re receiving and friendships you’re making. Always be grateful and give back.


Well Wishes to Departing IA Staff

After 11 years of relentless dedication to Hood College, Linda Roth has departed from Hood. Linda joined Hood in October 2006 as the associate director of alumnae and alumni programs and was later promoted to senior director of alumni relations and annual giving. The Institutional Advancement Department sends our most sincere gratitude to Linda for her hard work and dedication.  We wish her the very best in her future endeavors!

Also taking her talents elsewhere is Casey Addis. Casey served as the assistant director of annual giving from July 2016 to February 2018. Casey received a master of Business Administration from the College in 2017. We wish Casey every success as she starts her next adventure as the assistant director of development at Temple University.

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Purnima Bhatt to Lecture on the African Diaspora in India

In celebration of Black History Month, Purnima Bhatt, Ph.D., professor emerita of history, anthropology and interdisciplinary studies at Hood, will deliver a lecture “The African Diaspora in India: Assimilation, Change and Cultural Survivals” on Feb. 21.

In her lecture, she will review the culture and identity of Africans brought to the Indian subcontinent for their labor and skills. Her lecture will include visual images she collected during her years of research in India.

Bhatt’s newly released book by the same name is one of the first to be published on this topic. She describes how many of the African descendants in India are members of the large Dalit community with whom they intermarried, and examines their religious rituals, music and dance to show evidence of African influences. Her work is a substantial addition to the emerging field of Indian Ocean Studies.

The lecture will begin at 6 p.m. in Whitaker Campus Center Commons, and a reception will follow.

This event is sponsored by the African American Studies program and the Office of the Provost.

Everyone is welcome!


Alumni Travel Program

Join your fellow alumni as they embark on a journey of a lifetime with our alumni travel program through AHI. Below are the 2018 trips that are currently open for registration:

England Castles, Cottages and Countryside: May 24-June 3, 2018
Stirling, Scotland: Aug. 6-14, 2018
Swiss Alps: Sept. 12-20, 2018

Below are our trips scheduled for 2019. Although they are not yet open for registration, keep a lookout for registration material in the mail.

Spain, Andalucía: April 4-12, 2019

Tuscany: May 7-15, 2019

New England Cruise: Aug. 2-10, 2019

Romance of the Douro River: Sept. 24-Oct. 5, 2019

Greece, Journeys of Discovery: Oct. 24-Nov. 1, 2019


To learn more about the alumni travel program, or to register for a 2018 journey, click here.

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Graduate School Spotlight

Ronnie Ursin, MBA’12, DNP, NEA-BC, FACHE, has been named president and CEO of Jennersville Hospital in West Grove, Pennsylvania. He began his duties Jan. 2.

When asked “Why Hood College?,” he pointed out that Hood’s MBA program offered exactly what he desired.

“The program was offered in a traditional manner, the location was suitable for my travels to and from work, and the faculty were highly regarded professionals with a vast array of experience in practice. Hood College had a very good reputation, and tuition was affordable.”

Ursin says all of his programs were exceptional and invaluable to his growth in the nursing and healthcare industry, but Hood’s MBA helped him to truly become well-rounded in health care leadership.

“The MBA gave me a much broader perspective of business knowledge related to management, economies of scale, marketing, leadership, finance, investments and more. I have been able to utilize the knowledge gained in the MBA program as a nurse leader, nonprofit board member, and now a CEO.”

Ursin has also been able to capitalize on his financial expertise to leverage growth and financial stability in his responsibilities as a hospital executive. For instance, he managed to reduce labor cost related to contracted labor by more than 90 percent in one year.

His advice to current MBA students is to stay focused and never take any MBA lesson for granted.

“Most of the concepts, including financial analysis, valuation, reporting, market analysis, project evaluation and risk management will be valuable to you in any role you acquire as an expert in business administration.”

For example, he did not fully understand the fundamentals of investments until he completed the program’s investment course. Today, he has multiple investment accounts and the knowledge to manage those accounts without paying others to do it for him. Professors are also a great resource every student should utilize. He gave special mention to Anita Jose, professor of management, who he described as instrumental in his academic success.

“Lastly, I encourage each MBA student to market and tell someone else of the quality of education received at Hood College and the MBA program.”


STEM Mentorship Program coming to Frederick: Million Women Mentors

Along with Frederick Community College, Woman to Woman Mentoring Inc., and the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, Hood College has taken an active role in bringing the Million Women Mentors movement to Frederick County. The Million Women Mentors mission is to strengthen science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) opportunities for females in the Frederick area. Frederick’s new Million Women Mentors is seeking female STEM professionals to serve as mentors for undergraduate students. The commitment for this six-month program is one meeting a month, and a call or email once a week. Among the Million Women Mentors are Hood alumnae Marjorie R. Smithhisler ’04, Sanya F. Whitaker, C’15, Vanessa S. Gress ’08, Joy Miller Beveridge ’82 and Michele Moody Snyder ’01. If you’re interested in becoming a mentor for STEM women, or would like more information about the program, please contact Tonya Hatosy-Stier.


Commemorate your legacy or Hood student with a Blazer Brick or Adirondack Chair!

Hood’s hand-made Adirondack chairs are available in two colors, blue or grey, for $500. Each chair will have a 3” x 2” gold plate with your personal message engraved and permanently affixed to the chair. The wording on the plaque is flexible. These chairs, scattered across Hood’s beautiful campus, will benefit our students, faculty, staff and other visitors.

Blazer Bricks are an additional option, which are installed in the Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey ’52 Plaza, located between Alumnae Hall and the Hodson Science and Technology Center. Thousands of students and alumni will recognize your role to help build and sustain Hood’s legacy.

Please purchase your Blazer Brick by Tuesday, March 20 for it to be installed before Commencement 2018 and Reunion Weekend 2018.

Brick pavers are available in three sizes for the following prices:
$1,000: 9” x 9” brick (5 lines, 18 spaces each)
$700: 6” x 9” brick (4 lines, 18 spaces each)
$350: 6” x 6” brick (3 lines, 15 spaces each)

Purchase an Adirondack chair and as a special promotion, you will receive 50 percent off your choice of any Blazer Brick!

Your contribution to either the Adirondack chair or Blazer Brick is 100 percent tax deductible and benefits the Hood Fund. The Hood Fund supports student scholarships, academic programs and research, extra-curricular activities, technology in the classrooms and much more.

To purchase your Blazer Brick online, please click here. For more information or to purchase your Adirondack chair, contact Brooke Winn, interim director of annual giving, at or 301-696-3717.


Hood College Charm at Colonial Jewelers

In celebration of the 125th anniversary, Colonial Jewelers, located in Downtown Frederick, is featuring Hood College in the Frederick Charm Series. These charms are available in Sterling Silver and 14k Yellow Gold. To place an order, please click here.  Please send all other inquiries to