Spencer Knoll ’13, Nick Temple ’13 and Kristen Geatz ’15 are part of the cast and crew in Rockville Little Theatre’s production of Book of Days, one of the last works of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Lanford Wilson. Reminiscent of Thorton Wilder’s Our Town, Book of Days is about a small southwestern Missouri town confronted by a violent death and forced to reconsider the world and values they thought they knew. Spencer plays James Bates, an aspiring politician and the ne’er-do-well son of one of the town’s most revered figures. Nick is Reverend Bobby Groves, a young, intelligent and ambitious fundamentalist preacher. Kristen serves as the assistant stage manager and a member of the production team.
Since graduating from Hood, Spencer, Nick and Kristen have all been involved with the Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society (GGSS). Most recently, all three appeared in GGSS’ spring 2016 production of The Gondoliers. Previously, Spencer volunteered in a variety of technical roles with the group. Nick’s additional credits include Macbeth in Macbeth and Sir Lawrence Wargrave in And Then There Were None. During his time at Hood, he appeared in Hood College Theatre’s productions of Waiting for Godot, Cloud 9 and Vampire Lesbians of Sodom. Kristen also appeared as a Phantom in GGSS’ production of The Rocky Horror Show and served as assistant stage manager for Macbeth. During her time at Hood, Kristen was a proud member of the Hood College Dance Ensemble.
When asked to describe Hood in one word, you can see the love these three have for their alma mater. Spencer described Hood as engaging. “Hood gave me the opportunity to get involved with a variety of civic, social and political organizations on and off campus that have enhanced my life and career,” he said. Kristen remembered the Hood community as supportive. “The Hood community was always supportive of my goals and dreams, whether they be in the classroom, with student groups, or with my future career.” Nick called Hood home. “For four great years, Hood was home quite literally. Now, every trip back is a homecoming; a return to the place so critical to who I am today.”
Check out their performance in Book of Days in Rockville, Md., beginning on May 5 at 8 p.m. Click here for a list of all performance dates and ticket information.
Saturday, April 29
Noon -3 p.m.
Nicodemus Athletic Complex
As a thank you for your support, enjoy a fun afternoon with fellow classmates, Blue & Grey Club members and friends. If you have made a $25 gift or more to the Hood Fund this fiscal year (beginning July 1, 2016), we hope to see you at the picnic! If you have not, please make your gift and join us for a day of food, beer, wine and music!
A minimum gift of $25 is required to attend the picnic and gifts can be made at the event. By supporting the Hood Fund, you are inspiring today’s students and the future of Hood College. Contributions provide scholarships, financial aid, support for academic and athletic programs and much more.
Before, during and after the picnic, cheer on our alumni athletes as they compete against each other for bragging rights on the Thomas Athletic Field. Tentative game times are from 9:30 a.m.-6p.m and include field hockey, men’s and women’s soccer and men’s and women’s lacrosse. Hood’s men’s lacrosse team will be playing their senior game at noon against Arcadia University.
RSVP to Casey Addis, assistant director of annual giving, at email@example.com or 301-696-3714.
May 20 and May 21
Noon – 5 p.m.
Culler Lake in Baker Park
Hood College’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies (CCWS) and the Friends of Baker Park are excited to announce the NEW 2017 Green Neighbor Festival, scheduled for May 20 and 21! Formerly the Green Neighbor Forum, the two-day festival will be promoting environmental sustainability and “green” practices to protect land, water and energy resources. Held in conjunction with Celebrate Frederick’s Behind the Garden Gates Tour, the festival will be located around Baker Park’s Culler Lake and will feature an educational walking tour of the newly restored lake structures, eco-friendly vendors, family-friendly activities, a tree tour, a fish release and more!
Click here for additional information, such as vendor applications or sponsorship opportunities.
Commencement will be held on the residential quadrangle Saturday, May 20 at 10 a.m. This year’s undergraduate speaker is former policy director to First Lady Michelle Obama, Krishanti Vignarajah. At the White House, Vignarajah led the Let Girls Learn initiative, which brings together a number of government agencies to address the range of challenges preventing adolescent girls from attaining a quality education. She currently serves as founder and CEO of Generation Impact, a company that helps nonprofits and advocacy organizations achieve sustainable impact.
The graduate commencement will be held on May 20 at 3 p.m. on the residential quadrangle. Cherian Thomas, MBA ’12, chairman and CEO of Spotluck, Inc., will be this year’s graduate commencement speaker. Thomas took Spotluck from a Georgetown University master’s deliverable to a monetized business currently ranked as the No. 1 dining app on the iTunes App Store. The Spotluck mobile platform provides real-time incentives to the best local restaurants in the community.
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Reunion is right around the corner and we look forward to seeing alumni and friends in June! Join classmates from years 1937, 1942, 1947, 1952, 1957, 1962, 1967, 1972, 1977, 1982, 1987, 1992, 1997, 2002, 2007 and 2012 on campus for fun events such as campus tours, Alumni College Sessions, Friday Night All Class Maryland-fare Picnic, Saturday Night Class Dinners and the traditional Strawberry Breakfast! All alumni are welcome to attend. Click here to register for the weekend and view an event schedule.
The RSVP date is Friday, May 26. Please make sure to register and join the fun with the other honored classes. We hope to see you then! For questions, please call the Office of Alumni Relations at 301-696-3900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photo credit: Ellen Byrne
Hood College and Frederick Memorial Hospital are partnering on a resource garden to grow produce for local Frederick families, veterans and senior citizens in need.
The groundbreaking for the garden was held April 19 at the corner of Park Avenue and Hood Alley. There are 14 small sub-plots in the garden, equally split between Hood and FMH, and a pollinator strip of native flowers. Hood College Alumni have banded together to cultivate one of the plots. Please contact Ashley Rose Bennett ’14 to get involved.
Attending the ceremony were Hood College President Andrea Chapdelaine and FMH Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer John Verbus and several Frederick nonprofit representatives, including Frederick Master Gardeners, Frederick Beekeepers Association, BeeConnection, Key City Compost, Seed of Life and Ernst Seed Co. Seeds; and gardening supplies have been donated by Brightview and Ernst Seed Co.
Hood Graduate School alumni in various career fields recently volunteered to become panelists over a six-week period to share their career tips with current graduate students. The panels were divided by the following programs: international panel; environmental biology; bioinformatics/biomedical science; business administration/management of information technology; and computer science/information technology/MIT.
The panelists provided helpful tips and discussed their job search experience with current students. Attendees had the opportunity to ask the panelists additional questions to gain further insight. It was a great experience for current graduate students to connect with alumni in their specific industry.
Thank you to the following alumni panelists:
Larbi Bricha M.S.’17
Bukola Raji M.S.’16, C’17
Daniel Watson M.S.’16, C’16
Gordon Michael Selckmann M.S.’16
Evelyn Michael M.S.’14, C’14
Curtis Rogers M.S.’17
Mary Frances Kearney ’96, M.S.’01
James Spencer M.S.’16
Yael Guillaume Elden ’08, MBA’12
Aaron Vittini M.B.A.’15
Kelsey Blackwell Roberts ’11, M.B.A.’13
Chris Neto M.S.’16, C’16
Deepti Agrawal MBA’15
Kenneth May M.S.’14, C’14
Rania Radwan M.S.’11
Sai Kiran Chowdhary Mandava M.S.’16
Seth Kress M.S.’14