Happy Holidays!

President Chapdelaine’s Holiday Message

Dear Friends,

The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to remember all of those in the Hood family.  I am deeply grateful for your support, which allows us to provide a vibrant living and learning community for our students.

May the joy of the season be with you and your families and loved ones throughout the year.  I wish you peace, joy and blessings.


Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.

Susan Buckley

Alumni Q&A: Susan Buckley ’09

Current position:
Technical Director at CBSN

I’m involved in meetings to discuss news team coverage, which guests will be on set, pre-taped sessions and automated codes that run the format of the show. I’ve worked with many high-profile people including CBS’s Scott Pelley, Bob Schieffer and Josh Elliott. I also met Bernie Sanders earlier this year when he was campaigning in New York City.

Communication Arts

Where did you live as a student?

Favorite Class at Hood:
My favorite class was “Television in America,” taught by Donna Bertazzoni. She always made it interesting and fun, never too stressful. The class revolved around current events in broadcast news and advertising campaign analysis. I also took “Psychology of Death and Dying,” taught by Dana Cable. This class in particular had nothing to do with my major, but I needed a filler class during my senior year. Dr. Cable and the class proved to have a lasting impression—I remember telling my mom that if I had taken this particular thanatology class my first year in college, I probably would have ended up a psychology major.

What made you decide to attend Hood:
I transferred to Hood from Frostburg State University. It was close to home, and I was able to save money by living at home and commuting.

How did your experience at Hood influence or shape your career today?
I didn’t push myself as hard as I should have at Hood. I wasn’t involved in extracurriculars like the newspaper or radio. Now, looking back, I realize I probably should have. But I think because I didn’t get involved, it pushed me harder once I was out on my own professionally with not a whole lot under my belt. I was a sports intern at 25 WHAG in Hagerstown and then in Baltimore for the NBC news station. I realized through these internships I didn’t necessarily feel comfortable in front of the cameras. It was then that I moved to working behind the scenes on the production side of broadcast.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Hood?
My fondest memory includes the annual crab feast. I taught many out-of-staters how to properly pick Maryland crabs.

Describe Hood in one word:
Intimate—once I was in the upper-level classes in my major, the classes were eight, nine, or 10 people. We were all in it together, and you really got to know your peers and your professors— something nearly impossible at larger colleges.

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
Immediately following graduation, I went back to Hood in an attempt to complete a minor in graphic design. During this time, I picked up a job at Frederick City Mayor Randy McClement’s bagel shop, Market Bagel and Deli. I absolutely loved the job and enjoyed working with him. I worked in the middle of the night baking bagels. After the bagel shop, I worked in Washington, D.C., for my current employer, CBS. Then I made the transition to CBSN shortly thereafter.

Define your most successful moment:
My most successful moment was when I was nominated for an Emmy during my time working in Washington, D.C. The award was for a town hall for candidates running for mayor, hosted by the station.  

Where do you see yourself in five years?
This year, I went on a six-day mission trip in the Dominican Republic. I’m beginning to think about aligning my love for broadcast with a philanthropic cause. I went with a team to El Cercado to do anything the village needed help with, which included planting avocado trees and visiting an orphanage, that doubled as an infirmary, to play with the children. I’m very interested in one day possibly pursuing a career with an organization that is more cause-oriented.



Martz-Fisher Appointed to Frederick County Circuit Court

Recently, Governor Larry Hogan announced the appointment of Julia Martz-Fisher ’92 to the Circuit Court for Frederick County. Julia practices with the firm Martz and Fisher, where she has been partner since 2009. Prior to being named partner, she served as an associate at variations of the same firm from 1999 to 2009 and as a law clerk for Circuit Court for Frederick County Judge G. Edward Dwyer Jr. from 1998 to 1999.

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Nilah Magruder

Alumni Q&A: Nilah Magruder ’05

Current position:
Storyboard Revisionist, Disney Television Animation

Working with the story directors on an animated series to revise storyboards for each episode.

Communications Arts

Where did you live as a student:
Memorial Hall

Favorite class you took at Hood?
Life of Birds

How did your experience at Hood influence or shape your career today?
My relationships at Hood and my major taught me a lot about the importance of communication theory and how it relates both to work and art.

What made you decide to attend Hood?
It was my mom’s suggestion. She met a young woman who had graduated from Hood. My mother was very impressed with her poise and professionalism and said I should apply.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Hood?
Hanging out with my friends around campus on snow days. Though, no matter what time of year, there was something cozy and reassuring about life at Hood.

Describe Hood in one word:

What did you do in the year immediately after graduating?
I traveled—spent a month in South Korea, visited my sister in New Mexico, went to Disney World with my mother and nieces. I continued my college job freelance writing for The Gazette (Frederick). I later picked up another part-time job editing wedding videos.

Define your most successful moment or experience.
I have many great memories! But most recently, I published a picture book.

Advice to current Hood students?
Work hard, but don’t let your studies consume you. Make time to experience life, friends and Frederick.


Hood Partners with FCPS for Vanguard Teacher Program

Hood College has begun a partnership with the Frederick County Public School System to offer a leadership development program intended to grow teacher skills in the area of blended learning and to provide teachers with the opportunity to earn graduate credit.

The Vanguard Teacher Program aims to develop competency-based, teacher leadership in public school across the county. Hood will provide nine credits of course work in three classes that complement the objectives and goals of the Vanguard Program.

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Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies Receives Grant

The Hood College Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies has been awarded a $214,000 grant for a three-year pilot education program in Frederick County Public Schools.

The program is called “Project STEM: Schoolyard Thermal Evaluation and Mitigation” and will employ schoolyards as sites to monitor and assess the impacts of thermal pollution on local stream health. The grant was made by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Bay-Watershed Education and Training program (NOAA B-WET).

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You Inspire Us to Ring in a Bright New Year

The Hood Fund provides students with scholarships, financial aid and research and learning opportunities with faculty. It enriches the overall campus experience through internships, campus activities and study abroad programs.

During this special time of year, as you think about how you might give to others, we hope you will consider a gift to the Hood Fund. Your gift inspires a brighter future!

To receive 2016 tax benefits, credit card gifts must be processed by December 31, 2016.