Reunion Weekend 2017

Reunion Weekend 2017

Hood alumni from the Classes of 1937 through 2012 celebrated and reconnected during Reunion Weekend, June 9-11. Alumni and their families from around the country visited campus to enjoy a variety of events, including alumni college sessions, a Friday night all-class Maryland-fare picnic, a Saturday night 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 1967.

Attendees were eager to share stories with classmates unable to attend. Many were already making plans for their next reunion in 2022.

Reunion 2018 is scheduled for June 8-10. All alumni are invited to attend, and the classes in which years end in a three or an eight from 1938 to 2013 will share in the special celebration along with the 50th reunion Class of 1968.

Click here to view photos from the weekend.

Alumni Q&A: Douglas R. Raftery ’12

Alumni Q&A: Douglas R. Raftery ’12

Current Position:
Senior Director of Corporate Partnerships for the Reno Aces and Reno 1868 FC in Reno, Nevada.

I oversee a corporate partnership department staff of nine, including seven who sell and two others who are responsible for activation and on-field entertainment. My main responsibility is to build relationships throughout the community and sell partnerships within the stadium, such as signage, video board features, youth programs, and customized elements that align to companies.

Communication Arts, focus in broadcasting

Where did you live as a student?
Lived in Smith Hall my first two years and Meyran Hall my senior year. But Smith Hall at heart. 

Favorite Class at Hood:
Feature Writing taught by Professor Katherine Orloff. But loved all of my communication arts professors. And a shout out to Dr. Janis Judson for the September 11th class I thoroughly enjoyed.

What made you decide to attend Hood?
I was recruited by the soccer coach at the time and that’s what piqued my interest. After visiting, it was an easy decision. I felt it was a great opportunity to not only play soccer, but enjoy small class sizes, join clubs, and hold leadership positions.

How did your experience at Hood influence or shape your career?
More than I can type. Between the soccer team and the fun challenges of teamwork, progression within SGA, and involvement in other clubs, I learned the everyday balance of life. Teamwork, multi-tasking, work-life balance, time management, and working with different personalities are all aspects I was challenged with in college that have shaped my career.

As you celebrate your reunion in June, what does returning to campus mean to you?
Extremely excited to come back. Though I was in Frederick for work the past three years, I haven’t returned since October. After being in town so long, it makes you miss it. Looking forward to seeing classmates, teammates, coaches, professors and staff who I continue to be close with.  

What is your fondest memory of your time at Hood?
Really too many to have one—but Policies for Dollars was always at the top of the list. Simply attending sporting events and broadcasting basketball games will always be top memories.

Describe Hood in one word:

Define your most successful moment:
Knowing it was time to leave something I loved so much growing up because of the loss of passion (broadcasting). That was huge for me as a person and professionally, knowing that I could move on from something and still be successful.

Advice to current students:
Try new things. I always wanted to be a broadcaster growing up, but got into sales. I was in a musical my senior year at Hood even though I can’t sing. I got into student government…I thought that was the last thing I’d do when I started college. Use college as an advantage…ask companies if you can “shadow,” they’ll most likely never say no. And network…network…network…make friends even if you think they won’t be of use to you at the time.


You Inspire Us

Inspire Hood Students and Make Your Gift Before June 30!

Inspire Hood College students by making your gift to the Hood Fund before June 30—the end of our fiscal year! Click here to make your gift.

Why should you give to the Hood Fund?
1.) Foundations consider alumni participation rates when awarding grants. 2.) Giving supports academic scholarships benefiting nearly every Hood student.
3.) Most Hood graduates received financial assistance, and it’s time to pay it forward.
4.) It is 100 percent tax deductible.

Who benefits from my Hood Fund gift?
Nearly every single Hood community member on campus benefits—more than 1,200 undergraduate students, nearly 1,000 graduate students and more than 250 faculty members.

How much money should I give to the Hood Fund?
Every gift counts! In fiscal year 2016, 2,736 donors supported the Hood Fund. Thirty-six percent of Hood Fund donors gave less than $100, totaling $35,445—nearly the cost of one year’s worth of tuition at Hood.

What does my Hood Fund gift support?
It costs more than $115,000 to operate the College daily. Tuition alone supports only half of the cost of a Hood education; the Hood Fund helps bridge the gap. Your gift to the Hood Fund supports faculty and student research, student scholarships and financial aid, campus life and the residential experience, extra-curricular activities and many other areas that enhance Hood’s mission.

To make your gift to the Hood Fund today, click here. For questions or more information, please contact Brooke Winn, associate director of annual giving and alumni engagement, at or 301-696-3717.

Legacy Ring and Scholarship Program

Legacy Ring and Scholarship Program

Did you know that only about 25 percent of today’s Hood students are able to purchase a Hood ring?

This is your chance to help deserving students continue the tradition of the Hood ring. The Ring Scholarship Committee needs your support to award deserving students a ring scholarship.  Students are selected based upon on need, grades, contributions to the Hood community, and their understanding of the ring tradition.

Are you no longer able to wear your Hood ring?  The Legacy Ring program will gladly accept your ring as a donation to be passed on to a deserving current student. These students are selected based upon need, grades, contributions to the Hood community, and an essay that renders their understanding of the importance and history of the Legacy Ring tradition.

This is your chance to have an impact on the life of a current Hood student and keep the ring tradition alive!!

For more information on either of these programs, contact Victoria Idoni ’06, legacy and ring scholarship program chair at 724-272-3197, or the Office of Alumni Relations at 301-696-3713.

Hood College Alumni Travel Program

Hood Alumni and Friends in Normandy, France!

Alumni and friends say goodbye to Normandy, France after a great week seeing the country as part of the Hood College Alumni Travel Program. To see what trip is next and join the fun, please visit

Rockville Little Theatre

Alumni in Local Production of Award-Winning Play

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.