Hello from the Alumnae House!

Well, I’m just wrapping up my second week in my new role as Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement, and while I’m trying to absorb all the amazing changes that have taken place since I graduated 32 (!!) years ago, in so many ways it feels like I never left! Pardon me while I get a little sentimental, but I love Hood, and I’d forgotten how much until I came Home.

I know the holidays are a hectic time for many, but I hope that you’ll take time to remember to make your end-of-the-year donation to The Annual Fund. When you make a gift, no matter how big or small, know that your generosity directly impacts every member of Hood’s community through scholarship assistance, academic support, research opportunities, extra-curricular programming and so much more.

Additionally, if you make your gift by Dec. 31st 2018, you will be able to take advantage of any applicable tax benefits. For more information, please feel free to contact Director of Annual Giving, Brooke Winn MBA ’18 at winn@hood.edu. Thank you in advance for your contribution to Hood’s continued success!

If you’d like to donate your Time and Talent, the Admissions Office is always seeking interested alums to assist at 2019 enrollment events. What better way to encourage future students to apply than by telling them YOUR Hood story! Please contact Elizabeth Gomer ’02 at gomer@hood.edu for more information.

Lastly, thank you to all who have reached out and welcomed me with your Hood Hello! I love hearing from everyone, and am especially gratified by all the support and great ideas that have made their way to my inbox!

Have a safe and happy holiday season, and I’ll see you in 2019!
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Kellye Greenwald ’86
Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement


Judith Lubkin Apshago ’93 wins 2018 CapitalCIO Enterprise Award

The Capital CIO Leadership Association (CapitalCIO) announced the winners of its inaugural CIO of the Year® ORBIE® Awards on November 30. CapitalCIO recognized chief information officers in four key categories – Global, Enterprise, Corporate and Nonprofit/Government. The ORBIEs were presented at the Capital CIO of the Year Awards at the Hyatt Regency Tysons Corner.
Click here to read more about Judith’s outstanding career.


Reunion Weekend 2019

Reunion Weekend is right around the corner! Each June, alumni are honored at the Reunion Weekend luncheon with awards that celebrate their service to the College, communities and individual successes. Please give some thought to your classmates and other alumni who would be worthy of having their achievements recognized in this special way. To submit a nomination for an award below, please visit https://www.hood.edu/alumni-friends/alumni-awards. The deadline to submit a nomination is January 11, 2019.

All alumni are invited to attend, and the classes in which years end in a four or a nine from 1939 to 2014 will share in the special celebration along with the 50th reunion Class of 1969. We are still looking for Class Chairs for the classes of 1994 and 1999. If you are interested in volunteering to serve as class chair, or have a recommendation of a classmate who may be interested, please contact Britton Muir, assistant director of alumni and constituent engagement, at muir@hood.edu.


John Maciolek M.S.’17 Launches his own Business

John Maciolek’s career transition inspired him to develop plans for opening a nursery, which focuses on native plants and their preservation, as well as establishing a nonprofit that would work to purchase and preserve land before it is sold for large developments. He has now taken the next step in starting an environmentally friendly apparel company, Native Plant Apparel.

Maciolek likes advocating and educating people about native plants, and the best way for him to catch people’s attention was the creation of Native Plant Apparel, which celebrates and promotes American native plants. The company’s mission is to spread awareness of American native plants and educate people about the critical need to conserve remaining native plant populations and practice ecologically responsible gardening and landscaping at home. John’s business provides completely organic T-shirts made in the U.S., which reduces the CO2 output of manufacturing. Furthermore, the company believes in environmental responsibility and donates 10 percent of profits to environmental organizations and strives to contract with manufacturers committed to environmental sustainability.

We extend our congratulations to John and wish him all the best in his new endeavor!

For more information and details on the Native Plant apparel visit https://www.nativeplantapparel.com/.


Year-End Tax Strategies to Benefit You and Hood

Securities and mutual funds that have increased in value and been held for more than one year are one of the most popular assets to use when making a gift to Hood College. Making a gift of securities or mutual funds offers you the chance to support Hood College while potentially realizing important tax benefits for yourself. When you donate appreciated securities or mutual funds you have held more than one year to us in support of our mission, you can reduce or even eliminate federal capital gains taxes on the transfer. For instructions on how to make a gift of securities, click here.

If you are over the age of 70.5, consider using your individual retirement account distribution as a gift to Hood College. You can give directly from your IRA and receive tax benefits. To explore the benefits of giving an IRA gift, click here. To receive tax savings for this calendar year, make your gift by Dec. 31. Please ensure that your IRA administrator includes your name along with the gift.
Be sure to contact your financial advisor to find out what type of gift is right for you. Contact Jaime Cacciola ’04, director of grants and gift planning, at 800-707-5280 (option 7), 301-696-3828 or cacciola@hood.edu for additional assistance.


Meet Liam King – His Philosophy: Everyone Contributes

Email Header Liam 12.2018 NEWLiam King ’21, a Hood College athlete and scholar, shares his thoughts…and his thanks…for alumni gifts that make his education at Hood College possible. 

What is your family background?
I am one of nine kids, and I’m also Hispanic. My mom came to the U.S. from Cuba when she was six years old, and my dad is of eastern European descent. I grew up here in Frederick, and I like my hometown.

How do you contribute to your own college expenses?
Being one of nine, there’s not a lot of college money to go around, so I’ve received many scholarships – about 75% of my expenses are covered through a total of about seven scholarships, and I pay for the rest. I cover some of it through my work as an RA in my dorm, and through student loans.

How have you contributed in your family life?
Growing up, I had a gap between my two front teeth that I never liked, but I didn’t get braces until I was older, because we couldn’t afford it. I got a job to help pay for it, and my brother did the same for his braces. I was 17 when I got the braces, and they were just taken off this past January, a couple of months after my 19th birthday.Liam Soccer B&W Photo

What is significant about being an athlete at Hood?
Soccer gives me a group of people who love doing the same thing I do – a lot of my friendships branch from that. This past summer was the first time I had ever been on an airplane and went out of the country. I raised money for a year and a half to go on a trip to Ireland and England, where we played soccer and watched professional athletes in those countries. It was such an incredible trip, and I bonded with my teammates even more.

What are your goals after college?
I am majoring in  biology, because I’m planning to go into dentistry. I would like to attend the University of Maryland in Baltimore, which is one of the best dental schools in the country. I will spend a total of six more years in school after I graduate from Hood, because my ultimate goal is to be an orthodontist. I think it would be cool to help others feel good about how they look, the way my braces did for me.

If you could make an appeal to Hood alumni to contribute, what would you say?
I would ask them to think about all the wonderful people who are here, and all the little experiences that mean so much. Personally, I am grateful that the gifts from Hood alumni and friends support three important areas of my life: my academics, my athletic pursuits, and even my love of music. I have two scholarships that allow me to take vocal lessons here each week. As a future donor, I hope I can help make some of these kinds of things happen for students who follow me. If we all contribute, a lot gets done.

To make a gift to support students like Liam, click here.



Meet Natalie – She’s Here Because of You

Natalie Fall Appeal Email Header FINALMeet Natalie Kolosieke ’21, a scholarship recipient from Greensboro, NC. She shares her thoughts…and thanks…for alumni gifts that brought her to Hood College.

What is significant to you about attending Hood?
I feel like I won the lottery a million times just to get here. First, I live in a country where women can be educated in a field of their choice, and where there are colleges like Hood. Then I received a full tuition scholarships – and without it, I would not have gone to my first-choice school.

Why do you love studying Economics?
I love the study of choices. It relates to absolutely everything. It’s like a real world philosophy course.Natalie B&W Photo

How do you give back to the College?
I am a Blazer Ambassador! I give tours and work at open houses. This allows me to share my excitement about Hood with others, and helps me earn money toward my education and living expenses.

If you could ask Hood alumni to give back to Hood College, what would you say?
I would ask them to think about their own achievements, and then offer a gift that allows us to follow in their footsteps. I would also remind myself what it is like to be a ‘broke’ college student, where even a fast food meal is a special treat…and then I would donate an amount worth a few fast food meals!