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President Chapdelaine’s Holiday Message

Dear Friends,

The holiday season provides the perfect opportunity to send warm greetings to all members of the Hood family and to extend my deep gratitude for your support. As 2017 has proven to be an exciting year for Hood, I look forward to working with all of you in 2018 to provide a rich and rewarding learning experience for our students. May the joy of the season be with you and your loved ones throughout the year. I wish you peace, joy and blessings.

Sincerely, Chapdelaine, Andrea signature Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.

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Alumni Q&A: Andrea Raffauf McGinnis ’09


I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Hood and a master’s degree in forensic psychology from the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado (2011).

Current Position:

I am a medicolegal death investigator for the Office of the Medical Examiner in Denver, CO. With this, I have both state and national level certifications in addition to my degrees.

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

I conduct death investigations to answer four primary topics: 1) Cause of death, 2) Manner of death, 3) Identification of the deceased, and 4) Notification of the next of kin. This includes responding to scenes of those who have died due to homicide, suicide, accidents, traffic accidents, and sudden/unexpected deaths.

What do you like most about your current job?

I love that I get to help families find answers, and hopefully those answers can help in the grieving process. I also love the unpredictable nature of the job; every day is different!

Where did you live as a student?

I spent my first two years (2005-07) in Coblentz and my second two years (2007-09) at Crystal Park Apartments.

Favorite Class and/or Professor at Hood:

My favorite class is the one that stuck with me the most: The Psychology of Death and Dying, with Professor Dana Cable. At the time, I had no idea I would end up working in this field, and I realize how much of that class I carried with me. It was so eye-opening; I’m very grateful for that experience.

What made you decide to attend Hood?

I fell in love with the beautiful campus and the community-like feeling that enveloped it. I was also drawn in by the small class size, which led to closer relationships with the professors. I felt that it would benefit me more, and that I would be more successful, in that type of environment.

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

I look at this very literally—if it hadn’t been for Hood, I would not have had the hands-on internship experience that helped me gain a spot in my graduate program. This led to my internship at the medical examiner’s office, and ultimately to my current position. Hood and my experiences there were a direct catalyst to my current job.

What is your fondest memory of your time at Hood?

My fondest memories are from when my friends and I would grab a table in Whitaker and work on homework or simply sit and chat throughout the day and in between classes. Seeing people and touching base with acquaintances, friends, professors, and staff as they passed solidified that feeling of community that I felt when I first found Hood.

Describe Hood in one word:


Define your most successful moment:

My most successful moment would be getting the acceptance call for my current job. Achieving this position was my 10-year post-grad goal, and I was hired about six months after graduation. I was honored that my office felt I was the best fit for the job as a 24 year old in a race against so many qualified individuals. It was a culmination of everything I’d worked for, and to see it come to fruition so quickly was overwhelming and very satisfying.

Advice to current students:

Don’t ever shut yourself off to a new experience, especially when it comes to developing your place in the world/workforce. You never know what can develop from those times when you branch out and push the boundaries of your comfort zone.


The Hood Fund

Tis the season to inspire! When you make a gift to the Hood Fund, you inspire every member of Hood’s community. Your gift directly provides scholarship assistance, academic support, research opportunities, extra-curricular programming and much more.

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!

Make your gift by Dec. 31 for 2017 tax benefits. For additional information, contact Brooke Winn, associate director of annual giving and alumni engagement, at winn@hood.edu. Thank you!

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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 realizing important 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. You are also entitled to a federal income tax charitable deduction based on the fair market value of the securities at the time of 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.

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Calling all students and alumni—it’s time to PITCH!

Have you ever watched the TV show “Shark Tank” and thought, “This could be me! I have an amazing idea for a product or service!”? If so, now’s your chance to shine! On April 26, 2018 the Hood College Department of Economics and Business Administration will team up with Spotluck to host the inaugural Hood College Pitch Competition, and they will need the support of all alumni near and far.

This platform allows current students and alumni to pitch their ideas in front of a network of judges, fellow entrepreneurs, prominent Frederick leaders, and alumni-founded business ventures. Cash prizes will be awarded but more so, this is a shot to get your idea in front of the people that can advance it to the next level.

Co-founder and CEO of Spotluck, Cherian Thomas MBA ’12, H ’17, is a graduate of Hood’s MBA program, and he was the Commencement speaker for the graduate school in the spring 2017. During his speech, Cherian encouraged students to find the right mentors and relationships as they begin their journey after Hood. Perhaps the Pitch Competition is the place for you to do the same.

For additional details, click here. Submissions for proposals can be submitted to PITCH@hood.edu and must be received by Jan. 15, 2018. Those who advance to the semifinals will be notified by Cherian. Spread the word, and get those ideas in!


125th Celebration

On Sept. 12, we celebrated the 125th anniversary of Hood College with a ceremony and plaque unveiling at Winchester Hall in Downtown Frederick, the original home of Hood College. Hood President Andrea Chapdelaine spoke about the College’s partnership with the Frederick community over the years and how Hood has changed and grown. Frederick County Executive Jan Gardner spoke about the history of Winchester Hall, where the Woman’s College of Frederick held its first class on Sept. 12, 1893.

President Chapdelaine also announced the new Martha E. Church, H’95 Center for Civic Engagement, which will be located in Root, Frederick County’s center for innovation and business growth, at 118 N. Market St. The Center for Civic Engagement, supported by a gift in honor of President Emerita Martha Church at the time of her retirement, will serve as the face of Hood in Frederick, facilitating connections with government, businesses, nonprofits and other community organizations.

View photos and a video from this special day!

**In honor of the 125th anniversary of Hood College, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Alumni Executive Board are partnering to build a “Hood for Good” campaign. We are striving for 125 hours of alumni civic engagement in local and national communities. Help us reach our goal by sharing with us the community service you have taken part in, either individually or as a member of a team or group! Submit your community service hours here.


125th Anniversary Events

To celebrate the 125th anniversary of the college, Hood will be hosting special lectures, symposiums and events throughout the year. The following alumni have already been on campus to help us celebrate this exciting year:

Aug. 24: Pat Chapple Wright ’66 gave a lecture titled “Biology in Your Future: Will Tropical Places Survive?”

Sept. 23: President Chapdelaine awarded Crystal J. Griner ’06 the President’s Medal of Obligation

Oct. 4: Joan B. Gillece ’76 gave a symposium on healing from trauma

Oct. 5: Susan A. Audino ’85, ’99 gave a lecture titled “From Plant to Medicine: The Remarkable Science of Cannabis and its Applications”

To see the complete schedule of events for the remainder of the year, click here.


Ruth Gabel Yeo ’33

At the age of 105, our eldest alum, Ruth Gabel Yeo from the Class of 1933 passed away peacefully on Oct. 1, 2017 at the Luther Crest Retirement Community in Allentown, Pennsylvania, with her family by her side. Ruth graduated from Hood with a bachelor’s degree in music education. Our condolences go out to the Yeo family.


New Partnership with Curious Iguana

To build its leisurely reading collection, the Beneficial-Hodson Library is embarking on a new partnership with Curious Iguana, a bookstore and gift shop in the heart of Downtown Frederick. Owners Marlene Roberson England ’86 and husband Tom opened Curious Iguana in September 2013. Since then, alumni Lauren Nopenz Fairley ’15, operations manager, and Bonnie Monnier ’16, marketing and events coordinator, have joined the Curious Iguana team and have helped make it a literary hotspot. This partnership will allow the library to take advantage of the stellar reading recommendations provided by the staff at Curious Iguana, and their in-depth knowledge of young adult fiction. We look forward to working with this local and alum-owned business.


Oral History Project

In 2013, staff and volunteers of the Hood College Archives created and published a book about the history of Hood College as part of the Campus History Series. While an additional 5 years is perhaps not enough to warrant a rewriting of the book, the 125th anniversary committee would like to capture additional history through oral interviews of alumni, staff and faculty. The committee is particularly interested in “fleshing out” archival research materials about the move to make Hood fully coeducational.

During Reunion Weekend, June 8-10, 2018, Mary Atwell, Hood College Archivist, will be setting up hour-long time slots for interviews. If Reunion Weekend is not a preferred option, you can arrange an interview at another time throughout the year to share your story. If you are interested in participating, or would like additional information, contact Mary at 301-696-3933 or atwell@hood.edu.