Convocation 2017

Convocation 2017

Hood College marked the start of its 125th academic year with its annual Convocation ceremony Monday morning in the Hodson Outdoor Theater.

President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D., welcomed new and returning students to campus. President Chapdelaine highlighted the 125th academic year by encouraging students to devote 125 minutes a day to studying, 125 minutes a week to exercise and 125 hours, over the course of the academic year, to community service. Debbie Ricker, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs, recognized students receiving Convocation Honors and Hood Scholars; and Donna Bertazzoni, professor of journalism, delivered the keynote address.

On behalf of the Alumni Executive Board, Catherine Traini from the Class of 2016, offered the senior class some inspiring advice. Catherine emphasized the importance of building strong connections with peers, a healthy work/life balance and to always “trust your gut.” Catherine concluded her speech by presenting the Class of 2018 with their senior pins.

This year’s group of new students includes 258 new first-year students and 85 new transfer students. Members of the Class of 2021 come from 19 states, the District of Columbia and five foreign countries. There are 190 new graduate students this year including 33 international students from 11 different countries. Twenty-seven of the new graduate students are Hood College alumni—either with a Hood bachelor’s degree or a previous Hood master’s degree. Hood’s total student population is 2,076.

Hood Alumna Honored for Bravery

Hood Alumna Honored for Bravery

President Donald Trump presented Crystal Griner, Class of 2006, with the Medal of Valor on Thursday, July 27. Special Agent Griner stepped in when a gunman opened fire at a congressional Republican baseball practice on June 15. Griner has been credited with saving many lives that day.

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During Homecoming Weekend, Crystal will be honored and presented with a Presidential Medal, in recognition of the Hood value of obligation, by President Chapdelaine on Sept. 23 at 11 a.m. in the Hodson Auditorium. Immediately following that presentation, the Honorable Robert M. Bell—a Hood College Trustee and retired chief judge of the Maryland Court of Appeals—will give a presentation titled “The Responsibilities of Leadership.” Please join us on campus during Homecoming Weekend for these special events. Both events are free and do not require an RSVP.

Homecoming 2017!

Homecoming 2017!

As part of Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend, the Office of Alumni Relations and the Office of Student Engagement invite you and your guests to campus on Saturday, Sept. 23! Kick off the day at 7:30 a.m. with the Blue and Grey 5K Fun Run. Following the Fun Run, head over to the Hodson Auditorium at 11 a.m. President Chapdelaine will present Crystal Griner ’06 with a Presidential Medal, in recognition of the Hood value of obligation, for her heroic actions during the Republican congressional baseball practice in June. Hood College Trustee, the Honorable Judge Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge (retired) of Maryland Court of Appeals, will give a special lecture titled “Responsibilities of Leadership.” Don’t miss the festival on the campus residential quad from noon to 3 p.m. Enjoy food, drinks and afternoon activities with the Hood College community!

Throughout the afternoon, check out the following athletic contests:
Noon. Women’s Volleyball vs. Penn St.- Harrisburg BB&T Arena
Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center
1 p.m. Women’s Soccer vs. St. Vincent
Thomas Athletic Field
3 p.m. Men’s Soccer vs. St. Vincent
Thomas Athletic Field

Click here to view a complete weekend schedule. Continue to check back for updates and additional events.

No need to RSVP. We hope to see you in September!

Hood for Good: 125 Hours of Community Service

Hood for Good: 125 Hours of Community Service

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! Please submit the hours volunteered and a brief description of the event to Britton Muir, assistant director of alumni relations, at

Do you know of a special event taking place in your town? A 5K to support a great cause, a volunteer opportunity to work in a soup kitchen, Habitat for Humanity, etc.? Would you like to rally Hood alumni in your area to support the event? You can email Britton Muir at with the details of the event, including a website for the event, if available. We will get the message out to the alumni in your city or town and encourage them to join you. Don’t forget to share photos of your experience on social media to spread the message. Join Hood College as we celebrate 125 years of excellence and inspire HOOD FOR GOOD!

Recent Alumna Plants Seed for International Scholarship

Recent Alumna Plants Seed for International Scholarship

Recent alumna from the management information systems master’s program, Ifeoluwa “Ife” O. Popoola, M.S.’16, established a scholarship designed to support international graduate students at Hood. When asked what inspired her to create the Ifeoluwa Popoola scholarship, she cited that hard work should be rewarded. “I believe that hard work and diligence should be recognized. Since there are few scholarship opportunities for international students, I hope this scholarship will attract more qualified, diligent students from abroad.”

Ife is originally from Nigeria and progressed rapidly and successfully in our MIS program, earning the Outstanding MIS Student Award in 2016. Ife initially chose Hood College for her graduate degree because of the rigorous structure of the program, which is designed to train students in both IT and business. When she began the program, she was pleasantly surprised to discover that “Hood culture is one that fosters collaboration and innovation, facilitated by a committed and accessible faculty. That Hood style has equipped me for collaboration with my current team and has improved my problem-solving skills, as a cloud infrastructure engineer in D.C.”

Ultimately, Ife aspires to become a chief information and innovation officer, a role in which she can be a change agent and influence people for the efficient application of IT tools that positively impact our world. She is well on her way to that goal, as her stellar performance has resulted in her current employer converting her student visa to a work visa, which is an important step allowing her to achieve her career goals.


Special Message from the President

Dear members of the Hood College Community:

Tragically, the events over the weekend on the University of Virginia campus and in Charlottesville serve as another reminder of the hatred that exists in our society and that such hatred can lead to horrific acts of violence. We mourn the lives so senselessly lost and send support to the UVA community as they prepare to begin the academic year.

The events in Charlottesville demonstrate that colleges are not insulated from the tragedy that may result from such hateful ideology. Hood College’s core values, based on the words ascribed to the four pillars of Alumnae Hall, stand in strong contradiction to such hatred:

HOPE: To believe that everyone can have a positive impact in the world and that education is instrumental in creating and sustaining hope.
OPPORTUNITY: To fully use one’s talents and skills to realize professional and personal achievement and to help create and realize opportunities for others.
OBLIGATION: To fulfill personal and professional responsibilities with integrity and to be a responsible steward and servant to the betterment of others and this world.
DEMOCRACY: To embrace diversity, foster freedom of thought and expression, and to promote engaged citizenship both in self and others.

As we prepare for a new academic year and welcome new members to the Hood community, let us reaffirm our commitment to living these values in both word and deed.

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.

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.


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