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.