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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.

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Upcoming Faculty-Led Trips

Shannon Kundey, Ph.D., associate professor of psychology, encourages you to join her and fellow alumni as they travel to the Galapagos in May 2018 to explore the evolution of cognition and/or to South Africa in May 2019 to explore wildlife and culture. For the itinerary and more information about the nine-day excursion to the Galapagos, click here. For the itinerary and additional information for the 11-day excursion to South Africa, click here! For any other inquiries, contact Professor Kundey at kundey@hood.edu.

For information about the 2018 trips with the Alumni Travel Program, hosted by the Office of Alumni Relations, click here. These trips are open to alumni and friends of the college.

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Frederick Charm Series

In celebration of the 125th anniversary, Colonial Jewelers, located in Downtown Frederick, is featuring Hood in the 2017 Frederick Charm Series. These charms are available in Sterling Silver for $195 and 14k Yellow Gold for $995. To place an order, please email: costumerservice@colonialjewelers.com.

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Special Message for Choir Alumni

Hi, Choir Alum! My name is Sarah Tapscott, and I am a proud member of the Class of 2015. As you may know, this year Hood is celebrating 125 years. This Fall, we will also celebrate the 70th anniversary of Handel’s “Messiah” performed by the Hood College Choir. To commemorate this amazing tradition, I am asking choir alumni to share their favorite Hood College Choir memories. As a former member of the choir cabinet, I am dedicated to sharing the history of this tradition and the memories you made along the way!

To submit your stories, click here. Or, email me at sarah.tapscott12@gmail.com.

Your memories will be given to the Hood College Archives for others to enjoy and cherish. If you’d like anonymity, please let me know.

The 70th anniversary of the Handel’s “Messiah” will be held on Nov. 18 and 19 in the Coffman Chapel sanctuary.

-Sarah Tapscott ’15

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Kathleen L. Berst, MBA’17 Receives Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award

Kathleen Berst, a 2017 graduate of Hood College’s MBA program, has been awarded the “Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award,” the highest award given to career civilian employees of the U.S. Department of Defense. It is given to “those employees whose careers reflect exceptional devotion to duty and whose contributions are of a significant value when it comes to the efficiency, economy or other improvements in Department of Defense (DoD).” Kathleen received the award for leading the Medical Countermeasures Test and Evaluation Facility, and ultimately for her recommendation that it be terminated. This challenging recommendation and her efforts resulted in more than $1 billion dollars of savings and cost avoidance for the DoD. Kathleen was recognized at the Pentagon Annual Award Ceremony, and her importance can especially be seen in the words of Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, “You bring honor to the tradition of the civilian workforce and public service. Your dedication strengthens our country’s security and prosperity.”

Kathleen’s professional journey has taken her from a biologist in army labs to being an assistant vaccine manager in the Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program (JVAP), to project manager for the Medical Countermeasure Test and Evaluation Facility, to her current role as Deputy Commander of Acquisition for the U.S. Army Medical Material Development Activity (USAMMDA). Kathleen started her MBA at Hood in 2000, and the experience was impactful on her and her career. “Just starting my MBA courses changed everything. The more I learned in my courses, the more questions I asked at work.” This helped make additional connections, which eventually resulted in Kathleen’s first management role in 2001. “Most of what I was learning in my MBA courses was directly applicable to my new job. It was perfect! I was flying through my program and advancing at work.”

Two classes before wrapping up her program, Kathleen found out she was pregnant with her first child. Due to complications and a new work position, she delayed degree completion. Soon enough, Kathleen changed positions and saw how her MBA knowledge was contributing to her career. “My career was blossoming because of what I had learned in my MBA program, but my successful career had become a giant barrier that was preventing me from completing my MBA!” After speaking at Hood’s Project Management class in 2015, Kathleen’s desire to finish her MBA was revived. With the assistance of Professor David Gurzick, she reenrolled and completed the degree in 2017.

Her message to all is to “GET STARTED, ASK FOR HELP, AND KEEP LEARNING!” While many people are afraid to start or are terrified of failure, the solution is to “just move.” She emphasizes that asking for help is one of the best ways of figuring out your career choices. “Most people will be willing to share what worked and what didn’t work. I have a handful of mentors and coaches with different strengths, so I look to them for guidance in different aspects of life and work.”

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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.

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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.

Click here to read the full article.

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.

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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!

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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 muir@hood.edu.

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 muir@hood.edu 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!

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