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Graduate Alumni Highlight — Joshua Work

Hood College alumnus Joshua Work has earned his undergraduate degree in History (along with a Maryland Teaching Certificate), and his Master’s in Educational Leadership from the school. A Doctorate of Organizational Leadership (DOL) candidate, Josh is on his way to becoming one of Hood’s first “Three Degree” graduates. Josh, his wife Casey and three children Ava, Kai, and Chad live in Frederick.

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Oustanding Student- Curriculum & Instruction

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i-WCCHhXK-L Amanda Magnanelli has been an educator with Frederick County Public
Schools for six years serving as a fifth grade teacher at Urbana Elementary
School.  As a prior recipient of the
Distinguished Teacher Candidate for the Maryland Association of Teacher
Educators, Amanda has maintained a passion for science and for inspiring
students of all backgrounds and abilities by incorporating innovative
techniques. She is a culturally proficient educator with a desire to foster
21st century learners. As a result of her teaching excellence, dedication and
outstanding classroom performance, she was a nominee for FCPS’s 2017 Teacher of
the Year.  Amanda’s action research
project was a model, and she consistently produced high-caliber work throughout
the whole capstone process

Outstanding Student- Information Technology

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i-Xp3pR9p-L Jeff Blake’s time at Hood College has been productive as he has tailored his educational needs to his future assignments within the U.S. Army.  Jeff enjoys tutoring his fellow students and encourages them to excel in areas of weakness.  In addition, Jeff served as an adjunct professor for the Hood ROTC program and volunteered his time on a regular basis as a teacher assistant within the Computer Science Suite.  Jeff’s current assignment is as the Information Integration officer for the United States Army Training and Doctrine Command G6 Communications Division.  His performance in the IT program has been truly exemplary—he has continually been a leader among his peers—in and out of the classroom.

Outstanding Student- Computer Science

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i-H22VFMb-L As an undergraduate at Hood College, James Scott McLemore became interested in artificial intelligence.  He created a set of C++ algorithms for controlling an autonomous robot’s mobility and navigation, which ended up winning first place at the Virtual Manufacturing and Automation Challenge in the IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.   In the past few years, Scott focused on machine learning and information systems, which he put to use while working at Zeta Associates, Inc.

Outside of work and education, Scott is an avid gamer and enjoys hobbies utilizing logic and strategy. One such hobby is competing in tabletop war games where he has ranked in the top 10 in the United States.

Outstanding Student- Environmental Biology

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Curtis Rogeri-jpCrsC6-Ls is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Environmental Biology Student award.  While enrolled in Hood College’s ENV Master’s program, Curtis was given the opportunity to work on a USDA-APHIS grant analyzing the effects of insect growth regulators on a honeybee pest, the small hive beetle. He presented his findings at both the Mid-Atlantic Ecological Society of America regional meeting, and at the National ESA meeting, as well as to a group of notable Korean visiting scientists.  As a direct result of his academic work at Hood, Curtis is employed by the USDA Bee Research Lab to assist in researching honeybee physiology, nutrition, and the various pests that continue to plague them.  He is working on preparing the findings of his thesis on small hive beetles for publication and hopes to get at least two journal articles out of the endeavor.

 

Outstanding Student- Biomedical Science

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Bagni Elizabeth “Lizzy” Terrell began the Hood College Master’s in Biomedical Science program in the fall of 2013 and is a truly exemplary student and classroom leader. When speaking of Lizzy’s work on her thesis project, her NCI mentor, Dr. Susan Morrison states:  “Lizzy Terrell is one of the most talented young scientists that I have had the privilege to work with.  She is bright, articulate, and sets high standards for herself both in the quality of her work and in her thinking about scientific problems.  She embarks on a research career with outstanding potential.”  The BMS Faculty at Hood concur and look forward to reading the great scientific advances Lizzy will make throughout her career.  Lizzy also the won Hood’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition.

 

Become a (Better) Leader with Hood’s Doctoral Program!

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bandsDid you know that Hood has a doctoral program in Organizational Leadership? Learn all about it directly from Kathleen Bands, the director of the program, on our brand new YouTube channel!

Meet Kathleen Bands

Hear her describe the program, which offers degree options in educational leadership (D.O.L.) and business administration (D.B.A.). Working with a cohort of peers from various backgrounds, doctoral candidates learn from coursework and practical experience that will help as they pursue their individual goals. Current students include school principals, researchers, human resources directors, and project managers. Several have undergraduate and/or graduate degrees from Hood, and aim to become the colleges’ first “Three Degree” graduates! Learn more about Dr. Bands and the program in the above video, as well as on our website (Hood Graduate School Doctoral Program).

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Graduate School’s brand new YouTube channel!

Never Giving Up On the Dream of a Degree

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TraciPic1Traci Holland, Associate Registrar for Graduate Studies, came to Hood College in 2002.  She began as Administrative Assistant to the Graduate Dean, then moved to the undergraduate admission office, where she managed the inquiry and application files for thousands of prospective students.  While working full-time, Traci completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2007, often working or attending classes late into the evenings.  She is the first person in her family to earn a college degree.

In 2007, Traci moved back to the Graduate School as a Records Specialist, managing graduate student records from inquiry through to graduation.  Under the mentorship of then-Graduate School Dean Dr. Kathleen Bands, she streamlined processes, developed marketing and recruitment plans for every graduate program and oversaw general operations of the office, becoming Coordinator of Graduate Admissions in 2008. She earned her Master of Arts program in Human Sciences in 2010, winning the program’s Outstanding Student Award. Along with the degree came a promotion to Director of Graduate Admissions.  When the Registrar functions of graduate admissions were moved to the Registrar’s office in January 2015, Traci moved with them.  She continues to update processes between undergraduate and graduate student records management and is the go-to person for approximately 1000 graduate students.

In May 2016, Traci led her colleagues in establishing by-laws for the newly formed Staff Council.  In November, she was elected to represent the Academic Affairs Division on the Staff Council Board, and further elected as the council’s Vice-Chair.  As Vice-Chair, Traci heads the standing Nominating Committee of the Staff Council and represents staff issues as a voting member of the College’s Planning, Budgeting and Assessment Committee.  December saw Traci heading the holiday party planning committee and beginning the tradition of pairing a local charity with the event. Hood faculty and staff donated a truckload of food, clothing, toiletries, and various other sundries to the Frederick Rescue Mission.

In May 2017, the Graduate School honored Traci with the “Excellence in Service – Outstanding Staff Award for her efforts and performance supporting the Graduate School. She was nominated by a unanimous vote of the Graduate School staff, and Graduate Dean Dr. April Boulton said, “Given Traci’s long tenure in the Grad School prior to her move to the Registrar’s Office, we have turned to her again and again and again.  She has often been our “go to” on historical process, standard operating procedures, and so much more—she undeniably deserved the award.”

Traci knew when she began working at Hood that she was on the right career path.  “Having an education has always been so important to me.  I worked on my bachelor’s degree in bits and pieces from 1990 to 2007, never giving up on that dream.  It is a blessing every day that I can observe our students pursue that same dream.  I have been through many of the challenges and struggles that they have which allows me to be empathetic and supportive.  Commencement day is the proudest day for me as I watch those same students, who came to me nervous and uncertain, bounce across that stage with a profound sense of accomplishment.”

ARTS 507- Plates and Platters

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One of the course offerings from the Hood College Ceramic Arts graduate program is entitled Plates and Platters. The college catalog states “Plates and Platters is an in-depth study of the throwing and finishing of plates and large platters, including structural strength concepts for low open forms, methods for centering, a variety of throwing techniques, information on trimming, finishing, firing and composition.”

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Plates and platters are a difficult form to create successfully, with many problems showing up in the final firing. Students learn to use a variety of procedures for throwing, shaping and trimming plates, platters and low open forms, with specific emphasis on problem solving and aesthetics. The focus of the one credit class is skill building and problem solving, which resulted in the creation of beautiful forms, which now line the shelves in the wheel studio.

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Spring 2017 saw thirteen students enroll in the course with instructor Kristin Muller, an MFA graduate of Hood. Kristin is a wood fire potter who well versed in the creation of platters that survive wood fire.

One of the participants, Jafar Alhamar, expressed his desire to learn to create large platters due to the tradition of meals served from a large platter in the center of the table in his home country, Kuwait. Proof of his success in the class is the large platter he created.

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Professor Muller adds, “It is always a pleasure to teach such a dedicated and focused group of students.  The keys to successful skill building are developing excellent basic core skills through repetition upon which more advanced skills can developed.  The program at Hood has clearly articulated techniques and concepts coupled with high-level design principles that are the foundation for every course. This allows students to build their skills incrementally and instructors to point out specific areas for improvement. The immersive 3-day course format facilitates this growth to happen rather quickly because everyone is focused for several days at a time.  It was a joy to see so many examples of their success!”

Donor Gives $30,000 to Ceramic Arts Graduate Scholarship

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Matthew Gaddie, Tea Bowls, MFA ‘16

Matthew Gaddie, Tea Bowls, MFA ‘16

Fleur Bresler, a long-time collector and supporter of the arts, recently made a generous contribution of $30, 000 to Hood College’s Ceramic Arts and Technology Graduate Scholarship, launched to attract talented students to the school’s Master of Fine Arts program.  One $10,000 award will be made for each of the next three years, which will enable one new MFA candidate to fund their first year of full-time enrollment.

The application deadline is July 15, 2017 and the recipient will be announced at the end of July.  To qualify for this award, applicants must be accepted as a full time MFA candidate, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Hood’s Office of  Financial Aid.

For a scholarship application or information on the MFA program, contact the Hood College Graduate School at 301-696-3600 or gofurther@hood.edu.

Hood College hosts Death Cafe – Frederick

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Hood College will host the 2017 edition of Death Cafe – Frederick, from 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 in the Whitaker Center Commons.

Death Cafe is an international movement where people gather to eat cake, drink tea, and discuss death with the intention of increasing awareness so people make the most of their lives. It is a group directed discussion with no agenda, but not a grief support group or counseling session.

Last year’s Death Cafe recorded an impressive turnout. According to Kaili van Waveren, this year’s co-organizer, “I attended the event and was blown away by how eager people were to actually talk about death, and how supportive and validating people were to each other. Everyone I spoke with said that they were very impressed, and a number of the RSVPs I have received mentioned that they attended last year and were excited to participate in another Death Cafe.”

She added; “We believe that talking about death is important: mindfulness of one’s mortality can inspire rich and purposeful living. We also know that talking about death can be scary and sad and Death Cafe provides a supportive and fun environment in which people can discuss their fears and feelings. We hope that many students will join, but also see this as a service to community and a great opportunity for outreach.”

Attendees should expect a low-key and upbeat atmosphere in which they can talk about death and meet like-minded people while enjoying delicious baked goods!