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Adjunct Instructor Aids Children of Incarcerated Parents

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Shari Ostrow-Scher

Shari Ostrow-Scher

Twice the winner of the Outstanding Graduate School Instructor for Hood College, Shari Ostrow-Scher has been an adjunct in the Curriculum and Instruction Graduate Program for over 10 years, while continuing to lead curricular programs for young children with the Frederick County Public Schools.

In 2004, Shari established the Children of Incarcerated Parents Partnership (COIPP), which each year has expanded its services to meet the needs of children of inmates in the Frederick County Detention Center.  Shari has single-handedly taken this interagency group from a small beginning to highly respected and influential organization that has been featured in various media and has received acclaim far and wide.

As stated on the non-profit’s website, COIPP believes that children of incarcerated parents “lack a voice of their own. Our… mission is to give them such a voice in the community, in the schools, and in their family.”

This voluntary group has accomplished much in the past few years. Projects include: creation of a library/book giveaway for children in the F.C. Detention Center waiting room; resource baggies for children and their caregivers; ‘Caregivers day out’ at the Frederick School of Cosmetology; creation of a DVD on this topic; donations and resource packets to local camps created for the children; and much more.  Learn more here. http://www.coipp.org

Russia-born MBA Student Investigates Devices for Cancer Applications

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Marina Dobrovoiskaia, Hood MBA Grad

Marina Dobrovoiskaia, Hood MBA Grad
Photo by Bill Green

Russia-born Marina Dobrovolskaia moved to Frederick, Maryland, in 1998 with a master’s and a doctorate in hand. Today, she is well on her way toward earning an MBA from Hood and is a principal scientist with the National Cancer Institute’s Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory in Frederick.

Marina says her MBA studies at Hood have helped improve her “understanding of how to manage projects and teams, establish and manage international collaborations, [and] motivate people….”  She has found that the “face-to-face interaction with the faculty and classmates is what adds a unique flavor to this program and provides more benefits than reading textbooks or studying on-line.” As a bonus, the coursework and class discussion encourages her to broaden her vocabulary in English.

Marina was recently featured in a “Slice of Life” profile in the Frederick News-Post. Read more about Marina and her work here.


Osmer Honored with Thanatology Award

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Samantha Osner with Thanatology program director Elizabeth MacDougall and Hood president Ron Volpe

Samantha Osmer with Thanatology program director Elizabeth MacDougall and Hood president Ron Volpe

Samantha Osmer came to study Thanatology at Hood curious about grief — particularly from pet loss — wanting to understand why it can be so painful and so difficult to find guidance for navigating the grief one feels when a pet dies.

At graduation in May 2015, she received the Donna Mowry ’98, M.A. ’07 Thanatology Award for 2015. This monetary award is given annually to a female Thanatology graduate student who makes a significant contribution to the field,  through research, practice, volunteerism, or the like.

At the same time she was studying at Hood, Samantha completed the Association of Pet Loss and Bereavement’s counseling course. She also volunteered in the emergency department at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School’s small animal hospital . There, she saw first hand the difficulty pet owners have grappling with both the emotional and financial burdens that come with a pet’s health crisis.

As Samantha progressed through her courses she learned that the emotional processes experienced in pet loss are remarkably similar to those that result from the death of a close human friend or family member. A pivotal assignment for Samantha was her final paper for the Professional Orientation in Thanatology course for which she researched and wrote about the emergence of veterinary hospice, an option not yet widely available but one that can provide both animals and their people with the supports they need. Paper submitted, Samantha then headed for Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, Utah, where she took part in a course to provide coping strategies for those who work in animal rescue.

Samantha is now working with her local Bucks County, Pennsylvania, emergency veterinary hospital to provide crisis support and grief counseling on a volunteer basis. She is also an active member of Death Cafe in Philadelphia that she plans soon to branch out.

Thomas Receives Outstanding Graduate Student Award

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Gail Thomas, center, with Human Sciences program director Elizabeth MacDougall and Hood President Ronald Volpe

As a senior study director with Westat, one of America’s oldest social science research organizations managing and conducting process and outcome data collection for studies involving at-risk youth, clergy and the elderly, Gail Thomas wanted to know more. So the 15-year Westat veteran came to Hood’s Graduate School to deepen her understanding of human behavior and gerontology.

When she graduated with a master’s in Human Sciences in May 2015, Gail was honored with the Outstanding Human Sciences Student Award for 2015. This monetary award, established by Craig D. Lebo in 2011, is given annually to the top graduate student in the program, based on criteria such as academic achievement, leadership ability, teamwork skills, and contribution to the program. ​

Since 2008, Gail has collaborated with the Divinity School of Duke University to conduct the Clergy Health Initiative Longitudinal Study, which seeks to assess, track and improve the physical, spiritual and emotional health of United Methodist Church clergy in North Carolina. In 2013, she was project director for the Congregational Decision-Making About Clergy Compensation Study for Duke University’s School of Sociology and the Lilly Endowment. In spring 2015, Gail was a task leader for the Association of American Universities’ Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, which was administered to 27 participating research colleges and universities.

Currently, Gail is exploring the potential role for clergy as sentinels of elder abuse.  


Alums Forge Careers in Thanatology Field

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Lynne Tobin

Lynne Tobin

Andrea Warnick

Thanatology students Lynne Tobin and Andrea Warnick left Hood with a commitment to making a difference in how people think, feel and communicate about death and dying.

Today, Lynne is a private-practice  licensed professional counselor based in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She works with individuals and families during “end-of-life” journeys, facilitates group discussions and advocates for patient-directed care in the state legislature.

Andrea, who holds a master’s in Thanatology and is also an R.N., specializes is helping children who are experiencing the illness or death of a loved one. Based in Toronto, Canada, she counsels in person as well as via webinars, phone and Skype and is also a sought-after speaker.

Learn more about these alums.

Ceramics Shows Open June 26

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Stephanie Massey

Ceramics - Kathie Grove 2

Kathie Grove

Ceramic artists Kathie Grove and Stephanie Massey will display their work at shows opening June 26 and closing July 12 at the Whitaker Gallery at Hood College, Frederick, MD.

Kathie’s show is entitled Connections. Her opening reception is Saturday, June 27 5-7 p.m.; her gallery talk is at 5:30 p.m. The reception for Stephanie’s show, Strong & Determined, is also on Saturday, June 27, 5-7 p.m.

For more information about Hood’s M.A., M.F.A. and Certificate programs in ceramics, visit www.hood.edu/CeramicsMA/.


Throwing Large Forms Subject of July Workshop

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Student Matthew Gaddie puts finishing touches on a vessel made at a recent Kevin Crowe workshop.

Student Matthew Gaddie puts finishing touches on a vessel made at a recent Kevin Crowe workshop.

Kevin Crowe, owner and potter at Tye River Pottery in Nelson County, VA, will visit the Hood campus July 6-11 to teach a workshop on throwing large forms. Students will develop alternative methods to throw and center large pots. A focus will be on gaining the more elastic understanding of the relationship between the object and the space it occupies necessary to throw large forms.

Crowe is widely known for producing wood-fired functional stoneware with strong Asian and English roots. His work ranges from 4-inch tea bowls to 48-inch vases.

The workshop fee is $485  for non-tuition students, who may register at www.secure.hood.edu/ceramics. Ceramic Arts degree and certificate students should call 301-663-3131 for enrollment information.

Bioinformatics Launch Features Noted NCI Scientist

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Dr. Kearney

Dr. Kearney

The Graduate School’s exciting Bioinformatics Certificate program has opened for enrollment starting with the fall 2015 semester. A  Symposium on Bioinformatics will officially launch — and celebrate — the new program on Thursday, June 25, 2015, 5:30-7 p.m., at the Whitaker Campus Center on Hood’s campus. The public is invited.

This special evening will feature a keynote address by Mary Kearney, Ph.D., National Cancer Institute.  Dr. Kearney’s topic will be Using Bioinformatics Tools to Develop Strategies towards a Cure for HIV. Her work was recently published in Science, known worldwide as the leading journal of original scientific research, global news and commentary. At NCI, Dr. Kearney heads theTranslational Research Unit, HIV Dynamics and Replication Program. 

The Symposium promises to offer an engaging and informative look inside the increasingly important field of bioinformatics. It will also be an excellent opportunity to learn more about the Bioinformatics Certificate program’s capacity to prepare life science professionals with fluency in this cross-cutting discipline.

Grad Student’s Internship Leads to Bioinformatics Job

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Danny Watson

Danny Watson

Daniel Watson, who proudly hails from “the tropical paradise of Barbados in the Caribbean,” discovered the Graduate School by way of his cousin, a past international undergraduate student who “highly recommended me to apply because of her very positive experience.”

While working toward his master’s degree in Computer Science, Danny was selected for appointment to the Student Research Participation Program at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Materiel Command (USAMRMC) at Fort Detrick. The CPT (Curricular Practical Training) internship working with the bioinformatics team will lead to a position after he graduates in December 2015 as a bioinformatics analyst, a role in which he will continue develop new technologies for the analysis and interactive visualization of biomedical and genomic data.

Danny gives much credit for this career-launching opportunity to Dr. Xinlian Liu—his “primary mentor” and instructor in operating system design and algorithms —as well as Hood’s relationship with Fort Detrick’s Advanced Biomedical Computing Center. Professors George Dimitoglou and Ahmed Salem are among other “major influences” at the Graduate School.

Danny was delighted to “give back to the Hood College community” through a workship at Hood’s Center for Academic Achievement and Retention.

“Cause and Effect” Subject of Delphia Exhibit

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Joseph Delphia is a featured guest artist exhibiting his functional wood-fired pottery at Hood College June 5 through June 20, 2015. His ceramic art will be on display at the Whitaker Commons Gallery at Whitaker Campus Center; gallery hours are 10 a.m.-7 p.m.

Artist: Joseph Delphia

Artist: Joseph Delphia

The opening reception is Saturday, June 6, 5-7 p.m., with an artist talk at 5:30 p.m.

Delphia, who creates pottery that he fires with fellow artists and students in a small anagama kiln, graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio where he studied art education, ceramics, and sculpture. After receiving his BFA and BS, he moved to Pittsburgh, PA where he began to teach for various organizations in the city including the Carnegie Museum of Art and the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild. In 2008 he joined the faculty at the Community College of Allegheny County, where he teaches studio art courses, including ceramics and sculpture. He is also part of the Cooperative Clay Studio at the Union Project, a non-profit arts and community organization.