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Graduate Alumni Highlight — Ja’Bette Lozupone

Ja’Bette Lozupone, an alumna of Hood’s MBA program and undergraduate communications program, has been honored by the American Association for Women in Community Colleges with the “40 Under 40” award! The award is presented to 40 up-and-coming women under the age of 40, who work in community colleges across the nation. The honorees demonstrate high potential for success in leadership roles and a strong commitment to the mission of community colleges. She was recognized for her contributions to the College and to the community and one who will represent the next generation of community college leadership.

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Become a Reading Specialist By Doing It!

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In the Hood College Master’s in Reading Specialization program, two of the final steps are EDUC 524 and 525, Advanced Clinical Reading Experiences. Familiarly known as ‘clinic’, these two classes come together as a rigorous six-week summer program where participants act as reading specialists. It is an intense time, with the participants doing everything from assessing their students, creating plans to teach them based on their needs, and even observing and coaching each other. Program director Ellen Koitz explains that it is a chance for graduate students to apply the skills they’ve learned throughout the program, as well as for local elementary and secondary students to really learn over the summer. Hood’s emphasis on hands-on application and real-life experience shines, as participants create and follow through with plans tailored to real students and peers. Megan Ramsburg, a teacher at FCPS’ Whittier Elementary School, explains that “if I start a career as a literacy specialist, I now already have some experience with what it will be like”.

Something that sets Hood’s program apart is the focus on a variety of ages. The certification gained through the program is for K-12, so participants work with both elementary and secondary students. This means that elementary school teachers will work with high school students, and vice versa. For three weeks, participants work with elementary students, all of whom are identified as reading at least a year below their grade levels. For the three weeks with secondary students, the focus is on content area reading and study skills. 2017 participant Rachel Crane, a teacher for Washington County Public Schools states, “you get experience with a variety of age groups and needs that it’s almost impossible to get in your regular career”.

Another advantage to the program is timing. With clinic occurring during the summer, students don’t need to take a leave of absence from their regular jobs or try to cram hours in around other teaching. Clinic participants are either ready to graduate or need just one more class, and once their program portfolios are submitted they will gain their certification. While the group agrees that they are ready to be done and graduate, they also praise the program for pushing them and preparing them for a variety of situations and career choices.

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Outstanding Student- Thanatology

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i-R525fd4-L Beverly entered Hood’s Thanatology program in 2011 as she approached her retirement from the U.S. government.  She retired in 2013 after more than 32 years of service at the Social Security Administration.  Since retiring, Beverly has become an ardent volunteer for Montgomery Hospice, the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and others.  While working toward her Thanatology degree, she served as graduate assistant to the program chair for two years.  In and out of the classroom, Beverly has been a peer leader in the program and is the clear choice for this year’s Outstanding Thanatology Student Award.

Ceramics Program Intensive Summer Seminars

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Hood College Ceramics students haven’t just been relaxing this summer! They have had the option of taking several short but intensive seminar classes. Two of these 5-day classes included Throwing Large Forms (ARTS 509) and Salt/Soda Surfaces and Firing (ARTS 599MM).

 

Taught by visiting artist Kevin Crowe, Throwing Large Farms explored creating large-scale pots using “method…not machismo”, as explained by the instructor. Requiring throwing skills, imagination, and sense of humor, participants were able to explore using techniques to create pieces on a grand scale! IMG_0187 small IMG_0183 small IMG_0173 IMG_4685 IMG_4667 IMG_4633

 

Salt/Soda Surfaces and Firing, taught by visiting artist Cathi Jefferson, gave students the uncommon opportunity to explore ways to create variations in the surfaces and firing of their work using these techniques. Experimenting, they were able to create beautiful effects in a variety of ways!

 

Photographs by Steven Luttrell and Emily Bernstein

Outstanding Student- Counseling

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i-R7Tdn3g-L Meghan Davis is the recipient of our newest award, the Parrot-Anderson Outstanding Student Award for Counseling. She came to Hood in 2014 as a student in the Thanatology Master’s Program. She found a passion for supporting families struggling with death through her volunteerism with her local hospice and her own personal experience as a caregiver for a family friend. In 2015, she became dually enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program where she developed her enthusiasm for helping others.  Meghan added her insight and charisma to the classroom, always asking thoughtful questions. She particularly enjoys blending her knowledge of death and dying to the different theoretical concepts of counseling, which often directed her topics for research.

As the first counseling student from Hood College to intern for Linganore Counseling and Wellness, Meghan served as an ambassador for the school, paving the way for future counseling students to work with clients in a local private practice setting. Her experience at Linganore and in the Hood Counseling program has served to confirm her drive and clinical abilities to assist those in the community. She hopes to work with the bereaved and their families in either a hospice or private practice setting.

Outstanding Student- Ceramic Arts

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i-ZhsxXcR-L Janet is a member of the Potters Guild of Frederick and sells her work
in their Frederick Gallery. A notable Frederick artist, she exemplifies what it means to be a successful ceramic artist. She has explored form and image transfer with a variety of firing methods including electric, gas reduction, soda, wood and raku. Although her emphasis at this time is wheel thrown, functional pottery, she continues to explore new methods and techniques that enable many possibilities.  As she explores new directions in her personal work, Janet demonstrates proficiency and caring in working with students. She is always available in the studio or the kiln yard to assist any student who is struggling. She maintains the glaze lab, mixing glazes in advance of need and providing current samples of glaze interactions. She loads, fires and unloads kilns, always open to questions and sharing information. She works to perfect her skills in order to share the knowledge.

Outstanding Student- Human Behavior

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 Lauretta came to Hood after a 24-year business career, most recently as Vice President of Marketing & Public Relations for Avemco Insurance, one of the country’s leading aircraft insurers. She entered the Human Sciences MA program in fall 2015 and excelled in its fast paced and demanding courses. With great determination and personal sacrifice, Lauretta completed her course work in just seventeen months. Developing an affinity for the courses with a social psychology focus, she intends to apply the knowledge in her work and volunteer endeavors.   The National Association of Flight Instructors recently recruited Lauretta as their Director of Marketing & Communications, where she hopes to leverage her education and aviation safety experience to help reduce the fatal accident rate in aviation through engagement with flight instructors and the aviation community.

Outstanding Student- Humanities

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i-7WvP3JX-L  Maura Page is the Event and Recruitment Coordinator in Hood College’s Center for Career Development and Experiential Education.  In addition, Maura has been a Hood History Museum docent since fall of 2010 and has participated in multiple Frederick Historic Sites Consortium events, including the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium – Master Docent Series.

As a graduate student Maura brought a passion for learning that often shaped class discussions and inspired her peers to consider topics from new perspectives—Maura is well deserving of this year’s outstanding humanities student award.  Maura competed in and won a People’s Choice Award in Hood’s our Three-Minute Thesis competition for her talk entitled, “Domestic Servitude: bonds with no common ground; racialized economic relationships in Jim Crow era films.”

Plant by Plant towards Preservation of Monarchs – John Maciolek’s inspirational story

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john 3John “Monarch” Maciolek, a 2017 Hood College graduate in the Environment Biology program, has single-handedly been advocating for a monarch butterfly habitat in the newly-opened Hood-Frederick Memorial Hospital Resource Garden since its inception this spring. John’s assistance with the garden has been invaluable. He has not only donated his free time and effort, but milkweed plants from his property, all to develop an environment friendly to the monarch butterfly. The milkweed is the only plant in which the monarch can lay their eggs, and as the monarch’s natural habitats are being destroyed, the preservation of milkweed is crucial.

According to John, three species of milkweeds are planted in the Garden; Common Milkweed, Butterflyweed and Swamp Milkweed, with future plans for at least five different species. What makes this project even more notable is the fact that there are pollinator plants in close proximity to Milkweeds, so the butterflies will have food at the same spot. John believes that the garden is “a great educational tool that can be used as a resource for a number of Hood classes, like Environmental Problems, Insect Ecology and Conservation Biology.”

John started his Masters in Environmental Biology after several years in the Bioinformatics field. His career transition inspired him to develop plans for opening a nursery which would focus on native plants and their preservation, as well as establishing a non-profit which would work to purchase and preserve land before it is sold for large developments. “There are so many ways of developing infrastructure without having sprawl. I am not anti-business, just anti-sprawl.”

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While working toward these career goals, John will continue overseeing Hood’s Monarch Garden, which has been endorsed by both Monarch Watch and the Xerces Society.  John encourages anyone who is interested in helping these beautiful butterflies to volunteer with the Hood-FMH Resource Garden.

Outstanding Student- MBA

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i-j7Gpvmg-L Robin Winkler-Pickett graduated magna cum laude from Hood in 1984 as an Honors Biology Graduate with a BA and double major in Biology and Mathematics.  She returned to Hood and received an M.S. in Biomedical Science in 2007 and was named the Outstanding Graduate Student in Biomedical Science that year.

This May, she received her THIRD Hood College degree, an M.B.A. She is a member of the Phi Kappa Phi and Delta Mu Delta Honor Societies.  For 30 years Robin has worked at the National Cancer Institute (NCI), doing scientific research and now serves as Scientific Operations Manager for one of the largest scientific programs at the Institute. She has co-authored over 40 publications and given presentations at national meetings. She was twice competitively selected to participate in Leadership training programs at the NCI.

Outstanding Student- Reading Specialization

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i-ZNkj8cV-L Kristine Abrecht has been a stellar student in Hood College’s MS in Reading Specialization program, maintaining a GPA of 3.94. Kristine has been an elementary school teacher in the Frederick County Public Schools since 2010, where she has taught grades two, three and five.  Kristine was asked to plan and implement a professional development opportunity for parents, teachers and child care professionals who worked in Frederick County where she shared the Importance of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) with the special education population.

Kristine’s exit folio artifacts and reflections made it clear to the reviewers that she has learned a great deal in the Reading Specialist program.  She is truly an outstanding graduate student and we are proud to have her as an alumnus.