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Greater Maryland Graduate Women in Science (GM-GWIS) Spring 2017 Travel Award

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PictureGreater Maryland Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) is the local chapter of an international organization dedicated to empowering women in science. The GWIS mission is “to build a global community to inspire, support, recognize and empower women in science. The organization strives to build a powerful international network of women scientists, mentor the leaders of today so that they can inspire the leaders of tomorrow and empower women scientists to excel in their careers.”

GM-GWIS is granting a “Travel Award” for GM-GWIS members for their participation to the DC Science Writers Association (DCSWA) Professional Development Day (PDD) on Saturday, April 8, 2017.

Professional Development Day has been DCSWA’s signature event since 2006. Each year,
100 to 150 science reporters, editors, radio and video producers, freelancers, and students gather for a fun and exciting day of networking and skill-building. This year, PDD will include six panel sessions, three interactive workshops, a plenary speaker, breakfast and lunch, all-day resume coaching, and an invitation to socialize with your colleagues following the event. See the day’s agenda at https://dcswa.org/professional-development-day-2017/

Benefits of the conference and award include: A great day of fun, learning, and networking opportunities, and the honor of placing the award on your resume.

The Travel Award will cover the registration fee and provide an additional $10 stipend for travel expenses such as gas or Metro, as breakfast and lunch are included in the registration fee. Up to two (2) awards may be made this year. Awardees must register and attend the meeting, and then submit receipts to GM-GWIS following the event to be reimbursed immediately. All graduate students who are GM-GWIS members are eligible. To register for professional Development Day, visit https://dcswa.wildapricot.org/event-2477067

Application Process: Applicants will submit an essay of 300-500 words that explains how they might benefit from attending this event. Applications are due by Wednesday, March 22; send your essay to greatermaryland@gwis.org; include name address, phone number, graduate school and major. If you do not receive next day e-mail confirmation of your submission, call: 301-304-0140. Awards will be announced on or before Sunday, March 26.

Applicants are encouraged to review the meeting agenda and the DCSWA website before completing their essay. Applicants do not need to be majoring in journalism or science writing. Science writing is a major part of many careers, and the information and networking opportunities of this meeting should benefit many types of STEM professions.

Application and Essay evaluation criteria:
1) Applicant is a graduate student and GM-GWIS member.
2) Essay quality:
• Writing, including grammar, structure, and use of support when needed
• Content convinces reviewer of applicant’s interest in the content of the meeting, and how it might benefit the applicant whatever her future career choice
3) Applications and essays will be evaluated by a panel of 3 or more members of the GM-GWIS Executive Committee.

* Awards may not be made if there are no applications that meet the guidelines proposed here, or if an awardee registers but does not attend the event.

 

Hood MBA Candidate Hits a “Hole-In One”!

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Alyssapic2Hood College is excited to share another Blazer success story: Alyssa Eshleman, with two undergraduate degrees from Hood under her belt and nearing completion of her MBA, is the new Assistant General Manager at the Maryland National Golf Club.

Alyssa’s hard work is paying off.  She began her journey at Maryland National five years ago as a part-time server and beverage cart attendant.  Following graduation in 2013 she was promoted to Restaurant Manager on Duty.  Her climb continued as she became Assistant Food & Beverage Director, Director of Sales & Marketing, Food & Beverage Director, and now Assistant General Manager. At each step in her climb, she’s faced new challenges, but her strong work ethic and willingness to learn have always given her the tools to overcome anything thrown her way.

In her current role as the Assistant General Manager, Alyssa maintains a staff of 14-50 workers, organizes budgets and goals for multiple departments, oversees the business’ daily operations, and works to train and develop new team members. Furthermore, Alyssa continues as the Director of Sales & Marketing, where she develops and implements annual sales and marketing plans aimed at growing the Maryland National brand.  She also serves as the “face of the operation”  meeting with new and potential customers both on-site and at networking events.

Moving ahead, Alyssa looks forward to graduating with her master’s in the spring, after which she’ll shift her focus towards growing her hands-on experience and eventually opening her own business in the hospitality industry.  She says “Hood College, its exceptional faculty, and its challenging curriculum are all very much the reasons behind my success. I’ve learned so much about what it takes to be successful – hard work, strong communication, and a lot of dedication – and I wouldn’t be where I am today without such key life lessons throughout my education.”

Work isn’t all that Alyssa is about.  “I coach a 16 travel volleyball team out of Charles Town, WV. I’ve been with Potomac Elite Volleyball Club since its inception in 2010 and have loved watching the girls grow as athletes and young women. I’m always amazed by the influence we as coaches have over these ladies, and I hope to make a positive impact on each of them, as I encourage them to push themselves on and off the court, to be not only good athletes but also good people, and to work hard in everything they do.

Representing Maryland National, Alyssa is part of the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, Restaurant Association of Maryland, and the Middletown Area Chamber of Commerce.

Hood MBA Graduate – Human Resources Director at Shelter House, Inc.

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PictureStephanieStephanie A. White, an alumna of Hood’s MBA program with a concentration in Human Resources Management, works as the Human Resources Director at Shelter House, Inc.  Established in 1981, Shelter House is a community-based nonprofit organization that focuses on providing services to homeless families and victims of domestic violence in Fairfax County, VA.

In addition to working for an organization whose vision is to prevent and end homelessness and domestic violence in Fairfax County, Stephanie volunteers with several organizations. She is an active member and past officer of the Frederick County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta, Sorority, Inc.,   where she serves on the International Awareness and Involvement Committee. She chairs the National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Program where her primary role is to increase awareness of HIV/AIDS and testing among college students. Stephanie also spends time working in the Habitat for Humanity Montgomery County Restore.

Stephanie is passionate about serving others, particularly helping youth to realize their potential. Since graduating college, she has committed time and resources to youth initiatives in the DMV area. She is a positive example for young girls in the community and at her church, where she is a mentor, teacher and volunteer. She values learning and utilizes her knowledge, skills and abilities to empower young girls and college-age students to exceed expectations. She is often invited to speak with youth and recently spoke at her alma mater, Johnson C. Smith University, about the importance of furthering your education after college.

In 2016, White was a nominee for WKYS-FM Radio’s “30 Under 30,” a list of up-and-comers in the African-American community of Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland.  The honorees are nominated by their peers in the community and selected by the station for recognition.

Stephanie is grateful about pursuing her MBA degree from Hood.  She says “The knowledge obtained in Hood’s MBA Program helped strengthen my educational and work related experience allowing me to secure my current role as HR Director at Shelter House, Inc. My concentration in HR Management helped prepare me for real-life situations, which I would encounter at work. The knowledge learned in courses taught by Professor Carol Wuenschel and Dr. Anita Jose created a framework for processing ideas and gaining more understanding through research.  All the staff in the MBA program played a critical role in my seeking a management role after graduation. Completing this program gave me the assurance to enroll in a Doctorate in Education program with a concentration in Organizational Leadership at Argosy University. Furthering my education and work experience has been a great journey thus far, and I look forward to continuing it!

Hood’s New Master of Science in Multidisciplinary Studies – Courses from Three Graduate Education Programs Coming Together to Shape One Degree

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Stem2A1890For the first time Hood College is offering a Master of Science degree in Education, Multidisciplinary Studies. This new program will enable educators to build a substantial content base and add leadership skills and specialized reading training to enhance career opportunities.

Multidisciplinary Studies is designed primarily for certified classroom teachers and support staff who want to design a personalized program to meet their individual instructional and professional needs. An integral part of this program is the ability to choose course work from other content areas outside the field of education. The curriculum includes four professional core courses, one course from each of the three existing education graduate programs – Reading Specialization, Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership – as well as four elective courses, and a capstone research project. This action research project provides the opportunity to explore and address specific instructional issues in an action research framework, bridging the interdisciplinary coursework that has been completed. A candidate may finish the program in as little as three years, with seven years the maximum allowable time. Candidates must apply to the Graduate School and meet with the program’s director to complete an oral interview and writing sample.

For more information contact Paulette Shockey, Program director, at 301-696-3467 or shockey@hood.edu or visit http://www.hood.edu/Graduate-School/Programs/Multidisciplinary-Studies.html

Graduate Women in Science Establishes Local Chapter at Hood College

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FREDERICK, Md. — An international organization dedicated to empowering women in science is launching its 25th United States chapter Jan. 23.

The Greater Maryland Chapter of Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) will launch at 6 p.m. in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons at Hood College. The event begins with an informal mixer followed by a lecture by featured speaker Col. Andrea Stahl, deputy commander of USAMRIID at Fort Detrick. Afterward, there will be a business meeting to discuss upcoming events for this new chapter.

The GWIS mission is “to build a global community to inspire, support, recognize and empower women in science. The organization strives to build a powerful international network of women scientists, mentor the leaders of today so that they can inspire the leaders of tomorrow and empower women scientists to excel in their careers.”

The event is free and open to the public. For more information about GWIS, visit www.gwis.org. For more information about the launch event, contact April Boulton, Dean of Hood College’s Graduate School and Associate Professor of Biology, and co-founding member of the new chapter, at 301-696-3600 or boulton@hood.edu.

Hood Student Advocates for Victims and Witnesses

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WalterHood13Walter Hood, a Master’s candidate in Hood College’s Human Sciences program, serves as a victim/witness coordinator with the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office.  In the position for about a year, he primarily works in the District Court as one of six people responsible for acclimating witnesses to the legal system and assuring they are comfortable throughout their contact with the courts.

Hood and his colleagues prepare witnesses for trial, often walking them through what questions they can expect to hear on the stand. He coaches them to always tell the truth, and goes over relevant reports with them to refresh their memories.

“In district court, our prosecutors are extremely busy,” Frederick County State’s Attorney Charlie Smith said. “Without people like Walter, we wouldn’t really be able to give that personal contact that I feel is extremely important to victims and witnesses of crime.”

For Hood, a Montgomery County resident, the position is an ideal way to blend his interest in law and his love of working with people. He got his start in the legal field at a bankruptcy firm in Bethesda, but he didn’t like working on behalf of big banks. “They didn’t put value on people,” he said. He considered going to law school, but decided against it after many of the lawyers at the firm said, if they had the chance to do it over again, they would not go back to law school.

Hood’s background is not typical for the position, Smith said. Most victim/witness coordinators have a background in criminal justice, not civil businesses cases. Hood’s people skills were impressive, though. “When we hired Walter, he wasn’t your prototypical victim witness coordinator,” Smith said. “We took a gamble on it, and it has worked out tremendously.”

Hood said “I applied for the victim/witness coordinator position because it would let me work more closely with people while still being a part of the court system.”

Assistant State’s Attorney Mike Moore said Hood’s people skills have served him well over the past few weeks as he trained to assist Moore on the domestic violence docket. Hood helped convince a victim of domestic violence to testify against her abuser, which can be a challenge.  Walter has also had to help people in unexpected ways. He recently led a woman with visual impairment around the courthouse by the hand and called her a taxi to make sure she made it back home safely.

Working with people in stressful situations can be emotional. Hood is often moved by drug cases, where he has seen how addiction can affect an entire family. “It can be pretty tough to watch a mother and a father crying in court … because this one family member is deciding to use drugs.”

Walter Hood loves what he is doing and the energy follows him. He says “The master’s program at Hood College really helped me identify and sharpen the strategic tools that I need to be successful in my day-to-day work. The Human Sciences Master’s program is extremely relevant when it comes to understanding and working with people, especially those in crisis situations, so it is a huge advantage to be able to incorporate the valuable information from the classroom and bring it to the workplace.”

Dedicated to Microbiology – With a Master’s Degree from Hood

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FawazPicFawaz Mohammed Almufarriji, Biomedical Science M.S. candidate, has been working as a full time research assistant on a volunteer basis in Dr. Michael Otto’s lab, in the Laboratory of Bacteriology (LB) at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) in the National Institute of health (NIH). He is particularly conducting research in antibiotics resistant bacterium Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA).

Fawaz says “ In August 2014, I began to work toward my master’s in the Biomedical Science program at Hood College, where I took advantage of the highly qualified full-time faculty, and benefited from the knowledge and expertise of adjunct professors who are leaders in the laboratories of the National Cancer Institute’s Frederick Cancer Research Facility, the U.S. Army Research Institute on Infectious Diseases, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and other neighboring biomedical and biotechnology facilities. Being a student in a program adjacent to such facilities provides me with a broad knowledge of the current research in multiple areas, from cancer to antibiotic-resistant bacteria. In addition, the program provides me with extensive lab skills and scientific knowledge in molecular biology and genetics. After two years of searching and overcoming immigration regulation obstacles, I independently arranged to work in one of the best biomedical research centers in the world where I started working in Dr. Michael Otto’s lab, LB/NIAID/NIH, as his research assistant for nearly a year.

While working in Dr. Otto’s lab, Fawaz was writing a mock grant proposal in which he intended to silence the expression of some essential genes in MRSA using Peptide Nucleic Acid (PNA) as an antisense. The proposal’s ultimate goal is to identify essential genes in MRSA that can be inhibited with a minimum inhibitory effect of PNAs and minimum off-target effect. This novel therapy not only can eradicate MRSA but maybe all antibiotics resistant bacteria.

What are Fawaz’s goals?  “My short-term goal is to conduct doctoral research in fighting antibiotics-resistant Staphylococcus aureus. My long-term goal is to teach at the university level and conduct research in the field of antimicrobial-resistant bacteria, especially in finding a therapy that is an alternative to antibiotics and eradicating the infections caused by antibiotic-resistant bacteria in Saudi Arabia.

After earning a scholarship to Shaqra University in Saudi Arabia where he worked as a teacher assistant since 2011, Fawaz came to Hood for his master’s, which he will complete in January, 2017.He looks forward to his doctoral studies at the University of Leeds.

Fawaz is a member of the American Society of Microbiology (ASM) and has built a coalition of scientific collaborators from around the world, who are interested in fighting MRSA. His continued studies in the School of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Leeds will enable him to reach both his short and long term goals.

MBA Graduate Wins “40 Under 40” Award

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00JaBette Lozupone2Ja’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.

Lozupone is Director of Montgomery College’s “Achieving the Promise” Initiatives and oversees the Achieving the Promise Academy. The ATPA is a multifaceted endeavor with the goal of increasing the retention, persistence, graduation, and completion rates of “at-promise” students, especially African-American and Latino students. The mission of ATPA is to prepare students for success in college through academic coaching, tutoring, and the creation of Learning Success Cohort Communities. She is also a member, and the former president of the Montgomery College Rising Professionals Association (MCRPA).

A fierce advocate for education, Lozupone experienced firsthand the barriers to degree completion many students encounter during their academic career. She says “I credit my persistence to coaches and mentors at Hood such as Olivia White, vice president and dean of students, and the extraordinary support, encouragement, and advocacy of the faculty and staff at Hood.”

Vanguard Teacher Program – Leadership Development

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Hood College and Frederick County Public Schools have partnered to offer the Vanguard Teacher Program, a leadership development program that aims to develop competency-based teacher leadership in public schools across the county.

The program focuses on four areas of teaching competencies: mindset, instructional technology, teaching practices, and professional learning and networking.

Mindset competencies include the core values or beliefs that guide a teacher’s thinking, behaviors, and actions, and which also help them shift toward new forms of teaching and learning.

Instructional technology skills help educators utilize technology to enrich their lessons. The goal is to transform learning experiences so they result in higher levels of achievement for students.

Teaching practice competencies are personal characteristics and patterns of behavior that help educators make the transition to new ways of teaching and learning. These qualities include integrating digital content, small group instruction, opportunities for student reflection and data-driven decision making.

Professional learning and networking skills are a more general set of skills that apply across roles and subject areas. These include collaboration and problem solving and are complex; they help practitioners tackle new tasks or develop solutions in situations that require organizational learning and innovation.

The Vanguard Teacher Program aims to develop competency-based, teacher leadership in public schools across the county. Vanguard Program candidates will be able to earn credits toward a related master’s degree in education at Hood while completing the program. Hood will provide up to nine graduate credits to participants who desire the graduate credits, provided they apply and are accepted to Hood College’s Graduate School as non-degree seeking students. Classes will take place in FCPS facilities.

Roger Stenersen, the Program Director of the Educational Leadership programs at Hood College, believes that the Vanguard Teacher Program constitutes an important addition to the FCPS-Hood partnership.  Stenersen said, “This new dimension incentivizes teacher growth toward system-identified priorities by providing a pathway to teacher salary increases as well as the option for teachers to earn graduate credits which can be counted toward a master’s degree at Hood.”

Hood College Thanatology Graduate to direct health services in Manatee County, Florida

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Joshua Barnett 8Joshua T. Barnett, an alumnus of Hood College’s Master of Arts in Thanatology program, has been hired by Manatee County, Florida as the county’s new health services manager.  Barnett joins the county’s Human Services Division to lead Manatee’s “Community Health Care Initiative” and to serve as the county’s staff liaison to the Health Care Advisory Board.

Barnett has spent his career managing public mental health, substance use and physical health treatment services for private, nonprofit and state government entities. For the past three-plus years he served as a consultant to a settlement agreement between the Justice Department and the state of Delaware, monitoring quality and treatment outcomes of community-based supportive services within the substance abuse and mental health division of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services.

“Joshua joins our team with a broad range of needed attributes and skills,” deputy county administrator Karen Windon said in a statement on Friday. “His background in behavioral health and experience integrating primary care into that setting is exactly what we need in our community. That focus, coupled with his experience in data analytics and quality as they relate to the Institute for Healthcare Improvement Triple Aim, will place Manatee County on a positive path.”

Barnett said in a statement: “I am thrilled for the opportunity to return to my home state of Florida, to work with community shareholders on a collaborative agenda to enhance the use of Manatee County’s public health resources in the areas of prevention, intervention, care coordination, and treatment outcomes.”

He has served on boards throughout the Mid-Atlantic area focusing primarily on public awareness related to health care policy, improving mental health and substance use disorder screenings and grief awareness.

Barnett has a master’s of health science degree from The Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore and a bachelor’s of science in psychology from Florida State University. He also is a certified psychiatric rehabilitation practitioner and is an internationally certified co-occurring disorders professional.

Hood’s Thanatology program is one of the few in the United States and the only one of this type available in Maryland. Both the certificate and master’s coursework specifically prepares individuals to work with the terminally ill and the bereaved and to provide death education.