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MBA Awards Go to Sardella and Vasilev

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Jessica Sardella with David Gurzick, director of the MBA program, and Ron Volpe, Hood College presidenet

MBA faculty presented two awards to exceptional students this spring.

The first — the Fred and Lenora Dietzel MBA Award,established in honor of Dr. Anita Jose for the best student in the MBA Management Policy capstone course — went to Veselin Vasilev. A Hood alum, Veselin returned to his Alma mater and achieved the highest score in a very competitive class on his MBA capstone project.  He is the owner of the VNV Group, a residential services management company that operates in Frederick, Montgomery and Washington counties. Always the scholar, he is continuing his education and is currently a level 1 candidate as a Chartered Financial Analyst.

The second award is the MBA Director’s Award given to a graduating MBA student who personifies academic excellence, high aspirations and great work ethic. This year, the award went to Jessica Sardella.  Jessica maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA through the program.  She is the Senior Associate Director of Annual Giving at Hood College where she is responsible for securing funding of over $1.6 million for academic support, scholarships, financial aid, athletics and more. She specializes in crowdfunding campaigns and is interested in how innovative technology is changing philanthropy. A member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, in her free time Jessica is head coach and director of social media for the Frederick Stars Girl’s Lacrosse Club.

New Investment Center Opening Soon

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MBA - Investment CenterThe MBA program is pleased to reveal its new Investment Center. The space features trading stations, a stock quote ticker, a world clock and financial investment software.

During the fall semester, the Investment Club will use the center  while faculty members familiarize themselves with the software and plan their classes to utilize the space. The Investment Center will open to the first classes in Spring 2016.

The project’s lead financial supporter is Virginia Munson Hammell ’67. Other supporters are Frederick County Bank; Susan Edmiston ’87; and trustees Janet Hobbs Cotton ’59, Bob Hooper and Neal Wilson

Breese Selected Outstanding MBA Student

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Erin Breese

Erin Breese

Erin Breese was selected as the recipient of the Amy Kaufman MacLeod Outstanding MBA Student Award for 2015.  While at Hood College, she worked with the MBA program as a graduate assistant for two years. She also interned on a special project involving risk management at Fairchild Controls and was initiated as a member of the Phi Kappa Phi honor society.

Previously educated in the graphic arts, Erin worked with the non-profit Center for Civic Education for nearly seven years. “The Center’s communication strategy required me to evaluate the overall programmatic goals of the organization and how they would be disseminated to a wider audience,” she says, “I realized that my passion for these projects had a great deal to do with being a part of integral business decision-making….”

Since graduating, Erin has relocated to Los Angeles, where she works as a financial analyst at Convalo Health International. After she was hired, Erin I found out that the original job post included filters that favored candidates that had an MBA title. “In that way, the MBA qualified me for a larger pool of positions for which I would not otherwise have even been considered,” she says. Erin has discovered that her studies prepared her with a “comprehensive knowledge of all the working parts of a business…from theoretical and practical viewpoints…not necessarily just my own particular role.” 

Russia-born MBA Student Investigates Devices for Cancer Applications

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Marina Dobrovoiskaia, Hood MBA Grad

Marina Dobrovoiskaia
Photo by Bill Green, Frederick News-Post

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.

Got a Yummy App Idea?

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SPOTLUCK LOGOFind out what it takes to take an app idea into a scalable growth platform and a monetized business from a Hood MBA alum who’s done just that. MBA grad Cherian Thomas and partner Brad Sayler, Spotluck CEO and CFO respectively, will share their journey and experiences in developing a new mobile app that, according to their website, “allows you to discover local restaurants and save money in a fun new way. With a simple spin, Spotluckers earn preferred pricing and forgo the hassle of figuring out where to eat next!” 

Hood’s MBA department will host a launch party for Spotluck Thursday, February 26, 6 until 8 p.m. at the school’s Brodbeck Hall.  Thomas and Sayler have titled their talk, “You’ve got an idea for an App! Now what?”  The event is open to the public and admission is free.

Spotluck has recently generated considerable buzz in Montgomery County and Frederick County. The app features 70 restaurants in those counties’ five largest downtown areas. Plans call for expansion to D.C. this year.

 

Recent Alumni Provide Career Advice to Students

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Alumni panelists 10-14On Oct. 6, recent Hood alumni provided students and guests with valuable advice on internships, their job experiences and shared the importance of their Hood education. Panelists included Graduate School alumni Kris Miner ’11, MBA ’13, business banking associate relationship manager, M&T Bank (third from left in photo) and Erin Doolittle ’03, M.S. ’11, Frederick County Public Schools Teacher of the Year 2014 (second from right). Read more.

Reception for All New Students: August 20

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All students who are new to the Hood Graduate School for the Fall 2014 semester are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 20, 5:30-7:30 p.m. The informal welcome reception, to be held at Whitaker Campus Center, will provide an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow students.

The agenda includes a campus tour, introduction to the bookstore and Apple computer lab, a welcome from Graduate School Dean Dr. Maria Green Cowles, and dinner with the program directors. Get the complete agenda and then RSVP here 

Speaker Advises “Invest in your team”

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dsc_1342The March speaker in the Hood College Management Lecture Series offered tips for “Leading with Integrity and Authenticity.” Stephanie Hill, a noted speaker on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) issues, emphasized the importance of being true to yourself by developing your own value systems and management style — and then adhering to them. She also underscored that no one, no matter how strong, can do it all alone; a good leader develops a team and trust its members.

Hill is vice president and general manager of with Lockheed Martin Information Systems & Global Solutions Civil Organization.

The lecture series on Sustainable Leadership is sponsored by Bruce La Fleur, Hood MBA alum and co-founder and executive vice-president of TLF Publications, Inc. The series brings notable leaders to campus to share their secrets of success with the campus community and friends of Hood College.