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CPT/OPT Information Session

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IMG_20161003_153242Curricular Practical Training (CPT) and Optional Practical Training (OPT) are two important components of the academic experience for most F1 international students.  These programs allow students to gain valuable experience and earn money while working on or off campus during the academic year (CPT) or during the summer (OPT).  As part of the Graduate School’s efforts to empower students with resources that will contribute towards a successful graduate experience, an information session was held recently in partnership with the International Student Services Office and the Career Center.

This event provided an overview of the CPT/OPT process and also provided the opportunity for students to ask questions and receive immediate answers from Dr. Kiran Chadda, Director of International Student Services, Dean of the Graduate School, Dr. April Boulton and Lana Veres  of the Career Center.

The presentations covered areas such as employment options available to F1 international students, procedures for obtaining employment authorization, late stage CPT and internships as well a demo of the GoinGlobal website for job search. Students were also treated to pizza and drinks.

To view the resources shared at the session, visit this link.

MBA Student Assists with Cancer Cure

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MJ Swicegood

MJ Swicegood

Martha “MJ” Swicegood, Hood MBA candidate, has recently worked on manufacturing the cancer drug Keytruda, which has helped save the lives of many people, including former President Jimmy Carter.

MJ explains “Cancer cells are basically your own cells, so your immune system isn’t aware that they’re an issue.  Keytruda is an immunological drug that helps the human body understand that cancer cells are what you want to attack.  The drug comes in, attaches to a receptor on the cancer, and acts like a flag so your body comes in and attacks it.  Instead of working like chemotherapy, which is very detrimental to your body, Keytruda works with your immune system and knocks the cancer out without the danger of radiation. “

Former President Carter says Keytruda helped stall advanced melanoma that had spread to his brain, while oncologists tell us it has helped about 40 percent of similar patients survive for as long as three years post-diagnosis.  Keytruda takes a new approach to treating cancer by stopping tumor cells from cloaking themselves against the normal, healthy immune system response.

Swicegood is working at a vaccine pilot plant now, where she helps manufacturing vaccines that go to topical studies all over the world, which may lead to new researches for new drugs to cure many others.

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International Management Class at the Saudi Cultural Mission

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Hood’s International Management class was excited to attend a presentation at the Saudi Arabian Embassy. “We had a cultural experience that included traditional Saudi food, a display of the country’s monuments and buildings, and traditional Saudi clothing. After a presentation on modern Saudi Arabia, we were able to engage in constructive discussion about the place of women in the society, and how men and women can interact within the Saudi borders. During a fashion show, members of the audience, including Camille Pateau, Professor La Fleur and myself, dressed in traditional Saudi garb and were taught the history of dress in the country. After dinner, we socialized with and got to know our hosts.” -MJ Swicegood, MBA candidateFOR_2302

Apply Now for New Doctoral Program

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Hood College is now accepting applications for a new organizational leadership doctoral program. The 60-credit, three-year experience leads to a choice of two degrees: (1) Doctorate of Organizational Leadership (DOL) – For those in public and private education, the non-profit sector, training and development, government or military. (2) Doctorate of Business Administration (DBA) – For those employed in business and industry who hold business and related graduate degrees.

The multidisciplinary program is structured by cohort. Both DOL and DBA candidates advance together through core and research courses. They then begin to differentiate their degree pursuit—DOL or DBA—by specializing in business, psychology and counseling or education courses. Finally, they complete their capstone work.

Classes are held on the college’s Frederick, Md., campus on a schedule that accommodates working professionals. The application period for the first cohort closes May 15, 2016. Learn more.

Meet Program Directors at Virtual Open Houses

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Can’t make it to campus but want to talk with top faculty about Graduate School programs?  Six virtual open houses in November 2015 provide online opportunities to do just that.

Meet directors of the Biomedical Science, Environmental Biology, MBA, Management of Information Technology and Information Technology masters programs and the GIS and Cybersecurity certificate programs. Ask questions and get answers straight from the source. Go to the Visit Us page to register for your choice of sessions.

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.