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Creating Community Leaders

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hood 1Kevin Brown and Marlon Ramirez, students in Hood College’s MBA program, have completed The Frederick County Future Minority Business Leaders Program. An initiative of the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, the program is designed to help cultivate and grow future minority business leaders and business owners within Frederick County. Although full time students and not business owners, Marlon and Kevin applied and were accepted due to the fact that they plan on owning a business in the future and reflect strong leadership qualities. Participants spend two hours one Friday per month at the Office of Economic Development.
The program’s career and business lessons are taught by local minority leaders and business professionals and are specifically geared towards business owners or those who have aspirations to become one. Among the key messages is the importance of “networking.” “The program exposes you to very successful and important individuals.  In addition, the background of my classmates is outstanding, which also allows each student to learn from one another,” said Marlon. Some of the other valuable lessons focus on how to market yourself, and perfect time management.

Kevin emphasized that his Hood experience had a significant impact as it has prepared him for all the marketing and management topics of the program. Marlon added: “Without a doubt, the courses I have taken in my MBA studies have assisted me in understanding this program better.  There have been many topics discussed in class that have been brought up during this program.”

Both students strongly encourage members of the minority community at Hood to apply for this program if they are interested in learning more about starting and developing a business or working with like-minded business professionals.

 

Hood Alum receives Department of Defense’s highest civilian award

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BerstAward2 (1) Kathleen Berst, a 2017 graduate of Hood College’s MBA program, has been awarded the “Department of Defense Distinguished Civilian Service Award,” the highest award given to career civilian employees of the US Department of Defense. It is given to “those employees whose careers reflect exceptional devotion to duty and whose contributions are of a significant value when it comes to the efficiency, economy or other improvements in Department of Defense (DoD).” Kathleen received the award for leading the Medical Countermeasures Test and Evaluation Facility, and ultimately for her recommendation that it be terminated. This challenging recommendation and her efforts resulted in over one billion dollars of savings and cost avoidance for the DoD. Kathleen was recognized at the Pentagon Annual Award Ceremony, and her importance can especially be seen in the words of Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work, “You bring honor to the tradition of the civilian workforce and public service. Your dedication strengthens our country’s security and prosperity.”

Her professional journey took Kathleen from a biologist in army labs to being an Assistant Vaccine Manager in the Joint Vaccine Acquisition Program (JVAP), and ultimately to Project Manager for the Medical Countermeasure Test and Evaluation Facility and her current role as Deputy Commander of Acquisition for the US Army Medical Material Development Activity (USAMMDA). While a biologist, Kathleen realized she did not want to work in a lab for the rest of her life, and that earning her MBA would allow her to continue using her scientific knowledge in another setting. She started her MBA in 2000, and the experience was impactful on her and her career. “Just starting my MBA courses changed everything. The more I learned in my courses, the more questions I asked at work.” This helped make additional connections, which eventually resulted in Kathleen’s first management role in 2001. “Most of what I was learning in my MBA courses was directly applicable to my new job.  It was perfect! I was flying through my program and advancing at work.

Kathleen’s story does have a twist. Two classes before wrapping up her program, she found out she was pregnant with her first child. Due to complications and a new work position, she delayed degree completion. Soon enough, Kathleen changed positions and saw how her MBA knowledge was contributing to her career. “My career was blossoming because of what I had learned in my MBA program but my successful career had become a giant barrier that was preventing me from completing my MBA!” After speaking at Hood’s “Project Management” class in 2015, Kathleen’s desire to finish her MBA was revived. With the assistance of Dr. David Gurzick, she reenrolled and completed in 2017.

Her message to all is to “GET STARTED, ASK FOR HELP, AND KEEP LEARNING!” While many people are afraid to start or are terrified of failure, the solution is to “just move”. She emphasizes that asking for help is one of the best ways of figuring your career choices. “Most people will be willing to share what worked and what didn’t work. I have a handful of mentors and coaches with different strengths, so I look to them for guidance in different aspects of life and work.”

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.

Become a (Better) Leader with Hood’s Doctoral Program!

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bandsDid you know that Hood has a doctoral program in Organizational Leadership? Learn all about it directly from Kathleen Bands, the director of the program, on our brand new YouTube channel!

Meet Kathleen Bands

Hear her describe the program, which offers degree options in educational leadership (D.O.L.) and business administration (D.B.A.). Working with a cohort of peers from various backgrounds, doctoral candidates learn from coursework and practical experience that will help as they pursue their individual goals. Current students include school principals, researchers, human resources directors, and project managers. Several have undergraduate and/or graduate degrees from Hood, and aim to become the colleges’ first “Three Degree” graduates! Learn more about Dr. Bands and the program in the above video, as well as on our website (Hood Graduate School Doctoral Program).

Don’t forget to subscribe to the Graduate School’s brand new YouTube channel!

Hood College MBA and College Basketball – Saving the Best for Last

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ScottBolenScott Bolen, a Hood College MBA candidate with a concentration in accounting, has a part-time job that’s a bit unusual…varsity basketball player.

Bolen, a 6’4” guard, was voted to the All-Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Second Team by the league’s coaches. It marks the eighth straight season that the Blazers have produced at least one all-conference selection. He also picked up two tournament MVP trophies during the season.

Bolen led Hood in scoring (15 points per game), 3-point field goal percentage (.395), free throw percentage (.804), steals (40) and blocked shots (13). He was second on the Blazers in rebounds (6.2), and his average of more than two assists per game was good for third on the team.

Bolen saved the best for last with a 39-point outing in the Blazers final game of the season, a 97-94 win over Arcadia on February 18th. It was the third-highest single game total in school history and the second most in the MAC Commonwealth this season.

Chad Dickman, Hood’s Men’s Basketball Coach, is very proud of Scott. He says “Scott is a determined player and student that strives to be the best at whatever he does.  He has a strong work ethic and is a very intelligent individual.  He has great time management and has done a great job balancing all the responsibilities on his plate at Hood, despite commuting from 40+ minutes away.”

Before coming to Hood, Scott played two years of basketball at Messiah College, earning his undergraduate degree in accounting and graduating in three years with a 3.5 GPA, and making the Dean’s List the last two semesters.  His work ethic showed then.  “During that time I worked for Southern Management as a summer associate. I helped with resident services, leasing, front desk duties, and did special tasks for the property managers.”

Before he enrolled as a full-time student in the MBA program at Hood in fall of 2015, he started the internship program at PWC as a core auditor.  He played two years of basketball for the Blazers.  When his 2015-16 season ended with a broken arm suffered just five games into the season, he remained on the team and continued his master’s program.  Maintaining a 3.7 GPA, Scott returned to PWC in the summer of 2016 and is looking forward to completing his MBA in the spring of 2017.

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!

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.”

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

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.

For further information about Keytruda please refer to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pembrolizumab