Business Administration

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

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