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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 

Death Cafe’ Enlightens Thanatology Student

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Nikki MoberlyNikki Moberly is an executive with Cisco, a hospice volunteer and bereavement team member. In her spare time she serves on the board of contributors for the Frederick News-Post and is a Thanatology student at Hood’s Graduate School.

In a recent FNP column, Nikki described her experience as a participant in the Death Cafe’ led by fellow Thanatology students Kriste Kidd and Bunny O’Dell (see this post).  As Nikki explains, “In my column, I like to focus on life — and death is certainly a part of life. To me, it’s really about learning to find joy in unexpected places, to find hope when apparently there is none.” Find out more about Nikki’s Death Cafe takeaways and observations here.

Thanatology Students and Adjunct Hold Death Cafe

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Kriste Kidd

Kriste Kidd
Photo by Graham Cullen
Frederick News-Post

Kriste Kidd, a hospice worker and student in the thanatology master’s program at Hood College, worked with her colleagues to bring Frederick its first Death Cafe on June 7. The informal discussion group covered everything from last wills and estate planning to healthy ways to deal with grief.

Kriste stated that the Death Cafe concept started in England and has now arrived in the United States. “Death is the most important conversation that America’s not having.”

Two other thanatology students, Bunny O’Dell and Chad Harris, as well as adjunct professor Cheryl Parrott joined Kriste in planning and facilitating the informational event. Read more here

 

 

Lilly Awarded Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Member

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The Graduate School at Hood College has nominated Flavius Lilly for the 2014 Outstanding Graduate Adjunct Faculty award. Flavius is an adjunct faculty member in the Gerontology program, where he is highly respected by his students.Flavius Lilly crop

Flavius hopes “the award means my students are learning and genuinely experiencing the material.” His role models are the many great teachers he’s had in his own life. “I try to emulate their excitement, ability to plan, listen, and sequence learning and discussion.” At Hood, he says, “I learn something new from my students every single time we are in class.”

This award, along with the full-time Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award for a Full-Time Faculty, is supported by a generous grant from the Hood College Board of Associates. Flavius will be honored for this achievement at the Master’s Degree Recipient Reception on May 14, 2014.  In the fall 2014 semester, he will teach GERO 555, Psychological Aspects of Aging, and GERO 599, Special Topics in Aging.