Thomas Receives Outstanding Graduate Student Award

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Gail Thomas, center, with Human Sciences program director Elizabeth MacDougall and Hood President Ronald Volpe

As a senior study director with Westat, one of America’s oldest social science research organizations managing and conducting process and outcome data collection for studies involving at-risk youth, clergy and the elderly, Gail Thomas wanted to know more. So the 15-year Westat veteran came to Hood’s Graduate School to deepen her understanding of human behavior and gerontology.

When she graduated with a master’s in Human Sciences in May 2015, Gail was honored with the Outstanding Human Sciences Student Award for 2015. This monetary award, established by Craig D. Lebo in 2011, is given annually to the top graduate student in the program, based on criteria such as academic achievement, leadership ability, teamwork skills, and contribution to the program. ​

Since 2008, Gail has collaborated with the Divinity School of Duke University to conduct the Clergy Health Initiative Longitudinal Study, which seeks to assess, track and improve the physical, spiritual and emotional health of United Methodist Church clergy in North Carolina. In 2013, she was project director for the Congregational Decision-Making About Clergy Compensation Study for Duke University’s School of Sociology and the Lilly Endowment. In spring 2015, Gail was a task leader for the Association of American Universities’ Campus Climate Survey on Sexual Assault and Sexual Misconduct, which was administered to 27 participating research colleges and universities.

Currently, Gail is exploring the potential role for clergy as sentinels of elder abuse.  

Alums Forge Careers in Thanatology Field

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Lynne Tobin

Lynne Tobin

Andrea Warnick

Thanatology students Lynne Tobin and Andrea Warnick left Hood with a commitment to making a difference in how people think, feel and communicate about death and dying.

Today, Lynne is a private-practice  licensed professional counselor based in Boothbay Harbor, Maine. She works with individuals and families during “end-of-life” journeys, facilitates group discussions and advocates for patient-directed care in the state legislature.

Andrea, who holds a master’s in Thanatology and is also an R.N., specializes is helping children who are experiencing the illness or death of a loved one. Based in Toronto, Canada, she counsels in person as well as via webinars, phone and Skype and is also a sought-after speaker.

Learn more about these alums.

Author of “Motherless Daughters” to Speak at Hood March 2

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Hope EdelmanHope Edelman, the acclaimed author of Motherless Daughters and Motherless Mothers, will be the guest lecturer for this year’s Dana G. Cable Memorial Thanatology Lecture Series at Hood College.  Ms. Edelman’s topic is “Motherless Daughters: Twenty Years Later.”

The lecture will be held Monday, March 2, 7 pm, in Hodson Auditorium at Rosenstock Hall on Hood’s campus. A Q&A session will follow Ms. Edelman’s remarks. Admission is free.

A sought-after speaker, Hope Edelman presents around the world and has appeared on television programs such as TodayGood Morning America, CNN and Good Morning Australia. She has written six books and has been published in the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune, the Los Angeles TimesThe Huffington Post, Glamour, Child, and Real Simple, among other publications

The lecture series is named in honor of Dana Cable, former professor of psychology at Hood who passed away in 2010.

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.