Curtis Rogers is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Environmental Biology Student award. While enrolled in Hood College’s ENV Master’s program, Curtis was given the opportunity to work on a USDA-APHIS grant analyzing the effects of insect growth regulators on a honeybee pest, the small hive beetle. He presented his findings at both the Mid-Atlantic Ecological Society of America regional meeting, and at the National ESA meeting, as well as to a group of notable Korean visiting scientists. As a direct result of his academic work at Hood, Curtis is employed by the USDA Bee Research Lab to assist in researching honeybee physiology, nutrition, and the various pests that continue to plague them. He is working on preparing the findings of his thesis on small hive beetles for publication and hopes to get at least two journal articles out of the endeavor.
Graduate School Highlights
Elizabeth “Lizzy” Terrell began the Hood College Master’s in Biomedical Science program in the fall of 2013 and is a truly exemplary student and classroom leader. When speaking of Lizzy’s work on her thesis project, her NCI mentor, Dr. Susan Morrison states: “Lizzy Terrell is one of the most talented young scientists that I have had the privilege to work with. She is bright, articulate, and sets high standards for herself both in the quality of her work and in her thinking about scientific problems. She embarks on a research career with outstanding potential.” The BMS Faculty at Hood concur and look forward to reading the great scientific advances Lizzy will make throughout her career. Lizzy also the won Hood’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition.
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).
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Traci Holland, Associate Registrar for Graduate Studies, came to Hood College in 2002. She began as Administrative Assistant to the Graduate Dean, then moved to the undergraduate admission office, where she managed the inquiry and application files for thousands of prospective students. While working full-time, Traci completed her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology in 2007, often working or attending classes late into the evenings. She is the first person in her family to earn a college degree.
In 2007, Traci moved back to the Graduate School as a Records Specialist, managing graduate student records from inquiry through to graduation. Under the mentorship of then-Graduate School Dean Dr. Kathleen Bands, she streamlined processes, developed marketing and recruitment plans for every graduate program and oversaw general operations of the office, becoming Coordinator of Graduate Admissions in 2008. She earned her Master of Arts program in Human Sciences in 2010, winning the program’s Outstanding Student Award. Along with the degree came a promotion to Director of Graduate Admissions. When the Registrar functions of graduate admissions were moved to the Registrar’s office in January 2015, Traci moved with them. She continues to update processes between undergraduate and graduate student records management and is the go-to person for approximately 1000 graduate students.
In May 2016, Traci led her colleagues in establishing by-laws for the newly formed Staff Council. In November, she was elected to represent the Academic Affairs Division on the Staff Council Board, and further elected as the council’s Vice-Chair. As Vice-Chair, Traci heads the standing Nominating Committee of the Staff Council and represents staff issues as a voting member of the College’s Planning, Budgeting and Assessment Committee. December saw Traci heading the holiday party planning committee and beginning the tradition of pairing a local charity with the event. Hood faculty and staff donated a truckload of food, clothing, toiletries, and various other sundries to the Frederick Rescue Mission.
In May 2017, the Graduate School honored Traci with the “Excellence in Service – Outstanding Staff Award for her efforts and performance supporting the Graduate School. She was nominated by a unanimous vote of the Graduate School staff, and Graduate Dean Dr. April Boulton said, “Given Traci’s long tenure in the Grad School prior to her move to the Registrar’s Office, we have turned to her again and again and again. She has often been our “go to” on historical process, standard operating procedures, and so much more—she undeniably deserved the award.”
Traci knew when she began working at Hood that she was on the right career path. “Having an education has always been so important to me. I worked on my bachelor’s degree in bits and pieces from 1990 to 2007, never giving up on that dream. It is a blessing every day that I can observe our students pursue that same dream. I have been through many of the challenges and struggles that they have which allows me to be empathetic and supportive. Commencement day is the proudest day for me as I watch those same students, who came to me nervous and uncertain, bounce across that stage with a profound sense of accomplishment.”
One of the course offerings from the Hood College Ceramic Arts graduate program is entitled Plates and Platters. The college catalog states “Plates and Platters is an in-depth study of the throwing and finishing of plates and large platters, including structural strength concepts for low open forms, methods for centering, a variety of throwing techniques, information on trimming, finishing, firing and composition.”
Plates and platters are a difficult form to create successfully, with many problems showing up in the final firing. Students learn to use a variety of procedures for throwing, shaping and trimming plates, platters and low open forms, with specific emphasis on problem solving and aesthetics. The focus of the one credit class is skill building and problem solving, which resulted in the creation of beautiful forms, which now line the shelves in the wheel studio.
Spring 2017 saw thirteen students enroll in the course with instructor Kristin Muller, an MFA graduate of Hood. Kristin is a wood fire potter who well versed in the creation of platters that survive wood fire.
One of the participants, Jafar Alhamar, expressed his desire to learn to create large platters due to the tradition of meals served from a large platter in the center of the table in his home country, Kuwait. Proof of his success in the class is the large platter he created.
Professor Muller adds, “It is always a pleasure to teach such a dedicated and focused group of students. The keys to successful skill building are developing excellent basic core skills through repetition upon which more advanced skills can developed. The program at Hood has clearly articulated techniques and concepts coupled with high-level design principles that are the foundation for every course. This allows students to build their skills incrementally and instructors to point out specific areas for improvement. The immersive 3-day course format facilitates this growth to happen rather quickly because everyone is focused for several days at a time. It was a joy to see so many examples of their success!”
Fleur Bresler, a long-time collector and supporter of the arts, recently made a generous contribution of $30, 000 to Hood College’s Ceramic Arts and Technology Graduate Scholarship, launched to attract talented students to the school’s Master of Fine Arts program. One $10,000 award will be made for each of the next three years, which will enable one new MFA candidate to fund their first year of full-time enrollment.
The application deadline is July 15, 2017 and the recipient will be announced at the end of July. To qualify for this award, applicants must be accepted as a full time MFA candidate, submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to Hood’s Office of Financial Aid.
For a scholarship application or information on the MFA program, contact the Hood College Graduate School at 301-696-3600 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hood College will host the 2017 edition of Death Cafe – Frederick, from 2 – 4 p.m. on Saturday, May 6 in the Whitaker Center Commons.
Death Cafe is an international movement where people gather to eat cake, drink tea, and discuss death with the intention of increasing awareness so people make the most of their lives. It is a group directed discussion with no agenda, but not a grief support group or counseling session.
Last year’s Death Cafe recorded an impressive turnout. According to Kaili van Waveren, this year’s co-organizer, “I attended the event and was blown away by how eager people were to actually talk about death, and how supportive and validating people were to each other. Everyone I spoke with said that they were very impressed, and a number of the RSVPs I have received mentioned that they attended last year and were excited to participate in another Death Cafe.”
She added; “We believe that talking about death is important: mindfulness of one’s mortality can inspire rich and purposeful living. We also know that talking about death can be scary and sad and Death Cafe provides a supportive and fun environment in which people can discuss their fears and feelings. We hope that many students will join, but also see this as a service to community and a great opportunity for outreach.”
Attendees should expect a low-key and upbeat atmosphere in which they can talk about death and meet like-minded people while enjoying delicious baked goods!
Having earned her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education and her Master’s in Educational Leadership from Hood College, Lura Hanks, a candidate in Hood’s initial Doctorate of Organizational Leadership (DOL) cohort, is on her way to becoming one of the college’s first “three degree” recipients.
Lura is currently Supervisor of Language Arts and Social Studies for Washington County (MD) Public Schools. She provides professional development, curriculum design and resources to 48 schools, serving staff and students from PreK through 12th grade. She started her teaching career with Frederick County Public Schools at Middletown Elementary School before becoming an FCPS Teacher Specialist for English/Language Arts and Social Studies. Following Assistant Principal positions at Thurmont Primary and Elementary and Spring Ridge Elementary, she received her first Principal position at Mercersburg Elementary in the Tuscarora School District in Pennsylvania. Lura returned to Maryland in 2013 to become Principal at Winter Street Elementary in Hagerstown before assuming her current position in 2015. She has also served as a School Board Director in the Greencastle- Antrim (PA) School District.
Lura has been involved in a variety of projects to support technology initiatives and enrich students’ experiences at the elementary level, including the development of a program for students in grades 3-5 to demonstrate proficiency on grade level standards, work ethic and motivation, as well as exemplary character and behavior. The program enabled students to enhance their general education through integrated studies in math, English, Science and Social Studies.
“Hood College has provided the foundation necessary for me to excel in the educational field. With my own passion and drive to succeed, Hood continues to provide exceptional mentors and instructors that inspire, expect and support my own professional learning. Through a liberal arts approach, Hood has enabled me to view the world from a global perspective and transfer those experiences to better prepare young students for the world they will lead. Each experience at Hood has equipped me with the skills and knowledge to advance professionally with confidence and passion.
As an educator, my goal is always to have the greatest impact in preparing our nation’s youth for success in the world we have created for them. My hope is to inspire, expect and support success for as many children as I can influence. Hood has nurtured my calling and I will continue to work for the health and wealth of our communities through advanced literacy competence and citizenship development in our future caretakers.”
Originally from Massachusetts, Lura is married to David Hanks, Assistant Principal at Northern Middle School in Hagerstown, and mother of Nathan (10) and Natalie (9).
Graduate students in Hood College’s ceramic arts programs recently participated in a campus exhibition, “Collectors’ Voices in Ceramic Art: A Leading Edge Exhibition.” The students were enrolled in ARTS 543, History of Ceramic Arts and completed the exhibition as part of the class. Students were paired with a regional art collector to research and present on collected ceramic artwork.
Professor Joyce Michaud, Hood’s Program Director for Ceramic Arts, had this to say about the exhibition.
How did you decide to stage this exhibition?
Marc Grainer, a member of our advisory proposed the exhibition and the advisory council voted in favor of its staging. The exhibition and the accompanying lectures are a part of our yearlong colloquium and is sponsored by the Humanities Council and Ceramic Arts Program. ARTS 543 places special emphasis on broadening the knowledge and experience of students through personal involvement in researching and encountering historic work. This exhibition brought together a breadth of ceramic history, especially in the up close and personal experience provided by our collectors, who welcomed students into their homes to talk about their collections and the motivations behind their collecting. These people have knowledge and passion for ceramics, both contemporary and historic.
How did you decide on which pieces to display?
Jenna Gianni, Director of the Galleries, and I, along with members of the advisory council, visited collector’s homes. The collectors then honed in on a unique piece that they were willing to loan to Hood College for the month long exhibition.
How did the collections in this exhibition differ from the works showcased at prior exhibitions?
The value of this exhibition was extremely high. Being able to see these pieces in the beautiful Hood College Whitaker Gallery was a real treat. The intermingling of historic and contemporary work in one gallery/exhibition was a rare experience. The ages intermingling provided an eclectic conversation both human and ceramic.
What were the high points of the exhibition?
Collector and former Advisory Council member David Rehfuss wrote to a friend after attending the exhibition opening reception. “I visited the Hood College Collectors Voices in Ceramic Arts: A Leading Edge Exhibition yesterday and was impressed. The array and diversity of the 22 ceramics there made for good viewing and good conversation between the visitors”.
What were the outcomes for the students that participated in this exhibition?
The students were exposed to a wide range of historic and contemporary ceramic art to which many had not yet been exposed. Additionally, they developed personal relationships with the collectors, learning more about building and maintaining a collection, as well as the periods in the history of ceramic art with an emphasis on how ceramic arts fit into the contemporary art world.
Also, the students were brought into the real world of their own passions and career choices that may rely on the collectors to provide and support, including primary research and integrating the history of the work, the stories of the collecting, and the legacy that will last beyond the collectors themselves.
Are there plans to hold a similar exhibition soon?
The 2018-2019 gallery calendar offers great opportunities for another exciting exhibition and the conversations have already begun!
In 1971, Hood College’s Graduate School began with one program, the Master of Arts in Human Sciences. The program has had a variety of concentrations throughout the past 40+ years, including education, environmental biology, public affairs, nursing, counseling, special education, and management. To reflect its housing within the Psychology & Counseling Department, as well as the interdisciplinary approach of the curriculum, the program has been renamed “Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior”.
Many of Hood’s current graduate programs started out as tracks of the degree, as it was initially developed for the human service occupations.
According to Dr. Jason Trent, Director of the program, “The decision to change the name of the program came after careful consideration by faculty of the Psychology & Counseling department in order to better reflect its current curriculum and focus. Not only will this better reflect what the program has emphasized for the past several years, but it is also more descriptive. A variety of people have asked, ‘What is Human Sciences?’, and we believe this ambiguity may hinder the success of our students after graduating. Changing the name to Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior will make it clearer to potential students and to potential employers of former students as to what this degree offers.”
Visit the Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior program website for more information.