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Obama’s SOTU: Careers for Tomorrow

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Obama“T]he best scientists in the world are all telling us that our activities are changing the climate, and if we don’t act forcefully, we’ll continue to see rising oceans, longer, hotter heat waves, dangerous droughts and floods, and massive disruptions that can trigger greater migration and conflict and hunger around the globe. The Pentagon says that climate change poses immediate risks to our national security. We should act like it.”

These words from President Barack Obama’s January 2015 State of the Union Address point up the societal value and career potential of Master’s and certificate programs like Environmental Biology and Cybersecurity. Both programs are offered at the Hood Graduate School. Check them out!

Grad Students: Hone Your Skills for the Job Market

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Space is still available in the Spring 2015 Professional Development Institute! The application deadline has been extended to January 12 for this five-Saturday seminar series starting Feb. 7.  If you’re a Hood grad student, this is your opportunity to learn from the experts how to hone your soft skills and your competitive edge in the job market. Fee is just $100. Get the details:

Abdulelah  Almazrua receives feedback on his resume from iHire expert Laurie Ballow, at the Fall 2014 PDI

Abdulelah Almazrua, participant in the fall 2015 PDI, receives feedback on his resume from iHire expert Laurie Ballow.

Happy Diwali at Hood

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group shotCandlelight, vibrantly colored attire and even dancing transformed Hood’s Multicultural suite on October 29 as students, staff and faculty celebrated Diwali.

The purpose of Hood’s inaugural Diwali was to share the meaning of the celebration — a triumph of good over evil — and to cross cultures with similar festivals that are traditional in other parts of the world. According to Natalia Trullson, graduate assistant in the office of Multicultural Affairs & International Student  Programs and one of the Diwali planners, “We shared fun and learning experiences…and at the end we even had a dance party to some of the Indian students’ favorite Bollywood songs.”

Although Diwali is India’s most significant holiday, it is celebrated globally by many cultures.

Professional Development Session Enrollment Opens Soon

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Abdulelah  Almazrua receives feedback on his resume from iHire expert Laurie Ballow, at the Fall 2014 PDI

Abdulelah Almazrua receives feedback on his resume from iHire expert Laurie Ballow, at the Fall 2014 PDI

Newly created in fall 2014, the Hood College Graduate School’s Professional Development Institute has proven to be a huge success. Students looking for ways to learn more about life skills to complement their academic achievements were able to meet with local business and academic leaders with various areas of expertise. Discussion topics included finding a career path suitable to identified skill sets, networking, mentoring, presenting, creating a dynamic resume and much more.  Students in the inaugural PDI session had this to say:

“The Professional Development Institute was everything I needed. The sessions were very interactive and insightful. Industry and community leaders shared tips, advice and experiences on how to start my career right…. I received meaningful advice pertaining to my career, business, and even life that is proving very helpful in competitively entering the job market as a young professional.”                                            –Josephine Camara

 “The Professional Development Institute gave me tools I did not even know that I needed to begin to market myself.  Academics are the first step, and getting your name known and marketing yourself can give you an edge in the competitive job market…”         – Kimberly Gradoni 

For additional information on program dates and to submit your application for the Spring 2015 PDI, please visit the week of November 11.

ISO Insects and Poison Ivy at SERC

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Chris Reily samples soil.

Chris Reily samples soil.

Chris Reily graduated from Hood College with a master’s in Environmental Biology in May 2014. Just a month later, the Smithsonian Environmental Research Center (SERC) in Edgewater, Maryland, offered him the position of Biological Science Technician (AKA “forest tech”).  His job: to help complete the 2014 re-census of the SERC SIGEO forest plot, one of many throughout the world.

So far he’s measured the diameters and noted the species of every woody stem greater than 1 cm in diameter in a 16-hectare plot, including multiflora rose, devil’s walking stick and even poison ivy. Chris, who has been dubbed a “bug guy,” is now doing quality control, species ID checks and soil sampling. “Every day presents opportunities for me to use what I learned at Hood,” he says. “In a setting like the Smithsonian, there is such a breadth of content being discussed or highlighted at any given time that you never know how and when the content from Hood’s course offerings will allow you to make a contribution.”

Learn more about the Graduate School’s Environmental Biology program:



Recent Alumni Provide Career Advice to Students

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Alumni panelists 10-14On Oct. 6, recent Hood alumni provided students and guests with valuable advice on internships, their job experiences and shared the importance of their Hood education. Panelists included Graduate School alumni Kris Miner ’11, MBA ’13, business banking associate relationship manager, M&T Bank (third from left in photo) and Erin Doolittle ’03, M.S. ’11, Frederick County Public Schools Teacher of the Year 2014 (second from right). Read more.

Help Build a Hybrid Kiln!

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Kiln firing 1Hood’s Ceramics Program has just completed the first firing in one of the three kilns built this summer and is now ready to build another! The newest addition will be a small, hybrid cross-draft, gas and wood kiln that will introduce soda. Soda firing is widely considered a modern-day nontoxic replacement for salt firing.

The kiln-building experience is an exciting opportunity for ceramics students to explore different methods of firing, a vital step in the creative process.  Join the construction crew on October 16-18 and 23-25, 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  Register here or call 301-696-3456.

Michael Takes Soil Conservation Post

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Evelyn MichaelRecent ENV/GIS graduate Evelyn Michael recently accepted a position with the Frederick Soil Conservation District as a soil conservation planner II. Evelyn will be applying many of her ENV/GIS skills from Hood in efforts to encourage landowners to participate in plans to improve water quality and reduce soil erosion.

Her work involves taking inventory and evaluating Best Management Practices (BMPs) through on-site assessment, constructing plans to achieve each landowner’s goals, and promoting practices consistent with District and Maryland Department of Agriculture priorities. She will also determine BMPs eligible for Maryland Agricultural Cost Share funding. Finally, Evelyn’s responsibilities will involve cost share flat rates, certifications, inspections, and periodic monitoring–all in an endeavor to conserve Maryland’s natural resources for future generations.


Grad Takes School Leadership Post

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Tracy Flower

Tracy Flower says Hood’s Educational Leadership program helped her to identify her core values as a school leader and how she could inspire educators and garner the respect of the families she’d serve as a school administrator. The 2013 grad is now putting what she learned into action as assistant principal at Whittier Elementary School in Frederick, MD.

“My professors became my mentors, took personal interests in me, and even followed up with me after I left their classrooms. The skills and knowledge they shared–coupled with my authentic field-based experiences–set the foundation for me to be a passionate school leader.”

This is Tracy’s ninth year in education, having taught third and fifth grades for five years and served as a math specialist for three.