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New Professional Development Program for Grad Students

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Do you have the skill sets you need to stand out in the crowd as you pursue your career goals?  Do you want to learn more about professional development opportunities that will give you that competitive edge?

The new Professional Development Institute (PDI) can help with critical skill sets that will complement your academic achievements and help you achieve your professional goals. Learn more about the PDI program and submit your application:


Michaud’s Work at the Smithsonian

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2001.25.5 009Joyce Michaud, director of the Ceramics program at Hood, was recently honored by having five of her works selected by patrons and gifted to the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Find details about the works and the patrons here.

Michaud is the founding director of the MFA and Graduate Certificate in Ceramics Arts programs and studio arts coordinator. She graduated magna cum laude from Lycoming College with bachelor’s degrees in art and education, pursued her graduate degree in ceramics at Columbia Visual Arts College and completed her MFA in ceramics with a specialty in museum studies at The George Washington University


Schick Appointed Interim Provost

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Edgar B. Schick, Ph.D., who since 1972 has served in senior leadership positions at a number of colleges and universities, including the University System of Maryland, will direct the Hood College’s curricular, instructional and research affairs. He succeeds Katherine Conway-Turner, Ph.D., who was recently named president of Buffalo State College in New York. 

Find out more about Dr. Schick here.

Ceramic Artist Finds “Sanctuary in Flight”

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Alter Humphrey ArtThe Whitaker Campus Center Gallery, Hood College, will feature the Finding Sanctuary in Flight exhibit August 8-23.  Artist Susan Alter-Humphrey has sculpted large, unglazed and high relief porcelain paperclay forms to imitate the attributes and patterns of flight.  The artist is an MFA candidate in the Graduate School’s Ceramics program and completed the Ceramics certificate program in 2010.  Learn more about the exhibit and the opening reception here.

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 

August 20: Reception for New International Students

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International students who are new to the Hood Graduate School for the Fall 2014 semester are invited to an orientation on Wednesday, August 20  at 3 p.m. The informal welcome reception, to be held at Whitaker Campus Center, will provide an opportunity to meet faculty, staff and fellow international students. Please click here to respond.

Math Education Alum New Department Chair

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Darren Smith (Mathematics M.S. ’10) has been named the chair of the mathematics department at Montgomery College-Germantown, MD. When Darren started out in Hood’s darrensmith smallprogram, he was the supervisor of the MC’s Mathematics & Accounting Learning Center. He wrote his capstone paper about an innovative way to teach developmental mathematics. After he earned his master’s degree, he was named a full-time faculty member.

Darren says his Hood experience gave him a broad overview of math education, including best practices,  innovative trends and current pedagogy. He believes the program’s “global perspective on the challenges to K-16 mathematics education in this country” played a large role in preparing him for his new leadership role.

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.