On 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.
Graduate School Highlights
Hood’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.
Recent 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.
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.
On September 15, graduate students Jenna Gianna and Marcus Davis along with undergrad Janet Greer unloaded work they fired over the weekend in one of the Ceramics program’s newly constructed reduction kilns. This type of firing uses gas to achieve a beautifully varied surface. Jenna and Janet, leaders of the Ceramic Arts Fellowship, plan many more firings over the course of the semester. Interested in participating in or attending a firing or unloading? Meet them on Thursday evenings at 7 pm in Tatem Hall, Room 1 (basement level).
Martha Stewart knows a “good thing” when she sees it! Grad School MFA alumnus and adjunct Cameron Petke was recently nominated along with nearly 5000 other “makers” around the country for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Award. The American Made program is a national platform to celebrate craftspeople working in their communities, and Cameron was even more recently selected as one of just 50 finalists in the ceramics category.
Help Cameron make the elite group of 10 winners to be featured in Martha Stewart magazine. Check out his artist profile on the American Made website and cast your vote for Baked Clay Studio. Also, take a look at his website to see what he’s up to in his studio when he’s not teaching at Hood, Loyola and Urbana High School.
Frederick County Teacher of the Year Erin Doolittle is one of seven finalists for the Maryland State Teacher of the Year award. Erin earned her bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and master’s degree in reading specialization, both from Hood College. A panel of judges from Maryland education organizations selected the seven finalists from among the state’s 24 district winners. The 2014-2015 Maryland Teacher of the Year will be announced during a reception on October 10.
Graduate School faculty and staff welcomed new students at two receptions on August 20. The International Students Orientation was attended by students from nine nations: Saudi Arabia, Ghana, China, Nepal, Afghanistan, Egypt, India, Nigeria and Spain. Both receptions offered an opportunity for newcomers to network with each other, meet faculty members, become familiar with the campus and generally get more comfortable with their new learning environment and its surroundings — plus take a few selfies!
The Allemall Foundation, along with Hood trustee Susan Whaley ’74, established the Afghan Women Scholarship fund for graduate study at Hood College in 2012. Foundation leaders Ed and Cathy Scott and Julia Soistman were recognized for their generosity at the International Graduate Students Welcome Reception in August. The scholarship will support Afghan women’s graduate education at Hood in the sciences. This year’s recipients, Aria Kazim and Maryam Faiz are enrolled in the Information Technology program.
In addition, Dr. Zyg Dembek, Graduate School Commencement speaker from two years ago, brought Dr. Sayed Shinwari to the reception. Dr. Shinwari is a pediatrician and a leading member of the Afghani community in the Washington, DC area. He has been featured in Voice of America videos aired in Afghanistan.