Graduate School Highlights

New Kiln Gets Fired Up

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Kiln 3Kiln firing 1Kiln  2 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).

Alum/Adjunct finds it really IS a “good thing”

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Cameron PetkeBakedClay studio American Made AwardMartha 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.

Erin Doolittle Rises to State Finalist

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Erin Doolittle head shot 2014Frederick 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.

Welcome Receptions: U.S. and Nine Other Nations Represented

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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!

Ahmed and new students

Afghan Women Sponsored at Hood

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Dean Maria Green Cowles, Cathy Scott, Maryam Faiz, Ed Scott, Julia Soistman and Aria Kazim

Dean Maria Green Cowles, Cathy Scott, Maryam Faiz, Ed Scott, Julia Soistman and Aria Kazim

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.


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.