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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 

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.

Thanatology Students and Adjunct Hold Death Cafe

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Kriste Kidd

Kriste Kidd
Photo by Graham Cullen
Frederick News-Post

Kriste Kidd, a hospice worker and student in the thanatology master’s program at Hood College, worked with her colleagues to bring Frederick its first Death Cafe on June 7. The informal discussion group covered everything from last wills and estate planning to healthy ways to deal with grief.

Kriste stated that the Death Cafe concept started in England and has now arrived in the United States. “Death is the most important conversation that America’s not having.”

Two other thanatology students, Bunny O’Dell and Chad Harris, as well as adjunct professor Cheryl Parrott joined Kriste in planning and facilitating the informational event. Read more here

 

 

Alum Publishes Book and Opens Yoga Practice

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Graduate School alum Heather Stang has had a busy spring. Just after her first book, Mindfulness & Grief, was released, the certified Phoenix Rising yoga therapy instructor opened heather stang cropThe Frederick Meditation Center in downtown Frederick, Maryland.  Heather earned her master’s degree in Thanatology from Hood, a course of study she says “actually makes you appreciate life more.” Read more about Heather and her new ventures in the Frederick News-Post  and on the Meditation Center’s website.

Thanatology Program Makes the News

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The Frederick News-Post featured several graduates, current students and faculty of the Graduate School’s Thanatology program in its April/May edition of Real Frederick. The in-depth story covered the experiences and unique viewpoints of Kriste Hartman Kidd, Jacqui Kreh, Kathleen Hall, Bunny O’Dell and professor Terry Martin.  It also recognizes Dr. Dana Cable for offering one of the first classes in the thanatology field at Hood. Read the full story.

Thanatology Staff and Students at ADEC Conference

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The Association for Death Education and Counseling (ADEC) annual conference is being held at the Renaissance Harborplace Hotel in downtown Baltimore April 24-26, 2014. 

Hood faculty and current Thanatology graduate students will present at the conference, including Dr. Terry Martin, Dr. Elizabeth MacDougall, Breanne Carbaugh, and RaeAnne Wiseman.  Dr. Rebecca Morse, graduate of  the Thantatology master’s degree program and adjunct faculty member in the psychology department, is organizing an event for Hood College Thanatology alumni during the conference. Rebecca currently serves on the ADEC board of directors. The Graduate School will have an exhibit  at the conference to spread the word about this dynamic graduate program. 

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Funeral Director Credits Thanatology Program

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TI808582503_jaqui-kreh-sized[1]Although a master’s degree isn’t required to be a funeral director, Jacqui Kreh wanted the added depth of understanding that an M.A. in Thanatology would provide. A 2010 graduate of the Hood College program, Jacqui believes that as a result of her education she is a “better communicator and listener, and more compassionate” in her role assisting two to three families a day as an at-need director with Stauffer Funeral Home, which operates six funeral homes in Maryland.

“At Hood, I had the distinct privilege of being in the last graduate class of Dr. Dana Cable, a pioneer in bringing death education to this area, in particular to higher education,” Jacqui said. In his honor, she has sponsored the Dana G. Cable Outstanding Thanatology Award, which is presented in May to a student nominated by the Thanatology program director and faculty.

Jacqui maintains strong ties with the Graduate School. As an adjunct faculty member, she teaches a one-credit seminar, “The Role of the Funeral Service in Today’s Society.” When her professional and family responsibilities allow, she envisions teaching more classes. In the meantime, she helps out at orientations and open houses for new students.