How a “Whim” Led to a Job and Degree

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YountWhitney Yount is a native of Frederick, and after earning her degree in Strategic Communication and Marketing from High Point University in North Carolina, she wasn’t planning on coming back. She applied for – and received – a position as an Admissions Counselor at Hood College “on a whim,” but quickly fell in love with the Hood community. She knew that she wanted a job that was “education-adjacent,” working with education but not actually teaching. She feels that Hood chose her, and not the other way around.

Whitney loved her undergraduate time at High Point, but wishes the school had emphasized community and traditions more. “Luckily, Hood has those things!” Hood’s small size gives “a lot of great opportunities to get involved – as a student and a staff member. I feel like I’ve really been able to pursue my interests and do things that wouldn’t be possible if I was at a larger school.”

While working here, Whitney decided to work toward a Master of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies in Human Behavior (ISHB). She explains, “The ISHB program focuses primarily on Psychology, but in the interest of being well-rounded, students are required to take a few outside classes. I took Economics and Statistics for my ‘outside’ classes because they’re both subjects that I wasn’t able to take during undergrad, but I feel like they’re important to know.” She is thrilled to be getting her degree in something that interests her and will help her career, as “I think coming out of a program that focused so heavily on human behavior and interaction will help me in any career path that I pursue, particularly because I feel like even if I eventually change careers, I’ll definitely still be working where interacting with people is an essential part of my job.” That blend of psychology and business options in one degree is what intrigued Whitney and others in the program. We are thrilled that Whitney is both student and staff at Hood, and can’t wait to see what her future holds!

Who Teaches the Teachers?

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Hanna editHarry Hanna, one of many exceptional adjunct professors in Hood College’s education programs, has multiple connections to Hood, from being caught by college security toilet papering cars on campus in his much younger days, to marrying a Hood graduate, to working at a summer program hosted at Hood and staying in the dorms before men were allowed to live on campus. He later earned his M.S. in Educational Leadership from Hood, and now teaches as an adjunct professor.


As a young man in California, he worked various jobs while finishing high school and then attended community college while working. At 20, he joined the United States Army, and after basic training in Kentucky and advanced training as a medic in Texas, was assigned to Fort Detrick in Frederick, MD, where he first heard about Hood College. Hanna explains; “at the time, Hood was primarily a women’s college and someone at Fort Detrick told me that I was going to love the post and that there was a women’s college a mile from the base.” While stationed at Detrick, he took classes at Frederick Community College and finished his A.A. degree while working in the Virology Division at the United States Army Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID). He became friends with some of the Hood College students who were interning at the base and learned more about the college and its programs.


After finishing his enlistment, Harry decided to pursue a degree in elementary education at Towson University, where he became the first member of his family to graduate from college. At the same time, he continued to make friends with Hood students, and ending up dating Hood student Barbara Wood, ’97, whom he married a year after she graduated. They moved to California for a few years where Harry taught middle school and Barbara elementary. In 2002, they returned to Frederick and both began working for Frederick County Public Schools at Twin Ridge Elementary. They’ve now been married for almost 20 years, have four wonderful children, and still get together with her best friend from Hood at least once a year!


Harry has worked for FCPS in various positions, and then finally made it to Hood as student, earning his Master’s in Educational Leadership in 2007. While working at Centerville Elementary as a Technology Staff Developer and Reading Intervention Teacher, he was recruited by a Hood adjunct to teach EDUC 502, Technology for Literacy, Leadership and Learning, a core course for the Curriculum and Instruction, Educational Leadership, Reading Specialization, and STEM certificate graduate programs. The course looks at instructional technology and “discusses how technology fits within the modern and traditional classrooms.” He has taught many graduate students, who describe him as “motivating.” One current student explains that his class gave her “not just real things I can use, but the ways and means and comfort to use them”.


See a clip of Harry teaching a class HERE


Why Hood? Harry explains; “I truly have been blessed by Hood in many ways and I have spent the better part of a decade now teaching teachers how to incorporate technology in their classrooms, whether they are educators in Maryland, West Virginia or even Saudi Arabia, (where two current students are from). I love teaching this course because the content is dynamic since the changes in technology keep it fresh and engaging. We ask our students to take risks when it comes to incorporating technology in their teaching, and we can model it ourselves. I always hope that my students take away from the course a shift in mindset in the way they look and view technology. It is a tool to help students be successful, to think critically and not just be consumers of technology and information, but creators of it. I really want teachers to know that, even if they aren’t totally comfortable with a particular program, app or piece of technology, that it is OK if students might know more about it than they do. Teachers shouldn’t use technology just for technology’s sake, but to develop those higher order thinking skills through creativity, collaboration, content creation and connection. These are some of my goals for my graduate students.  Hood has been a big part of my life and I am #Hoodproud!”

Protect Yourself in 2018 with These Cyber Tips

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17_CyberSecurity_Tshirt-1Each time we use our computer or device while on campus, we become a node on the College’s computer network. Being called a “node” may sound impersonal, but in reality it is an automatic assignment of personal responsibility. When it comes to computer security, a network is only as secure as its weakest link. This means that each one of us, (each node) must exercise a great deal of responsibility when using network resources and while connected on the campus network. Here are four common cases that may compromise your personal security and impact campus network security:

#1 Never Respond to Emails Asking for Personal Information
No colleague, friend, IT support professional or vendor with whom you interact should ever ask via email for account information, credit card numbers or passwords. Under no circumstance should you ever respond to such information requests via email.

#2 Never Respond to Calls about Tech Support You Did Not Initiate
A common new scam is receiving a call from a “Helpdesk” or “Microsoft Tech Support” about your computer. Legitimate technical support organizations respond to inquiries by their users, they don’t proactively call their users to “fix” unreported problems.

#3 Ransomware
Ransomware is a special type of malware. Be suspicious of any emails trying to trick you into opening infected attachments or clicking on malicious links. Common sense is your best defense. In addition, backups are often the only way you can recover from ransomware.

#4 Scam Alert: Your Trusted Friends Can Hack Your Facebook Account
If you receive a message from any of your Facebook Friends asking for urgent help to recover their Facebook account, because you are one of their ‘Trusted Contacts,’ don’t blindly believe it. Researchers have detected a new Facebook phishing scam that can trick even an experienced technical user into falling victim to the scam, helping an attacker gain access to your Facebook account.

Any of the above may compromise your system or device (e.g. tablet, phone) or allow scammers to obtain your personal information. More importantly, any of these will make you the “weakest link” in the College’s network, putting everyone else in danger of further exploitation. Computer security is, unfortunately, one more thing we must be vigilant about. But with some common sense you can keep yourself safe and contribute to keeping the campus computing environment safe for all of us.


By Eddie F. Hamad M.S.’18 (Cybersecurity), CISSP, CEH and George Dimitoglou, Ph.D., Program Director, Cybersecurity

How a Hood graduate degree can help you get a high-paying job

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According to job and recruiting marketplace Glassdoor, nearly seven of ten people (68%) report that compensation is among the “leading considerations” when choosing where to work. In “25 Highest Paying Jobs in America in 2017,” physicians, software engineers and managers are among the highlighted highest paid jobs. “This report reinforces that high pay continues to be tied to in-demand skills, higher education and working in jobs that are protected from competition or automation. This is why we see several jobs within the technology and healthcare industries,” said Dr. Andrew Chamberlain, Glassdoor’s Chief Economist. Therefore, one of the crucial and initial steps to take if looking into such highly paid valued positions, is to obtain the needed education for executing them.

Whether one is looking into changing a career to IT or software architecture, getting a promotion to Software Engineer Manager or starting work in the ever-growing fields of Cybersecurity or Biomedicine, the Graduate School at Hood College is here to for those seeking advancement.

For advancement in jobs mentioned in the Glassdoor research, such as Pharmacy Manager, Information System Manager, Financial Planning and Analysis Manager, Hood’s Graduate School offers degrees in Business (Accounting, MBA, Financial Management), Computer Science (Computer Science, IT, Management of Information Systems and Cybersecurity) and Bioinformatics, Biomedical Science and Geographic Information Systems, all designed to deepen intellectual understanding and to broaden competencies for career advancement. The Graduate School is also providing graduate-level courses for non-degree-seeking individuals who wish to pursue continuing education for career growth or personal interest or to sample a particular program.

Take a first step towards your dream job at the Hood College Graduate School. Contact us at gofurther@hood.edu.

The full list of Glassdoor’s highest paying jobs can be found at http://bit.ly/2EvThqd

The Role of an Artist and Teacher

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MullerA great strength of Hood College lies in its faculty. With professors who are knowledgeable and experienced in their fields, students get more than just basic information. One such accomplished professor is Kristin Müller, adjunct instructor in the Ceramics program. Müller has lived around the globe, worked as a professor and a curator, helped start a group that works to promote craft schools, and is the author of several books. A Master of Fine Arts graduate from Hood in 2014, she became an instructor after graduation. As she explains, “I thoroughly enjoy my teaching at Hood because the students are committed, intelligent and talented and the new facilities are world class”.

Müller was born in Panama and moved back and forth between the United States, Argentina, and Chile. After completing high school in Chile and Connecticut, she got her undergraduate degree in studio arts from Southern Connecticut State University, where one of her professors, Ruth Crespi, was a Hood alumna. Crespi introduced her Joyce Michaud, who had just developed the Hood Ceramics program from a certificate program to the MFA. Müller was able to complete the MFA while working several jobs as a single mother.

As an instructor, Müller explains her philosophy as “(being) committed to nurturing every student’s potential…The most rewarding is helping individuals to connect their own specific human experience to their work, beyond the body knowledge they develop through the process of making works in clay. I have a deep interest in facilitating people to connect to their ‘inner voice’ as it relates to our greater human experience, to develop their body of work while developing their critical thinking”

Müller specializes in wood fired ceramics and maintains a studio with an Anagama hybrid kiln in Pennsylvania. She exhibits her work nationally and is the Executive Director of Peters Valley School of Craft in Layton, New Jersey. Prior to her tenure at Peters Valley she taught ceramics at two colleges, was education director of Brookfield Craft Center and also served as curator and ceramics instructor of the Bignell Exhibition Gallery. Kristin is also a writer who contributes to ceramics and fine craft publications and blogs. She authored “The Potter’s Studio Handbook: A Guide to Hand Built and Wheel-Thrown Ceramics” (2007) and is co-author of both “The Potter’s Complete Studio Handbook: The Essential, Start-to-Finish Guide for Ceramic Artists” with Jeff Zamek (2011), and most recently “Making Good: An Inspirational Guide to Being an Artist Craftsman,” with Hood Studio Arts Manager Jacklyn Scott and Tommy Simpson

. We are proud to have such an experienced instructor in our program!


A Path to English Proficiency for International Students

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qweryuuOne of the best ways for Hood College’s international students to perfect their English, besides conversing with their friends and colleagues, is to enroll in EAP 500; Advanced English for Academic Purposes. Professor Donald Wright, who is teaching the course during the fall, 2017 semester, says: “It is a course of English as a second language, in which students learn reading, writing and oral language skills; many international students tend to be more advanced at listening and speaking so the course focuses more on grammar and proper writing for future professional success.” Wright emphasizes that the course is designed so students can discuss different areas of interest that may be useful for them in various fields. The class is divided into several topics, including creating and writing a CV and cover letter, practicing reported speech in an essay about a faculty member, discussing controversial topics and using persuasive speech.

IMG_20171016_145123485 While the class is designed solely for international students, not all are required to take it. It is offered for those who want to strengthen their language skills, and students in a variety of academic programs are mixed together. Dr. Wright believes this class is useful for most international students as the writing assignments are meaningful since they deal with current events and are based in American culture.Like many other classes at Hood, this class reaches beyond the walls of the classroom, as Dr. Wright and the class recently visited the Museum of Civil War Medicine in downtown Frederick. “To coordinate with the field trip we are talking about medical innovations.” The students will then write a proposal outlining the problems of the opioid addiction in the US today and present hypothetical solutions, enabling them to connect theoretical knowledge with their field experience.”

Outstanding Student- Thanatology

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i-R525fd4-LBeverly entered Hood’s Thanatology program in 2011 as she approached her retirement from the U.S. government.  She retired in 2013 after more than 32 years of service at the Social Security Administration.  Since retiring, Beverly has become an ardent volunteer for Montgomery Hospice, the Association for Death Education and Counseling, and others.  While working toward her Thanatology degree, she served as graduate assistant to the program chair for two years.  In and out of the classroom, Beverly has been a peer leader in the program and is the clear choice for this year’s Outstanding Thanatology Student Award.

Outstanding Student- Counseling

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i-R7Tdn3g-L Meghan Davis is the recipient of our newest award, the Parrot-Anderson Outstanding Student Award for Counseling. She came to Hood in 2014 as a student in the Thanatology Master’s Program. She found a passion for supporting families struggling with death through her volunteerism with her local hospice and her own personal experience as a caregiver for a family friend. In 2015, she became dually enrolled in the Clinical Mental Health Counseling Program where she developed her enthusiasm for helping others.  Meghan added her insight and charisma to the classroom, always asking thoughtful questions. She particularly enjoys blending her knowledge of death and dying to the different theoretical concepts of counseling, which often directed her topics for research.

As the first counseling student from Hood College to intern for Linganore Counseling and Wellness, Meghan served as an ambassador for the school, paving the way for future counseling students to work with clients in a local private practice setting. Her experience at Linganore and in the Hood Counseling program has served to confirm her drive and clinical abilities to assist those in the community. She hopes to work with the bereaved and their families in either a hospice or private practice setting.

Outstanding Student- Ceramic Arts

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i-ZhsxXcR-L Janet is a member of the Potters Guild of Frederick and sells her work
in their Frederick Gallery. A notable Frederick artist, she exemplifies what it means to be a successful ceramic artist. She has explored form and image transfer with a variety of firing methods including electric, gas reduction, soda, wood and raku. Although her emphasis at this time is wheel thrown, functional pottery, she continues to explore new methods and techniques that enable many possibilities.  As she explores new directions in her personal work, Janet demonstrates proficiency and caring in working with students. She is always available in the studio or the kiln yard to assist any student who is struggling. She maintains the glaze lab, mixing glazes in advance of need and providing current samples of glaze interactions. She loads, fires and unloads kilns, always open to questions and sharing information. She works to perfect her skills in order to share the knowledge.

Outstanding Student- Humanities

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i-7WvP3JX-L  Maura Page is the Event and Recruitment Coordinator in Hood College’s Center for Career Development and Experiential Education.  In addition, Maura has been a Hood History Museum docent since fall of 2010 and has participated in multiple Frederick Historic Sites Consortium events, including the Frederick Historic Sites Consortium – Master Docent Series.

As a graduate student Maura brought a passion for learning that often shaped class discussions and inspired her peers to consider topics from new perspectives—Maura is well deserving of this year’s outstanding humanities student award.  Maura competed in and won a People’s Choice Award in Hood’s our Three-Minute Thesis competition for her talk entitled, “Domestic Servitude: bonds with no common ground; racialized economic relationships in Jim Crow era films.”