Beverly 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.
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.
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.
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.”
Curtis Rogers is the recipient of the 2017 Outstanding Environmental Biology Student award. While enrolled in Hood College’s ENV Master’s program, Curtis was given the opportunity to work on a USDA-APHIS grant analyzing the effects of insect growth regulators on a honeybee pest, the small hive beetle. He presented his findings at both the Mid-Atlantic Ecological Society of America regional meeting, and at the National ESA meeting, as well as to a group of notable Korean visiting scientists. As a direct result of his academic work at Hood, Curtis is employed by the USDA Bee Research Lab to assist in researching honeybee physiology, nutrition, and the various pests that continue to plague them. He is working on preparing the findings of his thesis on small hive beetles for publication and hopes to get at least two journal articles out of the endeavor.
Elizabeth “Lizzy” Terrell began the Hood College Master’s in Biomedical Science program in the fall of 2013 and is a truly exemplary student and classroom leader. When speaking of Lizzy’s work on her thesis project, her NCI mentor, Dr. Susan Morrison states: “Lizzy Terrell is one of the most talented young scientists that I have had the privilege to work with. She is bright, articulate, and sets high standards for herself both in the quality of her work and in her thinking about scientific problems. She embarks on a research career with outstanding potential.” The BMS Faculty at Hood concur and look forward to reading the great scientific advances Lizzy will make throughout her career. Lizzy also the won Hood’s Three-Minute Thesis Competition.
Hood College alumnus Joshua Work has earned his undergraduate degree in History (along with a Maryland Teaching Certificate), and his Master’s in Educational Leadership from the school. A Doctorate of Organizational Leadership (DOL) candidate, Josh is on his way to becoming one of Hood’s first “Three Degree” graduates. Josh, his wife Casey and three children Ava, Kai, and Chad live in Frederick.
He is currently an Assistant Principal for Frederick County Public Schools, and works at Middletown Middle School, as part of a leadership team that implements and coordinates the school program for 835 students and 70 staff, using rigor and working within a culture of cooperation, organization, determination and excellence. All of this to promote a positive school culture that fosters the social development and student achievement.
Joshua grew up in Frederick County and graduated from Walkersville High School in 2005. While at Walkersville he interned at the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at Ft. Detrick. He applied to Hood for his undergraduate degree, he says, because “I knew that Hood was an excellent school with a distinguished reputation. Since I was still local, I was able to retain my internship position throughout my undergraduate degree at NCI.”
While in pursuit of his undergraduate degree, Joshua enlisted in the United States Marine Corps Reserve (USMCR). After completing boot camp and his military occupational specialty school, he returned to Hood to complete his degree. He remained at Hood, NCI, and his USMC reserve unit until his graduation in May, 2009. Following graduation, he was deployed to Helmand Province, Afghanistan, in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, and served as a Fire Direction Center chief and vehicle commander for a light armored mortar vehicle.
Joshua returned to the States in May, 2010 and was hired to teach social studies for FCPS. While teaching, he earned his M.S. in Educational Leadership.
“Hood has become a part of my life. I met my wife there during undergrad and we got married during our senior year. Beyond the well-rounded liberal arts curriculum, I believe what makes Hood so wonderful is the staff and faculty that have been supportive over the years. I have been fortunate to develop great relationships with Mr. (Roger) Stenersen, Dr. (Jennifer) Cuddapah, and Dr. (Kathleen) Bands and value them all as lifelong mentors. I am humbled by all of time and effort that my professors have provided to me from my undergraduate to the Doctorate. One way to honor their tutelage is to successfully complete the doctoral program with Hood’s inaugural doctoral cohort. One day I hope to return to Hood and support graduates in any capacity that I can.”
For the first time Hood College is offering a Master of Science degree in Education, Multidisciplinary Studies. This new program will enable educators to build a substantial content base and add leadership skills and specialized reading training to enhance career opportunities.
Multidisciplinary Studies is designed primarily for certified classroom teachers and support staff who want to design a personalized program to meet their individual instructional and professional needs. An integral part of this program is the ability to choose course work from other content areas outside the field of education. The curriculum includes four professional core courses, one course from each of the three existing education graduate programs – Reading Specialization, Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership – as well as four elective courses, and a capstone research project. This action research project provides the opportunity to explore and address specific instructional issues in an action research framework, bridging the interdisciplinary coursework that has been completed. A candidate may finish the program in as little as three years, with seven years the maximum allowable time. Candidates must apply to the Graduate School and meet with the program’s director to complete an oral interview and writing sample.
For more information contact Paulette Shockey, Program director, at 301-696-3467 or email@example.com or visit http://www.hood.edu/Graduate-School/Programs/Multidisciplinary-Studies.html
Talk about being in the right place at the right time with the right degree! Erin Horman flipped the tassel on her mortarboard on Saturday, May 17, signifying that she had earned a master’s in Educational Leadership. The next week she was promoted from second grade teacher to acting assistant principal at Carroll Manor Elementary School in Frederick County, MD. Erin credits the leadership program for the ease with which she’s transitioned to her new role.