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What’s in a Label?

Students in Professor Jones’ Biology of Food and Nutrition class learn firsthand about nutrition labeling on packaged foods, and how to calculate and measure proteins, complex and simple carbohydrates found in everyday foods. The abstract concepts learned in the lectures—what proteins are actually doing, for example—become clear in the lab when students can actually see the proteins working. Students use this information to optimize bread and yogurt recipes by adjusting a variable—an ingredient or the fermentation process—to create a better product.

Pictured: Meagan Huyett ’18 and Tyler Shuck ’17.

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Well-deserved award for Dean White

Dean Olivia White was honored January 10 by the Frederick Club of the National Association of Negro Business and Professional  Women’s Clubs with the very prestigious Ellen Nickens Visionary Award.

While Olivia has been a longtime volunteer in the Frederick community, is active in many service organizations and sits on a number of local boards, Dean White is most widely known for her visionary leadership. Most recently she co-chaired the Realizing the Dream initiative, Hood College’s yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of the Civil Rights Act that featured guest lecturers, performances, documentaries and a conference on contemporary civil rights issues. She chaired the initiative’s culminating event, the very successful March on Frederick, which attracted more than 1,200 participants and featured national civil rights activist Julian Bond as the keynote speaker.

Dean White also received high praise for her leadership role in bringing to Frederick in March 2004 a four-day international conference that commemorated the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education. The conference attracted distinguished authors, entertainers and other individuals such as Dorothy Height, Julian Bond, Peter Irons, Cheryl Brown Henderson, Chief Judge Robert M. Bell, Genna Rae McNeill, nationally acclaimed Sweet Honey in the Rock and the Morgan State University Choir.

We applaud her accomplishments and dedication to the Frederick and Hood communities. We are proud to call her a member of the Hood College team.

Congratulations, Olivia!

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Giving Tuesday extended

If you’re a student at Hood College, you know that giving back happens all the time, not just on Giving Tuesday. This fall, students in April Boulton’s ENSP 101 Environmental Problems class collaborated with the City of Frederick to determine which roads and intersections would most benefit from bike lanes and wider pedestrian crosswalks. Students collected data from more than half of the nearly dozen intersections throughout the city that were identified as possible candidates for alternative transportation modes and presented that information to the City Council.

This was a win-win situation for everyone: Students were able to apply theory to practice, the City got a low- to no-cost bank of data from which the council members could make an informed decision and students were able to give back to the local community in a meaningful way.

Check out the video!

Photo: Mark Buchholz ’18 confers with Professor April Boulton.

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Apple recognizes Hood’s innovative use of technology

Hood College is leading the pack again! The College was recently named an Apple Distinguished School for 2014-2016 for its innovative use of iPads and the application of technology in nearly every discipline.

So how did this come about? When Apple first introduced the iPad, Hood administrators, faculty and students quickly realized that this new technology had the potential to change the academic landscape. Hood wasted little time in launching a two-year pilot program;  incoming first-year undergraduate students and a few faculty explored the ways the iPad could benefit teaching and learning.

The program’s success led to its expansion and the iPad has been embraced campus wide; iPads are now distributed to every undergraduate student and faculty member. Since the end of the trial period, the iPad has been an integral part of daily learning in and outside of the classroom. From education professors demonstrating how to help children master reading skills to calculus students determining the velocity of a raindrop to business majors learning the intricacies of social media to English faculty demonstrating the structure and musicality of a sonnet, the iPad has transformed how faculty in every discipline teach and how students read their textbooks, solve problems, work together and learn.

Thanks to generous funding from an alumna and a foundation, and the vision of the campus community, Hood is in the forefront of innovative learning!

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“Messiah” is a seasonal favorite

You know the holiday season is just around the corner when Hood College Choir performs Handel’s Messiah. This year, choir alumni will join current choir members Nov. 22 at 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. for the 67th annual performances of the famous oratorio. It’s a must-see event!

As in previous years, the concert will feature four soloists: Lisa Dodson, soprano; Katelyn Jackman, mezzo soprano; Leroy smith, tenor; and Nathan Wyatt, bass. Lynn Staininger, director of choral activities at Hood, will conduct the concert. And a number of Hood faculty will perform with the orchestra, including Wayne L. Wold, associate professor of music and College organist; William D. Powell III, instructor of piano; Anna Claire Ayoub, instructor of bassoon; Ed Stanley, oboe instructor; Alison Bazala, cello instructor; and bassist Lynn Fleming, instructor of string bass.

Order tickets in advance at www.hood.edu.messiah or by calling 301-696-3130. If available, tickets will be sold at the door, but getting them in advance is always recommended for this popular event!

 

 

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Frederick, Md.–A mini-D.C.

Many of us here on campus have experienced the awesomeness of downtown Frederick. But for Hood students or for the locals it wasn’t always the go-to place to hang out. In recent years, thanks to revitalization efforts by the city’s leaders, new shops, restaurants, bars and art venues have not only opened for business but they are thriving.  People are flocking to live within walking distance of the flourishing night life and cultural scene. In an October 31 article that appeared in the Washington Post, a reporter wrote about this trend in Frederick and in small cities across the U.S. Read about what is being called the mini-boom.

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An Opportunity of a Lifetime

Frederick artist Cameron Petke, MFA ’10 is known for his wheel-thrown ceramic temple bells as well as handcrafted tableware and interior design pieces. An outstanding artist, he was selected as one of 50 finalists in the ceramics category for the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Award. He, along with nearly 5,000 others across the country, was nominated earlier this month for the award, which celebrates craftspeople working in their communities.

Here’s where you can help. Online voting from now until Oct. 13 will determine which 10 artists will be featured in Martha Stewart Living magazine and attend a media event with Martha Stewart in New York City in November. To vote and to see his artist profile, visit www.marthastewart.com/americanmade/nominee/95707/crafts/baked-clay-studio.

Check out what he’s up to in his studio when he’s not teaching at a Frederick-area high school, Hood College or Loyola University at www.bakedclaystudio.com.

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March on Frederick

Hood College, in close collaboration with numerous Frederick community partners, is organizing a March on Frederick, which will be held Sept. 26 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The march, a tribute to the historic 1963 March on Washington, will bring together students, faculty, staff, community members and visitors to reflect on the civil rights progress made within the Frederick community in the last 50 years.

The march will begin at Harry Grove Stadium at 9:30 a.m. Participants will walk past many of the sites related to Frederick’s African American history and conclude at the College’s Alumnae Hall, where local, state and national civil rights activists, including former NAACP leader Julian Bond, will address the crowd.

As part of the annual ay to serve initiative, volunteers will be collecting nonperishable food items to support local food banks.

Participants are encouraged to register for the march at civil-rights.hood.edu/register.

Hood’s yearlong celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Civil Rights Act has been marked by lectures, performances and films. Renowned authors, attorneys and activists such as Will Haygood, Shirley Sherrod, Fred Gray, Rep. Elijah Cummings and Ysaye Barnwell, who have celebrated the African American culture and devoted their careers to advocating for social justice and racial equality, came to campus to meet with students and give public talks. A four-part film series, featuring documentaries that focus on the struggles African Americans have faced long after the Emancipation Proclamation was issued, is also part of this initiative.

To learn more about the yearlong celebration and other march-related events, visit civilrights.hood.edu or read the press release.

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A New Year Begins

The arrival of first-year students yesterday signaled the start of a new year. Residential students checked in and, with keycards in hand, headed to their new living spaces with families and friends in tow. A quick tour of the residence halls revealed an overabundance of “stuff” spilling out of the rooms and into the hallways. Roommates greeted each other, some for the first time, and family members pitched in to help students get settled. Many had their TVs and computers set up and their posters hung long before the first suitcase or box was emptied.

The afternoon was packed with events: The opening session, orientation group meetings, a student life overview, academic advising meetings, a picnic dinner and the  traditional class photo on the Chapel steps. In the evening there were residence hall and commuter student meetings, fun orientation activities and an ice cream extravaganza.

Students will spend today and the weekend getting to know Frederick, the campus and each other. Returning residential students will arrive Saturday and Sunday, and then the entire campus community will gather Monday in the Hodson Outdoor Theater for Convocation, the ceremony that officially opens the academic year.

Check out photos of move-in and the day’s other activities on SmugMug.

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Summer Research: The Treasured Wisdom Initiative, a Gerontology Study

Summer Research Institute student Caitlin Presley ’15 worked with Hood professor of psychology Professor Wanda Ruffin this summer on the Treasured Wisdom Initiative, a qualitative gerontology study.

It is well known in the field of gerontology that African Americans are more likely to die younger than Caucasians. When African Americans reach 85 years old, also known in psychology as the oldest-old, the trend reverses and African Americans are seen to outlive their Caucasian counterparts.

“I had taken Social Gerontology and Psychology of Aging with Professor MacDougall, so I knew about the basic trends of older African Americans and the psychology of aging. I was then recommended to Professor Ruffin by two professors in the department,” said Caitlin, a psychology major.

Professor Ruffin and Caitlin believe that the life stories and wisdom of the oldest-old African Americans are an untapped potential in the gerontology field. The Treasured Wisdom Initiative hopes to begin to understand the factors that contribute to the resiliency in these African American seniors.

“This research experience helped in two ways, not only did it give me a research experience to put on my CV, it also allowed me to work on the interviewing skills needed in many fields of psychology,” said Caitlin. “Even though I want to work in school psychology, it is important to be able to communicate and converse with people of all ages, while still getting the information you need.”

Some students involved in SRI this summer also had the opportunity to travel. Research led students and their supervisors across the United States and abroad.

“The most valuable aspect of my research experience was traveling to Mississippi,” said Caitlin. “I haven’t spent much time out of the state of Maryland and it was interesting to not only see the difference in cultures, but also the similarities of African Americans’ experiences from different regions. And outside of research, it was thought-provoking to see and hear about Gulfport, Mississippi, post-Hurricane Katrina.”

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