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Many don’t know that the College has an official flower–Hemerocallis Hood College, the Hood College daylily. Over the years the plants had disappeared from the campus landscape, but today they were proudly returned to their rightful home.

In planning for Hood’s 125th anniversary, conversations began about bringing back the daylily. With the assistance of daylily enthusiast and alumna Joanne McDonald Huff ’79, College representatives were connected with another local daylily aficionado, Marnie Roberts, who generously offered to donate some of her plants to Hood.

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We believe in the power of kindness!

To support the new strategic plan’s pillar of Strengthening the Hood Community, we’re making an effort to practice more random acts of kindness.

Here’s one submitted by Jamie Shopland of the Class of 2012.

On Wednesday, 8/23, I stopped at Bebe by the mall for a pedicure. I got to chatting with my pedicure technician and she said she was having difficulty finding a piano instructor for her 5-year-old daughter. I texted a friend whose kids had lessons when they were younger in hopes she’d have a recommendation. She replied that their instructor had retired, but suggested contacting Hood. While I was in the chair, I Googled ‘Hood College piano lessons’ and sure enough, the top search result was to Hood College’s Preparatory Music Division! I had no idea my alma mater offered private lessons. Still in the chair, I pulled a random piece of paper and pen out of my purse to write down contact information for Ms. Lester. As we were walking to the front of the salon, I handed her the contact information I had jotted down and told her to give it a try. She smiled broadly, thanked me, and said I was so nice. As I checked out, she thanked me again and I told her I hoped it worked out.

—Jamie ’12

Help us get to 125…or more. Submit a random act of kindness online and we’ll compile a list.

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Phoebe Hassaine-Bennet and Matt Hassaine.
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Chloe and Rebecca Jackson
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Those with an eagle eye at our last commencement ceremonies might have thought that they were seeing double. Over and over and over again. Among this year’s graduating seniors were five sets of twins: Shanayah and Sharayah (Shay) Braithwaite; Matt Hassaine and Phoebe Hassaine-Bennett; Chloe and Rebecca Jackson; Christiano and Juliano Pillari; and Derrick and Dylan Wood.

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By Sarah Tapscott ’15

In July 2017 I had the opportunity to go to Dublin, Ireland for a week and sing at Christ Church Cathedral with the Choral Arts Society of Frederick, directed by Hood’s choir director, Lynn Staininger. We were invited by MCI (Music Celebrations International), which provides opportunities for musical performances around the world! I love to travel and hadn’t gone to Europe since my freshman year at Hood, so I knew I had to go! What made this experience special was the ability to share it with fellow Hood alumni in Choral Arts. Of the thirty-five vocalists that went, five amazing Hood alum women sang alongside me: Marivic Sison ’94, M.A.’00, Michelle Sison ’97, Jessica Kehler Miller ’11, Meghan Tomlin ’11, and Jordan Garvey ’14. Even my boyfriend, Owen Rosier ’16, came along to experience it with us!

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Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Approved

by George Dimitoglou, Associate Professor of Computer Science

The Maryland Higher Education Commission has approved our new Master of Science in Cybersecurity, and there is a lot of excitement about the career opportunities it will give our students.

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A Message from President Chapdelaine Regarding Charlottesville

Dear members of the Hood College Community:

Tragically, the events over the weekend on the University of Virginia campus and in Charlottesville serve as another reminder of the hatred that exists in our society and that such hatred can lead to horrific acts of violence. We mourn the lives so senselessly lost and send support to the UVA community as they prepare to begin the academic year.

The events in Charlottesville demonstrate that colleges are not insulated from the tragedy that may result from such hateful ideology. Hood College’s core values, based on the words ascribed to the four pillars of Alumnae Hall, stand in strong contradiction to such hatred:

HOPE: To believe that everyone can have a positive impact in the world and that education is instrumental in creating and sustaining hope.

OPPORTUNITY: To fully use one’s talents and skills to realize professional and personal achievement and to help create and realize opportunities for others.

OBLIGATION: To fulfill personal and professional responsibilities with integrity and to be a responsible steward and servant to the betterment of others and this world.

DEMOCRACY: To embrace diversity, foster freedom of thought and expression, and to promote engaged citizenship both in self and others.

As we prepare for a new academic year and welcome new members to the Hood community, let us reaffirm our commitment to living these values in both word and deed.

Best,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

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Survive and Thrive: Tips for Staying Organized in College

Keep a planner. Whether it’s an actual planner or planner app, find what works for you and stick to it! As soon as you get a new assignment or make plans, write it down before you forget.

Annotate your syllabi. Note anything your professor says that could come in handy when it comes time for your next paper or exam. You’ll thank yourself later when you have those hints or extra instructions.

Keep to-do lists. If you write down what you want to accomplish each day you’re much more likely to stick to it. Setting deadlines for yourself is key in keeping yourself on track.

Schedule chores. Laundry, taking out the trash, tidying up your desk, you name it. Pick a day of the week that works with your schedule and make it part of your routine.

Wake up at the same time everyday. With your class schedule you may not have to wake up early everyday, but doing so will help you get into a set routine and avoid feeling like you’ve wasted the morning.

Find your most productive time. Whether it’s early morning or late at night, find when you work best and set aside some of that time each day for productivity and work.

Stock your backpack and pick out your outfit before bed. Save yourself some time in the morning by packing up the books you need and picking out your clothes the night before. 

Find a note-taking system that works. Whatever works for you, make sure you stick to your system. Having everything in the same format in the same place will make notes easier to review later.

Take time to for yourself. Mental health is not just important for staying organized, but for being a balanced and happy person. Make time for whatever helps you destress. And get enough sleep!

Never be too hard on yourself. Remember that everyone makes mistakes. It’s not easy to stay on top of everything going on in your life all the time. Always try your best and celebrate every victory, big or small! Staying organized gets easier with practice.

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10 Packing Hacks and Tips for Conquering College Move-In Day

Pack a first night bag. Pajamas, clothes for the next day, toiletries, etc. Accept the fact that you might not do all your unpacking on night one, and you won’t want to be digging through every bag just to find your toothbrush!

Pack inside anything that you can. Fill up your laundry bin, trash can and even the mini fridge. You have to carry them in anyway, so you might as well fill the space with any odds and ends. Just make sure it’s not too heavy to carry!

Remove bulky packaging. Whether it’s a microwave box or school supplies packaging, you’re going to get rid of it anyway, so do it ahead of time to save some space.

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The Best Places in Frederick

By Mary Milligan ’17

1. Baker Park: It’s free, beautiful, has walking trails and is a good way to avoid walking through downtown on a busy First Saturday when you already enjoyed all the excitement that you can find there.

2. JoJo’s Restaurant and Tap House: If you are looking for the best french fries in Frederick, look no further, because this is where you can get them. Their menu also goes beyond what you would typically find at a restaurant, it’s more than burgers and chicken strips. They offer foods of all varieties and it’s all delicious.

3. First Saturdays: Although, not a specific place in Frederick, the first Saturday of every month (and every Saturday in December) downtown comes alive. Each month something different is featured. My favorite time to go is definitely February for Fire in Ice where a variety of businesses showcase ice sculptures that may or may not be related to what they sell. The best part about the event is that it’s free!

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By Abraham Kettor ’19

In his famous inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.” So, as a native of the Republic of Liberia, West Africa, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and go back to my home country with the hope of inspiring other youths to take on peace initiatives and to seek higher education. Of course, this decision wasn’t easy. However, I was prompted to take on this challenge because I have experienced the horror brought on by Civil Wars in Liberia. As a result, I have developed a unique perspective towards life, which inspired me to focus on spreading awareness about love, peace, unity and hope instead of war, hate, intolerance and tribal discrimination. Therefore, when I learned about the Davis Projects for Peace, I knew it would be an exceptional platform for me to step out of my comfort zone.

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