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Callie Fishburn ’18 Named Fulbright Semifinalist

Senior Callie Fishburn has been made a semifinalist for this year’s Fulbright competition!

The Fulbright program is the flagship international educational exchange program sponsored by the U.S. Congress and the Department of State and is designed to increase mutual understanding between the people of the U.S. and the people of more than 160 countries worldwide. Recipients of Fulbright grants are selected on the basis of academic or professional achievement, as well as demonstrated leadership potential in their fields. She will find out sometime this spring whether she is a finalist.

“With the Fulbright I not only hope to earn a master’s degree, but also have eye-opening experiences that broaden my world perspectives,” Fishburn said. “If I receive the Fulbright, I will be studying in Canada at the University of Saskatchewan, and most likely working on a project involving sustainability in indigenous communities within the province. I believe that the project will give me deeper cultural appreciation for native peoples in both Canada and the United States.”

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Reem Zietoon ’17 Makes Plans for Pharmacy School

Reem Zietoon ’17  is heading to pharmacy school next fall!

She’ll be part of a four year program at the University of Maryland, Baltimore, which includes three years of classes and a final year of rotations. She was also accepted into Shenandoah University’s program.

“After I graduate [from UMB] I think I would like to do a residency which is two years of clinical training,” Zietoon said. “I haven’t decided exactly which branch of pharmacy I want to pursue after I graduate but clinical seems the most appealing to me right now. The great thing about pharmacy school though is that I will be exposed to all of it before I have to make my decision.”

Zietoon’s interest in the field came when she got a job as a pharmacy technician at the CVS adjacent to Hood during her junior year.

“I have always had an interest in medicine but never considered pharmacy until I started that job,” she said.


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Why an Inclusive Campus for All Matters

By Caitlyn-Jean Ward ’18, SGA President

College campuses across the nation provide students with opportunities to grow and become the individuals they wish to be. They are often safe-havens and become so close-knit that they become second homes for students. Hood College is no different. It strives to give its students every opportunity to grow and enhance the world around them; boasting a myriad of diverse clubs and organizations. Hood truly is home. However, like other institutions, Hood also experiences issues that can have a negative effect. Last fall, the Hood College Student Government Association was alerted that some members of the student body felt underrepresented and unwelcomed, that their ideas, ways of thinking and overall states of being were being challenged or infringed upon by peers.

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From War to Revolution: The Rich History of Hood College Nursing

Originally posted in the February, March, April 2018 edition of The Maryland Nurse News and Journal.

Hood College in Frederick, MD is celebrating their 125 anniversary this year, and the Hood College Department of Nursing is proud to be part of the rich history.

The 1940s: Hood Nursing as War Work with a Future

In 1943, the world was at war, and the public was asked to support war efforts. Hood College, in Frederick, Maryland, offered support by opening its first nursing program. “Nursing is War Work with a Future,” proclaimed the first brochures promoting the nursing program at Hood. That September, according to the Hood Registrar’s Office, 28 young women were “accepted for work leading to Degree of B.S. in Nursing” at Hood College. They came from as far away as New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, and as close as a few blocks from Hood’s campus.

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Tips for Writing your College Application Essay

Originally published in the February/March 2018 issue of Frederick’s Child magazine available online here.

By Bill Brown, vice president for enrollment management

Your child has narrowed down the list of colleges to apply to and now comes the all-important college essay. No subject is more anxiety-inducing than the essay. It’s not enough to count on the high school transcript; college admission counselors are using the essay to get to know your student and their personality, a sense of who they are and whether this college is the right fit. It will capture who your student is beyond grades, test scores and co-curricular activities.

I have read thousands of essays on topics about winning—or losing—the big game, about bullying, about taking an interesting trip and many, many more. Really, the topic almost doesn’t matter. What does matter is how the student uses the essay to talk to me about who they really are and how this thing, this experience, has influenced them in some way.

From my 30-year career in higher education, I’ve compiled these tips to share with your student.

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Hood College Takes Computer Science Education Week to FCPS

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, Hood College computer science faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, visited schools in the Frederick County Public School District to work with teachers and students during several Hour of Code school events Dec. 4-10.

They taught more than 600 students in 23 classes, which included business, foundations of technology, introduction to computer science, Microsoft certification and AP computer science. The lessons served three purposes: expose students to coding to demystify the idea that coding is difficult or scary; teach computational thinking, or composing problems and forming step-by-step solutions; and help try to decrease the gender gap in computer science.

Brunswick High School, Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School, Middletown High School, Oakdale High School and Walkersville High School welcomed Hood into their classrooms.

Hood computer science faculty members Carol Jim, William Crum, Ahmed Salem, Aijuan Dong, John Boon, Khalid Lateef and George Dimitoglou, along with undergraduate students Mickayla Bachar ’19, Karen Canas ’18 and Brandon Ubiera ’19 and graduate students Jeff Larson and Abdul Mir participated in the instruction.

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Hood Delegation Earns Honorable Mention at Model UN Conference

By Cecilia Adams ’19, secretary of Hood Model UN

Model United Nations is an organization designed to spread awareness of the United Nations and their mission amongst members of Hood College. As secretary of Model UN, I work with the executive team to foster collaborative problem-solving through a diverse and engaged student membership. We apply our discussions we have in meetings to the Model UN conferences we attend.

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Phil Berneberg and Alex Jarnot discuss the structural details of ceramic glazes while viewing them with the SEM.
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Meagan Anders, a current Coastal Studies student, examines a locally collected pollen sample to document its structure.
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Pollen comes in all shapes and sizes. With the use of our SEM, we are beginning to study this diversity first hand.
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By Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) provides a close-up look of the world around us. Hood’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies is fortunate to have acquired such an instrument and offers it for use by students and professors from all disciplines.

While a traditional light microscope can magnify objects up to 1000 times, our SEM is capable of zooming in to see fine structural details at 30,000x or more! Unlike most types of microscopes, a SEM uses an electron beam to illuminate the surface of a specimen, rather transmitting images by passing electrons through the sample. Certainly microscopes are used every day in biology classes, but did you know that at Hood electron microscopy can be used by students and faculty from a variety of disciplines to inform their studies?

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RA Program Spotlight: Mural Brings Community Together

Glorie Cassutto

RA, Meyran Hall Ground and 1st Floors

Major: Social Work

Hometown: Frederick, Maryland

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Meet an RA: Becca Benson

RA, Memorial Hall 2nd Floor

Major: English and Education

Hometown: Damascus, Maryland

Co-curricular Activities: Director of Hood College Student Musical Theater, Vice President of Alpha Lambda Delta, and member of Student Education Association.

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