Hood Students Attend the March for Our Lives

By Britnee Reece ’18, station manager for Blazer Radio

Hood College reflects a community, an educational institution, which means we as a student body must have a sense of urgency to keep our family-like environment safe. Our nation’s school systems are no longer a secure and protected environment; mass shootings in the United States have become something that we as a country have become so oddly numb to. “Thoughts and prayers” will not make the changes needed. The mass shooting, which occurred in Florida early February of this year, took place in my home county, Broward County. I knew the high school and I knew people, who had attended there years ago. It truly “hit home” for me. Those students, who had just witnessed friends die and heard gun shots fire in a place they used to feel at home, were strong. They spoke up. They gave me strength. They sparked a movement.

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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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Hood Joins Team One Love for Sexual Assault Awareness

by Zac Kauffman ’17, a Law and Society and Business Administration major with a concentration in Human Resources and a Hood College lacrosse player

As you know, April is Sexual Assault Awareness month, and in this month, it is important for us to take a moment to reflect and have a conversation about sexual assault and domestic violence. Sexual assault and domestic violence are serious issues that affect many people we know and love. The damage victims experience is long-lasting. Too often we forget that the harm is not limited just to the individuals, but reverberates throughout our society. Despite the horrible impact of sexual assault and domestic violence, communities are seldom united in their attempt to address and combat these problems.

Many of the problems we have unifying an approach to sexual assault and domestic violence comes from how we communicate about it, and it starts with our perspectives and labeling of the issues. It is unfortunate that sexual assault and domestic violence are often labeled as “women’s issues” when they are anything but. Dubbing sexual assault and domestic violence as “women’s issues” shifts the responsibility for action away from men, making it seem as though these issues do not apply to men. It is imperative that we look at sexual assault and domestic violence as a societal matter. We cannot be reliant on a few good men to help aid in the fight while the rest remain unresponsive and silent. We cannot view sexual assault and domestic violence as a “women’s issue.” Men should and must help to focus efforts and attention on these issues in order to create an effective alliance against these heinous abuses within our society. As the great Martin Luther King Jr. said, “In the end, we will remember not the words of our enemies, but the silence of our friends.” Without the participation of all members of our society, we aren’t able to completely combat these issues. We must band together.

For this Sexual Assault Awareness month, members of the Hood College community, both men and women, are coming together to face the issues of sexual assault and domestic violence. The Women’s Lacrosse team, the Men’s Lacrosse team and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee are uniting to promote the One Love Foundation. The One Love Foundation, founded in honor of Yeardley Love, raises awareness about unhealthy relationships, and works to “help activate communities to change the statistics around relationship violence.” The foundation advocates awareness and activism through an event called Yards for Yeardley, where the members of the community are invited to walk one million yards in a week. We are trying to reach this goal between April 17 to April 21 on the Thomas Athletic Field, and all are welcome. Information tables on the One Love Foundation and Yards for Yeardley will be set up in the Whitaker Campus Center Monday, April 17, 11:00 am – 1:00 pm and in Coblentz Dining Hall. Additionally, the Women’s and Men’s Lacrosse teams will play dedication games on April 13 and April 22. We hope to see you there!

One Love Committee left to right: Christina Murphy ’17, Zac Kauffman ’17, Samantha Bauer ’19, Larissa Pena ’20, Danny Capps ’18, Samy Brandt ’20

Helene Cooper

New York Times Pentagon Correspondent Speaks on Campus

By Mary Milligan

Helene Cooper, author and journalist for The New York Times, visited Hood College this week, and as a communications student, it was fascinating to see the insight she provided.

I was fortunate enough to sit with Cooper for dinner. She was very attentive to all of the students and faculty sitting with her. She engaged everyone in conversation, talking about what we do, as well as what we hope to do in the future.

One of my concerns with President Trump was his language with the media, and how that might affect me upon entering the field. Cooper, however, reassured me that they have been finding his attacks on the press humorous.

As we discussed her book, surrounding the first woman president in Liberia, she told us what is was like essentially being on the campaign trail (campaigning only lasts for two months!) and people forgetting sometimes that she was a journalist. She reassured us that she was not trying to be malicious or ever pretended not to be a journalist; people were just so used to her that they would often just continue to talk.

For any other student interested by journalism, I would highly encourage you to talk to someone of Cooper’s caliber, and to take advantage of the speakers coming to campus.

Cooper has been a reporter for more than 25 years. She has worked for The Providence Journal in Rhode Island, The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. She has covered several international events including the U.S. invasion of Iraq in 2003 and she Ebola outbreak in Liberia in 2014.

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Tatem Arts Center Renovation

The $5.5 million, two-year renovation of Hood College’s Tatem Arts Center is complete. The project added office space and several state-of-the-art classrooms.

Price Auditorium and the attic were reconfigured to add an extra 7,000 square feet of space to the building. The psychology and counseling programs have moved to the third floor, and the moot courtroom has been constructed for the law and criminal justice program. A new, handicapped-accessible entrance and an elevator have been added to the east side of the building.

“The renovations to this building have expanded its use to accommodate several different academic programs,” said Debbie Ricker, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “We are so excited to be able to offer the new features of this facility to our students and faculty.”

The addition of the moot courtroom follows the College’s addition of the Department of Law and Criminal Justice. It is a continuation of Hood’s emphasis on experiential learning and a critical feature of the law and criminal justice major. Students prepare and deliver oral arguments, draft legal briefs and learn courtroom decorum.

“Every class held in the moot courtroom uses simulations that give students opportunities to take part in both trial and appellate advocacy by assuming the role of attorney, witness, judge or jury,” said Teresa Bean, assistant professor of law and criminal justice. “Students are actively engaged in the lesson and know they can be called on at any time to take a side or be the judge. The students in the courtroom are building on core competencies including legal analysis and reasoning, problem solving, and negotiation, while also utilizing soft skills such as oral advocacy and communication skills, collaboration, and exercising sound legal judgment.”

Bean and Janis Judson, professor of political science, teach all of their classes in the courtroom. The teaching podium swivels so they can address the classroom in the gallery seating while teaching, and students can address the mock court during a jury or trial session.

“Using this state-of-the-art courtroom bridges the gap between theory and practice,” Bean said.

The financial supporters for the moot court are: Virginia Procino Hartmann ’72 and Thomas W. Hartmann; Mary Alice Peeling ’76, Esq.; Ellen S. Sacks ’70, Esq., and Henry J. Widmaier; Christina Monroe Smith ’71, Esq., and Anthony J. Smith; and Marcia Heister Wilcox ’78, Esq., and Alfred H. Wilcox.

Hartmann is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force who is currently working alongside her attorney husband, Tom, as a paralegal at the Hartmann Law Firm. Peeling is the head of outreach services at Widener University School of Law Library. Sacks is an attorney with the Legal Aid Society in Brooklyn, New York. Smith is a former attorney with Lieblich & Grimes and retired attorney of the Pentagon Army and Air Force Legal Assistance Office. Her gift was made in memory of her father, the Honorable Donald H. Monroe and her mother, Mary Kinsman Monroe, who graduated from Hood in 1947. Wilcox is a former corporate attorney and is now enjoying a second career in executive coaching through her company Halyard Coaching.

This renovation would not have been possible without the help and foresight of several members of the Hood community.

“I would like to thank Ron Volpe (president emeritus) for his leadership in beginning this project and Chuck Mann (vice president for finance and treasurer) for shepherding this project so well over the last two years,” President Andrea Chapdelaine said. “I would also like to thank Jim Thomas, director of facilities; Cale Christensen with Whiting-Turner (the construction company that renovated the building); and Natalie Brown, project manager, along with the faculty who helped guide and advise on this project to ensure we would meet our students’ needs.”

Pictured above: Debbie Ricker, Ph.D., provost and vice president for academic affairs; Ingrid Farreras, Ph.D., professor of psychology and chair of the Department of Psychology; Roser Caminals-Heath, Ph.D., professor of Spanish; President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.; Hanna Martinez, Class of 2017; Sam Wells, vice president of Whiting-Turner and member of the Hood College Board of Trustees; Janis Judson, Ph.D., professor of political science; Michael Proffett, architect, member of the Hood College Board of Associates; Judy Sherman, Ed.D., assistant professor of education, chair of the Department of Education; Mark Friis, member of the Hood College Board of Trustees, chair of the facilities committee; Phil Berkheimer, chair of the Board of Trustees; Jennifer Ross, Ph.D., professor of art and archaeology.


Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend

The campus was alive with students, families, friends and alumni during Hood’s Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend Oct. 21-22. It was great to see so many members of the Hood community here enjoying activities and each other’s company.

The festivities began Friday evening with a President’s Club reception to honor and recognize those who have donated to Hood. Hypnotist Marshall Manlove performed, and the Homecoming Late Night Extravaganza included a taco bar, dancing and activities.

Saturday opened with Hood’s second annual Presidential Fun Run 5K for those who were eager to wake up early and brave the chilly fall weather. All proceeds went toward the Blue and Grey Club, which supports Hood Athletics. The run raised more than $1,000!

A Legacy Brunch was held for students and alumni who have family members who also attended Hood in honor of their family’s history at the College. A number of drop-in academic presentations were available so students could introduce their families to faculty and show them some of Hood’s new and exciting spaces, including the Virginia Munson Hammell ’67 Trading Room in Rosenstock Hall and the moot courtroom in the Tatem Arts Center.

Events also included a homecoming festival and tailgating, a women’s field hockey and men’s and women’s soccer games, and an evening showing of summer blockbuster “Finding Dory.” Due to windy conditions, activities and vendors were moved from the residential quad to Coblentz Hall and the Ronald J. Volpe Athletic Center.

Students and guests enjoyed lunch, student organization activities, face painting and live music from local band Secondhand Ramblers.

It was a busy weekend, and everyone had a blast—we’re ready for next year!

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Korva Coleman Kicks Off Passion and Profession Series

NPR newscaster Korva Coleman recently kicked off Hood’s new “Passion and Profession” speaker series with a talk about experiences that guided her through her career, including reflections on the gifts of failure.

Coleman is best known for her role delivering national newscasts airing during NPR’s news magazines All Things Considered, Morning Edition and Weekend Edition. She said she has always been drawn to radio, majoring in journalism at Howard University and working as a newscaster before moving to Washington, D.C. However, she didn’t immediately recognize radio as her passion.

“I’m passionate about what I am doing because it took some trial and error to discover what I wanted and what I actually needed to do,” she told the audience. “Radio was one of my absolute first loves and has remained so all of my life.”

Before Coleman’s career took off at WAMU, Washington, D.C.’s local NPR station, she was enrolled at Georgetown University Law Center with ambitions of being a lawyer or running for office. Unable to keep her grades up and shake the feeling that law school wasn’t what she was meant to do, Coleman dropped out and jumped on an opportunity to give radio a try. She called the experience “very serendipitous” and credits her failure with allowing her to discover her true passion.

She prodded the audience to ask themselves, “Are you happy with your choices?” and encouraged students to think of Hood College as their safe space to try new things, consider different ways of thinking, and discover their own true passions.

“Take up the mental exercise of trying to take a world view that is different from the one you are accustomed to believing,” she said. “You may ultimately decide that this is not a world view that you want to keep, but how are you going to know this if you haven’t tried it?”

Before her public talk, Coleman also spoke to a class of communication arts and English majors, many with aspirations to work in journalism themselves. As the mother of two college students, she said she knows making choices that will chart the path for the rest of one’s life is scary.

“Go ahead and be afraid, but do it anyway. Whatever that may be,” she advised students. “If you’re not willing to try, you certainly won’t succeed and you’ll never know, and that would be the greatest loss of all.”

She said college is the place students get to test drive all the things they might want to be, and failing, whether that’s changing majors or taking a completely new path than originally intended, can be a great gift.

“Ask yourself, ‘Why am I here? What do I secretly really want to try to do? What would I most regret that I failed to try to do?’” she said to students.

“Remember the purpose of a liberal arts education is to help you answer these questions about yourself,” Coleman continued. “It’s to help you realize your humanity. It is to help you learn to accept the gift of failure and to take the precious lessons from that shortcoming. Don’t miss this chance. Don’t lose this gift.”

The “Passion and Profession” series, created by the Catherine Filene Shouse Career Center and Office of Service Learning and the Office of the Dean of the Chapel, will feature a speaker each semester whose career is based in a particular set of personal values that connect to a current social justice issue. The mission of the series is to introduce students to a variety of professions, to hear the stories of successful individuals and their preparation for and practice of a profession, as well as to understand how a liberal arts education has contributed to their personal and professional development.

Watch Coleman’s complete talk and a video interview below.

Dinking Ceremony

Opening Convocation 2016

Hood College marked the start of its 124th academic year with its annual Convocation ceremony Monday morning in the Hodson Outdoor Theater on campus.

The morning began with the traditional dinking ceremony during which the incoming class received their dinks, blue for their class color. The students and faculty then processed into the Hodson Outdoor Theater.

Bill Brown, vice president for enrollment management, introduced the incoming class to the campus community; President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D., and Logan Samuels, president of the Student Government Association, welcomed new and returning students to campus; Debbie Ricker, Ph.D., new provost and vice president for academic affairs, recognized outstanding student achievements; Karen Hoffman, Ph.D., associate professor of philosophy and chair of the department of philosophy and religious studies, delivered the keynote address; and Joy Miller Beveridge ’82 shared greetings from alumni and her fond memories of her time as a student.

Hoffman told the students: “My hope is not just that you look back on today as the start of an exciting new academic year, but that you look back on all your college years as the start of a life-long love of learning, a passionate engagement with the world and the beings that inhabit it, a compassionate commitment to improving the lives of others, and a deeper understanding of who you are, who you want to become and how you can make a difference.”

This year’s group of new students includes 221 new first-year students and 103 new transfer students. Members of the Class of 2020 come from 15 states, the District of Columbia and three foreign countries. There are 259 new graduate students. Hood’s total student population is 2,106.

The graduate school will begin two new programs this fall, a Master of Science in bioinformatics and a doctoral program that includes a Doctorate of Organizational Leadership and a Doctorate of Business Administration.

“Students, you are the focus of everything we do at Hood,” President Chapdelaine said. “You are our raison d’être—our reason for being. We are all committed to helping you not only to succeed, but to exceed: to discover and realize capacities, goals and dreams you may not yet even yet know you have.”

During the summer, first-year students read Paige Rawl’s book “Positive: A Memoir” for small-group discussions about the themes, issues and conflicts raised in the book. Specially trained Hood faculty, staff and students co-facilitate these discussions. Rawl was born HIV-positive, and her book discusses the bullying she received throughout her childhood because of that diagnosis and how she overcame that bullying. Rawl will visit campus Oct. 19 for a public lecture and book signing.

Samuels reflected on the book and told students to remember: “You have the power to make a difference. There is always someone cheering you on. You have nothing to hide or be ashamed of. If you come across a new challenge, do not give up, but instead, vow to learn more. You’ve got a lot of light within you.”

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MSL Annual Session 2016

The Hood College delegation of the Maryland Student Legislature traveled to Annapolis to participate in the 27th Annual Session April 29-May 1 in which eight higher education institutions simulated Maryland government processes.

The MSL is a nonprofit that allows college and university students opportunities to experience Maryland state government and legislative processes and gather to write and debate public policy. Each year during its annual session, members experience the legislative process of the actual house of delegates and senate chambers. The MSL includes delegations from Hood College; McDaniel College; Mount St. Mary’s University; St. Mary’s College of Maryland; St. John’s College; University of Maryland, Baltimore County; University of Maryland, College Park; and Washington College.

Hood rising senior Dylan Wood and rising junior Tyler Graham were elected by their peers to serve as the governor and lieutenant governor of the statewide MSL convening next academic year. The race was highly contested, with the other ticket for governor and lieutenant governor being Wood’s twin brother Derrick Wood and Gabrielle Cavalier.

“The governor’s election was especially exciting this year with brother running against brother,” said Professor Carin Robinson, the Hood MSL adviser.

In addition to the election, Graham received the award for best delegate.

“Tyler Graham has a deep respect for the legislative process, and his contribution is impressive seeing that he is only a sophomore,” said Robinson. “Last year, as a freshman, he won an award for legislative writing. It is not surprising his peers recognized his ability to debate and speak on behalf of his policy positions.”

During the weekend’s activities, Maryland Lt. Gov. Boyd Rutherford addressed the participants from eight schools, and there was a session with an alumni panel that featured Hood Class of 2015 graduate Caitlin Battey who is now with the McCain Institute.

Graduating seniors who have been involved with the MSL for three or four years were recognized for their commitment to the organization. Melissa Lopez, Elliot Tombs and Emma Ward were recognized from Hood. The other members of the Hood contingent included Gabrielle Cavalier, Paula Del Valle Torres, Andrew Drum, Nick Fisher, Samuel Kebede, Brice McAndrew, Cooper Muff, Brielle Rozmus and Derrick Wood.

“I am so proud of the Hood delegation,” said Robinson. “All year they have had a consistent presence at statewide events and routinely amaze me with their professionalism and public-speaking abilities. Our graduates routinely say MSL is one of their favorite college experiences. The access it provides to state legislators and their staff is unparalleled. I see timid freshman join the group and see them transform to engaging, confident public speakers by the time they graduate. … The MSL experience encourages students to pursue careers not only in law and politics, but in public service in general, whether it be elected office or nonprofit work.”

Commencement 2016

Commencement 2016

The 119th Hood College Commencement exercises took place May 14. The day saw 317 undergraduate students and 263 graduate students celebrate the years of hard work they committed to earning their degrees.

Wil Haygood, an award-winning journalist and New York Times best-selling author, was the featured speaker during the 10 a.m. undergraduate ceremony, and Hood Class of 1978 alumna Deborah A. Bonanni, a former National Security Agency chief of staff, delivered the Commencement address during the 3 p.m. Graduate School ceremony.

This was the first Hood Commencement for President Andrea Chapdelaine, who told the graduating seniors at the morning ceremony, “I am so very proud of you and will miss your presence on campus. Be well, be safe and above all, be happy!”

Haygood is the Boadway Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence in the Department of Media, Journalism and Film at Miami University of Ohio. He was a Pulitzer Prize finalist while writing as a national and foreign correspondent at the Boston Globe. He then joined the Washington Post in 2002, where in 2008 he wrote, “A Butler Well Served by this Election,” a story about Eugene Allen, a butler who worked for eight U.S. presidents, from Truman through Reagan, over 34 years. The story was the basis for the award-winning film “Lee Daniels’ The Butler.” Haygood was an associate producer of the film. He also wrote the New York Times bestseller “The Butler: A Witness to History” about how the story and film came to be.

“When you stand for something, Hood Blazers, magical things happen,” Haygood told the undergraduates. “Blazers, go today, and make your magic.”

The undergraduate class included students from 18 states, Washington, D.C. and 15 countries. Twenty-three students studied abroad, and 131 completed internships.

Class of 2016 President Maya Gonzalez addressed her fellow classmates, saying, “we all had different paths that led us to Hood and after today, we will separate once again. Whether you are traveling abroad for work or play, starting a new pursuit of education or employment, or spending some time at home, I have confidence in my fellow graduates that we will continue to grow and face life’s obstacles with heart, and hand, and mind.”

After students received their diplomas, President Chapdelaine awarded a presidential excellence award to John George, Ph.D., who retired after three decades of exceptional and inspiring teaching and mentoring as a faculty member in the education department at Hood.

The afternoon ceremony marked the 43rd graduating class from the Graduate School. Graduates came from 10 states, the District of Columbia and 13 foreign countries. They earned bachelor’s degrees from 85 national and 28 international institutions. Thirty-nine were Hood alumni.

Bonanni is the vice president for strategic relations at Intelligent Decisions, Inc. and a member of the Hood College Board of Associates and Graduate School Advisory Council. She retired from public service in January 2013. From 2006 to 2013 she served as the chief of staff of the NSA. Bonanni received the Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the NSA’s highest honorary award, as well as the national Distinguished Service Medal from the director of national intelligence. She is the recipient of three presidential rank awards including one at the distinguished executive level. A cancer survivor and enthusiastic mentor, Bonanni is devoted to assisting a new generation of leaders to manage successful organizations.

Bonanni told the graduating class, “Today, I ask you one thing to do for me. Celebrate this amazing day. Really feel it. Look around you—look at your friends and your family. Revel in your accomplishments. Bask in your significant accomplishment. You deserve it.”

During the graduate ceremony, President Chapdelaine presented the Charles E. Tressler Distinguished Teacher award to Mike Franklin, a health and physical education teacher at Catoctin High School. This award is made possible through a gift from the estate of Sam Eig, a longtime supporter of Hood College, whose daughter-in-law, Jackie, served on Hood’s faculty for a number of years. Mike has been an inspiring teacher with Frederick County Public Schools for his entire 20-year career.

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Watch Wil Haygood’s speech below.

Watch Deborah A. Bonanni’s speech below.