Melissa Caples, Senior History major with a concentration in Public History

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Public history is a career path that focuses on interpreting history for the public in museums, national parks and places like that. It’s pretty much anything outside of academic history.”

“I’ve always been interested in history, and family history research has always been a hobby for me. I’ve traced my family back into the 1600s. When I heard that Hood offered a concentration in public history, I thought that was great.”

“This is the fourth year of my internship with the Historical Society of Frederick County. I work with the curator, and when objects are donated, I research them, catalog them in a database and help set up exhibits. I also do a little bit of interpretation, mostly at big events. And I write articles. I really enjoy it, and I love my internship.”

“My favorite classes here have been Historic Preservation, where we’ve researched old houses, archives and manuscripts, and next semester I’m taking Historic Documentaries and Material Cultures.”

“I’m the president and treasurer of InterVarsity Christian Fellowship at Hood. I’m the treasurer of Mortar Board, the senior honor society, and I’m the treasurer of the Archaeology and Ancient History Club. I’m also the president of the Smith Hall House Council.”

“I would like to be a museum curator, and I’m working on applying to grad schools right now.”

~Melissa Caples, senior history major with a concentration in public history

Dr. Didier Course, Professor of French

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I grew up in France and I’ve been at Hood for 17 years. The students are a lively group, and they want to learn. The foreign language department is a wonderful place to work. My colleagues are extraordinary, and there is a great vibe in the department. We read books, we write books and we like to talk about them! We are friends and colleagues.”

“I always liked teaching. I discovered the profession when I was 23, and I enjoyed it so much! At that time I was working in a high school in France. I liked being part of the process to become, and to help others become better human beings.

“I needed to learn to speak English to improve what I was doing in France. I came to the USA for a year, to the University of Wisconsin. At that time I was working on a graduate project and I learned, completely by accident, that one of the best specialists for this lived in Pittsburgh. Then, I went to grad school there. Life sometimes takes you in a direction that you do not expect, and this was a good one.

“I looked at a survey, and for Americans in general, their worst memories of education are math classes and foreign language classes. I understand that, because I went through that, too. When you learn a foreign language, you go back in life. You go back to a point where you are a child. You have to learn basic grammar and basic ideas. You may be an adult, but you have to go back like you were four or five years old. It can be so frustrating. Then, you go back to learning to say something like, ‘I like bread!’

“When I’m not teaching, I’m traveling. That’s my big passion. For me, I want to see as many countries as possible. Traveling for me is a source of inspiration. Also, let’s face it, I’m a geek. I love visiting libraries. I’m a happy man as soon as I’m in a library.

“I had a class do an assignment where I put them in groups, and they had to role play. One student played a young artist and another played an art dealer. The artist had to show the dealer how talented he or she was, and try to make a sale. One of the students did this caricature of me!”

~Didier Course, Ph.D., professor of French

Lloyd Thompson-Taylor, Senior English major

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I have loved my time at Hood. This College has allowed me to grow into the person I am today. I’ve gotten all of the tools I think I’ll need to succeed in life.

“One of my favorite professors of all time has to be Professor Amy Gottfried. I really love her because she is great at letting students come to their own conclusions, she good at kind of letting us work our own processes and thoughts out, and letting us be free to explore what we want. I also just like to sit in her office and talk to her about life.

“I am the editor of Wysteria, the Hood literary magazine, and I’m copy editor for the Blue and Grey, which is the student newspaper. I’ve also been a part of musical theater and the choir.

“I’d like to teach one day at a college, or to be on the administrative side. I definitely want to work at a college.”

~Lloyd Thompson-Taylor, senior, English major



The campus was alive with students, alumni and families during Hood’s first Homecoming/Fall Family Weekend event Oct. 4-6. It was great to see so many alumni and families on campus and the weather couldn’t have been better.

There were a ton of activities—it was so hard to choose! Friday opened with campus tours, and a selection of mini-classes led by Professors Flora, Latkovski, Gurzick and Farrell. A happy hour, dinner and skit/comedy show followed, and later that night students kicked back with a taco bar, DJ and other activities.

Saturday events included College volunteer and update sessions, a homecoming festival and tailgate on the quad, men’s and women’s soccer games, an evening performance showcase and dessert reception. Many families and alumni headed to downtown Frederick for First Saturday, a monthly event where stores stay open late, bands showcase their talents and kid- and family-friendly activities—including a free photo booth hosted by Hood College—kept everyone entertained!

For anyone eager to wake up early, the cross country team hosted a 5K run Sunday morning, followed by a brunch in Coblentz Dining Hall.

Whew! Quite a lot to pack into one weekend, but everyone enjoyed themselves. We’re already starting to plan for next year!

Homecoming photos are posted on SmugMug. Enjoy!

Pictured: Jayteh Teh ’13, along with and other alumni, families and students, attended a soccer game during Homecoming weekend. 

Lauren Popovich, Senior, Sociology Major

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I grew up in Frederick, and transferred here last year from FCC. Hood seemed like a really tightly knit community, and I liked that a lot. I volunteer in the ICU (Intensive Care Unit) at Frederick Memorial Hospital. I’m going to go for my master’s degree in sociology. I’m interested in social work, and also community outreach. I’m still exploring different opportunities.

“I have the pink iPad cover, the pink shirt and my pink phone cover. Everyone always says, “Wow, you’re always so pink! I actually have a pink water bottle but I forgot to bring it today.”

~Lauren Popovich, senior, sociology major


Giving Back to Frederick

While we all talk about giving back to our communities, Professor Drew Ferrier has gone to great lengths to do so. For years he has directed his research on the ecology of aquatic systems from the Chesapeake Bay to South Florida and the Caribbean. He regularly gives students and his classes opportunities to assist him, including a study last year to help Frederick city combat the persistent algae in Carroll Creek.

Now Professor Ferrier has taken giving back one step further. He was instrumental in launching Hood’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies in March, which focuses on understanding the origin and possible solutions to environmental and social issues that affect the coastlines and watersheds of our region. The center also trains local K-12 science teachers in the latest environmental initiatives to bring to their classrooms. Recently, the center was awarded a very prestigious $35,000 grant from the Dominion Higher Education Partnership that in part will allow 55 students to participate in expanded classroom instruction on geographic information system technology and two field and research opportunities designed to assist in efforts to improve the quality of water in Frederick.

Professor Ferrier is just one of many faculty, staff and students who strive to make Frederick a better place to live.

Khyle Ball, Hood College Sophomore

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My Hood experience has been quite interesting, because I actually graduated from high school a year early. For me, this is as much of a place for maturing as it is a place for education. I live in Meyran Hall. We have sinks in the rooms, and it’s carpeted.”

~Khyle Ball, junior

Nate Erb, Hood College Junior Law and Society Major

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I’m on the board of a nonprofit organization based in South America. It’s to help provide schooling and vocational training for orphaned children, along with housing and food. I work for an attorney, and I also tutor at a school, so I usually dress up a bit.”

~Nate Erb, senior, law and society major


The Start of Something Great—Again

Summer seems just like a blip on the screen—briefly here, then gone. The campus is once again humming with activity, upperclassmen and professors have settled into their routines, first-year students are getting used to their new home and commuters arrive determined to find the perfect parking space. While some of us mourn the loss of the theoretically “lazy days of summer,” most are eager to be a part of the excitement that prevails when starting something new. From the opening words of the Convocation ceremony to the closing notes of Pomp and Circumstance, this year is sure to be filled with new experiences and friends, successes and widening horizons. Good luck to the fabulous students of Hood College!

Pictured: Carla Kronsbein ’17 on move-in day.

Lacey Creelman, Hood Junior Elementary/Special Ed Major

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After graduation, I plan to teach for a year, and then start grad school in a school psychology program. I’m from Indian Head, Md. I won a scholarship, so I’ll be going back there to teach for four years.”

~Lacey Creelman, rising senior, elementary/special ed major