This past July, a small group of Frederick singers and their families went to Paris for a choral festival. Among that group were four Hood alums: Marivic Sison ’94, M.A. ’00, Michelle Sison ’97, Meghan Tomlin ’11 and Jess Miller ’11. As part of a choral festival, they were matched up with another group from New Jersey to fill a tour bus. One evening, Meghan and Jess were at a restaurant with a couple from New Jersey and the woman inquired about their Hood rings. It turns out she had also graduated from Hood! It came out that Jean Wadsworth ’61 attended her 50th reunion a couple of years ago and Jess, then an admission tour guide, had given her and her husband a tour during that weekend! The next day they took this picture together during their city tour.
“As students, we never really appreciate the true value of a Hood ring,” said Jess. “It’s true what you all tell us, you never know where you will meet a Hood alum!!”
Pictured: Marivic Sison, Meghan Tomlin, Jean Wadsworth, Jess Miller and Michelle Sison.
The Hood College Student Musical Theatre is gearing up for another successful year. Late this fall, cast members will be busy preparing for the company’s spring production, Seussical. Based on a number of books by beloved children’s author Dr. Seuss, the musical comedy not only appeals to children but also to adults who listened to the stories as children and, in turn, read them to their own children. In November, the troupe will reach out to the Frederick community with open auditions to fill the children’s roles. Sounds like a lot of fun, hard work and a great experience for kids in grades 4 through 7!
Be sure to save March 27-30, when the play hits the stage in the College’s Brodbeck Music Hall. Meanwhile, check out their blog at hcsmtseuss.org.
Pictured: Hood student Garrett Cline as The Cat in the Hat
A mélange of international languages will greet everyone who walks into the Whitaker Campus Center this week and next. Young students from more than 20 countries around the world have gathered for the annual UNESCO Center for Peace International Model UN Conference. During their two-week stay, students will participate in workshops that will provide them with real-world experiences in team building, cultural diversity and conflict resolution; take field trips to Baltimore, Washington, D.C., New York City and Ellis and Liberty islands; and listen to guest speakers who will talk about a variety of global topics.
Part of their experience will be to research and participate in a United Nations simulation and serve as representatives of some of the countries that make up the UN. They will research, debate and write resolutions on issues that affect people throughout the world.
What an amazing opportunity for these students. Hood College is honored to host such a worthwhile endeavor.
Pictured: Pavani Vyncke from Belgium and Ambika Keveley from France.
It won’t be long before Blazer fans will be rooting for Hood’s newest varsity team—baseball!
Hood College President Ron Volpe announced today that the College is preparing to field its first ever baseball team, which will bring the total number of varsity athletic team offerings at Hood to 21.
President Volpe and athletic director Tom Dickman enthusiastically rolled out the new venture to a crowd of nearly 50 local leaders, College administrators and staff and media representatives during a special luncheon in the campus athletic center. Supporters dined on traditional ballpark fare—hot dogs, burgers, cheese fries, popcorn, peanuts, soft pretzels and Cracker Jacks.
Dickman said he anticipates that the first games will take place during a nontraditional fall 2014 season and continue with an NCAA Division III varsity schedule in spring 2015.
Now the search begins for the program’s head coach, who will spend the fall and spring recruiting student-athletes for the newly formed team. Soon you’ll hear the crack of the bat and the roar of the crowd cheering on the latest Blazer home run batter!
A wet start to the weekend didn’t dampen the spirits of the 300 alumni and their nearly 150 guests who returned to campus to celebrate milestone reunions. There were lots of hugs, smiles and enthusiastic greetings, and you could feel the excitement throughout the campus. Alums were clearly thrilled to be back on the campus that held so many heart-warming memories.
Four alumni were honored for the contributions to Hood, to their professions and to their communities. Gretchen Howe Russo ’63 and Phil Bowers ’83 were recognized for Excellence in Service to Hood College; Christine L. McHenry, M.D. ’73 was named this year’s Distinguished Alumna; and Tiffany Taylor Newmuis ’03 was selected for the Recent Alumna Award.
Saturday brought not only the sun but also traditional Reunion Weekend events: a state of the College message from President Volpe, a luncheon and awards presentations, a picnic, bus tours to local areas of interest, class dinners, campus tours and an all-class coffee house.
Following Sunday morning’s traditional strawberry breakfast and chapel service, weary alums headed home with renewed connections to the College and classmates.
Pictured: Brian and Elizabeth Aghjayan Vigorito ’08, Elizabeth Lipke Bowen ’08 and Matthew Bowen ’06.
Alums from across the country are packing their suitcases, making final travel preparations and getting ready to head to Hood for Reunion Weekend. They are looking forward to reconnecting with classmates, sharing stories from their years at Hood, laughing and remembering. Starting Friday, 300 alumni from the classes of 1945 through 2008 will arrive with spouses, children, significant others and friends to attend luncheons, class dinners, picnics, mini-class sessions, excursions to local attractions, traditional strawberry breakfast and more. We at Hood have been busy planning for the weekend and are eagerly awaiting their arrivals.
Alums will be excited to see all the changes on campus—renovated residence halls and academic buildings, new tennis courts and aquatic facilities, new athletic center, attractive landscaping, inviting gathering places and more—and to learn about new programs and cutting-edge initiatives that keep Hood in the forefront of academia.
Welcome alumni. We can’t wait to see you on campus!