CareFirst Check Presentation

CareFirst Grants $50,000 to Hood Nursing

CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing health benefit services to customers across the Maryland region, granted Hood College $50,000 recently for the advancement of the College’s quickly growing nursing program.

During a check presentation July 6, approximately 30 people gathered in the nursing wing of Hood’s Hodson Science and Technology Center to hear remarks from representatives of Hood College, CareFirst, the State of Maryland and the City of Frederick.

The speakers included Phil Berkheimer, chair of the Hood College Board of Trustees; Andrea Chapdelaine, president of Hood; Carol Snapp, director of Hood’s nursing program; Suzie Smith, director of academic, corporate and foundation relations at Hood; Julie Wagner, vice president for community affairs at CareFirst; Ron Young, Maryland State Senator; Karen Lewis, Maryland State Delegate; and Bud Otis, president of the Frederick County City Council.

“Hood College is deeply grateful to CareFirst for their generous support of our nursing program,” said Chapdelaine. “This grant will greatly enhance our students’ education by providing access to state-of-the-art simulation equipment.”

A portion of the grant money went to SimBaby, a new mannequin that simulates a 6-month-old baby and will be used by nursing students in their pediatric rotation. With this addition, the nursing department now has eight simulation mannequins.

“It’s so much better for nurses to get real experience in a sim lab,” said Wagner. “We really believe in what Hood is doing here in the nursing department.”

Since 2008, CareFirst has invested more than $1 million in educational tools, including patient simulators, which assist clinical teaching and offer an innovative approach to nursing education.

The nursing programs at Hood are accredited by the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and approved by the Maryland Board of Nursing and the Maryland Higher Education Commission.

In the photo, from left, are: Bud Otis, president of Frederick County Council; Phil Berkheimer, chair of the Hood College Board of Trustees; Delegate Karen Lewis Young; Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D., president of Hood College; Julie Wagner, vice president for community affairs at CareFirst; Carol Snapp, Hood College Hodson Professor of Nursing; and Senator Ronald N. Young.

Trevor Dodman

English Professor Publishes Book on WWI Shell Shock

Trevor Dodman, associate professor of English, recently published a book about shell shock during and following World War I.

“Shell Shock, Memory, and the Novel in the Wake of World War I” explores British and American shell shock novels in the company of diverse texts from the World War I era, including medical studies, hospital records, regimental histories, trench newspapers, mass media accounts, battlefield guidebooks and physical memorial spaces.

Dodman said the book argues that World War I novels serve as an untapped source of information about shell shock, and it renews the present understanding of the condition by exploring the nexus of shell shock and practices of commemoration. Shell shock novelists testify to the tenaciousness and complexity of the disorder, write survivors into visibility and articulate the immediacy of wounds that remain to be seen. It aims to help readers understand more fully the extent to which shell shock continues to shape and trouble modern memories of World War I.

Dodman teaches Hood College courses exploring British literature of the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. His additional teaching areas of interest include transatlantic modernism, the novel, war literature, genocide studies and composition.

“I am drawn to new historicist and cultural studies methodologies, as well as critical theorizing about the development and circulation of gender, race and class constructions,” he said. “In published articles I explore issues related to trauma, violence, masculinity and collective memory.”

Before arriving at Hood College in the fall 2009, he taught for two years in the English department at Wake Forest University. He also taught ESL in Japan for a year and a half, and he earned his doctorate from Boston College.

Watch a video interview with Dodman below.

Enactus at Nationals

Enactus Wins National Recognition

A team of Hood College student entrepreneurs who want to help the community has won a national award for its work creating a piece of clothing designed to help homeless people.

Hood’s Enactus club presented its Backet project at the Enactus national exposition May 15-17 in St. Louis, Mo. Of the 600-plus Enactus teams nationwide able to compete at the regional level and the 140 that advanced to the national stage, the Hood team placed third in its six-school league. Their performance, which placed them among the top 10 percent of all competing schools, earned them $750 and a trophy.

Enactus is a global organization of student, academic and business leaders that draws its name from the words “entrepreneurial,” “action” and “us.” It is an international nonprofit dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action, creating a better world for everyone.

Hood’s team has 17 members, 11 of whom attended the national exposition. These included newly graduated seniors Connor Asman, Ana Filipovic, Scott Johnson, Haroon Pasha and Ivana Soce. Rowela Silvestre, a Hood Master of Business Administration student, also attended along with underclassmen Enactus 2016-17 President Joe Hutchins, Nigol Keurkunian, Gray Kline, Kyle Shields and Alexandra Smith. The group was led by David Gurzick, Ph.D., assistant professor of management and Sam Walton Fellow, a designation Enactus gives to faculty advisers. Several of those students landed interviews with companies including Hershey, RiteAid, Ferrero and Synchrony Financial.

Pasha oversaw the Enactus team through first phase of the project, which was research and development. He will continue working with the team throughout the summer to carry out the current phase, acquiring donations and creating employment opportunities through production of the Backet. This phase has already begun as the group has acquired $10,000 for the production of 50 Backets. The money was secured through a $5,000 Volpe Scholar award, a $4,000 contribution from trustee Robert Hooper and a $1,000 prize from Walmart from the regional competition. The group competed for and won a Volpe Scholar award due in part to their demonstrated passion for the Backet product and for the benefit it will provide for the underserved population in the Frederick community and beyond. They presented a committed plan that embodies the College’s mission—to prepare students for lives of leadership, service and responsibility.

Hooper learned about the project when they presented it at his Rotary club meeting and felt compelled to help fund the team.

“I was so impressed with the fact that they could combine a social need with an entrepreneurial spirit and make business out of it—that’s a pretty great combination,” said Hooper. “That’s what spurred me on.”

The Backet is a cross-functional piece of apparel that combines a backpack and a winter jacket that is designed to assist the homeless population. Gurzick said it is intended to combat the two most pressing needs of homeless people—the need to keep ownership and proximity over their belongings and the need to adapt to varying weather conditions.

Along with the Backet design, the Hood team debuted an innovative work program designed to employ homeless people to create the product and acquire job skills.

“Presenting at Enactus nationals was an incredible experience,” said Asman, the group’s presentation director. “All of the late nights rewriting the script and coaching presenters really paid off when we got to show the judges what our small team from Hood College made to help the Frederick community.”

The presentation team included Asman, Filipovic, Keurkunian and Pasha. Hutchins wore the Backet in the live demo at nationals, and Shields did the same at regionals. Smith took care of the technical work with help from Hood students Bonnie Monnier and Sean Murphy.

“Our students crafted their presentation based on their review of award-winning presentations of year’s past, and it resulted in one of the most polished efforts of the exposition,” said Gurzick. “They called our league and then up popped the Hood shield. It took me a few moments to catch my breath before heading with the group up to the stage.”

Almost a year of preparation culminated in recognition at the national level.

“We were heading home with an award and prize money for our efforts,” said Pasha, the Backet project manager. “Most importantly we were proud to represent Hood College in the best possible way at an elite competition.”

The group began its trip to St. Louis just hours after Hood’s Commencement ceremonies May 14.

“Traveling to St. Louis was an emotional journey, as I recollected the whole experience and how each team member had come on to the project,” said Pasha. “I kept feeling increasingly thankful to all the people involved. The passion that each team member had shown to further this project is something very special. At the end of the day, we are professionals trying to excel in our lives, but this project has brought us together for common good, to serve the people in our community.”

The Backet originated when Pasha went on a pilgrimage during which he experienced homelessness. He said it inspired him to take action and develop a product to help and empower the homeless community through Enactus.

After the summer Nathan Temple will be taking over as project manager, Rodrigo Romo will be the new business and financial director, Shields will be the new development team leader, Silvestre will continue on the project as a research analyst and Smith will be advancing into the role of director of media and communications.

“This experience has helped me understand that when someone is passionate and consistent with something, the sky is the limit,” said Pasha. “The most inspiring aspect of the project was to see how a dream can turn into reality. … I have realized that ideas are great, but action is the most important thing. The team that I worked with was a blessing, and if I were to be privileged to work with a team of the same caliber in my life, I know that it would be something really special.”

Organizations outside the College assisted the project. The Religious Coalition for Human Needs, the Alan P. Linton Jr. Emergency Shelter, 2nd Street and Hope and the Frederick Community Action Agency are nonprofits that helped the team. Also, Hood alumna Tracy McGuirk ’82, owner of Tracy Lin Creations, was the seamstress for the project and helped the Enactus group create the Backet.

In the photo:
Front row from left: Alex Smith, Rowela Silvestre, Ana Filipovic, Connor Asman, Scott Johnson, David Gurzick
Back row from left: Ivana Soce, Nigol Keurkunian, Gray Kline, Kyle Shields, Joe Hutchins, Haroon Pasha

To read about the Hood Enactus club’s trip to the regional competition, click here.

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MSL Photo

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.”

Chloe Scott

2016 Graduate Wins Circle of Excellence Scholarship

Chloe Scott has earned an exclusive scholarship for her excellent academic record and her impact in the community through leadership, service and mentoring.

Scott graduated May 14 with a major in communication arts with a concentration in public relations and a minor in Spanish.

She was nominated for The Daily’s Record’s Circle of Excellence Scholarship by Olivia White, Hood College dean of students and vice president for student life. Scott was the first person at Hood College to be selected by The Daily Record’s Circle of Excellence to earn this award, which comes with a $3,000 scholarship. She will use the money either to help pay for her first semester of law school or student loans.

Scott was recognized for this award at a ceremony at the Joseph Meyerhoff Symphony Hall in Baltimore April 18. She was also recently awarded the Shirley Snowden “Inspiring to Achieve” Award by the Frederick Club of The National Association of Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club and the 2016 Rising Star Award by the Asian American Center of Frederick County. At Hood’s Honors Convocation, she was awarded the Alyce Weinberg Honor Scholarship for her academic work in English and communications and the Mary Ann Kerins Humanitarian Award for her leadership, passion and commitment to the community. She was also awarded the Dr. Dorothy I. Height Award for Leadership and Service by the Frederick County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc.

“This year, I’ve been blessed with a lot of recognition opportunities,” said Scott. “It means a lot to me. I utilize these recognitions and awards as my funnel of energy to inspire young ladies who go to the schools that I have attended and let them know that you can be an A and B student, pay attention to your community, have good rapport with professionals, and you can get endless opportunities. You can do it.”

Scott said her mother, father and grandmother are her role models. They pushed her to get involved and build a rapport with people who could further her success. Their advice stuck with her in high school and college and helped her succeed.

Her first interest in Hood College came after she won an outstanding student leadership award for her work as a student youth leader in 2012 at the Frederick County Commission for Women’s annual leadership alliance dinner. At the ceremony, she met White, then-president Ron Volpe and Professor Kathleen Bands. They learned about her volunteerism and activity in the community and began recruiting her to Hood.

She later decided to attend Hood with interests in political science, sports, law and society, gender and law and Spanish. She pursued communications because of its interdisciplinary nature.

Scott has stayed actively involved in the Frederick County Commission for Women where she is now the organization’s youngest commissioner. In that role, she initiated a pilot leadership program for young kids at Frederick High School called SheLEADS for education, adversity and diverse voices in service.

“It focuses on getting young ladies to hone in on their potentials and recognize that there are opportunities, whether civically or academically,” she said.

A Frederick native and a product of the Frederick County public school system, Scott says she feels a sense of responsibility to stay involved and represent for Frederick.

She was involved in several organizations at Hood. She spent time as vice president of the service association, the Ionic Society and Last Train of Thought, a campus organization that encourages open dialogue and community service. She was also a founder of SAS, Sisters Aspiring to Success, a sisterhood that recognizes and unites female leaders on campus.

She is involved in several community organizations as well. She planned a public forum on human trafficking called “Out of Sight, Out of Mind: A Perspective on Human Trafficking.” She also collaborated with several community organizations, including Hood College, the FCCFW and the Frederick County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta on the presentation of “In Plain Sight: Opening our Eyes, Hearts and Minds to Human Trafficking.” These programs helped raise awareness on an important issue, attracted a diverse audience and created opportunities for dialogue. Since the forum, FCCFW has added a link to human trafficking resources to its official website.

Scott also lived in Washington, D.C, during the spring 2015, working as a legislative intern on Capitol Hill for Massachusetts Rep. Michael Capuano, which further sparked her interest in political science and law.

“Throughout Chloe’s college career, she has assumed roles of increasing responsibilities both on and off campus,” said White. “Her commitment to identifying and developing creative resolutions to social issues has distinguished her as a citizen of great promise. … She is smart, professional, honest, trustworthy, responsible, sensitive and respectful of others. She is a team player, exercises mature judgment in her decision making, and she has a sense of humor. She has great communication and interpersonal skills.”

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.


Enactus Wins Regional Awards

The Enactus club at Hood College traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete in its first regional competition March 29, where it presented what they have named the Backet, a cross-functional piece of apparel for homeless people that combines a backpack and a winter jacket.

Enactus is a student club committed to using the power of entrepreneurial action to transform lives and shape a better, more sustainable world. The 16-member Hood group was named a regional champion and earned the rookie of the year award. They will present their project at the national competition May 15-17 in St. Louis, Mo.

“It is an extreme accomplishment for a first-year presenting team to advance to the national competition,” remarked Merry Tucker, regional program manager for Enactus.

The Backet originated when Hood Enactus member and Backet project manager Haroon Pasha went on a pilgrimage during which he experienced homelessness. He said it inspired him to take action and develop a product to help and empower the homeless community through Enactus. Pasha is a senior majoring in business administration with a concentration in information systems and a minor in economics.

“I never could have expected to be a part of something as dynamic as the Backet project,” said Pasha. “I just had an idea that I felt very passionate about, and I knew it had to be made a reality. The credit goes to the entire team, and how well we were able to work together and be flexible with our schedules.”

The Backet is intended to combat the two most pressing needs of homeless people—the need to keep ownership of and proximity to their belongings and the need to adapt to varying weather conditions—according to David Gurzick, Ph.D., assistant professor of management at Hood who is a Sam Walton fellow, a designation Enactus gives to faculty coordinators. The Hood team has been evolving the prototype through design teams incorporating experts in apparel manufacturing, community action efforts, business entrepreneurship and homelessness.

Pasha was on the six-member presentation team with Connor Asman, Ana Filipovic and Nigol Keurkunian, Kyle Shields and Alex Smith.

“I knew the presentation would go flawlessly,” said Asman. “Not because it was not difficult—it was, we had a live product demonstration and two videos plus an intense script to memorize. But because I knew I had the absolute best presenters at Hood on my team representing the most passionate team I’ve ever seen.”

As a result of the presentation, Asman also got a paid summer internship working with Sam’s Club where he will focus on how to improve current operations.

The other members of the Backet project were Suvana Batajoo, Joe Hutchins, Destani Jameson, Scott Johnson, Sam Kebede, Gray Kline, Jonathan Knehans, Rowela Silvestre, Ivana Soce and Nathan Temple.

“It has been an exciting time this year working with the Hood Enactus team and watching them grow and develop as entrepreneurs,” said Gurzick. “The students have matured in their thinking, developed in their resourcefulness and taken ownership of this project and its outcomes. They are enterprising and have surpassed every expectation that I had for the depth of student commitment to a project.”

Organizations outside the College assisted the project as well. The Religious Coalition for Human Needs, the Alan P. Linton Jr. Emergency Shelter, 2nd Street and Hope and the Frederick Community Action Agency are nonprofits that helped the team. Also, Tracy McGuirk ’82, a Hood alumna and owner of Tracy Lin Creations in Frederick, was the tailor for the project and helped the Enactus group create the Backet.

Phase 1 of the Backet project—the research and development phase—is coming to its completion. Phase 2 will consist of testing and fundraising and is scheduled to begin this summer with the help of Hood and the project’s community partners.

“The Backet has come so far in just a few months, and I am very excited to see what lies ahead for the Backet project in the near future,” said Pasha.

Enactus is a global organization of student, academic and business leaders that draws its name from the words “entrepreneurial,” “action” and “us.” It is an international nonprofit dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action, creating a better world for everyone.

“The Enactus model is one of social entrepreneurship—identifying real-world problems and then taking action to develop sustainable means of resolution,” said Gurzick. “In a very short time, the Hood College team has taken this model to heart and set the stage for some very big expectations.”

To donate to the Backet project, visit


Thanatology Degree Among the Best in US

The Master of Arts in thanatology is one of the few and best in the United States and the only one of its type available in Maryland. Both the certificate and master’s degree course work specifically prepare individuals to work with the terminally ill and the bereaved and to provide death education.

Hood’s unique, interdisciplinary approach affords a combination of theory, research and practical skills that can be used in a broad range of occupations and organizations. Students examine the interplay among the physical, psychological, interpersonal and spiritual needs of the living and the dying across the lifespan.

Both the certificate and master’s degree programs are for those working in the funeral industry, hospice, hospitals, nursing homes and other health care environments. They also appeal to graduate students embarking on new careers and to psychologists, social workers, counselors and teachers who want to expand into this area. Content conforms to Association for Death Education and Counseling certification benchmarks, a credential that can further validate career professionalism and commitment.

The 12-credit certificate program is intended for professionals in the thanatology field and those already licensed or certified in human service fields. Many students complete the certificate requirements first, then pursue the in-depth 39-credit master’s degree program.

A further training specialty is available with the 12-credit gerontology certificate, for individuals who want to work in the field of aging and health care, and in areas such as retirement and estate planning, human resources, marketing, public relations, ministry, grant writing and public policy involving aging adults.

For thanatology admission requirements and additional information, visit

Human Sciences

Human Sciences Degree Revamped for Today’s Society

The Master of Arts in human sciences was the first program the Hood College Graduate School offered when it opened in 1971. The program today delivers a relevant and versatile approach to the study of human nature as it relates to contemporary society.

This program can provide existing career enhancement as well as a stimulating path for lifelong learners. Extending liberal arts to the graduate level, the human sciences master’s degree challenges students to develop a deeper understanding and broader perspective of the human experience and the world. Faculty scholars and adjunct instructors strengthen the unique interdisciplinary curriculum with extensive research, professional experience and teaching expertise.

With its intense focus on critical thinking, research, analysis, problem solving and communication skills, the program has ready application in many facets of career, community and personal life. The degree can provide career enhancement opportunities in fields such as education, community health, government, community service, human resources, the juvenile justice system, community organizing and the media.

Students may choose from two paths to the master’s degree—30 credits plus a comprehensive exam or 36 credits including a thesis. A wide variety of electives accommodate multiple interests and goals.

Evening and accelerated weekend classes and summer sessions mean even part-time students can complete the degree in less than two years.

For admission requirements and additional information, visit

Florence Reed

Environmental Activist Visits Campus

Florence Reed, an international environmental activist, visited Hood College Feb. 29-March 4 to advocate for sustainable farming and share her experiences with farmers in Central America.

Reed is a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow and president and founder of Sustainable Harvest International, a nonprofit that provides farming families in Central America with the training and tools to preserve the planet’s tropical forests while helping them overcome poverty.

She visited classrooms throughout the week and gave a community talk March 1. Her lecture, entitled “Organic Farming to Feed the World,” provided an overview of how common farming practices are contributing to environmental and social decay, including poverty, hunger, malnutrition, illness, deforestation, loss of biodiversity and climate change. Reed also discussed the importance of a global shift to sustainable farming practices and success stories from amongst the 2,000 Central-American farms that have participated in Sustainable Harvest’s extension program. She talked about long-term, integrative approaches that link ecosystem health, human health, societal health and a healthy planet. She concluded her talk with suggestions on how people can take action on these issues, followed by a question-and-answer session.

Reed became a Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow because Roger Bowen’s wife heard her give a Pecha Kucha presentation in Maine and suggested he consider her as a fellow. Roger Bowen is the program director of the visiting fellows. He thought Reed was a good fit and asked her to spend time on college campuses sharing information about the work that Sustainable Harvest International does and why they do it.

The Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellows program is part of the Council of Independent Colleges. It brings prominent artists, diplomats, journalists, business leaders and other nonacademic professionals to campuses across the U.S. for substantive dialogue with students and faculty members. Through a weeklong residential program of classes, seminars, workshops, lectures and informal discussions, the fellows create better understanding and new connections between the academic and nonacademic worlds. There are 115 fellows around the U.S.; Reed was the first to visit Hood.

Reed lives in Surry, Maine, with her husband, Bruce Maanum, and their son, Clay, in a home they built with primarily local materials. They grow much of their own food and are close to reaching their goal of being fossil fuel independent.

For more information on Sustainable Harvest International, visit

Watch an interview of Florence Reed below.