Derrick and Dylan Wood
Phoebe Hassaine-Bennet and Matt Hassaine.
Chloe and Rebecca Jackson
Shanayah and Sharayah (Shay) Braithwaite
Christiano and Juliano Pillari

Those with an eagle eye at our last commencement ceremonies might have thought that they were seeing double. Over and over and over again. Among this year’s graduating seniors were five sets of twins: Shanayah and Sharayah (Shay) Braithwaite; Matt Hassaine and Phoebe Hassaine-Bennett; Chloe and Rebecca Jackson; Christiano and Juliano Pillari; and Derrick and Dylan Wood.

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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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Cybersecurity Master’s Degree Approved

by George Dimitoglou, Associate Professor of Computer Science

The Maryland Higher Education Commission has approved our new Master of Science in Cybersecurity, and there is a lot of excitement about the career opportunities it will give our students.

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A Message from President Chapdelaine Regarding Charlottesville

Dear members of the Hood College Community:

Tragically, the events over the weekend on the University of Virginia campus and in Charlottesville serve as another reminder of the hatred that exists in our society and that such hatred can lead to horrific acts of violence. We mourn the lives so senselessly lost and send support to the UVA community as they prepare to begin the academic year.

The events in Charlottesville demonstrate that colleges are not insulated from the tragedy that may result from such hateful ideology. Hood College’s core values, based on the words ascribed to the four pillars of Alumnae Hall, stand in strong contradiction to such hatred:

HOPE: To believe that everyone can have a positive impact in the world and that education is instrumental in creating and sustaining hope.

OPPORTUNITY: To fully use one’s talents and skills to realize professional and personal achievement and to help create and realize opportunities for others.

OBLIGATION: To fulfill personal and professional responsibilities with integrity and to be a responsible steward and servant to the betterment of others and this world.

DEMOCRACY: To embrace diversity, foster freedom of thought and expression, and to promote engaged citizenship both in self and others.

As we prepare for a new academic year and welcome new members to the Hood community, let us reaffirm our commitment to living these values in both word and deed.


Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.

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Survive and Thrive: Tips for Staying Organized in College

Keep a planner. Whether it’s an actual planner or planner app, find what works for you and stick to it! As soon as you get a new assignment or make plans, write it down before you forget.

Annotate your syllabi. Note anything your professor says that could come in handy when it comes time for your next paper or exam. You’ll thank yourself later when you have those hints or extra instructions.

Keep to-do lists. If you write down what you want to accomplish each day you’re much more likely to stick to it. Setting deadlines for yourself is key in keeping yourself on track.

Schedule chores. Laundry, taking out the trash, tidying up your desk, you name it. Pick a day of the week that works with your schedule and make it part of your routine.

Wake up at the same time everyday. With your class schedule you may not have to wake up early everyday, but doing so will help you get into a set routine and avoid feeling like you’ve wasted the morning.

Find your most productive time. Whether it’s early morning or late at night, find when you work best and set aside some of that time each day for productivity and work.

Stock your backpack and pick out your outfit before bed. Save yourself some time in the morning by packing up the books you need and picking out your clothes the night before. 

Find a note-taking system that works. Whatever works for you, make sure you stick to your system. Having everything in the same format in the same place will make notes easier to review later.

Take time to for yourself. Mental health is not just important for staying organized, but for being a balanced and happy person. Make time for whatever helps you destress. And get enough sleep!

Never be too hard on yourself. Remember that everyone makes mistakes. It’s not easy to stay on top of everything going on in your life all the time. Always try your best and celebrate every victory, big or small! Staying organized gets easier with practice.

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By Abraham Kettor ’19

In his famous inaugural address, President John F. Kennedy stated, “Ask not what your country can do for you–ask what you can do for your country.” So, as a native of the Republic of Liberia, West Africa, I decided to get out of my comfort zone and go back to my home country with the hope of inspiring other youths to take on peace initiatives and to seek higher education. Of course, this decision wasn’t easy. However, I was prompted to take on this challenge because I have experienced the horror brought on by Civil Wars in Liberia. As a result, I have developed a unique perspective towards life, which inspired me to focus on spreading awareness about love, peace, unity and hope instead of war, hate, intolerance and tribal discrimination. Therefore, when I learned about the Davis Projects for Peace, I knew it would be an exceptional platform for me to step out of my comfort zone.

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Adventures of an Idalionite: My Final Week in Cyprus

By Bethany Montague ’18

In case you missed the previous posts: 
Post One: Can You Dig It? An Archaeology Student’s Adventures in Cyprus
Post Two: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Two in Cyprus
Post Three: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Three in Cyprus
Post Four: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Four in Cyprus
Post Five: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Five in Cyprus

This week was spent closing up the site of Lower City South at Idalion. After 25 years of digging, the sites time has finally come to an end. While we are walking away from the site, we want to protect and record as much information as possible so that if archaeologists come back one day in the future they can know as much as we do now. To achieve this, we drew walls and baulks, took measurements on the walls and various stones, covered some walls and structures with mesh, and then covered them in dirt. We also backfilled pits and trenches after filling them with tarp. The process was long and exhausting, but it’s good to know that the site is somewhat protected.

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Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Five in Cyprus

By Bethany Montague ’18

In case you missed the previous posts: 
Post One: Can You Dig It? An Archaeology Student’s Adventures in Cyprus
Post Two: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Two in Cyprus
Post Three: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Three in Cyprus
Post Four: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Four in Cyprus

This week was our final week of digging. It was a fun week, but also a sad one. I constantly changed trenches this week as we scrambled to finish all of our digging projects. I started the week by finishing the dog skeleton, and then moved back to cistern. Connor and I worked together to try and get out as much dirt as possible, but we still couldn’t get half way through the fill. We were covered in dirt and sweat by the end, but it was a ton of fun. From there, I worked with Becca on a small baulk, which we finished in two days, and then took out a whole area of soft fill soil in a trench in a day. It was down to the last minute, but we were able to finish everything in time.

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Some students are getting a jump on their future this summer as participants in Hood’s Summer Research Institute. The SRI is a competitive program which allows selected students to work one-on-one with a faculty adviser on a research project. Students are provided free housing and a stipend while they conduct research in the laboratory or in the field for eight weeks. Pictured: Gianfranco Portuondo ’18 and Erin George, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Economics.

By Gianfranco Portuondo ’18

This summer Dr. George and I are studying the effects of monetary policy on job flows. Monetary policy is the tool that the central bank (the Federal Reserve) uses to maintain a stable economy. The central bank’s main monetary policy tool is changing the interest rate. The interest rate affects investment which in turn affects the number of jobs in an economy. The Federal Reserve has a dual mandate of maintaining stable employment and maintaining price stability.

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Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Four in Cyprus

By Bethany Montague ’18

In case you missed the previous posts: 
Post One: Can You Dig It? An Archaeology Student’s Adventures in Cyprus
Post Two: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Two in Cyprus
Post Three: Adventures of an Idalionite: Week Three in Cyprus

This week was possibly the most exciting week of my archaeological career. While working on the baulk with Becca, we uncovered a dog skull, which turned out to be a whole dog skeleton. Unfortunately, we didn’t realize it was a full dog until we removed the skull, but nonetheless the whole experience was very exciting. It has always been a dream of mine to excavate a skeleton and Becca was more than happy to let me work on the dog. It was a very slow, tedious project, but worth it. I had to use dental picks to remove dirt carefully around the skeleton, and then use small paintbrushes to sweep up the dirt.

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