By Mary Atwell, Archivist/Collection Development Services Manager
It might be surprising to find out that the sciences were an integral part of the Hood College curriculum from the institution’s very beginning. Today we equate education in the sciences directly with preparation for careers, but society in the mid-1800s viewed women’s higher education as a pursuit of intellectual learning rather than preparation for a commercial position or undertaking. So why were sciences so prevalent in the College’s early curriculum?
Originally posted here.
The Maryland Independent College & University Association (MICUA) congratulates Hood College on its 125 years of service and leadership as an outstanding institution of higher learning in the liberal arts tradition.
Many don’t know that the College has an official flower–Hemerocallis Hood College, the Hood College daylily. Over the years the plants had disappeared from the campus landscape, but today they were proudly returned to their rightful home.
In planning for Hood’s 125th anniversary, conversations began about bringing back the daylily. With the assistance of daylily enthusiast and alumna Joanne McDonald Huff ’79, College representatives were connected with another local daylily aficionado, Marnie Roberts, who generously offered to donate some of her plants to Hood.
We believe in the power of kindness!
To support the new strategic plan’s pillar of Strengthening the Hood Community, we’re making an effort to practice more random acts of kindness.
Here’s one submitted by Jamie Shopland of the Class of 2012.
On Wednesday, 8/23, I stopped at Bebe by the mall for a pedicure. I got to chatting with my pedicure technician and she said she was having difficulty finding a piano instructor for her 5-year-old daughter. I texted a friend whose kids had lessons when they were younger in hopes she’d have a recommendation. She replied that their instructor had retired, but suggested contacting Hood. While I was in the chair, I Googled ‘Hood College piano lessons’ and sure enough, the top search result was to Hood College’s Preparatory Music Division! I had no idea my alma mater offered private lessons. Still in the chair, I pulled a random piece of paper and pen out of my purse to write down contact information for Ms. Lester. As we were walking to the front of the salon, I handed her the contact information I had jotted down and told her to give it a try. She smiled broadly, thanked me, and said I was so nice. As I checked out, she thanked me again and I told her I hoped it worked out.
Help us get to 125…or more. Submit a random act of kindness online and we’ll compile a list.