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Why an Inclusive Campus for All Matters

By Caitlyn-Jean Ward ’18, SGA President

College campuses across the nation provide students with opportunities to grow and become the individuals they wish to be. They are often safe-havens and become so close-knit that they become second homes for students. Hood College is no different. It strives to give its students every opportunity to grow and enhance the world around them; boasting a myriad of diverse clubs and organizations. Hood truly is home. However, like other institutions, Hood also experiences issues that can have a negative effect. Last fall, the Hood College Student Government Association was alerted that some members of the student body felt underrepresented and unwelcomed, that their ideas, ways of thinking and overall states of being were being challenged or infringed upon by peers.

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From War to Revolution: The Rich History of Hood College Nursing

Originally posted in the February, March, April 2018 edition of The Maryland Nurse News and Journal.

Hood College in Frederick, MD is celebrating their 125 anniversary this year, and the Hood College Department of Nursing is proud to be part of the rich history.

The 1940s: Hood Nursing as War Work with a Future

In 1943, the world was at war, and the public was asked to support war efforts. Hood College, in Frederick, Maryland, offered support by opening its first nursing program. “Nursing is War Work with a Future,” proclaimed the first brochures promoting the nursing program at Hood. That September, according to the Hood Registrar’s Office, 28 young women were “accepted for work leading to Degree of B.S. in Nursing” at Hood College. They came from as far away as New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts, and as close as a few blocks from Hood’s campus.

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Tips for Writing your College Application Essay

Originally published in the February/March 2018 issue of Frederick’s Child magazine available online here.

By Bill Brown, vice president for enrollment management

Your child has narrowed down the list of colleges to apply to and now comes the all-important college essay. No subject is more anxiety-inducing than the essay. It’s not enough to count on the high school transcript; college admission counselors are using the essay to get to know your student and their personality, a sense of who they are and whether this college is the right fit. It will capture who your student is beyond grades, test scores and co-curricular activities.

I have read thousands of essays on topics about winning—or losing—the big game, about bullying, about taking an interesting trip and many, many more. Really, the topic almost doesn’t matter. What does matter is how the student uses the essay to talk to me about who they really are and how this thing, this experience, has influenced them in some way.

From my 30-year career in higher education, I’ve compiled these tips to share with your student.

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Hood College Takes Computer Science Education Week to FCPS

To celebrate Computer Science Education Week, Hood College computer science faculty, along with undergraduate and graduate students, visited schools in the Frederick County Public School District to work with teachers and students during several Hour of Code school events Dec. 4-10.

They taught more than 600 students in 23 classes, which included business, foundations of technology, introduction to computer science, Microsoft certification and AP computer science. The lessons served three purposes: expose students to coding to demystify the idea that coding is difficult or scary; teach computational thinking, or composing problems and forming step-by-step solutions; and help try to decrease the gender gap in computer science.

Brunswick High School, Governor Thomas Johnson High School, Governor Thomas Johnson Middle School, Middletown High School, Oakdale High School and Walkersville High School welcomed Hood into their classrooms.

Hood computer science faculty members Carol Jim, William Crum, Ahmed Salem, Aijuan Dong, John Boon, Khalid Lateef and George Dimitoglou, along with undergraduate students Mickayla Bachar ’19, Karen Canas ’18 and Brandon Ubiera ’19 and graduate students Jeff Larson and Abdul Mir participated in the instruction.

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Phil Berneberg and Alex Jarnot discuss the structural details of ceramic glazes while viewing them with the SEM.
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Meagan Anders, a current Coastal Studies student, examines a locally collected pollen sample to document its structure.
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Pollen comes in all shapes and sizes. With the use of our SEM, we are beginning to study this diversity first hand.
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By Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM) provides a close-up look of the world around us. Hood’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies is fortunate to have acquired such an instrument and offers it for use by students and professors from all disciplines.

While a traditional light microscope can magnify objects up to 1000 times, our SEM is capable of zooming in to see fine structural details at 30,000x or more! Unlike most types of microscopes, a SEM uses an electron beam to illuminate the surface of a specimen, rather transmitting images by passing electrons through the sample. Certainly microscopes are used every day in biology classes, but did you know that at Hood electron microscopy can be used by students and faculty from a variety of disciplines to inform their studies?

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Jenni Davis of the Nature Conservancy helps Coastal student Colin Johnson transfer a butterfly from his aerial net to a temporary holding container.
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A captured Monarch awaiting its tag.
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This Monarch has been processed and tagged. It’s now ready for release.
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By Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies

Have you seen any Monarch butterflies recently?  Not long ago they were one of the most common butterfly species in our region, but their numbers have declined by about 80 percent in recent years. During winter 2016-17, the official population estimate of butterflies in Mexico, where the species congregates over the winter months, was 146 million Monarchs, compared to a long-term average of 300 million, and a peak of 1 billion in the mid-1990s.

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Nate Purser dissects an oyster – the first step in assessing the presence of disease in our samples.
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Histotechnologist, Stuart Lehmann, explains the operation of a programmable tissue dehydrator and paraffin embedding station.
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Matt Jolly tries his hand at embedding an oyster tissue sample in paraffin.
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Chris Dungan explains the way in which prepared tissues are analyzed microscopically. In this video view, parasitic cells are present in the lining of a cross-section of the oyster gut.
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By Drew Ferrier, Ph.D., Professor of Biology and Director of the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies

The oysters of the Chesapeake Bay are an important commercial species, a linchpin in the waterman’s livelihood, and a keystone organism in the Bay’s ecology. Unfortunately, for the last three decades oyster populations have declined to an estimated one to two percent of historic levels.  One reason for the decline is parasitic disease that can be lethal to oyster populations already under environmental stress.

Last week the students enrolled in our Coastal Studies Semester spent time at the Oxford Cooperative Laboratory on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to learn more about these diseases and the methods that are used to study them. Chris Dungan, a pathologist and research scientist at the lab, provided an overview of the parasites inhabiting oysters, their life histories, and the impacts that they have on the Bay’s oyster populations. Following this introduction, the students began a morning of hands-on learning in the histology laboratories operated by Chris’s team of biologists and technicians. Students were able to take part in the processing of oysters to assess disease prevalence and intensity.

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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.

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Phoebe Hassaine-Bennet and Matt Hassaine.
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Chloe and Rebecca Jackson
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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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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.