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From the profound and famous places everyone must see to the secret gems only locals know about.



SEP T EMBER 12-20, 2018 For more information and photos, visit www.hood.edu/Switzerland

Discover the majesty of Switzerland on a journey that will take you to see lush alpine meadows, charming towns and iconic mountain peaks. Stay in pretty Interlaken and travel by train and cable car high into the Swiss Alps. Enjoy opportunities to stretch your legs on hikes, marvel at incredible scenery and explore the highlights of Lucerne and Interlaken.



EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS Laurie Ward EDITOR Tommy Riggs Assistant Director of Marketing and Communications CONTRIBUTORS Meg DePanise ’15 Marketing Communications Manager Lindsay Tubbs ’18 Student Worker in the Office of Marketing and Communications George Dimitoglou, D.Sc. Associate Professor of Computer Science; Director of the Center for Computer Security and Information Assurance Nancy Gillece ’81 Vice President for Institutional Advancement Jaime Cacciola ’04 Director of Grants and Gift Planning Britton Muir Assistant Director of Alumni Relations and Special Events Emily Wise VanderWoude Director of Leadership Giving Courtney Hyde ’19 Intern in the Office of Institutional Advancement Geoff Goyne Assistant Director of Athletics for Communications/SID Mary Atwell Archivist/Collection Development Services Manager Drew Ferrier, Ph.D. Professor of Biology; Director of the Coastal Studies Program ART DIRECTION AND DESIGN Kit Peteranecz Director of Creative Services Derek Knecht Graphic Designer PHOTOGRAPHY Kit Peteranecz Derek Knecht Kurt Holter ’76 Tommy Riggs ADDRESS CHANGES Please report all address changes to the Hood College Office of Alumni Relations at 301-696-3900; 800-707-5280, option 1; or advancement_services@hood.edu. Hood Magazine is published twice a year by the Hood College Office of Marketing and Communications. LETTERS TO THE EDITOR If you have a letter you would like to send us for possible inclusion in the next issue of Hood Magazine, email it to marketingoffice@hood.edu.

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LIBERATION Chair of the Board Scholars TA BL E O F C O N T E N T S 3 Message from the President

34 Hood Voices

12 News Makers

36 Blazer Profiles

15 President’s Medals

39 Blazer News

18 Strategic Plan

40 Frederick Focus

20 Student Spotlight

41 A Look Back

26 Faculty Notes

42 Alumni Executive Board Profiles

28 Q&A with Scott Pincikowski

44 Class News

30 Giving Back

64 The Last Word

Each year, Hood students looked forward to celebrating May Day, a longtime campus tradition. Today, a climbing wall and other challenging activities offer entertainment to students during the annual May Madness week.

Circa 1919

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The Class of 2020 doctoral cohort on their last day of qualitative research class during our first snowfall of the season!

On the Blog

#TBT Karen Curtis-Craney ’84 What fun that was! Dining Hall trays and sledding down the 7th street overpass! Lynn Booth Long ’84 I remember the snow up to my thighs! Walking to the duck pond at Frederick City Park is a memory that will never be forgotten.

WATCH: Global Adventures in Public Health Nicole Hoff ’07 talks about her epidemiological research in the Congo.

Not much snow on campus, but alumni kept us updated during the bomb cyclone.

Hood Community Sends Aid to Puerto Rico Students, faculty and staff rallied to help Puerto Rico in its recovery from Hurricane Maria, donating car loads of food and supplies and organizing a benefit concert.

Ruth Ravitz Smith ’83 Beautiful here in Wilmington, NC, home of at least 4 Hoodlums—Laura Schauer ’83, Mary Thompson Calhoun ’81, Travis Gilbert ’15 and me.


ON THE MAP Follow @hoodabroad on Instagram! At Hood, we encourage our students to think globally. Updates are brought to you by our students all around the world.

Nailah Russell ’18 spent the fall semester in Sydney, Australia, studying Australian government, Pacific Rim politics and international organization behavior.



Next up—Yulian Negesse is spending the spring semester in South Korea!

Message from the President Last June, the Board of Trustees approved the College’s next strategic plan, “Moving Together Beyond Boundaries,” an ambitious roadmap for Hood’s next five years. The development of this plan was deeply informed by our mission, widespread input from members of the Hood community, and in response to the challenges before us. As presented on page 18, this plan is founded upon three pillars—education, partnerships and community. In today’s challenging and global world, the importance of partnerships cannot be overstated. As articulated in the strategic plan, “Collaborating with other organizations is vital to sustained innovation and institutional strength.” Through partnerships, we are able to extend Hood’s campus to offer enriching educational experiences that facilitate student exploration and foster their intellectual, spiritual and physical growth. Further, Hood is fully committed to positively impacting economic development, intellectual and cultural enrichment, and societal well-being in our community. The recently opened Martha E. Church Center for Civic Engagement (featured on page 40) will serve to anchor Hood in the community and facilitate engagement with government, business, nonprofit and other community organizations. In this issue of Hood Magazine, we shine our spotlight on the sciences, an area of great strength and pride for the past 125 years. Research has shown the greater gains of students who study sciences at a liberal arts institution, in terms of student success and post-baccalaureate outcomes. Many Hood alumni have highly successful and often groundbreaking careers in sciences, including one working on the polio vaccine and another conducting epidemiological research in the Congo. Strength in the sciences is vital to our nation’s ability to compete in today’s challenging, global market. In our 125th year, it is affirming to see the many ways Hood has contributed in the past but even more exciting to share with you the ways in which we are assuring a continued and even stronger impact in the future. For example, one of the distinctive aspects of Hood is our multifaceted partnership with the research labs and associated biotechnology companies that encompass neighboring Ft. Detrick. Prominent scientists from these leading research centers teach classes, advise on curricular matters and collaborate on cutting-edge projects with students and faculty that serve to improve the health and security of our nation and the world. In turn, our graduates serve as a strong workforce pipeline for this industry, as evidenced by the many alumni who work in one of the Ft. Detrick research labs or the associated companies. We have also partnered with other local organizations to help meet the national need for STEM education. Recently, Hood was awarded a National Science Foundation grant along with Frederick County Public Schools and Frederick Community College to provide scholarship and mentorship support to students in our teacher education program who plan to be high school science teachers, (page 4). Hood’s Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies each year brings local organizations together at Culler Lake, in nearby Baker Park, to promote environmental sustainability at the Green Neighbor Festival. Coastal Studies also worked with the Center for Watershed Protection and members of Frederick’s faith community to create gardens to help address food scarcity in the City of Frederick. These gardens have served an important social need and provided our students with a rich and innovative educational experience. And this summer, students will again come to campus to take part in the Johns Hopkins University Engineering Innovation program, and Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (GEMS), an Army-sponsored summer STEM enrichment program. As liberal arts institutions look to the future, investments in STEM curriculum present opportunity and challenge in finding ways to better prepare both science and non-science majors. By fighting the silo mentality and bridging the gaps between academic departments, we create opportunity for richer classroom conversation, and for problem solving on campus and in the community. Guided by the liberal arts and an interdisciplinary approach to STEM, Hood is well positioned to best serve the next generation, whatever their aspirations may be. S P R I N G 2 018


n our increasingly digital world, it is important to graduate more students majoring in science, technology, engineering and math. Our nation’s competitiveness depends on the genius and dedication of tomorrow’s scientists, engineers and innovators. Yet today, less than 40 percent of American students pursue STEM fields, and there’s an insufficient pipeline of teachers skilled in those subjects. At Hood, we’re giving STEM students the hands-on experience and liberal arts training they need to fill 21st-century jobs. And with a $1.45 million grant from the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program,* we are empowering future teachers to spread their excitement for STEM.

“WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?” Over and over again, we have all answered the big question—and

operator. These are jobs most people had never heard of even a

now, as adults, we’ve probably asked the same of the children in our

decade ago, but are growing rapidly thanks to constant advances

lives. But consider this: perhaps the best answer is, “I don’t know…

in robotics, artificial intelligence, biotechnology, genomics and

maybe my job doesn’t exist yet.”

advanced materials, according to the World Economic Forum.

Few kids growing up in the 1990s dreamt of being an app developer,

It is estimated that 65 percent of children entering elementary

a driverless car engineer, a cloud computing specialist or a drone

school today will end up working in jobs that aren’t even on our

*The Hood Noyce STEM Teacher Education Partnership (NSTEP) program is funded by the National Science Foundation’s Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship Program (DUE 1660640).


By Meg DePanise ’15

radar yet. So how do we help them become ready to adapt to whatever

Teacher Education Partnership (Hood NSTEP), a collaborative

new careers emerge? The experts say the answer is STEM education.

effort led by the College in strategic partnership with Frederick

At Hood, we believe that future teachers in STEM disciplines need

Community College and Frederick County Public Schools, is

real experiences in STEM beyond the classroom. The Noyce STEM

making STEM more exciting and more accessible than ever before.

SUPPORTING TOMORROW’S STEM TEACHERS “Students need to be taught by teachers who understand the

community. The funding enables Hood to provide scholarships,

content and are fully prepared to teach that content,” said Jennifer

specialized programming and mentoring to students who complete

Cuddapah, associate professor of education. “Science teachers need

their biology, chemistry or mathematics major and teacher

to be prepared as scientists and also learn pedagogical strategies for

certification requirements at the College.

inspiring their students to think like scientists themselves.”

“The idea for designing the different features we proposed came

Cuddapah, along with Christopher Stromberg, associate professor

from our collaborative discussions,” Stewart said. “We brainstormed

of chemistry, and Ann Stewart, associate professor and chair of the

activities and learning experiences we thought would benefit our Hood

Department of Mathematics, worked together to apply for and secure

students as they prepared to become STEM secondary teachers.”

the National Science Foundation funding.

In January, Hood students attended the first STEM 101 event, a

The purpose of the grant is to meet the growing demand for qualified

multi-day experience comprised of workshops, informational sessions

STEM teachers who are skilled in culturally relevant practices and

and field trips led by faculty in the STEM majors, the education

desire to teach in high-needs schools, especially in the Frederick

department and the local school system. Designed for students


WE DIGITIZED OUR LIVES, WE JUST FORGOT TO SECURE THEM By George Dimitoglou, D.Sc. Associate Professor of Computer Science and Director of the Center for Computer Security and Information Assurance

We are a connected, digital society that depends heavily on networks, databases and other digital systems to operate. Almost every aspect of our lives, from the most basic tasks at the workplace to our personal communication and social interactions, to the way we shop and the tools we use to study and learn, depends on some form of electronic interaction or data exchange. These digital environments are practical, useful and fast, but in our excitement to use, leverage and widely deploy them, we have forgotten to secure them.

Companies on the other hand are aware of the impact of breaches, but for many, they are only identified as risks that are hedged against with the cost of actively protecting digital assets and that of inaction. For small businesses, a hacking attack may be detrimental, with 60 percent of small companies being unable to sustain more than six months after a compromise. For large organizations, cybersecurity insurance policies give a sense of safety from financial risk, yet there is no policy that could ever recover the reputational cost and loss of trust.

The spree continues

Cybersecurity compromises are not always the product of malicious intent and unauthorized access. Data breaches are also caused by unintentional omissions, software errors, poor maintenance of systems and software operator negligence or misplaced trust in careless third parties. In all cases and at all levels, dealing with cybersecurity incidents, whether malicious or inadvertent, will not be reduced until all stakeholders, from organizations to individuals, assume their share of responsibility.

Last year, the national fast food restaurant chain, Arby’s, acknowledged that malware installed on payment systems inside specific corporate stores might have compromised more than 355,000 credit and debit card numbers. A few months later, personal information and the medical diagnoses of at least 7,000 patients at the Bronx Lebanon Hospital Center in New York had leaked. By the end of the summer, Kmart and Verizon had revealed malware infections and data leaks, all leading to the Equifax compromise, a breach potentially affecting up to 143 million customers. Even Uber suffered a data breach allegedly exposing personal information of 57 million users and drivers. Even companies in cybersecurity can be affected. Take Deloitte for example, a company once named by Gartner Research as the “best cybersecurity consultant in the world,” which had its email system hacked. The naive justification of all these compromises can be attributed to profit-driven “corporate irresponsibility”—companies and organizations minding their bottom lines rather than exercising care about securing their data.

Not my problem Terms like breach, data leak, attack, hack, exploit and malware have become common in our vernacular, and they are immediately associated with malicious intent. For most individuals, cybersecurity incidents remain distant acts of socially awkward—but brilliant—teenagers or nefarious hackers in far-away countries. That’s until someone’s financial or health records become available on the Internet.

The hunt for cybersecurity talent The need for qualified cybersecurity staff has become a mainstay discussion. Cybersecurity professionals are expected to have specific, technical, specialized skills that match each organization’s technology mix. The result has been the springing up of an entire industry of cybersecurity certifications that existing information technology professionals flock to obtain. These are good options to meet current demand, but their value is often as short-lived as the product or technology they are based on. Unlike other fields, specific technology skills are required in cybersecurity, but they are not sufficient to succeed. The field is highly technical and requires professionals to continuously cross the lines between computer science, information technology and mathematics. It also requires many important skills such as problem solving and critical thinking. These skills can’t be obtained by a weeklong vendor training or series or set of professional certifications. These are skills that are cultivated with formal education, enriched with technical training and further enhanced with on-the-job work experience. For information on our cybersecurity program, see page 13.



A nn S te wart , a s sociate S trombe profes so rg, r a nd ch educatio a s sociate profe air of th s sor of c n, worke e Depart hemis tr d togeth men t o f y, and J er a s pri M athem ennifer ncipal in atics, C h C uddap ves tigato ris to ah, a s s o rs to sec ciate pro pher ure the fes sor o N S T E P fu f nding.

entering their sophomore year, the program introduces potential

assistant professor of physics and program manager

NSTEP scholar applicants to educational opportunities in STEM

for engineering at FCC, serves as the FCC liaison for

at Hood.

the NSTEP program.

NSTEP scholars will have the opportunity to student teach through

“FCC has many very talented students who have difficulty paying

Summer Young Scholars at FCPS, a two-week program for identified

even the reduced tuition of FCC,” Wood said. “The NSTEP program

at-risk youth who demonstrate potential in STEM areas. Student

will provide a means for students who transfer to Hood to complete

teachers will also be exposed to regional rural, suburban and city

their bachelor’s degree more quickly and with fewer loans.”

school systems to help them better understand what “high-needs” might mean in different educational contexts.

NSTEP graduates will be highly qualified due to their participation in scientific inquiry and STEM problem solving. Because Maryland

The Noyce Enrichment Series will host speakers and workshops

has certification reciprocity with many other states, graduates of

to engage students and faculty in STEM teaching and cultural

Hood NSTEP will be able to choose teaching positions in high-

proficiency. Hood and FCPS facilitators will discuss topics such as

needs school districts in Maryland and beyond.

how to develop cultural competence and relate to cultural differences in the classroom, how to bridge the connection between college and teaching in today’s schools, and how to teach in districts challenged by high populations of ELLs (English language-learners). NSTEP scholars will also attend one professional conference in their STEM field and one in education. “As the science department chair at my school, I know firsthand that it has been a challenge to fill vacant science positions over the past several years, especially in chemistry,” said Patricia M. Crowell ’04, M.S.’08, a biology teacher at Tuscarora High School. “There is

Jessica Roderick ’19 and Riley Smith ’19 were selected to receive the first NSTEP scholarships. Roderick joined the Hood community six years ago when she began teaching undergraduate Zumba classes. Later, after a divorce, she decided to start anew and begin classes at Hood so she could become a science teacher. “Hood has been 100 percent supportive in helping me go back to school and start my life over, and that’s something that I’m never going to be able to repay,” she said. “It’s humbling and it’s been a blessing.”

most definitely a demand for qualified STEM teacher candidates in

Roderick says her boys, two sons of her own and two stepsons aged

Frederick County, and NSTEP is a great program to help meet this

4 to 9, like that their mom has to do homework, too. They’ve even

demand in the future.”

gotten some lab experience themselves, sometimes joining their mom

Because of the strategic partnership, students transferring to Hood from FCC will be given priority in receiving the awards. Perry Wood,

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atricia M. Crowell ’04, M.S.’08 is in her 14th year as a STEM educator. Thirteen of those have been spent at Tuscarora High School, where she teaches primarily 10th grade biology. She earned her bachelor’s degree in biology and a master’s in environmental biology at Hood.  “STEM education is vital to the future of our country as it teaches children important skills that could be useful in any career path, even when we are trying to prepare students for careers that might not yet exist,” Crowell said.  


Crowell has actively participated in a variety of professional development opportunities, including spending a week during two different summers working with the Chesapeake Bay Foundation and the Maryland Environmental Literacy Partnership. She returned to implement the activities with her students, taking them on a field trip to Monocacy National Battlefield to analyze water quality.

As Maryland has adopted the Next Generation Science Standards, there is a focus on integrating STEM practices and problem solving into all disciplines of science.

She has also served as a master teacher for the Maryland Department of Education, facilitated professional learning for school leaders across the state, and participated in curriculum writing at the county level to help design and implement the new biology curriculum this year. Additionally, she teaches a biomedical science course through Project Lead the Way, a national nonprofit.

“These skills, such as analyzing data, asking questions, and making models, are valuable tools for any child to learn and will help them be innovative in their chosen career path,” she said.

“My students spend the semester studying the death of a fictitious person and researching her medical issues,” she said. “Right now, we are studying heart disease and have dissected sheep hearts to learn about anatomy.”


Hood, and she already has schools inquiring about her work

“As for my content area, I always liked math growing up,”

plans. She hopes to get a position as a high school biology

Smith said. “It was my favorite class from the beginning,

teacher in FCPS.

so I figured that would be the best for me to go into.”

Smith also has dreams of teaching high school students.

Smith says her greatest goal is “to change people’s lives.”

Initially on the early childhood education track, she took a class that allowed her to experience elementary, middle and high school settings, where she learned she best liked working with older students.

“I want to be the teacher that students feel comfortable talking to and being around,” she said. “I want to inspire my students and give them an education to allow them to do what they want to do and be who they want to be.”

BEYOND THE CLASSROOM For Hood STEM students, aspiring teachers or not, the possibilities

Located fewer than three miles from Hood, Fort Detrick houses

for internships, work experiences and regular employment after

research labs for the National Cancer Institute, the U.S. Army

graduation are endless. The College’s proximity to the I-270

Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases, the U.S.

technology corridor, as well as to Washington, D.C. and Baltimore,

Department of Agriculture and other federal agencies. Every year,

provides opportunities to fit the interests of every student.

Hood students work as research interns in these federal labs, either

But even before students move beyond campus, they have amazing

during the school year or in paid summer internships.

opportunities for research on campus—working side-by-side with

Because Hood is only about 50 miles from Washington, D.C., nearly

experienced faculty for senior-level honors projects, taking part in

every federal scientific agency has a research site within an hour of

the Summer Research Institute and presenting at scientific meetings.

Hood’s campus. Students have interned and researched at NASA,

The Summer Research Institute provides grants for students and

the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Summer

faculty to work on collaborative research projects for eight weeks

Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program, the NSA and

over the summer. Recent SRI projects have included ultrafast laser

many others.

spectroscopy of potential hydrogen catalysts, exploring computer

Frederick is also the home of many companies in biotech and

models for historic approximations of pi, researching the causes of

other scientific industries with opportunities at Thermo Fisher

cancer, and investigating the suitability of sea anemones as indicators

Scientific, MedImmune, AstraZeneca, and more—read more about

of coral reef health.

Hood’s partnership with Leidos Biomedical Research on page 10.

GOING BEYOND THE STEM ACRONYM As strong innovators, problem solvers and collaborators, Hood STEM

If American STEM graduates are going to lead the world in innovation,

graduates continue to get scooped up by companies in every sector.

their science education must be accompanied by talents fostered

They have mastered highly technical skills, and they’ve developed

by the liberal arts such as creativity, and political and psychological

into excellent communicators, managers and critical thinkers—all

insight. Graduates with a liberal arts education will be nimble enough

part of being a valuable employee in a competitive environment.

to successfully compete in an ever-changing employment landscape,

In today’s world, STEM education is vital, but it is enriched by the study

where the jobs of tomorrow may not be fully known to us today. A

of art, humanities, philosophy and global studies. The key is not to focus

robust liberal arts foundation, such as the one offered at Hood, offers

strictly on one discipline, but rather to leverage the best parts of STEM

graduates greater professional flexibility and success.

and the humanities to create a cohesive collection of intersecting

Neither a coder nor engineer, Steve Jobs once said: “It’s in Apple’s

experiences that defines a liberal arts education at Hood College.

DNA that technology alone is not enough—that it’s technology

Though most of their efforts may seem to be concentrated in the lab

married with liberal arts, married with the humanities, that yields us

or field, scientists spend a lot of time writing and communicating with

the result that makes our hearts sing.”

nonscientists about why their work matters, considering its impact on society and the environment. The study of humanities makes better scientists, and the study of science makes better humanists.

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xperiential learning is a hallmark of a Hood education, and for budding scientists and technologists there is no shortage of opportunities. Located in a hive of top R&D firms, biotech and pharmaceutical companies, and nearby federal and private laboratories, Hood is well connected to the best. No company has been more connected with Hood than Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. Together, Hood and Leidos Biomed are turning connection into opportunity and launching initiatives that will benefit Hood students and faculty, Leidos Biomed employees, and the larger Frederick community. Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. (formerly SAIC-Frederick) is the operations and technical support contractor for the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, one of 42 federal national laboratories and the only one focused exclusively on biomedical research. For decades, success story after success story has been born out of the relationship between Hood and the Frederick National Lab. Always buzzing with nationally significant programs and leading-edge research, Hood offers students and faculty the unique experience of conducting research in the entrepreneurial environment of Leidos Biomed. Employees at Leidos Biomed



have found their way to Hood, too, pursuing master’s degrees through the company’s education assistance program. “Both institutions are committed to education and experiential learning opportunities, and both are a huge part of what makes Frederick, Maryland, a great place to live and work,” said Joy Miller Beveridge ’82. Beveridge, director of general operations for the clinical monitoring research program at Leidos Biomed, majored in biology at Hood and now plays a significant role in strengthening and formalizing the partnership between the two institutions. Since October 2016, a group of key leaders from Leidos Biomed and Hood have been meeting to brainstorm ways to expand opportunities for collaborative student research experiences and mentoring and training initiatives. “We are highly energized by the dynamic and innovative partnership between Leidos Biomed and Hood,” President Chapdelaine said. “As reflected in our strategic plan, partnerships are viewed as a cornerstone of building an even stronger Hood and providing a quality educational experience for our students.”

This year, Woman to Woman Mentoring, Inc. (W2WM)—in partnership with Hood, Frederick Community College, and the Frederick National Lab (operated by Leidos Biomed)—is launching a new mentoring program to bring the Million Women Mentors movement to Frederick County. The goal is to build a viable mentoring program for women in STEM careers in the Frederick region. The pilot program, which will run through the fall, includes a meet-and-greet for mentees and mentors, a panel discussion by professional women in STEM, creation of personal development plans and goal setting for mentees, tips for standing out in the industry, and training for networking with professionals in the STEM field. The one-on-one relationships are expected to continue in the months after the workshops are complete. The overarching goal of the Million Women Mentors program is to increase the interest and confidence of girls and women to persist and succeed in STEM programs and careers by 2020. Leidos Biomed is also formalizing the experiential learning opportunities through which Hood students work at the company while enhancing connections between Hood and other community entities. Leidos Biomed staff are working with the directors of Hood’s master’s programs in cybersecurity, biomedical science and bioinformatics to identify and promote opportunities. “We plan to bring in the first of these students in the summer of 2018,” said Sanya Whitaker, Ph.D., senior alliance manager at Leidos Biomed. “The projects will be most likely aligned with capstone requirements, with the students spending about 20 hours a week in the lab over a number of months.” The program will make experiential learning opportunities more accessible to students, and it will benefit Leidos Biomed, where more than 100 employees—five percent of its workforce of about 2,100—are Hood graduates. A workforce pipeline of this proportion has been important to Leidos Biomed in recruiting and retaining talented graduates. Beveridge said the partnership between Hood and the Frederick National Lab has been in place for many years, recalling the internship she completed there in 1981.

enhanced collaboration between our two institutions is a huge win for Hood students, the local Frederick community and every other institution with which we each engage.” Take Lauren Procter ’08, M.S.’17, whose professor introduced her to the man at Leidos Biomed who hired her shortly after graduation. Then she returned to Hood to earn her master’s in biomedical science (more about Procter and other alumni at blog.hood.edu/tag/leidos). As Hood’s graduate program offerings continue to grow, the number of Leidos Biomed employees with Hood degrees grows as well. Of the 105 alumni currently employed, two have earned Master of Arts degrees, 12 have earned MBAs and 59 have earned Master of Science degrees. Currently, there are 11 students—one undergraduate, nine graduate and one doctoral—studying at Hood while working at Leidos Biomed. Leaders at Leidos Biomed have been working with Hood leadership and faculty to further address workforce gaps by creating new programs. With the high demand for training for bench-based scientists interested in transitioning to project management roles, Hood has begun developing project management certification curriculum. Hood’s bioinformatics program was developed similarly, with the needs of Leidos Biomed and other local biotechnology companies in mind. The program, which launched in 2016, meets the growing demand for science professionals to demonstrate expertise in the experimental design and data analysis of biology studies that examine genes. Leidos Biomed has also worked in collaboration with Hood to fill speaking opportunities for Fort Detrick’s Gains in Engineering, Math and Science (GEMS)—a summer STEMenrichment program for middle and high school students— and plans to continue this into next summer. Community engagement and service opportunities are being identified, too. The new initiatives are being documented in a proposed Memorandum of Understanding to help formalize the growing role of Hood students and alumni in tackling the toughest challenges in defense, intelligence, homeland security, civil and health markets, fueling a better future for us all.

“Working alongside Hood graduate colleagues for many years, and more recently with my friends at the College, continues to make me Hood Proud,” Beveridge said. “The ongoing and

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NEWSMAKERS Three New Trustees Elected to Board Arthur O. Anderson, Tonya Thomas Finton and Susan Murawski Ganley were elected to serve four-year terms on the Hood College Board of Trustees during its October meeting. Anderson, M.D., is a retired physician, scientist and board-certified pathologist who has been engaged in cellular immunology research since 1972. He is also an applied ethicist who has been involved in human research subject protections since 1975 when he was appointed chair of the Human Use Committee at the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases. He wrote the first operational guidelines for this committee based on Nuremberg Code Principles in 1975. Anderson actively participates in local and national meetings of organizations whose focus is protecting the rights, safety and welfare of human research volunteer subjects. His daughter, Phoebe, is a 2007 graduate of Hood College. Finton graduated from Hood College in 1978. While at Hood, she served as a student representative on the search committee that chose Martha Church to be its first female president. She has spent her career as an international trade specialist with the Department of Commerce in Washington, D.C., focusing on international manufacturing issues. Finton retired from federal service in 2014. She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the Washington Episcopal School where she chairs the Development Committee and serves on the Trustees Committee. She has been a member of the Hood College Board of Associates.

Arthur O. Anderson, P’07

Tonya Thomas Finton ’78

Ganley graduated from Hood College in 1979, and she has been a certified public accountant since 1995. She is the controller for Accelovance, Inc., an international clinical research organization. With locations in seven European countries and an employee base in 30 states in the U.S., she was the project lead in implementing a fully integrated software program that improved the consolidation process of the financial results for the domestic and international companies. Ganley has always believed in the importance of giving back to the community. She has held leadership positions with numerous local organizations, and she has supported Hood with her time and talent for more than 30 years, including serving on the Board of Associates, most recently as chair.

Published Authors Visit Classes Four published children’s/young adult authors visited campus Oct. 23. They went to Professor Rebecca Grove’s First-Year Seminar to discuss their books and writing inspiration, and they visited Professor Kristine Calo’s Reading Instruction course for elementary/early childhood education majors to discuss their writing process, teacher-author connections and resources. The writers included Lee Gjertsen Malone, author of “The Last Boy at St. Edith’s”; Leah Henderson, “One Shadow on the Wall”; Monica Tesler, “The Bounders Series”; and Laura Shovan, “The Last Fifth Grade of Emerson Elementary.” “In my FYS, we have studied the way education is portrayed in popular culture, and all of these authors write middle-level fiction about students and schools settings,” said Grove. “They were able to talk about their reasons for making education such a large part of their stories.” The students in Calo’s class learned about teaching writing to young students. “As future teachers, it was beneficial for them to meet authors, hear about their process for writing books (coming up with ideas, developing characters, connecting with audiences, etc.), find out about ways to connect elementary students to authors, and learn how to build children’s writing skills and strategies,” she said.



Susan Murawski Ganley ’79

Authors: Malone, Henderson, Tesler and Shovan

Trustee Selected to JHU Leadership Program faculty and staff from across the University. I am grateful for this distinct opportunity.”

Eleanor Chisholm Landauer ’86, who joined the Hood College Board of Trustees in October 2016, has been selected to participate in the Johns Hopkins LDP:Influencer program, a leadership development program.

She was nominated for this program by Michele Ewing, associate dean of development and external relations at the Johns Hopkins School of Education.

This is a selective, yearlong program that recognizes talented individuals across all disciplines at Hopkins and provides them with intensive professional development opportunities to build their networks and impact across the institution and beyond. It is designed to build self-awareness and the abilities to influence others and navigate the organization. This program brings together a diverse mix of about 12 faculty and staff from across the University.

“In two years as senior director of development with the Johns Hopkins School of Education, Eleanor has employed creativity, compassion, intellectual curiosity and commitment to her profession, including taking on additional responsibilities to hone her craft,” said Ewing.

Landauer is the senior associate director of development at the Johns Hopkins University School of Education.

Eleanor Chisholm Landauer ’86

“I was honored to have been selected to participate in the Leadership Development Program at Johns Hopkins and flattered to be recognized as an emerging leader,” said Landauer. “Through the program cohort, I am honing my skills as a leader and making terrific connections with other talented

Landauer has 20 years of experience in not-for-profit development and fundraising. She served on the Hood College Board of Associates from 2010 to 2016 and was on the leadership gifts and leadership scholarship committees.

In August, the Maryland Higher Education Commission approved Hood’s Master of Science in Cybersecurity, and there is a lot of excitement about the career opportunities it will give students.

The degree expands upon the considerable expertise, curriculum and laboratory facilities already available in the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, and is designed to address the core subject areas and skill sets identified in the Cybersecurity Workforce Framework by the National Initiative for Cybersecurity Careers and Studies (NICCS) 2.

Hood’s cybersecurity program is a sub-discipline of computer science and information technology. The goals of the program are to provide students with a comprehensive cybersecurity education and produce graduates with the knowledge and skills required to fill advanced technical and management positions in cybersecurity. “Students will learn about computer forensics, defending networks and firewalls, and configuring and deploying new systems,” said George Dimitoglou, D.Sc. Hood’s 30-credit cybersecurity master’s degree builds on the College’s existing MHEC-approved graduate certificate in cybersecurity. This master’s program is designed for technical and non-technical students with a bachelor’s degree. The structure of the program allows students to enter the program from different disciplines and provides a common foundation and robust subject matter training necessary in today’s cybersecurity job market.

“Our new cybersecurity program is designed to work with local technology companies and government organizations,” said President Andrea Chapdelaine, Ph.D. The program culminates with a highly distinctive, team-based capstone project, linked to local industry and government partners. Students will work with faculty and partners to develop suitable research and project questions; collect data; design systems; develop software, protocols, methods and techniques; synthesize their findings or work artifacts into a final product; and present their findings to the partners and scholarly venues. Several students started the program in September, and more were admitted in January. The College is scheduled to kick-off the program with an official launch in April, which will feature a lecture series (see page 31). S P R I N G 2 018


COMMUNITY SERVICE 125,000 Hours of Service As part of anniversary celebrations, our students challenged the Hood community—faculty, staff, alumni, students and friends—to log 125,000 hours of community service. The Hood community has collected warm clothing for the homeless, created care packages for the Rescue Mission, led Scout troupes, raked leaves for elderly neighbors and tended to a community garden. Our student-athletes have devoted time and energy to benefit community projects for victims of Hurricane Harvey, the Pink Ribbon 5K and the Hurwitz Breast Cancer Fund, the Darkness Walk for suicide awareness, and the Family Resource, Information & Education Network for Down Syndrome (FRIENDS).

As of Feb. 28, all of these good deeds and more have translated to 41 percent of our goal. If you are reading this magazine, you are a member of our community and your volunteer hours count, too. Be sure to log your hours at 125.hood.edu/125-hours-of-service.

The Black Student Union and Alpha Lambda Delta co-sponsored a warm clothing drive with the Career Center. Members of the campus community donated warm clothes for the Religious Coaltion for Emergency Human Needs.

Andrew Meiners ’20, a student worker in the Career Center, and Jordyn Curtis ’19, president of the Black Student Union, delivered hats, scarves, mittens and socks to the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs.



Becca Benson ’20, vice president of Alpha Lambda Delta, helped collect clothing for the drive.

New President’s Medal Honors Those Who Live Hood Values President Andrea E. Chapdelaine has established the President’s Medal, a prestigious honor awarded to an individual or organization who exemplifies one of Hood’s core values of Hope, Opportunity, Obligation and Democracy. These values have been a part of the Hood community for 100 years. In June 1915, the Classes of 1915, 1916, 1917 and 1918 dedicated the four pillars of Alumnae Hall to represent each core value.

HOPE George B. Delaplaine Jr. and President Andrea E. Chapdelaine

George B. Delaplaine Jr. received the President’s Medal for Hope for his ongoing support of Hood, namely the major gift he provided to establish the George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business. “Over a lifetime of accomplishments, George has shown entrepreneurial vision, and has leveraged his business success to positively impact the Frederick community in countless ways,” said President Chapdelaine. “His family set the standard for good citizenship in Frederick even before Hood’s founding, and I am proud to honor him with the President’s Medal for Hope.” The Hodson Trust received the President’s Medal for Opportunity for its generous gifts to Hood College during the last several decades. Much of this money goes toward student scholarships. The Trust has granted Hood more than $85 million since 1936, with $3.5 million this year. “The Hodson Trust has been our biggest scholarship donor for decades, and it is therefore most fitting to award them with this medal,” said President Chapdelaine. “Through their generosity, we have been able to provide access to a Hood education to underserved students, therefore exemplifying the core Hood value of Opportunity.”

OPPORTUNITY In the photo, from left, are Hodson Trust Trustees receiving the President’s Medal from President Chapdelaine: Robert C. Clark, Keith L. Pladsen, President Chapdelaine, Gerald L. Holm, Daniel R. O’Brien and Finn M.W. Caspersen Jr.

Crystal Griner ’06 received the first President’s Medal for Obligation during Homecoming Weekend. Griner, a Capitol Police Officer, was one of three officers on scene when a gunman opened fire on Republican lawmakers on a baseball field in Alexandria in mid-June. Griner and her fellow officers were credited for their swift action in preventing a larger tragedy. She was honored with the Medal of Valor by President Trump on July 27. She also was honored with the NCAA Award of Valor on Jan. 17 (see page 39). “I am honored to award Crystal Griner with the President’s Medal for Obligation for her heroic action in June and the role she plays each day in her profession,” said President Chapdelaine. “She personifies the Hood value of Obligation, which is to fulfill personal and professional responsibilities with integrity and to be a responsible steward and servant to the betterment of others and this world. We are excited to honor someone so deserving.”

OBLIGATION President Chapdelaine and Crystal Griner

Jim Caruso, the CEO of Flying Dog Brewery in Frederick, received the President’s Medal for Democracy for his work in educating the public on issues involving the First Amendment. Flying Dog won a six-year court battle over the State of Michigan for violating its First Amendment rights. Caruso used the damages awarded to found the First Amendment Society, a nonprofit organization whose mission is to raise the public’s awareness of the First Amendment through events, speaker series, scholarships and partnerships with organizations such as the Frederick County Public Libraries. “Jim Caruso has earned this medal through his commitment to the democratic principles of our nation by educating the public on critical First Amendment issues,” said President Chapdelaine.

DEMOCRACY Jim Caruso and President Chapdelaine

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circa 1991

Liberation Twenty-eight years after the first “Liberation of the Black Mind” conference, Liberation remains one of the most vital celebrations on Hood’s campus.

poetry, music, dance and a keynote address, students explored cultural and political issues affecting the black community.

The student-run operation, which features educational, cultural and social events, has traditionally been devoted to providing a forum for introducing current issues, efforts and accomplishments of black America while promoting unity, knowledge and intellectual power.

“It was supposed to be fun, but also very educational,” said Zaki. “It sort of had a really progressive edge to it.”

The idea of “liberation” has evolved and taken on many different meanings for individuals of all backgrounds, as has the Liberation event itself. During the early years of Liberation of the Black Mind, students from Baltimore, Washington, D.C., and as far as Atlanta, Georgia, came to campus to take part in the Black Student Union-sponsored event. The three-day conference served as a way to bring students and community members from off campus, particularly men, to Hood, which wasn’t fully coeducational until 2003. “It was a real ingathering. It was fabulous,” said Hoda Zaki, Ph.D., professor of political science and adviser of the BSU since 1994. “We had dozens of students from other colleges, and they would be housed at one of the local hotels.” At one time, Liberation of the Black Mind was the only event of its length and budget to be run by any student organization at Hood. Keynote speakers and panelists were often nationally recognized. Through discussions, workshops,



Amiri Bakara, the late poet, teacher and political activist known as the father of the Black Arts Movement of the mid-1960s and early ’70s, spoke at Liberation of the Black Mind in 1995. He compared the lives of black Americans throughout history to the mythological story of Sisyphus, who had to push a boulder up a mountain as punishment from the gods. Each time he got to the top, it rolled down again. “You have to use your education to agitate, agitate, agitate against inequality,” Baraka had said. In 1999, Pamela Farrell, founder and CEO of Cornrows & Co., a natural hair salon in Washington, D.C., spoke about the politics of black hair and the cultural pressures for women to use chemical treatments to fit limited American beauty standards. She talked about “freedom hair”—the afro in the 60s, braids in the 70s and 80s, and locks and twists in the 90s. In the 80s, she opened Cornrows & Co., which paid legal fees for any woman threatened to lose her job because of their braids. “Liberation,” she said, “doesn’t come without change, confrontation and hard work.”

The conference had a different theme each year. In 2010, “Kicking it Old School: breaking the cultural barriers to the educational experience” advocated equality in higher education for blacks and whites. Lanee Higgins ’14 first attended Liberation as a prospective student with her family that year. “They hosted a panel of Hood alums that had graduated decades priors,” Higgins said. “Listening to them speak and being at that event with my family made me realize at that moment that BSU and Liberation was something that I had to be a part of.” Higgins went on to be president of BSU and delivered the opening speech at the conference in 2014. She was a member of the BSU for four years and helped plan three Liberation events. In recent years, students have celebrated a new iteration of Liberation as the BSU decided to change “Liberation of the Black Mind” to simply “Liberation.” In an effort to build upon the event’s new identity and get more students involved, Liberation event sponsorship was opened to all campus organizations that focus on underrepresented populations. “It’s been about identity building, the struggles of oppressed groups of people, and the things that all of those groups go through to be liberated,” said Travis Eichelberger, director of diversity and inclusion and assistant director of student engagement. “Everyone has been invited to have a part in claiming this and showcasing their cultural needs and their cultural growth.” Eichelberger advises the Diversity Coalition, which is a group of representatives from the BSU, the Queer Student Union, La Comunidad, the Feminist Student Union, the Muslim Student Association, the African Student Union and the Hillel/Jewish Student Union. The coalition, which often refers to themselves as the Justice League, was formed three years ago and now meets nearly every week to talk about different issues related to diversity. Traditionally a space where black students felt safe to talk about important issues and educate others, Liberation has evolved to provide that space to students of all cultures. The programming has also evolved to meet the needs of today’s students, with more workshops and activities that encourage experiential learning. Organizers aim to hold this year’s event close to April 4, the anniversary of Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination. Jordyn Curtis ’19, the BSU’s current president, says this year’s theme will celebrate and focus on the issues affecting “dreamers,” children of undocumented immigrants living and going to school in the U.S.

What does Liberation mean to you? “There are so many ways to define liberation. For me, it allows one to challenge existing social and political norms and to develop new ways of connecting with others.” —Hoda Zaki, professor of political science “The concept of liberation to me is being able to remember the path our ancestors took, rejoice in the progress we have made as a people, but plan for the future so that our children can have even more liberties than us. I was a part of BSU from 2012 to 2016. I was president of the organization and leader of the event for 2015-2016.” —Curtis Stubbs ’16 “I hope that finding liberation means that you feel free to be yourself and to express it in any way you see fit whether it’s celebrating your culture, gender, religion, achievements, fears, etc. To me, for that weekend, I was proud and comfortable in my political views, my heritage, my religion, and embracing that I am a feminist and a leader hoping to create some balance and equality in the world. I felt liberated during this event, but will admit that I do not always feel this way and there are times I try to hide parts of me from the world. True liberation would be feeling that freedom to embrace all the parts of me, as I and others did that weekend, but all of us feeling that way all of the time without needing exercises or inspiration to prompt us.” —Logan Samuels ’17 “Liberation to me means that a person or group of people are given the opportunity to make their own choices and lead their own path in life. This means being given the chance to follow an example that they might have seen as a role model or to be a trailblazer and do something brand new in their own way. At the same time, this means making sure that no one faces a challenge that they could not possibly get past in this process. In order to assure this happens we must reach out and assist people who don’t start with the same tools or who have additional challenges that others might not have.” —Travis Eichelberger, director of diversity and inclusion and assistant director of student engagement “Liberation means freedom—I think of it as being able to breathe freely after being choked by years of oppression. I was on BSU for four years. I was a vice president for two years and the president for one. I helped plan three Liberation events.” 5/10/94 liberation —Lanee Higgins ’14 11/6/17 9:27 AM

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T H E C O L L E G E ’ S N E X T S T R AT E G I C P L A N




Hood = Frederick, I-270, culture, arts, civic engagement, STEM

An education that challenges boundaries

4+1, 3+2 = dual degree program

Media Center, phase 1, phase 2

100% = Study Abroad, research, internships




Partnerships that move beyond boundaries


s we are in the middle of our year celebrating Hood’s 125th anniversary, we are also looking to the future in building the College’s next strategic plan. Supported by three pillars, or themes, this plan will produce multiple storylines over the next five years. Our strategic planning process has modeled the collaborative and integrative spirit of our community. Through the development of the plan, the entire Hood community had input and shared their vision for what the College will look like in five years. It was clear throughout the process and the writing of the plan

that it reinforced the central tenet of our mission— to empower students. “Moving Together Beyond Boundaries” provides us with a sense of direction and measurable goals. Through this plan, we will strengthen and renew stellar offerings, embrace collaboration and empower our community members to be both educator and mentor to our students. To learn more, visit www.hood.edu/strategicplan.

Faculty research Vibrant, residential



A community that knows no boundaries

Professional development

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT 2017 Volpe Scholars Christopher Guidry ’18 came to Hood after spending time in the Marine Corps where his goals were to mentor, teach and help change the lives of the Marines around him. When he arrived at Hood, he combined these aspirations with his interest in finance in an effort to leave a lasting mark on the College. Hood had the tangible elements he was looking for, including the Virginia Munson Hammell ’67 Trading Room, but Guidry challenged himself to make the College’s financial programs even more robust, specifically by growing the Blazing Alpha Student Investment Fund. With his Volpe Scholars award of $6,872, Guidry, a business administration major with a concentration in finance, completed a self-study financial modeling program, covered the costs of his internship with Tufton Capital Management, registered for the next part of the Chartered Financial Analyst exam, and donated to the Blazing Alpha fund to cover operating costs and pay for research tools and a modeling seminar for members of the fund. “It was an investment in the potential of the finance program of Hood, and it made it possible for me to build on something that will be here long after I am gone,” said Guidry. “I believe in the possibilities of what the Blazing Alpha Fund can do for the practical education of Hood Students, and I am excited to have been able to make my mark on the program.” He wants to make Hood a regional target school for those interested in financial markets and investment. “The trading room and the fund are unique features for a school the size of Hood,” he said. “It is the perfect recipe for establishing a presence in this space and will plant the seeds 20


Ronald J. Volpe, H’15, Christopher Guidry ’18, Marissa Gouker ’18 and President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.

of an alumni network to help students transition into financial services.” Marissa Gouker ’18 discovered her interest in archaeology through an elective course at her community college. She transferred to Hood, and as she went deeper into the subject and got to know the faculty and students in her art and archaeology program, she realized she wanted to pursue it as a career. She was accepted into the Trasimeno field school offered by the Umbra Institute in Italy. The Volpe Scholars award of $7,345 allowed her to travel to the Umbra Institute, find housing, and participate in all aspects of the Trasimeno field school program. The goal of her participation in this program was to see first-hand the variety of the archaeology field and to gain a better understanding of the subfield she wanted to pursue. The six-week summer program was an enriching and varied experience that involved the

collaboration of a variety of experts with different backgrounds. Gouker learned about excavation, used new technologies including GIS mapping, and interviewed local residents. Through these experiences, she worked with faculty and students from colleges and universities across the U.S. and Europe. “I was able to develop my understanding of archaeology through real-world experiences, and I was able to put the education I had received at Hood to practical use and build upon it,” said Gouker. “I was able to gain experience in many different aspects of excavations such as digging, processing, documentation and much more. Our knowledge of the site and the surrounding areas was increased by several field trips as well as classwork and lectures. Overall, the experience was phenomenal, and I wouldn’t have been able to experience all of the amazing things that I did and the places that I visited with any other program.”

MBA Students Complete Business Leadership Program Kevin Brown and Marlon Ramirez, students in Hood College’s MBA program, have completed the Frederick County Future Minority Business Leaders Program. An initiative of the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, the eight-month program is designed to help cultivate and grow future minority business leaders and business owners within Frederick County.

“I learned basic fundamentals on leading employees, as well as those traits to be a successful entrepreneur,” he said. “I have found that many of the lessons learned at Hood and at the Future Minority Business Leaders training can be transferrable to any industry. I am a leadership enthusiast and plan to continue building on the learnings acquired from this training.”

Brown and Ramirez were accepted because they reflect strong leadership qualities. All participants spent two hours one Friday per month at the Office of Economic Development. In each meeting, multiple experts spoke about the topic of the day. Topics ranged from marketing on a budget to different styles of leadership to networking and habits that make leaders successful.

Brown plans to use the knowledge from the program and from his MBA to work for a Fortune 500 company, then start his own consulting business.

The foundation of course work that Brown and Ramirez obtained through the MBA program allowed them to gain a deeper understanding of the concepts. “Without a doubt, the courses I have taken in my MBA studies have assisted me in understanding

Kevin Brown

Marlon Ramirez

this program better,” said Ramirez. “There have been many topics discussed in class that have been brought up during this program.” Brown agreed, saying, “The Hood MBA program prepared me for every topic that a speaker presented on. I felt like when the speakers would introduce a topic, I would be either well-versed or familiar with the topic.” Ramirez plans to incorporate the leadership training to his current profession as a police officer.

“The biggest thing I learned from this program is that success can come in many different forms, and one person’s definition of success isn’t necessarily the same for another person,” said Brown. Both students strongly encourage members of the minority community at Hood to apply for this program if they are interested in learning more about starting and developing a business or working with like-minded business professionals.

Roberta Mandrekas Presents Research at National Conference Roberta Mandrekas, a graduate student pursing a master’s degree in the humanities, presented her research on Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald at the University of Rhode Island’s 11th Annual Graduate Student Conference in April 2017. Fitzgerald (1900-1948) is recognized by most people as the wife of one the 20th century’s most famous authors, F. Scott Fitzgerald. Mandrekas’ paper, titled “Zelda Sayre Fitzgerald: Changing the Narrative through Art,” discussed Fitzgerald’s life as a writer, painter and dancer, as well as aspects of her personal life including her struggle with mental illness and her turbulent marriage. Fitzgerald was multi-talented and has been call the “it girl,” and she has been the subject of numerous novels and plays. Mandrekas’ interest in her began when she saw an oil painting by Fitzgerald during a private library tour. Mandrekas didn’t know Fitzgerald was an artist, and she wanted to learn more. Her research has included attempts to see as much of Fitzgerald’s art in person as possible. “This hasn’t been easy, since many works are scattered among universities, the Fitzgerald estate and private collectors,” she said. “Fortunately, Zelda’s granddaughter, Eleanor

Roberta Mandrekas

Lanahan (also an artist), took pains to catalogue Zelda’s art. She also wrote the book, ‘Zelda: An Illustrated Life, The Private World of Zelda Fitzgerald,’ which remains the single best resource on this topic.” During her presentation at the conference, Mandrekas was surprised at how many people from different disciplines had questions for her when she presented. “I don’t think the importance of inter-disciplinary exchange can be emphasized enough—it definitely keeps things fresh. Of course, this was the whole point of the conference.”

Were You a Code Girl? Liza Mundy’s best-selling book, “Code Girls: The Untold Story of the American Women Code Breakers of World War II” features students from women’s colleges who served as code breakers for the U.S. Army and Navy during World War II. While Hood is not mentioned, we are interested in learning if any Hood women were involved. Please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 301-696-3700 if you have information. Mundy’s grandmother, the late Anna Delk Stephens ’25, and aunt, Marthanne Stephens Smith ’58, attended Hood College.

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Jared Tomlin Completes Two Terms with NASA Jared Tomlin, an environmental biology graduate student, was accepted into a DEVELOP program internship at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in summer 2016. The DEVELOP program’s goal is to integrate its Earth observations to help meet the challenges of environmental change and improve life on Earth. During the first 10-week program, Tomlin and his team collaborated with U.S. Geologic Service and National Park Service ecologists at Badlands National Park to identify invasive cheatgrass, and managed to present the findings at the Department of the Interior and NASA Headquarters at the Annual Earth and Science Application Showcase. He was also awarded the Science Systems and Applications Inc. (SSAI) scholarship, and was accepted for another term

at Goddard in the summer 2017, as a team leader. The SSAI scholarship is an award given to three DEVELOP participants for embodying DEVELOP’s and SSAI’s core values—innovation, collaboration, passion and discovery. In his second term with Goddard, Tomlin’s team collaborated with Mercy Corps, a global humanitarian organization. Together, they worked on tools for Niger, a country where limited water resources restrict the expansion of communities and agriculture. They provided rainfall monitoring tools to identify trends in precipitation, information they can use to determine next steps. The DEVELOP program also sent Tomlin to New Orleans to present his work at the American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting, the largest Earth and space science meeting in the world. “One of the most important lessons I learned from the two summers at Goddard is that communication, networking and presentations are so important in growth in the science field,” said Tomlin. “Being able to communicate the science and importance behind the studies I’m conducting is fundamental.” Tomlin said the rigorous course work and high standards at Hood prepared him to discuss his work with a variety of audiences. “This is proof to me that the administration and professors at Hood are endorsing skills that are essential in the scientific workplace,” he said.

Left to right: Lisebeth Jules ’19, Ashley Schanken ’18, Ashly Bingham ’21, Emily Stubits ’20, Jared Knowles ’19, Will Lacy ’19, Hannah Christen ’18, and Kimmie Kinjerski

Model UN Wins Award at National Conference The Model United Nations won an Honorable Mention at the National Model United Nations (NMUN) Conference in Washington, D.C. in November. Hood went as a delegation from Senegal, with 12 students representing the interests of the West African country of Senegal on six different committees. Hood also represented Senegal on the Security Council, and the delegation earned an “Honorable Mention” award for being among the best. For this conference, each school gets assigned a country, and the students must research and write a position paper before the simulation. Each committee discusses two global issues. The purpose is to debate, write resolutions and simulate the actual United Nations as much as possible. 22


More than 1,000 total students participated in the multi-day simulation. The students who represented Hood College are from a variety of majors including global studies, economics and business administration. “The students did an excellent job of conducting research ahead of time to submit position papers,” said Paige Eager, the group’s faculty adviser. “They were poised, confident and well-prepared to participate fully in the simulation.” NMUN is the world’s largest intercollegiate Model UN conference. It is a U.S. nonprofit organization that advances understanding of the United Nations and contemporary international issues. NMUN annually draws participants from more than 130 UN Member States to address current global issues.

Chair of the Board Scholars

By Lindsay Tubbs ’18

In the last issue, we announced the Chair of the Board scholarship, established by board chair Judy Messina ’66 and her husband, David Fleischer. The highly prestigious program provides full-tuition awards to academically superior students. In this issue, we profile the five recipients who make up the inaugural class of Chair of the Board Scholars.

high school, she enjoyed reciting poetry competitively through a program called Poetry Out Loud, and serving as a student ambassador. “I always loved doing that because I like to meet new people. So then, of course, that’s what led me to be a Blazer Ambassador,” she said. “And I’m so fanatical about Hood that I was like, ‘Please let me do this!’” As a Frederick county native, Caylee was initially unsure about going to school so close to home, stating, “I was on the fence before I first came to visit Hood. However, when I came here, and through all of the multiple times I came to Hood, I always was greeted so warmly, and everyone is so friendly, that I always came looking to see if there was that one disagreeable person, and I could never find them. It’s like they didn’t exist here. So with the atmosphere being so welcoming, I felt like I belonged here.”

Caylee Winpigler ’21 “My goal in life is to do something that impacts people, and I want to make a difference,” said Caylee Winpigler ’21 of Walkersville, Maryland. She is considering a history and political science double major and an English minor. “I have time still to decide, but I feel like if I go down maybe the political science route, it’ll lead me somewhere that I will be able to make an impact,” she said. “I thought for a while that I could be a lobbyist for environmental science.” In her AP environmental science class, she learned about environmental consequences and the domino effect of how actions affect other parts of the environment. Caylee is not one to shy away from public speaking or meeting new people. In

When Caylee found out that she was being considered for the Chair of the Board Scholarship, she was bawling. Waiting for the decision to come in the mail, she said she felt sick. On that fateful Friday, “I handed my mom the envelope, and I said, ‘I can’t look at this. Can you please open it for me? I’m not gonna look at you,’” she recounts. “So I handed it to her and I turned away, and I closed my eyes, and I was trying to just kind of center myself, and then I started to hear her cry. I looked, and she’s just nodding her head vigorously. And then the reception thereafter from my family was amazing.” Since starting at Hood, Caylee has been surprised by the amount of independence that she has. “Before, you have to go through your parents to do anything. And not having them around, I do miss them a lot, but they’re so close,” she explained. “I do enjoy being able to make my own decisions without having to check with my parents first. So being able to manage my own schedule is very liberating.” S P R I N G 2 018


met with her that she “was passionate about her studies and community service, extremely articulate and comfortable in the interview.” Jenna remembered it a little differently. “That was a crazy day! I was so nervous.” But her initial impression of Hood was all positive. “As soon as I stepped on campus, I fell in the love with the school and it was at that moment, I knew I needed to go here.” Waiting to hear whether she would be awarded the scholarship was “terrible. I can’t even explain it!” she said. “I think I checked the mail three times a day and when it finally arrived, my hands were shaking and I opened the letter…and oh my gosh! “Everything just fell together for Hood. I felt like I was missing something from all the other colleges I looked at. When that letter arrived, it was all really clear to me that I belonged at Hood,” she said.

Jenna Frick ’21 Had it not been for the offer of the Chair of the Board scholarship, Jenna Frick might not have visited Hood, but the business major from Clermont, Florida, thought it was such a great opportunity she needed to explore it. “I learned about Hood and applied because the golf coach (Chelsea Danel) had reached out to me,” Jenna said, “but I wasn’t sure I wanted to move this far away from home, and after I got accepted, I hadn’t thought about it much. Then I got the call about applying for the scholarship.” Jenna and her mother arrived in Frederick in early February for Scholars’ Day, where she endured a full day of interviews. It was noted by those who

The five scholars met at Accepted Students Day in the spring and formed a special bond. “We have a group text so we check in with each other a lot. It links us all together,” she said. Now fully immersed into her freshman year, Jenna is on the golf team, considering a double major in business and economics, and involved with Enactus (a student group dedicated to inspiring students to improve the world through entrepreneurial action), the Maryland Student Legislature and student government (vice president of her class). “Time management is a huge thing…to stay on top of my classes, activities, practice,” Jenna said. “But I’ve surprised myself. There’s so much going on and it hasn’t been easy to be away from home, but I surprised myself in how much I can handle on my own.”

Grace Weaver ’21 Grace Weaver ’21 of New Market, Maryland, has a very clear vision of her future, aspiring to be a divorce lawyer in Miami. “I just love the warm weather, and I figured that Miami is such a big city that there’s got to be someone getting divorced,” she explains. “Since third grade, my dad would tell me, ‘You’re gonna be a great lawyer, Grace,’ because I play devil’s advocate in a lot of discussions. I like to argue because I want to see different points.” In high school, Grace had the chance to practice this passion through the mock trial club with her favorite teacher, Natalie Rebetsky, a 1985 Hood alumna who was in charge of the club. Grace joined and fell in love with it. “One of the reasons that I was driven (to Hood) was Ms. Rebetsky,” she said. “I actually have her Hood ring. She said, ‘I don’t have a daughter, but you’re like a daughter to me, and you’re going to my school.’ And so I have it, and it actually fits my finger perfectly.” As a student-athlete in soccer and lacrosse, she enjoys being close enough to home to have her family’s support at games. In addition, she is glad to be nearby while her sister battles a second round of Ewing’s sarcoma. “I feel like it was everything working around me, pushing me here. And everything just fell into place, like this is the place that I need to be,” she said. Grace never thought she would earn a prestigious scholarship, and she is excited to be rewarded for her hard work through the Chair of the Board scholarship. “I was taught when I was little that you have to put in the work to get what you want,” she said. “I put in my work, and I was able to receive what I thought was never going to happen to me.”



The scholarship is a reward for her in more ways than one. “My junior year, my mom said, ‘If you get a full ride, I’ll take you on a cruise.’ I was not thinking it would ever happen.” Remembering the day that she got the news, “I opened the letter up, and I was just starstruck. I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, it actually happened!’” The cruise is planned for this summer, depending on her sister’s treatment. “And if it doesn’t happen this summer, it might happen next summer. It’ll happen eventually. My parents say I earned it,” she said with a smile. In the meantime, Grace will continue to experience college life at Hood. “It has been a huge change; it’s very different than high school. But I think what surprised me the most was that I found so many friends so quickly, and how easily everyone was able to click. It’s just so nice,” she shared. “I feel like there’s a match for everyone to find their friend here at Hood.”

At Hood, she is studying business administration and wants to pursue a minor in nonprofit and civic engagement studies. “I looked at the business program, and I saw that Hood has a nonprofit minor, and I was like, ‘What? That’s crazy! Mom, we have to go!’” Natalie and her mother traveled from North Carolina to visit Hood, staying with family friends and Frederick locals who had encouraged her to look into Hood when she had expressed interest in small liberal arts schools. “I got to tour Hood, and it was November, and it was icy and cold and kind of gross, and I was like, ‘This is the prettiest place I’ve ever been. I would love to go here,’” she said. “Things fell into place with the scholarship, and now I’m here!” How did she react to finding out that she had been chosen for the Chair of the Board Scholarship?

Natalie Kolosieke ’21 Natalie Kolosieke ’21 of Greensboro, North Carolina, aspires to have a career in the nonprofit sector and “make the world better” after honing her management skills at Hood.

“I took the letter to my room to open, and my mom heard me scream, and then I started dancing,” she recounted. “And my mom came upstairs and we happydanced for a little bit. It was really fun. It was perfect.” Since beginning college a few months ago, Natalie has been surprised by how much she has learned in her classes.

“The types of nonprofits I’m looking at are more education, or women,” she shared. “Those are things that I’m really passionate about. I want to start working at a nonprofit, and if I really enjoy it, I may decide I want to start one.”

“There’s just so much that I don’t know, so I’m definitely learning a lot,” she said. “And having to really take a step back and walk through your reasoning that you do so quickly. It’s really neat. Brain exercise, good stuff.”

Natalie, whose father works for Habitat for Humanity, loves volunteering there and seeing the difference that she can make.

She has also been surprised by the amount of time that she has to socialize.

“It’s really rewarding work,” she said. Natalie was involved in management activities in high school, such as being the editor in chief of her school’s yearbook for two years, and discovered that she was good at it. She realized that she could combine her management skills with her love of nonprofits to make a career of helping people.

She explains, “Here it’s like, eat breakfast with your friends, go to class with your friends, meet them for lunch. And then after class it’s like, ‘Do you guys want to do homework together in the library?’, or, ‘Let’s all have a movie night if we don’t have too much work.’ And I love that because the people here are great, and I just love them!”

Chelsey Adedoyin ’21 For Chelsey Adedoyin, the uniqueness of Hood’s campus was the selling point. “The buildings, the green…wow this campus is beautiful!” Chelsey said of her first impressions of Hood. The Laurel, Maryland, native knew about Hood from a high school friend who played in basketball tournaments on campus. She also knew the close-knit campus was something she wanted. “I love the small class sizes. I find that I excel when I can have a closer relationship with my professors,” she said. “The Hood community is really my favorite part of being here. Everyone knows each other, as opposed to a big school, where I don’t know anyone, no one knows me and maybe I don’t even know my teacher. That would be crazy.” There is a downside to the close-knit community. “You’re always around people. There is truly no time to be alone,” she said with a laugh. “I just didn’t expect that, I really didn’t. I was really shocked when I figured it out. I’m just always around people. The upside to that though…you get to enhance your communication skills and networking. I’m always looking at the positive.” In high school, Chelsey competed on the field hockey and track teams, was in Honors Orchestra, was involved with the African Student Association, a mentorship program and a member of Charles County’s Unified Bocce Team. At Hood, she’s taking a step from so many extra-curricular commitments and is involved with just the Black Student Union and the Urban Outlet. “I really just wanted to come here and see what the workload was like and get accustomed,” she said. “There’s still time next season to think about field hockey or music lessons, but I came here to get an education.” The biology major hopes to go to pharmaceutical school at the University of Maryland after graduating from Hood.

Remembering back to Scholars’ Day, “that was the most traumatic day!” She said. “It was my first time coming to Hood and I was so nervous. I had to be so polite. How do you have conversations with someone you just met? I just kept reminding myself, if they truly like you for who you are, then you’ll get the scholarship.” On waiting to find out: “I was nervous. I was scared. But I don’t remember having to wait that long to find out,” she said. And when she finally found out? “I’m so lucky, so blessed.”

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Emilie Amt, professor and chair of history, published an article in the journal, Anglican and Episcopal History, entitled “Down from the Balcony: African Americans and Episcopal Congregations in Nineteenth-Century Washington County, Maryland.” Eric Annis, associate professor of biology, co-published “Factors affecting recruitment of young-of-the-year Atlantic menhaden (Brevoortia tyrannus) in the Chesapeake Bay,” in International Council for the Exploration of Sea Journal of Marine Science (2016). Ann Boyd, professor of biology, published “Deliberative Democracy for a Gene Editing Policy” in the Eubios Journal of Asian and International Bioethics (2016). Andrew Campbell, assistant professor of psychology and counseling, presented “Adolescent Attachment, Emotion Regulation, and the Moderating Effect of Race and Gender” at the 2017 American Counseling Association Conference & Expo in San Francisco (March 2017). Susan Carney, associate professor of biology, and Drew Ferrier, professor of biology and director of the coastal studies program, co-authored “Insights on mitochondrial genetic variation in Chesapeake Bay Summer-Resident Cownose Rays,” in Transactions of the American Fisheries Society (March 2017). Jennifer Cooper, assistant professor of nursing, had a manuscript published in Public Health Nursing. Dr. Cooper also received a Nurse Educator Doctoral Grant from the Maryland Higher Education Commission. Didier Course, professor of French, wrote an article for a collection of essays on “Female Heroism in 17th Century Europe” to be published in Classique Garnier in Paris. Jennifer Cuddapah, associate professor of education, and Christy Graybeal, associate professor of education and mathematics, published an article titled “Homeschooled teachers and the apprenticeship of observation,” in Home School Researcher (2016).



Aijuan Dong, associate professor of computer science, received a Google Cloud Platform Education Grant, 2016-17. Professor Dong also co-authored “Exploring Instructional Computing Platforms for a Small Liberal Arts College,” in Proceedings of the 2016 International Conference on Computational Science and Computational Intelligence in Las Vegas (December 2016). Susan Ensel, professor of chemistry, published a paper from her sabbatical work entitled “A Matrix-Focused Structure-Activity and Binding Site Flexibility Study of Quinolinol Inhibitors of Botulinum Neurotoxin Serotype A” in Bioorganic & Medicinal Chemistry Letters (2017). Ingrid Farreras, professor of psychology and department chair, published an article titled “Early history of clinical psychology (1896-1949)” J. C. Norcross, G. R. VandenBos, D. K. Freedheim, & M. M. Domenech Rodríguez (Eds.), APA handbook of clinical psychology: Roots and branches (Vol. 1) Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association Press. Amy Gottfried, associate professor of English, wrote “Patron Saint” (short fiction), published by Passager (winter 2017). Becky Grove, assistant professor of education, published an article titled “The influence of the core practices movement on the teaching and perspectives of novice teacher educators” in Studying Teacher Education (2017). Jay Harrison, associate professor of history, published an article in the journal Perspectives on History entitled “Walking Physical Timelines: The Crusades, Caribbean Slavery and Learning Outcomes.” Georgette Jones, associate professor of biology, published an essay with Mariam Ashraf in The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty (2017) on food and nutrition in the middle class. Professor Jones also presented a poster titled “Investigating the role of Adenylate Cyclase on cAMPdependent Kinase (PKA) activation and Adenosine receptor expression in NF1-null MPNST cells”

at the Neurofibromatosis (NF) Conference in Washington, D.C. (June 2017). Sarah Malec, assistant professor of mathematics, presented her research on “Problem Exists Between Keyboard and Chair: Filling in the Gaps in Online Homework” at the Joint Mathematics Meetings in Atlanta (January 2017). Professor Malec is also a TIMES (Teaching Inquiry-Oriented Mathematics: Establishing Supports) Fellow, which is dedicated to the development of innovative inquiry-oriented curricula in linear algebra. Joyce Michaud, professor of art, published an article in the journal Pottery Making Illustrated entitled “Skilled Opening.” Heather Mitchell-Buck, assistant professor of English, participated in the yearlong Folger Shakespeare Library seminar, “Medieval Drama and Performance.” She was the only participant chosen who is not affiliated with a major research university. Carin Robinson, associate professor of political science, published an article titled “The Pocket Book or the Pew?: Religion, Politics, and the Middle Class” in The American Middle Class: An Economic Encyclopedia of Progress and Poverty. Jenni Ross, professor of art and archaeology, co-authored the book “Ancient Complex Societies.” Terry Scott, assistant professor of history, began the Community Ambassadors Mentorship Program. Hood College studentathletes, through a structured class experience, connect with and mentor local atrisk middle school and high school students. Professor Scott is also leading Hood students in a Civil Rights Pilgrimage, sponsored by Project Pilgrimage, a Seattle-based nonprofit organization that takes interracial and intergenerational groups on a journey through three to four southern states to explore the history of the Civil Rights movement.

Oney Smith, professor of biology, presented “Symptom Development in Soybeans Infected with Soybean Dwarf luteovirus is Tied to Differential Activation of the Salicyclic or Jasmonic Defense Signaling Pathways” at the XXVII International Congress of Molecular Plant-Microbe Interactions in Portland, Oregon (July 2016). Lynda Sowbel, professor of social work and director of the social work program, presented the results of a 2015 study on field educator resources, program roles and tasks around the U.S. to the Council on Social Work Education at their annual meeting in Atlanta (November 2016). Tricia Strickland, assistant professor of education, published an article titled “Using the CRA-I Strategy to develop conceptual and procedural knowledge of quadratic expressions” in Teaching Exceptional Children (2016). Chris Stromberg, associate professor of chemistry, and Kevin Bennett, professor of chemistry, presented several posters, including: “Sharing portable instrumentation to expand instrumentation access and build stronger ties between two-year and four-year institutions,” American Chemical Society 253rd National Meeting, San Francisco (April 2017). Jill Tysse, visiting assistant professor of mathematics, published an article titled “Irish Dancing Groups” in the Bulletin of the Irish Mathematical Society (summer 2016). Hoda Zaki, Virginia E. Lewis Professor of Political Science, delivered the plenary address “Circulating Utopian Horizons: Nonviolence, Voting Rights and Elections” at the University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp in Antwerp, Belgium.

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with Scott Pincikowski,


Time at Hood Going on 17 years, although it seems just like yesterday since I started at Hood.

Your research is focused on a really interesting topic—pain, suffering and violence in medieval Germany. What drew you to this area? My research was focused on pain, suffering and violence in medieval Germany. While I am still interested in these topics—for instance, I am co-editing a volume of essays on Endtimes and the Apocalypse in Medieval German Literary Culture—I have been working extensively on the relationship between architecture and memory, specifically the castle and memory. I am interested in how constructing space shapes cultural identity and contributes to the collective memory of a culture. Each society has important spaces in which stories are shared and memories are created. This is ultimately an ideological process, as whoever controls these spaces controls the narrative, whether or not that narrative is entirely true, which means that these spaces are often fraught



with tension. One only has to think about the hotly-debated Confederate Civil War memorials in the United States, which were erected to celebrate confederate war heroes and to propagate the idea that the Confederate cause was a just one, while erasing the memory of slavery and all the suffering that went along with it.

You were recently named as the director of study abroad. What are your goals in this position? The most important goal I have is to increase the number and types of students participating in study abroad. This means, in part, increasing the visibility of study abroad at Hood College. I want every student to know what programs the College has and what they need to do to go abroad. This also means getting students in other majors that traditionally have not studied in a foreign country to see the importance of doing so. I also want to see a greater diversity of students going abroad. In order to do this, it is paramount to me to help students in overcoming the financial hurdles they are confronted with when going abroad. I would like to find funds and donors—and here alumni can play a significant role—that would guarantee that any Hood student who

wants to study abroad would receive at least some funding from the College. Similarly, I want to increase the number and types of study abroad opportunities for our students. Whether it be direct exchanges (both student and faculty) with partner colleges and universities abroad or more faculty-led experiential learning trips abroad (for example, we currently have trips led by Dr. Shannon Kundey to the Galapagos and Dr. Tammy Krygier to Scotland and England), every Hood student should have an opportunity to go abroad. Because these types of programs take a lot of time and effort on the behalf of faculty, I am planning on developing a faculty-led study abroad grant to help interested faculty develop these high-impact activities for our students.

What can students gain from having a study abroad experience during their college careers? This is a difficult question to answer because there are so many things that students gain from studying abroad. If I had to choose three, not in order of importance, I would say that 1) students learn to be self-reliant adults who can manage just about any challenge they face. Studying abroad exposes students to so many new situations, often in a foreign language, that they quickly realize, “hey, I can do this!” This positive attitude transfers into future goals and endeavors, a source of confidence that study abroad students tap into throughout their entire lives. 2) Students become culturally sensitive and proficient, learning about the culture they are immersing themselves in and about their own, which leads to students who think both globally and critically about themselves and their own country. 3) Study abroad enriches the lives of our students in so many different ways. They make life-long personal relationships. They gain invaluable professional experience that often opens doors to new opportunities and solidifies their career paths. They learn to appreciate different types of art and music. For these reasons, students who have studied abroad travel abroad again and again the rest of their lives.

What is your “wish” trip to put together for students? I have been taking students to Berlin for years now and have so many great memories from those experiences, but if I could put a “wish” trip together it would be similar to a trip that I organized for my Austrian students when I was a Fulbright Fellow in Austria in 2014. This experiential learning trip would enable me to share my passion for my research and Austrian culture and language with Hood students. I would immerse students in my field of research, introducing them to experts and colleagues in my field. We would explore together different medieval memory spaces in Austria and Northern Italy such as a Wunderkammer in Innsbruck, a ninthcentury church with frescos of the Apocalypse in Hall in Tirol, and many wonderful medieval castles in and near Brixen and Bozen, Italy. We would also take advantage of the stunning landscape of Austrian Alps and the Italian Dolomite Mountains, which surround these cultural sites, and take a hike or two, followed by wonderful Austrian food.

Is there anything else you want us to know? There may be students who think that study or travel abroad is not something they can attain. I want them to know that there is always a way. It may not be what the student initially planned and it may require a lot of hard work, but he or she will eventually get abroad. The pay-off can be well worth the effort. A personal anecdote helps to illustrate this. I knew from a pretty young age that I wanted to study abroad and applied to a couple of programs in high school for year-long exchanges to Germany. Each time, I was turned down by the programs. I was discouraged but did not give up, and after I graduated from high school I was able to go to Germany for a month through a teacher-led program. This month-long program showed me my future path to where I am today. I knew I wanted to teach, travel abroad and help students go abroad. I am now doing all three.

Students Studying Abroad Australia


South Korea

Nailah Russell Sydney, Fall 2017

Anastasia Guerrero Florence, Fall 2017

Yulian Negesse Seoul, Spring 2018

Spain Alexandra Skouras Barcelona, Spring 2018

France Lucky Hernandez Paris, Fall 2017

Semester at Sea (13 cities) Narin Zekovski Fall 2017

Mylen Perez Pena Seville, Spring 2018

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Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. Awards Grants to Hood Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. has awarded Hood College grants for a Summer Reading Clinic and the second phase in constructing the Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. Multimedia Center. “Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. and Hood College share a long-term relationship in our commitment to excellence in support of higher education,” said Marlene B. Grossnickle Young, president of Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. and 1976 alumna and 2014 honorary alumna of Hood. “We’ve been proud to fund the Summer Reading Clinic for years and have seen firsthand the remarkable progress students make in improving their reading, writing and comprehension skills. “Likewise, with our background in the communications industry, we are particularly excited to support the Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. Multimedia Center. We acknowledge and appreciate the critical role of technology in the classroom and in our world.” The Summer Reading Clinic has been an integral part of Hood’s Master of Science in Reading Specialization for more than 30 years. A six-week experience on Hood’s campus, it is an internship site for students to serve as clinicians for children in elementary and secondary schools. Delaplaine Foundation, Inc.’s grant of $14,954 allows the program to offer scholarships while partnering with three important Frederick institutions—the Boys and Girls Club of Frederick County and the English Language Learners programs at Waverley Elementary School and Monocacy Elementary School. Approximately 10 clinicians are expected to participate during the summer 2018. The clinic will host 20 to 25 students at the elementary level with an additional 18 to 20 in the middle and high school sections. The Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. Multimedia Center, located on the third floor of Rosenstock Hall, was dedicated Oct. 19 with a ribboncutting ceremony to honor the donors of the new television studio. This studio is the first of the three-phase creation of the Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. Multimedia Center. The TV studio allows students to learn the techniques involved in shooting, editing and producing newscasts and other types of visual content. The studio is 30


Television Studio Ribbon Cutting—From left: Judy E. Messina ’66, chair of the Hood College Board of Trustees; Marlene Grossnickle Young ’76, H’14, Hood Trustee and president of Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., which generously supported this project; Donna Bertazzoni, professor of journalism at Hood and leader of the project; Tim Sylvia ’19, a junior communication arts major; George Delaplaine, H’08, chair of Delaplaine Foundation, Inc.; and President Andrea E. Chapdelaine.

equipped with an anchor desk and green screen. Equipment includes three television cameras with attached teleprompters and a control room that features state-of-the art production tools. A $35,000 grant from Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. will fund a new Mac lab to consolidate instruction in a state-of-the-art classroom next to the television studio. As the second phase of the Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. Multimedia Center, the new Mac lab will enable students to produce and edit video content in one location adjacent to the studio. “We are excited about the way this studio enhances the education of our students and adds a new technological dimension to our programs,” said Donna Bertazzoni, director of Hood’s communication arts program and co-director of the integrated marketing communication major. “Our students will now receive hands-on instruction in the operation of a broadcast studio, and they can become comfortable with reading from a teleprompter and delivering information in a new medium. Students are looking forward to the various ways we will be able to incorporate the studio into our curriculum. Like the moot

courtroom and the Virginia Munson Hammell ’67 Trading Room, this will become a signature feature of the College.” The content for newscasts will be provided by students in reporting classes. Stories will include interviews with newsmakers and on-campus speakers, coverage of Hood’s NCAA Division III athletic teams, and highlights from other campus news, activities and social events. Students will be able to incorporate visual marketing and promotional materials into their portfolios as they apply for internships and for employment after graduation. “We deeply appreciate the support and contributions from Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. in growing our academic programs,” said Hood President Andrea E. Chapdelaine. “The foundation’s generosity is truly inspiring.”

Department of Justice Awards Hood $300,000 to Combat Sexual and Domestic Violence The U.S. Department of Justice Office on Violence Against Women’s Campus Program awarded nearly $300,000 to Hood to improve prevention and response to sexual and domestic violence on campus. The funds will enable Hood to establish the Campus Awareness, Response and Education (CARE) Project to significantly improve the campus-wide coordination, training and scope of prevention and responses to sexual and domestic violence and stalking to ensure safety and well-being for all students and campus community members. As a result of the grant, Hood has formed a coordinated community response (CCR) team including directors of many student-centered offices on campus and representatives from the Heartly House, the Frederick Police Department,


the Frederick Center, Frederick Memorial Hospital and other community organizations associated with these key partners. The CARE Project will serve all campus members, and will include targeted efforts to reach LGBTQ students. The project will provide assistance, resources and information to sexual and domestic violence victims about their options on and off campus to bring disciplinary or legal action. A CARE Project director will coordinate training of all relevant campus personnel and local law enforcement representatives. The director will also deliver prevention education on consent, bystander skills, and sexual and domestic violence resources and reporting options for the Hood Community.

Boyd Foundation Establishes Grants for Students Hood College is proud to announce a recent scholarship established by the Boyd Foundation, Inc. In honor of Hood Trustee Susan L. Whaley ’74, an award of $5,000 will be granted to two full-time undergraduate students enrolled, or planning to enroll at Hood. Successful recipients will be graduates from a high school in Susquehanna Township, Lower Paxton Township, Swatara Township or the City of Harrisburg, Dauphin County, all in Pennsylvania. For additional information, please contact the Office of Admission at 301-696-3400.

Elizabeth Frankenfield ’46 Dr. Bruce Frankenfield left a bequest in memory of his sister, Elizabeth M. Frankenfield ’46. Elizabeth graduated from Hood in 1946 with a degree in home economics. She taught home economics in the Allentown School District for more than 25 years. She was a member of the National Education Association, the Allentown Women’s Teacher’s Club, the American Association of Retired Persons, the Allentown Art Museum, the Presbyterian Church of Catasauqua, the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the Lehigh Valley Home Economics Association. Bruce Frankenfield was a well-respected doctor in his local community and had served in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam War.

The Boyd Foundation, Inc. is named for the late Alexander and Jane Starke Boyd, philanthropists and prominent business leaders from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, who supported many organizations, including those in the arts, conservation, community development, education, health care and religious institutions. Paul Mahoney is the chair of the Board of Trustees and his daughter, Susan Mahoney Hatfield, also serves a trustee of the Boyd Foundation.

Hood Receives Funding for Cybersecurity Lecture Series Janet Hobbs Cotton ’59 and her husband, John Cotton, have given the new cybersecurity master’s program a generous gift by establishing the John C. and Janet Hobbs Cotton ’59 Cybersecurity Lecture Series, which will bring nationally and internationally recognized leaders in cybersecurity to campus to speak. “My husband and I believe that funding a cybersecurity lecture series will be a unique way to promote Hood as it moves forward with the master’s program in this field,” said Janet. “It will give students a more in-depth understanding of the climate surrounding cybersecurity problems in the world. Members of the Washington, Baltimore and Frederick communities will be encouraged to participate and become more aware of the issues our society faces today.” George Dimitoglou, D.Sc., program director of cybersecurity, added that “the lecture series will enrich the intellectual life of our campus and the local community. But more importantly, it supports our effort, commitment and ambition to make Hood College a nationally recognized institution of high quality cybersecurity education and research.” The first lecture, slated for April 5 at 7 p.m. in Hodson Auditorium in Rosenstock Hall, will mark the official launch of the cybersecurity program. The speaker, General Keith Alexander, is a four-star general of the U.S. Army with an impressive career, culminating as the longest serving director of the NSA, chief of the Central Security Service, and founder of IronNet Cybersecurity. He was appointed by Congress to be the first commander to lead the U.S. Cyber Command to establish and define how our nation is protected against cyber attacks.

Vivian Velehradsky Reardon ’51

Chug Scholarship Enhanced Robert M. Reardon Jr. has given a generous gift in honor of his mother, Vivian Velehradsky Reardon ’51. The Chug Scholarship was established in 2006 by Vivian Velehradsky Reardon and Robert M. Reardon, M.D., in recognition of Vivian’s time at Hood and using her nickname. Reardon’s gift will grow the funds in the endowment, thus increasing the scholarship. The Chug Scholarship has supported more than 25 students who demonstrate a financial need.

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Class of 1968 Gives Diversity Scholarship As they gear up to celebrate their 50th Reunion in June, the Class of 1968 has set forth to create an endowed scholarship in memory of Linda Wyatt Chissell ’68, their classmate who blazed the trail to become the first African American student enrolled at Hood in 1964. As students entered college that fall, the nation was on the brink of civil rights awareness and action. Linda graduated from Hood with a degree in art, worked as a social worker and then as the director of residential living at Goucher College. Shortly after graduating, she was married to Dr. Herbert G. Chissell and sadly passed away in 1978.

Asher Scholarship Sheila Seigal Asher ’53 recently established an endowed scholarship for deserving students studying early childhood education. A teacher by profession, Asher appreciates the foundation her Hood education provided. She taught preschool, 2nd and 5th grades in several states and later founded an interior design business.

In her memory, her classmates are thrilled to establish the Class of 1968 Diversity Scholarship to be awarded to a first-year student of African American of Hispanic ethnicity. As they get closer to an endowment level of $50,000, contributions are being requested from all who knew her, including those in the classes of 1967 and 1969, and can be sent to the Office of Institutional Advancement, or made online at www.hood.edu/gifts, with the designation of “1968 Diversity Scholarship.” Now is the time to remember Linda’s legacy and honor Hood’s tradition of inclusion and diversity.

From Watertown, Massachusetts, Asher met a Hood admission counselor in her high school. She enrolled at Hood intending to be a social worker. Needing an elective, she took an education course. “We had to write a paper and when mine was returned, the professor added a note saying ‘I don’t know what your major is, but I think you should be in education.’ I followed her advice. She changed the course of my college years and set me on a path that I loved!” Sheila and her husband, Dick, live in Boca Raton, Florida.

USDA Grants $100,000 for Biofuels Project

Shimano Scholarship

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded Hood College Professor of Biology Craig Laufer $100,000 over a two-year period to fund research and development of cost-effective biofuels.

Trustee Martha Hearn Shimano ’86 and husband, Kozo, established an endowed scholarship to support international students enrolling at Hood. Some international students attending high schools in the U.S. are not eligible for federal and state financial aid. This award will provide resources to assist with costs. Recipients may be first-generation students. The scholarship will be used to promote and encourage enrollment at Hood College.

The grant is through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative of the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture. The research will focus on recycling the enzymes for the digestion of sugar beet pulp into simple sugars, which then can be used in fermentation or chemical conversions to produce valuable products such as biofuel, a renewable transportation fuel. The manufacturing of biofuels will lower the dependence on oil and lower the carbon footprint of the transportation industry. In partnership with Atlantic Biomass, the goal of the research is to develop cost-effective biofuels that are competitive with petroleum-based transportation fuels. The project will provide hands-on experiential training for masters-level students and four undergraduate students who will be helping with the research project. This project is timely with the hiring of a new Endowed Chair in Biofuels to start in fall 2018, funded through the Maryland Department of Commerce E-Nnovation Initiative Program and the Hodson Trust. Many Hood College students, both undergraduate and graduate, have participated in the long-standing collaboration between Laufer and Atlantic Biomass to develop more efficient ways to produce simple sugars from lignocellulosic biomass such as sugarbeet pulp. They created enzymes and a unique process to break down the entire biomass of the beets, including biomass ignored during conventional sugar production, without costly pre-treatments. This grant allows more research and development into that work. 32


George B. Delaplaine Jr., H’08 has provided a major gift to establish The George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business. The funds from his gift will support faculty recruitment and development, academic programming, faculty and student research, and general administrative needs. Delaplaine encourages students to develop fundamental business skills for life. More information on this will be included in the fall issue of Hood Magazine.

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“My favorite moment of the ‘Messiah’ is this: in the final measures of the final movement, the ‘Amens’ are building and resonating in the chapel with all of the voices and instruments. Every year I look around the chapel into the audience, choir and orchestra during this time. I think to myself, ‘soak it in, cherish this amazing moment,’ and I get teary-eyed every time. What an amazing community-centered event and it all builds to the end. I wish everyone could be there to experience it.” —Sarah Tapscott ’15

“In November, students from Hood Enactus joined with their business advisory board to share updates on their social entrepreneurship projects and, more importantly, to create 150 care packages for the Frederick Rescue Mission. It is the exam-laden end of the semester and these students have every opportunity to be insular and self-focused, but instead they elect to step out of the classroom to impact the lives of others. It is at the same time humbling and motivating to see the next generation in action. If this is any reflection of the future of our community, we are in good hands.” —Professor David Gurzick, Ph.D.

“Hood has been in my blood since before I was born! My grandmother, Emma Cornpropst O’Neill ’22, entered Hood in 1918. My mother, Nancy O’Neill Carignan ’48, arrived in 1944 and, a few decades later, I entered as a transfer in the fall of 1977. The bench I’m sitting on, dedicated to my grandmother, sits in front of my building, the Joseph Henry Apple Resource Center. My favorite thing about Hood has always been the people. From the time I arrived as a student and throughout my time as an employee, it’s been the faculty and staff that make Hood a great place. We have a beautiful campus, but it pales in comparison to the individuals that are Hood.” —Nanette Markey ’79




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Tom Dickman Retires Tom Dickman, who arrived as Hood College’s first men’s basketball coach in 2003 and was promoted to director of athletics in 2013, announced that he will retire in June 2018. “Tom Dickman has been synonymous with Blazer athletics and instrumental to the growth of the program under his leadership,” said President Andrea E. Chapdelaine. “He has made a tremendous and positive impact on Hood’s student-athletes during his tenure.” From 2005 to 2013, Dickman was associate director of athletics as well as head coach of golf and men’s basketball. He continued coaching basketball until the end of the 2014-15 season. After that, he stepped away from coaching to focus on his role as athletic director. Under his leadership in that position, the varsity offerings of the department grew to 22 sports with the addition of baseball and women’s golf. Dickman also initiated partnerships with local organizations, including Frederick County Public Schools, the Rotary Club of Frederick and FC Frederick Soccer, which increased the exposure of Hood’s campus and athletic facilities to the community. Hood’s student-athletes—whose numbers grew to approximately 300—earned a bevy of honors, including All-America, Academic All-America, MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year and MAC Commonwealth Rookie of the Year. The Blazers averaged an impressive 110 MAC Honor Roll honors during his tenure as director of athletics. Dickman guided the Hood men’s basketball team to 175 wins in 12 seasons, with 10 seasons resulting in records of .500 or better. In 2006-07, he led the team to the Capital Athletic Conference Championship and Hood’s first-ever bid to the NCAA Tournament with a 21-8 record. That same year, Dickman was honored as the CAC Coach of the Year, D3Hoops.com’s Mid-Atlantic Coach of the Year and the Bob Flynn Memorial Pride of Maryland Coach of the Year. “Spending my entire professional career in coaching and athletic administration has created very special memories and relationships,” said Dickman. “I am very proud of the athletic staff and coaches that we have at Hood. I am looking forward to spending more quality time with my wife, our children and our grandchildren. I am also looking forward to renewing relationships with former players, coaches and friends.” Dickman is a graduate of Central Catholic High School in Wheeling, West Virginia. He earned a master’s degree in education from Western Maryland College (now McDaniel College) and a bachelor’s degree in secondary education from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, West Virginia. Dickman played basketball at Shepherd from 1968 to 1972, and he was honored as a Shepherd Outstanding Alumnus in 1987. After graduating, he spent one season as an assistant coach for Shepherd. He was named as the boys’ basketball coach at Gov. Thomas Johnson High School in 1973.

Tom Dickman and his wife, Kay

In his 29 years at Thomas Johnson, Dickman led the Patriots to remarkable success, winning seven state championships and 18 league championships and also taking four teams to the state runner-up spot and three more to the state semifinals. He collected a total of 592 victories—once the Maryland state record for most wins by a public school coach. A total of 30 of his former players are currently high school or college coaches. Dickman, who was also Thomas Johnson’s athletic director, served as the president of the Maryland State Basketball Coaches Association. Dickman’s accomplishments include coaching more teams to state championships (seven) than any other coach in Maryland history; coaching the U.S. All-Star team in the McDonald’s Capital Classic in 1999; being inducted into the Frederick County Hall of Fame; and being named to the Maryland governor’s advisory committee on physical fitness in 1999. He and his wife, Kay, have three children: Chad, Adam and Erin. Chad and Adam played for their father at Gov. Thomas Johnson. Chad currently serves as Hood’s head men’s basketball and golf coach. Adam assisted with Hood’s coaching staff from 2007 to 2009 in addition to working in the admission office at Hood. A national search for Dickman’s successor is underway.



Elien Comhaire ’19 Women’s soccer player Elien Comhaire managed to balance a challenging academic load with soccer and training for a half marathon last spring. She is a biology major with minors in mathematics and chemistry at Hood. Comhaire credits her busy schedule with helping to manage the course load. “Playing sports in college is tough in general, but soccer keeps me on top of everything academically,” she said. “I know my soccer schedule for the season, so I work around it and try to fit homework in wherever I can.” She is a three-year starter for the Blazers, playing several different positions during her career. She also ran the Frederick Half Marathon, and she was able to successfully balance the non-traditional soccer season with her training. “My half marathon training did impact my off-season training because I was not able to play soccer as much since I spent most of the time running,” said Comhaire. “However, I was able to participate in all the practices during the spring season by changing around my half marathon training schedule. Both the half marathon and soccer are important to me, and I did not want to miss out on either one.” Comhaire finished 18th among women in the race, including an impressive seventh among women ages 20-24 with her time of one hour, 33 minutes and 42 seconds. An exemplary student, Comhaire was named College Sports Information Directors of America Academic All-District 2 in the fall 2017 after leading the team in assists. She is a member of Mortar Board, the Ionic Society, the PreHealth Professions Club, the Association for Women in Mathematics, the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society, the Beta Beta Beta biology honor society, and Students Providing Understanding and Resources (SPURs). Comhaire received the Beta Beta Beta Biology Award as a freshman and won the Sidney Silverman Prize in biology and the George G. Kleinspehn Honor Scholarship in organic chemistry as a sophomore. A Dean’s List and President’s List student, she plans to become a doctor, specifically a pediatric oncologist. “Growing up, I was surrounded by family members and friends who had gotten cancer, as I’m sure many people have nowadays,” she noted. “This had always been in the back of my mind while I was going through school and deciding what I wanted to do in the future. When I got to high school, I took a biology class and loved it. The more I thought about it, the more I realized that I wanted to help people by becoming a doctor.” Comhaire’s family lived in Belgium until she was in third grade, when her father’s career brought them to the U.S. Where many children that age may have seen an obstacle moving to a new country, she saw an opportunity. “I don’t think that being a child of immigrants has set me back at all,” she said. “I believe this has been the best opportunity I could have been given growing up because I have been able to experience so many things that some people can only dream about. I am so grateful for this opportunity, and it has really opened my eyes to all the different cultures and perspectives in the world.”

Andy Baker ’18 When he first arrived at Hood College, Andy Baker took a semester away from competitive golf. But since joining the team in the spring of his freshman year, the Poolesville, Maryland, native has rewritten the school record books. “My first semester at Hood, I was just adjusting to college life,” he said. “I knew I was interested in playing and was in contact with Coach (Chad) Dickman, but I wanted to focus on academics and get used to the new schedule and workload that came along with being a college student.” Once he joined the team, there was at least one familiar face as his older brother, Kevin, was a senior on the team. Hood’s location and the fact that both Kevin and their sister, Jaime, attended the college factored heavily into Andy’s college decision. During that half season as a freshman, he averaged an 82.6 over five rounds, just six-tenths of a stroke more than Kevin. “There is definitely a bit of sibling rivalry between my brother and me on the golf course, but it’s all lighthearted and we’re each other’s biggest fans,” Baker said. “It’s awesome to have a brother of such equal ability that I can play with and learn from.” As a sophomore, Baker averaged an 81, while playing all 10 rounds. At the time, the scoring average was the third-best season in school history. He continued to work at his game, setting himself up for a big junior year. “My game is much more complete than it was my freshman year,” he said. “One of the main things I have done is put more of a focus on my short game. It’s fun to go to the range and swing away with the drive, but I felt like I was losing a lot of strokes from 50 yards and in.” The hard work paid off as Baker twice shot rounds of 71 during his junior year to take three strokes off of Hood’s school record. He set the record the first time at the Elizabethtown Invitational early in the fall portion of the season. “I was most proud of how I finished my round, going one under on my last four holes when I was definitely feeling some nerves,” Baker said. “But the best part was being able to share the moment with my teammates. They have all become my best friends at Hood and seeing how happy they were for me meant a lot. They have brought the best out of me as a player and have made the past few years unforgettable.” Baker went on to set the single season scoring record, averaging a 77, nearly four strokes better than any Blazer before him. At the Middle Atlantic Conference Commonwealth Championships, he shot a 36-hole 154 (78-76) to tie for sixth and become only the second golfer in school history to earn all-conference honors. The added work on his game did not take away from his academics, where the economics major made the Dean’s List both semesters and was inducted into the Pi Mu Epsilon mathematics honor society. S P R I N G 2 018


The BOLD* Society recognizes those who have graduated in the past 10 years and donate $120 or more annually or $10 per month to the Hood Fund. Your gift helps fund student scholarships, faculty research, internships and campus activities. Members are celebrated for their commitment to Hood and are invited to an exclusive, annual reception in their honor.

The benefits you will enjoy as a BOLD Society member include: • Acknowledgement on the BOLD Society website at www.hood.edu/boldsociety; • Inclusion in the Honor Roll; • Invitation to exclusive events; • Complimentary Homecoming lunch; and • Twenty percent discount on a Blazer Brick installed in the Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey ’52 Plaza or an Adirondack chair. For more information about the BOLD Society, contact Brooke Winn, interim director of annual, giving at winn@hood.edu or 301-696-3717. *Blazers of the Last Decade

Help support Hood College athletics! Your membership in Hood’s athletics booster club will provide additional financial resources to support 22 intercollegiate teams and two club sports, and it will benefit the women and men who compete in Hood athletics.



For additional information or to join the Blue & Grey club, contact the alumni office at alumoffice@hood.edu or 301-696-3700 or visit www.hoodathletics.com/bluegreyclub.

BLAZERNEWS Crystal Griner Honored with NCAA Award of Valor By Crystal Griner as told to Brian Burnsed/NCAA Crystal Griner, a former Hood College basketball player who graduated in 2006, was one of two U.S. Capitol Police officers on site when a gunman opened fire at a June 14 Republican congressional baseball team practice in Alexandria, Virginia. Griner was shot in the ankle while protecting the lawmakers in attendance and was later hailed as a hero for helping prevent any fatalities, save for the attacker. She received the 2018 NCAA Award of Valor for her actions. Here, she reflects on the path that led her to that fateful day: When I was 13, my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer and given only a few months to live. She fought hard and survived for three years. Those three years were some of the hardest for my family. During that time, I played AAU basketball, and our practices were at Hood College. I became familiar with the campus and the coaches, who were very supportive and understanding of my situation. After my mom passed, the decision to choose a college was pretty simple: Hood was a smaller institution that made me feel like I was part of a close family community rather than a number. The two years I played were definitely worth the time and commitment. Playing basketball helped me balance and focus my energy into something I could feel proud of. I started off pursuing a medical career and tried to stay on the science path as a health inspector. However, I needed more action and couldn’t stay motivated in that field—I’d always played sports. Joining the police academy in July 2008 gave me just that. The academy challenged me and pushed my

limits. One of my co-workers kept encouraging me to join a specialty division—Dignitary Protection. At first, I wasn’t sure if it was a good fit, but she compared it to playing basketball and being part of a team. Working with my team, traveling state to state and accomplishing successful missions have kept me motivated. My team, for the past five years, has been my second family. Just like on the court, you rely on these men and women. You develop a trust and understanding with one another. A Crystal Griner ’06 and simple stare or gesture between us Athletic Director Tom Dickman is all it takes to jump into action and apply our training to a particular situation. Serving as an agent, or in any law enforcement position, sharpens your ability to see the floor like in basketball. You learn to anticipate the next move as the situation is unfolding right in front of you, and you’re trained to counter with a strong defense. This was a skill that has helped me the most. Observing and knowing your players, practicing your game plan and visualizing the possible scenarios are the key factors to prepare for the daily challenges you may encounter.

Baseball Team Names Michael Impellittiere as New Head Coach Michael Impellittiere has been named the head coach of Hood College’s baseball program. He was selected after a national search, and this appointment promotes him from his two seasons as an assistant coach for the Blazers. “I am very pleased to announce Mike Impellittiere as the new head baseball coach at Hood College,” said Tom Dickman, director of athletics. “Mike was selected from an outstanding pool of candidates. His Division III experience as both a player at Misericordia University and a coach at SUNY New Paltz Michael Impellittiere and Hood will help ensure a smooth transition for the upcoming season and beyond. Mike’s knowledge, enthusiasm and coaching skills will be invaluable as the Blazers continue their advancement up the MAC Commonwealth standings.” This past season, Impellittiere helped lead Hood to a 20-win season in just the third year of existence for the program. During his two years on staff,

he has worked with outfielders, catchers and pitchers, while serving as the team’s strength coordinator. “I am honored to be named as the new head baseball coach,” Impellittiere said. “I am thankful for all the support that Hood College’s administration and athletic department have given me. I would like to give special thanks to Director of Athletics Tom Dickman for putting his trust in me to lead this program for years to come. I will continue the tradition Cory Beddick has set for us in creating a bright future for our program.” Impellittiere played four decorated seasons as an undergraduate studentathlete at Misericordia University in Dallas, Pennsylvania, and finished his career as a .298 hitter. He played an important role in Misericordia’s three straight Freedom Conference championships from 2011-13, including a program-record 39-11 finish in 2013. During the course of Impellittiere’s career, Misericordia achieved an overall record of 126-55, and the Cougars twice found themselves two wins away from going to the NCAA Division III College World Series (2011 and 2013). Impellittiere earned his Bachelor of Science in Sport Management from Misericordia in 2013 and is working toward his MBA at Hood College. S P R I N G 2 018



Martha E. Church Center for Civic Engagement

The Martha E. Church Center for Civic Engagement was established in the fall as part of Hood’s 125th anniversary celebration. Located just minutes from campus in the ROOT building at 118 N. Market St., the center serves as the face of the College in Downtown Frederick. Facilitating connections with government, businesses, nonprofits and other community organizations, the Martha Church Center supports communitybased learning to serve the public good of the Frederick community and provide enriching educational opportunities for Hood students. The center will provide opportunities for Hood students, alumni, faculty and affiliates to participate in internships, volunteer opportunities and civic outreach. The center is part of ROOT Frederick, a group of innovative leadership organizations dedicated to meeting the current and future needs of businesses and residents of the area. These partner organizations include the Frederick County Office of Economic Development, Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. (FITCI), the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce and other education and economic development partners. “Through the work of this center, we will better meet the educational and workforce needs of our community, expand internship and research opportunities for our students, and increase our civic and service

participation,” said President Andrea E. Chapdelaine. “All institutions of higher education must be a force of hope, opportunity, obligation and democracy. Hood has been this for 125 years, and we are excited to do even more in the next 125 years.” To date, the center has hosted Hood faculty, student organizations including Rotaract, community groups such as Community Living and the Frederick Children’s Chorus, educational entities including the Campus Compact MidAtlantic, and the Frederick County Commission for Women’s SheLEADS program. The Martha Church Center was made possible by an endowed fund that was established by the Board of Directors of Farmers and Mechanics Bank in Martha Church’s honor upon her retirement. Church was Hood’s first woman president and seventh overall president, serving from 1975 to 1995. She was recognized as one of the 100 most effective college and university presidents in the nation. She had been a college professor and dean, as well as an administrator of a higher education accrediting association, before coming to Hood.

BLAZER BRICKS AND ADIRONDACK CHAIRS Etch your name into Hood history. More than 100 years ago, the founders of Hood College laid the foundation for this great institution—brick by brick. Now you can continue this legacy by purchasing your own brick paver in the Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey ’52 Plaza near Alumnae Hall starting at $350, or purchase a signature blue or grey Adirondack chair on the residential quad honoring your Hood student or graduate for only $500. Each chair 40


will have a plate engraved, permanently affixed to the back. To guarantee your brick is installed before Commencement and Reunion Weekend 2018, please make your purchase by Tuesday, March 20. Please contact Brooke Winn, interim director of annual giving, at 301-696-3717, winn@hood.edu or visit www.hood.edu/bricks for more information.


By Mary Atwell

The Sciences at Hood 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? When the College was founded in 1893, social reforms were in full swing. Progressive reformers worked to cure the ills created by rapid industrialization and expansion in the U.S. after it gained its independence from Britain. Living and working conditions of the poor were being exposed rather than ignored, and there grew a new emphasis on the unique needs of children, who were no longer viewed as miniature adults.

Women played an integral part in these social changes, and education in the sciences was emphasized for women because their societal roles gave them great influence over health and hygiene practices. The Woman’s College of Frederick offered botany, chemistry, astronomy and physics, and by the time the College changed its name, multiple courses in biology were also offered. Even one of our earliest “view books,” circa 1900, noted the importance of choosing a college with scientific laboratories with the equipment for doing “thorough work along modern lines.” Home economics as a discipline evolved alongside social reforms of the Progressive Era and, by the late 1930s, Hood offered a Bachelor of Science in Home Economics. Students were able to concentrate in a sciences track to earn this degree, choosing amongst zoology, botany, bacteriology, psychology, chemistry and physics. Home economics was a major course of study at Hood for decades. circa 1895

HOOD | ARCHIVES The College Archives are the repository for administrative records and official publications that document the functions and history of Hood College. We hold rich collections of Hood photographs, glass slides, films, scrapbooks, memorabilia and Hood publications, as well as subject vertical files and media clippings.



Meet the Hood College Alumni Executive Board The Hood College Alumni Association, headed by the Alumni Executive Board, is made up of the more than 20,000 College alumni, residing across the nation and in more than 50 foreign countries. Together, it’s the Alumni Association’s duty to promote the well-being of the College, the students and its alumni and to serve as an advisory board to further the cause of higher education with regards to Hood’s mission. Here are the faces of the 2018 Alumni Executive Board committee chairs. Learn more about their time at Hood and what they’re up to now on our blog.


RaeAnn Butler ’89, President WORK President/Administrator of Edenton Retirement Community HOME Frederick, Maryland DID YOU KNOW RaeAnn has made giving back a lifelong second career, volunteering countless hours to the Frederick County community. Her contributions were recognized with the Frederick County Community Foundation Wertheimer Fellow award for volunteerism. RAEANN SAYS “Hood was the right college for me and provided me with the opportunities that launched my career. I want to make sure I’m part of preserving the best of Hood for future generations.”

Elizabeth Thompson ’08, Admission Support Chair and President-Elect WORK Institutional Advancement Events Coordinator at The Lab School of Washington HOME Washington, D.C. DID YOU KNOW Most of Elizabeth’s career has been in higher education administration, a passion she discovered at Hood as a student working in the admission, institutional advancement and residence life offices. She’s also an alumna and mentor of the Public Leadership Education Network’s Women in Public Policy seminar. ELIZABETH SAYS “It’s a great network of accomplished and resourceful women who want to make a difference in politics. I love being connected to people with different backgrounds and talents in an organization making a difference.”

“Send an email. Make a call. It’s easy. There are so many ways you can get involved, doing something you enjoy, and give back to Hood. If we know that someone is interested, we can help find the right opportunity for them at Hood, either locally or anywhere they might live.” —RaeAnn Butler ’89 President of the Alumni Executive Board raeann67@verizon.net 301-606-6898 42


Joy Miller Beveridge ’82, Civic Engagement Co-Chair WORK Director of General Operations for the Clinical Monitoring Research Program at Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. HOME Frederick, Maryland DID YOU KNOW Joy has been at Leidos Biomed for 16 years and is currently part of a small working group of Leidos Biomed and Hood leadership staff to advance more formal collaborations between the two institutions. (See story on page 10.) JOY SAYS “I think a liberal arts education is important for all careers. It leads to more critical thinking and problem-solving skills while broadening one’s experiences, which makes for a better citizen overall.”

Melinda Cohen Donegan ’93, Civic Engagement Co-Chair WORK Senior Account Manager at Manning Media HOME Frederick, Maryland DID YOU KNOW Melinda has been living downtown since her senior year at Hood. With plenty of shopping and restaurants, when she parks her car on Friday she typically doesn’t get back in until Monday. MELINDA SAYS “I like being an active member of the Frederick community—both through volunteer organizations and my work. I’m meeting with local businesses every day, and I talk about Hood a lot. It’s crazy how much everything is intertwined. Hood is a small world and Frederick is a small world. I like small worlds.”

Victoria Idoni ’06, Legacy Ring and Scholarship Chair WORK Multimedia Television Journalist at WTOL News HOME Toledo, Ohio DID YOU KNOW When Victoria lived in San Diego, which is a major U.S. Navy port, she often had people recognize her Hood ring because of the College’s historical connection to the Naval Academy. VICTORIA SAYS “It is truly amazing that I get to be what I wanted to be when I grew up, and that I worked so hard for it the whole way through school. Without the encouragement and support of my Hood professors, especially those in my communications arts major, I would not be where I am today.”

Leah Giambarresi MacDonald ’03, C’05, M.S.’10 Career Services Chair WORK IND Manager of the Clinical Monitoring Research Program's Regulatory Affairs Group at Leidos Biomedical Research, Inc. HOME Leesburg, Virginia DID YOU KNOW Leah was able to double major in two subjects she loves, biochemistry and history. She came back to Hood to pursue her master’s degree in biomedical science and a certificate in regulatory compliance. LEAH SAYS “My mother also completed a graduate certificate in thanatology. She did this after I graduated, though, so I like to call her my legacy even though she’s older!” S P R I N G 2 018



If your class isn’t represented by a class reporter, please send news directly to the Office of Alumni Relations: Hood College, Attention: Class News, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD 21701 or via email at alumoffice@hood.edu. If you are interested in being a reporter for your class, please contact the Office of Alumni Relations at 301-696-3900.

1941 At the age of 96, Millys Nixon Altman published a new book titled “Year of the Flu.” The book is a true story of a young doctor’s fight to save an entire village during the flu epidemic of 1918. The book is available in ebook and paperback.

1944 Jean Wheatley Hilchuk 407-767-6863, jhilchuk@aol.com

It was reported that we still have 25 classmates living. But, I am inclined not to believe that figure. I have tried to contact anyone who gave Hood their phone number. However, many of those phone numbers do not answer or are phones that have been canceled. Those that did not answer or were canceled are these: Gladys Reinert Aungst, Betty Daubenspeck Carl, Nancy Ogden Carson, Gert Flagg Dalzell, Ann Wikel Hausman, Barbara Gill Jesser, Annabelle Sunderland Kepler, Mary Lou Chorley Touart, and Betty Foehl Tomaselli. Those who I talked to are the following. Mal Barnett reported that she had nothing to report. Janet Coblentz Cover resides in a retirement center in Frederick. She has a few dental problems. She is enjoying the new adult coloring books. Peg Traver Emery was in the process of having a garage sale. Her son and daughter-in-law live with her. Mildred Geiple Hufnagel has her son living with her. But she too has nothing to report. Mary Alice Knobloch Smith lives in a retirement center. She enjoys bridge and the activities that the center provides. Phyllis Fine Soza reports that she is losing her eyesight. I, Jean Wheatley Hilchuk, also live in a retirement center and have been here for 12 years. I use the pool as often as possible. It is the only place I can walk by myself. A doctor ruined my legs, and I use a scooter in the hallways. I can take it on our buses and go shopping. In my apartment,

I use a walker and ride it backwards. We have a lot of activities here. It is something like being back in a college dorm. But I have a 2-bedroom apartment that looks over our swimming pool and wooded area. Helen Stottler Leaver lives alone. She is always busy helping other people. She is still in touch with all of her kids.

1948 Corky Edwards Shulman 808-254-2531, oahucork@aol.com

Due to family circumstances, Corky Edwards Shulman will report class news in the next issue. Jayne Gillis deConstant reports having lost power during a severe coastal storm on Oct. 29. Jayne writes: “It has been a miserable week. Dark, cold, running out of food. My carriage house apartment is attached to my son’s house, so I was able to warm up at the woodstove in their family room. Today, Nov. 2, we got some power. Phone will go on tomorrow. I have some food in my fridge and a new telephone pole outside. Greetings to the Hoodlums. Hope you all never have to spend a week like this! Otherwise, I’m hopping along in my walker, feeling 91 years on my shoulders, but as sassy as ever. Great memories of Hood friends will never leave me.”

1951 Eleanore Jackson Knott 843-681-8580, weknott2@gmail.com

Hopefully you all enjoyed the article in the summer/ fall Hood Magazine about Betsy McCain McAlpine, wedding picture and all. Chatting with her, I learned that she and Harry are still making frequent trips up to Hood. This week they were going to a lecture on the history of the WWII Victory Ship that was named after Hood College and christened by Mrs. Stahr. Marilyn “Tink” Smith Garrity had a full shoulder replacement in the spring but had recovered in time for a “fantastic family reunion at Lake Winnipesaukee, NH.” There were 18 of them—her 4 kids, their spouses, plus grandkids from MA, CT, NYC, Cleveland and Phoenix. Never-to-beduplicated memories were formed with relatives that hadn’t been seen for years. Tink was looking

forward to seeing Cathie Strachan Upp when she visits her Phoenix family. Donna Fogle Fisher wrote that her granddaughter #3 at 3 mos. old was the center of attraction at their family picnic this fall. She and her parents were all visiting in MD. Mary Lou Henry Deisroth, is realizing that she (make that we) can’t still do all that she wants to accomplish, so is slowing down but still enjoying bridge and reading with Book Club suggestions. One of their Fresh Air daughters lives in Puerto Rico and has been keeping her up-to-date with the hurricane results and slow progress being made. She and Tony have 6 great granddaughters with another on the way. Sounds like a great addition to Hood. Mary Lou Hoffman Huff reported that Nancy Gillece ’81 and Emily VanderWoude were in Rochester and all had lunch with Anne Kurka Woods ’60 and Sharyn M. Duffy ’68. They were all interested in hearing about all the changes and development at Hood. She is happy and healthy, still keeping up with her gym workouts, stock market watching and a few volunteer activities. Again I thank you all for sending news and wish that others would add to our column. I hate to admit it but find that I, Eleanore Jackson Knott, too must slow down. Our summer plans were aborted due to medical problems, but we did fly to Boston in Aug. for 2 weeks, which ended up being 3 when our flight home was canceled because of hurricane Irma. Finally things are returning to normal and we’re all looking forward to quietly celebrating the holidays.

1952 Mary-Louise Springhorn Leidheiser 828-699-1999, mlouleid6@gmail.com

*Doris “Dee” Dreller Sosin: “Hope friends will come to visit me in my new digs in the active retirement home. Carol Cohen Friedman has two friends here who call me a ‘Hoodlum.’ I certainly had no idea that Hood would live on and on in our lives.”…“I am living in an active retirement home with stimulating classes and friendly bright people. Hope to go to Thailand with my nephew, Alex, this Dec. He owns a home there and is an Asian Scholar.” Ellin Bachrach Gordon and her husband are in good health and enjoying life. Natalie Colbert Bowers mentioned that, in the small world department, she bumped into Ann

* Two mentions were inaccurately edited in the last issue. We have reprinted them in their entirety in the 1952 and 1961 columns. 44


Parker Lampman’s twin brother at a Bucknell reunion. Peggy Crook Arnold: “I am fine although I don’t get around very well. I still play bridge and go out to dinner with my friends. Enjoyed the reunion pictures—thanks for sending them.” Other classmates sent thanks for my reunion letter including Jodie Kellogg Weddle (“my summer went well”), Carolyn Rusk (“I wish I could have attended”), Lorraine Smarsch (“arthritis limits travel”) and Carol Underhill Postell. Marion Decker McCormick: “Some frivolity for Halloween. The Montgomery Area Historical Society had a program about a gruesome 1900 murder. The house was packed. We few volunteers went in costume to pass out treats. It has been a long time since I had to find a costume and mask. Brought back memories.” Lois Eldridge Funsch: “I’m holding my own. Get around on my motorized cart. Play bridge several times a week. Sew stuffed kittens for children who are hospitalized. My daughter lives 15 minutes away. We have great times together.” Claire Enany Trimpey enjoys her oil painting (she was an art and English major) and her lovely retirement community in Wilmington, NC. Doctor son, nurse daughter and grandchildren visit often. Joanne Kates Roos: “My favorite news was being able to visit Hood for our 65th Reunion. My next favorite news is about my grandchildren. Billy Cole with Price Waterhouse in D.C. Hannah Cole doing well at NC State. My son’s daughter, Holly Jo—a budding artist in Wisconsin.” Joan Kniffin Orozco: “All is going well here in Uruguay. Am very happy with my grandchildren and great grandchildren!” Madge Merkley Ziegler: “Jack and I are well. Looking forward to Daufuskie Island; it snowed here (Carlisle, PA) yesterday (11/7).” Mary Murrie Hardy: “My life is busy now with the purchase of a condo on Lake Keowee, SC. My daughter, Diane, lives across the lake; it will be my get-away place when winter gets too cold in Pittsburgh. Health is good except for arthritis in fingers and knees. I became a great grandmother for the 5th time! I ordered a brick in memory of my roommate, Barbara “Cookie” Cook Oldt—hope to see it one day.” Franne Pickle Wetmore: “Reunion was a special time. Mary-Lou Springhorn Leidheiser and I met at the Baltimore airport. She drove us to Hood and afterward to my home. She then visited dear friends in Wilmington. Emma Jones Hann kindly introduced me to the Civil War Museum right in the heart of Frederick.” Kay Spear Feldmann: “Back into my fall schedule—classes, theater, bridge, etc. It’s nice to be busy. No travels plans ’til spring. It’s a good time, national politics notwithstanding.” Joan Scott Hellmuth in MA will travel to family in MD for Thanksgiving. She is involved with “Lunch and Learn” presentations offered at nearby Regis College. Doris Simpson Felton lost her husband in April. She has happily recovered from both a strep and staph infection. She has delightful neighbors and a daughter nearby in Brunswick, MD. She hopes to lunch with Dottye Handley Ewing soon. Jane Taggart Whittaker had a delightful time at her

grandson’s “fun and wonderful” wedding in Buffalo, NY. He and his bride are architects who met in college. They will live in Philadelphia. Cal Wunderly Russwick has finally retired from teaching, although she still helps one day a week correcting papers, etc. She also volunteers at a Women’s Club. Doug is looking at knee replacement surgery. All 5 of their children come for a day both in the fall and spring to help with chores and to visit. Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey loves where she is. Her condo at Cortez, FL, looks out on the water. Her daughter visits, and they travel together. FL classmates survived hurricane Irma. Peg Lewis Christensen (Naples) spent a month in her Huntington, NY, apartment and Carol Underhill Postell (Vero Beach) evacuated to a relative in Palm Beach Gardens for 6 days, but neither had water damage. Carol did lose 2 ovens from a power surge. Lynn Bischoff Mitchell, Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey, and Franne Pickle Wetmore experienced no problems, thankfully. Keep in touch, please.

1953 Johanna Chait Essex 516-487-1883, johalessex@gmail.com

Congratulations to Nailah S. Russell ’18, recipient of the Andrew G. Truxal scholarship for 201718. Many thanks to Sally Kuhns Giarratana for once again chairing our reunion this coming June. Marge Aronson Dalmas’ daughter, Robin, published the book “Boisterous Bird of Paradise” last May, and it received good reviews. She and Bob had a short visit from Pat Lloyd Fordham and her daughter in July. I received a short, but sad note from Nancy Brown Kohlheyer—a virus attacked the brain of John, her partner for the past 10 years, and he is now residing in a rest home in PA. Nancy is slowly healing from this and has moved back to her apartment in Brussels, Belgium, permanently. Penny Fradd Vahsen is the proud grandmother of 13, 6 married and 3 great grandchildren. She has sponsored 203 Annapolis grads, and is thinking of writing a book about her adventures with them. She still travels and loves river cruises. Jerry Griffith Macomber became a great grandmother June 17 “my first in a brand new generation.” She is once again the coordinator of “Operation Christmas Child” for her church. Pat Lloyd Fordham and daughter Leslie drove to Albuquerque to see Marge and Bob Dalmas, and they flew to Pittsburgh to visit son Jeff, his wife, and great granddaughter Riley. Leslie has moved back to KS, having stayed with Pat for 2 years. Pat plans to be at our reunion in June, and Leslie plans to accompany her. Bim Mayer Werle has a new temporary address—1620 Vincennes Dr., Sun City, FL 33573—they will be moving to Wake Robin—a CCRC, in Shelbourne, VT, but no address yet. In the meantime, they are downsizing—garage sales, etc. Received a long note from Marilyn Phillips:

grandson Andrew Davis graduated college after 3 years with a B.S. in cybersecurity; son Chip, a radio frequency engineer, works with a laser company that participated in the LIDO observatory research that won a science award. Cary retired, and then started 3 new companies—families are wonderful. Julia Rank Loposer’s daughter took her on a trip to Maui for her birthday—“it was grand and glorious.” Bev Rosenberg Sager spent some time in CA this summer visiting her son and grandson—she and her daughter will be going back for Thanksgiving. This coming Feb. she plans to visit the Turks and Caicos Islands. Katherine Sponsler Patten is still in her home and keeps things going with the help of electricians, etc., and of course her grandson, who is the biggest help of all. She still plays duplicate bridge and goes to plays at the Kennedy Center. After our vacation with my sisters, Muriel Chait Durbin ’56 and Linda Chait Solomon ’63 at the Grand Canyon, Bryce and Zion (an incredible trip), Hal and I just relaxed at home. I still go to the theater at Lincoln Center, and volunteer at Cookie Café at Kings Point—the Merchant Marine Academy—serving cookies, along with lots of TLC. (Kings Point, the 5th federal academy, is the only federal academy to have a cookie café.) Hal and I are both fine, and enjoying trips to see grandchildren, etc. Our granddaughter, Leya Essex, participated in the 2017 Maccabiah games in Israel on their junior track and field team—she won 4 gold medals, 2 in the sprints, and 2 in the relay events. On Nov. 8, she signed a letter of intent to attend ECU—she will be a member of their track team. So proud of her.— We wish you all a very happy holiday season. I received a lovely note from Lauri Bunch daughter of Mary Ellen “Hooley” Chidester Ball—Hooley passed away on Jan. 6, 2018—she left behind 4 children, and their spouses, 7 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren—although she had Alzheimer’s she seemed to remember her days at Hood and loved hearing about the school. -Jo

1954 Jean Baker Weikert 717-624-3960

Marilyn Ogden Heath and husband Alan are recovering from having to temporarily vacate their home in Naples, FL. They spent approximately 9 days in a hotel and several weeks with their son and family in AZ before being able to return to Naples. The strong winds resulted in their losing 3 trees. Luckily, before they were resettled they were able to have water, sewage and electricity restored. Alan experienced open-heart surgery 3 years ago. Marilyn is still teaching dressage along the eastern seaboard. It was reassuring to hear her resilient voice recounting their deciding not to use shelter but to explore their own resources. We tried to reach Nancy Swearingen Davis by phone, S P R I N G 2 018


but I was unable to do so. Mary “Skippy” Smith Adams described herself as being happily content with her living in a remodeled home, which is part of one of Ken and her son’s homes at Newtown, CT. Ken had passed away several years ago. Skippy sounds fairly adjusted to using a walker. She doesn’t drive very much, if at all. Her living room, kitchen, bath, bedroom sounds much like Mark’s and my cottage here at Cross Keys in New Oxford. We especially are fond of a convenient pantry in our kitchen plus a small laundry all on one floor! Skippy has grandchildren living in PA and VA. We really appreciate helpful children, grandchildren, family and neighbors. Betty Remsberg DeColigny and husband Warren have moved from their Randallstown farm home in MD to 124 Rose Court at Homewood at Plum Creek, Hanover, PA. Warren and Betty have traveled extensively to visit light houses. They also have, in addition to light house memorabilia, an extensive collection of dolls. Warren is retired as a printer with the Baltimore Sun and the Frederick News-Post. They are very proud of three triplet granddaughters. Mark and I were able to visit them in their new cottage at Homewood, which is about 5-7 miles from our Cross Keys New Oxford location. It was good to connect with one of our little sister class of 56 members, Becky Eppers Byrd, who has an apartment there. A quick phone call related that Becky has recently joined a stitchery group at Homewood for fun and relaxation. It was thoughtful of Nolah Sawyer Fulk to call from Putman, NJ, to tell of the passing away of Caryl Dauber Barnett. Nolah was able to attend Caryl’s service. Caryl had lived in Adamstown, MD, where she and deceased husband Ronald had lived. Their daughter had called Nolah with a poignant description of Caryl’s passing, surrounded by family singing some of Caryl’s favorite hymns. Having had a stroke, Caryl was able to move her lips in remembrance of her favorites. Janet Edelstein Ettinger sounds just as vibrant as she did while we did our home management semester at Strawn. Janet is still living in Allentown where she and husband John settled. John was active in sports in the Allentown area. Thus, welcome to the Brethren Cross Keys Village, New Oxford, PA area where we are happily contented in a brick duplex cottage. We are still unpacking as we moved last Dec. from Carlisle, PA. Everyone here seems very peacefully friendly. There are many amenities including classes (avoiding falls, nutrition, three D’s: depression, dementia, delirium), shuttle trips on campus, available bus trips to nearby fine dining, Spanish, ballroom dances, use of pool, workout room, gym, billiards and 3 restaurants. Our son, Andy, is entering his 3rd year of being in the nursing complex here after experiencing a stroke. He continues to have a great attitude despite rightside paralysis and decreasing vision. It is a plus to live within 15 minutes of his room so we can help to transport him to a larger dining area where we can socialize with him as we feed him. His siblings and niece are of immense help. Hood College 46


appeared on our CKV campus in late Aug. Student Alex Sexton and Dr. MacDougall, assistant professor of psychology, conducted a survey to study a new measurement tool that assesses religious/spiritual struggles. The tool has been investigated in a younger adult population, but not yet with older persons. We are eager to learn of their results. In summation, we deeply appreciate your continued cooperation in maintaining communication with news you feel able to share. Although we cherish the past, we need to faithfully live forward.

1956 Muriel “Muzzy” Chait Durbin, P’81 310-395-4389, msmuz@aol.com

Helen Yinger Reed: Jim and I are healthy and active. We still live in Braddock Heights. Our 3 boys are doing well, and our 3 grandgirls are a delight. Oldest girl graduated from Hood and is in the workplace. The other 2 ages, 10 and 12, are in Middletown schools and are involved in lots of activities. The younger girls live next door so they keep us very busy! Becky Eppers Byrd: I continue to do many crafts and volunteer work. Fortunately, my health is basically good. Went with my oldest daughter to OH in Sept. to see my sister-in-law and one of her sons and family. Oct. brought middle daughter and family. They were back for Thanksgiving along with youngest daughter and family. Always enjoy family time. Alison Malloch Curran: I moved into an adult community, and it has been quite a change. Sold the house of 35 years and moved to Seabrook, an Erickson Community, and it is great. No more responsibilities that go with the house. It’s about 5 miles from the house, so I still can see all my old friends and enjoy my old activities. Sure is better during storms, rain or snow, not having to worry about downed trees or cleaning up afterward. Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger: I have sold the house and moved to Homewood in Frederick where my daughter is in the administration. The timing was right because I wanted to take a trip to New Zealand and return to get settled in a new place. The trip was amazing and will be a wonderful memory forever. Brother Jack and his wife set it up; we traveled the North and South Islands as well as Stewartstown, the gateway to the world. The job of moving turned out to deprive me of all energy and test my mind of keeping track of where everything was being placed or downsized. All is well; I’m happy here: 7401 Willow Rd., Apt. 349, Frederick, MD 21702. Carole Oswald Carter, Susan Peters Roetzel Wirths, Sandy Newing, and I had lunch together and want to extend the invitation whenever anyone comes to Frederick. I love being 10 minutes from Hood! Kathy Crook Heidelbach: Life continues to be very busy for me at my retirement community. I am finishing up my second year as secretary of our residents’ association, still enjoying chorale, chapel choir and handbells. Have found knitting

baby hats for the local hospitals and scarves for our servicemen to be a rewarding way to spend my spare time. Enjoyed being with Becky Eppers Byrd and Ginny Turnbull Hecklinger at the Legacy Brunch in late Sept. Only got to spend 2 long weeks at Bethany Beach this summer. Family is well, with 2 granddaughters out of college. Cinny Sternberg Schein: Just came back from a great Hood tour to Apulia, Italy. Hood was beautifully represented by Nancy Gillece ’81, and I met many interesting Hoodlums, including Marge Lesser Elfin, who taught at Hood when Nancy was a student. My family is all fine: twin grandkids are going on junior semester abroad, Besy to New Zealand and Will to Capetown, South Africa. My sons (and their wives) are all doing well. I’m still performing with the Sun-Coast Duo Pianists and with the Venice Musicale group, but dropped out of church choir—too much going on. Sally Hamilton Bundy: I have just started a mission for the Mormon Church. I’ll be a missionary for the Family Search Center, helping people search the family history of their ancestors. It can be done on the Family Search site and other sites on the computer. I’ll serve a couple of days a week for a year and a half. My only other news is a new great grandbaby, making 32 great grandchildren. Life is good and my health is still OK. It is great to hear from everyone. Carole Oswald Carter is still just involved with local woman’s club things—flea market, refinishing and replacing seats on chairs, knitting—just regular small town “older women” stuff. As for me, Muzzy Chait Durbin, it was a busy fall. Attended my oldest grandson’s wedding in Sept. in Ireland, and the following week I went to Spain and Portugal with his mom, Patti Durbin, a great 2 weeks. I’m still working, love my work as a travel agent, and recently did honeymoons for 3rdgeneration clients. Loved hearing from everyone. Here’s to a healthy, happy 2018 for all.

1958 Marilyn “Maggie” Garis Kellow 262-334-5782, maggiehood1958@gmail.com

Cynthia Williams Bohaker says this past year has been interesting, but all is well. Her daughters live in Sparta, NJ; Kyoto, Japan; and Phoenix, AZ. Her grandchildren range from 1 to 32 years of age. Susanne Smith Evans says that the lower CT River and Long Island Sound are lovely in the fall, and she enjoyed some late fall sails. She was also involved in the Holiday House Tour in Essex. The town’s architecture represents the 1700 period up to today. Sue no longer recognizes the word “old.” She says “vintage” sounds so much better! Jane Walton Godfrey says that everything is OK. She and Dick have been married 60 years. She still remembers how she had to get permission from Dr. Truxal so she could return to Hood to finish her senior year— how times have changed! Susan Brown Melech would like for classmates to let one another know if


ADMISSION SUPPORT CHAIR Elizabeth M. Thompson ’08

VICE PRESIDENT Elizabeth M. Thompson ’08


MEMBERS Shannon Shifflett Aleshire ’93 Jacki Resop Amato ’95 Stacey M. Axler ’14 Nikki Swartzlander Bamonti ’00 Cheryl M. Banks ’06, MBA’14 Caitlin A. Battey ’15 Ashley R. Bennett ’14 Victoria E. Benson ’04 Rachel Bagni Beyer ’99 Jennifer M. Boa ’04 Carla Means Clarke ’08 Stacey L. Collins ’89

Keenan S. Courtland ’10 Patricia M. Crowell ’04, M.S.’08 Melinda Cohen Donegan ’93 Laurie A. Drysdale ’80 Elaheh Eghbal ’13 Marsha A. Evans ’85 Rebecca M. Fishack ’03 Elizabeth “Biz” Gorman Gomer ’02, C’07, M.A.’08 Maya P. Gonzalez ’16 Carole King Heine ’84 Jill Kramer Hermes ’87, M.A.’16 Michael W. Higgs ’14

they are planning to attend our 60th reunion in the June. Anne Walton Merriken had a 2nd total knee replacement in July. She has had great results and thankful that she has only 2 knees. They plan to go to AL to celebrate their granddaughter’s 5th birthday. Carolyn “Cyp” Patton Meyer’s husband, Richard, died of congestive heart failure in March, after being in Hospice since last Nov. She is busy settling his estate and downsizing. Joan Bennett Moran visited family members in MD and GA this summer. She continues to be involved in church and community activities and welcomed her 3rd precious greatgranddaughter, Nikoletta Tsapakis, in March. She sends news that Carol Horwath Klecka’s son, Mark, has moved back to FL from Chicago. She is happy to have some family close by. Hurricane Irma gave all of them a scare, but they experienced only strong winds and power outages. Jeb suggests that our class should consider purchasing a Hood brick in memory of our deceased members. Mary Allen Reynolds’ knee surgery went well. She is now busy with household projects, making her bathroom accessible and a complete redo to her bedroom. She says, “Shopping on the net makes choices much easier. You can design a whole room without spending a penny.” Elly Baumgart Ritchie has been busy traveling this year. A trip to Canada for the graduations of 2 grandsons—1 college and 1 high school. A trip to Lynchburg, VA, and several to NJ Shore, including 1 there in Feb. with Joan Enterline to celebrate her 80th. Penny Adams Rogers relates the sad news that her husband passed away June 19 of pancreatic cancer. She wrote from Boston while spending time with children and friends on a trip to NYC, Montreal and Halifax. The trip was a healing gift and a wonderful way to be together and celebrate her husband’s life and go again to his favorite musical, Hamilton. She will be

CIVIC ENGAGEMENT CHAIR Joy Miller Beveridge ’82 Melinda Cohen Donegan ’93

CAREER SERVICES CHAIR Leah Giambarresi MacDonald ’03, C’05, M.S.’10

Timothy J. Hulyk ’15 Nancy Rose Ingwalson ’88 Janice Ball Mahlandt ’83 Anna E. Maripuu ’86 Julie Murray McCaffery ’79 Andrea Putz McCarrick ’08 Shane M. McCarrick ’08 Jennifer Fair Milas ’03 Stephanie Hanthorne Miller ’12, M.A.’14 Kristopher J. Miner ’11, MBA’13 Melanie L. Muscar ’04, MBA’07, M.A.’18 Nicholas L. O’Brien ’11 Bianca E. Padilla ’14

Christopher W. Pollard ’07 Logan H. Samuels ’17 Trevor B. Shell ’13 Jamie L. Shopland ’12 Caitlin M. Stromowsky ’13 Catherine E. Traini ’16 Lisa K. Wells ’09 Ana Filipovic Windsor ’16 Nathaniel C. Wood-Wilson ’05 Phillip A. Yerby ’11 Chelsea A. Young ’14

headed to visit in FL before going home to Hawaii. Jenny Krohn Rose’s grandson, Adam, earned his master’s degree in technical math at UC Davis and now is studying for a Ph.D. Granddaughter Ana will graduate from high school this spring. Their Portuguese Water Dog, Rosie, is entered in 2 AKC rally events in Nov. when they hope she will get her AKC companion dog degree. Carol Huelsen Warrington and husband Bob are doing well and are extra busy selling their home in Duxbury, MA, and moving to May’s Landing in NJ. Summers will be spent there near family and winters will be in Venice, FL, where she sees Joan Bennett Moran and Carol Horwath Klecka. I had a nice visit on the phone with Sara Lea Callaway Redmon. She has accepted to chair our 60th reunion next spring and hopes everyone is excited and planning to attend. She is anxious to tour the campus and Downtown Frederick. She wants to encourage everyone to fill out the “data form” and to contribute your pledge for our class gift. As the time approaches, I would be happy to keep you updated via email as well as our class website as to those of you who plan to attend. It would be great to have a nice gathering. It is so much more fun and meaningful to see familiar faces on “our campus” from the 1950s. I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year.

1959 Anne Wilson Heuisler 410-377-5026, aheuisler@comcast.net

Tarun Comegys Johns was on her way to sea again, this time to deliver a 49-foot sailboat from Deltaville, VA, to Clearwater, FL. This would be

a 24/7 schedule around Cape Hatteras down the coast past Cape Fear, through the Keys and back up the Gulf of Mexico to Clearwater. Nancy Fletcher Artlett has been busy sorting through Frank’s things, hoping to get back to VA for her 80th birthday in Aug. Her trip to VA for Thanksgiving and Christmas 2016 was “overwhelming” with traditional weather, decorations, food and company. It was hard to return to Sydney. She stopped to see Fritz and Nancy Rogers Huntsinger on her return trip—“terrific hosts!” Fletch was sad to hear about the deaths of her little sister, Paige Wisotzki ’61, and of Gail Mulliken Painter and Starr Culver Weihe. Gloria Friedman Greenspun continues to enjoy the artistic successes of her family. Her grandson, Alex Pachino, is touring with Noah Cyrus (Miley Cyrus’ younger sister) as her lead guitar. They appeared on Jimmy Fallon’s “Tonight Show” on Oct. 10. Her daughter, Jamie Pachino’s, script for the series “The Brave” on NBC aired on Nov. 6. Gloria calls herself Jamie’s fan club president. Marcia King Wilke’s big family events have been the high school graduations of 3 grandchildren. She planned to fly east Nov. 1 to visit a nephew/niece and to attend her matron-of-honor’s 80th birthday celebration in Columbus, OH. Marcia continues to teach 2 adult students and to direct the hand bell choir at her church. She also volunteers once a week for her church’s soup kitchen. Judy Moreland Granger and Bob clocked about 7,500 miles on their car between early May and mid-Oct. While attending their granddaughter’s graduation from the University of Colorado, they revisited Don and Karen Nordberg Sanders ’60, then headed to CA to spend a week with Bob’s brother and sister-in-law. On the way, they visited UT’s fabulous national parks—Arches, Bryce, and Zion—and added a 4th park, Sequoia, in CA. On the way home, they stopped at the Grand S P R I N G 2 018


Canyon. In Columbus, OH, they visited Judy’s 94-year-old aunt and met Carole Jones Rogers for breakfast. Oct. found them going 1,200 miles without ever leaving TX. They headed for the border and spent a long weekend at Big Bend NP. Judy said, “We don’t need a border wall there; huge cliffs border the Rio Grande, a beautiful place.” Gail Mulliken Painter died Aug. 27 of complications from Alzheimer’s disease. Her children, Greg Painter and Cheryl Cassella, emailed a message expressing their gratitude for her life. An excerpt: “Gail was filled with wonder of the world around her, and she traveled and explored the world for most of her adult life. She and Roger lived and raised our family in CA, Australia, Kwajalein, MN and WA. Gail worked as a travel agent, opened her own travel business, Global Travel, and attempted to see and explore as much of the world as she could. Her sense of civic pride and duty was an essential part of who Gail was. She was devoted to her church and Rotary and worked tirelessly to give back to the community that she loved.” Joanne Peper Milnor has been pronounced in remission for her autoimmune disorder, dermatomyositis. Still active with the local symphony, she just sponsored and staged a flash mob of “Carmina Burana” for the season opening concert and celebration of their 30th year. Joanne enjoyed a river cruise on the Rhine and Mozelle rivers, Amsterdam to Basel, in Aug. and Sept. She continues to be active in her church’s fundraising program and supporting numerous arts organizations. Jeannette Phelps has been getting blood drawn once a week since 2009 to check platelet count but feels fine otherwise. Her vision is impaired, but she gets around to meet her needs. She does crossword puzzles and reads on an e-reader so that she can adjust the font size. Cataract surgery was a big help. She said she is “aging as gracefully as I can.” Anne Wilson Heuisler: I moved to Blakehurst in Aug., a retirement community in Towson, MD. I met a resident here who is a Hood alumna, Mary Dickinson Cohen ’61. I heard from my little sister, Jeanne Duncan Jehl ’61, and we planned to have lunch after Thanksgiving.

Gayle Hamilton Blakeslee and I are meeting MaryLou Trout Haddad and Carol Wick Ericksen at Buckley’s Tavern (Wilmington, DE) on Nov. 18. I had to resign my job at Stevenson University because of a flare-up of my right knee, so I scheduled kneereplacement surgery. I found it to be not nearly as arduous as I had feared and am perking along in recovery. Thanks to everyone who sent news. New address: 1055 W Joppa Road, Unit 750, Towson, MD 21204.

1960 Audrey Heyman Rooney 859-317-8341, aerooney@windstream.net

Gretchen Beckhelm: “After 21 years in FL, I moved back to IA in June to be close to my family. I may need to hibernate through my first IA winter in 61 years! My new condo in a Cedar Rapids retirement community was completed in Nov. Until then I enjoyed living all summer with sister Babs.” Gretch has fond memories of 2 Hood “careers”: 4 years with the Class of ’60 and 5 years in the ’40s when she and Babs lived in Meyran with their House Mother. Margret “Maggie” Cederholm Bonito left her psychotherapy practice in July. Maggie is still an active potter with 2 shows coming up, and enjoys the company of inspiring professionals, “a pleasure only exceeded by visits to Hood where the ceramics program is dazzling.” Planned Parenthood and women’s health issues are among her list of causes. She is active in the Garden Club of Essex Fells, NJ, where her team crafted a Scottish Yule theme for Drumthwackett, the Governor’s Mansion, in Princeton. Daughter Lisa is a journalist sophomore art major at Skidmore; granddaughter Ava is a sophomore art major at Skidmore; and son Andrew is director of operations and CFO of a restaurant group in Manhattan. Maggie misses being an actress. She’s considering doing volunteer work for Actors Equity. For fun, she’s learning Mahjong. Grace Elliott has learned to play bridge after her retirement move to Leisure World of Maryland. Her

partners include 89-, 96- and 101-year-old grandes dames who are her mentors and inspiration. In Oct. Barbara Taylor Hyde hosted a dinner party for Barbara Bailey Reinhart, her wife Sally Stott and mutual friends. Barb and Sally spend winters in FL and summers in VT. I’m busy with church activities, especially our Food 4 Kids program when we pack bags of food for needy elementary children to take home for the weekend. I started the program with 10 women helping, and we now have 40. Where there is a need, the ladies meet it, and I am the chief fundraiser; imagine that! Ann Wareham and I are signed up for Hood’s Dutch waterways trip in early April. I see Ann when I have oncology appointments in NYC, which is great. Looking forward to skiing again this winter, family is well, I have no complaints! Sally Fletcher Murray reports the birth of twin grandchildren in Dec. 2016 and the final return to the US of her sister Nancy Fletcher Artlett ’59 in July. Both families gathered at Graves Mountain Lodge in Syria, VA, in Aug. to welcome Nancy home and celebrate her 80th birthday. In Sept. Sally, daughter Susan and Sue’s 2 sons spent a fun weekend with Anne Kurka Woods at her home in Pittsford. In Oct. Sally and Nancy visited the Loggerhead Marinelife Center in Juno Beach, FL, for a fundraiser and benefit. The Center, founded by their mother, Eleanor Fletcher, is a multimillion dollar sea turtle education, research and rehabilitation facility. Sally continues to be involved in election and education boards and activities. “We’ve had less travel this year than usual,” writes Karen Nordberg Sanders. In early June we celebrated Don’s 80th in Bermuda. In Oct. we drove from home in Golden, CO, to Purdue to see one of our 9 grandsons perform. Three generations of trombonists in the family! Don plays in 2 bands, and we both sing in our church choir and with a larger Chorale. We were in TX in Nov. for a granddaughter’s wedding and will spend Christmas in GA. We enjoy being close to our youngest son’s family in this beautiful state! Maryann Whitehead Scherzo and John celebrated his 80th birthday in Denmark while on a Baltic cruise with his brother and sister-in-law.

Lynn Pasquerella President of the Association of American Colleges and Universities, Special Guest Lecture

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John continues with his CPA practice, and they manage to travel after every tax quarter. “Been living on Mercer Island, WA, for 37+ years, and have no desire to relocate; both daughters and 3 grandsons live nearby. If you’re near, stop by!” Ellen McDougall Schlachter still lives in her “little old (1700s)” house in Northport, NY. After graduation she taught junior high school for 10 years, resigning when son Jim was born in 1973. After her husband’s death in 1994, a friend persuaded her to work with pre-schoolers which she enjoyed for 8.5 years. She is now fully retired. On the phone recently with Sally Fletcher Murray, the 2 conspired to relate a Home Ed Lab anecdote, also starring our late and beloved Ellen Perry Croll. While lab teacher Miss Ezzard was entertaining lunch guest Dean Sherrill in the adjoining dining room, Sally and McDouge were fetching a casserole from the oven in the nearby kitchen. The casserole went straight from oven rack to floor and with straight faces they scooped it all back in the dish and served it, Ellen muffling hysterics. Audrey Heyman Rooney in her 8th year back in the Bluegrass, is still reveling in the completion of a Poetry Gauntlet 100-poem challenge in Dec. A 4-day retreat in the east Kentucky hills was a perfect place to polish it off; what will become of the collection is a project for the New Year. The Kentucky Bach Choir went from strength to strength with the B-minor Mass in March and a Bachtoberfest benefit in Oct. The 4th Audrey Rooney Vocal Competition finals are April 14. Our Friends Meeting is a continuing gift to my life, singing, and widening circle of kindred souls. Stuart Croll sent the following words from Ellen Perry Croll’s Grand Canyon graveside service to Sally Murray asking that she share: Stu writes: All went well. Everyone was tense and emotional, but we got through it. The graveside service, minimal but adequate, was done by the local Grand Canyon Community Church pastor. Most of his comments were based on the obituary that I wrote with your help, but he paraphrased well and included the 23rd Psalm and verses from Corinthians, which I cannot recall but were most appropriate. Riley put a note in the grave but later she sent an Instagram to her friends along with a picture. I suspect the essence of her note to Ellen was what she wrote to her friends. For some time now, I have been saying that you are not moving on but doing things in a different way. She might have picked up on that, but she did it in a very philosophical and poetic way. From Riley’s Instagram: “You may feel like you are sitting at the edge of a cliff with no idea how to return. But as life continues you find yourself coming back to the real world and steady ground. You are not really moved on, but living in a new and different way.” Thank you all who sent news. Special thanks to best KY girlfriend Dr. Nancy Coleman Wolsk, Mt. Holyoke ’61, for priceless help at the computer. Please send your stories to me: aerooney@windstream.net or by phone: 859-317-8341. Old-fashioned letters and postcards particularly welcome! 227 Owsley Ave; Lexington, KY 40502.

1961 Marty Kaiser Canner 410-747-0321, plcanner39@gmail.com Katharine Baum Wolpe 212-677-5469, kwolpe@gmail.com

*Kay Merrick Wolff ’62 reported, “I met Marilyn King Jessen when I was a freshman at Hood in 1958. We both lived on the first floor of Smith Hall. She was so friendly and it turned out we had lots of connections—our fathers both went to Cornell and since both were from the Pittsburgh area, they even rode back and forth together. Marilyn was dating Gordon Jones, who went to Lafayette College in Easton, PA. My parents lived close to the college and Marilyn stayed with them when she was in Easton visiting Gordie. Many years later, Marilyn stayed with me when visiting her sons, first Jeff and then Bruce, during the time they were at Lafayette. I shall very much miss my long-time friend.” Doretta Ruggles Allison is still active in church and community. She sings in the church choir, is active in the women’s group and does crafts with the children in the after-school program. She is a member of the Kiwanis Club. She is about to start on a mural at The Zone, a recovery center for addicts. She has 5 grandchildren and spends a lot of time with them. She invites any classmates who visit Atlanta to contact her and come to visit. Sally Bennett Edwards is still working part time at The Valley Press newspaper. This past summer she took her 5 children to Iceland, and she plans to tour the Dutch waterways this coming spring. She has 9 grandchildren. Only 3 live nearby, but she sees the others in the summer. Mary Anne Fleetwood is still living in Rehoboth Beach, DE, and is hoping to visit the Southwest again. She keeps in touch with friends there who advocate for wild horses and burros that are being killed by private and public interests. She remembers her days at Hood with much joy, especially the riding program, her horse, Starlight, the Smith Smoker Society, and classes with Miss Osborne. For the past 10 years Johanna “Jody” Fox Peter has been living in Singapore. She retired 4 years ago, and she has a son who lives in Australia and a daughter who lives in Singapore. She also has 5 grandchildren. Anne Bierstein Grenfell had open-heart surgery for valve repair and replacement in Jan. 2017. She is studying Reiki, an ancient Chinese deep relaxation therapy. At the request of her grandson, she is writing her autobiography. Vivian Bruckel Harvey has started a Dining for Women chapter in Columbus, OH. She would like to communicate with any classmates who participate in Dining for Women groups in their area. She is thinking of attending the annual conference of these groups in May 2018 in Washington, DC. She will travel to Guatemala from Jan. 3 to April 3. She invites classmates to join her. Shirley Garrett Haley has moved into a condo in Catonsville and has a new lifestyle, that of caregiver

for husband Ed who has advanced prostate cancer. He is feeling well at the moment, so while life is slower, it is full of blessings and joy. Hilda Koontz has lectured on 19th century American history for several years and has added public education about PTSD to her schedule. Her most recent lecture was for the annual international medical conference sponsored by the National Museum of Civil War Medicine. Dorothy Willis Rainwater and husband Roger live in FL and survived the hurricanes with minimal damage to their property. They attended the International Balloon Fest in Albuquerque, NM, in Oct. 2017. They are members of a chase team for friends who own balloons. Dorothy is active with the local chapter of the National Organization for Women. Sandy Murphy Schmidt and husband Bob continue to travel. A Sept. cruise on the Mississippi River from St. Louis to St. Paul was followed by 2 weeks of pasta and vino with friends in northern Italy. They are grateful that life is good and that they are well. Beth Lee Zehnder and husband Chuck attended his 60th Frederick High School class reunion in Oct. Carol Handwerk Ziegler’s husband, Jesse, passed away in July. We send our condolences to Carol and her family. She and Barbara Hyde Sands ’65 connect through church and Hood activities. They hosted 3 Hood Choir girls when the choir sang at Trinity Lutheran Church in Reading, PA. Carol Eisenberg Miller ’64 was also involved in the planning for the choir concert. Marty Kaiser Canner and husband Paul moved to the Charlestown Retirement Community in Aug. Marty recently received sad news from Marilyn King Jessen’s daughter, Karen Lazo, that Marilyn passed away from lung cancer on June 29, 2017. Katharine Baum Wolpe still enjoys life in NYC’s East Village and remains active with her church and Democratic club. She and Philip have now enjoyed 5 years of loving companionship, a new record in her life. She’ll be spending Thanksgiving with her brother Chris and family near Denver, CO. Ann Coleman Alexander took an exciting 15-day trip to Greece in Aug. with brother Bill and plans to travel to China in April 2018. Grandchild #7 is expected in Nov. Ann is preparing for Christmas with her church choir and family. Carolyn Adams Sprinkle now lives at Stony Point Cottage, an assisted living facility for seniors in Richmond, VA. She loves not having to prepare meals and clean, and enjoys the activities. Her 3 children live nearby. Mable Philipp Pochedly enjoys living in Long Beach, CA.

1962 Regina Schlank Pyle 617-267-0393, reginapyle@me.com

Judith Hammond Blatchford: Park and I continue traveling a few times a year. Most recently we had a beautiful trip to Greenland and the arctic areas of eastern Canada followed by 2 weeks in Tuscany. Rusty Papst Hougland: Last Jan. and S P R I N G 2 018


Feb. Bill and I enjoyed a great ocean front condo on Amelia Island, FL. During the summer we welcomed children and grandchildren to our old farmhouse in CT. Susan Shinnick Hossfeld: Carl and I are beginning to travel again after a recent knee replacement, with 2 trips out west in winter 2018. One trip is with the International Rotary Ski group and 1 with the children and grandchildren to Snowmass, CO. Penny Misirian Mardoian: This summer I hosted the Blatchfords, Bollmans, Heckshers and Hossfelds at my South Bristol, ME, home for 3 days. The weather was fabulous. We visited a local boat builder, a historic icehouse, and the Pemaquid Lighthouse peninsula. Phoebe Adams Marshall: I’m still playing tennis, singing in Masterworks Chorale and our church choir. Am also on the Vestry at church. Barbara Reeves McGee: My husband, Larry, died in July from health issues for the past 2 years, but his passing was not expected. I try to keep busy including teaching 2 days a week, but it has been a struggle for me. Martha Atkinson Meadows: I taught my last class at Hood last spring and am still adjusting to less planned days. My grandaughter, Corryn, has transferred to Hood—a 3rd generation Hoodlum! I traveled to Normandy, France on a Hood alum tour with my 2 daughters. Linda MacDonough Morrow: George and I spent a week in Crested Butte, CO, to attend his son’s wedding. George was Mac’s Best Man! With extra time in the mountains, we enjoyed 4 days of hiking. Beth Pauley: Lou and I just returned from a riverboat cruise up the Rhine River. We are season ticket holders for Drexel’s women’s basketball games. We attended the Navy vs. Tulane game at the Academy. Joan Terpak Plitt: I am retired from the newspaper I worked for, but I still have several businesses going. I have been an antique dealer and also a Mary Kay consultant for the past 30 years. Barbara Arthur Pretzsch: I still line dance and attend several exercise groups and a crochet group. We have added a dog to our menagerie. Evie belonged to the owner of a house we bought to renovate who couldn’t take her with her. Sandra Warren Owens: My husband of 35 years, Bruce, passed away Sept. 20 at Emory Hospital in Decatur, GA. He had suffered from lung and heart issues for several years. I’m still getting my life back together with the help of family and friends. Regina Schlank Pyle: I recently returned from a road trip to Phoenix—mission was to accompany a dear friend returning to her home town with her large dog, Francesca (an Italian Spinone) in the back seat. Elizabeth Decker Rogers: Great trip to see a close friend in Chattanooga during Oct. What a happening city! Great public art, nice galleries, museum, fine repurposing of old buildings, worth the effort and lovely old house of all sizes. Barbara Kirby Stewart: Paul and I think we had our last cross country road trip last summer to Sonoma for grandson Zachary’s graduation from Sonoma State University; and then to San Diego for granddaughter Meghan’s high school graduation. 50


Elizabeth Kovacs Washburn: Had 77th birthday on Halloween. Get to spend a lot of time with family. Best news is Ginger, a Papillon-Cavalier puppy, coming into our lives; keeps us young! Jody Merritt Watson: We escaped with our son and family to Quebec for the Thanksgiving weekend since they don’t celebrate at the same time we do. Pam Roberts Welham: In June, Betsy Ohnegian and I stayed with Janet McDougall in her newly renovated apartment for a mini-55th reunion in NYC. Betsy and Janet had planned a wonderful few days for us along with ample time to talk and reminisce. Sally Zimmerman: In Sept. I was back in Germany for the whole month, adding up to a total of 4 months or a third of the calendar year Oct. 2016-17. This time I worked with 2 Unitarian congregations—Hamburg and Luebeck.

1963 Dottie Snyder Engle 301-371-5170, dengle3699@aol.com

What good news, mostly connected to me, Dottie Snyder Engle and my travels. In June, Robin and I went to Paris and while there visited Nancy “Zabbie” Huff Quinn. Zabbie met us and bought us dinner. Zabbie worked in an art museum in NYC and decided she needed more French and felt the only way she would learn it was to be immersed, so went to Paris. While becoming proficient, she met an Englishman. They got married, had 2 daughters who grew up and went to French schools. The Quinns thought their girls should be better English speakers, so they were sent off to England. One met and married an Englishman, the other an Aussie. Both are living in London where the Quinns keep an apartment so they can visit (and cuddle the grandkids) whenever they want. I thought it would be a great birthday treat for Robin and a once-in-a-lifetime experience to eat at the Jules Verne Restaurant at the top of the Eiffel Tower. I got a reservation, instructions in French and a sample menu with the main menu offering veal. I thought I had paid 380 euros for dinner, but that was to hold the reservation. The main course turned out to be pigeon and after seeing all those on statues, Robin said, “No way.” It ended up that we got 2 small bottles of lemonade, a few small cheese biscuits, asked for the bill for 2 dinners and to be shown the way to the stairs. That was 480 euros! Robin was happy to be able to take lots of photos from the top to level 1. Did I mention my hip was killing me since I had fallen and was hospitalized 4 days before the trip due to low sodium? Then it was on to Copenhagen to visit our Danish family for 6 days at a more leisurely pace. On the last day, we walked to the nearby amusement park where they have the only wooden roller coaster in the world, then through the Kings’ Forest (8k). In Sept. we went to Pittsburgh by way of Falling Water, the Frank

Lloyd Wright house built for a wealthy family in Pittsburgh. After touring the city and visiting a minute clinic for my infected thumb, we stopped to visit Karen Beck Gould who was Zabbie’s roommate and a co-chair with Brenda Eklund Pearson, my roommate, for matching us with little sisters. Karen sang at our wedding, though she doesn’t remember it, and I can’t remember what songs she sang. William Sprigg, who taught music at Hood, was the organist. Karen has a daughter who lives nearby, a daughter who is an LPN in NJ and a son in NYC. Karen is living in assisted living and is trying to improve her walking so she can go to the Pirates games with less assistance. Bobby Campbell Rickman and I were supposed to visit Jo Ann Twilley Plichta in West Chester, PA, but Bobby was sick and we postponed. Mary Ann Holloway Ford and Gail Kloeblen Spertzel were able to visit Jo who is happy in her mobile home near her son’s family but missing her friends. Speaking of Gail, last fall she traveled through Russia and Siberia on the Trans-Siberian Express to Lake Baikal then boarded the Trans-Mongolian Express. She hired a driver and guide who took her around the Gobi Desert, staying in yurts for 4 nights. She and a friend took a trip to France, staying in Paris a few days, and boarding a river boat on the Rhine in Lyon. This past Feb. she took a tour of Vietnam, Cambodia and Thailand. Gail says Hanoi is just like Bangkok was when she lived there in the 60s. Bangkok has changed a lot in the last 50 years. She bought lots of gems to use in her jewelry making classes in Frederick. In June, Gail took daughter Jody’s family to Peru for 2 weeks. Then she had to take the other to Bergen, Norway, sailing back to Montreal on the Viking SKY via Iceland, Greenland, ending in Montreal. This daughter is now in Kuwait working for 4 months before retiring. Gail’s latest trip is a 114-day Grand World Cruise departing out of Fort Lauderdale. She had to make many adjustments like having someone drive her Prius to keep the battery charged, get a tax extension, get 4 months of meds from Medicare, banking matters—and she is traveling solo! She is coming to the reunion! See you at my house on June 8, 2018.

1964 Barbara Maly Fish 919-688-9125, barb2fish@yahoo.com

More than 20 of our classmates live in FL, and Hurricane Irma affected them in various ways. In Fort Myers, Barb Wallwork Reynolds and husband Bill, along with their dogs, evacuated to their daughter’s home in Cape Coral. Barb and Bill were there for 8 days, using a generator until power returned to their own home. When they returned home, they found downed tree branches and missing pool cage screen panels. Dawn Rieser was without power for 1 week in Ocala but had

no property damage. At daughter Lori’s insistence, Betsy Beachley Winger evacuated Leesburg to PA to get away from Irma. Lori had to stay in Winter Garden because she was required to be on the job at Disney World. Betsy stayed in PA and learned that there was thigh-high water in her cul-de-sac, with water rising within 6 feet of her back door, plus a 6-day power outage, but no real damage to her house. Gail Casady Macneill and her husband have enjoyed their active retirement in Ponte Vedra Beach. Their home was not affected, but nearby oceanfront properties and the beaches were. Because they live on a barrier island, the Macneills had a mandatory evacuation, but this has happened only twice in about 15 years, and Gail says their lifestyle is worth it. In Arcadia, Cathy Bowman Parrella lost most of the roof off her workshop and barn, but her house sustained no damage. Pam Wallace Johnson says Irma was kind to Naples. From their other home in MA, Pam and her husband watched on CNN how the eye of the storm went over their downtown neighborhood, but the predicted 14-foot storm surge did not happen. When they returned to Naples in late Oct., they found broken palm trees and missing pool cage screens. Joanne Hicks Urgese had minor branch and debris damage in Palm Coast and considered herself very fortunate. In 50 years of hurricanes, Irma was only the 2nd time that Anne Goodwin Draper had to board up their barn house in Chattahoochee. Fourteen people, including 3 generations, 6 pets, and 4 college girls, planned to seek refuge with the Drapers during the storm, but stayed home when Irma changed her course. Anne, who says she loves a party, had everything ready: rooms, beds, kennels, litter boxes, food and booze. She missed all the company when no one came. Larry and JoAnn Winer Sutton celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary by evacuating Boca Raton, but Irma spared FL’s east coast. Both the Suttons are retired, Larry as a Delta pilot, JoAnn as an ESOL teacher. If you watched TV during Irma’s invasion, then you know that the FL Keys were hard hit. From Key West, Janet Hayes reports: “When I arrived at Hood in 1960, we had just been through Hurricane Donna, which took out Marathon and a stretch of US-1 in the Upper Keys. One of the first people I met was Snow Philip, my half-sister, who was surprised that my mom and I had been able to get off the island. Snow and I bumped into each other about 35 years later, a few days after she moved to Key West. Our beloved island has lost much of our historic canopy and our flowering tropicals, much of which we will toil to nurture or replace. Snow was traveling to watch her daughter compete in an Iron Man, so she missed the angst of force 4-5 winds over hours, followed by 10 days without electricity, 5 days without running water, 15 days without Internet or TV. She also missed the spirit of reaching out to help neighbors and all the behaviors which restore one’s faith.” Janet adds, “Key West will be back intact within several months, the Lower Keys in a year or so. Marathon

again took a hard hit and Big Pine, Sugarloaf, Ramrod, and Cudjoe lost hundreds of homes. Many of the affordable homes and apartments which house teachers, health personnel and service workers are on those islands, so hotels and restaurants are facing employee shortages. Snow’s home as well as mine came through with only garden destruction.” South Carolina residents Ellie Berklite Harris and Mary Jo Sottile Manning reported on Irma’s impact. Ellie and husband Alastair evacuated from their home on Kiawah Island to visit friends in VA. Their home sustained no damage. Earlier, their daughter’s family in Katy, TX, survived Hurricane Harvey with no damage except flooding within inches of their front door. Mary Jo and Mike live on John’s Island, where the tidal surge left them with a lawn full of debris, but no yard damage that couldn’t be fixed and no damage to their house. Mary Jo says, “The big difference for many of us is that we learned from Hugo, and homes built or redone since then reflect higher standards and a heightened respect for the harmful potential.”

1965 Emily Kilby 443-485-7443, erkilby44@gmail.com

After a long absence from this report, Susan Fox Sanitate reports about her good life in Pleasant Ridge, MI, a “vital and diverse community” 10 miles north of Detroit which “IS alive and well and a great place to visit!” Susan’s son, Michael, and family live about 30 minutes east of Pleasant Ridge, and she is fortunate to be actively involved in her grandchildren’s lives. “Julia, 15, is bright, creative and loves animation and musical theater. She’s now taking driver’s training which is giving us rapid pulse rates! Michael Jr., 11, is smart, funny and strong-willed. He loves hockey and most sports and handles having Type 1 diabetes with increasing independence. He was diagnosed at age 5; it has been quite a journey for all of us. I really know how bad a hockey locker room smells!” Giovanni, Susan’s husband of 20 years, has 2 children with families in Sweden. Those 4 grandchildren range in age from 4 to 15, and the Sanitates try to visit them every other year, an exhausting but wonderful undertaking. “I’m holding it together health wise with regular exercise and as much time outdoors as possible. I miss sailing and horses, but opportunities for both have dissipated. I read and spend time with friends and drink coffee and beer!” Susan’s enthusiasm for car and train travel is not shared by her husband, but they make occasional visits to Sedona, AZ, and to see her brother in Cody, WY. “My fondest Hood memories center around living in Coblentz Hall and my time at the barn and riding,” Susan recalled. “The weekends at Mr. B.’s mountain cabin, taking care of the horses, eating fried chicken and fresh

baked pies and following him in the cart hitched to Blue—what a blast!” Chris Plankenhorn Tischer’s first note arrived the day she had just celebrated her Nov. birthday with Nancy McAdams Baggett, whose latest cookbook “The Art of Cooking with Lavender” has been selling well since its Nov. 2016 publication. “Joseph and I keep getting up in the morning and keep going,” Chris wrote. “He has swallowing issues and has lost a lot of weight, and peripheral neuropathy limits his movement and makes driving impossible. I am still very much involved with the Washington Calligraphers Guild and doing commissions, teaching and making my own creative calligraphy pieces. I love every aspect of lettering and feel lucky to have this outlet, even though arthritis is nipping at my hands! This past year included some major body adjustments, such as rods and screws in my back and rotator cuff surgery, topped off with cataract surgery. Someday soon, I’ll be brand new!” Chris took her twin granddaughters, 11, who live in Hammonton, NJ, for a stay at her winter house in The Villages (visitors are welcome) and a visit to Universal Studios. “Too hot, too many people and too hard on Grammy!” she wrote, “but they are such good girls and just wanted to have fun. Yes, I had some too.” In mid-Nov., Chris and Joseph were included with the family of her first husband, David Myers, in the wreath-laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Chris’s Marine helicopter pilot husband never returned from Vietnam, 50 years later he is still listed as MIA. “Ken Burns’ powerful series on the Vietnam War brought back vivid memories of that tumultuous time,” Chris wrote. “It was our ‘coming of age.’ Think of all the powerful conversations we could have reflecting on what those 50 years have meant in light of today’s news stories and politics. Can anyone picture Virginia Lewis’s Town Hall Lecture?” The Tischers planned to visit Lynn Burkhardt Ogden and Sam at Thanksgiving, just a couple weeks after Lynn was scheduled for a much-needed hip replacement. The Ogdens stopped the sale on their Shepherdstown, WV, home after an unsatisfying attempt at resettlement in a retirement community. JoAnn Smith Alspaugh has lived alone in Frederick overlooking Baker Park since her husband’s death 14.5 years ago. She wrote, “I love my house and vegetable garden and read a lot along with doing genealogical research.” Of JoAnn’s 3 sons, the 1 with 2 daughters, 12 and 14, lives nearby. Her artist son works in Los Angeles, and the youngest, 33, born when JoAnn was past 40, is a 2007 Hood graduate who has been teaching English in Japan for the past 8 years. “My two older boys are getting close to 50,” JoAnn mused, “which really makes me ask, ‘Where have the years gone?’”

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1968 Sharon Burns Walsh 410-749-0426, sharon.walsh68@gmail.com

With only a few months left until our 50th reunion, Susan Marano and I hope your plans to be part of the weekend are well underway. If you’re not there, we can promise that you will be missed. Mary Bloodgood VanHyning was headed to CA to visit her daughter, son-in-law and 2 granddaughters in late Oct. She envies people whose grandchildren live nearby. She definitely plans to be at the reunion as do several people from French House. She had heard from Linda Winter-Blacksher that she will not be able to attend the reunion because of a previously scheduled trip to Italy. Marjorie Field Trusler retired in 2005 as a professor of French and Spanish at West Virginia Wesleyan College. She has spent the last 10 years doing all the community work, traveling, visiting, reading, exercising and lolling that she didn’t have time for when she was working. She has been looking for an awe-inspiring answer to the question, “So what have you been doing since you retired?” People keep asking Sue Warshaw Stinson if she’s busier in retirement than she was while working, and her response is a definite, “No, I am definitely busy but rarely frantic as I used to be.” She thought she was finished with professional work after her book was published in late 2015, but is still finishing a couple smaller projects. Her major activities these days revolve around volunteer civic engagement at the local, state and national levels. She works with the League of Women Voters (including committees and action on Immigration, Social Justice, Voter Education/Registration, and Fair Elections) and also volunteers with a couple of community agencies. “And then there is the increasing amount of time I have to spend to keep my body going with as little pain as possible. Jim and I occasionally fit in some travel, including our 4th Road Scholar trip this past spring to Peru. I’m looking forward to seeing everyone at the reunion.” Gail Davis Williford is in the midst of packing for a move to the Austin, TX, area. After 41 years she has left Houston to return to the city where she first lived in TX. Both of her children and her ex live in Austin. Daughter Jean is a social worker at Seton Hospital in Austin, and son Richard works in commercial real estate. John is retired. Gail retired from the ministry and now works as a life coach and fills in doing weddings, funerals, etc. She says, “I love having the opportunity to stay active in people’s important life events. Life is good.” Also in moving mode was Charlotte Sizoo Whitenight who was leaving her home in Catonsville, MD, last Nov. for a new one in Baltimore. “My advice to all my classmates is never stay 25 years in one house, unless you’re more disciplined than I am about clearing clutter! I’m doing the baby-boomer thing, moving to a downtown city neighborhood, Baltimore City, into 52


a high-rise condo. The neighborhood is fantastic, a block from Johns Hopkins University, vibrant, walkable and filled with students, lots of new restaurants and entertainment.” Since she has friends and volunteer activities in the general area, she will no longer be driving 20,000 miles per year. As a member of the Class Gift Committee, along with Sandy Gerwin Herndon and Pam Nicholson Neuman, Charlotte thanks those in the class who have supported Hood’s Annual Fund each year, and thanks you in advance for your continued, generous support. Everyone’s support is especially crucial in our reunion year. The committee was thrilled to have 8 major donors by last Oct. who pledged donations of $60,000 to the Scholarship and Annual Funds. $28,000 was already received as cash donations for the scholarship by late Oct. The total goal for the Class of ’68 gift is $136,000, with a 68% participation rate. Of this total amount, our specific goal for the scholarship is $64,000. Charlotte adds, “This seems ambitious, but we can do this! I chose the painless way to donate, a direct IRA donation. Look on Hood’s website for information on IRA donations—it’s really easy!” She encourages everyone to think about including Hood in your will for any amount or percentage as have 8 of our classmates. We’d love to be able to announce at the reunion luncheon a substantial increase in this number. Many thanks to Pam, Sandy and Charlotte for taking on this considerable fundraising effort on behalf of our class. Hoping to see everyone at Hood in June!

1969 Sayre Roney Steere 850-233-0238, sayre1126@gmail.com

First to check in was Susie Holzmann Richardson with the exciting news that, after living the single life for 25 years, she’s getting married! She’s known Hal for over 40 years—his deceased wife was a dear friend of Susie’s. Sarah Jane Snyder Raffety and Clyde will welcome a new grandson in Nov. Their other grandchildren (ages 15 and 12) live far away, but this little guy will be considerably closer. Now that Marty Silcox Hankins has retired from teaching, she and Ken were finally able to travel in the fall, taking a 2-week, 2,000 mile trip in a camper all through Nova Scotia. She keeps busy with Shiloh Pottery and “Master Gardening” in Carroll County, MD. Carolyn “Kip” Cantagalli Dumaresq just acquired a new puppy to add to her pack of 3 Border Collies. Kip says she’s “fully involved in puppy potty boot camp.” She is paying it forward with 4 doctoral candidates from Immaculata University. Kip wonders if anyone knows how to contact Lesley VanBacker ’71? Margaret Dunkle’s most dramatic recent event revolved around attending the Association of Community College Trustees annual meeting in Las Vegas. She got to visit Hoover Dam and catch a couple of shows

before heading back to MD—just 24 hours before the mass shooting! Her hotel was only 2 blocks away. She said “the event felt eerily like 9/11 when I was scheduled to fly from LAX to DC and got a call from the car service, saying they weren’t going to pick me up because the airports were closed.” Betsy Seele Gotta celebrated turning 70 with a dinner party for several close friends in Oct. Then her square dance club surprised her with a dance/ party attended by 120 dancers from all over NJ. Betsy and Roy recently visited Branson, MO, then stopped to see Jill Stanley and Adam in their new IN home. Speaking of turning 70, these girls did it right! Susan Taylor Shoch, Barbara Hoagland Ziegler and Rick, Betsy Rudulph Lustenader and Jim, and Deborah Dick Holbert and Woody celebrated with a magical tour of Greece in late Sept. Their tour guide was Chrysanthe Papayani Koumas and George Manos. They visited Athens, the seaside village of Nafplio and cruised to Mykonos, Ephesus, Patmos, Rhodes and Santorini. Betsy and Jim flew to Rome before heading back to Hanover, NJ. Susan stopped in VA to see Sue Korff Hammer and her Alpaca Farm. Susan, Barb, Deb and Chrysanthe all “winter” in FL. Peggy Jackson Wyckhouse and her husband are still among the employed, primarily because they continue to support their 39-year-old medically disabled daughter. But Peggy has reduced her teaching load drastically. Last year’s spinal fusion still gives her problems. Pat Warren Carlson works part time in the doctoral program in educational leadership at Delaware State University, chairing or co-chairing 17 committees—and graduating 17 doctoral students this year. Pat and Michael have 3 grandchildren—a grandson who is a freshman at Boston College, and 2 granddaughters, ages 4 and 8. They each share their grandmother’s love of golf. Pat won low net in both her overall and senior club championships. The Carlsons will celebrate their anniversary with their annual trip to Punta Cana in Dec. Carole Downing Staton and Roy welcomed granddaughter Quinlynn in June. She is little sister to 6-year-old Austin. After several years of planning, the Statons took an Alaskan cruise in July. Words, Carole says, cannot describe the wonders of that part of the world. Life is about to take a drastic turn for Dave and me, Sayre Roney Steere. We’ve decided to chuck our idyllic FL lifestyle and move to Seattle to be closer to our 2 daughters and 3 granddaughters. Our house is on the market and we’ve contracted to build a new home in a “55 and over” community about an hour south of the city. We’re aiming for a spring move. Meanwhile we continue to travel, spending 3 weeks in Seattle this summer, a week in ME, another week in Branson, MO, and finally a 7-day Caribbean cruise, which got extended to 10 days thanks to Hurricane Irma. From day to day we had no idea which ports we were going to hit. After 25 years in one spot, Dave and I are definitely “needed” in many organizations. It will be hard to break ties—and seek out similarly rewarding “purposes” in our new life.

1970 Karin Ninesling Infuso 910-400-5137, kinfuso@aol.com

Christine Bradley Pecor is an adjunct faculty member at FCC. She and her husband have 9 grandchildren and try to attend their various sport activities. Chris and Bob enjoy travel, especially cruise travel, and have visited Yellowstone NP and Mount Rushmore. Deborah Clancy Butler retired from her pastoral position at a church in CA, and she and her husband relocated to WA where her husband established a yacht-rigging business. Her 2 sons still reside in CA. Deb keeps in touch with Hood friends via Facebook. Dana Eser Hunt still works for a Cambridge, MA, public policy research firm. Her work focuses on problems related to opioid addiction and trafficking, which “unfortunately” keeps her busy. Lauren Frankel spent a week in Nimes, France, to attend the wedding of Martha Herbert Bounoure’s younger daughter. Georgeanne Madouros Contoyannopoulos also attended, and they had “a grand visit.” Lauren is busy with her consulting work providing executive coaching for independent schools and nonprofit organizations. Lauren’s daughter and her wife live in Minneapolis. Lauren loves the Twin Cities and enjoys her visits there. Rosalyn Goddard Phillips and her husband have lived in CA for more than 43 years and recently celebrated their 46th anniversary. They are retired and enjoy hosting house concerts for touring folk musicians. Roz’s primary hobby is playing clawhammer banjo in an Appalachian string band. Roz and her husband enjoy traveling to Europe, in the US, and to various music festivals. Their son and daughter both live in CA. Mary Holmes Dague and her husband married in 1970 in Coffman Chapel with Dr. Smith officiating and Marty Hassell singing. They are still happily married and have 2 sons. Mary’s tinnitus and hearing loss ended her dance teaching career years ago, but she remembers the dance program at Franklin and Marshall College that she helped start in 1970. After earning an MA in dance, Mary taught at F&M, which now offers a major in dance. Elizabeth Houghton Fulmer and her husband continued their motor home tour of the US National Parks. So far, they have traveled 55,000 miles. This Thanksgiving, they will do something different and celebrate the holiday on a Panama Canal cruise. Susan Jones O’Donnell downsized this year to a patio home not far from her previous home in CO. She is active in the outdoors and also has a mountain home. Sue retired from federal service in 2012 but does some consulting for the Office of Personnel Management. Sue travels, recently to Italy and Croatia, plays duplicate bridge, and takes lessons to overcome the Smith Hall version of bridge. Sue has been in touch with Laura Martin Shafer and Margaret Muncie. Sally Lottich

Thompson still lives overlooking Puget Sound and sells real estate in Seattle. Sally loves her beautiful city with its intellectual, empathetic, progressive values, “especially in this day and age.” Sally’s older daughter lives in NC with her author-husband and 2 children. Sally’s younger daughter lives in San Francisco and has a career in retail design and management. Sally will travel to Denmark in Dec. to visit Dikte Kirchheiner Holm who was a foreign exchange student while we were at Hood. Dikte and her husband and daughters live in Ribe, a Viking port established 1,000 years ago. Margaret Muncie and her husband travel a lot, mostly short trips to visit family and friends. Peggy’s daughter and her husband had to evacuate their Coconut Grove, FL, home during Hurricane Irma and spent 8 days in SC with Peggy. Peggy and her husband went to Steven’s 50th reunion of Berkeley Divinity School at Yale and to Peggy’s General Seminary Board meeting in NYC. They also enjoyed a UNC-Miami University football game with both daughters and son-in-law. Donna Newman is fully retired and has stepped up her traveling. She went on a land tour of the Baltic countries and St. Petersburg, Russia, saw a lot of the countryside, and was able to interact with local people. The tour guide was 20 years old when the Soviet Union collapsed and therefore offered “amazing perspectives” on Russian life. Karin Ninesling Infuso and her husband recently traveled to SD, MT, and WY including Yellowstone NP and Grand Teton NP. They stayed in historic lodges and saw lovely scenery and much wildlife. The highlight of the trip was an exquisite 8-inch snowfall in Yellowstone NP. Karin and her husband enjoy retirement and the time it allows for civic groups, book club, MahJong, and their delightful 2-year-old grandson. Karin sees Ada Karen Blair as often as Kari’s busy schedule allows. Anne Parkin Pierpont sent sad news of her husband’s passing in Jan. 2017. He and Anne struggled for several years with his diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease, and it was a “sad way for a robust and wonderful person to die.” Because he was a conductor and composer, the funeral included his music. Jeanne Bryant Wyland, Anne’s roommate at Hood, attended the service. Anne and her daughter grew closer through the ordeal, and we send our condolences to them. Nancy Schneider Alder traveled to WI in a 4-seater prop plan to visit childhood friends. Nancy’s grandchildren are in the 5th to 7th grades, participate in numerous sports, and get good grades. Nancy keeps busy with volunteer activities in Gettysburg, PA. Ruth Sands Smith emailed from Easton, MD, where she, Myra Holsinger, and Marie Oliver Brackbill were gathered to celebrate Myra and Marie’s birthdays and reminisce about Hood. They visited Wye Mills and the Old Wye Church because Ruth is on the board and is an administrator there. Marie works part time in a library, and Myra is a docent at the Library of Congress. Vickie Smith Diaz and her long-time partner met Sandy Doucett Greenberg and her

husband for lunch in Annapolis, MD. Sandy, a talented knitter, created 2 blankets for Vickie’s first grandchild and a shawl for Vickie. Vickie and her daughter will cherish those thoughtful gifts from a long-time thoughtful friend. We are sad to report the passing of your class reporter and friend, Karin Ninesling Infuso. Karin passed away on Dec. 14, 2017. We offer our sincere condolences to Karin’s family and friends.

1971 Mary McMunigal Burland 610-733-4009, mburl5@verizon.net Mindy Laighton Wilcox 619-462-6230, mlwilcox3@gmail.com

Sue Montag Wood and Peter were headed for Japan when she reported from Australia that this has been a year of family trips. She and Peter took their 12-year-old twin grandsons to Dubbo to the Open Plains Zoo. Their cottage for the night had a view of giraffes and other African animals. In July they took their son and another grandson who had just turned 18 to Uluru to experience the majesty of this amazing rock in the middle of Australia. (Uluru is the indigenous name for Ayers Rock.) In Jan. their 4th grandson and his mother will travel with them to the Australian Open in Melbourne, Sue’s favorite city. Sue can offer many sightseeing ideas for any classmate traveling to Australia! Ruth LaBrie-Wilcox and Ken split their time between Portola Valley and San Francisco, CA. They were spared from the fires in northern California except for the smoke but know many people who lost their homes and all their belongings. Both of her married sons and grandchildren Oliver, Chloe and Roman live in CA. She volunteers at the San Francisco Botanical Garden as a Children’s Walk Guide and a trustee. She and Ken are active with the Asian Society and the Asian Art Museum and they travel to China at least once a year. Pam Borden Heckert and Clark moved to Redstone, CO, in Aug., leaving their DE home of 32 years for sale. Their 2 youngest children, Anneliese and Peter, live near them while the other 2 are fending for themselves on the East Coast. Last spring Pam had a long phone chat with Anneliese Smola Peace ’70 in Westminster, CO; they have not yet met, but Pam wanted Anneliese to know that her younger daughter was named after her, the first runner Pam ever saw at Hood! Pam and Kate Healy Drummond hope to continue their tradition of meeting for a mutual birthday lunch in the fall when Pam returns east to visit. Betsy Cooper Pizzolato joined the grandma club June 27 when daughter Karen and husband Richard brought Eleanor Jane Heine into the world. She and husband Tom are crazy with joy over her. Karen just returned to work so Betsy and Tom are the Tuesday caregivers. They drive S P R I N G 2 018


about an hour on Monday, spend the night with the new family and take care of the baby all day Tuesday, which, she reports, is pure fun. Mindy Laighton Wilcox and Bill traveled to Normandy last summer on a Hood alumni sponsored trip. Marj Menchey Berkheimer ’70 and husband Phil were also part of the group consisting of Hood College and Northwestern University graduates. Both Bill and I, Mary McMunigal Burland, have been busy substitute teaching this fall. He’s at our local middle school, and I’m teaching art for 3 months at the school where I taught for 35 years. This has been an interesting experience as my art skills are mediocre at best! We did manage to squeeze in a week at Kiawah Island after Hurricane Matthew went through. Fortunately, we had no property damage, but the dunes were severely eroded. Now that Nov. is here, I am looking forward to the holidays and the arrival of a new grandchild in a few weeks. Mindy and I hope all is well with all of you! We’d love to hear from you!

1973 Sara (Sally) Parkhurst Van Why 814-623-1557, sallyvanwhy@gmail.com

Wow, almost our 45th class reunion. Since many of us have the opportunity to travel, I asked to hear about your journeys and any other news. Ann Jones says the big event of her year was traveling Route 66 for her 66th! You can read about it on her sister’s blog: www.blog.thezenofslowcooking. com/route-66/. It was lots of fun—not the least of which being able to spend nearly 2 weeks of uninterrupted time with her sister. She went back to the Navajo reservation and revisited some of the places that she frequented when she lived and taught there after Hood. She said, “Who was that young girl? Amazing that I had the courage to do that way back when!” Back in Lake Forest, IL, Ann continues to work in real estate and do volunteer activities with the Caucus, Historical Society, etc. Bonny Barncord Berger and husband Richard celebrated his retirement with a hiking trip to Ireland with friends. They loved the beautiful country and friendly people. They celebrated her 65th with a wonderful trip exploring Italy. She says, “That’s one good thing about being our age. We feel the need to travel as often as we can to see as much as we can!” They also spent a fun week in Bar Harbor, ME, with their 3 kids and 2 grandchildren. She keeps in touch with Alison Alder Kennedy and Ann Jones through Facebook. She takes Zumba with Joan Theobald Wentling ’66. Leslie Hawkins says she finally made it to retirement after a 40-year career in health care administration and moved from her last job in WA to Tucson and a new home. The last few months have been a whirlwind of getting to know a new area, and a new lifestyle not designed around work, but around her interests and exploration 54


of new places. She also just returned from London and a tour of Scotland. Patricia Henry Montgomery just returned from a 3-week trip to Hong Kong and Taiwan. Catherine Seely RulonMiller (who went back to her original married name in order to have the same last name as her sons) earned her master’s degree in pastoral care and counseling. She did her internship at Mirmont Treatment Center, which is an inpatient facility treating alcoholics and addicts. She feels called to work with this population since she can joyfully report that she has 20 years of sobriety from alcoholism. She has gone through 2 marriages and is happily single again and ready to stay single for a long time. Her 2 sons, 30 and 34, are healthy and employed. Lorraine Sharp Kish does her traveling between her 3 sons who live in 3 different states a plane ride away. They are all happily married including the last 1 who was married at a New York state winery in Sept. What fun! She and Pete are planning to downsize once again and move south to the beach, hoping to attract more visits from kids and grandkids. Sherry Bronski Waltz took a cruise around the British Isles. Charlie Miller Ponticelli will be serving on the External Advisory Council for Hood’s new global studies program. Under the direction of Professor Paige Eager, the program offers an amazing interdisciplinary major preparing students for career paths in global business and economics, global politics, and world cultures. Donna Simmons Maneely continues to enjoy retirement with travel. She enjoyed a beautiful Hawaiian island cruise tour with her Aussie friend. She did her annual Northern CA trip to see family including 2 college age grandkids and middle school new teenager. She also relaxed on her annual summer vacation on FL’s Gulf Coast near Sarasota at the beach while visiting her sister. In Sept./Oct. she splurged on a quick trip to Australia to see her dear mate again and attend a football championship of her favorite Aussie team. Singing for 6 years in Encore Chorale is a true treat. Just before our June 2018 reunion she will travel with them to Montreal and Quebec for a concert tour. Sailing and snow skiing also occupy a little of her recreational time. As one of our 3 reunion co-chairs, along with Karen Bast Griffith, and Kathy Nixdorff Wilson, she and I are certainly looking forward to seeing you at our reunion. Please do mark your calendars to attend June 8-10.

1974 Joyce Manbeck MacKellar, MS’00 301-964-6677, joycemackellar@yahoo.com Patricia Kidd 609-737-3656, pat.kidd@hotmail.com

Hope all of you have experienced a gorgeous fall and are enjoying whatever kind of winter

weather you prefer! Dot Herdle Files wrote that she retired this past summer and promptly started doing more music at church. Eben and Dot took a monthlong driving trip out of TX and saw lots of family and the solar eclipse outside Nashville. They look forward to more trips in the next few years and to hosting an eclipse party in 2021. Beth Guertler Godfrey writes a blog of nature observations. Lots of gorgeous pictures included. Beth says that blogging keeps her head centered in the wacky human world. You can read along at onamorningwalk.wordpress.com. Her book, “The Pigeon and The Seagull,” is still available on Amazon. It’s a memoir about her passionate, imperfect parents and the effects their secrets had on her. Patricia Loser Godwin left CA in April on a cross-country drive. Before starting her return trip and arriving home in July, Patti made a 2-day stop in Frederick. Jennifer Fifield, Beth Guertler Godfrey, Elizabeth Rittenhouse and I met up on campus, even touring Meyran, before heading downtown for lunch at LaPaz. We all remarked how vibrant Downtown Frederick is compared to our college years. Lots of unique shops and wonderful restaurants. Fall is my busiest time with eBay sales as buyers do their holiday shopping. No complaints from me as I know January will be a much slower pace. Please keep sending your news to either Patricia Kidd or to me. We’d love to hear from you!

1975 Deborah Page Rath 530-891-4975, dp95942@aol.com

On a gorgeous weekend in Sept., Ellen Bosek McMahon hosted a mini-reunion with Marcia Ritter Doiron, Lynda Strasser Brooks, Pricilla Munkenbeck Cherrin, Fran Vogler Groves, Laura Lee Hickman and Sharon Dahlstrom Cannon at her cottage in Haven Beach on Long Beach Island. The devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy was no longer visible, with a beautiful, large beach and dunes. It was the perfect weekend for sunbathing, good food, wine, and so much fun to catch up with 2nd floor Memorial friend Sharon from freshman year! She lives in northern VA with husband Carl. They missed Ann Shackleford Silva and Lisa Oller Kennedy, but hope to do something similar next year with all in attendance! Lynda Strasser Brooks and husband Jay are semi-retired and have been living in Wilmington, NC, for the past 3 years. They love the climate and coastal lifestyle here. Son Sean and his wife are living in Raleigh, only 2 hours away, which is great because they had a beautiful baby boy 11 months ago. Lynda and Jay go to Raleigh frequently to see our grandson! Life is good! Anyone visiting the Cape Fear area is welcome to stop in! Since Hood’s last alumni update, Cheryl Cuddeback went on a business trip to Cincinnati. Being a lifelong New Yorker, she

thought it was cool getting a different perspective of a city living in a beautiful town. Cheryl learned that the predecessor of the Brooklyn Bridge was the Roebling Bridge, a bridge named after John Roebling that connects KY to OH. It was like living in a mini-NYC. Cheryl wishes well to fellow Hoodlums and feels so blessed to build the memories we have. Retired now, Barbara Baird Rogers is enjoying this new chapter in her life. Jim and Barbara are still a very happy 2-some, with 3 daughters-in-law and 7 grandchildren, between the ages of 1 and 7. Their 2 standard poodles keep them hopping. Deedee Gustafson Dohan lives nearby, and of course, they both wear our Hood rings proudly when they get together! Wish I still had mine, but unfortunately it was stolen years ago. Anna Kluth VonLindenberg and Von have certainly been enjoying boating this year. They spent half of their time aboard their boat in Cambridge from May through Oct. and then continued the great loop from Chicago down to Tampa last Dec. They just returned from a trip down the inland coastal waterway to the quaint town of New Bern, NC. They plan to go by car to Hilton Head for a month this winter. Von and Anna are in good health, and she has been enjoying bike riding, yoga, Pilates, and water aerobics. Anna is involved in the environment, garden club, landscaping committee, social committee, book club and local public issues. Their grandkids are ages 9, 7.5 and 6, and are adorable and thriving. Arlene Bujese’s inspiration for working as a fundraiser is generated by studies in gerontology and death and dying at Hood. This year she chairs the 18th Annual Boxart Auction for East End Hospice. As a Board member, she is privileged to see the importance of the great work being done on behalf of this great cause: end of life care, with love and dignity, open to all. Arlene has also become involved with Project Most, an after-school program for children of working parents. Aldan Weinberg became a grandfather for the 3rd time in Sept. Turner Allen Florance was born to his daughter, Casey, and her husband, Keith. His first name is Al’s middle name. His 2 granddaughters live in Pittsburgh with his son and his wife. Since retiring in 2015, he has been busy moving to a new house in Frederick with Connie and raising money to try to save the studio of famed local artist Helen Smith, also a former faculty member. Thank you to everyone who shared with their fellow classmates. Hearing from you brings back such great memories. I continue to work for a firm marketing and designing the best retirement plans for small businesses. Since the ladies in my office are all crafty, we’ve been making wreaths and other decorative items along with having an occasional paint party. Hope everyone has a wonderful 2017. Wishing you, your families and friends the best! Debbie Page Rath

1976 Nancy Ludwick Warrenfeltz 850-995-0051, nlwfeltz@hotmail.com

Dave and Diana Hilgartner Boyd’s youngest son, Will, married Sarah Smith, June 2017 in Jackson, MS. Unfortunately, Sarah’s father was in a terrible boating accident 6 weeks before the wedding. He spent 4 weeks in the ICU and 2 weeks in rehab therapy. He miraculously was able to attend his daughter’s wedding for a few hours and dance the father/daughter dance with her. We are glad for the healing news! The wedding was beautiful. Congratulations to the Boyd family! Sandy Stingl Lee’s mother, Josephine Stingl, passed away on Oct. 5, 2017. She was 92 years old. We send our deepest sympathy and love to Sandy and her family. Michele Smith Guyette retired in June 2017 from teaching sign language. She taught at Madison La Follette High School for the past 23 years. Congratulations, Michele! Larry and I, Nancy Ludwick Warrenfeltz, spent 10 days in Hawaii this past Oct. It was great to be back and see how Oahu has grown. We loved touring the island seeing the Dole Plantation, the famous Blowhole, National Memorial of the Pacific Cemetery, Manoa Heritage Center, Honolulu Art Museum, and Ford Island USS Battleship Memorials. It was a fun reunion with Navy friends! Aloha!

1979 Trina Clickner 727-366-1424, trinaclickner@gmail.com

Bess Muir: I love living on Kent Island! I work in Easton 3 days/week and then spend 2-3 days in NJ with my dad. We journeyed to Eastern Europe in May—just love the traveling bug! Would love to catch up with you if you are passing through! Carole Woods Bennett: I live in Parker, CO, southeast of Denver, on a 40-acre small goat dairy. This is a family-managed affair for me, my husband of 30 years, Jim, and my 2 adult children (21 and 23). We have 50 goats, 3 horses, 2 Newfoundlands and several cats. We sell milk, cheese, yogurt, etc. I keep in touch with Julie Starr ’80 who is a professional artist living in CA. Debbie Eaton Thackston: Retirement is wonderful! I retired in July 2014 with 35 years in FCPS, the final 10 as a school administrator. Now I’m busy babysitting my 2 adorable grandsons 3 days/ week, playing Pickleball and staying fit. I raise money for the National Ovarian Cancer Coalition and the Alzheimer’s Association. I met Lynn Hicks Townsend, Jane Krebs Drozinski, and Sue Murawski Ganley on campus for Homecoming Weekend and strolled about campus. I’m now serving on the Hood Board of Associates and wonder, has it really been 40 years since we called this campus our home? Jane Krebs

Drozinski: I am in my 17th year teaching at Carroll Lutheran School and now in my 5th year teaching kindergarten! Rick and I have 3 grandkids by our oldest son, Andy; they are 6, 4.5 and 1. They are adorable and smart and even though they live in SC, we do spend quality time together! In Oct., I enjoyed spending the day at Hood Homecoming with classmates Lynn Hicks Townsend, Deb Eaton Thackston, and Sue Murawski Ganley! Malia Harrison Anderson: My daughter, Hilary, is in her 1st semester at University of Tennessee in Knoxville, and I’m waiting to hear that one day I’ll be a grandmother! Martha Pierce: After 20 years of a practicing medicine in a traditional internal medicine model, I opened a “concierge” internal medical practice here in Frederick: Mid-Maryland Internal Medicine. We’re now into our 3rd year and loving it. I am able to spend all the time I need with my patients and know them by name, not a number. The patients love it too, so life is good. www.MidMarylandInternalMedicine.com has more info. Frederick continues to be a great place to live and work! Patti Barth Hintze: I work for an accounting firm and it’s a good time of year for me to go on vacation so I’m writing from Edinburgh, Scotland! I am on a guided tour of the UK followed by 10 days in Vienna, Prague, Berlin and Budapest. My husband of 35 years, Curtis, is tearing the bathroom apart while I’m gone—another good reason to leave town. Our 29-year-old daughter, Beth, is usually my traveling companion, but she is just starting work as a database manager for the Innocence Project. So, how old are we now? I received my 1st senior discount when I visited Shakespeare’s grave in Stratford-upon-Avon a few days ago, and my 2nd senior discount at Edinburgh Castle today. That’s one nice benefit to aging. Aside from this travel, my life is pretty quiet. I keep busy with my work, my husband, two book clubs, church and baking. I help care for my elderly, infirmed parents, who live about an hour from my home. I visited Frederick recently and walked around town, accumulating Fitbit steps. I was amazed at how much the town has changed in the last 15 years, but at how the feel of the campus remains so much the same. Steve Grigas: It’s been a busy year! My law firm has grown to almost 700 attorneys with 23 offices in 12 states. My focus remains health care regulatory law, and I was again named to Best Lawyers in America for my work in health care law. I’ve stepped down from my role as chair of the Florida Bar Health Law Section, but remain active on their Executive Council Board. My family and I did some traveling this year and headed to San Francisco for the 50th anniversary of the “Summer of Love.” It was fun explaining that one to my son. Then off to Napa and a cruise through the inland passage of Alaska. Next? Cuba in Dec.

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1982 Liz Bastian Chapin 610-823-2172, busybethc@aol.com

Hello, Class of 1982! Thanks for sharing your news and keeping in touch! Jill Hammon Wetzel and husband moved to the Chesapeake Bay 5 years ago. They love the view and are enjoying life as empty nesters! Their 2 sons are homeowners; their daughter will graduate with her master’s at Johns Hopkins in May and marry in April. Lisa Spuria caught up with Leslie Morgan Seidel and Amy Blades Steward this past year. Together with Susie Hiles Giallonardo they hope for an upcoming holiday reunion. Lisa retired 2 years ago, moved to Louisville and is enjoying the small-town feel on the Ohio River. Liane McCarthy retired after 27 years in the FBI! She gave her last official speech to female state troopers—woman power! Loving the life of leisure, she hopes to travel and work on home projects. She recently spoke with Sharon Carnevale Schopfer who works at a Newark hospital. Ellen Yodzis Patton was blessed with grand baby #5 born Oct. 17. Last child, Claire, is graduating from Elon University in Dec. and is looking for a job in the environmental/ecological field. Christy Belisle Fitzgerald just had her 1st grandchild, a boy, born Oct. 17! Everyone is doing great! Bambi Maitland Grundwerg visited with Ellen Yodzis Patton at her quilting shop in FL in June. She returned to the sunshine state in Aug. as a corporate sponsor of a world-record setting power boat race from Key West to Havana! She and Linda Esterhoy Segur are planning a trip to Groundhog Day’s ground zero in Punxsutawney, PA, Feb, 2018. Lynn Lockett just completed a master’s degree in transformative leadership and social change from the Maryland University of Integrative Health. After raising her daughters and working as a freelance photographer, she turned her sights to doing some workshops, coaching and blogging in the area of life navigation, focusing in part on the idea of transforming how we regard elders in our society. She and husband Joe Murphy just bought a condo in Ocean City, MD, and are excited to spend time there with family and friends. Lynne Towns Tucker loves her job as a realtor for Washington Fine Properties and is honored to be named to Washingtonian Magazine’s Best List for 3 years in a row! She and husband Ken are adjusting to being empty nesters in their new home of 4 years. Their 2 “doodles” keep them busy, active and entertained. Son David manages a biometrics lab at Stanford for the National Institute of Standards and Technologies in Palo Alto. Daughter Jillian works for a PR firm in Chicago and was recently engaged. Lynne spends time with sister Jen Griffin Vosburg ’02 and her 4 daughters. Stephanie Sears Frick writes for the 1st time in 35 years! After Hood, she worked as a



retail buyer then opened the Coach Leatherware store in Philadelphia. Married Benjamin Frick in 1991 and retired after their 1st of 3 children. Daughter Sarah graduated from the Dyson School of Business at Cornell University in 2016 and works in NYC. Daughter Anna is a junior with dual film and Spanish majors in the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and son Charlie is a high school senior. Stephanie and husband bought an old farm house “as is” in Villanova, PA, built in the late 1700s with an addition put on in 1926. The age and upkeep of the house keep them very busy! Stephanie loved her involvement with her kids’ scouting; Charlie earned his eagle rank this past summer. Steph chairs the souvenir booth at the Devon Horse show, which grossed about $500,000 in 10 days of sales, all benefitting their local hospital. Lastly, Joy Miller Beveridge shares the birth of her 1st ‘grand-joy,’ Lydia James Beveridge, born to parents Dan and Tricia, and soon to move to AZ. With Kendall still in San Francisco, Joy and Don look forward to many trips out west. Joy enjoys participating in many ‘Hood 125 Years’ activities and continues to serve on the Alumnae Executive Board and the Board of Associates. Her role on both boards is supportive of community outreach within Frederick and adjoining communities. Joy and Ellen Drogin Rodgers continue to meet with Hood leadership and discuss potential post-reunion activities for the future. And as usual, Joy and Liz Bastian Chapin got together to celebrate Labor Day at the farm of Elizabeth LePatourel Powell ’50 in West Grove, PA.

1983 Mary Townley 804-423-7255, hoodmlt@aol.com

Hello, Class of 1983! It’s my pleasure to update you on news from a few of our classmates. Kathy Alexander Long writes, “We are finally experiencing the ‘empty nest’ now that our youngest son is attending Lafayette College; he is pursuing neuroscience and is on the track and field team. My oldest son got married last Dec. and is in his 6th year teaching 5th grade in Hagerstown. Last year, he was a finalist for Washington County Teacher of the Year, which was quite an honor. The middle son will be graduating from USUHS in May as an Air Force Doctor. He plans to pursue radiology. As for me, I am a supervisor with the Office of Child Care in Frederick County. I have had many occasions to visit the Onica Prall Child Development Lab at Hood and it always takes me back to my own time spent there as part of the Child Development course. It’s been nice getting to reconnect with some of my Hood classmates on Facebook.” I also heard from Sharon Carnevale Schopfer, who is looking forward to our reunion in June and tells us, “Since 2010, I became an

International Board Certified Lactation Consultant and have worked in two major Houston Hospitals in the Medical Center Houston. Since leaving Houston in 2012, I had a lactation private practice in DE and most recently (last 2 years) have joined WIC as their breastfeeding manager, part of the City of Newark, NJ Health Dept. My 3 children, Collin 27, Madi 23, and Evan 17 are all doing well. Madi and husband Ryan are at Camp Pendleton living in Oceanside, CA; Collin is working for Burger King Corporate in Atlanta; Evan will be off to college in the fall. My husband, Chris, is a business owner and manages Atlantic Heat Treat in Wilmington, DE. Life is as busy as ever. Hope the Class of 1983 is doing well, and looking forward to June!” Pamela Stamey Inskeep had a lot to share. She writes, “I have been working at my local library in the circulation dept. as a community service worker II - library circulation aide, P/T, since June 2013. I also lead the library’s fiction and nonfiction book discussion groups. Plus, I lead a ladies’ social book club. I am also a private tutor, P/T, in math, reading comprehension, phonics, grammar, essay writing, cursive writing and test prep. I am working with 2 students currently and am about to take on a 3rd. Typically, I tutor about 2-5 students each semester. My daughter, Jessica, is now 27. She is a licensed and certified teacher and, after teaching high school special education for 3 years, she is now an educational diagnostician at an elementary school in Wilmington, DE. My husband, Johnny, has been helping my mom a lot this year. Since she doesn’t drive, he takes her to the grocery store, the thrift shop and a local resale store and helps her do her shopping. He takes her to the bank and post office, and then they lunch. They do this twice a week. I help her out once or twice a week. Besides reading a lot, I have started crocheting again. I find the rhythm of the crochet hook stitching yarn very soothing. I love the colorful yarns and beautiful patterns.” Deborah Single Hays shares that she will not be able to join us at our reunion this spring as she, husband Stephen and their 2 boys, Matthew and Timothy, will be cruising the British Isles. The cruise celebrates Deb and Stephen’s 25th anniversary, Matthew’s graduation from Rice University, and Timothy’s completion of 10th grade. Congratulations to the whole Hays family! Finally, Lee Ann Near Aikens shared “Things are busy here in WV. Ron and I are essentially empty-nesters with Tori living on a military base as she works for DOD and Jordan graduates from WVU next May but will be starting medical school in the fall. I returned to work in the lab part-time at the VA after taking 10 years off to stay home. It’s a privilege providing good care for our veterans. When not working, I spend time with my 85-year-old mother tending chickens, cooking and running all over the place, and I’m blessed to have my 86-year-old dad nearby as well.” Hoping to see many of you at Reunion Weekend in June! ~Mary

1984 Susan Flanders Kleinschmidt, MS’92 609-771-0624, susankle@comcast.net

Carol Whynot Neill and husband George celebrated 32 years of marriage in Aug. Carol is working part-time for the government, and George is director of sales for a local new home builder. Their daughter, Caitlin, and her husband, Matt live nearby in Annapolis and had their 1st child, Carter, who is now 20 months old and so much fun! Daughter Emily is doing well; they are happy she lives close by. Son Spencer is a junior in high school and plays football and baseball. Carol would love to connect with any friends on Facebook! Maryann Giannotti Massillio’s Danny is in his 2nd year working for ESPN in Bristol, CT as a production assistant, where he creates highlights and dialog of sporting events for broadcast. Maryann recently visited Chicago to attend the Food and Nutrition Conference and Expo where she was recognized as a Fellow of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Jennifer Bardliving Reed, Leslie Wilkins-Pruitt ’85 and Mari Padilla Spina ’86 reunited with their Lil’ Sisters in Frederick. They enjoyed visiting with Maritza Bido ’86, Luz DeBrosse Ment ’86, Nanette Rosario Sanchez ’86, Gina Oliveros ’86, Kim E. Burns ’87 and Khateeta Emerson. Through tears of joy and hugs they laughed about the times they shared on Hood’s campus and caught up on their life journeys beyond Hood. They decided too much time had passed, and they hope to get together more often! Jennifer and Leslie were also able to attend the 125th Hood homecoming in Sept. Jennifer enjoyed catching up with Dr. Olivia White, VP of student life and dean of students, and meeting President Andrea Chapdelaine. Jennifer and Leslie both agree that they are 1,000% happy they selected Hood for their undergraduate work. Hood has prepared them for so many life opportunities and challenges. Mindy Brown and Amy Connor Asman reunited to celebrate their “double nickels” birthdays in Pittsburgh. They attended the Tim McGraw/Faith Hill Soul to Soul concert. Amy Connor Asman’s daughter, Emily, just started her MBA program at UT-Austin. Son Connor works in Bethesda in marketing for a vitamin company. Maria Prezioso Beyer still finds herself in Frederick County and reports life is wonderful in Woodsboro. She and Donnie are “retired”—which actually means busy! Together they have 5 children, 9 grandchildren and are expecting their 2nd great-grandchild. Maria and Donnie spend a fair amount of time traveling to visit family and still see Olga Hopkins Murray. Maria says her friendship with Olga is an unusual gift, and she is grateful they remained close; it is also neat to see their children continuing their friendship! Stephanie Robertson Belella is the vice chancellor of the Acquisition Internship School at the Department of Veteran Affairs

Acquisition Academy in Frederick. Daughter Taylor was married in July to Cullan Ganley. Stephanie became a 3rd-time grandmother to Quinn Robert Belella, the 3rd son of her son and daughter-inlaw Mitchell and Carissa Belella. Daughter Payton is a junior at Hood and loves every minute. She is a biology major and recently was awarded a scholarship as part of the Hood Legacy Ring and Scholarship program. Rebecca Burdette is a board-certified obesity medicine physician and just created a new science-based plan for wellness called Dr. Becky’s Health Done Right. She plans to launch the program by year’s end and would love to speak to anyone regarding healthy eating, especially as it relates to women’s health. Terry Rappoldt Stickles started a new job at SpiriTrust Lutheran at Utz Terrace as the volunteer services coordinator. She left the world of retail banking after 33 years. She is looking forward to the job and using a different skill set; unfortunately, not used to full-time work as her previous job of 25 years was part time. Paris DuChesne Niesterowicz is expecting a new baby! She is looking forward to her 6-month-old Lipizzaner filly Charlotte arriving home. Paris is also pursuing her master’s degree in nursing management at Stevenson University. She currently works in the emergency department at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore. Carole King Heine reports daughter Kelsey, 27, lives in Baltimore and is a sales rep for Avaya. Daughter Gretchen, 25, lives in OK City and is a 5th grade teacher with Teach for America. Son Kevin, 23, was commissioned as a Marine officer in June. Daughter Carly, 21, is a junior at University of Michigan and plays on the women’s lacrosse team. Carol and husband Stephen traveled to Italy to celebrate their 30th anniversary. Carol has been director of Tour de Frederick for the past 3 years and recently joined a new startup Potluck.chat, a video chat platform with many possibilities. She would love to hear from anyone who is interested in checking it out! Ellen-Marie Samsen Knehans is excited to sing The Messiah with the Hood College choir. Son Jonathon is a senior at Hood majoring in business administration with a minor in economics and accounting. Her other son is a biology teacher at Burroughs HS in Ridgecrest, CA.

1986 Alison Drum Althouse ’86, P’12 804-814-0470, alison.althouse@gmail.com

Margaret Bushwaller Powers is a manager of communications at ADP and is working toward a certificate in digital media marketing from Assumption College in Worcester, MA. She gets to see Ann Barry Mitchell, Eleanor Chisholm Landauer and Jacquie Hollands Ignacio frequently. Shantih Clemans lives in Brooklyn, NY, with partner Julie Shapiro and their 2 daughters (Hazel, 10, and Chloe, 8). She is on the faculty at SUNY Empire State

College and is director of the Center for Mentoring, Learning, and Academic Innovation. She keeps up with Nina Banks ’85, and they talk regularly about academia and Shriner Hall. Debbie Daly Louis writes: “The greatest gift I received from Hood College is the friendship of Audrey MacDonald Wilcox, Lisa O’Brien, Gretchen Miller-Anderson, Lisa Edwards ’87, and Robin Samuelman Kalfaian ’87. I remember hanging out at the Coffee House and singing James Taylor’s song, ‘You’ve Got a Friend.’ I didn’t know then how the lyrics, ‘You just call out my name, and you know wherever I am I’ll come running,’ would ring true to our friendship. All these girls were present at my April 2017 wedding to my best friend, Richard Louis.” It is with deepest sorrow, Liz Falken Washburn reported the death of her elder son, Jonathan Thomas Washburn, age 20. Jonathan passed away Sept. 30, 2017. He is survived by his parents, Liz and Dennis, and younger brother James. Please keep them in your prayers. Paige Flory lives in Ephrata, PA, and works for Laser Lab, Inc. She is a single mom to her 5-year-old adopted son and is proud of her 2 adult children who live in Chicago and Philadelphia. Kellye Greenwald loves her role as guest research manager at Walt Disney World and is still selling real estate with her mother’s company. She’s excited to see daughter Bird over the holidays and wishes everyone an abundance of Health and Contentment in 2018! Joanne Kaldes Kontanis and husband Kosta have 2 daughters. Older daughter Alissa is finishing her last year of law school at Drexel University. Younger daughter Hanna is a junior nursing major at Eastern University. They live in Lancaster, PA, and their home is filled with pets and friends. Margaret “Maggie” Kellogg Hogan lives in Madison, WI, with her 9-year-old daughter and husband Kevin. Congrats on your 20th wedding anniversary, Maggie! Anne Lamoureux, husband Brian, and son Jack live in MD. Jack is a senior at Bethesda Chevy Chase High School and spends his waking hours with his crew team while waiting on college early decisions. Anne and Brian spend their free time racing their sailboat in Annapolis. Anne sees Marcia Menihan Kodlick often, and they spend Thanksgiving together each year. They are the proud “Faunties” of Cat and Sooz Edmiston ’87’s adorable son, Brooks. Jennifer Lee Matts has finished requirements to be a licensed United States Equestrian Federation horse show steward and is preparing to become a licensed schooling supervisor for the USEF, combining her love of horses and knowledge of rules. She and Bob spent a weekend with Betsy Reed Ringel, Jane Brophy Martinez, and their husbands, attending the Navy/ SMU football game. Lisa O’Brien shared that she is engaged to Bill Baio! They are planning a June 2018 wedding while also helping plan the Fall 2019 wedding of Lisa’s daughter, Elisabeth, to her partner Victoria—so much happiness! Maureen Rohan Socha is the AVP of administration and facilities at Springfield Technical Community College and lives in Ludlow, MA. If you’re in the area, she’d love to S P R I N G 2 018


visit! Howard Spiegel and wife Janice Peacock Spiegel ’85 have 2 kids with new stories. Daughter Sarah, 25, is a travel abroad program director at Penn State/State College, and son Jason, 22, completed his political science degree at Gettysburg and plans to begin law school in 2018. Michael and I, Alison Althouse, are still in MD and are looking forward to the July 2018 wedding of our son, Drew Althouse ’12, to his fiancé Kristen, with his brother, Evan, as his best man. Join me on Facebook for more updates as the year unfolds!

1992 Michelle Inman 785-639-1813, mraynesford@rocketmail.com

I, Michelle Inman have friended many of our classmates on Facebook. However, I don’t have permission to share or not to share what is on there. Joann Colucci and I speak regularly on the phone and have plans to get together next summer (2018). The only news I have to report is my own. I received my master’s in special education from an online program from Grand Canyon University. This Jan. 2018, I begin my work toward my elementary education/minor special education classwork. In May 2018, my older son, Justin, will receive his undergrad degree in psychology/minor chemistry from the University of Kansas. He plans to continue his masters and doctorate work there. Please don’t hesitate to call, email or mail me. I hope all is going well for each of you. Happy Holidays, and have a great 2018!

1994 Sanya Cleary Wolstenholme 215-338-8627, lilmackvic@comcast.net

Hello Class of 1994! I finally have some news to report, other than mine. Jessica Olin now lives in Rochester, NY, and has worked since July 2017 as the director of library services for a school in the SUNY system—Genesee Community College. Jessica previously served as the director of the Robert H. Parker Library at Wesley College (DE). She has also served as information literacy librarian at Hiram College (OH) as well as adjunct librarian, grants specialist, and research services librarian at Landmark College (VT). After Hood, Jessica went on to receive her M.A.Ed., Touro University International, Cypress, CA and MLIS, Simmons College, Boston. Her professional and research interests include building community at academic libraries, the role of gender in academia, and bridging the gap between library science graduate programs and professional practice. In her spare time, she likes to cross-stitch, watch nerdy television shows like Doctor Who, and 58


spend a lot of time in thrift stores. Congratulations on a job well done! I have also heard about a lot of other wonderful events happening in your lives, but unless you give me the okay I cannot report it. I love seeing your posts on Facebook and so thankful that I keep in touch with so many. Please reach out with a quick email. I would love to hear from you! As for me, Sanya Cleary Wolstenholme, and my own family, Mackenzie is loving life as a freshman at York College (PA). Rich and I still aren’t sure how this happened—we must have blinked. Tori is doing well as a sophomore and student council class president. Rich and I will celebrate 22 years of marriage this Nov. and love our life—the good, the bad, the happy and the sad. I am still teaching pre-K children and loving every minute of it! I hope to hear from you soon! Enjoy the season, stay warm and choose happy! Shannon Gierczak Marriott writes “I am going into my 20th year as a physician assistant after passing my recertification exam for the 4th time last Dec. I have been working in the pharmaceutical industry as a principal investigator at PAREXEL for the past 10 years. I primarily conduct phase 1 and 2 clinical trials to work on getting drugs FDA approved. In addition, I have recently started a bus trip charter company for all New York City trips. My company is Drama For Your Mama NYC Bus Tours and can be found on Facebook. I do trips to Broadway shows, 9-11 Museum, shopping extravaganzas, sightseeing tours and more. I also do customized tours for groups, fundraisers, girls’ day out, senior centers and more! I have 3 children, 3 cats and Matt, my husband of 17 years. Mason is 5 and recently started kindergarten. Kaitlyn is 14 and attends Ridge Ruxton School in Towson. Kaitlyn is our angel born with Chromosome 18 Deletion Syndrome and also has autism. She is our challenging child, but we would not have it any other way. Brooke is our 10-year-old professional actress. She has been doing theater since age 3 but recently moved into film, TV and commercials. She has filmed on House of Cards, HBO Crashing and Dangerous Book for Boys, directed by Bryan Cranston from Breaking Bad, among others. Her dream is to be cast in a Disney show or a major motion picture, and to work on Law and Order. She will be auditioning for NYC agents this fall. Recently, during an audition in Frederick, we had the chance to drive through the Hood campus to show my family where I went to school and we even had the opportunity to walk through Smith dorm!”

1995 Jacki Resop Amato jresop@yahoo.com

Christine Gavlick-Fuller, BA, RN, CAWM was appointed the health maintenance nurse for the Department of Veterans Affairs 2 years ago. And, she became a 1st-time grandmother in April! Baby Peter Ernesto was born to her son and daughter-

in-law, named after both of his late greatgrandfathers! Beyond blessed! My dear friend Jennifer Barbieri Casey ’98 and husband Shawn are overjoyed with the birth of daughter Tessa Anne (Class of 2039) on July 13, 2017. I attended Tessa’s baptism with my family on Oct. 1, 2017. Congratulations! On July 8, I got together with my fellow Memorial Hoodlums, Emma Frederick King, Kim Unseld, Jewel Smith ’96 and Quicha Tresvant Jones ’96 at Bo Brooks Restaurant in Baltimore. We had so much fun catching up and laughing like time never passed. We have planned another outing in the near future. On Aug. 6, I attended the memorial service of a truly amazing Memorial Hoodlum, Dominique Bustamante Thayil ’97, in Frederick with fellow alums Emma Frederick King, Jewel Smith ’96 and Quicha Tresvant Jones ’96. Many other alums were there in support of her family and friends. Dom will surely be missed! Please feel free to send me a message anytime throughout the year with your updates!

1999 Anne Hambrick-Stowe Rankin 717-945-4585, annehambrickstowe@gmail.com

Greetings Class of ’99! I trust you’re all doing well and staying busy! Alison Gregg Dowd continues to work at the Memphis Veterans Affairs Medical Center, where she has been a staff psychologist since 2012. Last Feb., however, she transferred to a new position within the Center as triage/consult coordinator for Mental Health Service and loves it. In addition, she has twice accompanied medical teams providing services to Haiti to provide services to St Vincent’s School for Handicapped Children in Port au Prince. In 2016, she was appointed Cathedral Sacristan at her church, and also serves on the vestry. As if all that isn’t enough, Alison is also trying to remodel her home (even if it is slow going!), and somehow still makes time for fun fishing outings. And for some exciting family news from Sherie Love—Brant Kenny and Sherie were married Oct. 24, 2015 in Hershey, PA. In attendance were fellow alums Tricia Muir ’00, Jamie Hentz White ’99, Melanie Jacobs Srivisal ’99, Erin McNulty ’99, Stephanie Mellinger ’99, and Laura Schultz ’99. A little over a year later, she and Brant welcomed their 1st child, a son named Maxwell, on Dec. 16, 2016. Congrats, Sherie! My family and I attended the Hood Homecoming festivities this past fall; it is always great to be back on campus, to talk with the current students, to reconnect with other alums, and to watch my own kids enjoy activities on the quad and to cheer on the Blazers on the field! To submit updates and news for the next magazine, you can email annehambrickstowe@gmail.com or text 717-9454585 me anytime. Take good care…and hope to hear from you soon!

2001 Heidel Goldenman goldenmanh@hotmail.com

Hello, hello! Thank you to all who heeded my cry for news. While life clips along at a quick yet humdrum pace in my household, our classmates cover an exciting gamut this round in their lives. Congrats to two 2001ers on recent professional moves: Lisa Zaleski-Larsen finished a Cosmetic Surgical Dermatology Fellowship at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in CA and changed jobs to West Dermatology at the Hillcrest office in San Diego. In addition, Sarah Kistler Drabant started a new position at Fairview Elementary School in 2017. After 3 years on the Title 1 Literacy Team, she is now the library and media specialist assistant. Sarah says their boys keep them busy with robotics, music lessons and Erie Junior Philharmonic rehearsals and concerts. Eliza Adams was also delighted to share both professional and personal accomplishments. She recently celebrated 15 years of teaching at the Bryn Mawr School in Baltimore where she was honored to be recognized with the Apgar Award for Teaching Excellence at their Founders Day ceremony, an event honoring Bryn Mawr’s 4 founders and where members of the faculty receive awards for their dedication to teaching. A former member of Hood’s Chorus and Chamber Choir, Eliza was proud to say she has continued singing ever since! She is currently a board member and soprano with Bach in Baltimore, a choir that mostly sings Bach cantatas in German and often sings works by other composers. Eliza serves as the soprano section leader in the choir. Kudos goes to Rachael Gingrich whose son, Wesley Gingrich, was born Jan. 6, 2017; fellow classmate Lara Chuvala is Wesley’s godmother. Last but not least, bon voyage to Jen Stange Knieriem and husband Jason, who tied the knot on May 27, 2017 with fellow classmates Elena Bush Leyendecker as matron of honor and Surbhi Kanotra joining the celebration. Jen and Jason honeymooned last Nov. in South Africa, Italy and Greece. Congratulations to all our classmates, and thank you to those who represented us at the last Reunion Weekend. Holly and I always enjoy hearing from all of you, so please keep it coming!

2003 Leah Giambarresi MacDonald, C’05, MS’10 240-409-7439, macdonaldleahg@gmail.com

Hi, everyone! Can you believe we’re coming up on our 15th reunion?! It feels like just yesterday we were freezing in the graduation tent waiting to receive our diplomas! So, let’s start off our 15th year with some good news! First, a few new babies! Naomi Levine Levinthal writes that she

and husband Eli welcomed their 3rd child, Vivienne Ella Levinthal, on Sept. 16. Vivienne joins big brother Joseph and big sister Ava. Erica Buckley Wrightson and husband Jim also welcomed a new little girl! Alaina Claire Wrightson was born on Nov. 10. Alaina was also welcomed by big siblings, Aidan, Ainsley and Lexi. JJ Bell-Godfrey has some exciting news, too! After spending the last year as the assistant controller at Mattress Warehouse, she was promoted to controller in Nov.! She’s responsible for the company’s financial statements, general ledger, cost accounting, payroll, accounts payable and receivable, and tax compliance—which is a pretty big job given how big the company is! I think that’s it for this round— don’t forget to join the Hood College Class of 2003 group on Facebook, and even more importantly, don’t forget to put Reunion Weekend 2018 on your calendars! Hope to see lots of you there!

2005 Leslie Beck Hughan 301-464-0752, lhughan@gmail.com

Rebecca Anthony Foster has lived in England since 2007 and has been a full-time freelancer for more than 4 years. She edits science journals and writes book reviews for various print and online publications on both sides of the pond. This year she was pleased to have a review published in the Times Literary Supplement. She also maintains an active book blog, Bookish Beck, and is on a shadow panel of bloggers judging this year’s Sunday Times/ Peters Fraser and Dunlop Young Writer of the Year award. Charlene Vestermark Hauser married CPT George Hauser, a dentist in the Army in Nov. 2016. She graduated from Gastroenterology Fellowship at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center in Bethesda and is getting ready to start working at Carl R. Darnall Medical Center in Fort Hood, TX. Jennifer Harmon Nachtrieb was promoted to branch manager of the escrow office at Yukon Title Company. She also is expecting her 1st child, a daughter, in Feb. 2018. Caroline Pandorf purchased her 1st home. She writes, “I am settling in and still unpacking the endless boxes and organizing. It seems it will never end! It’s a ‘historical’ home built in 1938 with a lot character and charm. It’s in Gaithersburg. The home doesn’t have a lot of modern necessities as most homes, like central air or a dishwasher, and the kitchen is not updated, but I’m still in love with it and all its potential. One day I’ll get central A/C and modernize the kitchen, and I can always buy a portable dishwasher. But bottom line—it’s home and I love it!” This past spring, she celebrated 9 years in business. She owns and operates Spoiled Pawz Dog Walking & Pet Care. She also offers dog obedience training. She invites us all to check out her website for more information: www.SpoiledPawzofMontCo.net. She looks forward many years in her new home and hopes to grow

her business to include boarding and/or doggie day care. Sara Levering Roa and husband Vince welcomed daughter Cecilia Elizabeth Roa on Jan. 5, 2017. She weighed 6 pounds. Sara also moved from Potomac to Barnesville, MD.

2006 Sharia Barksdale 301-449-5891, sharia@eclecticfete.com

Victoria Idoni has taken a television job as a multimedia journalist and traffic anchor for WTOL in Toledo, OH. Alison Rohrer Peteranecz and husband Kit (who is on staff at Hood) welcomed their second son, Leo Albus Peteranecz, in May. Also, her rock star law firm, Antietam Law Group, was recently voted #1 law firm and she personally was voted #2 attorney in Hagerstown Magazine’s 2017 Hotlist. Amanda Reinken purchased her first home over the summer! She currently works for the Tax Division of the Department of Justice where she was recently awarded a commendation for outstanding service. Catrina Cecil Wiles moved to Charlotte, NC, from McDermott, OH, in March and now works for Entercom (a radio broadcasting company) as a business operations manager..because she is the BOMB! Nichole May Rodriguez and Tony Rodriguez were married on May 6, 2017. Rev. Terry Orrence of Catoctin United Methodist and Pastor Joshua Symonette of National Community Church officiated the ceremony. The bride is the daughter of Larry and Shiela May of Thurmont. She is a human resources specialist for the US Army at Fort Detrick, as well as a pastoral counselor and works part time as a licensed clinical professional counselor. The groom is the son of Thelma and the late Jose Rodriguez of Woodbridge, VA. He is a manager at the Frederick Lowe’s. The couple celebrated their cherry blossomthemed wedding ceremony at Hood’s Coffman Chapel. The bride’s sister-in-law stood as her maid of honor; she also had 5 bridesmaids. Her 3 nieces stood as a junior bridesmaid and flower girls. The groom’s cousin stood as the best man as well as 5 additional groomsmen. A reception was held at the Urbana Firehall with nearly 200 close family and friends in attendance. After honeymooning in Riviera Maya, Cancun, Mexico, the couple now resides in their new home in Thurmont.

2007 Amanda Earp Hayes aehayes@aehayes.com

Hello, Class of 2007! It’s wonderful to think that we just celebrated our 10th reunion, and I hope those who were able to attend had a fantastic time connecting with former classmates and friends. There is news to report, so let’s get to it: Charis Loomer Beavers is a teacher in Frederick County, S P R I N G 2 018


where she has just started her 11th year and is piloting the 1st full-day Pre-K in the county. She lives in Downtown Frederick with husband Jimmy (a salesman throughout the Baltimore/DC region), as well as her 3-year-old daughter and 16-month-old son. Stephanie Cowen Eisenberg has relocated to FL to work as a senior producer for FOX 35 Orlando. She has a little girl who will turn 2 in July, and who she hopes will one day be a Hoodlum like the rest of us! Amanda Earp Hayes’ first nonfiction book, “Shattered: Memoirs of an Amnesiac” was picked up by a publisher and released Sept. 12 as a #1 bestseller under her pen name, A.E. Hayes. She is now working on a highly-requested sequel to the memoir, as well as writing for a YA anthology, a supernatural/horror anthology, and preparing to publish a book about a coffee shop that takes place in St. Michaels, MD. When not writing, Amanda is busy with her 6-year-old son, her husband (a senior infrastructure and database consultant for a major educational company in Columbia, MD), their 3 Battlestar Galactica-named cats, and frequent visits to St. Michaels to enjoy the slower pace of life. Collin Kenny teaches 5th and 6th grades at Frederick Classical Charter School, where he has his students mummify chicken legs and assess whether the Mongols were civilized or barbarous. He still writes music for the guitar, which his students often sing in history songs. Collin also leads the praise team at Faith Church PCA, and plays mandolin in the Singing Stones Gospel band once a month at the Frederick Church of the Brethren. He resides in Frederick with his wife and daughter. Natalie McVeigh is excited to be in the Greater Boston Area again. She married Jessica Carsten in June 2016 in Denver, where they previously resided. After more than 7 years, Natalie left her own family enterprising advising and coaching firm in May 2017 to join the Private Bank of Wells Fargo as a vice president, family dynamics consultant. In 2016, she had the honor of being recognized in her field of Family Business Advising by being selected as Faculty of the Family Firm Institute.

Megan Dancause 717-682-5267, mdancause@comcast.net

Kudos are in order to the Class of 2011; they continue to achieve as the years increase since our time at Hood! Chelsea Bosch Perry completed her master’s degree. She received an MAED in mathematical leadership from UMBC. Megan Oliver Crane and her husband welcomed their 3rd child, son Daniel Charles, on Sept. 29. Megan Dancause is now the assistant director of admissions at Thaddeus Stevens College in Lancaster, PA. Sasha Speakman Lear was married to Andrew James Lear on Aug. 12, 2017. The two were married in Wrightsville, PA, and met while attending Hood College! Dana Martindell Perry and husband Gregory welcomed their first child, Dove, in July.

2013 Elaheh F. S. Eghbal 443-847-9526, hoodcollege2013@gmail.com

Megan Phillips Rosier megankrosier@gmail.com, mkp11@hood.edu

Hey, everyone! Can’t believe we’re approaching our 5-year reunion this summer! I’m looking forward to seeing all of you in June. Kellie Duncan Clairmont married Matt Clairmont on Sept. 16; they welcomed their 1st child in Dec.; Alyssa Karczmarek married Derek Crouse in Nov. Alex Winter married Jennie Huntoon ’10 on Oct. 22, 2017; and Mi’kea Bowie Hawkins and her husband welcomed their 1st child, AJ, on Oct. 7. Torie Sullivan recently began working as a senior marketing manager at EVERFI, a rapidly growing (and hiring!) EdTech company headquartered in the Georgetown neighborhood of Washington, DC. Contact Torie if you are interested in EVERFI’s open positions. Caitlin Witters Yeager has been teaching 1st grade in VA Beach. She and her husband welcomed baby girl Lillian in Oct. In March, they’ll be moving to San Diego. Nicola Sussman is teaching at Rocky Hill Middle and Wilson Wims Elementary, both in Clarksburg working with ESOL and special education students. I, Elaheh Eghbal, continue to enjoy the marketing adventures at Zerion. See you in June! Cheers!

Sarah Haney Koons 240-520-6523, sjh6@hood.edu



Brittany Wilson Wolske married Matthew Wolske on June 23, 2017 in Bridgeville, DE. She was also blessed to gain 2 stepsons into her family. They currently live in Salisbury, MD. On Oct. 21, 2017 Hannah Janiga Zebroski married Daniel Zebroski. Katherine Hitchens Fleck and husband Dan welcomed daughter Charlotte Rae Fleck on Oct. 30, 2017. Son Henry is super excited about being a big brother!




Bianca Padilla 301-437-8772, bianca.e.padilla@gmail.com

Hello Class of 2014! It is hard to believe that it is already the end of 2017. We’ve been out of the “Hood” for 3 years now. Let’s catch up with some members of the Class of 2014. Melissa Caples Miller started a new job as the curator of collections at the Customs House Museum in Clarksville, TN. Jennifer Bentz Crumpacker got married in Oct. Olivia Sledzik and her boyfriend

moved to Rhode Island in Nov. and are looking forward to exploring New England. Amanda Price graduated with her Master of Social Work in May. She started working as a social worker at Hospice of Washington County in July. Kate Kopasek Black married John Black on Sept. 23, 2017 at her home parish of St. Michael the Archangel in Baltimore. She is also halfway through her Master of Nonprofit Management program at Notre Dame of Maryland University. Molly Seel and Matt Burdick got married this summer! Steve Powell graduated with his educational specialist degree in school psychology from James Madison University and is now working on a Ph.D. in educational psychology at Oklahoma State University. He is teaching undergraduate development courses and working with studentathletes at OSU. Madeline Birmingham got married to Bronson Washburn on June 23, 2017 at Deep Creek Lake in Western Maryland surrounded by Hood alums from the classes of 2013, 2014 and 2015 and her dad, fellow Hood alum, Michael Birmingham ’86! Jaclyn Frenning moved to Portland, ME, and got a new job as a student financial services specialist at the University of New England. Paige DeVore got married in Oct. Denise Stull is engaged to Jeffrey Berger. She is a special education teacher at Rock Creek School at FCPS. Bianca Padilla finished her master’s degree in Aug. She is still a 5th grade teacher in Montgomery County, MD. She enjoys being a MixxedFit and Zumba instructor when she is not teaching. Angela Shaner Dwyer got married on June 24, 2017. She and her husband are thrilled to announce that they are expecting and are due in April 2018. We hope to hear from more members in the New Year! Cheers to new beginnings and journeys in 2018!

2015 Sarah Tapscott 301-807-7821, sarah.tapscott12@gmail.com

Here’s what we’ve been up to: Heidi Marino continues to work for Sodexo, a Fortune 500 company, specializing in crisis communications. Tara Biser and her boyfriend, Devon, recently moved to a new apartment. Khyle Ball is now in El Paso and finishes nursing school in Feb. 2018. Then he’s, “off to where ever the Army sends him.” Keesha Fields will be attending Shippensburg University in spring 2018. She will be going for an MS in counseling. Cecelia Lee is the senior graphic designer at Kalico Design where she continues to work on local and regional design projects including Sass Magazine. Jesus Pellot became a nationally certified interscholastic field hockey coach and NFHS (National Federation of High Schools) Coaches Association Member. He is now the varsity field hockey coach at his alma mater, Damascus High School. Sally Johnston has fulfilled her passion as a MD Public Schools Pre-K teacher and is teaching the next generation to, “throw kindness

like confetti.” Sara Azoulay Murphy was expecting her 1st child with husband Patrick in Dec. 2017. Maya Jackson started working at Broadmead and is now HR services administrator. She is applying to graduate school and upon acceptance (fingers crossed), will start at the UMD School of Social Work in Jan. 2018. Julianne Berg moved back to MD in Aug. after 2 years serving with AmeriCorps in Charleston, SC. She recently got a job with the Girl Scouts of the Nation’s Capitol as a membership ppecialist in Germantown. Brigid Ayer started a new job this past fall and continues coaching for several local lacrosse programs. She has 1 semester left in her MBA! Caroline Schuetz and boyfriend Alexander Jarnot ’17 moved to Irvine, CA. Caroline has recently started her job as a project manager at a telecommunications consulting firm, and Alex has started graduate school at UCI. Rhiannon Sneeringer recently celebrated her 2nd work anniversary at the Bureau of Labor Statistics as an economist. Justin Cifuentes recently moved into a new apartment with his girlfriend. He is in his 2nd year of teaching 8th grade English in Fair Lawn, NJ. Amanda Shaffery received her MA in Egyptology from the University of Memphis in May 2017, and is currently pursuing her Ph.D. in Egyptology in the history department at the University of Memphis. Kerri Sheehan graduated with a master’s degree in library and information science from UMD in May 2017. She is now the digital curator for NASA Goddard Space Flight Center Library. Jordan Fridenmaker completed his master’s in nursing at Johns Hopkins University and started an ICU nurse residency program in Denver, CO. Kristen Geatz was recently promoted to special assistant to the executive vice president at the Institute of International Education, where she has worked since her senior year at Hood. Prettany Overman is working for Ecotone, Inc., an ecological restoration company located in Harford County, MD, as the marketing and communications specialist. On the side, she house- and pet-sits, and tutors high school students in various subjects. I, Sarah Tapscott, have begun working for L1Enterprises, a government contractor based in Downtown Frederick that works closely with the Department of Veterans Affairs. I do freelance floral design for events, cook a lot, and recently rescued an Aussie Shepherd/Lab mix named Sophie.

2016 Justin M. Fox jmf12@hood.edu

Hello, Class of 2016! In the past few months, our classmates have been busy tying the knot, working on master’s degrees, and taking the next steps in their careers. Ivana Soce has returned to Hood for her MBA and is working as a graduate ambassador with the Hood admission office. Amber George got engaged to Victoria Wright

and the two will tie the knot next Nov. Joseph Denicola is finishing fall semester of his 2nd year in the Complex Biosystems Ph.D. program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. He also adopted a cat named Tripoli. Sarah Hawker-Topper currently works at a learning center teaching toddlers. Since graduation, she has gotten married and had a baby. Ian Jenkins returned to MD and accepted a position as a government affairs coordinator with AdvaMed. Jason Dagenhart is teaching at Perry Hall High school in Baltimore County. Dynise Bolden is completing her 1st year at the Department of Health and Human Services. She joined the Young Adult, Basketball and Trustee Ministry. Colleen McKitrick moved to southern VA, and started a new job riding and working for an Olympic equestrian. Destani Jameson started a new role in July as a financial operations specialist. She is also finishing her Master of Public Administration at American University. Leah DiGiovanni started a new job at Lakelands Park Middle School in Oct. Additionally, she started graduate school at Hood for school counseling. Erin Murray is working as an AmeriCorps Tutor with Great Oaks Charter School in Bridgeport, CT. She tutors 6th and 7th graders math during the school day to help bridge the achievement gap. Alexis Andrukat-Price accepted a new role as the marketing manager for the MD SoccerPlex in Germantown. Hannah Thompson got engaged in June and is planning her wedding for early May 2018. She started working as proposal coordinator for R. Christopher Goodwin & Associates, Inc. in Aug. Olivia Lacher got engaged to Joe Wixted, and the two will be getting married next Nov. in VA. Samantha Slick is finishing up her 2nd year of grad school for clinical counseling at Hood. Natalie Jones is working in Montrose, CO, as an AmeriCorps VISTA for CASA of the 7th Judicial District as a micro-home program assistant. She is raising funds for a micro-home community serving youth emancipating out of the local foster care system. Richard Huerta is working in communications for a health care nonprofit in Washington, DC. Nicole Wilson married George Samen Jr. on Sept. 25, 2017. Curtis Stubbs is working for Northrop Grumman as a procurement contracting official. Amber Bonnette got engaged and has a baby on the way. She is working for the Department of Corrections. Sharia Barksdale recently passed her certification exam and is now a certified meeting planner (CMP) with the American Institute of Architects.

2017 Mary Milligan 717-824-7377, mrm15@hood.edu

Amber Tavenner is currently working at Santos, Postal & Company PC Certified Public Accountants as a staff accountant in Frederick. She is also

taking graduate classes at Hood to earn her MBA. Guillermo Sobalvarro is currently working at Haynes Novick Immigration Law Firm as a legal assistant in Washington, DC. Jennifer Forester has accepted an internship with The Children’s Inn at NIH, a nonprofit that provides a hospitality house for children while they undergo treatment at NIH. Erica Hawkins is a 4th grade teacher for FCPS. Catherine Knight is attending Lincoln Memorial University College of Veterinary Medicine, her top choice of schools. Kaylene Wright is working with the National Park Service at Chiricahua National Monument in southeast AZ. Kassandra Stout is earning her MS in sustainable bioproducts at Mississippi State University while working as a graduate research assistant in the Department of Sustainable Bioproducts. Eileen Rudnick is employed as a writing consultant at Carroll Community College. She celebrated her 46th wedding anniversary in Oct. Eileen is currently working on her second book. It is a collection of poetry entitled Chimera and Other Poems. Apprentice House is the publisher, and her first book was entitled The Glass Between Us. Logan Samuels is a first-year Doctor of Jurisprudence candidate and Communications Law Certification candidate at The Columbus School of Law at The Catholic University of America. José Galarza went to the west coast for the first time. He was a staff member at a youth conference in AZ and vacationed in CA with his girlfriend. Caroline Kinna is currently pursuing master’s in social work from the University of Maryland-Baltimore with a specialization in clinical behavioral health. She will graduate in May 2018. Daniel Cramer is a public policy coordinator and federal lobbyist for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation in Bethesda, MD. He is preparing to apply to graduate schools for a master’s in public policy. Keri Parsons started working at Walkersville High as a special education instructional assistant (SEIA). She works with kids who are in the pyramid program who have emotional and behavior issues and other disabilities. She also helps out with unified sports at the school and will be a high school swim coach at Brunswick. She is looking into grad school for 2019 and hopes to get a master’s in either counseling or a social work. Shannon Welch was accepted into a traveling double master’s program for intelligence, security and strategics, while becoming a consultant for the Scottish Parliament security strategies. Chelsea Umberger is currently pursuing a master’s in social work at Salisbury University and is an intern at Washington County Department of Social Services. She is getting married on Sept. 8, 2018. Chris Hamby’s photo was featured on the nationally-known classic horror film host “Svengoolie” and the show’s mail call segment (with his rubber chicken puppet, “Kerwyn”), during his telecast of the 1943 Universal Studios thriller “Calling Dr. Death” on Me-TV in July. The photo was taken outside of Hood College. S P R I N G 2 018



Remembering those we have lost.

Rosel Hoffberger Schewel, a Hood College graduate of the Class of 1949, passed away Sept. 28, 2017. Following graduation, she remained close to Hood as an active member of the Board of Trustees and the Board of Associates. For many years, she was a class reporter, a class agent and would travel to represent the College at various official functions. In honor of her classmate and friend, Rosel led the effort to establish the Betsy Radey Pancelli ’49 Memorial Research Fund in 1999 to support and encourage undergraduate research in history and political science. Rosel was also a generous supporter of the College’s honors program. Because of her dedication to Hood, she received the Excellence in Alumnae Service Award in 1999. At the age of 72, Gary L. Gillard passed away Nov. 1, 2017. After earning his bachelor’s degree from Westminster College, Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Virginia, and a bachelor’s in special education from Deakin University in Victoria, Australia, Gary earned a master’s degree in computer and information science from Hood College in 1990. In 1991, after 22 years of teaching English and computer applications at the Maryland School for the Deaf, he became an active member of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at Hood. Before his retirement from Hood in 2013, Gary served on the computer and information technology advisory council, mentored students, volunteered his time to be an interpreter for deaf students in their extracurricular activities, and never stopped demonstrating an unwavering commitment to his students. He also established the Raymond L. and Louise K. Gillard Prize in memory of his parents to acknowledge high-achieving math and computer science students. For a number of years, after moving to his dream home in Rehoboth Beach, Gary would drive three hours each way to teach at Hood.



Beatrice “Bea” Clingan Toms passed away Nov. 2, 2017 at the age of 103. Bea served as the caterer for Hood while Martha E. Church was president from 1975 until 1995. Bea was well known as a presenter on the QVC television channel, with her first cookbook, titled, “Bea Toms Recipes from a Country Cook.” She sold more than 8,000 copies in eight minutes in her first appearance. Bea was a loyal member of the Frederick Church of the Brethren and will be fondly remembered by most as “the little old roll lady.” Surrounded by loved ones at his home in Chantilly, Virginia, Robert “Bob” W. Wildblood passed away Sept. 9, 2017. He graduated from Purdue University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology, a master’s degree in child psychology and a doctorate in counseling psychology. He came to Hood in 1979 as an associate professor of psychology, serving for a time as chair of the department. Bob will be remembered for his tireless dedication to his students at the many institutions where he taught. Christine Y. Malone passed away unexpectedly Jan. 12, 2018 at the age of 41. She was a valued and dedicated member of the Hood College Student Life division for seven years, serving first as an area coordinator and adviser to the Commuter Council before becoming assistant director of residence life. She was known for her calm, steady presence and genuine commitment to her work and the students she served. Christine was also passionate in her advising of Alpha Lambda Delta, a national honor society for first-year students. She was a willing volunteer for the Alternative Break program and at 2nd Street and Hope community meals. She also loved running and encouraging coworkers and friends to run with her. Christine could often be seen walking on campus with her beloved dog, Diesel, an image many of us will long remember.

In Memorium Continued Ruth Gabel Yeo ’33 October 2017

Rosel Hoffberger Schewel ’49 September 2017

Barbara Olsen Reese ’61 September 2017

Larry E. Cromwell, M.A.’87 November 2015

Betty Saylor Flocken ’37 February 2015

Ruth McKean Jacob ’51 November 2017

P. Lynne Randall Battershell ’63 March 2017

Theresa Taylor Pryor ’88 December 2017

Betty Swisher Stauffer ’39 December 2017

Barbara McLean Higgins ’52 October 2017

Mary Deibler Spohn ’63 December 2017

Gary L. Gillard, M.S.’90 November 2017

Margaret Knight Reed ’40 November 2017

M. Elizabeth Cannen Martin ’52 January 2018

Elizabeth Harlow Foster ’66 August 2017

Joyce McManus Wilcoxon ’91 August 2017

Ruth Ridgway Vaurio ’40 August 2017

Mary Ellen Chidester Ball ’53 January 2018

Jo Anne Younkins Roosa ’66 August 2017

Melissa Dambro Bennett ’92 September 2017

Henrietta Gerwig Lunsford ’41 June 2017

Suzanne Gilbert Fox ’53, P’87 August 2017

Cynthia Ervin Beshel ’67 November 2017

Elsbeth Wetzstein Feys ’94 June 2017

Margaret Gunby Phillips ’41, P’74 December 2017

Marion McDonnell Ball ’52 March 2017

E. Catherine Stelika ’67 December 2017

Dominique Bustamante Thayil ’97 August 2017

Jean Hyatt LaBarca ’42 October 2017

Audrey Nye Bensley ’52 October 2017

Bonnie L. Hunt ’68 September 2015

Dorothy-Ann B. Lowe ’98 December 2017

Mabel Missimer Bell ’43 October 2017

Charlotte Reeder Parulis ’52 November 2017

Judith Lanyon Lewis ’69 September 2017

Stephanie Andrews Jennings ’99 September 2017

Majorie Greenawalt Hiner ’43 August 2017

Joan Halford Rohlfing ’53 July 2017

Carol Chappell Shipley ’69, M.A.’86 July 2017

John A. McDonald, M.S.’00 November 2016

Louise Zipf Norton ’43 November 2017

Suzanne McFarland Turlington ’53 October 2017

Karin Ninesling Infuso ’70 December 2017

Chadrenne B. Blouin ’02 January 2018

Tilde Marx Sprenkle ’43 April 2012

Caryl Dauber Barnett ’54 October 2017

Dale G. Milne ’74 December 2015

Sara C. Steel ’08 July 2017

Constance Remsberg Johnson ’44 July 2017

Matilda Jacks Sunnygard ’54 June 2017

R. Michael See, M.A.’74 March 2016

Charles A. Campbell ’10 July 2014

Mary Alice Knobloch Smith ’44 January 2018

Anne Sulin Jones ’56 December 2017

M. Susan Selby ’74 August 2017

Faculty and Friends

Carol Beal Head ’45 December 2017

Daisy D. Roach ’56 November 2017

Dewy L. Underwood ’74, M.A.’76 December 2017

Eleanor Buck Osborne ’46 January 2018

Margaret Mortensen Anderson ’57 November 2017

Marie Grams Fahnestock ’75, M.A.’80 December 2017

Eila Mallard Park ’46 September 2017

Marcia L. Theriault ’57 December 2017

Valerie Kremer Reeve ’75 November 2017

June Feldman Ugelow ’46 September 2015

Shirley Gaver Viviano ’57 June 2017

Elizabeth Frank Bennett ’77 July 2017

Nancy Fox Moorshead ’47 September 2017

Eve Skirball Kline ’58 December 2017

Frederick G. Procter ’79, P’08 January 2018

Martha Knouse Schaeffer ’47 October 2017

Gladys Liehmann Potter ’58 July 2016

Patricia Gates Brown, M.A.’80 December 2017

Lois Groh Unger ’47 October 2017

Gail Mulliken Painter ’59 August 2017

George R. Shaffer Sr. ’80, P’74, P’83 December 2017

Dr. M. Jacqueline Baker ’48 April 2012

Marie Schlawin Cone ’60 August 2015

Constance Webster Yohe ’82 July 2017

Adelaide DeLamater Mantarian ’48 January 2018

Jean R. Crabb ’60 July 2017

Diana Proia Romeo ’84 April 2017

Joan Lowry Taylor ’48 October 2017

Judith Stohr Gavaler ’61 January 2018

Teresa A. Fogle, M.S.’85 October 2013

Jane Brennen Bartro ’49 January 2018

Marilyn King Jessen ’61 June 2017

Dolores A. O’Brien ’85 August 2017

Betsye J. Alexander, faculty August 2017 Gary L. Gillard, faculty November 2017 Edwin Goodpaster, faculty January 2018 Thomas F. Lechner, business manager October 2017 Christine Y. Malone, administrative staff January 2018 Arthur H. Martin, administrative staff/ librarian October 2017 Mary Ella Savarino, faculty November 2017 Beatrice Clingan Toms, friend November 2017 Robert W. Wildblood, faculty September 2017

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By Drew Ferrier You’ve been reading a lot about different jobs within various STEM fields. Many STEM disciplines have characterized the environmental issues that plague the Chesapeake Bay and many are needed to come up with a solution. First, a little background. Noticeable declines in water quality and important living resources in the 1960s and ’70s prompted in-depth ecological investigations of the Bay. By the mid-1980s, scientists had a very good idea of the primary issue; runoff of fertilizers (nitrogen and phosphorus) and sediments from human activities—such as agriculture and urban and suburban development—enriched the Bay and led to over-growth of floating, microscopic algae. There was too much algae to be processed by filtering organisms like oysters, so the algae sank to the bottom, and was decomposed by bacteria, consuming all of the water’s dissolved oxygen. In turn, these damaged bottom habitats, as well as parasitic diseases, turbid water and over-harvesting, contributed to the decline of iconic organisms that we associate with the Bay such as blue crabs, striped bass and oysters. Through the work of scientists and engineers, we know very well what the environmental problems of the Bay are, how they came about, and the possible solutions to them—and have for decades. Yet, with the exception of a few improvements in water quality and the increased abundance of selected species, many of the Bay’s challenges described in the 1980s are still with us. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation established its motto and imperative, “Save the Bay,” nearly five decades ago, but progress has been painfully slow. The pace of improvement is all the more puzzling in that every survey of the public indicates that there is substantial support for improving the Bay environment, even at a financial cost. Why is headway toward environmental improvement proceeding so slowly? Many factors play a role: the influence of special interest groups; a reliance on voluntary actions rather than laws and regulations; the competition among state and municipal governments to attract businesses that foster



local economic growth; the lack of recognition of the importance of local history, culture and heritage with regard to making policy changes; and the ever-increasing human population that chooses the Bay watershed as home. These are the current “environmental” problems faced by the Chesapeake Bay—problems that require the interdisciplinary and crossdisciplinary proficiency of teams of professionals with expertise both inside and outside of the STEM disciplines. Comprehensive answers to environmental problems are not found within any one discipline or a subset of disciplines. It takes many experts, a degree of interdisciplinary knowledge, and a willingness to venture beyond traditional disciplinary boundaries. However, much of presentday academia, politics and business models are built upon specialized learning within disciplinary “silos.” Environmental study does not operate solely by this approach. To give the Chesapeake Bay and our environment a sustainable future, these groups need to work together, sometimes out of their comfort zone. To advance the health of the Bay, STEM experts need to work closely with other specialists. Economists can devise methods of valuing ecosystem services—such as the water quality improvement created by wetland processes or the habitat provided by sea grass beds for the development of juvenile blue crabs—and ways of incorporating these valuations into economic transactions. Sociologists, historians and anthropologists can enlighten the conversation with regard to the need to be sensitive of local culture and heritage in policy decisions. Experts in communication and social marketing can develop best practices for informing the public of the need for environmentally beneficial change. This public discourse can be enhanced by the work of artists, photographers and documentarians. STEM scientists and engineers have the know-how to improve the quality of the Chesapeake, but a host of experts from other fields of study are needed to enact the changes that will make lasting improvements to the Bay and to our quality-of-life in the watershed. Drew Ferrier is a professor of biology and the director of the Coastal Studies Program at Hood College.




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Planned gifts, about such as Ginny’s life insurance help gift, future generations of Hood students. To learn more making a difference withpolicy, a planned contact To learn more about how youofcan a legacy at Hood and become a member of the Pergola Jaime Cacciola ’04, director giftleave planning, at 800-707-5280 (option 7) Society, visit hood.myplannedgift.org or contact on Jaime Cacciola ’04 or cacciola@hood.edu. For additional resources gift planning, visitat 800-707-5280 (option 7) or4cacciola@hood.edu. hood.myplannedgift.org. HOOD MAGA ZINE

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