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An alum finds herself in the middle of this CONTROVERSIAL INDUSTRY



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Archivist, Collection Development Services Manager

Elaheh Eghbal ’13 Geoff Goyne

The Mouse That Knows You

Assistant Directo of Athletics for Communications/SID

Elena Rowe ’21 Terry Anne Scott, Ph.D. Assistant Professor of American History

Wallis Shamieh ’15 Ruth Ravitz Smith ’83 INSTITUTIONAL ADVANCEMENT

Nancy Gillece ’81

Vice President, Institutional Advancement

Jaime Cacciola ’04

Director of Grants and Gift Planning

Kellye Greenwald ’86

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Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement

Britton Muir

Class News Editor Assistant Director of Alumni and Constituent Engagement

Malinda Small ’81

Executive Director of Individual Giving

Emily Wise VanderWoude Director of Leadership Giving

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DEPARTMENTS 2 Social Snapshot

30 Faculty Q&A

3 Message from the President

32 Giving Back

4 Quality Control

36 Blazer News

10 The Buzz About Bees

41 Frederick Focus

14 The Mouse That Knows You

44 A Look Back

18 The Coach & I

46 President Church Remembered

24 Newsmakers

48 Class News

28 Student Spotlight

64 The Last Word


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SOCIAL SNAPSHOT SERENDIPITY IN SIERRA LEONE Two Hood alums, both with Peace Corps experience and a generation apart, met and united to build schools and better communities in West Africa. Cindy Nofziger ’79 has been working with documentary filmmakers who are telling a story about a courageous teacher who saved two infants during Sierra

@schoolsforsalone What a treat to spend 4 nights with Jillian in her village. Turns out we both went to Hood College. #peacecorpsvillage #besthostessever #offthegrid

Leone’s civil war. In the process of helping to tell her story, Cindy connected with Peace Corps volunteer Jillian M. Jones ’12 who is working in Kabala—one of the main towns in Northern Sierra Leone—and has provided great logistical support for the project. #hoodproud

@schoolsforsalone Little Michael wasn’t feeling well, but together we made sure this smart little boy got the medicine he needed. #wherethereisnodoctor #peacecorps #workingtogether

@schoolsforsalone Jillian, shown here with little Michael and her dog, Speedo. She was the best hostess ever. She’s rocking it! #hoodgrad #hostesswiththemostess #hardestjobyoulleverlove

@ultrarungretchen Rocking the retro college jersey today! 5 hot miles. Remember when we would race in these @nickyslaws?! #runner

@kisa995818 Wearing these rings for 15 years now. #hoodcollegereunion


@happeningathood Pres Chap had to share her fave Christmas present with the Senior Team. #explodingkittens #workhardplayhard



Message from the President Greetings! In this issue of Hood Magazine, our in-depth storytelling features alumni, students, faculty and staff making a difference in the world. From consumer advocacy of medical marijuana and the struggle of the honeybee to ensuring cybersecurity through the use of a computer mouse, these stories show the drive to have an impact, to make new discoveries and to find solutions to global problems. As an undergraduate, I was interested in many disciplines and had difficulty selecting a major. My adviser invited me to assist her on research examining levels of moral reasoning students exhibited in college judicial proceedings. I not only found the topic fascinating, but I discovered that I greatly enjoyed the research process. This transformative experience led to my majoring in psychology and legal studies and eventually my decision to pursue a doctoral degree in social psychology and the law. Given its role in my own undergraduate education, during graduate school I recruited undergraduate students to assist with my research. Along with teaching, I found this collaboration so rewarding that I changed my career aspirations from seeking a government research position in the legal system to becoming a faculty member at a small liberal arts college. Student-faculty research was one of the highlights of my teaching career. My student collaborators challenged my assumptions, asked thought-provoking questions and energized my work with their enthusiasm. They positively impacted the quality of my research and teaching, and made me a better adviser and mentor. I also developed close, lifelong friendships with those students. At Hood, the quality and scope of faculty research is a source of institutional pride. Due to our size and the faculty’s commitment to providing a deep and meaningful learning experience to all students, many undergraduate and graduate students work collaboratively with faculty on their research or are mentored in their own scholarly pursuits. Studies have shown that student participation in research has many educational benefits. It improves understanding of the discipline and the research process, increases critical thinking, problem-solving and communication skills, enhances academic self-confidence, and helps students develop professional skills (e.g., time and project management, networking, teamwork) that contribute to job acquisition and career success. It is especially important to note that these benefits are greater for underserved students, significantly increasing their academic achievement and graduation rates. These valuable educational experiences require a significant investment of faculty time, so support and recognition are critical. Currently at Hood, a group of faculty is working with the provost to better integrate research, as well as other high-impact practices (e.g., internships or study abroad courses), into both the curriculum and faculty workload and to identify the additional resources needed to expand access and ensure optimal research experiences. Their work thus far has revealed that many of Hood’s academic programs currently embed high-impact learning experiences in their curricula. And, much like my undergraduate experience, our students’ stories reflect the significant impact of the faculty on their education. However, there is still much work to do to ensure that all Hood students have these opportunities. The current strategic plan, Moving Together Beyond Boundaries, includes a goal that every Hood student will participate in at least one high-impact experiential learning opportunity, including research or scholarly inquiry. To achieve this bold goal, we are actively securing funds to support faculty and student research through grants and donor gifts. We invite your assistance in providing these transformative experiences to all Hood students.

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.



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COLLEGE IS SEEN AS A PLACE OF DISCOVERY; both of the self and the wider world. It’s an opportunity to explore new subjects, interests and world views, and find what will spark passion in your career for years to come. This was certainly the case for Susan Audino, a chemist on the forefront of lab quality assurance and standardized test methods for the cannabis industry, who explored several different areas of interest before deciding to become a chemist. Audino earned two bachelor’s degrees from Hood, the first in psychology in 1985 and a second in chemistry in 1999, and later went on to earn advanced degrees in both fields. She credits her enthusiasm in chemistry solely to the chemistry department at Hood—an unexpected interest that would lead her down an exciting path to make her mark on a turbulent and upcoming industry. “The single most influential factor for my interest in chemistry was the way in which [Hood professors] taught the material,” said Audino,



referring to the integrated lecture and laboratory curriculum.

JOURNEY TO HOOD Originally from Rhode Island, Audino found her way to Hood College after visiting a college fair in which Hood had participated. She intended to travel west for college, while her family insisted she stay closer to home. Fortunately, they were able to compromise once Audino landed on Hood. “I had a very specific list of requirements that needed to be met,” recalls Audino. “It had to be in the country, but close enough to a city. It had to offer science and math. It had to be small, and the classes must be taught by the professors—not by teaching assistants. And, it had to have horses and a stable, which Hood had at the time.” Hood was able to check off each one of her requirements, so she decided to tour the campus during an admission event. The campus, faculty and students impressed her, so Audino decided Hood was the school for her. “Best decision I ever made.”

A NEW DIRECTION After Audino earned her degree in psychology, she decided to change career paths after developing an interest in law. She took the LSAT and applied to schools, but quickly had another change of heart, and decided to become a chiropractor instead. Audino was accepted into chiropractic school, and would have to complete a number of courses in chemistry and physics to fulfill the curriculum. Knowing that the classes would be a challenge, she wanted to complete them first. “I knew that these classes would make me suffer, and I wanted to make the suffering short term,” said Audino. “So, I went to Hood and asked for permission to take them all at one time. I knew that only my alma mater would let me do it.” She completed two years of classes in just two semesters. During her second semester, she realized how fascinating chemistry truly was. Originally dreading the coursework, she enjoyed the classes so much that she deferred


her admission to chiropractic school to take more chemistry courses. An emergency surgery that semester delayed her admission even longer, pushing chiropractic school off to the next year, giving her the opportunity to take even more chemistry classes, and eventually go on to earn a bachelor’s degree in the subject. The following summer, Audino applied for and was awarded an independent research grant, which allowed her to work with her undergraduate adviser and the director of forensic chemistry at the Secret Service. “No one was more surprised than me. I worked on some really cool chemistry over the summer, and by the middle of the summer, I realized I needed to be a chemist—to heck with chiropractic school!” She began applying to graduate schools to continue pursuing her newfound interest, and went on to earn a doctorate in chemistry from American University. During her coursework, she completed a chemometric fellowship that

included chemistry and statistics courses, and conducted independent research at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. From there, Audino went on to work in laboratories, and a few years later, began auditing chemical and biological laboratories for A2LA, an international accreditation body located in Frederick. She also started her own private consulting company, S.A. Audino & Associates.

AN UNEXPECTED INDUSTRY In 2009, Audino was approached by a friend in Rhode Island who was opening a cannabis dispensary. With her background as a psychologist for 12 years, and her advanced degrees in chemistry and statistics, Audino was a great prospect to run the dispensary’s quality lab. At first, she was very much opposed to the idea. “My first response was, ‘Are you crazy? That stuff needs to be illegal.’ I was not supportive of it, but through my friend’s encouragement, I took some time to do the research and I eventually became

completely infatuated with the chemistry of cannabis,” Audino said. Through her research, she quickly began to realize the significance of the controversial plant, the industry and the application of her expertise to the field.

THE FIGHT FOR STANDARDIZATION Audino’s goal for the industry is twofold: first, for the scientific community to establish standard test methods to ensure consistency and quality of measurements, and second, for regulatory bodies to require testing by quality-driven laboratories. She began speaking to leadership at A2LA, the accreditation body for which she worked, helping identify the need to assess and provide direction for cannabis testing labs in order to accredit them to international laboratory quality standards. At first, like her own response, she was met with hesitation, but they too realized the industry was quickly growing. She began working with them to research and identify


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the necessary resources they would need to meet customer needs. Audino also approached AOAC International, an organization that develops standard test methods, primarily for the food (human, pet food, animal feed) industry. She formed an advisory panel for the organization, which consists of committees that work to develop test methods specifically for cannabis. Audino has given lectures, been a frequent guest on webinars, and traveled the world to attend conferences advocating for standard test methods in the cannabis industry. She is now a recognized expert all over the world. This work catapulted her into serving as a technical adviser and resource to several government and state agencies that are developing cannabis programs.

THE IMPORTANCE OF STANDARDIZED TEST METHODS With many industries in the U.S., there are federal regulatory bodies that enforce standard test methods to ensure consumer safety. Organizations like the Food and Drug



Administration and the Consumer Product Safety Commission exist to protect consumers. For example, the Department of Agriculture will routinely pull products from the shelves of grocery stores and test them to ensure their contents match their labels. Manufactures are held accountable for the safety of their products, and consumers are accurately informed about the products they are purchasing. However, since cannabis is still federally illegal in the U.S., there is no federal body to provide standard, regulatory oversight. Regulatory provisions are left to each state, creating an environment with 30 independent operating systems, all with their own standards and margins of error. By using many different test methods, laboratories can generate many different results. “Their results could all be correct, or all be wrong, but there’s no way to attest to that,” said Audino. “Laboratories need to be able to follow standardized test methods and know the levels of uncertainty, so that products

can be manufactured with good laboratory practices and be tested accurately by third-party laboratories.” If you look at the label on a food product, it lists the percentage of components such as protein, sugar, fats and sodium. Likewise, in the cannabis industry, manufacturers must be transparent in the components of their product, such as THC, THCA and CBD. Different chemical varieties or “chemovars” of the plant contain different concentrations of various components, and consumers have the right to know what they’re purchasing. Testing labs attest to what’s in the product, including adulterants such as sand, hairspray, insect remnants, and mold or mildew.

INDUSTRY CHALLENGES Several challenges face Audino and others who fight for standardized test methods for cannabis. First, these organizations must work around different state laws to conduct testing. Because it is illegal for cannabis to cross state lines in the U.S., it’s impossible to test products from different states at one time.



Doctors may prescribe medical cannabis to their patients in 33 states and the District of Columbia. Cannabinoids—the active chemicals in medical marijuana— are similar to chemicals the body makes that are involved in appetite, memory, movement and pain. Research suggests cannabinoids might: • Reduce anxiety • Reduce inflammation and relieve pain • Control nausea and vomiting caused by cancer chemotherapy • Kill cancer cells and slow tumor growth • Relax tight muscles in people with multiple sclerosis

Second, additional test methods must be developed for foods that contain cannabis, as opposed to the traditional flower that most people think of when they hear the word cannabis. These foods are becoming increasingly popular, but pose a higher risk to consumers because of rates of absorption in the body. “There’s a lack of education about eating cannabis, as opposed to inhaling it,” said Audino. “A chocolate bar may be labeled as containing 10 milligrams of THC, but does it really have that much in it? Is that 10 mg distributed evenly throughout the food? Does each segment really contain one mg each? This is important because it can severely influence the dose a person may consume, and could potentially make someone sick if they take a different dose than intended.”

LOOKING TO THE FUTURE Now, Audino wears many hats each day. She serves as an adviser and team member for a large number of private and government organizations whose mission it is to create

• Stimulate appetite and improve weight gain in people with cancer and AIDS Does medical marijuana get you high? The answer is no—and yes—it depends on the cannabinoid and the chemical variety or “chemovar.” THC Causes the “high” associated with cannabis consumption. THCA The non-psychoactive chemical precursor to THC. Best known for its anti-inflammatory and neuroprotective effects. CBD Best known for its anti-seizure effects, this non-psychoactive compound is being studied for its impact on a wide range of conditions. For the health benefits without the psychoactive effects, consumers need a higher concentration of CBD than THC.

standard test methods for cannabis. She also owns and operates her own consulting company, writes articles and papers on the subject and is a guest author and editor for several publications, among other roles. She also works in a number of other industries, including analyzing jet fuel and food products, and serves on Hood’s Board of Associates. Audino also has ongoing business plans in place, which she expects will quickly solve some major challenges in the cannabis industry. As for the future of the canna-

bis industry, Audino says “no one really knows” what will happen, but one thing seems certain—the U.S. may follow Canada’s lead and lift the federal prohibition. And, when that time comes, Audino hopes that standardized test methods will hold cultivators and product manufacturers accountable and accurately inform consumers of the products they’re purchasing. ■ Wallis Shamieh ’15 is a freelance writer and marketer based in Jefferson, Maryland.


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aybe you could tolerate a world without honey. But what if you had to go without apples, strawberries, avocados, almonds and coffee, too? It’s difficult to believe that the work of a creature as inconspicuous as a bee could be responsible for one third of everything we eat. However, the truth is that without bees, so many of the crops we enjoy and rely on would cease to exist or be so incredibly cost prohibitive that no one, save the wealthiest, could afford to eat them. Bees perform a task that is essential to the success of agriculture: pollination. There are hundreds of bee species globally, and most of them provide pollination services. The dominant pollinator, however, across bees and all animals is the common honeybee (or Apis mellif-



era). Honeybees collect pollen and nectar as food for the entire colony, and as they do so, they unknowingly transfer pollen from one flower to another, fertilizing the plant, which then produces the food we love. The problem is honeybees are disappearing globally at an alarming rate due to pesticides, parasites, disease and habitat loss. First identified in 2006, this trend has the agriculture industry, as well as commercial beekeepers, worried. Consumers, too, have something to lose if nature’s most valuable pollinators vanish and likewise, we all have a responsibility to do what we can to ensure their survival. At Hood, April Boulton, Ph.D., an insect ecologist by training, has been examining some of the factors responsible for declining bees. Her research—from examining the role native flower borders play in attracting more bees, to investigating pesticide alternatives—is helping to increase crop yields and save the bees.

Boulton was awarded a research grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture from 2014 to 2016 to investigate natural control measures for small-hive beetles, a pest of the honeybee. This research showed that there are some naturally occurring compounds with low toxicity levels that could reduce the beetle threat to honeybees. This work involved graduate and undergraduate researchers—some of whom were supported by two consecutive Hood Summer Research Institute grants. Her research also

By Meg DePanise ’15

involved several Hood faculty, including Ron Albaugh, who welcomed Boulton and her students to plant experimental flower plots and more on his Peace and Plenty Farm in Thurmont, Maryland. A Board of Associates McCardell grant was also awarded in 2016 to Boulton for the analysis and dissemination of this research. Given her pollinator work, Boulton was instrumental in the 2016

passage of the Maryland Pollinator Protection Act, which made Maryland the first state to ban residential use of a pesticide class shown to harm bees (neonicotinoids or neonics), which is a synthetic version of nicotine that impairs the neurophysiology of insects—both pests and unintended targets, like bees. The law limits residential use of these pesticides and requires plants and seeds that have been treated with neonics to be labeled as such. Boulton’s testimony at the Maryland Senate and House of Delegates

was critically important, as she was the sole content expert to speak on the harmful impact of this pesticide on bees. From 2014 to 2018 in Maryland, beekeepers lost between 60 and 68 percent of their hives—one of the highest declines in the nation. “It is imperative that scientists play a role in policy that relates to their field of expertise,” Boulton noted. “As a faculty member at a private, liberal arts college, I had the privilege of speaking honestly about the hundreds of peer-reviewed publications on this topic. High-powered bee researchers and entomologists usually have to decline such invitations, since they often work for state or federally funded institutions that frown on political action.” Boulton also appeared on the nationally aired Kojo Nmandi Show as a content expert after this legislation failed to pass in the Maryland House the prior year. When the legislation was re-introduced in 2016 and passed, it became a model for several SPRING

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other states considering similar laws. In fact, Boulton receives a couple of calls each year from other states developing neonic protections. Boulton said it’s exciting to see momentum for the neonic ban on a national level. Since Maryland passed its law, close to a dozen other states have passed similar or additional protections. “Given this momentum, perhaps we’ll catch up to the EU, which banned neonics back in 2013!” she said. More locally, Boulton, with the help of Suzanne Goldman Jacobson ’78, P’12 from Frederick Memorial

Hospital, established the Community Resource Garden on Hood’s campus—a joint effort that provides produce to local Frederick families, veterans and senior citizens in need. The garden also features a pollinator plant strip and grant-supported monarch butterfly habitats. “The garden not only serves our community, it serves our ecosystem by providing critical nectar resources via native flowers to pollinators in decline,” Boulton said. “In effect, the Resource Garden feeds two deserving populations: citizens of Frederick and honeybees.” ■

THE 5 BIG FACTORS IMPACTING HONEYBEES PESTICIDES Neonics, a new class of insecticides chemically related to nicotine, represent ¼ of the U.S. pesticide market. You’ll find them in seed coats, sprays and granular soil treatments. The chemicals harm the pollinators’ brains, affecting their ability to learn and remember—a death sentence for bees, which fly up to seven miles away from their hives to harvest nectar and pollen, and need to find their way back.

LARGE-SCALE MONOCULTURE By planting crops in monoculture—meaning in the same place year after year—we’ve decreased the number of flower patches so much that a bee colony cannot sustain their hive health. Like humans, bees cannot survive on a single crop for weeks on end.

HABITAT DESTRUCTION AND URBANIZATION As we clear natural vegetation from urban and suburban areas and embrace a sterile “grass only” culture across residential America, we deprive bees of the space and flower resources they need to survive and thrive.

CLIMATE CHANGE As temperatures rise, flowers bloom earlier in the spring, creating a potential mismatch in seasonal timing between when flowers produce pollen and when bees are ready to feed on that pollen.

PARASITES Varroa mites and small-hive beetles are among the many parasitic organisms that regularly stress honeybee hives and can lead to their demise. 12


THE BEE DOCTOR April Boulton (pictured right, with Suzanne Goldman Jacobson ’78, P’12) earned her doctorate in ecology from the University of California, Davis, her master’s in animal behavior from Bucknell University, and her bachelor’s degree (liberally trained with a double major in psychology and classics) from Centre College. She has taught courses in insect ecology, climate change and environmental science since starting at Hood in 2006, and was promoted to dean of the Graduate School in 2018. Although Boulton is a “busy bee” as dean, she still makes time to teach. A transdisciplinary course co-taught with Hood history professor, Corey Campion, Ph.D., which examines the globalization of the honeybee, will be featured in an upcoming book and was also presented at a national education conference on interdisciplinarity this past fall. For all of her professional accomplishments and exceptional service to the College, Boulton was awarded the Henry P. and Page Laughlin Faculty Professional Achievement Award in 2014. In special recognition of her work to establish the Resource Garden, she received the Martha E. Church Award in 2018. Students who have worked on pollinator research with Boulton include Natalie Jones ’16; Lisa Kuder, M.S.’14; Michel Lavarn ’15; Thomas Marino ’16; Curtis Rogers, M.S.’17; and Michelle Shedd ’18, M.S.’19.




U.S. farm income due to bee pollinators


Estimated portion of crops pollinated by unmanaged, wild bees

Thank a bee! In Maryland, beekeepers lost between 60% and 68% of their hives from 2014 to 2018— one of the highest declines in the nation. EATING ORGANIC can reduce the amount

COLONY COLLAPSE DISORDER occurs when the majority of

of toxins consumed by as much as 80 percent. The Environmental Working Group put together lists to help consumers shop for produce—dirty means produce with the most pesticide residue and clean is produce with the least pesticide residue.

worker bees in a hive, or colony, disappear and leave behind a queen, a few nurse bees and larval bees. Without the mature worker bees to provide for the hive, it quickly dies.



1. Strawberries 2. Spinach 3. Nectarines 4. Apples 5. Grapes 6. Peaches 7. Cherries 8. Pears 9. Tomatoes 10. Celery 11. Potatoes 12. Sweet Bell Peppers

1. Avocados 2. Sweet Corn 3. Pineapples 4. Cabbages 5. Onions 6. Sweet Peas 7. Papayas 8. Asparagus 9. Mangoes 10. Eggplants 11. Honeydew 12. Kiwis 13. Cantaloupes 14. Cauliflower 15. Broccoli


Highlighted denotes produce pollinated by bees


•G  et planting—Plant many native, flowering plants and bushes on your property, preferably with staggered flowering times so there are always nectar resources for our buzzy friends. • Reduce your reliance on chemicals. • Add water—bees love birdbaths. •S  hop the seal—The Bee Better Certified™ program works with farmers to develop habitats and mitigate impacts from the use of pesticides. Look for the seal on your favorite products in the freezer, non-dairy beverage and nut-butter sections of the grocery store.

DON’T • Use heavy mulching or plastic weed barrier—many pollinators nest in the ground. SPRING

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f a computer user forgets to log out of a bank account or email, or a hacker steals credentials, the user’s personal information could be compromised. An increasingly popular way to enhance account security is the use of behavioral biometrics—or data collected from a user’s mouse movements or keyboard strokes—including how fast a double-click is, how fast the mouse scrolls, angle and speed of drag-and-drop activity, and time between keystrokes. A software program builds a profile of the user and continu-

ously compares it with current mouse and keyboard action. If the system detects an anomaly— an action indicating a different person is using the computer— it logs out or otherwise limits the account on the user’s behalf. Whereas logging into an account is a one-step verification process, behavioral biometrics verify the user continuously, several times per second. Graduate candidate Kamal Rangavajhula presented on this topic at Hood’s 2018 Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition and won the event’s People’s

Kamal Rangavajhula will graduate in May with a Master of Science in Management Information Systems (MIS). After earning his bachelor’s degree in electronics and telecommunications engineering from Andhra University in India, he started looking for academic programs that could bridge the gap between the information technology and management fields. He found MIS at Hood, saw the curriculum reflected the technologies in the current market, and applied to the program. In his first semester, Rangavajhula took Introduction to Data Analytics/ Mining with Professor Carol Jim, Ph.D. where he learned the critical role of data for an organization to survive in the 21st century. He then taught himself R programming and Python, two programming languages for data analytics. In his second semester, discussions with Professor Ahmed Salem, Ph.D. and Professor Jim about pursuing a career in data science led to his research and 3MT presentation. Rangavajhula currently has an internship at Lendeavor, a Silicon Valley financial-technology startup, where he updates listings in the company’s database, contacts new brokers and brainstorms with the software engineering team to enhance the user experience for customers on Lendeavor’s website. He plans to pursue a career in exploratory data science, figuring out how to use data effectively to achieve business goals.


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Choice Award. This competition, founded in 2008 by the University of Queensland in Australia, challenges graduate students to present their research projects in three minutes using just one PowerPoint slide. Rangavajhula’s presentation, “Detection of Unauthorized Mouse Movements Using Mouse Dynamics,” showed that, using an Extreme Gradient Boosting algorithm, this technology can detect anomalies with an accuracy rate of 99.49 percent. Behavioral biometric technology is rapidly evolving. It began in banking to prevent fraud, but its uses will continue to expand along with the markets that will adopt it. BioCatch, a leader in behavioral biometric software, says behavioral biometrics are starting to be used to authenticate a person’s identity before issuing account credentials, and by companies as part of their

strategy to reduce unauthorized access to IT and data. This technology is expanding to markets including e-commerce, credit card issuers, credit bureaus, payroll systems, gaming, device authentications and enterprise, and it is expected to become the most important authentication factor for mobile and web. BioCatch also expects traditional biometrics, such as fingerprints and voice recognition, to combine with behavioral biometrics to create more secure systems.

MOUSE DYNAMICS AND BEHAVIORAL BIOMETRICS IN THE REAL WORLD Behavioral biometrics are used most notably in banking security, collecting user activity data, government and health care. A New York Times article reported that the Royal Bank of Scotland records more than 2,000 interactive


UNIQUE USERS Capturing data from a user’s mouse activity—such as mouse movements, click-and-drag patterns and scroll wheel activity—computer algorithms can distinguish one user from another.

gestures to build customer profiles using software from BioCatch. The profile is then compared against the customer’s movements every time they return. The system accurately detects imposters 99 percent of the time. In one case, “the software picked up unusual signals coming from one wealthy customer’s account. After logging in, the visitor used the mouse’s scroll wheel—something the customer had never done before. Then the visitor typed on the numerical strip at the top of a keyboard, not the side number pad the customer typically used. Alarm bells went off. The R.B.S. system blocked any cash from leaving the customer’s account. An investigation later found that the account had been hacked.” According to the Daily Dot, Facebook tracks mouse movements to determine if users are humans or bots, and to determine if the user’s Facebook window is in the foreground or background. This tells the company if users are actually browsing the site or just have it open with other tabs. ■






The Hood College Pitch Competition provides a platform for Hood students and alumni to pitch their product/service among a network of Hood alumni, judges and fellow entrepreneurs to fund and highlight Hood-founded ventures.




ACH & I A professor’s

firsthand relationship with NBA legend Lenny Wilkens By Terry Anne Scott, Ph.D.



Lenny Wilkens and I first met in 2013 when he spoke in my course on the history of African Americans and sports

at the University of Washington. After he became a regular speaker in my class, he asked if I would write his biography. What a daunting task! How can I do his life justice? Despite my nearly debilitating self-doubt, I agreed to conquer the seemingly impossible. As a result of my odd mix of self-doubt and nearly boastful acquiescence, I am in the process of completing two works that focus on the incredible life of Lenny Wilkens. I am the editor of the forthcoming anthology Seattle Sports: Play, Identity, and the Pursuit of Credibility in the Emerald City. I am also the author of the chapter in the work that focuses on Wilkens’ tenure with the Seattle SuperSonics. My second work related to Wilkens is the biography that he asked me to write. From Bed-Stuy to the Hall of Fame: The Unexpected Life of Lenny Wilkens will be released in 2020.


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Wilkens was not expected to do well in basketball, much less in life. The future three-time Naismith Hall of Famer (inducted as player, coach, and member of the Dream Team coaching staff ) grew up in tenement apartments in the Bedford Stuyvesant, or “Bed-Stuy,” section of Brooklyn. Trouble loomed large in the urban complex by the time of Wilkens’ birth on October 28, 1937. Situated in the north central portion of New York’s most populous borough, Bed-Stuy was home to gangs, violence, and other perils attendant to economic hardship. “I know what it means to be on welfare,” Wilkens once averred. “I know what it means to have a stranger in the house, snooping around, checking to see if you are hiding something.” When Wilkens was five years old, his father passed away. Wilkens’ mother had to raise four small children on her own while working at a candy factory. “No matter how hard she worked,” he remembered, “there was never enough money, enough time, enough energy.”



Despite his humble beginnings and less than spectacular entre into basketball (he only played half of a season for his high school team), Wilkens became one of the greatest players and coaches in NBA history, but not by his own admission. His seemingly innate humility forbids such a boasting. It is this unique self-effacement that defines his character in ways constantly revealed, and almost always surprising. As a player, the six-feet-one-inch tall, left-handed guard was unrelenting in his pursuit of the basket. “No one was going to stop me. They could try, but they were not going to stop me,” intoned an unwaveringly determined Wilkens. As a coach, he was nurturing when necessary, stern but fair in all instances, exacting on the court and a sage for players off of it. His penchant for winning came second only to his desire to effect change among economically marginalized individuals in his local communities. I was determined to understand how a kid who was ranked number fifteen of fifteen on his high school basketball team his freshman year—a

poor, black kid from Brooklyn, raised by a single mother and coming of age when racial discrimination was still sanctioned by the federal government—could become the great basketball Hall of Famer, and quiet philanthropist, Lenny Wilkens. For our first several conversations, I met Wilkens at a neighborhood coffee shop near his home in Medina, an affluent suburb across Lake Washington from the city of Seattle. It was a quaint shop with a fire place in the far corner of the standalone building that created a warm, comfortable setting— an unostentatious space where Wilkens felt content. Everyone present knew who he was despite the cover of his low sitting baseball cap that lent partial asylum to his identity. He was recognized and respected—both would fall from the lips and show in the demeanor of local admirers every

step Wilkens took. I was enthralled by the deference and adoration shown to him: “Hi, Coach.” “Hey, Coach.” “Mr. Wilkens, you don’t know what you mean to me.” The esteem was endless, and with each stream of love, each expression of reverence, Wilkens maintained the same quiet humility and reciprocal respect: “Thank you.” “How are you today?” It was in a corner of that picturesque shop that I first queried Wilkens about the origin of his resolve, the root of his inestimable perseverance in the face of cruel obstacles. Through his lingering Brooklyn accent that dropped the –er in favor of a warmer –uh, Wilkens insisted that his “mothuh” imbued his character with an unshakable determination to persevere. His success was expected— Wilkens’ mother made sure that he and his siblings fully understood that.

The following excerpts are taken from a chapter on Wilkens in Seattle Sports. The first explores his father’s influence on his life. Although born to an Irish mother, Wilkens and his siblings would largely be defined by the race of their father. “When my mother would take us shopping, we were the color of the rainbow,” Wilkens jeered. “People would look,” he recalled, “She would turn around and


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ask them what they were looking at.” His mother, never one to tolerate disrespect—much like her son—understood that her children would encounter discrimination in a racially oppressive America. She made sure that Wilkens was fully aware that he was growing up as a black man in a racially oppressive society, despite his Irish heritage. A priest once queried Wilkens about his racial heritage: “What’s it like to have a foot in both worlds?” The question seemed somewhat odd to Wilkens. He was fully aware at a young age that he was biracial, but, when asked to fill in his race on a form, “I’d write I was African-American.” He knew (perhaps subconsciously, even instinctually, at first, but with intentional fortitude as he grew into adolescence) that he could either relax into a nihilistic existence in which a debased, racialized status was internalized, only to become crestfallen and discouraged, or, he could emerge as a victor in all things. He chose the latter. Wilkens worked tirelessly to be the best, determined to overcome any obstacle presented to him throughout his lifetime, and to bring about equity for others in the process. “On my desk, there’s a picture of my father,” he writes in his autobiography. His admiration for his father eclipses all time and space, serving as both prologue and primer for Wilkens’ life: “He’s a man I never really knew, yet a man who feels very much a part of me today. The man staring at me is always about thirty-five, always in the prime of life, dark-skinned, strong, healthy. He’s the father I wished was there when my team in Seattle won the 1979 NBA title, the father I wanted with me when I was inducted in the Basketball Hall of Fame…He’s the father I wished could see my children and meet my wife, Marilyn.” Over the years, Wilkens’ extended family has found parallels in his disposition and that of his father: “I [am] in control, calm. I [don’t] get too excited about things but always [seem] to be in control of what I [am] doing.” Even in his absence, Wilkens father shaped him in enduring ways.

In 1960, the NBA St. Louis Hawks drafted Wilkens. The racism that existed in St. Louis would challenge Wilkens in ways he had never before experienced. The following excerpt explores Wilkens’ early encounters in the city. Highly visible athletic success typically affords one a certain notoriety, a lionized existence that allows the sports star to be treated as a celebrity. Yet, the social mores of



a particular historical moment are often reflected in the interplay between race and athletics. Therefore, even celebrity standing was not strong enough at particular times in our nation’s history to overcome the debased status of blackness. This is why Wilkens could be cheered for in St. Louis’ Kiel Auditorium during a game one evening, but was unwelcomed at local restaurants the following day because of his race. Despite his light skin and dual racial heritage, people were fully aware that he was not white. St. Louis was a segregated city when Wilkens was drafted by the Hawks. The storefronts did not don “For White Only” or “No Colored Allowed” signs as they did in other segregated spaces. Wilkens was somewhat familiar with such signs; he first witnessed them when traveling by bus through Virginia while playing for Providence College. He was also familiar with the rage and ridiculous fear engendered by his race. St. Louis would nonetheless exist as a new world for Wilkens, one whose racial restrictiveness would align the city with many other areas across the country, but would stand as something wholly apart from Wilkens’ childhood home where he was friends with children from various racial and ethnic backgrounds. He had


felt the contemptuous stares of onlookers in New York when his mother took him to certain stores. He had dealt with racist school administrators who warned him to stay away from white women. None of this was new to Wilkens, but within the boundaries that defined his part of Bed-Stuy, he had been largely removed from the abject racism extant across other parts of the country at the time. In the absence of Jim Crow signage, St. Louis’ segregated mapping was accomplished through icy reception in public spaces, refusal to seat African American patrons at restaurants or serve them at stores, “white flight,” and, not infrequently, violence. While always insulting, at times, the irony of racism in St. Louis was particularly glaring. “There was a cafeteria-style restaurant that had pictures of several Hawks players in the window, including me,” Wilkens remembered. “Everyone knew the restaurant only served whites, but there was my picture. They thought I was good enough to be in their window and maybe help bring in business, but I wasn’t supposed to eat there,” he added while alluding to the galling hypocrisy. One evening, he decided to test the restaurant’s gull and push back against the boundaries of racism. He stood in line

and waited to be served. Had they refused to serve him, he was ready to strike back regarding the effrontery required to use him to solicit customers, but refuse him service. The restaurant avoided any confrontation and instead served Wilkens. “Everyone was staring,” he remembered, “but no one had the guts to challenge me.” By his second season with the team, Wilkens was married and Marilyn, his wife, was pregnant. They were ready to vacate their apartment and purchase a home for their growing family. By the time the Wilkens searched for a house in St. Louis, racial restrictive covenants that had once barred African Americans from living in various portions of the city were no longer legal. White residents who opposed the presence of African Americans in their neighborhoods would find other ways to register their contempt. The Wilkens purchased a house that had been repossessed by the bank in Moline Acres, a white, middle class suburb established in 1949. Wilkens and a friend did the repairs on the edifice themselves without incident. None of the neighbors said anything to them as they worked. Wilkens reasoned later that they must have assumed he and his friend were simply construction workers, and not their new neighbors. Then, the Wilkens moved into their newly purchased, renovated home, a move that prompted many of their white neighbors to abscond from a neighborhood that now had a black family in it: “The FOR SALE signs popped up, one after another after another,” Wilkens recalled. “No one came to the house to meet us. No one knew, or cared, that I played for the St. Louis Hawks. It didn’t matter that we’d put a lot of work into the house and had it in better shape than it had been for years,” he shrugged. Nor did it seem to matter that he and Marilyn were college educated. The neighbors were almost scornful of the fact that he and his wife had “solid values who just wanted a nice, safe place to live” and that they “could afford to buy the house,” Wilkens noted. The seeming height of racism was reached when the Wilkens’ collie, Duchess, was poisoned by neighbors. Instead of encouraging the couple to flee, the incident redoubled their resolve to stay: “No one was going to scare us, to run us off. We had as much right to live on that street as anyone.” ■ Terry Anne Scott, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of American history, whose research and teaching interests focus on urban history, the intersection of race and sports, and African American social and cultural history.


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Eight New Members Appointed to Board of Trustees The Board of Trustees welcomed eight new members during its October meeting: Susan J. Gearey ’79; Theresa R. Harrison; Thomas A. Kleinhanzl; Matthew C. McGreevy; Philip S. Renaud II, M.S.’83; Thomas H. Truitt, MBA’02; Aldan T. Weinberg ’75; and Kathleen Weslock ’77. Gearey worked at Tiffany and Co. from 1998 until 2009, finishing as regional vice president of the Northwest and Pacific regions. She has been an active volunteer in San Francisco as a leader in several community organizations and events.


years of hospital administration experience and is a fellow in the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has volunteered in leadership positions with several Frederick nonprofits.

Farm Credit, a Frederick loan agency that offers agricultural financing for agribusiness, home, land and farm loans in Maryland, Delaware, Pennsylvania and Virginia.

McGreevy is a financial adviser and vice president at Morgan Stanley. He has served on Hood’s Board of Associates since 2014 and is an adjunct instructor in The George B. Delaplaine Jr. School of Business. He also volunteers his time to several Frederick organizations.

Weinberg was the first male to enroll in classes at Hood. He is a professor emeritus of journalism at the College, where he led the English department and founded Blazer Radio. In his newspaper career, he won several journalism awards from his time at the Frederick News-Post, the Carroll County Times and the Hagerstown Herald-Mail.

Harrison is an entrepreneur, speaker, mentor to women, author and community servant. She is the founder/president of George Street Services, Inc., a technology, cybersecurity and workflow automation and management services company headquartered in Maryland.

Renaud is a managing director at The Risk Institute at The Ohio State University and has more than 25 years of experience in risk management departments for domestic and international companies. Renaud is a regular speaker at national, regional and local risk management forums.

Kleinhanzl is president and CEO of Frederick Regional Health System. He has more than 29

Truitt has 25 years of progressive leadership responsibility and is now CEO of MidAtlantic


Weslock is executive vice president of Frontier Communications, where she helped the company double in size, growing from a $5 to a $10 billion corporation. She often speaks on career advancement and has been awarded some of the top recognitions in the industry. She is an expert in human resources, and she earned a Juris Doctor degree from Pace University.

New Hires Fill Positions Across Several Offices Seven new members have joined the campus professional staff across six offices: Ashley Anderson, Nikki Swartzlander Bamonti ’00, Ted O, Jennifer Schum, Kellye Greenwald ’86, Malinda “Lindy” Small ’81 and Brooke Winn, MBA’18.


Anderson, registrar, has focused her career on providing exceptional service to enhance the student experience. She brings a wealth of knowledge in identifying how departments can effectively collaborate to streamline processes and data collection. Bamonti, director of undergraduate admission, oversees first-year and transfer admission and operations, and works in collaboration with departments across campus to invigorate recruitment efforts. O, Ph.D., director of international student services and principal designated school official, provides valuable support to all of Hood’s undergraduate and graduate international students. Schum, Ph.D., dean of academic services and director of the Center for Academic Achievement and Retention (CAAR), oversees Hood’s entire academic services team, leading the academic advising program and collaborating with faculty advisers, students and staff members.

Greenwald, Small and Winn are filling positions in the Office of Institutional Advancement. Greenwald, director of alumni and constituent engagement, has more than 20 years in leadership and managerial career roles. Coming from corporate America, she brings fresh ideas and strategies to strengthen ties with Hood’s alumni and friends. Small, executive director of individual giving, has extensive experience providing fundraising

consultation to the health care and higher education sectors. She has served on Hood’s Board of Associates and is Board of Trustees Emerita. Winn, director of annual giving, has spent the past three years working within the advancement division. Prior to this role, she served as communications manager, associate director of annual giving, and, most recently, the interim director of annual giving.


Frederick Food Security Network Launches to Fight Food Insecurity The Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies has launched the Frederick Food Security Network (FFSN) to combat food insecurity in Frederick County. This initiative aims to provide healthy produce to those who live in food deserts—areas where a high percentage of people fall below the federal poverty line and where there isn’t an easily accessible grocery store—which affects an estimated 500-plus families in Frederick City. The FFSN has partnered with Frederick Memorial Hospital, the Islamic Society of Frederick, the Boys and Girls Club of Frederick County, and the Religious Coalition for Emergency Human Needs to build garden beds that grow fresh produce for those affected by food insecurity. In 2018, this network engaged 200 community volunteers in more than 1,300 volunteer hours to

grow more than 1,500 pounds of produce that has reached approximately 400 Frederick families.

others by promoting environmental engagement throughout the community.

“We are very proud of the work our network members and volunteers have put into this effort over the last year and a half,” said Connie Ray, CCMA AmeriCorps VISTA member, who is working for Hood as the FFSN project lead. “Still, our work is only just beginning. We continue to plan for ways to grow the program, improve its outcomes and expand its impact.”

The rapid growth and complexity of the FFSN will soon require a full-time program manager to coordinate all daily activities and improve the long-term sustainability of the program. The Helen J. Serini Foundation has granted Hood College $10,000 to help fund this position. The Chesapeake Bay Trust has also provided funding for this position as part of a larger $65,136 Green Street, Green Jobs, Green Towns (G3) grant.

The Chesapeake Bay Trust honored the project with the Melanie Teems Award for environmental engagement, which recognizes a project or program that engages residents in efforts to improve the Chesapeake region’s natural resources, serves as a model for other organizations, and motivates and inspires

Grants from the Rotary Club of Carroll Creek, Aramark Dining Services, and jointly the Chesapeake Bay Trust and the EPA Region III have also contributed to the construction and management of the gardens. SPRING

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Kelly Schulz ’06 Appointed Secretary of Maryland Department of Commerce Governor Larry Hogan appointed alumna Kelly Schulz as secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce where she will help grow the private sector and continue to foster an environment where businesses thrive and create more jobs. She previously served as secretary of the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation where she was responsible for managing an agency with nearly 2,000 employees and an operating budget of more than $375 million. She has received wide praise for initiatives to grow the state’s workforce and support Maryland’s small businesses. Schulz graduated from Hood with a bachelor’s degree in political science in 2006.

New Residence Hall Coming to Campus In an effort to accommodate the anticipated growth of the residential student population, construction on a new, 200-bed residence hall will begin in spring 2019 with the razing of the Marx Center. With feedback from students, administrators and the director of residence life, the new living space will include two-, three- and four-bed suites and semi-suites. The main floor will feature a common-area lounge, kitchen, and multi-purpose and seminar rooms. Each floor will include group study rooms and reading nooks. The new hall will also be home to the Honors Program.

The location of the new hall, behind Memorial Hall and adjacent to Coffman Chapel, will create a second residential quad for student life. The new building will feature a covered porch and patio to add to social opportunities for students. It will open in fall 2020. EYP Architecture and Engineering, which has a history of creating modern academic and residence halls on college campuses, designed the building. For computer renderings of the new hall and a video fly-through, visit


Students Present Research at Humanities Conference The second annual “Discovering the Humanities” conference in September provided students the opportunity to experience an academic conference, practice presenting their research and get to know others with similar interests. Nine students from Hood College presented, along with students from Shepherd University, St. John’s College, West Virginia University, and the University of Maryland College Park, on topics including art and archaeology, English, global languages and cultures, history, music, philosophy and religion. Jessica Berman, Ph.D., professor of English and director of the Dresher Center for the Humanities at UMBC, delivered the keynote address, titled “Humanities Research as Public Practice: Asking, Listening, and Learning Across Disciplines.” 26


Partnership Bolsters Health Care Services for Students Through a partnership with Frederick Regional Health System (FRHS), campus health services have moved to Frederick Memorial Hospital’s Toll House facility on 7th Street, across the street from campus. Monocacy Health Partners will provide expanded hours and services there, including primary care, urgent care, sports physicals, women’s health, men’s health, health and wellness, and mental health. The partnership will also expand upon the existing relationship with FRHS as a practicum site for

students pursuing a master’s degree in clinical counseling, and it will facilitate access to urgent care and mental health services for College employees—at a minimal fee generally covered by insurance—and area residents. This partnership is the result of a year-long study exploring alternative models of delivery for health and counseling services that included national benchmarking and consultation with the American College Health Association, as well as Hood faculty who oversee the counseling program.

BLAZER BRICKS AD BLAZER BRICKS Etch your name into Hood history. More than 125 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. Please contact Brooke Winn, MBA’18, director of annual giving, at 301-696-3717, or visit for more information.


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Chair of the Board Scholars

This highly prestigious scholarship provides full-tuition awards to academically superior students in each entering class and is renewable annually, up to four years. The first Chair of the Board Scholars were admitted to Hood in fall 2017, and were profiled in the spring 2018 issuue of  Hood Magazine.

By Elena Rowe ’21

Darby Hollinger ’22 What drew you to Hood?

I was drawn to Hood by the surrounding area—its historical significance, uniqueness, and beauty—and by the fact that Hood had a familial quality about it that made me feel comfortable.

What has surprised you about Hood?

I’ve been surprised by how Hood manages to feel both big and small at the same time. I don’t feel limited by the fact that I go to a small school.

What’s your favorite place in Frederick?

Obviously, Market Street as a whole is the best section of town, but if I had to get specific, I’d say that the Curious Iguana bookstore is my favorite place.

Frederick Roberts ’22 What motivates you?

Helping others is a major motivator and becoming a nurse of some sort.  

What class are you most looking forward to taking at any point in your Hood career?

I am excited for any course that is related to nursing. The more I learn about my profession, the more excited I become to start helping others in that field. I am also trying to take film study courses because I have a major interest in that field.  

Favorite study spot?

My favorite spot to study would have to be on the third floor of the library. Because I am a first-year collegiate student-athlete, I was required to obtain four study hall hours per week. I would constantly find myself going over this amount because I would be at the library working on any project or homework. It’s a quiet place to get work done. 28


Ashlee Rowles ’22 What are you passionate about?

I am passionate about politics and hearing the opinions of others. I love learning about history and how it affects today’s society.

What clubs, activities, etc. are you involved in or plan on getting involved in?

So far at Hood, I have joined the Black Student Union and the Maryland Student Legislature. I am also on the women’s soccer team.

Favorite meal in the dining hall?

I really enjoyed the Thanksgiving dinner at the dining hall. The food was delicious, and the decorations were very neat.

Pierre Saint-Louis ’22 How would you describe yourself?

I am a motivator with high energy. I love math and science. I love to smile a lot. I am a people person with great social skills.

What opportunities has the Honors Program afforded you?

The Honors Program put me up to a challenge of raising the bar higher and learning more about philosophy.

Favorite activity on campus? Carnivals and school dances

Hiba Usmani ’22 What do you do in your free time?

In my free time, when I am not doing homework or studying for classes, I tend to spend time with my family and friends. But when I want to catch up on sleep, I’m just your average college student who likes to take naps!

How has Hood challenged you so far?

Hood College has challenged me academically, especially in the Honors classes. Taking a full course load of 17 credits requires effort, and that can be challenging balancing all five classes.

Favorite Hood tradition?

I enjoyed the holiday lighting of the Pergola. It was very pretty, and we got hot chocolate! SPRING

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Faculty Q&A

Daehwan Kim, Ph.D. Our new assistant professor of biology and the Hodson/Maryland Endowed Chair in Advanced Bioproducts Research and Education brings expertise from one of the largest food and biotechnology companies in Asia.





am currently teaching the Biology of Food and Nutrition lab and pursuing biofuels/bioenergy research as an assistant professor of biology. I’ve been here since fall 2018.


efore coming to the United States in 2013 for my graduate study, I joined a company called NongShim R&D Center as a researcher. It is one of the largest food and biotechnology companies in Asia, where I was involved in the development, testing and patenting of more than 10 varieties of processed food products. It was my role to find new approaches, apply for patents, publish papers, develop commercial products and solve problems. My work has dealt with biochemical conversion, ethanol production and microbial/ enzyme treatments. One interesting research project I conducted pertained to the enzymatic reactions of fatty acid. I discovered a substitute for capsaicin, an active component of chili peppers and an essential ingredient of noodle products. Synthesized capsiate has a 1,000-times milder taste than original capsaicin, which can be used to control the intensity of the spice’s flavorings. Capsiate also has pharmaceutical applications, since capsaicin is currently used as a painkiller for the temporary relief of minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with arthritis. With this finding from our work, we published one patent: “Method of manufacturing of capsiate analogues” (Kim et al., 2012).





t my university, there was a vibrant student life. I have experience as an Uzbekistan overseas volunteer from COPION (Cooperation and Participation In Overseas NGOs), where I worked as a teacher at the school for the physically handicapped. I enjoyed being able to help kindergarteners learn during their experience in a classroom. Staying surrounded by various young kids who have individual disabilities and different cultures, I was encouraged to consider the human experience. Most of the kids in the class wanted to be doctors or scientists because they would like to provide specialty care to others, especially parents and friends who have similar symptoms. As a student, exposure to diverse peoples was instrumental in shaping my worldview and values. Before I was fully aware of it, I was deeply touched by their pure minds, and I began dreaming of being a scientist who can help others through my area of interest. This is just one of my experiences that keeps me motivated to find new knowledge and contributes to my passion for academic and/or industrial fields. I believe that these experiences and pursuits brought me to the United States for my Ph.D. study, and gave me an opportunity to teach and conduct my research at Hood College.


y prior research and industry background primed me to investigate the enzymes and microbiology underlying in the applications of microorganisms used in the food industry and the production of ethanol and value-added molecules. I aim to embrace my collaborative and versatile background to generate new research agendas in fermentation science and bioprocess engineering. After joining Hood College, I was fortunate enough to submit a research grant proposal with Hood colleagues, other universities and local companies located in Maryland. The overall goal of this project is to develop the framework for the sustainable production of bioethanol and bioproducts based on energy beets in the Delmarva region. As the Hodson/ Maryland Endowed Chair in Advanced Bioproducts Research and Education, my goals are to fill the knowledge gaps, develop economically sustainable processes and components for the commercial system, and to extend the educational and outreach program activities for the biology department and Hood College.


y primary research currently is the conversion of coffee wastes (mainly mucilage) into value-added molecules via microbial fermentation. There is no doubt that coffee is one of the most largely consumed beverages along with water and tea worldwide. It is known that coffee is ranked number two as a traded commodity (only after crude oils), with a worldwide production of coffee estimated to be 152 million 60 kilogram bags per year. However, only coffee beans are used for brewed coffee, and other components are separated and removed. These components constitute more than 50 percent of an initial coffee fruit weight that would be approximately 15 million tons per year. Considering the current facts and issues, our research team, including Hood College, Purdue University and the National University of Colombia, are devoted to reusing the coffee wastes as a renewable resource for beneficial molecules such as ethanol, hydrogen and other bio-chemicals. We have successfully completed some of our preliminary works, which were published in scientific journals. I believe that the current research with coffee wastes will give a promising alternative for agricultural waste feedstock, and provide new applications for valuable molecules. We are still working on it! SPRING

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NSF Grant to Fund STEM Education Scholarships The National Science Foundation has awarded Hood College $650,000 from its Scholarships in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (S-STEM) program to fund a project called “Interdisciplinary STEM Education and Mentoring for Transitioning to STEM Success.”

Department of Education Grant Bolsters Arabic and Middle Eastern Studies Program The U.S. Department of Education has awarded $120,000 through its Undergraduate International Studies and Foreign Languages (UISFL) Grant to bolster Hood’s Arabic and Middle Eastern studies program. The money will fund a project called “Creating Global Citizens of the 21st Century,” which will strengthen the major, minor and certificate in Arabic and Middle Eastern studies, and expose Hood students to the global community locally. This project was critical to foster more graduates in foreign language positions, including in government intelligence. Faculty will revise and create courses to include perspectives from multiple disciplines. For example, Professor Donald Wright, Ph.D., director of this project, will integrate STEM in a course on cultures of the Middle East to include talks about the impact of climate change on the area, the history and evolution of math and the importance of cybersecurity in diplomatic relations with the Middle East and North Africa region. Some courses will be co-taught by professors from different departments. Professors Paige Eager, Ph.D., and Corey Campion, Ph.D., will be teaching a course together on the history of U.S. foreign relations. Students will learn about cultural differences and cultural understanding, including nationality, race, ethnicity, gender, class and religion. They will also work with Arabic-speaking immigrants in the community on oral histories. 32


This is the first NSF S-STEM scholarship grant awarded to Hood. From the 277 proposals submitted, Hood’s was selected for one of 85 new scholarships in STEM that will be awarded by the NSF’s Division of Undergraduate Education this year. “This is national recognition of the strength of the STEM programs at Hood College,” said Professor Kevin Bennett, Ph.D., who will oversee implementation of the grant. The funding will support high-achieving students with demonstrated financial need. Throughout the five-year award, this project will fund 12 four-year scholarships and six two-year scholarships for students who are pursuing bachelor’s degrees in biology, biochemistry, chemistry, environmental science, mathematics, computer science or computational science. The four-year scholarships will begin in fall 2019, and the two-year scholarships will start in fall 2021. The scholarships will average $7,500 per academic year.

Program elements include faculty and peer mentoring to assist students as they progress throughout their academic careers, peer-led tutoring, first-year seminar and research methods courses, and a summer transition program to prepare rising juniors (including transfer students) for an increase in rigor as they move to upperdivision course work. “President Andrea Chapdelaine and Provost Debbie Ricker have a long history of support of the STEM disciplines,” said Bennett. “Without this foundation of commitment to strengthen and grow STEM at Hood College, this grant would not have been successful.”

NEH Grants $100,000 for Humanities Seminar The National Endowment for the Humanities has granted Hood more than $100,000 for a three-week seminar focused on World War I. Professors Trevor Dodman, Ph.D., (pictured on right) and Corey Campion, Ph.D., (left) will lead the seminar, called “World War I in History and Literature,” for 16 school teachers and will introduce new ways to teach about the war. It will take place July 8-26, 2019, and secondary education teachers will receive a stipend to travel to Hood and stay on campus. The program builds on Campion’s and Dodman’s work with Maryland secondary school teachers through Hood’s interdisciplinary Master of Arts in Humanities program, and it will help teachers design lessons consistent with the National Common Core Standards.

Week one will include a field trip to Washington, D.C., to visit World War I memorials including Pershing Park. Week two will feature guest lectures on the history of women and World War I, and new pedagogy practices.


Southworth Scholarship Benefits Psychology Students Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. Awards Reading Clinic $18,000 Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. has awarded $18,000 to the Summer Reading Clinic to fund scholarships for students and materials for the clinic. Hood’s Summer Reading Clinic has been supported by Delaplaine Foundation, Inc. since 2013.

(K-12). The program gives clinicians the opportunity to see the continuum of reading as they teach children in all grade levels, and it provides children in Frederick an opportunity to improve reading, writing, spelling and word study skills.

Hood is partnering with the Boys & Girls Club of Frederick County and the English Language Learners programs at Waverley Elementary School and Parkway Elementary School to provide scholarships to English Language Learners. The grant also will fund books and other materials for all age ranges and reading levels, and it will help update technology that has been used for past clinics, including iPads and computer software.

“This program is well known throughout the county and has improved the reading skills of hundreds of children,” said Professor Ellen Koitz, Ed.D., director of the clinic. “The reading clinic goes far beyond simply warding off summer remission; rather it accelerates students’ levels of literacy.”

Teachers pursuing a Master of Science in Reading Specialization at Hood lead the clinic, which is directed to the reading needs of all school children

The clinic has been an integral part of the reading specialization master’s program for more than 30 years. This summer, approximately 10 clinicians are expected to participate. The clinic will host 20-25 students at the elementary level with an additional 20 at the middle and high school level.

New Scholarship Benefits Education Majors Joslin Cook Ruffle ’65 has established the Lynne Reagan Johnson ’65 Scholarship, a fund that will be awarded annually, beginning fall 2019, to a Hood student studying early childhood education and demonstrating academic excellence. Ruffle (pictured on right) and Johnson (left) attended Hood to pursue their passion of teaching young children, and they both led successful careers in early childhood education, introducing young minds to the power of learning. Their friendship continued for more than 50 years with a mutual respect for each other’s commitment to education. Johnson passed away in June 2017 after a long battle with cancer, and Ruffle established this scholarship in her memory as a commitment to continue Johnson’s legacy as a model student and educator.

The Southworth family has established the Lorene Myers Southworth ’48 Scholarship, which will be awarded annually to one junior or senior student majoring in psychology, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The scholarship was established in memory of Lorene (pictured above) by her family: husband George, daughter Lori and son Jeff. “After my wonderful mother passed away on May 20, 2016, we wanted to create this scholarship because she loved Hood,” said Lori. “She believed her Hood education prepared her to be one of the first two women graduates from the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business in 1950 and for her successful career.” Lorene graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and believed in the Hood liberal arts program. She had life-long Hood friendships and attended many events and reunions.

$1 Million Gift Supplements Chair of Board Scholarships Cynthia Newby ’67, Hood College trustee, facilitated a gift of $1 million from the Cheryl Kupper Irrevocable Trust. As the executor of this estate, Newby has directed this money to female recipients of the Chair of the Board Scholarship fund. Hood’s Chair of the Board Scholarship is a highly prestigious scholarship that provides full-tuition awards to academically superior students in each entering class. The second class of Chair of the Board scholars began at Hood this fall (see p. 28). This gift will increase the number of full-tuition scholarships that Hood may award to the next three incoming classes. “My late friend, Cheryl Kupper, supported women’s higher education in her roles as a college professor of English and an academic publishing executive,” said Newby. “She would be very proud to further Hood’s tradition of educating the brightest students for future leadership roles in our society. Not often in one’s life do you get to do something like this!” SPRING

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BEQUESTS Jean Righter Bolle ’50 Through their estate, Jean and Ed Bolle provided unrestricted endowment funds, which are being used for experiential learning at Hood. After graduating in 1950 with a degree in political science, Jean worked in Detroit before enrolling in Wayne State Law School. During her time at Hood, Jean organized a boycott to protest and eliminate segregated seating at a local movie theater. Jean was active in her community, volunteering at the Central City Opera Guild, the Symphony Guild, Kent Denver School, Metro Caring and Central Presbyterian Church. In 2001, Jean provided the resources for the renovation of the lobby area of Alumnae Hall. She was honored by Hood in 2010 with its Excellence in Service Award.

Sophia Meredith Libman ’37 Sophia and Frank Libman provided an unrestricted estate gift to Hood. After she graduated in 1937 with a degree in journalism, Sophia completed graduate work at Yale University and at Western Maryland College. She went on to become a freelance artist and was a member of the American Association of University Women, League of Women Voters, Carroll County Arts Council, Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, Westminster Duplicate Bridge Club and Third Wednesday Invitational Game Bridge Club. In 2000, Frank honored Sophie by establishing the Sophie Meredith Libman NEH Professorship that continues to bring promising scholars in the humanities to Hood.

Jeanette B. Phelps ’59 Miss Phelps left a bequest through her estate to provide support for the Virginia E. Lewis Endowed Chair in Political Science. She earned her bachelor’s degree in political science in 1959 and was greatly influenced by the instruction of Virginia E. Lewis, Ph.D. She was part of the first cohort of students who participated in an internship through the College where she was required to volunteer in a political campaign. Following Hood, Miss Phelps worked for American Airlines for 34 years. She enjoyed traveling extensively, cheering on the Orioles, and supporting the arts and organizations for senior citizens.

Martha Knouse Schaeffer ’47 Martha left an unrestricted planned gift to Hood. After graduating with a degree in history, she went on to become a civic leader and volunteer. She was a charter member of the Auxiliary of Carroll County General Hospital, and for many years she volunteered as the chief chaplain’s assistant. Martha also was active on the Hood College Board of Associates, the Women’s Club of Westminster, the Carroll County Branch of American Association of University Women, the Carroll County Board of Social Services, the Maryland Health Systems Agency, the Maryland Health Claims Arbitration Board, and the Emmanuel United Church of Christ Bylaws Committee and Archives.

M. Susan Selby ’74 Through a planned gift, Susan left funding to support the music and French departments at Hood. Susan attended the College before graduating from Towson University with a degree in music. She later earned a certificate in music education from the College of Notre Dame of Maryland and spent her career as a private music instructor. Susan was an accomplished musician who enjoyed playing the flute and piano. 34


Financial Need Scholarship Nearly Doubles Elinor “Poppy” F. Herndon McCarty ’60 and William “Bill” A. McCarty (pictured above) have contributed additional funds to the William A. McCarty Jr. & Elinor F. Herndon McCarty ’60 Scholarship, nearly doubling its annual amount. The scholarship was established in 2009 by Poppy and husband Bill for students whose GPA is 3.0 or higher and who demonstrate financial need. Poppy and Bill reside in Amarillo, Texas, where they are active with the Boy Scouts of America and Kiwanis Club. They have also been active at Bill’s alma mater, Texas A&M University and locally at West Texas A&M University. Poppy was a history major at Hood and met Bill while he was stationed in Germany. They have four children and six grandchildren. Poppy recently celebrated her 80th birthday in San Antonio with her children and Bill and was ecstatic to have her own personal “Hood Hello!” that day.

Hearst Foundations Fund Expansion for Summer Research Institute The Hearst Foundations granted $100,000 to expand the Summer Research Institute (SRI) program at Hood. Since 2001, the SRI has offered 186 student/faculty teams the chance to conduct high-impact research in a variety of academic disciplines. Research has confirmed that such high-impact practices with faculty are key predictors of college success and learning, particularly for students from underrepresented groups and students of color. Many students find it difficult to participate in summer research experiences because of the need for summer employment. To address this challenge, Hood will use resources from this grant to involve more students (up to 13 per summer), and provide an increased stipend of $3,500 per student.

For more information on how to be involved with any of these programs, contact Nancy Gillece at

“I had several organizations that I was considering giving to. I chose Hood College. It’s been rewarding to help students and to promote music at the College.”


—Ardine Gorden


rdine Gorden passionately supports Hood’s music program. In memory of his wife, Phyllis, he established a scholarship for students in the applied music program, music prizes for outstanding students, a fund supporting two annual concerts at the College, and a capital fund for projects in Brodbeck Music Hall and Coffman Chapel. Neither Ardine nor Phyllis graduated from Hood College but chose to give to Hood out of their love of music and their desire to support students and the community. Phyllis was an accomplished violinist and taught music for many years. Ardine began playing the trumpet when he was 8 years old and, at age 88, is taking violin lessons from Hood alumna Zhenya Zianouka ’13. Lifelong learning is important to Ardine, who spent his career in a variety of fields including technical proofreading, mechanical illustrating, technical training and engineering. Ardine even worked on training material used for NASA’s Apollo project. After years of giving to Hood, Ardine became a Pergola Society member in 2014 when he informed the College that he had made Hood the beneficiary of his trust to ensure that his generosity would continue to impact future generations of students. Hood is grateful for Ardine’s commitment to enhancing the College community through his support. Planned gifts like Ardine’s make the Hood experience enriching for students and the campus community. To learn more about making an impact through a planned gift, please contact Jaime Cacciola ’04, director of grants and gift planning, at 301-696-3828; 1-800-707-5280, option 7; or S P R I N G 2 019


BLAZERNEWS Six Fall Student-Athletes Named to All-MAC Commonwealth Teams Clay Smith,

junior, men’s soccer, first team




Smith earned his second career All-MAC Commonwealth award. He was second in the MAC Commonwealth in goals (11) and points (27) while ranking fourth in assists (5). He also set the Hood record for most consecutive matches with a goal (8). He is among Hood’s all-time leaders in career points (64) and goals (28)

Payton Belella, senior, women’s volleyball, second team Belella extended her Hood career assist record (3,570) and ranked second in the MAC Commonwealth for assists this season (808). She is among Hood’s alltime leader in digs (1,039), and set a career high this season for aces in a single game (11).

Ricky Salgado, freshman, men’s soccer, second team Salgado set Hood’s freshman record for assists (7) and ranked fourth in the MAC Commonwealth in assists. He tallied assists in his first three career matches.

Elena Zinaich, senior, women’s volleyball, second team Zinaich holds the Hood records for career kills (1,397), career points (1,666) and career hitting percentage (.281). She led the MAC Commonwealth in kills this season (342), and she tied Hood’s single-match record for kills (28). She also ranks among Hood’s career leaders in blocks (232).






Jayden Barrick, senior, field hockey, honorable mention Barrick set Hood records for defensive saves in a season (26) and in a career (52). She led all NCAA players, regardless of division, in defensive saves.

Elisa Botten, senior, women’s soccer, honorable mention Botten set career highs in goals (3), assists (4) and points (10). She tied for the team lead in assists and ranked third on the Blazers in goals and points.

New Coaches Named for Field Hockey, Cross Country, Track and Field, Tennis, Women’s Golf Ann Andrews, field hockey coach, comes to the Blazers after a successful six-year run at Severna Park High School in Maryland where her teams won Maryland 4A state championships three years in a row from 2013 to 2015. She was a two-time coach of the year via the Washington Post and earned similar honors from the Baltimore Sun and Capital Gazette. Chris Benassi, cross country and track and field coach, was previously assistant coach at Nova Southeastern in Florida where he helped coach the Shark women to the first Peach Belt Conference Championship in school history and produced 22 individual conference track and field champions and 23 NCAA Division II Championship qualifiers. Thomas Chatfield, MBA’18, interim women’s golf coach, has been an athletic trainer at Hood since 2014. Prior to Hood, he was head athletic trainer



and assistant athletic director at St. Maria Goretti High School in Hagerstown, Maryland, where he also taught physical education and health. Blaine Davies, tennis coach, previously was assistant coach at Division I Coppin State University and at Division II Fayetteville State University. He has also been a recreation



programs assistant for the U.S. Tennis Association in the Mid-Atlantic Region since 2018, responsible for managing after-school programs in Howard and Anne Arundel counties. Davies is also the head tennis professional at Sparrows Point and on the professional staff at West Winds Tennis and Fitness.


Prachar Named to United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 Women’s soccer coach Conor Prachar ’12 was selected to the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 class. The class features 15 men and 15 women selected from a pool of nearly 400 applicants. He is one of 16 college coaches in the class, with the remainder coming from the high school and youth coaching ranks. Prachar is in his third year as the head coach of women’s soccer. An active member of the local and regional coaching community, he currently coaches with FC Frederick and the Maryland State Olympic Development Program. Launched in 2013, the United Soccer Coaches 30 Under 30 Program is a year-long opportunity in which members receive an educational scholarship for coaching programs. In addition, members of the 30 Under 30 Program are matched with a mentor dedicated to fostering their growth in the game and expanding their coaching network.

Casey Earns Academic Awards Luke Casey ’18 earned accolades in summer 2018 for his academic and athletic performance during his 2017-18 senior basketball season. He was named to the Academic All-Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) and National Association of Basketball Coaches (NABC) Honors Court. Casey graduated in May with a double major in mathematics and economics, a concentration in international economics and a minor in business administration. In his senior season, he was fourth in the MAC Commonwealth in rebounds (7.7 per game) and seventh in blocked shots (0.7 per game). Casey recorded four double-doubles and tallied eight games of 10 or more rebounds.

A multi-sport student-athlete as a member of the track and field team, Casey also holds the school record in the decathlon (5,144 points) and high jump (5-11.25) outdoors. The Academic All-MAC teams recognize the top student-athletes in the classroom and on the field. The MAC sports information directors nominate and vote on the Academic All-MAC teams, giving 50 percent weight to both academic success and athletic success. The NABC Honors Court recognizes junior or senior student-athletes on varsity teams for academic work, requiring at least a 3.2 GPA.


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Payton Belella ’19

Grayson Zubradt ’19 GRAYSON ZUBRADT, senior lacrosse player from Elmhurst, Illinois, is an integrated marketing communication major, a dean’s list student and a MAC Academic Honor Roll member. He came to Hood in large part because of the recruitment effort by lacrosse head coach Brad Barber and former assistant coach Mike Russo. “They went out of their way at tournaments to have one-on-one conversations with me,” said Zubradt. “While the majority of other colleges felt like they were cutting and pasting recruiting emails from templates they sent to other players, Coach Barber and Coach Russo made an effort to pay attention to small details.” During his college decision-making process, he was impressed with Hood’s personal touch. “Hood separated itself from some of the bigger schools where it felt as if I was just another student visiting. When I went to visit Hood, it felt like home.”  After arriving at Hood, Zubradt avoided the common first-year homesick feelings and credited that to the close-knit environment of his teammates.   “I didn’t just enter into a new team or a new school, but instead I was adopted by a family of amazing guys who cared for each other more than I can fathom,” he said.

“Hood separated itself from some of the bigger schools where it felt as if I was just another student visiting ...”   On the field as a first-year student, Zubradt earned MAC Commonwealth Co-Rookie of the Year after scoring 35 goals. As a sophomore, he set Hood’s single-season record with 52 goals and 60 points, and he became the first player in school history to score 10 goals in a game. In spring 2018, Hood finished 8-7 for the first winning season in the program’s history. Zubradt enters his senior year with career records in goals (129) and points (155). “I had a great group of mentors during my freshman and sophomore years who helped me shift from the high school to the college game,” he said. “We wouldn’t be where we are without the brotherhood and the foundation that the alumni created for this team.” 38


PAYTON BELELLA, volleyball player from Smithsburg, Maryland, graduated in January with a major in biology. A dean’s list student, she was named to the MAC Fall Academic Honor Roll three consecutive seasons. She is also a member of the Chi Alpha Sigma student-athlete honor society and the Beta Beta Beta biology honor society. She plans to earn her master’s degree in secondary education and hopes to become a biology and chemistry teacher at the high school level. 

“Having family members who attended Hood in the past has given me such an amazing connection to the school ...” She is one of five members of her family to attend Hood College. “Having family members who attended Hood in the past has given me such an amazing connection to the school and to those family members,” Belella said. “From the moment I stepped on Hood’s campus, it already felt like home after hearing stories of my family members’ experiences.”  Belella has grown up on the volleyball court, and she knew her college needed to have an excellent volleyball program, along with a good fit academically and socially. “Hood was where I knew I wanted to go,” she said. “Growing up in a gym created this need to be out on the court. I knew I wanted to be able to step in and make a difference and most of all, play the game I love. Hood gave me all of those things.”  Her freshman year, the team doubled its win total from the previous year and made the MAC Commonwealth tournament for the first time. Belella was named all-conference and set the single-season assist record (1,065). “That year was huge for Hood volleyball,” Belella recalled. “I remember traveling to these schools in our conference and hearing my upperclassmen teammates say, ‘Wow we’ve never beaten that team before.’ That really put into perspective just how much of an impact we made that season.”  Belella’s 3,570 assists are more than any other two Blazers combined for a career. She has the top four single-season assist totals and nine of the top 10 single-match performances. She is also third in digs (1,039) and seventh in service aces (180), helping the Blazers to 64 wins in four seasons.


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 Kayla Knott ’17, assistant director of annual giving, at or 301-696-3919, or visit


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Making an Impact in the Place He Calls Home By Elaheh Eghbal ’13


n a fall day in October, I visited James Baker ’15 at the United Way to learn more about the work he is doing in the Frederick community. As I walked upstairs, I could hear him talking to a colleague in the hallway about a project. The contents of his desk—piles of project reports, assessments and program analyses—made clear his passion for his work. For Baker, Frederick is more than a name on a list of “Best Cities in Maryland for Young Families” or one of the 2017 top 100 places to live in the U.S. For him, Frederick is a town he believes in and calls home. And equipped with a Hood degree in business management and a concentration in international finance and economics, Baker is doing what he can to make sure Frederick is a place where all its citizens feel proud to live. During Baker’s final semester at Hood, he held an internship at the Interfaith Housing Alliance where he helped with program planning and guiding people as they journeyed on the path to home ownership. Also during this time, one of his friends was serving as an AmeriCorps VISTA member in Frederick. It was these two experiences that encouraged him to see how he could make an impact in the Frederick community. Upon graduating from Hood, Baker served as the AmeriCorps VISTA member at the United Way of Fred-


erick County (UWFC). During his two years of service, he supported the initiatives of the UWFC’s Prosperity Center and financial literacy programs. The Prosperity Center creates a one-stop resource for community members to improve their financial skills and stability. He has been the prosperity manager for the Center since 2016, focusing on developing and creating programs for the Frederick community. Through understanding the ramifications of the ALICE (Asset, Limited, Income, Constrained, Employed) report, Baker’s goal is to remove access barriers so more

people can utilize the resources and funds that are available to the Frederick community. ALICE families live above the federal poverty level but are unable to afford a basic household budget. “Being at UWFC allows me to build relationships and work with the community in a way that helps individuals develop their own assets and work toward their goals,” Baker said. In 2017, Baker graduated from the Frederick County Office of Economic Development’s Future Minority Business Leader program, an eight-month program designed to develop and grow minority business leaders in FrederSPRING

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ick County. This fall, he attended the Touching Lives in Frederick County event presented by the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce and the Frederick Nonprofit Alliance only to find that he was being recognized with an award. As his colleague, Malcolm Furgol, shared, “...We could not ask for someone who more clearly demonstrates what our organization stands for or who more passionately advocates for the importance of the work we do at the Prosperity Center to help improve the financial stability of those households who can’t afford the high cost of living in our county.” Baker is also the chair of the Frederick Coalition for Financial Success, which helps the Frederick community develop financial resources and literacy through programming led by trained practitioners. Programs and workshops teach people budgeting skills and financial literacy and support them in buying a home in Frederick County. 42


“Frederick is about community,” Baker said. “You’re here to develop yourself and develop your community.” Beyond financial education and literacy, Baker and the UWFC offer other resources for individuals such as the Prosperity Fair and “career cafés.” Most recently, the Prosperity Fair provided direct services and resources to the community. Offered three times per year, this fall’s focus was on health and wellness—specifically, navigating the world of health insurance, switching insurance and learning how to navigate insurance offered by an employer. The bimonthly career cafés are structured to provide a mock interview and one-hour workshop to individuals looking to develop and strengthen their skills to find a new job.       “I feel like Frederick is growing with me, and I’m growing with it,” Baker said.


8 people have bought a home 7 people have gone through school 4 people have started a business 4 people have bought cars 30 people have become more literate through financial and budget coaching More than 2,200 members of the Frederick community have been served since 2015.


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150 Years of Brodbeck FROM GERMAN SOCIAL HALL TO MUSIC VENUE By Mary Atwell


his year, Hood is celebrating the 150th anniversary of Brodbeck Music Hall. Built in 1868 by German settlers, it was the only pre-existing building on the land that would become the Hood College campus. It was a large and beautiful building erected on farmland outside the city, only coming alive in the evenings and on weekends, for it was built as a traditional German social hall. Long after the building’s original use ended, local legends sprang up about ghosts and unearthly presences that echoed the drinking and carousing of local German immigrants. While much has been written about Brodbeck Hall over the years, what is not locally recognized is the role that Schuetzen Park, as it was known then, played in shaping the weekend as we know it in the U.S.



The Schuetzen Park hall was erected by the Deutches Schuetzen Gessellschaft, the German Shooting Society, to serve as a gathering place and beer garden for club members, their families and the local public, and was the scene of “many hilarious events” (Frederick Post, June 11, 1917). On weeknights, men met there to drink and exchange news, and on weekends the families came out to enjoy the property and commune with each other. German saloons and social halls were extremely important to 19th-century German immigrant communities. Members could relax in an environment reminiscent of home, and enjoy the beer and food that were a part of their German identity. Many of these social halls were paired with shooting ranges,

which were wildly popular, and some also went by the name Schuetzen Park. Our park might have included shooting, but evidence points to the property’s use simply as a social gathering spot for balls, dances, concerts, suppers and beer drinking. Some historians have argued that German immigrants transformed the American weekend by bringing to it the art of leisure on Sundays. German immigrants brought over a long-cherished tradition of recreation and outings on Sundays, but found many American communities still marked the Sabbath with the solemnity and stillness required of the colonial Puritan Sabbath. While the industrial revolution undoubtedly played a huge role in creating the two-day weekend, one could argue that German immigrants brought


with them the recreation and fun we fill our weekends with today. Despite the lively events that took place at Schuetzen Park, the society had to sell the property several years later for financial reasons. Subsequently, it was used for a number of business ventures and came to be known as Groff Park, after long-time owner and farmer, Captain Joseph Groff. In 1897, the Woman’s College of Frederick purchased the land with the help of Margaret S. Hood, but it sat unchanged until 1914. Alumnae Hall was completed in 1915 with Shriner Hall right behind it and, dubbing the original building “College Hall,” students, faculty and staff began to use College Hall in earnest. From Halloween “haunts,” concerts, chapel and classes to the housing of

staff, the building’s activities were many, and it was central to the new campus. It became the focal point for the music program and, in 1923, it was renamed “Brodbeck Music Hall,” to recognize Andrew R. Brodbeck for his many contributions to the College. The College still uses the stage today for productions, concerts and lectures. And stories persist about people hearing ghostly noises of laughter, boots scraping and glass clinking, up on the third floor, which harken back to its days as a German social hall. As we mark the 150th anniversary of Brodbeck Music Hall, we can contemplate how our building played a small part in creating a more leisurely weekend in Frederick, and recognize that the spirit of the building lives on with our music. SPRING

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First Woman President Remembered Fondly Martha E. Church, November 17, 1930 - January 27, 2019


resident Emerita Martha E. Church, Ph.D., was selected as Hood’s first woman president in 1975, and became recognized as one of the 100 most effective college and university presidents in the nation. During her tenure, the College confirmed its commitment to diversity, revised its curriculum, enhanced its academic reputation, instituted a nationally recognized Honors Program, and strengthened



services for adult learners. She also led an expansion of the Hood Graduate School, and, through state-ofthe-art technology, established the Catherine Filene Shouse Career Center as a national model. In 2017, the College dedicated the Martha E. Church Center for Community and Civic Engagement in Downtown Frederick. Under President Church’s leadership, Hood’s endowment grew from $2 million to $37 million, and

several buildings were constructed, including the Beneficial-Hodson Library and Information Technology Center, the Hodson Science link, and the Joseph A. Pastore Facilities Center. A number of buildings also received extensive renovations. “As the first female president of Hood College, she paved the way for my own presidency. Martha was a tremendous leader, mentor and friend,” said President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D. “It was an


By Laurie Ward

honor and privilege to get to know her and to rely on her wise counsel. It is a testament to her legacy that her well-being was one of the most frequent questions I was asked by alumni and others who knew her.” President Church’s goal as leader of Hood was “to make Hood College and Frederick a center for women of all ages.” “When I was still a teen, mourning the loss of my cat, Martha opened up her home to let me sit with her cat and just cry. That simple act of compassion has stuck with me all these years,” said Vivian Koch

Laxton ’91. “Dr. Church showed a generation of women that glass ceilings were meant to be broken. Yes, she was a trailblazer. Yes, she was a visionary. But most importantly, Martha was approachable and kind. She will be missed.” A graduate of Wellesley College, President Church earned her master’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her doctoral degree from the University of Chicago. She had been a college professor and dean, as well as an administrator of a higher education accrediting association, before coming to Hood. “Along the road of life, there are certain people who have a substan-

tial impact on you. Martha Church was one those people in my life,” said Ruth Ravitz Smith ’83. “Martha was a leader, a trailblazer and a kind soul. She always made me feel special, and I will forever be grateful for her service to my alma mater.” In the winter 1994 issue of Hood Magazine, President Church remarked: “My hope is that I have left Hood stronger, more vibrant, more visible, so that it will gain the respect that it deserves.” In 1995, she was awarded an honorary degree from Hood. In 2006, she was elected chair of the Hood College Board of Trustees; she was granted emeriti status upon her departure from the Board in 2009. ■


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1945 Ann Marshall Johnson 503-656-4026 Do you remember Step Songs? Do you remember President Roosevelt announcing the bombing in Hawaii? Do you remember the sleigh ride with Hood horses? Muriel Duklauer Gantz has given up driving, but she has a man who will drive her wherever she wants to go 5 days a week, so she is still active. She loves to play bridge and considering her age, life is good! Marilyn Hayes Dunshee has a senior apartment in a living arrangement with lots of activities. She still loves to sing—she sang in the Hood choir. She was quite vivid about voting. She thinks we should all get out to vote, which sounds like a real ’45er. She attributes her longevity to her good legs, and she has one family that lives close and that is a joy to her. She had to cut our conversation off because she suddenly realized it was dinner time, and salmon was on the menu! Bette Fischer Mayer was known at Hood as Boopie and sounded absolutely joyful while telling me that her home, where she lives by herself, in DE was at the moment in the middle of a blizzard. Her son was coming over to check on her, and she had dinner cooking in the oven. In her long life she had prepared to teach but only did so for one year then became an accountant through returning to school. She continued to work as an accountant for many years. About me, Ann Marshall Johnson, I am still driving, living alone and occasionally entertaining. I am reading a lot and have activities like book club with old friends, going to the symphony and an occasional movie. But mostly, I’m loving the skills I was given at Hood for teaching, which my husband and I both did for 20-30 years. Three sons live nearby, but my real joy is having 9 greatgrandchildren—3 little girls and the rest boys. They come to visit, and I just love them to pieces! Let’s see if we can all continue down the path. There is 48


always something to keep our hearts beating, and we remember Hood days fondly.

1952 Mary-Louise Springhorn Rude Leidheiser 828-699-1999, Natalie Colbert Bowers: “Just back from a week with the family in the Philadelphia suburbs. Christmas with the 5 grandkids as well. I heard from Joy Lines Cain. She lost husband Stuart in Sept. (I was in her wedding—Stuart was a fraternity brother of Martin at Bucknell where Joy went to work after Hood). She is in Worchester, MA, with her son and family for the holiday. Joy has glaucoma and will move to MA soon to be near family. A card from Corny TenBroeck Cartwright says she and Doug are living in her family homestead in Hudson, NY, and are enjoying their first great-grandchild, Nathan.” Peggy Crook Arnold is still playing a little bridge. She’s an avid sports fan (she played basketball and field hockey at Hood), so we compared notes on the North Carolina Panthers and Chicago Bears. She keeps in touch with Joyce Miller Sammis. Marion Decker McCormick: “Daughters and spouses and I invaded son Brett and Connie’s home, near Houston, to celebrate “Thankmas” in mid-December. I will fly to DC in Jan. where Lynn and Paul will take me home to PA and then to CA near Manhattan Beach for Feb.” Betsy Dowling Barclay had fun watching the 5 great-grandchildren opening presents this Christmas. Elizabeth Flower Anton still enjoys being in her own home with her dog and garden. A son lives nearby; his wife is a “fabulous daughter-in-law.” Yvonne “Von” Hepburn Virtue: “Nothing of merit to report. Am still alive, active, but not kicking quite as high.” Emma “Emmy” Jones Hann: My daughter Christine and I had an invigorating trip on the Danube last July: Romania, including a bus trip into Transylvania; and Bulgaria, Serbia, Croatia and Hungary. In Aug. I drove from OH back to New England for visits with several cousins and, of course, a Boston Symphony concert at Tanglewood in my home county, Berkshire, MA. Regretfully, I couldn’t connect with Little Sister, Penny Hapgood Noepel ’54. Jodie Kellogg Weddle visited her daughter in Chicago in Oct. Dee Dreller Sosin flew in from CA for 5 days and, together with Jodie’s Michigan niece, the 4

savored each other’s company as they toured city highlights (younger gals guided wheelchairs where necessary). Peg Lewis Christensen will finally be back in her newly hurricane-proofed apartment at the end of Jan. Phyl Loudermill Armstrong is doing well in her Oklahoma City home and garden. Granddaughter Vivian and a friend visited for the holidays. Phyl plans to fly to Denver in May for Vivian’s high school graduation. Mary Murrie Hardy: “Had a wonderful Christmas with my large family—17 grandchildren (saw them all in a 2-week period) and 6 greats who were wild and crazy when Santa came! I’m taking 1 grandson to see Hamilton next week; we are both excited!” Franne Pickle Wetmore and Evelyn Bischoff Mitchell and are both enjoying their winter FL residences. Evelyn’s daughter and granddaughter were with her for Christmas. Lynn serves on her association’s welcoming committee, but laughingly explained that she was “fired” from the fining committee (too lenient). Suzanne Purdom Glezen says living in her MD retirement community is a little like being on a cruise ship. All her family are fortunately on the East Coast. She has 4 greatgrands—all boys. Jane Taggart Whittaker: “I was visited by all of my family at one time or another during the holidays. Loved catching up with the grandchildren especially.” Jane talks regularly with Hood roommate Joanne Kates Roos, who is moving to Williamsburg Landing retirement community in Feb. Carol Underhill Postell calls herself “a pretty lucky old babe” happily living in her Vero Beach condo. Her 3 sons are scattered: Atlanta, Cincinnati and ID. She was eager to learn about Jackie Wakeling, her longtime friend. Staff at Jackie’s retirement community say Jackie is content in her assisted living apartment. Nancy von der Heyde Needham was home playing scrabble with her granddaughters when I called. Marguerite Weber Trachtman: “I will be spending Christmas with my family in Carmel, and I really am looking forward to it. After, we all will spend our usual few days in Chicago.” Jeanne Zimmerman Gearey quipped, “I may forget some things, but I have no trouble walking or talking and enjoying my condo.” Her daughter, Susan Gearey ’79, who is now a Trustee of Hood, visits often from Sarasota. We have lost 3 very special classmates: Janet “Teya” Hall Mauk, Ruth Matthews Alger, and Doris “Dody” Nygren Wisnom. Please keep in touch.

1953 Johanna Chait Essex 516-487-1883, Many thanks to those who answered my brief note for news—time was of the essence—I promise to do better for the next issue of the magazine. Sincere condolences to the family of Nadya Klotz Giusi, who passed away this past Aug. On a lighter note, the winner of the Truxal scholarship for this year is Konjit S. Lachir ’19—she is a junior and lives in Frederick. I received a holiday letter from Nancy Brown Kohlheyer—she is doing well in Brussels and has reconnected with some of her students, and was invited to join the Brussels Academy of Art. This past July she had a good visit with her sons in MD and GA. Short note from Penny Fradd Vahsen—she spent Christmas with her daughter and family in Roanoke, VA, and had 4 generations of family to help make the celebration a lively one. She sponsored her last class of midshipmen—203 in all—and plans to write a book about her adventures with them. Joan Gebhardt Tambling “is enjoying each day in good health, mind and spirit with family, friends and devoted rescue dog Lucy.” Pat Lloyd Fordham spent the holidays in KS, with her family—she is now the great-grandmother to a new great-grandson, Elliot. Bim Mayer Werle and Jerry decided to downsize this past year, sold their homes in VT and FL, and settled in Wake Robin, a CCRC in Shelbourne, VT. They have become involved in community activities, are a 5-minute drive from the beach, and have done some exploring using their kayaks. Their children have taken over the hosting of the holidays; “refining old traditions and creating new ones.” They had a white Christmas and enjoyed every moment of it. Kathie Redelfs Rott has moved to Boca Raton so she could be closer to her family—she now lives in a CCRC. She no longer drives due to her poor vision. She enjoys the weather, which is “certainly nicer than IN.” Bev Rosenberg Sager and her daughter went to CA and visited her son and grandson for Thanksgiving. She also went to Malta with her art appreciation class and found it a great experience. Sheila Siegal Asher and Dick sold their home on Kiawah last Feb., and are now living year round in FL. Dick is not doing well, and they have help 24/7. Katherine Sponsler Patten is still in her home, with help from her grandson and daughters. She enjoys playing duplicate bridge and going out to Sunday breakfasts with a friend. Like the Energizer Bunny, Hal and I just keep on going. I go to the nursery school where I taught on Wednesdays and read the golden oldies to the children—it is a nice respite for them, as the pre-K children adhere to part of the Common Core plans New York State requires. Some of the younger teachers have not heard these stories. Every other Thursday is Cookie Café time at the USMMA— cookies from home, coffee, tea and tlc are freely dispensed to the midshipmen. We still sponsor

2 cadets a year, and have made some lasting friendships with them and their folks. We wish you all a happy, healthy 2019.—Jo

1954 Jean Baker Weikert 717-624-3960 It is always enlightening to set aside time to reconnect with class members to share varied experiences. It was possible to communicate with several classmates. In Newtown, CT, Mary Starr “Skippy” Smith Adams is considering a nearby relocation. It is always refreshing to speak directly to her—she sounded as kind and friendly as ever. Donna McDowell Boswell, West Chester, relayed she has fallen and twice suffered a broken back. Discussion was not possible at this time since she was expecting visitors. We shall keep Donna in our prayers. June Walker Beck of Mt. Airy communicated nicely. We’re hoping she, and possibly her son, shall be able to visit us and view our Cross Keys Village campus (crossroads of routes 30 and 94) as she enjoys revisiting New Oxford and its antique shops. She also recalls Y-Hut student days! Sally Bogar Hedstrom has called with concern about Anne Lyon Canon’s passing away from strokes and other health issues. Sally tells of Frederick’s eateries and boutiques. Nolah Sawyer Fulk, in Pitman, NJ, is also considering relocating. Still living in a large home with beautiful antiques, Nolah speaks of a daughter and son-in-law moving to Clearwater, FL. Nolah’s travels include the following: the barrier islands off the coast of GA plus trying to avoid Hurricane Michael; visiting the Grand Canyon of PA; an auto-train ride to FL to visit a snowbird friend; and also a bus tour to see Jesus The Christ at Sight and Sound Theatre with lunch at Shady Maple Smorgasbord. Mark and I have also enjoyed a bus trip to Sight and Sound to experience Jesus The Christ with lunch at Hershey restaurant. Betty Remsberg Decoligny moved from her and Warren’s farm in Middletown, MD, to Homewood in Hanover, PA. Her husband, Warren, passed away several months ago. They have a new great-grandson, Caden Rae. Outreach calls were made to Penny Hapgood Noepel, Peggy Patterson Sabiston, Jane Hinkle Stockdale, Anne Smith Knoll, Adlyn Hollearn Hickey and Betsy Driggs Haight. Those calls were either directed to voicemail or disconnected or not in service. Some interesting class statistics: 70 class members living with mailing addresses; 15 asking removal from contact; 16 deceased (3 in 2018 were Anne Lyon Canon, Nancy McCormack King, Kay Moorhead Castell); 12 “lost” classmates—Patricia Ashcroft Sarandria, Marylyn Bond Brown, Eleanore E. Crozier, Sheila Delaney Marks, Flor Garcia Botero, Margaret Glover, Barbara Hoffman Steiner, Dixie May, Charlotte Pearlman, Pamela Seltzer Rushton, Ann Timanus Erickson, Jane Watson.

Your class correspondent is recovering from a Sept. 12 accident that resulted in a concussion and a right wrist fracture. We were on our way to an exercise class when I, seated backward on a walker, catapulted backward and landed on my back and the back of my skull. My walker seemed to take on a life of its own. Then, I underwent a CAT scan at Hanover Hospital, which revealed a brain bleed that necessitated my going to a trauma center in York for several days receiving other CAT scans and MRIs. The care there is excellent. I’ve since had check-ups at Apple Hill Medical Center in York plus Gettysburg Wellspan Hospital for the wrist fracture and brain bleed. Follow-up with occupational therapy was extremely helpful. The occupation therapists visited 3 times weekly for about 3 weeks and gave me stretch bands and standup exercises for balance, power and strength. Mark, the children, sons-in-law and grandkids are great help as I heal. Thankfully, much of being dazed and dizzy has passed. We’re blessed to have our cottage with all one floor. Son Andy Leister is located nearby in a nursing home where we can help him since he had a stroke 3 years ago, which made his right-side paralyzed. Other children Kathy, Chris, Heidi and Dan live in Hanover. Grandchildren Kelsey, David, Erin, Sierra, Rachael, Nick and Sean are: on alumni staff of St John’s College, Santa Fe, New Mexico; captain in the U.S. Army; music teacher in PA; being employed in housekeeping and volunteering at UTZ terrace; working in the sports department at Walmart; electric repairs; and a junior student at St John’s College. In closing, a quote from Edwin Marham: “there is a destiny that makes us brothers (sisters). None goes his way alone. All that we send into the lives of others, comes back to us as our own.”

1956 Muriel Chait Durbin 310-701-2843, Jane Gallup Canning wishes everyone a happy and healthy 2019. She was in MA in Sept. visiting family. “We had a great time. I was able to visit with my sister, Florence, who was 92 in Oct. I’m not sure about flying out to AZ but would love to see the 3 great-grandchildren there. I met the older 2 when they were only months old, and they will be 3 in 2019. I haven’t met Penny, who will be 1 in April.” Susan Peters Roetzel Wirths keeps busy volunteering with daughter Carol at the Natural History Museum. She also enjoys gardening, reading and working in her church by handling the floral donations that come there. Last summer, Liz Taylor Jackson and Bryce, along with their 3 cats relocated to a 50-plus community in Gold Canyon, AZ. They are looking forward to year-round sunshine. I, Muzzy Chait Durbin, loved my trip to Botswana last fall and keep busy with work and family. Thanks to the classmates who contributed news. Looking forward to hearing from more of you in our next edition. SPRING

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1957 Martha Smith Sperandio 727-219-7115, So sad to report the deaths of Mary Pat Neill Wentzel, Peg Reeves Leopold, Nan Young Strauch and Sylvia Davison Rost in 2018. Sylvia Blackburn Felcyn: After 45 years, we sold our wonderful Greenwich home and moved to Roswell, GA, to be near daughter Lindsay and family. We are in a retirement community called St. George Village, living in an apartment, which makes my husband very unhappy. Barbara Thomas Yinger: Bob and I spent Christmas Day with our grandson’s family (2 great-grandchildren, almost 4 and 8 years old) and our son and daughter-in-law. We’ve been in this retirement community 8 months; still not sure it was the right decision, but we’re getting involved in residential life here. I am the “greenhouse chairman” helping residents look after their “wintering over” plants, participating in the craft room, showing off and selling some quilted items I make, and helping make small flower bouquets for those in the health care unit. I did plant a small garden area with some plants we brought with us, and still have time for my own sewing, having finished a large bed quilt using Martha Washington’s star pattern. Louise Reed: I have had a tough past year—been in and out of hospitals and rehabs— from falls. I have been home for a month with additional help during the day. I am able to get out for appointments with the aide driving. My foot, which was broken along with broken toes, still is not right. I use a walker in the house and a wheelchair for any distances. I don’t think I will be driving again; so I have to give up my independence. Sara Davidson Haney: I was in TX visiting my son and family for Christmas; lots of fun and anticipation with a 10- and 8-year-old. Back home in NH, I still volunteer with the horses in a special school program. The kiddos love it, and it’s therapeutic for me. Alice Riddle Metry: All the same here, as we get ready to spend 4 months in FL. My eyesight is not so good, and I am going to have to hire a Seeing Eye writer. Ann Spengler Larkin: I continue to stay busy with church, AAUW, DAR and quilting. I have season tickets to the DSO Coffee Concerts and really look forward to those. My daughter-inlaw passed away very suddenly of a massive heart attack last April, just 5 days before my grandson graduated from Western Michigan Univ. Carolyn Stevens Amstutz: I got your email just as I was departing for England to spend Christmas with my family. We were all there—my 2 daughters (1 lives there), their husbands, and my 4 grandchildren. The last night, 1 of my daughters and I went to see Hamilton in London—a real treat. I’m enjoying living in a CCRC—it sure is easy living with lots of interesting people and stimulating events. Nancy Paul Stimson: All is well on the home front although my 13- and 14-year-old bionic knees are acting up—hard to walk. We are expecting another greatgrandchild in June. Susan Bond Almy: A phone 50


conversation with Sue—it’s been 3 years since she and Bill moved into an Annapolis retirement center and a new group of friends and neighbors joined their circle. A beautiful memorial service was held for the 33 people who had died in 2018. At our age, death now seems to surround us. On a bright note, the family was invited to a “gender identification” party last Christmas with the house and tree decorated in blue and pink lights. At a certain time, the plug was pulled on the blue lights and the pink lights shown brightly. This was particularly special since they have 7 grandsons and great-grandbaby Lila Jane is their only girl. Maybe she’ll start a feminine line of grands! Martha “Molly” Smith Sperandio: With timing as a force and anticipating a hip replacement on Jan. 3, 2019, I put out an email to “send news now,” and was happy to hear from a few of our classmates. I look forward to a pain-free 2019 and hope you do, too. Happy New Year to all.

1958 Marilyn “Maggie” Garis Kellow 414-418-5782, Cynthia Williams Bohaker just got home from 3 weeks in Phoenix spending the holidays with family. Jane Walton Godfrey writes that they have been blessed with their first great-grandchild! Elijah is now 3 months old, adorable and a joy to all. Jane and Dick are now known as “the greats.” She reports that the rest of the family is okay, too. Sally Crockett Martin says that, after many great family trips over the decades and years in between living in Boulder, she took the risk and moved to Albuquerque, NM. She found a lovely house, loves the Southwest, the arts, architecture and variety of cultures. She feels it is a wonderful place to spend the “remaining years.” Jeb Bennett Moran says that the results of her fall last May are still with her but are diminishing slowly. She continues to walk with a cane, is seeing a new neurologist and is confident of a full recovery. She had fun visiting her son’s family in Atlanta for Thanksgiving and to have them at her home for Christmas. Jeb sends news that Carol Horwath Klecka has suffered severe back problems and pain that are debilitating. Following hospitalization and rehab, she moved to a senior living facility in Venice. Jeb has visited her 4 times and observes that Carol is content and settling into her new home and routine. They also had the pleasure of a visit from Hood’s Emily VanderWoude in Dec. Jeb also reports that Carol Huelsen Warrington has had to deal with several serious medical problems in the past year. The latest was a fall when she suffered a break to her femur. She and husband Bob moved to Mays Landing, NJ, where they are close to family. They planned to go to their winter home in Venice, FL, the end of Jan. Nancy Drew Picard and Howard have moved to Blacksburg, VA, home of VA Tech where Nancy’s dad was a student when it was all military. She says it feels like coming home. They live at Warm

Hearth Village in a 2-bedroom townhouse and love it! Nancy “Bunny” Potter Richardson and Brian have moved to Southport, NC. Brian is doing well after a mini-stroke in Sept. Marthanne Stephens Smith is still fighting any thoughts of going to a retirement home. She complains much to husband Duff’s chagrin about cleaning, laundry and cooking, but will carry on! She still enjoys classes at a nearby community college and recently had a lovely week in VT visiting daughter Julia and family. Mary Allen Reynolds continues to enjoy museums, concerts, lectures, the gym and shopping. She attended the US Tennis Open in NYC last summer with her son. They had a great time attending matches including Venus vs. Serena. In Sept., she traveled the Columbia River to study Lewis and Clark’s mission. In March, she plans to travel to Africa, and in Aug., the Edinburgh Festival. Anne “Ricky” Merrick Vosti says life goes on with the usual challenges of a large family and aging. They all miss Ken every day but are slowly learning how to move on to a new path in the hopes of remaining useful. She has a dear friend at church who is almost 104, drives herself, volunteers at the hospital twice a week, adds spirit to life and is a definite a “role model.” Sara Lea Callaway Redmon writes, “Our calendars seem to be full of medical appointments! Carl and I will be going to the Cleveland Clinic for him to get a new heart valve. He is looking forward to having more energy and riding his motorcycle! In Oct., we attended his 50th dental class reunion in Memphis. We enjoyed our stay at the Peabody (with the famous ducks!) and touring new medical colleges there.” I, Maggie Garis Kellow, really appreciate receiving news on such short notice. Life in WI is much slower, but I am thankful that I am still able to live independently. I don’t travel much, but did visit my sister and brother-in-law in FL last July. Church and the senior center, plus activities here at my condo keep me as busy as I care to be involved. Hope we all have a happy, healthy 2019.

1959 Anne Wilson Heuisler 410-980-4747, Catherine Brooke Buckingham’s husband of 58 years, Ronnie, died in Sept. Catherine is looking forward to her 2 grandchildren’s weddings and 2 European trips. Eleanor Brown Wheeler and Phil continue to work on plans for the 1-story house they plan to build this year. Tarun Comegys Johns relished her 2-week mission in Ghana in Sept. She also spent a week on safari in Kenya and in Oct. explored Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains. She visited her little sister, Susan Folsom ’61, in NC and then went to Frederick County for a family reunion. Frieda Cronhardt died peacefully on Friday, June 22, 2018. Frieda graduated from Hood with a master’s degree in social work and spent most of her career as a social worker in Carroll County for the State of MD. She was a veteran of

the U.S. Marine Corps, where she served as a First Lieutenant. Nancy Fletcher Artlett is adjusting to life in the U.S. after many years in Australia. She is finding the health system complex and the climate humid. She hopes to get to the 2019 reunion but grieves the loss of Starr Culver Weihe, Margarita Sabater del Toro, Gail Mulliken Painter, and others, and of Fritz Huntsinger, “who was like a brother.” Sandra Hanson Hargrave died on Aug. 2. Sandy and husband Louis Hargrave raised their 2 sons in Ruxton, MD. She also had a successful career in the real estate business. Sandy is survived by her husband and son Lindsay. Their other son, John, was killed in a traffic accident in 2016 at the age of 50. Sandy had 6 grandchildren. Edith Howard Hogan split Christmas between Memphis with daughter Chrysti and Milwaukee with son Terry and grandchildren. She enjoyed a river cruise down the Danube, ending in Vienna. She has 2 trips planned, the Hood one to Spain and another later to Budapest and Vienna. She is looking forward to seeing everyone at reunion. Carole Jones Rogers wrote, “Our small but wonderful family, daughter Caroline, son Bob and granddaughter Olivia, had a great Christmas on the Eastern Shore of VA.” She is looking forward to spending some time with friends in Phoenix and Tucson and then our 60th Hood reunion. Anne Montesano Ellis had fun with her family at 2 graduations in TX and IN. Last summer at Conesus Lake, NY, she read, gardened, attended plays and concerts, enjoyed family and friends, and gave weekly tours at Sonnenberg, a mansion with gardens in Canandaigua. In Sept. she traveled to Ireland. Back to FL in Oct., Anne won third place in her community Christmas parade with her decorated 2-wheeler bike! Judith Moreland Granger and Bob are planning a move into a small apartment this spring. Judy and Bob will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in June. Judy still loves bridge and book clubs, is happy to have 2 sons and their families plus 2 more grandsons in nearby Austin. Jeannette B. Phelps died at Roland Park Place in Baltimore on June 21 at age 81. J.P. worked for American Airlines for 34 years in NY and Hartford. She was a great sports fan, supporting the NY Mets and the Hartford Whalers. When she retired, she moved to Baltimore, where she rooted for the Orioles. She is survived by her siblings, Penelope Phelps of Cadillac, MI; Lancelot Phelps and wife Lynn of Middlebury, VT; and Elisabeth and husband Christopher Rector of Thomaston, ME; as well as 7 nieces and nephews and 9 grand-nieces and nephews. Nancy Rogers Huntsinger’s husband Fritz passed away at home on April 17, 2018, at age 83. Myra Silberstein Goldgeier died Oct. 12 of cancer at age 80. Myra earned a history degree at Hood and later a master’s degree from the Johns Hopkins Univ. In 1958, she married Sheldon Goldgeier, and they had 2 children, Jim and Eileen. Myra taught history at Roland Park Country School in Baltimore for 30 years, serving as department chair for 15 years. She was a swimmer, bicyclist, gardener and lifelong learner. When they retired, the Goldgeiers

moved to Easton, MD, in 2001. She moved to Durham, NC, 2 years ago to be near her daughter. In addition to her son, daughter and brother, survivors include 2 grandsons. Sheldon died in 2008. Mary-Lou Trout Haddad and Charles have moved to their duplex apartment in Boyertown, PA, and are adjusting to the new compact space. Full obituaries, if available, are included in the online column of class news.

1960 Audrey Heyman Rooney 410-699-1230, Ruth Dworschak Jensen celebrated her 80th birthday in June with a beautiful party given by her 4 children. All 4 children, Eric, Steve, and twins Paul and Karen are married and parents of Ruth’s 11 grandchildren. Of these 11, only one granddaughter, but she now has a great-granddaughter, too! Three of the 4 live close to Ruth, one in Florida. Ruth writes: I have been singing in my church choir for 30 years and am a visitor to church members in a nearby nursing facility. I participate in a monthly book discussion at the library and have volunteered for 12 years in a local elementary school. I serve on 2 boards in my residential community. I am in good health. I see my roommate Mary Virnstein Yuhas ’62 frequently and have enjoyed traveling with her to many places including Ireland, Scotland, England and Bermuda. We have an annual stay in FL coming up soon. Anne Kurka Woods reports: I’m settled into my apartment. I am very glad I chose to move here. Everyone, staff and residents, are friendly. There are many classes and activities. Since I’m in the same town, I still have many former friends that I continue to see. I’m working on reducing my arthritis issues, but I am using a walker most of the time. This limits my travel, though I still go to Coronado every March. Lastly, I have a second great-grandson. Patricia “Cookie” Cook Bingemer writes: We’ve moved 20 miles up the road from our home of 18 years in Pawkeys Island and now live in a smaller house in Myrtle Beach, SC. We are closer to all our “ologists” (cardiologist, pulmonologist, urologist…the list goes on and on). This is a 55-plus community and we hope to “age in place.” I still enjoy playing a lot of bridge and love my 2 book clubs. Chuck has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease so life is different as we confront those issues. We are close enough to our old neighborhood to maintain activities with those friends. Pat Crowl Johnson says: Looking forward to Christmas in VT with all of our family. We celebrated our 80th birthdays with our kids on Isle Royale in Lake Superior. I stay in touch with Wanda Koedderich Hilner and Ginny Button Larkins. From Ruth Zeigler Schipper: I recently celebrated my fifth year living in Bellingham, WA, and really enjoy living here, in the city of “subdued excitement!” Back in Nov., I celebrated my 80th birthday with dear friends in Las Vegas! All is well!

1961 Martha Kaiser Canner 410-314-9440, Katharine Baum Wolpe 917-771-9846, Constance Ann Coleman Alexander traveled to China this spring. In July, she will be going on a Disney cruise with her whole family. Joyce Freedman Diamondstone is retired, but active. She works out at Curves, gardens, reads and loves the Pittsburgh Symphony. Her 4 grandsons have interesting jobs, so she loves connecting with them. She keeps in touch with Margo Friedman ’62. Sally Bennett Edwards works and plays tennis and bridge. She took 3 of her 5 children on a river cruise from Belgium to Holland in April. She plans to spend July and Aug. on Cape Cod. Sue Folsom is still working 3, 12-hour days per week. She is also church treasurer, which is a volunteer job, but feels like full time. Sue keeps in touch with her little sister, Dianne Lawson Hadermann ’63 and her big sister, Tarun Comegys Johns ’59. Judith Stohr Gavaler passed away Jan. 5, 2018. We send our condolences to Judith’s family. Shirley Garrett Haley’s husband, Ed, passed away on April 6, 2018. We send our condolences to Shirley and her family. Vivian Bruckel Harvey continues to spend 3 months each winter in Guatemala. She and a friend are offering a group trip to Guatemala Jan. 25 through Feb. 3, 2019. The trip will focus on the arts and crafts of Guatemala and the women who produce them. For more information, contact Vivian or check her web page at www.vivianharvey. com/guatemalatour2019.html. Hilda Koontz has returned to the counseling profession. She hopes to provide an array of counseling services ranging from career issues to education about PTSD. She continues to lecture on 19th-century American history. She sees Joan Jacobsen Halbert and Janice McDavid Kuntz ’62 regularly. Brenda Sheaffer Hillard and husband Ray visited Janice Dobbs Pedersen and husband Thomas in May for a quick trip to the Jersey shore. Janice’s watercolors are a constant joy to her with 3 shows in summer 2018. Muff Wright Peterson and husband Mal live in Grasonville, MD. She enjoys gardening, books, movies, lunch with friends, and walking Lady, their golden retriever. Dorothy Willis Rainwater and husband Roger are well and planning a trip to Iceland in summer 2018. Sandra Murphy Schmidt and husband Bob are happy at Charlestown Retirement Community. Bob runs a genealogy library, and Sandy volunteers at the Walters Art Museum store. They are planning a Mediterranean cruise from Monte Carlo to Venice in late Sept. Lyn Adams Sprinkle still enjoys Sunrise of Bel Air, a senior community in Richmond. The staff and residents are nice, and her children are not far away. Two of Marty Miller Strickland’s grandsons are graduating from high school this spring. One plans to attend Penn State and the other VA Tech. SPRING

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Marty continues to teach quilting classes as part of the Continuing Education Program of Allegany College of MD. Bev Yarroll Sweetman is now living in Cape May Point, NJ, near the beach. She and husband Den have made several trips to visit family members this year. She enjoys tai chi exercise and is now setting up a train village at home. Jean Shuey Wadsworth shared the sad news that husband Don, who attended our class reunions in 2011 and 2016, passed away on Jan. 1, 2018. He suffered from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis). Their 55th wedding anniversary would have been on June 29, 2018. We send our condolences to Jean and her family. Katharine Baum Wolpe enjoys attending plays, dance performances and concerts with her friend, Phil. She is active with the local Democratic club, her church, a senior group and a monthly reading group. In early May, she had a visit with Anita Catron Miner, in NYC for a conference. Nephew Ryan Baum, wife Cathy and their 2 children came to NYC the next week for the graduation of Cathy’s sister from NYU. Beth Lee Zehnder says her family has stopped growing. The youngest grandchild is 7 years old and the oldest is a senior in college. Beth says, “We are doing well, thanks to the Lord.” Carol Handwerk Ziegler and Barbara Hyde Sands ’65 are on the council of Friends Lutheran Church in Bernville, PA. Carol is also the financial secretary of the church and plays the organ when needed. She keeps in touch with the Kindred Spirits of ’61. Paul and Marty Canner completed a 2-week road trip to the Midwest in May to visit friends and family in IN, MI, IL, IA and MN.

1962 Regina Schlank Pyle

617-267-0393, Gail Dawson Clarke: I’ve been in FL now for quite some time. I was raised a military brat used to often relocating. I attended 13 different schools before college, and I was a transfer student to Hood in my sophomore year. Remaining in one place is almost an uncomfortable feeling. Therefore, when the opportunity to relocate arose, I met it with joy. I will be moving shortly to the southwest corner of CO to a small village outside Durango in the Four Corners Region. There will be mountains to view, lots of horses and wild critters, Indian ruins to explore and a significant lack of mosquitoes, red tide, gators and mugginess. The acreage is adjacent to the Southern Ute Tribe Reservation and, since I’ve worked with and on Native Reservations in past job experiences, I hope to be able to volunteer some time there. I’m still vertical with a minimum of aches and pains, which I attribute to these damn birthdays that insist on creeping up on us every year. Marvia Slade Perreault: Finally got together with Bobbi Arthur Pretzsch and Linda Martin McManus for a 10-day trip to New Orleans, which included a 5-day cruise with Bobbi’s line dancing class! Gail Wood Fortin was unable to attend as she

was still grieving the loss of her second daughter, Carla. I had shoulder replacement surgery last July. Unfortunately, it failed due to a fall shortly after that surgery, which also resulted in broken ribs. Just had the shoulder revision surgery during which it was discovered my rotator cuff had gradually shredded due to the fall. Crazy, right? Once I heal from this latest surgery, I’m facing hand and right shoulder replacement surgery. Ain’t arthritis great?! I like to say that whoever called these the golden years should be shot at dawn, if not before! Beats the alternative, though! May 2019 be a better year, in so many ways! Regina Schlank Pyle: I continue to enjoy living in Boston and sharing my condo with Monty (cairn terrier) and Rossy (cat). I spend my time volunteering and chairing my condo board. I also enjoyed some fun travel. I attended a bar mitzvah held on Mercer Island, WA—the celebrant is a granddaughter of a dear friend. I spent Thanksgiving visiting my niece and her family in Manhattan Beach, CA— what a wonderful place to live! And just returned from spending New Years with a dear friend who relocated to Phoenix—however the weather was as cold as in Boston. Susan Shinnick Hossfeld: At the end of Jan., Carl and I will take off for Telluride, CO, where Carl skis with the International Rotary ski group, and I enjoy the activities of the group and the beautiful town. In March we leave with Jeff, Craig and the 2 grandchildren for our annual trip to Snowmass, CO. Later in June, the entire family will leave for HI to celebrate Carl’s upcoming 80th birthday. We have signed up for a cruise that visits the 4 main islands and many activities along the way. Best wishes to all for a happy and healthy New Year! Joan Terpack Plitt: We had a wonderful Christmas visit with our son, John, and grandson, Noah, over the holidays. We are very proud of Noah. He is 17, does well in school and has his own business. While visiting us, he had several photo shoots for a possible modeling job. Our daughter and her family live in York about a half mile from us, so we see them often and the whole family got together at Christmas. Our granddaughter, Alyssa, is in the Navy Reserves and pursuing studies in cybersecurity through online classes with Purdue Univ. Our other granddaughter, Emily, is mother to 3-year-old Jacob, a beautiful, curly headed little guy who is special to all of us. John and I are doing well and continue to be involved in our antique business. Sally Zimmerman: At home in Tampa, I continue to volunteer for USF OLLI as board of advisers member and instructor for courses including German conversation, Transcendentalism, and Bauhaus architecture. In the fall, I vacationed for 5 weeks in Germany, visited friends in Hamburg, studied the Bauhaus movement in Dessau, and took a 2-week refresher course at a German language school in Schwaebisch Hall near Stuttgart. Love this Mark Twain quote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry and narrow mindedness.”

1963 Dottie Snyder Engle 301-371-5170, Bobby Campbell Rickman contributed to the RLEEF (Resident Life Enrichment Endowment Fund), which provides experiences to residents at Homewood, a retirement community in Frederick. She gives money and also time spreading sunshine and delivering mail. Jo Cissel Doyle’s beloved husband, Jim, died suddenly Feb. 2018. She is slowly adjusting to “singledom” and contemplating life’s changes. Jo is still active with activities and organizations in Salisbury and has the support of family, but they are not in close proximity. Marcie Smith White and husband Derek were downsizing and ready to move into Pennswood, a retirement community in Newtown, PA, after years of being on the waiting list, when Derek died suddenly in Dec. 2015. Marcie left their home since 1977, moved on and has found friends and worthwhile issues in which to be involved including peace, social justice and continuing learning. One son, a twin, died of pneumonia at age 45, and the other twin got married to a gal whose mom is a Hood alum. Marcie keeps in touch with Mary Batten Preston who lives in Wilton, CT, and Verna Larson Lyons. Verna reports that they found a condo (2900 Redmont Park Circle, No. 200, Birmingham, AL 35205). They have traveled to Perth, Australia, and Indonesia, Lake Tahoe, Chicago, NY, and spent Christmas in Redondo Beach, CA, with their son. Sue Colton Gibbons has settled in Norwood, MA, with her daughter and 3 grandchildren. Her title is Granny Nanny, which involves transporting, shopping, cooking, laundry and delightful times. She’s active in church, teaching ESL to 2 adults from Brazil, and home schooling one of her 11 year olds. She would like to catch up with others in the Boston area. Kathy Anderson Houchens and Dave attended our 55th Hood reunion in June 2018 and visited family and friends up and down the East Coast. First stop after Frederick was WV to see Kathy’s sister and husband for a mountaintop experience on Lookout Ridge. Then on to friends in Wilson, NC, and Durham, NC, for a visit with daughter Janet and Ed. In Aug., they had a lovely trip to New England and in Sept. were in San Diego where they caught up with Brenda Eklund Pearson. Then they traveled back to DC for the Prostate Conference. Nancy Craven Jacobus sold her home in Elon. She is still near the Elon campus and her old activities. Her main activities are yoga, quilting and trying to help her retirement center get their computer websites up to date and into the modern age. She and her family really enjoyed the Christmas festivities. In June, our class celebrated our 55th reunion, and like the past several reunions, everyone was invited to the Engle Inn for Friday evening dinner on the deck and catching up. We had about 20 in attendance, sadly missing our host, Ron. Gail Kloeblen Spertzel was about to take a 14-day cruise when the apartment beneath her caught fire, and she had to deal with SPRING

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smoke damage. She was able to get her travel stuff out first and while she was away, the apartment got cleaned. Cindy Klopp Butler flew down from Ottawa and spent 6 nights with me during the reunion before I delivered her to her brother who met us in Annapolis. Cindy and I visited Lin Chait Solomon and her family at a brunch where we got to meet her children and sister Jo. One of her daughters has already had 2 kidney transplants and was awaiting another. Her granddaughter also was on the transplant list. Dottie Hussennetter Ritz came and spent 3 nights, overlapping with Cindy. I see Diane Lawson Hadermann once a month at our high school dinner. Lois Baumgardner Spurrier has been having a lot of health problems and looking for a retirement placement. Mary-Verdella Wagner Nelson has many challenges due to Paul’s declining health and other matters, but handles all with grace and is buoyed up by the love of her 3 fantastic grandsons. Zabbie Huff Quinn reports that the riots in Paris have been close to them, but not on their street. They were off to London to have Christmas with their 2 daughters and their families. Sarah Schaeffer Morse is busier than ever helping her middle sister who had complications from knee surgery and a broken leg where she had been living in NC. Sally gets help from other family members and her sister is now in a full care unit near Sally. A new granddaughter will enter the Morse’s lives in Feb. and will join her brother thanks to daughter Ellen. I, Dottie Snyder Engle, recovered from my broken right hand and elbow that I incurred in Jan. 2018 and a shattered vertebra in July so that Robin and I were able to go on a 16-day trip to Scotland, Northern Ireland and Ireland. It was a great trip, but I feel it was overshadowed by our trip to southern AZ in Sept. We flew into Phoenix, spent 4 days there including visiting Scottsdale, Taliesin West (Frank Lloyd Wright’s winter home), then drove to Tucson for 6 days visiting all the national parks, botanical gardens and driving within 7 miles of Mexico to see the organ pipe cacti at the Organ Pipe National Monument. We plan to go back one spring and hope to find the cacti blooming. On Dec. 14, 2018, the basketball court at Middletown High was officially dedicated to Ron with his signature on both sides of the court. I have sent the remarks that I made, a video and some news articles to some of you who knew him best. If anyone else would like any of these, let me know. He spent a great amount of his time there and loved almost every minute. We had a joke that he loved basketball more than me, and he said, “But Honey, I love you more than track.” Stay upright, out of hospitals and keep on truckin’.

1964 Barbara Maly Fish 919-688-9125, Congratulations to Karen Kuechenmeister Lehrhaupt who married Ron Kolosek on Sept. 13 after vehemently saying “never again” for years. She met him while taking one of her usual walks. It turns 54


out that he was living 12 houses away from her, but she had never met him or his late wife. After a brief conversation, they moved on to coffee, movies, dinner dates, etc. and now Karen will be Karen Kolosek as soon as the paperwork is complete. Sadly, just 6 weeks after the wedding, Karen was diagnosed with cancer and is in the midst of chemo and radiation treatments. I know that we all send good thoughts and prayers to her. Congratulations also to Diana Hoke Smith, who received the National Court Appointed Special Advocate of the Year Award for her work with children in the foster care system. She began volunteering for this group after her retirement from teaching. Husband Joel is also retired, although that hardly applies to a couple who take care of 12 rescue dogs and 3 rescue cats on their 16-acre homestead in Young Harris, GA. As Diana says, she and Joel don’t travel much! Diana also writes for children and has had some of her poetry published in Highlights and other magazines. Google her! Ron and Kay Starcher Klausewitz are enjoying both retirement and the birth of their first grandchild, Oliver. Both Ron and Kay earned doctorates and worked as college professors—Ron in computer science and Kay in education. The Klausewitzes have retired to South Hadley, MA, where they participate in the Five College Learning in Retirement group. Nancy Hopkins Southard’s husband, John, retired in Dec. after a 50-year career as a dermatologist. They had a taste of the retired life this past summer when they lived at their lake house while their Winston-Salem, NC, home was being remodeled. Nancy and John drove back to Winston-Salem twice a week to check on the progress of the remodel, to collect mail, and for him to see patients. In Oct., Nancy went on a walking trip to Ireland with a friend. Family vacations included a trip to Block Island with John’s family, Nancy’s trip to Mount Gretna with her sisters, and visits with sons Tim in Atlanta and Rob in New Orleans. Grandson Kelton is a sophomore at the Univ. of South Carolina and his sister, Lindsay, is a high school junior. They are Tim’s children and live in Atlanta. Marcia Lerner Moylan says, “Life is great—loving husband Charlie, 2 sons, 1 daughter, 2 daughters-in-law, 3 grandsons and 1 granddaughter. The oldest grandson is off to college next year. We do a fair amount of traveling here and abroad, sometimes with the whole family, sometimes just the 2 of us. Still fiddling in the antiques business and trying to clean up my desktop (the computer and the wooden one).” Connie Heard Damon must not need much sleep. On Feb. 5, she will depart for Kenya for the sixth time. She does missionary work at an orphanage for high school students and over the years has raised funds for them to have a well, a vehicle for emergency transport, cottages, a medical center, security fencing and a recently completed additional classroom. Connie says, “I have been blessed to be able to send my sponsored ‘daughter’ there to the Univ. of Mombasa where she is a sophomore.” When not in Kenya, Connie still lives at Melody Lane Farm, where she enjoys the company of her donkeys, goats, a horse and chickens. She is also a lay leader in her Methodist

church and has been a hospice volunteer for more than 30 years. Scarlett, her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, accompanies her in animal therapy for patients in nursing homes. After more than 50 years of teaching piano, she is phasing out that work but still retains several students. She also accompanies 2 choral groups who give Christmas and spring concerts. On top of all this, Connie loves to travel to foreign countries. She toured Greece this past fall and will visit a friend in Germany in July. She has already planned to attend the Oberammergau Passion Play in 2020, with future plans to go to Israel and Iceland. If reading about these classmates intrigues you, think how much more fun it would be to talk to them in person. Remember that our 55th reunion will take place on the weekend of June 7-9. I hope to see you there!

1966 Dianne Beebe Barske 907-227-4436, News I received for this column was such a mixture of sadness and joy. Bonnie Kloeblen Hagerman commented, “As we age, the news is not always good news.” Husband Dick died in May 2018 from bladder cancer. About a year earlier, Bonnie had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer, and underwent surgery and chemotherapy. “That my cancer was caught early is a rarity for which I am very thankful. My prognosis is good.” Bonnie keeps busy with Care Wear Volunteers, Inc., an organization she founded in 1990. Now nationwide, Care Wear’s volunteers sew, knit and crochet items for preemies in hospital NICUs. A new venture is making infant bereavement sets (blankets, gowns, hats and booties) from wedding gowns. Your old wedding gown can be donated to Care Wear Volunteers through Bonnie at 102 Mercer, Court, No. 23-5, Frederick, MD 21701. Another classmate who recently lost her husband is Bonnie Scull Hawkes. In a sad Christmas note, Bonnie said, “My wonderful husband and best friend for the past 46 years died on Aug. 18, 2018.” Geoff died in Lions Gate Hospital, North Vancouver, British Columbia, following surgery. Geoff and Bonnie had long been adventurous travelers, cruising together all over the world, and had been very active in Vancouver’s ski community. More sad news comes from Mary Melville, who lost brother Charles on Nov. 13, 2018. “My sweet, brilliant older brother died after a 25-year battle with Parkinson’s disease.” He had practiced law for most of his career in Cincinnati, and spent a lot of time in his home woodworking shop “building beautiful furniture and musical instruments.” Adding to the list of lost family is a note from Faith Parker Mentzer, who called 2018 a train wreck. She suddenly lost youngest son Heath, who had been a picture of health. “Frank and I are still trying to wrap our heads around what happened.” Faith continues to teach higher math classes, part time, at Saint Mary Catholic School in Hagerstown, MD. “Thank heavens for



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that. It is the only thing that has kept me sane this past year.” It is difficult to share so much sad news, and much sympathy goes out to Bonnie Hagerman, Bonnie Hawkes, Mary and Faith as they have faced these heartbreaking losses. I did receive 6 notes of happy news from classmates. New life has come to Anna Buhr Cole, in the form of baby grandson Benjamin born to daughter Elizabeth. He celebrated his first birthday on Jan. 8. Anna adds, “It’s true—being a grandparent is great.” Anna and husband Miles traveled to Spain, Budapest and Amsterdam during 2018. Sara “Sally” Wislar Farneth also shared news of travel and grandchildren, traveling a lot to be with family through the holidays. Sally had a brief visit with Hood roommate Carol Miller Hnath ’67 in MI, while on her way to Madison, WI to see daughter Kate and her family there. Then it was on to Tucson to see son Greg, then back home to PA, dodging storms. “We’ve concluded these long drives are not so much fun.” There was an additional trip to ME to be with eldest daughter and her family. Now the focus is on downsizing to get their home ready to market. Terri Petrillo Connolly shares grandchildren news. The oldest grandson is now in high school, and a new granddaughter was just born. “We feel truly blessed.” Husband Frank just published his first novel. Terri and Frank celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2018. Jane Dearstyne Veeder and husband Chuck traveled to Scotland for 3 weeks in 2018 with Jane’s younger brother and sister-in-law. “We had a wonderful time—gorgeous scenery and friendly people.” Ginny Wheeler Jones and husband Charlie feel they now have the best of all worlds, sharing time between their 2 homes in their 2 favorite places—MD and FL. Ginny adds more happy news. She is celebrating 7 years since retirement, 8 years since aortic heart surgery and 17 years as a breast cancer survivor. They have grandchildren in both the Univ. of Delaware and Lafayette College in Easton, PA. One last note involving grandchildren—and a surprise encounter. Pat Vozar Bailey was attending grandparent’s day in Bel Air, MD, this past Nov., when in walked another grandmother, Hood classmate Susan Worth Fiala! Pat exclaims, “What are the chances of having 2 ’66 Hood grads in the same fourthgrade classroom!”

1967 May Mumma Ohman Many thanks to Pat Rosner Kearns for serving as our class reporter! I will be taking over for her as of 2019. I am hoping to hear from many of you for the next issue and will be sending a letter about a month before the next deadline in the hopes you take a moment to share your news with all of us. Look forward to hearing from you.



1968 Sharon Burns Walsh 410-251-8566, For this column, I decided to reach out to classmates who weren’t able to come to our 50th reunion. The reunion was an emotional high for almost everyone who attended. If you were one of those people who couldn’t attend and I haven’t contacted you yet, please send me an email for the next column. Your classmates missed you and would love to get an update about you. Kathy Rieser moved to St. Petersburg, FL, 2 years ago with Jill, her partner of 10 years, after 40 years on the farm in the western Catskills of Upstate NY. It was a “big change—no more animals, no more snow and ice and cold—but lucky to still be working as The Trash Queen and still able to do physical labor.” She and Jill are also vendors at Brocante, a monthly vintage market in St. Pete that keeps them busy. She saw Cynthia Newby last year when she was in the area. Kathy would love to hear from classmates through email or Facebook, or let her know if you’re passing through St. Pete. Sally Eser Stuart wrote: “I enjoyed the postings online about our 50th reunion and was sorry not to be able to join all of you. It looked like a wonderful trip back in time! I suddenly recalled and re-sang some of the songs from “Good Grief, It’s the Sheik.” I had hoped to attend, but the past year was very busy for me handling the health crises of others. My mother died at age 97 before Christmas. My husband of 50 years was in a car accident last Jan. and continues to work toward recovery. Thankfully, the rest of the family are very well—3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. Until last Jan., I was working as a medical social worker. Prior to that, I was a director of Christian education and hospital chaplain. After Hood, I got an MTS degree from Candler School of Theology at Emory Univ. and an MSW from Dominican Univ. in River Forest, IL. We started out in Atlanta, moved to Chicago for 12 years with Fred’s law practice, then came back to Atlanta in 2009. So that’s about it! 50 years in a nutshell. It’s been great!” Lucille VanBaaren and I had a lovely chat on the phone, in which I learned she has an advanced degree in toxicology and continues to work as the person responsible for Global Regulatory Affairs for Estée Lauder. She works mostly in NYC and at the company’s R&D facility. While she doesn’t do much traveling for work now, she has spent considerable time in Asia, Latin American and Europe on business. Although she had expected to retire before now, she was persuaded by the company to stay in order to complete a special project. She expects to retire in 2019 and isn’t sure what she’ll be doing after that except spending more time with her 2 grown children and 2 grandchildren, ages 16 and 14, who live nearby. Carrie Wissler-Thomas: “I am still president/executive director of the Art Association of Harrisburg, the nonprofit art school and gallery, which keeps me very busy 6 or 7 days per week. I manage the art school for youth

and adults, coordinate our extensive community exhibition program, and oversee a part-time staff of 5. My husband will be retiring in Feb., but I plan to continue to work, as my work is truly my mission. I still paint and exhibit my own work as well. Scott and I travel to Scotland and England every Oct. for 3 weeks of hiking, visiting friends, and touring historical sites and museums. This April, however, we are going to Greece and will visit Crete and Santorini—fulfilling my dream ever since I wrote my Hood Honors Paper on “Lyricism in Minoan Art”! Our son, Dylan, his wife, Sheena, and our granddaughter, Catherine, live nearby, and we enjoy spending time with them. We have lived in our Uptown Harrisburg home since 1991 and love being in the city…our house is literally a “house museum,” filled with our extensive art collection, and we like sharing it with the public in fundraising tours and soirées to benefit the art association. We have a busy life, which is why I did not attend our 50th class reunion!” Remember that our next big reunion is coming in 2023, so if you missed the 50th, resolve now to join us for the 55th!

1969 Sayre Roney Steere 850-319-6018, Liz Sylvester Simons and Bill have lived in Arlington, VA, since 1975. Both are retired now, Liz from a career in clinical and community social work, followed by a stint as a jewelry designer. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in March and will mark the occasion with a trip to Egypt in Nov. Christy Lundt Lambertus continues to work full-time as an estates and trust lawyer in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, but can do so at her own pace, leaving plenty of time for travel—most recently to the Basque area of Spain and France. To any classmate embarking on a cruise, Christy will be happy to provide transportation from hotel to port. Val Dietz Polansky and Gary follow the philosophy, “do it while you still can!” In the summer they took a 39-day trans-Atlantic cruise from St. Petersburg, FL, to St. Petersburg in Russia! They returned home via Rotterdam, Amsterdam and Iceland. In the fall, they jumped in their RV and drove to the West Coast and back, through 29 states, racking up more than 6,600 miles. In Dec., Margaret Dunkle coordinated and emceed a tribute to (deceased) Arvonne Fraser, an early advocate to end sex discrimination and an international leader for women’s rights, at the Woman’s National Democratic Club in Washington, DC. In addition to Master Gardening, knitting and participating in 2 book clubs, Marty Silcox Hankins has been politically active since 2016 and quite involved in the 2018 midterm elections, registering voters and serving as an election judge. After a hiatus of more than 45 years, Pat Warren Carlson has taken up bridge again, playing with members of her local AAUW chapter and bringing back memories of long sessions back in the

smoker in Memorial. She also practices yoga with Hood alum, Darlene “Cookie” Johnson Bolig ’64, with whom she worked at the Delaware Dept. of Education. Jill Stanley proudly reports that she is finally a grandmother! Daughter Rayna and husband Bill welcomed Emmet Barry Green on Feb. 25, 2018. His baby brother is due May 2019. Virginia Pagan Schragel’s family now includes 18 grandchildren (some “steps”) plus one greatgranddaughter and another on the way. Many live near her in the Phoenix area, others in IN and NC. Ginny has had to give up horseback riding for now due to health issues, but hopes to be back in the saddle soon. Chris Diehl continues to teach as an adjunct at Gateway Community College. She dabbles in watercolors and is active in her church. She stays in touch with Marya Rusinak, who is a pilate’s instructor and plays in a recorder group, which performs in the Cincinnati area. Carole Downing Staton and Roy were thrilled to have the entire family gather together for Christmas—the first time in 6 years. Son Andrew was promoted to major in the Air Force. Carole pinned on his insignia at the ceremony at Ft. Bliss, El Paso, TX, in Nov. They spent Thanksgiving with daughter Jennifer and Craig in their new home, doting on Austin, 7, and Quinlynn, 18 months. Cindy Kannapel Weiss and Glenn have plenty of opportunities to interact with their grandchildren, teenager Bryn and little ones, Will and Amelia. They look forward to their annual escape from the harsh PA winter and another stint in Marco Island, FL, this time for 5 weeks of fun in the sun. As for me, Sayre Roney Steere, I’m slowly getting acclimated to life in the Pacific Northwest. Turns out moving was a wise choice, judging from what happened to Panama City, FL, in the wake of Hurricane Michael. I’ve taken up pickleball and serious hiking—the trails (and views) around Mt. Rainier are breathtaking. In Oct. we made another cross-country Tesla trip to USNA where Dave and the other 68’ers celebrated their 50th reunion. It was fun to see Jane Ronald Raglin and Barbara Hussennetter Larsh ’70 at the various events. Daughter Doris got engaged at Christmas and will be married in July, just a few days shy of our 50th anniversary.

1971 Mary McMunigal Burland 610-733-4009, Mindy Laighton Wilcox 619-823-6230, Janice Letts Utsch completed her 44th year as a library media specialist at Lower Cape May Regional School District and states that retirement is not in her near future. Janice and husband Ernie live in Cape May where Ernie runs the family marina on Cape May Harbor. Since Janice works during the school year and Ernie works all summer, her vacations consist of sitting in her backyard on the Cape May Canal

with a good book! She visits daughter Rachel Utsch ’11 in Baltimore and reports that Rachel still travels to Frederick every week to sing with the Frederick Community Choir and to sing the Messiah every year. Cynthia Chabot Tencza retired in Dec. 2014 after almost 28 years as a children’s librarian. After 20 months of retirement, she and husband Bob started a new “full-time job”—day care for their 6-month-old grandson, Sawyer. He is now 2 years old, and they have him 3 days a week this year. Son Nate, 41, died tragically April 25, and daughter Gretchen, 37, gave birth to their second grandson, Callan, April 26, joining big brother Sawyer. Cindy says that Gretchen and her family will help keep them going, giving them joy, as they grieve and remember their son. Diane Wooding Burgess and husband Ed were Nate’s godparent. Our sincere condolences to Cindy and her family. Jane Darling Spratt, formerly known as Jed, went to Canada to finish her degree after she left Hood. Since she is Canadian, she said it made sense. She settled in Toronto after Univ. where she met her husband. She dabbled in a couple different fields and eventually went back to school earning a diploma as a library technician. She finished off her working career in the library of a very large Canadian law firm. She has 4 children and 3 grandchildren (with another one coming soon)! She and husband Rob spend winters in FL, summers at their family cottage, and the in-between times in Toronto. They try to squeeze in a trip during the spring or fall. This fall, they will be doing a river cruise from Budapest to Prague. Mary McMunigal Burland and Bill recently welcomed the arrival of 2 grandchildren. Brendan and Kristina’s daughter, Shelby, was born in Nov. 2017 while Patrick and Kate’s son, Matthew, was born in May 2018. That brings their total, so far, to 3 granddaughters and 1 grandson. They both are still busy substitute teaching and are looking forward to summer when they can spend more time on Kiawah Island. This is the 48th year of teaching for Mary, which she finds hard to believe. Mary and I are always very glad to hear from you. Please send us your news any time, and we will include it in the next issue of the magazine. We would love to publish news from all our classmates. Pam Borden Heckert and Clark have sold their home in DE and are now permanent CO residents. Clark has published a novel titled “Sudden Storm,” which is available on Amazon, and Pam is working on one of her own to be ready this spring.

1973 Leslie Hawkins 509-947-1838, Sally Parkhurst Van Why is now a grandmother of 4 because her son and wife had twins Lily and Sam in 2018, joining 5-year-old Jackson, and 3-year-old Emma, and she loves being a grandparent! Patti Suydam Ritter said her 2018 highlight was a trip in Oct. to visit her brother-inlaw and wife in Portland, then visiting Maui as a group for 10 days. With a condo on the beach, they got to view beautiful sunsets every night. Charlie

Miller Ponticelli was back on campus in Oct. for a gathering of the Global Studies Advisory Board, visiting the students and being a part of this great program. She had lunch in the fall with Kathy Nixdorff Wilson, and they laughed their heads off about being butterflies in our Soph Revue, (along with Mary Stevenson and Sue Woolhiser)! Sue Rothmann Griffin wrote that she is still working at the New Canaan, CT, library, although now thinking of going part time or retiring, and loves spending time with her granddaughters 7-yearold Piper and 2-year-old Sidney. As for me, Leslie Hawkins, 2018 highlights included being back at Hood in June, receiving the Distinguished Alumna Award, and having my sisters attend the luncheon with me; they had a great time at our reunion! I fulfilled one of my bucket list dreams with a terrific trip to Australia and New Zealand in Nov. and look forward to more fun travel this year. Thanks to Elaine Williams Bielenberg and Lorraine Sharp Kish who have agreed to co-chair our 50th reunion in 2023. Last year’s reunion was fun for those who attended, but we hope to have many more show up for our 50th so please reach out to classmates you’re in touch with, and those you haven’t seen or heard from in a while, check out our class Facebook page Hoodlums Class of 1973, and have fun with those connections. In the meantime, keep your news coming to me!

1975 Debbie Page Rath 530-514-7142, Laila Grabowsky Bottomly and Kirk have had a great first year of retirement. They traveled to DC, Mexico, Paris and New England, and spent a month as campground hosts at Yosemite, among other camping trips. Their 2 kids (Jenny, emergency medicine doctor, and Matt, intellectual property attorney) are both happily married and have given them 7 grandkids between them. Another due in 2019! They keep busy with church, exercise (her 10th year doing master swim), local food bank, Master Gardener and home/garden activities. The Sacramento area has great weather, and they live in a beautiful wooded suburb with rolling hills and dozens of fruit trees. Laila and Kirk are loving each day! Life is still wonderful south of the border for Rhea Bel-Jon Calkins and Steven. Steven just returned from a daunting swim trek in the sea of Cortez, and they are both looking forward to their whale watching adventure in the Baja in Feb. They are finally at the end of their years of construction and renovations, and the silence is heaven. Just when she thought they would kick back for a while, Rhea offered to help a local NGO, and there went the kick back. She is now treasurer of Mujeres en Cambio (Women in Change), which evolved into far more time and work than anticipated, but this kind of “work” is a true pleasure. They provide scholarships to 175 under-served girls and young women SPRING

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in the surrounding rural communities. Jackie Testa Ciminera and Bill now have 3 beautiful grandchildren. Their newest, Nathaniel, was born to daughter Bonnie and her husband at the end of May. Their other 2, Ella and Liam, are almost 4 and almost 2, respectively. Bonnie and her family live in NYC, and Bill Jr. and his family live near them in suburban Philadelphia. Happily, Jackie reconnected with one of our classmates, Libby Miller, who’s doing well and living not too far from them in PA. KC Henry is downsizing her business and moving toward retirement. Woohoo! She moved her office into her house and started a pottery studio! She has been honing her new skills at the very progressive, fantastic and new ceramic department at Hood! She loves taking workshops on our beautiful campus and the enthusiasm and professionalism of Joyce Michaud, associate professor and director of the ceramics program. Our old science labs are now ceramic labs—much more fun than those chemistry classes were. Diana Beck Walters became active in rescuing and training herding dogs after the sudden death of her husband. She found her new passion in flyball, which is a team sport for dogs. She manages and trains a local team (24 dogs, 18 people) in Fayetteville, NC, and races just about anywhere she can drive to. Flyball is a wonderful sport for “older” people; her dogs run approximately 25 mph, but the handlers do not. If you’re looking for something fun to do with your dog, look up your local flyball club! Al Weinberg joined Hood’s Board of Trustees in Oct. and is looking forward to helping President Chapdelaine move the College securely into the future while navigating the difficult issues facing liberal arts colleges. Based on his first series of meetings, he is extremely optimistic about Hood’s outlook. Meanwhile, he is enjoying retirement in their new home at Wormans Mill in Frederick. His daughter gave birth to his first grandson, Turner, a year ago, while his 2 granddaughters, living in Pittsburgh, keep getting taller and more talkative. Al’s partner, Connie Schlee, and a friend have mostly completed work to save the Helen Smith studio. He is gearing up for a new project interviewing Vietnam veterans. I, Debbie Page Rath, continue to work full-time designing the retirement plans for small businesses. My mom, living in SC, had a massive stroke Mother’s Day weekend, and we were so fortunate my brother was visiting at the time. She’s improved a lot but still needs skilled nursing care located in Tryon, NC. On the happy side, my son, Matt, and his long-time girlfriend, Samantha, got married in Oct. Matt, Sam and a group of us went to Cabo and had a great time celebrating, relaxing by the pool, eating great food and drinking margaritas. We survived the Oct. wild fires in Northern CA, which came within 2 miles of our house. It’s so nice to live in the mountains, but the CA droughts make every summer and fall stressful. Wishing you, your families and friends the best for 2019. 



1976 Nancy Ludwick Warrenfeltz Kathy Anderson Jewell’s husband, Chip, retired Dec. 31, 2017 from Frederick County government. He is now president of their local fire department and writes for several publications. They both enjoy “grandparent care” days with their 5 grandkids— which certainly keeps them young. Chip and Kathy traveled to Switzerland in Sept. 2018 and were on a “Switzerland by Rail” tour put together by Trains Magazine. They had great weather, great traveling companions and great views from the top of the Swiss Alps. David and Linda Fox-Jarvis are doing well in VA Beach. David has retired for the second time as of last Dec. He retired from the Navy after 20 years in 1993 and then retired from BAE systems after 24 years. Linda continues working hard, fulltime in real estate. Daughter Stephanie joined Linda about 10 years ago as her partner in real estate, and 3 years ago they purchased a RE/MAX franchise, RE/MAX Coast & Country. Linda had the best year ever in 2018 and loves working with her daughter. Linda and David welcomed their first grandchild into the world in Jan. 2018. Carter Wynne is truly the center of their world. Son Brian is married and lives in Fairfax, VA. He is in management with Amazon Web Services. Linda and David feel very blessed. Jane Olsen traveled with friends to South America, specifically Chile and Argentina. They toured the Chilean coast on an adventure cruise, the highlight of which was seeing Magellanic penguins nest building on a small island in the Chilean fjords while sitting in a zodiac in the middle of a driving snow storm. Jane highly recommends Chile. The people are very friendly, and the scenery is spectacular. For Lynn Furtek Eubanks, 2018 was a year of ups and downs. She lost brother Robert in July. (Bob was married to Emily Gibbs Furtek ’75). Then Lynn spent an incredible week with the kid and the granddaughters…first time in years! Then had an incredible trip to Egypt in early Dec. followed by an extended Christmas celebration in NJ with all 4 children and 5 of their 6 grandchildren! Michele Smith Guyette writes it was the first full year of being retired from teaching. The vast majority of her working days were spent as an hourly sign language interpreter. She now works for several different interpreting agencies, Madison school district and UW Madison and LOVES it! She feels like she’s “a student in the classroom of life.” She’s constantly learning, experiencing and meeting new and interesting people. She enjoys gardening, learning how to keep bees, walking with her neighbor, biking (on an e-bike…the only way to keep up with husband Paul) and going on an occasional camping trip with Paul and friends. She’s also been getting acquainted with the Bible. Michele now knows what retired people mean when they say they are busier than when they worked full time. She occasionally finds a spare minute…but then forgets where she put it. Paul’s year included flying

to Claremont, CA, with Michele in May for daughter Madeline’s graduation, then driving back to WI in her car, visiting friends and stopping in antique shops on the way. In Aug., Paul was drafted into “Madeline’s Movers” and flew to CA to help settle her into her apartment. Torie Hoveman Seeger writes of many changes this past year. Husband Geoff had major surgery for which they were not prepared, but he has come out of it beautifully, and they feel very fortunate! Son Ben finished 10 years with the Army National Guard Reserves and is working at a major medical research company as a mechanic. He loves everything about the job. His 3 daughters (grandkids 11, 7 and 3 years) are doing very well. They were able to take the oldest on vacation this year, and she learned a lot about Grandma and Grandpa. She admitted to her grandfather at the end of the trip that she didn’t think she was “the hiker you and Grandma are.” A real compliment to us coming from a healthy 11-year old! Last but not least, Torie retired Jan. 18, 2018. She will be finding all sorts of things to keep busy and will keep us posted once she’s had a chance to experience some of them. Susan Rivers retired from the Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources on Aug. 1, 2018 and is still getting used to being retired.

1979 Trina Clickner 727-366-1424, Betsey Ditto Lillard: I am loving retirement, visiting my kids, my grandson and traveling. I retired from work as an admin in a large medical office, am taking Spanish class, volunteering at Ft. Frederick State Park, and speaking fluent German (Hood classes have paid off!). Husband Rich retired from regional fire manager at the Western Region, Maryland Dept. of Natural Resources. Daughter Kristina is a wedding planner in Costa Rica with her own company, Perennial Weddings. Her son is 4 and speaks English and Spanish (hence my Spanish lessons!). Son Alex is a professor of Earth sciences at Georgia State Univ. in Atlanta, is a part-time stunt performer in movies and has dog Copper. Ginnie Roth: Life in Boston is wonderful— my family is here. I love living walking distance to Harvard Square, and I’ve done some fun condo renovations. We took a fantastic Rhine/Mosel river cruise last fall. I love my job working in the legal department at a genomics research institute (the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard). Patents, licensing and trademarks are very different from the litigation and regulatory work I did in DC. It is very interesting and not as fast-paced. While I do miss Washington and Frederick, I’ll miss our reunion as we have vacation/family reunion plans. Best wishes to all for a great 2019! Janet Wehking Mullen: I’m a grandmother—son Greg adopted a baby girl at Thanksgiving! Tom and I bought a house in Edenton, NC, on the Albemarle Sound. I’ll be retiring any day now and then will move from MD to NC. John Anderson (spouse of Malia Harrison Anderson):

I am anxiously awaiting our reunion in early June and the arrival of my first grandchild mid-June! I am hoping for a great turnout, can’t wait, and send love to all! Joyce Lavado Soucy: Our youngest daughter, Beth, was just married in Seattle to a wonderful guy and hired by Airbnb—so excited! Our oldest daughter is in Annapolis with her husband and 18-month-old son, working for an NGO. Great things for Paul and me with summers in RI and winters in FL. Enjoying life! Special shoutout to Linda, Shafer, Sue Kulow and Suzanne Valmas. Hello! Marianne Hastoglis Gravely: I am retired after 30 years working for the USDA, just in time to keep from being furloughed! I had a wonderful career. I told my colleagues (babies, all) about how the USDA was often featured in our Hood home economics coursework, and how we would drive by the huge USDA buildings on the downtown mall during weekend visits to DC. Back then I would often think how wonderful it would be to work there. Then, less than a decade after graduating, that career dream came true for me once I moved to Northern VA from Japan. Husband Alan retired from the FBI. Son Thomas (HUD special agent) and daughter Marie (high school teacher) live in the area. My youngest daughter, Hope, (who works in general dynamics) lives in VA Beach. The oldest 2 are moving to CA soon, but we still plan to retire to VA Beach within the next few years. So, as we like to say, “we’ll always have hope!” I am an avid quilter and even though I am retired, I still don’t get to spend enough time at my sewing machine.

1982 Elizabeth “Liz” Bastian Chapin 610-823-2172, Barb Koiro Daye and family are all doing well. She and husband Mike, their 2 children, Mike and Eliza, and 3 grandchildren all live in Frederick! Barb is still recovering from shoulder surgery in Oct. 2018. Husband Mike retired in June after 30 years with the Frederick County BOE. He is a house husband and has been a good nurse to not-so-good patient Barb! The 2 travel quite a bit and look forward to their next adventure—a Panama Canal trip in Dec! 2018 was a busy year professionally for Bambi Maitland Grundwerg! She finally “retired” from a globe-trotting IBM role after 21 years and settled into what she hopes will be her last job as a product marketing leader with a local central NJ software company. And just to keep things interesting, she and her husband built a big tennis center on the Jersey Shore with a number of other investors— literally from the ground up. It’s been open since Aug., and they are looking forward to a winter full of good “indoor tennis” weather. Also in Aug., Bambi was lucky to spend an afternoon in the Finger Lakes (NY) with Anne Connal Biron, Barb Jamison Berman, her husband, Marc, and daughter Jamie. It was so good to reconnect! Joy Miller Beveridge continues to get together with Liz Bastian Chapin throughout the year and with Elizabeth “Baz”

Lepatourel Powell ’50 on Labor Day. Her new “grand-joy,” Annabeth Lee, joined Lydia James in AZ, daughters of Danny and Tricia Beveridge. Kendall remains in San Francisco and employed by Facebook. Don continues to enjoy retirement and the expansion of his outdoor veggie and flower gardens, and his indoor azalea and rhododendron grow room. Joy is still at the Frederick National Lab (17 years and counting) and facilitates the collaboration between the Lab and Hood—summer plans include an intern in quantitative science at the lab and a scientific symposium on imaging in cancer biology at Hood. Joy enjoys her continued connection with Hood by serving on the Alumni Executive Board and the Board of Associates… hoping to see more alums participating in volunteer opportunities and community events! Sad news of the passing of dear family friend Elizabeth LePatourel Powel ’50 in Jan. 2019. The close friendship formed at Hood between “Baz” and my mother, Mary Hendershot Bastian ’50 continued through the years and passed through generations. Baz was also affectionately known as “Granny P” to my children and many others. Our annual Labor Day weekend gatherings included many Hood friends, F&M friends and extended friends and family. She is reunited with the Hood gals now! Liz Bastian Chapin just celebrated with Gretchen Steinmetz Keith for her birthday! Both live in Reading, PA, so they get together fairly regularly! She continues to work long hours at the local AAA as a travel consultant. Had a terrific trip to Cuba in Sept. 2018 and looks forward to some new adventures in 2019! Hoping to make some home renovations in the New Year as well. Later in Jan., Liz, along with Carol Eisenberg Miller ’64 and some other Hood alumni in the Reading area, plan to cheer on the Blazers when they play Albright and Alvernia in basketball! Always appreciate hearing from you! Take care—Liz Bastian Chapin.

1983 Mary Townley 804-307-3608, Hello, Class of 1983! Thank you to classmates for their recent news. I’ll begin with news from our friend, Jennie Grimes: “After 9 companies, 41 countries, 3.1 million air miles and 6 states, I retired from a 37-year career in high tech. I now live in Asheville, NC, and can highly recommend mountain life, craft breweries, waterfall hiking in the Blue Ridge and Smokey Mountains, and watching bears eat my peach crop. If anyone’s in the area, please holler if you want a cup of coffee or a sit on the porch.” I also heard from Pamela Stamey Inskeep. She reports, “I still work part-time at my local library as a circulation aide, and I lead the fiction and nonfiction book discussion groups there. Love it! In Dec., a boy I had tutored in math for 5 years reached the point where he doesn’t need me anymore—he is consistently getting A’s and B’s on his own, so we said our goodbyes. It was

bittersweet. I was overjoyed with his progress but sad I wouldn’t be seeing him once every week. His parents and grandparents were lovely, kind and very generous. I started crocheting again in the past 2 years. It is very calming, and I get a feeling of true accomplishment and success upon finishing a project, mostly Afghans, but I might try a shawl or cardigan later on. I am also an avid reader—book group books and others for pleasure and increasing my knowledge. I always loved a good mystery. I reconnected with Kathleen Danielle Arbaiza LeComte. She wrote me last Jan. or Feb., and I have been a terrible friend—I have yet to respond—but I will, soon. My daughter now works at a charter school in Philadelphia, PA. She is a professional teaching coach or mentor, which means she teaches other teachers how to be great teachers.” Deborah Single Hays, (my favorite and only Hood roommate) reports, “Matthew, 23, moved into his place in North Canton, OH, and is now working as a wire line engineer for Baker Hughes in Massillon, OH. Stephen is in the process of moving to Iowa City for a new job at the Univ. of Iowa beginning Feb. 1. He will be a full professor in both pediatrics and pediatric anesthesia. I will remain in Nashville until at least May 2020 when Timothy graduates from the Univ. School of Nashville. Lots of change all in a short period.” I, Mary Townley, broke my foot in Dec. and am hoping to be out of my boot by March. Our daughter, Emily, returned from a semester abroad in Perugia, Italy, in mid-December. Carol and I were blessed to spend a week with her in Italy in late Oct. She had an amazing semester and now returns to Roanoke College to finish her junior year. In May, she will depart for Kenya for 2 weeks as her May term experience. She is loving life! My nonprofit, The Next Move Program, continues to do job training with young adults with special needs in the Richmond area. We will begin pilot programming at the College of William & Mary in Feb., and we are hoping to open a bakery in Richmond to provide job training and internship experiences for young adults with special needs. Lots going on! Thanks to all and be sure to look me up in Richmond. Be safe everyone and be kind to one another. —Mary

1986 Alison Drum Althouse 804-814-0470, Sue Auger Manory lives in Canton, NY, and is involved with the North Country Children’s Museum located in Potsdam, NY. She also teaches a class in the First-Year Program at St. Lawrence Univ. called “Smarter Living,” which has a health/ wellness theme with a focus on nutrition, using her Hood degree. Huge News: Kellye Greenwald is now our Hood College director of alumni and constituent engagement! Her kids are happy and healthy: daughter Zoe is living with her partner in Tumwater, WA. and is the director of youth services at a home for displaced/foster teens. Son Ed is living in Gainesville, FL, with plans to enter nursing SPRING

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school next fall. If you’d like to host an alumni gathering or event in your area, please email Kellye, She says “have Hood ring, will travel!” Joanna Kaldes Kontanis’ older daughter, Alissa, graduated from Drexel law school studying for the bar exam. Younger daughter Hanna will be working at Lancaster General Hospital after graduation this spring. She and husband Kosta celebrated their 30th anniversary this year. Patty Kenyon Grimm and Chris celebrated their 32nd wedding anniversary in June and are enjoying the downsized empty-nester life in Batesville, VA. Patty is a patient relations representative at the UVA Medical Center, and Chris is semi-retired from State Farm. Son Beck and daughter-in-law Ellie recently moved to Colorado Springs, CO. Patty continues her work as a victim impact speaker for MADD. To read her story visit: www.traumasurvivorsnetwork. org/pages/patty-s-story. Betsy Reed Ringel had a busy year! She and husband Jeff traveled to Dallas, Laguna Beach and VA Beach as well as Amsterdam and Brussels to meet up with daughter Elise who was studying in Sweden. In Oct., son Chad got married in Baltimore with Jennifer Lee Matts and Jane Brophy Martinez in attendance. Susan Waltz Hietpas started Simply Amazing, a nonprofit foundation, inspired by the love and loss of daughter Emily. Simply Amazing provides art and craft supply boxes to children living in homeless shelters or participating in at-risk youth programs. Visit to learn more. Robin Whittemore-Bartko lives Avon, CT, with her 3 children. Daughter Kori is 16 and is a national team hockey player; twin boys, Garrett and Kyle, 13, play soccer, hockey and baseball. Robin continues her career in contracts in the aerospace and defense industry and in her spare time has started a small manufacturing company called “Whitt’s Whey”— you can order her unique and delicious “Proteinola” through her company’s Facebook page. As for me, Alison Drum Althouse, my husband Michael (USNA ’86) took a new job with Barclays Bank in Wilmington, DE, and we now live in Avondale, PA, a mile over the DE line. Our older son, Drew Althouse ’12, got married this summer and is an athletic trainer for Madonna Univ., located in Novi, MI. Fun fact: my husband was the officiant for our son’s wedding in Mentor, OH. Our younger son, Evan, is a data scientist with MITRE (doing “math stuff”) and is finishing his master’s from Georgia Tech. I continue to shoot Navy football and lacrosse (and sometimes basketball) for @TheMidReport and love being able to get so close to all the action. I spent a wonderful beach weekend in Aug. at the home of Stacey Robins Baum with Sarah Bowersox Cody ’87, Jane Brophy Martinez, Chris Hom Wilson, Jennifer Lee Matts, Betsy Reed Ringel, Alex van Gigch Mores and Maria Elena Viola-Cable ’87. Marcia Groobert Ortiz visited for a weekend in Oct., and she’ll be here in Jan. for a visit with Janet Drogin Wilson and Teresa Martinez-Rivera Bean ’87. Just before Christmas, I was lucky enough to have a Hood ’85 dinner with Chris Santrizos Chagaris ’85 and Meredith McQuoid-Greason ’85 at the home 60


of Susan Audino ’85, but I missed out on their group’s visit to Longwood Gardens the next day. There’s really nothing like a Hoodlum reunion of any sort. I always have an available bedroom (we “upsized” with this home) if any friends/classmates want to visit…just let me know!

1999 Anne Hambrick-Stowe Rankin 717-945-4585, Hello, Class of ’99! Happy 2019! Congrats are in order for Stephanie Mellinger, Becky Roman Annacone and Abigail Bowlsbey Lara! Stephanie was selected to participate in the fourth cohort of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program in Baltimore, supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies, Johns Hopkins University and other local higher education institutions. Stephanie and her fellow business owners graduated from the 4-month program this past Aug. Becky ran the Mount Washington Road Race (7.6 miles, 4,650 feet elevation, 22 percent max grade, highest peak in the Northeast) on June 16 and the Tough Mudder (10-mile obstacle course) on June 24. It was a tiring month for Becky, but she is anticipating more runs this year! Congrats to Abigail who not only graduated from Hood this past semester earning her master’s in biomedical science, but she and her husband welcomed their first son, Lucas Ian, on Dec. 13. As for me, Anne Hambrick-Stowe Rankin, last Aug., I had a kidney transplant. I am glad to report that it was successful and that I am finally fully recovered! And finally the big question for everyone—who all is planning on attending our 20th reunion this June?! (How has 20 years gone by already!?) I hope to see a lot of you there! 

2011 Megan A. Dancause 717-682-5267, Shane Brady and Katelyn Vu ’12 were recently married in Baltimore, MD, in Dec. 2018. They are living happily in VA Beach. LT Shane Brady is assigned to the “Gladiators” of VFA-106 as a F/A-18 Hornet and Super Hornet instructor pilot where he trains the finest strike fighter aircrew for the fleet and the fleet Marine force in support of combat operations around the world. DaShaunda Hilliard Taylor recently celebrated her first anniversary with husband Richard Taylor. The 2 were married in Dec. 2017. In 2018, DaShaunda was accepted into the doctoral program in epidemiology at Virginia Commonwealth Univ. She is happy to report she has completed her first semester with a 4.0 GPA! David McDuffie has moved to Las Vegas where he is becoming a licensed elementary teacher. In his spare time, David is instructing STRONG by Zumba or FreedomBarre classes. In addition, he assists families in sharing financial literacy and

helping repair credit. David enjoys spending time with girlfriend Nicole in Southern CA. Emily Cucchi Raines currently works as the marketing manager for Cetrom, a Cloud hosting solutions company just outside of Frederick, MD. Emily and husband Kyle are expecting their first child in May and celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary in June. Monique Sledd is currently engaged, and a July 2019 wedding is planned! Monique is a licensed professional clinical counselor (LPCC) in the state of MN.

2013 Elaheh Eghbal 443-847-9526, Hey, Class of 2013! First, my apologies. The winter 2018 update never made it to print because life caught up with me and I forgot to send in the update! So, included in this update is some old news that is just as joyful and exciting. Breton Stailey Siler married Cole Siler in Coffman Chapel on April 14, 2017. Blair Starnes Dykeman married Matthew Dykeman on June 10, 2017 in Annapolis! They live in the Boston area, and she is working at Boston Children’s Hospital Institutional Centers for Clinical and Translational Research. Kate Adams Anthony is living in HI with husband Ben and is enjoying teaching second grade. Nicole Crutchfield Tabbachino graduated from Rutgers in Jan. 2018 with her master’s in social work and is now a licensed graduate social worker! Joseph Knotts married Krissy Peck on June 9, 2018. MJ Swicegood and Geoff Huntoon ’17 moved to Rockville, MD, in May 2018. Ashley Darling Genova and husband Brent welcomed their first daughter, Penny Grace Genova, on April 27, 2018! Kris Fair is the first chair of the Maryland LGBT Political Action Committee, which will identify, train and provide resources to LGBT candidates running for public office across the state. In May 2018, Alexi Smith earned his master’s in interdisciplinary studies of human behavior from Hood. He is now a dedicated aide at the Foundation Schools of Montgomery County. Andrea Zona Baker and James Baker ’15 welcomed their second child, daughter Avery, on Jan. 4, 2019! Kellie Duncan Clairmont and husband Matt welcomed second daughter Sadie on Jan. 4, 2019! Bridgitte McColligan Hessler and husband Mark welcomed second child, daughter Isabelle, on Nov. 27, 2018. Darcy Heflin Gottschalk was promoted to a GS-13 in March 2018 and married Robert Gottschalk Jr. on Oct. 25, 2018. She and Rob are now living in Spotsylvania, VA, in a new home that they built together. Nicola Sussman started working at a new school, Hallie Wells Middle School in Montgomery County, teaching reading interventions. Ashley Birdsell is currently the marketing manager of sports and entertainment at Events DC and is enjoying volunteering with the Smithsonian National Zoo. Nilsa Gonzalez is the president of the United World College National Selection Committee of Panama


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and is working at America Expo Group, an exhibition company in Panama. William Lewis directed his first show, Cabaret, with the Fredericktowne Players. In May, Katie Triplett will be graduating from Hood with her MBA. Spencer Knoll has been promoted to legislative aide in the office of US Sen. Chris Van Hollen. He advises the senator on defense, homeland security and veterans affairs. Justin Stone will be graduating from Goucher College in May 2019 with his master’s in athletic administration and leadership. He and fiancé Danielle Medovich are planning a 2019 wedding. Until next time!

2014 Bianca E. Padilla 301-437-8772, Looks like we have been doing well, Hood Class of 2014! Here are some amazing updates from our classmates. Zach Lynch is a trooper for the MD state police. He and Kelsey Knippenberg are expecting baby Eli in Feb. 2018. Mercedes Barbosa is graduating in May 2019 from UMD with a master’s in special education with a severe autism certificate. She is engaged to Nick Paolino of Baltimore. Amanda Cavanagh is pursuing a career in voice acting and music. She is a soprano for the Washington Metropolitan Gamer Symphony Orchestra and currently working on her first audiobook titled “Ultra” by Olivia Hill. Amanda Lynn Garner got married on Oct. 27, 2018 to Stephen Garner, admission counselor at Hood. She also started a new job as a bereavement coordinator at Hospice of Frederick County. Steven Powell is a Ph.D. student at Oklahoma State Univ. studying school psychology. He also works as a consultant for rural schools. Bianca Padilla is a fifth grade math teacher in Montgomery County, MD. She recently became a national trainer for the dance fitness company MixxedFit. Tabitha Browne Milliken got a new job as a research assistant with Geisinger Medical Center. Nicholas Duafala obtained his master’s in finance from George Washington Univ. and is currently an equity research analyst covering oil and gas E&P’s. Nicholas has since moved to Arlington, VA, with girlfriend Ashlea and frenchies Grizzly and Honey. Lacey Creelman completed her master’s in special education from Walden Univ. in April 2018. She started classes in Oct. to complete her administrator 1 certificate from McDaniel College. Katie Jenkins Hansrote started a new job this past June with Cumberland County Aging and Community Services. She is still working with Older Adult Protective Services. Katie and her husband will be welcoming their second baby girl in April 2019. Olivia Sledzik is currently living in RI and working at Providence Performing Arts Center. She got engaged in June in Rome. The wedding is Sept. 2019. Jackie Frenning and wife Tabitha bought a house in South Portland, ME. Megan Gregory got a new job as a public relations and marketing manager at Veterinary Orthopedic Sports Medicine 62


Group. She is getting married in summer 2019. Amelia Lovelace is a Ph.D. candidate at the Univ. of Georgia studying plant pathology. She has published 2 papers on her research in Molecular Plant Microbe Interactions Journal and has presented her work at various conferences including the American Phytopathological Society and the International Congress of Plant Pathology. Ashley-Rose Bennett continues to work for the the Student Homelessness Initiative Partnership (SHIP) of Frederick County, and started an MBA program this past fall. Chad Love was accepted into the School of Dentistry at West Virginia Univ. and will be graduating with the Class of 2022. Wishing everyone a fantastic 2019. Don’t forget that reunion weekend is June 7, 8 and 9. Hope to see everyone at our 5-year reunion.

2015 Sarah Tapscott 301-807-7821, Kara O’Leary is living in Washington, DC, working at the Society for Neuroscience, chairing the fundraising committee in the Developing Leaders Program at Planned Parenthood, and attending graduate school at the American Military Univ. for a master’s in international relations with a concentration in conflict resolution. Sometimes she sleeps, but any real downtime is at book club (Lauren Roesch ’14 is president!) or happy hour. Travis Gilbert is entering his second year as the historian at Old Baldy Lighthouse and Smith Island Museum of History. He is celebrating 4 years of living in Coastal NC. Sarah Wagstaff is currently working in administration while she works towards her master’s in library and information studies through the online program at the Univ. of North Carolina-Greensboro. Caroline Schuetz got engaged to Alex Jarnot ’17 this past summer, and they are still living in Southern CA where she works as a preschool teacher. Tyese Solmes is living in a small apartment by the beach with cat child Rosie and loving partner Ivan. She is working in business administration and is planning graduate studies in art history and curatorial studies in fall 2020. She goes to Disneyland every other week, and is living her best life. Tara Little (Biser) and Devon Little got married in Sept. 2018. She’s continuing with graduate school and just presented her work at a conference at Cold Spring Harbor. Maya Jackson started grad school in Jan. 2018. She attends the Univ. of Maryland, Baltimore and is in the social work program; she will graduate in May 2020. Maya is still working in the Baltimore area and will move into her own place in Feb. Rowela Silvestre had an eventful 2018. She rescued a pitbull/chocolate lab named Dixie May, earned her MBA, celebrated a year as a homeowner and got engaged. Brianna Livesay became a licensed acupuncturist and began building her practice in Laurel, MD. She hopes to specialize in psychoendoneuroimmunology and women’s health. Julianne Berg recently moved to Silver Spring, MD, and has just started her second

year as a membership specialist for the Girl Scouts Nation’s Capital. She was chosen as the camp director for a community-based camp run by GSNC, and she’s very excited to begin in spring 2019. Grace Cassutto celebrated her 2-year anniversary at New Spire Arts, a performing arts nonprofit, in Nov. 2018. In Jan. 2019, she helped open a new theater in Downtown Frederick. Keesha Fields is in her second year of her master’s program at Shippensburg Univ. Eliza Jacobs finished up her time teaching kindergarten in South Korea this past Feb. 2018. She spent 3 months traveling in Asia and returned home to the US, for the first time in more than 2 years, in June last year. After another nomadic summer, she settled on an elementary school job and wonderful apartment in Portland, ME. She plans to reside there for the time being and begin graduate school in the very near future! Sarah Tapscott received a promotion, and will be marrying Owen Rosier ’16 in June 2019. She is loving life with cats Sissy and Snippy and dog Sophie. She and Owen cannot wait to see Sophie walk down the aisle at the wedding. Of course, there will be pictures of Sissy and Snippy there, too.

2016 Justin Fox Joseph Denicola earned a master’s in applied science from the Univ. of Nebraska-Lincoln. Laura Shriver bought her first home in Towson, MD, and is still working at Moveable Feast. She is looking forward to getting married to Paul Talis ’17 in May. Sara Eckard has moved from Prescott, AZ, back east to Staunton, VA, to work as a fire suppression technician for the US Forest Service. Emily Warren is going into her second year of employment with the Commonwealth of PA as a parole agent in Philadelphia. Aubrey Fetters earned her master’s in special education with a concentration in applied behavior analysis and autism and is now working as a behavior specialist for UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital’s RESPOND program. Yan Karavai got married and is expecting his first child in May. He is currently a senior business analyst at Fannie Mae. Maya Gonzalez is currently working toward a master’s in college student development and administration at Shepherd Univ. Dynise Bolden is going into her second year as an accountant for the Library of Congress. Rob Millar is nearing the end of his Ph.D. in gerontology at the University of Maryland, Baltimore. Gabby Troutman started a new position as Virginia grassroots coordinator at the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in Richmond, VA. Nicole Curreri is attending Temple Univ. School of Podiatric Medicine to become a doctor of podiatric medicine. Mareca Williams is working in finance for the Dept. of Defense and is halfway done her master’s in project management and finance. Bailey Wright bought her first home and started a job at First United Bank and Trust. She is also working on her master’s in data analytics at the Univ. of

Maryland, Univ. College. Kirsten Roy is finishing her MBA at Hood and has been invited to serve in the Peace Corps in 2019. Philip McCarty started his first full-time job as a library associate at the C. Burr Artz Library in Downtown Frederick. Ivana Soce Shuck continues to live in Frederick where she started working as a community manager at Frederick Innovative Technology Center, Inc. In Dec., she hosted a family from Croatia who visited the US for the first time. Shelley Hynson is working for the Public School Employees’ Child


Development Program in Howard County as a director and lead teacher. Ricky Huerta continues to live in Washington, DC, maintaining his position in nonprofit communications. Grace Ciminera is finishing her final semester of graduate school at the Univ. of Pennsylvania and is currently working as a clinician in an adolescent unit of an inpatient hospital. Sienna Bronson is teaching geometry and algebra III at GateWay Early College High School in Phoenix, AZ, and is in the last semester of her master’s in liberal studies. Michele Cirrincione is

in her third year of teaching fifth grade and second year as team leader at an elementary school in Gaithersburg, MD. She is also working on her master’s in curriculum instruction and educational leadership at McDaniel College. Allen Paxton will be graduating from the Univ. of Iowa College of Law in May. Erin Murray is a teaching assistant at a special education school and started a master’s program for special education in Jan.

Remembering those we have lost.

Lucille Thomas Hall ’37 August 2018

Patricia Conwell Hawkins ’49 July 2018

Sylvia Davison Rost ’57 August 2018

Annetta Green Haynes ’79 November 2018

Jeannette Roelke Pysher ’39 March 2015

Carolyn Blocher Neely ’49 December 2018

Nan Young Strauch ’57 November 2018

Eleanore Mago Tressler ’79, P’75, P’75
 January 2019

Millys Nixon Altman ’41 August 2018

Joan Lowry Carty ’50 November 2016

Mary Pat Neill Wentzel ’57 July 2018

Eolin Tweedie Cappiccille ’84 November 2018

Dorothy Schock Horne ’42 July 2018

Mariella Barron Oliver ’50, P’75 November 2018

Dorothy Peirce Brown ’58 December 2018

Angela Fleegle Pontier ’85 May 2018

Helen Patterson Brandt ’43 October 2018

Helen Walker Ott ’50 October 2018

Marjorie Frame Sargent ’58 March 2018

Doris Plummer Hackey, M.A.’86 November 2018

Doris Burall Fahringer ’43 January 2019

Elizabeth LePatourel Powell ’50
 January 2019

Myra Silberstein Goldgeier ’59 October 2018

Betty Foehl Tomaselli ’44 November 2018

Ruth Matthews Alger ’52 September 2018

Sandra Hanson Hargrave ’59 August 2018

Roberta Fitzmaurice Connors, M.A.’88 November 2018

Martha Wagner Kaufman ’45 September 2018

Janet Hall Mauk ’52 October 2018

Elizabeth Holt Stewart ’60 August 2018

Carol Long Stephenson ’45 September 2018

Nancy Oxholm Reid ’52 December 2018

Patricia A. Probst ’63 February 2016

Mary Ratzburg Blackman ’46 September 2018

Doris Nygren Wisnom ’52 December 2018

Janet R. Hayes ’64 September 2018

Mary Umbarger Corddry ’46 December 2018

Betsy Craig Bernhard ’53 October 2018

Kathleen L. Blatchford ’65 December 2018

Shirley Diedrich Ball ’47 October 2018

Nadya Klotz Giusi ’53 August 2018

Julie Shapiro Graham ’69 August 2018

Gertrude Marvin Burke ’47 August 2018

Lois Gaertner Hallof ’53 September 2018

Nancy G. Roman, H’69 December 2018

Laura Eaton Butler ’47 October 2018

E. Ann Keeler Ludwig ’53 December 2018

Judy A. Zimmerman ’74 December 2018

Mary Lowe Jennison ’47 November 2018

Nancy McCormack King ’54 December 2018

Prudence M. Owen ’75 August 2018

Sara Golden McDonald ’47 October 2018

Nancy Borden Hoy ’55 October 2018

Cynthia Storm Soltis ’76 August 2018

Peggy Thumma Startzman ’47 October 2018

M. Genevieve Marter Razik ’55 September 2018

M. Caroline Keith White ’76 September 2018

E. Elizabeth Derr ’49 July 2018

Margaret Reeves Leopold ’57 October 2018

Elizabeth Stevens Watson ’77 November 2018

Ruth Dowden Mayner ’88 November 2018 Robin Rice Berglund, MBA’89 October 2018 Neeta Dame Falconer, M.A.’89 August 2018 Holly Mullendore Price ’94 May 2016 Naomi A. Chaletzky ’07 October 2018

Faculty and Friends J. Dawson Ahalt, Faculty December 2018 Melvin L. Cook, Staff January 2019 Mel Elfin, Friend September 2018 Daniel H. Lufkin, Faculty August 2018 Robert O. White, Staff August 2018


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Calm During the Storm By Ruth Ravitz Smith ’83

Hope, Opportunity, Obligation and Democracy. Meaningful words, aren’t they? How do you apply them in your life? I think I was first exposed to the concept of serving others when then-Second Lady Barbara Bush spoke at my Hood graduation in 1983. But perhaps it was just intuitive for me. I have spent a significant amount of my career in public service. As a Hood student, I interned for the Frederick County government and for my congressman. After graduation, I worked full-time on Capitol Hill, and later in my career, I ran the State of Connecticut’s Washington, D.C., office. Away from work, I have always been an active volunteer. In 2015, I left Washington to live in a community where I always felt I belonged, a place I had been visiting since the late ’80s. A job opened up in Wilmington, North Carolina, that seemed to be just perfect for me; I became the chief communications officer for New Hanover County. It wasn’t a month after I started my new job that I learned what it meant when I agreed to serve in the role and have emergency responsibilities. I jumped right into lead emergency communications as Hurricane Joaquin dumped 14 inches of rain on our area. And then again in 2016 when Hurricane Matthew impacted our area and managed to drop a large branch on my car and total it. Then there was Hurricane Florence. … We started prepping for the storm on Sept. 9, just as the Jewish 64


New Year observances were beginning. I mentioned to my Rabbi that this might be a different year for me—little did I know what we were in for during the coming weeks. County employees are assigned to a variety of roles during emergency situations. We are very fortunate to have a team of talented, well-trained communications professionals who will staff what we call the Joint Information Center (JIC). While many of our families were evacuating, we were packing and moving into our Government Center office building hoping that we’d be able to get home shortly after the storm passed. The week before the storm was one of great stress. I couldn’t convince my husband to take the cats and evacuate inland, so we stocked the house with supplies, and he thankfully ran out to get me a new air mattress to take to my office. I set up my office as comfortably as I could—air mattress, Hood College blanket, lanterns, phone chargers, etc. As the storm came in, I must be honest and say it was the first time in three years that I didn’t complain about not having a window in my office (now referred to as my “room” having spent five nights sleeping there). In the Emergency Operations Center, I was assisting the JIC team in monitoring the storm, fielding calls from reporters from all over the world and developing messaging to help keep the community informed. With power and cable out in most of our

community, and many residents evacuated to other areas, we found that a daily Facebook live briefing was the best way to communicate. Our elected chair of the Board of Commissioners and our county manager were able to conduct the briefing each day and were often joined by other officials including the mayor of the City of Wilmington. My job was one of problem solver, but it also became one of “ambassador” in a way. As a member of the senior leadership team, it became clear to me that just walking around and checking on colleagues—thanking them, asking how their families were doing, and smiling—was exactly what people needed. In essence, it was a version of the “Hood Hello” that made folks feel good. Today, our community is recovering. Our schools, restaurants and hotels are back open. And while there is storm debris yet to be removed, the warm spirit of Wilmington has returned. For me, one of the biggest take-aways of working for 20 straight days was to keep smiling. It wasn’t always easy, but it was important. And to quote a famous Wilmingtonian, President Woodrow Wilson—“There is no higher religion than human service. To work for the common good is the greatest creed.” RUTH RAVITZ SMITH ’83 SERVED AS THE CHIEF COMMUNICATIONS OFFICER FOR NEW HANOVER COUNTY UNTIL DEC. 31, 2018.



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