An Update from Hood College

January 2021

Happy New Year

Dear Neighbors,

It's a new year and a new semester. It's exciting to think that in a few days, we'll have students and faculty back on campus, with classes starting on Monday, Feb. 1. A big thanks to your families and dogs for keeping campus alive the past two months.

Many of our behavioral protocols from the fall are still in place. We ask that when you are on campus, you wear a mask, even when outdoors. In protecting our "bubble," we'll also keep our buildings closed to the public, unless for College business. Sadly, this also means the newly renovated library. I'll look forward to day when we can offer an open house to our neighbors of this amazing space. Until that time, see the virtual ways below that you can explore it.

As we did in the fall, we have a robust testing plan in place to mitigate risk to our community. All faculty, staff and students have been required to be tested upon re-entry to campus after the winter break, not returning until they receive a negative test. All residential students will be retested in February, and then we'll continue with weekly surveillance testing. We're grateful to our partnership with Frederick Health in providing testing and guidance for our community.

Your support of our community the past year has been amazing. I appreciate you as our neighbors. Stay safe and well.


Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.


Virtual Ribbon Cutting

Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 2:30pm

This is an online event.

Please join Hood College President Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D. and members of the community for a virtual ribbon cutting ceremony as we celebrate the opening of the newly renovated Beneficial-Hodson Library and Learning Commons.

Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 2:30 p.m.

Live streaming on the Hood College YouTube channel

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Hood College Tree Walk

The Frederick County Forestry Board has included the College campus as a companion to the Baker Park Tree Walk. The map includes 14 of our campus trees with photos and information about each specimen. On-campus signage for each tree is forthcoming. What a great way to share the beauty of Hood!

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