The Graduate School Newsletter
Greetings and happy fall semester here at Hood College! To all of our new and returning graduate students, I wish you a warm Hood Hello, and I hope that your first class went well this week. In this issue, you will find features about inspiring initiatives for YOU, our students.
Last week’s new-student orientation events were exciting as we welcome more than 200 new graduate students this spring hailing from Ghana, Sierra Leone, Nigeria, India, Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Brazil, Myanmar, Ireland and of course, beautiful Frederick and nearby locales. Such events remind me of our team’s central goal: to serve and support all of our graduate students, regardless of your hometown, background or current professional/personal challenges.
Please do not hesitate to let our team know how we can improve your time here at Hood. We have personnel dedicated to every facet of your success from orientation and holistic wellness to degree progress and career development, so use your Hood resources early and often. Best wishes for a successful fall semester, and thank you for choosing Hood College—you belong HERE!
April M. Boulton, Ph.D.
Dean of the Graduate School
- Academic Success
- Calendar of Events
Accessibility Services Ensures Grad-Student Success
Shaun Hoppel started as director of accessibility services on May 1, 2023. Shaun has over ten years of experience supporting students with disabilities in higher education and is excited to support students with accommodation at Hood College. Graduate students who may benefit from accommodation are strongly encouraged to meet with accessibility services to discuss setting up an accommodation plan. If you have ever received accommodation in another educational setting, you likely qualify for services at Hood College. If you are not sure you are eligible, the accessibility services office can help you determine that and navigate the accommodation process. Please reach out to email@example.com with any questions or use the below QR code to book an information session.
Register for an Appointment to Obtain your Hood College ID
Fall Career Events for Graduate Students
The Hood College Career Center invites you to explore opportunities at a series of on- and off-campus events throughout the year. Remember to check your email regularly for the Career Center Weekly newsletter, which includes up-to-date information on many campus activities. We’ve also developed a great resource for graduate students on our website—visit your dedicated page: https://www.hood.edu/student-life/catherine-filene-shouse-center-career-development-experiential-education/graduate-international-students
For more information about these and other programs, stop by the Career Center on the 2nd floor of the Apple Building or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
One of the many excellent support services we provide busy graduate students is online tutoring and writing support with live, professional help. Our tutoring partner ThinkingStorm provides graduate students with free, online tutoring. To access online tutoring, click on the ThinkingStorm link in any of your Blackboard classrooms (under Tools). You will be automatically signed in to the online tutoring site; no separate username or password is required.
ThinkingStorm is available 24/7 for topics like writing, math, science, statistics and more. Once you are logged in, simply use the menus on the ThinkingStorm homepage to connect with your desired option. Live support is available for most subjects, and you can also submit essays for asynchronous feedback via the ThinkingStorm Writing Center. We also welcome requests for additional content areas of tutoring for a specific subject if needed. Email GradDean@hood.edu to request additional subjects. In the meantime, tutoring is available in these areas:
- Advanced Statistics
- Writing Center
- Live Writing
- Markup and Programming Languages
Blackboard Orientation Modules
Welcome to all of our new graduate students this semester! I hope you’ll visit and peruse the online modules your faculty and the graduate-school team have created to support you. From cultural awareness to financing your degree and planning your course progression, we have compiled a one-stop shop to prepare you for success in your first semester as a graduate student.
The site is unique to your entering spring cohort of graduate students, and it will serve as a resource for you again and again during your time at the College. Periodically, we will add new modules that mirror your degree progress—preparing you for that internship, capstone/thesis/dissertation experience, and career change or advancement. Click here for the link, which will take you to your Blackboard login screen. Once you’re logged in, simply click on the New Graduate Student Orientation Spring2023 course site, then click on the “START HERE” video in the center of your screen.
Here’s to a successful first semester!
Welcome to Hood College! We are thrilled to have you with us this semester. My name is Gabby Güiza, and I am your Graduate Student Association (GSA) president. I am an international student from Colombia and look forward to working with our diverse graduate-student body. The Graduate Student Association was created to support and enrich the graduate student experience at Hood College. The goal and mission of GSA is to facilitate communication between graduate students and the College and to create a community that advocates for ALL students, regardless of race, gender, religion and cultural background.
I am here to help you have a great experience outside of the classroom during your time at Hood. Your GSA has several events planned this fall, so be sure to stay in the loop by following us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter. Help us stay connected with everyone by sharing our posts and spreading the word. Email your questions to GSA@hood.edu.
Remember YOUR VOICE MATTERS, and every grad student, whether you’re online or on-campus, or pursuing your master’s, certificate or doctoral, can help our graduate community thrive. Thank you for choosing Hood College for your graduate education and welcome home, Blazers, where #YOUBELONG! Wishing you all a great semester and year.
Welcome to new and returning Blazers! I hope you all had a wonderful summer and are coming to campus (or logging to Zoom) feeling refreshed and ready to start a new semester. My name is Jazzmyn Proctor, the Graduate Student Success Coordinator for Hood College. I serve as a support for graduate students by ensuring you are connected to the resources necessary for SUCCESS.
We have so many exciting opportunities happening this semester. Our affinity nights, which were newly introduced last Spring, will be back this Fall! Keep an eye out on your emails for more information about these events. Affinity nights are opportunities for students of diverse backgrounds to connect with students across disciplines.
Next, for new grad students, please keep an eye out for the Sexual-Assault Prevention and Diversity, Inclusion, and Belonging trainings provided through Vector. All new students, regardless of profession, are required to take these training courses ONCE during their first semester at Hood College.
I am here to support you all! Please do not hesitate to reach me at GradSuccess@hood.edu with any questions or concerns. Wishing you a wonderful Fall semester and I look forward to seeing many of you throughout the semester!
Whether this is your first semester or you are returning for your third year, we hope you had a wonderful summer and are getting geared up to start a new year. New things can be exciting and energizing, but they can be a little (or very!) scary, too. Transitions are hard, and it’s common for us to feel more stress, anxiety, and worry during times of change. If the transitions in your life are causing you stress, here are some things to try:
Find some consistency: In a world that seems full of change, little pieces of routine can be grounding and comforting. Try to notice opportunities to inject some predictability into your day, whether that be a morning or evening routine, time spent exercising your mind or body, or time spent talking to a friend or family member on your way to campus. Even though some of your day might be new and unfamiliar, this will give you predictable pieces to hold onto!
Practice self-care: Change is tiring, both physically and mentally. All of the new situations you’re finding yourself in put stress on your mind and body as they try to adapt and learn how to navigate this new environment. Take some time to be gentle towards yourself by getting good sleep, feeding and nourishing your body, and taking time to relax.
Embrace your community: Here on campus, all of us are going through this season of change together, whether it’s our first year on campus or our fiftieth. The start of the new academic year brings new challenges and transitions for everyone. Don’t be afraid to reach out for that little extra support as you adjust!
Counseling Services is ready and eager to support you as you make your return to campus or the virtual classroom. Drop in during one of our open walk-in hours (which are offered in-person, via phone or video), or check our website at www.hood.edu/counseling to learn more about how we can help!
Wellness Resources for Graduate Students
GradCare: Resources for Health, Wellness and Success
GradCare is intended to be an all-encompassing resource to connect graduate students with services and resources to help them be healthy at Hood. We are constantly updating the site with resources and services located on-campus and in the community, so check back often!
Campus Cupboard: Addressing Hunger at Hood
Campus Cupboard aims to provide non-perishable food staples and hygiene items to students with a temporary or long-term need via a confidential system. If you are currently experiencing food insecurity or are struggling to afford groceries or basic toiletry items, simply fill our our interest form or email our secure mailbox at email@example.com to receive additional information on requesting/receiving this support.
Private Lactation Room Available On-Campus
The private lactation room is located on the first floor of the J. Henry Apple Resource Building in room 8B. The room accommodates one person at a time and is available on a first come, first serve basis. Individuals should bring their own personal equipment, including membranes, clean tubing, breast shields and collection bottles. For more information, contact Amanda Dymek at firstname.lastname@example.org or 301-696-3439.
Welcome Military and Veteran Graduate Students!
The Graduate School thanks you for your service and welcomes all veterans, active duty personnel, National Guard and Reserve personnel, along with their dependents. Hood College prides itself on being a military-friendly college that promotes a variety of services to all military members and their families. Please be sure to check out our Military Community website, where you will find useful resources, a special Hood College-Fort Detrick graduate scholarship, upcoming events and more. For more information, contact the military liaison at the Graduate School, Ms. Fowler Corsi. Be sure to follow our Instagram account @hoodcollegemilitary!
It’s that time again—time to brag about yourself! We are always looking for stories about the wonderful accomplishments of our students, both current and alumni. To facilitate the collection of such good news, we have a handy online form for you to use as often as you like. Whether you just presented at a conference or received an academic award or work promotion, we want to know about it. So what are you waiting for?
Education Faculty Nominated to Online Learning Council
The Graduate School is pleased to welcome Dr. Timothy Coffin as the new Health Informatics Program Director. Dr. Coffin is a board-certified (AMIA )Health Informatics professional with over 20 years of healthcare executive leadership experience. Dr. Coffin is part of the Dept. of Computer Science & Information Technology and will oversee and teach in Hood College’s new certificate and master's in health informatics starting this fall. He is also serving as the bioinformatics program director in the interim.
Emma Bowers, M.S.’12, Ph.D., graduated from the Hood College environmental biology master’s program in 2012. Bowers is the founder and CEO of LabPair, a company that connects research scientists with potential collaborators in their field of study. She holds a B.S. in biology from Shepherd University and earned her Ph.D. in toxicology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Read more here.
Congratulations to ALL of our Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Winners from this past spring! Graduate students presented their research projects every spring in three minutes using just one PowerPoint slide. First place went to Kori Payne (M.S. in Counseling), and our two People's Choice awardees were Yonne Naimiyu (M.S. in Biomedical Science) and Kent Wetzel (M.S. in Multidisciplinary Studies In Education)
Yonne Nasimiyu is a current graduate student in the biomedical science M.S. program at Hood College and works as a graduate assistant coach for the women’s volleyball team at Hood College. This year, she participated in the 3-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition and won the People’s Choice Award. Kent also won the People's Choice. He has worked for Frederick County Public Schools (FCPS) for more than 20 years as a middle school social studies teacher and now as teacher's specialist.
Kori Payne graduated this year from the M.S. in clinical mental health counseling program at Hood College. Kori has a background in general studies & kinesiology and won first prize at the 3-Minute Thesis competition. She is now pursuing a Ph.D. in counseling.
"I was a little nervous at first to present; however, after a couple of students performed, I felt a sense of belonging and universality in competing with other professionals." Payne shared. Our victors are featured below from left to right: Kori, Yonne and Kent. Way to go, folks!
The Doctoral Program in Organizational Leadership is #HoodProud of recent graduate and philanthropist, Dr. Mamady Kamara! The Global Woman P.E.A.C.E. Foundation (GWPF) announced the 2023 Global Woman Award Honorees to recognize those who dedicate their time to the campaign against female genital mutilation (FGM) and other injustices on women and girls.
The “Donald A. Strong Man of the Year” was awarded to Dr. Mamady Kamara, who received his Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Hood College in 2022. Dr. Kamara has been dedicated to furthering the rights of immigrant women and girls to freedom from harmful traditional practices of their native countries and cultures while promoting the adoption of beneficial traditions and rites of passage.
Dr. Kamara will be presented with the award at a ceremony at the National Sylvan Theater on Saturday, September 30, 2023.
Tanith Fowler Corsi is our director of graduate admission, and she has a special message for you below.
Do you remember how you found out about The Graduate School at Hood College? Chances are you heard about us from a friend, colleague or family member when researching graduate schools. Often, the most effective form of sharing information is via word of mouth! Digital ads and the internet are instrumental in spreading information on a broad scale, but people turn to their own networks to gain personal insights and recommendations time and again.
That is why your word of mouth means the world to us—literally! Your shared experience with The Graduate School at Hood College can make its way around the world and reach someone in India who may have not heard of the College. So, we call on you to share your positive experience at Hood College with others researching their graduate options.
Here are two ways you can help share #HOODLOVE via word of mouth:
- Get featured in our Hood graduate student and alumni story blogs. We love to highlight the breadth of diverse experiences and backgrounds of our graduate students and alumni, so let us feature you in our graduate school blogs, which are posted on our graduate website and social media outlets. To be featured, email email@example.com.
- Refer your networks to our graduate open house events. Let your personal and professional networks know that they can attend our regular Open House and Admission Café events (both virtual and in-person) to learn more about our graduate programs and meet program directors, admission staff and current students. They can register for our events here.
Remember what makes Hood unique. We are small, affordable, diverse, career-focuses, flexible and provide personalized attention. Share the #HOODLOVE!
Have more ideas or questions? Contact Tanith Fowler Corsi, director of graduate admission, at GoFurther@hood.edu.
Win Prizes as a Social Media Mogul
Are you an avid social-media user? Then we would love to speak with you about becoming a Hood Graduate Social Media Ambassador! Our graduate social media ambassadors feature our recent graduate alumni, current students, faculty, and graduate-related events on our social media platforms, run our graduate podcast, and now oversee our new TikTok platform. For more info, contact Tanith Fowler Corsi, Director of Graduate Admission at firstname.lastname@example.org. And regardless of your interest, be sure to follow us on all social-media platforms.
This fall semester, current undergraduate students majoring in sustainability studies can take advantage of our new 4PLUS dual degree pathway in sustainable nutrition. The sustainability studies/sustainable nutrition program is designed for interested students looking to study the relationship between natural resources, the environment, food systems and nutritional health. Students with 3.5 GPA or above and in good disciplinary standing are eligible to apply.
4PLUS is an accelerated, dual-degree program that allows undergraduate students to begin graduate coursework as early as their junior year. Eligible students can earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as little as five years. The 4PLUS program includes the following master’s degrees:
Current undergraduate students and recent alumni also receive special benefits for applying to the Graduate School through our ALTY (Alumni of the Last Three Years) scholarship program. Benefits include waiving the application fee, no cost to your last three graduate credits and an expedited admission process. Interested students should contact our 4PLUS liaison Nick Masucci ’17 at 4PLUS@hood.edu for more information.
August 24: On-Campus Employment Workshop for International students
Still looking for an on-Campus Employment Opportunity? Join us at our on-campus employment workshop on August 24 at 4:00 p.m. in Whitaker Building, Room 220. You will meet the career Center team members to navigate resources and opportunities. A panel of F-1 students will share their success story in securing on-campus employment. Email PDSO@hood.edu if you have questions.
Aug 29: U.S. Secret Service Information Table
Aug 31: Kona Ice Handshake Activation Event
Sept 7: Nonprofit Internship & Career Exploration Day
Sept 20: Pizza with the PDSO
Sept 28: CPT-OPT Workshop for F-1 International Students
Oct 4: MD-PA Virtual Job Fair (80 employers!)
Oct 5: Virtual Open House
Interested in learning more about Hood’s 4PLUS program? This accelerated dual-degree program allows undergraduate students to begin graduate coursework as early as their junior year. Eligible students can earn both their bachelor’s and master’s degrees in as little as five years. All undergraduate students (first year through senior) are welcome to attend one of the below virtual events. We encourage all prospective graduate students (at Hood and beyond) to attend one of the below virtual events, so spread the word! To learn more, register for one now here.
Oct 5: National Depression Screening Day
Oct 12: Business Networking Event
Join us for our annual business networking event to grow your professional connections. Whether you are currently employed or not, there is always value in expanding your network, so join us! Email email@example.com for more details.
Oct 24: Speed Mentoring for STEM
Join us for an evening of speed mentoring with successful, established STEM professionals in our region. Participation is limited, and we can accommodate only the first 25 RSVPs, so please register for this event to reserve your spot now: https://hoodcollege.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_0VWFscqNKJ7Pnzo
Note: Most faculty will provide liberal leave for students to attend this important event—email GradDean@hood.edu for support.
Nov 1: Dinner with the Dean
Nov 2: Science-Tech Networking Night & Career Fair
Join us for our annual STEM networking event and career fair to grow your professional connections. Whether you are currently employed or not, there is always value in expanding your network, so join us! Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
Nov 9: Virtual Admission Cafe
Visit our IEW website for a full line up of events: www.hood.edu/IEW
Nov 27-Dec 2: Grad Student Appreciation Week
In the final weeks of the semester, we know that stress is at an all-time high for our graduate students. During this period, we have a tradition where Hood faculty/staff show you their support, dubbed Grad Student Appreciation Week (GSAW). We will have a table set up in the lobby of all the major buildings before classes in the evening (and doctoral classes during lunch on Saturday) as well as virtual Zoom-byes. Stay tuned for more information as the semester draws to a close!
**FACULTY, please volunteer your graduate course for a special visit during GSAW by registering here.