Aug 21-24 – IT Grad Support

The Helpdesk will provide extended hours (until 6:30pm) for the first week of classes.  Students and faculty can come the Helpdesk office in the Library for support or call (301-696-3622) or email (

Sept 16 – Hood College hosts Humanities Conference

This fall, Hood College will host its first-ever student research conference in humanities. The conference, “Discovering Humanities at Hood,” is designed to highlight the exciting work of students in humanities-related programs. The all-day conference is set for September 16th in Whitaker and will feature keynote speaker, Dr. Bethany Wiggin. She is an Associate Professor of German and the Founding Director of the Penn Program in Environmental Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania. In addition to her work in the environmental humanities program, she has organized a variety of conferences and events exploring the intersection of research in the arts and sciences.

Dr. Corey Campion, director of the MA in Humanities program and co-organizer of the conference says, “The conference has two objectives. First, and most importantly, we wanted to give students a chance to share and receive feedback on their work in the humanities in a conference setting without the expense of a regular academic conference. For many of our undergraduate and graduate students, attending an academic conference is not an option for a variety of reasons, from work schedules to financial concerns. Not wanting our students to miss out on the rich intellectual exchange that can take place at such conferences, we decided to host one here at Hood. Second, we want the conference to serve as a celebration of the humanities and the students and faculty in this discipline.”

Even if you’re not a student participant, all students are encouraged to attend and partake in this important exchange of ideas.   For more information contact Dr. Corey Campion at 301-696-3227 or


Oct 2 – CPT/OPT Workshop for Internationals

Our principal dedicated school official (PDSO) and the dean of the Graduate School will explain the policy and procedure for securing curricular practical training (CPT) or optional practical training (OPT) on your F-1 visa in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons from 3:30 to 5 p.m. We will also have a staff member from the Career Center there to demonstrate how to use some of their search engines for locating such OPT/CPT opportunities. Please RSVP here.

Oct 11 – Instant Admission Event


Do you love Hood?  If so, please share our Instant Admission event with your colleagues and friends/family with a bachelor’s degree or higher.  From humanities and ceramics to education, business and STEM programs, we have the degree to suit everyone!   Terminal doctoral, MFA and counseling degrees are also available, so encourage your network to register for this free event TODAY.

Oct 17 – Divali, Festival of Lights


Do you celebrate Divali or interested in learning more about this wonderful holiday, the Hindu Festival of Lights? Our annual celebration will take place in Whitaker 220 (2nd floor) and will include authentic Indian foods and more!  Please contact the Graduate School if you would like to help make this event special or just to get more details:

Oct 24 – Food Day


The Graduate School and HealthyU are jointly sponsoring this year’s Food Day event in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Food Day is a nationwide event that “brings Americans together to celebrate and enjoy real food and to push for improved food policies.” Learn more about the movement here. Email for additional details.

Nov 1 – Operation White Coat


As part of the 125th festivities, The Grad School will be hosting a viewing of famed documentary, Operation White Coat, in Hodson Auditorium from 6-8 PM, which will be followed by a panel discussion composed of several individuals in the movie.  Operation Whitecoat was a medical research program carried out by the United States Army at Fort Detrick, Maryland between 1954 and 1973. The program pursued medical research using volunteer enlisted personnel who were eventually nicknamed “Whitecoats.” These volunteers, all conscientious objectors, were informed that the purpose of the research was to defend troops and civilians against biological weapons.  This unique event will appeal to students interested in biodefense and ethics, alike.

Nov 3 – BioBeers


All students interested in biotechnology or the business practices thereof are welcome to join the Graduate School and Leidos who have partnered to host this popular event.  Partnership opportunities for our bioinformatics MS program will be featured at the event, and there will be 100+ business, IT, and biotech professionals in the region with whom to network.  This event will be hosted in the Whitaker Campus Center Commons from 5 to 9 p.m. The first 100 attendees will receive a commemorative pint glass. Email for additional details.

Nov 9 – Dinner with the Dean


Join me for dinner on Nov 9th in Whitaker 220 (drop in anytime between 4:30-6:00 PM) to listen or contribute to an ongoing conversation on strengthening graduate education here at Hood College.  All are welcome, but you must reserve your seat here.

Nov 15 – Graduate Women in Science (GWIS) Speed Mentoring


The Graduate School and the local chapter of GWIS are co-sponsoring a speed mentoring event for women on Nov 15th from 6-8 PM in WCC.  Attendees can explore new ways to grow your network and optimize your career savvy. In addition to speed mentoring sessions, keynote speakers will include: “Optimizing your LinkedIn Profile” with Kyle LeBlanc, “Salary Advocacy for Women” with Deepti Gudipati and “Interview Secrets” with Dr. Lisa Littlefield. Come prepared to have a great time, whether you plan to participate, mentor or just observe. Stay tuned for the registration link.

Nov 30 – Admissions Cafe


Do you have a friend or colleague, who is ready to advance in their career? Share our online Admissions Cafe event with your colleagues and friends/family with a bachelor’s degree or higher. From STEM degrees to MBA and education programs, attendees can meet our admissions team and learn about the affordability and power of a Hood graduate degree at our Admission Café—a 30-minute, virtual open house during lunch hour (12:15-12:45). Encourage your network to register for this free event TODAY.

Jan. 25 – How to Handle a Quarter-Life Crisis

In partnership with the Maryland Tech Council – Young Professionals Society, we will be hosting this exciting event from 6-8 PM in Whitaker Campus Commons. The term “Quarter-Life Crisis” rose to popularity with a recent book and tour by the authors. “The quarter-life crisis is a period of life ranging from twenties to thirties, in which a person begins to feel doubtful about their own lives, brought on by the stress of becoming an adult.”  Plan to join us for tips on how to handle your quarter-life crisis.

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