January 29 – Are you impacted by the federal shut-down?

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If you or your spouse are being impacted by the current federal shut down, the College is here to support you during this difficult time.  We have some flexibility for tuition billing for any current graduate student who is experiencing a financial strain due to this unfortunate situation. We want to ensure that your education remains possible.

In the spirit of community, we will also be hosting a dinner on Tuesday (January 29th) from 4:30-6:30 PM for anyone at Hood – faculty, staff or student – impacted by the shutdown.  We have to cap the dinner at 75 due to space limitations, so please RSVP here soon (up to three members of your family are welcome to join the dinner).  Do not hesitate to reach out to me if you have other ideas for how the College can bolster our students during this difficult time.

Feb 1 – BioBeers

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All students interested in biotechnology or the business practices thereof are welcome to join the Graduate School and our bioinformatics MS program for this fun event.  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 5:30-7:30 PM. The first 50 attendees will receive a commemorative pint glass. Email gofurther@hood.edu for additional details or RSVP here.

Feb 4 – Mandatory Sexual-Assault Prevention Training

Per federal policy, Hood College requires all students—both undergraduate and graduate—to complete an online training on sexual assault.  Because this is a mandatory training and ensures Hood’s federal compliance, failure to complete the course by the deadline will result in a hold on your student account (preventing grade view and transcript orders).  For optimum functionality, the course should be completed on a computer, rather than a mobile device.  The course has two parts: Part 1 is due by February 4, 2019

Visit http://www.hood.edu/training and scroll down to the bottom, blue menu bar and click “Course link for graduate students.”  You will then be prompted to login to the site via your Self-Service account.

February 12 – CPT/ OPT Workshop for Internationals

Our Primary Designated 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 220 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.

March 11 – Little Stones Documentary

Little StonesIn celebration of International Women’s Day, we will be showing a documentary, Little Stones, in partnership with Hood’s Center for Global Studies and our local chapter of Zonta.  This event will take place in Hodson Auditorium (Rosentsock Hall) on March 11 @ 6 PM.  All are welcome!

Little Stones shares the personal stories of four women around the world, who are using art to create positive change in their communities. From a graffiti artist speaking out against domestic violence to a dancer rehabilitating sex-trafficking survivors in India, each of these women is contributing a stone to the mosaic of the women’s movement through their art.  This 90-minute documentary was directed by EMMY® Award-winning filmmaker, Sophia Kruz.  It has been shown over 70 times globally, including at the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, and on capitol hill for members of congress. LITTLE STONES won Best Documentary at the Vail Film Festival, Best Foreign Documentary at the Female Eye Film Festival, Best of Festival at the Zonta Film Festival, the Audience Award for Best Documentary at the Philadelphia Jewish Film Festival, the Humanitarian Award at DOCUTAH, and an Award of Excellence from Impact Docs.

March 19 – Instant Admission Event

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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!   Although not part of the instant admission process, terminal doctoral, MFA and counseling degrees will also be at this event to share additional information, so encourage your network to register for this free event:

  1. The noon session
  2. The 4:30 PM session

March 28 – Three-Minute Thesis (3MT) Competition

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Join us for our Fourth Annual 3MT Competition.  Three-Minute Thesis events are held at public/private institutions around the country and internationally. Do not be fooled by the title–this event is open to all current graduate students or master’s students who have graduated since September 2018, not just thesis students.  Participants get ONE slide and THREE minutes to share their project or research findings from a wide array of disciplines from the sciences to the humanities (and everything in between).  Ready to participate?  Just click here to register BY MARCH 11th!

Interested in participating, but you do not yet have a project to share?  Consider serving as the MC–no prior training required, and we provide the script!  Email Dean Boulton if interested.

April 2 – Admission Cafe

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Do you have a friend or colleague, who is ready to advance in their career? Share our online Admission 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 PM). Encourage your network to register for this free event TODAY!

April 3 – Dinner with the Dean

Dinner with DeanJoin me for dinner on April 3 in Whitaker 220 – anytime between 4:30-6:00 PM.  Join me for a meal with your peers and contribute to an ongoing conversation on strengthening graduate education here at Hood College.  All are welcome, but we have limited seating.  Thus, you must reserve your seat in advance here.

April 10 – Nepalese New Year & Holi

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We are excited to host our annual Nepalese New Year in combination with a Holi celebration on April 10th from 3:30-6:00 PM in Whitaker 220 in honor of the many, many Nepalese and Indian graduate students we have here at Hood College.  Interested in planning the event? Please email gofurther@hood.edu TODAY!

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May 15 – Graduate Degree Dinner Reception

Each year, we honor all of our graduating master’s and doctoral students at a dinner reception designed JUST for you.  This year’s Graduate Degree Recipient Reception (GDRR) is on May 15th from 7-9 PM in BB&T arena.  I sincerely hope that you can join me, along with President Chapdelaine and ~200 Hood faculty, staff and students to celebrate your accomplishment!

You are welcome to bring a special guest with you.  Attire is business casual.  Watch your email for the RSVP information.  Or contact gofurther@hood.edu for more information.

May 22 – Iftar for Ramadan

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Join us for our Third Annual Iftar dinner during Ramadan from sunset to ~10:00 PM on May 22nd in Whitaker Campus Commons.  A dinner blessing will be given at the official sunset.  ALL are invited. I hope to see you there—Ramadan kareem!  RSVP here.

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