Welcome from the Dean

 |  Fall 2017

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To all of our new and returning graduate students, welcome to the 2017-2018 academic year!  I hope you enjoy the fall issue of the Graduate School Newsletter.  In this issue, you will find stories about notable alums, exciting new programs (including our new cybersecurity degree), and a number of updates on new opportunities/events geared toward our graduate students.

As always, you and your success are top priority here at The Graduate School, which begins with the communication that we disseminate weekly via social media and email, in addition to the newsletter’s comprehensive collection of events (planned through December).  If you have not yet done so, be sure to follow my #30HoodTips on Twitter for ideas that will ensure your success here at the College.  If you have not yet found the Graduate School on social media (links below), it’s not too late to start!  Be sure to friend/follow us soon to receive a variety of important updates and special opportunities both on- and off-campus.

In closing, I hope that your summer was restful (at least some of the time) and that your fall semester is off to a great start.  Please do not hesitate to let my staff or me know how we can improve your time here at Hood.  Thank you for choosing Hood College—your talent and creativity enriches our community!

Best wishes,

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April M. Boulton, Ph.D.

Dean of the Graduate School

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Happy 125th Birthday, Hood College!

 |  Fall 2017

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Although the Graduate School is a solid, middle-aged (40+) member of the Hood community, our roots as a women’s college go back much farther—some 125 years!  This year, we’ll be celebrating the founding of the college in 1893, so stay tuned for a number of events throughout the year. Mark your calendar and plan to attend the official anniversary kick-off, Tuesday, September 12, 1 p.m, at Winchester Hall (12 E. Church St.), the original home of Hood College—a great lunch-time break for our local graduate students.

Recent Alumna (MIS ’16) Plants Seed for International Scholarship

 |  Fall 2017

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Recent alumna from the Management Information Systems master’s program, Ifeeoluwa (Ife) Popoola ’16, established a scholarship, designed to support international graduate students at Hood.  When asked what inspired her to create the Ifeoluwa Popoola scholarship, she cited that hard work should be rewarded: “I believe that hard work and diligence should be recognized.  Since there are few scholarship opportunities for international students, I hope this scholarship will attract more qualified, diligent students from abroad.”

Ife is originally from Nigeria and progressed rapidly and successfully in our MIS program, earning the Outstanding MIS Student Award in 2016.  Ife chose Hood College for her graduate degree, initially, because of the rigorous structure of the program, which is designed to train students in both IT and business.  When she began the program, she was pleasantly surprised to discover that “Hood culture is one that fosters collaboration and innovation, facilitated by a committed and accessible faculty. That Hood style has equipped me for collaboration with my current team and has improved my problem-solving skills, as a cloud Infrastructure Engineer in D.C.”

Ultimately, Ife aspires to become a Chief Information and Innovation Officer, a role in which she can be a change agent and influence people for the efficient application of IT tools that positively impact our world.  She is well on her way, as her stellar work performance recently resulted in her current employer converting her student visa to a work visa, which is an important step allowing Ms. Popoola to achieve her career goals.

Newly Approved Cybersecurity Master’s Degree

 |  Fall 2017

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The Maryland Higher Education Commission has approved Hood College to begin its Master of Science in Cybersecurity (the ability to protect or defend the use of cyberspace from cyber-attacks). Hood’s cybersecurity program is a sub-discipline of computer science and information technology. The goals of the program are to provide students with a comprehensive cybersecurity education and produce graduates with the knowledge and skills required to fill advanced technical and management positions in Cybersecurity.

“Students will learn about computer forensics, defending networks and firewalls, and configuring and deploying new systems,” said George Dimitoglou, associate professor and chair of the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology at Hood.

Hood’s 30-credit cybersecurity master’s degree builds on the College’s existing graduate certificate in cybersecurity. This master’s program is designed for technical and non-technical students with a bachelor’s degree. The structure of the program allows students to enter the program from different disciplines and provides a common foundation and robust subject matter training necessary in today’s cybersecurity job market.  For more information, contact Dimitoglou at 301-696-3980 or dimitoglou@hood.edu.

Career Development Events

 |  Fall 2017

The Catherine Filene Shouse Center for Career Development and Experiential Education is dedicated to our graduate students, as well as our undergrads. Located on the 2nd floor of Whitaker, the staff at the Center has planned an exciting fall line-up, geared toward supporting the career needs of graduate students.  Put these grad-focused events on your calendar today:

  • Graduate student evening hours beginning Sept. 6 through fall semester (based on participation). Evening Drop-In at the Center from 6 – 7 p.m.
  • Writing a Winning Resume – Sept 6 from 5-6 PM
  • Navigating the Job Search Jungle – Sept 13 from 5-6 PM
  • Ace the Interview – Sept 20 from 5-6 PM
  • Best Foot Forward: Business Etiquette – Sept 27 from 5-6 PM

GSA Corner

 |  Fall 2017

On behalf of the Graduate Students Association (GSA), I would like to personally welcome all new and returning graduate students to the 2017-2018 academic school year at Hood College, and I can assure you that the coming years will be some of your best. I am extremely honored to represent such a diverse and distinguished group of individuals dedicated to graduate studies.

The GSA’s mission is to enrich the graduate student experience and to represent, support, and promote graduate student interests and values. We try to accomplish this by voicing your concerns to administration, providing professional and social development, and promoting fellowship among graduate students. I personally believe that education neither starts in the classroom, nor does it end there—it’s the whole “Hood ecosystem” that provides a true education.

I know that you all will be especially busy, but I hope that you might take a little time to contribute to the Graduate Student Association, as the memories and achievements you take from here will last a lifetime. Thank you, and wishing you the very best for a productive and creative fall semester!

Mir, Abdul Wasay

President, Graduate Student Association

(gsa@hood.edu)

Chap, Chat & Chew

 |  Fall 2017

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As you know, President Chapdelaine seeks to keep the community informed via a wide variety of interactive and transparent initiatives, including monthly open office hours, campus forums, monthly emails, meetings with student organizations, hosting events at East Cottage, etc. Starting this fall, Chap, Chat and Chew will be launched as a special initiative to further enhance communication with the student body. The primary goal is to reach the maximum number of students–across disciplines and interests–in a face to face, interactive session, once per semester. Dates, times and locations will be forthcoming.

Mental Health Resources for Graduate Students

 |  Fall 2017

Given the start of another busy fall semester, The Graduate School and the National Association of Graduate-Professional Students would like to remind you that the National Grad Crisis-Line (877-GRAD-HLP) is available to your graduate students as a supplement to existing mental health services on campus. Also, during campus closures (Thanksgiving, winter break), these critical services are available to you, so please note the GRAD Crisis-Line, 877-GRAD-HLP (472-3457) is free to you all U.S. graduate students. Visit the GradResources website for more information.

Share Your Good News

 |  Fall 2017

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:  www.hood.edu/accomplishments  Whether you just presented at a conference or received an academic award or work promotion, we want to know about it!  We will feature your news on our social media and gradhighlights.hood.edu.

So what are you waiting for?  Click and share:  www.hood.edu/accomplishments

 

YouTube Incentive

 |  Fall 2017

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Are you a social media maven? Well, friend or follow us on FacebookTwitter, LinkedIn, and YouTube so that you can stay abreast of all the important happenings here at the College. We have a special incentive right now for our new YouTube account—if you subscribe to our channel, you’ll receive a gift card for lunch at the Blazer. After you subscribe, just send your subscription/screen name to gofurther@hood.edu to claim your prize!

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 (helpdesk@hood.edu).

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 campion@hood.edu.

 

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

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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!   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

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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: gofurther@hood.edu

Oct 24 – Food Day

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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 gofurther@hood.edu for additional details.

Nov 1 – Operation White Coat

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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

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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 gofurther@hood.edu for additional details.

Nov 9 – Dinner with the Dean

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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

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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

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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.

Dec 5 – 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. Location TBD. 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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