Welcome from the Dean

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To all of our new and returning graduate students, welcome to the 2017 spring semester! In this issue, you will find stories about notable alums, exciting new career resources, and a number of updates on upcoming opportunities geared toward our graduate students, both local and international!

This past fall, I queried current graduate students to gain your insights and feedback on two important events here at the College this year:  development of the next 5-year strategic plan and our application for Middle States re-accreditation.  Whether you joined President Chapdelaine and me for a pizza dinner, met with me in the dining hall, or sent me electronic feedback via e-mail or Blackboard, I listened and took good notes—just like you all do in your classes every night.  Your feedback produced several repeating themes for improving graduate education here at Hood.  In this issue, I describe three such recommendations that I will tackle in 2017 with the hope of addressing additional requests the following year:

  1. improved career education for graduate students;
  2. more networking opportunities with both your peers and professionals in the field; and
  3. regular opportunities to share your ideas for making the Graduate School at Hood College the best it can be.

Finally, the past few months in this great country have been particularly typified by hate crimes and political unrest.  Regardless of what you see in the news or which administration is in office, I want to assure all of our graduate students that there is one constant here at Hood College:  a commitment and dedication to our past, present and future students, regardless of their ancestry, religion or native country.  Whether you grew up in Frederick or abroad, you are welcomed and supported here.

Please do not hesitate to let my staff or me know how we can improve your time here at Hood.  As always, I am thankful for the diverse talents and leadership you bring—it enriches and strengthens our community. Best wishes for a successful spring semester!

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April M. Boulton, Ph.D.

Dean of the Graduate School

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