Archive for April, 2017

2017 First Year Read

April 3, 2017  |  News  |  No Comments

HomegoingEach summer, all incoming first-year students at Hood participate in our First-Year Read program. Every freshman student is provided with a digital copy of a common book, selected by the Hood College community, to be read on the iPads that they will receive over the summer. Then, the book is discussed in small groups during Orientation and in the students’ first-year seminars during the first week of fall classes. The author of each year’s selected book then visits campus in October for a day of lectures, Q&A sessions, and a book signing. The book selected for this year’s First-Year Read is “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi, a New York Times bestselling novel that chronicles the story of a family separated by circumstances: in the eighteenth century, Ghanian Esi is sold into slavery while her half-sister, Effia, is married to an English slaver. The novel follows each of the sisters and their descendants through seven generations, and it has won a wide variety of awards over the past year, including being named one of TIME’s top 10 books of 2016. We are incredibly excited for the discussion that this book will bring to our campus as well as the opportunity to hear from Gyasi herself during her campus visit in mid-October. Gyasi was just 26 years old when Homegoing, her debut novel, was completed, and she will be a wonderful resource and inspiration for our students.


Spring Athletics

April 3, 2017  |  News  |  No Comments

Hood College is home to 22 NCAA Division III athletic teams, as well as two club teams. Our student-athletes compete in the Middle Atlantic Conferences against schools throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. This season has seen many challenges, including a significant number of weather delays and cancellations, but our teams are off to a great start!

The men’s lacrosse team, coached by Brad Barber, has won 6 of its first 9 games so far this season, many in a convincing fashion. The women’s lacrosse team has also performed well, winning about half of its games so far. Led by coach Molly Frazier, the team has also had the honor of having multiple players named Defensive Player of the Week for the MAC Commonwealth conference this season.

In addition to the success of both of our lacrosse teams, the softball team is off to a good start under the guidance of coach Terry Burdette. The team’s current record is 11-6, and junior Kayli Paugh (Elkridge, MD) has been named pitcher of the week by both the MAC Commonwealth conference and Fastpitch News.

Last year, more than 40 percent of our incoming class was made up of student-athletes. Hood is a great place for students who are interested in competing at a higher level of play but also want to maintain a strong focus on academics, and our campus community loves to cheer on our Hood College Blazers.