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Hood College has moved the spring semester and Summer I classes to an online format. All offices are open remotely.

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Dear Faculty and Staff,

I hope this email finds you well and enjoying the interesting range of weather we’ve had this week!

As promised, we made the decision regarding Summer II session this week. Unfortunately, given the current projections of the pandemic trajectory, the guidelines from Governor Hogan and the Frederick County Executive, we have determined it is in the best interest of our community’s safety to continue with the online format for Summer II classes (July 6-August 16). 

With this decision comes the cancellation or rescheduling of all summer on-campus events through Friday, Aug. 15. Students will remain at their primary residence through the duration of the summer as residence halls are cleaned and prepared for fall, although we are continuing to provide housing in the duplexes for international students.

Let me again assure you that we are doing everything possible to be ready for us to resume on campus instruction and activities for the fall semester. Developing that plan is my and many others primary focus and will remain so over the next several weeks. A decision about the fall semester will be communicated in early July. 

I know there are a lot of questions, uncertainties and concerns regarding the fall semester. However, due to our size, expanded residential space, ample classrooms, our strong partnership with Frederick Health, and most importantly, you – faculty and staff that are committed to this effort, we believe we have the tools necessary to develop a plan that will adhere to all safety guidelines and ensure a strong educational experience. This will require flexibility, strict adherence to new policies and protocols, and patience from each of you. 

As Governor Hogan announced his “safer at home” plans for Maryland and County Executive Gardner announced a slower reopening phase for Frederick County, we are also developing our plan to slowly reopen critical on-campus activities later this summer, however, we will continue telecommuting whenever possible. A full description of Hood’s plan will be shared before the end of the month.

Tomorrow should have been our commencement ceremony to honor the Class of 2020. I’ve never wished for bad weather on Commencement day, but I am doing so this year! I encourage you to reach out to the graduating students you know and congratulate them so they feel surrounded by Hood as much as possible. 

Until we can celebrate with them on October 10, our graduates will be honored in a video, premiering live on the College’s Facebook or YouTube pages at 10 a.m. tomorrow. A special congratulations to the following employees who are members of the Hood Class of 2020:

  • Larbi Bricha, M.S.’17, cybersecurity (C)
  • Amani Al-Dajane, MBA
  • Meg DePanise ’15, MBA
  • Ryan DiGirolamo ’16, MBA
  • Jeff Whipp, M.S.’15, M.S. in cybersecurity 

Congratulations on your well-earned honor!

Nominations are still being accepted for the Dr. Henry P. and Page Laughlin Faculty Professional Achievement Award, the Dr. Henry P. and Page Laughlin Administrative Achievement Award, the Martha E. Church Endowment Prize and the Mary Ann Kerins Humanitarian award. All awards will be presented in August. Visit the Faculty and Staff Awards page for nomination forms; deadline for nominations is June 1.

Best,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President

Dear Students, 

I hope this email finds you well and a bit more relaxed now that finals are a week behind you.

As promised, we made the decision regarding Summer II session this week. Unfortunately, given the current projections of the pandemic trajectory, as well as following guidelines from Governor Hogan’s Roadmap to Recovery and the lead of the county executive and mayor, we believe it is in the best interest of our community’s safety to continue with the online format for Summer II classes (July 6-August 16). 

With this decision comes the cancellation or rescheduling of all summer on-campus events through Friday, Aug. 15. Students will remain at their primary residence through the duration of the summer as residence halls are cleaned and prepared for fall.

Let me again assure you that we are doing everything possible to be ready for us to resume on campus instruction and activities for the fall semester. That has become my and many others primary focus and commitment and will remain so over the next several weeks. A decision about the fall semester will be communicated to you in early July. 

I know there are a lot of questions, uncertainties and concerns regarding the fall semester. However, due to our size, expanded residential space, ample classrooms, our strong partnership with Frederick Health, and most importantly, faculty and staff that our committed to this effort, we believe we have the tools necessary to develop a plan that will adhere to all safety guidelines and ensure a strong education. This will require flexibility, commitment to new policies and protocols and patience from each of you. Blazers, I know you are up to the task! 

Other updates

Students with outstanding library books may return them when we're together again on campus without fines or penalty. If you are not returning to Hood in the fall or need to return library materials now for any other reason, you may either drop items off at the information desk in Whitaker or you may ship them back to us at no cost. To ship library materials back to us, contact may@hood.edu for a prepaid shipping label and additional instructions. Graduates, ILL borrowers and iPad borrowers have been notified separately with special instructions.

The College recently received funding from the Department of Education’s CARES Act: Higher Education Emergency Relief Fund. Per CARES guidelines, the funds are to be distributed to students who are eligible for federal aid (requirement of the Act) and incurred costs due to the coronavirus and the subsequent suspension of on-campus operations. To ensure the fast, efficient and compliant disbursement of these funds, the CARES Act committee created a policy for the distribution of the funds such that all students who filed a FAFSA (to ensure they are Title IV eligible) will receive a portion of the funding. Checks were mailed to those students on May 14. You may refer to hood.edu/caresact or email accounting@hood.edu

The application for additional funds from the CARES Act will be available online beginning June 1.

Tune into the College’s Facebook or YouTube page on Saturday, May 16 at 10 a.m. to celebrate the Class of 2020. The Office of Marketing and Communications has created a video, which will air live. Celebration boxes were also mailed to each member of the graduating class; and as noted in a previous email, the rescheduled Commencement ceremony will take place on Saturday, Oct. 10 at 2 p.m.

Congratulations to our Honors Convocation winners for your academic excellence and outstanding contributions to our community. We celebrate you! 

I would love to hear about some of the exciting happenings while you are away. Please keep us informed and take time to send photos to marketingoffice@hood.edu. I wish for you a safe and relaxing summer! 

Be well!

Best,

Andrea E. Chapdelaine, Ph.D.
President