Events by Month


“Biology in Your Future: Will Tropical Places Survive?” with Dr. Pat Wright ’66
August 24, 1 p.m.
Hodson 131

“Getting Stuck in Madagascar: New Discoveries of Forests and Fossils” with Dr. Pat Wright ’66
August 24, 7 p.m.
Whitaker Campus Center

The Hood College Department of Biology welcomes Dr. Pat Wright ’66 for two very special events. Dr. Wright is the founder of Centre ValBio and serves as the Distinguished Professor of Anthropology at Stony Brook University.

Frederick Portrait Group Exhibition
August 25 – October 15
Hodson Gallery, Tatem Arts Center
The Frederick Portrait Group will be exhibiting portraiture work from their talented members. The portrait group is comprised of local artists and meets at Hood College every Friday. Contact: Jenna Gianni, gallery director, at

New Work by Tanya Ziniewicz
August 31 – October 15
Whitaker Gallery
Tanya Ziniewicz’s large-scale drawings and paintings investigate subtleties of human interaction through a network of organic linear forms. Ziniewicz resides in Baltimore and teaches at Towson University. Contact: Jenna Gianni, gallery director, at


Home Opener: Field Hockey vs. Shenandoah
September 1, 3 p.m.
Thomas Athletic Field, Volpe Athletic Center.

Home Opener: Women’s Soccer vs. Mt. Aloysius
September 1, 5 p.m.
Thomas Athletic Field, Volpe Athletic Center

Home Opener: Men’s Soccer vs. Randolph
September 6, 6 p.m.
Thomas Athletic Field, Volpe Athletic Center

Home Opener: Volleyball vs. Arcadia
September 6, 7 p.m.
Volpe Athletic Center

125th Anniversary Kick-Off Celebration
September 12, 1 p.m.
Winchester Hall, Downtown Frederick
Join members of the Hood College and Frederick community as we rededicate the original home of Hood College. For more information, contact Laurie Ward at

Home Opener: Tennis
September 12, TBA
Hood College Tennis Complex

First Game Under the Lights!
Women’s Soccer vs. Eastern Mennonite
September 13, 7 p.m.
Thomas Athletic Field, Volpe Athletic Center

2017 George B. Delaplaine Distinguished Citizen Award Honoring Dr. Olivia White
September 13
For the past 21 years, the George Delaplaine Distinguished Citizen Dinner (GDDCD) has recognized members of the community who have made Frederick a better place to live, and have demonstrated the core values of Scouting throughout their lives. The Francis Scott Key District, National Capital Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, and Delaplaine Foundation, Inc., this year, honor Dr. Oliva White as the 22nd Annual “George Delaplaine” Distinguished Citizen Honoree.” Tickets required; visit

125th Anniversary Alumni Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Reception: September 14, 5-7 p.m.
Exhibit: September 14-October 15
Gifts Inn BoonsBoro, 16 North Main Street, Boonsboro
Hood alumni will display their art in an exclusive group exhibit. As a showcase of regional arts and crafts, Gifts Inn BoonsBoro features gifts for nearly every occasion. For more information, contact Natoma Reed Vargason ’80, P’12 at

The Great Frederick Fair
September 15-23
Frederick Fairgrounds
History Day is Friday, September 22; stop by the History Tent to visit the Hood College table and learn something new from Hood’s first 125 years.
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Faculty Showcase Recital
September 17, 3 p.m.
Brodbeck Music Hall
Several faculty members of Hood’s Department of Music will be performing a wide variety of musical selections. For more information, contact Wayne Wold at

Homecoming and Fall Family Weekend
September 22-23
Join alumni, students, parents, faculty and staff for annual favorites including the President’s 5K fun-run and the festival on the quad with food, music and crafts and many more fun activities.

“The Responsibilities of Leadership”
Special Guest Lecture by Hood College Trustee the Honorable Robert M. Bell, Chief Judge (retired), Maryland Court of Appeals
September 23, 11 a.m.
Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall
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Senior Day: Men’s Soccer vs. St. Vincent
September 23, 3 p.m.
Thomas Athletic Field, Volpe Athletic Center

Senior Day: Women’s Soccer vs. St. Vincent
September 23, TBA
Thomas Athletic Field, Volpe Athletic Center

Hood Choir Performs for Peace
September 24, 3-5 p.m.
Evangelical Reformed Church of Christ
The Hood Choir will sing in the second annual Multi-Faith Musical Celebration for Peace.

 “Perceptions of the United States in the Age of Trump”
Woodrow Wilson Visiting Fellow: Rodney Bent, International Affairs Expert
September 26, 7 p.m.
Whitaker Campus Center
When the US political establishment perceived the Soviet Union to be a looming threat, it pushed the creation of multilateral institutions (e.g., the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the predecessor of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), frequently bearing a greater share of the costs in return for proportionate leadership influence. President Trump has upended many of the assumptions about American leadership, ironically using the slogan of pre-World War II isolationists, “America First.” What do other countries make of this change and how have they responded? For more information, contact Paige Eager at

Blue and Grey Event: Men’s Soccer Under the Lights!
September 26, 7 p.m.
Thomas Athletic Field, Volpe Athletic Center
Celebrate the installation of the field lights!

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Symposium: Trauma-Informed Care
Dr. Joan Gillece ’76
October 4, 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Rosenstock Hall
Joan Gillece ’76, Ph.D., Brian Sims, M.D., Melanie Sutherland G’13, and William Kellibrew will speak about trauma intervention and the psychobiology of trauma.
Registration required by September 25; contact

Alif Laila, Classical Indian Music
October 4, 7:30 p.m.
Brodbeck Music Hall
Alif Laila’s music ventures beyond the realm of the traditional Indian classical. She has collaborated with South Indian classical, Jazz saxophone and world percussion. She has composed music for Cello and dance. For more information, contact Wayne Wold at

From Plant to Medicine: The Remarkable Science of Cannabis and its Applications
October 5, 1 p.m.
Hodson Science Center, Room 131
Susan Audino ’85, ’99, Ph.D., a Hood College alumna and member of the Board of Associates, will talk about the complexities of cannabis and its medicinal uses dating to 300 BC. Contemporary research provides empirical evidence of benefits across a myriad of medicinal and psychological disorders. Contact: Dr. Susan Ensel,

Senior Day: Field Hockey vs. Widener
October 7, TBA
Thomas Athletic Field, Volpe Athletic Center

Undergraduate Admission Open House
October 14, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Whitaker Campus Center
High school students and families are welcome to one of our fall Open Houses to learn more about studying at Hood. For more information, contact or call 301-696-3400.

Senior Day: Men’s and Women’s Cross Country
October 14
Utica Park, Frederick
Hood College Invitational

Home Opener: Men’s and Women’s Swimming
October 14, 2 p.m.
Huntsinger Aquatic Center

Randall Family Concert with the Sunderman Quintet
October 15, 3 p.m.
Brodbeck Music Hall
The annual Randall Family Concert will be performed by the Sunderman Quintet, a woodwind quintet based at Gettysburg College. For more information, contact Wayne Wold at

“Free Speech for Me, But Not for Thee?”
Jim Caruso, Flying Dog Brewery
October 18, 7 p.m.
What is the principle behind the First Amendment? Must free speech be given to all, even to those whose views are disagreeable, repugnant or even hateful? Join Flying Dog Brewery CEO Jim Caruso as he discusses free speech. For more information, contact Laurie Ward at

The Department of History Presents: Fred Talks Series
October TBA
Coblentz Seminar Room
Faculty in Hood’s history department will present a series of lectures that as previews for upcoming courses. The series offers audiences exciting introductions to a variety of historical topics from the medieval to the modern era. Each talk is about 15 minutes long; pizza is also served. The model for the event is the popular Ted Talks series. “Fred,” perhaps obviously, comes from “Frederick.”  Contact: Dr. Corey Campion,

Food Day Celebration
October 24, 5:30-7 p.m. [note time change]
Whitaker Campus Center
Food Day is a national event that encourages people to alter their diets and change our policies related to food. Enjoy food and fun. Contact: the Graduate School at

First-Year Reads Presents: Yaa Gyasi
October 25, 6-7:30 p.m.
Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall
First-Year Read author Yaa Gyasi will talk about her novel Homegoing, the story of two Ghanaian half-sisters who are separated from all that they know–one in order to marry a British slaver and the other to be sold into slavery. Homegoing follows the diverging fates of seven generations of the sisters’ descendants both in Ghana, where repercussions from the slave trade and British colonialism shape the family, and in America, where the family is destined to bear the destructive legacy of slavery. Homegoing won the 2016 National Book Critics Circle’s John Leonard Prize for the best debut novel. A Q&A session and book signing will follow the 45-minute talk. This lecture is made possible by the Hanson Lecture Series through the Foundation for Enhancing Communities. Contact: Dr. Martha Bari,

Senior Day: Volleyball vs. Trinity Washington
October 26, TBA
Volpe Athletic Center

Photographs by Mo Gadalla
October 26-January 7, 2018
Hodson Gallery, Tatem Arts Center
Mo Gadalla’s photographs cover a variety of subjects from nature to architecture and capture fantastic scenery in unique and complex ways. Contact: Jenna Gianni,

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Operation Whitecoat Screening and Talk
November 1, 7 p.m.
Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall
Operation Whitecoat tells the story of the more than 2,300 conscientious objectors who volunteered to serve their country by participating in U. S. Army medical experiments focused on developing defensive medical countermeasures against the Soviet Union’s bio-warfare capabilities. Arthur O. Anderson, MD, P’07, a member of the Hood College Board of Trustees, is an applied ethicist who has been involved in Human Research Subject Protections since 1975 when he was appointed chair of the USAMRIID IRB, called the Human Use Committee [HUC]. He wrote the first operational guidelines for this committee in 1975, based on Nuremberg Code Principles. For more information, contact the Graduate School at

November 3, 6-9 p.m.
Whitaker Campus Center
Join the Graduate School for local brews and networking. Contact the Graduate School at

Old Plantations in New Lights: Building a Base for Interpreting Black History at Mount Clare, Baltimore
November 6, 7 p.m.
Whitaker Campus Center
Teresa Moyer, author of Ancestors of Worthy Life: Plantation Slavery and Black Heritage at Mount Clare and an archeologist who works for the National Park Service, will be speaking on her work to restore the history of enslaved people to Mount Clare plantation near Baltimore.  Contact: Dr. Emilie Amt,

Talk by Youssouf Amine Elalamy
November 7, 7-8:30 p.m.
Hodson Auditorium, Rosenstock Hall
A talk by award-winning Moroccan author Youssouf Amin Alalamy. He is the author of seven books, five of which are novels. Contact: Dr. Donald Wright,

The Real Good Ship Hood
November 9, 1-1:50 p.m.
Beneficial-Hodson Library Reading Porch
Jeff Welsh will give a talk on the little-known history of the World War II Victory Ship, named after Hood College. The SS Hood Victory contained a library of books and pictures of Hood College that sailed the seven seas from 1945 until the mid-1960s. Its main service life was ferrying our victorious soldiers home from Europe. Contact: Jeff Welsh,

Undergraduate Admission Open House
November 11, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Whitaker Campus Center
High school students and families are welcome to one of our fall Open Houses to learn more about studying at Hood. For more information, contact or call 301-696-3400.

Triforce Quartet
November 12, 3 p.m.
Brodbeck Music Hall
The Triforce Quartet began innocently as a short Zelda medley for an encore of a recital in early 2007, but the video of using traditional string quartet instruments to play music of classic games gained viral popularity later that summer. Thanks to this, cellist Chad Schwartz was able to combine his love for video games, along with years of classical training, to arrange a variety of video game themes that even non-gamers can enjoy. The four members of the Triforce Quartet take audience members on an unforgettable musical journey. For more information, contact Wayne Wold at

Sexual and Gender Minority Community as a Health Disparities Population
Karen L. Parker, Ph.D., MSW
November 14, 5:30-7 p.m.
Cheryl Brown Dreiling ’69 Seminar Room, Coblentz Hall
As a result of the growing awareness of health-related disparities in sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) has coordinated several efforts across the NIH Institutes and Centers. Dr. Parker currently serves as the director of the Sexual & Gender Minority Research Office at the NIH. This talk is sponsored by the Social Work Program of the Department of Sociology and Social Work.

Home Opener: Men’s Basketball
November 18-19, TBA
Volpe Athletic Center
Rotary of Frederick Holiday Classic

Messiah & More
November 18, 7:30 p.m.
November 19, 3 p.m.
Coffman Chapel
Hood College’s 70th annual presentation of “Messiah and More” featuring the Hood College Choir, the Youth Choir from the Frederick Children’s Chorus, the Choral Arts Society of Frederick, plus Hood College alumni, soloists and orchestra – all under the direction of Lynn Staininger. Advance tickets available from the Hood College website and at the door. For more information, contact Wayne Wold at

Home Opener: Women’s Basketball vs. Shenandoah
November 21, TBA
Volpe Athletic Center

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Frederick Holiday House Tour Featuring East Cottage
December 2, 5-9 p.m.
December 3, noon-4 p.m.
This self-guided walking tour takes visitors inside private homes, including Hood College’s historic East Cottage, to see elaborately decorated homes with holiday décor. For ticket information, visit

Candlelight Vespers
December 3, 7:15 p.m.
Coffman Chapel
A candlelight vespers service, a long-standing Hood College tradition that includes seasonal music, dance, meditation and readings. For more information, contact Rev. Beth O’Malley at


Senior Day: Men’s and Women’s Swimming vs. Albright
January 6, 2 p.m.
Huntsinger Aquatic Center
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Frederick Chamber of Commerce Business Card Exchange
January 17, 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Whitaker Campus Center
Join the Chamber for their monthly business card exchange. Bring lots of business cards to this networking event, where more than 100 area professionals gather to make solid business connections. For more information, visit


Senior Day: Women’s Basketball vs. Widener
February 10, TBA
Volpe Athletic Center

Senior Day: Men’s Basketball vs. Messiah
February 13, TBA
Volpe Athletic Center

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