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The Shirley Conner Hardinge ’44 Prize was established in 2012. The Shirley Conner Hardinge Center for Global Studies was established in 2011. The prize is awarded to a student who has made outstanding contributions to global studies. The prize recipient is Claire Scarborough.

Claire is a senior majoring in Spanish and global studies, with a concentration in global governance and con ict. She is a member of the Sigma Iota Rho, Sigma Delta Pi and Pi Sigma Alpha honors societies. Currently, Claire is writing a Departmental Honors paper for the global studies department, analyzing the potential for a Kurdish state. She is expected to graduate this May and hopes to continue her education with a master’s program.

The ArachnidWorks Integrated Marketing Communication Award was established in 2017 by Monica Hensley Kolbay ’98, MBA ’05, president and CEO of marketing and advertising agency ArachnidWorks. The award is given annually to a senior majoring in integrated marketing communication who demonstrates academic excellence. The integrated marketing communication program is jointly hosted by the Department of English and Communication Arts and the Department of Economics and Business Administration. Kassandra Stout is this year’s winner.

Kassandra is a senior from Buffalo, New York, who is earning a double major in integrated marketing communication and English. She is involved on campus as the president of the Apartments Area House Council, a representative in House Forum, as well as a member of the Honors Program, Sigma Tau Delta English honor society, Mortar Board and PRSSA. She is also a current research intern for a marketing research rm in the Frederick area. Outside of academics, Kassandra enjoys a multitude of activities including cooking, running, reading, writing, skydiving and traveling. She is ecstatic to say she will be traveling to Scotland this summer before attending graduate school in fall 2017 to further her marketing career goals.

The Margaret Louise Kleist Prize, established by Mrs. C. Walter Kleist and the late Mr. Kleist, is awarded to an outstanding member of the freshman class selected from nominations by the Freshman-Sophomore Advising Group. This year’s recipient is Luke Staley.

Luke is bright, engaged and intellectually curious—the kind of student every teacher wants to have in class. His frequent contributions to class discussions are consistently insightful; he possesses an intellectual maturity well in advance of his years.

The Catherine Filene Shouse Center for Career Development and Experiential Education Distinguished Intern Award, established in 2014, is presented to a student who successfully completes an internship either for academic credit or experience. This student receives exceptional evaluations from intern supervisors, and the student shows outstanding career attitude and professionalism. This year’s recipient is John Curran.

John is a senior majoring in communication arts. He has completed nine credits worth of internships during his time at Hood College. John has spent two semesters interning with the United Way of Frederick County, assisting with the digital marketing content, reviewing and evaluating grant reports and supporting community meetings, partnerships and collaborations within the community impact department. John’s site supervisor, Malcolm Furgol, stated, “John is a stellar intern, and we will miss him dearly when he graduates. He is destined for greatness.”

The Bromer Peace Award was established in 2012 by Sara Peterson Anderson, Ray Anderson and Flora Peterson Smith in memory of Dr. Edward S. Bromer, former chair of the Board of Trustees; Frances Bromer Peterson ’25; Edna Bromer Morehead, Class of 1911; Dorothy Bromer Reinhart ’29; and Anna M. Peterson ’27. The prize is awarded annually to a student(s) who, through course work, individual initiative or participation in a relevant student organization, does significant work developing and implementing tools for non-violent conflict resolution, reconciliation and a solutions-based approach to peace maintenance. This work can be done on the Hood campus or in a neighboring school or community group, or through presenting academic research on peace. This year’s recipient is Miranda Sly.

Miranda is a junior majoring in global studies with a focus in global governance and con ict, and a minor in psychology. She has volunteered for the UNESCO Center for Peace Nelson Mandela Day in Frederick, and she has helped clean a garden in Downtown Frederick that was dedicated to the families and loved ones who have lost a child due to abuse. After her experience with the garden, she was deeply touched by the efforts of the organization that dedicated the garden, the Child Advocacy Center. She soon became a volunteer at Friends of the Child Advocacy Center, and she is trained to work directly with children impacted by abuse. As part of her passionate involvement, she recognized an opportunity to help with fundraising through a Whitaker Wednesday event and encouraged students, faculty and staff to wear blue on April 7 to exhibit awareness of children who are victims of abuse. Miranda’s involvement with Friends of The Child Advocacy Center promotes peace within a most basic fundamental unit—peace within a home.