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The Dr. Henry P. And Page Laughlin Faculty Professional Achievement Award, established in 1991 by Dr. Henry P. Laughlin H’03, an emeritus member of the Hood College Board of Associates, and M. Page Laughlin H’03, is conferred annually upon an outstanding faculty member who has made significant contributions to her or his profession or to the College through scholarship or exceptional service. This year's prize recipient is Karen Hoffman.

Professor Hoffman engages in the care and feeding of her student's minds. A teacher scholar with numerous published chapters and articles in philosophy and popular culture, she brings her scholarship to the classroom, teaching the immensely popular course on philosophy and film. She does this while serving as department chair, co-director of the honors program and on several committees. She also engages in care and feeding of a different kind as a volunteer with the Frederick Animal Shelter where she fosters the youngest of kittens until they are adoptable.

The Dr. Henry P. And Page Laughlin Administrative Achievement Award, established in 1991 by Dr. Henry P. Laughlin ’03, an emeritus member of the Hood College Board of Associates, and M. Page Laughlin H’03, is conferred for noteworthy service to staff members who have made significant contributions to the College. This year's recipients are Cheryl Banks, Cory Beddick, Peter Brehm and Krista Schaffert.

Cheryl is an associate director of admission. She has been connected with Hood College since 2002 and has provided exemplarily service to prospective students and their families. Since 2010, she has been instrumental in the successful enrollment of hundreds of transfer students. She expanded our recruitment efforts into areas not previously visited and has fostered strong relationships with every community college in the state of Maryland, as well as, surrounding states through new recruitment initiatives. She is the advocate for transfer students from the moment they first interact with the college through their enrollment. Each student she works with benefits from her passion of helping others in the pursuit of higher education.

Cory serves two very important roles at Hood College. He is the head coach of the men’s baseball team and the admission counselor for athletics. He excels at both these roles and sets a high standard for his co-workers in both divisions. He has been instrumental in increasing our enrollment by recruiting Hood’s first men’s baseball team, as well as, incoming players in the class of 2019 and transfer students. He is an exemplary coach, leader and role model, and he is passionate about his role in enrolling athletic recruits from all other sports teams at Hood. Additionally, through his work as the head coach, he has fostered strong relationships with the Frederick community. He has arranged for us to partner with both Frederick Community College and the Frederick Keys in order to have games and practices at their facilities as well as community-based fundraisers and benefits.

Peter is a services and support specialist for the office of information technology, and is involved with working with Hood’s students in various ways. During the fall 2015 semester, Peter, along with Hood students, were involved in the weekend back pack nutrition program for elementary school students in Frederick County. This project involved filling bags of food for low-income students to take home for weekend meals. During winter break, Peter organized volunteers from Hood to fill in the gaps during the Holiday season at the Soup Kitchen in Frederick. For the Spring Break Alternative, Peter led a session to talk to students, faculty and staff about current LGBTQ issues and concerns. Peter is on the Board of Directors of the Frederick Center, volunteered with Hood’s National Black Aids Awareness Day and our Safe Sex Carnival. Peter is a “Friend of Baker Park” and works to promote a clean and ecologically friendly park for all, very active with the Kiwanis Club, a member of the Frederick HIV Coalition and Peter helped to plan and promote a World Aids Day community event. Peter is the professional behind the scenes that helps faculty and staff constantly through all the IT help desk.

Krista is a graduate of the class of 2004, and is currently the director of advancement services for institutional advancement. She is invaluable, providing detailed and confidential information on Hood’s alumni and friends. She provides courteous, competent, accurate information for institutional advancement as well as many offices on campus including the President’s office, institutional research, marketing and communications and the library. She cares deeply about the Hood community, performs her job above and beyond what is expected in a timely and responsible manner, and she is a wonderful colleague. In addition to her day to day responsibilities at Hood College, she is regarded as Hood College’s in-house historian. She is one of the people behind the scenes who is recognized as the “go to” person for information regarding Hood’s history. Her tireless research, passion and exceptional knowledge of the history of Hood College have been extremely useful. She has been a great supporter of Hood’s archives and collaborated on Hood College’s pictorial history book. She continues to be a volunteer docent for Hood’s History Museum which opened in October 2007. She maintains a personal collection of Hood memorabilia which she acquired in various ways, including Ebay auctions. She is always a willing participant and has been on several Hood committees. She is a “behind the scenes” contributor, who is passionate about Hood College and has always been willing to share her knowledge of Hood’s interesting past.

The Martha E. Church H’95 Prize For Leadership And Service was established in 1997 by F&M Bank (now PNC Bank) of Frederick, in honor of Martha E. Church H’95, president of Hood College from 1975 to 1995. The prize is presented to a Hood College staff or faculty member who has conceived of and devel- oped new ideas for launching or advancing partnerships between Hood and the Frederick community. This year's recipient is Joe Brady.

Over the last several years this Joe has worked to foster and strengthen relationships between Hood and the performing arts community in Frederick. Included in this work was the establishment of a summer production for students at the Maryland Ensemble Theater—an organization that counts this faculty member among their board of directors. Indeed the relationships this professor established with the MET have helped foster ongoing exchanges of talent and opportunities for current and former Hood students—and even helped provide an alternate space for production during the recent Tatem Hall Renovations.

The Mary Ann Kerins Humanitarian Award is presented to a faculty or staff member who best per- sonifies the characteristics and contributions of Mary Ann Kerins, director and staff counselor of the Hood College Counseling Center until her death in December 2008. Ms. Kerins was known for her passion and commitment to helping students and others on their path to wellness. Her quiet and gentle leadership, coupled with her advocacy for human rights, equality and democracy for all individuals, has left a positive impact on the Hood College com- munity. Compassion, empathy, fairness, honesty and respect for oneself and others are among the many positive qualities that she possessed. This year's recipient are John George, Ph.D. and Jennie Bowker.

Newly retired associate professor of education, professor John George, Ph.D., has been a member of the Hood family for over 30 years, and there is no telling how far the ripple effects of this individual’s influence extend. Whether teaching in the classroom, working with elementary students at the annual History Bee or high school students at academic tournaments, serving as a member of the Rotary Club of Frederick and advisor to Rotaract, living fully into Rotary’s motto of “Service above Self”, coordinating the annual Charity Campaign, or chairing the 150th Anniversary Committee for the Great Frederick Fair, his service and quiet and gentle leadership have impacted the lives of countless individuals locally, nationally and internationally.

Jennie arrived on campus ten years ago as a graduate student. After completing a certificate in thanatology and master’s in human sciences, she has continued to share her compassion, empathy, fairness, honesty and respect with students and colleagues alike. Like Mary Ann Kerins, this individual is known for her passion and commitment to helping students and others in their path to wellness. Her work day often begins before the sun rises and does not end until the needs of the students in her care have been met, even if it if means staying with them at the hospital late into the night following an injury.

The Adviser Of The Year Award is given to a faculty member who has provided exceptional support to her or his student advisees. Students submit nominations and the academic affairs committee of the Student Government Association chooses the recipient. This year's recipient is Glen Weaver, assistant professor of accounting and management.

The Rose Award is presented to a nonteaching member of the Hood community who provides exceptional service. Hood’s Mortar Board Society selects the recipient. This year's recipient is Teresa Case, College concierge. 

The Excellence In Teaching Award is presented to a faculty member who excels in conveying knowledge, challenging students and inspiring them to greater heights. Hood’s Mortar Board Society selects the recipient. This year's recipient is James Parson, associate professor of mathematics.