In June, alumni are honored at the reunion weekend luncheon with awards that celebrate their service to the College, communities and successes.
2016 Award Recipients:
Distinguished Alumni Award: Ellen B. Drogin Rodgers ’82, Ph.D., and Ashley Norris Barthlow ’92, DVM
Ellen earned her bachelor’s degree in 1982 in mathematics and recreation and leisure studies, her master’s in recreation in 1985 from the University of Maryland, and her doctorate in recreation from Pennsylvania State University in 1991. Ellen began her career with Prince George’s County as a research analyst with the Department of Planning before transitioning into higher education. Since 1999, Ellen has served George Mason University and is currently the associate dean for student and academic affairs in the College of Education and Human Development. During her four years at Hood, Ellen was active on campus, class president, and a member of the Ionic Society and Mortar Board. She has remained an actively engaged alumna, serving as alumni fund development campaign chair; class agent; reunion co-chair; and member of the Wisteria and Pergola societies. Her legacy at Hood has continued throughout the years. Her sister, Janet Drogin Wilson, graduated in 1986, and her niece, Riley A. Wilson, is from the class of 2014.
Ashley Norris Barthlow earned her bachelor’s degree in biology in 1992. She
received her degree in veterinary medicine in 1996 from the prestigious Virginia-Maryland Regional College of Veterinary Medicine. As a Hood student, Ashley was active with the commuter council and a member of the honor society, Mortar Board. Her distinguished career began with the Middletown Veterinary Clinic. She later practiced at the Poffenbarger Veterinary Clinic before establishing her own practice in 2012. The Heritage Animal Hospital, managed by Ashley and her husband, Ray, is located in Walkersville, Maryland, and specializes in compassionate care for animals. She believes in educating owners and providing superb client communications to promote and extend the human-animal bond. To compliment her veterinary practice, Ashley serves the community by providing internship and mentoring opportunities for pre-veterinary students. She is a frequent career day speaker, pre-vet class speaker, and has participated in Health Profession Panels at Hood College. She and Ray are the proud parents of a son and a daughter.
Excellence in Service to Hood College: Virginia Price Bracken ’67
Virginia Price Bracken earned her bachelor’s degree in history in 1967. She was a member of several student groups, including the SGA and the yearbook committee. As the overall chair of her 50th reunion this year, Ginny has organized fundraising efforts and kept classmates informed and engaged. She is a champion for Hood through her time, talent and treasure. As an alumna, she has served as president of her area Hood Club, a class agent, chair of previous reunions, a member of the Alumni Executive Board, phonathon volunteer, and representative at presidential inaugurations. She is retired after a career in dental management. Ginny’s distinguished Hood
legacy dates back to the early 1900s. She is the great niece of Lillian Motter Price, Class of 1907, and Edwin R. Price, a past member of the Board of Associates; sister-in-law to Susan Starr Bracken ’67; and daughter of the late Frederick and Deanne Price. Frederick is a former chair and emeriti member of the Board of Associates. The former Price Auditorium in the Tatem Arts Center recognized this distinguished family.
Outstanding Recent Alumni Award: Zeppa Kreager ’12
Zeppa Kreager came to Hood from Hastings, Nebraska, and graduated with a double major in political science and religion in 2012. She served as an admission ambassador, SGA officer, and phonathon caller, and she earned numerous awards and scholarships. Zeppa began her career as a field organizer in Ohio for President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign. She then served as director of the Get-Out-The-Vote efforts in Texas. After that, she worked on the public policy team at Airbnb in Washington, D.C., before working in the White House as director of public engagement for Vice President Joe Biden, where she managed his outreach to the entertainment industry. Her projects included Biden’s collaboration with Lady Gaga at the Oscars, his appearances at the NCAA Final Four, and the Cancer Moonshot efforts. Zeppa is currently director of the creative alliance for Mekanism, a marketing firm that develops pro bono campaigns for nonprofits. Zeppa continues to serve Hood as a class reporter, class agent and chair of her fifth reunion.
The Awards Committee selects the recipients of the Excellence in Service to Hood College Award, the Distinguished Alumni Award and the Outstanding Recent Alumni Award.
Nominations are received using the Awards Nomination Form. Please view the award criteria.