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2015 Jewell Robinson Dinner Honors Four Remarkable Alumnae/i

The Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College (AAGC) and Goucher’s Division of Student Affairs recently hosted the Ninth Annual Jewell Robinson Dinner on Friday, February 6. This year the event was larger than ever before, attracting more than 115 alumnae/i, students and guests.

Named in honor of the first African American student admitted to Goucher College, the annual event brings together members and friends of Goucher’s African American community in the spirit of celebration, reflection, and fellowship. The program for the evening included dinner, cocktails, and speeches from President Bowen and Jewell Robinson, herself, who shared words that were both timely and poignant.

This year also marked the inaugural presentation of the Marguerite Barland ’60 Merit Awards, named after the first African American graduate of Goucher. Congratulations to this year’s honorees: Pauline Anita Bigby ’70, Maxine Bigby Cunningham ’70, Minnie Waters Shorter ’73, and Percy Moore ’95. These individuals exemplify Goucher’s community principles, and through their professional and private lives, have significantly contributed to the diversity of our campus community. To read more about Marguerite Barland ’60 Merit Award and this year’s honorees, click here.

2015 Jewell Robinson Dinner Photo Gallery:

Kimberlee Van Newkirk Shaffir ’83 Wins News & Documentary Emmy

Bob Schieffer, anchor and moderator, with Kimberlee Van Newkirk Shaffir ’83, producer, of CBS’s Face the Nation.

Bob Schieffer, anchor and moderator, with Kimberlee Van Newkirk Shaffir ’83, producer, CBS’s Face the Nation (photo credit: Marc Bryan-Brown).

Congratulations to Kimberlee Van Newkirk Shaffir ’83! She and her colleagues won an Emmy in the category of Outstanding News Discussion and Analysis for Face the Nation – “50th Anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s Assassination.”  The 2013 broadcast attracted 4.57 million viewers and had the highest ratings since 9/11, according to CBS Interactive Inc. Shaffir, a producer/editor at CBS, accepted the honor with her co-workers September 30 at the 35th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards at Lincoln Center’s Frederick P. Rose Hall in New York.

Shaffir is, of course, thrilled about the win. “Yes, we celebrated,” she said. “CBS took home a total of 10 awards, the most of any broadcast network and second only to PBS. We had an after-party at Gabriel’s, which was a lot of fun.  Needless to say, there was a lot of champagne flowing!”

A communications major, Shaffir got her start in the news at Baltimore’s WMAR-TV, where she operated a studio camera for local news, public-service programming, and commercials. In 2010, Shaffir won a White House News Photographers’ Association award of excellence, and in 2013, Shaffir and her colleagues at CBS News won the DuPont Award of Excellence for their coverage of the Newtown shooting.

Shaffir lives in Annapolis with her husband and son; her daughter, Kira, is a senior at Goucher.

To read the official press announcement and full list of winners at the 35th Annual News & Documentary Emmy Awards, go to

Goucher Alumna Promoted to Chief of Chaplains for U.S. Navy

 Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben '82 poses with her father, a fellow naval officer, at the Change of Office Ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard on August 1, 2014.

Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben ′82 poses with her father at the Change of Office Ceremony at the Washington Navy Yard on August 1.

It’s “full speed ahead” for Goucher alumna Rear Admiral Margaret Grun Kibben ′82 who was just promoted to Chief of Chaplains for the U.S. Navy. Formerly the Chief of Chaplains for the U.S. Marine Corps, Kibben is the first female to have held each office. In her new role, she will advise the Commandant of the Marines, the Commandant of the Coast Guard, and the Chief of Naval Operations on all naval religious matters.

After graduating from Goucher with a degree in French, Kibben went on to receive a Masters of Divinity and Doctorate of Ministry from Princeton Theological Seminary. She also received a Master’s in National Security and Strategic Studies from the Naval War College and was a Senior Fellow at the U.S. Institute of Peace. Kibben’s personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star, the Meritorious Service Medal with two gold stars, and the Navy Commendation Medal with three gold stars.

Kibben was awarded an honorary Doctor of Divinity from Goucher in 2012.

A Very Zeitgeist Cabaret

 noun German. The spirit of the time.

If you are around campus this weekend, consider dropping in Goucher’s Rosenberg Gallery and Merrick Hall for the MAAA Cabaret, the Masters of Arts in Arts Administration program’s performance and visual arts fundraiser. This annual Goucher community event, now in its seventh year, promises to be a night of lively performances, impressive auction items, and a toast to the MAAA class of 2014. Two of this year’s Cabaret program committee members Bridget Woodbury and Jennifer Williams expand on some of the details:

ramona et alWhat is the Cabaret?
Woodbury: It’s an annual fundraising event for Goucher’s MAAA (Master of Arts in Art Administration) program. Every year we invite artists from the Goucher community to participate; they can do whatever they want. We also host a silent auction where we give away art pieces, event tickets, and things like that.

What does the money raised go toward?
Woodbury: The money goes towards the MAAA Scholarship Fund. This is the first year the scholarship funds have been disbursed. People apply for them as part of the full program application process because most of them work for nonprofit organizations and need the support.

Who’s performing at the event?
Williams: We’re excited to have President Bowen perform in two different pieces. He’ll be accompanying, on the piano, third year MAAA student Chandra Roxanne with Kirsten Sieber ’13 in an opera aria from The Marriage of Figaro, and third year students Katie Feder and Deidra Montgomery in Arthur Hamilton’s “Cry Me A River.” During the silent auction, the Blue Orchid Strings, a Baltimore quartet, will be performing. We also have plenty of MAAA students, alums, and faculty members performing as well.

auctionWhy do artists participate in the Cabaret? Is it to get “discovered”?
Woodbury: For the most part it’s to have fun, to perform with friends they might not see otherwise. Generally we live across the country from each other, and it’s an event that really does bring the different classes together… The other factor is that it’s tradition, it’s something that people know they’ll be able to come back to every year.

Williams: I think we’re most excited to see President Bowen perform!

Cabaret will begin Friday, August 1, at 6:30 p.m. in Rosenberg Gallery and Merrick Lecture Hall in Dorsey Center. For more information, visit the Zeitgeist web page at or follow on twitter @gouchermaaa #maaa14.

Cabaret goals:

  • Work together to build community within the MAAA program and Goucher College
  • Raise the profile of the MAAA program in a positive way
  • Raise money for the MAAA Scholarship Fund

– Ke’Aun Charles ’15

Just for Kicks

pick up game

President José Bowen (far left) and others play in pick-up soccer game.

In the midst of World Cup mania, Goucher President José Antonio Bowen recently challenged faculty, staff, and students to a pick-up soccer game. Sudden, heavy rain almost forced a rescheduling, but the storm clouds parted as quickly as they appeared, and the skies were sunny for the entire game.

Which was good, since Bowen, who officially became college president on July 1, couldn’t wait to get on the field.

“I’m used to three days of soccer a week,” said Bowen as he lined soccer balls up. “I’d like to have a regular, weekly game. Anyone who wants to come play, can. No slide tackles, no shin guards, just fun.”

Players were quickly split into two teams: White shirts and black shirts, and the game was on. The white shirts quickly took the lead; despite great effort, the black shirts remained on the defensive for most of the game.

Nonetheless, it was all in good fun. “I’m just here to play some football,” said Christian Ribeiro ’15, a black shirt. “I love the game, that’s all.” Even the spectators enjoyed the friendly competition. “I’m not too much into sports, but I like the antics of a good soccer game,” said Erin Collins ’16, who was watching from the sidelines.

Bowen seemed thrilled with the crowd’s spirit. “Just look how many people have shown up,” he said, extending his arms. “It’s great.”

– Ke’Aun Charles ’15

On the Green for Blue & Gold

(L to R) Ben Veldman ’10, Tom Rose ’95, ’00, Greg Permison, Percy Moore ’95

(L to R) Ben Veldman ’10, Tom Rose ’95, ’00, Greg Permison, Percy Moore ’95

View the 2014 Golf Outing Photo Gallery

Goucher’s Blue & Gold Society hosted its annual Golf Outing this week under sunny skies at the exclusive Hillendale Country Club. The event, which raises money for Goucher Athletics, drew in over 100 participants this year including alumnae/i, parents, and other Goucher community partners.

“The Blue & Gold Golf Outing is one of the biggest single fundraisers that we do,” said Greg Permison, Assistant Director of Annual Giving. The money goes toward all sorts of Goucher athletic expenses. “Training trips, championship rings –this year we’ll have to buy rings for the Equestrian team again,” Permison added, smiling.

When it comes to competition, the Golf Outing is a casual tournament. Each team plays with “best ball rules,” meaning that each team member tees off, and everyone starts from where the best shot landed. “That way, if the first guy makes a perfect shot, and the rest of us end up in the sand traps, we pick up our golf balls and join him,” Permison explained. There are plenty of awards given out after the tournament as well. At the end of the day, prizes are given out to players for various accomplishments, such as best long drive, getting closest to the pin, or a hole-in-one. “No one ever wins the hole-in-one prize,” Permison said, laughing.

All participants come to support Goucher, but it’s the fun of golfing with buddies that really draws them. “I love being out on the field,” said Tom Rose ’95, ’00. Rose and Permison were on the same team, and although they didn’t win, Rose didn’t hold it against him. “I had a wonderful time with Greg and the others,” he said, before adding, “We were 10 under par, which isn’t too bad.”

This year’s fundraiser was a success, but the Blue & Gold Society is already looking to next year. “Next year is the 20th anniversary of the Golf Outing,” said Permison. “I think that’s going to be our biggest one yet.”

— Ke’Aun Charles ’15

Recruit Maryland 2014: Alumnae/i Only Career Fair

Screen_Shot_2014_04_22_at_1_47_47_PMGoucher College will participate in Recruit Maryland 2014, a multi-school and alumni-only career fair on June 19 at West Village Commons, Towson University. Whether you’re looking to network or for a new career in finance, investment banking, marketing, technology, media, nonprofit, consulting and more, you will find all the best opportunities at Recruit Maryland. Over 50 pre-selected employers will be in attendance with hundreds of available positions.

To view a list of employers in attendance and to register, click here: Questions about this event? Contact the Career Development Office at 410-337-6191 or

Goucher Mourns the Death of Former President Rhoda Dorsey

Former Goucher College President Rhoda Dorsey is introduced during the Goucher Athletics 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Goucher College, Friday, April 25, 2014.

Former Goucher College President Rhoda M. Dorsey is introduced April 25 at the Goucher Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony during Alumnae/i Weekend.

Goucher will celebrate the life of
Rhoda M. Dorsey on 6/16 at 11 a.m.
in Kraushaar Auditorium.

Rhoda M. Dorsey, the eighth president of Goucher College and the first woman to hold that post, passed away recently in her apartment at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville, Maryland.

“For four decades Rhoda educated and inspired thousands of students,” said President Sanford J. Ungar. “I greatly admired her example of leadership and her commitment to making Goucher College a paragon of higher education, even when it meant making tough decisions. She will be sorely missed. It is a sad day for Goucher.”

Dr. Dorsey joined the Goucher faculty in 1954 as an assistant professor of history. She became academic dean of the college in 1968 and was named acting president in 1973. She took on the job permanently on April 15, 1974, and served for 20 more years until retiring in 1994. During her tenure as president, Dr. Dorsey oversaw the planning and celebration of the college’s centennial celebration in 1984/1985, as well as the transition to co-education in 1986.

Rhoda Dorsey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College and won a Fulbright Fellowship to attend Newnham College in Cambridge, England, where she earned a second BA and a master’s degree. She went on to receive a doctorate in history from the University of Minnesota.

She served on a number of business and educational boards and committees, and she was a delegate to the U.N. Decade for Women Conference in Kenya in 1985. Dr. Dorsey published extensively and was a strong voice in support of women’s education and the liberal arts. In 1987 she was named one of the 100 most effective college and university presidents in the United States, based on survey responses by college presidents, administrators, scholars, and foundation officers.

Often called “the protector of Goucher’s legacy,” in recent years Dr. Dorsey spearheaded the effort to establish an Athletics Hall of Fame, served on the college’s Committee of Visitors, volunteered in its archives, and was active in reunion events and programming.

Dr. Dorsey leaves a sister, Frances Dorsey Cobb, of Hartford, Connecticut. Information is not yet available about plans for a funeral or services in her memory. Goucher will hold an observance of her life and work in the near future. In the meantime, if you have memories of Rhoda you would like to share, please add them to the comments section below or email We plan to compile and share them as part of a commemorative page in the future.

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe ’64 Receives 2014 Award for Excellence in Public Service

Public Service Award

(L to R): AAGC Immediate Past President Kathy Shaer Ellis ’86, Public Service Award Recipient Sherry Bebitch Jeffe ’64, President Sandy Ungar, AAGC President Steve Klepper ’97

Goucher College is proud to honor Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Class of 1964, with the AAGC Award for Excellence in Public Service. As a political analyst, journalist, and scholar, Sherry has dedicated her distinguished career to the free flow of information in the service of critical issues of public interest. Through dynamic political analysis and intellectual discussion, her work has stimulated and enhanced public discourse for decades.

After graduating from Goucher College with a degree in political science, Sherry continued her studies in the field, earning a master’s degree in political science in 1966 from Rutgers University, where she was a fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She put her political science education into practice in the complicated, unpredictable arena of California politics,
where she took successive positions on the staffs of state legislators and in election campaigns. Her understanding of the need for responsible scholarship in the public sphere stayed with her, and in 1980 she earned a doctorate in government from Claremont Graduate University, where she also taught political science.

In 1989, Sherry took a job as a political commentator on Pacific Public Radio, beginning a long and productive career in the field of journalism and political analysis. Her deep knowledge of California and national politics eventually earned her invitations to comment for news outlets all over the world, including CNN, NPR, PBS, ABC, Al Jazeera, Russian State Television, and the Tokyo Broadcasting System. She became a regular contributor to The Los Angeles Times, and her writing has appeared in USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and many other newspapers.

In 2003, NBC’s Today Show relied on Sherry’s expertise to guide Americans through the legal wrangling and public spectacle of the nation’s first gubernatorial recall since 1921. Her keen insight and thoughtful analysis also earned her an Emmy nomination in 2006 for a news feature, “Decision 2005: A Voter’s Guide,” on KNBC in Los Angeles.

Currently the political analyst for KNBC and senior fellow at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California, Sherry also serves as an American politics analyst for BBC Scotland’s “Today” and on other BBC programs.

Sherry has generously shared her skills and experience with Goucher College. During the 2009 Reunion, she sat on a Goucher panel titled “Politics and the Obama Administration.” A member of the Committee of Visitors, she has also served as a Class Fund agent, hosted Goucher students as part of the Vagabonds program, and held many receptions in Los Angeles for incoming first-year students.

In the 50 years since her graduation, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe has dedicated herself to the ideal of an informed citizenry, to the critical work of training the next generation of leaders, and the numerous worthy causes, her alma mater among them; for that, the AAGC recognizes her with its Public Service Award.

Sherry was honored at the AAGC Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 26, 2104 during Alumnae/i Weekend.

2014-15 Incoming AAGC Leadership

The AAGC promotes continued affinity for Goucher College, fosters alumnae/i engagement, and gives alumnae/i a strong voice in college affairs through the Board of Directors and Alumnae/i Trustees. Here is the 2014–15 slate of incoming board officers and members (terms begin July 1, 2014):


Jennifer Margolis Marquez 01 croppedJennifer Margolis Marquez ’01: A recipient of a Marvin Perry Merit Scholarship, Marquez was awarded Goucher’s Sarah T. Hughes Award for Academic Excellence in Politics and Public Policy and the Lee Snyder Lovett ‘33 Prize. Subsequently, Marquez graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was a member of the Inter-American Law Review and held positions as staff editor, symposium editor, and member of the Bylaws Revision Committee.  She joined the Law Office of David E. Newman in September 2004.  In 2012, she took over the firm and it was renamed Newman & Marquez, PA. She is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar, the United States District Court Southern District of Florida, and the United States District Court Middle District of Florida. Marquez lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband and two children.


Kimberley Gordy 06 croppedKimberley Gordy ’06: Now senior assistant director of admissions at George Washington University, Gordy worked for four years in Goucher’s Office of Admissions. A biology major, she was a member of the women’s basketball team as an undergraduate. Gordy also serves on the advisory board for Maryland Leadership Workshops Inc., a nonprofit that provides summer leadership development to middle and high school students. She plans to enroll in GW’s Master of Public Administration program in the fall.

Eleanor Shriver Magee MEd 00 croppedEleanor Shriver Magee M.Ed. ’00: Shriver Magee’s career in higher education and nonprofit administration spans more than two decades. Her years as a National Collegiate Athletic Association head coach prepared Shriver Magee for a successful transition into alumni relations, advancement, and nonprofit administration. Many professional skills in coaching such as relationship building and the ability to multi-task prepared her well for both her career moves and volunteer commitments. She has worked for Loyola University, Washington College, Habitat for Humanity Choptank, and the Talbot Historical Society. Recently, she began her own consulting business. Shriver Magee lives in Easton, Md., with her husband and son, and she volunteers for the Rotary Club of Easton; Washington College; National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Eastern Shore; Garrison Forest School; Wye River Upper School; Radcliffe Creek School; the Maryland Historical Society; and the Waterfowl Festival.

Alice J. Nixon Thompson 99 croppedJ. Alice Nixon Thompson ’99: A doctoral candidate in the University of Maryland’s sociology program with concentrations in development and demography, Thompson plans to complete her dissertation this fall. She has worked most recently as a program officer and study director at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C. During that time, she assisted in the execution and evaluation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) mandated by the U.S. Congress, and acted as the study director for an evaluation of Department of Defense-Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System’s avian influenza/pandemic influenza activities. A sociology major at Goucher, Thompson holds a master’s degree in medical sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Untitled-1 croppedAlex J. Smith ’05: A managing director at Paul-McCoy Family Office Services, Smith helps oversee the financial affairs of multi-generational, high net-worth families. While at Goucher, he was involved in several leadership activities including serving as president of House Council. He and his wife, Christine Fodness Smith ’04, live in Boston, Mass., with their son, Oliver, and daughter, Nora.


Sarah Bryant 08 croppedSarah Bryant ’08: The marketing manager at the Cato Institute, a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., Bryant holds bachelor’s degrees in communications and art (with a concentration in art history) from Goucher. A resident of Arlington, Va., Bryant serves as a Quarterly class representative and volunteers in the D.C. community for the Junior League of Washington and The Madison, a women’s volunteer organization.

Will Lonczak 10 croppedWill Lonczak ’10: A business management and economics major, Lonczak is an associate in the finance and accounting department of Vocus Inc. in Beltsville, Md., a marketing software company. In 2009, he received Goucher’s Borden-Gladding International Management Award, which enabled him to study international business at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is an associate member of the John Franklin and Mary Fisher Goucher Society and a supporter of the Blue & Gold Society.

Kaye Williams 83 croppedKaye F. Williams ’83: A senior legislative consultant and attorney, Williams served as a liaison between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the White House, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, and national securities exchanges. She received, from the FCC, the Law and Policy Award for work on the National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996 and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service, the highest ranking civilian status in the government. Kaye is affiliated with Mitchell & Dunn law firm and provides counsel to historically black colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses. A resident of Alexandria, Va., she holds a doctor of law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in politics and public policy from Goucher College.


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