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Tupper Thomas ’66 Wins 2016 Award for Excellence in Public Service

Goucher College is proud to honor Tupper Thomas, Class of 1966, with the AAGC Award for Excellence in Public Service. A nationally renowned parks expert who spearheaded the rebirth of Brooklyn’s Prospect Park, Tupper has devoted her professional life to advocating for and revitalizing green spaces dedicated to public use.

In 1980, Tupper made the auspicious decision to become the Prospect Park administrator. Although she had grown up in Minnesota, majored in political science at Goucher, worked thus far in urban planning, and knew little about parks, Tupper, like any Goucher alumna, felt prepared for anything.

Designed in 1867, the 580-acre Prospect Park was frequently cited by its creators—the landscape architects Frederick Olmsted and Calvert Vaux—as one of their most successful endeavors. For more than 100 years, the urban green space had played a key role in the life of Brooklynites. However, by 1980, like many urban parks throughout the country, it was in a state of disarray due to improper maintenance. The buildings were closed, no events were happening, and it received fewer than 1.7 million visits per year.

To Tupper, vibrant public parks play a key role in building strong communities in a democracy. In her first year, she created a family Halloween event and organized a New Year’s Eve fireworks extravaganza—both highly popular traditions that continue to draw tens of thousands of people to the park. She also pioneered a program through which neighborhood youths are offered the opportunity to work in the park as peer leaders. In 1987, she became president of the Prospect Park Alliance, a public/private partnership that sought to augment city dollars for park restoration. By the time she retired in 2011, Prospect Park had been fully restored, won back the hearts of the community members who had once forgotten it, and increased its annual visits to 10 million.

Tupper’s commitment to protecting and enhancing urban green spaces extended well beyond her leadership role at Prospect Park. In 1998, she and others founded the City Parks Alliance, the first national organization committed to parks in cities. Three years into her retirement, she returned to work—this time as the executive director of New Yorkers for Parks, a champion for quality parks and open spaces for all city residents and visitors. In addition to research and advocacy work, New Yorkers for Parks, with the help of students, housing authority residents, civic associations, and friends of hundreds of parks, has planted more than 6 million daffodils in honor of lives lost on September 11.

Tupper has received the Fund for the City of New York Public Service Award, the American Society of Landscape Architecture Alfred D. Lagasse Award, the Leadership Award from City Parks Alliance, among others. Her biggest admirers, however, are her two children and three grandchildren.

Now a member of Goucher’s 50th Reunion class, Tupper, with her unflagging enthusiasm and steadfast commitment to open and communal urban spaces, has inspired city leaders and residents. She has worked tirelessly to bring beauty to her community—and to all communities. She has reminded us that vision and leadership coupled with dedication and collaboration are key to building and sustaining community treasures. For her leadership role in the advancement of her community, her country, and, of course, her alma mater, the Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College recognizes her with its Award for Excellence in Public Service.

2016 Athletics Hall of Fame Inductees

2016 Goucher College Athletics Hall Of Fame
To kick off Blue & Gold Weekend, Friday, April 15, Goucher will honor three outstanding alum student-athletes at the annual Athletics Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. The inductees for 2016 are:
Jeannette DeVos Ireland Jeannette DeVos Ireland

Jeannette DeVos Ireland ’77

Field Hockey and Lacrosse
Most Valuable Player and team captain for women’s field hockey and women’s lacrosse; South I Region All-Star in lacrosse; Baltimore Association First Team for four years in both field hockey and lacrosse
Chrissy Czajkowski Chrissy Czajkowski

Chrissy Czajkowski ’96

Field Hockey
Division III All-America third team and All-South first team in 1995; ranks third in career goals (38) and career points (88) in the history of Goucher’s field hockey program
Chris Webber Chris Webber

Chris Webber ’06

Lacrosse
USILA Division III All-America honorable mention: 2004, 2005; first men’s lacrosse player to earn all-conference honors four times; All-Capital Athletic Conference first team: 2004, 2005; All-Capital Athletic Conference second team: 2002, 2003
The ceremony begins at 6 p.m. in the Hyman Forum of the Ungar Athenaeum, Goucher College. If you would like to attend, email bandg@goucher.edu with your name and your guests’ names by April 12, 2016.
For more information on Blue & Gold Weekend and other events happening during Alumnae/i Weekend 2016, visit www.goucher.edu/alumniweekend.

Lise Gammeltoft ’66 – Gallup Alumni Survey Sweepstakes Winner

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Lise Gammeltoft ’66

Congratulations to Lise Gammeltoft ’66, the lucky winner of Goucher’s Gallup Alumni Survey Sweepstakes. She is one of approximately 2700 Goucher graduates who participated this fall in Gallup’s online alumni survey* measuring how key elements of the college experience affect workplace engagement and five aspects of well-being (purpose, social, financial, community, and physical). By completing the survey, Lise’s name was automatically entered into, and later selected as the winner of, our raffle for a $250 Amazon.com gift card.

Lise, who is a retired attorney in Green Bay, Wisconsin, has much to celebrate, having just attended her daughter’s wedding in September; and in December, she became the first female to receive a lifetime achievement award from her local bar association in Brown County.

Like many Goucher alums, Lise has spent a lifetime working to make an impact in her community. After returning from the Peace Corps in 1972, Lise received her law degree at the University of Green Bay and began a 31-year legal career in family law and employment discrimination. She retired in 2009, but she says this by no means has slowed her down. Lise currently volunteers as a mediator, a literacy tutor, and sits on five different boards for various good causes. In fact, when we caught up with her, she was busy packing her bags for a volunteer Habitat For Humanity project in El Salvador.

Keep up the good work, Lise. And congratulations.

*The Goucher Gallup Alumnae/i Survey produced a 34% response rate. Full survey results will be published online later this spring!

At 77, Veteran Fencer Boots Evans ’60 Still Slices Up the Competition

BootsEvans1Boots Evans ’60 took her first fencing lesson as a freshman at Goucher more than 50 years ago. She has now come full circle, so to speak, by returning to Baltimore earlier this month to compete at the USA Fencing Association’s North American Cup, one of three national tournaments for veteran fencers (ages 40+). Sporting her Goucher patch for luck, she prevailed, earning a sixth place medal.

BootsEvans3Boots, who competes nationally and internationally “using the foil,” actually returned to the sport more recently after a hiatus of many decades. Now, she competes simply because she can—she must.”  “I feel fortunate to be healthy and physically fit enough at my age (77) to be able to engage in this level of activity,” she explains, then adds of herself and fellow contenders, “it challenges us mentally and physically as we continue to learn and hopefully improve each time we step on the strip.”

Similar to the experience she had at Goucher, Boots’ love of fencing extends to the outstanding women with whom she competes. “The people we meet are high-achieving, exceptional individuals. We’re good friends… until a director says, “En garde.”

Goucher Global Grooves—Alumnae/i Welcome!

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WHAT: This new ensemble at Goucher that will play a mix of global rhythms, urban grooves, jazz, and a little funky street music.

WHO: Any students, ALUMNAE/I, or community members who want to play. We are especially eager to see alumnae/i come back to play.

WHEN: Initial rehearsals and performances will be held January 11-15 and January 19-22, 3-5 p.m.

We will initially be playing at a few Goucher basketball games, on January 13 (7 p.m.), January 20 (7 p.m.), and January 23 (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.). We hope to continue playing throughout the semester, and we might even play over the summer.

SKILL LEVEL: We can accommodate most skill levels. Reading music will help, but we will also do some improvisation and jamming.

INSTRUMENTS: Almost all instruments can be accommodated. We need drums, bass, guitar, and piano, plus whatever assortment of melody instruments you want to play. Come learn to play a drum or polish up your trumpet chops.

LEADERSHIP & COMPOSERS: We will need some tunes and charts—mostly lead sheets. We will also need some cheer/pep/pop/jam material in addition to the global stuff I can provide. Ultimately I’d like to have student or alum leadership that is self-sustaining over the long term.

MORE INFO: If you are interested, email José Antonio Bowen jose.bowen@goucher.edu.

Dance-a-thon: Dancing through the Decades

sophia kurek3Sophia Louise Kurek, Goucher dance alum from the Class of 2013, loved life and all the adventures it had to offer. After news of her untimely death hit the Goucher community in June of 2014, friends on campus soon began thinking of ways honor her memory, her passion, and talent. So this fall, Goucher’s Dance Department and a group of motivated alums: Kate Clarke ’12, Angelica Daniele ’09 ’12, Victoria Peters ’12, Amanda Pugh ’08 ’14, and Ashley Turenchalk ’10; will put on the first annual Sophia Kurek ’13 Dance-a-Thon on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 4-10 p.m. This event, which will raise money for dance scholarships, is the perfect way to celebrate Sophia and her love of the community that dance creates, all for a good cause.

sophie kurek 13The theme of the Dance-a-thon is “Dancing through the Decades!” Participants are encouraged to don a creative costume from the dance era of their choice. Anyone can register as a team of 5+ ($50) or as an individual ($10). In addition to team prizes, there will be a prize for the best outfit, mini dance classes throughout the afternoon, raffles, food, dance-offs, and a special performance by alums Mckenzie Shanahan ’08, Ellen Bast ’14, Lynn Price ’09, Megan Lynn ’11, and Georgia Speier ’11!

All proceeds will go to the Sophia L. Kurek Memorial Fund, recognizing students who embody strong academic standards, artistic talents, and personal qualities of grace, passion and diligence exemplified by Sophia.

For more information, and to get registered go to http://sophiakurekdanceathon.webs.com.

1st Annual Sophia Kurek ’13 Dance-a-thon
Saturday October 3, 2015 from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Lillian Welsh Gymnasium, Decker Sports and Recreation Center
Goucher College

Gophers In The City Returns for Summer 2015

Our popular Gophers In The City program returns this summer with events in five different cities. We hope that all members of the Goucher community will take advantage of these opportunities to connect, and welcome any new Gophers who may have moved to your city.

Please save the date for the event near you:

Baltimore on Tuesday, 7/14 – The Boathouse Canton
Washington DC on Thursday, 7/16 – Iron Horse Taproom
Philadelphia on Tuesday, 7/28 – Tria Taproom
New York on Wednesday, 7/29 – Ivy Bar
Boston on Thursday, 7/30 – Anthem Kitchen + Bar

All events in all cities will be from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

More information including the event venues will be posted soon.

To RSVP, email Chelsea at chelsea.montero@goucher.edu

Don’t see your city listed but want us to pay it a visit? Email JP at jp.javierwong@goucher.edu.

The Distinguished Alumnae & Alumni Awards and Inaugural Gala 2015

The Distinguished Alumnae and Alumni Awards and Inaugural Gala was held on Friday, April 24, 2015 at Goucher College’s Decker Sports and Recreation Center. The elegant evening was filled with entertainment, laughter and good cheer.

The newly created award, the Distinguished Alumnae and Alumni Award, was given to five of Goucher’s shining alumnae and alumni. The award is conferred upon alumnae and alumni who exemplify the tradition of excellence and embody the enduring values of Goucher College and who have achieved prominence in their chosen fields. The honorees bring credit to the college through their personal accomplishments or professional achievements.

 The Distinguished Alumnae and Alumni Honorees of 2015

Suzanne Fineman Cohen ’56
Dr. Jean Harvey Baker ’61
Dr. Lydia Villa-Komaroff ’70
Bradford Shellhammer ’98
Jamila Thompson ’01

Click on the link below to see images from the night’s festivities:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/goucher/sets/72157651949047440/

Goucher Selects New Vice President for Advancement

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Trishana E. Bowden

Trishana E. Bowden has been selected as Goucher’s new vice president for advancement starting July 13, 2015. Bowden brings an impressive 20-year track record of fundraising and development to the position, and she will be a key part of the team supporting Goucher’s future growth.

Bowden will oversee Goucher’s alumnae/i, parent, annual gift, major gift, and foundation programs. She also will work in partnership across the campus, especially with the Development and Alumnae/i Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, to foster and promote a culture of philanthropy across key constituencies. She will be creating and executing a strategic and data-driven advancement plan that strengthens the Goucher community and cultivates new relationships to support the growth of the college moving forward.

Bowden comes to Goucher from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, the third-oldest law school in the nation, where she was the associate dean for external relations, overseeing all development, alumni relations, academic special events, and communications. Before that, she had been associate dean for institutional advancement at American University Washington College of Law, where a Trishana E. Bowden Scholarship was established by members of the Dean’s Advisory Council in her honor. Throughout her career, she has worked to secure donations, improve alumni relations, and help law schools meet fundraising goals to support a broad range of institutional priorities.

A graduate of Towson University, Bowden has served as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Law School Development Conference and chaired the Development section of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Institutional Advancement. She has also been a presenter and panelist on advancement at several professional conferences.

Trishana shared her sentiments about the position in an email: “Excited and privileged are the two words I would use to describe how I feel about joining the Goucher community. For decades, Goucher has earned a reputation for educating talented leaders throughout the state and across the country.  To be a part of supporting the future graduates of this incredible college and continuing that long-standing tradition is inspiring.  I look forward to working with the members of the Advancement team and the entire community to strengthen the relationship with alumnae/i and friends.”

Elizabeth Statuta Baker ’70 Wins 2015 Award for Excellence in Public Service

On April 25, 2015 at the annual meeting of the Alumnae and Alumni of Goucher College, Elizabeth Statuta Baker, Class of 1970, was honored with the AAGC Award for Excellence in Public Service. As a family law attorney, Baker has dedicated her life’s work to aiding and empowering battered women and disadvantaged populations. Philanthropic with her skills, time, resources, and tireless energy, Baker reflects the best of what Goucher offers.

After graduating from Goucher, Baker earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. Currently a partner in the Coral Gables office of the national law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, she has been working energetically for the disenfranchised since she began her career with Legal Aid of Baltimore, where she created forms and systems to efficiently deliver quality legal services to marginalized residents of the city.

Baker has spent her entire career serving as a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. In 1978, she co-founded The Safespace Foundation, which helps victims of domestic violence create an independent life. A past president and current member of its board of directors, Baker provides pro bono assistance to Safespace and individual battered women, while also helping with fundraising activities. Using her gifts doesn’t stop there. A member of the Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Campaign for Equal Justice Committee, she helps raise funds for civil cases for indigent clients. Baker also takes pro bono appointments from judges in Miami-Dade County and works as a volunteer attorney for Dade Legal Aid’s “Put Something Back” program.

Baker is a founding member of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society, past president of the University of Miami Friends of the Richter Library, board member of the Florida International University Women’s Studies Center, and has been a trustee for both the First United Methodist Church of South Miami and the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables. She has received many accolades, including the 2014 American Red Cross Spectrum Award for Women, Benjamin L. Cardin Public Service Award, Legal Services of Greater Miami Distinguished Service Award, and Florida Association of Women Lawyers’ Mattie Belle Davis Award. Even though she’s active in her community and field, Baker has continued to be generous with her time and resources to Goucher, hosting events and volunteering in a number of roles over the years.

In the 45 years since her graduation, Elizabeth Statuta Baker has proven herself a consistent and passionate force to be reckoned with. She has devoted herself to helping victims of domestic violence, to honoring the law and those who need its protections, and to numerous worthy causes, her alma mater among them; for that, the Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College recognizes her with its Public Service Award.