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Goucher Global Grooves—Alumnae/i Welcome!


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:

Goucher Selects New Vice President for Advancement


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.

2015 Goucher Athletics Hall of Fame


On April 24, 2015 Goucher College will honor three athletic legends. Goucher College Athletics Hall of Fame.

Goucher College Athletics Hall of Fame Ceremony 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015
6 p.m.

Hyman Forum, the Ungar Athenaeum
Goucher College

Percy Moore
Percy Moore ’95
Soccer and Lacrosse

All-time leading scorer for men’s soccer; first-team all-conference selection all four years in men’s soccer

Kim Raley Graybill
Kim Raley Graybill ’95


Goucher’s first Division III All-American in women’s swimming; CAC Co-Female Swimmer of the Year, champion in 200 backstroke, 200 IM in 1991-92

Patte Zumbrun
Patte Zumbrun

Equestrian Director, Coach

Appointed director of equestrian program in 1987; her teams captured six IHSA Zone IV Region I titles, made three IHSA National Horse Show appearances

RSVP by Friday, April 10, to Tatiana Korba at 410-337-6577
or tatiana.korba@goucher.edu. Reunion year alumnae/i (0’s and 5’s) may sign up
through Alumnae/i Weekend registration at www.goucher.edu/alumniweekend.

2015-16 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. Below is the 2015–16 slate of incoming board officers and members approved April 25, 2015 (terms begin July 1):


Todd Eric Hawkins (Edited)Todd Eric Hawkins MAAA ’10: Hawkins has been a project manager for public art for public schools in New York City since 2008. In this role, he has managed more than 35 projects, taking an active role in the commissioning of artists, the development of designs, and the coordination of installations at public schools throughout all five boroughs. Hawkins also manages the Sites for Students Program, an initiative designed to put artists in the classroom for the purpose of working with students in the development of the public art for their new school buildings.


Kara M. Bundy (Edited)Kara M. Bundy ’02: At Goucher, Bundy created her own major by combining sociology, psychology, women’s studies, and Spanish, which culminated in the production of a theatrical thesis, “We are the Ones: An Exploration of Resistance and Otherness.” Since graduating, Bundy has worked with several nonprofit and international education programs and studied marketing at the Wharton School of Business. She now runs a successful marketing and development consultancy. Bundy lives with her husband and two daughters in Bethesda, MD.


Jesse J. Holland (2nd Edit)Jesse J. Holland MFA ’12: Holland is a national writer covering race, ethnicity and demographics for The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the book, Black Men Built The Capitol: Discovering African American History In and Around Washington, D.C. (Globe Pequot, 2007).  A former Supreme Court, White House and congressional reporter, Jesse was named one of TheRoot.com 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2011 and is the youngest person on the University of Mississippi’s Top 50 Journalism Graduates. Holland hails from Holly Springs, Miss., and lives in Bowie, Md. He is working on a book about slavery inside the White House, which began as his thesis for his MFA at Goucher College.


Jocelyn Reader ’02: A Biological Sciences major at Goucher, Reader was awarded the Ann M. Lacy Award in Genetics and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her doctorate in human genetics in 2009 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She was recently promoted to research associate in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecologic and Reproductive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Reader is also on the executive board for the Baltimore chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

Untitled-1 croppedJay Gilman ’09: Gilman is associate director for Education & Programs at Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and is pursuing an M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership, Management, & Social Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked as an arts organization staffer and consultant, and is also a freelance theater director and sound designer. While at Goucher, Gilman studied Theatre, Anthropology, and Education (Interdisciplinary Major), with a Concentration in Arts Administration. He was also actively involved in Red Hot Blue, an acapella group devoted to fundraising for and serving the HIV/AIDS cause. His sister, Laura, is also a Goucher alum (’07) and manages social sector programming in their hometown, Kansas City.

Carol RothCarol Hirschfeld Roth ’70: Roth is a retired educator living with her husband, Jeff, in Wilmington, DE.  Her 38-year career with the School District of Philadelphia included work as a teacher, teacher coach, and administrator. She keeps busy with volunteer activities and travel.  Roth has served Goucher in the past as an area admissions representative, a member of the Philadelphia alumnae club, and as an AAGC board member.  She often attends Goucher events.

Uneeda BrewerUneeda Brewer ’70: Since retiring from the Global Talent Management group at Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ, Brewer started a life and executive coaching practice. She works with individuals who want to improve their work and personal lives in some way and who value having the support and expertise of an objective and caring coach. Brewer holds a masters degree in social work (MSW) from Atlanta University School of Social Work. She is a positive psychology coach and a certified practitioner in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. Brewer has co-presented three workshops at the Psychodrama National Conference over the past 5 years. She previously served on the AAGC Board and was its secretary. Brewer volunteers with several mission activities in her local congregation and with a literacy program in St. Petersburg, Florida where she resides.


Brianna BowlingBrianna Bowling ’92: Bowling graduated from Goucher College with an English Literature degree.  In 1998, she started Zekiah Technologies which has grown to more than thirty employees supporting clients such as the Navy and Department of Homeland Security in custom software and geospatial solutions. Bowling volunteers with her local 4H club, coaches for La Plata Youth Soccer Association, and is a member of the Southern Maryland Women’s League, a cantor and lector for St. Ignatius Church, a riding coordinator for the local dressage club, and serves on multiple boards such as the Workforce Investment Board and the local hospital.  Bowling resides in Charles County, Maryland and is an active partner in her community.

Morris JohnsonMorris Johnson ’11: Johnson graduated with a double major in communications and sociology. He then spent two years teaching in the Baltimore City Public School System for Teach for America.  In 2013, Johnson earned a master of arts degree in leadership in teaching special education from Notre Dame University of Maryland. At Goucher, Johnson was a member of the second cohort of EOP Scholars. As an undergraduate, he was finance chair for the Student Government Association, co-chair for Gophers for Goucher, president of Umoja, and as a student representative with the Board of Trustees Facilities and Development committees. Johnson teaches with the Friendship Public Charter School System in Washington, D.C. and is a resident of Baltimore City.

Big Career Day in the Big Apple

IMG_20150318_174644472_HDR[1]A group of dedicated Goucher students put their spring break to good use on March 18 in the Big Apple visiting several Goucher alumnae/i at their places of employment. Evan Siegel ’11, a software engineer at Harry’s, a men’s lifestyle company; Nathaniel Baker ’98, editor at Bloomberg.com, and Ruby Lerner ’70, President and Executive Director of Creative Capital, a cultural philanthropy organization, all provided behind-the-scenes tours of their offices to illustrate their day-to-day work  in “the real world.” That afternoon, Lerner hosted a special “Career Chat” at Creative Capital with several more Goucher graduates, in which students got to ask career development questions and alumnae/i offered advice on everything from resumes, to social media, to how not to panic over choosing a major.

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: