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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.


Sara Weaver ’98, Natalie Williams Brewer ’04, and Reeves Craig ’05 Named 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Goucher is honoring the fifth class of inductees into its Athletics Hall of Fame, which recognizes and perpetuates the memory of those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the college’s athletics and intercollegiate athletics programs. Congratulations to this year’s honorees: Sara Weaver ’98Natalie Williams Brewer ’04, and Reeves Craig ’05.

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Sara Weaver ’98

During her four years at Goucher, Sara Weaver ’98 led the women’s soccer team in goals, points, and shots. She continues to hold the college’s career goal-scoring record in the sport with 54 (15 more than the person in second place) and career total points record with 129. During her junior year, Weaver was voted Player of the Year in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) and First Team All CAC. Goucher had only had six players earn First Team honors in the CAC, and Weaver did it in each of her four years playing soccer here–a terrific feat. During her senior year, she won the USA Today Scholar Athlete Award based on her academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service. In addition to her outstanding soccer career at Goucher, Weaver also played basketball for the Gophers, scoring an impressive 10.3 average points per game her freshman year.

Natalie Williams Brewer ’04

Natalie Williams Brewer ’04

Natalie Williams Brewer ’04 was the only athlete in Goucher’s history to qualify twice for the NCAA Division III Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships—inthe hammer throw in her junior and senior years. As a sophomore, she recieved the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, which was established to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by the tennis great. To be nominated, student-athletes must compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, and be active on their campuses or in their communities. She won the hammer event at the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championships in her sophomore and senior years and the shot put event in her junior and senior years. For these achievements, she was named the CAC’s Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year her junior and senior years. As a junior, Williams was Goucher’s Scholar Athlete Award winner. During her senior year, she won Goucher’s prestigious Coaches Award.

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Reeves Craig ’05

In his senior year, Reeves Craig ’05 became only the second person in Goucher’s history to be selected to play in the STX Division III North/South All-Star Game for lacrosse. Craig was voted the Gophers’ Most Valuable Defensive Player in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He ranks second on the all-time list of goalies in Goucher’s history, with 709 saves, and he is ranked first in save percentage (.669). Craig was named First Team All Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) in 2003, 2004, and 2005. During those same years, he was named a United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America Honorable Mention. He was the first player in Gopher history to earn an All-America recognition. Craig started all 48 games in his final three seasons with the Gophers and finished with a win-loss record of 26-22. His .712 save percentage in 2004 in the highest in a single season in Goucher history.

The induction ceremony will be held Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum. The event will be part of Goucher’s Alumnae/i Weekend, which will be held April 25-27.

Celebrating Goucher’s First Male Championship Basketball Team

1993-94 Men's Championship Basketball Team

1993-94 Men’s Championship Basketball Team

In 1994, male students and men’s athletics were still a bit of a novelty on campus. The college had only made the historic decision to go co-ed seven years earlier. Men’s basketball, which was introduced in 1990, was a fledgling sport at Goucher.

Nevertheless, the ’93-’94 men’s basketball team, after several difficult years of recruiting and team-building, won the Capital Athletic Conference. It concluded its season with nine consecutive wins, including an 86-78 victory over York College. Goucher finished 17-9 overall and took the regular-season title, proving that men’s athletics at a former women’s college could be not only accepted, but successful and celebrated.

Members of the team included All-Conference selections David Clark Jr. ’95, Predrag Durkovic ’98, and Gerard Garlic ’95. The team was led by Leonard Trevino, who remains Head Coach for today’s men’s basketball team. Durkovic and Clark were inducted into Goucher’s Athletics Hall of Fame in 2010 and 2012, respectively.

Goucher will honor members of the ’93-’94 team, listed below, at a special ceremony immediately following the men’s basketball match-up against Drew University on February 15, 2014, in the Decker Sports and Recreation Center. A reception for team members and their families will follow the ceremony in the Decker Multi-Purpose Room.

1993-94 Goucher College Men’s Basketball Roster

No. 00 Thurmond Toland ’96 North, SC
No. 03
Jerry White ’94
New Port Richey, FL
No. 10
David Clark Jr. ’95
Baltimore, MD
No. 12
Iterny Joseph ’98
Miami, FL
No. 14
Chad Beeten ’96
Alexandria, VA
No. 15
Robby Friend Jr. ’98
Baltimore, MD
No. 22
Joe Suarez ’96   
Philadelphia, PA
No. 25
Gerard Garlic ’95 
Baltimore, MD
No. 30
Jeff Klein ’95 
Oakland, NJ
No. 35
Marc Cousins ’95
South Paris, ME
No. 40 
Trevor Giampietro ’96
Wilmington, DE
No. 52
Peter Manlove ’95
Wilmington, DE
No. 55
Predrag Durkovic ’98
Lancaster, PA
Head Coach: Leonard Trevino
Assistant Coaches: Gordon Kaplan, Jon Wexler ’94, Darrian “Corey” Garner ’93

Memories of a Tragic Day

jfk-assassination-7Fifty years ago this week, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Many Americans will never forget where they were or what they were doing on November 22, 1963, the moment they heard the news that the president had been shot. Goucher alumna Sherry Bebitch Jeffe ’64 recalls, “I vividly remember the coming together at the chapel, the women who left campus for D.C. to stand for hours in order to view the President’s casket, and the words of History Professor Bill Neumann, who announced in class, ‘Now we turn from the Kennedys, whom we would like to be, to the Johnsons, who we probably are.’”

The event became a cultural touchstone for a generation and continues to have significance today. What does the 50th anniversary, November 22, mean to you?

Read more alumnae memories in the Quarterly online extra:

Tales From Abroad

Each fall, Goucher celebrates International Education Week with a festival of ethnic foods, music and storytelling performances from around the globe, and a series of internationally-themed panel discussions. To mark the occasion, we asked current students to describe how studying abroad has had an impact on their education. Click on the videos to hear Leah Goldgar, Maggie O’Donnell, and Sam Rapine, all members of the Class of 2014, tell their stories.

Interview by Dana Ehrentreu ’16

Interview by Eli Kaufman ’15

Interview by Elizabeth Depta ’15

“International education prepares our youth for the globalized 21st century workforce, whatever the field of study someone may choose. Students with experience overseas gain skills, they gain self-reliance, and they gain a worldview that they need in order to compete in a global economy.”

– John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State

(Remarks on International Education Week 2013:

Click here to learn more about Goucher’s celebration of International Education Week, including International Forum activities on November 19 and 20.

Making a Run For It

(L to R) Becky Foner '09, Emily Hunter Fertitta '05, Sarah Maffei Yoho '04, Fraley Coles '08, Marisa Long Gossweiller '07 competed October 12 in the annual Goucher Cross Country Classic 6K.

(L to R) Becky Foner ’09, Emily Hunter Fertitta ’05, Sarah Maffei Yoho ’04, Fraley Coles ’08, Marisa Gossweiller ’07 competed October 12 in the annual Goucher Cross Country Classic 6K.

Six former members of Goucher’s cross country or track teams came to campus October 12 to tie their shoelaces, take their marks, and run full tilt through the woods. They—and current student-athletes—were competing in the Goucher Women’s Cross Country Classic 6K. The event, in which both male and female former athletes are invited to participate, traditionally is Goucher’s only home meet each season. (This year, no alumni chose to compete.) Marisa Long Gossweiller ’07, the first alumna to cross the finish line, earned 10th place overall with a time of 29:31.2.

Competition between the alumnae always is of the “friendly and fun variety,” says Sarah Maeffi Yoho ’04, a race participant and an assistant coach for Goucher’s women’s cross country team. “It’s not just about competition: More alumnae/i come to watch as spectators and enjoy the tailgate afterward.”

Everyone—students, families, and alumnae/i—appreciates the sense of community and tradition the event offers, says Head Coach John Caslin. “In my 20 years at Goucher, it has only not been run twice. It has been our tradition to host a family and alumnae/i picnic after the meet, and in recent years, we’ve invited the alumnae/i to form teams as well.”

If you are a former member of Goucher’s men’s or women’s cross country or track teams and missed this year’s race, do not fret: Next fall will be here soon.

Educational Inequality in Baltimore: A Reporter’s Perspective


Erica Green ’07

Drawing from her experiences as a student in the Baltimore City Public Schools and now as an education reporter for the Baltimore Sun, Erica Green ’07 recently spoke to Goucher students about educational opportunity and inequality.

Inside a packed classroom, Green discussed the economic and geographic disparities in public schools, noting that they tend to reflect inequities found in other areas of society. Families are especially affected.

“Every child should be able to go to a good school without having to put all their eggs in one basket,” she said, referring to competition for popular charter schools with limited space.

The level of experience and professionalism within specific schools can also be inconsistent.

“Adequate staffing is a make-or-break condition for serving kids successfully,” Green stressed, adding that in her observations, the most successful schools are where staff members model the behaviors they wish to see their students adopt.

Initiatives like Teach for America, that try to bridge gaps, also face challenges when they don’t have the proper support.

Despite the hurdles educators are faced with to level the playing field, there is hope. As Green said “They’re trying.”

Green was invited to campus by Raj Ghoshal, assistant professor of sociology and anthropology. His class, SOC 245: Wealth, Power, and Prestige, challenges students to uncover the relationships between the origins and processes of inequality.


- Amy Eddy M.A.T. ’04

What Did You Do Last Summer? These alumnae put on a dance festival

longgroupshotWhile many of us were lying on a beach (or wishing we were lying on a beach) this summer, Audrey Ellis ’06 and Sarah Capua ’06—for the fourth year in a row—organized a dance festival.

Called a+s works on the farm, the event was held in Hornell, N.Y., from July 29 to August 3 and offered music and dance-making workshops to community members. Nine dance professionals, including the members of Ellis and Capua’s company, a+s works, choreographed and performed original works. They also premiered the company’s piece, Truth and Country Music. Dancers Erin Reid ’06 and Alexis Iammarino ’05—from Baltimore, Md., and Rockland, Maine—were among this year’s guest artists. Charles Gushue ’07 and Rebecca Sproul Gushue ’07 attended as company members. A videographer and professional musicians also took part.

Ellis and Capua, who in 2009 founded the Brooklyn-based a+s works,conceived of the festival as a way to expand the community of dancers by exposing more people to dance and giving a voice to underserved populations. “The type of arts programming that we’re providing to the community members does not exist otherwise in Hornell,” said Ellis. “It’s very special for them to feel that they can offer something, to give themselves permission to be a part of the art-making process.”

This year, the festival drew about 75 participants to the Ellis family farm, which is located five hours from Brooklyn. It offered a perfect setting for artists and community members to come together. “It’s like a dream,” said Capua. “We are astounded by how inspiring the experience of collaborative art-making is for everyone involved. It is worth every moment of work we put into it.”

When not planning festivals, Capua works as a freelance yoga instructor in Brooklyn, and Ellis is earning her doctoral degree in philosophy at the State University of New York at Stony Brook. To learn more about a+s works and the festival, visit

Did you do something exciting with your summer? We’d love to hear about your adventures! Share your photos and stories in the comments section below.


-Natalie Guajardo ’16

Goucher Presidential Search Information Now Available Online

We are pleased to inform you about Goucher’s newly created Presidential Search website, an online resource that will provide you with the latest information on the search for our college’s eleventh president. We invite you to visit these pages often to learn about developments in the search process, and to review updates from Committee Chair Florence Beck Kurdle ’61. To visit the Presidential Search website, go to

Stay tuned to learn of opportunities to celebrate President Ungar’s success as preparations are being made to honor him and to wish him well in his new endeavors — which will continue to include Goucher College.

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