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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:

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 http://emmyonline.org/news_35th_winners.

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 bit.ly/ZeitgeistCabaret 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