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2011 East Coast

The 2011 East Coast Vagabonds (the team included Jackie Peiser ’14, Briana Rubright ’14, and Andrew Deal ’13) traveled the I-95 corridor visiting Goucher “hot spots” such as Philadelphia, New York City, and Boston.  In a reprisal of 2010’s successful run, the team attended eight of Goucher’s Send-Off gatherings; events held each summer in a various cities to welcome the college’s incoming students to the Goucher family—and to offer new students, parents, and alumnae/i a chance to get to know each other.

 

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.