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Goucher Vagabonds

The 2013 Goucher Vagabonds team just wrapped up their two-week trek along the east coast between Northern Virginia and Maine. Along the way they met with incoming first-year students at send-off parties, interviewed alumnae/i about life post-Goucher, and made stops at several alumnae/i regional events. Read posts from this year’s journey right here and check out more photos and video on the Vagabonds facebook page at www.facebook.com/gouchervagabonds.

vag·a·bond noun
[vag-uh-bond] a person, usually without a permanent home, who wanders from place to place; nomad. vagabond. Dictionary.com. Dictionary.com Unabridged. Random House, Inc. http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/vagabond.

Gouch·er vag·a·bond noun
A person, always a Goucher student, who wanders from place to place for two weeks each summer to bring the current Goucher experience to members of our school’s off-campus community while collecting stories of the post-grad experience and tales of Goucher’s history.
A Goucher Vagabond is never ‘settled.’ While on the road, he or she is constantly searching, learning, exploring; having an adventure of excitement and inquiry.

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.

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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 www.asworks.org.

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 http://www.goucher.edu/about/office-of-the-president/presidential-search.

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.