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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.

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.

Andrew Ervin ’93 Receives Praise for his Debut Novel, Extraordinary Renditions

Gophers Making Headlines


Andrew Ervin ’93 receives praise for his debut novel, Extraordinary Renditions.
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Max Temkin ’10, Chris Weed ’08, and Brad Sappington ’06 given props by Chicago Tribune for Cards Against Humanity and Humans vs. Zombies business models. Read Full Article
Shandra Patrick M.A.T. ’99 provides fresh start for Westowne Elementary School. Read Full Article

Robyn Barberry MFA ’11 Discloses “Why I Wouldn’t Break Up a School Fight” in CNN.com Editorial

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Robyn Barberry MFA ’11 discloses “Why I wouldn’t break up a school fight” in CNN.com editorial.
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Catherine Perini MAT ’07 has big plans as new principal of the Linwood Center in Ellicott City, MD.
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Kathe Lison MFA ’06 journeys 7,000 miles researching her new book, The Whole Fromage: Adventures in the Delectable World of French Cheese.
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The Most Useful Degree

I have always loved Goucher and always known about its unique and powerful impact on a student’s life. My grandmother majored in biology at Goucher, only to run a women’s clothing store for the majority of her life. Similarly, my aunt studied chemistry, and now she works in Nashville as Director of the JCC. I’ve always had the perception that a college degree can get you somewhere, but a Goucher degree can get you anywhere.

This trip has proven that nothing has changed. The student body comes and goes at Goucher, creating new worlds within four-year periods. Clubs change, buildings change, the individuals change, but the big picture never really has. We come to this place to explore everything and everyone; we come together to comprehend anything and learn to work with anyone. The variety of careers I’ve seen through our alums and the variety of interests I see in our incoming students really speaks to the diversity of Goucher.

We spoke to doctors, lawyers, researchers, teachers, coaches, writers, and even a federal judge, and we spoke to others yet to be determined. Needless to say, the last few weeks have been an exhausting, overwhelming, and incredibly rewarding time in my life. I’m so happy that I could share the experience, and I hope that everyone in the Goucher family takes advantage of our resources. They can get you anywhere!

– Maring



What is Goucher Pride? – A Reflection

I always thought that having pride in your school meant going to sporting events and wearing your school colors.  This is evident at large universities across the country, but this overwhelming athletic culture does not exist at Goucher.  After speaking to Geoff Miller, Goucher’s Athletic Director, and Andy Nielsen, a former Goucher Lacrosse Player, I learned that athletics at Goucher come after two things:  1)  Being the best student you can be.  2)  Being the best person you can be.

So if sports are not a source of tremendous pride at Goucher, what is?  This trip has helped me find that answer.

Goucher is a unique place that considers every member of the community as family.  Whether you are an incoming student who hasn’t bought their books yet or an Alumnae/i who graduated over 60 years ago, you are a member of this huge, loving family.  A family bond is stronger than any other.  Family is there through the ups and downs of life.  Romaine Williams ’78 met with us a few days ago and left each of us with a long hug and a promise.  She asked us to call if we need advice and asked us to call if something great happens to us.  She promised that she would always make time to talk to each and everyone of us.

At Send-Off Parties, the Vagabonds team would welcome new students, their parents, and siblings into the Goucher family and told them that the connections they are about to make are unlike any other.

I take pride in being able to say that I have a Goucher family.  A family that will always be there for to support me through rough times and celebrate my successes.  Goucher Pride is unique, just like the students who go there.

This has been an absolutely remarkable trip and I look forward to keeping in touch with Alums that I have had the privilege of meeting.  I also look forward to continuing to serve as a mentor and a friendly face for incoming students.  I could not have asked for a more memorable two weeks.

With honor and much Goucher pride,

Eli Kaufman ’15

Bridging the Gap

When I first applied to be on the vagabonds team, I had definitely not anticipated all that I would gain from this trip.  Our two weeks on the road were a whirlwind of smiling faces both in memory and anticipation for Goucher.  I loved meeting every single person we encountered on the road and learned so much about our school and everyone who is connected to it.  However, I believe that the most significant thing I learned was that our students and alumnae/i may not have a whole lot of interaction, but they have quite a lot in common.  It is only now that I see that switching campuses and transitioning to be a co-ed school were not severe enough changes that they altered what Goucher has and always will stand for.  Goucher students are still extremely open-minded individuals who care about what is going on in the world and what they can do to personally make a difference in it.  They are passionate, motivated, and accepting and have all contributed to the special place that our school is today.  I plan to continue the work we have been doing on the road in order to spread the word, both to alum and our students: we need to reach out to each other to embrace our similarities, celebrate our differences, and use both to help each other!

Gearing up for another fantastic year,

See you all soon!