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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.

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

Recruit Maryland 2014: Alumnae/i Only Career Fair

Screen_Shot_2014_04_22_at_1_47_47_PMGoucher College will participate in Recruit Maryland 2014, a multi-school and alumni-only career fair on June 19 at West Village Commons, Towson University. Whether you’re looking to network or for a new career in finance, investment banking, marketing, technology, media, nonprofit, consulting and more, you will find all the best opportunities at Recruit Maryland. Over 50 pre-selected employers will be in attendance with hundreds of available positions.

To view a list of employers in attendance and to register, click here: http://recruitmd.eventbrite.com. Questions about this event? Contact the Career Development Office at 410-337-6191 or career@goucher.edu.

Goucher Mourns the Death of Former President Rhoda Dorsey

Former Goucher College President Rhoda Dorsey is introduced during the Goucher Athletics 2014 Hall of Fame induction ceremony at Goucher College, Friday, April 25, 2014.

Former Goucher College President Rhoda M. Dorsey is introduced April 25 at the Goucher Athletics Hall of Fame induction ceremony during Alumnae/i Weekend.

Goucher will celebrate the life of
Rhoda M. Dorsey on 6/16 at 11 a.m.
in Kraushaar Auditorium.

Rhoda M. Dorsey, the eighth president of Goucher College and the first woman to hold that post, passed away recently in her apartment at the Broadmead retirement community in Cockeysville, Maryland.

“For four decades Rhoda educated and inspired thousands of students,” said President Sanford J. Ungar. “I greatly admired her example of leadership and her commitment to making Goucher College a paragon of higher education, even when it meant making tough decisions. She will be sorely missed. It is a sad day for Goucher.”

Dr. Dorsey joined the Goucher faculty in 1954 as an assistant professor of history. She became academic dean of the college in 1968 and was named acting president in 1973. She took on the job permanently on April 15, 1974, and served for 20 more years until retiring in 1994. During her tenure as president, Dr. Dorsey oversaw the planning and celebration of the college’s centennial celebration in 1984/1985, as well as the transition to co-education in 1986.

Rhoda Dorsey earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from Smith College and won a Fulbright Fellowship to attend Newnham College in Cambridge, England, where she earned a second BA and a master’s degree. She went on to receive a doctorate in history from the University of Minnesota.

She served on a number of business and educational boards and committees, and she was a delegate to the U.N. Decade for Women Conference in Kenya in 1985. Dr. Dorsey published extensively and was a strong voice in support of women’s education and the liberal arts. In 1987 she was named one of the 100 most effective college and university presidents in the United States, based on survey responses by college presidents, administrators, scholars, and foundation officers.

Often called “the protector of Goucher’s legacy,” in recent years Dr. Dorsey spearheaded the effort to establish an Athletics Hall of Fame, served on the college’s Committee of Visitors, volunteered in its archives, and was active in reunion events and programming.

Dr. Dorsey leaves a sister, Frances Dorsey Cobb, of Hartford, Connecticut. Information is not yet available about plans for a funeral or services in her memory. Goucher will hold an observance of her life and work in the near future. In the meantime, if you have memories of Rhoda you would like to share, please add them to the comments section below or email alumnionline@goucher.edu. We plan to compile and share them as part of a commemorative page in the future.

Sherry Bebitch Jeffe ’64 Receives 2014 Award for Excellence in Public Service

Public Service Award

(L to R): AAGC Immediate Past President Kathy Shaer Ellis ’86, Public Service Award Recipient Sherry Bebitch Jeffe ’64, President Sandy Ungar, AAGC President Steve Klepper ’97

Goucher College is proud to honor Sherry Bebitch Jeffe, Class of 1964, with the AAGC Award for Excellence in Public Service. As a political analyst, journalist, and scholar, Sherry has dedicated her distinguished career to the free flow of information in the service of critical issues of public interest. Through dynamic political analysis and intellectual discussion, her work has stimulated and enhanced public discourse for decades.

After graduating from Goucher College with a degree in political science, Sherry continued her studies in the field, earning a master’s degree in political science in 1966 from Rutgers University, where she was a fellow at the Eagleton Institute of Politics. She put her political science education into practice in the complicated, unpredictable arena of California politics,
where she took successive positions on the staffs of state legislators and in election campaigns. Her understanding of the need for responsible scholarship in the public sphere stayed with her, and in 1980 she earned a doctorate in government from Claremont Graduate University, where she also taught political science.

In 1989, Sherry took a job as a political commentator on Pacific Public Radio, beginning a long and productive career in the field of journalism and political analysis. Her deep knowledge of California and national politics eventually earned her invitations to comment for news outlets all over the world, including CNN, NPR, PBS, ABC, Al Jazeera, Russian State Television, and the Tokyo Broadcasting System. She became a regular contributor to The Los Angeles Times, and her writing has appeared in USA Today, The San Francisco Chronicle, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and many other newspapers.

In 2003, NBC’s Today Show relied on Sherry’s expertise to guide Americans through the legal wrangling and public spectacle of the nation’s first gubernatorial recall since 1921. Her keen insight and thoughtful analysis also earned her an Emmy nomination in 2006 for a news feature, “Decision 2005: A Voter’s Guide,” on KNBC in Los Angeles.

Currently the political analyst for KNBC and senior fellow at the School of Policy, Planning, and Development at the University of Southern California, Sherry also serves as an American politics analyst for BBC Scotland’s “Today” and on other BBC programs.

Sherry has generously shared her skills and experience with Goucher College. During the 2009 Reunion, she sat on a Goucher panel titled “Politics and the Obama Administration.” A member of the Committee of Visitors, she has also served as a Class Fund agent, hosted Goucher students as part of the Vagabonds program, and held many receptions in Los Angeles for incoming first-year students.

In the 50 years since her graduation, Sherry Bebitch Jeffe has dedicated herself to the ideal of an informed citizenry, to the critical work of training the next generation of leaders, and the numerous worthy causes, her alma mater among them; for that, the AAGC recognizes her with its Public Service Award.

Sherry was honored at the AAGC Annual Meeting on Saturday, April 26, 2104 during Alumnae/i Weekend.