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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.

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.

2014-15 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. Here is the 2014–15 slate of incoming board officers and members (terms begin July 1, 2014):


Jennifer Margolis Marquez 01 croppedJennifer Margolis Marquez ’01: A recipient of a Marvin Perry Merit Scholarship, Marquez was awarded Goucher’s Sarah T. Hughes Award for Academic Excellence in Politics and Public Policy and the Lee Snyder Lovett ‘33 Prize. Subsequently, Marquez graduated cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was a member of the Inter-American Law Review and held positions as staff editor, symposium editor, and member of the Bylaws Revision Committee.  She joined the Law Office of David E. Newman in September 2004.  In 2012, she took over the firm and it was renamed Newman & Marquez, PA. She is a member in good standing of the Florida Bar, the United States District Court Southern District of Florida, and the United States District Court Middle District of Florida. Marquez lives in Miami, Florida, with her husband and two children.


Kimberley Gordy 06 croppedKimberley Gordy ’06: Now senior assistant director of admissions at George Washington University, Gordy worked for four years in Goucher’s Office of Admissions. A biology major, she was a member of the women’s basketball team as an undergraduate. Gordy also serves on the advisory board for Maryland Leadership Workshops Inc., a nonprofit that provides summer leadership development to middle and high school students. She plans to enroll in GW’s Master of Public Administration program in the fall.

Eleanor Shriver Magee MEd 00 croppedEleanor Shriver Magee M.Ed. ’00: Shriver Magee’s career in higher education and nonprofit administration spans more than two decades. Her years as a National Collegiate Athletic Association head coach prepared Shriver Magee for a successful transition into alumni relations, advancement, and nonprofit administration. Many professional skills in coaching such as relationship building and the ability to multi-task prepared her well for both her career moves and volunteer commitments. She has worked for Loyola University, Washington College, Habitat for Humanity Choptank, and the Talbot Historical Society. Recently, she began her own consulting business. Shriver Magee lives in Easton, Md., with her husband and son, and she volunteers for the Rotary Club of Easton; Washington College; National Society of the Colonial Dames of America, Eastern Shore; Garrison Forest School; Wye River Upper School; Radcliffe Creek School; the Maryland Historical Society; and the Waterfowl Festival.

Alice J. Nixon Thompson 99 croppedJ. Alice Nixon Thompson ’99: A doctoral candidate in the University of Maryland’s sociology program with concentrations in development and demography, Thompson plans to complete her dissertation this fall. She has worked most recently as a program officer and study director at the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C. During that time, she assisted in the execution and evaluation of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) mandated by the U.S. Congress, and acted as the study director for an evaluation of Department of Defense-Global Emerging Infections Surveillance and Response System’s avian influenza/pandemic influenza activities. A sociology major at Goucher, Thompson holds a master’s degree in medical sociology from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

Untitled-1 croppedAlex J. Smith ’05: A managing director at Paul-McCoy Family Office Services, Smith helps oversee the financial affairs of multi-generational, high net-worth families. While at Goucher, he was involved in several leadership activities including serving as president of House Council. He and his wife, Christine Fodness Smith ’04, live in Boston, Mass., with their son, Oliver, and daughter, Nora.


Sarah Bryant 08 croppedSarah Bryant ’08: The marketing manager at the Cato Institute, a public policy think tank in Washington, D.C., Bryant holds bachelor’s degrees in communications and art (with a concentration in art history) from Goucher. A resident of Arlington, Va., Bryant serves as a Quarterly class representative and volunteers in the D.C. community for the Junior League of Washington and The Madison, a women’s volunteer organization.

Will Lonczak 10 croppedWill Lonczak ’10: A business management and economics major, Lonczak is an associate in the finance and accounting department of Vocus Inc. in Beltsville, Md., a marketing software company. In 2009, he received Goucher’s Borden-Gladding International Management Award, which enabled him to study international business at the Autonomous University of Barcelona. He is an associate member of the John Franklin and Mary Fisher Goucher Society and a supporter of the Blue & Gold Society.

Kaye Williams 83 croppedKaye F. Williams ’83: A senior legislative consultant and attorney, Williams served as a liaison between the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, the White House, the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, and national securities exchanges. She received, from the FCC, the Law and Policy Award for work on the National Securities Markets Improvement Act of 1996 and was appointed to the Senior Executive Service, the highest ranking civilian status in the government. Kaye is affiliated with Mitchell & Dunn law firm and provides counsel to historically black colleges and universities, nonprofit organizations, and small businesses. A resident of Alexandria, Va., she holds a doctor of law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and a bachelor’s degree in politics and public policy from Goucher College.


Sara Weaver ’98, Natalie Williams Brewer ’04, and Reeves Craig ’05 Named 2014 Hall of Fame Inductees

Goucher is honoring the fifth class of inductees into its Athletics Hall of Fame, which recognizes and perpetuates the memory of those individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the college’s athletics and intercollegiate athletics programs. Congratulations to this year’s honorees: Sara Weaver ’98Natalie Williams Brewer ’04, and Reeves Craig ’05.

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Sara Weaver ’98

During her four years at Goucher, Sara Weaver ’98 led the women’s soccer team in goals, points, and shots. She continues to hold the college’s career goal-scoring record in the sport with 54 (15 more than the person in second place) and career total points record with 129. During her junior year, Weaver was voted Player of the Year in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) and First Team All CAC. Goucher had only had six players earn First Team honors in the CAC, and Weaver did it in each of her four years playing soccer here–a terrific feat. During her senior year, she won the USA Today Scholar Athlete Award based on her academic achievement (GPA), athletic achievement and service. In addition to her outstanding soccer career at Goucher, Weaver also played basketball for the Gophers, scoring an impressive 10.3 average points per game her freshman year.

Natalie Williams Brewer ’04

Natalie Williams Brewer ’04

Natalie Williams Brewer ’04 was the only athlete in Goucher’s history to qualify twice for the NCAA Division III Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships—inthe hammer throw in her junior and senior years. As a sophomore, she recieved the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award, which was established to honor undergraduate students of color who exemplify the standards set by the tennis great. To be nominated, student-athletes must compete in an intercollegiate sport, maintain a cumulative GPA of at least 3.2, and be active on their campuses or in their communities. She won the hammer event at the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) championships in her sophomore and senior years and the shot put event in her junior and senior years. For these achievements, she was named the CAC’s Women’s Track and Field Athlete of the Year her junior and senior years. As a junior, Williams was Goucher’s Scholar Athlete Award winner. During her senior year, she won Goucher’s prestigious Coaches Award.

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Reeves Craig ’05

In his senior year, Reeves Craig ’05 became only the second person in Goucher’s history to be selected to play in the STX Division III North/South All-Star Game for lacrosse. Craig was voted the Gophers’ Most Valuable Defensive Player in 2003, 2004, and 2005. He ranks second on the all-time list of goalies in Goucher’s history, with 709 saves, and he is ranked first in save percentage (.669). Craig was named First Team All Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) in 2003, 2004, and 2005. During those same years, he was named a United State Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association All-America Honorable Mention. He was the first player in Gopher history to earn an All-America recognition. Craig started all 48 games in his final three seasons with the Gophers and finished with a win-loss record of 26-22. His .712 save percentage in 2004 in the highest in a single season in Goucher history.

The induction ceremony will be held Friday, April 25, at 6 p.m. in Hyman Forum of the Athenaeum. The event will be part of Goucher’s Alumnae/i Weekend, which will be held April 25-27.