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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.

Memories of a Tragic Day

jfk-assassination-7Fifty years ago this week, President John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Many Americans will never forget where they were or what they were doing on November 22, 1963, the moment they heard the news that the president had been shot. Goucher alumna Sherry Bebitch Jeffe ’64 recalls, “I vividly remember the coming together at the chapel, the women who left campus for D.C. to stand for hours in order to view the President’s casket, and the words of History Professor Bill Neumann, who announced in class, ‘Now we turn from the Kennedys, whom we would like to be, to the Johnsons, who we probably are.’”

The event became a cultural touchstone for a generation and continues to have significance today. What does the 50th anniversary, November 22, mean to you?

Read more alumnae memories in the Quarterly online extra: http://www.goucher.edu/goucher-quarterly/online-extras/memories-of-a-tragic-day.

Tales From Abroad

Each fall, Goucher celebrates International Education Week with a festival of ethnic foods, music and storytelling performances from around the globe, and a series of internationally-themed panel discussions. To mark the occasion, we asked current students to describe how studying abroad has had an impact on their education. Click on the videos to hear Leah Goldgar, Maggie O’Donnell, and Sam Rapine, all members of the Class of 2014, tell their stories.

Interview by Dana Ehrentreu ’16

Interview by Eli Kaufman ’15

Interview by Elizabeth Depta ’15

“International education prepares our youth for the globalized 21st century workforce, whatever the field of study someone may choose. Students with experience overseas gain skills, they gain self-reliance, and they gain a worldview that they need in order to compete in a global economy.”

– John Kerry, U.S. Secretary of State

(Remarks on International Education Week 2013: http://eca.state.gov)

Click here to learn more about Goucher’s celebration of International Education Week, including International Forum activities on November 19 and 20.

Archivist Emily Huebner ’13’s Blog “Finding the Maryland 400″ Details Maryland’s Involvement in the Historic Battle of White Plains

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Archivist Emily Huebner ’13’s Blog “Finding the Maryland 400″ Details Maryland’s Involvement in the Historic Battle of White Plains, NY
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Anne Delano Steinert ’92 “Ties People to Place” through Historic Preservation
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Finance Professor Victor Ricciardi Tells Generation Y: Save, Save, Save for Retirement!
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Goucher Faculty Make the Media Buzz

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Finance Professor Victor Ricciardi Deciphers the “Confusing, Overwhelming” World of Retirement Planning on Bankrate.com
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The Baltimore Sun Reporter and Communications Professor David Zurawik Laments the Decline of CNN’s Crossfire
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Author, Alumna, and History Professor Jean Harvey Baker ’61 Applies Lessons Learned from Women’s Suffrage to “Getting and Keeping the Vote” Today
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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.

Sarah Meade ’13 and Laura-Anne Minkoff-Zern’s Article on Latino Farmers’ Market Points to Crossroads for Sharing Food and Tradition

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Jennifer Dickens Evans ’96 Helps High Schoolers with College and Careers
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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