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Goucher Vagabonds

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 Selects New Vice President for Advancement

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Trishana E. Bowden

Trishana E. Bowden has been selected as Goucher’s new vice president for advancement starting July 13, 2015. Bowden brings an impressive 20-year track record of fundraising and development to the position, and she will be a key part of the team supporting Goucher’s future growth.

Bowden will oversee Goucher’s alumnae/i, parent, annual gift, major gift, and foundation programs. She also will work in partnership across the campus, especially with the Development and Alumnae/i Affairs Committee of the Board of Trustees, to foster and promote a culture of philanthropy across key constituencies. She will be creating and executing a strategic and data-driven advancement plan that strengthens the Goucher community and cultivates new relationships to support the growth of the college moving forward.

Bowden comes to Goucher from the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law, the third-oldest law school in the nation, where she was the associate dean for external relations, overseeing all development, alumni relations, academic special events, and communications. Before that, she had been associate dean for institutional advancement at American University Washington College of Law, where a Trishana E. Bowden Scholarship was established by members of the Dean’s Advisory Council in her honor. Throughout her career, she has worked to secure donations, improve alumni relations, and help law schools meet fundraising goals to support a broad range of institutional priorities.

A graduate of Towson University, Bowden has served as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Law School Development Conference and chaired the Development section of the Association of American Law Schools’ Section on Institutional Advancement. She has also been a presenter and panelist on advancement at several professional conferences.

Trishana shared her sentiments about the position in an email: “Excited and privileged are the two words I would use to describe how I feel about joining the Goucher community. For decades, Goucher has earned a reputation for educating talented leaders throughout the state and across the country.  To be a part of supporting the future graduates of this incredible college and continuing that long-standing tradition is inspiring.  I look forward to working with the members of the Advancement team and the entire community to strengthen the relationship with alumnae/i and friends.”

Elizabeth Statuta Baker ’70 Wins 2015 Award for Excellence in Public Service

On April 25, 2015 at the annual meeting of the Alumnae and Alumni of Goucher College, Elizabeth Statuta Baker, Class of 1970, was honored with the AAGC Award for Excellence in Public Service. As a family law attorney, Baker has dedicated her life’s work to aiding and empowering battered women and disadvantaged populations. Philanthropic with her skills, time, resources, and tireless energy, Baker reflects the best of what Goucher offers.

After graduating from Goucher, Baker earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Maryland School of Law. Currently a partner in the Coral Gables office of the national law firm Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, she has been working energetically for the disenfranchised since she began her career with Legal Aid of Baltimore, where she created forms and systems to efficiently deliver quality legal services to marginalized residents of the city.

Baker has spent her entire career serving as a voice for those who cannot speak for themselves. In 1978, she co-founded The Safespace Foundation, which helps victims of domestic violence create an independent life. A past president and current member of its board of directors, Baker provides pro bono assistance to Safespace and individual battered women, while also helping with fundraising activities. Using her gifts doesn’t stop there. A member of the Legal Services of Greater Miami’s Campaign for Equal Justice Committee, she helps raise funds for civil cases for indigent clients. Baker also takes pro bono appointments from judges in Miami-Dade County and works as a volunteer attorney for Dade Legal Aid’s “Put Something Back” program.

Baker is a founding member of the U.S. Supreme Court Historical Society, past president of the University of Miami Friends of the Richter Library, board member of the Florida International University Women’s Studies Center, and has been a trustee for both the First United Methodist Church of South Miami and the First United Methodist Church of Coral Gables. She has received many accolades, including the 2014 American Red Cross Spectrum Award for Women, Benjamin L. Cardin Public Service Award, Legal Services of Greater Miami Distinguished Service Award, and Florida Association of Women Lawyers’ Mattie Belle Davis Award. Even though she’s active in her community and field, Baker has continued to be generous with her time and resources to Goucher, hosting events and volunteering in a number of roles over the years.

In the 45 years since her graduation, Elizabeth Statuta Baker has proven herself a consistent and passionate force to be reckoned with. She has devoted herself to helping victims of domestic violence, to honoring the law and those who need its protections, and to numerous worthy causes, her alma mater among them; for that, the Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College recognizes her with its Public Service Award.