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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.

2017 Award For Excellence in Public Service

Goucher College is proud to honor Elizabeth “Betty” Overington Knupp, Class of 1967, with the Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College (AAGC) Award for Excellence in Public Service. A tireless advocate for learning, Betty has long devoted her life to arts education, service to her community and to senior adults, and to extensive art-focused travel.

Betty began her career as a research analyst in the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, which grew out of an internship she had while studying political science at Goucher. It was rewarding work, but when her sons entered elementary school, she saw an opportunity to enrich their classrooms. Betty created the Picture People Program, which brought in parents to the elementary school to talk to kids about artists and their paintings. She had caught the teaching bug, and soon Betty expanded her classes to Ginger Cove, a retirement community; St. Martin’s Lutheran Church; and Anne Arundel Community College. Over 25 years, she taught art history classes to senior adults seven times a week.

Betty made art accessible and exciting for people of all ages. Many students took her classes for years, and, luckily, talking about art with adults wasn’t much different than teaching kids—neither are hesitant to speak up.

Betty also organized trips for her students around the artists and paintings they studied, by visiting art museums, churches, and historical houses. She planned trips in both the U.S. and abroad, with more than 20 trips to Europe alone. They were immensely popular with her students, as Betty planned and took care of everything. She believed in making her trips as carefree as possible for senior adults, helping them get out of the classroom and see art and beauty in Europe and the United States.

In 2007, Betty was one of six recipients of an Annie Award at the 8th annual ceremony of the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County, which “honors people who have made a lasting and significant contribution to the arts in the county.” Besides a lifetime of arts education, Betty has given so much more. She started a program in the 1980s that brought authors to local schools to get kids excited about reading and writing. And volunteering with the Anne Arundel County Literacy Council, she once taught a man to read so that he could read to his own two children.

Betty co-founded the South County Concert Association, bringing live music to the Annapolis area. She has served on its board for 42 years. Betty helps care for gardens at her church, spearheading a project to install a dozen rain gardens, and she volunteers as a gardener at a local senior center. Now that she’s retired from teaching, she plans to do even more community gardening. And she continues to take her students on art trips.

Now a member of Goucher’s 50th Reunion class, Betty’s impact on the community cannot be overstated. Generations of senior adults and children alike—including her own children and grandchildren—have benefited from her passion for art, her enthusiasm for music, and her joy of gardening. She has worked endlessly to bring the world to her students, to open minds to new avenues of creativity and expression. For her leadership in elevating the hearts and minds of her friends, community, and alma mater, the Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College recognizes her with its Award for Excellence in Public Service.

2017-18 Incoming AAGC Leadership

Below is the 2017-18 slate of incoming officers, directors, and committee members to the Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College (AAGC). This slate will be approved at the Annual Meeting of the AAGC during Alumnae/i Weekend on Saturday, April 29, 2017! All alumnae/i are encouraged to attend—3:30 to 5 p.m. in the Hyman Forum, Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum.

President (2 year term)
Kara Byrne Bundy ’02—Bethesda, MD

Vice President (2 year term)
Jay Gilman ’09—Philadelphia, PA

Secretary (2 year term)
Brendan McFadden ’13—Baltimore, MD

Alumna/us Trustee (3 year term)
Jenifer Mitchell Reed ’86—Trophy Club, TX

Directors (3 year terms)
Judy Cohen MACS ’12—Baltimore, MD
Leda Fuller Favor ’79—Forest Hill, MD
Morris Johnson ’11—Woodstock, MD
Will Lonczak ’10—Baltimore, MD
Dennis Teegardin ’12—Baltimore, MD

Nominating Committee Members (3 year terms)
Amanda Pugh ’08, MAAA ’14—Conowingo, MD
Rebecca Rother ’12—Westminster, MD
Rebecca Schwartz ’08—Raleigh, NC
Jennifer Sparenberg MAHP ’16—Greenbelt, MD

Public Service Award Committee Members (3 year terms)
Shannon Smith MACS ’15—Baltimore, MD
Alex Wood ’06—Washington, DC

Leaders Attend Goucher Business Circle

April 11, local business and community leaders gathered on Goucher’s campus for the first Goucher Business Circle. The event was hosted by Bill Pugh ’94, vice president of sales and marketing, Apex Tool Group, and member of the Goucher College Board of Trustees. Read more

21st Annual Scholarship Luncheon

At this year’s Scholarship Luncheon, Goucher recognized the generosity of many alumnae/i and friends who support student accessibility through the school’s scholarship program. Five students expressed their gratitude to donors, shared the impact of financial aid, and highlighted the many ways Goucher is shaping their futures. Lee Gerstein ’07, Peter DiLeonardi ’07, and Gary Decker ’07 gave heartfelt remarks about why they were inspired to raise funds for a Dorsey Scholarship in memory of their beloved friend and classmate Jeff Raggio ’07.

View pictures from the luncheon on the Goucher College Facebook page or watch a video of the presenters below:

Welcome to Rowdy the Gopher!

A social media poll, which received more than 4,100 votes, was used to select the name of the updated mascot. Rowdy received the most votes from the four gender-neutral names chosen by the athletic department staff and student-based groups to be included in the poll. Read more