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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.

2015-16 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. Below is the 2015–16 slate of incoming board officers and members approved April 25, 2015 (terms begin July 1):

PRESIDENT

Todd Eric Hawkins (Edited)Todd Eric Hawkins MAAA ’10: Hawkins has been a project manager for public art for public schools in New York City since 2008. In this role, he has managed more than 35 projects, taking an active role in the commissioning of artists, the development of designs, and the coordination of installations at public schools throughout all five boroughs. Hawkins also manages the Sites for Students Program, an initiative designed to put artists in the classroom for the purpose of working with students in the development of the public art for their new school buildings.

VICE PRESIDENT

Kara M. Bundy (Edited)Kara M. Bundy ’02: At Goucher, Bundy created her own major by combining sociology, psychology, women’s studies, and Spanish, which culminated in the production of a theatrical thesis, “We are the Ones: An Exploration of Resistance and Otherness.” Since graduating, Bundy has worked with several nonprofit and international education programs and studied marketing at the Wharton School of Business. She now runs a successful marketing and development consultancy. Bundy lives with her husband and two daughters in Bethesda, MD.

ALUMNA/US TRUSTEE

Jesse J. Holland (2nd Edit)Jesse J. Holland MFA ’12: Holland is a national writer covering race, ethnicity and demographics for The Associated Press in Washington, D.C. He is the author of the book, Black Men Built The Capitol: Discovering African American History In and Around Washington, D.C. (Globe Pequot, 2007).  A former Supreme Court, White House and congressional reporter, Jesse was named one of TheRoot.com 100 Most Influential African Americans in 2011 and is the youngest person on the University of Mississippi’s Top 50 Journalism Graduates. Holland hails from Holly Springs, Miss., and lives in Bowie, Md. He is working on a book about slavery inside the White House, which began as his thesis for his MFA at Goucher College.

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Jocelyn Reader ’02: A Biological Sciences major at Goucher, Reader was awarded the Ann M. Lacy Award in Genetics and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. She received her doctorate in human genetics in 2009 from the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She was recently promoted to research associate in the Division of Gynecologic Oncology in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecologic and Reproductive Medicine at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Reader is also on the executive board for the Baltimore chapter of the Association for Women in Science (AWIS).

Untitled-1 croppedJay Gilman ’09: Gilman is associate director for Education & Programs at Philadelphia Young Playwrights, and is pursuing an M.S. in Nonprofit Leadership, Management, & Social Innovation at the University of Pennsylvania. He has worked as an arts organization staffer and consultant, and is also a freelance theater director and sound designer. While at Goucher, Gilman studied Theatre, Anthropology, and Education (Interdisciplinary Major), with a Concentration in Arts Administration. He was also actively involved in Red Hot Blue, an acapella group devoted to fundraising for and serving the HIV/AIDS cause. His sister, Laura, is also a Goucher alum (’07) and manages social sector programming in their hometown, Kansas City.

Carol RothCarol Hirschfeld Roth ’70: Roth is a retired educator living with her husband, Jeff, in Wilmington, DE.  Her 38-year career with the School District of Philadelphia included work as a teacher, teacher coach, and administrator. She keeps busy with volunteer activities and travel.  Roth has served Goucher in the past as an area admissions representative, a member of the Philadelphia alumnae club, and as an AAGC board member.  She often attends Goucher events.

Uneeda BrewerUneeda Brewer ’70: Since retiring from the Global Talent Management group at Johnson & Johnson in New Brunswick, NJ, Brewer started a life and executive coaching practice. She works with individuals who want to improve their work and personal lives in some way and who value having the support and expertise of an objective and caring coach. Brewer holds a masters degree in social work (MSW) from Atlanta University School of Social Work. She is a positive psychology coach and a certified practitioner in psychodrama, sociometry and group psychotherapy. Brewer has co-presented three workshops at the Psychodrama National Conference over the past 5 years. She previously served on the AAGC Board and was its secretary. Brewer volunteers with several mission activities in her local congregation and with a literacy program in St. Petersburg, Florida where she resides.

NOMINATING COMMITTEE

Brianna BowlingBrianna Bowling ’92: Bowling graduated from Goucher College with an English Literature degree.  In 1998, she started Zekiah Technologies which has grown to more than thirty employees supporting clients such as the Navy and Department of Homeland Security in custom software and geospatial solutions. Bowling volunteers with her local 4H club, coaches for La Plata Youth Soccer Association, and is a member of the Southern Maryland Women’s League, a cantor and lector for St. Ignatius Church, a riding coordinator for the local dressage club, and serves on multiple boards such as the Workforce Investment Board and the local hospital.  Bowling resides in Charles County, Maryland and is an active partner in her community.

Morris JohnsonMorris Johnson ’11: Johnson graduated with a double major in communications and sociology. He then spent two years teaching in the Baltimore City Public School System for Teach for America.  In 2013, Johnson earned a master of arts degree in leadership in teaching special education from Notre Dame University of Maryland. At Goucher, Johnson was a member of the second cohort of EOP Scholars. As an undergraduate, he was finance chair for the Student Government Association, co-chair for Gophers for Goucher, president of Umoja, and as a student representative with the Board of Trustees Facilities and Development committees. Johnson teaches with the Friendship Public Charter School System in Washington, D.C. and is a resident of Baltimore City.

Big Career Day in the Big Apple

IMG_20150318_174644472_HDR[1]A group of dedicated Goucher students put their spring break to good use on March 18 in the Big Apple visiting several Goucher alumnae/i at their places of employment. Evan Siegel ’11, a software engineer at Harry’s, a men’s lifestyle company; Nathaniel Baker ’98, editor at Bloomberg.com, and Ruby Lerner ’70, President and Executive Director of Creative Capital, a cultural philanthropy organization, all provided behind-the-scenes tours of their offices to illustrate their day-to-day work  in “the real world.” That afternoon, Lerner hosted a special “Career Chat” at Creative Capital with several more Goucher graduates, in which students got to ask career development questions and alumnae/i offered advice on everything from resumes, to social media, to how not to panic over choosing a major.

2015 Jewell Robinson Dinner Honors Four Remarkable Alumnae/i

The Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College (AAGC) and Goucher’s Division of Student Affairs recently hosted the Ninth Annual Jewell Robinson Dinner on Friday, February 6. This year the event was larger than ever before, attracting more than 115 alumnae/i, students and guests.

Named in honor of the first African American student admitted to Goucher College, the annual event brings together members and friends of Goucher’s African American community in the spirit of celebration, reflection, and fellowship. The program for the evening included dinner, cocktails, and speeches from President Bowen and Jewell Robinson, herself, who shared words that were both timely and poignant.

This year also marked the inaugural presentation of the Marguerite Barland ’60 Merit Awards, named after the first African American graduate of Goucher. Congratulations to this year’s honorees: Pauline Anita Bigby ’70, Maxine Bigby Cunningham ’70, Minnie Waters Shorter ’73, and Percy Moore ’95. These individuals exemplify Goucher’s community principles, and through their professional and private lives, have significantly contributed to the diversity of our campus community. To read more about Marguerite Barland ’60 Merit Award and this year’s honorees, click here.

2015 Jewell Robinson Dinner Photo Gallery: