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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.

Lise Gammeltoft ’66 – Gallup Alumni Survey Sweepstakes Winner

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Lise Gammeltoft ’66

Congratulations to Lise Gammeltoft ’66, the lucky winner of Goucher’s Gallup Alumni Survey Sweepstakes. She is one of approximately 2700 Goucher graduates who participated this fall in Gallup’s online alumni survey* measuring how key elements of the college experience affect workplace engagement and five aspects of well-being (purpose, social, financial, community, and physical). By completing the survey, Lise’s name was automatically entered into, and later selected as the winner of, our raffle for a $250 Amazon.com gift card.

Lise, who is a retired attorney in Green Bay, Wisconsin, has much to celebrate, having just attended her daughter’s wedding in September; and in December, she became the first female to receive a lifetime achievement award from her local bar association in Brown County.

Like many Goucher alums, Lise has spent a lifetime working to make an impact in her community. After returning from the Peace Corps in 1972, Lise received her law degree at the University of Green Bay and began a 31-year legal career in family law and employment discrimination. She retired in 2009, but she says this by no means has slowed her down. Lise currently volunteers as a mediator, a literacy tutor, and sits on five different boards for various good causes. In fact, when we caught up with her, she was busy packing her bags for a volunteer Habitat For Humanity project in El Salvador.

Keep up the good work, Lise. And congratulations.

*The Goucher Gallup Alumnae/i Survey produced a 34% response rate. Full survey results will be published online later this spring!

At 77, Veteran Fencer Boots Evans ’60 Still Slices Up the Competition

BootsEvans1Boots Evans ’60 took her first fencing lesson as a freshman at Goucher more than 50 years ago. She has now come full circle, so to speak, by returning to Baltimore earlier this month to compete at the USA Fencing Association’s North American Cup, one of three national tournaments for veteran fencers (ages 40+). Sporting her Goucher patch for luck, she prevailed, earning a sixth place medal.

BootsEvans3Boots, who competes nationally and internationally “using the foil,” actually returned to the sport more recently after a hiatus of many decades. Now, she competes simply because she can—she must.”  “I feel fortunate to be healthy and physically fit enough at my age (77) to be able to engage in this level of activity,” she explains, then adds of herself and fellow contenders, “it challenges us mentally and physically as we continue to learn and hopefully improve each time we step on the strip.”

Similar to the experience she had at Goucher, Boots’ love of fencing extends to the outstanding women with whom she competes. “The people we meet are high-achieving, exceptional individuals. We’re good friends… until a director says, “En garde.”

NYC Presidential Reception Slideshow, 12.3.15

Goucher Global Grooves—Alumnae/i Welcome!

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WHAT: This new ensemble at Goucher that will play a mix of global rhythms, urban grooves, jazz, and a little funky street music.

WHO: Any students, ALUMNAE/I, or community members who want to play. We are especially eager to see alumnae/i come back to play.

WHEN: Initial rehearsals and performances will be held January 11-15 and January 19-22, 3-5 p.m.

We will initially be playing at a few Goucher basketball games, on January 13 (7 p.m.), January 20 (7 p.m.), and January 23 (2 p.m. and 4 p.m.). We hope to continue playing throughout the semester, and we might even play over the summer.

SKILL LEVEL: We can accommodate most skill levels. Reading music will help, but we will also do some improvisation and jamming.

INSTRUMENTS: Almost all instruments can be accommodated. We need drums, bass, guitar, and piano, plus whatever assortment of melody instruments you want to play. Come learn to play a drum or polish up your trumpet chops.

LEADERSHIP & COMPOSERS: We will need some tunes and charts—mostly lead sheets. We will also need some cheer/pep/pop/jam material in addition to the global stuff I can provide. Ultimately I’d like to have student or alum leadership that is self-sustaining over the long term.

MORE INFO: If you are interested, email José Antonio Bowen jose.bowen@goucher.edu.