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2011 West Coast

Vanessa Keen ’11, Brendan McFadden ’13, and Mary Wahl ’11  followed the sun to the West Coast the summer of 2011. There, they concentrated on California, where many successful Goucher grads (and an increasing number of current Goucher students) live.  West Coast Team members “shadowed” some of our most successful alumnae/i, and of course, attended two of Goucher’s Send-Off gatherings in San Francisco and Los Angeles; events that are held each summer in various cities to welcome the college’s incoming students to the Goucher family—and to offer new students, parents, and alumnae/i a chance to get to know each other.

A complete archive of their trip is coming soon.

Goucher Global Grooves—Alumnae/i Welcome!


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.

Dance-a-thon: Dancing through the Decades

sophia kurek3Sophia Louise Kurek, Goucher dance alum from the Class of 2013, loved life and all the adventures it had to offer. After news of her untimely death hit the Goucher community in June of 2014, friends on campus soon began thinking of ways honor her memory, her passion, and talent. So this fall, Goucher’s Dance Department and a group of motivated alums: Kate Clarke ’12, Angelica Daniele ’09 ’12, Victoria Peters ’12, Amanda Pugh ’08 ’14, and Ashley Turenchalk ’10; will put on the first annual Sophia Kurek ’13 Dance-a-Thon on Saturday, October 3, 2015 from 4-10 p.m. This event, which will raise money for dance scholarships, is the perfect way to celebrate Sophia and her love of the community that dance creates, all for a good cause.

sophie kurek 13The theme of the Dance-a-thon is “Dancing through the Decades!” Participants are encouraged to don a creative costume from the dance era of their choice. Anyone can register as a team of 5+ ($50) or as an individual ($10). In addition to team prizes, there will be a prize for the best outfit, mini dance classes throughout the afternoon, raffles, food, dance-offs, and a special performance by alums Mckenzie Shanahan ’08, Ellen Bast ’14, Lynn Price ’09, Megan Lynn ’11, and Georgia Speier ’11!

All proceeds will go to the Sophia L. Kurek Memorial Fund, recognizing students who embody strong academic standards, artistic talents, and personal qualities of grace, passion and diligence exemplified by Sophia.

For more information, and to get registered go to http://sophiakurekdanceathon.webs.com.

1st Annual Sophia Kurek ’13 Dance-a-thon
Saturday October 3, 2015 from 4:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Lillian Welsh Gymnasium, Decker Sports and Recreation Center
Goucher College

Fall 2015 Events for Alumnae/i

A new season and semester at Goucher brings plentiful opportunities to get involved with your alma mater. Here we’ve highlighted upcoming Goucher events to bring you back to campus and several occasions to meet the Goucher family on the road in cities around the country.

September 9      “Gophers in the City” Happy Hour*
5:30-7:30 p.m.   Towson Tavern, 516 York Rd, Towson, MD 21204
Say goodbye to summer with fellow Goucher graduates at this year’s final alumnae/i happy hour in our “Gophers in the City” regional event series. Tell your friends and RSVP to alumni@goucher.edu. Share this event on facebook

sophie kurek 13October 3            1st Annual Sophia Kurek ’13 Dance-A-Thon
4-10 p.m.             Lillian Welsh Gymnasium, Decker Sports Recreation Center
Join Goucher for a fun night of dancing for a great cause at the 1st Annual Sophia Kurek Dance-A-Thon in memory of alumna Sophia L. Kurek ’13. The theme is “Dancing through the Decades” and in addition to the competition, there will be raffles, team prizes, food, dance-offs, and a special alum performance! You can register as a team of 5+ ($50) or as an individual ($10). All proceeds will go to the Sophia L. Kurek ’13 Memorial Scholarship Fund to build opportunities for rising juniors pursuing dance degrees. For more information and a schedule of the evening’s activities, visit http://sophiakurekdanceathon.webs.com.

October 9-11      Goucher Family Weekend: Events for Alumnae/i

October 10, 2015              Goucher Legacy Reception
4-5 p.m.                               Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum, Batza Room
Goucher will host its annual reception honoring legacy families on Saturday afternoon of Family Weekend. Let us know if Goucher is part of your family tradition by contact the office of Alumnae/i Affairs at 410-337-6180.                     

RenieRun2014-008October 11, 2015              23rd Annual Renie Amoss Memorial 5K Run & 2.5K Walk
9 a.m.                                  Decker Sports and Recreation Center
Tie your tennis shoes and join Goucher student athletes, families, and alums for this year’s “Renie Run,” held in memory of alumna Corene “Renie” Amoss, a three-sport Goucher Academic All-American who died in 1993 shortly after graduating from Goucher.  All proceeds go to The Renie Amoss Fund, which grants several monetary awards each year to eligible Goucher students. http://renierun.com

October 16           Wilmington, DE Goucher Presidential Reception*
6-8 p.m.                The Home of Jeff Roth and Carol Hirschfeld Roth ’70
Goucher community members in the Wilmington, Delaware region are invited to a special reception and conversation with Goucher President José Antonio Bowen on Friday, October 16. For complete address details and to RSVP, please call 410-337-6159 or email alumni@goucher.edu by Monday, October 12.

October 17          “Emma in America” Opening Reception
3-5 p.m.               Sanford J. Ungar Athenaeum, 4th Floor and Hyman Forum
In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s beloved novel, Emma, Friends of the Goucher College Library will be unveiling the exhibition, “Emma in America: Jane Austen’s Novel through Two Centuries.” Join us for the exhibit opening reception, to begin with a brief introduction by Austen scholar Juliette Wells, and a dance performance by Choregraphie Antique. This event is free and hors d’oeuvres and wine will be served. Tickets are required and will be available at http://www.goucher.edu/tickets.

October 22          Denver, CO Goucher Presidential Reception*
Members of the Goucher Denver community are invited to meet with President José Antonio Bowen at the Clyfford Still Museum to learn about new and exciting developments at the college. Following the evening’s program, guests may enjoy a private tour of the museum led by venue hosts Curt R. Freed and Nancy Fernald Freed ’70. To RSVP, please call 410-337-6159 or email alumni@goucher.edu by Friday, October 16.

nyc compressedDecember 3       New York, NY Goucher Presidential Reception*
Don’t miss the largest regional Goucher event of the year, our annual New York reception at the exclusive Colony Club in Manhattan. Please save the date on your calendar and stay tuned for more information.

* = Alumnae/i Regional Event