College responds to emails sent to members of grad department

Rachel Brustein
Editor-in-Chief

On August 31, Goucher president Jose Bowen sent out an email to the college community explaining that “three very disturbing email messages containing racist language” had been sent to students, staff, and faculty in the Graduate Programs in Education. The first two of the three emails referenced were sent on August 26, and the third was sent on August 29.

Both Public Safety and the Baltimore County Police Department (BCPD) were notified. Richard Puller, the Director of Public Safety, said that on the day the emails were received, “Goucher College officials…reached out to the parties involved to advise that we were aware of the emails.” Puller also added that no more of these emails have been sent since August 29, and the police are continuing to investigate.

Bowen made it clear that these emails had not come from a Goucher email address, but rather someone pretending to be from Goucher with the email goucherfaculty@gmail.com. He also stressed the importance of notifying Public Safety if one were to receive another email with offensive content. Additionally, Bowen encouraged students to attend last week’s “Listen in/Speak Out” discussion about race and the recent incidents in Ferguson, Missouri, and to use the discussion as an opportunity to further our campus discourse on race.

New orientation ensues for first-year and transfer students

Rachel Brustein

Editor-in-Chief

The orientation program for all first-year and transfer students experienced significant changes this year. The biggest change  was the choice to drop summer orientation, which usually was held in the beginning of June.  Another change was dropping the early immersion programs. Christine Krieger, Associate Director of the Office of Student Engagement (OSE) said that attendance at summer orientation had been low in recent previous years. Billy Daly ’16, one of two Orientation Committee (OC) co-chairs explained, “to offset that change, we had everyone come back a day early.”

Beginning orientation a day early gave students more time to get to know one another before classes started. Kiera McCarthy ’15, Chair of OC noted that this also gave students “extra time to settle into Goucher’s community…[and] help every student feel welcome.” Although early immersion had been a positive experience for students in previous years, it sometimes created a divide between students who had and who had not participated in early immersion once the actual orientation program started.

Goucher Connects, a daylong program during the Friday of orientation, gave students the opportunity to volunteer in Baltimore with their fellow classmates, the OC, and the Connections Peer Facilitators. Though the program did not intend to serve as a replacement for early immersion, Daly explained, “we [OC] wanted to give everyone a similar immersive experience and an opportunity to get hands-on…[and] take a break from orientation.” No other college in the Baltimore area does a program like this on such a large scale, which makes Goucher unique.

McCarthy added that Goucher Connects allowed for “peer facilitators and the new students an opportunity to get to know one another and the Baltimore community.” Annabeth Lucas ’16, another co-chair of OC, said that through Goucher Connects, the OC “hoped to create an experience that was much more fulfilling and memorable…than simply strolling the Inner Harbor.” This enabled students to see a specific aspect of the city, rather than just a tourist destination. Lindsay Johnson ’05, Associate Director of Community-Based Learning (CBL) articulated one of the goals: “connect first-year students to one another through collaborative work,” and that this was not just “a day of service.” Krieger, who coordinates the majority of the orientation program, said that Goucher Connects “made a huge impact on orientation,” and hopes to continue the program. Cass Freedland, Director of CBL, worked to create the partnerships with the organizations for Goucher Connects, and is planning to continue these partnerships throughout the academic year.

Saturday night, OC and Goucher Student Government (GSG) collaborated on a new social event, First Night in the Ath. Several clubs and organizations on campus sponsored interactive activities, giving first-year and transfer students a sampling of what opportunities there are at Goucher.  In the past, one of the only social events at orientation was a dance, which did not appeal to everyone. Lucas said that this event was able to “create an environment for first-years [and transfers] to mingle,” where dancing was still an option. Daly, who was a key player in developing the event, said that instead of Taste of Towson, a previous orientation event, the OC and GSG wanted to give students “a taste of Goucher, and that’s why we wanted to work with a bunch of different clubs.” In the past, students’ first exposure to clubs was at club rush, which doesn’t “give you a chance to see what they [the clubs] do before you commit to at least getting emails from them,” Daly added.

McCarthy, Daly, and Lucas stayed on campus throughout the summer to plan the program with Krieger. McCarthy said that this included serving as a “liaison between the committee and Christine…[and] planning the Orientation Committee’s trainings.”

While there can be an overwhelming amount of information presented to first-year and transfer students at orientation, Daly explained that what he believes are the most important takeaways are not necessarily remembering all of the information, but being able to recognize the resources available on campus and “to identify some key people in each of those departments that they know they can go to.” Lucas elaborated on how orientation can serve several purposes for different people. “For some it is simply a way to meet new people…[and] for others it is an academic godsend as they meet with advisors, various departments…and staff.”

Anna Bloomfield ’18, “really enjoyed Goucher Connects because we got to make new friends and bond over how gross the compost was.” Three first-year students agreed that the more relaxed events were more fun than the more structured events because it gave them the opportunity to have conversations with people without being pressured to move onto another activity.

Looking forward, Daly would “love to continue and expand First Night in the Ath” as an orientation event. Though it is too early to say whether or not all of the changes that were made this year will stick, McCarthy said that something wonderful about orientation is that “we [OC] can easily get feedback from students and make changes as necessary.” 

Alumnae/i Weekend: Goucher says goodbye to Sandy Ungar

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

During this year’s annual Alumnae/i Weekend, which took place from April 25-27,

Members Goucher community gather in the Hyman Forum for a gala in honor of Sanford Ungar (Photo: Rachel Brustein)

Members Goucher community gather in the Hyman Forum for a gala in honor of Sanford Ungar (Photo: Rachel Brustein)

over 1,000 guests were welcomed for 65 events, both on and off campus. There were special events for the reunion classes, which were for alumnae/i who graduated in years ending in 4 and 9. Cori Tyner ’82, director of alumnae/i affairs said there was a “great turnout.”
A major part of the weekend is the Alumnae and Alumni of Goucher College (AAGC) Annual Meeting. The AAGC is the governing body of the alumnae/i association. The annual meeting brings classes together, recognizes donors, and presents awards. The Jenifer Mitchell Reed ’86 Young Alumnae/i Award went to Kate Howell Bullard ’04 and John Olszewski ’04. This award always goes to an alumna or alumnus who is five to ten years out of college, recognizing him or her for volunteer service. The Ethel Cockey ’23 Award went to Judith Brigstocke Hundertmark ’54. This award is also for volunteer service, but goes to a senior alumna or alumnus. Hundertmark’s mother was also a Goucher alumna and received the same award many years ago. The Dorothy Lamberton Clapp ’39 Award, for those who have donated generously to the college, went to Jean Daniels Hawley ’59 and Mary Cole Dickerman ’59. The most prestigious award the college can give to an alumnae/i, the Award for Excellence in Public Service, went to Sherry Bebitch Jeffe ’64, a political analyst, journalist, and scholar, for the service she has done for her community.
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Susan Eisenhower to give 2014 commencement address

Rachel Brustien
Co-Features Editor

On April 9, Goucher president Sanford Ungar emailed the senior class to announce that Susan

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Eisenhower will be the keynote speaker at the 123rd Commencement on Friday, May 23. She will also be receiving an honorary degree from the college.
Eisenhower, who is the granddaughter of former President Dwight Eisenhower, is a foreign policy and international affairs expert, with a specialty with United States-Russian relations. She is also the president of the Eisenhower Group, Inc., which, as stated by her website “provides strategic counsel on political, business, and public affairs projects.” Read more of this post

Dance Review: 2014 Goucher Repetory Dance Ensemble

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

The weekend of April 11, the Goucher Repertory Dance Ensemble performed its biannual concert, which

Students performing in Goucher College Repertory Dance Ensemble (Photo: Cuong Huy Nguyen)

Students performing in Goucher College Repertory Dance Ensemble (Photo: Cuong Huy Nguyen)

featured both ballet and modern dance. The theme of the performance was Past and Present, and therefore showcased performances that represented a variety of time periods throughout dance.
“Bournonville Divertissements,” a classical ballet piece en pointe, was originally choreographed in the 1800’s, and was staged by guest artist Nilas Martins. Julia Larcenaire ’16, who was in the piece, says “it’s always a wonderful experience to be in a residency with the guest artists.” Larcenaire was in other pieces as well, but “had the most fun onstage in ‘Bournonville Divertissements’ [because] it was quite different from the contemporary ballet works that we usually do at Goucher … [and it was] lighthearted and cheerful.” Read more of this post

Board of Trustees announces Jose Bowen as 11th president

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

On Wednesday, March 12, the Office of Communications sent an email to the

The next president of Goucher College Jose Bowen and his family. (Photo courtesy of Jose Bowen)

The next president of Goucher College Jose Bowen and his family. (Photo courtesy of Jose Bowen)

Goucher community announcing José Antonio Bowen as the college’s next president.
Bowen, who is currently the dean of Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, is from Cuban ancestry and was raised near Barcelona. His family moved to California when he was five years old and he lived there through college and graduate school. Though he originally wanted to attend a conservatory for college, Bowen ended up going to Stanford, where he earned a B. A. in chemistry after changing his major nine times. He went on to earn Masters degrees in music composition and humanities and a PhD in musicology and humanities, also from Stanford.
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Gourmet at Goucher: Tom Brown, Bon Appétit General Manager

Rachel Brustein
Co-Features Editor

Tom Brown, the Bon Appétit General Manager at Goucher, ensures that the dining halls are up and

Tom Brown, the general manager of Bon Appétit, in his office (Photo: Rachel Brustein)

Tom Brown, the general manager of Bon Appétit, in his office (Photo: Rachel Brustein)

running as he manages a diverse team of staff. Brown, who has held this position since the beginning of the 2013-2014 academic year and worked at Goucher for the past three years, has an array of experience in the food industry.
Brown got his start bussing tables and washing dishes at a restaurant in Colorado, and noted that he still talks to the restaurant owner and chefs today. It was also in Colorado where he made his first connection to Goucher. Brown met his wife, Jen, a Goucher alum, who waitressed at the restaurant where he worked.
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