Family Weekend Schedule of Events

October 6-8, 2017

Friday, October 6

Family Weekend Check-In | Noon - 7 p.m.


Dorsey Center Courtyard

Please check in and pick up your packet, which includes:

  • Your nametag—wear it throughout Family Weekend for access to events!!
  • The complete schedule of events for the weekend
  • Bracelets/tickets to gain entry to meals purchased in advance (including Shabbat dinner, Maryland crab feast, Saturday’s buffet luncheon, and Sunday's jazz brunch)

(Saturday arrivals may check in on October 7 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

 

Goucher Backstage Pass: Le Silence des chauves-souris (The Silence of the Bats) | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.


Dunnock Theatre, Meyerhoff Arts Center Building

Meet members of the production crew as they put finishing touches on this weekend’s performance of a recent work by playwright Anaïs Allais Benbouali. Performances Sat. evening and Sun. matinee (see listing).

 

Development Center Events | 1 - 4 p.m.


Inside Goucher’s Student Support and Development Centers
Goucher supports our students’ academic, social, and developmental wellbeing in so many ways! Visit some of our key centers and meet the outstanding staff that serve the Goucher community.

1 – 3:30 p.m.

Career Development Office Open House
Van Meter Hall 117
The Career Development Office's mission is to help students and alumnae/i find and pursue career paths and passions that combine their values, interests, and skills. Drop in and learn about all of the options and resources available to your student.

1 – 2 p.m.

Meet and Greet at the Center for Race, Equity, and Identity
Ungar Athenaeum 422
The Center for Race, Equity and Identity (CREI) engages all students in social justice through educational and co-curricular opportunities through social justice, intersectionality and Critical Race Theory. CREI seeks to foster an environment in which marginalized and oppressed community members (specifically students of color; first generation and/or low-income students; LGBTQIA students; disabled students/students with disabilities; and international students) feel affirmed and comfortable exploring and expressing their identities. Come visit to meet CREI’s staff and interns and learn more about ongoing programming and campus initiatives. 

2 – 3 p.m.

ACE 101
Academic Center for Excellence, Julia Rogers (second floor)
ACE is a resource center that strives to support students in their effort to prepare for a life of inquiry, creativity, and social responsibility, as well as to develop a sense of personal and professional ethics and integrity. Come visit and see why this center is not just where you go if you’re having academic challenges and meet our resident “student’s best friend,” Lucy.

3 – 4 p.m.

Supporting Your Student’s Study Abroad Experience
International Studies, Dorsey Center 207
International Studies staff and mentors show you the ropes and offer concrete ways to make your student’s study abroad a life-enriching experience they will never forget!

 

 

"Wow Sessions" | 1:30 - 4:50 p.m.


Academic “Wow Sessions”
Experience how Goucher students learn as faculty members explain the new curriculum and demonstrate pedagogical techniques in these sessions.

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

In God We Trust? American Civil Religion and Separation of Church and State
Julia Rogers G50
Dr. Ann Duncan, Associate Professor of Religion
Join Dr. Ann Duncan of the religion program to uncover the paradoxical relationship between religion and government in the United States. In this session, you’ll explore the constitutional basis for the “separation of church and state” and the plethora of religious imagery, language, and meaning infused in political discourse and civil ritual.

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

Goldsmith Interfaith Center Overview
Haebler Memorial Chapel
Cynthia Terry, Chaplain & Josh Snyder, Rabbi and Executive Director, Goucher Hillel
Imagine a place on campus where students of different faith backgrounds come together to practice their tradition and share it with others. A place that serves as a nexus for students to grow in their understanding of others and to find a place of authentic connection. Such a place would host events like Buddhist meditation; daily Muslim prayer; musical Kabbalat Shabbat; Christian worship services; walking the labyrinth; building a mandala; cooking challah, sharing a kosher/hallal meal. A place that enables the Goucher community to talk about what matters within and across religious traditions. Goucher College is embarking on an exciting plan to build the Goldsmith Interfaith Center adjacent to the Chapel. The Chapel itself will also be enhanced to allow it to function as a Sacred Space more fully for many different religious traditions. Come hear more about the changes and share your thoughts, questions, needs, and ideas.

1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

Market Madness
Julia Rogers G52
Dr. Gina Shamshak, Associate Professor of Economics
We will learn about key economic concepts while taking part in an in-class market activity. Will individuals pursuing their own self-interests lead to madness or maximization? Will we see the invisible hand in action? Join us to find out!

2:30 – 3:20 p.m.

Friend or foe? How your Immune System Determines Who’s Who
Julia Rogers, Room TBD
Robin Cresiski, Ph.D., Director, Center for the Advancement of Scholarship & Teaching (CAST)
In this session, participants will learn about a fundamental function of our immune system: knowing what to attack. For those interested in health careers or just fascinated by the how the body works, this class will be a fun introduction to some of the complex inner workings of this critical biological system that keeps us safe.

2:30-3:20 p.m.

Polliteracy: Understanding the Art and Science of Public Opinion
Julia Rogers G50
Dr. Mileah Kromer, Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Hughes Center
“Polliteracy” is an overview of the commonly asked questions concerning public opinion polling. What should consumers of polls look for in determining whether a poll is a signal of a political reality or simply the noise of junk science? How can we tell what millions of voters are thinking by only interviewing hundreds? Who is a likely voter? And, despite their best efforts, why do pollsters sometimes get it wrong?

3:30 – 4:20 p.m.

Taming the Beat Within
Julia Rogers G52
Dr. Elisa Koehler, Associate Professor of Music
Everyone loves music with a good beat, but the real action takes place underneath the surface. Class participants will learn how to distinguish between metric pulse, subdivision, and complex rhythmic patterns to discover how various meters function. Activities will include work with simple, compound, and complex meters, as well as a variety of regular and syncopated rhythmic patterns.

3:30 – 4:20 p.m.

A World Full of Color…Thanks to Science
Julia Rogers G50
Dr. Pam Douglass, Assistant Professor of Chemistry

How do we experience color? How do we communicate about the colors we see? How can we design technology that uses only a few different types of colored pixels yet communicates to us the many colors in nature? In the sciences at Goucher, we aim to guide students to a deep understanding of our world and how we interact with it by asking meaningful questions and investigating well designed studies.

Since one of the ways many of our students interact with the world is through the use of smart phone technology, we explore the use of this technology as it relates to vision and color. Using smartphones and a scientific instrument called a spectrometer, we explore together a system of compounds and light that opens our eyes to the methods and techniques we use as scientists to expand our knowledge of the natural world.

3:30 – 4:20 p.m.

Fifty Years Since the Baltimore Uprising of 1968: What Has Changed?
Julia Rogers G48
Dr. Nina Kasniunas, Arsht Professor in Ethics and Leadership, Associate Professor of Political Science
Engage yourselves in a short session of what problem based learning looks like in the classroom.

3:30 – 4:20 p.m.

Meet the Goucher Prison Education Partnership
Location TBD
A leader in regional and national conversations about education access, poverty and incarceration, Goucher College is one of just a handful of institutions that has the ability to confer a bachelor’s degree on students who complete the requirements for a diploma while incarcerated. The Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP) is a division of Goucher College that provides men and women incarcerated in Maryland with the opportunity to pursue an excellent college education. This academic division of the college enrolls about 100 students who take Goucher College courses on-site at two state prisons. Students are held to the rigorous academic standards for which Goucher is known. In the process, students empower themselves as scholars and leaders. Come to learn more about GPEP and how the Goucher College community is enhanced and strengthened by the inclusion of students at the two prisons. 

 

Shabbat Welcome and Musical Services | 5 - 6 p.m.


Welsh Hall, Piano Room (first floor)

Welcome Shabbat together with a musical service led by Rabbi Josh Snyder.

 

Family Shabbat Dinner | 6 - 7:30 p.m.


Stimson Hall, Esther Ann Brown Adler Hillel Lounge

Join Goucher Hillel for a family-style Shabbat dinner. We will begin with Shabbat traditions at 6 p.m. Dinner will be served at 6:15 p.m. Students on the meal plan will not be charged. Fee: $15 per person.

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Maryland Crab Feast | 6 - 7:30 p.m.


Dorsey Center Courtyard

Enjoy a true Maryland feast of local crab, fried chicken, pit beef, fresh corn, and other traditional fare including wine, beer, and dessert. You’ll be instructed by campus pros on how to use wooden mallets to eat the succulent crustaceans for which Maryland is so famous! Bring a big appetite—you’ll need it. This is a fun event for the whole family served picnic-style. Choices for vegetarians will also be available. Students are not covered under their meal plan. Fee: $40 per person. Cash Bar.

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President Bowen in Concert with Goucher Global Grooves | 8 p.m.


Kraushaar Auditorium, Dorsey Center

Featuring President José Antonio Bowen and special musical guests from around the world, join student musicians and the Goucher College Chorus, directed by Daniel McDavitt for an evening of jazz and world music. Our musical president has played with Stan Getz, Dave Brubeck, Bobby McFerrin, Liberace, and many more, but the musicians he most enjoys playing with today are our students. Prepare to be delighted by this ‘world tour’ with our accomplished student performers. You don’t want to miss this Family Weekend highlight! Free.

 

Saturday, October 7

Make sure you check out Saturday's athletics events, which are listed in their own section below.

Family Weekend Check-In | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Dorsey Center Courtyard

Please check in and pick up:

  • Your nametag—wear it throughout Family Weekend for access to events!
  • A complete schedule of events
  • Tickets you purchased in advance (Saturday’s buffet luncheon and Sunday's jazz brunch)

 

Shabbat Service and Kiddush | 9 - 10:30 a.m.


Hillel Sukkah

Join Rabbi Josh for a service in the sukkah and a short Kiddush following services.

 

Leadership Update | 10 - 10:30 a.m.


Merrick Lecture Hall, Dorsey Center

Join us for coffee and pastries and learn about all of the innovative things happening on campus with President José Antonio Bowen, Provost Leslie Lewis, and Vice President and Dean of Students Bryan Coker.

 

Get to Know the Professors | 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.


Rosenberg Gallery and Dorsey Center Courtyard

Mix and mingle with faculty members to get the inside scoop on what's going on inside the classroom this semester.

 

Goucher Hillel Bagel Brunch | 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


Stimson Hall, Esther Ann Brown Adler Hillel Lounge

Join Hillel staff and student leaders to learn about all the great things Hillel is doing on campus. No cost, but reservation is required.

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Community Lunch: Autumn Salad and Sandwich Buffet | Noon - 1:30 p.m.


Hyman Forum, Ungar Athenaeum (Ground Floor of the Ungar Athenaeum)

Enjoy a delightful buffet presented by our award-winning campus dining service, Bon Appétit. You’ll enjoy a tempting array of artisanal sandwiches (including gluten free, vegan, and vegetarian selections), a fall-themed salad bar featuring local produce, as well as specialty cookies and refreshing house-made beverages. Fee: $10 per person; Goucher students with Family Weekend guests may use their mealplan, but need to register in advance. Guests must register online and purchase in advance.

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Library & Art Tours | 1 p.m.


1 p.m.

Tour the Library
Ungar Athenaeum - Library Entrance (second floor)
Take a tour of our beautiful facility and explore special collections.

1 p.m.

Tour the Goucher Art Galleries and Sculpture Collection
Ungar Athenaeum - Silber Gallery Entrance
Learn all about our current exhibitions with curator Laura Amussen.

 

25th Anniversary Renie Amoss Race
Registration & Packet Pickup | 1 - 4 p.m.


Decker Sports & Recreation Center

Registration and pre-registered packet pickup for Sunday’s 25th Anniversary Renie Amoss Race (5K run/1.5-mile walk). Advance registration is $10 for students, $15 for the community. Race-day registration is $20.

Register now 

Public Safety Briefing:
Safety + Students = Peace of Mind | 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.


Pinkard Room - 426, Ungar Athenaeum

Join nationally-recognized campus safety expert and Goucher’s Director of Public Safety David Heffer, as he explains Goucher’s comprehensive plan to insure the safety and security of our students, faculty and staff. Dave will outline the college’s emergency plan, explain our prevention measures and show you how to use Goucher’s newest safety tool, the awesome “Gopher Help” app!

 

Legacy Reception | 2 - 3:30 p.m.


Batza Room - 448, Ungar Athenaeum

Is your Goucher student related to a Goucher alumna or alumnus? Celebrate the special connection and join fellow Goucher legacy families for dessert and camaraderie. Open to legacy alumni, students, and their parents. Separate registration required.

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Walk the Trails at Goucher | 3 - 4 p.m.


Meet at Stimson Hall

Walkers will learn how to identify some of Goucher’s multiple species of trees and lush foliage as they explore the peaceful trails that wind through our 287-acre campus. Cynthia Kicklighter, associate professor of biology, and Tom Kelliher, associate professor of mathematics and computer science, will lead the walk. Consider wearing long pants and other appropriate clothes for a walk in the woods.

 

Umoja Talent Show | 7 - 8:30 p.m.


Hyman Forum, Ungar Athenaeum (Ground Floor of the Ungar Athenaeum)

Join us for an evening of student performances coordinated by Umoja, Goucher’s black student union.

 

Le Silence des chauves-souris (The Silence of the Bats) | 7:30 p.m.


Goucher College Theatre Production. The play, by Anaïs Allais Benbouali, will be performed in French, with English supertitles.

Dunnock Theatre, Meyerhoff Arts Center Building

Synopsis: Maya is unemployed and has been unlucky in love. Nour is a recent refugee from a country at war. The two young women find themselves to be awkward roommates with each other and also with some bats who have roosted under their apartment’s roof. Nour is striving to make a good life for her baby who has not yet been born. Maya tries to shelter Nour while also figuring out who she herself is. First produced in 2015, Le Silence des chauves-souris is a one-act play about contemporary life, cultural difference and the sustaining power of friendship. The play looks humorously at the absurdities of everyday living, while also treating seriously and tenderly themes of grief, memory, loss of security and the value of risk. This production is co-sponsored by Goucher’s Theatre and French programs, and is part of the FR/THE 272Y course, French Theatre in Avignon, Marseille and Paris. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Dunnock box office.

 

Athletic Events - Saturday, October 7

Goucher Invitational Cross Country Meet
Men - 10:30 a.m. | Women - 11:15 a.m.


Start near the Beldon Field pavilion. Finish at Gopher Stadium.

 

Field Hockey vs. Moravian | 1 p.m.


Beldon Field

 

Equestrian vs. Mount St. Mary's | 10 a.m - 4:30 p.m.


Goucher Equestrian Center

 

Men's & Women's Tennis
vs. Stevenson - 9 a.m. (men only)

vs. Penn State Harrisburg - 1 p.m. 
vs. Messiah - 4 p.m.


Goucher Tennis Courts

 

Men's Lacrosse - Matt Gabriel Alumni Game | 4 p.m.


Beldon Field

 

Sunday, October 8

25th Anniversary Renie Amoss Race | 9 - 10 a.m.


Decker Sports & Recreation Center

This annual run/walk is held in memory of much-loved Corene “Renie” Amoss ’93, who passed away shortly after graduating from Goucher. Proceeds from the memorial run go toward The Renie Amoss Fund, which grants annual monetary awards to one or more Goucher students who have outstanding academic records and engage in community service. Registration and pre-registered packet pickup starts at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $20 on race day.

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Sunday Jazz Brunch | 9 a.m. - 2 p.m.


Stimson Dining Hall

Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet brunch served up by Bon Appétit while listening to Goucher students perform live jazz (with a possible guest appearance by President Bowen!).

Students on the meal plan may use their meal card, but they may not swipe guest meals for this event. Register in advance and choose from four seating times. Price: $20 per person for adults; $10 per person 12 and under.

Register now 

Christian Worship Service | 11 a.m.


Haebler Memorial Chapel

Gather with other Goucher families for a service of Christian worship in the Protestant tradition. All are welcome.

 

Le Silence des Chauves-Souris (The Silence of the Bats) | 2:30 p.m.


Goucher College Theatre Production. The play, by Anaïs Allais Benbouali, will be performed in French, with English supertitles.

Dunnock Theatre, Meyerhoff Arts Center Building

Synopsis: Maya is unemployed and has been unlucky in love. Nour is a recent refugee from a country at war. The two young women find themselves to be awkward roommates with each other and also with some bats who have roosted under their apartment’s roof. Nour is striving to make a good life for her baby who has not yet been born. Maya tries to shelter Nour while also figuring out who she herself is. First produced in 2015, Le Silence des chauves-souris is a one-act play about contemporary life, cultural difference and the sustaining power of friendship. The play looks humorously at the absurdities of everyday living, while also treating seriously and tenderly themes of grief, memory, loss of security and the value of risk. This production is co-sponsored by Goucher’s Theatre and French programs, and is part of the FR/THE 272Y course, French Theatre in Avignon, Marseille and Paris. Tickets are $5 and are available at the Dunnock box office.