2015 Marguerite Barland '60 Merit Award Recipients

Pauline Anita Bigby ’70
is a consummate educator and a lifelong advocate for literacy. After graduating from Goucher College with a degree in elementary education in 1970, Bigby went on to receive her master of education from the University of Pennsylvania and her doctorate in education from the University of Michigan, where she later worked as a professor in the Department of Education, preparing and training the next generation of teachers. She worked as a teacher and administrator in the public school system of Ann Arbor, Michigan, for 40 years. During her long tenure, she helped instill a love of reading and learning, especially among minority and underserved populations. She drew on her ability to connect people and resources to involve the whole community in literacy programs, including through such initiatives as the national African-American Read-In, the Michigan Reading Association Family Day, and the NAACP’s Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics.

Maxine Bigby Cunningham ’70 is a recognized writer, author, speaker, and mental health educator/advocate. After nearly 30 years with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, she stepped down from a senior executive position to assume leadership roles at grassroots nonprofit organizations engaged in community economic development, civil and human rights enforcement, and mental health advocacy. In 2011, Cunningham founded Empowered Walking Enterprise, LLC, a training company that empowers people of every social and economic status to achieve holistic wellness. Her memoir, Power Walking: A Journey to Wholeness, reveals her steps to mental health recovery and wellness after battling major depression. Her writings have appeared in Optimal Living Magazine, On Purpose Woman magazine, and in the newsletters of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Metropolitan Baltimore, Inc. and the Maryland State Poetry & Literary Society. She earned degrees from Goucher College and the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and she completed certificate studies at George Washington University and the Federal Executive Institute.

Minnie Waters Shorter ’73
Minnie Waters Shorter ’73 has spent her career finding creative solutions to generate positive change in the private, government, and nonprofit sectors. After graduating from Goucher College with a bachelor’s degree in visual arts, Shorter furthered her studies with a master of business administration from the University of Baltimore. She is working toward a research doctorate in information administration and management from the University of Phoenix. Her work with the Social Security Administration was dynamic, including an employee timekeeping project that has been called one of the most innovative at the organization. Shorter has generously contributed to Goucher as a member of the Alumnae & Alumni of Goucher College Board, the Class of 1973 Reunion Committee, the Committee of Visitors, and the Alumnae/i Fund Committee. She is a dedicated donor and class fund agent. Her contributions go beyond her alma mater, with numerous volunteer positions, including her work as director of Coastal Concerts, a nonprofit that promotes classical music appreciation in the Delmarva Peninsula. Shorter appreciates the lovely pauses in life with Thomas M. Crowley, who shares her enjoyment for photography, fine dining and wine, and travel from their home base in Lewes, Delaware.

Percy Moore ’95
Lieutenant Colonel Percy Moore ’95 has a wide-ranging career path that includes service to his country and to his community. Moore joined the U.S. Marine Corps immediately after high school. After his initial service, he enrolled in Goucher, where he was heavily involved in programming, leadership, and athletics, including four years as captain of the men’s soccer team. After Moore graduated with a bachelor’s degree in business management, he then attended Officer Candidate School and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Marine Corps. Despite being deployed several times, he was also able to complete his M.B.A. at the University of San Diego in 2002 and pursue military strategic studies at the Marine Corps University. After leaving active duty and joining the reserves, Moore worked in investment management with Morgan Stanley before moving on to several successful business ventures. Moore serves on the Board of Trustees of Goucher College, as head coach of multiple youth athletic teams, as member of the National Black MBA Association and National Naval Officers Association, and as a former member of the Black Sports Agents Association. One of his favorite roles is that of father: He and his wife, Janice, have five children.