Family Weekend Schedule of Events

October 4-6, 2019

Friday, October 4

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
  • Wristbands/tickets to gain entry to meals registered for in advance (including Shabbat dinner, Maryland crab feast, Saturday’s buffet luncheon, and Sunday's brunch)

(Saturday arrivals may check in on October 5 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Visit some of the classes and centers at Goucher. Meet faculty, staff, and administrators, and/or experience how your student learns at Goucher by picking and choosing sessions and classes between 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Open Classes | 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Various Locations

Experience how Goucher students learn, as faculty members open their classes to family members throughout the day. View the class schedule list (PDF) for a schedule of classes open to visitors.

Ask Your M.D. - Mobile Dean | 12:30 – 1:30 p.m.

In front of Mary Fisher Dining Center, Van Meter highway

“Ask Your M.D. – Mobile Dean” is a time when the Deans: Bryan Coker, Vice President & Dean of Students, Nicole Johnson, Associate Dean of Students, Stacy Cooper Patterson, Associate Dean of Students, and Andrew Wu, Associate Dean of Students & Athletic Director come to the students once a week in high traffic areas on campus. They’re available to answer questions, concerns, or just to check-in and say hi. (…And they usually have good candy to give away, too!) Just look for their table and the Mobile Dean banner on Van Meter highway while walking through campus on Friday afternoon.

Complex Problem Exploration (CPE) Demonstration: Myth Buster: Applying the Scientfic Method to Everyday Claims | 1:30 – 2:20 p.m.

Batza Room, Athenaeum (4th Floor)

CPE courses are a part of the Goucher Common Requirements with interdisciplinary, inquiry-based courses where students engage in collaborative projects aimed at tackling real world problems. The focus in this course is to use the tools of science, notably the scientific method, to explore a topic related to the current issue of how to decide what to believe out of all of the information readily available today.

Tour the Library & Special Collections | 1:30-3 p.m. (1:30, 2:00, 2:30 for half hour tours)

Ungar Athenaeum, Entrance to Special Collections & Archives, 4th Floor of the Athenaeum, directly across from the main elevator

Join student guides and library staff for a tour of Goucher’s special collections, currently featuring The Paul Henderson photography exhibit and Goucher’s beautiful library facility.

Paul Henderson: Photographs of the Civil Rights Era is a traveling exhibition from the collections of the Maryland Historical Society featuring images by Baltimore photojournalist Paul Henderson (1899 – 1998).  As the first photographer of the Baltimore Afro American, Henderson captured life in Baltimore during the 1940s – 1960s. The exhibition at Goucher will feature a selection of images that visually documented Maryland’s African American community during the Civil Rights era including NAACP activities, protests, Morgan State University, the arts and entertainment district, athletics, and everyday life in Baltimore.

ACE 101 | 2 – 3 p.m.

Academic Center for Excellence, Julia Rogers (second floor)

Please stop by an open house to learn about the holistic academic support provided at Goucher for all undergraduate students through the Academic Center for Excellence or ACE.  Please note that this is an open house only and if you have individual student related questions, please contact ACE at We will be happy to respond to any specific student related question you may have.

Meet the Goucher Prison Education Partnership | 2 – 3 p.m.

Julia Rogers 227

The Goucher Prison Education Partnership (GPEP), an academic division of the college, provides 130 men and women incarcerated in Maryland with the opportunity to pursue a Goucher College education. Goucher students at the prisons are held to the rigorous academic standards for which the college is known and through their studies empower themselves as scholars and leaders. Come and learn about Goucher’s national leadership in higher education in prison, about roles for interested main campus students, and about how the Goucher community is enhanced and strengthened by the inclusion of students at the two prisons.

“What I wish my family had known before I…”

…interned/studied abroad/participated in a Community-Based Learning program.| 3 – 4 p.m.

HUB Open Space, Van Meter Hall, first floor

Highlighting the experiences of students who have studied abroad, interned, or engaged with Community Based Learning programs, this panel will offer families insight into how to best prepare and support their students as they embark on these experiential learning opportunities offered through the Exploration Hub. Please come prepared with questions for this interactive discussion!

Meet and Greet at the Center for Race, Equity, and Identity | 3 -4 p.m.

Athenaeum 422

Come meet the center staff, interns, and students to learn about the support and affirmation we provide for all members of the Goucher community.

Shabbat Welcome &  Services | 5 - 5:45 p.m.

Hillel Lounge - Heubeck Hall

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

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

Heubeck multi-purpose Room

Join Goucher Hillel for a family-style Shabbat dinner. There is no charge for dinner but reservations are required.

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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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GopherIt Challenge | 8 p.m.

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

Join the Office of Student Engagement and other students and families for a family-style game competition. The whole family is welcomed to attend, and games are best suited for 12 and over. There is no charge for participation but registration is requested for planning purposes.

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Saturday, October 5

Family Weekend Check-In | 9:30 a.m. - 12:30 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
  • Wristbands/tickets to gain entry to meals registered for in advance (including Saturday’s buffet luncheon and Sunday's brunch)

Presidential Update | 10 - 11 a.m.

Merrick Auditorium, Dorsey Center

Join us for coffee and pastries and learn about all of the innovative things happening on campus with President Kent Devereaux.

Academic Programs Meet and Greet - | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Dorsey Courtyard and Rosenberg Gallery

From 11 – 11:15, join faculty and staff from the academic division in the Dorsey Courtyard (or Rosenberg Gallery, for inclement weather) to hear brief academic updates, learn about our optional J-Term experience, and be introduced to the twelve Academic Centers.  Beginning at 11:15, you can mix and mingle with the Center faculty to learn more about various majors at Goucher.  Assistant Provost, Emily Perl, will be available at a table in the Rosenberg Gallery to share a list of courses available during J-Term, the three-and-a half week period that runs from January 3 – 24.

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

Hillel Lounge - Heubeck Hall

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 | 12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Ungar Athenaeum, Hyman Forum (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 meal plan, but need to register in advance. Guests must register online and purchase in advance.

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First Year Reading Book Discussion | 1 - 2 p.m.

Ungar Athenaeum, Reader's Lounge 441

This year our incoming first year students read the book Tell Me How It Ends: An Essay in 40 Questions by Valeria Luiselli. The book is available as an ebook through the Goucher Library. This book describes the process for children who come to the United States border and is extremely relevant to our current climate. You are invited to read the book and join us for a discussion about the issues presented.

Tour of Goucher Art Galleries | 1 p.m.

Ungar Athenaeum, Silber Gallery Entrance

Learn about the current exhibitions at our galleries with Director of Exhibitions and Art Curator Alex Ebstein ’07

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

Decker Sports & Recreation Center

Registration and pre-registered packet pickup for Sunday’s Renie Amoss Race (5Krun/1.5-mile walk).

Advance registration is $10 for students, $15 for the community. Race-day registration is $20.

Campus 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 Campus 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 innovative safety tool, the “Gopher Help” app.

Reflecting on Resilience: What makes us bounce back? | 2 – 3 p.m.

Welsh Hall Piano Room (first floor)

Resilience has been shown to be a much stronger predictor of success than intelligence. Goucher encourages resilience in all areas of campus life through reflection, collaboration, and experiential learning. In this workshop with the Office of Student Support and Outreach and Student Wellness, we will discuss the experiences that have helped you develop resilience, how you’ve taught your children to become more resilient, and what skills we need in order to help us “bounce back”.

Parent & Family Leadership Council Reception | 2 - 3:30 p.m.

Batza Room, Athenaeum (4th Floor)

Join President Devereaux and Parent & Family Leadership Council Chairs Anne Newman P'20 and Paul Nadler P'20 to learn more about leadership opportunities for families and philanthropy at Goucher College. No Cost, but a reservation is required.

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Introducing Goucher’s new Career Communities | 3 - 4 p.m.

HUB Open Space, Van Meter Hall, first floor

Our five-industry based communities allow students to build connections with others (students, alumnae/i, employers, and family members) who share their career interests. Come learn about how career communities can shape your student’s career journey, and meet and mingle with other potential community members!

Legacy Reception | 4 - 5:30 p.m.

Buchner Hall, Alumnae/i House

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

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

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

Ungar Athenaeum, Hyman Forum (Ground Floor of the Ungar Athenaeum) Join us for an evening of student performances coordinated by Umoja, Goucher’s black student union.

Sunday, October 6

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. The morning will include remarks from Baltimore County Executive John Olszewski Jr. '04, former recipient of the Corene Elaine Amoss '93 Memorial Fund

Registration starts at 7:30 a.m. Registration is $20 on race day.

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Sunday Brunch | 9:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Mary Fisher Dining Center

Enjoy a delicious all-you-can-eat buffet brunch served up by Bon Appétit.

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 three seating times. Price: $20 per person.

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Christian Worship Service | 10 a.m.

The Sacred Space in the Haebler Memorial Chapel

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

Athletic Events - Saturday, October 5

For details regarding varsity and alumnae/i athletic matches, please visit the Goucher College Athletics website:

Please check back for additional events and updates.

Hotel Information

Goucher College has booked a limited number of local hotel rooms at a special group rate. Please book early as these rooms are available on a first come, first served basis. Be sure to mention you are part of Goucher College Family Weekend Weekend to receive the discounted rate.

Sheraton Baltimore North Hotel (next door to Goucher)
903 Dulaney Valley Road
Towson, MD 21204
Rate from $149 per night until September 19, 2019
For other area hotels, please visit the Goucher College Travel Portal.