Family Weekend Schedule of Events

October 5-7, 2018

Friday, October 5

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 jazz brunch)

(Saturday arrivals may check in on October 6 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.)

Development & Academic Center Events


What Makes Us Bounce Back? Fostering Resiliency at Goucher College | 1-2 p.m.

Welsh Hall Piano Room (first floor)

Grit 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. This workshop will help you examine your areas of resiliency, while reflecting on the experiences that have helped you learn to “bounce back”.

Ask Your M.D. - Mobile Dean | 1:30 – 2:30 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, Interim Associate Dean of Students, Stacy Cooper Patterson, Associate Dean of Students, and Andrew Wu, Associate Dean & Interim 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.

Interfaith Center Overview | 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.

Haebler Memorial Chapel

Join Cynthia Terry, chaplain, Josh Snyder, Rabbi and executive director of Goucher Hillel, and students on the interfaith council to learn how Goucher is embarking on an exciting plan to build the Goldsmith Interfaith Center adjacent to the Chapel. Come hear more about the changes and share your thoughts, questions, needs, and ideas.

Introduction to the Goucher Commons | 2-3 p.m.

Julia Rogers G48

Experience the new Goucher Commons curriculum through short teaching demonstrations of the first-year seminar, the center-pair exploration (CPE) courses, and our exciting approach to data analytics. Following the demonstrations, join us for a faculty discussion of how the pieces of the curriculum come together to create the four-year academic experience.

ACE 101 | 2 – 3 p.m.

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 you will also meet our resident “student’s best friend,” Lucy.

Exploration Hub Open Studio | 2 – 4 p.m.

Van Meter Hall, first floor

Stop by and visit the Exploration Hub, Goucher’s newest space designed to help students learn more about opportunities available outside the classroom. See the new Open Studio space where students can participate in hands-on exercises to learn more about themselves and their interests. Today’s Open Studio event features a mind mapping exercise to help students connect the dots between their study abroad, internship and community based experiences.

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.

Meet the Goucher Prison Education Partnership | 3:30 -4:30 p.m.

Julia Rogers 277

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. This May, the GPEP community proudly celebrated the graduations of the first former GPEP student to use credits earned through GPEP toward a college degree. 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.

Shabbat Welcome & 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.

Mary Fisher Dining Center, Orange Room

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. There is no charge for dinner but reservations are required.

Registration Required

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 cash bar 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.

Registration Required

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

Kraushaar Auditorium, Dorsey Center

Join President José Antonio Bowen and special musical guests 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. (If you are unable to attend, Goucher will also present a livestream of the concert.)

Saturday, October 6

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

Family Weekend Check-In

Dorsey Center Courtyard

Please check in and pick up:

  • 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 jazz 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 José Antonio Bowen, Vice President and Dean of Students Bryan Coker, Director of the Center for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching, Robin Cresiski, and the Director of Career Education, Traci Martin.

Academic Update - | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Merrick Auditorium, Dorsey Center

Join Interim Provost Scott Sibley and other faculty members for a conversation to learn more about academic revitalization and Goucher’s long-term investment in enhancing our liberal arts curriculum.

The J-Term Experience | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Rosenberg Gallery

Assistant Provost Emily Perl will be available to tell you about our optional J-Term experience and share a list of courses that will be offered during the 3 and a half week period that runs from January 3 – 25.

Open House at the Center for Race, Equity, and Identity | 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Athenaeum 422

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

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

Heubeck 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.

Registration Required

Community Lunch | 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 meal plan, but need to register in advance. Guests must register online and purchase in advance.

Registration Required

Tour the Library | 1 p.m.

Library Entrance (second floor)

Take a tour of our beautiful facility and explore special collections.

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.

Registration Required

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 innovative safety tool, the “Gopher Help” app.

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

President's House

Join President José Antonio Bowen and Mrs. Kimberly Bowen 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. There is no cost to attend this event but registration is required.

Reservation required

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.

Registration required

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.

Athletic Events - Saturday, October 6

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

Goucher Equestrian Center

Goucher Invitational Cross Country Meet
Men - 10:30 a.m. | Women - 11:25 a.m.

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

Volleyball vs. Lehman | 12 p.m.

Decker Sports & Recreation Center

Field Hockey vs. Juniata | 1 p.m.

Beldon Field

Women's Tennis vs. Trinity Washington | 1 p.m.

Goucher Tennis Courts

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

Beldon Field

Sunday, October 7

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

Registration required

Sunday Jazz 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 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 three seating times. Price: $20 per person.

Registration required

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.


Please check back for additional events.