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The CDO’s Etiquette Dinner

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Do you like food, learning, and networking? If your answer is yes, which I am sure it is, the Career Development Office’s annual Etiquette Dinner is just the right event for you.

Every fall semester, the CDO, with generous support from the Goucher Student Government, coordinates the Etiquette Dinner. The purpose of this dinner is to teach students the fine art of dining while in a professional setting. The CDO invites an etiquette specialist from the International School of Protocol to guide students into gaining confidence in their ability to successfully navigate a professional cocktail, lunch, or dinner experience. Over a three-course meal, the dining instructor covers both American and Continental dining methods to allow for diverse knowledge of dining etiquette, including the proper use of chopsticks. This is especially beneficial to Goucher students pursuing an international career focus and for those who may be studying abroad in the future.

The event is open to the Goucher student community, with priority given to juniors and seniors, since those are the years that students are most commonly focusing on networking, seeking employment, and other formal opportunities. The event can host around 40-45 students, with room for the alumnae/i table hosts. By inviting Goucher alums, from a variety of educational and industry backgrounds, to serve as table hosts, the students who attend are allowed an opportunity to practice their networking skills first hand and learn tips from these alums to apply as they finish their college career.

The dinner provides an opportunity for students to learn about and practice business dining etiquette, as well as professional networking. In today’s job market, these skills are incredibly helpful for students to learn as they build their contacts and make a strong impression with employers. Registration opened Oct. 23rd through the CDO website and runs until Nov. 1: www.goucher.edu/cdo.

BY: ZULA MUCYO

Public Safety Blotter October 7-20th, 2017

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Alcohol/Drug
• Students smoking marijuana in residence in Welsh set off fire alarm
• Two searches conducted after receiving anonymous reports of drug distribution, no illegal items found
• Two students interviewed after receiving report that they were smoking marijuana in a Lewis bathroom
Fire Safety
• Fire alarm pulled on 1st floor Wagner
• Accidental fire alarm in Bacon, Dulaney, Probst
• Fire alarm line repaired in Welsh after identifying problem following an accidental alarm
• Candle lit a blanket on fire in Dulaney – fire extinguished, alcohol confiscated
Harrassment
• Graduate student reported concerns about being stalked on campus by several unidentified individuals
Injury /Medical Emergency
• Three hospital transports for mental health reasons
Theft
• Gift cards stolen from lost envelope
• Bike stolen from rack near Probst
Vehicle Incident
• Minor accident in SRC parking lot
Damage/Vandalism
• Table damaged in Robinson common room
• Sofa damaged in Heubeck lobby
• Graffiti found in Wagner and Stimson lobby
• Meyerhoff windows vandalized
• Chair broken in Alcock common room
• Shower faucet damaged in Wagner
Other
• Student screaming loudly on repeated occasions in Wagner
• Biohazard cleanup in Gamble
• Gas smell in Dorsey found to be caused by lawn care machinery
• Weapons report found to be student with whittling tools
STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT DECISIONS
• Student given $250 fine and a recommendation of disciplinary probation and/or removal from campus for any further violations
• Student found responsible for marijuana-related social host violation – issued written reflection, $50 fine, parent notification
• Student found responsible for possession/use of marijuana – issued disciplinary probation, substance use assessment, $150 fine, parent notification
• Student found responsible for abuse or interference with the student conduct system (failure to complete sanctions) – suspended for the spring 2018 semester, required to complete a written reflection prior to returning from suspension
• Student found responsible for abuse or interference with the student conduct system (failure to complete sanctions) – recommendation for suspension or expulsion for any further violations, issued written reflection

“The Sun and Her Flowers” Review

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The Sun and Her Flowers. Photo Credit: Urban Outfitters

Rupi Kaur released her book The Sun and Her Flowers on October 3rd, 2017. I was filled with excitement because she is known for her book Milk and Honey, which was released in 2014. Kaur had brought a new type of flare to modern poetry with her first book. It was hard to find poetry that talked about current issues; most of the poetry nowadays talks about being in love or heartbreaks. In both of her books, she talks about multiple topics. I was impressed with her first book, but unfortunately I did not feel the same when reading her newest book.

I bought her second book the day it released. The day she announced the release date for her second book, I put it in my phone calendar so I would not forget (although I did not really need it, I remembered it perfectly). When I first received the book, I scrutinized the cover and the back. The cover of her book is really cute. The background is an off-white, while the title is bolded The Sun and Her Flowers, along with her name under it. Under her name, there is a picture of what appears to be sunflowers, with blue petals. It is not the best picture of a sunflower, but it is still very cute. The picture looks as if it was drawn by a child. The back of the book also has an off-white background, with sunflowers at the bottom, but it has one of Kaur’s poems written on the back of it.

The Sun and Her Flowers covers six main themes: loss, trauma, healing, femininity, migration, and revolution. A lot of the topics were covered in her last book, except for the topics of migration and revolution. She wrote about the same thing, just in different words. There was no spark when reading her poems. When I read her first book, I was constantly taking out my phone, taking pictures of her poems because I believed they were very deep and meaningful. I did not want to forget them. I probably took about three pictures with her newest book. Many of her poems lack depth and meaning. You could literally find tweets on Twitter that basically say the same thing. A lot of her poems looked as if she was making bland statements, but they were just pushed into multiple lines. Unfortunately, she did not bring anything new to the table, so I was not impressed with her second release.

Although I was not impressed with her new book, she is still a beautiful person. If she made a third book, I would read it in hopes that she would give me the same amazement as she did with her first book. She is already a beautiful writer, but I would like her to expand more on her thoughts. She is saying what has already said.  I want her to make me think. If a person is looking for a book to make them think while leaving them with a new perspective, this is not the book for them. If a person is looking for a quick, easy read on some of the most commonly discussed topics, then this is the right book.

HANNAH CLAGGETT

Students Mobilize to Defend DACA

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Following the White House announcement to repeal the Deferred Action for Childhood Arivals Program (DACA), a group of Goucher students gathered outside the Athenaeum over the course of several days. They provided information about  ways to defend and support DACA, along with phone numbers and mailing addresses so that students could contact local representatives and express their support for DACA.

Photo Credit: Usha Kaul

Hate Graffiti: What can Goucher do about it?

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“Since I have come to Goucher, hate graffiti has happened on rare occasions,” said Associate Dean of Students, Andrew Wu. Photo Credit: Business Insider

“Hate is alive every single day,” LeBron James said after one of his homes was vandalized with hate graffiti.  “No matter how much money you have, no matter how famous you are, no matter how many people admire you, you know being black in America is tough,” James said. “And we got a long way to go, for us as a society and for us as African-Americans, until we feel equal in America.”
The horrific incident that occurred at James’s home has sparked a topic that has many people talking: hate graffiti. The racist events have occurred for years, especially towards African-Americans, the LGBTQIA+ community, and other minorities. Although the incidents have sparked some news, many people do not talk about hate graffiti that has occurred on college campuses, and fortunately Goucher College has been the site of very few hate crimes. Andrew Wu, the Associate Dean of Students of Goucher College, was happy to provide information about past hate crimes that has occurred on the campus.
“Since I have come to Goucher, hate graffiti has happened on rare occasions. In the last couple of years, we’ve had pockets of incidents that have involved racist and transphobic messages. Unfortunately, in my time at Goucher, we have not identified any individuals responsible for hate graffiti,” he said.
The lack of camera surveillance makes it tough for authorities to capture the culprit and when the culprit commits the hateful action, they tend to be isolated.
While Goucher authorities have not been able to capture anyone who has committed hate graffiti on the rare occasions that they have, the school has a low-tolerance for hate crimes. “If someone were found to be engaging in hateful messaging, depending on the person’s affiliation with the college and nature of the incident, a number of individuals/committees (including the Bias Education Response Team) would respond. Generally speaking, the college would have to determine whether or not that person should continue as a member of the community, and if they were, how to ensure that they are provided with educational opportunities to better understand their actions,” Wu said.
Many people have noticed an increase in hate crimes since Donald Trump announced that he was running for president. More crimes have been committed since he has become president.
“Because it’s very likely that these incidents are isolated and individual, it’s hard to attribute them to changes in the political climate,” Wu continues. “However, in my limited experience here, we have certainly experienced a greater number of these incidents since the beginning of last academic year.”
There are multiple ways to try to help prevent these hate crimes from arising on campuses. We could invest in camera surveillances that could be placed in appropriate areas so culprits can be caught easier, place stricter consequences against anyone committing a hateful crime, and promote social equality.
Although racism is alive and everywhere, Goucher students and faculty can still help promote social equality. Goucher is an environment that promotes love, safety, and comfortability among students and faculties. Although, as a collective, we may not agree on everything, we can all conclude that we try to do what is right for the students in the best way possible.

LeBron James quotes from: Chappell, B. (2017, June 01). Hate Is ‘Alive Every Single Day,’ LeBron James Says After Racist Graffiti Incident.

HANNAH CLAGGETT

The CDO’s Weekly Coffee Chats

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Free Donuts and Coffee every Friday in the CDO! Credit: Bon Appetit

As we kick off a new academic year, it is yet another opportunity for us to further prepare for our future careers. You’re probably already asking yourself what you can do now, as an undergrad, to facilitate your job hunting process upon graduation. You’ve most likely heard the word “networking” numerous times, but you’re not quite sure exactly what it entails. The Goucher College Career Development Office (CDO) has answers for you.
Last semester, the CDO launched a new weekly series called Coffee Chats. Every Friday from 9:30-11:30 am, the CDO invites a couple of Goucher alumni to share their knowledge and experience with students. We’ve hosted about 50 alums from wide-ranging backgrounds, including but not limited to attorneys, clinical professors of law, Certified Financial Planners, and presidents of non-profits. The purpose of these coffee chats is to give students an opportunity to talk to professionals who were once in their shoes and went on to succeed in the working world. This is networking, folks!
The Coffee Chats are super laid back and casual. You can ask whatever is on your mind and pop in and out as your schedule allows. It is an easy way to meet people who can answer questions regarding life after college, finding a job, and fending for yourself. And there’s free coffee and donuts!
We hope to see you on Friday!

ZULA MUCYO

Public Safety Incident Reports September 9, 2017- September 22, 2017

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Alcohol/Drug

 

  • Party broken up in Dulaney – underage alcohol use
  • Students found in possession of drug paraphernalia, marijuana, alcohol, and tampered fire equipment in Lewis, BCPD called in.
  • Six students found in possession of marijuana and prescription drugs on Van Meter lawn
  • Possible drug deal reported near pond, no suspects identified

Fire Safety

  • Accidental fire alarm in Welsh x2

Injury /Medical Emergency

  • Two students transported to the hospital for alcohol intoxication
  • Student required medical attention from cut in PSelz

Theft

  • US flag stolen from flagpole near pond
  • Bicycle stolen from Van Meter bike rack

Vehicle Incident

  • Vehicle struck by unknown vehicle in Stimson loading dock area
  • Minor accident on loop road
  • Accident at intersection of Dulaney Valley and Goucher entrance – no Goucher community members involved
  • Parking decal stolen from parked vehicle in South lot

Damage/Vandalism

  • Accidental damage to Welsh gate reported
  • Damage reported to Bacon One Card swipe

Other

  • Physical altercation between two students in Jeffery
  • Non-Goucher individual removed from campus
  • Biohazard cleanup in Jeffery

 

STUDENT CODE OF CONDUCT DECISIONS

  • Student found responsible for Endangering Health or Safety and Harassment/Intimidation – removed from campus residence, given disciplinary probation, Alcoholics Anonymous requirement, parent notification, and no-contact order
  • Student found responsible for Endangering Health or Safety and Harassment/Intimidation – given disciplinary probation, mandated counseling for anger management and substance use, no-contact order, and parent notification
  • Two students found responsible for underage possession of alcohol, issued warnings
  • Student found responsible for underage possession of alcohol, and a social host violation – given educational sanction, $50 fine, and parent notification
  • Student found responsible for possession/use of marijuana (under 10 grams), possession of drug paraphernalia, underage possession of alcohol, fire safety violation; found not responsible for drug distribution – given disciplinary probation, mandated disclosure to on-campus supervisors, Narcotics Anonymous requirement, $275 fine, parent notification, recommendation for suspension/expulsion for any future violations
  • Student found responsible for possession/use of marijuana (under 10 grams), fire safety violation; not responsible for drug distribution, possession of drug paraphernalia – given disciplinary probation, educational sanction, parent notification, $275 fine

The CDO’s Professional Clothing Closet

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It is that time of the year again. School is back in session, and so are various career preparation opportunities. Maybe you have an upcoming college job fair to attend. Better yet, you’ve scored an interview for your dream internship. Sadly, in the midst of the tremendous excitement of seeing your friends again, you forgot to pack any professional attire. Don’t panic; the last thing we want is for you to be excluded from significant educational or vocational opportunities. The Goucher College Career Development Office (CDO) has a solution for you: the Professional Clothing Closet.
We at the CDO know that dressing appropriately for an interview, career fair, or networking event is key to boosting your confidence and helping you make a great first impression as a candidate. The clothing closet, free of charge to all currently enrolled students, is a resource to make sure you have everything you need to be successful in your job search. Thanks to generous donations from Goucher’s faculty, staff, and alums, the inventory includes suits, blazers, skirts, sweaters, dresses, ties, collared button-ups, shirts, shoes and more—in both men’s and women’s styles.
We want to help you make a positive impression as you enter the professional world. Stop by the CDO in Van Meter 117, Monday through Friday from 10am- 4pm to check it out. Spread the word!

ZULA MUCYO

Class of 2015 Employment Data

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On March 6th, 2017, the Office of Institutional Effectiveness sent an email to Faculty and Staff concerning employment and continuing education data for the class of 2015 graduates. The Q staff, finding this information relevant to the current student body, received permission to publish the email.

Dear Faculty and Staff:

For years, the value of a college degree has been measured by significant outcomes of a college education. One of the most evident outcomes is the job and graduate school placement of bachelor degree recipients. Goucher has been systematically tracking and reporting our career outcomes data. This issue of the data brief focuses on employment and continuing education information for the Class of 2015 graduates.

Methodology

The Class of 2015 outcome data was collected from multiple sources. First, we administered the Graduate Follow-up Survey to the Class of 2015 graduates one year after graduation. Survey reminders were sent to non-respondents. A total of 128 out of 308 graduates responded to this survey, yielding a survey response rate of 42 percent. Second, in order to increase our knowledge rate, we collaborated with HEPdata, a reputable national company that offers student career tracking to enhance outcomes reporting. Third, we tracked post-graduation data, via the National Student Clearinghouse. Fourth, we solicited information from student affairs directors who had remained in contact with these students after graduation. Data collected through these four sources were merged together to form a final follow-up data file for the Class of 2015 graduates. Information for a total of 267 out of 308 graduates was included in the file, yielding an overall knowledge rate of 87 percent.

Results

We are delighted to share the excellent news of our graduates with you: within one year of graduation, 93 percent of the Class of 2015 were employed; 31 percent were pursuing graduate education, and 99 percent were employed and/or pursuing graduate education. In addition, for the first time with this survey, we asked the recent graduates when they obtained their first job after graduation, and how satisfied they were with Goucher’s role in their career preparation. The survey results indicated that 93 percent of respondents found their first job within six months of graduation and 91 percent of graduates reported that Goucher prepared them for their first job. These results speak volumes about the quality of a Goucher education and the effectiveness of all the work you do each day helping our students pursue lives of meaning and purpose. At Goucher, we change lives—one student at a time.

In addition, the results suggest that Goucher’s extraordinary liberal arts education has led to professional opportunities in a variety of fields. Here is an overall breakdown of employment by industry

Further, each graduate’s major was retrieved and merged with its respective academic center, allowing us to summarize the employers and graduate schools by this new affiliation.

A special thank you to each one of you who helped solicit these data. We are extremely grateful for your efforts. We are also beginning to collect data for the Class of 2016. You can continue to help us by sharing the post-graduation status of Goucher students who have finalized their plans for employment and/or graduate school.

If you have any questions or suggestion about career outcome information, please feel free to contact any of our Career Outcome group members: Harry Bielas, Bill Leimbach, Shuang Liu (co-chair), Traci Martin (co-chair), Janet Shope, or Corky Surbeck.

Sincerely,

Shuang Liu, Ph.D.

Senior Director of Institutional Effectiveness

Traci Martin, Director of Career Development

Movie Review: I Am Not Your Negro

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Photo courtesy of Google Images.

Jessica Snouwaert, Staff Writer

March 5th, 2017

The film I Am Not Your Negro, directed by Raoul Peck, opened in theaters this February and is composed of James Baldwin’s writing from nearly 40 years ago. Baldwin wrote about race in the US during the mid-1970’s, yet his words ring far too clear for a 2017 viewer. The film is constructed around an unfinished book Baldwin wrote about the lives and deaths of Medgar Evers, Malcom X, and Martin Luther King Jr. It is truly a cinematic masterpiece, moving seamlessly between voice-over narration read by Samuel L. Jackson (which draws entirely from Baldwin’s writing), television interviews with Baldwin, historical photographs and clips, and snippets from past Hollywood movies and shows.

Baldwin’s voice and thoughts are two-fold through Jackson’s narration and Baldwin’s television interviews. At first it is difficult to connect the two as being one in the same, but it is easy for the viewer to jump into the rhythm of the film. During the film, the viewer clings to each and every one of Baldwin’s words. He is perceptive and critical, as if able to look directly into the viewer’s consciousness, asking questions about race that require deep introspection and should not go unanswered.

This film does what few others can, even at the best of times: it challenges white viewers with the rawest of truths, making them question the very core of society and themselves. Peck uses a multitude of techniques to accomplish this. Some of which include stark contrasts of cheerful visuals and audio with moments of the utter brutality, which highlight some of the deepest hypocrisy within the United States. The stark reality of the images the film uses forces a white viewer to acknowledge privilege that may have previously been avoided, evoking profound emotion and thought. It goes beyond what  we see in our grade school history books. It is harsh and it is real. But it is not despairing, for Baldwin says in the film, “I can’t be a pessimist because I’m alive. I’m forced to be an optimist.”

I cannot walk away from this film unchanged, returning to daily life the same way. I first wanted to see the film because beyond it being an incredible piece of art, I felt that it was my responsibility. The moment the lights came up in the theater I was struck with frustrated tears and anger. I was angry with the past. I was angry with my country. I was angry with myself. This film woke me up to the true responsibility. This film will evoke emotions and thoughts with which some people rarely dare to engage, but it is time we do so, it has always been time.

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