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Alumni Volunteer Opportunities and Resources

For generations, volunteers have provided important feedback and helped the College achieve strategic goals that advance our mission. From the founding of the Alumnae Association in 1919, through co-education in the early 70’s, to the present day emphasis on using technology to help alumni stay connected with the College and each other, Skidmore owes a great deal of our continued success to the advocates and champions that are our volunteers.

Successful volunteer work continues to be a partnership between YOU and SKIDMORE. That is why we’re inviting volunteers back to campus for the 2013 volunteer conference. You’ll have an opportunity to learn about important Skidmore initiatives, meet faculty and students, hone your volunteer skills through workshops, and talk with staff liaisons about your individual volunteer roles. This year, our volunteers will also be among the first to share in the announcement of Skidmore’s next major strategic initiative and the campaign to make it a reality.

Please join us for this exciting program.



The online registration deadline has passed, but you may still call the Office of Alumni Affairs & College Events at 518-580-5610 to register. Housing cannot be guaranteed but there may be some available.



Several hotel room blocks have been reserved that will be available to attendees at a reduced rate. More information is available in the mailer and in the online registration process.



Friday, October 25

Early Evening Enjoy Saratoga Springs for a meal with fellow volunteers at your leisure

8 p.m.

A Remarkable Start—An Even More Remarkable Future                         
Arthur Zankel Music Center

Celebrate the first 10 years of President Glotzbach and Marie Glotzbach’s tenure at Skidmore and the launch of our newest fundraising campaign to realize the College’s ambitious plans for the future, including the new Center for Integrated Sciences. The evening will feature a retrospective of accomplishments over the past decade, the formal introduction of our new campaign and its leadership, and a keynote address by renowned physicist and science-education advocate Brian Greene, Professor of Physics and Mathematics at Columbia University.

9:15 p.m.

Dessert Reception
Scribner Carriage House

Scribner Carriage House is easily accessible via a path from Zankel Music Center or by car. If driving, take the first right off North Broadway onto Fourth Street and park on Woodlawn behind the President's House.

For those arriving via Amtrak to Albany-Rensselaer Station, a FREE shuttle will be available to take you to your hotel. Please let the Office of Alumni Affairs & College Events know that you need a ride (518-580-5610).

Saturday, October 26

8:30a.m. Continental Breakfast
Class of 1967 Lobby, Palamountain Hall

9:30 a.m. The Campaign for Skidmore College and President's Remarks
Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall     
Hear from President Phil Glotzbach and Campaign Co-Chairs, Nancy W. Hamilton '77 and W. Scott McGraw P'12, about the College's next campaign.  This campaign will be the largest in Skidmore's history.  It is aggressive and ambitious, but crucial to Skidmore's future.  In short: typical of an institution known for making "no small plans."

11:30 - 1:45 p.m. Lunch and Working Committee Meetings
Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, 2nd Floor
Select committees will hold meetings over lunch. Exact locations TBD.

2:00 - 2:45 p.m. Concurrent Workshops: Session  #1
  How to Communicate Effectively
Michael Marx, Associate Professor of English
Bolton Hall, RM 280
  Fundraising 101: Making an Effective Ask
Lori Eastman and Development Staff
Bolton Hall, Rm 281

3:00 - 3:45 p.m. Concurrent Workshops: Session #2
  Beyond the Like: Using Social Media to Enhance Volunteer Effectiveness
Daniella Nordin, Online Community Manager
Palamountain Hall, Emerson Auditorium
  Identifying and Recruiting Volunteers
Megan Mercier, Associate Director of Alumni Affairs & College Events
Bolton Hall, Rm 281

3:45 - 4:15 p.m. Q&A with your Staff Liaison
  Class Presidents and Secretaries
Bolton Hall, Rm 280
  Class Fundraising Volunteers
Bolton Hall, Rm 281
  Regional Volunteers
Bolton Hall, Rm 282

4:30 - 6:00 p.m. Volunteer Thank You Reception
Dana Science Center, Atrium

For those departing via Amtrak from Albany-Rensselaer Station, a FREE shuttle will be available to take you to the train station. Please let the Office of Alumni Affairs & College Events know that you need a ride (518-580-5610).