This Is Skidmore Podcast
What is Skidmore? This podcast may have the answer.
With its relatively small size and student-faculty ratio, Skidmore is a close-knit academic community. Listen to the stories of Skidmore students, faculty, staff, and alumni and discover why Creative Thought Matters at Skidmore. Thanks to Emma Giles '16 for our logo, and Renato Dornelas '18 and Ian Bakerman '15 for our music.
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The Skidmore-Saratoga Consulting Partnership (SSCP) builds strategic connections between campus and the community by offering pro bono consulting services lead entirely by Skidmore students. Professor Colleen Burke, Caitlyn Opfer ’18, and Jack Sloan ’18 discuss the unique and valuable experiences in the course as well as past projects.
Skylar Kergil ‘13 is a transgender activist, YouTube personality, singer-songwriter, and artist. Skidmore was fortunate enough to welcome him back to campus as part of the In It 2 series - an opportunity for Skidmore to discuss diversity and inclusion and strengthen our community. He joins Jonnea Herman ‘18, co-president of QLIC (Queer Lives in Color) as they discuss the LGBTQ+ communty at Skidmore and their stories.
For the past 14 years, Skidmore athletes and teams have been inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame, honored for their excellence in their sport and dedication to the values of Skidmore Athletics beyond graduation. Doug Pilawa ‘12 was one of four inductees and two teams inducted in 2017. Doug joins Jill Greenleaf, head swimming and diving coach and they discuss what the program was like when Doug was on campus, as well as the future of Skidmore Athletics.
This summer, Lucy Walker ‘19 and geosciences professor Meg Estapa investigated types of sediment traps placed in the ocean to determine a design that is best for collecting purely carbon samples and allowing few zooplankton inside. This tiny problem was a big project for Lucy, who spent her summer analyzing data samples, taking thousands of images, and counting the number of zooplankton in each sample. Lucy and Meg discuss their findings, and what’s next.
Paul Lundberg, Assistant Director of Construction Services, Tracey Wingate ‘19, and Levi Rogers, Director of Sustainability and Assessment join the podcast to discuss the sustainabiity efforts at Skidmore - big and small - including renewable energy sources, a shared bike program, and community garden. We also discuss Skidmore’s recent silver rating in its first AASHE STAR assessment.
For Sanju Mohan ‘19, Fortouma Sissoko ‘18, and David Stephenson ‘18, living on campus is more than just a place to sleep. For these three Resident Assistants, it’s an opportunity to build community and help new students adjust to life at Skidmore.
When assistant professor Bernardo Rios saw artist Corita Kent’s work on a table in the Tang Teaching Museum, he was instantly drawn to it. He learned that Kent used her work to address social justice issues, which was a topic close to Rios’ interests. When the opportunity to research Kent and the connection between her work and Chicano communities, Rios immediately thought of Lisa Moran ‘17 to assist in the summer project. Moran and Rios describe their findings and explain where the project will go now that the summer is over.
Adam Simon ‘19 was approached by professor Adam Tinkle to work on a new and unique collaborative research project in the summer of 2017. They had collaborated on audio projects through Skidmore’s Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS) during the school year, and spent the summer developing Upstate Youth Radio, a project to involve children in radio production. Simon and Tinkle discuss the goals of the project, what they’ve learned, and even provide a few best of clips!
When he was first a guest on This is Skidmore, political science professor Chris Mann discussed the then-upcoming presidential election and hinted about his students’ unique research that was to be performed during the semester. Now, on season two’s final episode of This is Skidmore, Mann was joined by Brent Azaert ‘12, Brian Roberge ‘18, and Antigone Scaperdas ‘19 to share their findings.
Six months after the commencement celebration, Megan Jackson and her colleagues in the Career Development Center connect with the new alumni to determine the answer to the common question, “what are you doing after graduation?” The answers range from volunteering, starting a business, and even taking time to travel the world. This information is compiled into a First Destinations Report. Jackson explains why and how the report is compiled, what data is included, and what it all means for Skidmore students as they determine their post-graduation course.