News and Notables
Alumni News and Notables
- Attorney turned jewelry designer Samantha Levine '09 in new book
The founder and CEO of Auburn Jewelry describes her unique career path in the new book, "College Success Stories That Inspire." Read More.
- Nike designer Matthew Wolff '12 is a popular guy in Nigeria
As lead designer for Nike, Wolff has led the branding of major league soccer teams in the U.S. and around the world. Read More.
- Thais Sherell '93 combines art and advocacy
Artist, writer, public speaker, and independent producer, Sherell donates a portion of sales to promote social justice. Read More.
- Francesca Cichello '02 heads international education at SUNY Empire State
In this newly created position, she will serve as the college's senior international officer and oversee its Center for International Programs. Read More.
- Dina Schoenthal Butcher '63 honored by Planned Parenthood
The veteran women's rights advocate was presented with the 2017 Exemplary Leadership Award from Planned Parenthood of Minnesota and North/South Dakota at a ceremony keynoted by former Maine Senator Olympia Snow. Read More.
- Danielle Starr '08 is Massachusetts "Super Lawyer"
A family law associate at Boston-based firm Rackemann, Sawyer, & Brewster, she has been recognized as a Rising Star in the 2017 Women's edition of Massachusetts Super Lawyer magazine. Read More.
- Steven Dworetzky '81 named VP of Frequency Therapeutics.
He will head up molecular and cell biology research team that brings new treatments to clinical trial. Read More.
- Nicholas Cleves '16 remembered fondly at Skidmore
Staff, classmates share recollections of "a great human being" in The New York Press. Read More.
- Young alumnus killed
Skidmore is mourning the loss of Nicholas Cleves '16 in this week's terrorist truck attack in New York City. He was 23 years old and working in software and web development. Read More.
- Daniel Chernov '83 named top litigator by AsiaLaw
Chernov is a managing partner of Siam ADR, a Bangkok-based law firm serving foreign investors in Southeast Asia. Read More.
- Historian Paul Hockenos '85 authors book on German government
The Boston Review gives Hockenos high marks for, among other things, accurately predicting outcome of recent German election. Read More.
- Elissa Nadworny '10 leads NPR's multi-media reporting
This award-winning journalist covers education. Read More.
- Sam Martin '93 new Senior VP and CFO of Celldex
Martin will head up biomedical firm that develops therapeutics for otherwise untreatable illnesses. Read More.
- Laura Fralich '11, activist and entrepreneur
Time spent in Skidmore's community garden inspired her to launch a business that promotes environmental activism. Read More.
- Dan Byers '03 has been appointed director of Harvard's Carpenter Center for the Visual Arts.
A past curator at Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art and Pittsburgh's Carnegie Museum of Art, he plans to collaborate with the Harvard Film Archive, the universities art museums, and its Visual and Environmental Studies Department. Read More.
- Steven Dworetzky '81 new senior VP at bio-medical pharma firm
Dworetzky is senior vice president of molecular and cell biology research at Frequency Therapeutics, a company developing a pipeline of new drugs that activate progenitor cells within the body and restore healthy tissue. Read More.
- Nancy Cambria '87 honored for social justice journalism
Her coverage of children and families living in Ferguson, Missouri, a year after protests and unrest rocked the community, has resulted in numerous changes to state and federal laws. Read More.
- Jocelyn Arem '04 launches multimedia archive company, new album
The Grammy-nominated multimedia producer, musician, and educator is founder of Arbo Radiko, a consulting company that "preserves and reimagines archival treasure." Arem, who performs under the name Rabasi Joss, will be releasing her second album, Heliotrope, later this year. Read More.
- Joseph Kaifala '10 authors history of Sierra Leonean Civil War.
Kaifala's newly released book, "Free Slaves, Freetown, and the Sierra Leonean Civil War," chronicles the history of his war-torn country and its people. Read More.
- Singer-songwriter Lyle Divinsky '09 leads funk-soul band The Motet
His 2015 solo album, "Uneven Floors," produced a Top 5 soul single in the U.K. Read More.
- Zazie Beetz '13 will play Domino in Deadpool 2
The "Atlanta" star was selected after an initial rumor that the role would go to Janelle Monae. Read More.
- Skidmore Sweethearts share their stories
You'd be surprised at how many alumni found their soulmate in another Skiddie. Read More.
- Barney Monte '97 appointed head of investment banking at Ladenburg Thalmann
The investment industry veteran previously held executive positions at ROTH Capital Partners, LLC and Ozado Partners LLC, of which he was co-founder. Read More.
- Danny Pravder '16 is one of three young alumni in "the biz"
He joins "Atlanta" star Zazie Beetz '13 and sound engineer David Slitzky '14 in a new wave of young alumni making their mark in the entertainment industry. Read More.
- "Atlanta" star Zazie Beetz '13 speaks out
She plays the breakout character "Van" on the FX hit series. Beetz has a lot to say about feminism, the all-black writer's room, Trump, and more. Read More.
- Heather Delafield '78 spearheads Tampa Baseball Museum
Cofounder and director of a new Tampa, Fla., nonprofit dedicated to enriching the city's cultural life, Delafield has established the museum in the restored childhood home of Al Lopez, Tampa's first MLB and Hall of Fame player. Read More.
- Kiplinger's names Skidmore Top 50 'Best Value' College
Skidmore and other institutions included on the 2017 lists Rankings include the colleges that provide high-quality academics at a reasonable cost. Read More.
- Mentor Melvis Langyintuo '12 believes in giving back
Melvis Langyintuo '12 met Thabang Maphothoane '17 by chance during a campus visit and realized he was ideally suited to mentor the fellow business major and hoops player. Read More.
- Pioneering filmmaker, author Kathleen Collins '63 rediscovered
The first African-American woman to direct a feature film, her newly discovered collection of short stories is garnering recognition that this remarkable woman did not receive in her lifetime. Read More.
- Arwa Damon '01 reports from Mosul firefight
Senior CNN Middle East correspondent Arwa Damon '01 was trapped along with members of the Iraqi army during a deadly assault by ISIS fighters in Mosul on Friday. Here is her report. Read More.
- Caroline Bailey '14 blends wildlife conservation and art
The Audubon intern helped public explore habitat of Puffin birds on Maine coast. Read More.
- Jon Bernthal '99 shines in new movie, Netflix series
The Walking Dead star is a stand-out as The Punisher in the Netflix hit Daredevil--now he's getting his own spin-off series that will debut next year. Jon's latest big screen venture, The Escape, premieres October 23rd. Read More.
- Experimental theater pioneer Liz LeCompte '67 wins Gish Prize
The co-founder of The Wooster Group Theater will join the ranks of such artistic greats as Ingmar Bergman and Arthur Miller when she is presented with prestigious Gish Prize at the Whitney Museum of American Art on November 3rd. Read More.
- Notable Alumni, October 2016
Notable Alumni, October 2016 Read More.
- Deborah Jacobs '90, MALS '96, appointed director of police oversight agency
As head of the independent government agency, she investigates complaints about the policies and practices of the King County Sheriff's Office. Read More.
- Alan Osetek '91 new CEO at advertising-media firm Digilant
Osetek is also member of the management team at its holding company, ispDigital, a provider of technology-enabled marketing services. Read More.
- Brian Parker '82 has a passion for architectural history
The Albany-based preservationist and entrepreneur is saving the landmarks of the city's Dutch colonial past, one house at a time. Read More.
- Kelsey Yam '13 named head women's soccer coach at Clarkson
As assistant coach, she helped Clarkson to an 11-win season and its best Liberty League Conference finish in decades in 2014. Read More.
- Jeremy Sigel '99 advances at digital ad agency Essence.
The former head of the company's North American mobile division, Sigel was named director its newly formed Partnerships & Emerging Media practice. Read More.
- J.R. McDermott '89 named managing director at Jefferies Group LLC
Finance veteran was Morgan Stanley's former head of short-term municipal bond underwriting and trading. Read More.
- Randy Abreu '11 joins Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute
The Washington, D.C., attorney and policy wonk one of 20 Hispanic leaders selected nationwide. Read More.
- Anne Lovejoy '81, P'16 coordinates NIH trial of stroke prevention treatment
Just published in the NE Journal of Medicine, trial identifies new risk factor for stroke patients and treatment that can prevent recurrence. Read More.
- Environmental scientist Ingeborg Hegemann '76 leads restoration of historic wetlands
Hegemann is senior vice president of ecological sciences and principal at BSC Group, a Boston-based environmental services firm Read More.
- Dan Marino '06 managing leading urban agriculture company
Marino is operations manager for Freight Farms, which manufactures high tech farming systems from recycled freight containers. The company has been featured on Forbes.com, NPR, and in Entrepreneur magazine. Read More.
- Journalist Wendy Wilson '96 interviews Ben Carson
The New York based, award winning journalist and former managing editor for EBONY and JET magazines is closing following the presidential campaign. Read More.
- Sam Asher '10 and oyster app making big splash
U.S.A Today names Pearl one of 2015's top apps for traveling foodies. Forbes and Business Insider agree. Read More.
- Courtney Mattison '08 featured at Virginia Museum of Contemporary Art
Sculptor and ocean advocate's exhibit runs from January 30 to April 17, 2016. Read More.
- Jared Simon '05 Joins CLSA Americas
Simon will be NYC-based trader for North American affiliate of Asia's leading independent brokerage and investment group. Read More.
- Tieger '08 and Emmons '08 return in Matilda the Musical
Danny Tieger stars as Matilda's dim-witted brother, Michael, and Ryan Emmons is resident director of the hit production at Proctors December 7th-13th. Read More.
- Melvis Langyintuo '12 among top basketball players on Wall Street
Business Insider includes the Goldman Sachs global macro trader in group of 19 Wall Streeters that includes former NBA stars. Read More.
- Philly entrepreneur Nicole Haddad '03 launches fashion line
Haddad's Lobo Mau line produced in one of city's new "maker spaces." Read More.
- Danielle Rosen '06 co-produces acclaimed documentary about National Lampoon
VP of production at 4th Row Films, Rosen presents "Drunk Stoned Brilliant Dead: The Story Of The National Lampoon," at the Saratoga Film Forum. Read More.
- "Food stylist" Katherine Price Webster '97 lauded in New York Times
Maple syrup recipes, says reviewer, "are worth adding to your repertoire." Read More.
- Sculptor Nicholas Batzell '08 to present at Cyrus Dallin Art Museum
Bratzell to recreate noted American sculptor's artistic process. Dallin is best known for equestrian statues Appeal to the Great Spirit and Paul Revere. Read More.
- Jessica Wong '09 driving organic farm's success
Former marketing professional's management of Bethel, Connecticut farm boosting business Read More.
- Cynthia Carroll '78 named chair of Vedanta Resources Holdings Ltd.
Former CEO of Anglo-American joins London-based global producer of precious metals, oil, and gas. Read More.
- Carlie Irsay-Gordon '05 in line to lead Indianapolis Colts
Youngest executive and only woman to manage day-to-day operations of an NFL club. Read More.
- Jewelry designer Cynthia Rybakoff '85 profiled in Observer
Top NYC jewelry designer has collaborated with fashion icons Isaac Mizrahi, Oscar de la Renta. Read More.
- Adam Clay '95 named VP of worldwide sales for Black Duck Software
The industry veteran will lead expansion of company's open source code solutions in the global marketplace Read More.
- Margaret Valeur-Jensen '78 named General Counsel at Retrophin
Veteran of bio-pharmaceutical industry will lead expansion of company that develops experimental drugs for serious and rare conditions. Read More.
- Ryan Greer '08 launches social enterprise that promotes literacy
The former congressional staffer is co-founder of online children's book retailer Bookbugs Read More.
- Arwa Damon '01 wins Courage in Journalism Award
The CNN senior international correspondent has covered every major civil and military event in war-torn Iraq in the past decade. Read More.
- Community change expert Rich Harwood '82 returns to Spa City
Founder and CEO of the Harwood Institute for Public Innovation addresses New York Library Association's conference at the Saratoga Springs City Center Read More.
- Ayush Kapahi '05 named one of Top 25 Under 35 in commercial real estate lending
"Commercial Observer" magazine gives the HKS Capital Partners co-founder high marks for arranging over $1.75 billion in loans this past year. Read More.
- Jon Bernthal '99 plays a lead role in "Fury"
"Walking Dead" Star hits the big screen in Brad Pitt's war film. Read More.
- Skylar Kergil '13 documents transgender journey
The musician and visual artist shares transition process in a series of YouTube videos. Read More.
- Sue Kessler '99 and Noel Allain '98 head up Brooklyn theater
The Bushwick Starr is attracting bold new performers. Read More.
- Judith Erickson '68 named dean of Harriet Rothkopf Heilbrunn School of Nursing
Health care pioneer takes on top post at LIU Brooklyn Read More.
- Alumni Association seeking nominations for awards
The Alumni Association Board of Directors actively seeks to identify alumni who deserve to be recognized for their achievements. Read More.
- Samantha Levine '09 designs hit the small screen
The jewelry designer will have several pieces featured in popular WE Network series. Read More.
- Josh Keefe '07 trades gridiron failure for literary breakthrough
The former high school quarterback bemoans an unremarkable football career in Slate magazine. Read More.
- For Wisam Khaleefah '11, ISIS threat hits home
A Red Cross refugee resettlement director in South Bend, IN, he is no stranger to the terror experienced by Iraqis fleeing ISIS militia Read More.
- Frits Abell '94 promotes hometown
The NYC financier who has helped launch scores of businesses is lending his considerable skills to rejuvenate the economic, artistic landscape of Buffalo, NY. Read More.
- Kelsey Russell '14 named assistant soccer coach at Colby College
The All Liberty League standout racked up a roster of honors during her Skidmore career. Read More.
- Underwater filmmakers Matt Weiss '09 and Jon Betz '09 face off with sharks
"National Geographic" tracks their extraordinary undersea project. Read More.
- David Gooding '89 and Adam Wolfson '89 Investing in Collectible Cars for Pleasure and Profit
Former roommates study market for classic cars Read More.
- Arthur Berry '87 launches giant waterpark
The $163 million Camelback Lodge and Aquatopia Indoor Water Park remains on schedule for a spring 2015 opening. Read More.
- Alexina Jones '03 heads area opera company
Jones is artistic director of the Hubbard Hall Opera in Cambridge, NY. The company recently launched its seventh season with "The Marriage of Figaro." Read More.
- Screenwriter Ruth Sacks Caplin '41 bloomed in later life
She wrote screenplay for critically acclaimed film in her 80's Read More.
- Lloyd Blumen '88, aka Lazer Lloyd, is Israel's top bluesman
Known as Israel's king of the blues, Blumen will perform in Encino, California, on August 21st. Read More.
- Keil Corey '10 joins staff of the Vermont Natural Resources Council
The AmeriCorps member will serve VNRC as membership and outreach coordinator; his prior role was community energy and climate action organizer. Read More.
- Vineyard Vines founder Shep Murray '93 shares secrets of success
Exclusive apparel manufacturers Shep Murray '93 and brother Ian tell Forbes magazine that the path to entrepreneurial success starts with creative thought. Read More.
- James "Cameron" Crockford '10 brings taste of Rhode Island to the Big Apple
The Rhode Island native is winning over busy urbanites with frozen lemonade, a home state favorite, delivered in a vintage 1949 Chevy van. Read More.
- Jeremy Ezra '00 promoted at retail leasing giant RKF
Brokerage pro Jeremy Ezra '00 gets top spot, joins board of retail leasing giant RKF Read More.
- Drawings by Zaria Forman '05 featured in "House of Cards"
Known for her pastel landscapes illustrating climate change, the Brooklyn artist's drawings will be featured on the hit Netflix series, "House of Cards." Read More.
- Skidmore theater alums earn critics' praise for "Coosje"
Theater troupe No. 11 Productions scores big at Capital Fringe Festival with "Coosje." Ryan Emmons '08 directs and Danny Tieger '08 pens songs for multimedia piece on love and art. Read More.
- Skidmore helps F.I.T. Club bring food, fitness, and farming into the classroom
Physician Kristin Lehr Anderson '95 teams up with Education Department chair Susan Lehr to launch new Web-based health curriculum for elementary and secondary students. Read More.
- Kim Crabbe named director of Career Development Center
Previously head of career development at Drew University, she comes to Skidmore with a record marked by successful outreach and innovation. Read More.
- Katie Burke '97 named to VP post at Nielsen
Alumna named executive VP of marketing and communications at Nielsen. Read More.
- Ceci Zak '87 named CEO of Diversified Agency Services
In this newly created role, Ceci will lead the stewardship of these companies to identify and create opportunities that provide meaningful solutions for clients. Read More.