Dear Members of the Skidmore Community,
Our thoughts are with the millions of residents of Florida, the Caribbean, and all
other areas affected by the devastating wind and rain brought by Hurricane Irma. Skidmore’s
current student body includes students from cities across the state of Florida and
the broader region, and a number of our alumni and friends have been affected as well.
Many of us too have family members and friends who are dealing with disruption to
their lives and businesses. Late last week, Alumni Relations & College Events reached
out to our Florida and Caribbean alumni community to offer support. Student Affairs
has also contacted our students from these areas, and our Office of Advancement is
communicating with our students’ families.
For millions of residents forced to evacuate and seek safe shelter because of Hurricane
Irma, as well as the many residents of Texas who continue to rebuild after the flooding
damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey, the need for assistance at this time is critical.
Our colleague Michelle Hubbs, Director of Community Service Programs, is leading Skidmore’s
effort to help. Michelle is working with The Giving Circle and other Saratoga area
community organizations and businesses to organize the delivery of much needed items.
The #WeGive2Trucks supply drive will fill two tractor trailers with critical supplies
for affected individuals. We encourage you to do anything you can to assist this effort,
which continues through tomorrow. For more information on supplies needed and for
details on how you can assist, visit The Giving Circle website. Along with you, Marie and I will continue to hold the millions of affected families
in our hearts and minds.
I would be remiss if I neglected to mention that today our thoughts are also with
the families of those affected by the September 11 tragedy. We continue to honor the
legacy of the brave first responders and the innocent victims whose lives were lost
on that fateful day sixteen years ago. We encourage you to take a moment today to
pause for remembrance.
Philip A. Glotzbach