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Skidmore Retirees


The Retiree Initiative Planning Group (RIPG) plans and hosts a variety of social events, College updates, educational activities (seminars, panels, workshops, book groups), and regional trips.  RIPG is responsible for the announcements, events, and activities listed below.  Please send a note to if there are activities you would like to see us sponsor.  And plan to join your friends and colleagues in events that interest you!

Events -  Spring and Summer 2015

March 20: application deadline for spring round of emeritus faculty development grants, click here for more information.

March 21: application deadline for spring round of staff retiree development grants, click here for more information.

March 31, 12-2:00 p.m., Payne Room, Tang Museum.  Lunch included.
Consultant Helen Dennis, “More Than Money: Comprehensive Planning for a Successful Retirement

April 21, 4:00-6:00 p.m., Dining Hall 2nd floor
President’s reception for retirees
Preceded (3:30 PM) by Kathy Kinnin, IT, updates on hot new software and apps

May 13, Arthur Zankel Music Center, details TBA
Anne Palamountain memorial service

May 19, 12-2:00 p.m., Case Green
Annual Employee Retirement and Recognition Luncheon

May 21, 5:00-7:00 p.m., Tang Museum: Wine, Cheese and Chat
Presentation by Bud and Patty Foulke: Retirement Residence Options: Recent Trends

June 4, details TBA
Bus trip to New York City:
Special destination:  Frieda Kahlo: Art, Garden, Life - New York Botanical Garden
Tickets will be available at subsidized discount.

July 21, an evening at SPAC
Opening night of the National Ballet of China, “The Peony Pavilion”
Tickets will be available at subsidized discount.


The Faculty Development Committee has awarded Emeritus Faculty Development Grants to:

Jeffrey Elgin (Art) for preparation and framing for a solo art exhibition.

Linda Simon (English) for scholarship contributing to various publications, including the SAGE Encyclopedia of Aging, Girl Talk, and a volume on the Jazz age.

Congratulations to Jeff and Linda!

Application information for this grant program is available at:


The first (ever!) round of retiree staff development grants has been completed and awards have been made to:

Judith Atchinson (Dance): to support programs sponsored by Quest ( for low income children in Schenectady, NY.

Leo Geoffrion (IT): to upgrade network and security systems for a non-profit organization, Technology for the Public Good (T4PG) that provides free software assistance to local charities.

Congratulations to Judith and Leo!

The next round of applications opens on January 27, 2015. Information is available at:

Skidmore Retirees and Alumni

Retirees can keep in touch with alumni activities through the Alumni Affairs website at:

Regional events for alumni and friends of Skidmore are listed at:

Retired faculty who might wish to offer a program for an alumni club have a standing invitation to get involved. Please contact Mike Sposili, Executive Director of Alumni Affairs, to indicate your interest in such involvement, and when and where you might be available:

ACE/Sloan Award to Support Retiree Programs

Skidmore College has received a $100,000 grant from the American Council on Education and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for its innovative work in faculty retirement.  See: