Reunion 2013

Steven Cohen
Steven Cohen '72, P'10

Alumni Awards 2013

Ten Skidmore alumni were recognized during Reunion Weekend at the Alumni Association Recognition Ceremony for their professional and life achievements and contributions to the College. They were selected by the Alumni Awards Committee, which began considering nominations in the fall and met in early February to make their selections.

“I know I speak for everyone on the committee when I say that we are constantly astonished by the spectacular achievements of our alumni, as well as the deep commitment to the College that so many have demonstrated – sometimes over a period of decades – in support of the College,” said Alumni Awards Committee Chair Steven Cohen ’72, P ’10, who presented the awards with Alumni Association President Gail Dudack ’70, P’11 and President Philip A. Glotzbach.

“This is our opportunity to recognize the application of the Skidmore experience in the pursuit of excellence and to express our deep appreciation to those Skidmore alumni whose support of the College has been consistent and unflagging.”

Below are brief excerpts from their remarks and links to their profiles.

 

Jill Holler Durovsik '72Jill Holler Durovsik '78
Creative Thought Matters Award of Distinction

“I have been affiliated with the Cancer Support Community for over 22 years now, and I have witnessed its growth from a fledgling organization that called the basement of a mattress store home to a global force of more than 700 employees who license mental health professionals dedicated to providing support to all cancer patients.”

 

Shep Murray '93Shep Murray '93
Distinguished Achievement Award

"'Every day should feel this good' is the Vineyard Vines motto, and quite frankly that’s how I felt every day I was at Skidmore."

 

Joan Layng Dayton '63Joan Layng Dayton '63
50th Reunion Outstanding Service Award

“Skidmore just keeps giving me more and more wonderful people to work with. Everyone here is passionate about the College, and Skidmore does things so right.”

 

Natalie "Til" Jones Neri '53Natalie “Til” Jones Neri '53
Outstanding Service Award

“I have found that, in volunteering, you get more back than you ever put into it. You have the opportunity to give back to the College, but mostly it gives me the opportunity to keep in touch with my fabulous Class of ’57 friends.”

 

Mary Jane Baker McCartney '48Elizabeth “Tibby” VanNess Reid '48
Outstanding Service Award
Accepted on her behalf by Mary Jane Baker Macartney '48

“She’s such a wonderful person and she deserves every bit of applause that you give her … At Skidmore, she was everybody’s best friend.”

Meg Reitman JacobsMeg Reitman Jacobs '63
Outstanding Service Award

“I’ve always felt so lucky to have benefited from a Skidmore education, so how could I not over the last many, many years not give back to the College that gave me this opportunity.”

 

Carrie Van Kloberg '68Carrie Van Kloberg '68
Outstanding Service Award

“I feel this is a shared award with all of the people I’ve had the privilege to work with. I have made so many friendships that are enduring and rewarding.”

 

Barbara Kahn Moller '78Barbara Kahn Moller '78
Outstanding Service Award

“Do not ever put the word ‘never’ in your vocabulary. Life takes you down very interesting and unexpected paths.”

 

Jonathan Brestoff Parker '08Jonathan Brestoff Parker '08
Joseph C. Palamountain Award for Young Alumni Achievement

"Most important for me so far has been the interdisciplinary nature of inquiry that Skidmore infused in me."

 

Patrick McEvoy '03Patrick McEvoy '03
David H. Porter Young Alumni Service Award

“We’re all different. We all have different backgrounds. We’re so interdisciplinary. I love that about Skidmore.”



 One of the most gratifying experiences of being a Skidmore alumna/us is the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of one of our own. The Alumni Association Board of Directors actively seeks to identify alumni who deserve to be recognized for their achievements.  If you know a Skidmore alumna/us who meets the criteria for one of these awards, visit the Call for Nominations page to learn more and fill out a nomination.

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