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SKIDMORE COLLEGE
From the editor
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About the cover:
Helena Sanders ‘05 founded a
new-media art series in one of
the hottest new-media art centers
on the planet: Amsterdam. Photo
by Jeroen Boum.
See page 30.
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Contents
Skidmore has reach.
A lifeguard at the Saratoga Y helps host and mentor a few Skidmore international
students, taking them shopping, asking about their academic work, and crying at their graduations. For her, these
interactions—including “welcoming Muslims at our dinner table”—greatly enrich her own family’s life. For the
students, she’s somebody in town whom they can laughingly, lovingly call “mom.”
Once each semester Skidmore’s Williamson Sports Center gives over a large room
to a Red Cross blood drive. There’s always a Skidmore professor willing to organize
these community efforts, where, lying on their backs with an outstretched arm,
a librarian may be chatting with a biochemist next to a groundskeeper talk-
ing with a business major.
When the campus Wellness Center invites therapy dogs during final-exam
study week, my big poodle and I join the campus post-office director and her
Newfoundland, an English professor with her shepherd, an Albany resident
and his retriever mix, and another dozen dogs and humans of every stripe.
Students flock to these pat-pat sessions for lots of hands-on joy and relaxation.
The Skidmore experience depends on such synergies, and this annual
Scope
is just one more: a sharing of Skidmore news and ideas with com-
munity members who are now off campus. Along with a year in review, we
highlight the new documentary studies initiative, portraits of alums in “the new economy,” and some alumni-and-
student connections. There’s even a link to class notes, at right.
We hope these pages remind you what a vibrant community you belong to. We’re glad you’re part of it.
Year in review
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Science project
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On Broadway
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Friends in need
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The new class of 2020
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Civics, on campus and off
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Being a sport
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National nods
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Art across campus
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Defining the “creativity imperative”
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Commencement and Reunion ’16
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Another sizzler
A fresh batch of
alumni news, from
travels to jobs to
new babies, can be
viewed now on the
class notes site at
alumni.skidmore.edu/
classnotes
CLASS NOTES
Interim vice president for
communications and marketing
Debra Townsend
Editor
Susan Rosenberg
Associate editor
Paul Dwyer ‘83
Class notes editor
Mary Monigan
Designer
Blake Dinsdale
Writers
Jim Akin ‘84
Pamela Babcock
Helen Edelman ‘74
Kathryn Gallien
Skidmore College
Switchboard: 518-580-5000
Alumni Relations: 518-580-5670
Admissions: 518-580-5570
Scope is published annually by
Communications and Marketing
Skidmore College
815 North Broadway
518-580-5733
Dancers: Grant Halverson; student: Sam Brook ’12; cartoon: Hal Mayforth ’74
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