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David Domozych, biology, published two papers about the secretory mechanism of the alga Closterium acerosum, one in the Journal of Experimental Botany, vol. 50, and the other in Protoplasma, vol. 206.

Carolyn Anderson, theater, and Wilma Hall, American studies, scripted a new video for the Saratoga National Historical Park. The script evokes the battlefield's landscape and describes Generals Gates and Burgoyne as well as lesser-known female, Indian, and black figures of the Revolutionary War era. Once funding is in place, a video production crew will begin filming.

Leo Geoffrion, academic computing and user services, was quoted in in the July 1999 University Business magazine, arguing that listings of "best-wired" institutions poorly represent colleges like Skidmore, which, for example, offers few online courses but provides an impressive array of reference databases.

Elizabeth Benedict, English, is a contributor to Getting It On: A Condom Reader, edited by Mitch Robertson and Julia Dubner. An anthology of short fiction, comic essays, and poems whose settings or characters deal with condoms, it includes works by Anne Rice, John Irving, Martin Amis, and other eminent writers.

Mary DiSanto-Rose, dance, choreographed "Inspirations of Art" – a collaboration with a musician, a painter, and a sculptor – and performed it, along with Erin Strong ’00, at the Saratoga County Arts Council’s gallery in July.

Ralph Ciancio, English, has written an article, "Nabokov’s Painted Parchments," for the essay collection Nabokov at the Limits: Redrawing Critical Boundaries, published by Garland Inc.

Bernard Possidente, biology, and Augustus Lumia, psychology (emeritus), co-authored a paper with Megan Breuer ’98, biology, addressing the effects of anabolic steroids in male rats. Breuer’s poster, an accompaniment to the paper presented to the Society for Behavioral Neuroendocrinology, won first prize out of 200 entries by undergraduate and graduate students.

Mary Zeiss Stange, religion, who was profiled in the June/July 1999 issue of Ms. magazine, won the "Thinking Like a Mountain" award from the Izaak Walton League for her essay "Last Man Out of the Hunting Lodge, Please Turn Out the Lights," which appeared in the spring 1999 issue of Outdoor America. Another Stange article, "Arms and the Woman: A Feminist Reappraisal," was reprinted in Guns in America: A Reader, put out by New York University Press.

In October, Anthony Holland, music, spent a week-long residency at his alma mater, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory of Music. He was also a featured composer at the Cleveland "Focus Festival" of Contemporary Music, where his latest composition, The Telsa Tower, was premiered. (It was at Cleveland’s Public Auditorium that Holland made his professional conducting debut at the age of 18.)

Robert Boyers, English, has contributed articles for three books: Critical Essays on Milan Kundera; Leslie Fiedler and American Culture; and Leslie Farber, The Ways of the Will and Other Essays.

Jacqueline Azzarto, social work, and her student Jenna Golub ’00 co-presented a workshop titled "Tracking Welfare Clients" at the annual conference of the New York State Social Work Education Association. At the conference, Azzarto was selected vice president of the association and Golub was named Social Work Student of the Year.

Faculty granted tenure and promoted to associate professor: Mao Chen, Chinese; Patricia Fehling, exercise science; K. Gary McClure, business; Deborah Rohr, music; and Marc-André Weismann, French.

Associate Professor of Philosophy Reginald Lilly was also granted tenure.

Victor Cahn, English, and Giuseppe Faustini, Italian, were promoted to full professor.


Security chief closes 30-year career

Security Director Lawrence Porter has retired after 30 years at Skidmore.

Hired as a patrolman in 1969, Porter says, "I’m the last of the security staff who worked on the old campus." The downtown campus, with its scores of Victorian homes and other old buildings, was "a challenge, but it was beautiful." Among Porter’s main duties in those pre-coeducation days was enforcement of curfews: students out after hours were summarily returned to their dormitories, and "whenever we saw a young male at night, we knew he shouldn’t be there." But, Porter asserts, "The addition of men to the student body in the 1970s was a great boon for security, because then there were fewer outsiders coming into campus on weekends, and campus safety increased."

Porter was a sergeant during the 1970s, when students were "a lot wilder, but also more dedicated to their causes." In 1971, when a group of student protesters, including a handful of men from nearby colleges, occupied the administration building for two days, Porter was among "about 10 security officers and 10 policemen, all lined up and ready to break a window to get in and retake the building." At the last minute, the protestors obeyed a court order to vacate on their own. About the only other real confrontations, he recalls, were "some major parties" over the years.

Becoming security chief in 1983, Porter counts among his proudest accomplishments the many large public events that ran smoothly and safely – unlike the visit of Hollywood star Charlton Heston, who had expected to speak to theater students, but when word of his presence leaked to the public, he had to be body-guarded and hustled "through the bowels of the building" as more than 4,000 eager fans rushed onto campus and swamped the already overflowing auditorium.

From patrolman to director, Porter says, "I always saw it as a
positive job and really satisfying." But, he admits, "I used to say I’d take a big pay cut if I could get out of parking enforcement. That brought me more personal grief than anything else – you’d be amazed how worked up people get when their car gets ticketed or, worst of all, towed away." Still, his relationships on the job evidently made it all worthwhile. "My best interactions," he says fondly, "were with the student staff in residential life. Working with those student leaders was very rewarding." After all, he laughs, "I always loved the students – when they weren’t angry about their cars!"

Porter and his wife, Judy (who was assistant to the director of food service at Skidmore and retired in 1998 after more than 20 years at the College), are the parents of Lori Porter Snow ’84 and L. Michael Porter ’87.

 

 


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