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Typical graduation gifts may range from a big cake to a new car, but by banding together, Skidmore parents are marking their students’ graduations with much more.
|Jamienne S. Studley, Skidmore’s president, receives an early token of the 2001 senior parents’ gift from Diana and Ed Pazicky, P ’01.
This year’s Senior Parents’ Project—led by Tony and Meryle Gitto, parents of Marc ’02, Robert ’01, and Joseph ’97—takes its inspiration from the special initiative last year that raised $187,000 to support construction of the entertainment lounge in the renovated Case Center. The newly opened lounge is a small, quiet gathering space, near both the college bookstore and the Spa snack shop, where students can meet with friends, view films, watch TV, and hold cocurricular events.
Spearheaded by Diana and Ed Pazicky, parents of Luke ’01, and by Madi Ferencz and Johan de Voogd, parents of Peter ’01, the 2001 fundraising effort culminated in a day-before-Commencement ceremony to dedicate the new social space and unveil a plaque listing the names of all seniors whose parents made gifts or pledges. As the de Voogds put it, “Whenever our graduates return to Skidmore, they will see their names on the wall of the room . . . . [what] a fitting way for parents to show their pride in the accomplishments of their sons and daughters.”
To determine the goals for this year’s Senior Parents’ Project, the Gittos were looking forward to discussions during Family Weekend. Once the project goals are settled, all senior parents will be invited to participate. For more information, contact Steve Clark, director of parent programs, at 518-580-5626 or firstname.lastname@example.org. —SR