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Rebecca Freedman

Ana Castro lives in NYC, where she attends law school at St. John’s University School of Law.

Amy Handfield, who relocated to Long Island City, NY, is working at Barnard College and pursuing an MFA at Goddard College. She is “busy and painting like crazy.”

Melanie Lary is pursuing a master’s of science in animals and public policy at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine.

Linda Tucker completed a 10-month stage management internship at the Charleston Stage Company in Carolina and then worked as production assistant at the Trinity Repertory Company in Providence, RI. She is now doing freelance costume work for the North Shore Music Theater in Beverly, MA.

Jonathan Gilmour enjoys being a zookeeper in Boston. This summer he also worked part-time at a landscaping job and doing concert security at the FleetBoston Pavilion. You can reach him at jgilmour@zoonewengland.com.


Janine Renee Geller

In May Joe Callahan moved to Washington, DC, where he works for the U.S. Department of State. In March he heads to his first posting at the U.S. Embassy in Mexico.

Jamie Lyn deLemos received a master’s of science in earth sciences from Dartmouth in May.

Lilly Davis translated The First Rasta: Leonard Howell and the Rise of Rastafarianism, written by Héléne Lee and published by Laurence Hill Books (Chicago).

Gareth Hughes spent the summer working at an art gallery in Provincetown, MA, and this fall entered Hebrew College, where he is pursuing a master’s in Jewish studies. He can be reached at garethchughes@hotmail.com.

Mike Zegan lives in NYC, where he can be seen weekly on The Late Show With David Letterman as Dwight the Troubled Teen.

I left my job at ArQule to begin a three-year combined master’s program in nursing at Simmons College. When I am finished, I will have R.N. and N.P. licenses, as well as an M.S.N. under my belt.


Kate Nedelman

Kathy Tschampel Morgan was married in Buffalo, NY, on May 25 and got her master’s in elementary education from Pepperdine University in July. Kathy now lives in San Diego.

This summer Rachel Schiller spent a month studying in Greece and then worked at VUE, an arts research organization in NYC, where she lived with Laure Dennery. She’s now moved to Massachusetts and is doing a two-year fellowship in museum education at the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips-Andover Academy.

Joy Fahrenkrog is living in Cambridge, MA, and is a trading assistant at Schwab Capital Markets. A rower, she’s also started training for archery and spent the summer preparing to qualify for next June’s Olympic trials.

Kate Clark lives with her boyfriend in Denver, CO, and is a legislative assistant in the office of legislative legal services for the Colorado General Assembly. They get out of the city frequently to enjoy hiking, camping, whitewater rafting, and other outdoor adventures around Colorado.

Bryn Mars lives in Bethesda, MD, and works for the Lombardi Cancer Center of Georgetown University, where she is doing psychological research. The DC metro area is treating her well, but she looks forward to returning to school (perhaps on the West Coast) to obtain her PhD in school psychology this fall. Feel free to drop her a line at bdm22@georgetown.edu.

Whitney Markham moved to San Juan Island, WA, with Jennie Chaiet after graduation. Whit worked as a sea-kayak guide for the summer of 2002. She then moved to Davis, CA, where she worked at an REI store and as a substitute teacher until she got a seasonal job surveying for endangered birds throughout New Mexico. In the fall she started graduate school at UC-Davis, working on a master’s and California teaching credentials in science education. Jennie spent last summer working at the Whale Museum in Friday Harbor and volunteered at a local wildlife rehab center. She’s now living in Sisters, OR, and working at a veterinarian’s office, which she loves.

After graduation Jenna Ringelheim moved to Idaho for the summer and worked for the Nature Conservancy at the Silver Creek Preserve. She moved to Portland, OR, and completed a year of AmeriCorps, serving as community stewardship coordinator for the Johnson’s Creek Watershed Council. This summer she led a group of landmark volunteers at Appleton Farms in Ipswich, MA, and then went on a 22-day trek in Alaska with the organization The Wild Gift. She has visited Thomasin Levin several times in Seattle and has talked to Jessica Infanger, who’s been in Spain the last year.

In Chapel Hill, NC, Sean Small is an associate economist for Triangle Economic Research.

Hillary Brown, who worked as a waitress for six months in Saratoga after graduation, moved back to Hartford, CT. She is manager of the executive suites at the Hartford Civic Center, a division of Madison Square Garden.

Kate O’Rourke Storm got married June 28; she and husband Erik honeymooned in Bermuda. After finishing graduate school in May, she started a job as director of substance-abuse education services for AIDS Community Resources in Syracuse, NY.

Kaia Mahler earned a master’s in special and elementary education in May. She spent the summer driving across the country and back, making stops along the way to see Thomasin Levin, Jenna Ringelheim, and Jessica Infanger.

Brie O’Malley lives in Brooklyn and works in Manhattan for Engender Health, an international population planning organization.

Nashville, TN, resident Melissa Warren spent five months in Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras, learning Spanish, teaching English, scuba diving, and traveling through the jungle. She planned “a massive road trip” for October, traveling from the Seattle area through California and Texas and then back up to Nashville. Melissa, who had been working for the Transportation Safety Administration helping to federalize national airports, realized, “My soul needs more creativity than a government job allows.” She is looking for a writing job and welcomes contact with classmates.

John Keyes teaches English at Eaglebrook, a junior boarding school in Deerfield, MA. The advertising company he started with some friends in Texas continues to do well. John spent the summer visiting friends Lissa Manzi, Phil Haspel ’01, Matt Kugler ’01, Mike Valinsky ’00, and Jill Leonardis ’01, all of whom are in NYC. He also returned to Saratoga Springs to see Orion Delwaterman ’03, James Gascone ’01, and Kate Weltner ’00. John reports that Owen Foye ’00 moved to Los Angeles, where he is working in the technical side of the film industry as a grip or gaffer on several independent projects.

Seth Glasser, formerly an associate scientist conducting organic chemical synthesis for ArQule Inc. in Boston, started a doctoral program at Tufts University School of Veterinary Medicine in August.

Erin Phelps moved to Reno, NV, with boyfriend Adam DuPont, a petty officer in the U.S. Coast Guard, stationed in Lake Tahoe. Erin is working in the corporate offices at U.S. Bank and “loving life out here in the desert.”

Ross Gortner received a bachelor of engineering degree from Dartmouth in June.


Joe Simmons

Last summer John McCall, Eliza Lay, Samantha Wasserman, Jon Levy, Jon Whitton ’02, and Charlie Alexander ’02 founded the Objective Theater Company and participated in its inaugural production, Phaedra’s Love, a play by controversial British playwright Sarah Kane, at Caffe Lena’s Black Box Theater in Saratoga Springs. John, who relocated to Brooklyn, NY, at the end of August to begin a career in theater and film, plans to continue working with the Objective on “a string of political and provoking shows.”

Rick Spies has moved to Washington, DC, where he spent the summer interning at the Center for Strategic and International Studies in the department of external relations. This fall, he is interning with the Mexican-American Bi-National Council, which works to negotiate the treaty dealing with water rights on the Rio Grande, among other rivers. He can be reached at rick_spies@yahoo.com.

Ned Merrick has been traveling around the East Coast and Nova Scotia, picking up crew jobs on sailboats, doing carpentry, building half models, and working part-time for Red Bull. He plans to hike the Maine section of the Appalachian Trail this fall before driving out West to visit some Skidmore friends and hopping a boat to travel around the world.

In August Angelo Rufino moved to Philadelphia to begin work as a compliance examiner for the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mike Cavanagh is assistant finance director for special projects in Cleveland, OH.

Over the summer, Matt Appleton’s band released its debut CD, Here’s to Dischord, which can be found at www.herestodischord.com. He is studying recording arts at the Full Sail Real World Education program in Orlando, FL, and welcomes e-mail at matt@herestodischord.com.

Patty Ayala spent the summer at Albany Medical College, researching the effects of nicotine on fetal development. A first-year medical student at AMC, she is “nervous and excited at the same time to begin a new phase in my life.” She adds, “I miss Skidmore a lot and all the wonderful people I met during my four years.”

Christine “C.J.” Feehan is an adjunct professor in English at Southern New Hampshire University. She is completing work on her master’s thesis at Dartmouth College and lives in Hanover, NH.

Cameron Lane is living and working on an organic farm in Gouldsboro, ME, as an apprentice through the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. “I am learning something about the cycle of life here every day and appreciating the rewards of ridiculously hard work,” she observes. She will move on to Franklin, ME, later this year to apprentice with weaver Susanne Grosjean.

In California, Chris Tom entered a graduate program in chemistry at UC-Berkeley, started writing a novel, and “is swept up in the life here—good stuff.”

Rodd Pedrotti describes his entry into the real world as “daunting” not only due to the lackluster economic outlook for new graduates, but also because his job search was complicated by a lengthy recuperation from reconstructive surgery to his knee in June. Things started looking up in August, however, when he was hired at Albany’s ABC affiliate, WTEN News 10, as a broadcast journalist, a position he loves. With a nod of thanks to the college, he says, “I could not have accomplished my education nor formed my aspirations without the faculty and staff of Skidmore.”

Ross Shikowitz is pursuing a master’s in voice performance at Indiana University at Bloomington, where he is studying with Patricia Wise.

Ellison Moorehead lives in Madrid, Spain, where she is an intern at the American School.

Chatrpol Osathanond is pursuing a master’s in management and employment relations at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Auckland in New Zealand, where he has met “heaps of nice people with accents that are hard to understand.”

Ariana Zukas lives in Amherst, MA, and is a clinic assistant at Planned Parenthood in Springfield. She plans to remain there for a year before taking time to travel and “do whatever I want before starting grad school.”

After spending the summer as marketing and public relations assistant at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Callie Works-Leary moved back home to Dallas, TX, to take an internship position with the Dallas office of Fleishman-Hillard, an international public relations firm. Callie’s summer roommate, Gill Roberts, is teaching Latin at the Derryfield School in Manchester, NH.

In September Ellen Casey moved to Paris to pursue a master’s degree in French literature with NYU-in-Paris.

Rachel Silberman is teaching fourth grade at Trevino Elementary School in Edinburg, TX, through Teach for America.

Margaret Sullivan teaches ninth-grade Spanish in a public school, Simon Madera, in Guayama, Puerto Rico. She is a Title 1 teacher in a program called Sapientis, working with kids who have difficulties with learning.

Carolyn Depoian will be sticking around Saratoga Springs for a while: she is an assistant to Skidmore athletics director Jeffrey Seagrave for the next year.

Ben Levine does marketing work for the New York Mets.

Brad Emott has landed “one of the more interesting and crazy jobs”; working for the Connecticut Department of Environmental Protection Wildlife Division, he was assigned to the State Lands Beaver Project, which involves tearing down beaver dams in over-flooded areas statewide over the summer. Built like fortresses, beaver dams often take a full day to tear down. Brad claims to have caused some flash floods in the line of duty and concludes, “It was me versus the beavers, and I loved it.”

Phil LaBella, who graced the cover of the summer Scope and was featured in that issue’s article “Outward Bound,” is touring with Cats through July 15, 2004.

Thomas Burke writes in to serve as “encouragement for those of us who aren’t yet painfully employed. To all of us who are taking a little time before being forced into the work force, vive la liberte!” He spent the summer working for Salmagundi and spending time with family at their camp down the road from Skidmore in Hadley, NY.

Anatoly Ostrovsky has enlisted in the U.S. Army for five years. With a rank of Specialist (E-4), he has qualified to attend Special Forces Selection and Training in March.


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