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Running with the bulls (and bears) Skidmore's investment performance
Salvation Saratoga citizens preserve historic church
Art whirl Joan Fioravanti '75 makes a living in the NYC art world
Teachers' pets Faculty dog-owners wag a few tales

 

Teachers' pets
Skidmore’s faculty may be the dog-friendliest in all of academe. (No wonder it’s legendary for openness and good humor.) Consider just these few examples of dedicated faculty-canine partnerships:
photos by Gary Gold

 

Katie Hauser, art historian
Loki, wire-haired fox terrier

Loki was a brat when he was young. Now he’s very well-educated, having been to countless classes and art galleries. Once when house-painting, I left the stir stick on the edge of the paint can. Loki picked it up in his mouth and pranced around, leaving a Jackson Pollack–like drip image on the driveway.

 

Aldo Vacs, political scientist
Blanca, West Highland white terrier
Blanca has friends in other countries—like the Dobermans she met in Buenos Aires. At home she loves our pool. She hops up the stairs, swims across, grabs her boogie board by the string, and climbs onto it. She floats on it for awhile, jumps off and swims, and does it all again.
We never taught her this trick.

 

Kate Greenspan, English professor
Camelot and Hildegard,
German shepherds

Cam, a nursing-home therapy dog, is a great-uncle to Hildy. They’ve acquired lots of experience of the world, so nothing fazes them. They don’t judge or reprimand, they never lose their tempers; they just move on. And they pay close attention to what’s going on around them. It’s a good way to be.

 

Jill Sweet, anthropologist
vida, Labrador retriever

I‘ve learned patience from Vida, and she’s learned courage from me. She was dropped from Seeing Eye school, but she’s a good assistant and a wonderful companion. Except when she dove off a dock into a lake and landed right on me as I was swimming.

 

Phil Glotzbach, philosopher, president
Summit, Labrador retriever

Summit never misses an opportunity to ask us to throw a tennis ball. He’s very people-centered, with a sweet and calm disposition. He depends on us for virtually everything, but in return he offers unrelenting affection that brings out the best in us. I value the constancy of this relationship.

 

Marc Woodworth ’84, English instructor
(with daughter Calla)
bela, Australian shepherd mix

Bela is always smiling, eager to go on adventures, and terribly bossy. Once, in Case Center, she slipped away and turned up in the Spa snack shop, where a woman was sharing her sandwich with her, saying, “One bite for you, one bite for me…” Bela loves coming to campus in hopes of reliving such a signal dining experience.

 

Bill Fox, sociologist
Emmylou, beagle

Emmy remains largely preverbal, but she has taught me to take time to smell the roses (while she sniffs everything else).Her proudest accomplishment? After she ate a chunk of my Skidmore ID card, the college entered it in an “abused swipe card” contest and won a top prize: $500 in copy-card supplies.

 

Monica Raveret-Richter, biologist
rosie, golden retriever

Rosie once chased a family of ducks in Haupt Pond. I tried every plea and bribe to get her out. Finally I took off as much clothing as decency permitted, swam in, and hauled her to shore, green with algae, grinning, and unrepentant. In my Animal Behavior course, the students are invariably more successful at training Rosie than I was that day.

 

Mac Oswalt, psychologist
ranger, Labrador retriever

In his youth, Ranger chewed TV remotes, eyeglasses, even wall telephones; now he’s a 100-pound lap dog. He has taught me the advantage of walking in Skidmore’s North Woods, where I’ve met dozens of people and made several close friends. People walking dogs tend to be very unassuming and relaxed.