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Interconnections A leader in the making
Dollars make the difference
Key initiatives funded by last year's giving
Record-breaking affirmation $42 million donated to Skidmore
Summer in Saratoga A photo album
Human hotlinks Alumni business network on the grow
Club Connections Boston alums connect at Fenway

 

Dollars make the difference

“A Skidmore education can be transformational for a student.” A cliché maybe, but no lie.
“Individual donations can be transformational for Skidmore.” Ditto—in fact, it happened a
lot last year.

The Tang Museum can focus even more on creativity and less on bean-counting, because Susan Rabinowitz Malloy ’45 endowed the Tang curator’s position. The savings in personnel costs can now go toward exhibitions, guest lectures, and children’s workshops. Having an endowed chair will also help the Tang recruit future curators who are as skilled, dedicated, and inventive as Ian Berry. Click here for more.




TwiningOhioans Matthew Brauch, Kallie Day, and Chantrice Ollie joined the freshman class. They couldn’t afford to come—and Skidmore couldn’t afford to bring them—without a Kettering Foundation gift arranged by Sue Kettering Williamson ’59. The grant provides need-based tuition aid and mentoring for students from Cleveland, Dayton, and Cincinnati, and their very presence
on campus enriches the entire student community. Click here for more.

Professor Denise Smith, an expert on cardiovascular stress and firefighting gear, is turbocharging her research for five years. A reunion gift from
the Class of ’61 established a professorship that lets Skidmore hand off a fraction of Smith’s teaching load and support her research. Firefighters
will benefit—and as her work rubs off on her laboratory and classroom students, so will they. Click here for more.




Thoroughbred soccer, field-hockey, lacrosse, and softball teams are playing on new fields funded by the Sue and Edgar Wachenheim III Foundation and other donors. The two kinds of artificial turf, tailored to different sports, not only withstand upstate weather but bring Skidmore’s outdoor fields up to snuff in the NCAA, putting the T’breds into some very good company. Click here for more.



A much-needed new music building is moving off the drawing board and into the ground. The stalwart old Filene Music Building will be rehabbed, and the new Zankel Music Center—funded in large part from the estate of Skidmore parent Arthur Zankel—will provide top-drawer practice and performance spaces, including a large concert hall for public events. Click here for more.



These are just a few 2005–06 gifts that filled the gap between tuition income and the full cost of
the programs, people, and facilities that define Skidmore. —SR