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Alumni job network expands SkidBiz is on the grow
Best-ever year in giving Zankel and other gifts send giving through the roof
Equestrians jump for joy and philanthropy Skidmore Saratoga horse show makes it mark
Club connection Philly, D.C., Boston
Polo gala charms donors Palamountain benefit brings in scholarship aid
Community builders Sussmans honored for gift of hospitality

 

Club connection: PA., MASS., D.C.

Celebratory send-offs hosted by Skidmore clubs give first-year students and their parents a chance to meet and mingle and—as mom Cheryl Marsh suggests—“feel even more excited about this new chapter of life.” It was a lively evening near Philly, where Skidmore newbies enjoyed comparing notes. Carol Avins and husband Ray Solomon took the lead from daughter Claire ’10, whose “enthusiasm for the college and the desire to pass it on” prompted them to throw the party. This was Paddy Link and Tim Hurd’s fourth time hosting the D.C.-area event, which drew twenty-two students and parents (some of whom are Skidmore grads themselves). “We put together a list of places we like in and around Saratoga and handed it out as food for thought,” says Paddy. Meanwhile, Katie ’06 extolled Skidmore’s career-services network, and campus tour guide Mary ’10 became something of a magnet for questions. In the Boston area, forty-five guests showed up for the Marshes’ gathering, where there was “a great deal of excitement in the air, tempered by a little nervousness,” reports Cheryl. But an hour into the party she happened upon the entire lot of students “talking and laughing in a big circle. It was great to see them gelling.” At last year’s send-off, she adds, son Tim ’10 similarly connected with a couple of the other first-years—which made move-in weekend a bit more comforting. —MTS