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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


Alumni job network expands

Looking to fill key marketing positions? Need legal advice for an IT startup? Perhaps you’re changing careers or looking for a first job opportunity. How do you filter the sea of résumés and listings flooding your in-box? The 1,100-member Skidmore Business Network can help.

Started in New York City by a team of Skidmore alumni, SBN hosts speakers, career events, and e-mail list-serves in New York, Boston, and San Francisco, with Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, and South Florida chapters in the wings. And recently SBN greatly expanded its scope:

• Beyond finance, law, and marketing, SBN now serves alumni professionals in a wide range of fields—entertainment, research science, technology, journalism, and many more.

• SBN’s use of the popular online network LinkedIn provides a virtual meeting space for alumni, parents, faculty, and graduating seniors interested in professional networking. An SBN LinkedIn group is accessible from SBN’s Web site and Skidmore’s alumni home page.

• SBN’s new student chapter—SBN-Saratoga, coordinated by Chris Gringrich ’08—links current Skidmore students with other chapters, to help with mentoring, networking skills, internships, and job leads.

• The “Fastrack” program introduces selected seniors at monthly SBN meetings in various cities.

• A series of small dinner meetings, called SBN Gold, facilitates dialogue among more seasoned and senior professionals.

According to SBN coordinator and founding member Frits Abell ’94, “Over the past two years we have laid a strong foundation. This year we want to grow our constituency and help professionals in the Skidmore community to keep SBN top-of-mind for all things professional development.”
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