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Arts on view
Alumni join high-school mentoring program
New York Cityarea alumni have launched a Skidmore chapter of the College Alumni in Public Schools (CAPS) mentoring program. Coordinated by Carolyn Brown Straker 59, Ronnie Zolondek Bramesco 63, Kayne Rourke 95, and Peter Wan 95, Skidmores initiative paired alumni with eighteen students from Norman Thomas High School in Manhattan.
Skidmore CAPS is structured to help public-school students aspire to and prepare for college admission, providing support, fun, and friendship along the way. At a January kickoff, the Skidmore mentors and menteesmatched, when possible, by mutual interestsgot to know each other over deli sandwiches in the schools cafeteria.
Gwen Putzig Pier 81, executive director of art administration for the National Sculpture Society, listened as fifteen-year-old Alice Deutsch described her favorite museums and her dream of becoming a docent. Matthew Schrag 96, who works for Web marketing firm Inceptor, talked shop (and sports) with student Sydney Aquirre, whos got designs on a career in marketing. Theatrical producer Nelle Nugent 60 invited mentee Audrey Terrell and others to a showing of The Mysteries, her South Africanbased musical thats drawn rave reviews internationally.
With mentors ranging from the class of 55 to 00, Carolyn Straker was delighted by the response. We were told to start smallto expect two, maybe three mentor/mentee pairings at the beginning, she says. But here we are with eighteen right out of the gate. Adds Kayne Rourke, Were amazed by the rapport among participants. This is more than we could have hoped for.
For more on Skidmore CAPS in New York City, contact Straker at firstname.lastname@example.org. MM