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Spring 2004

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Who, What, When

Centennial spotlight

On campus

Faculty focus

Arts on view



Class notes


Highlights of faculty and staff activities

Michael Ennis-McMillan, anthropology, presented “I’m More Native than You,” a paper about negotiating identity, in a session on Mexico at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association.

Gerald Erchak, anthropology, was a commentator for a Taboo 2 episode, “Blood Bonds,” which aired on National Geographic TV in January.

Leo Geoffrion, college relations, retired after twenty-one years at Skidmore, mostly in information technology services. In the early 1980s he helped develop Skidmore’s fledgling info-tech office, and through the ’90s he advised countless professors and students in integrating computing into their academic work. Most recently he was the college’s “Webmaster.” Geoffrion is now a senior systems administrator at SGS Testcom, in Ballston Spa, N.Y.

Beth Gershuny, psychology, has co-authored articles on issues of post-traumatic stress and death anxiety for the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, Journal of Anxiety Disorder, and AIDS Patient Care and STDs.

Grant Gutheil, psychology, is co-author of an article on historical intuition in the naming of artifacts, in Cognition, vol. 91, no. 1.

Deb Hall, art, had an Iris print, Messengers, in the 14th National Computer Art Invitational exhibition this spring.

Karen Kellogg, environmental studies, co-authored a paper on ultraviolet reflectivity and mate choice in cichlid fishes, for the Journal of Fish Biology.

Murray Levith, English, has an essay, “Richard III: The Dragon and St. George,” in the summer ’03 Shakespeare Newsletter.

Margo Mensing, art, had two solo exhibitions at the University of Michigan. A Sense of Security featured four large murals made of punched circles from the patterned linings of security envelopes. Common and Uncommon Occurrences was a series of framed bibs, with narrative text and photos of people wearing the bibs.

Christine Page, management and business, co-wrote an article on smoking behavior in Psychology and Marketing, vol. 20, 2003, and another on time and distance judgments in the Journal of Consumer Research, vol. 30, 2003.

Zankel Professor Pushkala Prasad, management and business, won an award from the Danish Institute of Human Rights for “contributions to education and research in workplace diversity in Scandinavia.” She gave the keynote speech at the awards ceremony in Copenhagen and has been invited to address a diversity working group of the European Parliament. Prasad has also been named to the editorial board of the UK-based Journal of Management Studies.

Roy Rotheim, economics, gave this year’s Moseley Lecture at Skidmore. “J. M. Keynes and the Struggle for Genius” discussed why Keynes’s revolutionary book on economic theory failed to revolutionize economics: said Rotheim, “The book is a classic. Everyone knows it, but no one’s read it.”

Patricia Rubio, Spanish, published an article on Mistral’s letters in Gabriela Mistral, the Audacious Traveler (Ohio University Press, 2003).

Jeffrey Segrave, exercise science, traveled to Denmark to give a keynote address on sport literature for a University of Aarhus seminar and a government sport-research committee.

Linda Simon, English, wrote an article on William James’s “lost souls” in Ursula Le Guin’s utopia, for the April issue of Philosophy and Literature.

Steve Stern, English, won a Fulbright award to teach grad-school creative writing at Bar Ilan University in Israel next fall.

Benjamin Van Wye, music, has an article in the current issue of the Belgian journal L’Organiste.

Paul Walter, chemistry (emeritus), helped arrange a conference in Malta that brought together a range of Middle Eastern scientists, including six Nobel laureates.

Mark Youndt, management and business, co-authored an article about service organizations and customer service in Strategic Management Journal, vol. 25, 2004. He also has two essays about intellectual capital in Journal of Management Studies (vol. 41, no. 2) and Journal of Managerial Issues (forthcoming).


Mount Rushmore, a five-by-eight-foot mural (detailed below), is made from the linings of hundreds of safety envelopes. Its creator, Skidmore art professor Margo Mensing, explains: “Security envelopes veil phone bills, bank statements, and paycheck deposits in repeat designs of company logos, stripes, and squiggles. Few people notice these marks as they rip open the envelope and toss it in the recycling or trash bin. Saved, these envelopes suggest a shed cocoon of financial dealings, a diary of sorts….”


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