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Putting the kid in Skidmore

Some Skidmore parents drop their college-bound children off at the airport, or deliver them to Skidmore and then drive back home, often hours away. But a few usher them to the residence
hall and then walk back to work. From among the two dozen employees whose kids are current students, here’s a sampling - and a few words about each other and about their overlap at the college.



PHIL BOSHOFF
English professor (26 years)
Laurel is honest and independent; I’m very proud of how she is taking ownership of her education. I try to stay out of her way and let her have her own Skidmore experience. I know firsthand she’s getting a terrific education, with a terrific faculty.

LAUREL BOSHOFF ’09
planned English and
government major

When I was a little kid in the campus day-care center, I
used to sneak away and play
with the babies in the infant
room. Sometimes students ask
me questions about my dad as a teacher that I don’t know the answers to. But everyone tells
me they like him a lot, as a professor and as a person. I
hope his traits have rubbed off
on me.






MOLLY BRAY-HAYES ’10
possible studio art and/or
biology major

One of my first memories is playing in the sandbox at the Skidmore child-care center. Whenever I’ve had a bad day or
a really hard test, I can go to my mom’s office and it’s like being home for a little while. I admire her strong sense of self, and I am in awe of her ability to do a million things and still help others.

UNA BRAY
mathematics professor (21 years)
Molly is kind and gentle, knows
a lot about ‘60s and ’70s music, is very good at fly-fishing, and is a crack shot with a gun. I’m trying
to wear blinders, but I’m glad Molly drops by my office to check in. I know some of her friends,
and they’re really great; I’m very impressed with them.





RYAN JESKA ’08
religion major
I remember visiting my mom’s
office when I was younger, and I really liked the progressive atmosphere at Skidmore. It’s a little weird that my mom and my friends are friends; she’s kind of their surrogate mom on campus. She’s good at putting herself in another person’s shoes, even a teenager’s,
so I’ve always felt very comfortable talking to her about anything.

SANDI JESKA
administrative coordinator in
special programs (10 years)

Ryan persevered through a remarkable recovery from a car crash last spring. His smile lights up a room. And, just like me, he loves to shop. I like meeting his friends—and getting to hug him at least once a week. But I am too easily accessed for cash. And sometimes I see a little more than
I want to know about his life here.






PATTY BOSEN
nurse practitioner at health services (8 years)
Eric is a loyal friend, warmhearted and caring about others. Even though we share a campus, I
don’t see him much now. But if
we run into each other, he’s not embarrassed to be seen with me. Another plus: no need to drive
cross-country for parents’ weekend.

ERIC BOSEN ’10
planned psychology major
My mom honestly cares about each and every student she sees at health services. When I was about thirteen, I remember, she took me and the
rest of the family to see West Side Story on campus. As a student here, it’s good not having to wait for a school break to see a family member. On the down side, I don’t have a clean slate with administrators, since a good portion of them knew my mother before they knew me.








ANDREW BROWN ’09
music major and business minor
When I was a kid I used to come over and watch my dad teach. It’s great to see him a lot; the only bad thing is that my mom doesn't work here too. My father is known for playing jazz and classical guitar,
but when he rocks out on his electric it sounds better than Eric Clapton. He’s very modest about it.

JOEL BROWN
senior artist-in-residence
in music (21 years)

Andrew is one of the very best musicians I’ve ever known. He’s also funny, and just plain fun to
be with. It’s a nice surprise to see him at my office door or walking across campus. (His two older siblings also attended Skidmore.)










KAITLYN MAHONEY ’08

exercise-science major
When I was little and came to
campus for a volleyball camp, my mom and sister would pick me up
at lunchtime and we’d sit by the pond and eat with my dad on his lunch break. My dad supports me no matter what; he’s always there for advice
or conversation. And if I forget anything at home, it’s right on my doorstep the next morning. When I see my dad on campus and get a big hug, it’s an indescribable feeling.

RAY MAHONEY HVAC
technician in mechanical
trades (13 years)

Kaity is smart, loving, down-to-earth, and hard-working. She’s happy and seems at peace with herself. The family attends all her volleyball games, home and away. When she sees me on campus she’ll call out my name, or my co-workers’, and come right over to us.




MARTY CANAVAN
management and business
professor (28 years)

I admire Matt’s modesty and quiet nature, his knack for getting along with many people, and his ability to drive a golfball 300 yards. I know he’ll be learning from many fine professors here. I endeavor to stay away from his space while on campus; I pretend he’s at college in California (although sometimes I receive his e-mails by mistake).

MATT CANAVAN ’10
undecided major
My first Skidmore memory was a basketball camp I went to when I was younger. The best thing about being at the same college with my dad is having someone who knows how to go about the registration process to choose courses. Great things about my dad: he’s an honest, hard-working guy, he played hoops at Siena College, and he loves golf.








MOLLY McEACHEN ’09

sociology-anthropology major
KATIE McEACHEN ’07
environmental-studies major
Our dad can relate to anyone, especially his students and players, because he is genuinely interested
in others. In high school I (Katie) went to a Halloween party in Scribner Village, where one of my dad’s soccer players was dressed in
a hamper to look like a dinosaur.
I don’t have much separation between home-home and school-home. But I (Molly) like having a home-cooked meal and doing laundry for free.


RON McEACHEN

men’s soccer coach (7 years)
Molly has more friends than
anyone I know, and a beautiful singing voice in the Sonneteers. Katie is also musical and has worked on behalf of children in Central America. When my wife
and I go to a college event and
see the girls, we feel like intruders and are often compelled to leave early. This is their time and space.