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One of the alumni board’s standing committees is the Awards Committee,
a dedicated group of volunteers who travel to Skidmore each January to meet for a full day to review the many nominations for the awards that are given at Reunion and Celebration Weekend. The weather is usually bitterly cold and it often snows, but nobody complains. Because of the caliber of the nominees, it’s always a rewarding day that has a very happy outcome.
This year’s meeting was a little different because the group considered candidates for a new award, to be given for the first time at Reunion in May. The Creative Thought Matters Award of Distinction recognizes an alum who has made a contribution through innovation and/or creation of a fresh approach that inspires or enlightens the lives of others and contributes to the greater good. This contribution may have taken place in the course of the award winner’s career, community work, government service, or volunteer activity. The candidates may represent any age or field of endeavor, as long as they graduated more than five years ago.
Throughout its history, Skidmore has challenged itself to make no small plans —to make no ordinary choices—and this award recognizes a graduate who purposefully demonstrates this belief in his or her life and work. The alumni board recognizes many types of achievement in our alumni body—we celebrate professional distinction, service to the college, and regional club success, for example. But this Creative Thought Matters award formally honors the most fundamental principles of our institution: intellectual innovation, ethical leadership, and social responsibility.
As you celebrate Reunion with old friends and new, I hope you will find time to come to the Intramural Gym (in the Sports and Recreation Center) on Saturday morning, May 31. Please join the festivities when we present this award to a unique and gifted alum who has, indeed, made no small plans.
Deb Sehl Coons ’72
Alumni Association President