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Letters Fit for life, student health history, two campuses
Survey says! Student wellness programming



Letters

Fit for life
Scope’s feature on student wellness in the winter issue is timely and important. The photo on the inside front cover—my 1951 classmates celebrating Senior Skip Day—reminds me of some harmful excesses we engaged in during that era. As 20somethings, we didn’t have the knowledge about health is­sues that we have today. Now in our late 70s and early 80s, I wonder how my Skidmore classmates are doing: Are they well or ailing, fit or overweight, independent or a family burden?

Making suitable lifestyle choices in one’s youth is absolutely key to staying well, fit, and independent. I feel fortunate to have done this myself, and I can report from personal experience what a major difference it makes. Thirty years ago I began competing in track events and triathlons, and I continue to enjoy these activities as a 79-year-old. I also coach women 50 and older in sports and fitness. It is gratifying to watch their progress and witness their joy at every improvement.

Please emphasize to those intelligent young Skidmore students that they can practically guarantee smooth, happy sailing into their older age by starting now with good nutrition and regular exercise for the rest of their lives.

Ann Hammel Kahl ’51
Apopka, Fla.



Student health history
I was interested to see the article about the history of student wellness and its segue into the “Food and Drug Administration” feature, both on such important topics. The three young ladies pictured at the start of the history article are from my class: Peg Roberts Kranz ’54, Kitty Green ’54, and Betty Carpenter Evans ’54. Nice photo!

Pat Kennedy Snyderman ’54
New York City

Scope’s cover story brought me back to my first day at Skidmore. It was September 14, 1967—my 18th birthday and my first day of being “legal” in New York State. I was a very law-abiding teen from New Jersey, where the drinking age was 21, and I had not drunk a drop. In less than five hours at Skidmore, I was in the Red Lantern, a bar a block from my dorm on Union Avenue. I would say I did too much drinking that whole freshman year.

Carla Cotter Skjong ’67
Tyler, Minn
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While reading the article on health history, I remembered how much we relied on our roommates and each other for moral support. I also recall that during freshman orientation, the college doctor advised us that “when love comes in the door, good sense runs out the window!” Also, she ad­vised us, when married, not to worry about little annoyances like toothpaste tubes left open by one’s husband. Those two ideas still seem to hold true.

Sue Jacobs Schaffzin ’61
New York City



Two campuses
“Who, What, When” from the fall issue brought back great memories, as I was a regular in the library. I remember clearly during my interview in 1966 the admissions representative telling me that the library was brand new and that the admissions office was located in what had been the library on the old campus. I was impressed by the new library’s space and light.

I am a product of both campuses. I lived in Skidmore Hall my freshman year and on the new campus my next three years. Since I was a French major, many of my classes were on the old campus, so I rode the yellow bus a lot. One great memory of the bus rides was Prof. Phil Krawiec, as he disembarked each day from the bus near his home on the south side of the new campus, saying “Good night, ladies” to all of us on the bus.

Kathy Rogers Wohlhuter '71
Wheaton, Ill.