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Alumni and Development News
by Cynthia Shaw, Associate Director of Alumni Affairs
Albany Capital District
March. Club president Susan Geary ’99 and a consortium of alumni clubs organized the annual Party for a Plate, which benefits the Regional Food Bank. Generous donations from local restaurants supplied an impressive assortment of international foods, and big-band music kept the dance floor hopping all night long.
May. Ladies and gentlemen! Children of all ages! The club’s afternoon at the circus, held at the Pepsi Arena, drew the largest-ever turnout for a club event other than the ever-popular holiday party. The Skidmore group enjoyed superb seats and an entertaining show of magic acts, clowns, acrobats, and performing animals that appeared to be very well cared-for.
March. Much to the delight of sports fans, club co-president Amy O’Leary ’92 netted tickets to see the Boston Bruins skate against the Colorado Avalanche. Since the game brought former Bruins defenseman Ray Bourque back to Boston, these were the hottest tickets in town. Skidmore scores again!
April. Leigh DuPuy ’92 was supposed to run in the Boston Marathon. She was sidelined by an injury but didn’t let that stop her from working with Amy and co-president Keirnan Conroy Klosek ’95 to set up a Skidmore cheering section along the race route. There were lots of hoots and hollers as various runners recognized the Skidmore banner.
May. Peggy Frew-Nehms ’92 orchestrated another successful night at the Boston Pops for close to 100 alumni, parents, and friends. The music was captivating and inspiring, and a fitting crescendo to the event was the prominent display of the Skidmore banner in Symphony Hall.
April. Some forty alumni gathered at the Hyannis Yacht Club for lunch and a discussion led by Anne Ciccarelli Ross ’68. Anne has been working with powdered glass since the age of twelve, and her metal and glass enameled pieces are now in international collections. As she displayed some of her wares, it was easy to see why they are in such demand. Co-presidents Margi Bishop Maynard ’57 and Mary Avery Gessner ’58 should be congratulated for organizing this event and for their successful efforts to re-energize the Skidmore Club of Cape Cod.
April. Co-president Holly Lorenzo ’81 organized an event for all senses. Professor Thomas Denny (music) gave an interesting lecture on “Jewels of the Orchestral Repertoire” while alumni enjoyed a European-style reception; then they walked over to the concert hall to hear the Stamford Symphony Orchestra. All in all, a lovely afternoon.
April. Dorothy Dodd O’Meara ’57 organized the club’s annual theater event for twenty alumni—this one featured a matinee performance of Beauty and the Beast. The group enjoyed the opportunity to get together for a fine production of this traditional favorite.
March. Professor Regis Brodie (art) gave an impressive slide presentation titled “The Creative Process; An Artist’s Point of View” for an energetic group of alumni at the Warwick Hotel. During the fun-filled reception prior to the presentation, the group wondered why they don’t get together more often and requested more Skidmore events in Texas in the near future.
April. Eddy Rivera ’99 brought a small but engaged group of alumni and friends together at the University Club of St. Paul for dinner. Advancement officer Lori Eastman ’87 was on hand to greet everyone and to provide an update on news and events at Skidmore.
New York City
March. One hundred twenty-five alumni sat in center orchestra seats to enjoy a Skidmore night at the New York City Opera. The gathering was arranged by Ronnie Zolondek Bramesco ’63, who seems to have hit just the right note—the reviews for this event were stellar.
April. John Johnson ’95 was deemed most valuable player when he coordinated a club event at a Yankees vs. Red Sox game. The seats sold out fast but John was able to secure a few more for grateful Skidmore alumni. A great afternoon ballgame was enjoyed by all.
Pat Kennedy Snyderman ’54 organized another popular backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera at Lincoln Center for fifty alumni and friends. This annual event always draws a crowd and provides a perfect opportunity to get an insider’s view of this New York City landmark.
|Chef Georges Perrier and President Jamienne S. Studley join forces in a cooking demonstration at Philadelphia’s famous Brasserie Perrier.
March. Ken Freirich ’90 assembled the perfect ingredients for a very special gathering. More than fifty alumni and friends joined Skidmore President Jamienne S. Studley (an amateur gourmet cook) and world-renowned chef Georges Perrier at his restaurant Brasserie Perrier, for a reception, conversation, and cooking demonstration. Before Jamie and Georges collaborated to create a very special salade lyonnaise, Ken presented them each with Skidmore-insignia chef’s jackets.
March. President Jamienne S. Studley had the opportunity to meet and mingle with Princeton-area alumni over a reception and dinner at the historic Princeton Club, thanks to a core group of dedicated alumnae who head up Skidmore events in the area.
|Alumni leaders greet Skidmore’s president at the Princeton Club: Pam Schick Kelsey ’70, Phyllis Steinberg Marchand ’61, President Jamienne S. Studley, Ann Moses Douglas ’56, Inez Zagoreos Scribner ’62, and Carol Little Weg ’64.
May. Jean Rosaler Schram ’70 opened her home for an evening of music and a Mediterranean buffet for a nice-sized gathering of area alumni. As the group arrived, they were impressed with piano background music played by Jean’s son Greg. Former Bandersnatcher Ian Varley ’97 serenaded the group as they enjoyed delicious Mediterranean fare. After dinner, the group headed to Jean’s home theater to hear Professor Thomas Denny (music) as he performed examples from Mozart and Beethoven works to illustrate his talk on “Night, Dreams, and Demons: Symbols of Other Realities.”
April. The club’s annual smorgasbord dinner and silent auction was another huge success. Louise Pellissier Grzybowski ’64 again opened her home to eager alumni, who came armed with good food, items to be auctioned off, and their generosity. After enjoying a home-cooked meal and each other’s company, the group started some serious bidding. Guest auctioneer Mike Sposili, Skidmore’s director of alumni affairs, kept the bidding very lively. When all was said and done, the group had raised over $700 to support the college’s Student Scholarship Fund.
May. For the second year in a row, Skidmore alumni gathered for an evening of music and conversation with noted jazz pianist Billy Taylor at Kennedy Center. This year his guest was Brazilian-born trumpeter Claudio Roditi, who put on a dazzling performance with his hard, bop-oriented style. Billy opened the program by welcoming the Skidmore group and relaying his fondness for the Saratoga area.