kidmore’s Volunteer Weekend (formerly called Leadership Council) drew an eager crowd of alumni interested in every facet of the college, from class secretaries to fund chairs to admissions and career contacts. The April weekend featured workshops on volunteer roles, presentations and information sessions, and—a highlight—special honors for two young alumni:
Palamountain Award for Young Alumni Achievement
|Peter Stiepleman ’97
As a student, Peter Stiepleman ’97 had dreams of a career in the foreign service. He majored in Spanish and spent his junior year in Madrid, while also singing with the Bandersnatchers. In recognition of his frequent singing tours to alumni and fundraising events around the country, he received the Candace Carlucci ’66 Award for alumni involvement.
After graduation Stiepleman served as an alumni admissions contact and club volunteer in the San Francisco area. After a brief stint in the insurance industry, he discovered that his true calling lay in primary education. As a bilingual third-grade teacher in Oakland, he serves disadvantaged students in a disadvantaged school, often providing extras such as music programs and field trips on his own initiative—and his own dime.
Recently Stiepleman has engaged Skidmore education majors in an e-mail mentoring program with his students, and also created a foundation program linking financial sponsors within the alumni community to young Latino students in his area.
Porter Award for Young Alumni Volunteerism
|Tony Llano ’97
Anthony Llano ’97 was an active volunteer from the moment he arrived at Skidmore. A business and economics major, he served as head resident of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP), career development assistant, phonathon caller, residential life staffer, member of the crew and polo teams, president of the Newman Club, and reunion assistant. As a junior, he received Skidmore’s Barbara Hume ’67 Memorial Award.
An assistant vice president at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York City, Llano is a board member of the Student Sponsor Partnership, linking members of the banking community with at-risk high school students in mentoring and support programs similar to one that helped him as a youth. For Skidmore he has served as class agent, fund chair, and member of the alumni volunteer task force; on the alumni board, he has served at large and, currently, as chair of diversity. —MM