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Women with no names
Creativity, in class and kitchen
Going home again
Charisma and dedication

Women with no names

     In the article about Prof. Barry Goldensohn [spring Scope], I was insulted that all the male poets he studies were named, but the females were lumped into the term “women poets.” In my day, Skidmore was a women’s college, and no such insult would be tolerated.
Audrey Platt Jacobson ’49
Ogdensburg, N.Y.


Creativity, in class and kitchen

     Prof. Catherine Golden’s “Observations” in the spring Scope made me nostalgic for Skidmore (and for the taste of her homemade jam). The intergenerational class she describes sounds great. Her students of all ages were lucky to have such a creative and dedicated professor.
Andrew HaLevi ’88
Charleston, S.C.

Going home again

     I liked what Beverly Harrison Miller ’67 wrote in the spring Scope [“Connections”] about alumni returning to college and feeling lost.
     I paid Skidmore a short visit on a Sunday in 1992, thirty-five years after having left (I was at Skidmore for one year). Peabody, my dorm, was closed of course, and the old campus seemed vacant and sleepy. I did not get a chance to really see the new campus, and I hardly recognized the city—which in 1956–57 was so countrylike.
     It is a great idea to have Colton House as an alumni welcome center. I think revisiting campus is the same as trying to revisit a company where you had a great time working: you now feel like an outsider. But inside, clearly Skidmore remains strong.
Anne-Marie Detourbet Philippe ’59
St-Germain-en-Laye, France

Charisma and dedication

     Thank you for the inspiring article on Prof. Paul Arciero’s research [“Shaping Up,” winter Scope]. It is exciting to know that Skidmore has faculty whose work has earned the respect and funding of the leading nutritional-science company in the world. More fundamentally, Paul’s research is having positive impacts on everyday lives at Skidmore and in the Saratoga Springs community, and the results could mean real benefits for countless others.
     Adults’ eating and exercise habits are not easy things to improve. But Paul’s abilities as a teacher, scientist, and friend give people the enduring motivation to make change happen. Paul earns trust and respect so quickly because there is no hypocrisy between what he teaches and what he practices in his own life. I encourage every current Skidmore student to take a class from Paul and experience his passion for teaching and life.
     At some colleges, tenure has been blamed for “pampered, cosseted full professors with light teaching loads and job security” who are “unavailable as charismatic leaders.” But Paul Arciero is a shining example of the amazingly charismatic faculty (tenured and nontenured) that the Skidmore community is blessed with. His dedication to improving lives through physiological research embodies the optimal liberal-arts educational experience.
Sean McAndrew ’97
Bloomington, Ind.

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