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Big steps in parent giving
Keeping one foot on campus, nostalgic seniors seemed gratified to locate their named bricks in the Case Center patio on the afternoon before Commencement. The occasion was the announcement of results from the Senior Family Project, a giving program now in its seventh year.
The bricks “symbolize the pathways our sons and daughters have walked at Skidmore and the new ones they’ll now set out on,” said Judith Giuliani, who helped spearhead the effort on behalf of her daughter Whitney and the rest of the graduating class. She thanked the fifteen other parent volunteers, who raised a record-breaking $727,523 from 65 percent of the senior-class families. And she added a surprise: Because she had set herself a goal of $750,000, she and husband Rudolph Giuliani (yes, the former New York City mayor) will add the amount needed to reach that total.
President Philip Glotzbach called the parents’ generosity “overwhelming” and thanked them for designating their gift to support the annual fund and to establish the Class of 2008 Endowed Scholarship. —SR