Shaw, Associate Director of Alumni Affairs
December. Club copresidents Catherine Spaneas 93 and Susan Geary
99 oversaw efforts for the annual holiday party at the Surrey Williamson
Inn on Skidmores campus. Special guests President Jamienne S. Studley and
husband Gary J. Smith were on hand to ring in the holidays with some 125 revelers.
A special performance by the Dynamics, one of Skidmores student a cappella
groups, set the mood for this festive occasion.
Joseffer 97 decided that Skidmore graduates could and should make a difference,
so in May she organized a group of 20 alumni and friends to help sort food for
Make a Difference Day at the Greater Boston Food Bank. The next week, Peggy Frew-Nehms
82 skillfully conducted the clubs traditional Night at the Popsan
evening with the Boston Pops Orchestra at Symphony Hallfor a sellout crowd
of 115. A surprise treat and "Pops punch" were waiting at each Skidmore
OLeary 92 led a flock of 37 alumni on a Boston Duck Toura day
of fun in the sun touring the streets and waterways of Boston on a private amphibious
Matt Tobin 97 and Kimberly Bogle 96 captained the efforts for an evening
boat cruise on the Charles River. Food and drink were plentiful, but all hands
stayed on deck.
Angie Foss 82 coordinated a Skidmore faculty lecture by Charles Stainback
(Dayton Director of the Tang Museum) and Eric Weller (philosophy) at Bostons
Museum of Science. Close to 30 alumni, parents, and friends expanded their horizons
to cosmic proportions thanks to a stimulating lecture, state-of-the-art video
presentation, and planetarium show.
Area trustees, alumni, parents, and friends had the opportunity to meet and welcome
President Jamienne S. Studley and her husband, Gary J. Smith, as part of the "Map
the Path" presidential tour. The group enjoyed an elegant dinner and program
at the Fairmont Copley Plaza Hotel.
December. Ellen Carney Granda 89 brought Windy City alumni together
to ring in the holidays at a delicious wine-tasting reception at the legendary
October. Omay Elphick 93 and Kathleen Stiles 71 collaborated
to bring a group of alumni together for an evening of learning with Skidmore professor
Ken Johnson (geology). Johnsons talk about geology and landscape art in
North America definitely rocked.
September. Holly Lorenzo 81 rallied the southern Connecticut troops
for the clubs second annual polo match and tailgate picnic at the Conyers
Farm Polo Grounds, which brought back fond memories of Skidmores long association
with polo and horses.
July. Club president Marge OMeara Storrs 57 and a group
of alumni came together for a night of musical theater. They took in a rousing
performance of Les Miz at the Bushnell Theater.
Hartford club tours Twain mansion
It was a dark
and stormy night . . . .
Really, it was.
Yet despite the inclement December weather, nearly 75 alumni, parents, and friends
turned out for the annual holiday gathering of Skidmores Hartford alumni
Held at the historic
Mark Twain House, the event began with a tour of the main house, a 19-room, Tiffany-decorated
mansion built in 1873. The house served as home to the author and his family from
1874 to 1891. During this productive period in his career, Twain wrote The
Adventures of Tom Sawyer and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Normally
offered only during daylight hours, the tour provided the Skidmoreans a rare opportunity
to view the home at nightlit much the way it was with 19th-century gaslights,
although now electrified. After the tour, the group gathered in the festive carriage
house for drinks and hors doeuvres.
While not an official
stop on her "Map the Path" inaugural tour, the event served as the clubs
formal welcome to Skidmore President Jamienne S. Studley. Club president Marge
OMeara Storrs 57 presented Studley with a gift from the club, and
all were encouraged to sign pages in a memory book being compiled as a memento
of Studleys introduction to Skidmore. A former Connecticut resident, Studley
said she was pleased to visit "the old neighborhood." She gave a brief
update of College activities and particularly urged everyone to visit the Tang
Museums Web site to follow its construction progress and learn its plans
for the opening next fall.
In keeping with
the holiday atmosphere and the welcoming of a new era for Skidmore, spirits remained
high throughout the event. In fact, according to alumni-board officer Beverly
Fuhrmann Gregory 64, "It was the best club event ever." SG
beautiful Blue Hill, Melinda Reach 69 opened the doors of Jean Pauls
Bistro for a friendly group of hungry alumni. Of course, she had an in: Jean-Pauls
her husband. The couple are proud owners of the waterfront restaurant, which provided
a perfect setting for a relaxing afternoon get-together.
and St. Paul
October. President Jamienne S. Studley kicked off her inaugural tour
by meeting Twin Cities alumni for dinner at the beautiful Minneapolis Club. Area
alumna Joan Layng Dayton 63, chair of Skidmores board of trustees,
set the pace by extending to the new president a warm welcome to the land of 10,000
New York City
Kotlen Nagin 92 brought Skidmore professor and distinguished ceramist Regis
Brodie (art) to the American Craft Museum, where he gave a fascinating slide presentation
of his work.
Johnson 95 led a winning team of Skidmore alumni to Yankee Stadium for peanuts,
Crackerjacks, and a baseball game against the Cleveland Indians.
Peter Wan 95 aced for the club by arranging for 100 tickets to the U.S.
Open tennis tournament, a traditional New York City club outing. As usual, the
tickets went faster than some of the hottest servesso if you want one next
year, be sure to sign up early.
Benjamin Nagin 93 jazzed up a Sunday afternoon for alumni by putting together
a brunch at the famous Blue Note jazz club. The group enjoyed a plentiful array
of food, followed by a memorable concert.
Ronnie Zolodek Bramesco 63 enticed a group of 35 alumni and friends to get
on a bus headed for a Seinfeld Reality Tour. The real-life Kramerthe
inspiration for the character played by Michael Richards in the TV showled
this fun-filled tour of city sites featured in the popular sitcom. Also in November,
an impressive turnout of trustees, alumni, parents, and friends gamely weathered
high winds and torrential rains to welcome President Jamienne S. Studley and husband
Gary J. Smith to the Big Apple. The group stayed high and dry at the elegant Water
Club on the East Side.
Pat Kennedy Snyderman 54 and Melissa Nagin brought the magic of the holiday
season to their fellow alumni by organizing the clubs annual gathering at
the Nutcracker Suite by the New York City Ballet. In addition, Maria Klink
97 and Jennifer San Filippo 97 popped the corks early at a holiday
reception that drew a great turnout of young alumni to the 420 Bar & Lounge.
Alice Carnett Hall 65 sponsored a group of 40 alumni at the Merion Cricket
Club for an evening with Skidmores Charles Stainback (Dayton Director of
the Tang Museum). Delicious hors doeuvres and a magnificent setting enhanced
the video presentation of Skidmores new museum, due to open next fall. Donna
Vazquez 86 and Ken Freirich 90 were on hand to help with the details
for the evening.
Michele Forte 90 and Jo Leach Lewis 57 combined efforts to bring news
of Skidmores new museum and gallery to area alumni. On their invitation,
the Tangs Dayton Director Charles Stainback spoke at a reception at the
St. Francis Yacht Club.
November. Club president Jean Rowe Tourt 50 invited area alumni
to a luncheon at the award-winning French bistro Café of the Arts. After
a delicious meal, everyone crossed the street to tour the newly renovated Ringling
Museum of Art.
McEndy Lynch 53 hosted the clubs annual picnic and meeting at her
home in Scotia. As usual, alumni brought a wonderful array of food and no one
went home hungry!
Nancy Coull Erdoes 66 livened up the clubs annual faculty lecture
by asking Gordon Thompson (music) to lead a discussion on the
famous Beatles song "Strawberry Fields Forever." Thompson came prepared
with a slide and audio presentation, which provided a fascinating glimpse into
the making of this Beatles classic.
Hoff 93 created an exciting evening for alumni at Billy Taylors Jazz
at Kennedy Center. Somehow Taylor got word there were Skidmore people in the audience,
and he called special attention to the group since he had spent time in Saratoga
and knew Skidmore well.
Club president Georgia Ravitz Basser 85 pulled off another embassy coup
by joining forces with other colleges to sponsor a wine-tasting at the Australian
Embassy. About 40 Skidmore alumni pampered their palates with a variety of food
and wines from Australia.
Lucy Hernady Arnoti 34 led the planning to bring Skidmore professor Rob
Linrothe (art history and Asian studies) to the National Gallery of Art to guide
a tour of the gallerys extensive collection of Chinese artifacts dating
from 5000 BC to 924 AD. As it happened, the event sold out so quickly that Linrothe
agreed to lead two consecutive tours in order to accommodate everyone. Both groups
were thrilled to be led by such an expert. All told, Linrothe provided a wealth
of information to more than 60 alumni and friends.
November. Nancy Tessein Stine 64 hosted the clubs annual
admissions reception. She welcomed to her home a group of interested high-school
juniors and seniors from in and around Worcester, Mass.