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On the road to meet alumni
a month after her formal installation last September, Skidmore President
Jamienne S. Studley was off on an inaugural tour that will take her to
a dozen U.S. cities, from New York to San Francisco. "Traveling the country
to meet Skidmore parents, alumni, and friends is adding a new dimension to my
understanding of our national network of enthusiastic ambassadors," Studley
explains. And the input and insights along the way will help the new president
"Map the Path to Skidmores Future," as the tour is themed.
First up was an
October evening with the Minneapolis alumni club, followed in November by an SRO
gathering in Manhattan and an elegant affair in Boston. "My first round of
welcomes also included holiday gatherings in Hartford and the Capital District
of New York," adds Studley, whose husband, Gary J. Smith, joined her there
and at the New York and Boston events.
The tour continued
in Florida in January (for events in Boca Raton, Vero Beach, Naples, and Sarasota)
and is slated to wrap up in Washington, D.C., in February and California (Los
Angeles and San Francisco) in March.
Most stops feature
a video montage of Studleys inauguration and related events, as well as
invitations to Skidmores far-flung community to share in the creation of
a special inaugural-tour "memory book." Elegantly bound in scarlet,
the big scrapbook is already filling up with alumni greetings and wishes, from
the 40s through the 90s. "Think youll be a great Prexy!
" wrote a member of the Class of 54. "A toastin Saratoga
waterto Jamie and Gary!" wrote another well wisher, and "Hope
you enjoy Skidmore as much as I did," said another. Long after all those
frequent-flier miles are logged, the book will be a memento of the journey Studley
sees as "a wonderful way to learn about the many different forms of Skidmore
magic. " BAM