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Snapshots from college:
Friends of the Presidents treated to special presentations

High-tech biological research. Creativity in movement. Ensemble musicianship. Just a few "snapshots" that illustrate the Skidmore academic experience–and the kind of learning environment for which the Friends of the Presidents giving society provides major material support.

As a way to exhibit the fruits of their labors, and to honor their loyalty and generosity, the College invited the Friends of the Presidents to a gala dinner celebration in New York City in December. The event, held at the Mark and hosted by President Jamienne S. Studley and her husband, Gary J. Smith, was a warm and festive gathering of some 130 FOP donors, along with a small group of faculty, students, and administrators.

"Some of the best lessons we can give our students . . . are the ability to listen and the chance to be heard, the opportunity to solve problems together, and the chance to practice thinking independently while working collaboratively." That description of Skidmore’s education, offered by Studley in her inauguration address, also served as a fine introduction for the evening’s showcase of student-faculty work. First, Associate Professor and Dance Program Director Mary DiSanto-Rose, Eileen Schwartz ’01, and Erin Strong ’00 (with help from musician Stacey Fox and technician John Danison) presented an expressive dance performance that they’d jointly developed and choreographed. Later, Professor of Biology David Domozych, Frances Baylson ’00, and Jamie Linde ’00 discussed their research into plant-cell processes and gave a slide show of images from their microscopic investigations. And, providing both an academic demonstration and the evening’s entertainment, Michael Flanagan ’01 struck up the Skidmore Jazz Ensemble, a group coordinated by Mark Vinci, lecturer in music, and consisting of some 20 student musicians.

Along with Studley’s remarks highlighting historical moments and updates on current and future College happenings, the "snapshots" provided a memorable overview for the audience of alumni, parents, and other Friends of the Presidents who hold Skidmore dear. –SR

 


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