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Lisa Aronson, art history, led a discussion at the Textile Society of America’s symposium in Santa Fe, N.M., in September. She was also formally inducted as president of the society.

Betty Balevic, management and business, participated in a plenary session called “Looking Back at Retailing during the 20th Century” at the annual Retailing Smarter Symposium hosted by the University of Florida in Orlando.

Catherine Berheide, sociology, has been elected to a six-year term as one of Phi Beta Kappa’s twenty-four senators. Her previous PBK work has included service on its Committee on Qualifications. The senate agenda this year includes planning for the society’s 225th anniversary in December 2001.

Ruth Copans, library, is the author of “Dream Blocks: American Women Illustrators of the Golden Age, 1890-1920,” included in Catherine Golden’s Book Illustrated: Text, Image, and Culture 1770-1930 (see “Books” in the fall 2000 Scope).

Denise Evert, psychology, delivered a paper on hemispheric asymmetries at the annual convention of the American Psychological Society. Co-authors of the paper were Meghan Kmen ’99, Mimi Valderrama ’00, Niki Michaelson ’00, and Drew University student Stacie Richardson.

Sarah Goodwin, English, wrote “Taglioni’s Double Meanings: Illustration and the Romantic Ballerina,” for Catherine Golden’s Book Illustrated.

Deborah Hall, art, had works included in the exhibit Rhymes and Rhythms at the Dover Gallery in New Bedford, Mass., and in a national show called RE/Surface at the Marshall Arts Center in Scottsdale, Ariz.

Katherine Hauser, art history, is the author of “Audrey Flack’s Still Lives: Between Femininity and Feminism” for publication in Woman’s Art Journal, vol. 22. She read her paper “A Problematic Masculinity in George Tooker’s New York Paintings” at the “Unmasking Masculinities” conference at the University of Southern Mississippi.

Penny Jolly, art history, contributed her article “Learned Reading, Vernacular Seeing: Jacques Daret’s ‘Presentation in the Temple’” to the September 2000 Art Bulletin.

David Karp, sociology, was a member of the New York State team at the Balanced and Restorative Justice Project sponsored by the juvenile justice office of the U.S. Department of Justice.

Susan Kress, English, wrote the entry on Carolyn Heilbrun for the Routledge Encyclopedia of Feminist Theories, in press.

Robert Linrothe, art history, gave a slide lecture on Tibetan Buddhist art at Christie’s at Rockefeller Center in conjunction with the Asia Week auctions in September.

Kimberly Marsella, geology, is a co-author of an article on the last glacial maximum on eastern Baffin Island, Canada, published in Geological Society of America Bulletin, vol. 112, no. 7.

David Porter, classics, contributed “‘We All Sit on the Edge of Stools and Crack Jokes’: Virginia Woolf and the Hogarth Press” for Catherine Golden’s Book Illustrated.

Joanne Reger, sociology, is the author of “Motherhood and the Construction of Feminist Identities: Variations in Women’s Movement Organization” for Sociological Inquiry. She also wrote “More than One Feminism: Organizational Structure, Ideology and the Construction of Collective Identity” in the book Social Movements: Identity, Culture and the State. Reger spoke on “Examining Collective Identity Salience in Grassroots Feminism and Contested Gay Rights Politics” at the Eastern Sociological Society’s annual meeting in Baltimore.

Patricia Rubio, Spanish, wrote “House of Mist: una novela olvidada de María Luisa Bombal,” which appeared in Literatura y Lingüística (1999).

Joel Smith, philosophy, presented “Repentence: Healing Oneself through Other-Power in Tanabe and Kierkegaard” at the International Research Conference of the Society for Buddhist-Christian Studies in Tacoma, Wash.

Patricia Rollins Trosclair, dean of students office, was a presenter at last summer’s National Conference on Race and Ethnicity in Santa Fe, N.M. Her talk, “Working with ALANA Students to Diversify the Faculty of the New Millennium,” was co-presented by Patricia Myers of the Hudson Mohawk Association of Colleges and Universities.

Mark Youndt, management and business, spoke on “Human Resource Configurations and Value Creation: The Mediating Role of Intellectual Capital” at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in Toronto. He also co-authored a paper on selection and training for integrated manufacturing, published in the Journal of Management Studies, vol. 37, no. 3.

Adrienne Zuerner, French, wrote sixty entries for French 17, an annotated bibliography of seventeenth-century French studies, for which she is a contributing editor.

The designer behind that Skidmore look

You may not know Joosje Anderson (Johanna Wethly Anderson-Boehm ’58), but you do know her elegant work. You may even have it in your briefcase or on your nightstand. Anderson has designed countless Skidmore brochures, invitations, and other publications, primarily for alumni and prospec- tive students. This fall she retired after twenty- six years as the shaper of the college’s graphic identity.

Hired in 1974 by Eleanore Galant, Skidmore’s then-director of publications, Anderson had been a student-teacher and mother before returning to her alma mater as its first graphic designer. She began working in the old Hathorn Studio on a classic drafting table, but she soon moved to the new campus, where the drafting table saw less action as she mastered new design software like Quark and PhotoShop.

In 1978 Anderson was promoted to assistant director. “By that time,” recalls Galant, “all the departments wanted brochures, her work was so striking.” Well over 3,000 publications later, Anderson recalls with pride two pieces that earned design awards: a biology and geology brochure (mid-1970s) and a Friends of the Presidents invitation and menu (late ’80s). And she was “thrilled” when the admissions office asked her a decade ago, after years of using a design conceived by an outside firm, to create a major new viewbook. More recently, she was “honored” to design the inauguration materials for President Jamienne S. Studley—including colorful banners that now decorate the campus entrance drive for many special events.

Perhaps Anderson’s most enjoyable project was the jacket for a book by professors Catherine Golden and Joanna Zangrando on the noted writer and feminist Charlotte Perkins Gilman. “It is a crazy cover,” says its creator. “I was allowed to put some whimsy in it, and it seemed to work.”

But the most-seen example of Anderson’s “subtle, clean, even Scandinavian look,” as her design colleague Mary Kammerer Parliman ’81 terms it, is the Skidmore wordmark, shown on most college publications, campus signage, even college buses. Replacing graphic-design professor emeritus Victor Liguori’s double-S logo from the 1970s, the wordmark uses the Michelangelo font to balance the eight letters in “Skidmore”over the seven letters in “College.” “I still think it looks good,” says Anderson. “It’s dignified and has withstood the test of time.”

“Joosje’s work is consistent and elegant, with clean lines and impeccable taste,” says former publications manager Kathryn Gallien. “It defines what alumni have come to expect in Skidmore publications—especially those classy invitations.”

In gratitude for her long and distinguished service, her colleagues granted Anderson’s wish for a special parting gift—they bought her old beloved drafting table from the college and sent it home with her. It just wouldn’t be right for anyone else to use it. —PM


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