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Winter 2002

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     Katharine Cartwright, geology, is also a painter: in October one of her paintings received the second-highest award at the 2001 Artists of the Capital Region exhibit, a juried show open to some 400 artists in the Albany area.

     Ross Professor Terence Diggory, English, is the author of the catalog essay “Grace Hartigan’s Imagined Worlds,” published in conjunction with a major retrospective of Hartigan’s large-scale paintings at SUNY-Purchase in late 2001. In October, Diggory gave a paper about poet Frank O’Hara and also chaired a panel on “poets in the museum” at the annual conference of the Modernist Studies Association at Rice University in Texas.

     Anne Crookall Hockenos, college relations, has retired after fourteen years at Skidmore. She began as an interviewer for the admissions office, and then served as associate editor for the Voices and Scope magazines as well as editor of the college catalog. For more, please see “Periscope” in this issue.

     On November 26 TV’s History Channel premiered Mr. Dreyfuss Goes to Washington, a docudrama starring Richard Dreyfuss, with an original music soundtrack by Anthony Holland (music), in collaboration with Grammy-winning Hollywood composer Michael Kamen.

     Mark Huibregtse (mathematics) had a paper on “affine open subschemes that form an open covering of Hilb” accepted for publication by the Pacific Journal of Mathematics.

     Karen Kellogg (environmental studies), Judith Halstead (chemistry), Sue Van Hook (biology), and others hosted sixty professors at the annual Northeast Environmental Studies conference on campus this fall. The event was so “green” that the participants drank from reusable Skidmore mugs at meals and collected their notes in folders made from old cereal boxes.

     Reginald Lilly (philosophy) maintains a Web site, “Resource Page for Readers of Maurice Blanchot,” that was featured in La Fęte de l’Internet, organized by the French Ministry of Culture and Communication.

     George Lowis, sociology (emeritus), is co-author of “Dr. Heinrich Irenaeus Quincke: Clinical Neurologist of Kiel,” published in the fall of 2001 in the Journal of Medical Biography.

     Anne Palamountain, former first lady, was one of three inaugural recipients of a community award named for the late Kathryn Starbuck, longtime Skidmore executive secretary and trustee. Given by the Saratoga Springs Democratic Committee, the Starbuck Award honors Palamountain’s service and leadership on behalf of many educational, artistic, cultural, and civic organizations in Saratoga.

     Jamienne S. Studley, president, is mentoring an American Council of Education fellow this year: Marion Terenzio, acting vice president for campus life at the Sage Colleges. The fellowship helps prepare selected faculty members and administrators to become leaders in higher education. In November, Studley joined nine other college presidents at Columbia University’s School of Journalism for a discussion with national media reporters and editors who cover issues in higher education.

     Gordon Thompson (music) read his paper “Orientalist Rock” at the annual meetings of the Society for Ethnomusicology in Detroit, Mich. While there, he was named a vice president of the board of the Society for Asian Music.

     Robert Turner, government, and Gregory Thall ’02 presented a paper on voting districts and the electoral college for a panel of the Northeast Political Science Association. Also Turner gave a paper about industrial recruitment subtitled “Do Smoke-stack-Chasing and Vote-Chasing Go Together?” for a panel of the Midwest Political Science Conference and has published a policy paper on economic development with the Rockefeller Institute (www.rockinst.org).

The father of Skidmore athletics

Skidmore’s longtime athletics director, Tim Brown, has decided to step down this June, though he’ll continue coaching Skidmore’s nationally ranked golf team.

T’bred golf coach Tim Brown will step down as athletics director.

A Keene State College graduate (and member of its athletic hall of fame), Brown holds an M.S. and Ph.D. from Indiana University. Since his arrival at Skidmore in 1980, he has helped the college’s athletics program grow from a handful of club sports to nineteen full-fledged varsity teams. Among his first tasks, he recalls, was to join an intercollegiate athletics conference. “But one of the most important advances,” he says, “was helping to start the Upstate Collegiate Athletic Association in the mid-’90s. It’s a great group of schools, all similar in terms of academic strength and level of athletic competition. We really found a home.”

You might also say they built a home: Brown and staff planned and guided the construction of the Sports and Recreation Center and athletic fields in 1984 (plus a major addition in 1994), Castle Baseball Diamond in 1989, and the stadium, track, and artificial-turf complex in 1994. “We’ve come a long way since 1980, when we just had one basketball court and two trailers for offices,” he says.

As facilities and teams expanded, so did the staff. “The key strength of our program has been in the quality of the coaches we’ve been able to hire,” asserts Brown. “Many of our conference’s schools have bigger budgets and facilities than ours, yet our teams are in the top or middle competitively. We do that with excellent teacher-coaches.”

The budget cutbacks of the early 1990s, when nine teams were dropped, still make Brown wince. Cutting men’s and women’s polo and skiing and women’s ice hockey (which are now club sports), as well as four junior-varsity squads, “was very, very tough,” he says. “I had unhappy alumni, students, and parents calling me, and several part-time coaches lost their jobs. Still, you can’t support it all; you have to choose.” And he adds, brightening, “Look at the teams we do have, how far they’ve come.”

Other sports activities evolved too. In his first year Brown introduced intramural sports; nowadays students can join in intramurals from frisbee to squash to water polo. And weight-training and workout equipment has been brought in to meet the growing demands of teams and individuals. Says Phyllis Roth, former dean of the faculty, “Tim is an advocate of the student-athlete model, affirming the primacy of students’ academic experience while balancing that premier value with the contributions that varsity and other sports activities can make to the total college experience.”

Now Brown is looking forward to “getting a little time back.” Freed from seventy-hour workweeks, he’d like to teach, focus on the golf team, and, he adds, with a warm grin, “visit some of the alumni golfers I enjoy keeping in touch with.” —SR

 


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