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“We want the world to enter”
I calculate I’ve been through this door more than 3,000 times,” said Keith Kirshner ’02, standing at the entrance of Case College Center. The Student Government Association president called Case “our family room for four years.”
|A week after 9/11, students linger at a candlelight service held at Porter Plaza just outside Case Center.
It was Family Weekend, and Kirshner was one of many speakers at the rededication of the newly expanded and renovated Case Center. The new campus center features an improved bookstore, post office, and Spa snack shop; offices for Skidmore News and other groups; a cybercafé; and a brand-new Intercultural Center.
|Skidmore’s president accepts a Case family gift: the ceremonial shovel used at the first Case Center groundbreaking in 1974.
A highlight of the event (drawing nostalgic sighs from former dean Claire Olds and other veterans in the crowd) was the return of the ceremonial shovel used to break ground for the original center in 1974. It was presented to Jamienne S. Studley, Skidmore’s president, by Josie Case, daughter of the late Josephine Young Case, the longtime Skidmore trustee for whom the center is named.
Josie Case, accompanied by her husband, brother, and mother’s brother, recalled her mother’s famous charge to the architects of Skidmore’s new campus: “One thing we do not want for our campus…is walls or gates. For we want the world to enter.” Case Center’s expanded computer and media facilities, she said, will make sure of that.
|Pat Oles, dean of student affairs, and President Jamienne S. Studley flank parent fundraisers Tony and Meryle Gitto inside the new Class of ’01 lounge.
When the ribbon was cut, visitors streamed into Case Center for celebrations of several key spaces:
Burgess Café. Supported by a gift from Richard and Marjorie Litz Bur-gess ’49, the airy, informal café sells drinks and snacks and also provides banks of personal computers for a spin on the Web or a quick e-mail over latté. As Studley remarked, “The café very much reflects the Burgesses’ own hospitality and warmth.”
|Marjorie Litz Burgess ’49 and husband Dick help the president cut the ribbon on Case Center’s new Burgess Café.
SGA offices. Current and former SGA officers were delighted to show off the new programming office (for clubs and organizations), given in honor of Jeremy Sigel ’99 by his parents, and also the executive office, made possible by CGA/SGA alumni including Gail Peters Beitz ’73.
|Josie Case poses with a portrait of her mother, trustee Josephine Young Case, in the student center originally named for her.
Porter Plaza. The outdoor amphitheater-cum-piazza at the south entrance of Case was named in honor of President Emeritus David Porter. It was formally dedicated, with Porter and wife Helen in attendance, at Opening Convocation in September. At October’s celebration it was the venue for an informal discussion with Studley and visiting parents.
Class of ’01 entertainment lounge. The result of last year’s Senior Parents Project, the lounge and social space displays the names of everyone in the Class of ’01 whose parents contributed to the initiative. This year, Tony and Meryle Gitto, parents of two alumni and a senior, are leading senior parents in another effort in support of the new and improved Case Center. —SR