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The joint force of family weekend and alumni-volunteer weekend brought 2,000 guests to campus in October. Celebration Weekend was packed with workshops, tours, and performances, as well as honors for three alumni in particular.
Periclean Alumni Scholar Award. Jean Bidlack ’75 is an expert on how opiates work on brain chemistry and the immune system—for example, in drug abuse and AIDS. The president of the Society for Neuroimmune Pharmacology, she is a medical-school professor at the University of Rochester (where she earned her master’s and PhD after graduating from Skidmore) and also holds
Palamountain Award for Young Alumni Achievement. Josh Chambers ’98 is co-founder of the Fovea Floods avant-garde theater company. A Filene Music Scholar with interests in folklore and psychology, he especially credits the theater department with giving him both guidance and freedom to construct his own artistic vision. That vision became the guiding aesthetic of Fovea Floods, which began as a student troupe in 1995 and moved to New York City in 2000.
Porter Award for Young Alumni Service. Keirnan Conroy Klosek ’95 believes in multi-tasking. A business major and art minor, she was a varsity swimmer and managing editor for the Skidmore News. After graduation, she worked in communications and advertising in New York City and Boston, earned an MBA, and then went into photography. Now, working from her Boston home, she’s a freelance photographer, mom, and Skidmore volunteer. Co-chair of Boston’s alumni club and a former alumni-board member, she’s also her class president, secretary, and reunion co-chair (reprising many of her volunteer roles as a New York City alum). —MM, SR
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