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Interconnections Striking accord at music reunion
Periclean Alumni winner Andrew (Snyder) Ha-Levi '88
Kemball-Cook winner Trustee and music supporter Bob Ladd
Club connection San Francisco Bay cruise
T'bred Hall of Fame Five alumni and Coach Segrave inducted
Skidmore Interactive Skidmore brand goes online
Trustee transitions Howley '80 to be chair; Traylor '68 and Fulmer '76 join

 

Skidmore Interactive
Brand expansion online

Skidmore Scope made its first appearance in alumnae mailboxes as a tabloid in the spring of 1969. Why the name Scope? We don’t know. But we do know that Skidmore has been using it for nearly forty years as its main name for news, and that’s good enough for us. Now we’re expanding that brand, as you may already have noticed if you’ve been reading your e-mail or visiting the Skidmore Web site lately. For example:

On the Web site, you’ll now find Scope Online. This serves as a home page for Skidmore news items, with expanded and better-ordered presentations of press releases, calendar listings, faculty and staff achievements, and significant appearances by Skidmore people in the media.

On Scope Online, you’ll find Scope Video, which looks like an ordinary video player but in fact supports an entire video-sharing community. (It runs in an ingenious application called magnify.net that was invented by Steven Rosenbaum ’83.)

Every four weeks you’ll receive Scope Monthly, a one-page e-mail synopsis of everything we think you won’t want to miss from Scope Online and elsewhere on the Skidmore Web site.

Going forward, we’ll seek ways to supplement stories in the Scope Quarterly printed magazine with additional coverage and features on our Web site.

We’ll also use these electronic forms to point you to online spaces where alumni, parents, and students are connecting beyond our site. For example, LinkedIn.com is a professional networking site that counts 15 million members. Here the Skidmore Business Network has created an SBN members’ group, and the career-services office has created Skidmore College Connections, which all Skidmore graduates are eligible to join. (For directions, go to the Skidmore Web site and search “LinkedIn.”)

Another example is Facebook. This social network used to be strictly for college students whose e-mail address had an “edu” suffix, but it is now open to all and is rapidly evolving into a site that also supports professional networking. Nearly 5,000 Skidmore students and young alumni are currently registered in Facebook, and older alums are gravitating there as well. One intriguing feature of Facebook is that it enables us to engage alumni and students in online discussions that anyone may join, and so we’ve created Skidmore Interactive as a new Facebook group to see what’s possible. (Once you’re registered in facebook.com, just search “Skidmore Interactive” and you’ll find us.)

The ease of creating anonymous or false profiles in MySpace, the world’s largest social network, makes it a dubious environment for professional networking outside the entertainment industry. However, there’s no better place to find music performed by Skidmore students and alumni. We’re using a wiki we’ve just created (called SkidWik) to create a guide to Skidmore musicians in MySpace.

No discussion of online communities is complete without mentioning Skidnet, our own alumni community, where you may connect with classmates, register for alumni events, and make contributions to the college. To log in to Skidnet, go to the Alumni page on the Skidmore site, click the Skidnet link, and key in the user name and password that the alumni-affairs office has provided you. If you don’t know your user name and password, send an e-mail to skidnet@skidmore.edu or call 800-584-0115 ext. 5605.

The wired world that Skidmore inhabits on the Web has become such a vital and creative aspect of the Skidmore community that we’ve decided to launch Skidmore Interactive both as the name of this new Scope Quarterly feature and as our new Facebook group described above. If you’re interested in the new enterprises, communities, and other new forms of communication and community, please drop in and say hello. I know we’ll find plenty to talk about. —DF

Editor’s note: Dan Forbush, Skidmore’s new executive director of communications, welcomes e-mails at dforbush@skidmore.edu.