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Down and dirty, yet cosmic
Prof. Kyle Nichols, landscape scientist
Art and design that jumps of the page Fox-Adler Lecturer Barry Moser
Teaching is a gift, in more ways than one David Porter takes new Tisch Professorship
Bringing the constitution into the classroom Prof. Beau Breslin wins teaching prize
Autumn greening North Woods and other eco-projects
Hispanic heritage Author Junot Diaz keynotes Raices observance
Tracing Darwinian disquietude Phi Beta Kappa talk on evolution in pop history  
Campus opens up for big weekend Celebration Weekend welcomes families and alumni    
Sportswrap Fall sports highlights

Campus opens up for big weekend

Bleachers, classrooms, tents, and tour buses—all of campus was thrown open to visitors during Celebration Weekend in October. Nearly 600 families of current students attended, along with young alumni less than five years out, who were expressly invited to join a kind of homecoming to keep their Skidmore connections active.

Highlights included varsity competitions and a pep rally, alumni-athlete sports contests, a student-clubs fair, and “minicollege” classes taught by faculty. Book-signings featured Prof. Gordon Thompson and his study of British pop music, former dean Claire Olds and her mem­­oir, Heather Moore ’08 and Prof. Bob Jones with their history of Skidmore’s original buildings, and Prof. Jay Rogoff with his latest book of poetry. Sports fans went to the benefit dinner for the Friends of Skidmore Ath­letics and applauded new­ly inducted hall-of-famers. And student performers strutted their stuff.

It’s a proven recipe: Stir a couple thousand family members and alums together with current students, place them in a crisp autumn weekend jampacked with events, and you’re guaranteed to juice up every inch of Skidmore (and parts of downtown as well). —SR