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Joanne Schwartzberg '12

Joanne Schwartzberg_'12

1. What was your Skidmore experience like (what did you study, what were the highlights, what parts of campus life did you participate in, etc.)?

I was a government major and theater minor. Some highlights of my Skidmore experience were working late Wednesday nights on the print edition of The Skidmore News, assistant stage managing one of the theater department productions, and exploring Saratoga Springs!

2. Why is annual (consecutive) giving important to you?

Annual giving is important to me because it is indicative of my commitment to the College’s continued success and ensures that the Skidmore can continue to thrive.

3. Where do you direct your giving to the College and why?

I direct my giving to the Skidmore Fund because I trust the College’s leadership to know where the funds are needed most and it ensures that my dollars are spread broadly and across the many areas that touched my personal Skidmore experience.

4. Why should alumni become (and stay) members of the 1903 Society?

If Skidmore meant something to you, there is no better way to show it than sustained giving to ensure the College’s continued success for years to come.

 

matt lueckheide '17

Matt Lueckheide

1.  What was your Skidmore experience like (what did you study, what were the highlights, what parts of campus life did you participate in, etc.)?

I miss Skidmore every day. I played guitar in the Guitar Ensemble, I spent a few years on the tech crew for the Cabaret Troupe, and I practiced improv comedy for two years. I also spent seven semesters tutoring chemistry and one semester as a problem-solving session leader for organic chemistry.
One of my main non-academic responsibilities on campus was working in Admissions as a tour guide, eventually becoming the Head Science Tour Guide. Meeting prospective students and their families and showing them my favorite things about Skidmore was one of the highlights of my college career.

Lastly, I had the honor of working with my class as a Senior Gift Committee Co-Chair to break the Senior Gift participation record of 94.4%. Although our record was broken by the Class of 2018 (and their record was broken by the Class of 2019), I feel we were able to foster a feeling of giving back amongst students on the campus, and I was stoked to find out the younger classes felt that feeling too!

2.  Why is annual (consecutive) giving important to you?

I don’t know if I’ll ever be able to fully give back what Skidmore gave to me, so the yearly commitment is the least I can do, even if it’s just a few dollars a month. I feel that young alumni aren’t immediately in a position to give back large amounts of money in the years following graduation, but I know that every dollar helps, and nobody should feel guilty about only giving a few dollars each year!

3.  Where do you direct your giving to the College and why?

My giving has gone towards the Center for Integrated Sciences and Financial Aid. The two most impactful gifts I received from Skidmore were a generous financial aid package, and my science education. It’s important for me that I give my support to those areas.

4. What is your favorite Skidmore memory/tradition?

More of a Saratoga tradition, but Chowderfest is one my all-time favorite events. And spending summer days at the race track is another favorite.  

5.  What was your favorite class?

Food chemistry, hands down. Guitar lessons were also tons of fun!



LISA BOGART '85

Lisa Bogart '85

1.  What was your Skidmore experience like (what did you study, what were the highlights, what parts of campus life did you participate in, etc.)?

I graduated with a degree in American Studies and a minor in music. I started out as a bio major, so I have a number of science/math credits, too. My academic highlights include stumbling across an intro American Studies class and finding my academic “home.” I was able to combine my love of music with my interest in American culture culminating in a 70-pages plus elective senior thesis on The Role of Black Women in (Classic) Blues. This was done on a typewriter in the pre-digital days of research. 

During January Term my senior year (no longer a part of the curriculum), I was able to travel to the Soviet Union with a class. That was my first time outside of the United States and it was a unique, incredible experience.

As a student, I worked in the Alumni Affairs Office all four years. I was also Vice President of the Newman Club, on the dorm council, part of the Senior Class Gift Committee and on the all-campus Social Entertainment Committee.

Just after graduation, I was the student assistant to the 50th Reunion, Class of 1935. This was a very special experience because all of these women were unique, as a college education was atypical for women of their era.

I have so many good memories of professors, staff and friends from Skidmore.  Every time I visit the campus, I gain a new friend or acquaintance because we all have the shared experience of an institution and a community that has had a positive impact on our lives.

As an alumna, I have volunteered for most of the years since graduation. Why? Because the people who make up the Skidmore community are the best ambassadors as to why the College is an exceptional asset to higher education.  I received so much from my undergraduate years. And as a volunteer, Skidmore has continued to gift me with unique experiences, wonderful people and pride.

2.  Why is annual (consecutive) giving important to you?

Annual giving, for me, is important for two reasons. First, every single student’s education is not paid for in its entirety by tuition and fees. There is a portion of the cost of educating each and every student that is covered through financial gifts made to the College by individuals, foundations, corporations, and through local, state and federal monies.

Even more importantly, to me, I was able to obtain a Skidmore degree through receiving financial aid and a work-study job on campus. Many people helped me to reach my goal of graduating at Skidmore, most importantly by taking some of the financial challenges off of me and my family. Skidmore was truly my time to come into my own. And in my small way, I want to be part of helping other students gain a great experience and education at Skidmore.

3.  Where do you direct your giving to the College and why?

I don’t restrict my giving. My gifts go to the Annual Fund so that Skidmore can put the money to work where it is most needed.

4.  Why should alumni become (and stay) members of the 1903 Society?

Because no one can take away an education, but helping those to get one is priceless!

5. What is your favorite Skidmore memory/tradition?

Reunion. I’ve been privileged to attend more Reunions because of my volunteer role, and the Skidmore people I meet always leave me excited and inspired.

6.  What was your favorite class?

American Studies 101 – because it led me to my major. Although the J-Term class, which included the trip to the USSR, was pretty amazing.

7.  Who was your favorite professor?

Joanna Zangrando, American Studies


KEVIN WANG '17

Jacqueline Bailey Martin '53

1. What was your Skidmore experience like (what did you study, what were the highlights, what parts of campus life did you participate in, etc.)?

During my first afternoon at Skidmore, I naturally went to the field outside the dining hall with my roommate and a Frisbee. What began as a simple throwing session quickly turned into a full-fledged ultimate Frisbee showdown as more and more passersby joined our teams. That was my first taste of Skidmore’s wholesome, boundless energy. To me, Skidmore was a place that was always welcoming, where I became a better thinker and doer, where students could turn an idea into a band, computer program, poetry reading, comedy show or business.

As an English major, I was fortunate to take classes that I looked forward to every day. My professors were great mentors and models of academic citizenship. Many of them — Martha Wiseman, Bob Turner, Mao Chen, Roy Rotheim, Susannah Mintz, Colleen Burke, Melora Wolff, among others — freely gave their time to support my academic and extracurricular projects years after I had completed their classes.

2. Why is annual (consecutive) giving important to you? Where do you direct your giving to the College and why?

Consistently giving to Skidmore is a small way for me to acknowledge and repay the countless ways I’ve benefitted from the College — all the friendships, mentors, knowledge, leadership opportunities, and impromptu Frisbee games. I usually direct my giving to the Skidmore Fund. The Fund gives the school the flexibility to address its most pressing financial concerns, which may not always be visible to alumni.

3. Why should alumni become (and stay) members of the 1903 Society?

Making an annual gift is the best way for alumni to say that they believe in Skidmore and the thousands of students studying there each year.

4. What is your favorite Skidmore memory/tradition?

A quintessential Skidmore experience is watching the leaves fall while walking from Palamountain to, say, Northwoods Village, where you lived right next to your best friends.


Jacqueline Bailey Martin '53

Jacqueline Bailey Martin '53

1. What was your Skidmore experience like (what did you study, what were the highlights, what parts of campus life did you participate in, etc.)?

Arriving at Skidmore College in the fall of 1949, assigned to Scott House, the dorm furthest from Skidmore’s central campus and a beautiful early 19th century house made out of wood, with my father asking ‘ how will you escape from this dorm in case of fire?’, I loved everything I saw — especially the friendliness of all personnel! The campus was large, with the most handsome old homes and buildings and with history galore, giving a feeling of delight being in such an historic town. I adjusted immediately! All freshmen having the responsibility of waiting on tables for classmates gave us the feeling of helping others and that was superb! And down the street from my dorm lived a wonderful dean, whose name I never thought I would forget but I have and am ashamed — she lived in a smaller home and had a great dog for whom I soon became his favorite walker — that was special!  Life on campus was grand, as the spaces were village-like, between dorms, with a favorite coffee stop, the great library, the stunning President’s house, Katrina Trask nursery where I “worked”,  guiding nursery school age children from the community — I loved it all. Choosing my major, Psychology, was brilliant as we had a great group to discuss and learn the necessities of society and all of those around us. I was very social and did and have always loved studying persons I know and meet to delight in their presence. Skidmore College was a warm, intellectual environment.

2. Why is annual (consecutive) giving important to you?

Being alert to the importance of education forever, through my whole family but especially my grandfather, Thornton Jenkins, who wrote twelve Latin textbooks, I want to ensure that this treasure continues for all for always.  Giving to your favorite institution, in my case Skidmore, is a responsibility everyone should develop, whether it be your public school or wherever you know someone is learning. And the amount you give is not significant — it is the habit of giving regularly.

3. Where do you direct your giving to the College and why?

I am interested in supporting Skidmore College in any way they deem necessary for the betterment of every student. Therefore I direct my giving to the Skidmore Fund, so the College can use the funds as best they see fit!

4. Why should alumni become (and stay) members of the 1903 Society?

It is a grand sense of pride that I feel everyone at Skidmore would experience by becoming a member of the 1903 Society. You know that in some way you ensure that the great education that you received will continue for someone else — and that is a great feeling.

5. What is your favorite Skidmore memory/tradition?

Skidmore’s tradition of Freshmen Bibs led the way for friendships with everyone you met, and immediately you had a best friend — a great tradition! And a very special time for me was when, as one of our usual great speakers, Eleanor Roosevelt, spoke to us in College Hall — too inspiring for words.

6. What was your favorite class/professor?

Of all the greats for me at Skidmore, the greatest were my classes in psych. And Professor Theophile Krawiec, the Chair of the Psychology Department, was the one — so inspiring psychologically, philosophically, intellectually and personally to all of us. I have used his advice all my life! My favorite time in class was at the final exam time:  my oral exam question was to explain the difference between morale and moral.


Susan Beckerman '67

Susan Beckerman '67

Susan is the 1903 Society Co-Chair and a current Skidmore College Trustee.

1. What was your Skidmore experience like?

Soon after I arrived on the Union Avenue campus in 1963, the country was rocked by the assassination of JFK and the Beatles made their American debut. By my senior year, we had moved to what we still call the “New Campus.”

An English Lit major, I recall being inspired by Professor Ralph Ciancio, who told fascinating stories and clearly took joy in the art of teaching. I remain grateful for the rigorous and demanding curriculum; the sheer volume of reading and writing required, and the expectation of high quality work, prepared me well for the path I pursued.

I have stayed involved with the College as a volunteer in many different capacities. I have been a College trustee since 2000, serve as chair of the Student Affairs Committee and am now a member of the Strategic Planning Committee. As a volunteer my goal has always centered on building a diverse and engaged learning community at Skidmore. I also helped launch the 1903 Society to honor those who support the College year after year.

2. Why is annual (consecutive) giving important to you?

I am proud to have made a gift to Skidmore every year since I graduated in 1967. In the early years the amounts were small, perhaps $10 annually, as I paid off student loans and attended graduate school. Working in the Development Office, then as a fundraising volunteer, and ultimately on the Advancement Committee of the Board, I applauded the gifts in 5, 6 and 7 figures, but also came to appreciate that numerous smaller gifts yield a high impact as well.

I also never forget that I would not have had the opportunity to attend an excellent private college like Skidmore without financial aid. I came to understand that a significant portion of the money that enabled Skidmore to operate and to provide financial aid to myself and to others came in the form of gifts from individuals, generally alumni and friends of the College.

3. Where do you direct your giving to the College and why?

I was involved in the establishment of the Student Opportunity Fund, which provides grants for students to engage in research, fund creative projects, and travel to conferences and juried exhibitions. One way to counter the extreme inequality of our society is to ensure that students of limited means are able to take part in summer projects with faculty, programs at other institutions and internships that pay little or nothing, without upending their families’ finances. These opportunities help students to start their careers on more equal footing compared to students with greater means.


Abby Goldenthal '08

Abby Goldenthal '08

Abby Goldenthal '08 is the 1903 Society Co-Chair.

1. What was your Skidmore experience like?

I sampled many different disciplines as only Skidmore lets you do, until I ultimately landed in business and art history. Outside of class, I worked in the Skidmore Fund’s student calling program, and was involved with SCOOP, Hillel, co-founded LINE: Skidmore Art Review and served two years as the SGA Parliamentarian. While working on SCOOP, I spent a full year in Saratoga, including the summer, which is the best time to be in town!

2. Why is annual (consecutive) giving important to you?

Annual giving is not even something I think about; I value my Skidmore education, and I want to make sure that value continues to exist and extends to others for many years to come. It’s my small way of paying my experience forward.

3. Where do you direct your giving to the College and why?

I give back to stay connected to Skidmore, and I think it’s important that the College has the resources to do what it thinks is best for the students and the community. So I typically direct my giving to the Skidmore Fund, which supports ‘wherever the College needs it most.’

4. What is your favorite Skidmore memory/tradition?
I was one of the last groups to live in Moore Hall during sophomore year. That was an especially memorable year because I was able to experience Skidmore in a very different way; I loved being both connected to campus since this was a dorm, while also being part of life in the center of Saratoga where Moore Hall was located. My favorite tradition that lived on for many years after Skidmore too…chicken finger Fridays.