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Event co-chairs Scott Erickson and Judy Soukup with Eleuterio Martinez Ramirez '18, recipient of the Anne T. Palamountain Scholar Award

Just one month ago the Saratoga Springs and Skidmore communities came together on July 24 at Skidmore's 39th annual Polo by Twilight event. Over 500 supporters gathered at the Saratoga Polo Fields to raise a record-breaking $320,000 to benefit the Palamountain Scholarship Fund.


Event co-chairs Scott Erickson and Judy Soukup expressed their gratitude, saying, "We know that those who support this event have many other requests for their philanthropy, and we are honored and grateful that they chose Skidmore’s scholarship students as worthy of their support."


Since its inception, the fund has supported more than 350 scholars, including 18 students in the 2017-2018 academic year, who otherwise could not afford a Skidmore education.


(Photo: Event co-chairs Scott Erickson and Judy Soukup with Eleuterio Martinez Ramirez '18, recipient of the Anne T. Palamountain Scholar Award)


Campus Notes

Do you remember the game 43-Man Squamish? Perhaps you've even picked up a "Fruillip" and played yourself? If so, Jeffrey Segrave is interested in your story.

Jeffrey O. Segrave, professor of health and exercise sciences, and John A. Cosgrove, access services librarian, are the authors of the recently published article, ”Games are more fun when there is no real point: Bizarre sports in comic strips” which appeared in the International Journal of Comic Art, Vol. 20, no. 1, pp. 349-366, 2018.!

Tillman Nechtman, associate professor of history, is the author of The Pretender of Pitcairn Island, which will be published by Cambridge University Press on September 13. Nechtman will lecture about the book on October 19 at Northshire Books in Saratoga and October 26 at the Whaling Museum in Nantucket.

Jason Breves, assistant professor of biology, co-authored an article titled “In vivo effects of 17α-ethinylestradiol, 17β-estradiol and 4-nonylphenol on insulin-like growth-factor binding proteins (igfbps) in Atlantic salmon” in Aquatic Toxicology. Breves and co-authors report on the effects of endocrine disrupting compounds on the development of Atlantic salmon.

Denise Smith, professor of health and exercise sciences and laboratory director for the First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory, and her research on the SMARTER Project was cited in “Using physiological data to enhance firefighter safety: Improving firefighter safety and survival through science, medicine and technology” published July 23 on FireRescue1.com and in “Fire Technology: The Future of Wearable Technology,” published June 1 on Firehouse.com.

Spa Specials

Skidmore Spotlight

Meet Matt Chatham

Matt Chatham works as a strength and conditioning coach for Skidmore Athletics. In his fourth year at Skidmore, he designs and implements training sessions for all 19 varsity athletic teams, both in and out of season, to develop strength, speed, endurance and injury prevention related to each sport.


On why he joined Skidmore, Chatham said, “I knew I wanted to work in a Division III setting. I feel a more intimate sense of community here.”



CIS Updates


Community Meeting: All are invited to a community meeting, Wednesday, August 29 from 2–3 p.m. in The Spa, Case Center. President Philip A. Glotzbach will provide college updates and answer questions.


All-Campus 4th Annual Ice Cream Social: All are invited by the Office of Advancement to an ice cream social Wednesday, August 29, 3–4 p.m. on the Case North Patio and Green. Come celebrate the end of the summer, the beginning of a new academic year, and enjoy some delicious ice cream while connecting with colleagues!


Opening Reception: All are invited to attend a welcome reception for new faculty and staff on September 7, 4:30 – 7:00 p.m. at Scribner House. Please join your colleagues, old and new, in celebrating the start of the academic year!

Campus Events

Tuesday, August 28

Noon–1 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum


Wednesday, August 29

2–3 p.m.

Community Meeting

The Spa, Case Center


Wednesday, August 29

3–4 p.m.

Ice Cream Social

Case North Patio and Green

Thursday, August 30
7–8 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum

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