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Senior parents say thanks

May 21, 2016

Senior brick

An internship and research grant, close faculty support, and Cabaret Troupe made one Skidmore senior's education so outstanding that his mother wrote a letter of thanks to President Phillip Glotbach. Other senior families shared their own gratitude in emails, handshakes, and donations.

For Grant Marani and Anne Rieselbach, parents of Matthew '16 (and Julia '14 before him), the give-back was chairing the Class of 2016 Parents Fund. With other parent volunteers, they rallied a record-breaking 78% of the senior families to donate a total of $738,325, which they earmarked for support of faculty development, especially through Skidmore's new Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning.

On the Friday before Commencement, the Senior Parents Fund celebrated outside Case Center, where patio bricks were inscribed with the names of the Class of '16 graduates—a lasting campus legacy of their Skidmore experience and their family’s support.

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