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Photo essay: A shining spring semester

April 15, 2024
by Sarah Condon-Meyers and Tory Abbott

Calendars are brimming with activities this spring semester, as faculty, staff, and students immerse themselves in an abundance of lectures, performances, and athletic events. But the vast array of educational and social opportunities is not the only thing that has campus buzzing with excitement.  

Earlier this month, the Skidmore community congregated on Case Green, united by warm spring temperatures, beautiful weather, and the rare cosmic coincidence of a near-total solar eclipse. Donning Skidmore-themed glasses, the crowd marveled at the celestial phenomenon that transformed the skies above Skidmore’s campus in 98% totality.   

Here are some scenes from this once-in-a-lifetime event alongside other occasions that brought the campus together to celebrate artistic creation, academic exploration, and Skidmore’s signature tight-knit community spirit.

The campus community rallies for the April 8 total solar eclipse, a rare cosmic event that isn’t scheduled to occur in North America for another 20 years.

Senior Artists-in-Residence Sylvia Stoner ’94 and Young Kim; guest artists Suna Gunther, Anne Jennifer Nash, and Sharon O'Connell Campbell; and a student quartet perform the micro-opera “SALT: A Mosaic of Motherhood,” a piece inspired by “the strength, spice, and preservation of our narratives as told by the women who came before us.”

The College celebrated diversity, equity, and inclusion with In It 8, a suite of programs designed to raise our cultural fluency and strengthen our community. Vice President for Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity Joshua Woodfork, Dean of the Faculty and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dorothy E. Mosby, Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs Adrian Bautista, and SGA Vice President Apple Alvarez ’24 are shown here having a discussion during a “Pizza with the Deans” event in Wyckoff Center.

The Schupf Family IdeaLab welcomed guests to the makerspace and innovation center for a creative conversation with global sneaker brand Saucony and local entrepreneurs. Students were encouraged to deconstruct sneakers and reimagine new designs while networking with representatives from Saucony and other entrepreneurial experts. Andrea Paulson '03 was among the panelists who provided their expertise and insight.

Scott Mulligan, senior teaching professor of international affairs and arts administration; Pushkala Prasad, professor and Zankel Chair of Management and Business; Aiwu Zhao, associate professor of management and business; and David Read, senior lecturer of computer science appeared on a panel discussing “The New Wild West of Finance.” The panelists unpacked links between cryptocurrencies and blockchain, their effects on sovereign currencies and markets, and the politics behind regulating them in this event. 

Community members gathered in Case Center for the Saratoga Sustainability Fair. An Electronic Vehicle Show was hosted in Case Lot.

 

Students displayed their artistic flair at an annual fashion show hosted by the Ujima club, one of the oldest multicultural groups on campus. The Ujima Fashion Show is a College tradition that dates back to the 1990s.

Members of Skidmore College and the Saratoga Springs community banded together for the Out of the Darkness Walk, supporting the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. This year, the event exceeded its $10,000 goal by almost $5,000. Elizabeth Drabek ’26, head tour guide ambassador for the Office of Admissions, is pictured here alongside Darren Drabek, associate director and coordinator of international admissions; Teddy Drabek; and their dog, Wilson.

This semester was a thrilling season for Skidmore Athletics. The men’s lacrosse team faced off against RIT, and the softball team played a passionate game against SUNY New Paltz. The baseball team was victorious in their match with VTSU Castleton, and the women’s lacrosse team defeated SUNY Oneonta 21-6, among many other exciting athletic events.

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