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Faculty-Staff Achievements, March 31, 2013

March 31, 2013


Gail Cummings-Danson, athletics director, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of directors of the Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau.

Jordana Dym, associate professor of history, introduced the main speaker at the March 24 “Local Women in Politics” program sponsored by the Saratoga Women’s Council, Empire State College, the League of Women Voters International, Saratoga Institute, and the Saratoga Springs History Museum. The event honored elected women in Saratoga Springs over the years, and was held to celebrate Women’s History Month. Dym introduced Karen Garner, associate professor of historical studies at Empire State College. Other Skidmore people attending included Claire Olds, Ken Klotz, and Joanna Zangrando, professor emerita of American Studies.

Jay Rogoff, lecturer in English, was visiting poet at Wells College, Aurora, NY, on March 4, discussing his own work and that of other poets and Wells student poets in three college classes, The Maker's Craft, Contemporary American Poetry, and Advanced Poetry Workshop. On March 7, he chaired and participated in a panel of Syracuse University alumni poets at the Associated Writers and Writing Programs conference (AWP) in Boston, to celebrate the Syracuse graduate creative writing program's 50th anniversary.


Catherine Golden is the author of a Victorian-themed children’s book titled Victorian Cat Tales, Book One: the Life and Times of Rose and Leopold, published by Black Rose. Her sister, Pam, provided the art. The book tells the story of Rose and Leopold, two cats who lived in Victorian England. Adventures abound once Leopold from Germany pays a call on Rose, who lives in the cellar of Buckingham Palace. Leopold at first makes many mistakes; he accidentally stains Rose’s fur and insults her. But he becomes a feline gentleman when he learns three English customs: calling cards, teatime, and the language of flowers. The cats’ lives intersect with the history of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.  As readers follow the cats’ adventures, they also learn about life in Victorian England.  

In the News

James Kennelly, professor of international business, and 16 students were featured in a story published March 21 in Kerry’s Eye, a weekly newspaper in County Kerry, Ireland. Kennelly and the students visited north Kerry and Finuge (Kennelly’s family home) for a traditional Irish music concert in his honor. The visit was part of the spring break travel seminar “Ireland: Culture and Commerce” led by Kennelly and Peter McCarthy, social work.

Gordon Thompson, professor of music, was interviewed for a program on the British music producer Joe Meek that will air Saturday, April 6, on WVUD, University of Delaware.