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Presidents Society Virtual Celebration 2020

Tuesday, November 10, 2020, 7:00 PM (EST)

Please  join President Conner, Barbara Reyes-Conner, and other members of the Presidents Society for this special event. Our virtual program will include remarks from lead volunteers, students, & staff and provide a window into life on campus this fall. Guests will have the opportunity to hear from President Conner, and connect with other Presidents Society members.

President’s Society Evening Program

Welcome from Campus
Novihelha Moleni ’22

Welcome, Presidents Society Members
Jane Feinberg Karlin ’72, P’03
Presidents Society Chair

Remarks from the Board of Trustees
Nancy Hamilton ’77
Chair, Skidmore College Board of Trustees

Welcome from the President
Skidmore President Marc C. Conner and Barbara Reyes-Conner

Student Performance
Jonny Goff ’21
Filene Scholar

Sonetto 104 “Del Petrarca in E Major” from “Années de pélerinage,” S.161 (1846) by Franz Liszt

Jonny Goff is pursuing a physics major with a business minor. As a pianist at Skidmore, Jonny has made solo and chamber contributions to several Filene Scholarship Winners Concerts, including a performance of “Sull'aria” from Mozart's “Marriage of Figaro” with fellow Filene Scholars Thabi Khumalo '21 and Senior Artist-in-Residence Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins '94. The trio also performed the piece at a Filene Foundation convention in Boston. Before coming to Skidmore, Jonny won the Vermont Philharmonic’s Jon Borowicz Memorial Scholarship Concerto Competition, which gave him the opportunity to perform as a piano soloist in Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue” with the orchestra on two occasions. Jonny is now preparing a challenging senior piano recital that will include compositions by Bach, Beethoven, Debussy and Liszt. Jonny is a piano student of Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Pola Baytelman.

Remarks from the Creating Our Future: The Campaign for Skidmore Co-Chairs
Susan Beckerman ’67
Campaign Co-chair

Tom Wilmot ’99
Campaign Co-chair

An Inside Look: First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory
Denise L. Smith, Ph.D.
Tisch Distinguished Professor, Professor for Health and Human Physiological Sciences Department and Director of First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory

Denise has coauthored a major exercise physiology textbook and an advance cardiovascular exercise physiology textbook. She has conducted far-reaching research on the cardiovascular strain associated with firefighting and its relationship to sudden cardiac events, has published over 100 peer-reviewed scientific article and has been awarded over $10 million in funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency, Science and Technology Directorate, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health and Department of Defense. She is a fellow of the American College of Sports Medicine, a member of the National Fire Protection Association Fire Service Occupational Safety and Health committee and the recipient of major awards for her research in the fire service. Denise regularly presents to national and international groups on issues relation to health and safety in the fire service and works closely with fire departments, occupational health clinics and national fire service organizations. She has recently been appointed as an honorary battalion chief at the Hanover Park Pire Department (IL).

Emilie Bode ’19
Project Coordinator, First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory

Emilie graduated with a degree in human physiological sciences in 2019. During the 2018-19 academic year, she studied cardiovascular aspects of human performance under Dr. Smith's direction. Her senior thesis investigated the effect of pre-sleep, low glycemic index carbohydrate ingestion on morning endurance performance.

First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory
The First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory aims to enhance the health, safety and performance of first responders by conducting scientific research to elucidate the dangers of this important occupation and develop and test interventions to mitigate those dangers.

Remarks from the President
Marc C. Conner

Student Performance: Skidmore Alma Mater
Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins and Students

Presidents Society Toast
Jonathan Pogash ’01
Founder of The Cocktail Guru

Jonathan Pogash, “The Cocktail Guru,” is one of the premiere cocktail consultants and bartenders for restaurants and spirit companies. His signature cocktails can be seen and enjoyed in North America’s upscale cocktail lounges and restaurants. With nearly 20 years of experience in the hospitality industry, Jonathan shares his insights with the most influential publications from around the world and contributes his unique talents to morning television shows and national radio. Jonathan has appeared on such programs as NBC’s “Weekend Today in New York” and “Fox & Friends.”



Cheers to you!

Picture of cocktail with Skidmore shirt behind itJonathan Pogash ’01 , founder of "The Cocktail Guru" created this signature cocktail. Join us on 11/10 for a special toast in honor of all Presidents Society members.

Skidmore Confidence

  • 1 1/2 oz. Van Gogh pineapple vodka
  • 1 oz. passionfruit juice
  • 1 oz. POM wonderful pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 oz. fresh lime juice
  • Pinch cinnamon

METHOD: Shake all ingredients very well with ice and strain into martini or coupe glass.

GARNISH: rosemary sprig and dehydrated citrus wheel