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Retiree Grants

There are three types of grants that Skidmore retirees may be eligible for - Emeritus Faculty Development Grants through the Dean of Faculty/Vice President of Academic Affairs; Retiree Staff Development Grants; and Retiree Ad Hoc Grants.

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Emeritus Faculty Development Grant

Emeritus faculty development grants are designed to help retired faculty begin new projects, to help faculty enhance existing professional work, or for seed money to finance application for external grants. Applicants must qualify for retiree status according to Human Resources criteria.

  • John Anzalone (World Languages and Literatures) Representation of the Colonial Other in Selected WWI Graphics
  • Kate Leavitt (Art) Relics
  • Linda Simon (English) Viviana Turun Buluw-Hube
  • Gordon Thompson (Music) Sixties British Pop, Outside In. Volume One: Downtown, 1956-1965
  • John Anzalone (World Languages and Literatures) Fashion Plates: The French Fashion Illustrators of the Great War
  • Penny Jolly (Art History) Growing up in a Renaissance Palazzo
  • Pola Baytelman (Music) CD - An Exploration of My Jewish Roots
  • Gordon Thompson (Music) 2019 Annual Meeting Society for Ethnomusicology
  • Mary Stange (Religion) Artemis, Women's Hunting & the Quest for Sustainability
  • Susan Kress (English) Poetry Book Manuscript
  • Joanne Devine (English) Attendance at an international conference
  • Lisa Aronson (Art History) "J.A. Green's Portraiture and the Blurring of Boundaries between Photography and Sculpture"
  • Lisa Aronson (Art History), "Visualizing and Reinventing Ijo Histories through Painted Reproductions of J.A.Green's Photos"
  • Regis Brodie (Art), Exhibitions: The Schact Gallery and Laffer Gallery
  • Regis Brodie (Art) Exhibitions: The Lake George Arts Project and The Saratoga Arts Center
  • Marc Weismann (World Languages), Research and Writing Project on Historical Botany in the French Renaissance, especially regarding agricultural grafting
  • Gove Effinger (Mathematics): 13th International Conference on Finite Fields
  • Joanne Devine (English) "The Use of Media by the Save the Children Fund 1919-Present"
  • Mary Stange (Religion) Attendance at Annual General Assembly of the International Council on Wildlife Conservation
  • Linda Simon (English) "Lost Girls: The Origin and Development of the Flapper"
  • Lisa Aronson (Art History),"J.A. Green Book Project: Final Stages III"
  • Regis Brodie (Art) "A One-Person Exhibition: 'Art Educator as Artist – The Symbiotic Connection: The Work of Regis Brodie'"
  • Terrence Diggory (English) "Conference Presentation on Kerouac's Big Sur"
  • Margo Mensing (Art) "Shadow Joint"
  • Robert Foulke (English) "Aging in Place v. Moving to a Retirement Community"
  • Jeffrey Elgin (Art) for preparation and framing for a solo art exhibition.
  • Linda Simon (English) for scholarship contributing to various publications, including the SAGE Encyclopedia of Aging, Girl Talk, and a volume on the Jazz age.
  • Stuart Witt (Government) Digitalization, Update Web Page
  • Susan Bender (Anthropology) 2014 South Park Field Season
  • William Brown (Biology) "Lifetime Reproduction in the Timber Rattlesnake"
  • Regis Brodie (Art) Preparing work for a major exhibition at the Opalka Gallery, Sage College of Albany Campus"Regis Brodie: A Survey"
  • Susan Bender (Anthropology) "Stewardship of Archaeological Resources in South Park, Colorado"
  • Charles Joseph (Music) "A Preliminary Study of Archival Materials in the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, Lincoln Center"


Retiree Staff Development Grant

Staff retiree development grants are designed to support projects that promote continuing education, benefit the College or retiree's local community, and/or model creative approaches to life in retirement. Successful applicants are expected to share information about their projects with fellow retirees in on-campus presentations and/or on-line reports.

  • Brien Muller (IT), for online tutoring in Dutch pronunciation and conversation
  • Steve Otrembiak, (IT – Media Services), Community Gardens
  • Stanley McGaughey (Computer Services), Equipment for Screening Videos at Caffe Lena
  • Christine Kaczmarek (Business Services) Practitioner Diploma and Professional certification in Integral Sound Healing with Tuning Forks
  • Ginger Ertz (Tang Teaching Museum) Supporting The MoonCatcher Project's MoonBees
  • Stanley McGaughey (Computer Services) Lunchtime Listening Hour at Caffe Lena
  • Claire Demarest (Development /Alumni Affairs) Studying German at the Goethe Institute in Germany
  • Sharon Arpey (Special Programs) Master Gardener Volunteer Training Program of the Cornell University Cooperative Extension
    • Ann Henderson (Registrar) Enhancing Community Resources at Hennig Preserve (for Saratoga PLAN)
    • Betty O'Connor (IT) "Laptops for Literacy Volunteers"
  • Stanley McGaughey receives a grant to fund a"Little Folks" concert at Caffe Lena
  • With Skidmore's support Caffe Lena was able to bring a truly unique, free offering to 19 children and 38 adults.Read more here.
  • Jon Ramsey to publish book on business writing
    Former Dean of Studies Jon Ramsey has been modeling active retirement on the west coast, where his teaching at the University of California at Santa Barbara has inspired him to create an innovative textbook on business writing.  His work on the book was partly supported by a Skidmore Staff Retiree Development Grant. Jon describes his work here.

The first (ever!) round of retiree staff development grants has been completed and awards have been made to:

  • Judith Atchinson (Dance) to support programs sponsored by Questfor low income children in Schenectady, NY.
  • Leo Geoffrion (IT) to upgrade network and security systems for a non-profit organization, Technology for the Public Good (T4PG) that provides free software assistance to local charities.



Retiree Ad Hoc Grant

In addition to Emeritus Faculty and Retiree Staff Development Grants, limited funds are available to support projects by Skidmore College retirees on an ad hoc basis.  Like the Development Grants, ad hoc awards are intended to promote ongoing professional engagement, advance continuing education, encourage involvement with the College or the retiree's local community, and/or model other creative approaches to life in retirement.  Unlike the Development Grants, however, ad hoc awards may be applied for and approved at any time.  A retiree seeking funding for a project should consider, first, whether the needs might be met through an Emeritus Faculty or Retiree Staff Development Grant.

Requests for ad hoc funds may be made directly via email to, or referred to RIPG from the offices of the Dean of the Faculty or Human Resources.  There is no set application form.  A letter of request should:

  1. briefly describe the nature of the project;
  2. specify the time period when funds are needed;
  3. outline expenses; and
  4. explain the value of the project to the relevant trade or profession, to the College or retiree's local community, or to the community of retirees.

Reviewers appointed by RIPG recommend appropriate response to the request, which is ultimately determined by RIPG.  The grant recipient must submit a final report to RIPG after funds have been expended.