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Skidmore Retirees

Retiree News, Announcements, and Updates

In addition to planning retiree events, the Retirees Initiative Planning Group (RIPG) coordinates the publication of the activities of all Skidmore retirees.  Are you involved with a community project, been able to begin a new career, or perhaps received an award or commendation?  We would love to hear about and share your retirement experiences. 

To submit news items for this page, click here. Submissions may need to be edited for length.

Tom Denny, the Urban Forestry Project Chair for Sustainable Saratoga, developed a new mobile app, Tree Triage, which took top prize in the first Saratoga Go! Smart City Technology Competition in June 2017. Click here for details.  

Read about Sustainable Saratoga's tree planting campaign here.

The Retiree Library Collection in Scribner Library includes books, feature  films, and documentaries on subjects such as retirement planning, both psychological and financial, health, and life writing. You may access items by browsing the subject headings listed on the Retiree Library Collection page and may also search the library catalog, using the keywords "retiree library." All materials are integrated into the library’s main collection and are shelved according to format and subject matter. The collection is updated periodically, and we welcome suggestions for additions. Please send suggestions to

Skidmore Oral History
Throughout the 1980s, students under the supervision of American Studies professor Joanna Zangrando conducted interviews with a large cross-section of the Skidmore community to provide a foundation for an oral history of the college. Most of the interviews and transcripts are now available digitally via the library’s Digital Collections initiative.

Building on this foundation, the Skidmore-Saratoga Memory Project (SSMP) is including college retirees in a series of interviews.

Retired Anthropology professor Susan Bender is currently teaching a course to train student interviewers for “Skidmore Stories”: Susan will offer retirees an overview of this project at the "Wine, Cheese and Chat" event scheduled for May 26 (5:00-7:00 PM at the Tang Museum). Watch for details forthcoming.

Patricia-Ann Lee Library Collection INTERACTIVE!
Emeritus Professor of History Patricia-Ann Lee has donated to Scribner Library Special Collections a fascinating archive of land grant documents from the 16th through the 18th century. You can explore facsimiles of the original documents online AND contribute to an ongoing project of transcribing them. Anyone can view the documents, but for online transcribing you need to create an account (a simple process described in a video available at the site). The land grants site is part of the Scribner Library’s growing number of Digital Collections

Research on Retirement Residences by Bud and Patty Foulke
The May 21 presentation by Bud and Patty Foulke about retirement residences generated considerable interest. Bud and Patty covered the topic in depth in a series of articles published in the Glens Falls Post-Star on four successive Sundays: July 19 & 26, August 2 & 9, 2015. The series is now available online.

ACE/Sloan Award to Support Retiree Programs

Skidmore College has received a $100,000 grant from the American Council on Education and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation for its innovative work in faculty retirement.