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Skidmore College
Reunion 2019

May 30 - June 2

Colleen Barber Hursh
Melissa Milstein Jacobson '81, Chair, Awards Committee

Alumni Association Board of Directors Award Recipients

On June 2, 2018, a group of Skidmore alumni were recognized during Reunion Weekend at the Alumni Association Recognition Ceremony for their professional and life achievements and contributions to the College (featured below). They are selected by the Alumni Awards Committee, which considers nominations in the fall and meets in early February each year to make their selections.

One of the most gratifying experiences of being a Skidmore alumna/us is the opportunity to recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of one of our own. The Alumni Association Board of Directors actively seeks to identify alumni who deserve to be recognized for their achievements. If you know a Skidmore alumna/us who meets the criteria for one of these awards, visit the Call for Nominations page to learn more and fill out a nomination.

Reunion 2018 Awards Recipients

Alice A. Wilder ’88, Ed.D.
The Creative Thought Matters Award of Distinction

Alice A. Wilder ’88 sets the bar for creativity high. An expert in educational psychology and one of the world’s most highly respected developers of children’s educational content, she is passionate about validating young children as “lifelong creative learners.” For the past six years, this innovative approach has informed her Emmy-winning work for Amazon Kids Original Programming.  She is co-executive producer and head of educational development for Tumble Leaf, a nature-based science series that fosters learning through play. Other credits include Creative Galaxy; The Stinky & Dirty Show; If You Give a Mouse a Cookie; and Wishenpoof. Tumble Leaf captured Outstanding Preschool Children’s Animated Series honors for the third time this year.

Andrew S. Warner 83, M.D.
Distinguished Achievement Award

Andrew S. Warner ’83 is an internationally recognized expert in the diagnosis and treatment of Crohn’s Disease and ulcerative colitis.  A specialist in inflammatory bowel disorders, he is one of the youngest physicians ever to chair the Department of Gastroenterology at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, Mass.  Under his leadership, the clinic is using cutting-edge research to deliver innovative, patient-centric care. Andrew is also a passionate advocate for patients’ rights who currently serves as chair of the Public Policy Committee for the American Medical Group Association.  An associate clinical professor at Tufts University School of Medicine, he also teaches at Harvard Medical School.

 

Wilma “Billie” Stein Tisch ’48
Jacqueline M. Jung ’61 Lifetime Service Award

Wilma “Billie” Stein Tisch ’48 is the consummate community leader and volunteer, with an array of civic and philanthropic endeavors that span decades.  Trustee Emerita of Skidmore College, she has served her alma mater in virtually every conceivable role.  As a key member of trustee committees ranging from advancement to infrastructure from 1994 to 2014, Billie helped lead the College through one of the most extraordinary periods of growth in its history. She served as co-chair of the highly successful Creative Thought Bold Promise Campaign.  Billie’s extraordinary leadership and generosity were recognized with honorary degrees in 1990 and 2006.  Her contributions to the City of New York are legendary; as a trustee of important foundations, corporations and funds, as well as an advisor to several mayors, she has elevated civic life.  Billie Tisch truly embodies the phrase “a lifetime of service.”

Jeanne Shipp Waldinger ’68
50th Reunion Outstanding Service Award

A prolific alumna volunteer, Jeanne Shipp Waldinger ’68 has spent decades working on behalf of her classmates and serving as one of Skidmore’s most ardent advocates.  A veteran management consultant, she has helped technology firms and nonprofits alike flourish through expert project management and strategic planning. Before serving as vice president of consulting services at Executive Service Corps, Jeanne was director of services marketing for Dun & Bradstreet Software, a $530 million software and services company. At Skidmore, she shared her expertise in an impressive roster of volunteer roles.  As VP of the Alumni Board from 1998 to 2001, Jeanne helped the College formulate a strategic plan and integrate new technologies into its infrastructure.  She has supported her class as in positions that include president, secretary, reunion chair, and historian. Jeanne was honored with an Outstanding Service Award in 2003.

Zilpha “Dotsie” Slosson Erskine ’48
Outstanding Service Award

Zilpha “Dotsie” Slosson Erskine ’48 has been a dedicated alumna volunteer and College ambassador for more than a half century.  Co-founder of the Skidmore-Indian River alumni group, she served as its longtime president and lead volunteer.  This energetic 91-year-old has also served her class in a number of class leadership roles, including president, secretary, and reunion chair.  Dotsie is especially fond of keeping the Spirit of ’48 going strong through song. A longtime member of the Vero Beach Choral Society, she performed with the group on a 17-day tour of Eastern Europe in 1991.

Constance Masciale Carino ’58, R.N. Ph.D.
Outstanding Service Award

Connie Masciale Carino ’58 built a distinguished nursing career at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing, where she chaired its Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing program and served as clinical director of psychiatric nursing at the university hospital. Founder and former executive director of Philadelphia’s Wellness Community, she developed a network of support services for cancer patients and their families.  Connie celebrates her 60th reunion as class nursing chair and career mentor.  Class agent for over a decade, she is a former member of the Alumni Awards Committee and reunion volunteer.

Lynn Faught ’73
Outstanding Service Award

Lynn Faught ’73 has a lot of experience making sure everything runs smoothly.  Before managing office operations for Rock Creek Global Advisors, she was executive assistant to the director of Quinn Gillespie & Associates, a political consulting firm in Washington, D.C.  In an earlier career, she was a magazine editor. Little wonder that Lynn can juggle multiple volunteer roles simultaneously.  Class fund chair for almost a decade, she is a three-time reunion volunteer (currently serving as class historian) and has been co-president of the Skidmore-D.C. regional alumni group since 2004.  Lynn is a thoughtful planner, with a knack for encouraging others to join the volunteer fold.  A true Skiddie, she traveled to the Canadian Rockies on a Skidmore Alumni Travel Program excursion in 2016.

M.L. Graeme Campbell ’98, M.B.A.
Outstanding Service Award

Named one of the “50 Most Influential Women in Private Wealth,” by industry peers, Graeme Campbell ’98 is shaping the evolution of financial services. Currently managing director at Barrett Asset Management, she believes in serving clients as both portfolio manager and financial advocate.  Graeme is just as dedicated to helping women, youth, and underrepresented communities gain financial literary and discover entrepreneurship through her pro bono work.  Over the years, she was instrumental bringing programs like EntrePrep to Skidmore and returned to campus to help lead the youth-focused Camp $tartup.  A strong believer in the power of mentorship, Graeme makes herself available to others in and outside the College community.


Romy H. Kushnick ’13
The David H. Porter Award for Young Alumni Service

In just five years, Romy Kushnick ’13 has devoted a great deal of her time and talent as an alumna volunteer.  As assistant director of the Office of Institutional Relations at the Metropolitan Opera in New York City, she arranged a private tour of the Met for guests attending Skidmore’s Creating Our Future campaign launch gala in Manhattan last year.  While at Skidmore, Romy managed the Student Calling Program and proved her mettle working on the Senior Gift Initiative. She celebrates her fifth reunion as one of its key planning volunteers as well as Presidents Society chair and class agent.  A participant in an Alumni Travel Program trip to Iceland trip, Romy documented the journey on the College’s Instagram site.


Courtney C. Mattison ’08, M.A.
The Joseph C. Palamountain Award for Young Alumni Achievement

Courtney Mattison '09 is an internationally recognized artist and ocean advocate who inspires policymakers and the public to protect the world's changing seas. Her hand-sculpted, intricately detailed ceramic works replicate the fragile beauty of ocean ecosystems—primarily coral reefs—and the human-caused threats they face. Courtney's large-scale ceramic pieces have been displayed at prominent science and art venues nationwide, including the Washington D.C. headquarters of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and the Tang Museum. Featured in SmithsonianBritish Vogue, and Science Magazine, she was named one of Origin Magazine's 100 top "Ocean Heroes" in 2015.

Linda G. Toohey, M.A., Trustee Emerita
Honorary Alumna

Civic leader Linda Toohey understands the special bond between Skidmore College and its surrounding community.  An executive with the Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce for 30 years, she has held leadership roles in capital campaigns for organizations including Saratoga Hospital, the Saratoga Regional YMCA, and the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.  Linda also served as a Skidmore trustee for over 15 years, including a four-year term as chair.  Now Trustee Emerita, she is a key member of the Creating Our Future Campaign Executive Committee.  Her unique perspective and strong leadership has nurtured and expanded the Skidmore-Saratoga partnership, helping to strengthen and sustain a thriving local economy and one of the nation’s top-ranked liberal arts institutions.