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Class Notes

A fresh batch of alumni news, from travels to jobs to new babies, can be viewed now on the Class Notes site.

Summer projects

Along with pursuing internships—farming in Vermont, astrophysics in Colorado, an orphanage in Nepal—students are collaborating with faculty on research from Moneyball-style statistics for DIII softball to microbes in Adirondack leaf litter.

Reading race

Ta-Nehisi Coates's bestseller Between the World and Me is the summer reading for all incoming freshmen. His memoir and commentary on race in America has already generated buzz among faculty from English and history to math and theater.

Coolest courses

Four Skidmore offerings made Elle magazine's 63 "coolest college courses": "Disorderly Women" in American studies, "Femininity, Beauty, and the Black Female Body" in sociology, "Ecofeminism" in gender studies, and "Women and Eating Disorders" in gender studies.

Playing in the sandbox

New-media learning can be fun—as in the augmented-reality sandbox [time-lapse video] created by Alex Ng-Yow '16 with help from Skidmore's science machine shop, GIS center, and geoscience professor Amy Frappier. Its 3D modeling shows water reflowing as users create new mountains and valleys. [read more]

Podcast: Trouble in Rio

Skidmore's Olympics scholar Jeff Segrave describes Rio's unreadiness and suggests a change: create permanent Olympic centers to host the games from now on. [read or hear more]

Pinterest pix

From d-hall to JoTo, Skidmore has some great spots to photograph. All are welcome to visit the Pinterest board featuring campus scenes; alumni might just find their favorite old haunts.

<i>Scopedish</i> blog

Scopedish offers extras and oddments from Scope Monthly, campus events, and alumni news; comments are welcome too. Newly posted: an old Saratoga Mentoring quilt and alumni oral histories.

National rare-books expert

Skidmore's 28th annual Fox-Adler Lecture will be "Strange and Marvelous Books: Leonard Baskin and the Gehenna Press" by Mark Dimunation, chief of rare books and special collections at the Library of Congress. The event takes place September 15 at 5:15 p.m. in Gannett Auditorium.

Spirit Weekend this fall

Reunion is every five years, but the new Thoroughbred Spirit Weekend is every autumn, for every graduate. The all-campus homecoming, Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 this year, will feature athletics and honors, faculty seminars, and free time to enjoy campus and downtown. [schedule here]

Iceland trip now open

Alumni, parents, and other Skiddies can join faculty geoscientist and ocean researcher Greg Gerbi on a short getaway to Iceland, February 23­–27, 2017. Attractions range from hot springs to art museums, and young alumni (Classes of 2007 to 2016) get a discount.

Hall of Fame 2016

Skidmore's athletics benefit, Oct. 1, will feature Hall of Fame inductions for Nicholas Coppola '09 (lacrosse), Lauren Dinsdale '10 (volleyball, softball), Charlotte Riggs '94 (lacrosse), Roger Stein '85 (tennis), Tracey Watson '86 (volleyball), Coach Paul Dion (ice hockey, soccer), Robert Spellman '86, the 1995 equestrian team, and the 1999 baseball team. [register here]

Regional events

September's events feature New York City's "Election 2016: Fatal Attraction" lecture by prof Sheldon Solomon; new alumni welcomes in Boston, New York, and Washington, DC; and apple-picking in Boston.

Alumni discounts

 Saratoga hotel discounts are just a few of the perks for alumni in town, online, or on campus. This quick-reference guide to alumni benefits was designed by Jared Greenbaum '11.


Alumni from '11, '10, '06, '00, and '90 are spotlighted, including the creator of A Day in the Life of Leo, above.

In Memoriam

As a service to classmates, here is a listing of deceased alumni and their online obituaries that Skidmore has recently learned of.