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Spring 2003

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Centennial spotlight

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Club do’s

Boca Raton. President Jamienne S. Studley joined the Skidmore Club of Southeast Florida for a special New Year’s luncheon. Connie Talcott Smith ’63 presented President Studley with a Florida-inspired serving dish as thanks for her dedicated service to Skidmore. • In January, about fifteen alumni golfers teed up with Jim Meeker ’83, associate director of planned giving, at the Breakers West Country Club.

Boston. Club members took a guided tour of the Family Trees: Generations of Storytelling exhibit at the Concord Museum in December. Afterwards they attended a buffet lunch at the home of Wayne and Bev Harrison Miller ’67. • Alumni, parents, and friends were invited to a winter concert at the Somerville Theater featuring Ball in the House—an all-male a cappella group founded by Jon Ryan ’92—and LittleHorse, a double-piano rock band headed up by Jo Horsley ’00. • Close to 100 young alumni and members of the Class of 2003 gathered for a mid-winter happy hour at Ned Devine’s in Faneuil Hall. Tony Reidy ’94 planned the event.

Cape Cod. Club members gathered in February for a special event with Bevin Wilson Stark ’88, who talked about and performed classical dance from Northern India. Margi Bishop Maynard ’57 was the organizer.

Capital District, NY. December’s surly weather didn’t keep club members from attending the annual holiday party. Before the formal presentation, guests checked out the various exhibits at Skidmore’s Tang Museum. President Jamienne S. Studley welcomed the group, and Skidmore’s co-ed a cappella group, the Dynamics, performed holiday songs. A raffle benefited the Saratoga Economic Opportunity Council. • One hundred high-school juniors, their parents, and guests attended the Junior Admissions Workshop at Skidmore in February. They learned about the admissions process, toured Skidmore’s campus, and sampled Skidmore’s dining-hall delectables.

Chicago. Greg and Paula Fullman ’84 welcomed a group of alumni and friends to their home for a holiday gathering in December.

Cleveland. About ten alumni gathered for a happy-hour event at Jillian’s in January. Joel Bresler ’82 got the ball rolling for this one.

Colorado. In January alumni from Skidmore, Bryn Mawr, Connecticut, Mills, Mount Holyoke, Smith, Sweet Briar, Vassar, and Wellesley gathered at Temple Sinai in Denver for College for a Day. Emily Mayer Selig ’38 and Betty Strasburger Serotta ’54 made sure Skidmore had a presence there.

Hartford. In November alumni, parents, and guests gathered at the Webb-Deane-Stevens Museum in Wethersfield, CT, for a docent-guided tour of the museum, followed by a holiday reception. Sue Dellaquila O’Brien ’88 and Deb Sehl Coons ’72 were the coordinators.

Los Angeles. In January alumni, parents, and guests gathered at the Jonathan Club in Los Angeles to hear American studies professor Mary Lynn speak about her book Make No Small Plans: A History of Skidmore College. Peter Judar ’83 and Kim West ’79 made it all happen.

Naples. President Jamienne S. Studley joined club members for a luncheon in January. Barrie Batchelder ’63 thanked President Studley for her work at Skidmore and presented her with a Florida fruit basket.

New York City. In December members enjoyed an evening at the New York City Ballet with a performance of the Nutcracker. Michelle Miller Anderson ’92 stayed on her toes to make this happen. • In February twenty-four young alumni met at the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a scavenger hunt organized by Watson Adventures. The victorious team included Jill Richardson ’92, Justin Model ’91, Kevin Polakoff ’93, and Neil Astmann ’00. Kayne Rourke ’95 scouted out details for the event.

Philadelphia. A problem with the sprinkler system in the Kimmel Center didn’t dampen the spirits of guests attending an evening with the Philadelphia Orchestra in December. Skidmore parent and musician Loren Lind, P’05, spoke with guests at the preconcert reception. Dina Silver Tau ’93 helped orchestrate the events. • About ten people attended a January happy hour at Manayunk Brewery, organized by Margaretta Walton ’01. • Alumni met at the offices of TransLocal Health Inc. for some informal career networking in February; Ken Freirich ’90 played host.

Phoenix. Art professor Regis Brodie met with alumni at the Ceramics Research Center on the Tempe campus of Arizona State University in January to discuss “The Creative Process: An Artist’s Point of View.”

San Francisco. A group gathered at the Job Forum of the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce in November for an evening of career networking. Janet Lee Beach ’71 organized the event. • Alumni, parents, and friends joined for some holiday cheer at the home of Michele Forte ’90 in December. • In January American studies professor Mary Lynn gave a slide presentation about her book Make No Small Plans: A History of Skidmore College. Jo Leach Lewis ’57 organized this one.

Sarasota. President Jamienne S. Studley joined club members for lunch in January at the Field Club. After a brief meeting led by Joan Benninger Nixon ’57 and David Mitchell ’93, Joan presented President Studley with a throw featuring a Florida palm tree. • Alumni and guests gathered in February at the former home of John and Mable Ringling—the Venetian gothic mansion Cà d’Zan—for a tour of the recently renovated mansion. They followed up with a brief business meeting and lunch at the Banyan Café. Joan Benninger Nixon ’57 and Linda Cross Cholakis ’65 coordinated the events.

Seattle. Maritza Rivera ’91 and Dan Kully hosted a holiday gathering for club members in December.

Tucson. Art professor Regis Brodie met with alumni and guests at the Arizona Inn in January to discuss “The Creative Process: An Artist’s Point of View.”

Washington, D.C. Skidmore alumni joined others from Union and Hamilton alumni clubs for a holiday gathering at the Dacor Bacon House. Brittany Hoff ’93 coordinated the details.

—Compiled by Kirstin O’Rielly Drabek ’94, Senior Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs

Want club info?

Jo Leach Lewis ’57, the alumni board’s chair of alumni clubs, serves as liaison among regional club officers, the alumni board, and the college.

She welcomes questions and input at jlewis124@aol.com or 415-456-2103.


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