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Skidmore alumni are committed to making a difference in the world through entrepreneurship, research, community service, the arts and dedication to friends and family. Hereโ€™s a sample of what some alumni are doing today.

Alice Wilder '88

Alice Wilder '88While studying at Skidmore, Professor Mary Ann Foley's mentorship influenced Alice's decision to pursue a career in educational psychology. Today, Alice is the educational advisor responsible for developing the Amazon Original Programming curriculum for kids.




Julianne Cartwright Traylor '68

Julianne Cartwright Traylor '68Julie earned her B.A. in government from Skidmore and a master's in political science from U.C. Berkeley. Skidmore awarded her an honorary doctorate for her human rights work in 2001.




Zachary Gage '07

Zachary Gage '07Since his days as an art student at Skidmore, Zach hasn't stopped using his creativity. Today he is a game designer, programmer, educator and conceptual artist who has been featured in the New York Times Magazine and Wired for his success as an independent game developer.




Wendy Wilson '96

Wendy Wilson '96Wendy's successful rise in the publishing world started during her first semester at Skidmore when she signed up to work for the Skidmore News.




Theresa McKee von der Heydt '73

Theresa McKee von der Heydt '73A seagoing science-research assistant at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution since 1977,  Terry calls her career path "a Skidmore story."




Johane Simelane '13

Johane Simelane '13Johane made the most of his Skidmore experience, turning his self-determined major in public health into a master's degree program at Columbia University. Johane, a Davis United World College scholar originally from Swaziland, received a SEE-Beyond academic grant at Skidmore and used it to examine public health practices and attitudes toward HIV/AIDS in Swaziland.




Patricia McAuley Kolff '64

Patricia McAuley Kolff '64After graduating from Skidmore, this nursing major started her nursing career at General Rose Memorial Hospital in Denver, Colorado. She later went on to the adolescent intensive care unit at the University of Colorado Medical Center and then became an intensive-care recovery cardiac nurse at the Cleveland Clinic in Ohio.




Linda Jackson-Chalmers '73

Linda Jackson-Chalmers '73Linda was one of Skidmore's first Higher Education Opportunity Program students during what she says were "the exciting and troubling times" of the late 1960s. Now she is the program director of the African American Cultural Center of the Capital Region, a newly developed effort to enhance and promote the contributions that African Americans have made to our country and our local communities.




Nelson Ritschel '81

Nelson Ritschel '81While at Skidmore, Nelson studied acting and play writing. He then went on to receive an M.A. and Ph.D. in dramatic literature and theater history from Brown. Currently, he chairs the Humanities Department at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy.




Thea Kharasch Flaum '60

Thea Kharasch Flaum '60Thea set out to begin a career in publishing after graduation. But after producing a TV documentary in 1974, she realized she had found the thing she was born to doโ€”tell stories with pictures, music and the human voice.




Anthony Llano '97

Anthony Llano '97This Skidmore economics-business graduate has moved up the ranks at Deere & Co., the largest manufacturer of agricultural equipment. Recently his responsibilities have taken a global shift.




Courtney Mattison '08

Courtney Mattison '08While pursuing a self-determined major in marine biology and ceramic sculpture at Skidmore, Courtney produced detailed ceramic sculptures of sea organisms as a way to better understand their structure. Today she is an artist and environmental advocate, creating large-scale works inspired by science and marine biology.




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