In this issue...

-Class of 2015
-Fox-Adler lecture
-Celebration Weekend
-Carr lecture
-Bezuidenhout concert
-Zankel schedule
-At the Tang
-Teaching in China
-'This I Believe'
-Faculty bookshelf
-Cahn play
-Regional events
-'Scope' magazine
-Athletics Hall of Fame
-Alumni travel
-Network news
-Skidmore Connect
-Alumni nominations
-Creative Thought at Work
-Green & Yellow
-In Memoriam

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September 2011
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Foundry Club table at student clubs signup (click for gallery)

New students on the scene

Chosen from 5,879 applications, Skidmore’s 665 freshmen include 23 percent students of color and 7 percent international students; 43 percent are male, 57 percent female; 41 percent are on Skidmore financial aid. The Class of 2015 arrived about a week ago, but over the summer its members had already read the same novel and shared ideas on the same social-networking site. [more]

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Arthur Szyk, The Girl Who Trod on a Loaf (detail), illustration for Andersen's Fairy Tales, 1945

Illustrator extraordinaire

Judaica expert and art dealer Irvin Ungar will deliver this year's Fox-Adler Lecture at 5:15 p.m. Sept. 22. His talk, "Arthur Szyk: Book Illustrator Extraordinaire," presents the work of the Polish-born, mid-20th-century artist who created book illustrations in the medieval illumination style as well as famous caricatures of Hitler and Mussolini. Unger is an international Szyk authority and curator. [more]

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Big October weekend

Skidmore is already gearing up for Celebration Weekend, Oct. 14–16. Parents of students, alumni, and other friends of the college are invited to meet with the president, attend minicollege classes, go to Tang Museum shows and Zankel Center concerts, cheer on the Thoroughbreds, and witness a range of student talent at the popular "Under the Big Top." For details and registration, click here.

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Zana Briski

A lens on the world

A photographer, filmmaker, and founder of the nonprofit Kids with Cameras, launched in Calcutta's red-light district, will be Skidmore's second Carr Lecturer. On Oct. 12, Zana Briski will screen her Oscar-winning
Born into Brothels and talk with the audience afterward. Also on Oct. 12 and 13, she'll meet with students in class and out. Her current project centers on portraits of insects. [more]

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Kristian Bezuidenhout
Ebonies and ivories

Lovers of early piano music are in for a treat on Sunday, when celebrated pianist and early-music specialist Kristian Bezuidenhout comes to Skidmore's Zankel Music Center.

Bezuidenhout, a guest professor at the Eastman School of Music and the Schola Cantorum in Basel, Switzerland, will perform Mozart and Schubert on Skidmore's Anton Walter-style fortepiano and original Conrad Graf fortepiano.

Edward E. Swenson, a world expert on Graf pianos, will give a lecture prior to the performance. The lecture begins at 2 p.m., the concert at 3 p.m. Details here; ticket information here. [more]

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At Zankel

Pola Baytelman, Jan Vinci
The Arthur Zankel Music Center's second season has begun. Coming up in the next month:

Oct. 2, 3 p.m.: Flute and piano recital by faculty members Jan Vinci and Pola Baytelman

Oct. 13, 8 p.m.: Bluegrass and early-country concert by Mountain Quickstep

Oct. 14, 8 p.m.: New and traditional music by the Omega Trio: faculty member Michael Emery (violin), Matthew Quayle (composition, piano), and Jameson Platte (cello)

For full schedule and ticket information, click here.

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The Grim Reaper Diorama by Whiting Tennis
Tang opens fall season

Opener 22: Whiting Tennis, through Dec. 31. A Seattle-based artist, Tennis works in collage, painting, and sculpture—often with discarded everyday objects—to create pieces that inspire nostalgia and empathy. [video interview] A Dunkerley Dialogue with the artist will be held Oct. 13.

I Myself Have Seen It, Sept. 17 through Dec. 30. A survey of photography by New York City artist Kiki Smith [video], the show includes more than 5,000 works, small and large, that address her own identity, offer narratives, and explore artistic treatments like image manipulation and overpainting.

An opening reception for both shows is Oct. 15. For complete show and museum information, click here.

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Twenty in China

Chicagoan Amy Bergstraesser '11 studied in Chile and Turkey. Vermonter Max Resnik '11 studied in India and Morocco. Now they're among 20 recent grads teaching university English in Skidmore's Teach in China program (and blogging about it). For Bergstraesser, "To know the Chinese culture and language is integral to being an effective citizen in the 21st century" and to her plans for an international law career. The always sociable Resnik says he's eager to "practice my silence and meet people on their own terms." [more]

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Julia Pistell

Believe in lunch

Starting in school cafeterias, Julia Pistell '05 has used lunch breaks for balance in her busy life, for weaving and darning her social fabric, and for savoring joy and humility. A marketer for the historic Mark Twain house, and an improv actor in Hartford, Conn., she read her "This I Believe" essay about midday breaks on the Bob Edwards Show last month.

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Faculty bookshelf

Prof. Steven Millhauser's
We Others: New and Selected Stories was published in August. The stories' settings, as described by Knopf, range from old Vienna to Connecticut, from a "monstrous museum" to Thomas Edison's lab. The Washington Post notes that Millhauser "calmly mixes fairy tale and literary experiment … gorgeous prose and sly humor," and the New York Times Book Review likes the new collection too.

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Dally at a discount

Prof. Victor Cahn's
Dally with the Devil is now Off-Broadway, with big discounts for Skidmore alumni, parents, and friends. The show, about three women embroiled in political foul play, runs until Oct. 8 at the Beckett Theatre on West 42nd Street. To save $20 on the $55 ticket price, buy online or call 212-947-8844 and cite the discount code "TR35KM." [more]

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Regional events upcoming

New York Capital District, Sept. 28: Lecture by Palamountain Professor Ron Seyb, "The Teahouse of the November Moon? The Tea Party and the 2012 Presidential Election"

For details and registration for all regional events, click here.

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US news, Skidmore News, and more

Today's fourth estate—from democracy and the free press, to social media and "citizen journalism"—is discussed by alumni and faculty in the new
Scope magazine. The fall issue also features Commencement, Reunion, new boathouse plans, how to buy a computer, the best pizza in Saratoga, and many other stories.

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Hall of Fame next week

Skidmore's Athletics Hall of Fame welcomes Will Crawford '01, Liza Gorman '04, Maria Nero Morin '94, Tom Spinella '06, the 1991 equestrian team, the 2005 baseball team, trainer Mike Garcia, and parent Sharon Shearman. The induction ceremony, dinner, auction, and keynote talk by former big-league pitcher David William Palmer are set for Sept. 24; for details and tickets, click here or e-mail

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Faraway places

A Tanzanian safari and a Mekong River cruise will kick off Skidmore's 2012 Alumni Travel Program. To learn more about these and other first-class educational trips with members of the greater Skidmore community, check the sites on Facebook or the Alumni travel Web site.

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Mike Quincy

Network news

"Car guy" Mike Quincy '86 has been writing about autos since 1989. Today he's a car editor for
Consumer Reports. In a Q&A after last spring's Career Jam at Skidmore, he suggested that an engineering degree might help in his field, but if "the whole idea of science and math classes turns you off, I strongly suggest taking as many writing classes as possible." Other job tips: "Show some passion," and "always follow up" on whatever you promise to do. [more]

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We have a winner

Congrats to David Inkeles '11, winner of a Skidmore Connect drawing—and now the proud owner of a new iPod Touch. He was chosen from among the new grads of '11 who logged into Skidmore Connect by July 11. Skidmore Connect is the social-networking site for finding and communicating with Skidmore friends, signing up for regional and campus events, and submitting class notes and photos (users can also post on Skidmore Connect and Facebook simultaneously). To activate your account, follow these easy steps.

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Nominations welcome

The Skidmore Alumni Association's board of directors is eager to learn of alumni who deserve recognition through the alumni awards program. Nominations for leadership roles on the alumni board are also sought. For available awards and board vacancies, or to submit nominations, click here.

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Creative Thought at Work

Jessa Blades '01

She's widely regarded as a pioneer in the eco-beauty movement, a trend toward the use of natural, environmentally friendly cosmetics and personal care products. [more]
Chris Weld '87

He's cooking up all manner of delicious libations at Berkshire Mountain Distillery in Great Barrington, Mass., site of a famously pure freshwater spring. [more]

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Go Green and Yellow

This month's Green and Yellow Pages spotlight is Crestron Electronics, a global company that provides controls and automation for homes, schools, offices, and hospitals. On staff at Crestron, electrical-design engineer
Bill Houston '02 can help clients plan security, audio-visual, and energy systems controlled from a smartphone, e-tablet, laptop, or other device.

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Serena Marston
Serena Marston '11 landed a job in operations at Boston's Pucker Gallery, a well-known institution among Newberry Street's high-end art galleries and boutiques. Co-owned by Sue Finkelstein Pucker '59, the gallery has employed other alumni over the years. The current staff includes son Jon Pucker '87 and wife Marcie Goldstein Pucker '88, as well as Marston's supervisor, Elizabeth Brooks Burgess '97. Marston says they always enjoy it when the gallery is visited by Skidmore alumni.

This winter Susan Breyer '10 will travel to Paraguay to study art and architectural history as a Fulbright Scholar. Her project is "The Female Artist as a Force of Cultural Renewal and Evolution in Paraguay." Breyer spent her junior year studying in neighboring Argentina, and after graduation she earned a Spanish government grant to teach English in Spain (where she also studied flamenco dancing). A silkscreen artist, Breyer is currently at work on intaglio prints at a studio in Hatfield, Mass.

Alex Shapiro
Alex Shapiro '07 is an associate producer of
MLB Tonight, which won the 2011 Sports Emmy for best daily studio show. Beating some bigger shows like ESPN's Sportscenter, it's been the MLB Network's signature baseball-news show since 2009; Shapiro has been there for just over a year. Prior to that, he was a production assistant for MTV News. As an American studies major and business minor, Shapiro logged many hours as a staff member of Skid-TV and WSPN-FM.

Alexina Jones
Alexina Jones '03 is founder and artistic director of the Hubbard Hall Opera Theater, a troupe in Cambridge, N.Y. Last month, HHOT staged its fourth summer offering, Donizetti's Don Pasquale. A former Accent at Skidmore, Jones earned an MFA from New York University and has performed in several HHOT productions. She also oversees HHOT's Select Conservatory, where students study with seasoned professionals. This year, HHOT also performed with SaratogaArtsFest sponsorship at Caffè Lena in Saratoga Springs.

Ann Ramsay-Jenkins

Ann Ramsay-Jenkins '66 is co-founder of the College Success Foundation. Providing scholarships and mentoring to underserved, low-income high school students in Washington State and Washington, D.C., it has helped more than 2,000 students obtain bachelor's degrees. CSF also manages an AmeriCorps coaching program in which volunteers help Washington middle-schoolers. Ramsay-Jenkins chairs the Scholarship Committee for the University of Washington's School of Medicine.

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In Memoriam

As a service to classmates, below is a list of recently deceased alumni for whom obituaries are currently available online. Please see Scope magazine for full obituaries. For information on survivors, contact Pat Poirier, 800-584-0115.

Matt Helterline '08, Sept. 1 [more]

Norman Cross, UWW '88, March 6 [more]

Katrin Reichhold '81, June 4 [more]

Shirley Boland, UWW '74, Feb. 13 [more]

Judith MacDonald Alvey '67, June 26 [more]

Lorraine Risman Miller '54, July 1 [more]

Mary Jo Marcy Rines '53, Sept. 4 [more]

Mary Bullick Pferdmenges '48, Jan. 28 [more]

Prindle Hodges Wissler-Mullin '33, Aug. 10 [more]

Vernette Johnson Baird '32, Aug. 8 [more]

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