It's me again, with updates and news on our favorite college.
Skidmore had a record number of applications for the Class of 2017--8,300, the largest in the school's history. The school awarded more than $39 million in student aid in 2013-14. Skidmore's programming is enhanced by major awards from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, New World Foundation, David United World College Scholars Program, The Andy Warhol Foundation, and several others.
Even better news is that in a Newsweek poll, Skidmore was ranked #9 of the 25 happiest schools in the nation − better yet, 88 percent of students would pick the same school again. These great stats underscore what we already know: students love being at Skidmore, as evidence by a 95 percent student retention rate.
I hope you were among the 10,000 alumni, parents and friends who made gifts to Skidmore in the 2012-13 fiscal year. Those annual fund gifts go to direct support of learning in labs, classrooms, studios, and beyond; endowed gifts strengthen the College in perpetuity while generating funds for student aid, facilities, and other needs. This is really your fund dollars at work!
The civic engagement and public service efforts of the College's faculty and students have helped earn national recognition and Skidmore has been named to the President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll for the second consecutive year.
A number of students participated in various opportunities during spring break, studying culture and commerce in Ireland and ecology in Costa Rica, as well as performing service for an Urban Project in New York City, a Habitat for Humanity's Collegiate Challenge in Florida, and a MEDLIFE-sponsored health services effort in Ecuador.
Skidmore students have become more world oriented as they reach out to help and understand others. As the song goes, "The times, they are a'changing" and it seems our College is facing and meeting the challenge. We should be so proud to be alumni of Skidmore!
I hope you all are well, happy, and enjoying the good weather of fall.
Sue Warren Campbell ‘55
Sue Warren Campbell
Class Fund Chair
Adele Albrecht Wakefield-Gren
Mariana Duggan Drebing
Class Agent Volunteers
Judith Cummings Cotter
Marilyn Smith Ingholt
Sarah Wagman Hoge