Looking back at my class communication over the past few years, it seems that I’m always writing when there is snow on the ground. As today’s Alumni Office deadline looms, it is no different. And they call it a Spring Letter – hah!
Actually, college kids all over the country really are on Spring Break through the next few weeks, Skidmore included. Some are taking a well-deserved break from academic research and projects that kept them working long hours from the start of the school year. Others are doing outreach projects overseas and here at home, some helping in the Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts that continue in the Northeast. From my perch in New Jersey, those efforts are most appreciated.
The current freshman Class of 2016 has 650 students, more than double our number in the fall of 1966. Almost 42% of that class receives some form of student aid, which gets right to the heart of this letter. It is time to start thinking about your annual donation to Skidmore. The Class Fund year ends on May 31st, a mere two months away. We fly a bit under the radar in non-reunion years, but the students’ needs are consistent as they prepare for 21st century challenges. According to the college, “More than 10,000 alumni, parents, and friends made gifts to Skidmore totaling $21 million during the 2011-12 fiscal year.” Please consider what you can do to help in 2013. Any amount, given with regularity, adds up over time. As one who was on the receiving end of Skidmore aid, I can guarantee that Alumni Giving makes a difference. Our Class Fund Chairs, Jane Alpert and Janet Sangenito Fagal, thank you too!
As part of Skidmore’s ongoing effort to provide greater support to recent graduates and alumni in their career development and transitions, the Career Development Center welcomes Jenna Hartwell as the new Associate Director of Alumni Career Development. In this role, Jenna provides individual career counseling to Skidmore graduates and works with alumni to create networking connections for current students and alums. She also coordinates regional, off-campus career development events for alumni. Prior to working at Skidmore, Jenna served as the Coordinator for Student and Alumni Career Services at Wheelock College where she successfully increased the office’s visibility and services for their alumni population. Originally from Amherst, MA, Jenna received her B.S. in Social Science (History Focus) at Cazenovia College and her M.Ed. in Counselor Education (College Counseling) at North Carolina State University. Alumni interested in working with Jenna may contact her by calling the Career Development Center at (518) 580-5790.
There is a wealth of things you can do online via the Skidmore website (www.Skidmore.edu/alumni). There is a Skidmore Connect tab at the top right of this page and nearby tabs for social media like Facebook and Twitter. Sign up for Skidmore Connect, your online link to our class and the larger Skidmore community. We all received information and temporary passwords for registering in Skidmore Connect in 2010. If you’ve misplaced the instructions, contact Alumni Affairs at 1-800-584-0115.
Sadly, we’ve lost a number of classmates this past year. Our thoughts are with all of their loved ones. Now, let’s hear some more of the joyful news about weddings and grandchildren, retirement celebrations, and trips to exotic lands.
Barbara Crossman Bell reminds everyone to stay in touch with items for Scope. Email your news to: firstname.lastname@example.org or she’ll look for snail mail at 218 Candee Avenue, Syracuse, NY 13224.
Harold and I have a new grandson, Colby Alexander Bloom. Colby and his older brother, Max, were both born on the 27th of the month, exactly 27 months apart. Next time we’re in Saratoga, we have a serious number to bet!
Wishing you all a warm and wonderful Spring,
Wendy Berman Bloom
Wendy Berman Bloom
Class Fund Chair
Jane Roberts Alpert
Barbara Crossman Bell
Elizabeth Alligood Good
M. Loring Bradlee
Ann Evans Prince
Carol S. Hammer
Marianne Jones Mount
Elizabeth Miller Grasty
Susan Talmadge Smith
Candice Tasman Varley
Marty Wakeman Proctor