The Campaign at Work
The Creative Thought Bold Promise campaign's impact is already being felt in many ways.
Arthur Zankel Music Center
As part of a $42M estate gift from Trustee Arthur Zankel, $15 million will serve as the lead gift for a new state-of-the-art music facility to be located near the front entrance of the Skidmore campus. Named the Arthur Zankel Music Center, the nearly 54,000-square-foot building, designed by EwingCole, will include three distinct components: a recital hall, an academic wing, and a spacious lobby that will serve as a connector between the two. The 600-seat concert hall, designed to accommodate a wide array of performances and events, will feature superb acoustics and a full-height glass wall behind the stage, overlooking campus green space. This facility will become a valued cultural resource not only for the College but for the entire region.
Student Health and Wellness
A $500K commitment from Judy ’57 and Walter Shipley will help endow a program aimed at drug and alcohol education and intervention. The Shipley Intervention and Research Fund will provide funding for programs and research designed to reduce the use of alcohol and other drugs among our student body and to evaluate the effectiveness of these programs.
John and Bettina ’42 Moore are continuing to honor the legacy of John’s father, President Henry Moore, by providing funding for Moore Commons in the new Northwoods Village residential complex. The commons area will be a gathering space for students and will allow for outdoor recreation and community events.
Supporting the ideals of shared social space and healthy lifestyles, a $500K gift from S. Donald Sussman in honor of his daughter Emily Sussman, helped fund Emily’s Garden, the vegetarian and vegan dining area in the newly renovated Murray-Aikins Dining Hall.
New Athletic Fields
Thanks to gifts from the Wachenheim Family and 15 other parents and alumni, six of our teams are playing on new fields this year (two soccer teams, the field hockey team, two lacrosse teams, and the softball team).
Skidmore Ohio Student Opportunity Program (Kettering)
A gift from Susan Williamson ’59 and the Kettering Fund has allowed us to expand our opportunity programs to the state of Ohio. Skidmore received 91 inquiries last fall from students attending one of the three Ohio partnership schools. This resulted in 18 applications. We ultimately enrolled 3 students from our Ohio partnership schools: 2 from Cincinnati School for the Creative and Performing Arts, Matthew Brauch '10 and Kallie Day '10, and one from the Cleveland School of Arts, Chantrice Ollie '10. This represents a 50 percent yield on our offers of admissions, a substantial difference from the College's overall yield of 26. This program helps make it possible for deserving but underserved students from Ohio to attend, and succeed at, Skidmore College.
A grant from the Andrew Mellon Foundation has allowed the Tang to strengthen the links between the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery and the College’s curriculum by making thousands of objects in the Tang's permanent collections digitally available to faculty and students for enhanced, object-based teaching and learning.
An additional $200,000 grant from the Mellon Foundation in support of Skidmore's First-year Experience has already made the following possible:
Residencies: Gregory Howard Williams, author of the summer reading Life on the Color Line, visited campus on September 20th, met with students, conducted a book-signing, and gave a spectacular talk addressing race, diversity, adversity and perseverance. Richard Danielpour, composer of the opera Margaret Garner (with librettist Toni Morrison), visited campus twice last winter, conducting workshops and making presentations on the issues his powerful work addresses – race, slavery, and class – in preparation for a visit in the spring where Danielpour and members of the cast of the opera will conduct master classes and present portions of the work.
Visiting speakers (co-sponsorship): Gary Nash (Phi Beta Kappa speaker) and Tim Wise (author of White Like Me).
Workshops for faculty: On FY seminar development; on student writing; on mentoring; on leading discussions in seminars; on peer mentoring.
Assessment: Developed an assessment team of faculty and administrators to examine Orientation; student writing; faculty and peer mentoring; the impact of the FYE on staffing.
First-Year Symposium: Planning is underway for May presentations by first-year students of the work done in fall FYE seminars (in conjunction with the College's annual Academic Festival, an all-day event featuring presentations by students in all four classes, and typically with under-representation from first-year students).
Chemical Heritage Foundation/ Dreyfus Foundation
A partnership with, and a $100,000 grant from, the Chemical Heritage Foundation, as well as a $55,000 grant from the Camille and Henry Dreyfus Foundation, has allowed us to begin intensive planning and preparation from Molecules That Matter, a probing, interdisciplinary exhibition on molecular synthesis.
The Malloy Curator at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
Through a gift of $1.5 million, Susan Rabinowitz Malloy ’45 has endowed the curator position at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery. The current chair-holder is Ian Berry. Susan has been involved with Skidmore for many years and currently sits on the Tang National Advisory Committee.
A campaign gift from Jane Greenberg ’81 will fund the Greenberg Middle East Scholar program in conjunction with Ben Gurion University. This residency brings noted Israeli scholars to Skidmore who, through teaching, lecturing, and participation in the life of the institution, educate Skidmore and the surrounding communities on a range of topics concerning political life in the Middle East. We’ve hosted several scholars already and her gift will allow us to continue this exchange for years to come.
The Class of 1961 established a term chair in honor of their 45th Reunion. The $750k gift will provide support for a faculty chair for five years. The recipient of the chair is Denise Smith, Professor of Exercise Science. Professor Smith has already met with members of the class at reunion and is working to arrange a class symposium in June for class members.
Support for Students with Learning Disabilities
A gift from parents, Steve and Maribelle Leavitt ’07, will help to provide additional support for students with learning disabilities, including the development of programming and student services.
Student Collaborative Research
A gift from Felicia Axelrod ’62, world expert on a rare genetic disease called pediatric dysautonomia, will help fund collaborative research projects in the sciences. Her gift combines an outright component allowing us to fund a team immediately – and an endowed portion, ensuring our ability to continue these opportunities for students in the future.
Exhibition Fund at the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery
An anonymous donor committed $1 million to establish an endowed exhibition fund for the Tang in honor of retired professor Tad Kuroda. This fund will help support the Tang’s full and varied exhibition schedule.
Class of 2006 Endowed Scholarship
Established by the families of students graduating in 2006, the endowed scholarship fund will provide support for student financial aid. The fund will also help to accomplish the goal of helping to teach the Class of 2006 alumni about the importance of philanthropy and giving back to the College. They will be able to contribute to the fund going forward and will also have opportunities to learn about the current students who are the recipients of the endowed scholarship funds. This concept of transitional philanthropy was very important to co-chairs of the effort, John and Pamela Humphrey, as well as the rest of the volunteer committee.