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Who They Are...

David Levine '91: David Levine '91 believes in hakarat hatov, "recognizing the good," and feels strongly about repaying—and paying forward—his blessings.In 2000 Alan Mark '76 introduced Levine and wife Julie to the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco....Read more

Johanna Barr '10: Johanna Barr '10 is busy these days. The English major and government minor is a full-time news editor at the Huffington Post, a leading online news aggregator, while also studying for a master's degree in journalism at Columbia University....Read more

Tina Olsen '65: In our very competitive world, Tina Garber Olsen '65 believes that "working together as equals feels more humane." Her distaste for competition dates back to grade school and contrasts starkly with childhood visits to her Mennonite uncle's family farm in Pennsylvania, where Olsen was drawn to the sense of community and "the seeming lack of tension as they worked very hard but peacefully together," she recalls....Read more

Nelle Hotchkiss '85: From Hurricane Irene to political storms over energy policy, Nelle Hotchkiss '85 has weathered them all. As senior VP of corporate relations for the North Carolina Association of Electric Cooperatives, she works in PR and marketing, education, and job training to advance the cause of co-op electric utilities, which are usually formed by residents of rural areas that commercial utility firms view as too unprofitable to serve....Read more

Jill Durovsik '78: Jill Holler Durovsik '78 has held several corporate management positions for Merrill Lynch and other companies in the Northeast, and in 1988 she founded her own business, Corporate Concierge Inc. But after becoming a mother in 1991, she wanted more flexibility with her time, and she was moved by the isolation that her mother felt when dying of cancer in 1986, so she started working with the Philadelphia Wellness Community, now called Cancer Support Community....Read more

Sharon Anglum-Storrs '71: Sharon Anglum-Storrs '71 describes her new business as "mommy boot camp."  She and her partner will provide labor and lactation coaching, nutrition and childbirth education, and referrals to doctors and counselors....Read more

Zach Gage '07: Zach Gage '07 isn't content to make art that invites audience interaction. His creations demand it....Read more

Andrea Roman Alfaro '12: Participation in decision-making is a key priority for business professionals ranging from politicians to educators to corporate partners. It's also a priority for Andrea Roman Alfaro '12, Skidmore student and 2011 United Nations youth delegate....Read more

Andrea Roman Alfaro '12: Participation in decision-making is a key priority for business professionals ranging from politicians to educators to corporate partners. It's also a priority for Andrea Roman Alfaro '12, Skidmore student and 2011 United Nations youth delegate....Read more

Ann Kahl '51: This summer Ann Hammel Kahl '51 started storing away some of the 500 trophies and medals that were overrunning her Florida home. While she was at it, she retired a T-shirt her son had given her when she turned 80 in favor of an updated version that reads "You have just been passed by an 83-year-old....Read more

The Journey

How has your journey of academic discovery at Skidmore helped to shape who you are today?

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David Levine '91 (Economics)

David Levine '91"My academic experience was transformative in so many ways. I realized early in my Freshman year that questioning was both expected and encouraged. This was a new learning model for me. My academic experience also brought a new model to the student-teacher relationship. The relationships we had with faculty were so unique. Faculty tested our limits both in and out of the classroom. They helped us learn about what we value and who we are.

I apply both these principles to how I operate and how I encourage our employees to operate and how I want our children to learn."

Posted: 08/10/2012

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Johanna Barr '10 (English)

Johanna Barr '10"One of the reasons I chose Skidmore was because I knew it would give me the freedom to study everything I was interested in. I began my freshman year planning to be a pre-med theater major and graduated as an English major and government minor. Along the way, I took classes in biology, psychology, anthropology, history and dance. I like to think that I'm an open-minded, well-rounded and intellectually curious person, and a lot of that is thanks to the four years I spent at Skidmore."

Posted: 08/06/2012

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Tina Olsen '65 (Art)

Tina Olsen '65"I majored in art and was very fortunate to have teachers who helped me "see." I had teachers who introduced me to Buddhism, who fed my intellectual curiosity, who nurtured my creative hungering. And I found friends who have been a support throughout my life."

Posted: 08/06/2012

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Nelle Hotchkiss '85 (Government)

Nelle Hotchkiss '85"Having the privilege to attend a small liberal arts institution as special as Skidmore College had a significant impact on my development as a person and in my career. Values and moral fortitude, on display by faculty and upperclassmen in both formal and informal settings, shaped my current beliefs and guided recent actions. Fascinating academic challenges and topics of discussion ignited interest in a multitude of interests I have today."

Posted: 08/06/2012

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Jill Durovsik '78 (Government)

Jill Durovsik '78"I look back at my years at Skidmore as some of the most fulfilling times of my life. Having college-aged children today, I can see the enormous role college plays in shaping the lives of young adults. And Skidmore was a vital building block in my appreciation of family, friends and career. At Skidmore it was cool to be smart and creative as I'm sure it is today. As wonderful as Skidmore was in the late 1970's, I am so impressed with how the school has grown."

Posted: 08/06/2012

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Sharon Anglum-Storrs '71 (Foreign Language)

Sharon Anglum-Storrs '71"It really gave me a thirst for travel and learning and to never stop doing those things."

Posted: 08/06/2012

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Zach Gage '07 (Art)

Zach Gage '07"Skidmore taught me a lot of things, but most important for what I do now, it enriched my understanding of Art in a pretty profound way. The faculty gave me an incredible amount of space to explore the way I wanted, but enough guidance to put me on the road to great things. The Skidmore Art Dept, especially Deb Hall, Richard Linke, and Evangelos Courpas, were really incredible. I've met a lot of art grads and seen a lot of art programs in my brief time beyond Skidmore, and I've always been amazed at how lucky I was to get the education I got. Giving someone space to explore is paradoxically the easiest and the hardest part of teaching, and Skidmore did it very well."

Posted: 08/06/2012

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Andrea Roman Alfaro '12 (Sociology, Government)

Andrea Roman Alfaro '12"I came to Skidmore thinking that I wanted to major in sociology. I knew that I had to study something that would help me relate to people, understand society. I chose sociology and government because I thought they would prepare me to comprehend both sides of the relationship between structure and agency, between the individual and the state.

Both majors provided me with the necessary material, background, and experience to relate my own academic experience to my outside life. They gave me the chance to expand my horizons and be aware of what is happening around me. I think that the decision I have made and the way I address my life, my experiences, my relationships with other have been shaped by those long reading I had to do, the essays that pushed me to think even further, and the discussions I had with my peers in and outside of class.

Furthermore, professors have been a great resource and support for me. They did not only help me inside of the classroom but the time they take to sit down with you and discuss your ideas and prospects are absolutely valuable for your academic process. My academic discovery is never ending. It starts in the classroom and among those hundreds o books, but it keeps going in the lectures, conversations, and confrontations with other students."

Posted: 08/05/2012

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Ann Kahl '51 (Art)

Ann Kahl '51"Going to Skidmore was totally enlightening in every way. My high school was the Washington Cathedral School for Girls, which was a very good academic school, but there was still an awful lot I didn't know. And when I got to Skidmore I learned so much. Every class I took, every teacher was inspiring. I'll tell you, not a day goes by that something doesn't refer me back to something I learned at Skidmore. I kid you not."

Posted: 08/01/2012