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Celebration Weekend '08

Posted: 10/23/2008

Parents and family members of current students, and young alumni from the four most recent graduating classes were among the nearly 2,000 guests on campus Oct. 17-19 for Celebration Weekend 2008. The turnout was one of the largest in recent history.

A beautiful fall weekend — and a campus bustling with activity — welcomed visitors, who came from as far away as Tokyo. Among the highlights were such traditional activities as the President’s Open House, hosted by President Phil and Marie Glotzbach, the wildly popular mini-college classes, walking tours of the campus, and bus tours of Saratoga Springs.

The Friends of Skidmore Athletics hosted the fifth annual Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the men’s soccer team, cheered by the home crowd, decisively won both its matches. The Skidmore Orchestra — with guest artist Nathan Barr ’95 — drew a standing room crowd. Barr, who composes for film and TV, presented his original scores for two movies and performed on a glass harmonica, made from a series of glass bowls. Another graduate, MacArthur Foundation-grant winner Heather Hurst ’97, talked about the vigor and brilliance of Maya artwork, which she has helped to resurrect.

More than 100 people participated in the 15th annual Celebration 5K Run-Walk, with proceeds benefiting the Saratoga Economic Opportunity Council’s food programs, and a “Creative Thought Matters” pumpkin carving contest was enthusiastically received.

Photos by: Peter Wan '95, Andrew Plotsky '09, Phil Scalia, Chris Weigl '11, Rachel Roderman '09, Maddie Sullivan '11

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