While reading recent updates from Skidmore, I am reminded that this is when prospective students have submitted their applications to the College, and the waiting begins. Who will make up the Class of 2018, and what legacy will that class leave four years from now? Even during the early stages of a student’s relationship with Skidmore it’s about give and take. What opportunities will the College offer, how will students maximize those opportunities and, ultimately, how will each student’s relationship with Skidmore grow and evolve after graduation?
I’m writing to you in my role as fund chair because my ongoing relationship with Skidmore includes volunteering as a fundraiser and connecting our class to the College. I enjoy sharing my thoughts on what is happening at our alma mater and asking you to make your annual gift on behalf of our class.
As I think of the Class of 2018, I wonder how the need for financial aid will shape their decisions and the life of the College. Having the ability to meet the financial need of those who qualify for aid is a great indicator of institutional strength. Skidmore has more than doubled its financial aid budget over the past ten years. I am proud of that, and you should be, too, but there is still work to be done. Annual Fund gifts from alumni like us help to make a Skidmore education accessible to deserving students and continue to strengthen Skidmore for the next generation of students.
Our class has an opportunity to build on its past donor performance and I encourage all of us to boost our class participation to the Annual Fund by making a gift of any amount. Before we know it the Class of 2018 will be stepping into their lives as Skidmore alumni; they will add their stories to ours and become the people with whom we’ll share volunteer time, Celebration Weekends, and other alumni events. Until then, our gifts to Skidmore express our confidence in them, in Skidmore, and
in the value of our own experience. Please join me by making a gift as we welcome all the new beginnings that spring brings.
Diana Kenney Woodhouse, Ph.D., RN
Fund Chair, Class of 1972
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Nancy A. Brennan
Class Fund Chair
Joan Baptie Barkan
Mary Crombie Geer
Roberta Hertz Rifkin
Carol A. Strickland
Martha Pantier Tehan
Jane Feinberg Karlin
Victoria H. Wirth