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Even the goal-setting involved some improv. First, Skidmore’s trustees and development officers weighed prior campaign re- sults—for example, the 1990s Journey Campaign’s $86 million— along with feasibility research about current and future goals. The math led them to around $140 million. But to reach a sum that could be dramatically transformative, they had to add an extra factor that they dubbed LOF, or leap of faith. Tracy Barlok, who became the campaign’s director, says the


courage for that leap was provided by trustees likeWilma “Bil- lie” Stein Tisch ’48, Susan KetteringWilliamson ’59, and Sara Lee Schupf ’62, who served as campaign co- chairs, alongwith early co-chair John How- ley ’80, former and current board chairs Sue Corbet Thomas ’62 and Janet LucasWhitman ’59, prior cam- paign leader Joan Layng Dayton ’63, advancement-committee chair Polly Skogsberg Kisiel ’62, and finance experts Myles Cane and Arthur Zankel. Tisch recalls that it was Zankelwho tipped the scales: “As the steering committee was wrestlingwith our perceived capacity to meet our aspira- tional goal, Arthur tossed out the awesome figure of $200 million, grinned his special grin, and went back to his of- fice.” That number, Zankel said, didn’t answer “What do you think you can raise?” but instead “What is it that you need?” The larger goal was soon embraced by all, and strategic aspiration became firm reality.


dents, faculty, parents,andothers.


VISIBLE TRANS- FORMATIONS Shapedbythevisionanddi rec tion of thepresident’s office, “Cre- ativeThoughtBoldPromise”waspublicly launched in 2006. It sought$50million in each of four areas: academic initiatives across thecurriculumandintheTangTeachingMuseum;financial aidandstudent academic support; thecampusenvironment, in- cluding theArthur ZankelMusic Centerandenhancementsto ath- letics, student residences, andthedininghall;andunrestricted resources in the endowmentandthe annualfund. Butmanyof the mostimportant campaigngoals weren’tmonetary. For Michael Casey, vice president for advancement, “inmanyways, thiscam- paignwas about changing ourcommunity’s sense of self.”He wantedto channel thecampaign’s outreach andenergy to help build Skidmore’s overallcommunityspirit in lastingways—from inspiringmorevolunteerengagementtostrengtheningalumnire- lationships to sparkingnewcollaborationsamongalumni, stu-


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THE CAMPAIGN’S IMPACTS ON CAMPUS INCLUDE THE ARTHUR ZANKEL MUSIC CENTER, WACHENHEIM FIELD, AND A STRIKING MAKEOVER OF THE DINING HALL


The largest single facility funded by the campaign was the Arthur Zankel Music Center, at nearly 55,000 square feet and costing $32.5 million. Supplementing the lead gift from the es- tate of the trustee and Skidmore parent, hundreds of individuals and groups supported the creation of the impressive academic facility and regional arts venue, which opened last winter. Other major gifts enabled Skidmore to launch or enhance a wide range of programs, such as: • Tang Museum programs to further gallery-classroom in- tegrations (from an Andrew W. Mellon Founda- tion challenge grant fulfilled by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund; Oscar Tang, fa- ther of Kristin ’92; and other donors) • specialized electron microscopes (from the foundation of Crea So- pher Lintilhac ’74 and the Na- tional Science Foundation) • Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall inside Arthur Zankel Music Center, and Thomas Amphithe- ater outside it (given by the Fi- lene Foundation and family members of Helen Filene Ladd ’22, and by Sue Thomas ’62 and husband Charlie) • the Zankel’s technical man- ager, the events coordinator for the Zankel’s multifaceted and multisponsored offerings, plus maintenance and operation funds (from the Zankel estate and other gifts) • geographic information sys- tems lab, with mapping soft- ware and equipment (supported by the George I. Alden Trust) • high-tech equipment for in- terdisciplinary analytics and re- search (from an NSF grant)


• stipends to support student-faculty teams in intensive summer research projects (from donors such as Felicia Axelrod ’62 and husband Robert, Sara Lee Schupf ’62 and husband Axel, and Carol Little Weg ’64 and husband Ken)


• Malloy Curator chair for the Tang Museum (given by Susan Rabinowitz Malloy ’45)


• Tang exhibitions Molecules That Matter, Lives of the Hudson, and many others (through Friends of the Tang donations, founda- tion grants, and the Kuroda Exhibition Fund established in honor of Professor Emeritus of History Tad Kuroda)


• more and larger financial aid awards for some 1,000 students each year (from 35 new permanently endowed funds and more than 500 new annual scholarship funds)


• new academic program in arts administration, including a pro- gram director (from the Zankel estate)


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