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board’s chair of career and professional development, and a coach and organizer for a range of career events for students. She is also a member of the Tang Muse- um’s National Advisory Council. With five classmates, she helped found a social and health nonprofit in Ghana. Ellen Rein Goldin ’61 has served both admissions and development. She has been a national advisor and volunteer for Skidmore’s fundraising campaigns and Friends of the Presidents, and she was on the Admissions Task Force. When son Spencer ’93 was at Skidmore, she joined the Parents Council and the board of trustees. She and her husband established an endowed scholarship fund last year.

Sandy Linen Halsey ’56 and her hus- band—parents of Wendy ’82, Anthony ’87, and William ’89—co-chaired the Parents Council. She was also active in regional Skidmore clubs in New Jersey and Connecticut and has been class pres- ident, reunion chair, and fund chair, among other roles.

Joan Agisim Odes ’66 has worked on all her class reunions from fifth to 45th. She has been a class agent, president, fund chair, and Friends of the Presidents chair, as well as a member of the Re- union Giving Program Advisory Council. Among her extensive volunteer and friend circles she counts the classmates of daughter Naomi ’94.

Mike Sposili, director of Skidmore's alumni affairs and college events office, facilitates alumni engagement through Reunion, the Friends of Skid- more Athletics, re- gional gatherings, career networking, travel programs, and the Skidmore Connect online so-

parents to make a lasting impression. Skidmore parents always show their support in a big way. Last year parents gave more than $1 million to the Annual Fund—gifts that strengthen the educational experience for all students.

There’s an easier way for Skidmore Support Skidmore’s Annual Parents Fund

Contact Ann Dejnozka, director of family leadership giving: or 518-580-5635




cial network. Sposili worked with alumni leaders to establish the Colton Alumni Welcome Center, the Skidmore Athletics Hall of Fame, and the Skidmore Business Network, among other initiatives.

Honorary Alumni

The son of benefactor Helen Filene Ladd ’22, Bob Ladd shares his mother’s devo-

tion to her alma mater. Becoming a trustee in 1978, he soon led his family in creating the Filene Music Scholar- ships and Filene guest-artist programs. When the Zankel Music Center was being designed, he helped secure sup- port for its Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall. On the board’s Student Life Com- mittee, he always stayed in close touch with students and their concerns. In 2007 he received the board’s presti- gious Kemball- Cook Award.

Proud father Jim Ricker, with wife

Joyce Benedict Ricker ’69, supported Jason ’91, Justin ’96, and Evan ’97 as ice- hockey and lacrosse players. When the hockey program was nearly axed in 2002, he marshaled major funding in two months, reviving not just the hock- ey team but the Friends of Skidmore Athletics. He and Joyce co-chaired the FOSA Committee from 2003 to 2007,

helping establish the Hall of Fame and key FOSA events that unite alumni, coaches, and current athletes in new collaborations. He is now playing a key role in developing Skidmore’s athletic facilities master plan.

Palamountain Award for Young Alumni Achievement Jessa Blades ’01 is a pioneer in the eco- beauty movement. A makeup artist who has researched safer cosmetic ingredi- ents, she founded Blades Natural Beauty in 2008, providing makeup in the fash- ion and beauty industry. Blades consults for the nonprofits Teens Turning Green and Campaign for Safe Cosmetics and often appears in and Whole Living, Natural Health, Organic Spa, and Elegant Bride magazines. In 2009 she was one of Glamour’s “70 Amazing Eco- Heroes.” She says Skidmore encouraged her to combine psychology, art, business, and sociology. “My professors taught me that everything was connected, and I took them up on it.” —MM, SR

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