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drew 35 brand-new grads into the giving society, reports Judy Allen Wilson ’69, the alumni board’s FOP chair. Craig Hy- land and his fellow young-alumni com- petitors also saw their FOP ranks ex- pand. (The FOP scale now starts at $100 for alumni in their first four years after graduation and rises stepwise to $2,000 for those 20 or more years past their graduation.) Wilson knows that another FOP key is “peer-to-peer asks” by class volunteers, so she got a list of alumni in reunion classes who might be willing to fill vacant posts as their FOP chairs, and she start- ed dialing. Calling from her West Coast time zone “to reach alumni on the East Coast whom I’d never met was a challenge,” she says,


“but it was wonderful when I got a ‘Yes!’ I was able to enlist new FOP chairs for several classes.” Wilson’s reliance on Skidmore aid during her student days bred her commitment to ensuring that Skidmore can keep providing the same opportunities to future students.


Major gifts


PROF. HENRY GALANT ARRANGED HIS WILL TO PROVIDE LIBRARY FUNDS AND STUDENT AID.


Among the notable one-time gifts this year, nearly $750,000 was received from the estate of Professor Emeritus Henry Galant, a leading light of Skidmore’s government department from 1954 to 1986. He and his late wife, Eleanor, had donated to book funds in Skidmore’s li- brary, and their friends and colleagues had named the Galant Reading Room for them, so it was no surprise that his bequest included $145,000 for the Galant Book Fund. As former provost Dave Marcell, remarks, “Henry’s warmth and concern for students and his energy in the class- room were legendary.” So it’s also no wonder that Galant specified some $480,000 for the Galant Scholarship Fund, an en- dowment to generate stu- dent aid in perpetuity. Marcell adds, “Henry per-


sonified what it meant to be a Skidmore faculty member.”


Another $750,000 came from parents Margaret and Michael Valentine, as lead funding for a new boathouse. They say being a Skidmore rower was a great ex- perience for their daughter Martha ’09,


SENIOR-CLASS GIFT CHAIRS JARED GREENBAUM ’11 AND ALEX STARK ’11


and they wanted to support the crew program for years to come. Their gift is the largest to an individual athletics pro- gram in Skidmore’s history. For more on the boathouse plans, see page 7. For boathouses, scholarships, or day- to-day operations, Hyland speaks for many donors when he explains, “Skid- more means so much to us that helping raise funds is a small way to show my gratitude.” —SR


FALL 2011 SCOPE 29


CALDER WILSON ’11


PHIL SCALIA


CHARLIE SAMUELS


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