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raising. Derek loves the job. He has met privately with the governor of Illinois, the mayor of Chicago, the president of Cook County, and other elected officials and feels he has “jump-started” his political career and learned a lot. He plans to apply to grad school and delve deeper into poli- tics after the 2012 elections. Last August Hillary Winans graduated

from Northeastern University with a mas- ter’s in accounting and an MBA. She works at PriceWaterhouse Coopers in Boston and loves her job. David Butler enjoys living in NYC and catching up with local friends Brendan Duggan, Keith Petri, David Engel, Melissa Ross, and Meredith Hackman. Anastasia Soetanto lives in Brooklyn

and works for ZenithOptimedia as an assistant integrated planner for digital and print advertising. Daniel Haro spent the first night of Hanukkah with Rachel Laing in Madrid, Spain, where he works at a school. He next hopes to study in Denmark. In NYC, Gregory DelliCarpini is fash-

ion editor for, Z!nk Maga- zine, and Social Life Magazine. Daniel Jacobson is a bilingual criminal investigator for the State of New Jersey’s public defender’s office. Aliza Travis lives in Saratoga Springs. She is in her second semester at Sage Graduate School, pursuing a master’s in counseling and community psychology, and she works part-time at Saratoga Hos- pital as a mental-health therapy assistant. During the summers she has been a trip leader for a teen travel program, leading five-week trips to Japan and Australia. If you’re looking for Leah Werner- Evans, you’ll find her in Istanbul, Turkey Leah spent most of 2011 on a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Thailand, where she taught at a boarding school. “I absolutely loved my time in Thailand and became really close with my students,” she says. “It was so hard to say good-bye ” Afterward she and five friends explored Cambodia, Vietnam, Laos, and Bali—and ate a lot of good food. After being back in the US for the holidays, Leah embarked on a new adventure in Istanbul: being an au pair for a 7-year-old boy.

After graduation Arielle Bernard relo- cated to Manhattan to train with Romana’s Pilates gurus, and after 600 hours of practice she earned her full instructor certification. Now back in Saratoga, she is teaching private and group classes. She is also program coordi- nator for Mediation Matters, a local non-

profit that helps individuals resolve their own disputes. Johanna Barr is a news editor at the Huffington Post, focusing on politics. She is thrilled to be contributing to the online publication’s election coverage and ex- pects many sleepless nights between now and November. She lives in Manhattan. Sayed Sarchashmah lives in Washing- ton, DC, where he is enrolled in the secu- rity studies program at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service. Sayed was sec- retary to the Afghan Ambassador Eklil Hakimi and is now security consultant at the Embassy of Afghanistan. Amanda Wachtel is enjoying her sec- ond year of medical school at the Univer- sity of Buffalo, where she is president of the Surgery Interest Group. Victoria Malaney (vmalaney1@gmail) lives in Albany, NY, where she is in her second year as an AmeriCorps-VISTA vol- unteer. During her first year she worked for Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Albany, writing grants and developing a mentoring program for women who have been incarcerated. Currently a VISTA leader at Siena College, she coordinates training and enrichment for 30 VISTA members working in the Capital Region. She has applied to several PhD programs in sociology. Victoria would love to catch up with classmates living in or visiting the Saratoga area.

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end, and I am looking forward to having a new adventure I have enjoyed visits from such illustrious grads as Mary Hurd, who is back from Skidmore’s Teach in China program, and Max Nager, who works for AmeriCorps in Vicksburg. I had a wonderful Boston Thanksgiving and a wonderful NYC New Year’s, both spent with a plethora of Skidmore grads. It is great to see so many of our classmates doing fabulous things—Anne Wisan just started the NYC Teaching Fellows pro- gram, Jakob Schenker is back from a year abroad, and Andy Garlick and Jess Thorn enjoy teaching elementary school in Boston. Almost nothing gives me more joy than hearing from all of you, as I real- ize that we truly are making Creative Thought Matter. CLAIRE SOLOMON 1715 MYRTLE STREET JACKSON, MS 39202-1336 CLAIRE.A.SOLOMON@GMAIL.COM


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In Memoriam Alumni

Florence Edner Kaufman ’29 of Youngs- town, OH, died February 21, 2008. A his- tory major, she was director of sales for a large furniture store for many years. Ac- tive in civic life, she volunteered for the Jewish Community Center and the Heri- tage Manor Retirement Community. She was also a dedicated supporter of the College. She is survived by four grandchil- dren and 12 great-grandchildren. Husband Oscar, her daughter, and a stepson prede- ceased her.

Florence Ketchum Pilgrim ’32 of Lacey

Township, NJ, died March 18, 2011. A his- tory major, she also earned a bachelor’s in library science and a master’s in history from Columbia University. She enjoyed a long career as a librarian, during which time she also worked for the New York Stock Exchange. In retirement she served on the boards of the local women’s club, Friends of the Library, and Garden State Symphony League. She is survived by three daughters. Her husband, Hans, pre- deceased her.


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