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any words could describe Wendy L. Wilson ’96: Successful. Determined.


Powerful. But you won’t hear her using any of them herself. “Writing always came easily to me,” she says. “Except when writing about myself. That’s not so easy for me to do.” Currently the news editor at Essence maga- zine, Wilson attributes her rise in the publishing


or police measures, and whether terrorists are more like soldiers or civilians. Jens is a member of an international working group, centered in The Hague, which is codifying rules and principles of interna- tional criminal procedure, and he has consulted for foreign governments and law firms on human rights, white-collar crime, antitrust, and other matters. He blogs at www.LieberCode.org. ANN MARIE PRZYWARA 45 CASTLEWOOD DRIVE SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866-5823 APRZYWAR@SKIDMORE.EDU


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world to motivation and determination. As a stu- dent she worked for the Skidmore News and Health Services’ newsletter Hip, Happening & Healthy, served as a peer tutor in the English department’s writing lab, and eventually landed an internship at the Saratogian. By her senior year she was editing Hip, Happening & Healthy and working as head resident of Wait Hall. Later, enrolled in NYU’s graduate program in journalism, Wilson landed simultaneous intern- ships with George and InStyle magazines. “I nearly lost my mind,” she recalls, but the double duty paid off. At InStyle she met an editor for Teen People, who offered her an assistant posi- tion that led to a job as staff writer. From there she moved to Essence, the magazine she’d al - ways dreamed of working for. Along with over- seeing and editing features, profiles, and special reports, she has interviewed the likes of Bill Cosby, Maya Angelou, Queen Latifah, Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, and Spike Lee. But her favorite person to interview is the everyday man or woman “whose voice and story rarely ever gets heard.”


The daughter of Jamaican immigrants, Wilson


says her work ethic comes from her parents. “They always told me that mediocrity was not acceptable and that education was the most important thing. There were many times when I didn’t think I would make it—I don’t want anyone to think this was easy—but with support from family and friends, I got through it.” And ended up in her dream job.


—Daniella Nordin


Skidmore archaeology professor Heather Hurst helped unearth a


new Maya site that includes figure paint- ings, plus numbers and calculations relat- ed to the Maya calendar and astronomy cycles. The excavation and documenta- tion (Heather created reproductions of the mural art) were reported in the June National Geographic magazine. ALUMNI AFFAIRS OFFICE SKIDMORE COLLEGE 815 N. BROADWAY SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866


Allain and executive director Sue Kess ler ’99 received an Obie award for their work with the Bush wick Starr per for mance venue in Brooklyn. The award honors their artistic achievements and excellence and includes a grant to support their endeavors. MICHELE ROTHSTEIN 1030 HIGHLAND LAKE CIRCLE DECATUR, GA 30033-3457 MDROTHSTEIN@GMAIL.COM


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Amanda Larson and Jim O’Ma - hony were married Septem ber 17,


2011, in Cazeno via, NY. The couple is grateful to Skidmore College and Reunion ’09 for bringing them back together. They were together during senior year and the year after graduation but hadn’t seen each other in nine years when they reconnect- ed unexpectedly at Reunion. Alumni in attendance at their wedding included Heather McDonald Rose, Laurence Scudder, Abigail Geddes Maselli ’98, Skye MacLeod, Alexx Shilling, Julio Montero ’00, and Felix Rivera. Catherine Burke and Daniel Harris O’Malley were married May 5 in Aus tin, TX. Bridesmaids included Angelique


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In May artistic director Noel


Jenks-Brown and Carrie Welt ’00. Ushers included Lance Brown and Dan Carroll ’00. Also in attendance was Tom Burke ’03.


In May Sue Kessler (executive director)


and Noel Allain ’98 (artistic director) received an Obie award for their work with the Bushwick Starr performance venue in Brooklyn. The award honors their artistic achievements and excellence and includes a grant to support their endeavors. Alameda (CA) Unified School District selected Chris Hansen as its teacher of the year and its candidate for county and statewide awards. Chris is an eighth-grade core-program teacher at Lincoln Middle School, where he’s coached the boys’ bas- ketball and Ultimate Frisbee teams. The award was announced in May; the awards ceremony will be October 4 at the Castro Valley Center for the Arts. NANCY MAGNUS 9300 PRETORIA PLACE DULLES, VA 20189-9300 MAGNUSNANCY@GMAIL.COM


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University Glee Club of NYC concert at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center. Andy says, “I joined the group because Ni - cole Martinez told me to; one of her older brothers is in the group.” Andy also met Christopher Gingrich ’08 in the club; they both sing tenor 1. At the end of every concert, the group sings songs from the colleges its members have at -


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