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CREATIVE THOUGHT He got game Z


ach Gage ’07 isn’t content to make art that invites audience interaction. His creations


demand it. In fact, many of his works have proven downright addictive, thanks to his blur- ring (or ignoring) the distinction between studio art and electronic gaming. Gage is interested in points of contact be -


tween people and digital technology—computers, smart phones, and especially games. His cre- ations include gallery installations with gaming


her with saint-like awe and admiration: she helped rebuild the school into a state- of-the-art facility. She is remembered as brilliant and creative, and she taught stu- dents the importance of giving selflessly to others and being a citizen of the world.” That principal turned out to be Mary Lee Fisher ’67. Also Michael found that the school’s head librarian, with whom he worked to perfect the mural, is also a Skiddie—Carol Hinman Ramsey ’71. He says, “Carol and I reminisced about Skid more: she told me all about the old campus and how she and Mary Lee always said, ‘The boys ruined everything!’ Ha ha!” After serving in South Africa with the


Peace Corps, Jessyca Dudley returned to Chicago and earned an MPH in maternal and child health this year. She is now a research specialist with the Section on Family Planning and Contra cep tive Research at the University of Chicago. ALEXANDRA RAVENER FEIGMAN 43 VALENTINE AVENUE GLEN COVE, NY 11542-4127 AFEIGMAN@GMAIL.COM


elements and elegant touch-screen games. He makes no artistic distinction between the forms his work takes: “It’s all studio art,” he says. His 2011 exhibition Killing Spree had viewers taking digital photos of themselves, which then appeared as enemy soldiers in a first-person- shooter video game. Audience members scored points by blasting doppelgangers of their fellow visitors in the exhibit space. Another creation, SynthPond, is a hypnotic “audio toy” that lets users make music by arranging ripples in a vir- tual body of water. It became a business venture as well as an artistic one when it ranked as a surprise hit at Apple’s online app store. Gage has since created more touchscreen games, and in early 2012 he officially formed a company to publish them.


Looking back on his Skidmore experiences, Gage says a big takeaway was learning that cre- ation doesn’t always require a plan. He liked “the idea of beginning projects and not really consid- ering what they’re going to be when you start.” That approach, central to the way he works today, served him well as he merged his love of games and art at Parsons School of Design, where he received an MFA in 2010. But mostly, he concludes, “It’s really hard to


say what was important at Skidmore, because it was all so important.” —Jim Akin ’84


Apple Foundation, working to inspire and support teacher excellence in Illinois, es - pecially at schools in need. Corryn Carey received a master’s in con - struction administration from Colum bia. She works for Gilbane and lives in NYC. After four years helping music supervisor Julianne Kelley Jordan ’91 choose music for feature films (New Year’s Eve, Valentine’s Day, Red, Alvin and the Chip munks), Jessica Neilson is back at school this fall to get her MEd in counseling and guidance with a focus in higher ed. First, however, she had plans to conquer Tanza nia’s Mt. Kili - manjaro for charity this summer. Laura Olstad married Jeff Blankstein


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’05 in Napa, CA, on June 2. Alums in at - tendance included Dana Martin ’05, Tracy Murrin-vonEbers ’05, Michael Grazewski ’05, Matt Waldenberg ’05, Shane Minte ’10, Erica Kushnir, Patrick Dimon ’04, Emily English, Corryn Carey, Natasha Stefanik, Coleman Bello ’05, Roland Kielman ’09, Matt Subilia ’05, Mia Fedel ’06, Lisa Kranz ’06, Dyllan Beck ’05, and Rachel Eisenhauer ’08. Ivy Lehner earned a master’s of science


in teaching, with honors, from Pace Uni - versity and was inducted into Kappa Delta Pi, the international education honor so - ciety. She is head teacher of ninth- and tenth-grade mathematics at the Churchill School in Manhattan.


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In March Ryan Hannon joined the associates board of the Golden


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new field hockey coach is Jessica Ber - gen, who played in two NCAA tournaments at Skid more. She had been head coach at Southwick High School in Mas - sachusetts for two years and formerly an assistant coach at Springfield College. Jessica says she’s “particularly excited about the recruiting side of coaching.” KELLY GENOIS KGENOIS@GMAIL.COM


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school in soil biogeochemistry at Stanford University. Erin Kenison attends Montana State.


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She’s studying anthropogenic effects on the amphibian populations of Montana, working toward a master’s in ecology. SHANNON HASSETT SHANNON.HASSETT@GMAIL.COM


ec static to start. Jesse Kovarsky has been in London, where he graduated and got his master’s in performance at Trinity Laban Conser - vatory for Music and Dance. He immedi- ately began working as a featured dancer in the movie Anna Karenina directed by Jow Wright, due out in September. He then played Omar in The Death of Kling - hoffer at the English National Opera, per- formed a duet by Russell Maliphant at Sadlers Wells Theatre in London, and recently he performed with Junk Ensem - ble at the Dublin Dance Festival. He is embarking on new works and traveling the world. Gracie Winschel published her latest research from her graduate studies at the University of Michigan in the Journal of the American Chemical Society. She com- pleted her master’s in organic chemistry with straight A’s, and is now officially a PhD candidate. Theo Gordon left his job as a snow- board instructor in Aspen, CO, for a posi- tion as a computer scientist with the Navy in Charleston, SC. Michael Goldsmith transferred to Southwestern Law School in Los Angeles,


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