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Skidmore fan club that includes Portia Sampson-Knapp, Rachel Elias, and Me - lissa Ross, among others. Tara is a 2L at Brooklyn Law School, and Keith runs a small consulting firm made up of primari- ly Skidmore grads. His clients are located across the country, mostly in the hospital- ity industry. Starry Krueger is pursuing a master’s in elementary education at the University of New Haven. As part of the program, she’s a full-time intern at Beecher Road School in Woodbridge, CT, where she observes and teaches in pre-K through sixth-grade classrooms. She also volunteers as a coach with the Future Project, “a national exper- iment in human potential” that pairs urban high schoolers with mentors to help transform students’ dreams into action. Starry recently fulfilled a long- standing dream herself: sitting front row at a Regina Spektor concert with Leah Cohen ’11. She loves visiting fellow alums in Connecticut and NYC. Emma Blumer is in her third and final


year at New York Law School. Her law review article received the Best Case Com - ment Award and was selected for publica- tion; it’s viewable at nylslawreview.com/ wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2012/10/ Beinor-v-Industrial-Claims.pdf. Emma’s horse Liam is still causing trouble and is happier than ever. Sonia Segal-Smith is in her final year


at Suffolk Law School. She enjoyed going back to Skidmore for the swim team’s alumni meet and seeing Heather Fried - man and Tom Saglimbeni. Lindsay Jackson Brown is a branch office administrator at Edward Jones in Stamford, CT. In May she married Andrew Brown, who went to Albany College of Pharmacy. She recently enjoyed seeing Kyle Bogaert, Evan Warshaw, Peter Achenbaum, and Brittany Pettit ’09 and hopes to see more Skiddies soon! Haley Wulfman has been in NYC for three years, and in August she became an art teacher at Success Academy Harlem 2, a high-needs urban charter school serving East Harlem. She is also working to finish her MA in art education at Collumbia’s Teachers College. Over the summer, she spent two weeks studying Japanese tex- tiles at the Haystack Mountain School of Craft in Deer Isle, ME. Lauren Napper spent the past year teaching English and business classes at the Sun Yat-sen University in southeast- ern China. She was taking a monthlong cross-country road trip this fall and then hoping to find a job in the nonprofit community.


Erin Pruckno recently moved to Wash - ington, DC, where she’s getting her mas- ter’s in international education at George Washington University. By day she teach- es young children, reconnects with Skid - more friends, and explores the endless number of museums in DC. Leah Werner-Evans is back in the US


after teaching English abroad, in Thai- land for a year and then Turkey for nine months. Back in her hometown of NYC, she was applying to graduate schools and enjoying autumn by eating all things pumpkin-flavored! Emily Schlemmer graduated from Har -


vard’s Graduate School of Education in May, moved to NYC, and began a job as research and business development coor- dinator for PlayScience, a global research, strategy, and innovation firm in the kids- and-media space. She traveled to Saratoga with Erica Astarita and Claire Solomon on Columbus Day, and they had a won- derful reunion with Prof. Mary Ann Foley and visited everyone’s favorite Saratoga staples.


Since Skidmore, Tristanne Davis has


been in government consulting in Wash - ington, DC. Her first job was at the small international-development consulting firm Telecom/Telematique, which works on World Bank and USAID projects in telecom and IT infrastructure and renew- able energy mainly in Africa and the Middle East. Then she became a research analyst at Abt Associates, a research firm in health, social and environmental poli- cy, and international development, which ranked among the top 20 global research firms in 2012 and among the top 40 in - ternational development innovators. Tris - tanne’s work has focused on Web applica- tions for analyzing environmental justice in low-income and underrepresented communities and on international green- house-gas inventories. Aviva Ariel lives in Albany, NY, and is


an editorial assistant at a textbook pub- lishing company. She’s been applying to PhD programs in clinical psychology (with a little help from Carly Goldstein). Aviva spent her birthday with Amanda Holland this summer, and she loves visit- ing Lily Robinson and others in NYC as often as possible. I have a wonderful time in the Big Apple


and love running into so many Skidmore grads. From Lyle Divinsky ’09 concerts, to regional alumni events, to chance sub- way encounters, Skidmore appears to be everywhere! I also enjoyed seeing Boston - ians Sonia Segal-Smith, Andy Garlick, and Sara Riker when I visited last summer.


AT WORK Nurse globally A


s an American studies major at Skid - more, Meredith Lu ’08 already knew


she wanted to serve in the Peace Corps. She also got in volved at the Early Childhood Center and developed a passion for working with kids. Last year she returned home from a Peace Corps stint with an orphanage and volunteer agency in Rwanda. “I love exploring new places, new cultures, new people,” Lu says. She had traveled a little as a child, but her fam - ily’s influence was perva- sive. Both of her parents had studied and worked abroad, showing Lu and her brother by example that this was a way to live one's life. “We always knew there


was a difference between staying and visiting,” she says—and staying was important. The Peace Corps assigned Lu as a health


educator in Gitarama, Rwanda’s second-largest city. There she trained volunteers at the Society for Women and AIDS in Africa in reproductive education, as well as HIV and nutrition issues. She also worked at a home for orphaned and abandoned children, called Urukundo, which means “love” in the Kinyarwandan language. Lu reports, “I spent most of my time there,” and she still serves on the home’s board of directors. “Working with kids gets me up in the morning,” she says. Now Lu is studying at Johns Hopkins


Univer sity to become a family nurse-practition- er. “I’m still figuring out what I want to do in life,” she says, but tops on her list is to live abroad. And she notes, “Nursing is a very portable career.” She finds that nursing “chal- lenges me intellectually,” but unlike teaching or caregiving, “it’s a more tangible way to work with kids. I’d like to have that role in kids’—and their parents’—lives.” —Jill U. Adams


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CREATIVE THOUGHT DENNIS KAN


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