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CREATIVE THOUGHT Lemonade maker A


t Skidmore, Christine “CJ” Feehan '03 grasped that learning how to figure out


problems would be critical. “I never could have specifically prepared for all the professional tasks that have come my way,” she says, “but my foundation for curiosity, rigorous research, and a willingness to challenge myself was first laid at Skidmore.” Indeed, it was a personal challenge that led her to write her recent book Life Gives Me Lemons: Adventures in Bad Luck and Bold Misfortune (more at www .cfeehan.com). After a stint teaching at a boarding school for competitive ski racers and freelance- writing on the side, Feehan decided to try freelancing full time. She’d


give herself a year. To help market her services, she began to blog about her own adventures— and misadventures, such as “How to Get Run Over by Your Own Car [Pro Edition].” A lot of people liked her blog, and in the summer of 2012 she created a Kickstarter campaign to develop it into a book. Within 30 days she had raised $14,000, enough to supplement her freelancing, write more of the book, and eventually print the first editions. Soon her “Great Freelancing Challenge” also led to a full-time job as the Web editor for Ski Racing Magazine, the top digital publication on the subject. Feehan still remembers her time in the chal- lenging intro business course MB107: “You're taught the determination to figure things out. When you are put in an unnaturally stressful sit- uation, you learn how to figure yourself out of it.” So, even without advanced training in pho- tography or computer science, Feehan is excelling at taking photos, writing copy, and managing the back end of skiracing.com. She muses, “I get paid to present information that’s designed to engage a global audience I never even see. Creativity doesn’t just matter; it’s criti- cal.” —Robin Adams '00


babies, she is somehow the most awesome and cutest one.” After eight years in Jamai ca Plain, Mass., the couple moved back to Montpelier, Vt. Mariah is telecom- muting for her international public health job in Cambridge, Mass., and Ulisses is cutting hair and painting houses. Louisa is sitting up, laughing, and drooling a lot. Christian Lewis authored a travel essay


that was published in the anthology The Places We’ve Been: Field Reports From Tra - velers Under 35, available on Amazon. Contributors include writers for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Conde Naste Traveler as well as producers for Al Jazeera, MTV, and the Travel Channel. There are also essays by artists, photogra- phers, Peace Corps volunteers, and the 2012 air-guitar world champion. Since graduating with her PhD in com- parative literature from the University of Southern California in 2011, Allyson Salinger Ferrante lectured at USC while searching for a full-time position. After three years on the job market, she ac- cepted a tenure-track line in the English de part ment at Bridgewater State Uni- versity and happily moved back to the East Coast with husband Joe. She is de- signing and teaching courses in post- 1945 British literature, postcolonial theo- ry, and Caribbean culture and literature. She says, “I’m ec static to join a depart- ment of such wonderful, passionate, and dynamic colleagues at a public liberal arts institution.” LAUREN GRANAHAN 514 BERRY CHASE WAY CARY, NC 27519-6497 RHUBS5@HOTMAIL.COM


annual Solomon Northup Day: A Celebration of Freedom, held at Filene Hall at Skidmore last year. She is the founder of the event, which honors the legacy of Northup, a freeborn black man and city resident who was kidnapped in 1841 and sold into slavery. The story is the subject of the feature film Twelve Years a Slave. More than 60 of Northrup’s descendants and 250 other guests attend- ed. Renee’s research was selected for the permanent archives of the Library of Congress in 2000 and featured in a travel- ing exhibition mounted by the Anacostia Museum at the Smithsonian Institute in 2003. The story of Solomon Northup is also included in a National Park Service program that seeks to preserve sites, arti- facts, and stories associated with the Underground Railroad.


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Saratoga Springs native Renee Moore, UWW, directed the 15th


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August 3, 2013. Keith says it’s been “a wild ride and everyone is doing well.” Jon Eick is manager of social media marketing for the National Geographic Channel, a newly created position that he started in July 2013. He also oversees social media strategy for Nat Geo Wild. Jon enjoys his work, which includes pro- moting such hit shows as Doomsday Preppers and Brain Games. He was a free- lance marketer for National Geographic for the previous two years. Gardiner Comfort says he is “killing it” in the NYC theater scene. He continues to curate actors, comedians, musicians, and storytellers for his monthly variety show, New Work, N.Y., at the Parkside Lounge. Last year, he played Borachio and the Friar in a production of Much Ado About Nothing and then mounted his first solo show, You’re Not Tough, featuring a collection of NYC-centric characters he created, at Dixon Place. The show was a big success. Gardiner teaches acting and sports to children with the Atlantic Theater and Wingspan Arts. In training for his third marathon, he also volunteers for the NYPD as a diving instructor. Check out his activities at www.gardinercom fort.com. Chris Dunn and wife Ashley Decker Dunn live in Chatham, N.J., with sons Charlie, 4, and Teddy, 2. Chris works on the equity trading desk at Bank of America Merrill Lynch in NYC, which affords him the opportunity to cross paths with other Skiddies working in Manhattan, including Andrew Simon, Joel Kulina, Matt Tiede, Brian McCawley, Dan Sbano ’03, Jeff Martin ’04, Brian Clark, Ashley Cooke, and Hillary deMarchena. KATE NEDELMAN HERBST 35 HOLLINGSWORTH AVE. BRAINTREE, MA 02184-5518 781-843-5140 KATEHERBST@GMAIL.COM


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Country School in Connecticut, where he is building the school’s band program and “loving every minute of it.” Andrew plays the piano every Monday night in the West Village (where Bryn Mars ’02 is a frequent visitor). He sings with the University Glee Club of NYC and has another album of original music coming out this year. (Visit


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Harlem resident Andrew Tyson is teaching at the New Canaan


Keith Kirshner and his wife, Sarah, welcomed son Charlie on


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