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CREATIVE THOUGHT Different drummer T

he music career of Zachary Nicita ’10 has already hit several highs. There was the

headline tour of the US with the alternative pop band MS MR (pronounced “Miss Mister”). And the live TV performances of the band's hit “Hurricane” on the Late Show with David Lettermanand Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. A music major, Nicita played drums with the

Skidmore Jazz Ensemble and in clubs around Saratoga. After graduation, he landed a produc- ing intern- ship at the New York City studio Eusonia Records, under the tutelage of Scott Jacoby ’93 (Scope, winter 2011). “I was learn- ing as much as I could, playing my

drums, and learning the ins and outs of studio work,” Nicita says. A Skidmore classmate introduced him to the lead singer of MS MR, and he's been touring with the band ever since. With a US tour, a European tour, and festivals such as Lolla- palooza, Nicita says, “It's been pretty nonstop.” A drummer since age 14, Nicita knew he

wanted to put music at the center of his college education. He says, “I knew I’d pursue music on my own,” so rather than attend a conservatory he chose the liberal arts at Skidmore, where he got “more musicology, which includes reading and writing about music.” “I like to think it distinguishes me,” he says.

For him the distinction boils down to this: Con- servatories offer “lots of training, but no vast knowledge,” whereas he feels more well-rounded by his Skidmore experience. “I look at things more analytically. I can communicate better about music.” As for his career, he wants to be a drummer

and producer, so "I'm doing exactly what I want to be doing," he says. Now, it’s all about taking it to the next level. Stay tuned. —Jill U. Adams

Mark Secretariat Center, where she helped retrain off-the-track thoroughbreds for new careers. Now a full-time instructor at Shangri-La Therapeutic Academy of Riding in Knoxville, Tenn., she teaches riding to individuals with disabilities. Ali Cooper is engaged to Josh Crowley,

a mobile app and Web developer. The couple will wed on October 25 in Saratoga Springs. While visiting campus this past summer, Josh proposed to Ali on the pretty bridge behind Scribner library. Ali, who notes that a bride typically gets married in her hometown, says, “Saratoga was an easy choice for us.” Ashley Bergstrom married David Guard

on September 28, 2013, at the Meridian House in Washington, D.C. The two met while Ashley attended American Univer- sity’s Washington Semester Program studying public law and American gov- ernment. Skidmore alumni in attend- ance were Kate Longe ’11, Elizabeth Demarest, Sadie Kitchen, Tara Johnson, Portia Sampson-Knapp ’11, and Keith Petri. Ashley and David reside in Washington, where Ashley works for Bloomberg Government LP and David works for Capital City Care, a medical marijuana firm. Elissa Nadworny is pursuing a master’s

in video journalism from Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism. She recently completed producing the documentary Taking Over, Taking Back, about an organization in Chicago that houses homeless families in rehabbed vacant properties. Elissa is also reporting on the logistics of U.S. emergency inter- national food aid as part of a McCormick Foundation-funded fellowship. Gabriella Levy is thrilled to announce the launch of immerLit, a custom porce- lain lighting company. Individually designed and handcrafted, immerLit fix- tures “elegantly illuminate spaces with the natural beauty of translucency, porce- lain, and light.” For details visit Sadiatu Kamara is back home in Sierra Leone as administrative coordinator of the country’s Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil. An International Finance Cor por- ation-funded project, it establishes stan- dards for the production and exportation of palm oil. Sadia, who is facilitating a meeting of national industry stakeholders to interpret and adopt these standards, says, “I feel like I am directly contributing to the development of my home country.” A former United World College scholar, she volunteers with the UWC-Sierra Leone

National Committee. In July 2013, she organized a reunion for UWC alums there that doubled as a sendoff for new stu- dents. Sadia also serves as national coordi- nator for the Jeneba Project, a scholarship program for high-achieving but underpriv- ileged girls founded by Joseph Kaifala ’08. Sadia is delighted to be reconnecting with family and childhood friends. She will be in Sierra Leone until August, when she leaves for graduate school. Megan Kochiss and Vince Weeks are engaged! To celebrate, they are traveling in India for six months. JuVan Langford is founding director

of Mentors Making Major Moves Inc., known as M4, a Los Angeles, Calif.-based nonprofit designed to expose inner-city and foster youths to the arts and enter- tainment arena. JuVan says that exposure to the arts “broadened my scope and resulted in a transformation of my mind.” M4 participants receive mentoring in aca- demics, health and wellness, life skills, and the arts. See Jillian Zatta lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she works for Lisnr, a dynamic con- tent delivery platform that allows artists a new way to connect with their fans. By installing Lisnr on a mobile device, users can unlock exclusive content from their favorite artists simply by listening to their music. The content is delivered via ultra- sonic frequencies embedded in Lisnr- enabled tracks. Jillian loves living in Cin - cinnati, where she has found a communi- ty of people dedicated to bettering them- selves and the city. I am living in Manhattan and enjoying running into so many members of the Skidmore family! CLAIRE SOLOMON 104 W. 96TH ST., APT. 27 NEW YORK, NY 10025-6495 CLAIRE.A.SOLOMON@GMAIL.COM

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