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CREATIVE THOUGHT Idealism matters

world a better place. A double major in govern- ment and anthropology with a minor in interna- tional affairs, she took her idealism to a post- grad internship with the Clinton Global Initiative in New York City. Hickey’s plan had always been to go into the


Peace Corps, but during her time at the Clinton organization, its unofficial catchphrase, “transform- ing ideas into reality,” began to seep into her psyche. Toss in a dash of “creative thought mat- ters,” and one can see how her wheels might start turning. Throughout her life, she has helped care for

her severely autistic younger sister, Emily. She says, “More people are being diagnosed with autism, and there is no known cure or cause. Having 20 years of experience with it, I wanted to come home and start my own thing, because I came to the conclusion that the best place to make a difference is my own community.” Armed with a master’s certificate in non-

profit management from SUNY-Purchase—and bolstered by a lack of fear—Hickey founded the Autism Initiative in downtown Schenectady, N.Y., not far from her hometown of Rotterdam. Focusing on autistic individuals who have “aged out” of the public school system and its support network, Hickey’s new nonprofit “aspires to provide developmentally disabled adults with opportunities for personal growth, a source of income, social interaction, and a sense of purpose.” A key avenue for achieving that mission is a new cafe and bakery called Puzzles (www Hickey says, “The employment rate for people with developmental disabilities is agonizingly low, so creative employment solutions are necessary to meet the needs of the autistic population.” Opening this summer with a staff of 25 employees on the autism spectrum, Puzzles is designed to be a sustainable business that does social good in the community using entrepreneurial, creative thought, while indeed making the world a bet- ter place. —Robin Adams ’00

ara Mae Hickey '12 is a self-proclaimed idealist who believes she can make the

master’s in journalism from Northwestern University. She’s been covering the White House for Bloomberg News, which involves riding in President Obama’s motorcade and “reporting on everything and anything he does.” Elissa is also doing freelance reporting for USA Today, McClatchy Newspapers, and Military Times, focusing on stories about agricul- ture, education, and family issues. Leah Werner-Evans completed an accel- erated master’s in teaching English to speakers of other languages at Columbia University Teachers College, while teach- ing at a middle school in the Bronx. “I miss my students there tremendously,” she says. Leah is now teaching 9th- and 10th-grade ESL and English language arts in NYC’s Washington Heights. Carly Goldstein successfully defended her dissertation at Kent State University and is now pursuing a postdoctoral internship in clinical psychology at Brown University Medical School. She is thrilled to be back in New England, where she can be closer to the five Dayton F ladies and other Skidmore friends. Stay tuned for information regarding our upcoming fifth reunion. CLAIRE SOLOMON 104 W. 96TH ST., APT. 27 NEW YORK, NY 10025-6495 CLAIRE.A.SOLOMON@GMAIL.COM

Scholarship teaching English to middle school students in Cheonan from 2011 to 2013. She spent time there with fellow Fulbright scholar Soon Lee ’12. Korena returned home to Maui, Hawaii, for six months before finding her way back to Korea this year to work for a $10.7 billion US Army relocation program. She wel- comes hearing from Skiddies who may be passing through South Korea. Beth Browning lives in Richmond, Va.,


where she recently completed her first year of law school at the University of Richmond. She spent the summer as a legal services intern at the Department of Labor and Industry and doing research on anti-bribery law with one of her professors. Peri Strongwater relocated from NYC to

Boston in 2013. She’s very happy and plans on staying for a while. Peri is work- ing as a composer, arranger, and orchestra- tor and plays viola in the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra. In April she pre- miered with the Haydn Seek Quartet at the Harvard Museum of Natural of History. Christina Fraziero is in her second year at the Washington College of Law in

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Korena Burgio fell in love with Korea while on a Fulbright

Washington, D.C. This summer she clerked for a judge in Massachusetts and then returned to D.C. to intern at the Office of the US Trade Representative. Julia Grigel is living in sunny Toulouse, France, while finishing up a master’s in communication from Sciences Po Toulouse (Institut d’études politiques de Toulouse). She also worked for Airbus. Furniture designer Michaela Stone, a 2014 recipient of the Society of Arts and Crafts Artist Award, had a featured exhibit at SAC’s gallery on Newbury Street in Boston from May to July. She was also one of eight emerging artists to win a two-year residency at the Anderson Ranch in Aspen, Colo., was in the February- March American Craft magazine’s On Our Radar listing, and captured the top design prize at the Maine Wood Exhibition. She is now a fellow at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. Andona Zacks-Jordan graduated from Stetson University College of Law. Doug Yeates river-rafted in Idaho. Maja Almquist graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with an MSEd and moved back to NYC to work for Uncommon Schools. Jasper Goodrich had a solo exhibition,

Within and Without, at the Cooley Gallery in Old Lyme, Conn., this summer. Meredith Palmer celebrated her third anniversary at Active International, a cor- porate trade company in Pearl River, N.Y. She negotiates high-profile commercial campaigns for clients such as ABC, ABC Family, Disney Junior, and McCormick Corporate, using trade credits for clients via barter. In addition, she is pursuing an MBA at Ramapo College of New Jersey. I’m still in NYC. I recently joined an investor-relations advisory firm where I work for a 2001 Skidmore grad. I also see Stephany Gladstone ’10 and Terence Kennelly ’10 fairly frequently and met up with Stuart Badrigian in Cape Cod. TANNER KAUFMAN TANNER.KAUFMAN@GMAIL.COM

Logan Brenner was awarded a National Science Foundation fel- lowship in geosciences at Columbia University’s Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory. Logan received a Goldwater Scholarship as a Skidmore student. Rose Bouboushian collaborated on a research paper published in American Acupuncturist Journal. The paper explores the potential positive impact of practice- management courses on the financial suc- cess of acupuncture and Oriental medi- cine practitioners.




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