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Sherman enjoy their new home in Dorset, VT, an hour from Saratoga, which made August trips to the racetrack a breeze. Dana and Dustin also attended Skidmore’s Polo by Twilight event. Dana looks for- ward to seeing classmates this spring. In 2010 Cassandra VanCott opened a women’s boutique called Bise in Ridge - field, CT. She recently signed a lease for a second shop in New Canaan. She and her husband also have a restaurant in Ridge field called Tre, which serves new Ameri can cuisine. The couple feel fortu- nate to share the restaurant with friends Diane Pincus and husband Ted. In Los Angeles Ebba-Marie Gendron

has been teaching English as a second language and psychology at Pacific States University for the past couple of years. She also teaches acting and movement for actors. Ebba-Marie looks forward to our 30th reunion. Joseph Leigh and wife Donielle Offer -

man Leigh ’84 have become “empty- nesters.” They flew to Los Angeles with daughter Jessica to help her settle in for her freshman year at the University of Southern California. Son Jake is a senior at Fairleigh-Dickinson University. Joseph continues in the business of his fore - fathers, selling premiums, promotions, and advertising. Donielle teaches and runs a dog-care business. Laura Blau Paul, husband Jonathan, and daughter Cassie visited son Ethan ’13 after he spent a Skidmore semester in Paris. A wonderful time was had by all. Cassie is a freshman at Bryn Mawr. Glenn Tamir and his family have spent

the last six years in the Galilee village of Shorashim in Israel. Daughter Orly com- pleted two years in the Army, teaching English to air force technicians. Son Avi entered army service in November, while daughter Liat is a sophomore at Misgav High School. Glenn’s World Music Insti - tute ( recently opened a space in Israel, hosting a number of musical acts. He invites classmates to visit user/gtamir613 to enjoy the talents of local musicians. Glenn looks forward to seeing everyone in the spring. Vinny Catalano is looking forward to Reunion, and to his wedding the follow- ing weekend! He can hardly wait to see all his classmates. After many years as director of develop- ment at the Boston Public Library Foun - dation, Daria McLean changed careers last summer and joined Gibson’s Sothe - by’s International Realty in Boston. She loves her job helping clients sell and buy homes primarily in Boston’s Back Bay,

Beacon Hill, and South End, as well as Waterfront, Charlestown, Westwood, and South Boston. In her spare time she is refreshing her Italian, French, and Span - ish, hoping to communicate with and refer international clients. Daria keeps in touch with Diane Pincus, Cassandra VanCott, Vicki Quinn Benson, Sharon Eid, and Lynda Werrick Shea ’82. She also enjoys connecting with Skidmore friends on Facebook and hopes to get together with more of them soon in Bos - ton or Palm Beach, FL. My daughter Danielle, 22, was set to graduate from Sonoma State University in December, and son Jason, 21, from New York University in May. Ryan, 15, is thriving in high school. All are happy and healthy—what more could I ask for? I’m looking forward to our 30th! LILLY JARAY OSTROVE 2129 ANGUS DRIVE WALNUT CREEK, CA 94598-3305 DANJASRY@YAHOO.COM

to Virginia Beach, VA. Her youngest daughter is a sophomore at Cape Henry Collegiate School. Cynthia and her oldest daughter attend Tidewater Community College, pursuing photography and studio art, respectively. Her husband’s new posi- tion with Value Options was the reason for the move, she says. In Maryland Nancy Cohen Kotz, mem- ber services coordinator for the Associa - tion of Partners for Public Lands for more than 10 years, loves working with the nonprofits who assist land management agencies in serving visitors to parks and public lands throughout the country. In 2011 she completed an executive certifi- cation program at Georgetown University. She and husband Mike have been married 23 years. Their daughter Hannah cele - brated her bat mitzvah in September. Dale Schultz Lazarovitch has opened a consignment store in Caldwell, NJ, featur- ing brand-name “apparel and accessories for tweens and teenage girls of all sizes.” More info at ALUMNI AFFAIRS OFFICE SKIDMORE COLLEGE 815 N. BROADWAY SARATOGA SPRINGS, NY 12866


Isn’t Far Enough: The Tomi Unberer Story, a film by her client Brad Bernstein—in competition at the Toronto International Film Festival in September. In August she


Vinca Jarrett was excited to have a documentary feature—Far Out

Cynthia Comeau Risku and fam- ily moved from Chapel Hill, NC,

gave the opening ad dress for the 2012 Shaw Society conference in Dublin, again mentioning Ritschel’s book. With such lofty backing, sales in creased, and a paperback edition was announced—a rarity in academic publishing. At Skidmore, Rit schel studied acting and playwriting. He then received an MA and PhD in dramatic literature and theater history from Brown, concentrating in early modern Irish the- ater. He now chairs the humanities department and runs the theater program at the Massachu - setts Maritime Academy. Given the academy’s strong engineering program, Ritschel loves that his students want and need a more creative out- let, separate from the rigors of analyzing and managing electrical power or other technologies. Last fall Ritschel directed his students in two one-act plays: The Dumb Waiter by Harold Pinter and The Bald Soprano by Eugene Ionesco. “The creative mindset that Skidmore fosters is something that we carry with us,” Ritschel says. “Academic scholarship can be creative nonfiction. Skidmore’s liberal arts education forged my intellectual sensibilities and embedded in me a great sense of public responsibility, while it prepared me for a creative life.” With this background, it’s not a surprise that

Ritschel could write a book that would garner praise from academia, the general public, and even major elected officials. —Robin Adams ’00

AT WORK Lofty praise


urreal. Completely surreal.” That’s how it felt to Nelson Ritschel ’81 when Irish Presi - dent Michael Higgins spoke at length about Rit - schel’s book Shaw, Synge, Connolly, and Socialist Provocation in a speech at the London School of Economics. The treatise wasn’t written for heads of state, but Higgins happens to be something of a scholar himself. Soon after the speech, Rit - schel and his wife found themselves invited to private receptions with the Irish leader, who also



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