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Interview with Isabelle Williams
Isabelle Williams arrived at Skidmore in 1972 and contributed to every corner of the campus over the next twenty-one years. Educator, pianist, administrator. Dr. Williams consistently demonstrated her deep dedication to the life of the mind and the…

In Memoriam:  Anne Palamountain
Anne Palamountain, wife of Skidmore’s fourth President, Joseph Palamountain, was a vital presence at the College during his 22-year presidency (1965-1986)and beyond. In this interview,she reflects on some her first impressions of Saratoga Springs,…

In Memoriam of David H. Porter
A video remembrance of President emeritus David H. Porter (1935-2016) that is part of the College's video collection.

Interview with John Anzalone
Since September  1985, John Anzalone has been a professor of French at Skidmore College. An interdisciplinary scholar, Anzalone has taught in language, film, and the art of translation. He was centrally involved with Skidmore’s study abroad programs…

Interview with Lynne Gelber
Lynne Gelber, was at the college from 1966-2002 as a faculty and later chair of the Foreign Languages and Literatures Department (now World Languages and Literatures). In this interview she discusses establishing the first Skidmore-run study abroad…

 Interview with Tom Davis
Tom Davis, was Sidmore’s Chaplain from 1966-1996. In this interview he discusses his role in responding to student needs created by broad sociopolitical changes in the U.S., including religion, abortion rights, and alcohol education. In addition, he…

Interview with Vasantha Narasimhan
Vasantha Narasimhan was born in India and came to the United States in 1971 as a graduate student. In 1980, Narasimahn became a Professor of Chemistry at Skidmore. In this interview, Narasimahn discusses changes at the College such as technology…

Interview with Ralph Ciancio
Ralph Ciancio was a member of Skidmore’s English faculty 1965-2000 and served as department chair, in addition to his service on numerous important all-college committees. In this interview he talks about challenges and changes in the English…

Interview with Eric Weller
Eric Weller came to Skidmore College at first as a Philosophy Professor. During his time at the College, he became interested in college governance. In 1973 Weller proposed the College become coed.

Interview with Jill Sweet
Jill Sweet worked at Skidmore College as a Cultural Anthropologist who helped create the Anthropology major. During her 25 year career at Skidmore, Sweet danced with the regional ballet company and helped organize Native American Week.

Interview with Eleanor Samworth
Eleanor Samworth came to Skidmore College in 1964 to accept a Chemistry professor position.

Interview with Mimi Ciancio
Mimi Ciancio, held a variety of positions at Skidmore College. She started out as an active faculty wife in 1965, worked briefly in the Admissions Office, then was hired to teach in the English department. She later became one of the creators of…

Interview with Bob Desieno
Bob DiSieno, was a faculty member and Chair of the Mathematics and Computer Science department from 1983-2006. In this interview, he discusses expanding the use of computing across campus, forming the Science Planning Group to strengthen the role of…

Interview with Susan J. Bender
Susan Bender, was a faculty member in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work from 1982-2010 and also served as Associate Dean of the Faculty from 1998-2002. In this interview she covers her academic background in archeology; being…

Interview with David Porter
David Porter, President of the college from 1987-1999, saw the college through many landmark moments. In this interview he talks about his background in Classics and Music; learning on the job; the recruitment of a more diverse student body;…

Interview with Anne Palamountain
Anne Palamountain, wife of Skidmore’s fourth President, Joseph Palamountain, was a vital presence at the College during his 22-year presidency (1965-1986) and beyond. In this interview, she reflects on some her first impressions of Saratoga Springs,…

Interview with Don McCormack
Don McCormack, held a variety of roles at Skidmore from 1970-2005 (Faculty in the Government Department, Director of the University Without Walls program, Dean of Special Programs). In this interview he talks about the spirit of campus in the 1970’s…

Interview with Ann Henderson
Ann Henderson, Registrar at Skidmore College and Director of Institutional Research, was an integral part of Skidmore from 1990-2010. In this interview, she talks about the technological changes that occurred across campus including her initiative to…
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