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Interview with Robert (Bob) Mahoney
Robert P. Mahoney was a professor of biology at Skidmore from 1964 to 1994, with interests centering on microbiology, electron microscopy, and bioethics. He also was instrumental starting Skidmore’s tradition of support for the Red Cross, launching…

Interview with Louise B. Wise
Louise Beinetti Wise, a 1940 Skidmore graduate, served as president of the then-College Government Association while a student and was active in the Alumni Association after earning a degree in theater. She joined the Admissions staff in 1970,…

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…

Interview with Bill Fox
Bill Fox was a member of Skidmore’s sociology faculty from 1976 to 2011. During his 35 years of service to the College, he was a valued teacher in his discipline and much appreciated mentor to many junior colleagues. He chaired the Sociology,…

Interview with Susan Kress
Susan Kress joined Skidmore’s English faculty in 1975 and retired in 2013.  During her years at Skidmore she served as chair of the English Department, chair of 3 major college committees, Vice President for Academic Affairs, and Acting President…

Interview with Susan Zappen
Susan Zappen came to Skidmore in 1995 as a head of Scribner Library technical services.  She was named Associate College Librarian for Collections in 2001. Susan was active in the greater library community; she was president of ENY/ACRL, and named…

Interview with Joanna Zangrando
During her years at the College (1976-2007), Joanna Zangrando was a central figure in Skidmore’s American Studies Department and a leading voice for incorporating interdisciplinarity and the study of diverse perspectives into the College curriculum.…

Interview with Chris McGill Joseph
Chris McGill-Joseph joined the Skidmore workforce in 1987.  She has been a Skidmore wife, UWW student, Administrative Assistant, Skidmore parent, and Special Projects Manager, and she has long had a radio show on Sunday mornings on WSPN. In this…

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 Robert Foulke
Robert Foulke was a member of Skidmore’s English department from 1970-1992 and served as department chair for ten of those years. In this interview, he discusses department leadership, changes in the English curriculum, developing a winter term class…

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 joined the Skidmore faculty in 1980 to offer courses in organic and biochemical chemistry.  She introduced the importance of hands-on undergraduate research and began Skidmore students’ participation in the regional American…

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 joined the Philosophy Faculty at Skidmore in 1963.  He became Dean of the Faculty in 1975, a post that he retained until 1990.  Despite Weller’s substantial administrative responsibilities, teaching philosophy remained a…

Interview with Jill Sweet
Jill Sweet intended to be a dancer, but her work with native Americans to learn about their dance turned into an interest in cultural anthropology which she studied at the University of New New Mexico before coming to Skidmore in 1981.  In this…

Interview with Eleanor Samworth
Eleanor Samworth came to Skidmore in 1964.  During her tenure she experienced the move to the new campus, growth in student enrollments, inception of coeducation in 1970, expansion of Liberal Studies, and computer use as central to many disciplines. …

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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