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First-Year Experience

Students can choose to experience an outdoor pre-orientation program before arriving on campus.
Faces of FYE


Mimi HellmanMimi Hellman
Associate Professor of Art History
Scribner Seminar: BUZZ—The Visual and Material Culture of Caffeine

“I loved my Scribner Seminar because it allowed me to teach something I'm passionate about–the history of coffee, tea, and chocolate– that doesn't fit into a traditional discipline.  My students and I explored it through multiple lenses–art history, sociology, literature, business. My excitement fueled the class and we all learned together. This is what college should be about–thinking critically and creatively, making new connections, sharing ideas, seeing the world in a different way.”

Kyle NicholsKyle Nichols
Associate Professor and Chair of Geosciences
Scribner Seminar: Hollywood’s Science

“My course was a long time in the making, going back to the mid-1990s when I was watching disaster films. Movies were quite entertaining in part because Hollywood took extreme liberties with the science. It concerned me that viewers might be taking away misconceptions about science. I decided to develop a course where students could interrogate the science in films and pick apart fact from fiction, as well as delve into the unintended consequences for society.”

Flip PhillipsFlip Phillips
Director of Neuroscience
Professor of Psychology
Scribner Seminar: Mind Design
“The nice thing about cognitive science is that it has psychological, philosophical, computer science, and anthropological approaches, to name just some. I try to teach my students that there is more than one way to see things—that you can ask big questions and come at them from a bunch of different perspectives, and, in fact, that’s how you should examine them. To me, it’s the whole reason to be at a place like Skidmore.” 




Tshediso "Joe" Matake '15
Johannesburg, South Africa
Scribner Seminar: The Federal Reserve

“Living with students from my Scribner Seminar allowed me to make friends within days of my arrival.  The course also allowed me to meet some important faculty and community members.  One memorable class discussion was with the president of the local Adirondack Trust bank, which helped me visualize my professional future.”

Kendall Gross '16
Los Angeles, CA
Peer Mentor,
Scribner Seminar: The Dynamics of Chaos

“I met my 15 new friends at a time when everything was new: their school, their classes, the people, the town.  It was an absolute privilege to help guide my mentees through their first semester of college, academically and socially.  I stressed that Skidmore is indeed a safe space that fosters grown and exploration, if only they take advantage of all it has to offer.  I also enjoyed being able to share with them my passion for knowledge and community involvement.”