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Skidmore College

Weekly Bulletin

President Philip A. Glotzbach

Philip A. Glotzbach

Message from the President

The spring semester brought a busy and exciting end to the academic year at Skidmore, capped by our 107th Commencement Exercises on May 19. We also completed the launch of a new website, the enrollment of a new class and made major strides along our path to completing the Creating Our Future: Campaign for Skidmore.


We have many accomplishments to celebrate and much to look forward to in the coming year.


Skidmore News

Campaign Updates

On May 19, Skidmore graduated 672 creative seniors at its 107th Commencement Exercises. The Class of 2018 spent the day celebrating, recording memories and reflecting on their time at Skidmore as they prepare to leave campus.


From academics and athletics, to awards, accolades and even a few (thousand pounds of) chicken fingers eaten, learn what makes this graduating group stand out.


Equipped with hands-on experience, new networks, diplomas and a dose of creative thought, grads are ready to tackle the world. See where a few of them are going and how Skidmore helped them get there.


Parents and family members of Skidmore’s Class of 2018 have set a new record by raising more than $1.3 million in gifts and pledges for the Class of 2018 Parents Fund.

Campus Notes

Tinkle appointed director of MDOCs

Adam Tinkle, visiting assistant professor of media and film studies, has been appointed as the director of MDOCS for 2018–19. Tinkle has taught an array of courses during his tenure at Skidmore, including Introduction to Audio Documentary, Introduction to Media Studies, Socially-Engaged Documentary Arts, and Creative Research, Multimedia Storytelling. Tinkle has also been part of the summer Storytellers’ Institute since 2015.

Sheldon Solomon, professor of psychology, was interviewed for a May 21 story on the BBC's The Why Factor program titled "Immortality."

Evan Mack, teaching professor of music, will have two of his works performed during the American Music Festival in Troy. On June 1 an Albany Symphony Orchestra ensemble will perform Mack's song cycle Preach Sister, Preach at the EMPAC at RPI. On June 3, the orchestra, featuring the Finger Lakes Guitar Quartet (which includes faculty Joel Brown and Brett Grigsby) will premiere Mack's new work Forever Wild at Riverfront Park.

Maria McColl, associate director of institutes in the Office of Special Programs, has been appointed to the New York State Council on the Arts dance program panel.

Sara Lagalwar, assistant professor of neuroscience, had a paper accepted for publication by the journal Neurobiology of Disease titled "Reduction of protein kinase—A mediated phosphorylation of ATXN1-S776 in Purkinje cells delays onset of ataxia in a SCA1 model." Nicholas Toker '15 is one of the co-authors.

Spa Specials
Campaign Updates

More than 100 trustees, faculty, students and staff gathered in the Dana Atrium on May 17 to mark the beginning of Phase 1 construction of Skidmore’s new Center for Integrated Sciences (CIS).


CIS Updates

The wind down of this academic year is accompanied by the ramping up of work to construct the new Center for Integrated Sciences (CIS). Beginning with this edition, weekly updates will be shared through the Weekly Bulletin and on the CIS updates site (link for this update) regarding the tentative schedule and scope for each phase of construction ahead and the anticipated impact to the campus community and our neighbors on North Broadway.



Campus Events

June 4–18

6 p.m.-7:30 p.m.

Arthur Zankel Music Center


June 6–8

Saratoga Performing Arts Center


June 7–10


Tang Teaching Museum and Case Center


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