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Hundreds of alumni from classes ending in 3 and 8 gathered this past weekend to reminisce, create new Skidmore memories and enjoy all that campus and Saratoga Springs have to offer.


They took tours of the Tang, stepped back into the classroom and soaked up the sun on Case Green. The college honored a group of outstanding alumni and celebrated class and reunion giving records at the Alumni Recognition Ceremony. Gala dinners, followed by dancing and fireworks topped off a weekend of renewed connections.


Coffee tour

Where do Skidmore students go to fill their (often reusable) coffee cups? Jillian Seigel '18 toured 10 spots in Saratoga Springs and found that, even in coffee, Creative Thought Matters.

Refugees, migration, political crisis, war, and technology. These are just a few of the themes in the novel Exit West, by bestselling Pakistani writer Mohsin Hamid, that the Class of 2022 will read this summer.

MDOCS Storytellers' Institute will present a series of free public lectures on campus June 7–10 around the theme "surveil/surveilled."

Campus Notes

Smemo awarded grant

Kurt Smemo, assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, was awarded a grant from the National Science Foundation for his research project: "EAGER: Collaborative research: Shifting control from negative plant-microbe feedback to nutrient limitation: predictions from dominant tree traits and ecosystem nutrient economies." It is a collaborative project with Kent State University and Indiana University.

Lopez quoted by New York Times

Michael Lopez, assistant professor of mathematics and statistics, discussed the odds of home teams winning at home in the June 6 article "Why N.H.L. Teams May Not Enjoy the Comforts of Home Ice."

Cohen quoted by Washington Post

Matt Cohen, senior associate director of admissions, is quoted in the June 1 article "Your 2018 summer reading list — from an unusual group of recommenders." Cohen recommended “The Book That Changed America; How Darwin’s Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation,” by Randall Fuller.

Spa Specials

Skidmore Spotlight

Chuck Ure, a dining services baker, is retiring after 40 years. Ure joined Skidmore in 1978 in a sanitation position. Two years in, he transitioned to his baking role where he served for 38 years.


Specializing in breads and rolls, Ure is the namesake behind the famous “Chuckie Roll” available through campus bread sales and catering services.


CIS Updates

Excavation and rock removal will continue this week. Weather and site conditions pending, there will be approximately two blasts per day. There will also be continued heavy-equipment traffic in the area.


Campus Events

June 4–18

6–7:30 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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