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Weekly Bulletin

President Philip A. Glotzbach

Philip A. Glotzbach

As midterm elections approach, we find ourselves entering into a particularly heavy season of both political activity and related communication.


We have witnessed strong opinions on display throughout recent years — here on campus and on the national stage — and anticipate that this will amplify in the weeks to come.


Skidmore News

Skidmore students — both new and returning — braved the heat this week to join together in celebrating the start of another new academic year. See the welcome week in pictures.

Sports teams are off to a great start this fall

Thoroughbreds fall sports are in full swing with men’s soccer posting a win in their home opener at Wachenheim Field.


Out on the road, women’s field hockey shook off their own opening day loss with a 4-0 win over Thomas College and women’s soccer opened the season 2-0 with a win over Endicott for the third year in a row.


Sports teams are off to a great start this fall

You are a member of Skidmore’s incoming first-year class. Your college career is happening now — in real time. And there is so much to take in.


Maybe you’re feeling the need for a little grounding. If so, there’s no better source than grads who have been in your shoes, completed the four-year journey and gained valuable perspective on their Skidmore experiences


Campus Notes

Larry M. Jorgensen

Larry M. Jorgensen, associate professor and chair of philosophy, published a paper called “Forgiveness After Charleston: The Ethics of an Unlikely Act” in the journal The Good Society. Jorgensen also just published a chapter entitled, “Consciousness in Western Philosophy,” in The Routledge Handbook of Consciousness, edited by Rocco J. Gennaro (Routledge, 2018).

Jennifer Bonner

Jennifer Bonner, associate professor of biology and neuroscience, published the following study with collaborators at Albany Medical College in the journal eLIFE: “Presenilin mutations deregulate mitochondrial Ca2+ homeostasis and metabolic activity causing neurodegeneration in Caenorhabditis elegans.”

Kelly Melekis

Kelly Melekis, associate chair and assistant professor of social work; Peter McCarthy, senior teaching professor and director of field education for social work; and Sophie Staton, ‘18 are co-authors of the article "A Review of Collegiate Recovery Communities and Recommendations for Implementation on a Small Residential Campus" recently published in Innovative Higher Education. The article, which developed out of a student's independent study and faculty-student collaborative research, examines ways in which the standard model for a Collegiate Recovery Community, as represented by its three benchmark programs, can be modified and adapted to better fit the small residential campus environment.

Matthew Hockenos

Matthew Hockenos, associate professor and Harriet Johnson Toadvine Class of ’56 chair in 20th-century history, just published his newest book, “Then They Came for Me.”

Matt Wilt

Matt Wilt, associate professor of art, is presenting a solo exhibition of his mixed media sculpture at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. The exhibition runs through Sept. 28, when there will be a closing reception and gallery talk about the artwork.

Jason Breves

Jason Breves, assistant professor of biology, was awarded a three-year grant from the National Science Foundation (Division of Integrative Organismal Systems) for a project titled "Identifying osmosensitive molecular targets using a unique vertebrate model." The award will support collaborative research with faculty and students at the University of Hawaii, University of California San Francisco and Kitasato University. This research addresses how specialized cells in vertebrates sense and respond to changes in the external environment and, in turn, control the physiological systems that maintain salt and water balance.

Denise Smith

Denise Smith, professor of health and exercise sciences and laboratory director for the First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory, was cited as the lead author in a new research study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association. The study, “Heart disease common among firefighters who die of cardiac arrest,” was also covered by various media outlets including Buffalo News, Science Daily, Cardiology Today, EMS Today, and dozens of other news outlets and industry publications.

Skidmore Spotlight

Jenna Pitera

Jenna Pitera works as a science librarian in the Scribner Library. Pitera Joined Skidmore in 2017 from a previous position at RPI.


At Skidmore, Pitera teaches information literacy sessions, helps students with research, “cheerleads” the science collection to students and faculty and more.


CIS Updates
Spa Specials


Opening Reception Today, Friday, September 7, 2018

All are invited to attend a welcome reception for new faculty and staff on September 7, 4:30–7 p.m. at Scribner House. Please join your colleagues, old and new, in celebrating the start of the academic year!


Off-Campus Study Fair

The Off-Campus Study Fair brings prospective students, program providers, and alums together to talk and learn about the 115+ programs Skidmore students go on. Students can learn about short-term Skidmore faculty-led travel seminars and Skidmore in Paris, New Zealand, London or Spain. The fair will take place on Friday, September 14 from 11:30 a.m.– 2:30 p.m. in the Case walkway (rain location is Case 2nd floor).

Campus Events

Saturday, September 8, 2018

4–6:30 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum


Monday, September 10, 2018

8–10 p.m.

Zankel ELM


Tuesday, September 11, 2018

12–1 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum


Thursday, September 13 through October 14, 2018

All day event

Schick Gallery

Thursday, September 13, 2018

5:30–7 p.m.

Schick Gallery


Thursday, September 13, 2018

7–8:30 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum, Somers


Friday, September 14, 2018

6–8 p.m.

JKB Lobby


Friday, September 14, 2018

8–10 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum, Outside

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