Black studies, presidential search and news from Skidmore College

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Weekly Bulletin

From the dean of the faculty and VP for academic affairs

I am delighted to announce that Winston Grady-Willis, professor of black studies and director of the School of Gender, Race and Nations at Portland State University, has been appointed as the inaugural director of the Black Studies Program at Skidmore. As many of you know, Winston is already familiar with Skidmore, having previously served here as the director of intercultural studies and associate professor of American studies.


Skidmore News

Presidential search update

Consultants from Storbeck/Pimentel & Associates, the national search firm that is assisting with the search for Skidmore’s next president, will be on campus on Monday and Tuesday, April 1 and 2, and will hold open forums for faculty, staff and students.


As reported at the Oct. 25, 2018, community meeting, the rising cost of health insurance requires strategies to manage the increase in costs. Thus, the Institutional Policy and Planning Committee (IPPC) charged the IPPC Subcommittee on Budget and Finance with the additional necessary work to review and discuss the College’s health care benefits. The subcommittee will work with Human Resources to develop options to reduce the growth rate of health insurance expenses in the College’s operating budget, and determine a process for gathering staff and faculty input as needed.


Nancy Wells Hamilton '77

The Skidmore College Board of Trustees unanimously approved the appointment of Nancy Wells Hamilton '77 as its chair-elect. She will succeed W. Scott McGraw, who will step down at the end of his three-year term in May.


New York State Justice Agenda

Skidmore welcomes members of the New York State Council on Women and Girls as they present the 2019 Women's Agenda from 2:15 to 3:45 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, second floor. Register now – limited seating is available. Registration information and additional information are .

CDC organizes Recruitment Day

Nearly 100 Skidmore seniors recently traveled to New York City’s Times Square, where 25 companies with nearly 50 open positions reviewed their resumes and heard about their creative talents.


Inside the Schick's fiber art exhibit

Take a video tour of the Schick Art Gallery’s current exhibit, "Hiroko Ote and Stef Kreymborg: Fiber Art from Japan and the Netherlands."


Faculty-Staff Achievements

Carolyn Anderson, professor of theater, spoke to the Times Union about the theater production “Off The Shelf.”


Lara Ayad, assistant professor of art history, was honored for her paper on modern and contemporary Arab art.


Kristofer Covey, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, was quoted in a National Geographic article.


Minita Sanghvi, assistant professor of marketing, co-authored an article published in Journal of Business Research and spoke at Davidson College.


Murat Yildiz, assistant professor of history, published an article in The Nation.


from faculty and staff related to professional accomplishments and scholarly endeavors.

Dining Services

Spa Specials

Bread sale: A bread sale will be held from 3 to 5 p.m. Friday, March 29, in the Atrium Café. This week’s flavors are Irish soda, zucchini, vegan pumpkin, pumpkin with chocolate chips, gluten-free pumpkin, banana, Italian, ciabatta, sourdough, and chuckie rolls (half-dozen).


A Game of Thrones theme dinner will be held Wednesday, April 10, at the Murray-Aikins Dining Hall.

Skidmore Spotlight

Meg Monthie

Meg Monthie, who works as the events coordinator for the Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall in the Arthur Zankel Music Center, manages scheduling, marketing, budgeting, graphic design and the box office.



Symposium on Humanistic Inquiry

Skidmore will host its second annual Symposium on Humanistic Inquiry — this year, exploring the theme of “wonder” — March 29-30 at the Tang. For more information, or contact or .


Womxn Of Color Conference

Joy Harden Bradford, the host of the podcast “Therapy for Black Girls,” will speak at 11:45 a.m. Saturday, March 30, in Gannett Auditorium. For more information about the conference, .


Community Coffee Hour

A free coffee hour will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 3, in the Case Center Spa.


Annual International Affairs Lecture

Andrew Zimmerman, of George Washington University, will discuss “From the New South to the Global South: Revolution and Counterrevolution on the Color Line” at 6 p.m. Wednesday, April 3, in Davis Auditorium.


Edwin M. Moseley Faculty Research Lecture

Catherine Berheide will deliver the Edwin M. Moseley Faculty Research Lecture at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 4, in Gannett Auditorium. The title of her lecture is “Still Gendered After All These Years: Pay, Promotion and Well-Being.”


Networking Breakfast

Chief Human Resources Officer Brett Last will join employees for a Networking Breakfast from 8:30 to 10 a.m. Thursday, April 4, in Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, second floor. To register for the event, .


Kenneth A. Freirich Business Plan Competition

Final round presentations for the Kenneth A. Freirich Business Plan Competition will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, April 5, in Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, Second Floor. For more information, .


Blood Drive

A blood drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 5, in the Tang. To check your eligibility or to schedule a donation, visit redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code SKIDMORE. For more information, .


Saratoga Sustainability Fair

Skidmore will host the inaugural , co-sponsored by Sustainable Saratoga, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 6, in Case Center.


Best-selling author Jon Ronson to deliver lecture

Jon Ronson will speak about his book “So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 9, in Gannett Auditorium. For more information, .


IT Security 101

IT encourages all members of the Skidmore community to view its latest training video, “.” This 45-minute video is full of useful tips to help protect both personal and College assets.


Fall vegetable CSA with 9 Miles East Farm

Sign-ups are now open for the fall vegetable CSA, to get 12 weeks of freshly harvested vegetables delivered to campus on Friday afternoons from September through Thanksgiving. Sign up through or of 9 Miles East Farm.


Skidmore Shop

Stop by the to check out new apparel.

Campus Events

Here’s a sampling of major events this week.

Thursday, March 21 through Monday, April 22

Schick Art Gallery


Thursday, March 28

3:30 p.m.

Wagner Park


Saturday, March 30

1 p.m.

Wenger Courts (outside) Wilton YMCA (inside)


Saturday, March 30

2-3:30 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum


Sunday, March 31

8:30 a.m.

Van Lennep Riding Center


1 p.m.

Wagner Park


Monday, April 1

6-8 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum, Wachenheim Gallery


Monday, April 1

6-9 p.m.

Palamountain, Gannett Auditorium

Thursday, April 4

4 p.m.

Castle Diamond


Thursday, April 4

6-8 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum, Payne Room


Friday, April 5

Noon-1 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum, Atrium


Friday, April 5

3:30-5:30 p.m.

Palamountain, Gannett Auditorium


Saturday, April 6


Wachenheim Field



Castle Diamond


3 p.m.

Wachenheim Field


Saturday, April 6

2-3:30 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum


Saturday, April 6

6-9 p.m.

Tang Teaching Museum, Payne Room


Saturday, April 6

7 p.m.

Zankel Music Center

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