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The Liberty League is canceling fall athletic competition, the College is preparing to house and support students requiring quarantine ahead of the fall semester, campus tours are resuming and virtual open houses are planned, the fall class schedule is being finalized and furloughed staff are returning full time July 27.

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Post Office, Print Services leadership change

With the retirement of Charlene Freiberger, director of print and mail services, effective July 31, supervision of the Skidmore Post Office and Print Services will shift beginning Aug. 1. Wendy Walther, manager of conferences and events, will assume the role of interim supervisor of the Post Office and Print Services and will move her office to the Post Office, and Wendy LeBlanc, director of conferences and events, will provide backup support. Walther and LeBlanc have been working closely with Freiberger to learn the ins and outs of operations and ensure a smooth leadership transition.


�I want to express my deep gratitude to Charlene for her outstanding leadership and service to Skidmore for the last 18-plus years,� said Kelley Patton-Ostrander, assistant vice president for financial planning and auxiliary services. �I am grateful to Wendy Walther and Wendy LeBlanc, who are both knowledgeable, well-respected members of the Skidmore community, for stepping in at this time.�

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


K. Aurelia Ball, assistant professor of chemistry, co-authored a review article. Read more >>


Kris Covey, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, was featured in a Saratoga PLAN video series. Read more >>


Jordana Dym, professor of history and director of Latin American and Latinx studies, co-chaired a symposium. Read more >> 


Evan Mack, senior teaching professor of music, earned honorable mentions in a competition. Read more >>


Aarathi Prasad, assistant professor of computer science, presented a research paper. Read more >>


Title IX: Update on new regulations

The College is beginning to finalize the Title IX policies for implementation by Aug. 14. The 2020 Title IX Regulations: Resources and Updates page has been updated with more information slides from our information sessions, and more FAQs. To learn more, contact Title IX Coordinator Joel Aure.


Fall 2020 class registration to reopen

From July 24 until registration, students in the classes of 2021, 2022 and 2023 should view their updated schedules and develop a plan to make adjustments where necessary. Students in the Class of 2024 have been placed into their Scribner Seminars and will receive further instructions from the Office of the Registrar, Academic Advising and the First-Year Experience program about how to register for their remaining courses. The registration schedule is posted to the new Key Dates page on the Fall Planning website.


Student, alum featured in news segment

International student Elizabeth Gimba �23, from Kenya and South Sudan, and Nile Nair �15, from Fiji, now a student at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, were interviewed for the July 9 PBS News Hour segment �The �unwise, disruptive policy� of shutting out international students,� about the Trump administration�s directive � since withdrawn � requiring international students to take classes in person or return to their home countries. The segment can be viewed on the PBS website.


Post Office, Print Services policy changes

The Skidmore Post Office and Print Services are no longer accepting cash payment; only Skidmore IDs and departmental purchasing cards will be accepted. Effective Aug. 3, the Post Office will only accept prepaid packages from all carriers, as the UPS station will no longer be available for use. Large prepaid packages can be dropped off at the Post Office, while smaller packages can be placed in the blue courier boxes in the Case Center vestibule or on the first floor of Jonsson Tower near the laundry room. Also effective Aug. 3, distributions and notices will no longer be accepted.


Expert Next Door Series

Join the Saratoga County Historical Society at Brookside Museum and Tillman Nechtman from Skidmore College at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 23, for the third event in their virtual Expert Next Door Series to discuss Britain�s Pacific Empire. For more information, watch this video. Tickets are required and can be purchased online. The event is free for SCHS at Brookside Museum members and $5 for non-members. A link to the Zoom event will be sent by email.


Skidmore Shop

The Skidmore Shop has a limited inventory of 2019 Apple devices that are up to an additional $350 off the education price. The Shop carries the latest models as well. Please contact Doug Chang for more information.


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Accessing College Resources

The following resources and services are currently available to the Skidmore community. Updates and additions to this list will be posted each week in the Skidmore Weekly Bulletin. Please submit updates to this list by email.


Skidmore College continues to provide campus-wide COVID-19 updates here.


Accounts Payable

Accounts Payable staff are working remotely and strongly encourage sending documentation (invoices, check requests, expense reports and other forms) electronically through scanned email attachments to Accounts Payable. Original signatures are not required, and scanned copies will be accepted. If a preparer or approver is unable to physically sign a document, Accounts Payable will accept an email directly from the individual. Please note in the email, "As an authorized signor for my department, I have reviewed and approved the attached payment request." Please note that most vendor payments are now being made by ACH transfer and employee reimbursements are being processed as a check mailed to your home address on file. Please email Accounts Payable if you have any cash deposits, and special arrangements for building access and drop-off will be made with Campus Safety or the Card Office.


Career Development Center 

The Career Development Center continues to support all students. For details about what resources are available and how to access them, see the CDC's COVID-19 FAQ page. 


Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning

For summer faculty professional development opportunities, see CLTL's Summer 2020 Professional Development Calendar.


Community Service 

The Office of Community Service Programs continues to share ways to give back. Like the Skidmore Office of Community Service Facebook page for weekly updates.


Employee Assistance Program

Employees seeking counseling services may make use of the Employee Assistance Program.


Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office staff is fully available by email and by phone at 518-580-5750. They are checking voicemails regularly.


First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience office is reachable by email and by phone at 518-580-8111. 


Health Services and the Counseling Center

Health Services and the Counseling Center are available to support students.


Human Resources/Payroll

Human Resources continues to provide assistance to employees via phone or email. HR is also offering new resources such as guidance on Best Practices for Telecommuting.


Non-exempt employees with questions concerning time entry should contact Joan Rivers in Payroll.


Information Technology

Information Technology asks faculty to email all Help Desk requests to a new Faculty Help Desk to expedite responses. In your email, it is essential that you include a cellphone or landline number so someone from IT can contact you. Calling the Help Desk phone line will not be your quickest means of support.


Staff should continue to submit IT support requests by emailing the Help Desk or calling 518-580-5900 from 8:30 a.m. to noon or 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.


Off-Campus Study & Exchanges

The Office of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges will continue to offer walk-in advising through phone calls or video chats from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Sign up here. 


Opportunity Program

The Opportunity Program remains available to offer support to all OP students, on campus and off.


Post Office

Skidmore College Post Office hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday and Wednesday through Friday. The window is closed Tuesdays. There are no deliveries on the weekend. Cash payment is no longer accepted, only Skidmore IDs and departmental purchasing cards. For more information, email the Skidmore Post Office.



Pre-Orientation Programs is working to assemble a team of peer leaders to help welcome Skidmore�s Class of 2024. Follow Pre-Orientation on Instagram and Facebook. For more information, email Mary Ann Toia.


Print Services

Print Services is open on Mondays and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. If you are experiencing a service issue or have a printing question, contact Jim Pfoh. Cash payment is no longer accepted; Skidmore IDs and department purchasing cards are accepted.



The Purchasing Office is fully operational and accessible by emailing Anne Petruzzelli or Carol Schnitzer or leaving a voicemail at 518-580-5848 or 518-580-5849.


Residential Life

Students can reach the Office of Residential Life by email or by phone by leaving a message at 518-580-5765. Messages are checked regularly during business hours, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. For more information, visit the Residential Life webpage or check Instagram for updates.


Scribner Library

Scribner Library is now circulating physical books from its collections via �curbside� pick-up. To request materials, fill out the library�s online form. For more information about the library's coronavirus response, visit the library's COVID-19 page.


Tang Teaching Museum

The Tang is open online while the building is closed. Find exhibitions, at-home art-making projects and more on the new Tang at Home webpage.

 Please send submissions to the Office of Communications and Marketing. 

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