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With many students moving back to campus this week, COVID-19 testing underway and the fall semester set to begin on Monday, Aug. 24, there is much to look forward to as we prioritize the health and safety of the Skidmore community. A new dashboard will share key COVID-19 metrics throughout the semester.

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New Student Convocation will be livestreamed this Sunday, Aug. 23, at 4 p.m. EDT on the Skidmore homepage. The program schedule can be found on the Convocation webpage. Join us for this important occasion!

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Community meeting to be held Thursday

Staff and faculty are invited to attend a Community Meeting via Zoom from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 20, to discuss reopening and the new academic year. Zoom meeting details were shared in a separate email earlier in the week.

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Free masks available to students, employees

All Skidmore students and employees are invited to pick up two free Skidmore face masks at The Skidmore Shop between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday. Just present your Skidmore ID. The Skidmore Shop reopens at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21.

Virtual student programs

The Skidmore community has rallied to help students from locations on New York�s COVID-19 Travel Advisory List stay engaged during their precautionary 14-day quarantine.

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Fall Asian studies course

As Skidmore returns to campus, faculty from Asian studies and economics to arts administration and media studies are re-imagining the fall semester as an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience grappling with a complex world shaped by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Dining Services

Learn more about changes to Dining Services for the fall semester by watching this video. The Spa and Murray-Aikins Dining Hall will be open to students only this fall. Employees can continue to use the Atrium Caf� and Burgess Caf�. Hours of operation are available online. 

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Paul Arciero, professor of health and human physiological sciences, co-authored a study. Read more >>


Amy Frappier, associate professor of geosciences, co-authored a study. Read more >>


Juan Navea, associate professor and associate chair of chemistry, received a National Science Foundation grant. Read more >>


Casey Schofield, associate professor of psychology, co-authored an article. Read more >>


Jess Sullivan, associate professor of psychology, co-authored a study. Read more >>


Zoom etiquette and best practices guide

Skidmore has developed a Zoom etiquette and best practices guide, which includes a link to a set of Skidmore zoom backgrounds available for download. Links can also be found on the Communications and Marketing homepage under Self-Service Resources.


Employee testing FAQs posted

Frequently asked questions about employee COVID-19 testing have been added to the staff FAQs on the Fall Planning website.


Skidmore Shop

The Skidmore Shop will reopen at 8:30 a.m. Friday, Aug. 21, with social distancing protocols in place for everyone�s safety. This includes a one-way traffic pattern and allowing only 40 customers to be in the Shop at one time. To order textbooks for your classes, please visit the �Books� tab of our website. If you�d like to meet with Doug Chang to discuss any tech you might be interested in, please make an appointment here.


Campus SEFCU branch is open

SEFCU�s on-campus branch is open. Visit the website or stop by the branch, located between the Dining Hall and Jonsson Tower, to learn more about account services, scholarships and textbook giveaways, loan products and more. Pick up a SEFCU mask with your new account or banking transaction while supplies last. For answers to basic questions, call 518-580-1168.


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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 fall planning updates here.


Academic advising

The Office of Academic Advising is working remotely for the fall semester. Email is the best way to contact staff, but you can also call and leave a voicemail.


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. Students are invited to schedule an appointment or have their documents reviewed.


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 working remotely for the fall semester. Email is the best way to contact staff, but you can also call 518-580-8111 and leave a voicemail.


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.


The IT Help Desk is now offering Live Chat Support. The chat function can be accessed by clicking the Live Support button on the left side of the IT Help Desk webpage. It will be green when support is available. This week, chat support will be available from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Starting Aug. 24, Live Chat Support will be staffed by full-time staff from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and until midnight and on weekends by Help Desk student assistants.


Off-Campus Study & Exchanges

The Office of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges is working remotely for the fall semester. Email is the best way to contact staff, but you can also call 518-580-5355 and leave a voicemail. 


Opportunity Program

The Opportunity Program remains available to offer support to all OP students, on campus and off. Staff will be working remotely this fall semester to assist with advising, academic support and social support. OP students should feel encouraged to reach out to staff by email and/or schedule video conferencing for any needs that arise.


Post Office

Regular academic year hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday have resumed. Skidmore IDs and departmental purchasing cards are the only form of payment accepted; cash is no longer accepted. Until further notice, distributions and notices are no longer accepted. For more information, email the Skidmore Post Office.


Print Services

Regular academic year hours of 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday have resumed. Until further notice, all finished jobs must be picked up at Print Services; delivery service has been suspended. Skidmore IDs and departmental purchasing cards are the only form of payment accepted; cash is no longer accepted. If you are experiencing a service issue or have a printing question, contact Jim Pfoh. 



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.


Registrar�s Office

The Registrar�s Office is working remotely for the fall semester. Email is the best way to contact staff, but you can also call and leave a voicemail. Contact information for staff can be found here.


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 circulating physical books from its collections via �curbside� pick-up. To request materials, fill out the library�s online form. The library will open the week of Aug. 24 with first-floor access only, with the exception of any scheduled classes on the upper floors. Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday. For the fall semester, there will be no in-person research help at the desk, but there will be plenty of ways for students and faculty to talk to a librarian. Visit the �Ask Us� page to connect with a librarian through chat, phone or email. Email your subject librarian to make a one-on-one Zoom appointment, or search the Library FAQs for commonly asked research/library questions and submit more complicated questions. A virtual Welcome Packet for Students is available here. 


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.


Writing Center

The Philip Boshoff Writing Center�s student tutors offer one-on-one consultations for writers at every stage of the writing process. Fall 2020 office hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday; noon to 4 p.m. Saturday; and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Some appointments will be in person at the Writing Center, on the fourth floor of Scribner Library, and some will be online. There are no walk-in hours this fall. Students may check the schedule for appointment times and the location of that appointment. Masks will be required for all in-person sessions.

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