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Fall semester update from President Conner

The College will formally roll out its Racial Justice Initiative next Tuesday, Sept. 1, and every member of the Skidmore community is invited to join and support this high-priority project. Also, with many classes now in session on campus, COVID-19 testing, masking and social distancing efforts are going well, but we must not let our guard down.

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Virtual Community Meeting recap

President Marc C. Conner and College administrators provided information to the Skidmore community about the reopening of campus for the fall semester, efforts to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the College budget and other important initiatives.

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Skidmore Dashboard

Check the Dashboard to see the number of COVID-19 tests administered to students and employees, the number of positive and active COVID-19 cases in the campus community and other stats. Figures are updated daily or as information becomes available.

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Amon Emeka

Skidmore College welcomed the Class of 2024 and transfer students at a virtual Convocation ceremony with calls to embrace Skidmore's liberal arts education while confronting the COVID-19 pandemic and demands for social justice. The full Convocation ceremony can be viewed from a link in the story.

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The Annex

Skidmore�s new building, the Annex, is now open. Located on Perimeter Road across from North Hall, the Annex is home to new classroom spaces as well as the Physics, Geosciences, and Environmental Sciences and Studies departments.

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Studying on campus

Skidmore students are starting a new academic year by embracing the �truly heroic action� needed to tackle COVID-19 while also looking forward to the promise of learning and memorable experiences.

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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, including the new Murray-Aikins Dining Hall Express, will be open to students only this fall. Employees can continue to use the Atrium Caf� and Burgess Caf�, which are both open seven days a week. Hours of operation are available online.

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Jason Breves, associate professor of biology, co-authored an academic article. Read more >> 


Patrick Campbell, visiting assistant professor of political science, was interviewed and quoted in several news articles. Read more >> 


Jenny Day, associate professor of history, published a new book and a journal article. Read more >>


David Howson, senior teaching professor and Arthur Zankel Executive Director of Arts Administration, was appointed for a third term as a New York State Council on the Arts panelist. Read more >> 


Corinne Moss-Racusin and Casey Schofield, associate professors of psychology, co-authored an academic article. Read more >> 


Cathy Silber, teaching professor of Chinese, was interviewed for a magazine article. Read more >> 


An article co-authored by Mark Youndt, professor of management, received an award and was reissued. Read more >>


Call for volunteers: Safe Skidmore Ambassadors

Students, staff and faculty currently studying or regularly working on campus are invited to volunteer to be a Safe Skidmore Ambassador. SSA volunteers will walk campus throughout the day and evening, thanking those who are wearing masks and offering reminders to socially distance. To volunteer to take a one-hour, once-a-week shift, fill out this short form.


Skidmore Shop

All Skidmore students and employees are invited to pick up two free Skidmore face masks from the Skidmore Shop while supplies last. Just present your Skidmore ID. Shop hours are 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The Shop is closed on Sunday. Please stay 6 feet from other shoppers, wear a mask and follow the one-way traffic pattern.


Flu Shot Clinics for Students and Employees

Health Services is partnering with Walgreens Pharmacy to offer flu shots for students and employees in September and October. Please complete this form and bring your health insurance card to your appointment. Sign up online. For more information, contact Health Services.


LGBTQA+ Staff and Faculty Email List

Mariel Martin, associate dean of student affairs, invites interested staff and faculty to join the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Ally (LGBTQA+) staff and faculty email list. The LGBTQA+ email list serves as an easy way to share information and updates about Skidmore and regional LGBTQA+ activities, news and events. Email Mariel Martin to join. If you are already a member, you will remain on the list.


Share news in the Skidmore Weekly Bulletin

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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.


Center for Leadership, Teaching and Learning

Scholarly and Creative Endeavors Work Groups (SCE) are taking on a new format this semester. Beginning Aug. 31, there will be three groups led virtually via Zoom from noon to 1 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays. Zoom details were shared via email. Also, due to budget constraints, the CLTL is no longer able to provide lunch tickets. In addition, for health and safety reasons, Weller Room (Library 212) will not be available for faculty and staff to access this fall. Skidmore ID access has been suspended until further notice.


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. Virtual office hours will be held every Monday from 2 to 2:30 p.m. beginning Aug. 31. To schedule an individual appointment, email Michelle Hubbs and she will send you a meeting request. If you are looking for voter registration information, please see "How to Register to Vote In Your State."


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

OCSE staff will continue walk-in advising from 1 to 4 p.m. in a virtual format. Check out their remote advising webpage for links to daily walk-ins, scheduling a time to speak with and advisor and online resources to help you decide on a program for spring 2021 and beyond. Please follow @globalskidmore on Instagram and watch for upcoming events.


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.


Scheduling Office

The Scheduling Office collaborated with Academic and Student Affairs to ensure students have space for quiet study and extracurricular activities while following health and safety guidelines. For policies regarding use of space this fall, visit the webpage or check availability in EMS. For more information about policies or how to request a space in EMS, email the Scheduling Office.


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 is open with first-floor access only, with the exception of scheduled classes on the upper floors. Hours are 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. This fall, all appointments will be online. Fall 2020 tutoring 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. Students may check the schedule for appointment times.

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