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About a third of the way through the fall semester, measures to keep COVID-19 at bay continue to be successful, but ongoing vigilance will be needed. Now that the semester is well underway, updates from President Conner will appear less frequently in Skidmore Weekly Bulletin, but daily updates to the COVID-19 Dashboard and monthly updates on the Racial Justice Initiative website will continue.

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U.S. News & World Report has ranked Skidmore No. 36 among national liberal arts colleges on its 2021 Best Colleges list and placed it in the top 50 in the �Best Undergraduate Teaching� and �Best Value School� categories.

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Library services

The gallery is once again open to the Skidmore community with �Indelible: Works in Ink from Pierogi Gallery and Flat Files� on view now through Oct. 2.

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Dining Services

The Spa, the Atrium Caf� and Burgess Caf� are open to students and Skidmore employees. Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, including the new Murray-Aikins Dining Hall Express, will be open to students only this fall. Hours of operation and Spa specials are available online.


Learn more about changes to Dining Services for the fall semester by watching this video.

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


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


Veena Chandra, private music instructor, is featured in a new music video documentary. Read more >> 


Jenny Day, associate professor of history, published an academic article. Read more >>


Constitution Day lecture

In celebration of Constitution Day, political scientist Virginia Sapiro, a scholar of gender politics, will deliver a talk, �The Rise of the Independent Woman Suffrage Movement: A Non-Romantic Study of Coalition Politics,� at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 16, via Zoom. Register for the event in advance. For more information, visit the Tang website.


Black Lives Matter Around the Globe conversation

Join Off-Campus Study and Exchanges from 2 to 3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, via Zoom for Global Conversation: Black Lives Matter Around the Globe. The program is co-sponsored by Black Studies and Skidmore in Spain and is the first in a monthly series of conversations about current issues.


Community service meet-and-greet

Lois Celeste, executive director of Saratoga Senior Center, will talk about ways to connect with local seniors at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 17, via Zoom. For more information, contact Michelle Hubbs, Skidmore�s director of community service.


�Never Done� exhibit and artist talk

�Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond,� organized by Minita Sanghvi, assistant professor of management and business, and Rachel Seligman of Tang Teaching Museum, opens online Thursday, Sept. 17. Sanghvi and Seligman will engage in a conversation with artist Stephanie Syjuco at noon Friday, Sept. 18, via Zoom. Register for the event in advance. For more information, visit the Tang website.


Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition kickoff 

Skidmore's 11th annual Kenneth A. Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition will kick off at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, in Davis Auditorium and online. For more information, visit the Freirich competition webpage.


�A More Perfect Reunion� reading and Q&A

Calvin Baker, visiting distinguished writer-in-residence, will present a reading from his new book, �A More Perfect Reunion,� at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 22, via Zoom, followed by a Q&A. Audience members may join up to 15 minutes prior to the start time by using Meeting ID 965 2448 8278, passcode English.


Vanguard one-on-one meetings

Vanguard one-on-one sessions are available for Skidmore College employees Tuesday through Thursday, Sept. 22-24. All appointments will be scheduled as phone consultations. Visit the Vanguard website to schedule a time to speak with a retirement specialist.


Voter registration Q&A

The League of Women Voters will host a voter registration Q&A session at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 23, via Zoom. The Zoom Meeting ID is 858 1653 8379 and the passcode is 394886.


Tutoring opportunity for employees' children (grades K-6)

The Education Studies Department is organizing weekly virtual tutoring sessions for the children (grades K-6) of Skidmore employees. These sessions are not intended to replace existing schooling but rather supplement and offer support to children and their families. Our Education Studies majors will be conducting the sessions, under the supervision of EDS faculty. There will be a limited number of openings for this program, so communicate your interest as soon as possible, preferably by Sept. 21, by completing this survey.


Skidmore Shop

Skidmore masks are now on sale at the Skidmore Shop. Present your Skidmore ID at the register and receive $1 off the retail price of $3.99.


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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 semester 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. Three groups will be 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. 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 is open during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, and staff are available by email and by phone at 518-580-5750.


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 update Faculty/Staff FAQs on a regular basis, including employee testing questions. The HR team is available by phone 518-580-5800 or email.


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

The Office of Residential Life is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and available to support students. Staff are working on campus and remotely and can be reached by calling 518-580-5765 or by email.


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 open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday with first-floor access only, with the exception of any scheduled classes on the upper floors. A valid Skidmore ID is required to enter the building, and students need to present their cleared CoVerified screen. The library is circulating physical books with pickup available at the Circulation Desk. To request materials, fill out the library�s online form. For research help, visit the �Ask Us� page to access FAQs and connect with a librarian through chat, phone or email. Email your subject librarian to make a one-on-one Zoom appointment. Consult the library's welcome packet for additional information about access, resources and help. Please note: there are additional printers for students in Case Center � one on the second floor in the SGA lounge and one next to Print Services.


Sponsored Research

The Office of Sponsored Research 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 at the bottom of the Sponsored Research webpage.


Student Academic Services

Student Academic Services (SAS) makes professional one-on-one academic support available to all Skidmore students. SAS serves students interested in strengthening their academic performance and offers assistance in developing a wide range of academic skills and practices. Academic counselors are available by appointment


Tang Teaching Museum

The Tang is open for scheduled classes, faculty appointments and drop-in hours for students, faculty and staff from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursdays and from noon to 5 p.m. Saturdays. For more information, visit the Tang�s COVID response page.


Writing Center

At the Philip Boshoff Writing Center, trained student tutors offer one-on-one consultations for writers at every stage of the writing process, from assignment sheet to final revisions. This fall, all appointments will be online. Zoom will be the primary tool for online appointments, but the center will also support tutoring through Google Docs, Skype, FaceTime, WeChat, voice or some other method of communication. 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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