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The first phase of Skidmore’s Center for Integrated Sciences (CIS), the largest single academic initiative in College history, has been completed and is open for the fall semester.

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The associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, who died Friday, visited the Saratoga Race Course and had dinner at Scribner House, the Skidmore College president’s residence, in 2000. 

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Although the COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of Liberty League competition this fall, student-athletes and all Skidmore students continue to enjoy lots of opportunities to stay active this semester.

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The popular lecture series, which will take place each Tuesday from Oct. 13 through Nov. 10, will be available at no charge to current Skidmore faculty, staff and students as well as College retirees, who should who use a valid Skidmore email address to register. Registration begins Tuesday, Sept. 29.

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Dining Services

Murray Aikins-Banquet Express is open between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. daily. Hot food is served between noon and 2 p.m. and again from 4 to 6 p.m. Enjoy late nights Friday and Saturday in the dining hall. Pay $8.25 and enjoy all you can eat! 


Bread sale: Order on the Dining Services website by Tuesday, Sept. 29, for pickup on Friday, Oct. 2, between 3 and 5 p.m. in the Atrium Café. Flavors are pumpkin chocolate chip, vegan banana, apple cinnamon, ciabatta and sourdough.


The Spa, the Atrium Café and Burgess Café 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.  


Important U.S. census information for students

The U.S. Census Bureau asks that college students be counted in their primary place of residence, even if they are currently staying elsewhere due to the COVID-19 pandemic. A new Skidmore website provides more information about completing the census. The deadline for participation is Sept. 30.


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.


Notice about parking from Campus Safety

Campus Safety has begun identifying unregistered cars and is encouraging owners to register their vehicles as required. In the weeks ahead, the department will begin ticketing unregistered or improperly parked vehicles. Please park only in designated parking spots, not on the grass, blocking sidewalks, in fire lanes, in loading zones or in other restricted areas, and do not exceed the posted time in timed parking spots. Parking in handicapped-accessible parking spots is only allowed when a valid municipal permit is displayed. Please review Skidmore’s parking rules to avoid the inconvenience and cost of a ticket. Parking properly improves the safety of campus for all.


Sign up for BikeMore, Skidmore’s free campus bike share program

The Office of Sustainability invited students to sign up for BikeMore, which offers 15 bikes that can be checked out for up to eight hours. Watch an instructional video, fill out the form and you'll be ready to zoom across town! More information is available online and by email.


National Drive Electric Week

Curious about electric cars? Skidmore’s Sustainability Office invites you to participate in National Drive Electric Week (NDEW), Sept. 26 – Oct. 4. More information is available online or contact Levi Rogers, director of sustainability programs and assessment.


“SHIFT” online exhibit and artist talks

"SHIFT" shows how a small group of documentarians adapted and created despite and because of the global challenges of 2020. The exhibit is open online with weekly artist talks hosted on Instagram (@mdocs.skidmore) at 6 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 1, 8, 15 and 22. For more information, visit the "SHIFT" website.


Friends of Skidmore Athletics Benefit and Hall of Fame induction

The 17th annual Friends of Skidmore Athletics Benefit and Hall of Fame Induction will be held virtually at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 3. Details, including registration information, are available on the Skidmore Athletics website.


"Indelible: Works in Ink from Pierogi Gallery and Flat Files” 

The Schick Art Gallery in Saisselin Art Center is open to Skidmore students, staff and faculty from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. A new exhibition, “Indelible: Works in Ink from Pierogi Gallery and Flat Files,” will be on display through Oct. 2. Classes are welcome; up to 10 mask-wearing people can be accommodated at a time. For more information, call 518-580-5049.


Skidmore Shop

Extended until Oct. 12, receive free AirPods with the purchase of a Macbook or an iPad. Along with the latest models, Skidmore Shop also has a limited inventory of 2019 Apple devices that are up to an extra $350 off the education price. For more information, contact Doug Chang by email or call 518-580-5491.


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Accessing College Resources

The following resources and services are currently available to Skidmore students. 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 provides campus-wide fall semester updates here, and answers to FAQs can be found 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. 


Career Development Center 

The Career Development Center continues to support all students. Schedule an appointment or have your 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. 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."


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. Contact staff by phone or email to develop an individualized plan for your care. If you have the Skidmore Health Insurance, you can also access telemedicine, teletherapy and virtual ER visits, no matter where you are located. Your student plan links you to a national network of providers and we can help you access care in your community.


If you are experiencing a mental health emergency, call the Counseling Center main number, 518-580-5555, and follow the prompts to be connected with immediate assistance. Emergency assistance is available to all Skidmore students, no matter where you are located, 24/7.


Information Technology

Students 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 experience a service issue or have a printing question, contact Jim Pfoh.


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- and second-floor access only, with the exception of 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.


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.


Student Diversity Programs

The Office of Student Diversity Programs fosters student leadership and personal engagement by providing support, access to resources and increasing campus awareness of diversity, equity and inclusion. Visit the OSDP website and follow @skid_osdp on Instagram for more information. OSDP programs and services include a newsletter; a mentor program; an upcoming Student of Color Virtual Welcome Reception; an upcoming LGBTQ+ Virtual Welcome Reception; academic, co-curricular and social advising and referrals; and diversity-related events and programs. Contact Associate Dean of Students Mariel Martin for more information. 


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. Please let your tutor know your needs when you schedule. 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. Check the schedule for appointment times.

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


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


Stephen Ives, associate professor of health and human physiological sciences, published a research paper with Monique Dudar '20, Emilie Bode '19, Karly Fishkin '19, Rochelle Brown '19, Madeleine Carre '20, Noa Mills '21 and Mike Ormsbee '02. Read more >> 


An article co-authored by Christopher Mann, assistant professor of political science, was shared by a scholarly organization with its members. Read more >>


A.J. Schneller and Kurt Smemo, assistant professors of environmental studies and sciences, published an article co-authored by former students. Read more >>

 Please send submissions to the Office of Communications and Marketing. 

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