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President Marc Conner encourages all members of the Skidmore community to exercise their right to vote and engage in civil discourse this election season. Skidmore has launched a new Election 2020 webpage that brings together a broad and diverse array of programs and perspectives and offers voting resources for all faculty, staff and students, as well as members of our broader Saratoga Springs community.

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In It 5, a suite of diversity and inclusion programs designed to raise our cultural fluency and strengthen our community, will be held Tuesday, Oct. 6, through Friday, Oct. 9. For the full schedule and more information about this year's events, visit the In It 5 website. The In It series is supported by the Committee on Intercultural and Global Understanding (CIGU).

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Calvin Baker

Skidmore faculty member Calvin Baker reads from his newest book and characterizes the current moment of activism for racial justice as a unique historical moment in the struggle for equality in the United States.

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Dining Services

Bread sale: Order on the Dining Services website by Tuesday, Oct. 6, for pickup on Friday, Oct. 9, between 3 and 5 p.m. in the Atrium Café. Flavors are pumpkin chocolate chip, ciabatta, sourdough, corn, corn with jalapenos and cheddar, and cinnamon raisin.


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.

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Barbara Black, professor and chair of the English Department, co-edited a new book edition. Read more >>


Monica Das, associate professor of economics, published a blog. Read more >> 


Jeremy Day-O’Connell, associate professor of music, published a peer-reviewed article. Read more >>


Marketa Halova Wolfe, associate professor of economics, co-authored a forthcoming academic paper. Read more >>


Important changes to COVID-19 testing schedule

Beginning on Saturday, Oct. 3, the College will be offering weekend testing hours on Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The testing tent will also be open on Mondays and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Fridays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The testing tent will be closed on Wednesdays and Thursdays starting the week of Oct. 5. For more information and instructions for adjusting your testing schedule accordingly, see the full message.


Staff and faculty Zoom meetings to be held Friday

Staff will meet at 1 p.m. and faculty will meet at 3:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 2, via Zoom. Details for joining will be shared in a separate email.


All In To Win

The fourth annual All In To Win campaign to support Skidmore Athletics kicks off Wednesday, Sept. 30, and runs through Saturday, Oct. 3. Visit the campaign website to check out the leaderboard and support your favorite team(s). For more information, contact Brian Stephenson, assistant director of The Skidmore Fund.


Online screening of “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” and post-screening conversation

Oliver Sacks (1933-2015), termed “the poet laureate of medicine” by The New York Times, was a man of infinite compassion, whose scientific and literary accomplishments made him the first public intellectual in the field of medicine and a revered figure. Ric Burns’ documentary “Oliver Sacks: His Own Life” will be screened online at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, followed by a post-screening Zoom conversation with filmmaker Ric Burns; Oliver Sacks’ book editor/contributor Kate Edgar; and partner Bill Hayes. Seats are limited, so RSVP to secure your “seat” and receive a redemption code. The program is presented with support from the Dowd Lecture Series and Skidmore’s departments of psychology, neuroscience, media and film studies and the John B. Moore Documentary Studies Collaborative (MDOCS).


Tang Live: Companion Songs

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, the Tang Instagram account will host a concert by Skidmore students performing compositions in response to a work by Marie Watt, an American artist and citizen of the Seneca Nation, whose art is featured in the exhibition “Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond.”


“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. See first-hand the stunning and diverse works that came from the individuals and teams that made up the first virtual MDOCS Stoytellers’ Institute, as well as works created collaboratively using innovative online tools and some more traditional forms of communication. The exhibit is open online with weekly artist talks hosted on Instagram 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.


Vice Presidential Debate Pre-Debate Primer

A primer ahead of the debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential candidate, will be held via Zoom at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, ahead of the 9 p.m. debate. Minita Sanghvi, assistant professor of management, marketing and business, and Lucia Hulsether, assistant professor of religion, will discuss gender and race in politics. For more information and to register, visit the event page.


A conversation with National Geographic staff writer Nina Strochlic

The Office of Community Service Programs will host a Zoom conversation with Nina Strochlic at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14. She will discuss her article “How mail-in voting began on Civil War Battlefields” and her experience working as a staff writer for National Geographic magazine. Her reporting focuses on human rights, immigration and conflict. For more information, email Michelle Hubbs.


Celebration Weekend

Celebration Weekend will take place virtually this year, offering programming on Oct. 16 and 17, as well as several options available at leisure. Many campus partners are making this year’s event possible. For more information about programming and registration, visit the Celebration Weekend website.


Disinfectant refills

The Oxivir disinfectant buckets that have been placed around campus are refillable and Facilities asks that you do not throw them away. When your bucket is close to empty, please submit a service request through the Facilities work order system and someone will refill it for you.


North Woods trails and fire update

On Sept. 23, a Campus Alert was sent regarding a brush fire in the North Woods. The fire was extinguished by Campus Safety and the Saratoga Springs Fire Department. Fires and fire pits are not permitted in the North Woods. All fire pits have been and will be deconstructed by the College to discourage fire building. The New York Department of Environmental Conservation reports moderate to high levels of fire risk in the region. Find trail maps and information about our North Woods Trails online here. Please report trail concerns to the North Woods email address. Call Skidmore Campus Safety at 518-580-5566 in the event of an emergency.


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.


Proposals for OCSE Travel Seminars

The Office of Off-Campus Study & Exchanges invites individual faculty, faculty teams or faculty and staff teams to submit proposals for short-term, faculty-led travel seminars for January, March or summer 2022. Proposals are due to OCSE by Dec. 1. For more information, contact Emily Gaul or Cori Filson.


Skidmore Shop

The City of Saratoga Springs Monopoly game is now available at the Skidmore Shop. Skidmore College is represented on this first-edition board that has been completely customized to celebrate the city. Proceeds from game sales will benefit the Adirondack Trust Company Community Fund and their Lend-A-Hand Grant program.


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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- 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.


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. This fall, all appointments will be online, from assignment sheet to final revisions. Fall 2020 tutoring hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 2 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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