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Skidmore anticipates inviting all students back to campus for the spring semester and continuing with the mix of in-person and online instruction offered this fall. It is currently assumed that safety conditions, health procedures and guidelines (including weekly testing), and residential arrangements will be very similar, but the Skidmore community will be updated regularly throughout the planning process.

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In this first monthly report on the Initiative, President Conner communicates the progress that has been made on the action items presented to the Skidmore community four weeks ago.

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Student walking on campus

President Conner expresses gratitude and kudos to students for working hard to keep COVID-19 in check throughout the first half of the fall semester. However, he cautions, now is not the time to lower our guard, as that same all-in effort will be required to successfully carry us through the next six weeks.

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Case Center

President Conner and College administrators provided updates on a number of important initiatives during the Zoom meeting last week.

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When summer internships and job offers were rescinded due to COVID-19, the donation and a partnership between Skidmore and Cornell gave students a second chance to advance their career goals.

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Dining Services

Bread sale: Order on the Dining Services website by Tuesday, Oct. 13, for pickup on Friday, Oct. 16, between 3 and 5 p.m. in the Atrium Café. Flavors are nine-grain, ciabatta, crusty Italian with sundried tomatoes, pumpkin chocolate chip, sourdough, and vegan banana and blueberry.


Take-and-bake apple crisp: For $8, get everything you need — from apples and premeasured ingredients to ice cream and a baking pan — to bake a delicious apple crisp for four to six people. Orders must be placed online by Oct. 16 for pickup on Oct. 23.  


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, are open to students only this fall. Hours of operation and Spa specials are available online.

Human Resources

Upcoming training and development opportunities

Human Resources is committed to helping employees grow professionally and personally while working at Skidmore College. The department will soon launch a new Employee Training & Development calendar of events, which will include programs to orient new employees and provide training and development opportunities for employees at all levels across campus. 


Harassment prevention training

All employees must complete an annual workplace harassment prevention program. Human Resources will formally announce the details of this year's mandatory online training for all employees next week. 


Breakfast with HR: Supervisor Roundtable

Human Resources sincerely thanks those supervisors who attended our first Breakfast with HR program. We hope you enjoyed the program and gained valuable strategies that you can implement on your team. View the presentation slides here. For those of you who could not join us, we encourage you to review the presentation and reach out to us to discuss best practices for engaging your team during these extraordinary times. The next Breakfast with HR will be held Wednesday, Oct. 28, from 9 to 10 a.m.

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Christopher Mann, assistant professor of political science, was quoted by media outlets about election issues. Read more >>


June Paul, assistant professor of social work, published an academic article. Read more >>


Jeffrey Segrave, professor and chair of music, and John Cosgrove, resource management, outreach and humanities librarian, co-authored an article. Read more >>


President's Virtual Office Hour

President Conner extends an invitation to all faculty, staff and students to discuss any topics of importance to them during a virtual open office hour from 11 a.m. to noon EDT Tuesday, Oct. 20, via Zoom. To schedule a 10-minute appointment during the hour, please email a request to the President's Office by noon Monday, Oct. 19. Requests will be handled in the order they are received. Due to time limitations, it is possible not all requests will be granted this time, but additional open office hours will be announced throughout the year.


Thoroughbred teams add assistant coaches

The Skidmore College women’s soccer and lacrosse teams brought on board new assistant coaches for the 2020-21 seasons. Former Queensbury High School head girls' soccer coach Jason Tenner joined the Thoroughbred women’s soccer staff, while the women’s lacrosse team welcomed Rebecka Dale, recent Plymouth State University lacrosse standout and assistant, to the team.


Vice Presidential Debate Pre-Debate Primer

Join Minita Sanghvi, assistant professor of management, marketing and business, and Lucia Hulsether, assistant professor of religion, as they discuss gender and race in politics at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 7, via Zoom, ahead of the 9 p.m. debate between Vice President Mike Pence and Sen. Kamala Harris, the Democratic vice presidential candidate. Register for the event via Zoom.


“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 ever 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 via Instagram at 6 p.m. Thursdays, Oct. 8, 15 and 22. The Oct. 8 talk will be hosted by Kadijatou Diallo ’20 and Shana Kleiner ’20. For more information, visit the SHIFT website.


Tang Live: Skidmore students discuss “Never Done”

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8, on the Tang Instagram account, students will share their perspectives on the election-year exhibition “Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond,” which takes the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment as the occasion for reflection and exploration of the issues and challenges women in the United States have faced, and continue to face, in politics and society. The event will be hosted by Jane Cole ’21.


Tang at Home Studio: Self-Portrait Remix

Tang at Home Studio presents Self-Portrait Remix at 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 9. Explore “Glass Castles,” a mixed-media work by artist Deborah Roberts featured in the exhibition “Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond.” Take some time to think about this work, gather your collage art materials and be ready to share and create your own self-portrait. Registration is required. For more information, visit the Tang event webpage.


Career Jam

The Career Development Center will host the 11th annual Career Jam, Skidmore’s largest professional networking event of the year, virtually from Monday, Oct. 12, through Friday, Oct. 16. Students have access to an entire week of programming, with each day focused on a specific career community. Included are unique opportunities to interact with parents and alumni at organizations such as Google, Pixar Animation Studios, Bristol Myers Squibb, Warner Brothers, Santander Bank, the Office of Michelle Obama and many more. See the full schedule of events.


Skidmore Encore presents "Family Ties"

The popular lecture series Skidmore Encore will be presented live online in two 45-minute webinars each Tuesday from Oct. 13 through Nov. 10. The first week’s theme is “Family Ties.” On Tuesday, Oct. 13, Professor of Sociology Catherine Berheide will consider “What’s Happening to Families Today?” from 11 to 11:45 a.m., and Assistant Professor of Anthropology Joowon Park will discuss “Sending Money to North Korea: Gifts, Family and Mobility in East Asia” from noon to 12:45 p.m. The program is free for Skidmore students, faculty, staff and the College’s retirees. Visit the Skidmore Encore webpage to register.


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, visit the Celebration Weekend website.


Domestic Violence Awareness Month programs

Throughout October, students, faculty and staff are invited to attend in-person events centered on education, action and healing. Activities include painting pumpkins purple for domestic violence awareness, transforming how we think about relationships through an Escalation Workshop and exploring the mind-body connection with a trauma-sensitive yoga class series. Participation is limited for these events, so check out SkidSync to learn more and RSVP. For more information, contact Gabriela Melillo, Title IX deputy coordinator for student affairs.


2021 MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute announces open call for student fellows

Documentarians, artists and storytellers are invited to apply to the 2021 MDOCS Storytellers’ Institute, a fully funded residency for Skidmore students in creative nonfiction. Be inspired by and receive mentorship from renowned artists, be part of an exciting intellectual community and receive dedicated time and support to make creative work. This year’s theme, Co-Creation: Delights, Discontents, and Dislocations, will address the ways in which makers work with each other, institutions and communities to make engaging work; and the new importance and challenges of collaboration during the pandemic. Applications are due Oct. 27. For more information, visit the website.  


Virtual events can be added to college calendar

Review these instructions for adding virtual events to the college’s master calendar or contact Megan Bove, scheduling and event coordinator, for assistance.


Student Academic Services space open for use

Student Academic Services, on the lower level of Starbuck Center, is open for quiet study and computer use from 4:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday and from noon to 6 p.m. Sunday. Sign up in advance.


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

During the Skidmore Shop’s online Celebration Weekend sale Oct. 16-18, shoppers can enjoy 15% off all branded items.


Notary service offered at campus credit union branch

The SEFCU branch on campus has a notary on staff at all times, should you need to have your 2020 election absentee ballot notarized. The branch is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is located between Jonsson Tower and the Dining Hall. Please bring a valid state-issued ID (driver’s license or non-driver ID) or passport to verify your identity for this service.


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Calendar of Virtual Events

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

At this time, the Office of Academic Advising is best able to serve students, faculty and parents through phone or Zoom meetings. Appointments can be scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Same-day appointments are often available. Visit the office webpage or find more contact information here.


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 continue to hold open advising hours from 1 to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday via zoom. Check out their remote advising webpage for the Zoom link or to schedule an appointment. 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

The Post Office is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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

Print Services is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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 working mostly remotely but is fully operational and accessible for all of your Purchasing/PCard needs by emailing Anne Petruzzelli or Carol Schnitzer or leaving a voicemail at 518-580-5848 or 518-580-5849. Anne is generally in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m. Carol is available for in-person appointments as requested.


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 collaborates with Academic and Student Affairs to ensure students have space for quiet study and extracurricular activities while following health and safety guidelines. Academic building hours are posted. 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-, second- and third-floor access only. 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 and faculty appointments during the week, and for 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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