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A message of thanks from the Skidmore College Board of Trustees

Dear Skidmore Community,


As we approach Thanksgiving and the end of the fall semester, the Board of Trustees would like to express our deepest thanks and gratitude to you in making this semester a reality. Your collaboration, inspiration, dedication and perseverance in providing fulfilling in-person and remote learning experiences for our students during this time of unparalleled challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic have been nothing short of remarkable.


With deepest thanks to all,

Skidmore College Board of Trustees

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Despite difficult challenges, the Skidmore community has come together this semester to maintain a safe campus, allowing the College to successfully offer 12 weeks of fulfilling in-person instruction and move forward with major initiatives for Skidmore's future. In a video message, President Marc C. Conner thanks students, staff and faculty for making it all possible.

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“The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison”

The editors of The New York Times Book Review have included Skidmore College President and literary scholar Marc C. Conner’s latest book, “The Selected Letters of Ralph Ellison,” in their list of “100 Notable Books of 2020."

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Dining Services

Hours of operation and Dining Services updates are available online.

Oracle Cloud System

Skidmore will roll out an upgraded Oracle Cloud system for financial and human resources functions in January 2021. This week’s updates to the Oracle Cloud training website include instructions for completing various approvals for supervisors.

Human Resources

You’re invited: EAP workshop

Join us for a workshop focused on “Building Resiliency Muscles During COVID-19.” Brenda Reid, a licensed master social worker from our Employee Assistance Program, will facilitate this program. Moment by moment, we make choices for ourselves that affect us and those around us. During the program, we will focus on what we have realized and accomplished in our own world since March 2020. We will talk about lessons learned, acknowledge accomplishments (small, medium and large) and what we are grateful for at work and at home. We will focus on adding tools to our personal toolboxes to increase and maintain our ability to bounce, which is what resiliency is. This program will be held via Zoom on Tuesday, Dec. 9. Registration is required on the HR Training website.


Employee COVID-19 testing

There will be no testing the week of Nov. 23. Starting Nov. 30 and through the winter break, the College will continue to test those students who have permission to stay on campus and some employees who are working on campus on a weekly basis using the Broad Institute. Human Resources encourages supervisors to consider remote work assignments for any employee whose job responsibilities can be performed from home, and staggered work schedules for those employees who need to come to campus to perform work. Considering these de-densification efforts, together with the absence of direct contact with students on campus, the College will change the scope of who is required to be tested each week. The following employees will be exempt from the College’s testing program:

  • Individuals who come on campus sporadically and work alone in an office, even if for more than 30 minutes. This would allow individuals who are not regularly scheduled to work to come on campus for periodic work in their office without getting tested first.
  • Individuals who are regularly scheduled but who do not work in a setting with proximate contact to co-workers (defined, consistent with DOH guidelines, as being in the same enclosed environment such as an office or other workspace). 

Testing will be conducted on Mondays and Tuesday mornings at Falstaff’s. Employees should make arrangements to come to campus to be tested on these days, even if not scheduled to work on campus until later in the week. Employees who are unable to test on Mondays or Tuesday mornings should contact their supervisor and Human Resources to obtain information on alternative testing options. There will be no testing the weeks of Nov. 23, Dec. 21 and Dec. 28, and employees will not be required to obtain a test during those weeks as a condition of coming on campus.  


Inclement Weather Policy

While the campus mission requires us to be operational 24/7 on a 12-month basis, there are some occasions when the campus will experience a delayed opening, early release or closure impacting non-designated essential personnel due to particularly severe winter weather. Employees are encouraged to read the full Inclement Weather Policy. For more information, contact Sarah Delaney Vero.


Employee Development Series

Human Resources sincerely thanks those employees who were able to attend our first of five Employee Development workshops. We hope you enjoyed the program and gained valuable material you can implement to create the best possible work environment. View the presentation slides here. For those of you who could not join us, the recording of the workshop is available here and on the HR website. To access the recording, please use passcode A6+sRUva. Mark your calendar for part two of the series, which will be held from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 15. This workshop will explore how and when to engage in difficult conversations, the fundamentals of crucial conversations and how to resolve conflict in the workplace. We will learn the five methods of resolving conflict and discover your natural conflict resolution style.

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Gwen D’Arcangelis, associate professor of gender studies, is releasing a new book. Read more >>


Sarah DiPasquale, assistant professor of dance, and Stephen Ives, associate professor of health and human physiological sciences, published a research paper. Read more >>


Hédi A. Jaouad, professor of French, received a laudatory review of his book. Read more >>


James Kennelly, professor of international business and management, wrote a chapter in a new book. Read more >>


Pushkala Prasad, Zankel Chair in Management for Liberal Arts Students, provided analysis for a resource for recent graduates. Read more >>


Denise L. Smith, professor in the Health and Human Physiological Sciences Department, and her colleagues in the First Responder Health and Safety Laboratory published two research papers. Read more >>


Giving Tuesday

Next Tuesday, Dec. 1, is #GivingTuesday. Skidmore is once again participating in this global day of giving back, and our goal is to top 500 donors — primarily from our off-campus community — before midnight on Dec. 1. Donors through the Skidmore Fund provide our students with the tools they need to succeed — equipping them to think critically, solve complex problems and contribute in meaningful ways to their communities.


Winter athletics update: Ice hockey

The New England Hockey Conference announced the cancellation of the 2020-21 season and the 2021 championship tournament. Read more on the Skidmore Athletics website.


Survival Week activities

Student Academic Services presents Survival Week activities Nov. 28-30. Peer academic coaches will host various events to help students destress in the days just before final exam week.


Skidmore receives national ranking for study abroad

The 2020 Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange has ranked Skidmore College ninth among the top 40 baccalaureate institutions in the U.S. for the number of students studying abroad for one semester during the 2018-19 academic year. Skidmore College is also ranked 25th for the total number of students studying abroad in the same institutional category. Read the full story here.


Skidmore Shop

Enjoy free shipping from this Cyber Monday, Nov. 30, with the use of code Cyber Monday at checkout. Please note that this only applies to standard shipping. Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, Skidmore Shop hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.


SEFCU offers scholarships

SEFCU, the credit union on campus, offers $50,000 in scholarships to students annually. Check out SEFCU Scholarships to learn more. The 2021 deadline for scholarship applications is Jan. 8.


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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 campuswide 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 will continue to support all students throughout the winter break. Students are invited to schedule an appointment or have their documents reviewed. For all seniors, the Senior Success Series is coming Jan. 11-15. Stay tuned for more details.


Center for Leadership, Teaching, and Learning

Scholarly and Creative Endeavors Work Groups (SCE) are taking on a new format next semester. Three groups will be led virtually via Zoom in spring 2021, starting the week of Feb. 8. In addition, there will be a Winter SCE camp the week of Jan. 18-22.


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.


Employee Assistance Program

Employees seeking counseling services may make use of the Employee Assistance Program.


Financial Aid

The Financial Aid Office will be closed Wednesday through Friday, Nov. 25-27. Beginning Monday, Nov. 30, staff will be available remotely during regular business hours, 8:30 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m., by email and by phone at 518-580-5750, and via Zoom by appointment.


First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience office is working remotely. 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.


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. 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 are working remotely until further notice. Staff will continue to offer advising, academic and social support, and OP students should feel encouraged to reach out to staff by email and/or schedule video conferencing for any needs that arise.


Post Office

From the week of Monday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Jan. 15, the Post Office will be closed on Wednesdays. Window hours will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. Departmental deliveries will be Tuesdays and Fridays. 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

From the week of Monday, Nov. 30, through Friday, Jan. 15, hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. All finished jobs must be picked up at Print Services; delivery service is still 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. Petruzzelli is generally in the office on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from noon to 3 p.m. Schnitzer is available for in-person appointment/meetings as requested.


Registrar’s Office

The Registrar’s Office is working remotely. 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

For policies regarding use of space under current health and safety guidelines, visit the Scheduling Office webpage or check availability in EMS. Academic building hours during finals and over winter break are posted. Email the Scheduling Office with any questions.


Scribner Library

For library hours and updates, check the library website. To request materials, fill out the library’s online form. For research help, visit the “Ask Us” page to access FAQs. Consult the library's welcome packet for additional information about access, resources and help.


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) academic counselors will be available until the semester ends on Saturday, Dec. 5. A schedule of Survival Week events (Nov. 28-30) is now available. International Student and Scholar advisors and academic counselors will be available for consultation and support throughout the winter break. To schedule an appointment, please email SAS.


Tang Teaching Museum

The Tang Teaching Museum welcomes the Skidmore community during the intersession. Faculty, students and staff can make appointments to visit from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, Dec. 1-18 and Jan. 5-29. Faculty members especially are invited to make appointments to visit the museum in preparation for their spring semester classes. Faculty interested in teaching with exhibitions may contact Rachel Seligman, assistant director for curatorial affairs. Faculty interested in teaching with collections may contact Kara Jefts, collections registrar. All other Skidmore community members, please make an appointment by using this form or calling 518-580-8080. Please make your appointment at least 24 hours in advance of your visit. Exhibitions on view include “Energy in All Directions,” “Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond” and “Nicole Cherubini: Shaking the Trees.” The exhibition “We’ve Only Just Begun: 100 Years of Skidmore Women in Politics” is on view online. The museum’s spring semester hours will be announced in January 2021.


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. Writing tutors will continue to work with students (remotely) during study days and exam week. Students may schedule an appointment 72 hours in advance; please check the schedule for appointment times.

 Please send submissions to the Office of Communications and Marketing. 

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