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A message from Skidmore College

As Skidmore prepares to welcome students back to campus for spring 2021, President Marc Conner writes about plans and requirements, including mandatory testing and quarantining, in place to help ensure the health and safety of the Skidmore community.

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The promise of the future

As Skidmore begins a new year, members of College faculty and leadership believe the liberal arts offer a way to navigate through tumultuous times toward a hopeful vision for the future.

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Energy in All Directions

Creative signage for the Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery’s new exhibition "Energy in All Directions" benefited from state-of-the-art equipment from the IdeaLab: The Skidmore College Makerspace.

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Dining Services

Hours of operation and Dining Services updates are available online.

Introducing Okta

The Skidmore Information Technology team is moving to Okta to manage the College’s web applications. This means you can use your Windows password to sign in to a single, secure homepage and gain access to all your web applications, including the new Oracle Cloud system. Watch this short video to learn more about Okta. Activation emails have been sent to Skidmore employees. For more information, please contact Chief Technology Officer Dwane Sterling.

Oracle Cloud System

After months of planning, Skidmore is pleased to roll out an upgraded Oracle Cloud system for financial and human resources functions. Please click on this link to access the new system. As announced by Information Technology, Skidmore is now also using a system called Okta to manage web applications.


Beginning today, nonexempt staff can access and enter timesheets for the Dec. 26-Jan. 8 pay period. Oracle Cloud timesheets will follow the normal payroll schedule and are due on Monday, Jan. 11, for the first payroll processed in Oracle Cloud.  


Please continue to review the Oracle Cloud training website and the Skidmore Weekly Bulletin for updates. Beginning today, Finance staff will host daily open office hours from 11 a.m. to noon and from 1 to 2 p.m. Please click on this link to access the Oracle Cloud training website and Schedule of Zoom Sessions. The first 30 minutes of each session will generally include open Q&A, with the second 30 minutes reserved for specific transactional support. Zoom breakout rooms will be used to facilitate screen sharing. 

Human Resources

HR Organizational Changes

Our primary goal in Human Resources is to be an informative and supportive resource for all employees. HR remains focused and committed to the institution’s needs related to diversity, talent management, recruitment, retention, compensation, learning/development, employee/labor relations and policy development, and we strive to improve in these areas on a daily basis.  

As we begin a new year, there have been important changes within the department. Following Associate Director and HR Liaison Dwayne Zuhlke’s decision to seek new opportunities outside Skidmore, the HR team is pleased to announce that Brianna Herman has been promoted to assistant director, employee relations, training and development, as of Jan. 1. Herman has been with the College for more than two years and has worn many hats in the department. In her new role, she will be responsible for managing employee relations matters for all union and nonunion employees, and for developing and delivering professional development and other training opportunities to members of the Skidmore community. We look forward to continuing to provide professional, timely and helpful support to the employee community.  

Employee COVID-19 Testing Information

As a reminder, the Daily Health Certification must be completed before or upon arrival to campus each day. Important reminders for those who are returning to campus and who will continue to require COVID-19 surveillance testing through winter break:  

  • Testing days and times -Testing will be on Mondays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Tuesdays from 8 a.m. to noon. All employees who require testing will need to make arrangements to be tested during these time frames. Due to the increase in cases locally and nationally, it is unlikely that you will be able to obtain asymptomatic surveillance testing in the community. 
  • Testing location - All testing will be located at Falstaffs. 


Employees who will be working on campus with regular proximate contact with co-workers (working in the same workspace) or students are expected to participate in Skidmore's COVID-19 surveillance testing program. Employees who will come into incidental (e.g., hallways, Spa, etc.) contact, who work in shared spaces but on different days or who work alone do not need to get tested. Those employees who meet the testing criteria have been identified and their names will be provided to the testing staff. Due to more limited availability of tests from now until students return on Monday, Jan. 25, only those employees who meet the criteria may be tested over the break. If you have any questions, please contact your supervisor or HR. 

EAP Reaching Out Newsletter

Click here for the January edition of our Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) Reaching Out Newsletter. There are a range of interesting articles. We hope you find this month’s newsletter helpful.

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Nurcan Atalan-Helicke, associate professor and director of the Environmental Studies and Sciences Program, published two academic articles. Read more>> 


Corinne Moss-Racusin, associate professor of psychology, has received a major award for her research. Read more>> 


Denise L. Smith, professor in the Health and Human Physiological Sciences Department, co-authored two articles. Read more>> 


Dominique Vuvan, assistant professor of psychology, co-authored an editorial in a scholarly journal. Read more>> 


We welcome submissions from faculty and staff related to professional accomplishments and scholarly endeavors.


MDOCS: "Medium Rare" online exhibition

MDOCS invites you to visit the online exhibition "Medium Rare," an installation of creative works by students in the documentary studies course Creative Research and Multimedia Expression. "Medium Rare" will stay up through the winter break. We hope this digital space offers inspiration as you consider the possibilities for public presentation of creative and academic work during the pandemic. 


Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition

Last call for Skidmore entrepreneurs! The Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition has begun and teams are working on their plans. The goal of this competition is not only to provide teams with prizes of cash and in-kind services, but also to provide student entrepreneurs with the opportunity to improve their business through workshops, coaching, feedback and live practice sessions. The program was established by Kenneth A. Freirich ’90 to foster entrepreneurship, innovation and creativity among Skidmore students. Students from all majors are encouraged to compete. First drafts of business plans are due Friday, Jan. 15, and final drafts are due Friday, Feb. 19. On Friday, Jan. 8, students are welcome to join Professor Cathy Hill for a Zoom session on how to create a business plan. To participate in the competition, please complete an intent to compete form by Jan. 10. 


Book discussion

Saidiya Hartman of Columbia University will be interviewed by Jamie Parra of the English Department during a Zoom event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 10. Hartman will discuss her most recent book, “Wayward Lives, Beautiful Experiments: Intimate Histories of Riotous Black Girls, Troublesome Women, and Queer Radicals,” winner of the 2019 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism. The event is open to all members of the Skidmore community. Registration information is forthcoming. For more information, please contact Jamie Parra


Skidmore Shop got a makeover in 2020. Check out the new website and sign up for the email list to receive 10% off your first online order.  


Center for Leadership, Teaching and Learning

A Scholarly and Creative Endeavors (SCE) Winter Camp will take place Jan. 18-22. Contact Nurcan Atalan-Helicke to participate. Three SCE work groups will be led virtually via Zoom in spring 2021, starting the week of Feb. 8. For details, visit the Center for Leadership, Teaching and Learning’s professional development calendar.


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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.


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

Financial Aid Office staff are available remotely, 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

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

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 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 More Access Information page for additional information about access, resources and help.


Sponsored Research

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


Student Academic Services

International student and scholar advisors and academic counselors in the Office of Student Academic Services (SAS) are 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, 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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