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Weekly Bulletin

COVID-19 Updates

President Conner has shared information about New York state vaccination plans and updates regarding the College's Spring 2021 Return to Campus Plan. Skidmore employees have also received invitations by email to participate in a Community Forum on Spring Semester Planning from 11 a.m. to noon tomorrow, Thursday, Jan. 21. This forum is an opportunity for all employees to hear more about preparation and planning for the spring semester and ask related questions.


COVID-19 testing requirements for Skidmore employees are outlined in the Human Resources section of this Bulletin. Updates will continue to be provided through this Bulletin and occasional direct email messages that will also be posted on the Campus Planning website.

Skidmore News

Corrine Moss-Racusin

Associate Professor of Psychology Corinne Moss-Racusin is the only known recipient in the history of the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology to be affiliated with a liberal arts college rather than a major research institution.

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Senior Success Series

Skidmore alumni, parents and friends share experiences designed to prepare and inspire the classes of 2020 and 2021 during this unique time in history.

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Dining Services

Hours of operation and Dining Services updates are available online.

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. Please continue to review the Oracle Cloud training website and the Skidmore Weekly Bulletin for updates.  


Finance and Human Resources staff will continue to 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

Virtual Diabetes Prevention Program

A Virtual Diabetes Prevention Program through St. Peter’s Health Partners begins Wednesday, Jan. 20. This program is free of charge and open to anyone who qualifies (those with prediabetes or those who may have other risk factors for Type 2 diabetes). Learn more about the program here


Important Updates: Employee COVID-19 testing information

Effective Monday, Jan. 25, Skidmore College will resume its testing program for most employees who will be on campus this semester. All employees who work on campus must be tested on a weekly basis. Only employees who are in one or more of the following categories will not require testing: 

  1. Employees who work remotely. 
  2. Employees who are not scheduled to work on campus. 
  3. Employees who may need to be on campus briefly, such that they are on campus no more than twice per week and for a period that amounts to no more than 30 minutes each time. An example would be coming in only to pick up mail or make a copy. 


Employees who will be on campus irregularly but who do not fall within the third exemption, above, must be tested before working on campus. Therefore, we ask that employees and supervisors be mindful of any occasional need to be on campus and plan so that employees are tested at least 24 hours prior to coming to work on campus.  


Where: All employee testing will be held at Falstaff’s. 


When: Testing will be available for employees Monday through Friday during the following times:  

  • Monday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. 
  • Tuesday, 8 a.m.–4 p.m. 
  • Wednesday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 
  • Thursday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 
  • Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. 


For the week of Jan. 25, employees are encouraged to be tested Monday or Tuesday during their normal working hours based on the schedule below: 




















8 – 10 a.m.

10 a.m. – noon

noon – 2 p.m.

2 – 4 p.m.

8 – 10 a.m.

10 a.m. – noon

noon – 2 p.m.

2 – 4 p.m.

If you are working outside of these hours or days, or not able to be tested during your scheduled time, please notify your supervisor and select another time when testing is available. 


You must bring your Skidmore College ID for proper identification. Masks must be worn, and employees must maintain appropriate social distancing at all times. Under no circumstances can an employee be on campus after Friday, Jan. 29 without being tested.


Testing Feb. 1-14

As announced in President Conner’s Jan. 15 message, for the first two weeks of the semester, every employee working on campus will be tested twice weekly. These tests should be taken at least 72 hours apart. Therefore, employees who test on Monday should take a second test on Thursday. Employees who test on Tuesday should take a second test on Friday. Employees who are not scheduled to work on Monday or Tuesday should contact the interim HR director to discuss alternative options. Additional details regarding increased testing during the first two weeks of the semester will be communicated in next week’s Bulletin. 


Positive test results or close contact with a positive individual off campus

Employees who test positive for COVID-19 outside of Skidmore College’s testing program or are subject to quarantine because of close contact with a positive individual off campus must notify Laura Goodwin in HR immediately.  


Daily Health Certification

The Daily Health Certification must be completed before or upon arrival to campus each day.  


Recording absence time due to quarantine

Any employee who is unable to work as a result of a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine will receive up to 14 days of College emergency leave. Employees should record this time as College emergency leave when completing their timecards. Employees who are quarantined but who can work remotely are not eligible for College emergency leave. 


Thank you for your support and cooperation in keeping the Skidmore community safe. If you have any questions, please contact the interim HR director.  

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Kathryn Baustian, teaching professor of anthropology, co-authored an academic article. Read more>>


Jennifer Delton, professor of history, published a piece in The Washington Post. Read more>>


Eliza Kent, professor and chair of the Department of Religious Studies, published an essay in an academic volume. Read more>> 


Caitlin Meagher, visiting assistant professor of anthropology, published a book. Read more>>


Tillman Nechtman, professor and chair of the Department of History, and Natalie Taylor, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, published an essay online. Read more>> 


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


Parking for COVID-19 testing

No parking is available at Falstaff’s Pavillion. The paved areas next to Falstaff’s are designated for emergency access as fire lanes. Please use the upper Palamountain parking lot. Contact Campus Safety if you have questions. 


"Culture as Catalyst" conversation

The Tang Teaching Museum’s newest publication, "Culture as Catalyst," will be celebrated with an online discussion organized by the International Center of Photography at 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21. The dialogue features former Tang Curator-at-Large Isolde Brielmaier and two contributors to the book: "Our Body Politic" radio show host and author Farai Chideya, and producer and writer Tanya Selvaratnam. The talk is free and open to the public. Visit the website for more information and to register. 


Book discussion

Cultural critic 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. Register for the event here. For more information, please contact Jamie Parra.


Skidmore Shop

From now until the College exits “safe shelter” mode, members of the Skidmore community must make an appointment to pick up their orders as the Shop will be closed for in-person shopping. These dates are subject to change as we prioritize the safety of our community. Please contact us at or call 518-580-5490 with any questions.


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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. Please send all documentation electronically through Oracle Cloud. 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.


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. For more information, visit the Center for Leadership, Teaching and Learning’s professional development calendar


Community Service

The Office of Community Service Programs continues to share ways to give back. 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 and Faculty/Staff campus planning questions on a regular basis. 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 the 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.


For questions about Okta, Skidmore’s new identity management system, please contact the IT Help Desk.  


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

The Post Office will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for the spring semester. 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 will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday for the spring semester. Delivery service remains suspended for the spring semester. 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.


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 semester, all appointments will be online. The Writing Center will begin tutoring on Monday, Feb. 8, and will tutor during these hours: Monday-Thursday, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Saturday, noon-4 p.m.; Sunday, noon-10 p.m. Check our schedule for appointment times.    

 Please send submissions to the Office of Communications and Marketing. 

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