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Weekly Bulletin

COVID-19 Updates

Skidmore College is currently operating at Alert Level 2. At this level, testing is required once weekly and Dining Services has resumed normal operations and hours. Small-group gatherings of no more than 10 individuals are permitted when individuals are masked and socially distanced at all times. Some athletic practice and competition may resume under key health and safety precautions


Detailed information about each alert level’s impact on key services, operations, activities and expectations can be found on the Campus Planning webpage

Skidmore News

Skidmore athletics updates

Skidmore College is pleased to announce that winter sports teams — ice hockey, women’s basketball, men’s basketball and men’s and women’s swimming and diving — will return to competition beginning Friday, Feb. 26. The health and safety of our student-athletes and our entire community continues to be the College's top priority.

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Healthcare Working Group Update

An online survey regarding potential changes to Skidmore's health care plan is available to all employees now through Feb. 22. Skidmore login is required to access. The survey features multiple-choice questions, Likert scales (“Do you agree or disagree?”) and rankings of preferences.   


Even if an employee was unable to attend any of the focus groups, the HWG strongly recommends participating in the survey, as feedback from the survey will help the HWG develop its recommendations to IPPC and the President’s Cabinet. 


A link to the survey is also posted on the HWG website. Your input is important! The HWG would like to have 100% participation.  


A written summary of the meeting and a recording of the Zoom meeting are available as well. 

Dining Services

The Spa, Burgess Café and Atrium Café are open to Skidmore employees. Please visit the Dining Services website regularly for updates, specials and hours of operation.  

Oracle Cloud System

Please continue to review the Oracle Cloud training website for updates. Finance and Human Resources staff will continue to host open office hours periodically and are always available to answer questions by email and Zoom. Please access the Oracle Cloud training website and Schedule of Zoom sessions here and points of contact for assistance here. 

Human Resources

Employee Development Series

Human Resources is excited to announce the third installment of the Employee Development Series workshops. Our next series will focus on communication and why our methods of communication matter. Lindsey Ahern of Ahern, Murphy and Associates will provide a 90-minute, virtual training class to all employees. The premise of this class is to discuss that while everyone communicates and we are inundated with communication from a variety of channels, for our communication to be effective we need to be better connectors. Communicating effectively and finding ways to connect with each other fosters trust, builds relationships and increases influence. The class will review fundamental communication principles, including active listening, body language, tone and choice of words. The workshop will be held via Zoom from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24. Registration is required on the HR Training website

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.


This information is also available on the Campus Planning website. Thank you for your support and cooperation in keeping the Skidmore community safe. If you have any questions, please contact the interim HR director. 


Positive Test Results or Close Contact with a Positive Individual Off Campus

As a reminder, 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.      

Employee COVID-19 Testing Information

Testing for New Hires Working on Campus

Hiring managers should reach out to Leslie Miakisz to coordinate testing for new hires who will be working on campus. New hires should be tested within 72 hours of their first day of work on campus.


Test Results

Please be aware the cold weather is affecting test results. Broad recently notified the College that there has been an increase in the number of test results that are coming back as "TNP" (test not processed). With the cold and dry weather, Broad is seeing an increase in the number of samples that are too viscous to process. Participants are therefore asked to blow their nose vigorously before swabbing and to visually inspect the swab. If it has visible mucus, please discard the sample and try again. The nursing staff at the testing facility have been notified of this and will assist employees in securing an appropriate swab for testing.


Where to Get Tested

All employee testing will be held at Falstaff’s.


When to Get Tested

Testing will be available for employees from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday; and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday and Friday.


Please remember that any employee who is currently working remotely this week but will be working on campus next week must receive a negative result prior to arriving on campus. Please plan on taking the test within 72 hours of the first time you are coming on campus and resuming regular testing from that date.


Faculty members and other employees who do not live locally may obtain a COVID-19 test in their local community and provide their negative test results to HR prior to their first day of returning to work on campus.


You must bring your Skidmore College ID for proper identification. Masks must be worn, and employees must maintain appropriate social distancing at all times.  

Skidmore Spotlight

Tom Marcellus, inventory coordinator in the Skidmore Shop, is “always going above and beyond to help others.” This semester, Marcellus and colleagues worked together to implement a new way for students to pick up their textbooks during the College’s safe-shelter period. 

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Meet Tom Marcellus

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Elzbieta (Ela) Lepkowska-White, professor of management and business, received an award. Read more >> 


Andrew M. Lindner, associate professor of sociology, published a book chapter. Read more >> 


Josh Ness, associate professor of biology, published an academic article. Read more >> 


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


Pathway along Wait Hall closed

The hillside pathway that runs parallel and closest to Perimeter Road along Wait Hall will be closed until the spring. Instead, pedestrians should use the adjacent pathway with handrails. 


Student Leadership Award nominations sought

Upper-class students who are well-rounded individuals with diverse interests, strong character and high initiative may be nominated using an online form or by sending a letter to Dean of Students and Vice President for Student Affairs Cerri Banks by 4 p.m. Monday, March 22. The awards will be presented at the annual Student Leadership Award Ceremony, date yet to be determined. 


Student Academic Services  

Student Academic Services (SAS) 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 at the Starbuck Center lower level. Please sign up in advance


Peer Academic Coaching  

Peer Academic Coaching sessions have begun. Please visit the PAC website for schedules and further information


Tang Live: Curator’s Talk with Elizabeth Cumbo ’22

At 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 18, on the Tang Instagram, Elizabeth Cumbo ’22 will lead a tour of her online exhibition “Hyde Cabinet #10: Framing a Feeling," which explores Checkna Touré’s painted glass frames, used by the photographer Malick Sidibé. 


Dance Department virtual class

Doug Varone and Dancers will offer virtual classes to modern dance and choreography students in the Dance Department the week of Feb. 20-25. The award-winning choreographer will host a virtual public showing at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, discussing his 2019 work, “Somewhere,” set to the orchestral selections of Leonard Bernstein’s “West Side Story.” Co-sponsored by the Office of Special Programs and the New York State Council on the Arts.  


Narratives Disrupted: Voices and Visions of the Black Atlantic

The “Narratives Disrupted” series is organized by Latin American and Latinx Studies and co-sponsored by American Studies, Black Studies, History, International Affairs, and World Languages and Literatures. “Afro-Latin Activist-Intellectuals: New York, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Brazil,” with Ayanna Legros, Sandy Placido and Christen A. Smith and moderator Rachel Cantave (IA), will be held from 5:30 to 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 22. “Cultural Ecologies of the Francophone Caribbean,” with Mamyrah Dougé-Propser and Malcolm Ferdinand and moderator Aurélie Matheron (WLL), is tentatively scheduled for noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4. “Inspired by the Haitian Revolution,” with Cecilia Lisa Eliceche and Kyrah Daniels and moderators Lisa Jackson-Schebetta (TH) and Rachel Cantave (IA), will be held from 8 to 9:30 p.m. Monday, April 5. Find event links and additional details on the Latin American and Latinx Studies website.   


An “Evening with Trevor Noah” Black History Month event

Join Skidmore Speaker’s Bureau at 8 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, for an "Evening with Trevor Noah," New York Times bestselling author, comedian and host of “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah." All Skidmore students, faculty and staff are invited to attend but must RSVP through SkidSync. Log in with your SkidSync credentials and search “Trevor Noah” to RSVP. For more on Skidmore’s Black History Month events, see the website


Lunchtime Crochet: Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef

Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara hosts a lunchtime drop-in crocheting session on Wednesday, Feb. 24, from noon to 12:30 p.m. Join at your leisure to crochet corals for a massive community art project, the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef, part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project. Coral creations submitted to the Museum will be assembled to form the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef, which will be exhibited as part of “Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science,” opening in early 2022. Open to everyone, and all skill levels welcome. Download the brochure “How to Crochet Hyperbolic Corals” and check the event webpage for a Zoom link. For more information, contact Rebecca McNamara.  


Talk: Anthony Abraham Jack on “The Privileged Poor”

Anthony Abraham Jack will discuss “The Privileged Poor: How Elite Colleges are Failing Disadvantaged Students” from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 26, via Zoom. The event is open to faculty, staff, students and the greater Capital District community. All participants must RSVP. Zoom information will be emailed the day of the event to registered participants only. The event is sponsored by the Center for Leadership, Teaching and Learning (CLTL) in collaboration with Skidmore’s Racial Justice Initiative.   


Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition

The Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition’s first-round, semifinal presentations will be held on Friday, Feb. 26. The Skidmore community is invited to join in this virtual event as 24 business plans are presented before a panel of judges. Only eight teams will move forward to the final competition. Student presentations will be held from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and the finalists will be announced at 6:15 p.m. Please visit the Freirich Entreprenuership Competition website for more information, including a link to the webinar, the presentation schedule and competitor and judge information. 


2021 Arthur Zankel Lecture

At 6 p.m. Monday, March 1, Elizabeth Esch of the University of Kansas, author of “The Color Line and the Assembly Line, Managing Race in the Ford Empire,” will speak on “Race at Work: How American managers made white lives matter more.” For more information, contact Pushi Prasad, Zankel Chair in Management for Liberal Arts Students. 


Skidmore Shop 

Congratulations to Yainy Guzman ’23 for winning our Apple Watch drawing. The Skidmore Shop will have more opportunities to win amazing Apple devices throughout the year. If you buy an Apple device with us now until Friday, April 30, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a 2019 Space Gray 15" MacBook Pro with touchbar, 16GB Ram, 256GB. The Skidmore Shop is an Authorized Apple Campus Store that offers education pricing on the latest models as well as deals on previous years’ devices. Please visit us for full drawing details


Junior Admissions Workshop

Skidmore’s annual Junior Admissions Workshop for high school juniors will take the form of two virtual, recorded sessions this month. These sessions will provide valuable insights to make the college search more understandable and achievable. To register and view the recorded workshops, visit the JAWS website.   


North Woods Winter trail reports

The Sustainability Office is now posting weekly North Woods winter trail reports. Review trail conditions and equipment recommendations to help you plan your route before heading out on the trails. 


Skidmore Pre-College Program

Did you know Skidmore has one of the top-ranked pre-college programs in the nation? The summer program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors is an opportunity for students to take a class at Skidmore, earn college credit and have some fun, too. This summer, the program will be all virtual and will run July 5 through Aug. 6. Sign up here to receive more information.  


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Accessing College Resources

A comprehensive list of current resources and services available to the Skidmore community is now available online. This website will be updated frequently. Updates and additions to this list can be submitted by email.


Skidmore College continues to provide campuswide updates on the Campus Planning 2020-21 website.  

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