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Weekly Bulletin

COVID-19 Updates

The New York State Department of Health has announced that restaurant workers are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. This will include all Skidmore Dining Services employees and student workers. Dining Services employees may go online to make a vaccination appointment immediately. Information on how to make a vaccine appointment may be found on the state’s COVID-19 Vaccine website. Human Resources is working on eligibility letters for eligible personnel, which will be mailed to each eligible employee and must be presented at the time of the vaccination appointment.  


Skidmore College is currently operating at Alert Level 2. 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

Creating Our Future: The Campaign for Skidmore raises a record $229.4M

More than 27,000 donors support life-changing opportunities for students while making the campaign the largest fundraiser in the College’s history.

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A new semester, new classes and new excitement at Skidmore

With the spring 2021 semester now underway, students are eager to participate in classes with Skidmore’s many talented professors. Here are a just a few courses that students say they are looking forward to this term.

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Dining Services

Bread sales are back! Information about this week’s flavors are available on the Spa Specials webpage


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

Human Resources

Employee Development Series

Human Resources sincerely thanks those employees who were able to attend the third of five Employee Development workshops. We hope you enjoyed the program and gained valuable material that you can implement to create the best possible work environment. For those of you who could not join us, a recording of the workshop will be made available on the HR website. Please click here to view the presentation slides. Our next workshop with Ahern, Murphy and Associates will be held next month. 


MVP Living Well Program: Cultivating Resiliency with MHANY

Join us for a free webinar from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4, presented by the Mental Health Association in New York state. Participants will have an opportunity to explore self-care and wellness from a strengths-based perspective, including understanding stressors, building resiliency and self-compassion and managing change. You may register for the event here


Employee Assistance Program Tip Sheets

The Employee Assistance Program (EAP) has shared two tip sheets: Grief & Loss 2021 and Navigating the Journey of Grief with Others. We hope you find this information helpful. 

Employee COVID-19 Information

Daily Health Certification

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


Where and When to Get Tested

The College continues to require all employees who work on campus to be tested on a weekly basis. All testing is held at Falstaff’s and is available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Sunday.


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


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.


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.


Recording Absence Time Due to Quarantine

Any employee who is unable to work as a result of a mandatory or precautionary order of quarantine or isolation or who is required by the College to stay home because of an exposure to COVID-19 may be eligible for College Emergency Leave. Eligible 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. Supervisors should contact HR with questions about eligibility for College Emergency Leave.

Campus Safety Forums

The Campus Safety Advisory Committee, as part of Skidmore’s Racial Justice Initiative, has contracted with Margolis Healy, a nationally recognized campus safety and security consulting firm, to lead a comprehensive, external assessment of Campus Safety. Through this assessment, we hope to further identify ways to enhance campus safety and improve upon the department’s strategies and practices.


As part of this work, the team from Margolis Healy will host Campus Safety Forums so everyone in the campus community has the opportunity to offer opinions and concerns about this vital area. The forums are a chance for you to ensure that your voice is heard, and we're inviting you to take advantage of this opportunity by participating.


Spaces are still available for faculty and staff at this time:


Friday, Feb. 26

1–2 p.m.


Registration will close at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 25 and registrants will be provided Zoom login information from shortly thereafter.


Please note: Registration is currently full for the forum on Friday, Feb. 26 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Individuals who registered for that session will receive Zoom login information shortly from


We expect these discussions to be candid, informative and insightful as we examine best practices and our current and future capabilities to ensure campus safety. The forums will be most successful if we hear from a broad cross-section of our campus community, but please note that space is limited to the first 25 registrants for this session.


Please contact Tim Munro, director of Campus Safety, or the Office of Student Diversity Programs with any questions.

Skidmore Spotlight

Since joining Skidmore’s Health Services team in January, Office Coordinator Rebecca Rumpf has been supporting the team’s efforts to keep the Skidmore community healthy and safe. 

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Meet Rebecca Rumpf

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Ian Berry, Dayton Director of the Tang Teaching Museum, was interviewed by Lara Ayad, assistant professor of art history, on WMHT. Read more >> 


Kris Covey, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies, was appointed to the state’s Wood Products Development Council. Read more >> 


Sarah DiPasquale, assistant professor and associate chair of the Department of Dance, was appointed to the editorial board of an academic journal. Read more >> 


Mary Kate Donovan, assistant professor of Spanish, published an academic article. Read more >> 


Catherine Golden, professor of English, offered a webinar for the British Empire Study Group. Read more >> 


Beck Krefting, associate professor and chair of the Department of American Studies, published a creative nonfiction piece. Read more >>


Jennifer Mueller, associate professor of sociology and director of the Intergroup Relations Program, was interviewed on a radio program. Read more >> 


Jason Ohlberg, assistant professor of dance, published an in-practice academic paper. Read more >> 


Kazimer Skubi, visiting assistant professor of chemistry, published a scientific paper. Read more >> 


Natalie Taylor, associate professor and chair of the Department of Political Science, published a blog post. Read more >> 


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


DEI Events Calendar

In a continued effort to better coordinate and advertise events, lectures and programs that aim to engage with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) on campus, please consider sharing any upcoming events that you would propose adding to the monthly DEI web calendar. You may submit events here.


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.


2021 Juried Student Exhibition

Come see the 2021 Juried Student Exhibition at the Schick Gallery in Saisselin Art Center. Works in all media selected by artist Alisa Sikelianos-Carter will be on view from Wednesday, Feb. 24, through Friday, March 19. The Schick welcomes Skidmore students, staff and faculty from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment. The gallery phone number is posted at the library entrance if your Skidmore ID does not allow access to the building. Contact Rebecca Shepard for more information.


Maya murals lecture

Heather Hurst, associate professor of anthropology, will present a virtual lecture for the Boundary End Archaeology Research Center (BEARC) on YouTube live and archived on the BEARC YouTube channel. The subject of her talk is “Assembling the World’s Most Difficult Puzzle: The Broken Maya Murals of San Bartolo, Guatemala.” More information is available on the BEARC website.


Tang Live: Roommate lottery winners announced

Join us at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25, for a special edition of Tang Live, a weekly Skidmore student-run event on the Tang’s Instagram. We will announce the 50 lucky students who have been selected via lottery to take part in Roommate: Living with Tang Art, a program that gives Skidmore students the opportunity to borrow artwork from the Tang collection to hang in their dorm or apartment!


Dunkerley Dialogue: "Energy in All Directions"

Join us at noon on Friday, Feb. 26, for a Dunkerley Dialogue on the exhibition “Energy in All Directions.” The dialogue features poet Nickole Brown, painter Cary Smith, Shaker Museum Director Lacy Schutz and Shaker Museum board member Jeff Bailey. Register via Zoom. Dunkerley Dialogues are made possible by a generous gift from Michele Dunkerley ’80.


"76 Days" screening and discussion

Join an online screening of the Oscar-shortlisted documentary "76 Days," followed by a discussion with filmmaker Hao Wu. The film tells indelible human stories of health care workers and patients who struggle to survive the pandemic with resilience and dignity. Register to watch the film for free and join the conversation. Upon registration, you will be able to view the film from Sunday, Feb. 28, through Tuesday, March 2. Your registration will also grant you access to the conversation with filmmaker Hao Wu via Zoom at 8:45 p.m. Tuesday, March 2. This screening is held in conjunction with the Asian studies/documentary studies course the Pandemic Bardo, and is co-sponsored by MDOCS, the Asian Studies Department and the Tang.


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.


Tang at Home Studio: "What a View!"

Join us at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 27, for Tang at Home Studio: What a View! Photographer Danielle St. Laurent created a series of family portraits during the pandemic in which families are separated by windows. We will look at Laurent’s photographs from the exhibition “Pandemic and Protest” and think about how we can find creative ways to connect with others. Visit the Tang at Home Studio event page to learn more about the program and how to register.


Artist conversation with Endia Beal

Join us at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 1, for an artist talk. The Tang Museum, in collaboration with GW 202: Lived Feminism, presents a conversation with artist Endia Beal, whose work from the Tang Collection is featured in “Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond.” Curators Minita Sanghvi and Rachel Seligman, along with students in the Lived Feminism class, will talk with Beal about her exploration of the experiences of women of color in corporate spaces, and how she addresses questions of representation, class, and racial justice in her work. Learn more about this online event, which is free and open to the public. Register via Zoom.


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.


Lunchtime Crochet: Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef

Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara hosts a lunchtime drop-in crocheting session from noon to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 3. Join at your leisure to crochet and chat as we create corals for a massive community art project, the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef, part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute for Figuring. 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 Institute for Figuring’s brochure “How to Crochet Hyperbolic Corals.


Check the event webpage for a Zoom link to join the event. For more information, contact Rebecca McNamara.


2021 Steloff Lecture

Kwame Anthony Appiah, a leading philosopher, public intellectual, British-Ghanaian cultural theorist and novelist, will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humane Letters from Skidmore President Marc C. Conner, speak about his work, read some of his recent writing and respond to audience questions during the 2021 Steloff Lecture at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4. Register online to attend.


Malloy Visiting Artist Lecture 2021

Join us at 7 p.m. Friday, March 12, for this year’s Malloy Visiting Artist Lecture with Mike Perry. Mike Perry is an Emmy-winning artist who works in a vast range of media including illustration, animation, painting, type, zines, videos, public art, sculpture and books. Register online to attend. For more information, contact Jill Jones in the Art Department.  


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.


Lost and found website

Campus Safety maintains a webpage listing items that have been lost and found on campus. Please visit the website to report a lost or found item, or to review a list of items that have been reported to Campus Safety. Items found last semester are also listed.


Career Development Center

The Career Development Center is open for virtual appointments, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Additionally, students can stop by the office (Starbuck 204) from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Tuesday, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday and 1:30 to 4 p.m. Thursday.


Thanks to the generosity of Skidmore donors, the Class of 2021 will be able to apply to Skidmore’s Post-Grad Award, a $15,000 stipend designed to support a graduating senior pursuing an unpaid experience for six months. The CDC is excited to offer this award to up to 10 graduating seniors this year. Learn more about the application timeline and all Summer Experience Fund awards.


Skidmore Grants update

Skidmore College has received $10,000 in renewed grant funding from the New York State Council on the Arts to support the summer Jazz Institute. Mara Manus, executive director for NYSCA, congratulates Skidmore for our “ongoing commitment to supporting our community and persevering throughout this most challenging year.” For more information, please contact Maria McColl.


Skidmore Shop

From now until April 30, if you buy an Apple device with us you’ll be entered into a drawing for a 2019 Space Gray 15-inch MacBook Pro with touch bar, 16GB Ram, 256GB (MR932LL/A). The Skidmore Shop is an Authorized Apple Campus Store that offers education pricing on the latest models and deals on previous years’ devices. Check out our selection. For full drawing details please visit us online.


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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.  

 Please send submissions to the Office of Communications and Marketing. 

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