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Weekly Bulletin

COVID-19 Updates

All Dining Services staff and student workers are now eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine along with in-person faculty and instructors. Human Resources has provided eligibility letters to Dining Services managers to hand out to all employees. Eligible employees may schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine by visiting this website. Instructions for the state-operated vaccination sites are detailed on the website along with a COVID-19 vaccine tracker. Eligible employees may also call the New York State Vaccination Hotline at 1-833-NYS-4VAX (1-833-697-4829).  


Answers to many questions regarding vaccination can now be found on the FAQs webpage.

Skidmore News

Video: Taking Care Together

Every day, Skidmore students and employees show great care for one another and demonstrate that our community will get through these challenging times. As the College continues to take important steps to keep everyone safe, we also see more and more reasons to be hopeful.

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Athletics Update

The Liberty League Presidents Council has unanimously approved resumption of spring sports competition and championships for baseball, softball, men's lacrosse, women's lacrosse, men's tennis, women's tennis, men's rowing, women's rowing and men's golf. League competition will commence no earlier than the weekend of March 26. Student‐athletes and team personnel will adhere to a rigorous COVID‐19 testing protocol in order to ensure a healthy and safe environment for competition.

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Dining Services

Bread sales are back! Information about this week’s flavors is 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

You’re Invited: Employee Development Series

Human Resources is excited to announce the fourth installment of the Employee Development Series workshops. Our next session will focus on "Building Trust & Credibility." Lindsey Ahern from Ahern, Murphy and Associates will offer a 90-minute, virtual training class to all employees. The premise of this class is to explore that without trust, meaningful relationships cannot be cultivated and teamwork stalls. The class will explain the fundamentals of building trust, how to enhance or repair trust and actions to avoid breaking that trust. The workshop will be held via Zoom from 2 to 3:30 p.m. on March 24. Registration is required on the HR Training website.   


EAP Reaching Out Newsletter

The March edition of our Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) “Reaching Out” newsletter is here. There are a range of interesting articles. We hope you find this month’s newsletter 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 during the following times:

  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday
  • 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday
  • 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Thursday
  • 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday


Please note: Testing at Falstaff’s is for surveillance testing only. Staff who are experiencing symptoms should contact their primary care provider.


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 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 for questions about eligibility for College Emergency Leave.


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.

Skidmore Spotlight

Eddie Johnson, a short order cook in Murray-Aikins Dining Hall, is "a true team player" who supports Dining Services’ efforts to provide healthy, delicious food to students during the pandemic.  

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Meet Eddie Johnson

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Kristofer Covey, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, has received research support from a private donor. Read more >> 


Rajagopal Parthasarathy, professor emeritus of English, has published 11 poems in a volume of poetry, and his translation of "The Tale of an Anklet" has been selected for distribution to school and college libraries in southern India. Read more >> 


Nancy Thebaut, assistant professor of art history, has published a chapter in an edited volume. Read more >> 


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


Access to Scribner Library

Scribner Library is observing Alert Level 3 precautions as designated by the College. The building will be locked except for faculty and students entering for classes they are registered to attend and staff who are employed in the building. See Library Operating Hours for updates to daily access options.  


Students registered to attend classes in the library building can continue to enter for their designated class times, which may fall outside of regular library staff hours (9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday; 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday) by showing their ID at the welcome table.  


For additional hours and updates, see Library Operating Hours. A valid Skidmore ID is required to enter the building.   


To request materials, fill out the library’s online form. For research help, visit the “Ask Us” page to access FAQs and connect with a librarian through chat, phone or email. Email your subject librarian to make a one-on-one Zoom appointment. Consult the library's access information for additional information about resources and help.      


Cultural Ecologies of the Francophone Caribbean

Malcom Ferdinand, an environmental engineer from University College London, will present on “Decolonial Ecologies,” and Mamyrah Douge Prosper, visiting assistant professor of Africana Studies at Davidson College, will present on "Development in Occupied Haiti" from noon to 1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4. Discussion will be moderated by Aurelile Matheron of Skidmore’s World Languages and Literatures Department. More information, including a Zoom link, is available online


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


Tang Live: The Schick’s 2021 Student Juried Exhibition

Join us at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 4, for Tang Live, a weekly Skidmore student-run event on the Tang’s Instagram. Silas Mitchell ’21, curatorial intern at the Tang, will host short conversations with students whose work is featured in the Schick Art Gallery’s 2021 Juried Student Exhibition, juried by Alisa Sikelianos-Carter. Contact Tom Yoshikami with any questions. 


Virtual Events with Yusef Salaam

One of “The Central Park Five,” Yusef Salaam was just 15 years old when his life was upended and changed forever. His conviction was overturned in 2002. Since his release, Salaam has committed himself to advocacy and education. He received the President's Lifetime Achievement Award in 2016 from President Obama, was appointed to the board of the Innocence Project in 2018 and has released a Netflix Feature limited series called “When They See Us” based on the true story of the Central Park Five. 


A student workshop will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4. 


Salaam will also speak on issues of false confessions, police brutality and misconduct, press ethics and bias, race and law and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system. A student introduction and talk will take place from 6 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 4 and will be followed by a moderated live Q&A with Dean of Students Cerri Banks from 6:30 to 7 p.m. 


Monthly Staff Meeting

The next staff meeting, which is held every month on the same day as the scheduled faculty meeting, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. on Friday, March 5. Check your Skidmore email for Zoom details. 


Monthly Faculty Meeting

The next faculty meeting will be at 3:30 p.m. Friday, March 5. Check your Skidmore email for Zoom details. Meeting agenda and minutes can be found here


Exploring Museum Careers

Do you know a student who is interested in a museum career? Join us at 5:30 p.m., Monday, March 8, for an evening exploring a variety of museum careers with a special group of museum professionals, including Skidmore alumni. The panelists are Elise Fariello ’11, archives specialist, National Archives at Chicago; Morgan Chanon-Smith '18, special events assistant, Whitney Museum of American Art; Jackie Madison, president, North Country Underground Railroad Historical Society; Irina Rubenstein '11, education specialist, Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery; Hannah Traore '17, project manager, Isolde Brielmaier; and Alec Unkovic '12, exhibitions manager, the Fabric Workshop and Museum. The moderators are Nathan Bloom ’21, the 2020-21 Eleanor Linder Winter Endowed Intern at the Tang, and Madeleine Ward-Schultz '22, member of the Tang Student Advisory Council. 


This online event is free and open to Skidmore students and recent graduates. The format will be a one-hour moderated panel discussion via Zoom Webinar, followed by two breakout sessions. Links will be provided upon registration. Closed captioning will be provided. Register via Zoom. “Exploring Museum Careers” is co-sponsored by the Tang and Skidmore College Arts Administration Program. Contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost with any questions. 


Careers That Make A Difference with Susan Tsang '09

Susan Tsang works as a private consultant through her scientific consultancy Biodiversitas Global and continues to conduct research through her research associate affiliations with the American Museum of Natural History and the National Museum of the Philippines. Her consulting work mostly focuses on providing subject matter expertise on and addressing illegal wildlife trade, disease ecology and other sustainable development challenges on a global scale. She will discuss her work and career at 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 9. Co-sponsored by the Career Development Center and Office of Community Service and moderated by Joshua Ness, Department of Biology. 


Saratoga Springs Arts Commission: Performing arts town hall

The Saratoga Springs Arts Commission, in partnership with Skidmore College, invites the community to the second in a series of quarterly town hall-style discussions with local arts leaders at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 9, on the topic of performing arts. The discussion will be moderated by Lisa Kolosek, independent curator, and Jason Ohlberg, assistant professor of dance. The panelists are Chris Shiley, senior director of artistic planning, Saratoga Performing Arts Center; Teddy Foster, director, Universal Preservation Hall; Jill Levy, artistic director, Saratoga Chamber Players; Eric Rudy, general manager, Home Made Theater; and Lisa Jackson-Schebetta, associate professor and chair, Skidmore College Theater Department. Join the Zoom meeting. Contact Sue Kessler for more information.  


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 10. Join at your leisure to crochet and chat as we create corals for 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 together 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. For more information, contact Rebecca McNamara.  


Winter/Miller Lecture

Acclaimed artist Nick Cave will be in dialogue with 2020-21 Eleanor Linder Winter ‘43 Intern Nathan Bloom ‘21 at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 11. Register via Zoom


Malloy Visiting Artist Lecture

Join us at 7 p.m. Friday, March 12, for this year’s 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. You may register here. For more information, contact Jill Jones in the Art Department. 


F. William Harder Lecture

Guy Mastrion, F. William Harder Chair in Business Administration, will deliver “Words with Pictures” at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 15, exploring the various and often invisible tensions at work that motivate compelling, creative communications. Join us via Zoom


Virtual Events with Mei-Ling Hopgood

Mei-Ling Hopgood, a journalism professor at Northwestern University, will discuss how her own journey as an adoptee and an Asian American – as well as many other identities and experiences – has shaped her global career, the stories she chooses and the stories she chooses to read. She will talk about how sharing stories can connect and divide us, and listening and engagement techniques that foster trust and empathy. A student workshop will consider identity in storytelling, journalism and social media, and how to share your story effectively from 4 to 5 p.m. Thursday, March 18. A community talk (“My Story: How my identity has shaped who I am, what I do and how I read the world”) will follow from 6 to 7 p.m.  


Aftershock: Global Views of U.S. Democracy After Trump

A panel of Skidmore faculty will discuss the international perspective on the Trump presidency, the presidential transition process and the significance of these events in world politics at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 17. Panelists include Jordana Dym, professor of history and director of Latin American and Latinx Studies; Pushi Prasad, professor of management and international affairs; Rodrigo Schneider, assistant professor of economics; and Mahesh Shankar, associate professor and director of the International Affairs program. The event will be moderated by Michael Orr, dean of the faculty and vice president of academic affairs. 


David H. Porter Classical World Lecture

Rebecca Futo Kennedy of Denison University will speak on “Do the Ancient Greeks and Romans Have ‘Race’?” at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 29. Zoom details to be announced. For more information, contact Dan Curley


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


Racial Justice Teaching Challenge

Earlier this year, the American Studies Department and Black Studies Program launched the Skidmore Racial Justice Teaching Challenge (RJTC) in conjunction with the third component of Skidmore’s Racial Justice Initiative. To date, over 60 faculty members have contributed 95 courses. Faculty who wish to share examples of success in the classroom or notable accomplishments, projects, etc., resulting from these courses may email Idalia Sepulveda with a brief note and description. Examples and testimonials will be compiled for possible use in future communications or stories about the RJTC. Faculty who submit examples may be contacted if further information is needed.   


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 for 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 Shop

If you are on campus and need to pick up your order, please be sure to make an appointment here. Appointments are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from noon to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. We will continue to ship orders as they come in.  


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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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