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Weekly Bulletin

COVID-19 Updates

Vaccination Update

As announced last week, eligibility for the COVID-19 vaccine has expanded to more groups, including essential in-person staff. The state's Am I Eligible form now includes this update. In the absence of clear guidance from the state as to the definition of "essential" staff, it is up to each Skidmore College employee to determine their own eligibility. The state's form includes a self-attestation regarding eligibility for vaccination. Employees may use their Skidmore ID Card or a paystub as proof of employment at the College. Eligible employees may schedule an appointment to receive the vaccine by visiting this website. Instructions for the New York state-operated vaccination sites are detailed on the home page of this 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 the vaccination and Skidmore College's policy can now be found on the FAQs webpage.


Return to Work

As shared last week, the College understands that there remain many questions about programs and operations that may be able to resume this summer, including whether we will return to in-person work over the summer. Answers to all of these questions are highly dependent upon a variety of factors, including testing capacity, vaccination levels, virus transmission data, regulatory requirements and operational needs. However, a gradual reopening in the coming months is anticipated, with an on-campus presence for the fall. Essential employees or those whose work requires them to be present for in-person classes, programs, services or projects should expect to work on campus this summer. Those who can continue to work remotely this summer should plan to do so. Updates will be provided to the community as soon as information becomes available. 

Skidmore News

3 questions with President Conner

Skidmore President Marc C. Conner speaks about Ireland, its literature and its history in a video interview with Jim Kennelly, professor of international business and management.

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Faculty-student research contributes to first-of-its-kind Amazon climate study

Skidmore faculty member and recent graduate are among 30 scientists to take part in comprehensive new assessment of the net impact of the world’s largest rainforest.

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Photo essay: Spring energy on campus

Spring semester is in full swing at Skidmore College, and students are enjoying an array of in-person opportunities, from dynamic courses and laboratory experiences to arts exhibitions and athletics practice.

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Dining Services

Bread sales are back! Information about this week’s flavors is available on the Spa Specials webpage. Dining Services will be selling pints of homemade jam and peanut butter for $4. 


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

RSVP Today for the Next Employee Development Series Workshop

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 offered 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. March 24. Registration is required on the HR Training website.   


Vanguard one-on-one meetings

Schedule a one-on-one discussion with a Vanguard retirement planning counselor. Vanguard is holding sessions for Skidmore College employees March 25, April 7, April 21, May 10 and May 26. All appointments will be scheduled as phone consultations. You can sign up for an appointment with a representative over the phone by going to and selecting New York/Skidmore College/Saratoga Springs/One-on-one sessions

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.


Paid Time Off for Vaccine Appointments During Work Hours

Skidmore encourages all employees to get vaccinated. All employees who cannot schedule vaccination appointments outside of regular work hours will receive paid time off for work time missed due to receiving the vaccine. Exempt and nonexempt employees should record any work time missed due to traveling to and receiving the vaccination as sick time. Union employees should record this time as College Emergency Leave. To be eligible for paid leave, employees must provide proof of their vaccination appointment to their supervisor, who will work with Human Resources to approve a sufficient period of paid time off for each vaccine injection.

Skidmore Spotlight

DJ Walker, assistant director of Media Services, stepped into a challenging new role during the pandemic and is helping to make sure that members of the Skidmore community have the classroom technology, audiovisual equipment and media support they need. 

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Meet DJ Walker

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Paul J. Arciero, professor of health and human physiological sciences, published a scientific paper with recent Skidmore graduates. Read more >> 


Veena Chandra, private music instructor, performed and delivered a lecture online. Read more >> 


Marc Conner, president of Skidmore College, has recorded a lecture series on Ireland and Northern Ireland for The Great Courses. Read more >> 


Kristofer Covey, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, has received research funding. Read more >> 


Stephen Ives, associate professor of health and human physiological sciences, published a research paper. Read more >> 


Karen Kellogg, associate professor of environmental studies and sciences, has been selected to participate in a Department of Energy program for visiting faculty that also includes research support for students. Read more >> 


A book by Murray Levith, professor emeritus of English, is set to be republished. Read more >> 


Jennifer Mueller, associate professor of sociology and director of the Intergroup Relations Program, recently discussed her book project on a podcast. Read more >> 


Research by Joshua Ness, associate professor of biology, was highlighted in Nature and National Geographic. Read more >> 


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

Skidmore Lectures

Aftershock: Global Views of US 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.     


Does Liberal Education Have a Future?

Robert P. George and Cornel West, two leading public intellectuals and accomplished teacher-scholars, will discuss the future of liberal education in America with Skidmore College President Marc C. Conner at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 23


To view all upcoming lectures and for details on how to submit information about upcoming Skidmore academic lectures, named lectures and faculty panels, visit the Skidmore Lecture webpage.  



All students, staff and faculty, regardless of experience, are invited to participate in NeedleLittleLove, a collaborative sewing and embroidery project for the entire Skidmore community. All materials are provided free! At the end of the project, each participant’s 8-inch square will be connected with others to create a wall hanging displayed in Saisselin Art Building in late April or early May. Visit NeedleLittleLove for information on how to participate. This project is sponsored by the Schick Art Gallery, Fiber Arts Professor Sang-Wook Lee and an ever-expanding group of art students. 


Tang announces open hours for campus community

The museum will be open to the Skidmore community Thursdays and Fridays from 5 to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 5 p.m. The museum is also open for scheduled classes and by appointment for students and faculty. More information can be found online or contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost


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 discuss 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.  



The 32nd Annual National College Comedy Festival is this Friday, March 19, and Saturday, March 20. This year's virtual festival will feature nine college groups, including Skidmore's, as well as performances from comedians Robby Hoffman and Grace Kuhlenschmidt. Tickets are free. Just fill out this form to reserve your ticket. Email us for more information.


President’s Awards 2021

Individuals or teams from the Skidmore community may be nominated for a 2021 President’s Award until noon Monday, March 22. Nominations may be sent via online form or by email to the nominating committee. For paper submissions, complete and submit via campus mail or deliver to: Case Center, Room 313, Attn: Dean Cerri Banks. Members of the nominating committee are ineligible for nomination.  


Healthcare Working Group update

Please join the Healthcare Working Group (HWG) for a community meeting from 1 to 2 p.m., Tuesday, March 23 via Zoom


Representatives from the HWG and Segal Benz will share a summary of results and feedback received from the recent online focus groups and online survey. Thank you to all community members who participated and shared feedback – 68% of staff and faculty participated in the online survey. 


The meeting will be recorded and made available to all employees via a link. There will be an opportunity for Q&A at the end of the presentation as time permits. For additional information about HWG’s work, please visit the HWG website


Seeking writing tutors

Do you have students with superior writing and listening skills, patience, empathy and a love of language? Please suggest that they apply to tutor in the Skidmore Writing Center. Interested students can find more information and an application at the Writing Center website. Tutors will be trained in the fall (by taking EN 303H) before beginning paid tutoring next spring. Please talk to your students directly or send their names to Caitlin Jorgensen. If students approach you for a recommendation, make sure you feel comfortable about recommending them. 


Our ideal candidate is a rising sophomore or junior. We are particularly interested in prospective tutors from the sciences and social sciences. An information session will take place at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 24; students can register for the session here


Student Performance: Atticus Rego '21, Vocal Senior Recital

Senior bass-baritone Atticus Rego '21 has been taking voice lessons for three years and plans to attend graduate school to earn a master’s degree in vocal and operatic performance. His dream operatic role is Mefistofele from Boito’s “Mefistofele.” Join his senior recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 27


Climate Change: Solutions from the national to the local level

The League of Women Voters’ Environmental Committee and Sustainable Saratoga invite you to join us for a conversation with Congressman Paul Tonko and a panel of student activists about addressing the climate crisis. Anne Ernst, Sustainable Saratoga board member and senior lecturer of environmental studies and sciences, will moderate the discussion. The panel will include Ruthann Richards ’21, president of the Skidmore Environmental Action Club, Sylvana Szuhay ’22, who worked on Al Gore’s Tennessee farm researching carbon storage, and Lillian Olsen, a Saratoga Springs High School student who is active in the school’s climate movement. You must register in advance for this free Zoom presentation at 6:45 p.m. March 31.  


OSDP Keynote: “Strategies for Cross Cultural Moments in a Time of Racial Battle Fatigue”

Racial battle fatigue, coined by William A. Smith, is the set of outcomes that can result from the cumulative effect of racism and microaggressions. Those who want to participate in difficult cross-cultural moments about race often need ways of coping with the stressful moments that would otherwise require a shield. How can those who find cross-cultural moments draining ensure that they care for themselves and avoid the physiological, cognitive, and mental stress that can come from intergroup moments? Join this 90-minute webinar at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 7, with Rhonda Fitzgerald, managing director of Sustained Dialogue Campus Network, to learn how to deal with key moments and cope with the stress inherent to race talk in 2021.  


Altered Book Contest

Entries for the fifth annual Lucy Scribner Library Altered Book Contest, open to Skidmore students, faculty and staff, will be accepted through noon Friday, April 9. Register online. Visit our webpage for more information or contact Johanna Mackay via email


Environmental studies student survey

Environmental Studies and Sciences program students need your help to collect data for their Plastics Free Skidmore senior capstone project. The students have created an online survey gauging Skidmore student and employee opinions about the possibility of becoming a “Plastic-free campus.” The survey takes about eight minutes to complete. As an incentive, they are hosting a raffle for one of five $10 Apple Store Gift Cards for people who take the survey and provide contact information at the end. The survey will be open until April 10, when the raffle winners will be announced. Contact Matt Cocchi, Sarah Baker or Hannah Paolucci for more information.  


Fall 2021 RA Selection

The Office of Residential Life is looking for passionate student leaders for fall 2021 resident assistant positions. Do you know a student who is compassionate, loves helping others, enjoys guiding and coaching, enjoys planning events, believes in the power of educating others and thrives working on a team? Please encourage them to apply.  


The fall 2021 resident assistant application is due Thursday, April 15. More information can be found on our hiring website. All candidates must attend a mandatory information session. Times and Zoom links are listed on the hiring website. Please encourage students to apply.  


The Office of Residential Life is also collecting nominations from faculty and staff for students who they believe would make great resident assistants for the 2021-2022 academic year. The nomination form can be found here. We kindly ask that these nominations be submitted by 4:30 p.m. Monday, March 22. You may nominate more than one student, but please submit one form for each student. If you have any questions, contact the Office of Residential Life by email.  


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 Endorses Sustainable Construction and Renovation Policy

Skidmore College recently endorsed its first Sustainable Construction and Renovation Policy. The policy outlines requirements for future construction and renovation projects and sets specific standards and guidelines for building materials and infrastructure. The policy was developed in collaboration between the Campus Sustainability Subcommittee, Facilities Services, and Finance and Administration. Please follow this link to download the full policy.  


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.   


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 Sepúlveda 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.   


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


Athletics News

Skidmore College honored 142 new Thoroughbred Society members for their academic achievements during the fall 2020 semester. Skidmore student-athletes have launched a new podcast. And the Skidmore men’s lacrosse team returned to play with a dramatic come-from-behind victory over Lasell University.  


Skidmore Shop

A lot is going on at this week. Be sure to check out our weeklong, free shipping promotion and save on some Skidmore green for St. Patrick’s Day. Enjoy free standard shipping on branded apparel and merchandise from March 15 to March 20 with code GoGreen. During our art sale on March 16 and 17, enjoy 20% off art supplies at This excludes art kits, jewelry cards, and metal supplies.  


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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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