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.
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.
A lot is going on at Skidmoreshop.com 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 skidmoreshop.com. This excludes art kits, jewelry cards, and metal supplies.
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