Camp Northwoods registration opens for Skidmore employees on April 1
Online registration for Camp Northwoods, Skidmore’s summer day camp for children entering grades one through six, will open for Skidmore employees at 9 a.m. on April 1. Employees should watch their email for instructions. Sports camps will begin accepting online registrations April 1. Choose from basketball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, rowing and field hockey this summer. More details are on the program website. Questions may be directed to Christine Merrill.
Save the Date
A Community Meeting regarding Skidmore’s Campus Master Planning process will be held at 10 a.m. on Monday, April 5. Additional details and meeting access information will be shared via email next week.
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, Fibers Arts Professor Sang-Wook Lee and an ever-expanding group of art students.
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.
Tang Guide Tours
Join Tang guide Paige Meade ’22 at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 25, for a single-object tour and conversation of “Untitled [from The Kitchen Table Series]" by Carrie Mae Weems; join Tang guide Cailey Surface ’22 at 5 p.m. Friday, March 26, for a single-object tour and conversation of “Straight to Hell" by Dyke Action Machine!; and join Tang guide José Nunez ’22 at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 27, for a single-object tour and conversation about “The Ram I” by Natalie Frank. The latter two artworks are featured in the exhibition “Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond.” These events take place in person in the museum and are free and open to Skidmore students, staff and faculty following campus safety guidelines. For more information, contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost.
Tang Live: Curator’s Tour of “Hyde Cabinet #11: Don’t Theorize, Accessorize”
Join us at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 25, for Tang Live, a weekly Skidmore student-run event on the Tang’s Instagram. Malchijah Hoskins ’22, member of the Tang’s Student Advisory Council, leads a curator’s tour of his online exhibition “Hyde Cabinet #11: Don’t Theorize, Accessorize.” For more information, contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost.
Tang at Home Studio: “Living Landforms”
Join us at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 27, for Tang at Home Studio: “Living Landforms.” This week, we explore Syd Carpenter’s sculpture “Ellis and Anna Mae Thomas,” on view in the exhibition “Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond.” Carpenter, who is also a gardener, explores the histories of African American farmers and her own family’s history of farming in her sculptures as a way to honor their untold legacies. We will look at how Carpenter “breathes life” into her sculpture as a metaphor for the living earth and then create our own 3D topographical maps with recycled materials found around the house. Visit the Tang at Home Studio event page to learn more about the program and how to register. For more information, contact Sunny Ra, the Laurie M. Tisch Educator for K-12 and Community Programs at the Tang.
Student Performance: Atticus Rego '21
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.
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 31. Join at your leisure to crochet and chat as we create corals for the “Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef.” Open to everyone, and all skill levels are welcome. For more information, contact Rebecca McNamara.
“We’ve Only Just Begun” Curators’ Talk
Join us at noon on Friday, April 2, for a Zoom conversation about researching, organizing and designing the online exhibition “We’ve Only Just Begun: 100 Years of Skidmore Women in Politics,” a revealing tour through the Skidmore archives. Rachel Seligman, assistant director for curatorial affairs and Malloy Curator, will moderate a discussion with her exhibition co-organizers Katherine Graney, professor of political science, and Natalie Taylor, associate professor of political science, and collaborator Jane Kjaer, Special Collections, Scribner Library. Register for this Zoom event. For more information, contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Davis Project for Peace book drive
Katy Ballo '21 is holding a book drive through April 2 as part of her Davis Project for Peace. For her project, she is creating the first community library in her former high school, Collège Saint Michel (CSM), in Ivory Coast, Anyama, to provide its students with access to books and computers. Those interested in assisting this effort are asked to make a purchase from the wish list at this website. For more information, contact Katy Ballo.
Mini Handmade Pop-Up
A Mini Handmade Pop-Up featuring Skidmore College's talented, emerging artists from the Marketplace for Artists class will take place Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27, at Betsy Olmsted’s Studio in the Saratoga Marketplace located at 454 Broadway, Saratoga Springs. Snag some original art and handmade items including prints, knits, textiles and more! Participating artists include: Elodie Keating, Cassandra Bond, Sophie Barbarita, Margot Hahn, Michael Campbell, Jasmine Leong, Catherine Yoon and Sanjna Selvarajan. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Dubben.
Writing Center updates
As Skidmore holds steady at Level 2, we plan to open the Writing Center to some in-person tutoring in addition to our online tutoring. All sessions will be by appointment only. Visitors to the Writing Center must be CoVerified, practice social distancing and wear face masks at all times. Online sessions will still be available in all time slots. Please check our schedule for time slots (in person and online).
Liberty League honors Thoroughbred student-athletes
Liberty League weekly awards returned for the first time in more than a year and Skidmore athletes were well represented. Men’s lacrosse midfielder Charlie McFadden was named Liberty League Rookie of the Week and Charlie Kessler was selected to the honor roll. Women’s lacrosse players Charlotte Cass and Amelia Bassett were honor roll selections.
If you buy an Apple device with us now until April 30, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a 2019 Space Gray 15-inch MacBook Pro with touch bar, 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. Visit the website for full drawing details.
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