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COVID-19 Updates

Skidmore College is currently operating at Alert Level 3. Please see President Conner’s email for important information.


Vaccine Eligibility and Availability Updates

As of Tuesday, April 6, all individuals age 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.


On Monday, April 13, the FDA, CDC and New York state paused the use of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. To read more about this development, please read the Joint CDC and FDA Statement on Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 Vaccine and the New York state health commissioner’s statement regarding the Johnson & Johnson vaccine. At this time, it is unknown when the Johnson & Johnson vaccine might be available. Employees who were scheduled to receive the Johnson & Johnson vaccine are encouraged to make an appointment for the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine instead. Over the past year, the College has made a significant effort to create a safe campus community, and vaccinations are an important next step in returning to a normal learning and working environment.


Please see the Employee COVID-19 Information section below for more information.

Skidmore News

Cornel West discusses racial justice, activism and more

"Going to the Griot: Conversations with Dr. Cornel West" was sponsored by the Black Studies Program and supported by Skidmore College’s Racial Justice Initiative in collaboration with the New York Six Liberal Arts Consortium.

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Dylan Telano ’23 wins 11th annual Freirich competition for VoyceMe

As the winner of this year’s Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition, Dylan Telano '23 has secured a $20,000 first-place prize to support his growing online writing platform.

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Dining Services

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.  


This will be the last bread sale of this semester, so be sure to stock up. Information about flavors at this week’s bread sale is available on the Spa Specials webpage. 

Human Resources

You’re Invited: Employee Development Series

Human Resources is excited to announce the final installment of the Employee Development Series workshops. Our next series will focus on Fostering a Positive Growth Mindset. 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 emphasize that mindset matters. The class highlights the benefits of having a positive growth mindset and explores how attitudes are formed and how we can begin to change our habits of thought. The workshop will be held via Zoom from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29. Registration is required on the HR Training website.


You’re Invited: Breakfast with HR – Supervisor Roundtable

With the Annual Performance Review process right around the corner, all current supervisors are invited to attend our next supervisor roundtable, where we will discuss “How to Write an Effective Performance Evaluation.” The session will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, May 6. Register through the HR Training website.


Virtual Retirement Planning Workshops

We are pleased to announce the College is offering a Retirement Planning workshop remotely through Zoom for faculty and staff to be conducted by David K. Carboni, an authority in the field of retirement planning. This special workshop has been conducted by Dr. Carboni at Skidmore over the last few years, receiving high ratings from participants. The three, 90-minute sessions are good opportunities to help you plan for a successful retirement. Participants will receive electronic copies of the presentations as well as lists of helpful readings and websites.


Unlike workshops offered by financial service providers, this program is strictly educational, as Dr. Carboni sells no financial products or services. Remember, you do not have to be “on the verge of retiring” to benefit from this program. In fact, the earlier you begin planning the better.


We are limiting enrollment to 25 participants, and it will be on a “first-come, first-served” basis, so don’t delay. Workshops will take place from 3 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 19 and Wednesday, April 21. To enroll in any of the following workshops, please register through the HR training website.


MVP Living Well Programs MVP Living Well Programs is excited to announce new Q2 programs and the extension of your favorite Q1 programs. Registration for all programs is available through the new MVP Living Well Programs Event Registration survey link. MVP Living Well Programs are open to all employees (MVP members and non-MVP members) and MVP Medicare members.


Q2 program offerings include:

  • New! Virtual Gardening Classes with Capital Roots (free)
  • New! Virtual or in-person painting session discount with Burlington Paint and Sip ($15 coupon code)
  • New! Make Your Own Terrarium Kit discount with Jardin Terrariums ($15 coupon code)
  • New!15-minute virtual Guided Meditations with Root3d, Albany (free)
  • New! 15-minute virtual Zentangle Workshops with Roberson Museum and Science Center (free)
  • New! MVP Living Well Programs four-week Gratitude Challenge (free)
  • New! Home Buying and Refinancing and College Bound Financial Wellness Webinars with CapCom (free)
  • Inward Office Yoga (virtual classes) (free)
  • Max Effort Training (virtual exercise classes) (free)
  • Rochester Brainery (virtual and in-person collection of classes) ($15 discount)
  • Virtual Butt Stops Here Smoking Cessation Sessions in collaboration with SPHP (free)

Employee COVID-19 Information

Vaccination Update

Please be advised that the Aviation Mall in Queensbury recently opened for vaccination appointments. 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 homepage 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.


Vaccinated? Tell HR!

Employees are expected to notify Interim Human Resources Director Sarah Delaney Vero by email once they are fully vaccinated. This information is essential for assessing the College's progression toward "herd immunity" and will help guide the College's policies on vaccinations and return to work on campus. This information is also essential for contact tracing purposes, as employees who are fully vaccinated are exempt from precautionary quarantine requirements for a period of 90 days after becoming fully vaccinated. Please note, all health and safety protocols continue to apply to all employees, even after vaccination, including testing for in-person staff, wearing a mask at all times on campus and maintaining appropriate social distancing.


Paid Time Off for Vaccine Appointments During Work Hours

Skidmore strongly 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. The amount of paid time off will depend on the time and location of the vaccination appointment (e.g., local appointments may require 1-2 hours of paid time off to attend while an appointment in Plattsburgh could require 4 hours of paid time off to account for the additional travel time.)


Return to Work

With a gradual reopening in the coming months anticipated and return to on-campus presence in the fall, many employees understandably have questions about returning to work from remote work arrangements. At this time, employees 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 should plan to do so. Updates regarding summer and fall operations, including testing requirements for those who work on campus this summer, will be provided to the community as soon as information becomes available.


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.

Skidmore Spotlight

Malgarita Hernandez, an area coordinator in the Office of Residential Life, is responsible for overseeing the day-to-day operations of residence halls and supervises resident assistants in Jonsson Tower, Wiecking Hall and the west end of the Northwoods Apartments. 

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Meet Malgarita Hernandez

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Beau Breslin, professor of political science, has published a new book. Read more >> 


Joseph Cermatori, assistant professor of English, has been awarded an ACLA Helen Tartar First Book Award for his forthcoming book. Read more >> 


Daniel Nathan, professor of American studies, has been awarded the 2021-2022 Edwin M. Moseley Faculty Lectureship by the Faculty Development Committee. Read more >> 


Heather Hurst, associate professor of anthropology, has been named a 2021 National Geographic Explorer. Read more >> 


Kelly Melekis, associate professor of social work, has published a research paper. Read more >>


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

Skidmore Lectures

William Chapman Nyaho

Ghanaian American concert pianist, artist-teacher and scholar William Chapman Nyaho will present a lecture/recital from his Seattle studio, highlighting the works of Black composers in Africa and beyond, at 7 p.m. Monday, April 19.   


Ramsey Lecture 

Jenni Mueller, associate professor of sociology and director of the Intergroup Relations Program, will discuss “Knowledge, For What? Rethinking the Relationship Between Learning, Knowing, And Doing Racial Justice” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 21. Register here.  


Lester W. Strock Lecture 

Tadesse B. Alemu, postdoctoral researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, will discuss "Uncovering ICONS (IntraCONtinental Sags) of the Pan-African Belt: The Ethiopian Testimony" at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 22.  


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 Lectures webpage.  


Skidmore's Virtual Fun Run (5K)

This event is being run by the Committee for Student Life (SGA) and the Nutrition and Fitness committee (PHE), in honor of mental health awareness, especially for BIPOC students on campus. The pandemic has taken a major toll on everyone's mental health and we are hoping this event is a fun way for students to get active! Go on a run by yourself to get some alone time, take your roommate on a walk with you or have a socially distanced walk/run with a friend. The run is 3 miles and can be done anywhere at your own pace. Email fun photos of your participation to be featured on the SGA and Skidmore2021 Instagram! Participants who send in documentation of their run/walk will be entered into a raffle for prizes from local businesses. This event takes place from April 17 through May 1 and is open to students, faculty and staff. Sign up here to participate.


Schick Art Gallery

The Schick Art Gallery presents “Afronauts and Ancestors,” a solo exhibition of mixed media works by Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, April 1 until April 28. Sikelianos-Carter’s lavish surfaces and use of luminous materials like glitter and abalone shell "pay homage to ancestral majesty, power, and aesthetics … creating a mythology that is centered on Black resistance and utilizes the body as a site of alchemy and divinity." The exhibit is open to the Skidmore community from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. Contact Rebecca Shepard for more information.


The National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC) survey is available to your students

As part of the College’s efforts to create a diverse and inclusive community for everyone, Skidmore students are encouraged to participate in the NACCC survey to help us gain deeper insights into racial dynamics on campus and better equip our campus to respond to student experiences involving racism and bias. We also ask for your assistance in spreading awareness of this survey to students. The survey takes 15 minutes and offers a platform for students to share their thoughts and experiences about the racial climate on campus to help build a more inclusive Skidmore community. Students can access the survey via emails from <>, which contain a personal survey link for each student. The survey is available until April 20. For more information, visit the NACCC survey website.


Camp Northwoods registration

Online registration for Camp Northwoods, Skidmore’s summer day camp for children entering grades one through six, is now open for Skidmore employees. Employees should check their email for instructions. Registration for other returning campers opens on April 15 and for new campers on April 29. Questions may be sent by email.


Summer sports camps

Summer sports camps are now accepting online registrations. Weeklong camps for children and teens are led by Skidmore’s own award-winning coaches who have won numerous Liberty League championships, coached All-American athletes and represented the College in over 30 NCAA appearances. Camps include basketball, baseball, lacrosse, soccer, volleyball, rowing and field hockey. Email Coleen Stephenson should you have any questions.


Cooking with Skidmore compost virtual cooking classes

Join the compost managers for three low-waste, virtual cooking classes in April. We will have two nights of cooking. On Thursday, April 15, Gordon Sacks of 9 Miles East will join to cook a risotto, and on Monday, April 19, Zarah Khan from Botanica will be joining us. Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity to learn about food, cooking, compost and how to reduce food waste in these events sponsored by Skidmore Sustainability, the compost managers and Alumni Relations. Register online at the hyperlink for each of these events: Gordon Sacks, and Zarah Khan.



NeedleLittleLove, a collaborative quilt project for the Skidmore community, now has 86 participants – and counting! All students, staff and faculty are welcome to participate. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a novice or a stitch pro. At the end of the project, each participant’s 8-inch square will be connected with all others to create a giant wall-hanging displayed in Saisselin Art Building in early May. This project is sponsored by the Schick Art Gallery, Fibers Arts Professor Sang-Wook Lee and a group of fiber arts students. Visit our website for more information.


Tang Guide Tour with Dominic Skeele '22

Join Tang Guide Dominic Skeele ’22 at 5 p.m. Thursday, April 15, for a single-object tour and conversation of “Tantric Painting #582,” by Raja Babu Sharma, featured in the exhibition “Energy in All Directions.” This in-person event is open only to Skidmore students, faculty and staff, and has a limited capacity. Safety measures, including strict 6-foot social distancing and mask wearing, will be enforced. For more information, contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost.


Tang Live: Music in All Directions

Join us on Instagram Live at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15, for student performances inspired by work in “Energy in All Directions.” Student musicians will perform original pieces engaging with the themes of inclusion, interconnectedness and innovation inspired by the exhibition. Louise Spadoni ‘24 and Helen Branch ’24, members of the Student Advisory Council, will host. Tang Live: Music in All Directions will also be broadcast live on Skidmore College Radio WSPN 91.1 FM. For more information, contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost.


Tang Guide Tour with Paul Seggev '23

Join Tang Guide Paul Seggev ’23 at 5 p.m. Friday, April 16, for a single-object tour and conversation about Rina Banerjee’s “Mother gathered Three and no more dirty stones, tossed them to sky that could break what had hardened her ground and without frown or flirt of flower father like grease or butter slipped aside to free from forty and some more grown men who held her as housewife like plant life with Three or no more daughters.” The work is featured in the exhibition “Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond.” This in-person event is open only to Skidmore students, faculty and staff, and has a limited capacity. Safety measures, including strict 6-foot social distancing and mask wearing, will be enforced. For more information, contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost.


2021 Make Your Voice Heard Skidmore Public Policy Prize Competition

Skidmore’s Subcommittee on Responsible Citizenship is pleased to announce the 2021 Make Your Voice Heard Skidmore Public Policy Prize competition. The competition is an opportunity for current Skidmore students to engage with vital public policy issues. The application asks you to be a part of the political process by writing a formal letter to an official and a proposal for a grassroots effort to engage the public on your issue. The letter can be on a local, state or federal issue and should propose innovative solutions to difficult issues that are important to you! The winner of this competition will be awarded a $1,500 prize, and three runners-up will each receive $500. Applications are due Friday, April 16, and awards will be given out in May. Visit the Civic Engagement website for details and requirements.


Senior Recital: Jonathan Goff ’21

Filene Scholar Jonathan Goff ’21 is a physics major and a business minor. As a pianist at Skidmore, Jonathan has participated in several Filene Scholarship Winners Concerts with solo and chamber contributions, including a performance of “Sull'aria” from Mozart's “Marriage of Figaro” with fellow Filene Scholars Thabi Khumalo '21 and Senior Artist-in-Residence Sylvia Stoner-Hawkins '94. He is currently a piano student of Distinguished Artist-in-Residence Pola Baytelman. Join his senior recital at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 17.


An Evening of Readings on Loss and Healing

Tragedy has marred much of the past year and has met the Skidmore community recently with the loss of one of our own. Join the English Department to foster a moment of community during this time of loss and search for healing. We hope to tap into the communicative and humane power that literature and other written works hold with an hour of sharing. We ask that everyone in attendance bring a short poem, passage or verse relating to the themes of loss and healing to share at the event, which will take place from 7 to 8 p.m. Sunday, April 18. Contact Theresa Knickerbocker for more information.


Whole Grain: On Collaboration

Join us at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 20, for an outdoor screening of four short experimental films and videos born out of collaboration. This program of works features collaborations between filmmakers and a painter, a multimedia artist, a musician, and an engineering research center. This in-person event is open only to Skidmore students, faculty and staff, and has a limited capacity. Safety measures, including strict 6-foot social distancing and mask wearing, will be enforced. For more information, contact Tom Yoshikami.


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, April 21. 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.


Fellowship opportunities

The Sub-Committee on Responsible Citizenship is pleased to announce fellowship opportunities, through Imagining America, for students interested in photography and digital media. The program specifically aims to support students for whom economic and family circumstances render such career pathways particularly challenging. The application period is now open. An information session will be held at 4 p.m. April 22. Register online. For more information, visit the program website or email Michelle Hubbs.


Intergroup relations workshop for faculty and staff

This workshop from 1 to 4 p.m. May 24-27 is designed for Skidmore faculty and staff invested in learning more about race, racism and other diversity-related issues, and to consider ways to approach these issues as people, as members of our community and in our various roles on campus. IGR colleagues from the University of Michigan, Monita Thompson and Charles Behling, will facilitate the four days. Participants will learn about foundational work related to IGR theory and pedagogy and engage in personal,self-reflective exercises that illustrate the practice of intergroup dialogue. Due to the cumulative nature of this work, participants are required to commit to the entire four days. To register, please complete this form. Space is limited; please reply by April 23. Please contact Jenni Mueller or Lisa Grady-Willis for more information.  


Skidmore Grants Update

New content has been added to the Skidmore Grants website. This month, the website is highlighting Assistant Professor of Spanish Mary Kate Donovan and her fellowship award from the Fulbright U.S. Scholars Program. In addition, upcoming funding announcements and articles of interest have been updated. Visit the Skidmore Grants website for more information.


April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month

All students, faculty and staff are invited to join and continue the movement against sexual assault, harassment and abuse by participating in a month of activities encouraging awareness and prevention. Learn more about what Skidmore and its partners are offering on SkidSync or the SGBM website! Please contact Gabriela Melillo, Title IX deputy coordinator for student affairs, for more information.


BikeMore Update

It is finally spring! This means the return of BikeMore bikes from storage. Be on the lookout for the bikes returning to the racks by Scribner Library by mid-April. All BikeMore members will be emailed when the bikes are available. If you want to register for Bikemore’s free bike-share, you can find the registration link here! You can contact BikeMore with any questions.


Fall 2021 vegetable CSA shares now available for students, faculty, and staff

9 Miles East Farm will be delivering freshly harvested vegetables and herbs to subscribers in the Skidmore community for 12 consecutive Fridays starting Sept. 3. Shares are available by subscription only. Sign up online. Joining a CSA is a great way to support the local farm community. There are only 100 shares available for the entire campus community, so sign up now. Send questions to 9 Miles East Farm.


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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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