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COVID-19 Updates

Vaccine Eligibility and Availability Updates

All individuals age 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. 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. Over the past year, the College has made a significant effort to create a safe campus community. 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

Important COVID-19 vaccination update

President Conner shares important updates regarding vaccination for students and employees, as well as related topics such as testing and return to work.

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Skidmore hosts COVID-19 vaccine clinic

As part of the College’s robust efforts to protect the community from COVID-19, 340 doses of the Pfizer vaccine were administered at an on-campus clinic. Nearly 30 faculty, staff and students volunteered to help make it possible.

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President Conner, community leaders describe special relationship between city and College

Skidmore College President Marc Conner affirmed the special relationship between the College and the city of Saratoga Springs, which he called “one of the best college towns in the country,” and expressed strong appreciation for its partnership on important initiatives, including efforts to contain COVID-19.

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Alumni pay it forward to Skidmore students

Skidmore alumni remain deeply committed to the College and are helping current students and recent graduates to build their own creative career paths. 

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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.  

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, 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. To register, please visit the HR Training website.


Annual Performance Reviews

The annual performance review season for all Skidmore College staff has begun. The performance evaluation process provides a framework for staff and supervisors to engage in a meaningful dialogue about employees’ performance, training and development needs and goal progression. The process begins with each staff member preparing an Accomplishment Summary and Development Review. This form is available on the Performance Review Resources webpage under the Forms heading. A recommended timeline for the performance review process has been sent to all supervisors. Staff should complete the form by May 3 and provide this to their supervisors for review. Please contact Brianna Herman if you have any questions about the process.

Employee COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Immunization Educational Webinar

Join this informational webinar presented by Dr. Kimberly Kilby, senior leader and medical director at MVP Health Care, for a clinical update about the COVID-19 vaccine and to get answers to some of your questions. The webinar will take place from 2 to 3 p.m. Friday, April 23. Registration for this program is available through the 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.


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.


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

Tory Atkins, assistant director of leadership activities, advises student groups and supports more than 100 clubs on campus. This year, she has helped Skidmore clubs organize virtual and in-person events that could be held safely during COVID-19. 

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Meet Tory Atkins

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Tom Lewis, professor of English, was quoted in the Tampa Bay Times. Read more >> 


Christopher B. Mann, assistant professor of political science, was quoted in news articles from the Times Union and The Associated Press. Read more >>


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

Skidmore Lectures

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


Mathematics and Statistics Seminar

Carlos M. Ortiz Marrero, data scientist at Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and research assistant professor at North Carolina State University, will discuss “Explorations in Quantum Computing” at 4 p.m. Friday, April 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 Lectures webpage.  


Resources and Support

Please find a list of resources to support Skidmore students, staff and faculty who may require additional support in response to the Derek Chauvin trial.


Matching Challenge for Diversity Initiatives at Skidmore

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) efforts are essential to the future direction and growth of the College and to building the community of trust to which we aspire. A generous Skidmore family has stepped forward to help advance this work. From now until April 30, the family will match every gift, dollar for dollar, to support The Center, the Racial Justice Initiative and DEI programming — up to $15,000 for each of these critical areas. Visit the campaign website to learn more.


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.


Deadline extended for named internships at the Tang

Skidmore students are encouraged to apply by 5 p.m. Friday, May 7, for the Tang’s four yearlong named internships: The Eleanor Linder Winter ’43 Endowed Internship — available to rising seniors; The Carole Marchand ‘57 Endowed Internship — available to rising juniors; The Meg Reitman Jacobs ’63 Endowed Internship — available to either rising juniors or rising seniors; and The Charina Endowment Fund Endowed Internship — available to either rising juniors or rising seniors. For more information, contact Tom Yoshikami.


Tang Live: Black Voices Lifted in Song

Join us at 7 p.m. Thursday,April 22, for “Tang Live: Black Voices Lifted in Song,” featuring a vocal performance by Destiny Donelson ’21 with Richard Cherry on piano. The performance, streamed live on the Tang’s Instagram account, will take place in the exhibition Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond and feature selections from works Donelson will perform at her senior capstone performance, which takes place at 7 p.m. Saturday, April 24, at Zankel Music Hall. For more information, contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost.


Tang Guide Tour with Julia Lawless

Join Tang Guide Julia Lawless ’21 at 5 p.m. Friday, April 23, for a single-object tour and conversation about “Famished for Blondes” by Andrea Carlson, featured in the exhibition Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond.” This event takes place in person in the museum and is free and open to Skidmore students, staff and faculty following campus safety guidelines. For more information, contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost.


Haley Heynderickx

Join us at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 23, for a screening of a live performance by Haley Heynderickx, whose debut release “I Need to Start a Garden” combines traditional folk music with a unique sensitivity and earthiness. Heynderickx’s live performance can be streamed via Zoom and may, depending on health and safety regulations on campus, be projected on the side of the Tang. Sarah Choi ‘22 and Isaiah Perkins '22 will open. Register to watch this concert via Zoom. For more information, contact Tom Yoshikami.


Organize Your Own

Join us at 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, via Zoom for talks featuring social and racial justice projects presented by students in Lindsay Buchman’s Studio Art 351K: Reimagining Representation course, followed by a Q&A. Buchman, visiting assistant professor of art, will moderate. Drawing on inspiration from “Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements,” curated by Daniel Tucker, and the history of the Black Panther Party’s 10-Point Program and the BPP Newspaper, students formed alliances across belonging and location, dismantling gender binaries, and providing representation for biracial family formation. By organizing their shared communities, each collaborative publication asks the reader to reconsider their positionality through questioning default culture. By reimagining underrepresented narratives, each project advocates for a more inclusive society, providing ways to get involved, educational resources and self-reflective tools for organizing your own. Register for this event on Zoom. For more information, contact Tom Yoshikami.


Whole Grain Outdoor Screening: The Inheritance

Join us at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 27, for an outdoor screening of Ephraim Asili’s acclaimed debut feature “The Inheritance” (2020). This in-person event is open only to Skidmore students, faculty and staff, and has a limited capacity. Safety measures, including strict six-foot social distancing and mask wearing, will be enforced. Registration required. For more information, contact Tom Yoshikami.


Deadline extended for summer jobs

Skidmore students are encouraged to apply by 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 27 for summer internships in all areas of Museum work — education, digital media, registrarial, curatorial, and public programming. The postings can be seen on the Skidmore careers site. Note: Skidmore students should use a non-Skidmore email, such as gmail, when filling out the application, as some students have reported difficulty completing the application when using their Skidmore email address. For more information, contact Tom Yoshikami.


Schick Art Gallery

The Schick Art Gallery presents “Afronauts and Ancestors,” a solo exhibition of mixed media works by Alisa Sikelianos-Carter, through 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.


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 28. 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.


STEMpathy student-faculty open forum and dialogue

STEMpathy will be hosting its last open forum of the semester at 7 p.m. April 28. This is intended as a safe space for BIPOC students to share their thoughts, concerns and needs from STEM departments. STEMpathy events are open to all students, regardless of major. We hope that this forum can bring as many of our STEMpathy students and faculty community members together as possible so that we can engage in dialogue as a collective. (Join this meeting on Zoom, passcode: skidTEM)


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 opened on April 15 and for new campers opens 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.



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 the website for more information.


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.


Imagining America Student Fellowships Information Session, April 22, 1 p.m. PST. Register here.


OCSE Stockholm virtual info session

The Office of Off-Campus Study and Exchange will host a virtual info session for faculty and staff for our approved DIS Stockholm, Sweden program at 9 a.m. Wednesday, April 28. Hear from on-site faculty, staff and students about all of the various opportunities for Skidmore students in Stockholm. Please register here. For more information, contact Emily Gaul.


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.


AJ Adkins and Joey Dugan, Piano and Violin Shared Recital

AJ Adkins ’21 is pursuing a double major in physics and music. As a student of Pola Baytelman, he has developed a repertoire that is reflective of the music that originally inspired him to pursue piano. Joey Dugan ’22 is pursuing a music major with a minor in arts administration and history. He began playing violin at the age of 5, drawing his inspiration from “Elmo’s Musical Adventure: Peter and the Wolf.” Join this recital at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 24.


Tang at Home Studio: Wild One!

Join us at 11 a.m. Saturday, April 24, for “Tang at Home Studio: Wild One!” We will explore and learn about a work by Rina Banerjee with a title that tells a story: “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 on view in the exhibition Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond.” Banerjee incorporates objects, folklore and imagery that reflect her own multinational and immigrant background. Inspired by Banerjee, we will imagine and create our own multimedia artwork that tells our own stories using drawing and collage materials. For more information, contact Sunny Ra, the Laurie M. Tisch Educator for K-12 and Community Programs at the Tang.


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 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.


E-Waste Collection Drive

The Skidmore College Sustainability Office will be hosting its first e-waste collection drive in the Falstaff’s parking lot from noon to 5 p.m. on May 6. We will be working with our e-waste provider, EWASTE+, to collect e-waste from students, faculty and staff. Most items are free to drop off, but we will be holding a small pricing free for displays (not including laptops and tablets) and CRT devices. We will be accepting payment through cash or Venmo (@SkidEwaste). For more information on the event, including fees, maps and acceptable and unacceptable items, please consult the event webpage.


BikeMore Update

It is finally spring! The bikes are back on the racks located in front of Lucy Scribner Library. The bike share is free for all campus students, faculty and staff. Registering online is quick and easy, and you will receive registration details within three days from our Bikemore managers.


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.


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 on 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.


Athletics news

Attendance at Skidmore home athletics events will be permitted but limited to Skidmore students, faculty and staff only. Parents, families and other guests are not permitted to attend and are asked not to sit in their cars and watch from the parking lot or street. Again, these measures are intended to support the health and safety of the Skidmore community and to allow us to complete the spring semester successfully. Livestreams of select athletic events will continue to be made available through the Skidmore Athletics website. Attendance will be capped based on the indoor or outdoor venue. Any Skidmore employee or student who wishes to attend as a spectator will be required to sign up here in advance. Social distancing and mask rules will be in place for all events, and all attendees will be required to abide by all health and safety requirements. Faculty and staff who plan to attend will be required to fill out the Daily Health Certification on the day of the event. We are particularly pleased to be able to make these safe activities available to our students.


Skidmore Shop

The Skidmore Shop will host a Spring Finals Art Supply Sale from Tuesday, April 20, through Wednesday, April 21. Receive 15% off all art supplies (except kits, art cards and metals). Don’t forget to celebrate Earth Day with us in the store and at! Enjoy 15% off any reusable or sustainable items on Thursday, April 22.


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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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