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COVID-19 Updates

Skidmore vaccine clinic

Skidmore will host its second COVID-19 vaccination clinic from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday, May 3, in the IM gym. Anyone who received their first dose of the Pfizer vaccine during the on-campus clinic on April 14 should return at the same time they were initially vaccinated to receive their second dose. The pharmacist administering the vaccine has also advised us that second doses can be provided to individuals who may have received their first shot at a different location, as long as the timeline is consistent with CDC recommendations regarding the scheduling of doses. Note: Individuals are not considered to be fully vaccinated until 14 days after the second shot.


Saratoga County vaccine clinics

Saratoga County Public Health Services will be hosting two first-dose vaccine clinics at the Saratoga County Public Safety Building in Ballston Spa. The clinics will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday, April 29, and from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 30. Please use the links for more information on how to sign up for an appointment.


Additional local vaccine sites

Saratoga County now offers additional local sites, outside of the state-operated locations, to get a COVID-19 vaccination. Proof of age, occupational or medical eligibility is required to be shown at all vaccination clinics. All individuals age 16 and older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.


Johnson & Johnson vaccine pause lifted

On April 23, following a thorough safety review of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine, the CDC and FDA lifted the recommended pause of the J&J vaccine in the United States. New York state's independent Clinical Advisory Task Force also reviewed the data and recommended that use of the J&J vaccine resume. To read more about this development, please read the Statements from Gov. Cuomo and New York State Commissioner Regarding Resuming Johnson & Johnson Vaccine.


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

All campus masking requirements remain in place

In response to the latest outdoor masking recommendations issued by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) on Tuesday, April 27, Skidmore is currently examining what the shifting guidelines will mean for the Skidmore community and our campus health and safety policies. We will provide further updates, but for the time being and immediate future, the College will continue to require that all members of the Skidmore community, as well as visitors, wear a mask everywhere on campus — indoors and outdoors.

Fall semester planning

In a message sent to all students and forwarded to parents and families earlier today, President Conner explains that health and safety will remain a priority as Skidmore looks forward to a fully in-person, residential learning experience this fall.

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Novelist, philosopher Charles Johnson to speak at Skidmore

Johnson will read from some of his works and join President Marc Conner and Visiting Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Calvin Baker in a Q&A discussion on Thursday, April 29.

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Student scientist wins scholarship

Chemistry major Heather Ricker ’22 has been awarded a Barry Goldwater Scholarship, the most prestigious scholarship in the United States for undergraduates in STEM fields.

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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. Please register through the HR Training website.


Annual Performance Reviews

As a reminder, staff should complete an Accomplishment Summary & Development Review and provide this to their supervisors for review by Monday, May 3. 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. 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. Please contact Brianna Herman if you have any questions about the process.

Employee COVID-19 Information

New COVID-19 Vaccination Status Reporting Requirement

As announced by President Conner last Wednesday, employees who are fully vaccinated will be exempted from COVID-19 testing requirements starting May 24. As federal and state health and safety guidelines evolve to consider individuals’ vaccination status, the College will continue to align its testing program, health and safety policies, and anticipated return to full, on-campus employment with these guidelines. To do so, Human Resources requests that all employees complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Status form promptly and no later than Monday, May 3. Employees who have not already submitted a copy of their vaccination card may do so by emailing Please include [OME] in the subject line to encrypt your message.


The information submitted through the COVID-19 Vaccination Status form and vaccination records will be maintained confidentially by Human Resources. Skidmore College continues to strongly encourage all faculty and staff to get vaccinated as soon as possible as the next step in returning to a normal learning and working environment. If you have any questions regarding this process, please direct them to Interim Director of Human Resources Sarah Delaney Vero.


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 to 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

As we anticipate a gradual reopening in the coming months and a 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

Nicole Todd, staff assistant/database and website coordinator in the Career Development Center, has played an important role as the office brought its programming online during the pandemic.  

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Meet Nicole Todd

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Kristofer Covey, visiting assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, has received two grants that will support student research. Read more >> 


James Helicke, managing editor in the Office of Communications and Marketing, was interviewed about his academic research. Read more >> 


Stephen Ives, associate professor of health and human physiological sciences, published a commentary in the Journal of Applied Physiology. Read more >> 


Jim Kennelly, professor of management and business, has received a Fulbright Scholar Award to teach and conduct research in Austria. Read more >> 


William S. Lewis, professor of philosophy, recently published two articles. Read more >> 


Cathy Silber, teaching professor of Chinese, spoke about her research to two media outlets. Read more >> 


Catherine Talley, visiting assistant professor of French, published an academic article. Read more >> 


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


Virtual Honors Convocation 2021

At 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 5, please join Skidmore College President Marc C. Conner, Associate Dean of the Faculty for Student Academic Affairs Michael Arnush and faculty recipients of the 2020 and 2021 Ciancio, Moseley and Roth awards for a virtual ceremony to recognize the outstanding achievements of Skidmore students and to mark the beginning of the College's farewell to graduating seniors. The Honors Convocation 2021 link and website will be shared with the Skidmore community next week.


Academic Festival 2021

The 2021 Academic Festival program is now available online. This year’s program is fully remote so Zoom links to each session are included below the description of each panel. We have robust participation across a broad range of departments and programs. The program is arranged chronologically according to time slot. For questions about Zoom links and recordings, please contact the departments or programs with which the panel is associated. Other questions can be directed to Flagg Taylor or Lisa Bradshaw.


Monthly Staff Meeting

The next staff meeting, which is held every month on the same day as the scheduled faculty meeting, will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, April 30. Check your Skidmore email for Zoom details.


Monthly Faculty Meeting

The next faculty meeting will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday, April 30. Check your Skidmore email for Zoom details.


Resources and Support

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


Private Music Lessons Scholarship opportunity

The Skidmore Music Department invites students who are thinking of studying, or continuing the study of an instrument or voice, to consider applying for a lesson scholarship. The submission deadline is June 1 for the fall semester. Details and eligibility requirements are posted on this website. For more information please contact Artist-in-Residence, Michael Emery.


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 Theater presents: JKB SpringFest

Skidmore Theater presents JKB SpringFest, 15 student-led productions, now through May 2. Tickets are limited and available to members of the Skidmore campus community only; student attendees must be cleared on Co-Verified. For more information and tickets, visit the program website.


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.


Black Feminist Thought Symposium

Join Tammy Owens and students in her Black Feminist Thought course for student presentations on “The Reclamation of Mind, Body and Soul” at 6 p.m. Monday, May 3. Students will present their research via Zoom on the reclamation of the Black female body, power through representation and space, and Black feminist thought in performance artistry and entertainment.


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 via 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 Thursday, April 15, and for new campers opens on Thursday, 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.


Tang Bazaar

Join us from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, April 30, for the Tang Bazaar, an in-person marketplace in the Tang parking lot, featuring a variety of wares, including art, jewelry, clothing, pottery and more made and sold by Skidmore students. All transactions will be handled via online payment platforms. Do not bring cash. Reservations are required. Visit the event page for more information and to reserve a time. For more information, contact Tom Yoshikami.


Tang Party

Join us from 8 to 11 p.m. Friday, April 30, for the return of the annual Tang Party, celebrating Skidmore student creativity with immersive installations, sound art, performances, documentary film and more. All take place outdoors on the grounds of the Tang. Reservations are required. Visit the event page for more information and to reserve a time. For more information, contact Tom Yoshikami.


Hallie Eichholz and Eliza Kuperschmid, Flute Shared Recital

Eliza and Hallie met in the flute section of the orchestra their first year at Skidmore and have been close friends ever since. Their friendship has taken them from searching for ancient Greek art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art to sitting next to each other in nearly every music major course (even on Zoom). This recital at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 1, serves as the culmination of their individual music careers thus far, their shared love of the flute and their friendship.


Bathabile Khumalo, Vocal Senior Recital

Bathabile Khumalo is a soprano pursuing an economics major. In 2017, Thabi was a featured soloist at New England Conservatory’s Jordan Hall and performed “Dido’s Lament” by Henry Purcell and “Voi Che Sapete” by Mozart. Bathabile was awarded the Director’s Chair award in 2017 from the Rivers conservatory for her passion of and dedication for vocal music. She continued her vocal studies at Skidmore College as a Filene Scholar, where she was a featured soloist at “Songfest: I Too Sing America.” After college, Thabi hopes to further a career in economics and hopefully, sing on the side. Join her recital at 7 p.m. Saturday, May 1.


Crocheting Corals: Workshop for the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef

Join us at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 4, for a workshop and craft circle to crochet hyperbolic corals for the Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef,” part of the worldwide Crochet Coral Reef project by Christine and Margaret Wertheim and the Institute for Figuring. Your corals will be assembled together to form the “Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef,” which will be exhibited as part of Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science,” opening in early 2022. Hosted by Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara, this program introduces the “Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef” and includes a virtual craft circle. Crochet instructors will lead beginners in the single crochet stitch, which is all you need to make your very own coral. Register via Zoom. For more information, contact Rebecca McNamara.


Schick Art Gallery: The Juniors Show and Juniors Show Artists’ Talk

The Juniors Show, an exhibition of work by junior art students nominated for inclusion by their Studio Art professors, will take place May 5-7. The Juniors Show Artists’ Talk, part of Academic Festival, will take place at 3 p.m. on May 5. The exhibition and talk are excellent preparation for the Senior Exhibition and for a life in the arts. Please contact Rebecca Shepard for a Zoom link for the May 5 Artists’ Talk. You can find more information on the website.


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, May 5. 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.


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.



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.


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.


Give+Go Move-Out Donation Collection

Our annual move-out donation collection yields 20,000 pounds of goods to donate to local organizations on an average year. Let’s see what we can do for 2021! Students donate nonperishable food items, mini-fridges, home goods, clothes, shoes and accessories to pop-up Give+Go locations. All goods are donated to the Backstretch Employee Service Team of Saratoga, Trinity Alliance and Capital District Rescue Mission. Staff and faculty volunteers are needed to staff collection locations and sort goods. Please sign up to volunteer and read more about Give+Go on our website.


Scribner Library Extended Hours

From Thursday, May 6, to Wednesday, May 12, Scribner Library will close at 10 p.m. During those days, we will continue to open at 9 a.m. Monday through Saturday and at 11 a.m. Sunday.


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.


Lost and found website

Campus Safety maintains a webpage listing items that have been lost and found on campus. Please visit the website to report a lost or found item, or to review a list of items that have been reported to Campus Safety. Items found last semester are also listed.


Scheduling and events reminder

Planning an event? Need space, tables or media services? You’ll find information on how to submit everything you need for your event in EMS here. Questions? Email the Scheduling Office for more information.


Sexual- and Gender-Based Misconduct (SGBM) Climate Survey Report & Listening Sessions

The SGBM Climate Survey Report is now available. The survey results are intended to assess student understanding of and knowledge about policies and the prevalence of sexual misconduct experiences among our students as well as inform future policy adjustments. As a follow-up to the survey, student facilitators will be hosting virtual listening sessions for students to gather in-depth feedback regarding student needs around SGBM prevention and response. For questions, please contact the Title IX coordinator ( or Title IX deputy coordinator for student affairs (


Athletics News

The Skidmore College swimming and diving teams raised more than $1,100 for the Adirondack Swimming Outreach Grant Program during the team's Swim/Dive-a-thon on April 23. Read the full story.


Skidmore Shop

Come see us this week at our pop-up shop on the Case walkway, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. now through Saturday, May 1. Visit


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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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