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COVID-19 Updates

Local vaccination sites

Saratoga County now offers local sites, outside of state-operated locations, to get the COVID-19 vaccination. The Vaccination Registration – Saratoga County New York website offers a list of locations, including drug stores, that provide appointments to local residents. Proof of age, occupational or medical eligibility is required to be shown at all vaccination clinics. All individuals age 16 or older are now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine.


A special thank-you to our campus vaccine clinic volunteers

To all the volunteers who made the Skidmore vaccination clinic a huge success, thank you! There were a total of 30 employee and student volunteers, including members of Skidmore College Emergency Medical Services (SCEMS) and peer health educators, a group of student volunteers who promote healthy choices and lifestyles on campus. Thank you for your service and time in advancing the College’s robust efforts to protect the community from COVID-19.


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

President Conner briefs staff

President Marc Conner shared encouraging news about the end of the academic year, the College’s efforts to contain COVID-19, the budget and plans for the fall.

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Philosopher Cornel West, retired pro race car driver Janet Guthrie to speak at Commencement

West and Guthrie will receive honorary degrees from the College, and Associate Professor of Religious Studies Bradley Onishi will be the faculty speaker.

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Wrapping up a remarkable academic year

The Skidmore community is marking the end of an academic year that has been filled with unique arrangements but also fantastic achievements, special moments and exceptional creativity.

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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 Spa Specials updates, hours of operation and other information.  

Human Resources

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 go to our HR Training website.


EAP Reaching Out Newsletter 

The May edition of our Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) Reaching Out Newsletter is here. There are a range of interesting articles. We hope you find this month’s newsletter helpful.


Annual Performance Reviews

At this time, staff should have completed an Accomplishment Summary & Development Review and provided this to their supervisor for review. This form is available on the Performance Review Resources webpage under the Forms heading. Supervisors should now review and draft the Performance Review, including a proposed overall rating. Please contact Brianna Herman if you have any questions about the process.

Employee COVID-19 Information

New COVID-19 Vaccination Status Reporting Requirement

As a reminder, 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. If you have not already done so, Human Resources requests that all employees complete the COVID-19 Vaccination Status form promptly. 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

With a gradual reopening in the coming months anticipated 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

Campus Safety Officer Kelly Simons helps to maintain safety on campus for students, faculty and staff. 

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Meet Kelly Simons

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Yelena Biberman-Ocakli, associate professor of political science, published an article for the Modern War Institute at West Point. Read more >> 


Jenny Huangfu Day, associate professor of history, published a journal article. Read more >> 


Jordana Dym, professor of history and director of Latin American and Latinx Studies, delivered an invited talk. Read more >> 


Giuseppe Faustini, professor of Italian, presented a paper. Read more >> 


Christopher Mann, assistant professor of political science, was interviewed by the Albany Times Union. Read more >> 


Kelly Melekis, associate professor and chair of the Department of Social Work, has received a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program award. Read more >> 


Tammy C. Owens, assistant professor of American studies, published a chapter in an edited volume. Read more >> 


Pushkala Prasad, professor of management and business, presented a paper at a conference. Read more >> 


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


Update on the National Assessment of Collegiate Campus Climates (NACCC) survey for students

As part of the College’s efforts to further create a diverse and inclusive community for everyone, Skidmore students were encouraged by the Committee on Intercultural and Global Understanding (CIGU) to participate in the NACCC survey to help the College gain deeper insights into racial dynamics on campus and better equip our campus to respond to student experiences involving racism and bias. The survey closed on April 21 with a 53.1% response rate. Students who completed the survey were entered into a drawing for four $100 Visa gift cards, and the winners were: Delia Qiu, Aden Brody-Ogborn, Claire Wolgast and Isabel Tobin. NACCC administrators will share the data with us in fall 2021. CIGU’s survey working group thanks all students who participated and those who encouraged them to do so. We look forward to receiving the data and sharing the findings with the campus community.


Survival Week: Tuesday, May 4 - Sunday, May 9

Spend time destressing before finals with your peer academic coaches. All events are free and open to everyone! Please practice social distancing.


Academic Festival 2021

The 2021 Academic Festival program is now available online. This year’s program on Wednesday, May 5 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.


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 celebration to recognize the outstanding achievements of Skidmore students and to mark the beginning of the College's farewell to graduating seniors. 


Tang at Home Studio: Everyday Superheroes

Join us on Saturday, May 8, at 11 a.m., for Tang at Home Studio: Everyday Superheroes. After looking at the painting "Superheroes" by artist Katherine Bradford, on view in the exhibition Never Done: 100 Years of Women in Politics and Beyond,” we will share our own ideas about superheroes, their outfits and their powers. Who are the superheroes in your life? We will create our own squad of paper-based superheroes! Don’t forget to come dressed as your favorite superhero or wear an outfit that makes you feel larger than life! For more information, contact Sunny Ra, the Laurie M. Tisch Educator for K-12 and Community Programs at the Tang.


MDOCS Co-Creation Initiative’s First Community Pitch Session

Our new Co-Creation Initiative kicks off with its first “Community Pitch Session,” where community organizations, groups and collectives will share story and project proposals, sparking new relationships that bring together their work with documentary and Skidmore’s community bringing contemporary issues and public discourse into the classroom and deepening Skidmore’s connections to our neighbors. The event will be held via Zoom from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, May 11. For more information, visit the registration page. You can sign up there to join the Community Pitch Session as a potential collaborator or observer. Contact Angela Beallor with any questions.


Skidmore Writing Center

The Writing Center will be open through the exam period for online tutoring; please check our schedule for appointment times.


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.


Camp Northwoods registration

Online registration for Camp Northwoods, Skidmore’s summer day camp for children entering grades one through six, is now open. 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.


Schick Art Gallery: The Juniors Show

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. You can find more information on the website.


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.



The Skidmore community NeedleLittleLove quilt is on view in Saisselin Art Building foyer. It boasts over 60 works by people from all across campus – 38 students, 13 staff members and 11 faculty members. Come see it! If you need building access, call the number posted at entrance.


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.


Curators’ Tour of “Never Done”

The Skidmore campus community is invited to join us at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 6, for an in-person tour of Never Done: 100 Years Of Women in Politics and Beyond.” Tang Assistant Director for Curatorial Affairs and Malloy Curator Rachel Seligman and Skidmore faculty co-curator Minita Sanghvi, assistant professor of management and business, will lead a tour and discussion of the exhibition, which features 100 works of art by 100 women and nonbinary artists. For more information, contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost.


Tang Live: Curator’s Tour of “Hyde Cabinet #12: Everyday In-Between"

Join us at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 6, for Tang Live, a weekly Skidmore student-run event on the Tang’s Instagram. Lily Warshaw ’21, member of the Tang’s Student Advisory Council, leads a curator’s tour of her exhibition “Hyde Cabinet #12: Everyday In-Between.” For more information, contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost.


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.


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 12. 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.


2021 Senior Thesis Exhibition

The Skidmore campus community is invited to view the annual studio art majors’ Senior Thesis Exhibition,” May 15–22 at the Tang Teaching Museum. The exhibition is organized in collaboration with the Art Department. Twenty-six senior studio art majors will display their work as a capstone to their studies at Skidmore College. The department provides courses in numerous studio art disciplines including ceramics, communication design, drawing and painting, digital media, fiber arts, metals, photography, printmaking and sculpture. Students whose work will be exhibited are as follows: Mickey Baroody, Rachel Brehm, Cassandra Bond, Anna Cahn, Hannah Carey, Katie Compson, Hannah Derechin, Lydia Doban, Adrianna Garcia, Elle Gardner, Aja Goldman, Gina Gregg, Isabel Hacala, Nick Hoddick, Natalie Jacobs, Maggie Lang, Yamilka Leon Lopez, Miles Magee, Reva Preven, Esther Pronovost, Talia Stewart, Annie Strongwater, Rob Titsworth, Issa Traore, Chloe Walker and Nicky Zhong. For more information, contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost.


Exhibition hours: noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 15; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, May 17, through Friday, May 21; noon to 5 p.m. Saturday, May 22


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

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.


Fall 2021 Scheduling Notes from Religious and Spiritual Life

Faculty and staff are invited to check the Holidays and Religious Observances Calendar updated by the Office of Religious and Spiritual Life (ORSL) as events are planned for the coming year. Of particular note for this year: Rosh Hashanah overlaps with New Student Orientation and the first day of classes and Yom Kippur will be during the first full week of classes. Contact ORSL with any questions about scheduling and accommodations as well suggestions for updates and additions for the calendar. Please contact K. Parker Diggory should you have any questions.


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

Jim Tucci, successful architect of the Skidmore College men's and women's rowing programs, is retiring after 35 seasons at the helm.


Skidmore Shop

Spring semester textbook buyback starts Wednesday, May 5, and will go through Monday, May 17. Stop by the Skidmore Shop from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., and we will work with you to get cash back. The process is simple and convenient and we’re happy to help.


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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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