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Weekly Bulletin

COVID-19 Updates

Local vaccination sites

Saratoga County now offers local sites, outside of state-operated locations, to get a COVID-19 vaccine. 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.


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

Game, set, match!

Skidmore’s men’s and women’s tennis teams have each clinched Liberty League championships, advancing to the upcoming NCAA tournaments.

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Virtual Honors Convocation 2021 celebrates outstanding academic achievement

Personalized citations written by faculty and a video tribute to students’ excellence keep the Skidmore tradition going in a nontraditional year.

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Dining Services

Please visit the Dining Services website regularly for updates, specials, hours of operation and other information.  

Human Resources

Annual Performance Reviews

At this time, staff should have completed an Accomplishment Summary & Development Review and provided this to their supervisors 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 an 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

Sunny Ra is the Laurie M. Tisch Educator for K-12 and Community Programs at the Tang Museum, where she manages a team of educators and creates programming based on Tang exhibitions and items in the museum’s collection. 

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Meet Sunny Ra

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below. 


Amy Frappier, associate professor of geosciences, is mentioned in an article with three of her students. Read more >> 


Catherine J. Golden, professor of English, published a chapter in Children’s Literature Review. Read more >> 


Kelly Melekis, associate professor of social work, published an article in the Journal of Interprofessional Education and Practice. Read more >> 


Kurt A. Smemo, assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, published an article in the journal Plant and Soil. Read more >>


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


President’s Racial Justice Award winners and honorable mentions

The 2021 President’s Racial Justice Award Selection Committee has announced the inaugural recipients of the President’s Racial Justice Award in Honor of Samantha Sasenarine ’21. The award is given for outstanding student scholarly/creative work engaging with issues of race, racism, or racial justice and/or focusing on the lives and experiences of Black/African Americans in North America or the African diaspora. Awardees are selected from each division across the College: the humanities, visual and performing arts, natural sciences, pre-professional and social sciences. This year’s recipients are: Kayla Lugo ’21 for “What Mama Didn’t Know: A Collection of Poems” (humanities); Destiny Donelson ’21 for “A Qualitative and Quantitative Review on the Effects of Chemical Ingredients in Personal Products on the Health of Individuals of Color” (natural sciences); Jacob Kelly ’23 for “How Ragtime Moved America And Why it Doesn’t Anymore” (pre-professional); Haja Bah ’21, Sophia Livecchi ’21 and Saima Hannan for “Environmental Justice is Exhausting: Five Decades of Air Pollution at Ezra Prentice Homes in Albany, New York” (social sciences); and UPLIFT team members Will Carter ’23, Anne-Sophie Vandenberk ’23, Dare Wedgeworth ’23, Wynn Lee ’21, Braedon Quinlan ’24, Isabella Kiely ’24, Arielle Lam ’24, Anesu Mukombiwa ’24, Sarita Padukone ’23, Annalise Sawit ’21, Jacob Smith ’24, Isha Smith-Ramakrishnan ’22, Marina Kalaw ’22 and Silas Seno Mitchell ’21 (visual and performing arts).


In addition, the committee recognizes the following honorable mentions: Issa Traore ’21 for “Reimagining Representations: Freeway Rick Ross”; Sarah Spruill ’22 for “Mapping Systems: Beneath the Bonnet”; Sanjna Selvarajan 21 for her international affairs capstone, “The Cost of Freedom”; Destiny Donelson ’21 and Bathabile Khumalo ’21 for “Taking Stage as a Black Classical Singer”; Josh Ridenhour ’21 for “Disease and Black Bodies: ‘When America catches a cold, African Americans catch pneumonia’”; and Yasmin Nicole Richards ’22 for “The Post-Effects of Eurocentrism: Dinah Washington.”


Make Your Voice Heard Skidmore Public Policy Prize

Skidmore’s Subcommittee on Responsible Citizenship is pleased to announce the winners of the 2021 Make Your Voice Heard Skidmore Public Policy Prize. The competition is an opportunity for Skidmore students to engage with vital public policy issues. Applications were evaluated on the quality of policy analysis and research, the clarity of presentation, the persuasiveness of the rationale, and the quality and feasibility of the proposal for a grassroots effort. This year’s contest was judged by local policy experts and Skidmore faculty. Please join us in congratulating the following students: Abby MacDonald ’22 (first place, $1,500); Jennifer Norcross ’21, Lucy Battle ’21 and Sophie Altman ’23, and Emily Davis ’23 and Sylvana Szuhay ’22 (runners-up, $500).


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.


Campus Master Planning Open Listening Sessions

Skidmore is embarking on the development of a new campus master plan to help shape and transform the physical environment to support the aspirations of the College’s strategic plan. The Campus Master Planning Task Force has announced two open listening sessions this week for all students, faculty and staff — from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, May 13, and from 9 to 10 a.m. Friday, May 14 — to gather opinions, experiences and observations. If you can join one of these sessions (even if you attended a previous session), please respond to the calendar invitation you received Friday, May 7, from Ayers Saint Gross.


Tang Live: Senior Thesis Show

Join us at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 13, on the Tang’s Instagram for the final Tang Live of the 2020-21 academic year, in which Student Advisory Council member and Public Programming Intern Charlotte Squire ’21 gives a preview of the 2021 Senior Thesis Show. Squire will speak with senior studio art majors from various disciplines, including ceramics, communication design, drawing, painting, digital media, fiber arts, metals, photography, printmaking and sculpture. For more information, contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost.


Senior Thesis Art Exhibition 2021

Skidmore’s annual Senior Thesis Exhibition is scheduled for May 15-22 at the Tang Teaching Museum. Twenty-six senior studio art majors will be displaying their work as a capstone to their studies. The exhibition is open to all Skidmore students, faculty and staff. Safety measures, including strict 6-foot social distancing and mask wearing, will be enforced. Virtual viewing will be available to the public beginning Monday, May 17. A private reception for exhibiting senior studio art majors, art faculty and staff is scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 14.


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 19. 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.


Skidmore Writing Center

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


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.



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. If you need building access, call the number posted at the entrance.


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.


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 as suggestions for updates and additions for the calendar.


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.


Skidmore Shop

Congratulations to Dennis Sepúlveda, the winner of our MacBook contest! At the Skidmore Shop, we proudly carry an array of Apple products, from iPads to MacBooks. Check out our selection of the newest models as well as our marked-down devices. If you have any questions, please contact Doug Chang by email or call 518-580-5491. The Skidmore Shop also invites you to stop by its “sidewalk” sale in front of the Shop on Thursday, May 13. Sale items will be marked down 40% off the original ticket price.


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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.  

 Please send submissions to the Office of Communications and Marketing. 

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