Commencement exercises for the Class of 2021 will be held Saturday, May 22, beginning at 10:40 a.m. at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, families and other guests are unfortunately not permitted to attend. The ceremony will be livestreamed. For more information, visit the Commencement website.
Employee Retirement and Recognition virtual ceremony
In lieu of our annual Employee Retirement and Recognition luncheon, a virtual Retirement and Recognition Ceremony will be shared with faculty, staff and retirees via email at 2 p.m. Tuesday, May 25. Employees are invited and encouraged to view the ceremony during work following the release. Supervisors should work with their team members to ensure all employees have the opportunity to view the video and join in the celebration of our retirees and service award honorees.
Monthly staff meeting
The next monthly staff meeting will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 26, via Zoom. Details for joining the Zoom forum will be sent via email this week.
“Finances of the College” presentation
A "Finances of the College" presentation to share updated FY'21 projections, the FY'22 operating budget and a five-year financial forecast will be held via Zoom at 1 p.m. Thursday, May 27. Details for joining the Zoom event will be shared via email.
Recent malware attacks and administrative access
In light of recent cyber security attacks responsible for taking down major systems at some higher education institutions, Information Technology will be implementing security measures designed to protect Skidmore from the increased risk of ransomware and other attacks which put the College, users and data at risk. In addition to the rollout of dual-factor authentication, Skidmore will be changing how administrative access on institutional hardware is made.
Effective May 31, you must contact the Help Desk at email@example.com before installing applications on your Skidmore laptop or PC. The User Services team has the tools and will coordinate with you directly in order to assist you in the installations of those applications. This will allow all of us to continue to use our computers to meet our needs while safeguarding our community.
If you have any questions about this change or would like to know more about what IT is doing to limit the risks of cyber security attacks, please contact Chief Technology Officer Dwane Sterling.
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 is now available to the public.
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 26. 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.
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.
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.
Zankel Music Center
Although the Zankel Music Center was not able to present in-person events this year, the Skidmore Music Department students and faculty worked hard to learn and create beautiful music. Click on this link to see some of the music making captured this year.
Summer Jazz Institute loses longtime faculty member Curtis Fuller
The Summer Jazz Institute mourns the death of longtime faculty member and legendary trombonist Curtis Fuller. To read more about his life and legacy, please read this obituary published by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Skidmore College has selected Emanuel Valentin as its head men's and women's crew coach. Valentin is currently the Saratoga Rowing Association head varsity boys coach and the Advanced Rowing Initiative of the Northeast men's coach. Read more >>
The Skidmore Shop will be closed the week of May 25 to process inventory and will reopen on Friday, May 28. During this time, please use skidmoreshop.com to place any orders. Thank you for your patience.
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