International Friendship Family Program is recruiting
Student Academic Services is recruiting new and returning International Friendship Family Program (IFFP) hosts for the fall. Moving forward, host families will be limited to Skidmore faculty and staff. Even just a little of your time, knowledge, and friendship would make a huge difference in the lives of our newest international students. To become a returning or new host, please complete this sign-up form and return it to Chloe Jaleel or feel free to direct questions to her as well.
Authentication through Okta
IT will be changing all its application authentication to Okta. You will soon see a new logon screen when you log on to Office 365, Zoom, the Spring, and Box. Please note: You do not need to go to Okta to access these applications. The current links you have will redirect you to the proper logon page. The tiles in Okta are for your convenience but are not required.
Office 365 no longer uses POP or IMAP protocols. Windows 10 users can use the following Microsoft-supported applications: Outlook for Office 365, Outlook 2016/2019, and Mail for Windows 10. Mac OS users can use the macOS 10.14 mail app (or later) and Outlook for Mac. IOS users can use Mail for iOS 11.3.1 (or later) and Outlook for iOS; Android users can use Outlook for Android or the Gmail app. Linx platforms should use Outlook on the web. Feel free to contact the IT Help Desk with any questions.
Gore Mountain season pass discounts
Gore Mountain season pass discounts for the 2021-22 season are available to all Skidmore employees. There is also a growing list of value-added deals and discounts. To apply, fill out this application by Aug. 18. For more information, contact Carol Schnitzer.
EMS open for fall semester
Ready to reserve space on campus for your fall events and meetings? EMS is now open for the fall semester. For questions about scheduling, contact Megan Bove in the Scheduling Office. Training documentation is also available on the Scheduling Office website.
Hiring in Sustainability Office for fall
The Skidmore Sustainability Office seeks to build programs that are good for people and planet. We are hiring organized and passionate students who want engaging, hands-on jobs this fall. Open positions include a sustainable workplace manager to cultivate exciting and meaningful programming for staff and faculty, and a compost manager to support the residential composting program, which transforms 10,000 pounds of food waste per year into rich compost. Applications are now accepted. Interviews will be held on rolling basis, and positions start Sept. 8. See application instructions and details on our website. Please contact Jen Natyzak for more information. Please share with students who may be interested.
New Work Order Ticketing System: Maximo
Skidmore rolled out a new system for managing Facilities work orders, Maximo, on Tuesday, July 27. This new system will improve efficiencies, as Facilities staff will have real-time access to review and update work orders. The information needed from Skidmore community members for work orders is unchanged, but an enhanced feature for communicating a work order’s status will be added. Click here to access the Maximo system. Find instructions on how to enter a work order here, or watch this video. This information and more can be found on the Facilities Services webpage. Please contact Facilities Services if you have any questions.
Upbeat on the Roof with Sun is Poison
Join us at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, for a performance by Sun is Poison on the lawn outside the Tang. A lo-fi solo project of Ballston Spa’s Will Seifart, Sun is Poison creates immersive works that meld the mechanical sounds of drum machines and synths with banjos, guitars, and honest and poignant lyrics. Sun is Poison will be making its Upbeat debut. Visitors are invited to bring picnic blankets, camping chairs, and their own food and drink to make it a night! In case of inclement weather, the concert will be canceled. Contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost with any questions.
Family Saturday: Jazz it Up!
Join us for Family Saturday: Jazz it Up! on Saturday, Aug. 14. The 90-minute, in-person event for children 5 and older and their parents, grandparents or other guardians features a close-looking exercise at Ouattara Watts’ “Wait Until Tomorrow” and jazz musician Sun Ra’s album covers, an art-making activity, and a moment to share new creations. There are two sessions at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Space is limited and reservations are required. For more information and how to make reservations, visit the Tang website. For questions, contact Sunny Ra, the Laurie M. Tisch Educator for K-12 and Community Programs at the Tang.
Tang at Home Studio: Colorful Music
Join us for Tang at Home Studio: Musical Abstraction on Sunday, Aug. 15, at 11 a.m. This hour-long online event features discussions about Ouattara Watts’ “Wait Until Tomorrow” and jazz musician Sun Ra’s album covers — all conducted via Zoom. Reservations required. For more information and to register, visit the Tang website. For questions, contact Sunny Ra, the Laurie M. Tisch Educator for K-12 and Community Programs at the Tang.
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, Aug. 18. 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.
Scribner Library Book Club
Our non-traditional book club encourages attendees to “show and tell” a book they’ve read with the group. Please check our page for more info. The book club will be meeting from noon to 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 18, on the Adirondack chairs outside Scribner Library. We will follow any health and safety guidelines that are in place at the time of each meeting. Hannah Matecko-Conti is happy to field any questions, but please feel free to simply show up.
Defensive Driving Course
The Department of Campus Safety has scheduled a two-day, six-hour classroom-based Defensive Driving Course (sponsored by the National Safety Council) from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday, Aug. 23, and Tuesday, Aug. 24, in Tisch 208. The course is open to students, employees, faculty, spouses, significant others, and family members. Participants must hold a valid driver's license or learner’s permit. The cost is $35. Class size is limited. Please contact Lori Parks or Kelly Simons if you are interested in attending.
Several Skidmore athletes and teams were recently recognized for academic achievements by their respective coaching organizations. Ice hockey, women’s lacrosse, and women’s tennis were honored over the past two weeks, joining earlier summer honorees from volleyball, men’s and women’s swimming and diving, and men’s lacrosse.
Apple’s back-to-school promo is here! Now through Sept. 27, you can buy a Mac and get your AirPods free at the Skidmore Shop. Combined with Skidmore’s interest-free tech loan, you can own 2021’s best tech. Check out the Shop’s selection of Apple products. Please contact Doug Chang (518-580-5491) for more information.
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