A reminder of Skidmore’s policy on political activity
With political activity on and around campus likely to pick up in the coming weeks and months, please be reminded of Skidmore’s established policy on political activity, which was developed by the Institutional Policy and Planning Committee (IPPC) in collaboration and consultation with students, staff, and faculty members across campus. The College supports political engagement and responsible citizenship and is committed to freedom of speech, thought, and expression, and a diversity of perspectives.
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.
Facilities Services updated policies
As the Office of Facilities Services cleans and prepares the campus for a full reopening, it has also updated its procedures and protocols to create more efficiencies, increase sustainability efforts, and align services with current staffing and budget guidelines. Occupants should empty their office trash and recycle bins as needed in the main corridor receptacles, located near most offices. As part of sustainability efforts, trash can liners in offices are being eliminated. Beginning Sept. 1, facilities will schedule the cleaning of all departmental workspaces on a monthly basis. Occupants may request additional cleaning as needed by submitting work order requests. Please review the Facilities Services website for more information. The office can also be reached by email or telephone at ext. 5860.
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 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
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.
Upbeat on the Roof with Heavenly Echoes
Join us at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 19, for a performance by Heavenly Echoes on the lawn outside the Tang. Founded by the late Deacon James Edmonds out of the Sweet Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Albany, Heavenly Echoes performs in the storied tradition of Southern-style gospel music with spirituals, hymns, traditional contemporary gospel, and originals. Heavenly Echoes last played Upbeat in 2016. 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.
Crochet Circle: Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef
Join us on Saturday, Aug. 21, between 2 and 4 p.m., for an in-person craft circle as we create 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. Bring your own materials and your WIPs (works in progress) or start something new. Corals submitted to the Museum 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 January 2022. This event is open to all skill levels, including beginners. Visitors are welcome to drop in and come and go during the event. For more information, contact Rebecca McNamara.
Tang Guide Tour with Lorelei von Stackelberg Jones
Join Tang Guide Lorelei von Stackelberg Jones ’24 on Sunday, Aug. 22, at 2 p.m. for a tour of the Tang and current exhibitions. This event is open to the public and visitors are invited to stay after the tour and look around the museum’s galleries. The Tang Guides program is an exciting new program that introduces students to the Tang and the museum world, trains them how to be gallery ambassadors and tour guides, how to talk about art, and gives them valuable real-world experiences interacting with visitors. Contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost with any questions.
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. 25. 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.
Save the date: Fox-Adler Lecture
Join us at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 21, in Gannett Auditorium. New Orleans-based author Michael Tisserand will speak on George Herriman and his famous comic strip “Krazy Kat,” syndicated in newspapers. Tisserand is the author of “Krazy: George Herriman, A Life in Black and White” (2016), the first full-length biography of a cartoonist who lived his life on America’s color line; Herriman was of African American descent, but his prominent Creole family hid their racial identity. Tisserand will illuminate the artist’s insights into American culture through the comic strip. He will share his original research into Herriman’s family history and interviews conducted with Herriman’s surviving friends and family.
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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