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Weekly Bulletin

COVID-19 Updates

Fall semester guiding principles, health and safety protocol

Earlier today, a detailed set of guidelines for how we will live, work, learn, and socialize together this fall semester, including guidance for masking, social distancing, visitors, gatherings and dining, was shared via a message to the Skidmore community. 


To provide faculty, and staff with additional information about our return-to-campus and fall term preparations and allow for real-time questions and feedback, the College will host the following virtual forums on Tuesday, Aug. 24:



Current indoor masking requirement on campus

Indoor masking is currently required for everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status, due to a "substantial" to "high" COVID-19 transmission rate in Saratoga County, as categorized by the Centers for Disease Control.


Fall vaccination requirement for faculty and staff

All new and current faculty and staff (union and non-union) will be required to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 3, 2021, unless exempted from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Evidence of full vaccination, unless granted an exemption or leave of absence, must be submitted by Sept. 3. Details of the policy and links to required forms were emailed to all employees on July 30 and can be found here.


Additional information can also be found in policy FAQs posted to the Campus Planning webpage.

Skidmore News

Friendship Family Program offers ways to connect, explore the world

Skidmore’s International Friendship Family Program offers international students a special way to immerse themselves in U.S. culture and allows faculty and staff to learn more about the world.

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Dining Services

Please visit the Dining Services website regularly for updates, specials, hours of operation (including new summer hours), information about summer policies and other information.


Pop-up Grill: Dining Services is hosting its pop-up grill Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The grill features hamburgers, hot dogs, plant-based burgers, and more on the walkway outside Burgess Café. The week of Monday, Aug. 23, the grill will be held on Porter Plaza, which adjoins The Spa, and for that week only it will be offered through Friday, Aug. 27. A $7 lunch combo meal includes your choice of a grill item, two sides, and a beverage. A la carte pricing is also available. The grill is available to the entire Skidmore community. Pay inside Burgess Café and come out to the grill, where the crew will take care of you. Credit/debit card and Skidmore Card are accepted for payment.


Burgess Café is also offering novelty ice cream to help beat the heat.


The Spa is scheduled to reopen Monday, Aug. 23.

Human Resources

Free one-on-one retirement consultations with TIAA-CREF

TIAA is offering one-on-one retirement counseling sessions for Skidmore College employees on Wednesday, Sept. 15. All appointments will be scheduled as phone consultations; there will be no in-person meetings due to the spread of COVID-19. Call 1-800-732-8353 to schedule an appointment or visit the TIAA website.


Free one-on-one retirement consultations with Vanguard

Vanguard is offering one-on-one sessions for Skidmore College employees on Tuesday, Aug. 24, and Monday, Sept. 13. All appointments will be scheduled as phone consultations; there will be no in-person meetings due to the ongoing pandemic. You can sign up for an appointment with a representative over the phone by visiting the Vanguard website and selecting New York/Skidmore College/Saratoga Springs/One-on-one sessions.


Return to Campus Policy

The College has begun a phased return to campus of all staff who have been working remotely, in accordance with division and unit plans created as part of the College’s Return to Campus Policy. A full return to on-campus work is expected by Sept. 2, 2021.


While the College looks forward to welcoming remote employees back to campus, the College also acknowledges that this will be a transition that involves mixed emotions for many employees. Human Resources is available to provide support, answers to your questions, and resources during this transition period. Employees may also speak confidentially to a support professional from the College's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by calling 518-793-9768 or 1-800-734-6072.

Employee COVID-19 Information

Reminder to Report Your COVID-19 Vaccination Status

All new and current faculty and staff (union and non-union) will be required to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 3, 2021, unless exempted from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. Evidence of full vaccination, unless granted an exemption or leave of absence, must be submitted by Sept. 3. Details of the policy and links to required forms can be found here.


The information submitted through the COVID-19 Vaccination Status form and vaccination records will be maintained confidentially by Human Resources. If you have any questions regarding this process, please direct them to Interim Director of Human Resources Sarah Delaney Vero.


Protocol for employees who test positive for COVID-19 or are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case

Any employee, regardless of vaccination status, who tests positive for COVID-19 must not come on campus to work and should stay home until it is safe for them to be around others. You may return to work after:


  • 10 days since symptoms first appeared and
  • 24 hours with no fever without the use of fever-reducing medications and
  • Other symptoms of COVID-19 are improving.


Unvaccinated employees who are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case and who are required to quarantine by order of the Department of Health should provide a copy of their quarantine order to their supervisor.


Employees who can work remotely should do so during their isolation or quarantine period. Employees who cannot work remotely may be eligible for paid time off during their isolation or quarantine period and should contact Human Resources for additional information.


Vaccinated employees who are exposed to a positive COVID-19 case and who show no symptoms of COVID-19 are not required to quarantine. The CDC recommends fully vaccinated employees should get tested three to five days after their exposure, even if they do not have symptoms and wear a mask indoors in public spaces for 14 days following exposure or until their test result is negative.


Fall surveillance testing

Updated surveillance testing requirements will be announced by the College soon.


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 and who are not fully vaccinated. Non-vaccinated new hires should be tested within 72 hours of their first day of work on campus.


Paid Time Off for Vaccine Appointments During Work Hours

Skidmore recently announced that all new and current faculty and staff (union and non-union) will be required to be fully vaccinated by Sept. 3, 2021, unless exempted from this requirement as a reasonable accommodation of a medical condition or sincerely held religious belief. 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.)

Skidmore Spotlight

Corwin RavenStar works as a postal clerk and is responsible for processing mail and packages, delivering mail to employees, and assisting students at the Skidmore Post Office in Case Center.  

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Meet Corwin RavenStar

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below. 


Kris Covey, assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, has been elected to the board of trustees of the Adirondack Nature Conservancy. Read more >>


David Domozych, professor of biology, has received major funding from the National Science Foundation. Read more >> 


Heather Hurst ‘97, associate professor of anthropology, has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant. Read more >>


Jina Mao, associate professor of the management and business department, published a scholarly article. Read more >> 


Megan Mercier, director of alumni and volunteer engagement in the Office of Alumni Relations and College Events, has been named president of the Northeast Alumni Relations (NEAR) consortium of peer colleges and universities. Read more >> 


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


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.


Skidmore Shop

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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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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