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Weekly Bulletin

COVID-19 Updates

Pick up a free Skidmore facemask at the Skidmore Shop

All students and employees may pick up a complimentary Skidmore facemask at the Skidmore Shop. Just show your Skidmore ID to receive your mask.


Fall surveillance testing and related COVID-19 protocols for employees

The College’s fall policy for surveillance testing, contract tracing, and protocols for employee illness, positive cases, and exposures to positive cases are outlined in this fall testing policy for employees, which was emailed to all staff and faculty on Tuesday, Aug. 31, and posted to the Campus Planning website.


Fall semester COVID-19 guidelines

The College’s detailed guidelines for masking, social distancing, visitors, gatherings, and dining are posted to the Campus Planning website, and updates to frequently asked questions are being posted as soon as information becomes available. The College is currently at a “yellow” status level, due to a "substantial" to "high" COVID-19 transmission rate in Saratoga County, as categorized by the CDC. Therefore, indoor masking is currently required for everyone on campus, regardless of vaccination status.

Skidmore News

Returning together: President Conner welcomes Skidmore for new academic year

Reflecting on the many lessons of the pandemic, President Marc Conner expresses excitement as the entire Skidmore community is “returning together” for a fully in-person 2021-22 academic year.

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Welcoming the Class of 2025

With robust measures to protect against COVID-19, Skidmore is welcoming a first-year class of 728 students drawn from a record pool of 11,200 applicants for a fully in-person academic year.

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Skidmore celebrates Founder's Day

Members of the Skidmore community gather each year to celebrate the life and legacy of Lucy Skidmore Scribner, the College’s beloved founder.

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Dining Services

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


While the College is operating at a “yellow” status level (“substantial” to “high” Saratoga County COVID transmission rate), Murray-Aikins Dining Hall will be open to students only during the fall semester. The Spa and Burgess Café will remain open to everyone, regardless of the campus status level.


A Soco Creamery representative will be offering free samples of their ice cream in The Spa from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 9. Soco Creamery ice cream is sold in both The Spa and Atrium Cafe.

Human Resources

Change in internal postings for open positions

Human Resources will shift from notifying employees of open positions by email to providing this notification in the Skidmore Weekly Bulletin. The purpose of this change is to reduce the number of emails employees receive each week and to treat the Skidmore Weekly Bulletin as the primary resource for news from the Human Resources Department.


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. 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 Monday, Sept. 13. All appointments will be scheduled as phone consultations. You can sign up for an appointment by visiting the Vanguard website and selecting New York/Skidmore College/Saratoga Springs/One-on-one sessions.


EAP Reaching Out newsletter

The September edition of our Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) Reaching Out Newsletter is here. There are a range of interesting articles, including strategies and resources for managing burnout and race-based traumatic stress. We hope you find this month’s newsletter helpful and remind all employees that the professional support team at EAP is available 24/7 by phone or video to help you with legal, financial, and health and wellness-related concerns.

Employee COVID-19 Information

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. In accordance with CDC guidance, the College expects fully vaccinated employees to 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.


Testing for new hires

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.

Skidmore Spotlight

Aleyna Hamill works as an administrative coordinator in the Registrar’s Office, where she helps students, faculty, parents, and others taking Skidmore courses. 

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Meet Aleyna Hamill

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Charlie Bettigole, director of the GIS Center for Interdisciplinary Research, and Kris Covey, assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, co-authored a scientific paper in the journal Water, Air, & Soil Pollution. Read more >>


Jason Breves, associate professor and chair of the Biology Department, published scientific research in the journal Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology. Read more >>


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


Monthly faculty and staff meetings

The first staff meeting of the 2021-22 academic year will take place this Friday, Sept. 10, from 1 to 2 p.m. via Zoom. The first faculty meeting will take place this Friday, Sept. 10, at 3:30 p.m. via Zoom. Zoom information for both meetings will be sent by email.


Scribner House Reception Canceled

The Opening Reception scheduled for Friday, Sept. 10, at Scribner House has been canceled.


Glenn Adamson and Nicole Cherubini in Conversation

Join us in person on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 6 p.m. for a conversation with art historian and curator Glenn Adamson and exhibiting artist Nicole Cherubini, whose exhibition Nicole Cherubini: Shaking the Trees” is on view in the mezzanine. Contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost with any questions.


Tang Guide Tour

Join us Sunday, Sept. 12, at 2 p.m. for a tour of the museum and current exhibitions. Tang guides are Skidmore College students and visitor services associates who are part of a new program that introduces them to the Tang and the museum world. Contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost with any questions.


Scholarly and Creative Endeavors (SCE) Work Group

The Scholarly and Creative Endeavors (SCE) Work Group will meet on a weekly basis starting the week of Sept. 13. By sharing goals and discussing progress, the SCE Work Group helps to advance faculty/staff professional projects.


Campus Master Planning virtual listening sessions with a focus on DEI

Skidmore is continuing the important conversations that will help guide development of a new Campus Master Plan. The College’s next two sessions — open to the entire Skidmore community — will focus on key issues surrounding diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). All members of the Skidmore community are invited to attend at 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 13, or Tuesday, Sept. 14 via Zoom. Details will be sent in a separate email.


New director of the Office of Leadership Activities

Associate Dean of Student Affairs Mariel Martin announces the appointment of Carlos Navarro as the new director of the Office of Leadership Activities.


Lunchtime Crochet: Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef

Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara hosts an online lunchtime drop-in crocheting session from noon to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 15. Join at your leisure to crochet and chat as we create corals for the “Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef.” For more information, contact Rebecca McNamara.


Fall 2021 tent use

As mentioned in the fall return-to-campus community forums, the College has placed a number of tents around campus for outdoor gathering. The tents may be reserved for use through Oct. 31 and have been added to the College’s EMS reservation system. Use the Space Request template and search for the tent you seek to reserve to see availability. Tent features and equipment vary, and a brief description of each tent and rules for use can be found on the Scheduling Office website. Please contact for assistance.


EMS Trainings

Interested in learning how to use EMS, Skidmore’s online event system, this fall? Training sessions will be held in Scribner Library, Room 222, from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday Sept. 15, and from 3 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29. Please email Megan Bove if you plan to attend a session or if you prefer a one-on-one lesson.


2021 Selected Art Faculty Exhibition

Work by Deb Hall, Trish Lyell, and Gina Occhiogrosso will be on display at the Schick Art Gallery Sept. 16 through Oct. 17. An opening reception will take place on Thursday, Sept. 23. The reception is open to students and arts faculty only from 5 to 6 p.m. and is open to other members of the campus community and off-campus visitors from 6 to 7 p.m. An artists’ talk is scheduled for 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 29. Please contact Rebecca Shepard for the Zoom link.


Blood Drive in Memory of Lilly Kishore '21

The College will sponsor a Red Cross Blood Drive from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 24, in the Williamson Center IM/Dance Gym. Please consider donating blood in memory of recent Skidmore graduate Lilly Kishore '21. To schedule an appointment, go to and use sponsor code SKIDMORE.


Save the Date: A Conversation with Alice Wong

Join Sarah DiPasquale (Dance), Nick Junkerman (English), and Jamin Totino (SAS/IGR) at 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 4, for a live, virtual conversation with Alice Wong, disabled activist, writer, media maker. Aymon Langlois ’23 and Caroline Shea ’22 will provide an introduction. Wong is the founder and director of the Disability Visibility Project. Closed captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. Register online. For more information, visit the event website.


Greenberg Middle East Scholar-in-Residence lecture

Haggai Ram delivers the 2021 Greenberg Middle East Scholar-in-Residence lecture on “The Social Life of Cannabis in Palestine-Israel: A Global History,” at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 6, in Gannett Auditorium, Palamountain Hall.


Save the date: Presidential Inauguration

Skidmore will celebrate the inauguration of its eighth president, Marc C. Conner, on Saturday, Oct. 16. Further event details will follow.


LGBTQ+ Staff and Faulty Email List

Interested staff and faculty are invited to join our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer (LGBTQ+) staff and faculty email list. The LGBTQ+ email list serves as an easy way to share information and updates about Skidmore and regional LGBTQ+ activities, news, and events. Any Skidmore staff or faculty member is welcome to subscribe to the list. If you are already a member, you will remain on the list. Please feel free to contact Mariel Martin at with any questions.


Writing Center tutoring services

Trained student tutors offer one-on-one consultations for student writers at every stage of the writing process at the Philip Boshoff Writing Center. This semester, we will meet with students both in person (in LIB 440) and online. Appointments can be made online.


Purchasing disinfectant wipes and masks

Based on scientific data, the CDC has indicated that the risk of COVID-19 transmission via surfaces is low. Therefore, there is no longer a need to wipe down all surfaces after each use, and disinfectant wipes will not be distributed by Facilities on a routine basis. Departments will have the option to purchase additional disinfectant wipes directly, utilizing their individual department budgets, should they choose to. The College will be distributing washable masks to all employees and students. Disposable masks may be purchased directly by individual departments as well.


Parking Enforcement and Bike Registration Notice

Campus Safety is enforcing all fire lane, handicapped, and load/unload zone parking violations. Tickets in these areas come with substantial fines, with no grace period. All vehicles parked on campus must be registered with Campus Safety, including those of students who live off campus. Students may register here. Employees may register here. Once your vehicle is registered, students will receive a sticker in their campus mailbox, employees will get theirs in office mail. Campus Safety officers have begun issuing warning notices to unregistered and improperly parked vehicles. Enforcement with monetary fines will begin very soon. Bicycle registration will begin in the coming weeks. Contact Lori Parks at 518-580-5567 or by email for more information.


Athletics News

Check out Episode 5 of "From the Horse's Mouth" as Skidmore athletes Austin Rook and Lily Feldman interview President Marc Conner to chat about his transition from Washington & Lee to Skidmore, his summer adventures, and the upcoming academic year.


Skidmore Shop

The Skidmore Shop hours for the fall semester are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday. The shop is closed on Sunday.


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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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