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COVID-19 Updates

Daily Health Certification, training video required for all employees

Effective Sept. 6, 2021, New York state has designated COVID-19 as an airborne infectious disease under the NYS HERO Act. As a result, Skidmore College has activated its Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plan, effective immediately. All employees must now complete the Daily Health Certification form at the beginning of each work day. Any employee with symptoms of COVID-19 must contact their healthcare provider and follow their instructions, including referral for a COVID-19 test. Clearance by a healthcare provider or proof of a negative COVID-19 test must be submitted to Human Resources at before returning to work on campus. Employees who test positive for COVID-19 must notify Human Resources for further instructions. Please take time to review the College's plan and watch this training video during work hours this week and notify your supervisor when you have completed this requirement. If you have any questions after reviewing the plan and viewing the training video, please contact the HR Hotline at 518-580-5801 or


Social distancing clarification

In accordance with NYSDOH/CDC guidance, physical distancing is not required for fully vaccinated students, faculty, and staff on campus for institutions of higher education where everyone is fully vaccinated. While the College's Airborne Infectious Disease Prevention Plan states that everyone should maintain social distancing as feasible, it is not a mandate that our classrooms are set up for social distancing.


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 semester COVID-19 guidelines, testing, and related protocols

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.


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. 

Skidmore News

President Conner updates employees at the start of the academic year

President Marc Conner and College administrators welcomed Skidmore employees back for a new academic year and briefed them on important issues, including precautions against COVID-19, the Class of 2025, new hires, and human resources initiatives.

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Skidmore athletes return to competition

Our fall athletes have been waiting a long time to be back on the field after 2020 seasons were canceled. Without missing a beat, they've returned in full force and are racking up the wins.

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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, Atrium Café, and Burgess Café remain open to everyone.


Late night at The Spa is back Friday and Saturday night from 10 p.m. until 1 a.m.

Human Resources

New open positions 

Human Resources would like to invite interested Skidmore staff to submit their applicant materials for the openings listed below. These are current, approved, budgeted positions that are being filled due to vacancies.


  • Teacher, Greenberg Child Care Center
  • Campus Safety Officer, Safety & Security


To apply, please access the Okta portal. Click on “Me” and then click on “Current Jobs”


Breakfast with HR: Supervisor Roundtable

Please mark your calendars for the first “Breakfast with HR: Supervisor Roundtable” discussion with Human Resources of the new academic year. The program will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. The topic of this month's roundtable will be "Leading the Readjustment from Remote to Office Work" and will be led by Brianna Herman, assistant director for employee relations, training, and development, and Sarah Delaney Vero, interim human resources director. Details and instructions for registering for this program will be coming from Human Resources shortly.


Free virtual Diabetes Prevention Program 

In addition to new MVP Living Well Program opportunities, MVP is pleased to announce the next free virtual Diabetes Prevention Program from St. Peter’s Health Partners. The program begins Oct. 21 and will meet weekly — from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursdays — for 16 weeks, then meet bi-weekly, and then monthly. To learn more or to register, visit the program page or call 518-723-0680.


Recognize colleagues going above and beyond with a Thoroughbred Thanks

The Skidmore College Employee Appreciation Program was created to recognize excellence in the areas of teamwork, enthusiasm, motivation, problem-solving skills, initiating positive change, self-confidence, integrity, accomplishing goals, and furthering the College’s diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts. The program provides an opportunity for all members of the Skidmore community to send an appreciation card when they see other community members going above and beyond expectations to acknowledge the excellent work being done by that individual. To submit a "Thoroughbred Thanks" to a valued member of your team, please use this form (please scroll to the bottom of the page and use your Skidmore College login credentials to access the form).

Skidmore Spotlight

Angela Valden works as the strategic communications editor in the Office of Communications and Marketing. In her role, she writes stories about the Skidmore community for the College’s website and Scope alumni magazine and writes and edits a variety of other College communications, including press releases, event programs, and newsletters. 

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Meet Angela Valden

Faculty-Staff Achievements

Click here for details about the achievements below.


Olivia Cammisa-Frost, special events and publications manager of the Tang Teaching Museum, appeared on the game show “Jeopardy!” Read more >>


Kris Covey, assistant professor of environmental studies and sciences, contributed to the Al Jazeera program The Stream. Read more >>


Monica Das, associate professor of economics, co-authored a blog post for a United Nations project. Read more >>


Michael Dunn, assistant professor of management and business, has received a grant from the National Science Foundation. Read more >>


Ruth Hernández-Ríos, teaching professor of sociology, published a book chapter. Read more >>


Eliza F. Kent, professor of religious studies, published an essay in a volume. Read more >>


Evan Mack, senior teaching professor of music, received a positive review for his album "The Travelled Road." Read more >>


Kenneth Sider, visiting assistant professor of education studies, appeared on the radio segment “The Academic Minute.” Read more >>


Benjamin Van Wye, research associate of music, published a translation. Read more >>


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


Fox-Adler Lecture

New Orleans-based Michael Tisserand will discuss “Why We Need Krazy Kat" at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 21. Register online to attend.


To view all upcoming lectures and for details on how to submit information about upcoming Skidmore academic lectures, named lectures and faculty panels, visit the Skidmore Lectures webpage.


Facilities update

Parking next to North Hall will be limited starting Monday, Sept. 20, due to CIS construction. Please contact Facilities Services for more information.


Scribner Library

Under Skidmore’s yellow status level, masks are required in all spaces of Scribner Library, including study rooms. Food and drink are not permitted. Any individuals without masks will be asked to leave immediately.


Consult our calendar for daily hours. You do not need to make a seat reservation or check in to enter the building. You do still need to make reservations for the study rooms. The library will continue to offer its pickup service. Visit our FAQs for more information. The library is offering in-person research help at our first-floor Research Help desk as well as online chat help. You can also contact your subject librarian to schedule a one-on-one appointment. Visit our FAQs page for more information.


Employee Fitness Classes are back!

Williamson Sports Center is offering a 10-week employee fitness program for $50. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis and is limited to current employees. Classes start the week of Sept. 20. Class descriptions and the schedule are available online. Please register online and submit this payroll deduction form to Lacey Largeteau in the Williamson Sports Center or send her a check made out to Skidmore College.


ROOM•MATE: Living with Tang Art

Preview the 50 artworks available for students to borrow as part of the Tang’s student art loan program in the Payne Room at the Tang through Saturday, Sept. 17. Learn more about the program during a viewing party and reception at 6 p.m. on Sept. 17. The event is open to the public. For questions, contact Kelsey Renk. Students are encouraged to line up before the doors open at 9 a.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, for an opportunity to take home one of the works.


Curator’s Tour with Rebecca McNamara

Join Tang Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara at noon on Thursday, Sept. 16, for a tour of the Tang’s Atrium, Roommate 2021: Living with Tang Art,” and Elevator Music 41: Laura Ortman—Dust Dives Alive. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Rebecca McNamara.


Curator’s Tour with Madeleine Ward-Schultz '22

Join Madeleine Ward-Schultz ’22, Charina Fund Endowment Intern, at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 18, for a curator’s tour of Hyde Cabinet#13: Thorns in Time. This event is free and open to the public. Contact Tom Yoshikami for more information.


Tang Guide Tour

Join us at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 19, for a tour given by a Tang Guide, a Skidmore student or visitor services associate who is part of a program that introduces them to the museum world. Contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost for more information.


Lunchtime Crochet: Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef

Tang Associate Curator Rebecca McNamara hosts an online lunchtime drop-in crocheting session from noon to 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 22 as we create corals for the “Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef.” Open to everyone. For more information, contact Rebecca McNamara.



“Documentary at the End of the World” is a documentary screening series curated by Bhawin Suchak and Darian Henry and presented by the MDOCS Co-Creation Initiative at Skidmore College. The series features virtual screenings and Q&As with emerging filmmakers from the NeXt Doc Collective. The series will screen Wednesday, Sept. 15, Sept. 29, Oct. 13, Oct. 27, Nov. 10, and Dec. 1 at 6 p.m. via Zoom. Please contact Sarah Friedland for more information.


Workshop on admissions, financial aid, and tuition benefits for employees

This year's informational workshop on admissions, financial aid, and tuition benefit programs will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 20, via Zoom. The workshop will provide information that should be particularly helpful to Skidmore employees with high school age dependents who plan to apply to Skidmore and/or other colleges and universities. The program will address requirements for admission to Skidmore, the admissions and financial aid process at Skidmore and other colleges, the Tuition Exchange program, and Skidmore's internal and external tuition benefit programs. Vice President and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Mary Lou Bates will be joined by Beth Post, director of financial aid, and Caryn Marlin, tuition exchange liaison, in leading the workshop. (The Passcode is Admissions.)


Arts Quad Party

The annual Arts Quad Party, sponsored by the departments of Art, Art History, Arts, Dance, and Theater; the Arts Administration Program, and the Tang Teaching Museum, will take place from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Friday, Sept. 17, on the Arts Quad Green.


Skidmore Encore returns live online this fall!

The popular lecture series Skidmore Encore returns with lectures each Tuesday morning from Oct. 12 through Nov. 9. Details are available on the Encore schedule webpage. Registration is open and is free for those who register using a valid Skidmore email address; the fee is $95 for all others. Please contact Coleen Stephenson for more information.


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.


Fall 2021 tent use

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. 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? A training session will be held in Scribner Library, Room 222, 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.


Thoroughbred Society recognition ceremony

Faculty, coaches, staff, and administrators are encouraged to join us in in celebrating the academic achievement of our student-athletes at 5 p.m. on Thursday Sept. 23, in the lobby of the Williamson Sports Center.


Blood Drive and Dedication 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.


The blood drive will be followed by a dedication in Lilly's honor at 4:30 p.m. on the Williamson Sports Center Walkway.


Phyllis A. Roth Faculty Distinguished Service Award nominations

Nominations for the Phyllis A. Roth Faculty Distinguished Service Award, recognizing a faculty member for special achievement in service and leadership, are due Friday Sept. 24.


Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition

The Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition was established by Kenneth A. Freirich ’90 to foster entrepreneurship, innovation, and creativity among Skidmore students. All Skidmore students are invited to attend an information session at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 28 under the Upper South Park tent. Snacks will be provided. More information is available on the Freirich Entrepreneurship Competition website or by contacting College Events.


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. Any Skidmore staff or faculty member is welcome to subscribe. If you are already a member, you will remain on the list. Please feel free to contact Mariel Martin 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.


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. Students may register here. Employees may register here. Campus Safety officers have begun issuing warning notices to unregistered and improperly parked vehicles. Enforcement with monetary fines will begin very soon.


Campus Safety will host its annual bicycle registration for students from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 17. Please bring your bicycle to the hallway outside of Campus Safety (lower level of Jonsson Tower) where an officer will assist you. Please contact Campus Safety for more information.


Skidmore College transcripts

The Office of the Registrar, in conjunction with the National Student Clearinghouse, is pleased to offer a Secure Electronic PDF delivery service for official Skidmore College transcripts. Official transcripts can be delivered electronically in as little as 15 minutes from when the order is placed. For more information about ordering official transcripts, go the Registrar’s Office website.


2023 OCSE Travel Seminars

OCSE is excited to invite individual faculty, faculty teams, or faculty and staff teams to submit proposals for short-term, faculty-led Travel Seminars for January, March, or summer of 2023. Proposals are due Dec. 1. Please contact Emily Gaul for more information.


Athletics News

Skidmore College rookie golfer Kevin McGough was the Liberty League Rookie of the Week for the week ending Sept. 12. He shot 72-74-146 to tie for 10th and led Skidmore to an eighth-place finish in the 37th Duke Nelson Invitational played on the Par 71 Ralph Myhre Course at Middlebury College.


Skidmore Shop

Looking for discounted Apple products? The Skidmore Shop has a MacBook Air for $1,149, a Mac Mini for $699, and an iPad Pro for $649. There is only one of each product in stock, so claim them while supplies last. Please contact Doug Chang (phone 518-580-5491) with any questions.


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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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