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President Marc Conner and Barbara Reyes-Conner stand in front of a display of holiday greenery

President Marc Conner and Barbara Reyes-Conner extend wishes for a joyous holiday season at the conclusion of a semester filled with great accomplishments, courage, and community support.

Skidmore College seal

During the final staff meeting of the fall semester, Skidmore staff received important updates on the Campus Master Planning process, the College’s endowment, a likely COVID-19 booster vaccination policy for employees, and the winter flexible work benefit, among other topics.  

College hosts COVID-19 booster clinic in the intramural gym

Hundreds of members of the Skidmore College community received boosters for their COVID-19 vaccinations at a clinic held on Skidmore’s campus. 

President Conner receives a donation from the Saratoga Casino Hotel Foundation

Saratoga Casino Hotel Foundation has donated $10,000 to the Joseph C. and Anne T. Palamountain Scholarship Fund.

COVID-19 Updates

COVID-19 Booster Shots

Skidmore encourages and supports eligible individuals — now everyone 18 and older — in getting a booster shot. Individuals who received the Pfizer or Moderna vaccine may get a booster six months after their second shot and may choose from a Pfizer, Moderna, or Johnson & Johnson (J&J) booster. Individuals who received the J&J vaccine are eligible for a booster two months after vaccination and may also choose from a Pfizer, Moderna, or J&J booster. For additional information on choosing your COVID-19 booster shot, please visit the CDC website


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 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.  

Dining Services

Please visit the Dining Services website regularly for updates, Spa 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.

Human Resources

New Open Positions

Human Resources invites 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 a vacancy.


  • Student Accounts Coordinator – Financial Services
  • Director of Sustainability Programs and Assessment – Sustainability Department
  • Assistant Director – Conferences and Events
  • Temporary Groundskeeper – Facilities
  • Winter Groom/Barn Assistant – Athletics, Fitness and Recreation


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


EAP Reaching Out Newsletter

The December edition of our Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) Reaching Out Newsletter is here. The purpose of the newsletter is to provide helpful information and promote early utilization of the EAP among employees before personal problems begin to interfere with work productivity. 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.


Winter Flexible Work Benefit

Human Resources has developed a Winter Flexible Work Benefit for all non-union staff permitting employees to request flexible hours options over the winter break period and adding an alternative option for requesting remote work for up to two days per week. Supervisors and department heads may approve requests for flexible work arrangements and are responsible for ensuring adequate coverage. This pilot program begins the week of Dec. 13 and continues through Jan. 21, 2022. Please review the Winter Flexible Work Policy and contact Human Resources with any questions.


Inclement Weather Policy

While the campus mission requires us to be operational 24/7 on a 12-month basis, there are some occasions where the campus will experience a delayed opening, early release or closure impacting non-designated essential personnel due to particularly severe winter weather. Employees are encouraged to read the full Inclement Weather Policy. For more information, contact Human Resources.


Free TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Session

TIAA is holding one-on-one phone consultations with employees on Wednesday, Dec. 15. Call 1-800-732-8353 to schedule an appointment or visit

Skidmore Spotlight

Chris Barnes, director of the Office of Student Diversity Programs (OSDP) within Campus Life and Engagement, provides programs for students of color, international students, and students who Identify as LGBTQ+. 

Meet Chris Barnes

Faculty-Staff Achievements

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

Paul Arciero, professor of health and human physiological sciences, will present at an international conference. Read more>> 


Jordana Dym, professor of history, published a new book. Read more>> 


Catherine Golden, professor of English, published an article.


Sara Lagalwar, associate professor and director of the Neuroscience Program, published a scientific paper with Haoyang Huang ’20, Nicholas Toker ’15, Eliza Burr ’17, Jeff Okoro ’18, Maia Moog ’14, and Casey Hearing ’14. Read more>> 


Pushkala Prasad, professor of management, delivered an invited seminar. Read more>> 


David Read, senior lecturer in computer science, was quoted in a newspaper article. Read more>> 


Denise Smith, professor of health and human physiological sciences, received an award for service. Read more>> 


David A. Snider, lecturer of arts administration, is publishing a new book. Read more>> 


Bob Turner, associate professor and chair of political science, and students in his Scribner Seminar were featured in a news article. Read more>> 


Skidmore Cares continues through Friday, Dec. 10

Please join us in celebrating 16 consecutive years of generously supporting our local community through Skidmore Cares! Employees are encouraged to visit the Skidmore Cares webpage to learn about the community organizations we are supporting and to determine which donation item is assigned to your department. This week, drive or walk over to the tables that will be set up outside Williamson Sports Center and drop off your donations between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Hot chocolate, coffee, and cookies will be served each afternoon. Raffles will be held throughout the week.


Parking on Perimeter Road

The parking spaces parallel to Perimeter Road, from the Clinton Street entrance to the Sussman Roadway, are closed during the months of December through April to facilitate snow and ice removal.


Williamson Sports Center study week and winter break hours

Williamson Sports Center will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. from Monday, Dec. 13, through Friday, Dec. 17. It will be closed from Saturday, Dec. 18, through Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. From Jan. 3 through Jan. 24, its hours are 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. Sunday.


Skidmore Softball Team Fundraiser

The softball team is holding a raffle to support its spring trip. Entries are $10, and the winner will take home a Yeti Tundra 45 cooler. You can purchase a ticket by sending your entry fee by Venmo @SkidmoreSoftball. Please be sure to include your name and phone number. The drawing will be on Wednesday, Dec. 15. Please contact Rinae Olsen for more information.


Updated Scribner Library Hours

The library will offer extended hours for the end of the semester. Its hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. Monday, Dec. 6, through Thursday, Dec. 9. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to midnight on Friday, Dec. 10, and 9 a.m. to midnight on Saturday, Dec. 11. On Sunday, Dec. 12, the library will be open from 9 a.m. to 2 a.m. From Monday, Dec. 13, through Wednesday, Dec. 15, hours are 7:30 a.m. to 2 a.m. The library will be closed to the public from 1 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17, until 8:30 a.m. Monday, Jan. 3, 2022.


Campus Master Planning Sessions

Thank you to all who participated in the Campus Master Planning update sessions with Ayers Saint Gross on Monday, Dec. 6. For those who were unable to attend, recordings of each session are now posted on the Campus Master Planning webpage (under “presentations”). A Skidmore login is required. A survey is also now posted there, so that those who view the recordings but were unable to attend the sessions can also provide the same feedback. In addition, due to the power outage on Monday afternoon, a makeup session will be held from noon to 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 16. Zoom information will be shared soon.


Library Book Club

The Library Book Club will be meeting via Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9. The Scribner Library Book Club is a non-traditional book club that encourages attendees to “show and tell” a book they’ve read with the group. You can check our page for more info.


Interlibrary Loan Materials are due Monday, Dec. 13

Please return all interlibrary books before leaving campus. You may still submit article and book chapter requests. Please contact Interlibrary Loan for more information.


New student-curated exhibition, ‘More Than You Notice,’ opens at the Tang

More Than You Notice: Photographic Reflections of Humanity and Socialization,” an exhibition of photography from the Tang collection related to ideas in the new Bridge Experience course Power, Privilege, and Oppression: Advancing Social Justice, will be on view in the Payne Room from Thursday, Dec. 9, through Sunday, Dec. 12. Students in the course taught by Assistant Professor of Social Work June Paul organized the exhibition and will give a presentation at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 9. Contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost for more information.


Tang Holiday Bazaar

The Tang Student Advisory Council invites members of the Skidmore community to come in person on Friday, Dec. 10, from 3:30 to 6 p.m. for the Tang Holiday Bazaar, a marketplace for Skidmore students to sell a variety of wares, including art, jewelry, clothing, pottery, and more. Contact Olivia Cammisa-Frost for more information.


Save the date: Annual sportswear sale

The annual sportswear sale will be held in the rec gym (lower level) in the Williamson Sports Center, Monday, Dec. 13, between 11:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Please contact Sherry Ankeny, head equipment manager, for more information.


Collected Narrative

Reimagining Representation presents “Collected Narrative,” a student exhibition featuring independent and collaborative projects addressing social, racial, and environmental justice, identity, and the positionality of artists from the fall 2021 cohort from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 8, and Thursday, Dec. 9, in the Schick Gallery.


Planning Spring Events and Media Services Assistance

As you plan for spring semester events, please remember to reach out to Media Services when requesting technical assistance. Hybrid capabilities and virtual events add a layer of complexity that is best served by additional consultation, planning, and lead time. To help you determine what type of event to request (Zoom meeting, Zoom webinar, or livestreamed event), please refer to the Requesting Technical Support for Events website. Once you know what your needs are, please submit a request for media assistance through EMS, or contact us directly for a consultation. Contact Beth DuPont for more information.


Skidmore Shop

Missed our holiday sale and need some last-minute gifts? Come check out our clearance section and take 30% off of the original price. Also, enjoy 20% off of our Northshire Bookstore selection.


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Wednesday, Dec. 8

6:30 p.m.

'On Their Own Terms' Gallery Talk

Tang Teaching Museum


Thursday, Dec. 9, and Friday, Dec. 10

9 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Tang Book Sale

Tang Teaching Museum


Thursday, Dec. 9

6 p.m.

'More Than You Notice' Gallery Talk

Tang Teaching Museum

Friday, Dec. 10

3:30 to 6 p.m.

Tang Holiday Bazaar

Tang Teaching Museum


Wednesday, Dec. 15

noon to 12:30 p.m.

Lunchtime Crochet: Saratoga Springs Satellite Reef

Virtual program

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