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The funding will assist the development of innovative, intersectional courses and research that further the College’s commitment to racial justice.

Student in Skidmore Community Garden uses a broad fork to loosen soil before planting garlic in November 2021

The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education designation recognizes Skidmore’s commitment to sustainability across all areas of the College.

Professor David Howson teaches on the stage of Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall to students seated in a circle around him.

For more than 10 years, Arthur Zankel Music Center has become more than just a hub for great performances for the campus and Saratoga Springs communities: It has also become a training center for innovative careers in the arts and beyond.

COVID-19 Updates

The latest messages and information regarding COVID-19 can be found on the Campus Planning Page.



  • Employees must complete an on-campus test (second floor of Murray-Aikins Dining Hall) the week of Jan. 23-29 or a PCR or a rapid test away from campus. Updated testing hours are available on the Health Services website.
  • Individuals who have tested positive for COVID-19 should not test for 90 days following the initial positive test.
  • Negative test results from off-campus testing do not need to be reported. Employees who test positive through off-campus testing should inform Brianna Herman in HR and their supervisor.



  • REMINDER: A KN95 mask (or equivalent mask, i.e., N95 or KF94 mask) is currently required for everyone on campus when indoors in public spaces.


COVID-19 Vaccination Submission Form

  • The COVID-19 Vaccination Submission Form has been updated for employees to submit proof of their booster vaccination.
  • REMINDER: Please complete this form as soon as possible. The deadline was Jan. 24.
  • Please note, the CDC's current guidelines for booster shots were recently updated, and individuals who received the Pfizer or Moderna COVID-19 vaccine are now eligible to receive a booster shot five months after completing their primary series.
  • Please consult the College's COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for Faculty and Staff for additional information regarding the College's booster vaccination requirement.


HERO Act Designation Extended

The designation of COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease has been extended by the New York State Department of Health. In turn, the College's Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan remains in effect and all employees working on campus must continue to complete the Daily Health Certification form at the beginning of each workday.

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


This semester, all food from The Spa will be served in ReuseMore containers. ReuseMore containers can be returned at bins in The Spa and Burgess Café. This program is offered at no additional cost. We need your help to make sure all containers are returned and to help lower our environmental footprint. Any individuals who participated in the ReuseMore program this fall can receive a coupon to The Spa for equal value. Please email for more information.

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.


  • Assistant or Associate Director of Employer Relations – Career Development Center
  • Campus Safety Officer I – Campus Safety
  • Cook – Dining Services
  • Director of the Schupf Family IdeaLab IdeaLab
  • Associate Director, Skidmore Fund Direct Marketing Program – Skidmore Fund
  • Associate Director, Constituent Relations – Advancement
  • Associate Director, Major Gifts – Development
  • Director of Multicultural Advancement and Strategy – Development
  • Executive Director, Advancement Operation & Prospect Development


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


COVID-19 Test Kits

Every household in the U.S. is now eligible to order four free at-⁠home COVID-⁠19 tests. Please visit this website for more information. There is no cost to you or Skidmore for this option.


If you are covered under Skidmore's employee health insurance plan, you can get free test kits through OptumRx. Each covered member can be reimbursed for up to eight tests per month (without a prescription). You can purchase FDA-authorized COVID-19 test kits at Walmart, Rite Aid, and Sam’s Club at no cost to you and without submitting a reimbursement form. Simply go to the pharmacy counter, present your member ID card, and ask to have the product submitted to OptumRx. You can also purchase FDA-authorized COVID-19 test kits at other stores or online retailers. Your plan will reimburse you for up to eight tests per covered member, per month without a prescription (up to $12 per test) by submitting a claim. For more information, visit the OptumRx website.


Free TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions

Rachel Fiedler, a TIAA retirement planning counselor, is holding one-on-one phone consultations with employees Wednesday, Feb. 9, and Tuesday, March 15. Call 1-800-732-8353 to schedule an appointment or visit the website.


Free one-on-one retirement consultations with Vanguard

Employees can schedule a one-on-one phone consultation with a Vanguard retirement planning counselor on Wednesday, Feb. 16, or Tuesday, March 8. You can sign up for an appointment by going to the website and selecting New York/Skidmore College/Saratoga Springs/one-on-one sessions.


Skidmore Spotlight

Sara Crannell, interlibrary loan assistant at Scribner Library, processes the Skidmore community’s interlibrary loan requests along with requests from other libraries around the world.

Sara Crannell smiling in front of shelves of folders at the Scribner Library

Faculty-Staff Achievements

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

Peg Boyers, executive editor of Salmagundi, published an essay and three poems in a new volume, as well as three poems in a journal. Read more>>


Aaron Pedinotti, teaching professor of media and film studies, launched a new podcast. Read more>>


David A. Snider, lecturer of arts administration, published an op-ed and was interviewed by WAMC. Read more>>


Timothy Wientzen, associate professor of English, published a book chapter and a blog post about his recent book. Read more>>


Listening to the Field: Audiences and Equity

Chad Bauman, Patrick Torres, and Donna Walker-Kuhne will discuss the relationship between audience engagement and the pursuit of equity in the arts at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 26. This virtual event is part of “Listening to the Field: Artists and Arts Leaders Discuss What’s Happened and What’s Next,” a collaboration between Skidmore’s Arts Administration Program and Hubbard Hall Center for Arts and Education. Registration is required.


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.


Employee Fitness Classes are back

Williamson Sports Center is running a 10-week program that employees can take advantage of for a low cost. The program, which begins Feb. 4, runs in conjunction with the Student Government Association’s efforts to provide a variety of fitness classes for employees and students. Employees will pay $50 in advance for the courses. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. Please complete this payroll deduction form and send it or your check (made out to Skidmore College) by campus mail to Lacey Largeteau in Williamson Sports Center. Due to COVID-19 precautions, only current employees may participate.


Scholarly and Creative Endeavors (SCE) Work Group

The Scholarly and Creative Endeavors (SCE) Work Group will meet virtually each Monday from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m., beginning Jan. 31. Faculty and staff interested in participating should contact Aarathi Prasad for the Zoom link.


Earn A Badge for Your Office with the Sustainable Workplace Operations Program

The new Sustainable Workplace Operations Program is seeking participants for the spring semester. This program is designed to help staff and faculty better explore and implement sustainable workplace practices. Participants will submit a checklist of standardized criteria and be awarded a bronze, silver, gold, or platinum sticker to be displayed as thanks for their participation and to promote the program. Meetings with student workplace managers, brown bag lunches, and departmental challenges will round out the program. For more information, check out the program website and participant interest form.


Writing Center hours

The Skidmore Writing Center begins tutoring on Tuesday, Feb. 1, and hopes to offer appointments both in person and online. Additional details and scheduling information are available online.


Scribner Library hours

The library will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. through Thursday, Jan. 27; from 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday, Jan. 28; from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 29; from 11 a.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 30; and from 7:30 a.m. to 1 a.m. Monday, Jan. 31. Visitors, including retirees, will be limited to contactless pickup in the library vestibule through Monday, Jan. 31. Visitors should call the Circulation Desk at 518-580-5508 upon arrival. In case of inclement weather, Scribner Library will open no earlier than 9 a.m. in order to allow library personnel to arrive on campus safely. Please review library hours and COVID-19 policies on the Scribner Library website.


Red Cross Blood Drive

A Red Cross Blood Drive will be held from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, in the IM/Dance Gym. Please consider donating blood as the Red Cross faces its lowest supply of blood in more than a decade. Please schedule your appointment online.


Intramural Registration

Intramural registration will remain open through Friday, Jan. 28. Leagues will start on Monday, Jan. 31, and continue until spring break. This winter, we will be offering JV soccer (7-10 p.m. Tuesday/Thursday), varsity soccer (7-10 p.m. Monday/Wednesday) and racquetball (7-10 p.m. Monday/Wednesday). Students and employees can register online using their Skidmore email address.


SEFCU branch is now open

The SEFCU (credit union) branch on campus is now open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The branch, which does not close for lunch, is located between the Dining Hall and Jonsson Tower. All students, faculty, and staff associated with Skidmore, and their immediate family members, are eligible to be members of SEFCU and enjoy the wide variety of banking services and benefits associated with membership. Stop by the branch or contact staff by email or telephone at 800-727-3328.


Tang reopens for campus on Jan. 29; public on Feb. 3

The Tang Teaching Museum is opening two new exhibitions on Saturday, Jan. 29, "Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science" and "Opener 34: Ruby Sky Stiler—New Patterns." Museum hours will be noon to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The museum reopens to the public on Thursday, Feb. 3. Museum hours for the semester will be noon to 9 p.m. Thursday and noon to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday. Skidmore students, faculty, and staff conducting research or preparing for classes can make appointments to visit exhibitions and the Tang collection during regular business hours. Contact Rachel Seligman, assistant director for curatorial affairs, about exhibitions. Contact Kara Jefts, collections registrar, about the Tang collection.


Register now for Radical Fiber: A Symposium on Art and Science

In conjunction with the exhibition "Radical Fiber: Threads Connecting Art and Science," the Tang Teaching Museum presents a two-day online event: Radical Fiber: A Symposium on Art and Science. The symposium on Friday, Jan. 28, and Saturday, Jan. 29, brings together scholars, artists, and thinkers in academia, business, tech, and the arts on the historical, present, and potential future connections of fiber-based practice and the sciences. Each day includes a curator’s tour, two panel discussions, and a moderated conversation open to all attendees to share ideas inspired by the day. A complete schedule and Zoom registration links can be found on the exhibition webpage.


Juried Student Exhibition

Skidmore students are invited to enter their artwork in the Juried Student Exhibition. The juror is Daesha Devon Harris. Entrants must be matriculated at Skidmore and must have taken at least one Skidmore studio art course in 2021 (spring, summer, or fall). Work must have been created between Jan. 1, 2021, and Jan. 31, 2022. Enter works at the Schick Gallery weekdays. The deadline is 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 31. Contact Rebecca Shepard for more information.


Skidmore teams home for key league contests

The Skidmore hockey and men’s and women’s basketball teams all host big league games this weekend. The hockey team (12-6-1) has moved into fourth place in the New England Hockey Conference and will host Babson at 7 p.m. Friday (a free fan bus leaves Case at 6:30) and Southern Maine at 4 p.m. Saturday. The basketball teams host RIT on Friday and Union on Saturday. The women (9-4) play at 5:30 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday, while the men (6-6) compete at 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. Saturday. Visit the Skidmore Athletics composite calendar for home game details and other information.


Skidmore Shop

From now until March 26, enjoy an additional $50 off education pricing on MacBook Pros and MacBook Airs at the Skidmore Shop. Contact Doug Chang or 518-580-5491.


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Friday, Jan. 28

11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Radical Fiber: A Symposium on Art and Science

Virtual event


Sunday, Jan. 30

2 p.m.

Tang Guide Tour (campus community only)

Tang Teaching Museum

Saturday, Jan. 29

11 a.m. to 4:15 p.m.

Radical Fiber: A Symposium on Art and Science

Virtual event


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