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Masked students conversing around tables at the club fair in Case Center

With celebrations of community, rich academic and artistic experiences, and opportunities to pursue their passions, the Skidmore community has embarked on a spring semester filled with optimism about the future.

Skidmore women's basketball player goes up to make a shot while being defended by Ithaca player

721 days. That’s how many days the Skidmore community waited for one of its favorite traditions, the Big Green Scream, to return. This year it was back and, emphatically, better than ever.

Skidmore Thoroughbred

Skidmore College Athletics recognized 153 student-athletes as members of the Thoroughbred Society on Tuesday. The group included two two-sport athletes and 28 students with perfect 4.0 grade point averages for the fall 2021 semester.

COVID-19 Updates

The latest messages and information regarding COVID-19 can be found on the Campus Planning Page. Important recent updates include:



  • The College continues to require indoor masking in public spaces in accordance with the College’s masking guidelines. While no longer required, KN95 masks (or equivalent, i.e., N95 or KF94) are still strongly recommended.
  • As in all class settings, faculty have the discretion to determine and enforce appropriate safety measures and may continue to require KN95 masks to be worn in their classrooms.



  • External visitors to campus are required to wear masks at all times when indoors. While no longer required, KN95 masks (or equivalent) are still strongly recommended.
  • Visitors are required to be vaccinated (including booster) but are no longer required to show proof of vaccination and booster. However, individual departments, programs, or offices may choose to verify vaccination status for indoor gatherings.


HERO Act Designation Extended

The designation of COVID-19 as a highly contagious communicable disease has been extended until March 17 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, 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. The Spa, Atrium Café, and Burgess Café remain open to everyone.


This semester, all food from The Spa will be served in ReuseMore containers, and all dining hall customers can use a ReuseMore container to take food to go. ReuseMore containers should be returned at bins in The Spa, Burgess Café, and the dining hall atrium, or in the dining hall dish return. Please email for more information.

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 vacancies.


  • Financial Aid Coordinator — Financial Aid Department
  • Associate Director for Employee Relations and Organizational Development — Human Resources
  • Research Technician — Sponsored Research
  • Assistant Director for Housing and Operations — Residential Life
  • Laurie M. Tisch Educator for K-12 and Community Programs Tang Teaching Museum/Art Gallery


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 February edition of our Employee Assistance Program’s (EAP) Reaching Out Newsletter is here. EAP is an employer-sponsored benefit provided at no cost to you and your household members. EAP offers professional, qualified resources to assist you in resolving all types of personal or family-related concerns. All contacts with the EAP are strictly confidential to the fullest degree allowed by law.


Free TIAA-CREF Individual Counseling Sessions

Rachel Fiedler, a TIAA retirement planning counselor, will hold one-on-one phone consultations with employees on 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 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.

Faculty-Staff Achievements

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

Joerg Bibow, professor and chair of the Department of Economics, was quoted in a news article. Read more>>


Sarah DiPasquale, associate professor and chair of the Department of Dance, and students were featured in a WNYT-NewsChannel13 story. Read more>>


Pushkala Prasad, Zankel Chair Professor of Management and Liberal Studies, has been selected as a Project Pericles Up to Us Voting Module Fellow. Read more>>


Listening To The Field: Artists and Organizations

David Snider, lecturer in arts administration and executive and artistic director of Hubbard Hall, will lead a conversation with Melissa Crespo, Mei Ann Teo, and Karen Zacarías (part of the “Listening to the Field: Artists and Arts Leaders Discuss What’s Happened and What’s Next” series) at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 16. Registration is required for this virtual event.


'Love Affair in the Garden of Milton: Loss, Poetry and the Meaning of Unbelief' Book Launch

Professor of English Susannah Mintz will discuss her memoir “Love Affair in the Garden of Milton: Loss, Poetry and the Meaning of Unbelief” with Chad Davidson, associate professor of English at the University of West Georgia, at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 17. Registration is required for this virtual event presented by Northshire Bookstore.


William Harder Lecture in Business Administration

Brian Corrigan, vice president and head of Americas for PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG Corporation), will explore the past, present, and future of gaming and its impact on society and commerce at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22. Please register for this virtual event.


Be The Refuge: Re-Centering Asian Americans in the Study of American Buddhism

Chenxing Han, author of “Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists (2021), will re-center the voices of Asian Americans to the study of American Buddhism in this lecture at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22, in Gannett Auditorium. This talk is open to Skidmore faculty, staff, and students only.


‘Beneath the Stairs’ Book Launch

Lecturer of English Jennifer Fawcett will discuss her debut novel — a spine-tingling, atmospheric mystery in conversation with actor, writer, and documentarian Leslie Zemeckis at 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 22. Registration is required for this virtual event presented by Northshire Bookstore.


Re-envisioning Colleges on Behalf of Students: Relations, Foundations, and Native Nations

University of North Dakota Director of Native Student Services Megan Red Shirt-Shaw reflects on how creating connection plays a role within education communities and re-imagines these relations as opportunities for support at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24. Register online for this virtual event.


Dunkerley Dialogue with Ruby Sky Stiler and Casey Schofield

Artist Ruby Sky Stiler, whose work is on view in “Opener 34: Ruby Sky Stiler — New Patterns,” and Associate Professor of Psychology Casey Schofield will participate in this Dunkerley Dialogue at The Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at 6 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 24, at the Tang Teaching Museum.


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.


Campus Master Plan Survey

The Campus Master Plan Task Force and Ayers Saint Gross, the firm that is drafting Skidmore’s new Master Plan, encourage members of the Skidmore community to participate in an important survey to help prioritize future projects. More information, including a Feb. 4 update, can be found on the Campus Master Planning website. The deadline to complete the survey is Friday, Feb. 18.


Greenberg Child Care Center Relocation

A Zoom meeting with Greenberg families has been scheduled for Wednesday, Feb. 23, from 10 to 11 a.m. to share information on the relocation of the Greenberg Childcare Center to Pine Cottage Annex. At this meeting, Nancy Wheeler, Greenberg director, and Dan Rodecker, director of Facilities Services, will share information about the space and a construction timeline. Members of the Skidmore community are welcome to join this session with Greenberg families.


We Hear You SGBM Update

For detailed information, updates, upcoming events, and resources related to the College’s “We Hear You” initiative, please visit the “We Hear You” webpage and monitor email and Skidmore Weekly Bulletin for additional updates in the coming weeks.


Camp Northwoods registration

Advance registration for Camp Northwoods, Skidmore’s summer day camp for children in grades one through eight, continues for the Skidmore community through Feb. 24.


Student Leadership Award nominations sought

Skidmore faculty and staff are invited to nominate students who have made outstanding contributions to the community through their involvement, service, and leadership development activities for several Student Leadership Awards. The nomination form and additional information, including eligibility criteria, are available online. The deadline is Monday, March 21, at 4 p.m.


RA nominations for fall 2022

The Office of Residential Life is collecting nominations from faculty and staff for passionate student leaders for fall 2022 resident assistants. Do you know a student who is compassionate, loves helping others, enjoys guiding and coaching, enjoys planning events, believes in the power of educating others, and thrives working on a team? Nominations are due at 9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21. Please contact the Office of Residential Life for more information.


Melissa Winter ’89 campus visit

Melissa Winter ’89, chief of staff to former First Lady Michelle Obama, will participate in an open conversation with Professor of Political Science and Director of Gender Studies Kate Graney and Associate Professor of Political Science Natalie Taylor about her path from art history major at Skidmore to her career in the White House at 4 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, in the Tang Teaching Museum’s Payne Room. This event is open to Skidmore faculty, staff, and students only. Please contact Fitriyah Clark for more information.


Hockey playoffs highlight busy sports weekend

The Skidmore College hockey team travels to UMass Boston for a New England Hockey Conference quarterfinal game at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19. The 14-9-2 Thoroughbreds are seeded sixth in the 10-team tournament. The men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will be competing in the Liberty League championships Feb. 16-19 at Ithaca College. The men’s and women’s basketball teams wrap their regular season schedules at St. Lawrence on Friday and Clarkson on Saturday. At home Saturday, the riding team will host its first spring show at 9 a.m., and the men’s lacrosse team opens its season at 3 p.m. against MIT. Visit Skidmore Athletics for updates.


Exploremore: Majors and Minors

Students are encouraged to take advantage of Exploremore, an opportunity to talk to professors and upper-class students about what it means to major/minor in a specific discipline and how to make the most of your academic career, from Monday, Feb. 21, through Friday, March 4.


New vinyl collection additions and loanable record players at the library

Scribner Library is now offering a small Vinyl Browsing Collection of popular music meant for student entertainment. The collection is located on the first floor of the library next to the administration office. A listening station with a record player and headphones is also available to students who want to listen to records in the library. This new vinyl is labeled as “Vinyl – 1st Floor” in the catalog records. Items can be borrowed for five days. Suitcase-style record players can also be checked out.


Make Your Voice Heard: Skidmore Public Policy Prize 2022

Students are encouraged to apply to the 2022 Make Your Voice Heard Skidmore Public Policy Prize competition, an opportunity to engage with a public policy issue that is important to them. Full applications must be submitted by email to Marla Melito by 5 p.m. on Friday, April 15. First prize is $1,000; two runners-up will each receive $500.


Aaron Goldberg Trio performance

Pianist Aaron Goldberg will perform at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25. This event is part of the Filene Anniversary Concert Series, celebrating the 100th anniversary of Helen Filene Ladd’s graduation from Skidmore, the 40th anniversary of Skidmore’s Filene Music Program, and the (belated) 10th anniversary of the inauguration of the Helen Filene Ladd Concert Hall. Tickets are available online.


World Languages and Literatures Film Festival

Skidmore’s Department of World Languages and Literatures will present a film festival showcasing six movies from around the world, Feb. 21-25. The films, which will be shown with English subtitles, will be screened at 6 p.m. in Palamountain Hall 202, except for the Italian entry, which can be viewed online anytime, and the Japanese film “Kakurenbo: Hide & Seek,” which will be shown at 3 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25. The films are: “Parvaneh” (German) on Monday, Feb. 21; “The Mole Agent” (Spanish) on Tuesday, Feb. 22; “The Thorn in the Heart” (French) on Wednesday, Feb. 23; and “Please Vote for Me” (Chinese) on Thursday, Feb. 24. Faculty members will lead discussions and analysis following the showings.


New HEDS Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey website

The Committee on Intercultural and Global Understanding (CIGU) announces the publication of the Higher Education Data Sharing Consortium (HEDS) Diversity and Equity Campus Climate Survey website. The results of the campus climate survey, conducted in spring 2019, are available on the website in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, which includes expanded demographic information (more information on sexual orientation, gender identity, and religious identity) that we learned about our community. In addition, the website includes an overview of the analysis process, a timeline of presentations to constituents, and some steps that have been taken as a result of the findings.


Junior Admissions Workshop (JAWS)

Skidmore’s annual Junior Admissions Workshop for high school juniors will take the form of four virtual, recorded sessions this month. These sessions will provide valuable insights to make the college search more understandable and achievable. To register and view the recorded workshops, visit the JAWS website.


Skidmore Shop

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‘Disclosure’ screening

MDOCS is excited to host a screening of the award-winning feature doc film “Disclosure,” an eye-opening look at transgender depictions in film and television. A discussion with the film's director, Sam Feder’ 97, Luna Peralta ’23, and others will follow the screening at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 23, in Gannett Auditorium.


Ensemble Connect

Ensemble Connect, a group of the finest young professional classical musicians based out of Carnegie Hall, celebrates its 15th year at Skidmore with a concert at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 18. The performance will be free and open to the public in the Arthur Zankel Music Center. It will also be livestreamed. All in-person attendees must register for the event through Eventbrite.


Juried Student Exhibition

The 2022 Juried Student Exhibition is now on view in The Schick Gallery in Saisselin Art Center. Juried by Photographer Daesha Devon Harris, the show runs through March 8. Gallery hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. The exhibition is open to the public.


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Thursday, Feb. 17


Curator’s Tour of 'On Their Own Terms'

Tang Teaching Museum

Sunday, Feb. 20

2 p.m.

Tang Guide Tour with Sophia Harper '23

Tang Teaching Museum

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