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Hockey team celebrating in group huddle in ice rink

The Thoroughbreds upset top seed Hobart College 3-2 on Feb. 26 to advance to the New England Hockey Conference championship game for the first time in program history. Zach Frisk ’25, Kaeden Patrick ’25, and Zach Lindewirth ’25 all scored. Goalie Tate Brandon ’24 had 32 saves for the win. The Thoroughbreds travel to Babson College on Saturday, March 5, for a 7 p.m. game. The winner earns the NEHC automatic bid to the NCAA Division III championships that begin March 12.

COVID-19 Updates

Forthcoming Updates

As President Conner shared in his message last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently announced new local COVID-19 guidance that will ultimately have implications across our campus. The College will soon be sharing policy updates. In the meantime, thank you for your diligence in continuing to honor the COVID-19 protocols currently in place at Skidmore.


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.

Human Resources

New open position

Human Resources invites interested Skidmore staff to submit their applicant materials for the opening listed below. This is a current, approved, budgeted position that is being filled due to a vacancy.


  • Web Programmer Analyst #527 - Information Technology


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


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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.

Veena Chandra, private music instructor, recently recorded two songs at Berklee College of Music. Read more>>


Juan Navea, professor of chemistry, co-authored a scientific paper. Read more>>


Ron Seyb, associate professor of political science, was interviewed by WNYT-NewsChannel13. Read more>>


Transformative Justice and Prison Abolition as Feminist Praxis

At 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 2, Ejeris Dixon from Vision Change Win and Heena Sharma from Survived and Punished NY will discuss their work. A 6:30 p.m. panel discussion and Q&A will be followed by workshops at 7:30 p.m. for registered participants. Register online for this virtual event.


Your Friend Langston: An Examination of Langston Hughes’ Collaborations with Black Women Musicians

At 5 p.m. Thursday, March 3, Tammy Kernodle, distinguished professor of music at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, explores the collaborative relationships that writer and activist Langston Hughes cultivated with folk singer Odetta, jazz musician Nina Simone, and composer/pianist Margaret Bonds. This lecture, part of the Judy Tsou '75 Music Scholar Series, will take place in Zankel Music Center and is free and open to the public. Please register online. This event will also be livestreamed.


Faculty panel: Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine: Causes and Global Implications

At 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 3, Assistant Professor of Political Science Emmanuel Balogun, Associate Professor of Political Science Yelena Biberman-Ocakli, Professor of History Jennifer Delton, Professor of Political Science and Director of the Gender Studies Program Kate Graney, and Associate Professor of Political Science Feryaz Ocakli will discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the underlying causes for this action, and the global implications of this event. This faculty discussion will take place in The Center and will also be streamed via Zoom webinar.


Let's Talk About 'Medicine, Power, and the Authoritarian Regime in Hispanic Literature'

At 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, Oscar A. Pérez, associate professor of Spanish and director of the Latin American and Latinx Studies Program, will discuss his new book “Medicine, Power, and the Authoritarian Regime in Hispanic Literature.” Please register for this virtual event online.


The Rise and Fall of Ancient Lakes in Western North America

At 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, Daniel E. Ibarra, assistant professor of earth, environmental, and planetary sciences, and environment and society at Brown University, delivers the Lester W. Strock Lecture in Geosciences in Emerson Auditorium.


Uprooting Medea: Decolonizing a Classic

At 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 8, Skidmore hosts members of Khameleon Productions, a UK-based, BIPOC-forward theater troupe, in support of their "Uprooting Medea" tour. "Medea," written by Francesca Amewudah-Rivers and Shah, reimagines Euripides’s renowned tragedy with an all-global majority cast and crew. This event will take place in Filene Recital Hall and is open to Skidmore students and employees only.


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.


Monthly Staff Meeting

The monthly staff meeting will take place from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, March 4. A link to the Zoom meeting has been sent by email. Topics will include the Board of Trustees February meetings, Campus Master Planning, COVID-19 steps and context, and forecasting the second half of the spring semester.


Surrey-Williamson Inn guestrooms

The Surrey-Williamson Inn guestrooms will be open on March 8 for reservations. Please make your online reservation here; use promo code “DEPARTMENT” to receive the internal Skidmore rate. A detailed list of rooms and amenities can be found on our website. For questions, contact


National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE)

Skidmore is participating in the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE) of first-year and senior students. This survey will help Skidmore understand and improve the educational experience of students. First-year and senior students received an email from, signed by Michael Orr, on March 1 to access the questionnaire.


Writing Center Tutors 2022-2023

Do you have students with superior writing and listening skills, patience, empathy, a love of language, and a passion for linguistic justice? Invite them to apply to tutor in the Skidmore Writing Center. The ideal candidate is a rising sophomore or rising junior in any major who is a skilled and thoughtful reader and writer. Incoming tutors will take EN 303H in the fall. An interest meeting will take place in the Writing Center at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22. The deadline to apply is Thursday, March 24. More information and application instructions are available on the Writing Center website.


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 awards. The nomination form and additional information, including eligibility criteria, are available online. The deadline is 4 p.m. Monday, March 21.


Summer Sports Camps

Registration is now open for Summer Sports Camps. Skidmore’s award-winning coaches lead week-long summer camps for children, teens, and adults. Camps include basketball, baseball, lacrosse, softball, soccer, volleyball, rowing, and field hockey, as well as two new programs: ice hockey and Learn to Row.


Skidmore Orchestra concert

Skidmore Orchestra will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, March 4. Conducted by Michael Emery, the performance will feature Skidmore Concerto Soloists and Skidmore Orchestra Brass. Soloists include Emma Lin '23, Seth Spital '24, Saana Teittinen-Gordon '22, and Avery Wendell '23. The event is free and open to the public. Register online.


Piano concert

Pola Baytelman, distinguished artist-in-residence emerita, will perform “A Pianist’s Musical Journey through the Americas and Europe” at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 6. The diverse program will include compositions by Charles Alkan (France), Pedro Humberto Allende (Chile), Paul Schoenfield (U.S.), Felix Mendelssohn (Germany), and Villa-Lobos (Brazil), as well as a composition written for Baytelman by Welsh/American composer Hilary Tann. The event is free and open to the public. Register online.


Scribner Library spring break hours

Scribner Library will be closed Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13. Library hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, March 14, through Friday, March 18. The library will be closed Saturday, March 19. It will be open from 5 p.m. to 1 a.m. on Sunday, March 20. For more hours of operation, visit the Scribner Library website.


Altered Book Contest

The fourth annual Lucy Scribner Library Altered Book Contest is open to Skidmore students, faculty, and staff. Entries will be accepted through noon Friday, April 19. Stop by Scribner Library for more information.


Skidmore Theater’s spring black box production opens March 4

Join the Skidmore Theater Department for a double-feature evening of theater. Paula Vogel’s “And Baby Makes Seven” and Tatsu Rivera’s “The Chaparral” will be performed in succession every night of the run with an intermission between shows. Show dates and times are March 4-5 and March 8-9 at 8 p.m., and Sunday, March 6, at 2 p.m. There will be no show on Monday, March 7. Tickets are free but capacity is limited, so reserve your tickets soon.


Toying with Stop-Motion Animation: A Workshop with Lauren Kelley on March 4

Skidmore students, faculty, and staff are invited to take part in a hands-on workshop in stop-motion animation with artist Lauren Kelly on Friday, March 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Tang. Kelley, whose exhibition Lauren Kelley: Location Scouting” is now on view, will share images as a means toward providing a rudimentary experience for participants to produce a stop-motion animated video. No experience necessary. Registration is required using this Google form.


45th annual Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival

Skidmore Summer Jazz Institute Faculty All-Stars will celebrate George Wein at the 45th annual Freihofer’s Jazz Festival, slated for June 25-26 at Saratoga Performing Arts Center. For more information on the festival or the jazz supergroup led by Grammy Award winner Todd Coolman, visit


Community Garden at Wesley offers raised beds

The Saratoga Springs Community Garden at Wesley, just a short walk from campus, invites Skidmore faculty, staff, and students to apply for raised beds for the 2022 season (April 16 through November). The garden has 52 raised beds (10’ x 5’ in size) available. The cost for one bed for the season is $45. The deadline to apply is Friday, March 25. For more information or to request an application, email Sandy Nealon or call 518-928-1481.


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.


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Through March 8

Juried Student Exhibition

2022 Juried Student Exhibition

Schick Gallery in Saisselin Art Center


Friday, March 4

10 a.m. to noon

Toying with Stop-Motion Animation: A Workshop with Lauren Kelley

Tang Teaching Museum



Thursday, March 3

6 p.m.

Whole Grain: Meandering Toyhood

Tang Teaching Museum


Sunday, March 6

2 p.m.

Tang Guide Tour with Erica Chang ’23

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