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Faculty panelists holding discussion seated in front of audience at Skidmore's The Center

Skidmore faculty offered insight into Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the global implications of the growing conflict, and other important issues.

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President Marc Conner and other College administrators offered updates on the February Board of Trustees meetings; the Strategic Action Agenda for this academic year; the Campus Master Planning process; diversity, equity, and inclusion efforts; admissions applications; Human Resources initiatives; and recent changes to the College’s COVID-19 policies.

COVID-19 Updates

The College’s Campus Planning webpage is up to date and includes information regarding current policies and guidelines, an archive of College messages, public health resources, the COVID-19 Dashboard, and more.


As a reminder, masking indoors is now optional throughout campus. Details about Skidmore’s masking policies can be viewed here.



The New York HERO Act remains in effect through March 17, 2022. In turn, the College’s Airborne Infectious Disease Exposure Prevention Plan remains in effect through this date, 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.


In line with recent updates to Skidmore’s COVID-19 policies, Murray-Aikins Dining Hall is now open to faculty, staff, and visitors in addition to students.

Human Resources

New open positions

Human Resources encourages Skidmore staff to review open positions on campus and to encourage their professional networks to apply. Interested Skidmore staff are also encouraged to submit their applicant materials for current open positions. To review the list of current open positions, please access the Okta portal. Click on the tile for “Oracle HCM,” then click “Me,” and then click on “Current Jobs.” You can also access current open positions that are open for external applicants here.


Connect with HR on social media!

Follow HR on Facebook and see the latest job openings at the College and other HR news.


Reminder: March 11 supervisor forums on flexible work arrangements

HR will host two supervisor forums on Friday, March 11, to discuss the implementation of the winter flexible work benefit and to seek feedback from supervisors regarding the benefits, barriers, and policy implications of a flexible work benefit at Skidmore College. The forums will be held over Zoom at 9 a.m. and again at 1 p.m. Zoom details will be sent to all supervisors on Thursday.


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.

Skidmore Spotlight

Elizabeth Walsh recently joined Skidmore as benefits and leave coordinator in Human Resources. In this role, she handles benefits administration and changes, workers' compensation, and disability matters.

Elizabeth Walsh portrait

Faculty-Staff Achievements

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

Paul J. Arciero, professor of health and human physiological sciences, was featured in The Daily Gazette. Read more>>


Beau Breslin, professor of political science, was interviewed by Aaron Pedinotti, teaching professor of American studies, on Pedinotti's podcast. Read more>>


Teisha Duncan, artist-in-residence in theater, was a featured vocalist for Broadway's “Future Songbook” series and moderated a public discussion. Her directorial work is an official selection at an international film festival. Read more>>


Stephen Ives, associate professor of health and human physiological sciences, co-authored a research paper. Read more>>


Jane Kjaer, special collections curator at Lucy Scribner Library, was interviewed by Spectrum News about Lucy Skidmore Scribner. Read more>>


Listening To The Field: Adaptations and Evolutions

How are arts organizations evolving and transforming in this new era? This virtual event at 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, features Sarah Craig, Anna Glass, Nancy Yao Maasbach, and C. Brian Williams and is part of “Listening to the Field: Artists and Arts Leaders Discuss What’s Happened and What’s Next.” 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.


Vice President for Communications and Marketing search

As the search for Skidmore's next vice president for communications and marketing continues, members of the search committee invite all staff, faculty, and students to submit any suggestions for potential candidates or comments on leadership characteristics. Please submit these directly to Storbeck Search at You may find the position description here.


Athletics News: Skidmore coaching legend Hilda Arrechea announces retirement

After 552 wins over 27 years, Skidmore volleyball coach Hilda Arrechea and her husband and assistant coach Jerry Rodriguez have announced that they will retire at the end of the academic year. Arrechea leaves an impressive legacy that includes a career record of 552-339, four league championships, eight NCAA Division III tournament appearances, and four Liberty League Coaching Staff of the Year awards. She has 21 winning seasons, including nine years of 25 or more wins and a school-record 38 wins in 2000.


President’s Awards for Leadership and Service 2022

Individuals or teams from the Skidmore community may be nominated for a 2022 President’s Award for Leadership and Service until 4 p.m. Monday, March 28. The President's Awards for Leadership and Service recognize Skidmore community members who have embraced the educational mission and community spirit of the College through their exemplary commitment to personal excellence, campus pride, and service to others. The awards are intended to foster school spirit and campus unity, and to provide an opportunity for us to express our collective appreciation of outstanding work on behalf of the College. Nominations may be sent via online form. For paper submissions, please contact the Office of the President at


Skidmore license plates

Drivers of cars registered in New York state can now order Skidmore custom license plates. Each person can choose a plate with numbers and letters assigned by the DMV or select their own custom combination. For custom plates, we suggest using a custom combination beginning with “CTM” — for Creative Thought Matters. For more information, visit the DMV website.


Skidmore Shop

Mark your calendars: March 17 is your lucky day! For this day only, with your purchase of $50 or more at, you’ll receive this green Skidmore cap for free. An "order for pickup" option is also available, and you can stop in and pick up your items when you return to campus from spring break.


Tang Teaching Museum now accepting applications for 2022-23 endowed internships

Rising juniors and seniors are invited to apply to the Tang Teaching Museum’s year-long endowed internships, which are named for Eleanor Linder Winter ’43, Carole Marchand ’57, Meg Reitman Jacobs ’63, and the Charina Endowment Fund. These paid, pre-professional internships introduce students to postgraduate life by providing academic and practical experiences from fall 2022 through summer 2023. The deadline to apply is 5 p.m. Monday, April 11. For more information, please visit the Endowed Internship page or contact Tom Yoshikami, assistant director for engagement.


Spinning Down: A Yarn Workshop with Artist Laura Splan on March 24

Learn how to spin yarn using fiber from laboratory llamas, who produce antibodies for our vaccines, while exploring emerging narratives in the contemporary biomedical landscape. Artist Laura Splan will introduce her tactile sound installation Elevator Music 42: Laura Splan—Rhapsody for an Expanded Biotechnological Apparatus” in the Tang’s elevator, and lead a discussion around scientific and conceptual themes in her work that examines hidden systems, invisible labor, and interspecies entanglements at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 24. Splan will demonstrate spinning fiber on an electric wheel, which participants can try. The first 20 will receive a small sample of laboratory llama yarn spun by the artist.


Grammy Award winner to speak to students interested in music careers

Grammy Award-winning artist Scott Jacoby ’93 will speak with students interested in a career within the music industry from 4:30 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, in Emerson Auditorium. An acclaimed composer, Jacoby has scored award-winning feature-length films, documentaries, television shows, and national television commercials. His work spans all genres of music and has garnered awards, graced platinum-selling albums, and topped charts throughout the world. Register online.


CDC virtual workshop: 'How to Interview Effectively'

The Career Development Center will be partnering with New Frontiers Executive Function Coaching to provide a virtual workshop on “How to Interview Effectively” from 1 to 2 p.m. April 1. Join us as we review effective interview strategies, disclosure considerations, and clear next steps for practice and implementation. The process of requesting reasonable accommodations will also be discussed. This program is ideal for neurodivergent students and students with disabilities who are looking for extra support to get through the interview process. Register online.


MDOCs virtual artist talk with Jeremy Dennis

Jeremy Dennis, a contemporary fine art photographer and a tribal member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation in Southampton, New York, will discuss Indigenous history as part of his project On This Site, which aims to preserve sacred Native American sites spanning 10,000 years, at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 22, via Zoom. This event is part of the series “Indigenous Media-Making: Land, Language, Relationship,” hosted by MDOCS Co-Creation Initiative and co-sponsored by the Anthropology and Black Studies departments. Details on how to register and other information are available on the MDOCS website.


Lara Downes concert

Join Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC) for an exclusive performance by Lara Downes at Arthur Zankel Music Center at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 14. Downes’ performance will explore the landscape of American music from George Gershwin and Morton Gould to Billie Holiday, Scott Joplin, and Florence Price, giving voice to underrepresented and forgotten artists alongside their contemporaries. Downes will lead a piano master class for music majors at Skidmore the night before her performance. General admission tickets are $30, and $10 for all Skidmore employees and students. Skidmore students enrolled in the music program or currently taking a music class should contact Evan Mack for free tickets. This performance is a part of Skidmore’s Filene Anniversary Concert Series.


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.


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.


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. Friday, April 15. First prize is $1,000; two runners-up will each receive $500.


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Sunday, March 13

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Tang Guide Tour with Ruth Thomas

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